New Grant Program for New York City Artists of Color

A new program will award grants ($250-$2,500) “to support new works in all areas of visual, literary, and performing arts in the creation, development, and/or completion stages.”

Administered by the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City (comprised of the Asian American Arts Alliance, Association of Hispanic Arts, Harlem Arts Alliance, and Queens Council on the Arts, with the Bronx Council on the Arts and New York Foundation of the Arts), the program is currently open to applications “from individual artists of color of African, Asian, and Latino descent who reside in the five boroughs of New York City.”

Full guidelines and application available here. Application deadline: July 20, 2006. There’s no application fee.

Updated, Expanded No-Cost Contest Guide

It’s summer, which means it’s time for the semiannual update for our Guide to No-Cost Literary Contests and Competitions. I’ve gone through the e-book once again, weeding out “dead” programs as well as those that are now charging reading/application/entry fees. And I’ve still managed to add a net gain of 18 opportunities! As usual, none of them are limited to the residents of a single state or province (I could have included those and upped the total number of competitions, but that wouldn’t have made the guide as valuable for all of you). And I think 239 contests/competitions is still pretty good.

There are opportunities here in every genre, for writers at every level. Check it out here, and download the free preview (with sample listings).

Poems Sought (Pays: $75/poem)

Blue Ridge Country magazine is looking for short, substantial free verse poems to publish in conjunction with upcoming photo essays.

Established in 1988, BRC is a regional bimonthly magazine covering the mountains of nine states (Web site: Poets should be native to, living and/or working in or otherwise connected to the mountain regions of its coverage area: VA, WV, NC, SC, TN, KY, MD, GA, AL.

Topics and deadlines:
Jan/Feb 07 – A Fading Light (winter) – October 10
March/April – The Country Church – December 10
May/June – Mountain Creatures – February 10
July/August – The (Appalachian) Trail – April 10
Sept/Oct – Side Roads and Dirt Roads – June 10
Jan/Feb 08 – Written in Stone (winter; rock/stone/natural/human-made) – August 10

Send poems to Cara Ellen Modisett, Editor, via e-mail at cmodisett(at)leisurepublishing(dot)com, or via postal mail, 3424 Brambleton Ave. SW, Roanoke VA 24018.

ERIKA’S NOTE: Ms. Modisett has indicated via e-mail that the magazine pays $75 for any accepted poem, and purchases first rights only. (And if you’re curious, I’ve published a short piece online with BRC.)

Attention, New Jersey Writers!

Applications are now available for New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowships. This year’s categories include: Crafts; Interdisciplinary Performance; Photography; Playwriting; Poetry; Prose; and Sculpture.

Recent awards have ranged from $7,000 to $10,000.

No application fee; online application deadline: July 17, 2006; postmark deadline: July 19.

More information here.