Call for Essays: Greece, A Love Story

This call just arrived in my e-mailbox yesterday from Camille Cusumano. She’s editing a new volume titled Greece, A Love Story: Women Write About the Greek Experience. Like preceding volumes (on France, Italy, and Mexico), this one will be published by Seal Press. Here’s the info (which you can also find here):

Women Write About the Greek Experience

Slated for Spring 2007

Greece evokes a richly embroidered tapestry of images, from old monuments rife with history to idyllic isles of glass-blue sea and blinding white stucco dwellings. The ancient Greeks, as well as the contemporary, permeate our Western culture with the unparalleled gifts of beauty and wisdom they left behind: classical literature, mythology, philosophy, rhetoric; a mind-stirring history and civilization; and a language that is musical and expressive of emotions/ideas not reflected in other languages. Vestiges of their artistic genius are huge and imposing: Greek temples, marvels of architecture such as Athens’s Parthenon and Acropolis, gracefully sculptured statues, delicate pottery. Greece, it is said, is where “art became inseparable from life.”

We are looking for twenty to thirty essays to fill this collection on the Greece that lies behind postcards. We would like personal stories that go beyond the practical travel guide and that embrace more “literary” travel writing, from writers who have been deeply affected by the country. Writers will demonstrate that they have had some kind of love affair with the country, whether with its people, cities, islands, food, history, art, or culture.

For examples of the various styles of writing that will work for this collection, see essays in the books already published in the “Love Story” series—on France, Italy, and Mexico. As with these anthologies, Greece, A Love Story will embrace every angle of love—whether of place, people, food, culture, or art—and the stories will capture the experience that changes, teaches, enlightens the author-and by extension the reader.

We are looking for strong narratives, excellent first-person writing, good storytelling, and diverse voices. Personal style and humor are encouraged.

EDITOR: Camille Cusumano was an editor at VIA Magazine in San Francisco for 17 years. She is the author of many food and travel articles and several books and the editor of France, A Love Story, Italy, A Love Story, and Mexico, A Love Story.

PUBLISHER: Seal Press, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group, Inc.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2006

LENGTH: 2,500 to 5,000 words

FORMAT: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please include your address, phone number, email address, and a short bio on the last page.

SUBMITTING: Electronic submissions are preferred. Send essay electronically as a Word or Rich Text Format file (with .doc or .rtf extension) to CAMILLE CUSUMANO at [email protected] Put GREECE A LOVE STORY in the subject line. If email is not possible, mail the essay to CAMILLE CUSUMANO, Seal Press, c/o Denise Silva, 1400 65th Street, Suite 250, Emeryville, CA 94608. Please direct any inquiries to [email protected]


REPLY: Editor cannot reply to every submission personally. Please allow until July 31, 2006, for a response. If you haven’t received a response by then, please assume your essay has not been selected.

Michael and Marylee Fairbanks International Fellowship for African and Caribbean Writers

This is a fellowship a practicing writer told me about last year; another one just reminded me that this year’s application deadline is coming up (on April 1), so I thought a post would be a good idea.

The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Fairbanks Fellowship supports a writer living in Africa or the Caribbean to attend the Conference (which is held in Vermont). “Poets, fiction, and creative nonfiction writers who have published at least one but not more than two books in English within the last four years are eligible.” The fellowship includes the Conference fee plus travel expenses. Interested applicants can find out more and download the required forms here. NO APPLICATION FEE.

(Note that financial aid applications for other Conference scholarships/awards must be submitted earlier [March 1].)

Louisiana English Journal Call for Papers/Pictures

According to its Web site, “the next issue of the Louisiana English Journal will focus on Louisianians’ personal stories, observations, and photos of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.” Readers are invited to share personal stories, observations, and pictures. “All who experienced these historic storms–whether as tourists or residents or students–are invited to submit their true stories, poems, and pictures to LEJ. Displaced students and other south Louisianians are especially encouraged to submit their stories.”

Cash prizes ($20-$30) will be awarded in several categories. Submit your stories and poems by May 15, 2006; art and pictures by June 15, 2006. No fee. Find more information and the required Official Entry Form here.

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Zoo Press: Not Again!

Let me preface this by saying that I believe in writing contests. Yes, there are some bad apples out there, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore the whole bunch. One of the bad apples, though, seems to be a repeat offender. I’m talking about Zoo Press.

I’m far from a disinterested observer here. I entered both Zoo Press fiction contests once upon a time. If you need a refresher on how that turned out, read this piece by Thomas Hopkins (it was published back in 2004 in Poets & Writers magazine).

Now Zoo is in the news again. This time it’s the poetry contest that’s in trouble. I found out about it from the Emerging Writers Network . Click here to find out more.

Outdoor Life’s 2006 Ultimate Adventure Contest

So here I am back at the blog. And I’ve found an interesting contest with a March 1 deadline. There’s no entry fee (too bad I didn’t locate this before the January update of our Guide to No-Cost Literary Contests and Competitions.)

Anyway, the 2006 Ultimate Adventure Contest seeks “your wildest hunting tale, craziest fishing adventure or the most hair-raising survival experience you’ve ever had (in 750-1,000 words) and we’ll see which writer captures the spirit of spine-tingling adventure best.” The winning piece will be published in Outdoor Life, and its author will receive $500. Runners-up will have their entries published on the magazine’s Web site.

You can submit via e-mail or postal mail. Just be sure to submit by March 1.

For more information and the official rules, click here.