Hemispheres Magazine and Its Contests

Here’s an announcement from Hemispheres magazine: “After six years of supporting the Faux Faulkner and Imitation Hemingway Contests, Hemispheres is ending its sponsorship. The contests have run their course at a variety of publications over the years, and we wish them both success in finding new sponsors and publication venues. Hemispheres is proud to have brought them to you. We encourage entrants to continue to submit their creations.” For more information, click here.

Editorial Internships at The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for interns for Winter-Spring 2006 (beginning in January). Full-time internships take place in the publication’s Washington, DC, office and last until May or June. “In addition to a stipend, academic credit can often be arranged.”

For more information on interns’ primary responsibilities and application instructions (applications must be received by October 21, 2005), click here.

Got Verse?

“Tau Publishing is looking for greeting card verses to be used on a new line of e-cards that will be added to our web site later this month. We pay $25.00 for exclusive rights to use your verses on our e-cards and related items.” For more information, click here.

Just a Reminder: Deadline Approaching!

This is just a reminder that Monday, September 19 is the postmark deadline if you’re planning to submit work to the Gwendolyn Brooks Center 2005 Literary Awards (previously mentioned in our July Practicing Writer newsletter). These annual awards in creative writing and criticism are offered in conjunction with the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers’ Conference, which will take place this year October 19-22 at Chicago State University. Seven prizes in poetry, fiction, script writing, and literary criticism will be awarded as part of the Center’s “continuing efforts to encourage writing that explores, explicates, embraces, and celebrates the richness of Black World Culture.” See the website for specific descriptions of each award, including information on eligibility and honoraria. NO ENTRY FEE INDICATED.

New Prize for UK Short Story Writers

This is pretty big news. There’s a new annual competition “aimed at re-establishing the importance of the British short story” and wow, is there money to back the mission.

According to the website, the new award “is a collaboration between NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts), BBC Radio 4 and Prospect magazine, and it’s funded by NESTA. It is administered in conjunction with Booktrust and Scottish Booktrust. The first winners will be announced in May 2006.”

The site continues: “The National Short Story Prize will be the largest award in the world for a single story. The winning award is worth £15,000, and there will be a runner up award of £3,000. Three further shortlisted authors will receive awards of £500 each.”

Entries must be received by November 30. For more details, including the entry form and the extensive list of terms and conditions (note that the competition is only open to “authors with a previous record of publication who are either UK nationals or residents. Entries may be stories published during 2005 or previously unpublished”) again, check the website. NO ENTRY FEE INDICATED.

And for more information about short stories, check out story, Booktrust’s “campaign to celebrate the short story.” A very interesting resource!

Short Story Submissions

If you’ve taken a look at the new Writer magazine (the October 2005 issue) you may have seen my article, “How to submit your short story,” which appears on page 13.

And if you’re looking for even more guidance on the nuts and bolts of short story submissions, be sure to check out our current course offerings.