Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

  • New contest from Shenandoah:The Bevel Summers Prize in the Short Short Story is open to all authors of stories of up to 1,000 words.” Prize: $250 plus publication in Shenandoah‘s first online issue. No entry fee. Deadline: March 31, 2011 (received).
  • On a related note: The Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets is awarded by Shenandoah and the Virginia Poetry Center “for a single poem by a writer born in or with current established residence in Virginia. The winning poem will be published in Shenandoah, and the author will receive broadside copies of the poem to be published by the Virginia Poetry Center.” Entries must be postmarked in November. No entry fee.
  • The 4th Annual Micro Award will recognize a published work of prose fiction written in English (maximum 1,000 words). Submission deadline is December 31, 2010, and there’s a prize of $500. No fee to enter. (via Pam Casto’s Flash Fiction Flash newsletter)
  • Are you a blogging college student? You might be able to win a $10,000 scholarship! Deadline: October 21, 2010. No entry fee indicated. (via @Tayari)
  • Mentioned late last week on my other blog: Moment magazine is looking for student bloggers. Apply by October 10. No application fee.
  • Teaching job announcements: The Department of English at East Carolina University [N.C.] seeks applicants for a position in Poetry Writing at the assistant or associate professor level; the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati invites applications from distinguished fiction writers for an open rank position; the English Department at the University of South Alabama seeks applications for tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, with a specialization in Screen Writing, Playwriting, and/or Creative Non-Fiction; the Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fiction; the Department of English at Augsburg College (Minn.) seeks candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in film and creative writing (with experience teaching expository writing); the English Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock invites applications for a tenure-track position with a primary emphasis in Creative Writing-Poetry at the rank of Assistant Professor (desired secondary emphases include fiction writing, screenwriting, and film studies); and at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, “a probationary tenure-track faculty position is available in the Department of English at the rank of Assistant Professor with an emphasis in Creative Writing.”
  • Not all the jobs for writers are for teachers. See also: a Researcher/Writer position with The HistoryMakers (Chicago), an Associate Communications Editor listing at Haverford College (Pa.), and a job for a Senior Writer/Senior Editor at Suffolk University (Mass.).
  • Our subscribers have been utilizing the info packed into our October Practicing Writer newsletter since last week. You can see the issue here. But don’t delay receiving future issues! Subscribe! It’s free, and we keep email addresses confidential.
  • Moment Magazine Seeks Student Bloggers

    This just in from Moment magazine’s e-newsletter:

    Moment Magazine is recruiting bright, inquisitive, and diverse student contributors for our blog “In the Moment.” Moment is the world’s largest independent Jewish magazine, and our blog gets upwards of 10,000 hits a month. As a student blogger, you will write one post a week on topics of Jewish politics, religion and culture. This is an incredible opportunity for young writers to develop their skills and benefit from the expertise of our team of experienced editors. At the end of each semester, the three bloggers who have generated the most web hits will receive a cash prize. To apply, please send an application consisting of the following to nelis(at)momentmag(dot)com by October 10, 2010:

  • Your name,age, university and major.
  • 1-2 short paragraphs on why you’re interested in Jewish issues and what unique perspective and background you bring to the blog.
  • 2 short writing samples.
  • 4 specific, original ideas for blog-posts you’d want to write.
  • Good luck!

    Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

    • Resource alert! The next (October) issue of The Practicing Writer, a free e-newsletter for poets, fictionists, and writers of creative nonfiction, will go out to subscribers on Thursday. As usual, it will be filled with submission calls (paying opportunities only!), no-fee contest and competition announcements, and much more. Not yet a subscriber? Join us!
    • I’m a fan of residency programs, but rarely do I stumble on an announcement that simply makes me long to be awarded a residency in a particular program. But that’s exactly what happened when I discovered the Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France.
    • The Writer magazine’s blog lets us in on a really neat-sounding part-time freelance writing/blogging gig at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel.
    • Jane Friedman shares 7 no-cost writing competitions that can yield excellent professional results.
    • Teaching jobs I learned about this past week: The University of Maine at Farmington seeks an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing “with significant credits in writing for film or television. Additional qualifications and publications in journalism and/or fiction would be welcome.” Bridgewater State University (Mass.) is also looking to hire an Assistant Professor (with a fiction specialty). The University of Southern Mississippi will be hiring an Associate/Full Professor to serve as a Distinguished Senior Fiction Writer. And the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is looking for “an advanced associate professor or a full professor to serve as the Glenna Luschei Professor and Editor of Prairie Schooner” (the applicant should have “a distinguished publication record as a poet, significant experience as an editor of creative works, a record of excellent teaching, and an active creative/research program.”
    • And some non-teaching jobs: DePaul University (Ill.) is looking for a Senior Writer, Penland School of Crafts (N.C.) seeks a Communications and Marketing Associate, and Heyday Books (Calif.) is advertising for a Marketing/Publicity Director.

    Thursday’s Pre-Publication Post: Torn Between Two Covers

    This week’s major pre-publication development is this: Over the Memorial Day holiday, I e-mailed the wonderful cover designer who has been drafting designs for the Quiet Americans cover, and I told him that I’d chosen a design to go with.

    In the end, I’d narrowed the options to two designs. I can’t show them to you (truly, I can’t–I don’t have them in a format I can upload to the blog without some serious interventions). But I can tell you that they present two very different images. Opposite images, in fact. So I was, indeed, “torn between two covers.”

    It’s a real relief to have put an end to the indecision. (The cover designer congratulated me on this victory!) Now we just have some tweaking to do (I’ve asked for some additional options for the byline font, for instance). Then, at least, the front cover will be done. Not all the info is yet available to complete the spine and back.

    Speaking of covers…Last Light Studio, my book’s publisher, has recently launched a blog. And about two weeks ago, that blog featured a post about the cover design process behind the company’s first release: Armand Inezian’s Bringing Ararat (which is now available!). Check it out!