Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

  • Big news from Milkweed Editions about a new poetry prize: “The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry is an annual regional prize, presented in partnership by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation. Established in 2011 with the aim of supporting outstanding Midwestern poets and bringing their work to a national stage, the prize will award $10,000 as well as a contract for publication to the author of the winning manuscript. The winner will be selected from among five finalists by an independent judge.” NB: “Submissions for this regional prize will be accepted only from poets currently residing in the Upper Midwestern United States, defined as: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.” No entry fee indicated. Submissions for the 2012 prize must be received by January 31, 2012. (via Poets & Writers)
  • The latest Ploughshares newsletter contains this reminder: “We are on the hunt for Patricia Hampl’s Fall 2012 all-nonfiction issue. Submit online or via regular mail. The regular reading period ends on January 15th, so please polish and send in those essays soon.” NB: If you submit online and you don’t subscribe to the journal, you must pay a fee. No fee for postal submissions. Ploughshares pays “upon publication: $25/printed page, $50 minimum per title, $250 maximum per author, with two copies of the issue and a one-year subscription.”
  • The African American National Biography continues to look for writers for entries to appear in regular updates to its online edition. All entries are assigned at 500 or 750 words and are paid at an honorarium of 10 cents a word. The AANB, a joint project of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Oxford University Press, was published in an eight-volume print edition of 4081 entries in January 2008, under the editorship of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. It is now published online, with occasional (though infrequent) print spin-offs. We look to include not only great and famous African Americans, but a selection that will be representative of a diverse range of African Americans in all fields, from all periods of North American history, and from all stations of life: activists, writers and journalists, slaves, sharecroppers, domestic workers, musicians, performers, singers, politicians, government workers, judges, lawyers, ministers, preachers and other religious workers, educators, athletes, sports figures, actors, directors, filmmakers, doctors, nurses, artists, photographers, business people, entrepreneurs, military personnel, scientists, philanthropists, dancers, frontiersmen and women, cowboys, legendary figures, inventors, aviators, explorers, astronauts, and more.”
  • Via @GinaFrangello: “Publicists, editors, agents, writers: The Nervous Breakdown Fiction Section is booking Featured authors with books released Jan, Feb, March.” NB: That’s all I know about this opportunity, but I suggest that anyone interested check out The Nervous Breakdown and its guidelines.
  • If you’re a short-story writer AND a citizen of a Commonwealth country, you may want to consider entering the Commonwealth Short Story Prize competition, “awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000-5000 words). Overall and regional cash prizes. No entry fee indicated. Deadline: November 30, 2011.
  • Attention, undergraduates (enrolled full-time in U.S. and Canadian colleges). The Lyric’s College Poetry Contest will award $500 (first prize), $100 (second prize), and publication for original, unpublished poems, “39 lines or less, written in English in traditional forms, preferable with regular scansion and rhyme.” Submission deadline: December 1, 2011. No entry fee.
  • Emory University (Atlanta) seeks a Staff Writer, the Josephson Institute (Los Angeles) invites applications for an Associate Web Producer/Writer, and Spread the Word (“inspiring London’s writers” in the U.K.) is looking for a Director.

Lots of teaching jobs follow after the jump. (more…)

The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

  • I wish I had the time to comment on Elise Blackwell’s article, “What Defines a Successful Post-MFA Career?” It contains some excellent points, and it sparks additional thoughts. But my to-do list is already too crowded with things to take care of outside my full-time, no-summers-off, no-sabbatical day job.
  • Especially for anyone teaching composition/expository writing: tips on running a “speed-dating” peer-review workshop.
  • Happy Birthday to The Short Review! “This month The Short Review turns four years old. Over that time our forty or so reviewers worldwide have reviewed 439 story collections and anthologies, and we have interviewed over 250 authors … We all do what we do for love of the short story and to spread the word about as many short story collections as possible so readers can get hold of them, demand them from their local bookshops or libraries, buy them as presents.” P.S. Did you know that it is National Short Story Week in the U.K.?
  • I LOVE this advice from Leslie Pietrzyk: “How to Give an Excellent Reading.” Spot on.
  • If you’re participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you probably don’t have the time to read these writing-related e-books right now (even if you can do so free of charge), but all writers may want to check out the batch of complimentary offerings. (Offers expire November 12!)
  • Speaking of NaNoWriMo, check out Susan Woodring’s inspirational blog post on the subject.
  • How great was it to open Sunday’s New York Times Magazine and find an interview with Philip Levine inside?
  • The International IMPAC DUBLIN literary award longlist has been released. Just in case you’re looking for another book to read.
  • Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

  • To celebrate its launch, Golden Sparrow Literary Review is holding a fee-free poetry contest (you do need to follow the publication on Facebook and/or Twitter to participate). Prize: $500 (via Paypal). Deadline: November 15 (received).
  • “Are you a poet that wants to share your talent with the world? Whether you’re an old hand or a brand new budding poet, we want to hear from you. Enter the Print Express competition and you could be in with a chance to win £150.” Poems must run no longer than 45 lines. Deadline: November 30, 2011. No entry fee.
  • The UNT Rilke Prize is a new annual award of $10,000 “recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year.” There is no entry fee. Submissions must be made during the month of November.
  • Tempting promotional opportunity for those with baseball books in the works (received via email): “It’s time for Library Journal to receive your forthcoming new baseball titles for our 2012 Spring Baseball Book Roundup, which will appear in our Feb. 1 issue, as usual. We will provide brief reviews of selected exciting new baseball titles that are publishing from February through June 2012. There’s no need to reply to this email, just send in galleys or advance bound manuscript pages of each new title you’d like us to consider. Please send two copies of each title, and remember as well: No reprints. Only send revised editions if at least 1/3 of the material is brand new. Only books for adults (nonfiction or fiction). No YA or children’s books. With each submission, please include the following information with the hard copy: pub month, ISBN, price, cloth/paper, whether or not there will be an index, illustrations, bibliography. Submissions (remember, in duplicate!) should arrive at LJ by Monday, November 21 at the following address: LJ BASEBALL ROUNDUP/Library Journal Book Review/160 Varick Street, 11th floor/New York, NY 10013 Thanks! Margaret Heilbrun, Senior Editor, Library Journal Book Review mheilbrun(at)mediasourceinc(dot)com.”
  • Paid internship (telecommuting permitted) with the National Press Foundation. Work involves interviewing journalists on journalism practice.
  • Berklee College of Music (Boston) seeks a Communications Editor/Writer, DoSomething.org (New York) is looking for a “Superstar” Assistant Editor, and Bryant University (R.I.) invites applications for a Writer/Editor.
  • From the latest Grub Street, Inc., newsletter: “Grub Street is looking for some new instructors in some very specific areas. Do you have experience producing online book trailers? Building literary apps? Have you self-published your book to some success and would you be willing to help others navigate that process? If so, please submit an application to Chris via our website.”
  • SO much to share today. For a batch of college/university teaching jobs for writers, please continue after the jump. (more…)

    Thursday’s Work-in-Progress

    So far, November is humming along. I had an article due on November 1 and another on November 3, with a book review promised for November 7. All three deadlines were met ahead of time. (That’s kind of my habit. Of course, the November newsletter went out to subscribers before October ended. Even at the “day job,” a big project I’m helping with had a massive deadline – for an important communique to go out – on November 1. And we managed to send it before 9 a.m. the previous day.)

    Moving right along, I’m preparing for a talk that I’ll be giving here in New York on November 13, and for another in New Jersey a few days later.

    Plus, I’ve been approaching a few more potential publicity opportunities for Quiet Americans.

    What’s new with all of you?

    The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

  • Go ahead and judge this book by its cover.
  • Leslie Pietrzyk, on her first novels (please note the plural).
  • Attention, Bostonians: Get to know my publisher (Last Light Studio) and meet another LLS author (Jane Roper) this “Small Press Saturday” at Newtonville Books!
  • If it’s November, it must be time for NaNoWriMo (otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month). Any of you taking part?
  • Not to be outdone by the novelists, poets also have reason to celebrate in November, a time for a Poem-A-Day (PAD) Chapbook Challenge, courtesy of Robert Lee Brewer.