Friday Finds for Writers

Oh, what a busy week it has been. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that many of you have already seen several of the most-talked about (and tweeted) items: l’affaire Jonah Lehrer, Colson Whitehead’s rules for writing, and so on. So please indulge me while I direct your attention elsewhere:

  • Earlier this summer, I was lucky enough to attend “The Uses of History in American Jewish Fiction,” featuring novelists Anna Solomon and Dara Horn and moderated by Josh Lambert. And now, all of you are lucky enough to be able to watch the event on video. (cross-posted on My Machberet)
  • Similarly, you can now see why I so enjoyed these readings by and conversation between Joyce Carol Oates and Richard Ford.
  • New to the blogroll this week: the edifying How a Poem Happens blog. (Thanks to Evelyn Somers for leading me to it.)
  • Adam Stumacher says: “Don’t Wait for Permission: Notes on a D.I.Y. Writing Fellowship.” As you’ll see, he and his writer wife had a pretty cool year. (I’m not quite convinced that this can work for everyone, but the example might help some others make a similar leap.)
  • Finally, a bit of advice for freelancers from the Dollars & Deadlines blog on “six types of markets and how to approach them.”
  • Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. See you back here on Monday!

    Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

    If it’s Monday, it’s time for me to share some opportunities with you. No application fees. Paying gigs.

  • Canadian journal Ryga (“a journal of provocations”) “welcomes submissions of previously unpublished poetry, prose and short plays that coincide with our editorial mission.” Pays: $100 (presumably in Canadian dollars). (via
  • The Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize recognizes the “best poetry collection published by an Upstate [N.Y.] author” between January 1, 2011 and July 1, 2012. Confers a prize of $2,000. No entry fee. Deadline: August 31, 2012.
  • For writers in the Greater Hartford (Conn.) region: “The Wisdom House Writers Fellowship Program was created in June 2010 to support low-income writers residing in the 29-town Greater Hartford region* in developing their work. Consideration will be given to writers who cannot afford to attend the retreat facility on their own. The program was made possible through a grant from the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The fellowships provide local writers with an opportunity to focus on and develop their writing by providing a quiet environment at the Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield, CT. The program covers accommodations and meals….Deadlines for receipt of applications will be the 1st of every other month (September 1, November 1, etc.).” No application fee. (via @femministas)
  • “The George Mason University, Department of English [Va.] invites applicants for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Poetry position to begin fall 2013. Substantial publications (at least one poetry book published and substantial work toward a second) are required, along with a proven teaching record. The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses and workshops (2-2 load) in a well-established MFA and new BFA program (pending approval), and also direct theses in the MFA. Academic and university service is required.”
  • The Peace Corps (Washington) is looking for a Writer/Editor, 826 Seattle seeks a Programs Coordinator, and 826 Boston is advertising for an In-School Project Coordinator.
  • Don’t forget that the July issue of The Practicing Writer is now available, and you can find plenty of additional contests & calls listed there.
  • Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

  • Let’s begin this week’s batch of opportunities with a new, no-fee contest from “‘Write a letter to the bright-eyed job seeker interested in following in your footsteps. Illuminate. Opine. Advise. But do not exceed 800 words.’ So goes the official prompt for the first-ever Work Stew writing contest, which kicks off on May 1. There’s real money involved ($1,500 in prizes), so be sure to read the legalese.” Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, May 21. Judge: Pam Belluck.
  • May is an open submissions month for Graywolf Press. Please note that the press is no longer accepting first collections (poetry or short stories) through open submissions. “We will continue to accept second and subsequent collections of poetry and short stories during our open submission periods. In addition, we will continue to accept submission of novels and works of nonfiction as usual.”
  • Emmerson Street Press is eager to read the work of the vibrant creative people that we know are out there; writers who are proud to be a part of the centuries old literary tradition; writers who have been looking for a place to have their work welcomed. We are also eager to hear from academics interested in writing an introduction (up to 1000 words) to a reprint classic. In this area we want to hear from PhD types with a passion for a specific book, author or thinker; we want to help you pass that passion on. In this area, we are also interested in translations. We are primarily interested in Canadian authors and academics, but would be willing to take on an international writer if the submission is too good to let slip by!” (via
  • Durham University (U.K.) invites applications for its Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) fellowships. “The theme for 2013/14, for which applications are now invited, is “Light,” interpreted in its broadest sense to be of potential interest to those working in a wide range of disciplines.” Fellowships are available for 3-month periods between October 2013 and March 2014. “The IAS will cover the costs associated with the fellow travelling to Durham, UK…and will provide all fellows with an honorarium.” Applicants may be from any nationality or discipline. “Applicants may come from an academic or non-academic background (e.g. public intellectuals, artists, writers, film makers, journalists, policy makers, politicians.” No application fee. Deadline: June 17, 2012.
  • Quick reminder that Practicing Writing is running two giveaways right now: one for Edith Pearlman’s Binocular Vision and the other for Kelly James-Enger’s Writer for Hire.
  • Split this Rock (Washington) is looking for an Assistant Director. “Split This Rock calls poets to the center of public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. From our home in the nation’s capital we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination. All of Split This Rock’s programs are designed to integrate poetry of provocation and witness into public life and to support the poets who write and perform this critical work. Split This Rock’s cornerstone program is a national festival, held every two years in Washington, DC. The next festival is scheduled for March, 2014. We also have a robust youth program, publish poetry online, organize social justice campaigns, and present readings, workshops, and discussions year-round.”
  • The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University (Ohio) seeks an Academic Program Coordinator to “assist…with community arts projects and general programming.”
  • PEN International (London) is looking for a Literary Manager and a Communications & Campaign Manager.
  • “Gogebic Community College [Mich.] seeks innovative, collaborative and dynamic individuals for a full-time English Faculty vacancy within the Language and Arts division to teach courses in developmental level English, Interpersonal Skills, and Composition. Opportunities to teach literature and poetry classes may be available. This tenure-track position begins in August 2012.”
  • The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

    Another midweek medley of writing-related finds culled from the Web.

  • Let’s begin with some application advice (mainly for academe, but with crossover appeal for writers-who-don’t-teach but are applying for grants/fellowships/awards/etc.). (via Wordamour)
  • Five Ways to Celebrate Short Stories is a post I wrote for Fiction Writers Review last year, but the beginning of Short Story Month 2012 seems to be a perfect time to “recycle” it.
  • Speaking of Fiction Writers Review: My “reviewlet” of Anne Korkeakivi’s The Unexpected Guest posted last week. One of the things I discuss in that piece is the author’s use of French words and phrases, so I was of course interested to discover Korkeakivi’s thoughts on handling languages other than English in fiction (thanks for the link, Writer Abroad!). (By the way, you can read some relevant thoughts of my own archived on the Brave New Words blog, too.)
  • May is apparently prime giveaway season. Don’t forget about this practicing writer’s participation in the Collection Giveaway Project. And over on Hippocampus Magazine, there will be one giveaway every day of this month to celebrate the publication’s anniversary. You need to delve into the current issue to participate–may I humbly suggest that you check out my own micro-essay in that issue, “Comprehension”?
  • For those who ask am I a writer, Cathy Day has some answers.
  • Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

  • “The Danish Centre for Writers and Translators has the pleasure of being able to offer a four-week working residency in the buildings on the beautiful grounds of Hald Hovedgaard, near the town of Viborg, in the period of July 16 – August 13, 2012. Four foreign authors and eight to ten Danish authors will gather for this period in a writing-conducive environment, where they will have the opportunity to work undistracted in an inspiring literary atmosphere. This working residency is available to Danish and foreign writers who have had at least two works of fiction published.” There is no entry fee indicated. Application deadline for non-Danish applicants is April 1, 2012. NB: “The H.A.L.D. residency program is supported by DIVA – the Danish International Visiting Artists Exchange Programme, a programme administered by The Danish Arts Council (link to text in Danish and English). This means that, besides staying at Hald for free, the four chosen authors from abroad will receive a sum of DKK 10,000 to cover other expenses, such as food, as well as a refund of up to DKK 5,000 (DKK 7.000 overseas) for travel expenses.”(via @femministas)
  • I’m thrilled for Jonterri Gadson, who kindly let me know via Twitter that she has won the Herbert W. Martin Fellowship at the University of Dayton–which she found out about through this list of post-MFA opportunities.
  • Subscribers, you’ll have the April issue of The Practicing Writer by the weekend. Not yet a subscriber? Click here to learn more. There’s no fee to subscribe, your email address is kept confidential, and new subscribers receive a free writing contest ebook.
  • The Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative, “[c]reated in memory of the 38-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter slain by terrorists in 2002, is designed to encourage young journalists to write in-depth stories about a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism or another deeply ingrained prejudice. The DPIJI will help writers develop their ideas, mentor them and provide them with a stipend of $5000 ($2500 upon selection and $2500 upon completion of the project). Moment will edit and publish their stories, possibly in conjunction with another media outlet. Applicants must be between the ages of 22 and 38.” No application fee. Deadline: April 4, 2012.
  • “The Authors’ Foundation was established in 1984 to mark the centenary of the Society of Authors. It has been generously supported by authors, charitable trusts and the Royal Literary Fund. The Foundation provides grants to writers to assist them while writing books. There are two rounds of grants each year, awarded in the summer and in the winter. The next closing date for applications is 30th April 2012.” No application fees indicated. Eligibility: “You may apply if: 1. You have been commissioned by a commercial British publisher to write a full-length work of fiction, poetry or non-fiction and need funding (in addition to the publisher’s advance) for important research, travel, or other more general expenditure; or 2. You are without a contractual commitment by a publisher but have had at least one book published commercially by a British publisher, and there is a strong likelihood that your next book will be published in Britain.” Note: “Maximum grants are unlikely to exceed £3,500 – £4,000. Most grants are in the range £1,000-2,000).”
  • “The Scripps College [Calif.] Writing Program seeks a distinguished visiting writer for the Mary Routt Endowed Chair of Writing during the spring semester of 2013. The successful candidate will serve as Mary Routt Chair of Writing throughout the spring semester (from mid-January to mid-May). Teaching responsibilities include one writing workshop in the area of his or her choice as well as a presentation of his or her work at two public events. We are looking for candidates with critical recognition consistent with a writer of national reputation; we prefer candidates who can show evidence of outstanding teaching ability.”
  • Harvard University Press (Mass.) seeks a Writer/Editor, George Washington University (Washington) is looking for a Managing Editor, and (New York) invites applications for a Writer/Editor.