Attention, Manitoba Writers!

The Winnipeg Public Library invites applications for a Writer-in-Residence position, which will begin November 1, 2006, and last for eight months (subject to funding).

Applications are welcome from residents of Manitoba who have published at least two books professionally. “Previous experience in teaching, writing or as a manuscript evaluator/editor/mentor would be an asset.”

There’s a salary of $2,500/month. Application deadline: July 14, 2006. There’s no application fee.

For more information about the residency and application instructions, click here.

Attention, New Jersey Writers!

Applications are now available for New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowships. This year’s categories include: Crafts; Interdisciplinary Performance; Photography; Playwriting; Poetry; Prose; and Sculpture.

Recent awards have ranged from $7,000 to $10,000.

No application fee; online application deadline: July 17, 2006; postmark deadline: July 19.

More information here.

Attention, Boston Teachers Who Write!

Well, I’m back, and there’s plenty to post.

Let’s start with this opportunity for Boston area teachers who have ideas they’d like to develop into publications/presentations. The Calderwood Writing Initiative invites such teachers (K-14) to apply by April 28 for a two-week summer workshop at the Boston Athenaeum. The workshop will take place July 17-28. Accepted teachers will receive a $2,000 stipend for participating in the summer workshop and in monthly follow-up meetings during the school year. To find out more, consult the Calderwood Writing Initiative.

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].)

Fee-Free Contests

Writing contests. You see them advertised everywhere. And they can sound so promising.

The trouble is, many, if not most of them, charge fees to participate. And those fees sure can add up fast.

But there are lots of “no-cost” competitions–awarding cash, publication, residencies, and conference attendance, among other plums–for writers in every genre. They don’t charge fees. The Winter 2006 edition of The Practicing Writer’s Guide to No-Cost Literary Contests and Competitions profiles 221 such opportunities. And the complimentary preview includes several sample listings. Check out this great resource for your writing practice today (it’s updated semiannually to remove “dead” programs and revise links as needed while adding new opportunities).