Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

  • “As a part of the Women of Color Travel Project (WOCTP), we invite you to submit your work for potential publication in our new book. This anthology aims to capture stories of women of color who see the world as their playground to explore and enjoy….This anthology will focus solely on the travel experiences of women of color: their experiences with different cultures, the ways in which their trips shaped their view of the world, themselves, their community and how, upon their return home, their lives were transformed. We are not looking for advice on what hotels and cafes to frequent. Rather, we want to hear how, through travel, you, as a woman of color, were able to connect with yourself.” Submission deadline: January 15, 2012. Pays: $20/piece on publication, plus percentage of royalties.
  • It’s almost time for the December issue of The Practicing Writer to go out to subscribers. More no-fee competitions and paying calls for poets, fictionists, and writers of creative nonfiction to consider. As always, it’s free to subscribe, and as always, we don’t share your email address.
  • From the Poetry Translation Centre (U.K.): “The Poetry Translation Centre is looking for a freelance Project Manager to work on its programme between January and March 2012. Home based, you will be working closely with PTC Director, Sarah Maguire. Your key responsibilities will be to co-ordinate production of four dual-language chapbooks and manage a series of about five readings by the Somali poet, Caasha Luul Mohamud Yusuf, and her translator, Clare Pollard. Previous experience of producing publications and events is essential, as are excellent communication and organisation skills, and the ability to work independently. Experience of working in the poetry sector would be an advantage. Fee for services: £200 per day for a maximum of 15 days between January and March 2012.” Apply by December 5.
  • Another opportunity for a U.K.-based writer: “Are you an established writer with extensive experience of undertaking writing residencies in England and across the UK? NAWE, in partnership with Literature Wales, Poetry Ireland and Scottish Book Trust, wishes to commission a briefing sheet on writing residencies aimed at writers who are interested in undertaking residency work and want to know more about what is involved and how to get started….This will be the latest title in the NAWE series of Briefings – other topics in this series of ‘how to’ factsheets to support the creative and business aspects of being a writer include writing and regeneration, fundraising for projects, time management, creative co-mentoring and marketing for authors. These are available as downloads from http://www.nawe.co.uk/the-writers-compass/resources.html The briefing will be available as a download from the NAWE website and from the websites of partner organizations Literature Wales, Poetry Ireland and Scottish Book Trust. A fee of £500 is available.” Apply by December 14.
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is looking for a Web Writer/Assistant Editor for Technology Review, the Indiana University President’s Office seeks a Speech Writer, and Drexel University is accepting applications for a Web Writer/Site Manager.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County seeks an Assistant Professor of English (tenure-track). “RESPONSIBILITIES: Typical teaching load is twelve-credit hours per semester to include four, three-credit courses in both composition and creative writing. The candidate may teach courses in first year composition, intermediate composition, creative writing (fiction and/or poetry), and the literary magazine course. Our campus is also eager to engage the local community in literacy and creative writing activities and would welcome candidates with innovative community outreach ideas and experience. Teaching two courses of freshman composition (ENG 101 or ENG 102) will be a part of a normal semester workload. Interest in teaching Ethnic Studies and developing Interdisciplinary Studies courses and/or courses with a service learning component are also desirable.”
  • 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…)

    Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

  • New opportunity: “The John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence [Program] at Thurber House is dedicated, by his wife, Sally Crane, to the memory of the late photojournalist and author who was a critically acclaimed Associated Press photographer and journalist. AP Bureau Chief in the Philippines, Nance wrote The Gentle Tasaday about a primitive tribe in the Philippines as well as Lobo of the Tasaday, a Horn Book Award Honor Book. Nance was a Thurber House writer-in-residence twice, in 1995 and 1998. An annual residency of four weeks, the Writer-in-Residence program is designed to provide a writer with the gift of time to develop his/her work-in-progress. The residency is a two-bedroom apartment in the boyhood home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber. Each year the residency will focus on a specific genre, the first for 2012 being nonfiction in honor of Nance’s field.” Open to U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, who have had a book published by a traditional publisher in the past three years or have a work under contract. Residency will take place in September-October 2012 and will offer a stipend of $4,000. Application deadline: March 15, 2012. No application fee.
  • From Ladies’ Home Journal: “For the first-ever LHJ Personal Essay Contest, we’re looking for first-person narratives of personal growth — a term you can interpret as broadly as you like. Whether you choose to write about a life lesson you learned the hard way or a challenge you managed (or perhaps failed) to meet, no topic is off-limits. And you could win $3,000 and have your essay published in LHJ.” Deadline: December 13, 2011. No entry fee indicated, BUT take note of these lines in the fine print: “By entering and/or providing the required registration information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may send you information, samples, or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor. Sponsor may also include your name and postal address in postal address lists that Sponsor sells or rents to third parties for marketing purposes….IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS PROMOTION.” (original emphasis)
  • Opportunity for emerging poets in the five boroughs of New York City: Four Way Books invites you to “consider submitting your first or second poetry collection to us through our new ‘It’s No Contest’ Program. We will read your manuscript with a mind to selecting it for publication until December 15, 2011. FWB editors hope to find one or more manuscripts to publish between fall 2012-2013.” No fee.
  • “Creative writers whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for one-week residencies at the H.J.Andrews Experimental Forest [Ore.]. The mission of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program is to bring together writers, humanists and scientists to create a living, growing record of how we understand the forest and the relation of people to the forest, as that understanding and that forest both change over time.” No application fee. Deadline: December 1, 2011 (received).
  • The University of Missouri seeks an Editor, Internal Communications; the Writers Guild of American, West (Los Angeles), is looking for a Senior Writer/Editor, and the Associated Press (New York) invites applications for a Social Media Editor.
  • From Nanyang Technological University (Singapore): “The Division of English at NTU seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Creative Writing at the Assistant Professor level. Fiction, creative non-fiction, play-writing and screen-writing are areas of particular current interest. The Division of English at NTU is an academic department in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, which offers the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in literary studies. Students can minor in creative writing, and creative writing options are also available at postgraduate level.”
  • 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…)