The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

  • Kelly James-Enger warns against “Explosives, Waifs, and Users: Six Writers to Avoid.”
  • Honestly, I’m going to be dragged kicking and screaming to Google+. But I guess I’ll get there eventually. Crystal King’s post for Grub Street Daily is just one of many reminders of that likelihood.
  • In a Fiction Writers Review “Poetry for Prosers” feature, Katie Umans “sort-of” reviews David Orr’s Beautiful and Pointless.
  • I decided a few months ago that I won’t be attending the 2012 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Chicago (I hope to return in 2013, when the conference moves to my beloved Boston). But if you’re still deliberating, perhaps the list of accepted events will help you decide.
  • I love Lisa Romeo’s post, “Not exactly qualified for that writing award? Apply anyway” (and not only because it is, in part a success story resulting from a discovery right here on Practicing Writing!).
  • Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

  • Attention, practicing writers in the Boston area: “Grub Street is happy to be able to offer fifteen partial (50% discount) scholarships for our newly expanded daytime course curriculum to writers who have been impacted by the economic downturn. Scholarships are valid for one year from date of issuance, and can be used towards any weekday Grub Street class that takes place between the hours of 9am – 5pm. To see a sampling of our current daytime offerings, click here: http://bit.ly/pf5gnv. Starting in Fall 2011, we’ll have a more robust calendar of daytime events.” Application deadline: July 25, 2011. No application fee indicated.
  • Wordrunner Electronic Chapbooks plans an anthology e-chapbook (fiction only) on the subject of “loss”: “We want to read about any kind of loss and its impact, be it serious or humorous or both.” Writers may submit up to three stories; at least one of the submitted stories must be previously unpublished. This mini-collection will feature work by up to six authors. Submission deadline is August 21, 2011. Pays: “Per story: $10 to $20, depending on final selections.”
  • This one’s for you, practicing-writers-who-are-also-high-school-teachers: “The Norman Mailer Center and the National Council of Teachers of English are pleased to invite submissions for the 2011 Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers. Full- and part-time high school teachers are eligible to enter the competition….From five finalists, one winner will be selected to receive a $10,000 cash prize along with travel and lodging to attend the Norman Mailer Center’s Annual Gala on November 8, 2011, in New York City, where the Mailer Prize and the Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards are also presented. The winner will also receive a fellowship to the prestigious Norman Mailer Writers Colony during the summer of 2012.” Application deadline is July 27, 2011 (noon, CST), and the work entered–which must be fiction–may be previously published (if publication took place within the last 12 months). The competition is open to teachers who live outside the U.S. but work in American-accredited schools. No entry fee indicated.
  • “The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the editorial team of film.culture360.org are inviting potential writers (comprising of film journalists, filmmakers, film academics, festival programmers, film professionals and film enthusiasts) from ASEM countries to submit proposals for articles. The selected articles will be published on culture360.org website dedicated to connecting Asia and Europe through film.” Proposals are due before July 31, 2011. Pays: “The writers will receive a financial remuneration of 250 Singapore Dollars (SGD) per article.” (Find a list of ASEM countries by scrolling down this page.)
  • The University of Wyoming seeks a Managing Editor for UWyo Magazine, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (Toronto) is looking for a Web and Social Media Editor (25 hrs/week, one-year position), and the College Art Association (N.Y.) is advertising an Editorial Assistant position.
  • Friday Find: Scholarship Directory for Writers

    The Writers’ Conferences & Centers (WC&C) website, a creation of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) provides “information about attending the most established writing conferences, centers, festivals, residencies, or retreats in North America and abroad. We currently have more than 100 members.” Now, the site also features a scholarship directory, identifying member programs that have scholarships available.

    Enjoy your weekend, and see you back here on Monday.


    Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

  • For its next e-chapbook, Wordrunner Electronic Chapbooks will consider poetry collections. Pays: $65. No entry/reading fee. Deadline: May 31, 2011. (via Magnapoets.com)
  • The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2011, in association with the Guardian and the Observer, “aims to find the next generation of undiscovered science writing talent” in the U.K. Two entry categories: “professional, funded scientists of postgraduate level and above” and “anyone else with a non-professional interest in science (this includes undergraduate students).” They are not looking for “professional journalists and authors who already write for money.” There is no entry fee indicated. Winning articles from each category will be published and winners will receive a £1,000 prize. “The top 30 shortlisted entrants will also be invited to attend a science writing workshop at the Guardian offices in October 2011.” Deadline: May 20, 2011. (hat tip to @LeneAGary)
  • Here’s a new creative writing residency–in Singapore–open to published writers of any nationality. From the National University of Singapore: “Application for the Creative Writing Residency programme is now open. Created to promote creative writing, this is the first such writing residency in Singapore. It is jointly organised by the National University of Singapore’s University Scholars Programme (NUS USP) and The Arts House (TAH). The residency aims to: 1. Provide time and opportunity for the Resident to complete a written work in English; 2. Generate interaction and critical discussion among potential writers and stimulate new writing from them through mentorship and public programmes. The completed work, which can be fiction or non-fiction, may cover any topic, and should be in one of the following forms; prose, verse, stage play, radio play or screenplay. The work must be of a standard ready for publication and for a public reading/lecture.The residency will be for a period of one year from 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2012 and the resident will be required to take up residence at Cinnamon College, the USP residential college at National University of Singapore. The resident will receive a monthly stipend of $3,500 as well as a bonus at the end of the residency (which is subject to performance). The resident will be provided with board, lodging, a computer, and supporting peripherals during the tenure of his/her residency.” No application fee indicated. Deadline: May 13, 2011.
  • Would a scholarship help you attend the 2011 Book Blogger Conference? Check out these generous offerings on Babbling About Books, and More and Presenting Lenore. No application fees. Deadlines for both scholarships: April 13, 2011.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology seeks a Communications Director, the Council of Foreign Relations (New York) is looking for an Associate Writer (Economics), and National Public Radio (Washington) invites applications for a Books Editor/Producer position.
  • Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

  • Best Fiction is an online publication of brilliant stories by new, emerging writers alongside the work of established authors.” Pays: “a minimum honorarium of $25 US for first electronic and print publication rights,” though “established authors may negotiate a fee for their stories.” (via Duotrope.com)
  • It’s almost April. You know that that means. A new issue of The Practicing Writer, packed with additional no-cost competitions and paying calls for submission. If you’re not yet a subscriber, sign up to receive your copy right in your inbox. No charge, and we keep email addresses confidential. More info here.
  • If you’re the author of a recent book, and you were born or are currently residing in Washington state, your work may be eligible for the Washington State Book Awards. “The winners of the Washington State Book Awards will be celebrated at a special event held in their honor in the fall. Each author, as well as the illustrator of the children’s picture book, will receive a $500 honorarium, thanks to the sponsorship of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.” There is no entry fee. Deadline: April 1.
  • Scholarship opportunity: “The Writer’s Center [Bethesda, Md.] is pleased to open its Call For Applications for the 2012 Undiscovered Voices Scholarship. The Writer’s Center seeks promising writers earning less than $25,000 annually to apply. This scholarship program will provide complimentary writing workshops to the selected applicant for a period of one year, but not to exceed 8 workshops in that year (and not to include independent studies). We expect the recipient will use the year to make progress toward a completed manuscript of publishable work.” In addition to free workshops, the winner “will give a reading from his or her work at the close of the scholarship period (June 2012) and will be invited to speak with local high school students on the craft of writing.” There is no application fee. Deadline: July 1.
  • Also from The Writer’s Center: a new first-novel prize.  “Thanks to the generosity of board member Neal P. Gillen, The Writer’s Center is pleased to announce that it will award $500 annually to the author of the best first novel published during a given calendar year. Conceived and funded by Gillen, the McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize honors three dedicated writers and members of The Writer’s Center faculty–Ann McLaughlin, Barbara Esstman, and Lynn Stearns–each of whom unselfishly nourish and inspire students and fellow writers.” There is no entry fee indicated. Deadline: July 15.
  • “The Literature Program at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey invites applications for a one-year, full-time Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor position, beginning Fall 2011. Candidate must be able to teach a multi-genre introduction to creative writing course as well as upper-level workshops in Fiction.
  • Poets & Writers, Inc., (NYC) is looking for a Development & Marketing Associate, Harvard Medical School (Boston) seeks a Writer/Editor, and The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) plans to hire a Senior Writer (requisition #47391).