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.”
There’s an early deadline in place for submissions for Contrary Magazine‘s fall issue. Get your work in to this “journal of unpopular discontent” by August 1! Pays: “For original commentary, fiction, and poetry, Contrary Magazine pays $20 per author per issue, regardless of the number of works or nature of the submission. Reviews and Contrary Blog posts are usually unpaid. Domestic payments are made by check or Paypal. International payments will only be sent through Paypal.”
“The Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize is awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. ‘Place’ may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary or metaphorical landscape. We are looking for one poem that offers our readers a fresh, original and meaningful take on the topic.” Prize: $1,000 and publication. No entry fee indicated. Submissions: September 5 – November 5, 2011. (hat tip: Anna Leahy)
The ArLiJo Poetry Award competition is limited to entrants who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region, defined as Virginia, West Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, or Pennsylvania. Prize includes publication and a $100 honorarium if the winning poet attends a celebratory reading on Sunday, October 23 and reads his/her poem. No entry fee indicated. Deadline: September 30, 2011. (via MagnaPoets)
“Month at the Museum™ is back! The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is once again searching for a roommate to live in the Museum for a month, experience the adventure of a lifetime–and take home $10,000.” Reporting on one’s adventure is part of the gig: “We’re looking for a good communicator. Excellent writing skills are a must. Having some experience with speaking in public, media interviews and blogging would be ideal. An outgoing nature will help when you’re interacting with our guests and making public appearances. For your reporting via blog, Twitter and online video, it’s also a plus to possess some Web savvy and photography skills.” No application fee indicated. Deadline: July 22, 2011 (received). (hat tip to @LisaRomeo)
Attention, writers in Washington State: “The Arts Innovator Award is an unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two Washington State generative artists of all disciplines who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice.” In addition, “two artists will be selected to receive Arts Innovator Special Recognition Awards of $2,500 each.” No entry fee indicated. Deadline: July 25, 2011. (via WomenArts)
If you haven’t yet seen our July Practicing Writer newsletter, it is packed (as usual) with no-fee competitions and paying calls for submission.
Northeastern University (Mass.) seeks an Acknowledgment Writer, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (N.Y.) is looking for an Administrative Director, and Providence College (R.I.) is advertising for a Writer.
Richard Hugo House (Seattle) is taking applications for writers-in-residence. “Applicants for the position should be practicing, published (or produced) writers of poetry, fiction, plays or creative nonfiction and accomplished and dedicated writing teachers with experience working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting and on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional development advice. Applicants should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (i.e. developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in the role of writing as a means of engaging people of all cultures and in all sectors of society.” Applications are due by June 6, 2011, and there is no application fee. Check the website for more information (including information on compensation).
Nashville Review‘s current submissions window closes June 1. “Nashville Review publishes the best in literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and comics. Both distinguished and emerging writers are encouraged to submit. Nashville Review also publishes lyrics and audio by up-and-coming musicians. Fiction, nonfiction, and comics contributors are offered a flat fee of $100. Poetry contributors are offered $25 per poem. All submissions may be made through our online submissions manager. Nashville Review has three reading periods: January 1 – February 1, May 1 – June 1, and September 1 – October 1. Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction submitted outside of these reading periods cannot be considered. Comics and music may be submitted at any time.”
Reminder also that Graywolf Press is now currently open for manuscript submissions. “Graywolf Press is a literary press that publishes about twenty-seven books annually, mostly collections of poetry, memoir, essays, novels, and short stories. Our editors are looking for high quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that combines a distinct voice with a distinct vision….We accept submissions in the months of January, May, and September. Submissions received outside of these months will not be considered.”
All hail Tania Hershman, source of this extensive list of “UK and Ireland Lit Mags Which Publish Short Stories.” The list is annotated and indicates which mags pay contributors.
“The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, ‘compressed creative arts.’ We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Work is published weekly, without labels, and the labels here only exist to help us determine its best readers. We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.” (via Pam Casto’s Flash Fiction Flash newsletter)
“The Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago (LUC) seeks qualified candidates for a newly authorized position for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing- Poetry, for the Academic Year 2011-2012 and pending the approval of funding. The appointment will be for one year….This non-tenure-track, full-time position comprises teaching poetry writing in the core curriculum and in the Creative Writing Concentration within the English major, mentoring students, assisting in administration of the Creative Writing Program, and continuing to publish poetry in recognized venues.”
Columbia Magazine (New York) is looking for a Managing Editor, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (Washington) seeks a Publications Specialist, and Rice University (Houston) is advertising for a Science Writer.
As of April 1, Arc Poetry Magazine has replaced its submissions procedures with an online manager.
“Announcing a call for non-fiction/memoir/personal stories by American Muslim women on the search for love. These stories will be published in a book, Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, by Soft Skull Press in February 2012.” Pays: “a small stipend (TBD) upon publication,” plus two copies. Submit by April 15, 2011. (hat tip: Literary Mama blog)
News from the British Library: “Applications are invited for the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award. The award of £20,000, sponsored by the David and Mary Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, is open to writers resident in the United Kingdom. Writers should be working on a non-fiction or fiction full-length book, written in the English language, the research for which requires that they make substantial use of the British Library’s collections relating to North America (the USA and/or Canada). The award holder will be the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence for a period of one year from 1st January 2012. The award will help the Writer in Residence to spend part of that time on site at the British Library, making direct use of the collections relating to North America (the USA and/or Canada).” No application fee. Deadline: August 31, 2011.
Reminder: Quiet Americans is now available via Kindle (and Kindle apps are available for all kinds of devices). Enter our giveaway (entries close Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.), or go ahead and buy your “copy” now.
“The Penn State Altoona English Program is taking applications for a one-semester teaching residency in fiction and creative non-fiction writing. The residence, designed to offer an emerging writer substantial time to write, offers a salary of $10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2011 semester (August 22-December 15). The resident writer will also give two readings and work informally with our English majors. Benefits are not included.” Application review begins May 16.
“The Department of English at the University New Mexico invites applications for a Russo Endowed Professor or Creative Writing in Creative Nonfiction for the academic year 2011-2012, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years. We seek an outstanding writer with significant publications and demonstrated excellence as a teacher to work with students at the graduate and undergraduate level in the UNM creative writing program. A secondary expertise in poetry is also welcome, but not required.”
“Bethany College [W. Va.] invites applications for a One-Year Visiting Position in American Literature/Poetry Writing. The successful candidate will teach courses in American literature, Freshman Honors English (on a topic of the candidate’s choice), introductory creative writing, a poetry writing workshop, and composition. Ph.D. in hand by Spring 2011 preferred. ABD would be considered with appropriate adjustment in rank. The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching. The college anticipates a search for a permanent replacement to be conducted in the coming academic year.”
“The English Department at Rhodes College [Tenn.] seeks a Poet for a visiting position starting August 2011. Successful candidates should have an M.F.A. as well as a clear record of teaching excellence. Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second. Secondary expertise in teaching fiction writing, screenwriting, or dramatic writing is desirable.”
“The Writing & Publishing Department at Walnut Hill School for the Arts [Mass.], which offers talented high school students intensive, craft-based, studio instruction in writing (prose, poetry, and playwriting) alongside real-world training in literary editing and publishing, seeks a full-time Assistant Director to lead instruction in Poetry and production of Department publications.”
Boston Colleges seeks a Senior Editor, the African Wildlife Foundation (D.C.) is looking for a Senior Writer and Publications Manager, and Brown University (R.I.) invites applications for a Director, Communications and Stewardship (job #D00842).
There’s not much time left to take advantage of this (deadline is tomorrow, February 15): The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Educational Foundation is delighted to offer professional nonfiction writers the opportunity to apply for scholarships that will enable them to attend ASJA2011,” a conference in New York City scheduled for the end of April/beginning of May. Scholarships will be awarded to writers in three categories: blogging, nonfiction article, and nonfiction book. No application fees indicated.
“The Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award from Southern Illinois University Carbondale is an annual award competition intended to encourage increased artistic and intellectual growth among students, as well as reward excellence and diversity in creative writing. Each year, $1000 and a signed copy of a Charles Johnson book will be awarded to the winner.” Winning entry will also be published in Crab Orchard Review. “The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university.” Submissions must be postmarked during February. There is no entry fee.
Another student contest: The New York Times has just announced its latest Modern Love College Essay Contest. “If you have a personal story that illustrates the current state of love and relationships, e-mail it to us….The winning author will receive $1,000 and his or her essay will be published in a special ‘Modern Love’ column on May 1, 2011, and on nytimes.com.” No entry fee. Deadline: March 31, 2011.
Interested in applying for a residency at the Anderson Center (Minn.)? The deadline for May-July residencies has passed, but if you’re interested in a spot for August-October, you have until March 1 to complete your application. Keep in mind that August residencies (sponsored by the Jerome Foundation) are limited to applicants who are emerging writers/artists from Minnesota and New York City. Check all the details at the website. No application fee indicated.
Last week I mailed signed copies of Quiet Americans to the winners of three separate giveaways. Meantime, at this very moment there are three more ways that you might receive your very own signed copy, too (at least, if you live in the U.S. or Canada). You can enter this Goodreads giveaway through Friday. You can “like” our Facebook page and thereby become eligible for two copies to be awarded next weekend, too. And you can check out The Quivering Pen, where Quiet Americans was named last Friday’s “Friday Freebie.” (But if all of this is just too much work and/or waiting, please feel free to go ahead and buy a copy!)
“Lake Superior State University [Mich.] seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member in the Department of English to start August, 2011. Primary responsibilities include teaching sections of composition I and/or II each semester, with occasional teaching of a Creative Writing course consisting of fiction, creative non-fiction, and/or playwriting.”
Whitman College (Wash.) invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing (fiction).
New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies is looking for part-time adjunct faculty “in Fiction Writing and Creative Nonfiction, Screenwriting and Writing for Television, Journalism and New Media, Business and Professional Writing, Basic Writing Skills, and Speech.”
Columbia College Chicago’s Department of English has extended the deadline for applications for the position of the Elma Stuckey Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Poet-in-Residence. This two-year position starts August 2011. “Poets from underrepresented communities and/or those who bring diverse cultural, ethnic, and national perspectives to their writing and teaching are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful candidate will teach, give a public reading, advise a student-curated reading series, and possibly supervise a small number of graduate theses.” Extended application deadline is March 1, 2011. (via CRWROPPS)
Tennessee Tech University seeks a Writer, the University of California (Office of the President) is looking for a Writer/Executive Communications Specialist, and the National Geographic Society (D.C.) invites applications for an Associate Editor position.
Wondering what to do after finishing the MFA? It’s your lucky day! Check out this freshly updated compilation of post-MFA fellowships.
It’s been a week since the December issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers, but it’s not too late to take advantage of the fee-free contest/opportunity listings and calls for submissions from paying literary publications that are listed there.
Speaking of paying literary publications: Cream City Review has announced that starting with work submitted during its current reading period, it “will be paying authors ‘semi-pro rates’.” Still pretty low, though: $3-$5/page for “fiction/comics/essays (excluding book reviews or interviews)” and $5-$10 per poem. Still, this is nice news. (via Duotrope.com)
As mentioned yesterday on my other blog, The Forward is looking for politics bloggers.
The next Workers Write! volume will be Tales from the Combat Zone “and will contain stories and poems from the soldier’s point of view (all branches welcome). We are interested in everything from command to grunt work. We will also consider war stories and peace keeping missions, as long as the job is the central theme. Drop us a line if you have a question.” Pays: $5-$50 “depending on length and rights requested.” They’ll also consider reprints. Deadline: December 1, 2011 “or until the issue is full.”
Got a poem about Nantucket? (No, not that “poem”!) Nantucket Directory is running a poetry contest. “Submit up to three unpublished poems about any aspect of Nantucket Island or life on Nantucket written in English.” Pays: “The winning poet will receive $250 and have his or her work published in the print and online editions of the 2011-12 Nantucket Directory.” There is no entry fee. Deadline: March 1, 2011.
Published Canadian authors (citizens or permanent residents): You may be intersted in applying for the Historic Joy Kogawa House residency program. The residency will run September 15, 2011-March 15, 2012 as part of a writer-in-residence program designed “to foster greater appreciation for Canadian writing with the Metro Vancouver community, offer members of the community an opportunity to interact with the resident author, and provide the space, time and resources for a Canadian author to write.” Pays: $2,500/month, plus free accommodation valued at $1,500/month, with assistance for travel expenses. No application fee. Applications must be received by midnight (PST) on December 15, 2010. NB: The Historic Joy Kogawa House has also compiled information on other opportunities for Canadian writers. (via Arc Poetry Magazine)
From the University of Edinburgh: “Applications are invited for a part-time (0.8) post combining the roles of Writer in Residence and Tutor in Creative Writing, based in the department of English Literature.”
Lifting Voices (D.C.), “a nonprofit, grassroots organization which helps young people discover and share their voices in order to grow, find joy, and accomplish change,” seeks a Writing Workshop Leader/Teacher. “The workshop leader contributes approximately 17-18 hours per week and is compensated at a rate of $1,300 per month from January 1 – June 15, with the possibility of a renewal at the end of the school year. 12 hours per week are spent teaching workshops, mainly on weekday afternoons, at locations around D.C. 2-3 hours per week are spent preparing for and following up on workshops, which may be done from home. 2 hours per week are spent preparing reports, which may be done from home. 1 hour per week is spent in a staff meeting, which is done in the Lifting Voices office. An estimated 10 to 15 hours per semester are spent assisting with special events and fundraisers, as needed.” Apply fast (by Friday, December 10).
Suffolk University (Mass.) is looking for a Web Writer/Editor, The Child/Mind Institute (N.Y.) seeks a Writer/Editor, and the William J. Clinton Foundation (N.Y.) invites applications for a Prospect Researcher/Writer.