On the Radar – December Edition

Some opportunities for writers to consider over the next month. End this year and start the next one on a productive note.


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Yaddo is an artists’ community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.” Deadline: January 1st for residencies starting May 1, 2016 through February 2017.

The Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop is a weeklong intensive  of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by the editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books and their guests – prominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.” Faculty includes Mat Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Luis Alberto Urrea, Alexander Chee, Rachel Kushner. The application goes live: January 1st.

“The Saltonstall Foundation supports artists and writers of New York State through two main programs held at our colony in Ithaca, NY. The summer juried residency program (May – Sept.) Subsidized, do-it-yourself “off-season” retreats (Oct. – April)” Deadline: January 2

Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.” Deadline: January 15th for the May-August residency period.

The Jentel Artist Residency Program is located on a 1000 acre plus working cattle ranch 20 miles southeast of Sheridan (Population 17,300).” Jentel is the first residency I ever went to and this is what it was like for me. I credit my time there with shifting my diligence into a higher gear. A lot of opportunities I earned afterwards were because I devoted time to researching and organizing myself while at Jentel. Deadline: January 15th for the summer/fall residency May 13 – December 15.

Third Coast Fiction Contest. Winners each receive $1,000 and publication in Third Coast. Deadline: January 15

Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2016 Writing Prizes, including the 2016 Short Fiction Contest. The author of the winning story will receive $1000 and publication in Yemassee 23.2.” Deadline: January 15

Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971.” Deadline: January 15

“The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.” Deadline: January 15

The James Merrill House offers “one 4-1/2 month residency between mid-January and the end of May, and three or four shorter residencies of 2 to 6 weeks during the months between Labor Day and mid-January. Deadline: for Fall 2016-Spring 2017 residencies ends January 15, 2016.

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, established in 1954, is one of the oldest artist residence programs in the country. The foundation keeps a low-profile and serves as a haven for painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, composers, photographers and filmmakers. We are located on fifteen acres in the heart of Taos, New Mexico, a four-hundred-year-old multicultural community renowned for its popularity with artists.” Deadline: January 18

Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction
Six Mondays
January 18, 2016 – February 22, 2016

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program is “a nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines, LMCC’s Workspace program offers space for experimentation and dialogue with peers and arts professionals, as well as career-advancement opportunities.” I’m currently a writer-in-residence there until June and highly recommend applying. This was the view from my studio (we moved floors). Deadline: January 28


First Book Boot Camp is an all day intensive designed to help you finish your book. Novelist Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters,Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, and King of Cuba) facilitates it in Marin County, CA. Date: January 30

“Each January since 2003, The Iowa Review has invited submissions to The Iowa Review Awards, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive $1,500; first runners-up receive $750. Winners and runners-up are published in each December issue.” Kelly Link is the fiction judge. Open: January 1 – 31

“Once again W@W is pleased to continue its long tradition of its Annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. First Place: $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, tuition for the 2016 conference, and a featured reading during the conference.” Deadline: January 31

A Room of Her Own Foundation for Women: Writers: Artists. “Four Orlando prizes of $1,000 each and publication are awarded twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers.” Deadline: January 31

Nelson Algren Literary Award. One grand prize winner will receive $3,500. Deadline: January 31



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