On The Radar – March Edition (And Another One *Dj Khaled voice*)

I still have the jitters from hitting send on a grant application about twenty minutes ago. A minute before the deadline. After two days of emergency wine, rolling around on the carpet, sore eyes. A good reminder that hell is submitting an application for anything last minute. I am going to need some strong drinks tonight to unwind my shoulders that are hitched up to my ears right now.

There are still some good opportunities for writers in my last post since it was late for February, but kinda early for March. Really, no such thing as early when it comes to these applications. Anyway, I won’t repeat anything on that list. Cheers.


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The Vermont Studio Center’s Staff-Artist Program presents emerging artists and writers with a unique opportunity to live and work at VSC for one year, engaging fully with the resident community and Visiting Artists and Writers in order to gain professional expertise, build creative community, and emerge with a strong direction in their artistic careers. In exchange for a one-year commitment of 29 hours of work per week, VSC staff-artists receive room, board, studio space, full access to the VSC community, and a weekly stipend of $200.  Each staff-artist completes their year with a solo exhibition or public reading. Applications accepted until position is filled. Start date: late March/early April.

I-Park is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Family-Friendly Residency from August 1 to August 14, 2016. Four artists and their families (a spouse/partner and up to three children) will be selected for this experimental program. Application deadline: March 7.

Djerassi. Residencies are awarded competitively, at no cost, to national and international artists in the disciplines of choreography, literature, music composition, visual arts, and media arts/new genres. We seek applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom appointments as resident artists may make a significant difference to their careers, as well as from established artists with national and/or international reputations. Applicants are evaluated by panels of arts professionals in each category. Those selected are offered living and studio space for a 30 day session during the season which runs from mid-April through mid-November. Application deadline: March 15

Brush Creek. During their time, residents will be provided a single room with private bath, individual studio space and meals. Breakfast fare is provided for self-service, bagged lunches are delivered to the common area, and dinner is shared family style each night. Application deadline: March 15

Nelligan Prize. $2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2016 issue of Colorado Review. Submission deadline: March 14

2016 Pinch Literary Award. Submission deadline: March 15

Tobias Wolff Award. Submission deadline: March 15

Willow Springs Fiction PrizeSubmission deadline: March 15

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Canto a San Francisco – An anthology of Latino Writing (working title): A call for poetry, fiction, and essays by and about Latinos in the San Francisco Bay Area. Who are we as Latinos in the Bay Area? This anthology aims to showcase our stories and impressions of beloved characters, barrios, movimientos, coastal hangouts, quinceañeras, street fights, business negocios, victories and sorrows. We are busboys, lawyers, dancers, bankers, curanderas, vaqueros, tech moguls, abuelitas, teachers, punk poets, playwrights, sex workers, stockbrokers, santeros, cholos, queer parents, nuns, sci-fi nerds and more. Tell us about the Bay Area city that has cradled you, called you, exalted or abandoned you. We welcome triunfos, tragedias and everything in between as long as your work involves Latino characters who are rooted in the locales of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We want our lives present on the page.

About the editors: Sara Campos is a writer, consultant, and immigrant rights attorney with an MFA in creative writing from Mills College. Leticia Del Toro is a Xicana writer, arts activist and teacher from Northern California with roots in Jalisco, Mexico. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Mutha Magazine and Palabra, among others. Please send any inquiries and submissions to cantosf2016@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines: We are calling for submissions of fiction (up to 4000 words), poetry (up to 5 poems), and prose (up to 3000 words). All prose and poetry must be written by Latinos and must connect to the Bay Area. We want your most vibrant prose, poetry, and fiction. Spanish submissions welcome in poetry. Please submit a cover letter, specify the title of your piece, the genre, and any writing credits. Submit in rtf. doc., or pdf. Submission deadline: March 31st, 2016

West Branch. Submission deadline: April 1

The Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers will be offered for the fall semester of 2016, the fellowship to begin the first of September and to end the first of December. During this period of time, the Smith/McCullers Fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment in Carson McCullers’ childhood home, the Smith-McCullers House. The Fellow will be provided with a stipend of $5000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Application deadline: April 1

Kweli Children Book Writers Conference. “Join us on April 9th at Scandinavia House for an incredible day with top editors, agents, authors and illustrators in the children’s book publishing world. Our spring conference is an excellent opportunity for writers and illustrators of color to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry. The day will include a keynote address by award-winning author, EDWIDGE DANTICAT. Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing to the business of writing. Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career and offer carefully considered manuscript critiques.”

Kore Press Short Fiction Award. “This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English, regardless of nationality.” Judge: Edwidge Danticat. Submission deadline: April 10

Epoch. Submission deadline: April 15

New Ohio Review Fiction Contest. Submission deadline: April 15

Waasnode Fiction Prize. Judge: Tiphanie Yanique. Submission deadline: April 15

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. Application deadline: April 15

The Columbia Review. Submission deadline: April 23

Redivider Beacon Street Prize. Submission deadline: April 30

The Massachusetts Review. Submission deadline: April 30

2016 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a collection of short stories, novellas, or a short novel, and a standard royalty contract. Submission deadline: April 30

TriQuarterly. Submission deadline: April 30


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