I am a slow-ass writer. Couple that with working on multiple projects at one time and it leaves me working all the time, but feeling like I haven’t done much.
It takes me a year to finish a short story. You could say I started on this collection ten years ago. Started and abandoned a novel over six years ago that I’m now rewriting as a YA novel. Started work on a fantasy novel two years ago at my first residency – that’s still going. I’m halfway through the libretto for a musical theater project. Some essays have been gathering into a collection in the last two years and this week something clicked into place. Then there’s the graphic novel idea awaiting research and fleshing out.
I’m fine working at my pace, but I may have given up by now if I didn’t have uninterrupted time and spaces where I could think, experiment, throw out, start anew. And the vote of confidence when things remain in progress for so long is nice too. Thanks to The Jerome Foundation, I have a residency-fellowship for the month of August at The Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota.
No, I don’t know if anything will be finished by then or while there, but it’ll be done-er. All to say, do what you have to do to stay working and getting better.
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“Are you an Asian or Asian American writer? Do you have feelings about home, place, belonging? Do you work in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry? Go Home! is an anthology being published by the Feminist Press in conjunction with The Asian American Writers’ Workshop.” Submission deadline: May 1
The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction consists of $1,000 prize and publication in Southwest Review. Submission deadline: May 1
“Each year, three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are awarded to a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay.” Submission deadline: May 1
“Boulevard strives to publish only the finest in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. While we frequently publish writers with previous credits, we are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard.” Submission deadline: May 1
I’m teaching Write It Better: A Short Story Class. “Through a combination of readings, discussion, exercises, and critique this course will cover the elements in short fiction that – when done well – make for a great short story. We’ll discuss characters, plot, setting, dialogue, writing an(other), rewriting and editing. The goal is to tighten these elements in our own stories.” Class starts May 3rd
“Ox-Bow’s AIR program offers artists and writers, at various stages in their career, the time, space, and community to encourage growth and experimentation in their practice…The Fall Artist Residencies are held for five weeks between September and October… Artist may apply for additional stipends to help pay for the cost of travel, supplies, and time away from work.” Application due: May 9
Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest. “The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2016 contest will be published in the Winter 2016-17 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $1,000.” Submission deadline: May 15
Online Class: Lost and Found: A New Way of Looking at Plot with Ann Napolitano. “During this five-day class, Ann Napolitano, a novelist, writing teacher, and associate editor at One Story, will guide you through a four-step formula for plotting a story. Each day will contain a lesson followed by a writing exercise designed to help you feel more comfortable developing plot in your own work.” May 18-May 22
South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) presents its 8th annual Literary Festival We have Arrived: From Bollywood to Badass, a two-day public event in New York City. The Festival will kickoff on Friday, May 20, at 7 PM with a reading by participants of the Two Truths Writing Workshop at Sunita Bar. This will follow with panel discussions on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 12 PM and conclude with a keynote at 6:30 PM by Mira Jacob. May 20-21
“Published quarterly, The Gettysburg Review considers unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays, from September 1 through May 31 (postmark dates).” Submission deadline: May 31
“One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” Submission deadline: May 31
The Bridport Prize. Submission deadline: May 31