On the Radar – June Edition


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“Submissions for the Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman are NOW OPEN through June 15, 2016. The Bakwin Award honors full-length prose work (novel, short story collection, or memoir) by an author who is a woman. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the winning book will be published by Carolina Wren Press.” Judge is Tayari Jones. Submission deadline: June 15

Hedgebrook 2016 Screenwriters Lab. “Hedgebrook’s Screenwriters Lab supports five screenwriters in developing their projects over a weeklong residency, with two mentors from the film industry, at our retreat on Whidbey Island, Washington.” Application deadline: June 16

Online Class: Become Your Own Best Editor.“Our popular editing course offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process. You’ll learn to bring the same sharp editorial eye to your own work that the editors of One Story bring to each issue. Daily online lessons will guide you through a case study of a One Story debut, issue #188, “The Remains” by Laura Spence-Ash. You’ll follow the story from first draft to publication—studying actual marked-up manuscripts—as the author and editors work together to make the story the best it can be.” June 22nd – 28th

“Register for AAWW’s third Publishing Conference on Saturday, June 25th and you’ll hear from veteran authors, agents and editors from The New Yorker, Penguin Random House, Grove Atlantic, Vice, Buzzfeed, Bomb, and Catapult.”

It went so well last month, I’m teaching Write It Better again. “David Sedaris said that good short stories, “take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized now and uneasy with the fit.” How do they do this? Through a combination of readings, discussion, exercises, and critique this class will cover the elements in short fiction that – when done well – make for a great short story. We’ll discuss characters, plot, setting, dialogue, rewriting, and editing.” Begins June 28

1913 Press is accepting submissions for a prose book to publish. Judge is Maggie Nelson. Deadline: June 30

“The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2017 issue of BLR. Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2017 issue of BLR.” Submission deadline: July 1

The Winter Tangerine Awards. Judges are Chris Abani for prose, Aracelis Girmay for poetry. Submission deadline: July 1

StoryQuarterly is looking for fiction for its Winter 2017 issue. Submission deadline: July 10. 

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce our third annual contest, with awards for poetry and prose—Kelly Link will serve as our judge for prose, and Traci Brimhall will judge poetry. The selected winners of the prose and poetry contests will each receive $1,000 and publication in The Translucent Issue, which will be released in 2017.” Submission deadine: July 15

This is one of the most nurturing residencies I’ve ever been to. Apply! “Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year.” Application deadline: July 26

Virginia Quarterly Review reads unsolicited fiction, poetry, and nonfiction submissions from July 1-31

“Feminist Press has partnered with TAYO Literary Magazine to launch a contest seeking the best debut books by women and nonbinary writers of color. First time authors, submit your complete manuscript, either fiction, including novels and short story collections, or narrative memoir, of 50,000 to 80,000 words, and you could receive $5,000 and a publishing contract from the Feminist Press!” Submission deadline: July 31

Gimmick Press is “currently accepting chapbook length (30-50 pages) submissions of pro-wrestling themed poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and black & white comics and/or illustrations. From the submissions received, we will choose three chapbooks, to be published together in one collection. The creators of each of the three chosen chapbooks will receive payment of $250 and 10 copies of the completed collection.” Submission deadline: July 31

Willapa Bay AIR offers “month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, singer/songwriters, and musical composers. The Residency provides lodging, meals, and work space, at no cost, to six residents each month from March 1 through September 30 of the year.” Application due July 31

“On the Island of Itaparica the Sacatar Foundation operates the Instituto Sacatar, an oceanside historic estate where creative individuals working in all disciplines may apply for eight-week residency fellowships. These residency fellowships provide unstructured time and space for selected Fellows to develop new work in the vibrant context of Bahia, Brazil. Selected through a competitive process open to all, each Sacatar Fellow receives airfare, studio, room and board, as well as logistical support during his/her stay.” Application due July 31



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