On the Radar – May Edition

Boulevard strives to publish only the finest in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.” Submission deadline May 1

Prairie Schooner publishes short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.” Submission deadline May 1

Jack Jones Literary Arts is hosting its first annual writing retreat at SMU-in-Taos in Taos, New Mexico. This two-week retreat will be held October 12- 26, 2017, and is open exclusively to women of color.” Application deadline: May 1

The Emerging Voices Fellowship is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career.” Application period OPENS May 1. 

Poetic Duels: Sheyr Jangi
Poetic battles–called sheyr jangi in Afghanistan–have roots in the early medieval Asia. For this event, poets Majda Gama, Rami Karim, Aurora Masum-Javed, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, and Purvi Shah will pay homage to this tradition. May 6 at 7:30 pm

“This summer, One Story will offer our annual writing conference for emerging writers, hosted in our home, the historic Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn.” Applications due May 10

The Emerging [Ploughshares] Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $2,000.” Deadline May 15

“Published quarterly, the Gettysburg Review considers unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays, from September 1 through May 31 (postmark dates).”

AGNI publishes poetry, short fiction, and essays.” Submission deadline May 31

Baltimore Review is accepting new submissions from through May 31.

New England Review is accepting new submissions from through May 31.

Apply for the July 2017 New Orleans Writers’ Residency. Application deadline: June 1

The [Headlands] Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year. Residencies of four to ten weeks include studio space, chef-prepared meals, comfortable housing, and travel and living stipends. Application deadline: June 2

The Baltic Writing Residency is extremely excited to announce the establishment of the Stormé DeLarverie writing residency, specifically aimed at under-represented writers.” Application deadline: June 15

The Marianne Russo Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers.” Application deadline: June 30

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On the Radar – February Edition

“The Bread Loaf Conferences offer an array of programs that are part of a tradition that started in 1926 with the first Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.” They offer financial aid, a fellowship, and a few scholarships to make it more feasible for writers that aren’t financially rolling in it to attend. Deadline: February 15

The Anderson Center provides retreats of two to four weeks duration from May through October each year to enable artists, writers, and scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress.” New York City and Minnesota artists: apply for the month of August. It is Jerome Foundation funded. I was a resident in August of 2016 and it was a great space where I met some really interesting fellow artists and did a dizzying amount of revision on a story in my collection. Deadline: February 15

The Dora Maar Summer/Fall Fellowship offers:
• One to three months in residence at the Dora Maar House.
• A private bedroom and bath, and a study or studio in which to work.
• Round-trip travel expenses to Dora Maar House.
• A grant based upon the length of stay at Dora Maar House. Deadline: February 15

Apply to the 2017 NYC Emerging Writers Program. Nine writers will receive a one-year fellowship during and:
“• A grant of $5,000
• The option to engage in a mentorship with a selected freelance editor
• The opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers
• A Center for Fiction membership that includes borrowing privileges for our collection of new fiction and fiction-related titles
• Free admission to all Center events for one year, including tickets to our First Novel Fete and benefit dinner as space allows
• 30% discount on tuition at select writing workshops at the Center
• Two public readings as part of our annual program of events and inclusion in an anthology distributed to industry professionals
• A professional headshot with a photographer for personal publicity use” Deadline: February 15

Epiphany Magazine‘s annual Spring writing contest has some bad-ass judges. Deadline: February 20

Tax Preparation for Artists. “Are you ready for April 15? This in-person workshop will not only help you get prepared for the upcoming tax deadline, but will also give you the tips and tools you need to keep your receipts, expenses, and business records organized throughout the year.” February 22

The BAU at Camargo Arts Residency “supports the development of work in the Visual Arts (including photography, video and new media), Creative Writing, Dramatic Writing, Performance and Musical Composition.” Deadline: February 28

The Restless Books Prize for Immigrant New Writing awards $10,000 and publication “for an outstanding debut work by a first-generation American author.” They alternate between fiction and non-fiction every year. This year it’s non-fiction. Deadline: February 28

“AWP sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works.” Deadline: February 28

The Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers is “open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.) Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.” Deadline: February 28

Ninth Letter is published semi-annually at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work.: Deadline: February 28

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2015 Reads

What did your reading look like this year? By all means share your own list, and perhaps a memory associated with each, here or on your own blog.

1. Night by Elie Wiesel. Started the year in Sisters, Oregon at Caldera reading it. I was NOT ready for that book and had to take breaks. Devastating.

2. Spent nights by a wood stove with Frida Kahlo: The Paintings by Hayden Herrera.

3. Ended January talking story, reading The Woman Warrior by Maxine
Hong Kingston.

4. Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling by Bret Hart was my flight companion to and from Portland. Also, I swear Bret looked on somewhat unimpressed from the cover as I worked out in my A-frame.

5. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Damn what eloquence and cohesion of thought, brilliantly expressed. Passed it to my roomie in Nebraska City who loved it too.

6. Ex-lover lent me a copy of Watch My Back by Geoff Thompson. Something stuck with me long enough to inspire a few lines of a short story.

7. Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi. Umph! This one. Dennis raved about it. Saw it at The Strand and scooped it up. Such beautiful, insightful prose.

8. Read parts of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of The Day to Ex-lover on the train because I’d found something possibly more British than him.

9. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Still not sure if this was a hate read? Compelled to finish but disliked execution of plot so much.

10. All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color. Full disclosure, I have a story in it, but loved Patricia Engel’s, ZZ Packer’s stories, among others.

11. The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticatt. Thanks to Angie’s suggestion, read this at the height of this year’s DR/Haiti immigration fuckery. Apropos.

12. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. How I realized I love an “unlikeable” female protagonist.

13. Two or Three Things I Know For Sure by Dorothy Allison. Nighttime bed reading at Hedgebrook.

14. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. Will be eternally grateful to Adrienne who went to the shelf, plucked this out, and put it in my hands at Hedgebrook. Shifting.

15. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo. I loved and laughed and was so moved by those kids’ misadventures.

16. Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti. I couldn’t even read this as a writer to study craft because it was so good and strange and skillful I just abandoned myself to it.

17. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami. So rich. I stayed up until 4am to finish it the morning I was leaving Hedgebrook at 8am. That wonderful.

18. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. I was in it for the first 100 pages. Then I read 100 pages too much waiting for it not to be terrible. Then I quit. If anyone ever puts out a draft of my work, as this obviously was, I will find you.

19. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older. Got the feels on the 2 train at a particular page and had to casually wipe a tear. I was like damn you, Daniel. Damn you.

20. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. Found one night on a Brooklyn stoop by divine providence. 100 pages to go. So much yes. Like who doesn’t wanna grow up and write with this much depth and humor and care and intelligence?