On the Radar – March Edition

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF) recognizes excellent artists and writers and provides them the resources to live and work in Tulsa and contribute to its vital visual and literary art scene. The TAF provides an unrestricted stipend of $20,000, free housing and workspace to visual artists. The TAF encourages artists from all across the country to apply and requires all fellows to reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the duration of the fellowship.” Deadline: March 1

The Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers covers the full cost of tuition for a Master Workshop. Lighthouse will be awarding four fellowships for Lit Fest 2017 to advanced writers of fiction (1), poetry (1), dramatic writing (1)*, and creative nonfiction (1) who haven’t yet published a book-length work and who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a weeklong or weekend Master Workshop.” Deadline: March 1

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally. The 2017 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at a Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space in May 2017, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.” Deadline: March 1

Gulf Coast reads general submissions, submitted by post or through the online submissions manager, from September 1 through March 1.”

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers approximately 70 juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world.” I made some wonderful friends during my residency at KHN that I still see. I worked on drafts of essays, scribbled towards my novel, and read James Baldwin. Deadline: March 1

The Millay Colony will award one Virtual Residency each year. This residency is specifically for working artists and/or artists with children who could benefit from the support of a residency in modified form. The ‘Virtual Resident’ can participate in one of The Millay Colony’s month-long residency on weekends or no less than four total days during that month at the colony and will receive a stipend of $1,000 to assist in securing time off/childcare/art supplies or other resources necessary to the making of new work.” Deadline: March 1

The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize awards $1000 and publication in Hunger Mountain. This year’s judge is Matt Bell. Deadline: March 1

From Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling: “Bestselling novelist (How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents) and children’s (The Tia Lola Stories) author Julia Alvarez will share with us her new picture book, ‘Where do they go?’, a beautifully crafted poem for children that gently addresses the emotional side of death.” March 4

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.” The program alternates between genres – this year prose is up. Deadline: March 8

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world…Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included.” I was the Fall 2016 resident and it was amazing. I miss that house, the wonderful community of artists that support the house, and the slowness of my life during those three months to think, read, and flesh out ideas. So very much. This is fertile ground. Deadline: March 12 

2017 Nelligan Prize. “$2,000 & publication in the fall 2017 issue of Colorado Review will be awarded for the best short story.” Deadline: March 14

Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) was founded by Elmaz Abinader, Junot Díaz, Victor Díaz and Diem Jones in 1999. Each envisioned an arts organization that could change the landscape for writers of color by supporting individual writer growth, creating a platform for community engagement and providing a workshop and mentor focus to expand writing opportunities. Over 2,000 writers from around the globe have participated in VONA. VONA now makes its home at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and offers workshops in fiction, poetry, memoir, essay writing, speculative fiction, genre writing, political content in poetry-fiction-prose, LGBTQ narrative, travel writing, playwriting and a residenciy in prose & poetry.” Deadline: March 15

The Annual Kimbilio Retreat is held each July on the Taos campus of Southern Methodist University.  For seven days, selected Fellows and Faculty gather in the Carson National Forest to read, write, and learn from each other.” Deadline: March 15

Prairie Schooner Book Prize. “It’s time to get your poetry or short fiction manuscript ready for this year’s book prize. We welcome manuscripts from all writers, including non-U.S. citizens writing in English, and those who have previously published volumes of short fiction and poetry. Winner of the prize receives $3,000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.” Deadline: March 15

The James Jones Fellowship awards “a prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. Runners-up will receive $1000.” Deadline: March 15

1st Annual Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to give a writer time and solitude to help finish a book that is already in progress. The fellowship includes room and board at Las Vegas’ Writer’s Block for the month of June 2017, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward airfare. There is no fee to apply.” Deadline: March 15

The 2017 Pinch Literary Awards. Deadline March 15

Narrative’s Winter 2017 Story Contest “is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.” Deadline: March 31

BCTR is looking for composers and lyricists of color interested in having their new musical developed this year as part of its third season. The new musical must be able to be performed with a multiethnic cast and require no more than 8 actors. The winning submission will have a workshop this fall as part of BCTR’s third season at the Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut under the artistic direction of Devanand Janki.” Deadline: March 31

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On the Radar – October Edition

NFA Grants for Latino Artists and Ensembles support the work of individual artists and ensembles in all disciplines. Open to Latino artists and ensembles in the United States.The NFA offers three grant categories for artists and ensembles: Project Grant, Master Artist Grant and the San Antonio Artist Project Grant. The San Antonio Artist Grant category is supported by the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development and is only open to residents of San Antonio, Texas.” Deadline: October 13

TSR publishes work from established authors and newcomers, but only the best of the best.” Deadline: October 15

“The Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize. The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50.” Judge is Alexander Chee (who is warm and thoughtful and omg, have you read Queen of the Night?) Deadline: October 15

“Fellowships are six weeks in length and occur year-round. The Lighthouse Works provides fellows with housing, food, studio space, a $250 travel allowance and a stipend of $1,500 to defray the costs of shipping materials, the purchase of art supplies, and other expenses incurred in making artwork in a remote location; our belief is that no artist should have to spend money to accept the opportunity of a fellowship.” Deadline: October 15

I’m cofacilitating Get the Yes: Crafting Your Best Application for Residencies, Fellowships, Grants and Workshops along with Grace Jahng Lee at Bindercon. Whether you’re applying for a writing residency, fellowship, grant, scholarship, or workshop, the process can be anxiety-provoking. How do you even find out about these opportunities? How do you decide which to apply to? What does an artist statement include? Who will write your recommendation letters if you lack literary networks? What do you include in a writer’s CV if you have no/few publications? How do you select your best writing sample? What are strategies for dealing with multiple rejections? For residencies, additional nail-biting may emerge: How do you take time off from work and family obligations to disappear into the woods to write for weeks? How will you finance your residency if you still have rent/bills to pay while away? BinderCon takes place on October 29-30

Indiana Review. “General submissions & submissions to our Special Folio: Metallic Grit are now open until October 31st.

The London Magazine‘s Short Story Competition. The story that wins first-place will be published in a future issue of The London Magazine.” Deadline: October 31

“Applications will open on October 1 for A Public Space’s 2017 Emerging Writer Fellowships. Under this project, three emerging writers will be selected for six-month fellowships, which will include: mentorship from an established author who has previously contributed to A Public Space; publication in the magazine; contributor’s payment of $1,000; workspace in our Brooklyn offices (optional).” Deadline: November 1

 “Recommended Reading is Accepting Previously Published Stories. This fall, our weekly fiction magazine has two separate categories for submissions: previously published and original stories. For the two weeks in November, we’re asking writers to submit only stories that have been previously published elsewhere to be considered for a second life in Recommended Reading.” Deadline: November 15

“Celebrated novelist Dana Spiotta (Stone Arabia, Eat the Document) returns to the Center to talk about her latest book, the critically acclaimed Innocents and Others. Spiotta will be joined in conversation by the award-winning master of American fiction, George Saunders (Tenth of December). Saunder’s debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, will be published in February 2017.”
In Conversation: Dana Spiotta and George Saunders
Tuesday November 15, 2016
07:00 pm

“Every fall Pleiades Press holds a short prose contest (for fiction and nonfiction). We’re interested in reading collections short stories, flash fiction, essays, lyric essays, and any other forms of short prose you can think of. The winning manuscript will be  awarded $2000 and published by Pleiades Press.” Deadline: November 15

Witness seeks original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography that is innovative in its approach, broad-ranging in its concerns, and that dazzles us with its unique perspective.” Deadline: November 15

The Camargo Core Program consists of fellowship residencies of six to eleven weeks.” Deadline: November 24

The Sherwood Anderson Fiction Prize awards $1,000 and publication in Mid-American Review. Judge is Charles Yu. Deadline: November 30

The 31st Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is holding a fiction contest that will award $1,500, domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival in New Orleans, VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value), a public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival and publication in Louisiana Literature. Judge is Dorothy Allison. Deadline: November 30

Fish Publishing is holding a short story contest. The top ten stories will be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology. First prize is  €3,000 plus a 5 day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival. Deadline: November 30

2016 Arcadia Press Chapbook Prize. “A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.” Deadline: November 30

The Hudson Review publishes fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews; criticism of literature, art, theatre, dance, film, and music; and articles on contemporary cultural developments.” Deadline: November 30

Zyzzva. Deadline: November 30

“Published quarterly by The University of Georgia since 1947, The Georgia Review features an eclectic blend of essays, fiction, poetry, visual art, and book reviews.” Reading period re-opened August 16

American Short Fiction has published, and continues to seek, short fiction by some of the finest writers working in contemporary literature, whether they are established or new or lesser-known authors. In addition to its triannual print magazine, American Short Fiction also publishes stories (under 2000 words) online.” Year-round submissions
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On the Radar – November Edition

Here’s a list of opportunities I’m paying attention to this month.

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Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

“The Fine Arts Work Center offers a unique residency for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers. Located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, an area with a long history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. Residencies run from October 1 through April 30. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers.” Deadline: December 1 for writers, Feb 1 for visual artists.

Wallace Stegner Fellowship

Unique among writing programs, Stanford offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry. All the fellows in each genre convene weekly in a 3-hour workshop with faculty. Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing and perfecting their craft. The only requirements are workshop attendance and writing. Deadline: December 1

The Oxford American

“The Oxford American welcomes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions, as well as proposals for Points South and feature articles.” Deadline for submissions: December 1

The Kenyon Review

“We publish the best work we can find—this is the case for both KR and KROnline.” Deadline for submissions: December 15

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

“We award small artist support grants ($500-$1500) to individual feminist women in the arts whose work in some way focuses on women.” Deadline: December 31 for Fiction, Mixed Genre, and Visual Art.

Danahy Fiction Prize

“The Danahy Fiction Prize is an annual award of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review.” Deadline: December 31

Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest

“$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.” Deadline: December 31

2015 James Knudsen Prize for Fiction

“WINNER will receive $1,000 and a year’s subscription to Bayou Magazine, and will be considered for publication. FINALISTS will be named on our website. Our 2015 Judge for the James Knudsen Prize in Fiction is David James Poissant.” Deadline: December 31

Tin House

Tin House is now reading for their Fall 2016 themed issue: “Sex, Again? Didn’t we just go there? Well, actually it has been twelve years since Tin House’s had sex, or an issue with sex, that is, a sex issue. I think you get what we’re after. Tin House is now reading for Sex, Again? Please, none of the usual fare. We’re tired of it as well. Sworn it off? Fine by us. Keep our relationship fresh after all these many years of reading awkward sex scenes. Surprise us, discomfort us, and make us remember that we’re not pandas.” Deadline for submissions: December 31