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 – Februaryish & March Edition

I’m writing this month’s On The Radar not from my kitchen counter, sofa, or studio in NYC but from a spacious loft apartment above an art gallery in Minnesota, thanks to a writing residency offered by the Lanesboro Arts Center. I’m finally unpacked, have groceries, and have begun to shape the routine of my month here. My first self-appointed task is to organize myself and see how I can set myself up for future opportunities like this one. Maybe one of these will be just what you need as well. I usually like my deadlines a month away, but here goes:

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3-in-3 Playwriting Workshop is a playwriting experience for three women writers that will take place over two consecutive weekends in April 2016. Over the course of those weekends, playwrights will meet and work with a master playwright and be joined by an extraordinary team of directors and actors to write and create 3 new pieces of work. Application deadline is February 15. 

Writing Our Lives

My good friend and wonderful writer Vanessa Martir teaches this class. “This class is designed for people who are new (or fairly new) to writing the personal essay/memoir and know they want to take on the challenge…dig into the fundamentals of writing personal essays: how to decide what to write, how to start, how to read essays like writers (because reading like a writer and reading like a reader are not the same thing), how to build well-developed characters, write dialogue, etc.” Classes begin February 20.

The Art of the Short Story Workshop

“An eight week workshop for short story writers and novelists of color in New York City with Kweli Founding Editor and Publisher, Laura Pegram…The workshop will include seminars focused on craft and writing exercises. There will be reading assignments and a study of works by well-known writers. Peer Review sessions will take place during the third and fourth weeks of April.” Classes begin February 27.

The Center for Fiction’s NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship                                                Among the things the one-year fellowship period grantees will receive: A grant of $5,000, the option to engage in a mentorship with a selected freelance editor, and the opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers. Application deadline is February 29.

The Anderson Center offers residencies of two weeks or one month from May-October to artists, writers, and scholars. Through a grant from the Jerome Foundation of St. Paul, the Center will also devote the month of August, 2016 to encourage the work of emerging artists from New York City and Minnesota.” Application deadline is March 1.

Tulsa Artist Fellowship

In 2017, selected artists will receive a stipend of $20,000 and in most cases, free housing and studio work space. The program seeks talented and diverse voices to support Tulsa’s expanding arts scene. The 2017 fellowship will begin on January 9, 2017. Writing fellowships “will focus on creative nonfiction, fiction, graphic novel, young-adult fiction, poetry, and play/screenwriting.” Application deadline is March 4.

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.” Application deadline is March 13. 

VONA/Voices

I would not be the same writer I am today had I not gone to VONA (twice). I would not be the same person. This is where I learned that I may not be a brilliant writer in some pantheon but 1. who gives a fuck? and 2. I am a damn good writer. And while brilliance always has detractors and challengers, damn good feels like a solid way to step into any room. I never doubted my damn goodness after VONA. My artistic choices, execution, direction – yes I’ve doubted that of course, but not my ability. AT VONA it’s okay, good even, to be uncertain, to need improvement and guidance, but unnecessary to preface your writing with apologies.

“In VONA’s multi-genre workshops, developing writers of color:

  • Explore their craft in an atmosphere of support and understanding.
  • Learn from the teaching and writing of established writers of color.
  • Are empowered to write about their experiences as people of color.

VONA is the only writers’ conference in the country with a multi-genre focus on writers of color as students and teachers.” The application deadline is March 15.

Prairie Schooner Book Prize is now open for submissions. We are looking for full-length manuscripts in the genres of poetry and short fiction.” Submission deadline is March 15.

Get the Yes: Crafting Your Best Application for Residencies, Fellowships, Grants, and Workshops

I’m facilitating this workshop along with my good friend and writer Grace Jahng Lee. “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?” As part of BinderCon taking place March 19 & 20.

The Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop is a weeklong intensive  of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by the editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books and their guests – prominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.” Faculty includes Mat Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Luis Alberto Urrea, Alexander Chee, Rachel Kushner. Deadline for scholarship application is March 23.

On the Radar – December Edition

Some opportunities for writers to consider over the next month. End this year and start the next one on a productive note.

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Yaddo is an artists’ community located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment.” Deadline: January 1st for residencies starting May 1, 2016 through February 2017.

The Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop is a weeklong intensive  of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by the editors of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books and their guests – prominent contemporary American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.” Faculty includes Mat Johnson, Antonya Nelson, Luis Alberto Urrea, Alexander Chee, Rachel Kushner. The application goes live: January 1st.

“The Saltonstall Foundation supports artists and writers of New York State through two main programs held at our colony in Ithaca, NY. The summer juried residency program (May – Sept.) Subsidized, do-it-yourself “off-season” retreats (Oct. – April)” Deadline: January 2

Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.” Deadline: January 15th for the May-August residency period.

The Jentel Artist Residency Program is located on a 1000 acre plus working cattle ranch 20 miles southeast of Sheridan (Population 17,300).” Jentel is the first residency I ever went to and this is what it was like for me. I credit my time there with shifting my diligence into a higher gear. A lot of opportunities I earned afterwards were because I devoted time to researching and organizing myself while at Jentel. Deadline: January 15th for the summer/fall residency May 13 – December 15.

Third Coast Fiction Contest. Winners each receive $1,000 and publication in Third Coast. Deadline: January 15

Yemassee is now accepting entries for its 2016 Writing Prizes, including the 2016 Short Fiction Contest. The author of the winning story will receive $1000 and publication in Yemassee 23.2.” Deadline: January 15

Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971.” Deadline: January 15

“The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.” Deadline: January 15

The James Merrill House offers “one 4-1/2 month residency between mid-January and the end of May, and three or four shorter residencies of 2 to 6 weeks during the months between Labor Day and mid-January. Deadline: for Fall 2016-Spring 2017 residencies ends January 15, 2016.

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, established in 1954, is one of the oldest artist residence programs in the country. The foundation keeps a low-profile and serves as a haven for painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, composers, photographers and filmmakers. We are located on fifteen acres in the heart of Taos, New Mexico, a four-hundred-year-old multicultural community renowned for its popularity with artists.” Deadline: January 18

Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction
Six Mondays
January 18, 2016 – February 22, 2016
7PM-9PM

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program is “a nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines, LMCC’s Workspace program offers space for experimentation and dialogue with peers and arts professionals, as well as career-advancement opportunities.” I’m currently a writer-in-residence there until June and highly recommend applying. This was the view from my studio (we moved floors). Deadline: January 28

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First Book Boot Camp is an all day intensive designed to help you finish your book. Novelist Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters,Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, and King of Cuba) facilitates it in Marin County, CA. Date: January 30

“Each January since 2003, The Iowa Review has invited submissions to The Iowa Review Awards, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive $1,500; first runners-up receive $750. Winners and runners-up are published in each December issue.” Kelly Link is the fiction judge. Open: January 1 – 31

“Once again W@W is pleased to continue its long tradition of its Annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. First Place: $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, tuition for the 2016 conference, and a featured reading during the conference.” Deadline: January 31

A Room of Her Own Foundation for Women: Writers: Artists. “Four Orlando prizes of $1,000 each and publication are awarded twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers.” Deadline: January 31

Nelson Algren Literary Award. One grand prize winner will receive $3,500. Deadline: January 31