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 – September Edition

I have abandoned my usual sense of time this month. These are deadlines in October, but also a list of who is starting to read again in the fall. Here goes:

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One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words.” Submission period begins: September 1

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

New England Review is looking for “fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation, creative writing for the web site (NER Digital), cover art, and art for our website.” Submission period begins: September 1

“Since 1977 Willow Springs has published the finest in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as interviews with notable authors including Marilynne Robinson, Stuart Dybek, Aimee Bender, Robert Wrigley, Joyce Carol Oates, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Kim Addonizio, to name a few.” Submission period begins: September 1

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. The program offers no degree.” Application period opens: September 1

The Travel and Study Grant Program awards grants to emerging artists who create new work, rotating the eligible disciplines in alternating years. Funds support periods of travel for the purpose of study, exploration, and growth…The eligible disciplines for 2017 are music; theater; and visual arts. Applicants must be “generative” artists (e.g. composers or sound artists in music; playwrights, performance artists and directors of ensemble based theatre companies; and visual artists of all genres).” Guidelines for the 2017 Travel and Study Grant Program will be posted September 7

Fiction. “Staying under 5,000 words is encouraged, but we will read fiction manuscripts of any length.” Submission period begins: September 15

Kenyon Review. “We publish the best work we can find—this is the case for both KR and KROnline. The two are aesthetically distinct spaces.” Submission period begins: September 15

“The city’s largest free literary festival, the Brooklyn Book Festival is one of the country’s premier international book festivals, drawing tens of thousands each year to the global creative capital of Brooklyn, NYC. The 7-day festival launches with a week of city-wide Bookend Events, a Children’s Day celebrating childhood literature and finally Festival Day — a day-long literary extravaganza with more than 100 panel discussions and reading on 12-stages and a vibrant outdoor Literary Marketplace.” September 18 (with loads of events that whole week off-site)

26th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize awards $5,000 Fiction, $5,000 Nonfiction and $5,000 Poetry. “Winners receive publication, invitation to a reception and reading in their honor and a cash prize.” Deadline: October 1

Twentieth Annual Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Contest. “The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; the Wylie Agency; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.” Deadline: October 1

The Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, provides Latino writers with access to published Latino authors as well as agents and editors who have a proven track record of publishing Latino books…The 5th Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference, taking place at The New School in New York, will be a SPECIAL EDITION. This year the conference will offer writing master classes, only.” October 1

The Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. “The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published by Boston Review.” Deadline October 3

“Since its founding in 1992, Writers Omi at Ledig House has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries. We welcome published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process. Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community.” Application deadline: October 20

Sexism in the Literary World. “In the literary world, as in broader society, gender inequality remains an ongoing problem, and the poor representation of women writers a contentious topic. Organizations such as VIDA highlight the imbalances in visibility between women and men in scores of online and print publications. Arguably, sexism and misogyny are central to this issue. This event brings together novelists Bonnie Nadzam and Porochista Khakpour, social change advocate and journalist Kavita Das, and Amy King of VIDA, to discuss sexism and harassment in the publishing industry and writing programs, and what can, and should, be done to improve the representation of women writers. The Center’s director Noreen Tomassi will moderate, and contribute her insight.”
October 25

Why I Leave “Pushcart Prize nominee” in my Bio

When a small journal nominated one of my stories in 2013, it was the first nod of anything besides publication. It felt good. It was a story I liked, one I still love, one a lot of people since have told me they loved. It’s the story I’ve tinkered on the least post-publication. One I felt I executed with every ounce of skill and heart I had, harmoniously, and to the max. The editor that nominated it treated it like a teacher would a student they really believed in.

One time, I was looking back on some childhood school photos with someone and they pointed out my penchant for colored socks. Like visible-under-the-hem, bright-ass socks. And it was a moment when you realize that something you did and thought little about or did and loved was incredibly dorky.

It’s like that in writing-as-career too. And I mean career in the blandest sense possible. You get your first piece accepted in some little journal and you’re ecstatic. Until something makes you aware of the hierarchy of journals. Then that little journal doesn’t seem worth mentioning anymore, even though it sure made you feel like a real fucking writer two seconds ago. The harder it is to get picked, the better it must be, right? If other people can have this too, it must be crap.

Somewhere between other writers’ snark (usually white, usually over-educated, and fond of hierarchies) making me aware that thousands of writers get nominated for Pushcarts, I came to the conclusion leaving it on my bio was incredibly dorky. Less than a month ago, I was at a writing conference/workshop where it was a joke in someone’s opening remarks. If you google Pushcart Prize, there are dozens of blog posts pointing out how much of a dork you are for believing your small accolade. I should’ve been embarrassed at leaving such a clear trail of newb-ness.

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A fruit vendor’s push cart, Cartagena, Colombia by Joe Ross

One day, the Pushcart nominee thing came up in conversation with a respected and lauded poet and teacher friend who keeps it on his bio along with “bigger” awards. “Everyone and their moms gets one of those,” was what I said. And in that way he has of putting your your shit in perspective with an economy of words (fucking poets!) he said, “My moms didn’t.”

What that did to me was two things. One, it snapped me out of a touch of the comemierdas I contracted from these writers. So because these writers who I deemed more knowledgeable about writing-as-career deemed it meh, I had to deem it meh too? Automatically? Without measuring for myself, against myself?

And Two, who was this “everyone” because he was right. Our moms were not getting Pushcart nominations. They were busy getting visa nominations (or not), work nominations, nominating what bills they could pay, and nominating what was for dinner. To put a finer point on it, as another teacher would later put it, “Herman Melville was not thinking about you when he was writing Moby Dick.” Perhaps thousands of American white writers have been nominated, but how many that look like me and come from where I come from? Your small potatoes can be someone’s whole meal.

That conversation, no longer than a minute or two, was a call to stop measuring myself against rulers not made for me. There’s no such thing as everyone or universal experience. And hey if your moms was getting Pushcart nominations and the like, that’s great, my daughter will be able to say that kind of thing, but I was wrong to hold you up as “everyone” when I knew different.

Now, this is not to say, we shouldn’t aim for larger, higher, more. This is also not to say that as you get more that some things won’t drop off to make room for other things, but dammit you be the one to decide what betterment means to you. You be the one to decide what is important on your bio and reflects your trajectory the best at that moment. I just submitted a piece to a prize and left it in. It’s followed by other things that say something about how I’ve been becoming a writer since that nomination, but it’s in there. And look, tomorrow, six months from now, years from now I could totally decide to drop it, but today it still has significance for me.

I loved those socks. My grandma bought them for me with retirement checks. She matched them to my scrunchies. And even though all my socks are black, white, and gray (like my soul!), I look back at the cheerful ankles of my youth with kindness and affection.

You like the socks? Wear the fucking socks.

On the Radar – August Edition

In the last month, I managed to squeeze in a few drastic life changes. I went to Portland for Tin House’s Summer Workshops and learned under the amazing Steve Almond. I wish someone with serious lyrical skill would turn his craft book “This Won’t Take But A Minute, Honey” into the 10 Crack Commandments a la Biggie. Cop that.

Four days after getting home, I got married.

A week after that, I flew to Minnesota for a residency at the Anderson Center, thanks to the generosity of The Jerome Foundation. That’s where I find myself now. Ten days in, I finally feel like I have some forward traction on a novel. Not like the nine days before this weren’t productive, but rereading, revising, editing, and organizing tend to not feel as productive as filling up a page with fresh words. Despite how necessary all that stuff is.

Anyhow, finally got a chance to ask myself what could possibly be next? How can I shape my 2017 to support my writing projects?

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“Submissions to the 2016 1/2K Prize are now OPEN until August 15th! Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are considered for publication.” Deadline: August 15

Steve Almond is teaching two workshops in the Bay Area:

Palo Alto:
Date: Saturday, August 20
Time: 9-Noon
Cost: $95
Location: Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, T2, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Format: Lecture, free write, feedback

SF:
Date: Sunday, August 21
Time: 9-Noon
Cost: $95
Location: South Van Ness SF 94110 (email stevealmondjoy [at] gmail.com for address)
Format: Lecture, free write, feedback

To reserve a seat, send payment by check or PayPal. If via Paypal, use the friends/family option and send to: sbalmond@earthlink.net.

Email stevealmondjoy [at] gmail.com if you have questions.

This is an interesting one for the right writer. Pretty disconnected, a stipend, no application fee, and quite an environment. “The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) in association with Big Bend National Park of the National Park Service now offers a Residency in the river country of Texas, adjacent and across the river from two Mexican National Parks. This is one of the jewels of the Park Service: one of the largest, most remote, least visited and yet most austerely beautiful parks in the U.S.” Deadline: August 22

The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.” Deadline: August 31

Okey-Panky is open for submissions, until August 31 or until we hit our cap. We accept prose and poetry manuscripts of under 1500 words, and comics. Contributors are paid $100, and there is no submission fee.” Deadline: August 31

Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open: Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers. Most entries run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, but any lengths from 3,000 to 20,000 words are welcome. 1st place: $3,000. The Very Short Fiction Award is open to all writers. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome. Word count range: 300 – 3000.” Deadline: August 31

“As a feminist press, Shade Mountain is committed to publishing literature by women, especially women from marginalized/underrepresented communities. We seek literary fiction that’s politically engaged, that challenges the status quo and gender/class/race privilege.” They are currently “seeking novel manuscripts by African American women. Any topic, any style, preferably literary rather than genre.” They published this wonderful anthology that includes one of my own stories. Rosalie is a real champion for her authors and an eagle eye editor. Deadline: September 1

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers up to sixty juried residencies per year to working visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world…Residencies are available for 2 to 8 weeks stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a separate studio. The Center can house up to five artists of various disciplines at any given time.” I stayed for a 2 week residency in April 2015 and would love to return for longer. I count two of the artists I met there as friends now as well so I can’t recommend it enough. Deadline: September 1

“Supported in 2017 and 2018 by the Jerome Foundation, the Lanesboro Artist Residency Program awards two to three residencies per year and allows artists to benefit from studio space, ample time to create, and an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation.” I was just the resident artist in February and it came at a critical time for me, when I was leaving a 9-to-5 and switching to writing and self-employment full-time. The community is surprisingly creatively active for its size, super welcoming, and the residency was generous in funding. Apply. Deadline: September 1

Brush Creek Foundation for The Arts is a non-profit organization offering time and space for artistic exploration to visual artists, writers, musicians and composers from all backgrounds, level of expertise, media and genres.” I’ve heard very good things about Brush Creek from peers. Deadline: September 1

The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development.” This was the first residency I was accepted to in 2014. I’d been to VONA  for the second time, had lost a boyfriend to suicide. I was full of ideas and processing trauma. I started the draft of a short story that was published earlier this year, wrote a 10-page essay I trashed, and started drafting notes for a novel I’m writing now. I needed the time more than I knew and watching the artists at work there shifted something in the way I regarded myself as a writer and approached writing as work. Deadline: September 1

Nine-Week Writing Our Lives Personal Essay Workshop. “This class is designed for people who are new or fairly new to the personal essay/memoir and know they want to take on the challenge. Perhaps you are interested in writing a memoir and want to get your feet wet in essay. As a memoir writer myself, I can tell you that the personal essay is the micro of the macro that is memoir. Maybe you’re a seasoned writer who wants to brush up on the essentials. There’s room for you too! Legend has it that Alvin Ailey used to take a basics dance class periodically even after he created his now renowned dance school, “to remind myself,” he said. In the class we will dig into the fundamentals of writing personal essays: how to decide on a topic, 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, how to write dialogue, etc. We will be reading essays (lots of them) and dissecting them, analyzing why the author made the decision(s) he/she made. We’ll also be doing tons of writing, including a 1250 word essay as a final project. What I’m saying is you must be willing and able to do the work. The writing life you envision requires it.” Free one-day class: September 10. Workshop begins: September 17

Slice’s sixth annual writers’ conference will draw more than 130+ agents, authors, editors, and publishing pros. Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing (plotting, dialogue, characterization, poetry, and more) to the business of writing (pitch letters, landing a book deal, and beyond). Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career. But a book deal is just the beginning of a writer’s professional journey. We invite leading professionals to offer trade secrets about how they transform a great story into a bestselling book (and what writers can do to help them get there).” September 10-11

8-week Creative Nonfiction Workshop “Through group discussion of student work, plus that of published authors, writers in this workshop will examine the art and craft of creative nonfiction. The focus will be on learning to understand and use a full range of literary techniques in order to tell a truly compelling nonfiction story. Topics such as the use of dialogue, the creation of scene, attention to style and how to craft structure from true events will be discussed. Participants will also spend time talking about the particular responsibilities that come with writing creative nonfiction. This workshop is open to writers working on memoir, personal essays or in-depth journalism.” My good friend Jennifer Baker is teaching this workshop and I cannot say enough great things about her. Tireless advocate of literature, keen reader and critic, talented writer, eagle-eyed editor, and baker of some of the most addictive treat you’ve ever had. Go take her class. Begins: September 12

Key West Literary Seminar. “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. Each award is tailored to a particular literary form. The Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers may apply for either the Johnson Award (for a short story) or the Russo Award (for a novel-in-progress). Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.” Deadline: September 12

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.” The holy grail of residencies. Deadline: September 15

“Literary journal SmokeLong Quarterly is inviting applications from new and emerging flash fiction writers for the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship.” Deadline: September 15

I so wish I were home to catch this: BBF: Gender in Science Fiction and Fantasy. “This event brings together celebrated voices from science fiction and fantasy whose work explores gender constructs and/or notions of sexuality, to talk about the current state and representation of these themes in the field. Multi-award winner Catherynne M. Valente (The Labyrinth (2004),Deathless (2011), Radiance (2015)) joins Seth Dickinson(The Traitor Baru Cormorant, 2014), 2015 Nebula Award-winner Alyssa Wong, and Whiting Award-winner Alice Sola Kim.” September 18

“This residency offers up to ten artists a five week period to live and work at the Château de La Napoule.” Deadline: September 19

The Manchester Fiction Prize awards “£10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).” Deadline: September 23

The Siena Art Institute’s Summer Residency Program awards accomplished professional artists & writers the opportunity to stay for a month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy. The month-long Summer Residency Program grants resident artists a studio space at the Siena Art Institute & a private 1-bedroom apartment in the historic city center of Siena, as well as flight compensation for getting to and from Italy.” Deadline: September 30

Soho Press is “open to unsolicited submissions for our literary list. Please familiarize yourself with the types of books we publish in the literary imprint “Soho Press” before submitting. In general, we are interested in bold voices and original ways of seeing the world.”

For the past ten years, I’ve walked past the brownstone where Langston Hughes lived and wondered why it was empty. How could it be that his home wasn’t preserved as a space for poets, a space to honor his legacy? I’d pass the brownstone, shake my head, and say, “Someone should do something.” I have stopped saying, “Someone should do something” and decided that someone is me.

I, Too, Arts Collective is a non-profit organization committed to nurturing voices from underrepresented communities in the creative arts. Our first major project is to provide a space for emerging and established artists in Harlem to create, connect, and showcase work. Our goal is to lease and renovate the brownstone where Langston Hughes lived in Harlem as a way to not only preserve his legacy but also to build on it and impact young poets and artists.” Donate

 

On the Radar – April Edition

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

 

 

On The Radar – March Edition (And Another One *Dj Khaled voice*)

I still have the jitters from hitting send on a grant application about twenty minutes ago. A minute before the deadline. After two days of emergency wine, rolling around on the carpet, sore eyes. A good reminder that hell is submitting an application for anything last minute. I am going to need some strong drinks tonight to unwind my shoulders that are hitched up to my ears right now.

There are still some good opportunities for writers in my last post since it was late for February, but kinda early for March. Really, no such thing as early when it comes to these applications. Anyway, I won’t repeat anything on that list. Cheers.

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The Vermont Studio Center’s Staff-Artist Program presents emerging artists and writers with a unique opportunity to live and work at VSC for one year, engaging fully with the resident community and Visiting Artists and Writers in order to gain professional expertise, build creative community, and emerge with a strong direction in their artistic careers. In exchange for a one-year commitment of 29 hours of work per week, VSC staff-artists receive room, board, studio space, full access to the VSC community, and a weekly stipend of $200.  Each staff-artist completes their year with a solo exhibition or public reading. Applications accepted until position is filled. Start date: late March/early April.

I-Park is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Family-Friendly Residency from August 1 to August 14, 2016. Four artists and their families (a spouse/partner and up to three children) will be selected for this experimental program. Application deadline: March 7.

Djerassi. Residencies are awarded competitively, at no cost, to national and international artists in the disciplines of choreography, literature, music composition, visual arts, and media arts/new genres. We seek applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom appointments as resident artists may make a significant difference to their careers, as well as from established artists with national and/or international reputations. Applicants are evaluated by panels of arts professionals in each category. Those selected are offered living and studio space for a 30 day session during the season which runs from mid-April through mid-November. Application deadline: March 15

Brush Creek. During their time, residents will be provided a single room with private bath, individual studio space and meals. Breakfast fare is provided for self-service, bagged lunches are delivered to the common area, and dinner is shared family style each night. Application deadline: March 15

Nelligan Prize. $2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2016 issue of Colorado Review. Submission deadline: March 14

2016 Pinch Literary Award. Submission deadline: March 15

Tobias Wolff Award. Submission deadline: March 15

Willow Springs Fiction PrizeSubmission deadline: March 15

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Canto a San Francisco – An anthology of Latino Writing (working title): A call for poetry, fiction, and essays by and about Latinos in the San Francisco Bay Area. Who are we as Latinos in the Bay Area? This anthology aims to showcase our stories and impressions of beloved characters, barrios, movimientos, coastal hangouts, quinceañeras, street fights, business negocios, victories and sorrows. We are busboys, lawyers, dancers, bankers, curanderas, vaqueros, tech moguls, abuelitas, teachers, punk poets, playwrights, sex workers, stockbrokers, santeros, cholos, queer parents, nuns, sci-fi nerds and more. Tell us about the Bay Area city that has cradled you, called you, exalted or abandoned you. We welcome triunfos, tragedias and everything in between as long as your work involves Latino characters who are rooted in the locales of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We want our lives present on the page.

About the editors: Sara Campos is a writer, consultant, and immigrant rights attorney with an MFA in creative writing from Mills College. Leticia Del Toro is a Xicana writer, arts activist and teacher from Northern California with roots in Jalisco, Mexico. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Mutha Magazine and Palabra, among others. Please send any inquiries and submissions to cantosf2016@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines: We are calling for submissions of fiction (up to 4000 words), poetry (up to 5 poems), and prose (up to 3000 words). All prose and poetry must be written by Latinos and must connect to the Bay Area. We want your most vibrant prose, poetry, and fiction. Spanish submissions welcome in poetry. Please submit a cover letter, specify the title of your piece, the genre, and any writing credits. Submit in rtf. doc., or pdf. Submission deadline: March 31st, 2016

West Branch. Submission deadline: April 1

The Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers will be offered for the fall semester of 2016, the fellowship to begin the first of September and to end the first of December. During this period of time, the Smith/McCullers Fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment in Carson McCullers’ childhood home, the Smith-McCullers House. The Fellow will be provided with a stipend of $5000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Application deadline: April 1

Kweli Children Book Writers Conference. “Join us on April 9th at Scandinavia House for an incredible day with top editors, agents, authors and illustrators in the children’s book publishing world. Our spring conference is an excellent opportunity for writers and illustrators of color to learn, get inspired and network with others in the industry. The day will include a keynote address by award-winning author, EDWIDGE DANTICAT. Our panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing to the business of writing. Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career and offer carefully considered manuscript critiques.”

Kore Press Short Fiction Award. “This competition is open to any female-identified individual writing in English, regardless of nationality.” Judge: Edwidge Danticat. Submission deadline: April 10

Epoch. Submission deadline: April 15

New Ohio Review Fiction Contest. Submission deadline: April 15

Waasnode Fiction Prize. Judge: Tiphanie Yanique. Submission deadline: April 15

The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. Application deadline: April 15

The Columbia Review. Submission deadline: April 23

Redivider Beacon Street Prize. Submission deadline: April 30

The Massachusetts Review. Submission deadline: April 30

2016 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a collection of short stories, novellas, or a short novel, and a standard royalty contract. Submission deadline: April 30

TriQuarterly. Submission deadline: April 30

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.