Although we need to wait until August to find out which state's writers will be able to compete for the 2007 Poets & Writers Writers Exchange award, information is now available for a parallel California Writers Exchange contest, made possible by a special grant from the James Irvine Foundation.
"Selected by renowned judges, the winning writers receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, where they meet with agents, editors, and prominent writers, and give a public reading of their work." One poet and one fiction writer will be chosen; they will also receive $500 honoraria.
The contest is open to California poets and fiction writers who have never published a book, or who have published (self-published books do not count) no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying. Applicants must have resided in California for a minimum of two years prior to the date they submit their manuscripts.
There is NO FEE to apply. Application deadline: August 31, 2006.
Find out more and download the required entry form here.