CavanKerry Press is currently accepting submissions for its Laurel Books series. These are collections of poetry or creative nonfiction memoir that "explore in depth, the poignant and critical issues associated with confronting serious and life-threatening physical &/or psychological illness. Only work written from a 'personal" perspective, that is, by the individual who has experienced the illness, will be considered." Exceptionally, authors may be parents of a child who writes about the child's illness as experienced by the child and the parent. Submission deadline is December 31, 2007; full guidelines here. (via Duotrope.com)
This note was included within an e-mail I received last week from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs: "The Writer's Chronicle seeks brilliant essays on the craft of writing, on literary works published after 1950, and on issues and controversies in contemporary letters. AWP Job List also seeks helpful articles providing the best advice for jobseekers. Please submit your work via US mail only; no emailed submissions will be considered. AWP pays $10 per one hundred words for first serial rights for accepted work. We cannot consider articles that have been previously published, including publication on the Web. Submit your work to: The Editors, AWP, Mail Stop 1E3, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030." Find out more here.
And this message from Susan Reynolds also came in via e-mail: "I am currently editing 'My Mom is My Hero,' and I am very short on quality entries; thus, I have extended the deadline to December 15th. I desperately, as in desperately, need an influx of solidly written stories, particularly with strong characterization and compelling story lines. The heroism doesn't have to be spectacular by any means, but the story does need to be well told....The publisher will only allow five illness/death stories in the total work so I'm encouraging everyone to write about everyday heroism. I really need diversity and humor!" For the official call for submissions to this anthology, and guidelines, click here. Pays: $100/published piece; extra cash awards for the top three selections as chosen by the editor.
Through CRWROPPS I learned about two other paying anthology opportunities. One, with a deadline of January 4, 2008, seeks contributions from practicing nurses; the other, with a deadline of December 15, 2007 for this round, asks women writers to respond to specific essay prompts for a book to be titled She Said, She Said: Selected Essays from Enlightened Eves to Clueless Adams (What Women Really Talk About Behind Closed Doors). The first book's guidelines indicate that "an honorarium" and a copy will be paid for each contributions; She Said, She Said will pay $25 (plus two copies)
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And here's our reliable round-up of full-time jobs for writers, teaching and non-teaching:
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (fiction specialist), Seton Hall University (New Jersey);
Community Education Instructors (Business writing, creative writing, creative non-fiction, memoirs; proofreading fundamentals), Community College of Allegheny County (Pennsylvania);
Instructor/Assistant Professor English/Creative Writing (fiction specialist), Youngstown State University (Ohio);
Assistant Professor of English (creative nonfiction specialist), Ohio Wesleyan University;
Assistant Professor of English (fiction specialist), Loras College (Iowa); and
Screenwriter, San Francisco State University.
Web Editor/Writer, State University of New York (SUNY) System;
Gift Acknowledging Writer, Rutgers University (New Jersey);
Senior Writer, Southern Poverty Law Center (Alabama);
Print Communications Manager, Jewish Women's Archive (Massachusetts); and
Editorial Assistant, Web Communications, Tufts University (Massachusetts).