"Wheatland Press announces an open reading period for Polyphony 7, the seventh volume in the critically-acclaimed Polyphony anthology series. The publisher and editors are committed to finding outstanding cutting edge fiction from new writers as well as from established writers. We will be looking for stories that stretch (or break) the boundaries of traditional genres. Send us your magic realism, surrealism, literary stories with a genre sensibility, and other hard-to-classify stories with strong literary values, compelling characters, engaging tone and unique voice. If you really want to know what we are looking for, check out the previous volumes of Polyphony, available directly from Wheatland Press, genre booksellers or online booksellers." Pays: $.04/word for First Print and Electronic World Anthology Rights, to a maximum of $400, on acceptance, plus two copies on publication. Deadline: January 15, 2008. More info/full guidelines here.
This announcement from editor Robert Lee Brewer appeared in the latest "Writer's Market" newsletter from WritersMarket.com: "While December is definitely a time for working out next year's writing resolutions, it is also turning into a time for you to share your freelance writing success stories with Writer's Market for an opportunity to win some recognition and money. Once again, I'll be judging the free Writer's Market Freelance Success Stories contest with a first prize of $250, plus publication in the 2009 Writer's Market and a copy of the book." Brewer is looking looking for "true stories of freelance success in any discipline of writing—from nonfiction to fiction and from screenwriting to poetry. Try to keep the story between 800 and 1,500 words, and remember the deadline is December 31." Submit your success stories to writersmarket(at)fwpubs(dot)com. Please put "Freelance Success Stories Contest" in your subject line."
The next Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism will take place in Boston, March 14-16, 2008. "This year, we are able to offer a limited number of registration scholarships for working domestic and international journalists. Scholarship recipients are still responsible for travel and meals not provided at the conference." If you're a journalist living/working in the United States or Canada seeking a scholarship, you must attest to "an income from all sources of less than $30,000 a year. Journalists who live and work in developing nations need not provide income information." NO APPLICATION FEE. Deadline: January 15, 2008. More info/guidelines here.
And speaking of conferences, if you're a student you may be able to receive free registration for the upcoming Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference (to be held in 2008 in New York City, January 30-February 2), in exchange for a few hours of volunteering. Details here.
The Jerome Foundation has posted guidelines for its 2008 Travel and Study Grant Program, open this cycle to applicants in literature, film/video, and dance. Applicants must live in either Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City. NO APPLICATION FEE. Extensive information is available here.
The Queer Collection: Prose and Poetry 2008 seeks "creative original prose and poetry by and for a gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, and queer audience. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will be considered. Some previously published material will be considered including stories, articles, and book excerpts. Author must hold reprint rights to previously published material." Submission deadline is December 31, 2007. Pays: $50/published piece. More information here. (via CRWROPPS)
Via Duotrope.com I've learned about a new venue for flash fiction, Flash Fiction Online. Pays: $.05/word. Guidelines here.
And last, but not least, this week's teaching and non-teaching jobs for writers:
Visiting Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing, Fiction), Whitman College (Washington);
Visiting Professor, Humanities (Communication Studies), Colby-Sawyer College (New Hampshire);
Assistant Professor of Spanish (to help develop a creative writing program in Spanish), University of Iowa; and
Writer-in-Residence, University of Edinburgh.
Editor/Writer, University of Miami;
Communications Specialist (Publications), Oklahoma State University;
Writer/Content Developer, New York Institute of Technology;
Development Writer, Adelphi University (New York); and
Copy Editor, Emerson College (Massachusetts).