Creative Capital is now accepting letters of inquiry as part of its grant application process for 2008. This year's open categories include "Innovative Literature," encompassing "poetry, fiction, nonfiction and genre-defying literary work." Or, as Creative Capital explains: "In Innovative Literature we seek work by writers who are not only highly accomplished stylists, but who also demonstrate an adventurous spirit when it comes to issues of form and/or content. We are interested in original writing that pushes literature in new and surprising directions. Playwrights should apply in the Performing Arts category." Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, at least 25 years old; they must be working artists with at least five years of professional experience (defined for "Innovative Literature" as "publications in five or more literary journals, magazines, or anthologies for prose writers and ten or more for poets, or publication of at least one book-length work"). Note that initial grants will be awarded at the $10,000 level. "Including follow-up monetary support, a project may receive as much as $50,000 throughout the life cycle of the grant, with the average amount closer to $35,000." Check additional eligibility stipulations and application instructions here.
Paying internship at California magazine, the University of California-Berkeley's alumni mag. Available immediately. Details here.
The latest classifieds are up over on the Poets & Writers site (which has been revamped, by the way). Lots of calls for manuscripts and contest announcements. Not all are paying opportunities (and most of the listed contests charge fees). Still, worth a look.
Recently discovered the Green Art and Ecolit Contest from Knock, a Seattle-based litmag. Pays overall winner $100 and welcomes submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays, art, and cartoons. Deadline: May 1, 2008. No entry fee indicated. Details here. (via Luna Park)
Check the NewPages blog for a newsy update from Iron Horse Literary Review, including information on "thematic and open issues." Pays: $100 per prose piece and $40 per poem.
Another find from the NewPages blog: an announcement about what looks like an exciting new editing/teaching fellowship at The Southern Review for a recent graduate of an MFA or PhD program. (When I find out more about this I'll add a link to our page of post-MFA fellowship opportunities.)
And the weekly batch of (mostly) full-time jobs....
Assistant Professor of English ("Although primary teaching responsibility will be first-year writing, preferred candidates will also have experience and scholarly interest in cultural studies, ethnic literature(s), fiction writing, literary theory, or writing program administration"), Oklahoma City University
Part-time Writing faculty, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Media Relations Associate, Yeshiva University (New York)
Editor and Manager of College Publications, Bard College at Simon's Rock (Massachusetts)
Director of Media Relations and Web Editor, The University of the South (Tennessee)
Senior Writer, Seattle University