If you'd like to apply for a 2008 Writing Residency at the Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, your deadline is approaching (April 1). "Two one-week residencies will be available at the monument in September and October. Selected individuals will be offered modest housing at the monument. A $100 travel stipend is provided in two payments by the Devils Tower Natural History Association. The goal of this residency is to provide an inspiring, secluded working environment for promising writers." Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. NO APPLICATION FEE. More information here.
Here's a contest after my own heart (if my heart were a few years younger and residing in the United Kingdom). The Franco-British Council, with Prospect magazine, "is inviting those aged between 16 and 25 to submit a short story of no more than 1,000 words, inspired by France, or the French." Winning pieces will be published by Prospect, and selected works will be included in a collection to be published by the Franco-British Council. Cash prizes (£50-£100) will also be awarded for the top three winners of the two (undergraduate and sixth form) categories. And get this: Julian Barnes and Ian Rankin will judge. NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline: April 1, 2008 (received). See full guidelines, terms, and additional information here.
And here's something I don't see advertised very often. A short story contest is looking for "a first-reader to report on entries." Based in New York City. Job involves "approx. 16 hours per week for 4 weeks, mid-Sept. to mid-Oct., 2008). Pays: $12.50/hour. See the announcement here.
Paid activist journalism internship for young writers of color, with the American Friends Service Committee in Cambridge, Massachusetts's Peacework magazine. Details here.
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And, as ever, a handy round-up of university-based jobs for writers (teaching and non-teaching):
Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing-Fiction), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing-Poetry), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing-Fiction/Nonfiction, plus Composition), Central State University (Ohio)
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction/Nonfiction/Composition), Eureka College (Illinois)
Visiting Assistant Professor of English (fiction or creative nonfiction), Hollins University (Virginia)
Writer/Editor, University of Southern California
Communications Specialist, Indiana University-Kokomo
Communications Editor, Haverford College (Pennsylvania)
Communications Coordinator, Hunter College/CUNY (New York)