Thanks to practicing writer Ken Bielen for passing along information about the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. There's no application fee that I can see, and the full proposal deadline is June 18, 2008. Check out this unusual opportunity here.
Meantime, the April issue of our ever-popular (and free!) monthly newsletter, The Practicing Writer, went out to subscribers this weekend. Among the opportunities detailed there this month: the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, The Shine Journal First Annual Poetry Contest, Split Rock Arts Program Scholarships, the State Farm Embrace Life Awards Essay Contest, and the Waterman Fund Alpine Essay Contest. Subscribe now (it's free, and your e-mail address won't be shared) to access the archive and see the issue for yourself.
For an anthology of "inspirational stories and wisdom that relate to the Midwest," short submissions (225-375 words) are welcome until April 15. Pays: $50. See the announcement here.
Chuck Sambuchino shares a lead on a new agent now seeking, in the agent's words, "science fiction, fantasy, historical novels, graphic novels, satire, memoir and travel writing. Please, no vampires."
And, as usual, here's a batch of teaching and non-teaching jobs in higher education for writers.
Assistant Professor in Creative Writing and Contemporary Fiction and Theory, Pace University (Pleasantville, New York)
Assistant Professor/Instructor of English ("The ideal candidate will be a generalist with the ability to teach introductory fiction and/or poetry and the first year interdisciplinary writing seminar. Preference will be given to candidates who have the ability to teach upper level courses in Renaissance literature and/or Shakespeare. This person will also be expected to assist students in selecting their course schedules"), Marymount Manhattan College (New York)
Web Editor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (New York)
Science Writer, Brown School of Engineering of Rice University (Texas)
Coordinator of Internal Communications, Maricopa Community College (Arizona)