The Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award is a memorial award "intended to aid a woman writer of 32 years or younger who both embodies Amanda's personal strengths--warmth, generosity, a passion for community--and who needs some time to finish a book in progress." This is a $2,500 grant; application deadline is May 1 (there's no application fee). Check the announcement on the McSweeney's site.
"The 2009 edition of Songwriter's Market is accepting pitch submissions for articles geared toward the music industry. Articles will help aspiring songwriters achieve their goals of getting their songs heard by artists, agents and publishers in the music field. Especially wanted are 'Insider Information' articles that take the reader into the process of submitting demos to music companies, with comments from decision-makers. Articles should be 1,500-2,500 words. Pays on acceptance. Pitches only to Greg Hatfield, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org." (via WritersMarket.com newsletter)
"TravelingMamas.com is in search of true uplifting, funny, inspirational, and touching stories with a travel theme for an upcoming anthology series. Possible themes may include family travel, romantic escapes, girlfriend getaways, and solo trips." Reprints are acceptable so long as you own the rights. Deadline: September 1, 2008. Pays: $50 plus one copy. See the announcement here. (via Paying Writer Jobs)
For all my writer pals in the Boston area--saw this announcement in the Grub Street Rag: "Arlington Community Education is seeking experienced and enthusiastic writing instructors for its Fall 2008 term in the following courses: Writing Memoirs, Freelance Writing, and 'Get Writing.' Courses are aimed at the general community of Arlington and surrounding towns. Age range of students is 35-60. Classes are held on Tues, Wed. or Thur evenings at Arlington High School, between 9/22 and 12/5 2008. Instructors determine the length of the courses, though most will run from 3-7 weeks. Compensation for instructors at Arlington Community Education is competitive with that of surrounding community education programs. For more information, contact Donna Eidson, director, Arlington community education, staff(at)arlingtoncommunityed(dot)org. 781-316-3568. Email preferred."
And, as usual, here's a batch of college and university-based jobs for writers:
Mary Routt Chair of Writing (visiting position), Scripps College (California)
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction), Adelphi University (New York)
Adjunct Writing Positions, Hofstra University (New York)
Web Writer/Editor, Franklin and Marshall College (Pennsylvania)
Staff Writer, Dickinson College (Pennsylvania)
Assistant Director of Media Relations, Central Michigan University
Senior Director of Advancement Relations, Suffolk University (Massachusetts)