New fellowship! This just in last week from the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College: The Patrick Henry Fellowship supports innovative writing on American history and culture by both scholars and nonacademic authors, and includes a $45,000 stipend, health benefits, faculty privileges, a book allowance, and a nine-month residency (during the academic year 2009-10) in a restored 1735 house in the heart of historic Chestertown, Maryland. There is NO APPLICATION FEE. Application deadline is January 15, 2009. Details here.
Short stories (any genre) that take place during summer are invited for an Armchair Interviews contest (NO ENTRY FEE). Find more information (including the list of words you must include in the story) here. Top prize is $50; winner and runners-up will be published on the Armchair Interviews Web site. Deadline: September 30, 2008. (via PayingWriterJobs)
I'm a fan of the first-person pieces published in The Chronicle of Higher Education's Career section, so I'm especially pleased to pass this opportunity along: "The Chronicle's Careers section is looking for graduate students, postdocs, faculty members, and administrators who will be on the job market in the 2008-09 academic year and would be interested in keeping a diary of their job search." Paying opportunity. "We select up to 10 diarists a year; each writes three to five columns over the course of the year about his or her job search." Deadline for submitting a sample column is September 8. More information here.
For our friends in Canada: Biblioasis has announced the fourth annual Metcalf-Rooke Award for an unpublished book manuscript of short or novel-length fiction. There is NO ENTRY FEE, and the prize includes a publishing contract, a $1,500 cash award (presumably in Canadian funds), a regional book tour, and a profile in The New Quarterly. Deadline: September 30, 2008. Details at the Biblioasis site. (via placesforwriters.com)
Found this one on the Web site of The English Subject Centre, which is "part of the Higher Education Academy and supports the teaching of English Literature, English Language and Creative Writing across UK Higher Education." They're looking for case studies "on any aspect of your work in teaching and learning (or in 'outreach' or pastoral activities) which you feel would be of interest to other English lecturers." For accepted case studies that are at least 1,500 words long, authors will receive £150. Click here for more information.
And, as usual, here is a batch of teaching and non-teaching jobs for practicing writers:
Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Colby-Sawyer College (New Hampshire)
Lecturer in English, University of Otago (New Zealand)
Director, Center for Excellence in the Creative Arts, Austin Peay State University (Tennessee)
Managing Editor, The Southern Review, Lousiana State University
Assistant Editor, Princeton University (New Jersey)
Writer/Content Manager, Bronx Community College, City University of New York
Director of Online Communications, Mercer University (Georgia)