Speaking of literary agents, Chuck Sambuchino included the following call in his latest newsletter:
I'm putting out a call for queries for the 2010 edition of Guide to Literary Agents. Each edition of the book has 7-10 new articles written by contributors that discuss agents, submissions and just about everything else. The book is aimed toward those who have finished their book or proposal, and need to know what to do now. Do you have an idea for an upfront article? E-mail me a concise query at literaryagent(at)fwpubs(dot)com. Be sure to put "Query" somewhere in the e-mail title, so it doesn't get lost in all the spam.
A word on querying me: The absolute number one reason I turn down article queries is that they've been done before. Try and think of something that is both very useful to writers, but at the same time, a new (fresh!) take on an old subject. The more narrow and unique, the better! If there is an article idea you want to see, but don't have any interest in writing, pass that along, too!
Attention, bloggers! "Creative Nonfiction is seeking narrative blog posts to reprint in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 3, edited by Lee Gutkind, forthcoming in August 2009 from W. W. Norton.
We're looking for: Vibrant new voices with interesting, true stories to tell. Narrative, narrative, narrative. Posts that can stand alone, 2000 words max, from 2008. Something from your own blog, from a friend's blog, from a stranger's blog.
The small print: We will contact individual bloggers before publication; we pay a flat $50 fee for one-time reprint rights. Deadline: October 31, 2008." (You'll find the nomination form here.)
PALABRA, "a magazine of Chicano and Latino literary art," is published twice each year. Considers fiction, flash fiction, "innovative/hybrid work," poetry, short plays, and novel excerpts. Pays: $25-$35 (and two copies). Guidelines here. (via Duotrope.com)
This one's for women writers in Kentucky: "Hopscotch House Retreat and Residency Center is a KFW program that serves women and girls in Kentucky by providing a supportive setting for feminist artists and activists to create, connect, and convene." The deadline for requests for residencies taking place January 5-March 31, 2009, is November 7. No application fee indicated. Find out more here.(via the KFW "Hot Flash" e-newsletter)
Finally, here's the weekly round-up of teaching and non-teaching jobs for writers.
Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (creative nonfiction), University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Assistant Professor of English (creative writing), Iowa State University
Assistant Professor of Writing (creative nonfiction), Grand Valley State University (Michigan)
Creative Writing and Creativity Faculty Position, Bentley College (Massachusetts)
Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Nonfiction Writing, St. Lawrence University (New York)
Visiting Professor of Creative Writing (fiction or creative nonfiction), St. Lawrence University (New York)
College Communications Associate, Iona College (New York)
Copy Editor, Harvard Business School (Massachusetts)
Web Content Editor, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of the Health Professions (Massachusetts)
Senior Writer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Law School Web Publication Editor, Temple University (Pennsylvania)