"Middlebury College seeks a poet with an M.F.A. degree and at least one published book to reside in Robert Frost's Homer Noble Farmhouse in Ripton, Vermont, to teach two courses and advise undergraduate poetry projects during the academic year, and to teach one course during the summer at either the Bread Loaf School of English or the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference." The fellowship, named the Robert Frost Fellowship, is renewable for up to three years and will begin in September 2009. No application fee. Deadline: November 21, 2008. More info here.
The Writer magazine has announced its 2009 Sylvia K. Burack Scholarship, which awards a prize of $500 and a year's subscription to The Writer. The competition is open to full-time undergraduates enrolled at a university or college in the U.S. or Canada. Entrants must submit two copies of a previously unpublished personal essay "on something you feel passionate about." No entry fee. Deadline: March 1, 2009. More info here.
The First Annual Spectra Pulse Short Fiction Contest is "a new short fiction contest for unpublished writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror." The winner will receive $100 and have his/her story published in next summer's issue of Spectra Pulse, "Bantam Spectra's exclusive magazine distributed at Comic-Con San Diego and select conventions and bookstores." No simultaneous submissions. No entry fee. Submission deadline is January 31, 2009. Full guidelines here. (via PayingWriterJobs)
I received this call for submissions from Sarah Nagel, editor at Blue Mountain Arts: "Blue Mountain Arts is interested in reviewing writings for publication on greeting cards. We are looking for highly original and creative submissions on friendship, family, special occasions, positive living, and other topics one person might want to share with another person. Submissions may also be considered for inclusion in book anthologies. We pay $300 per poem for all rights to publish it on a greeting card and $50 if your poem is used only in an anthology." Check the Web site for more information/instructions on obtaining guidelines. Also check out the poetry contest run by the same company.
Highlights has posted its guidelines for its 2009 Fiction Contest, which will be seeking "contemporary world-cultures stories" for young readers. There's no entry fee, and submissions must be postmarked during January 2009. The competition awards three prizes of $1,000 "or tuition for the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua." Details here. (Keep in mind the magazine's policy of buying all rights to contributors' work.)
And let's not forget the weekly roundup of teaching (and non-teaching) jobs for writers in colleges and universities:
Assistant Professor of English (Creative Nonfiction), De Paul University (Illinois)
Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing-Fiction), Western Illinois University
Assistant Professor of Writing, Oklahoma City University
Associate Director/Editor of Holy Cross Magazine, College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts)
Publications Associate, University of Massachusetts-Medical School
Writer/Editor, College of Notre Dame of Maryland
Publications Manager, Willamette University (Oregon)