The First Annual Writers’ Holiday in the Tropics Contest For Students and Alumni of Graduate Writing Programs requires no entry fee (and no writing samples). It's a "luck of the draw contest" open to current creative writing graduate students and alumni. The prize includes a retreat week in Costa Rica. Deadline: April 1, 2009. More info here. (via the Guide to Literary Agents blog)
Oregon Humanities is planning a summer 2009 issue on the theme of "stuff": "We are especially interested in writing that explores the conflicts between consumerism and American culture: How do we use stuff as proxies to explain who we are? What can we learn from historical and artistic representations of American consumer culture? Is shopping a patriotic act that keeps Americ's economy afloat?" The deadline for proposals/drafts is January 20, 2009. More information (including pay rates) here.
WOW! Women on Writing is looking for submissions in keeping with several upcoming themes: Children's Book Writing (for February 2009); Romance (for March 2009); Finances (for April 2009); Genre Issue (for May 2009); The Process (for June 2009). Check out the full announcement (including pay rates) here.
Columbia College Chicago invites applications for next year's Elma Stuckey Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Poet-in-Residence. This is an annual, one-year nonrenewable position. The position starts in August 2009. No application fee. Deadline: February 15, 2009. Full announcement here.
And you can always count on finding some job listings here!
Senior Faculty Member (full or associate professor), speculative fiction, University of California-Riverside
Assistant Professor in Translation and Creative Writing, Florida Atlantic University
Associate Adjunct Faculty in Creative Writing, Antioch University (Ohio)
Communications Manager, Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York)
Senior Writer, Bucknell University (Pennsylvania)
Director of Communications, University of San Francisco
Associate Director for Communications, Stanford University (California)