A new "Silver Linings Contest," a partnership between Adams Media (the Cup of Comfort series publisher) and Redbook magazine, will award $1,000 for a winning personal essay "about finding comfort in today's tough [economic] times." There's no entry fee, and you have until May 15 to submit an essay. Many more details available here.
HCI's "Ultimate" anthologies seek submissions for two forthcoming titles. One book will be aimed to "The Ultimate Runner," and the other will be targeted to "The Ultimate Bird Lover." Visit the Web site to learn more (pay rates are detailed within the FAQ). Deadline: June 15, 2009.
There's still a week or so remaining to submit a manuscript for this year's Lotus Press Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Thie prize includes $500 and publication, and recognizes a collection by an African-American poet. There is no entry fee. Deadline: March 31, 2009. Details here (click "poetry award guidelines").
Witness, a literary journal now published at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, publishes annually and is seeking submissions for its 2010 issue, which will feature "a special portfolio focusing on literature and film/video/photography. In addition to general submissions, we welcome work that addresses any intersection between these genres." Pays: $10/published page. Send one story, one essay, or five poems at a time. Guidelines here.
Not surprisingly, it's getting tougher to find jobs out there. In part, that's due to the calendar: academic jobs in creative writing are usually not posted this late in the academic year. But I'll keep looking, for academic and non-academic positions.
Part-Time Positions in the English Department, Clarion University (Penn.)
Communications and Marketing Director, Massachusetts Bay Community College (Mass.)
Communications Coordinator and Writer, Oakland University (Mich.)