The Antioch Writers' Workshop, which will take place July 11-17, 2009, offers three conference scholarships. Applications for each must be received by May 1, 2009. The Betty Crumrine Scholarship is for "a single parent who is committed to writing and who could not otherwise attend the workshop." The Judson Jerome Scholarship is for a poet. The Bill Baker Scholarship is for "a writer who is nominated by someone who can testify to his or her qualifications both as writer and community member." Click here for details.
The Georgia Review invites submissions for a planned special feature, a 21st-century update of Ambrose Bierce's satirical Devil's Dictionary, published about 100 years ago. "Taking Bierce as a model, all writers are invited to send one or two original dictionary entries - maximum length, 200 words each - for publication consideration; those writers who include with their submission a paid order for a new, renewed, or gift subscription to The Georgia Review ($30) may send up to six dictionary entries. All entries will be considered for publication in our pages and/or on our Web site. All accepted authors will receive an honorarium and also will be eligible to receive 'The Devil's Due' in the amount of $500 for first place, $150 for second, and $100 for third." Check here for more information. Deadline: June 30, 2009. (via NewPages.com)
One Story wants everyone to know that it supports new writers. From a recent e-mail: "At One Story, we are committed to discovering new talent and showcasing original voices. For this reason, One Story will never publish an author more than once. We are proud to say that 10% of our writers are published for the first time in our pages." Further, its current issue "marks the launch of our 'Introducing New Writers' series. 'Hurt People'[the latest story] will arrive in a custom envelope, marking it as a fiction debut and inviting subscribers to congratulate the author on our blog. We will host a reading in Lawrence, Kansas--where Cote Smith [the story's author] is finishing his MFA in fiction writing--in May. As part of this series, we will be hosting hometown readings for writers who publish for the first time in One Story in 2009. This is made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts." One Story is a paying journal; submissions close for the season May 31.
The Great Northern Canadian Writing Contest seeks prose (fiction or nonfiction), up to 1,000 words, "about life in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, or Northern Labrador." First prize is $500 and publication in above&beyond magazine; a special emerging writer prize of $250 and publication will also be awarded (for a writer who has never been published for payment). Deadline: April 30, 2009. No entry fee indicated. Check here for guidelines.
And a couple of jobs....
Editorial Director, Office of Marketing and Communications, Hamline University (Minnesota)
Part-time Grant Writer, Michigan State University