This week, I'd like to present a sampling of the opportunities that were posted within our January issue of The Practicing Writer (which went out to subscribers last week). If you're not yet a subscriber, join us! (The newsletter is free, and your e-mail address is kept confidential.) And if you are a subscriber already, thank you for your support!
January is a month when Graywolf Press accepts unagented submissions (postmark dates; submissions are also welcome in May and September). "Graywolf Press is a literary press that publishes about twenty-seven books annually, mostly collections of poetry, memoir, essays, novels, and short stories. Our editors are looking for high quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that combines a distinct voice with a distinct vision."
January is also a month to submit fiction to Glimmer Train. Submit up to three short stories per submission month. Pays: $700, plus 10 copies.
The annual Sylvia K. Burack Scholarship from The Writer magazine honors the memory of the magazine's longtime editor-in-chief and publisher. It is open to full-time undergraduate students (18 or older) enrolled at a university or college in the U.S. or Canada at time of entry. This year, the competition seeks "a previously unpublished 600- to 800-word personal essay in English on the following topic: 'Select a work of fiction or poetry that has influenced the way you view the world and the way you view yourself. Discuss the work and explain how it affected you.'" One entry per student. Prize: $500 and a subscription to The Writer. No application fee. Deadline: March 1, 2010.
"Each year, Fishtrap, Inc. awards up to five Fellowships valued at $1,000 for Summer Fishtrap Workshops and Gathering, held every July at Wallowa Lake, Oregon. Awards are made on the basis of writing submission only, and are not limited to any one genre. Submissions should follow the Fishtrap mission, which is to promote 'good writing in and about the West.' Therefore, applicants should be from the West, or writing about the West. Fellowships cover the cost of a workshop, registration for the Gathering, and food and lodging for a week. A small travel stipend is also included." No application fee. Deadline: February 1, 2010.
"Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the Arvon Foundation have both helped numerous successful authors and artists on the way to their big-break. Now it could be your turn. We're offering you the chance to win £500, plus a place on an Arvon writing course worth up to £575 and to have your work published on the web! All you have to do is write a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words, on the theme of 'Unity or Union.'" No entry fee (though entrants must register with the parent Web site). Deadline: February 14, 2010. Check full details, terms, and conditions online.