Monthly Archives: January 2014

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This week’s batch of contests includes prizes for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, as well as an award for writers with children under the age of 18. Deadlines range from Feb 15-28.

The Arcadia Short Story Contest is currently seeking exceptionally well-crafted short stories. Submissions should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words. There are no criteria for style or substance. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Arcadia 8. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: February 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) sponsors annual competitions for book-length works: the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, both of which award the winners $5,500 and publication, as well as AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction and AWP Prize for the Novel, the winners of which receive $2,500 and publication. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Only book-length manuscripts are eligible. The Award Series defines “book-length” as: 48 pages minimum text for poetry collections; 150-300 manuscript pages for short story or creative nonfiction collections; and at least 60,000 words for novel manuscripts. Entry fee: $20 for AWP members, $30 for nonmembers. Deadline: February 28, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award is intended for individual writers with families (at least one child under the age of 18). Applicants from the San Francisco bay area will be given preference, but writers from anywhere can apply. Writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry are encouraged to apply. The winners will receive $6,000. Applicants should submit their portfolio as well as a biography, an artist statement, their CV, and a description of how they will use the award. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

Along Publishers Row

by Campbell Geeslin

With all the hysterical headlines and TV chatter about the Super Bowl, how about a time out? The game has been around a long time.

Back in 1925, Robert Benchley wrote an essay entitled, “How to Watch Football.” This was before television. To smart guys like Benchley, Prohibition, which began in 1920, was a joke.

Benchley’s suggestion was: “Start drinking from the flask at, let us say, ten o’clock in the morning of the game. If necessary, or rather as soon as necessary, re-fill the flask. Be within calling-distance of a good, soft couch, with an easy pillow for the head. Don’t eat any lunch. Turn the heat on in the room and shut the windows.

“Then when it comes time. . .for the game, you will already have started with Old Grandpa Sandman, on the road to Never-Never Land . . . .You, my little man, will be safe and warm at home, [which] after all, is the place to be on the afternoon of the game.”

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New Books by Members

This week’s recent and upcoming books by our members include titles by Steven Axelrod, Lillian Stewart Carl, Eric Carle, Wiley Cash, Peter Clines, William Esmont, Connie Goldsmith, Carl Hiaasen, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, Paula McCoy-Pinderhughes, Jennifer Ouellette, Cheryl Reavis, Robert Riche, Imogen Rose, Terry Shames, Todd Strasser, and Janice Phelps Williams. Titles under the jump.

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This week’s batch includes prizes for our Kentucky residents, our Midwest residents, women, and translators. Deadlines range from Jan 31-Feb 15.

The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowships are given to Kentucky artists, including writers, who have achieved a high level of excellence and creativity in their work. Applications in the literary arts categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry will be accepted this year. Fellows will receive $7,500. Awards are unrestricted and may be used in any way to enhance the artist’s career. Applications will be reviewed using the following performance expectations: artistic excellence and professional achievements. Deadline: February 15, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Susan B Anthony Institute for Gender and Women Studies at the University of Rochester is offering its annual Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman. The winner will receive a cash prize of $7,500. The prize will be awarded to a woman who is a USA citizen, and who has written the best book-length work of prose fiction, whether novel, short stories, or experimental writing. Works written primarily for children and publications from private and vanity presses cannot be considered. Deadline: February 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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Along Publishers Row

by Campbell Geeslin

Ewan Clayton is the author of The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing. He is a Brit, a former monk, a calligrapher and teacher. A reviewer of his book said, “He brings his craftsman’s perspective to his history of the Roman alphabet from its start to its finish.”

In an interview with PW, Clayton said, “Two things [about writing] fascinate me. First, the act of writing itself. Making contact with another surface and then moving across it in a sequence of movements, it’s like a dance or a kind of free-running in a city of letterforms as you surmount the challenges that each new combination of shapes throws at you, and always you keep your flow going. The second thing is what happens to a document after it is written, the activity that surrounds it.”

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This week’s batch includes a residency, a translation prize, a medical themed prize for poetry, and a short story contest. Deadlines range from Jan 31-Feb 1.

The Goethe-Institut Chicago is accepting submissions for the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize, which honors an outstanding literary translation from German into English published in the US the previous year. The winner (translator) will receive $10,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Chicago, where the award ceremony will be held. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are eligible. Deadline: January 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. Poems must be no more than 50 lines in length and not have previously been published in any form. They must be written in English and should not be translations of another writer’s work. The winner will receive £5,000 (or approximately $8,184). Entry fee: £10 per poem. Deadline: January 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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Along Publishers Row

by Campbell Geeslin

Are women authors who write about women ignored by critics?

Novelist Jennifer Weiner (The Next Best Thing, 2012) was the subject of an eight-page Profile in the Jan. 13 New Yorker.  The title was “Written Off,” and it dealt with her “quest for literary respect.”

Weiner’s titles have sold 4.5 million copies and spent 249 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. None has ever been reviewed in the Times Book Review.

Weiner made her case: “There is so much antipathy today toward the idea of fiction existing for pleasure or escapism. I just have a very hard time seeing entertainment as a bad thing. The things that come up again and again in my books, like a man who thinks that you are beautiful just as you are: is that sentimental, wish-fulfillment bullshit that isn’t ever going to happen in real life? I feel like it’s something that we want, and I believe in it, even if it is sentimental.”

Weiner gives many readers what they want. But literary critics may be looking for something else—the prose and perception of a Jane Austen or George Eliot.

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New Books by Members

This week’s recent and upcoming books by our members include titles by Raymond Buckland, Lynn Darling, Patricia A. DeMaio, Patrick A. Durantou, Elizabeth Foxwell, Russell Freedman, Connie Goldsmith, Joan Bransfield Graham, Matthew Kennedy, Christine Kohler, Lois Lowry, Pearl Ketover Prilik, and Susan VanHecke. Titles under the jump.

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This week’s batch of contests includes a fellowship for our Massachusetts residents as well as contests for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Deadlines range from January 27-31.

The Iowa Review Awards is a multi-genre writing contest in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Submissions may be up to 25 pages of prose or 10 pages of poetry (one poem or several, but no more than one poem per page). Work must be previously unpublished.  The winner will receive $1,500 and the runners-up will receive $750. All manuscripts will be considered for publication. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: January 31, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

The Massachusetts Art Council’s Artist Fellowships provide direct, unrestricted support to Massachusetts artists in recognition of exceptional original work, to foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth. Any artist 18 years or older who has been a legal resident of Massachusetts for the last two years at the time of application is eligible. All Artist Fellows/Finalists must be legal residents of Massachusetts when grants are awarded. Submissions must be 25 pages or less, but may be a single work or up to four works or excerpts. Deadline: January 27, 2014. For more information, please visit the website.

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Along Publishers Row

by Campbell Geeslin

E.B. White’s fame continues mostly because of a pig and a spider (Charlotte’s Web, 1952).  But throughout his life, he had a special affection for dogs.

Now, his granddaughter, Martha White, has collected and edited E.B. White on Dogs—a book of essays, letters and poems about his canine friends.

Over the years he had labs, Scotties, half-breeds and mutts.  He wrote of his “ignoble dachshund, Fred,” “I like to read books on dog training. Being the owner of a dachshund, to me a book about dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot.”

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