Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Submit Your Work to Our Stories!

Whether accepted or rejected all stories submitted receive up to two paragraphs of critique on how to make it better!

Cave Canem Poetry Prize

The Cave Canem Poetry Prize is a first book award for African American writers. Winner will receive $1,000, publication by Graywolf Press, 15 copies of the book and a feature reading. Final Judge: Yusef Komunyakaa. April 30th deadline (postmark)

Stirring : A Literary Collection

Stirring is a monthly literary magazine that publishes poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and photography. Our only stipulation is that your work resonate. Before submitting, we suggest that you read several of our recent issues to get a taste for what we like to publish.

Web site:
Submission Guidelines:
Genres Published: Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
Reading Period: January 1 - December 31
Reporting Time: 3-6 months
Circulation: 2,500 to 5,000
Issues Per Year: Twelve

Accepts unsolicited submissions: Yes
Accepts electronic submissions: Yes
Accepts simultaneous submissions: Yes
Number of authors making their debut in each issue: Five-six

12th Annual Asian American Literary Awards

Applications are due Friday, May 15, 2009

Since 1998, The Annual Asian American Literary Awards have honored Asian American writers for excellence in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, stage plays and screenplays. Literary awards recipients are determined by a national panel of judges who are selected on the basis of expertise in a literary genre and/or experience in academic environments relevant to Asian American literature; residence in the U.S. and ethnic background as to create a diverse committee.

To qualify for our next award, a work must have been written by an individual of Asian descent living in the United States and published originally in English during the calendar year preceding the award year (for example, works published in 2007 are eligible for the 2008 Literary Awards). No self-published works will be considered. Award submissions are accepted in Spring, with award recipients announced in Fall, and publicly presented during our Winter awards ceremony.

The Asian American Literary Awards Ceremony also features the Members' Choice Award. Initiated in 2000, the Members' Choice Award allows Workshop members to choose their favorite title of the previous publishing year. In order to participate in voting for this award, you must be a current member of the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

Applications for the upcoming Twelfth Annual Asian American Literary Awards are due Friday, May 15, 2009. Please download the newest application and guidelines.

Maine Arts Commission

Individual Artist Fellowship
A fellowship of $13,000 is awarded annually to a writer who is a resident of Maine. Poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who are not enrolled as full-time students in a field related to literary arts are eligible. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 20 pages or up to 20 pages of prose by June 12. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Maine Arts Commission, Individual Artist Fellowship, 193 State Street, 25 State House Station, Augusta, ME04333-0025. (207) 287-2726. Donna McNeil, Director.

Artist Trust
Literature Fellowships
Fellowships of $7,500 each are awarded in odd-numbered years to Washington poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Fellowship recipients must develop and produce a public event, such as a reading, lecture, or workshop. Residents of WashingtonState who are at least 18 years old and are not matriculated students are eligible. Submit up to 15 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose and a resumé by June 12. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required application and complete guidelines.
Artist Trust, Literature Fellowships, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA98122. (206) 467-8734, ext. 11. Monica Miller, Director of Programs.

Astraea Foundation
Lesbian Writers Fund

Two $10,000 grants are given annually to emerging lesbian poets and fiction writers. Two finalists in each category will each receive a grant of $1,500. Applicants must have published work at least once in a newspaper, magazine, literary journal, or anthology but must not have published more than one book in any genre. Submit 10 to 15 pages of poetry or up to 20 pages of fiction with lesbian content and a one-paragraph biography with a $5 entry fee by June 30. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Astraea Foundation, Lesbian Writers Fund, 116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY10003. (212) 529-8021, ext. 22.

Leeway Foundation
Art and Change Grants
Grants of up to $2,500 each are given by the Leeway Foundation three times a year to support women poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the Philadelphia area who need financial assistance to work on a project involving art and social change. Women and transgender writers living in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties who are 18 years of age or older and who are not full-time students in an arts program are eligible. Applicants must have a project commitment from an organization or mentor. Submit an application by June 1. There is no entry fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Leeway Foundation, Art and Change Grants, The PhiladelphiaBuilding, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA19107. (215) 545-4078. Sham-e-Ali al-Jamil, Program Director.

Literary Arts
Oregon Literary Fellowships

Fellowships of at least $2,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. In addition, Women Writers Fellowships of at least $2,500 are given annually to Oregon women writers of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction whose work explores experiences of race, class, physical disability, or sexual orientation. Submit 15 pages of poetry or 25 pages of prose by June 26. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE or visit the Web site for the required entry form and complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)
Literary Arts, Oregon Literary Fellowships, 224 NW 13th Avenue, Suite 306, Portland, OR97209. (503) 227-2583. Susan Denning, Program Director.

WireTap magazine,
in partnership with The Nation Institute, is currently accepting applications for the new Arts and Culture Fellowship program. We encourage entry-level journalists to apply for this eight-month, subsidized fellowship to improve the coverage of independent arts and culture in America. Based at The Nation Institute and WireTap, the program seeks two reporters -- one videographer and one writer / photographer -- who are passionate about covering independent creative work, improving their reporting and criticism skills, and building relationships with other writers, editors and arts practitioners.

The Background

As journalism organizations across the country are forced to make staff cuts, substantive arts and culture coverage has sharply decreased. Remaining coverage tends to focus on pop celebrities or mainstream artists, leaving a new generation of creative voices disconnected from the general public.

The Arts and Culture Journalism Fellowship program will support the work of two entry-level reporters interested in covering emerging artists and small arts and culture organizations in America. The emphasis will be on independent, socially conscious work - including anything from young filmmakers or hip-hop musicians addressing social issues to after-school arts programs serving underfunded schools. We will encourage our journalists to explore questions like: What is the connection between the arts and social change? How are shifting demographics changing arts and culture in America? Where is the line between political art and propaganda? Who decides what is "low" and "high" art? What is the relationship between "street" art and work in established galleries?

This part-time fellowship will run from May 15 to December 15, 2009. Each fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend as well as consistent mentorship and editorial support. Fellows are expected to work 2-3 full, workdays each week (about 20 hours), produce at least one monthly feature (written, podcast, video or photo slide show), one interview and four blog posts per month. Fellows will also attend a four-day journalism "boot camp" (all expenses paid) at the end of May in San Francisco or New York City. This training period will also provide an opportunity to meet the editors, as well as Arts and Culture Advisory Board members representing a broad range of artists. If the fellows are based in San Francisco or New York, they might be asked to work in our offices. If the candidates live elsewhere, this will be a telecommuting position.

The work of Arts and Culture Fellows will be published on WireTap magazine and The Nation Institute's websites, and may be syndicated in the publications of our partners, such as The Nation online, Mother Jones and ColorLines.

This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

About The Nation Institute and WireTap Magazine:

Founded in 1966, The Nation Institute has a fundamental commitment to the values of free speech and open discourse. Through its many programs, the Institute works to strengthen the independent progressive press in the face of America's increasingly corporate-controlled flow of information. For more information, visit:

Founded in 1998, WireTap is an independent news and culture web magazine that generates and amplifies daily content by young people from diverse backgrounds. WireTap is committed to training young journalists and providing a daily platform for young activists, social entrepreneurs, and artists across the country. For more information, visit:

Who should apply?

Applicants who can demonstrate at least two years of part-time commitment to general reporting or arts criticism
Applicants who have at least three strong samples of reporting or criticism in a school, community, independent or mainstream publication or a blog
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, but are not required to hold a journalism degree.
Who should not apply?

Individuals, who have worked more than three years as full-time Arts and Culture writers, producers or editors.
Current freelance or full-time Marketing and Public Relations workers. (It's OK, if you did that in the past.)
What to include in the application:

A resume that includes your mailing address, phone number and email address
Three professional references, including titles and contact information. (Please don't send letters of recommendation, just references.)
A 500-word, typed statement of why this fellowship would be of value to you. Please incorporate a description of your journalism experience and philosophy, and identify at least two artists and two cultural organizations in the state of your residence you would like to cover, if selected for this fellowship.
Three published samples. All samples must be dated. At least one must be arts and culture-related. All audio, photo or video work should be mailed. Online articles can be emailed or sent as URL links.
Please do not send complete books, magazines, newspapers or works-in-progress. All materials should be copies. Materials will not be returned.

Completed application forms must be postmarked on or before May 1, 2009. Notification emails will be sent by May 15.

Email / Mail Materials to:

Attn: Arts and Culture Fellowship
WireTap Magazine
222 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA94108


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