Cove Park Litertarure Residencies 2016

Cove Park is a Scottish artists’ retreat located on the Rosneath peninsula, an hour’s drive west of Glasgow. In 2017 Cove Park is offering five funded literature residencies. Applications are open writers around the world.

Cove Park was founded in 1999 by Peter and Eileen Jacobs. The centre’s residencies “respond to the diversity of contemporary artistic practice in all the art forms, whether performing or visual arts, crafts, literature or music. [Its] interdisciplinary programmes, for both individuals and collaborating groups, offer time, space and freedom to make new work and to find new ways of working.”

Cove Park’s distinguished alumni include Margaret Atwood, Anne Carson, Brian Chikwava, Helen Cross, Rachel Cusk, Fred D’Aguiar, Joe Dunthorne, Jennie Erdal, Rodge Glass, John Glenday, Jen Hadfield, Jack Mapanje, Michael Pedersen, Jo Shapcott, Zoe Strachan, Chiew-Siah Tei, Kate Tough, Christos Tsiolkas, Chika Unigwe, Louise Welsh and Nicola White.

The three main 2017 literature residencies will take place between May and September and applications are open to writers around the world. These residencies last for between one and three months and, to be eligible, writers should have published at least one book. Applications are invited from writers who works across the genres of short and long fiction, memoir, poetry, biography. Writers who cross or combine these genres are also welcome to apply as are writers who are established in one genre and wish to develop or experiment in another.

New in 2017 is the opportunity for an emerging writer from the UK to spend three weeks at Cove Park working in parallel with early career artists specialising in craft/design and visual arts. This residency will run from Monday 4 – Monday 23 September 2017.

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Applications are now open for the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program. Since 2015 the program has offered a full scholarship to every student it accepts.

Each student in the program receives:

  • a full tuition scholarship
  • a US$12,500 fellowship
  • access to a 100% health insurance subsidy

In exchange all students are required to teach, participate in outreach projects and/or be involved with the on-campus literary journals – The Notre Dame Review, Re:Visions and The Bend – or with its international press, Action Books.

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Writing Trans Characters

8 November 2016 — 1 Comment

A guest post by Alex DiFrancesco

When I was in my early twenties in the early part of the aughts, I gravitated towards anything with a transgender character. Hubert Selby’s Last Exit to Brooklyn, John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the bizarre zombie flick and Guitar Wolf vehicle Wild Zero, The Kink’s “Lola,”Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.” Because these books and films and songs were largely written by cis (non-trans) people, there was never anything about the day to day of these characters included. They were tragic, or glamorous, or both, but they were certainly not real to me. It’s no wonder that, though I devoured these depictions, it wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I realized I was trans myself. I didn’t know of any trans-masculine characters at all.

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The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is now open for entries. The winning writer will receive a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000 (US$12,000), plus representation from a top children’s literary agent.

The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition began in 2007 and has launched the careers of a number of new authors. In 2015 the prize was won by Nicki Thornton for her book The Firefly Cage.  

To enter this competition you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. By full-length the organisers suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts do not exceed 80,000 words in length.

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A post by Sally O’Reilly

We live in a culture obsessed with speed: fast-food, Twitter, overnight celebrity, instant make-overs and cutting edge techno-gadgets. We drive too fast, desperate to get ahead literally as well as metaphorically. And when we get home we surf TV, scroll through Facebook, eat, drink and talk on the phone. Apparently, the only thing we want to slow down in the modern world is the ageing process – and it’s no surprise that our solution to that problem is a quick injection of Botox or a lunch-time facelift.

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Applications Now Open for the $10,000 Steinbeck Fellows Program
Applications are currently being accepted for the Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University. The program offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at SJSU.

The emphasis of the program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and the University’s creative writing program. While the program in named in honor of John Steinbeck, there does not need to be any direct connection between Steinbeck’s works and that of the applicant.

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