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New Orleans Review is Accepting Work for a Special Science Fiction Issue

New Orleans Review is currently accepting work for a special science fiction issue to be published in spring 2015. The editors are looking for science or speculative fiction in any genre, including short stories, flash fiction, image/text collisions, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Prose submissions should be no longer than 7500 words. Poetry submissions should be no more than five pages (if you are working in long-form or series, you may send up to fifteen pages of poetry). All work must be previously unpublished but simultaneous submissions are accepted. All contributors will receive two complimentary copies of the issue.

Submissions close on 31 December 2014. For full details see New Orleans Review’s submissions page.

New Orleans Review is also considering work for its web features series. Fiction and nonfiction may be up to 2500 words and poetry can be up to five pages. Book reviews and interviews are also being accepted; see NOR’s website for full details.

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Cove Park is a Scottish artists’ retreat located on the Rosneath peninsula, an hour’s drive west of Glasgow. In 2015 Cove Park is offering a minimum of three literature residencies. The residencies are open to 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 2015 literature residencies will take place between March and September and last for between one and three months. Applications are invited from established writers of short and long fiction; poetry; creative non-fiction and memoir; work that crosses these genres and also writers who have made their reputation in one field and wish to develop in another. To be eligible for consideration, writers must have published at least one full-length book in their field.

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Friday Aerogramme: 10 Links for Writers & Readers (7 November 2014)

Friday 7 November 2014

  1. The nominees for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards were announced this week. There are 15 nominees in each of the 20 categories ranging from fiction to fantasy to young adult fiction to food & cookbooks. The first round of voting closes tomorrow and the semi-finals run until 15 November.
  2. Rolling Stone has published an exclusive excerpt from Stephen King’s forthcoming novel, Revival. This ‘modern-day Frankenstein story’ is out on 11 November.
  3. Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson has shared some news of her plans to grow a start up with Steven Brill. Writers will be paid advances of around $100,000 to produce stories that will be longer than long magazine articles but shorter than books. There will be “one perfect whale of a story” each month and it will be available by subscription.
  4. Weave Magazine is seeking positive, self-motivated individuals to join its team of reviewers. Experience is preferred and reviewers can be based anywhere in the world.
  5. International Business Times has published an interesting article titled What Is Wattpad? The ‘YouTube For Stories’ Is Transforming Book Publishing. For writers wanting advice on using Wattpad, Rowena Wiseman has some fantastic tips.
  6. Australian writer and comedian Catherine Deveny has shared Ten Things No One Ever Tells You About Writing: “Remember, you’re not trying to kill anyone; you’re just trying to write some words, that turn into sentences that turn into stories. This platitude has helped too: ‘It doesn’t matter how slow you go, you’re lapping everyone on the couch’.”
  7. Tin House is accepting submissions for its non-themed Summer 2015 issue. It is looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and interviews. Submissions close 15 November. For more calls for submissions see our November and December Opportunities for Writers post.
  8. Writers have just over two weeks to get their entries in for the $20,000 Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest. The entry process asks for a passport number which has understandably caused a few queries. Silvia from the Museum has explained that they require the passport number or another form of ID to make sure that everyone follows the rule of only one entry per person. The final entry deadline is Sunday 23 November.
  9. Amy Mason has won the Dundee International Book Prize. According to the BBC, the Bournemouth-born writer and performer Ms Mason left school at 16 and said she was a “disaster” throughout her 20s until she was “saved” by an evening writing class aged 25. Entries for the next Dundee Prize, which carries a £10,000 cash award plus publication, are expected to open in February.
  10. Are you looking for a way to write without distractions? If so, the Hemingwrite may be just the answer. This modern day twist on the typewriter helps people craft prose without the risk of being distracted by social media.hemingwrite details.jpg

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Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Boulevard is accepting entries for its annual short fiction contest for emerging writers. The winner will receive US$1500 and have their story published in the magazine.

Boulevard is an American literary magazine established in 1985 and based at St. Louis University in Missouri. Boulevard aims to publish the finest in fiction, poetry and non-fiction and was described by Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman as ‘one of the half-dozen best literary journals’. The magazine has been edited throughout its history by Richard Burgin, a five-time Pushcart Prize winner.

Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is open worldwide to people who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished.

The 2013 contest was won by Terrance Manning Jr for his story ‘Andretti in El Camino’. The story is available to be read in full here (PDF).

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Penn State University Writing Residency

Pennsylvania State University‘s Altoona Campus English Program is taking applications for a one-semester teaching residency in fiction and creative nonfiction. The program is targeted at early career writers, preferably without a published book.

The residency is designed to offer an emerging writer substantial time to write and offers a salary of $10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2015 semester (24 August to 18 December).

The resident writer will also give a public reading, visit other creative writing courses and work informally with English major students. The hiring committee is looking for a writer with publications of fiction and creative nonfiction in literary magazines. The successful candidate typically lives in the Altoona area during the residency; benefits and housing are not included.

A Master’s degree in Creative Writing or English is required; an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing is preferred. Teaching experience is also preferred. Review of applications will begin on 1 April 1 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Friday Aerogramme 24 October 2014

Friday 24 October 2014

  1. Momentum Books seeking to hire a book blogger. The blogger will write between 4 and 8 posts per month on topics related to reading, writing, books and storytelling culture (paid position).
  2. Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip, an extraordinary documentary that uncovers the real events behind Garner’s groundbreaking debut novel, is available to stream on ABC iView until next Thursday (geoblocked, Australia only).
  3. The New Yorker has published a new short story by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. Listen to Hanks read ‘Alan Bean Plus Four’ on Soundcloud.
  4. The Wrong Quarterly is a new London-based literary magazine showcasing prose from British and international writers. It is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, life-writing and essays. The Wrong Quarterly is also seeking experienced readers and copyeditors.
  5. Small Press Network has announced the shortlist for the Most Underrated Book Award 2014. The award aims to shine a light on some of the outstanding titles that are released by small and independent Australian publishers that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues when first released.
  6. The Ministry of Stories, a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London, is advertising a number of positions including Creative Learning Manager and Community Engagement Coordinator.
  7. Vogue has posted an exclusive preview of a new documentary about the life on Joan Didion. The film is being made by her nephew, Griffin Dunne, the longtime actor and filmmaker, together with the documentarian Susanne Rostock.
  8. Entries for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize for Unpublished Manuscripts close next Friday. The winner will receive $5000 and publication through Black Balloon.
  9. Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a bookshop at night? If you have, check out this competition Waterstones and AirBnB are running in London.
  10. After a few months break, Aerogramme Writers’ Studio is back on Tumblr. Say hello at aerogrammestudio.tumblr.com.

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Granta is Accepting Unsolicited Submissions

After a long hiatus Granta, one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines, is again accepting unsolicited submissions.

Granta’s history can be traced back to 1889 when a student politics and literature magazine called The Granta was founded at Cambridge University. Since its relaunch 35 years ago, Granta has been a quarterly literary journal, with the aim of publishing the best new writing.

Granta publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There are no strict word limits, though most prose submissions are between 3000 and 6000 words and the editors advise they are unlikely to read more than 10,000 words of any submission.

Alongside the print edition, the online New Writing program publishes stories, poems, essays, interviews, animations and more from established Granta alumni as well as new voices.

All submissions will be considered for both the print and online editions (unless otherwise stipulated in the cover letter). Selection is extremely competitive and only a very small fraction of submissions will be chosen for publication. Reading recent editions of Granta will help you assess whether your work is likely to be a good match.

Writers must submit their work via Submittable and there are no reading fees. For further information visit the Granta website. Submissions are scheduled to remain open until 1 April 2015.

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