French writer and Oulipo member Georges Perec once wrote a novel, A void, without using the letter ‘e’.
A guest post by Claire Fuller
There’s an exercise I sometimes get members of book groups to do: I ask each of them to draw a picture of the cabin from my first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days (2015). The building is carefully described in the book: one door, single storey, two windows, a stove with a chimney that pokes out through the shingled roof. But each drawing is different. Some have porches, others have back doors and many windows; sometimes even an upstairs. Each reader brings her own imagination, history and knowledge to the cabin she draws, just as each reader brings a different version of the novel to life as she reads it.
An essential round-up of fellowships and opportunities for screenwriters in 2018. Deadlines and conditions can change, so please check the relevant websites for full entry details.
PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
were established in 2003 by an alliance of Hollywood producers, agents and development executives. This competition awards a cash prize of $25,000 to a screenwriter who has written the best screenplay in any genre. There are also prizes in ten genre categories. The final date for entries is 16 April.
The Disney | ABC Writing Program
was created in 1990 and is based in Los Angeles. The program aims to place participants as staff writers on Disney/ABC television series and begins with a curriculum designed to better prepare them for this role. Writers become employees and will be paid a weekly salary. Applications open and close in May (dates TBC).
Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. This international screenwriting competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. The final entry deadline is 1 May.
Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is currently accepting entries from writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have not yet published or self-published a book.
Literary magazine Ploughshares was established in 1971 and is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious magazines in the United States. Its writers have frequently been recognised by The Pushcart Prize and selected for The Best American Short Stories.
The winning story, essay and poems from the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest will all be published in the Winter 2018-19 issue of the magazine, with each winning author receiving US$2000 and a meeting with literary agency Aragi Inc.
“Tin House is an invaluable repository of fine American writing and American fiction, presented in a crisp and entertaining visual format.” – Stephen King
The first issue of literary magazine Tin House was published in 1999. Based in Portland, Oregon, Tin House publishes fiction, essays, and poetry, and its contributors have frequently been recognised by major American literary awards and anthologies including the Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize.
Throughout March Tin House will be accepting submissions for its first two issues of 2019:
- Summer – No theme (“just some quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to cool off with in the shade”)
- Fall – Theme TBA
A guest post by Laurie Steed
Once, I was a short story writer.
I know this because I was respected amongst my peers but not at all popular. When people would meet me, they’d say, ‘Ah, Steed…like The Avengers,’ which is a show created more than 50 years ago.