Sesame Street Writers Room 2018

The Sesame Street Writers’ Room is accepting applications from writers from underrepresented racial backgrounds for its 2018 Fellowship Program.

The Sesame Workshop will select between seven and ten emerging writers who will each receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders. The selected fellows will participate in an eight-week program (one three-hour class per week) in New York City and up to two participants will have the opportunity to receive creative development deals and further mentorship.

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The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest 2016

Entries are now open for the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest for 2018.

Kenyon Review was founded by John Crowe Ransom in 1939. It prides itself on publishing talented emerging writers, especially from diverse communities, alongside many distinguished, established writers. Kenyon Review’s short stories have won more O. Henry Awards than any other non-profit journal and it frequently appears on lists ranking America’s best literary magazines.

The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. To enter writers must provide a story of up to 1200 words.

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A Few Things to Consider Before Submitting Your Work to a Literary Magazine

A guest post by Melissa Merritt

I’m sitting in front of a computer in the Center for Literary Publishing reading creative nonfiction essays that have been submitted for publication. I’m an editorial assistant with the Colorado Review, and sadly, I’ve spent most of the afternoon reading essays that for one reason or another just don’t fit our journal. I stretch and take a big breath before plunging back into the queue.

Next up is a sixteen-page essay that has been waiting its turn for about six weeks. I imagine the author, waiting patiently through these excruciating weeks to hear back about this essay, probably one of her favorites.

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A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2018

“When seriously explored, the short story seems to me the most difficult and disciplining form of prose writing extant. Whatever control and technique I may have I owe entirely to my training in this medium.” – Truman Capote

UPCOMING SHORT STORY CONTESTS 

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest
is open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$1500 and there are a total of 10 minor prizes of $100. Entries should be maximum of 6000 words. Entries close on 30 April.

Craft Short Fiction Prize
is open to stories up to 6000 words. Three stories will be selected published in CRAFT, accompanied by an introduction from judge Jim Shepard and a craft essay from each author.  The author of the prize-winning story will receive US$2000; the two runners-up will receive $500 and $300, respectively. Entries close on 30 April.

Bath Short Story Award
is open to stories up to 2200 words in length. Stories may be in any genre and entries from both published and unpublished writers are encouraged. First Prize is £1200 (US$1600). Entries close on 1 May. View Post

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Applications Now Open for the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing

Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania is inviting application for its annual Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing. The successful applicants will receive a stipend of US$5000 and four month’s lodging at Bucknell’s Poets’ Cottage.

The Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing began in 1993. It aims to provide four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. In alternate years, the residency is awarded to poets and writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). In 2018 the residencies will be awarded to poets. Prose writers may apply in spring 2019 for the 2019-20 Residences.

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