Posts made in January, 2008

Call for Entries – 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Calling all indie authors and publishers – including small and mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors. Enter the Next Generation Indie Book Awards T now to have your book considered for cash prizes of $1,000, awards, exposure, and recognition as one of the top independently published books of the year! With 70 award categories, the 2008 Indie Book AwardsT honors authors with books published in 2007 and 2008 across the literary spectrum the chance to win cash, prizes and recognition. Awards include: * $1,000 Cash Prize and trophy for the best Fiction Book * $1,000 Cash Prize and trophy for the best Non-Fiction Book * $500 Cash Prize and trophy for the second place Fiction Book * $500 Cash Prize and trophy for the second place Non-Fiction Book Most importantly, the best 70 of the 2008 Indie Book AwardsT book entries will be reviewed by New York literary agent, Marilyn Allen, with a chance to be represented to some of the industry’s leading publishers. Allen, of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency, has played top roles at major publishing houses such as Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Books, among others. While with these publishers, she worked closely with many of their best-selling authors, including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray and Mary Higgins Clark. “Independently-published books have become a major source for quality fiction and nonfiction , but often go unrecognized by the mainstream publishing industry,” notes Allen. “Finally, an award program has been created to recognize talented authors from this important segment of our industry. Our agency represents over 100 authors and we’re always looking for new talent, so it is a great pleasure to be part of this program. We look forward to reviewing the works of the 70 best candidates and helping these authors gain the recognition they deserve.” Visit www.IndieBookAwards.com to...

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Publisher’s Gold Mine Short Story Contest

Publisher’s Gold Mine is conducting its first annual Winter Short Story Contest. www.publishersgoldmine.com/ Please visit the above site for details. Winter Short Story Contest Rules 1. Contest will be limited to 30 contestants. Entry will be on a first come/first served basis. 2. Contest will commence when 30 entries are received. 3. The website administrators will act as judges. Their decisions are final. 4. Anyone the judges know or have met will not be allowed to enter this contest. 5. Only short stories of 2500 to 20,000 words will be allowed. 6. Approximately two weeks after the start of the contest, ten finalists will be announced. 7. Approximately one week after the finalists are announced, the final results will be announced. 8. First Prize: $25, Second Prize: $15, Third Prize:...

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Claridge Writer-in-Residence, Illinios College

Illinois College. The English Department is now accepting applications for the newly-established Claridge Writer-in-Residence, a one-semester teaching position in Creative Writing, for the fall semester 2008 (August 25-December 12) or spring semester 2009 (January 12-May 15). Primary responsibilities for the position include teaching an introductory-level multiple-genre creative writing class & an advanced writing workshop in a genre of choice. The resident writer will also give two public readings, visit area schools, & work informally with student writers. Beyond these duties, the position is intended to offer a productive writer ample opportunity to write. The ideal candidate for this position is a talented writer with publications in at least two genres, who is also an energetic, experienced teacher of writing. A MFA or PhD in Creative Writing or English is required. The salary for this one-semester teaching residency is $24,000 & partial benefits, including a furnished apartment. The application for the Claridge Writer-in-Residence should consist of a cover letter, a substantial writing sample (a dozen poems or twenty pages of prose from at least two works), a c.v., undergraduate & graduate transcripts, & three letters of recommendation. The application should provide evidence of strong teaching. Send application materials to: Professor Robert Koepp, English Department Chair, c/o Teresa Smith, Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of Academic Affairs, Illinois College, 1101 W. College Avenue, Jacksonville, IL 62650. The English Department’s review of applications will begin March 1, 2008 & will continue until the position is filled. Illinois College, a private, Phi Beta Kappa, liberal arts college located in Jacksonville, Illinois, is a dynamic academic community committed to teaching, scholarship & close collaboration between faculty & students....

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2008 Selected Shorts Writing Contest Selected Shorts

www.symphonyspace.org/shorts/writing_contest The 2008 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize with guest judge Amy Hempel The winning submission, selected by Amy Hempel, will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on May 21, 2008. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will receive $1000. Story requirements Submit a single short story that addresses the question or the general theme, Are We There Yet? You may interpret this question however you please. Note that the other stories in the Selected Shorts program on May 21, 2008 are all stories that take place in transit – in cars on road trips, on planes and trains, or walking from one place to another – but we also welcome submissions that use the theme of the evening, “are we there yet?,” as a diving board into other literary territory. Your story must have a title. Make sure your name and contact information appear on the first page of your story. If you are submitting by email, this information needs to appear on the first page of the attached Word document. Include page numbers. Your story must be no more than 4 double-spaced typed pages in length (we recommend 12 pt, Times New Roman font). Deadline All submissions must be received by March 14, 2008. To be specific, email submissions must be received by 5pm Eastern Standard Time. Mailed submissions must arrive with the day’s mail. Where to submit your story Email your submission as a Word attachment, with “CONTEST” in the subject line of the email, to shorts@symphonyspace.org Mail to CONTEST, Selected Shorts Symphony Space 2537 Broadway New York, NY 10025. Please do not send duplicate copies (email or snail-mail is sufficient). We cannot allow revisions to your story once we have received it. Due to the high volume of submissions and the small size of our office, we will not be able to notify you when we receive your story. The winner will be selected by Amy Hempel and notified by mid-May. As soon as the winner is selected, his or her name will be posted to this page. Note Contestants who submit by email or provide their email address will be added to the Selected Shorts email list – please let us know if you do not wish to receive email about upcoming programs. The Prize $1000 and two tickets to the May 21st closing night of the Selected Shorts series at Symphony Space, when the prizewinning story will be read. About this year’s guest judge Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of short stories: Reasons To Live, At the Gates of the Animal...

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Grayson Books 2008 Poetry Chapbook Competition

www.graysonbooks.com/flash.html Prize: $500, publication of chapbook, and 50 copies Deadline: January 16, 2008 Reading fee: $15 Submit: 16 to 24 pages of poetry, two cover sheets (one with contact information, one anonymous). SASE for results only. Judge: Norah Pollard, former editor of Connecticut River Review and author of the poetry collections Leaning In and Report from the Banana Hospital Submit your entry to: Grayson Books P.O. Box 270549 West Hartford, CT...

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