24 April 2012

opportunities for writers 4/24

Before getting into this week's opportunities, I want to remind people about the new online arts magazine, The Atomy, created by Jonathan Stutzman and Rebecca Stice. The theme for May is "the ocean." The editors remind potential submitters on the Submissions page that the ocean "can be interpreted however you want; pictures of the ocean or poetry about drowning in a sea of emotion." For more information on The Atomy and to read their submission guidelines, visit the magazine here.

You can also read two of my poems, which recently appeared in The Atomy, here.

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Here are this week's opportunities for writers!


The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency program
is accepting applicants for the October-January residencies.
(Image copyright the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts)
Among some of the other residencies I've read about lately, this one sounds absolutely amazing. The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) is accepting applicants for their October-January residencies. According to the VCCA website, these residencies offer “a chance to work privately but in proximity to more than twenty other highly accomplished artists with fresh insights, new ideas and stimulating conversation.” These residencies offer lodging and studio space—writers’ studios are equipped with a desk and chairs (and what more does a writer need!)—plus three prepared meals a day (yum!). Residents are housed in private rooms in the VCCA’s residence building.  Residents have the opportunity to present individual or group readings of their work. The facilities are absolutely lovely—the walking trail is charming, and the cows are legendary—and writers can expect to be treated to a delightful time of productivity, creativity, and relaxation (outside of the labors of love that will become their finished products by the end of the residency).

Length: 2 weeks – 2 months
Cost: $30 application fee—There is no residency fee, but writers are asked to make a contribution ($45/day) if possible
Writing Sample: 6-10 poems; up to 2 short stories, essays, or articles; the first chapter (20 pages) of a novel; or a script of a complete work
Application Deadline: Postmarked by May 15, 2012 for October/November/December/January residencies

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A poet friend recently recommended Mason's Road as a potential home for some of my poems, and after checking it out, it seems like a place to share! Mason’s Road describes itself as a “literary journal with an educational twist.” As such, each issue focuses on an element of the writing craft. The theme for the upcoming Issue #5 is “Characterization”—pieces in which “characters’ voices, behaviors, and thoughts resonate and shine.”

In conjunction with this theme, the genre editors will also be selecting their favorite pieces for nominations for the 2012 Mason’s Road Literary Award. A guest judge will select the winner from the pool of genre editor nominations. The competition is free to enter—you are essentially submitting a piece for consideration for publication, and if the judges like what they see, you’ll be entered into the contest—which makes the $1,000 prize even sweeter!

Submission Requirements: Up to 5 poems; up to 5,000 words of prose
Deadline: May 15, 2012
Entry Fee: FREE!
Prize: $1,000 and publication in Mason’s Road
For further submission and contest guidelines, check out Mason’s Road’s Submission Guidelines Page.

Good luck with your submissions!


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