Contest: Lincoln & Civil War (Deadline July 31)

The Lincoln Forum: To enahnce the understanding and preserve the memory of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

1st Prize $1000 | 2nd Prize $500 | 3rd Prize $250

Our topic for 2008:

“Lincoln at 200: still relevant?”

February 12, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. What relevance, if any, does Lincoln's life and accomplishments have to the challenges faced by today's generation?

Contest Rules:

Please examine the rules below closely before contacting The Lincoln Forum or the contest coordinator with eligibility questions.

The scholarship essay contest is designed for students who are FULL TIME students in an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the Spring 2008 semester. The July 31 deadline is designed to give these students time to finish their essays, if need be, after final exams.

You do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to be attending an AMERICAN COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY during the eligibility period.

It is NOT open to high school students. Key question to consider; when we contact your college or university registrar will they be able to confirm that you were enrolled as a full-time college student during the spring 2008 semester? If the answer is no, you are not eligible.

The eligibility of entrants will be confirmed by the Lincoln Forum prior to the awarding of prizes.

Entries will be judged by the essay committee of The Lincoln Forum.

Deadline for entries is July 31, 2008

Entries must contain a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 5,000 words.

Essays may be submitted via regular mail (postmarked by July 31, 2008) or via e-mail (time stamped before midnight PST July 31, 2008) to the address below.
The essay must be typed and include a works-cited page or bibliography. End notes are suggested but not required.

There is no application form for the contest. The essay and your contact information serves as your application.

Applicants must include the name of their college or university with their entire and all contact information (regular and email address) must be put on the essay proper.

Judging will take place during the fall. The three winners will be announced at the Lincoln Forum annual meeting in Gettysburg on November 18th. Checks from the Lincoln forum will be sent to the winners in December 2008. The scholarship prize money is designed as a reward for academic excellence. It can be used for any purpose the winner desires.

The essay can be sent via email ( e-mail: archives@akspl.org ) or regular mail to the address below.
Don McCue, curator of The Lincoln Shrine in Redlands, California serves as coordinator of the Essay Contest.

If the above information does not answer your question please contact:

Don McCue, Curator -- Lincoln Memorial Shrine
125 W. Vine St.
Redlands, CA 92373

phone: (909) 798-7632
e-mail: archives@akspl.org

Contest: Tall Rock Retreat (Deadline May 15)

Tall Rock Retreat's Writing Contest is now underway. We are accepting entries through May 15, 2008.

It is actually two writing contests, one in the fiction category, and one in creative nonfiction. First Prize in each category is a two-week stay at the Retreat--an artists' hideaway tucked in the hills of Central Vermont--including meals. Second Prize in each category is a one-week stay.

Maximum length per submitted manuscript is 7500 words. A $20 entry fee is required. If you would like to enter in both categories, or submit more than one manuscript in one category, an additional fee of $10 per manuscript is required.

Previously published pieces are acceptible.

In order to ensure that the judging is "blind," the entrant's name should appear nowhere on the ms., cover letter, or on the envelope. Please provide only an email address. If I know you, or if you are affiliated with the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, make sure that this email address does not contain your name in recognizable form (you may need to use a friend's or family member's address). Receipt of your entry will be immediately acknowledged. If you are one of the four winners, you will be notified by the end of May 2008.

If you are not one of the winners but would like to attend Tall Rock Retreat during our 2008 Season, your entry fee will go toward the cost of your stay.

Please mail manuscripts, along with $20 entry fee for the first, and $10 for each additional, manuscript, to:

Writing Contest
Tall Rock Retreat
1219 Apple Hill Road
East Calais, VT 05650

Contest Judge: Christopher Noel, who has published fiction with Knopf and a memoir with Random House. Also, he has taught in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College for eighteen years.

Please direct any questions to chrisattallrock@aol.com


Fellowship: Nonfiction VVCA (Deadline May 15)

The Goldfarb Family Fellowship for Nonfiction Writers supports a fully funded two-week residency to enable a nonfiction writer to concentrate solely on his or her creative work. This sponsored fellowship is provided through the generosity of former VCCA Board member Ronald Goldfarb, author and literary agent. The Goldfarb Family Fellowship for Nonfiction Writers will be offered each year to one nonfiction writer during the fall scheduling period (October through January). As with all residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, writers will be provided a private bedroom, separate studio, and three prepared meals a day. The application process is the same as the regular VCCA application process. You can obtain anapplication by downloading an application form using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Call 434-946-7236 or emailvcca@vcca.com if you would like an application form mailed to you. The deadline is May 15.


Reading: Professor Michael McGregor @ Blackbird Wine (April 2)

April 2 readers at First Wednesday at Blackbird Wine Shop, 7-9 p.m., 3519 NE 44th off Fremont, 503-282-1887:

MICHAEL MCGREGOR holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. He has been the editor of three magazines, including Columbia: a Journal of Literature and Art. His writing has appeared in The Seattle Review, StoryQuarterly, The South Dakota Review, The Crab Orchard Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, The Raven Chronicles, Poets & Writers, The Writer's Chronicle and many other publications. Among his writing awards are an Illinois Arts Council Literary Grant and the Daniel Curley Award for Best Short Fiction. He teaches fiction and nonfiction writing at Portland State University and is currently completing a biography of poet Robert Lax.

Readers/artists also include: Poet FRANCES PAYNE ADLER, author TIM BARNES and photographer MICHAEL SHAY.

Contact: Charles Deemer, Editor, Oregon Literary Review, charles@oregonliteraryreview.org

Contest: Green Short Story (Deadline April 15)

Green Short Story Contest

We invite you to write your own Green short story of up to 2,000 words in length. It may employ any tone, from funny to apocalyptic, but must deliberately have some aspect of Green as a prevailing presence, or even its theme. By “Green” we mean the concern for our environment that is motivating people worldwide to take action to reverse its degradation. To waste less, for example—and to care more.

Please be sure to read the “Skylight” note from the magazine’s editorial director for details about the specific nature of this competition. Entries must be not more than 2,000 words in length, must be original works by the author and must be submitted in English via delta-sky.com by 11:59 p.m. EST, April 15, 2008. Limit one entry per e-mail address. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Employees of Pace Communications, Inc., Pace Interactive and Delta Air Lines, and members of their immediate families are not eligible. One winner will be selected by a panel of judges that will include but not be limited to the professional editors of Sky. The decision of the judges is final. Federal, state and local laws apply. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

The winner will be notified by either e-mail or telephone. If winner does not respond within 10 business days of notification, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected. The winning entry and the winner’s name and city and state/country of residence will be published in the July 2008 issue of Sky and on delta-sky.com. Winner also gives consent to the contest sponsor to publish his or her name and city and state/country of residence in e-mails, press releases and other forms of communication (print and electronic). Winner grants Pace Communications full and exclusive worldwide rights to the winning entry, in all forms (print and electronic), for 120 days after publication. Winner will be required to warrant that the entry does not in whole or in part infringe any copyrights or violate any personal or property rights or contain any scandalous or libelous matter.
The sponsor of this contest is Pace Communications in Greensboro, North Carolina


Poetry Reading: Joanna Klink & Prageeta Sharma (April 3)

Poetry Reading
Thursday, April 3, 2008, 7 p.m.
238 Smith (Browsing Lounge)

The poems in Joanna Klink’s second collection is Circadian (Penguin, 2007), take as their guiding vision circadian clocks. Klink uses rhythm and lyricism to explore both inner and outer landscapes in poems that tie human life to the systems and cadences of nature. As the poet Linda Gregg writes, Joanna Klink’s “intensity makes the world visible.” Klink’s first book was They Are Sleeping (University of Georgia Press, 2000). She teaches poetry at the University of Montana.

Prageeta Sharma is the author of three books of poetry, Bliss to Fill (Subpress Collective, 2000), The Opening Question (Fence Books, 2004. Winner of the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize) and Infamous Landscapes (Fence Books, 2007). In her newest collection, Sharma writes of the experiences of a class-displaced, first-generation Hindoo Romantic, and her landscapes and language follow whimsically and cannily from that position. Sharma is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Montana in Missoula.


Contest: Ecotone - Darwin (Deadline Oct. 15)

In Spring 2009, Ecotone: Reimagining Place will publish a special issue celebrating the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth and the sesquicentennial of the publication of The Origin of Species. We are now accepting submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for the Ecotone Evolution Contest, which will creatively reflect the subject of evolution.

Our reading period is open and will remain open until October 15 One Grand Prize winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium,
a limited-edition chapbook of the winning manuscript, and publication in Ecotone's Spring 2009 evolution issue. Two runners-up will receive chapbooks of their manuscripts and publication in Ecotone. The contest entry fee is $15 per

We are looking for bold interpretations about a theory that has radically altered the experience of being human: What does it mean to share our DNA with other animals? What are the consequences of our diminishing biodiversity? Why have political lines hardened around an issue so rooted in science?

The Ecotone Evolution Contest will be judged by Jennifer Ackerman, author of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream and Notes from the

Mail one unpublished prose piece or one to six unpublished poems per contest entry. After the contest has been judged, we will work with the authors individually to create their own chapbook. Final chapbook lengths will vary, depending on the genre of the winning manuscripts.

Please include your name, genre, contact information, and "Ecotone Evolution Contest" on all entries. All manuscripts and correspondence regarding submissions should be accompanied by a SASE for a response; no replies will be given by email. For further information, email evolution@ecotonejournal.com.

Please mail contest submissions, along with a check made out to the UNCW Creative Writing Department (memo: Ecotone Evolution Contest) to :

Ecotone Evolution Contest

Creative Writing Department

University of North Carolina Wilmington

601 South College Road

Wilmington, NC 28403-3297

Spring GA-ship Opportunity!!

Announcing Opening for Graduate Assistant in the PSU Center for Academic Excellence

Program Assistant

Portland State University's Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) promotes and supports academic excellence in teaching & learning, community-based learning, and university assessment by enhancing faculty scholarship, improving student outcomes, and contributing to the Portland metropolitan community. The Graduate Assistant (GA) position to be filled will work specifically with the Community-University Partnership division of the CAE. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer with a desire to write grants, have website management experience, and exhibit interest in or have experience with community-based/service-learning pedagogies. The GA will work indirectly with the CAE’s Student Leaders for Service program, which places 25 student leaders in community organizations throughout the Portland metropolitan region.

• Admitted to a graduate degree program, in good academic standing, and taking full-time credits towards the degree as required by the Graduate Assistant Terms of Appointment
• Experience writing for professional purposes and editing a variety of documents.
• Student leadership development experience
• Knowledge of community-based learning/service-learning pedagogies
• Strong organizational skills
• Comfortable in a creative, autonomous, flexible work setting
• Presentation and group facilitation skills
• Ability to write grants
• Strong research skills
• Website/HTML experience
• Enjoy working as part of a team as well as work effectively on independent projects
• Commitment to the mission of Portland State University and the motto “Let knowledge serve the city”

The graduate assistant position includes a tuition remission, though the student is responsible for university fees. The monthly salary is approximately $625. This is a .3 FTE appointment requiring 12-15 hours per week (in compliance with the 2005-06 Graduate Assistant Tuition Remission schedule) from April 7-June 15th, 2008. GA will have the option of working during the summer months for an hourly wage and have the option of continuing the position for the 2008-09 academic year.
◦Whenever appropriate, GA will be encouraged to connect course/program requirements to work responsibilities
◦ Gain experience with direct supervisory roles and responsibilities
◦ Experience with many diverse community organizations throughout the metropolitan region

Please send a resume, cover letter, contact information for two professional references to the address below, and at least one writing sample (academic or professional). Also, after the following quotation from educational researcher, Alexander Astin (1995), and with the quotation in mind, write a one-page, single-spaced (max.) essay that addresses the question that follows:

“We [higher education] educate a large proportion of the citizens who bother to vote, not to mention most of the politicians, journalists, and news commentators. We also educate all the school administrators and teachers, who in turn educate everyone at the pre-college level. And we do much to shape the pre-college curriculum through what we require of our college applicants. In short, not only have we helped to create the problems that plague American democracy, but we also are in a position to begin doing something about them. If higher education doesn’t start giving citizenship and democracy much greater priority, who will?”

Do you think higher education should prepare students for democracy, or should this responsibility remain elsewhere? How can higher education prepare students for a life of engaged, democratic citizenship? What should higher education do to assist the “problems that plague American democracy?”

Contact: Amy Spring, 503/725-5582 or springa@pdx.edu
Review of applications will begin: March 31st. Interviews will take place during the week of April 7th.
Send application materials to:
Amy Spring
Assistant Director, Community-University Partnerships
Center for Academic Excellence, 303 Cramer Hall
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207
Or via e-mail to springa@pdx.edu


Residency Fellowship: Carson McCullers Center (Deadline April 1)

Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians


Named in honor of Carson's parents, The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers was inspired by McCullers’ experience at the Breadloaf Writer's Conference in Vermont and, especially, the Yaddo Arts Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. To honor the contribution of these writers’ residences to McCullers’ work, the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians awards fellowships for writers to spend time in McCullers' childhood home in Columbus, Georgia. The fellowships are intended to afford the writers in residence uninterrupted time to dedicate to their work, free from the distractions of daily life and other professional responsibilities.


The Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers will be offered for the fall semester of 2007, the fellowship to begin the first of September and to end the first of December. During this period of time, the Smith/McCullers Fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment in Carson McCullers' childhood home, the Smith-McCullers House. The Fellow will be provided with a stipend of $5000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Fellowship recipients will be required to introduce or advance their work through reading or workshop/forum presentations. The Fellow will work with the McCullers Center Director to plan a presentation near the end of the residency.

The Smith-McCullers House is located on a quiet residential street in a historic neighborhood in Columbus, Georgia. The Fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment occupying one-half of the Smith-McCullers House. The remainder of the house serves as the Smith-McCullers house Museum and as the offices for the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians. The apartment is comprised of a large living/writing/sleeping room, a private bathroom, and a private entrance, allowing Fellows to work without interruption or disturbance by the Center and Museum. The kitchen is shared by the Fellow and the Center, but the Center uses the kitchen only for occasional special events. The apartment is adequately furnished; Fellows need bring only their personal belongings. The Carson McCullers Center provides utilities (except for long distance telephone service), general property maintenance, a computer and online service. Fellows are welcome, of course, to bring their own computers if they prefer. Since public transportation in the Columbus area leaves something to be desired, an automobile would prove very useful; however, there are grocery stores, post offices, and other services within walking distance, so an automobile is not an absolute necessity. A spouse or companion is welcome, but children and pets will not be allowed.


April 1, 2008. All entries must be mailed and postmarked on or before April 1, 2008. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.


Print out, complete, and mail three copies of the application form and writing sample as described on the application form. Also, we require two references. Print out this recommendation form, send to two people of your choosing, and have them mail the completed forms directly to the McCullers Center.

Except in the case of published works, application materials will not be returned.
There is no application fee.
All applicants will receive notification of our receipt of application.

Mail the entire packet to: The Carson McCullers Fellowship Program
Department of Language and Literature
Columbus State University
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907

Direct questions to: Cathy Fussell, Director
The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians
706 568-2054

Announcement of Winner: Early May. All applicants will receive letters announcing the winner.


WEGO to GLO next year!

To brief everyone on what happened at the open forum/merger on Friday,
we (the handful of us who attended from EGO, WEGO and LAC) voted on
the structure and name of our new supergroup. And as of next year
we'll be the...

Graduate Literary Organization (GLO)

We also voted to have two co-coordinators--an English grad student and
a writing grad student with equal stipened positions. GLO will also
have four chairs (volunteer positions) to head workshops, readings,
marketing and student voice.

We'll be taking applications for next year's coordinator positions
beginning spring term. If you have any questions about what all this
means, I'm here to clarify.

- Jessica (wegocoord@gmail.com)

Literary Arts Council Spring Reading Series

Here's a preview of the Literary Arts Council's Spring Reading Series at PSU. For more information on each author/event please
visit the LITERARY ARTS COUNCIL website for details:

Rebecca Solnit: April 15th, Smith 238, 7pm

Dan Kaplan: April 22nd, Smith 333, 7pm

Sandy Tolan: May 8th, Smith 238, 7pm

Joy Harris, Whitney Otto and Chelsea Cain: May 14th, Smith 238, 6pm

Michael Ryan and Doreen Gildroy: TWO EVENTS

Craft Talk 1pm NH 407; Reading Smith 333, 7pm


Job: Dance Journalists

Applications Sought for Journalism Institute for Dance Journalists

The American Dance Festival announces the 2008 NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism for professional print, electronic, radio, and television journalists. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the program offers journalists immersion in one of the world’s premiere modern dance festivals, held on the campus of Duke University from June 21 to July 11, 2008.

The NEA Arts Journalism Institute for dance journalists is designed for professional journalists interested in refining their skills in writing about dance and analyzing choreography. Participants will attend an extensive range of world-class performances, write reviews, observe classes, participate in movement sessions, meet with choreographers, funders, and other dance professionals, and analyze the role of today’s dance critic. As members of the ADF community, accepted applicants will have ample opportunity to converse with the Festival’s special guests, teachers, faculty and choreographers. The Institute covers the expense of tuition, room, board, transportation, and tickets to performances.

Directing the program is dance critic and historian Suzanne Carbonneau, whose writing has appeared in the Washington Post and the New York Times. Carbonneau holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University.

To apply, applicants must submit the following materials: a letter specifying reasons for wishing to attend the Institute, a résumé, three samples of dance criticism, and two references with names, addresses and phone numbers.

All applications must be received by Wednesday, April 2, 2008. Please mail materials to:

NEA Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism
ADF Box 90772
Durham, NC 27708



PSU Department of English

Kellogg Writing Awards

PSU students are invited to submit works of poetry and prose to the annual writing contests. In addition to formal recognition of outstanding work, the awards provide various cash prizes. Students compete by submitting their own work (note the parameters below) or through nomination by teaching faculty. Any such work completed since the deadline for the previous year's awards is eligible. All submissions should be "blind"--that is, the writer's name should not appear on any page of the manuscript--and should be a clean copy without instructor comments. Please not that submissions are not returnable.

Deadline: April 11 @ 5 p.m. All submissions must be accompanied by an Awards cover sheet and submitted to the Eng Dept office in NH 405. (Forms are available outside NH 405.)

The 44th annual Nina Mae Kellogg Award Ceremony will be held May 23.


The John Redman Freshman Writing Award
Awarded for a piece of writing completed as a regular course assignment by a PSU freshman student.

The Tom and Phyllis Burnam Awards
Recognizes the best work written by students in the following areas: Undergraduate Fiction; Undergraduate Poetry; Undergraduate Nonfiction; Graduate Fiction; Graduate Poetry; Graduate Nonfiction.

The Frank Andrew Clarke and Helen Clarke Memorial Award
Awarded to an undergraduate for a work of excellence submitted as a regular course assignment.

The Academy of American Poets Award
Presented for the best poem or group of poems submitted by a student. Winning poems may be selected for publication by the Academy.

The Wilma Morrison Award
Presented by the University Publications Board for outstanding writing in The Vanguard student newspaper.

The Phyllis and Tom Burnam Creative Writing Endowed Scholarship
This fund provides annual student support, in the form of awards, scholarships or fellowships, to English department undergraduate and/or graduate students. Awards shall be made in recognition of the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing done by a student or students who have enrolled in any writing class taught by a member of the English department during the course of the year.

The Nina Mae Kellogg Award
Provides a substantial cash prize for outstanding sophomore and senior students. Invitations to compete for the award are issued after an initial examination of grade point averages. The senior award is limited to English majors; the sophomore is open to all majors who demonstrate proficiency in writing.

The Philip Ford Graduate Award
Honors the best piece of original scholarship or criticism written for graduate credit in an English course.

The Tom Doulis Graduate Fiction Writing Awards
Awarded for a work of fiction by a student enrolled in a fiction writing class at the graduate level.

The Shelley Reece Award in Poetry
Provided to a graduate student of English who is interested in pursuing a career in the field of writing. The $1000 prize recipient will have completed a minimum of one year of coursework at PSU and will be selected for their achievements, interest and talent in the field of poetry writing, as well as demonstrated financial need.

The Tom Bates Award in Nonfiction Writing
Given to a student enrolled in the M.A. in Writing program whose work shows excellence in creative nonfiction or literary journalism. The $1000 prize is awarded on the combined basis of submitted work and overall performance in the Writing program.

The Giving Back Fellowship
Awarded to a second-year student in the graduate nonfiction program based on writing sample, general achievement and need.

The Marilyn Folkestad Scholarship
Awarded to an undergraduate woman who is returning to school and wishes to pursue a career in Literature and Creative Writing. Candidates are required to demonstrate promise and creative writing talent.

Contest: Crab Orchard Review (Deadline April 30)

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's Annual Literary Contests

The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, Jack Dyer Fiction Prize & John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize

$ 1500 prize for Poetry
$ 1500 prize for Fiction
$ 1500 prize for Literary Nonfiction

One winner and two finalists will be chosen in each category. The three category winners will be published and the finalists offered publication (with a minimum payment of $150) in the Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. The winners and finalists will also be announced in the March/April POETS & WRITERS and on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Website.

Contest Guidelines — The postmark deadlines for this year's prize competitions are February 1, 2008 through April 30, 2008.

Entries must be previously unpublished, original work written in English by a United States citizen or permanent resident (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are not eligible). Name, address, telephone number, email address, and work title (or titles for poetry entries) should appear only on a cover sheet for the entry. The author's name should not appear on any subsequent page. All entries must be postmarked between February 1, 2008 and April 30, 2008. Late entries will be returned unread. Enclose a #10, self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of winners. Do not include an envelope or postage for return of manuscript since entries will be recycled upon the decision of the final judges and notification of the winners.

Page Restrictions:

Poetry entries should consist of 3 poems; 100 line limit per poem. Prose entry length: up to 6000 words for fiction and up to 6500 words for literary nonfiction. One poetry entry, story, or essay per $10 entry; a writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total of three entries if entering all competitions.

Entry fee:


$10 for each entry. Please make checks payable to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. Each fee entitles entrant to one copy of the 2009 Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, which will include the winners of these competitions. If you send two entries with $20, we will send you the 2009 Summer/Fall issue as well; if you send three entries with $30, we will send you the 2009 Summer/Fall issue and the 2010 Winter/Spring issue as well.


Mail entries to: CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Literary Contests, Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1000 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901. Please indicate on the outside of the envelope if an entry is "POETRY," "FICTION," or "LITERARY NONFICTION."


Job: City Club Communications Coordinator


February 2008

POSITION: Communications Coordinator

SUMMARY: This is a newly created, part-time position with responsibility for ensuring effective promotion of City Club events and communication of institutional messages. The communications coordinator plays a vital role on a highly interdependent team of five staff members and hundreds of volunteers. The communications coordinator reports to the executive director.


1. Assist in the development and execution of event-based and institutional marketing plans for City Club.
2. Coordinate production of weekly Bulletin and other print material with outside designers and printer.
3. Regularly update and maintain appearance and utility of City Club Web site. Coordinate with outside technical support as needed.
4. Write and distribute press releases for most City Club events.
5. Update and maintain media contact list.
6. Produce and distribute weekly broadcast e-mails.
7. Ensure accuracy of print and electronic publications through careful proofing.
8. Maintain list of current e-mail addresses for members and nonmembers.
9. Produce current member mailing list each week for Bulletin
and e-Bulletin.
10. Maintain archive of media clippings.
11. Coordinate audio and video recordings of Friday Forums with outside technical support.
12. Process requests for audio and video recordings of Friday Forums.
13. Support the development of Agora programs by working closely with the executive director and Agora steering committee members. Routine functions may include coordinating with speakers and other guests, writing promotional material, writing meeting summaries for monthly steering committee meetings, assessing facility and logistical needs and meeting on-site staffing needs.
14. Support the development of New Leaders Council programs by working closely with the interim executive director and NLC members. Routine functions may include coordinating with speakers and other guests, writing promotional material, writing meeting summaries for monthly NLC meetings, assessing facility and logistical needs and meeting on-site staffing needs.
15. Provide general office support and complete other tasks and projects as needed.


A. Related work experience
B. Professional demeanor and appearance
C. Ability to gather and synthesize information for various audiences
D. Above average writing skills
E. Word processing, document management, and basic spreadsheet skills
F. Accurate and rapid keyboarding skills
G. Database management experience
H. Ability to organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility
I. Ability to manage multiple and changing priorities
J. Effective problem-solving skills, including diagnosing technical malfunctions
K. High-level of comfort learning and working with various computer applications
L. Resourcefulness, initiative and creativity are essential.
M. Ability to work quickly while maintaining a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
N. History of working effectively with volunteers
O. Ability to work independently and as part of a team
P. Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information


$1,600 per month based on an expected average of 20 hours per
week, with some evening and weekend work required. Not eligible
for employee benefits package.

Contest: Writer Advice's Flash Prose (Deadline April 10)



WriterAdvice is searching for flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction that grabs, surprises, and mesmerizes readers in fewer than 750 words. If you have a complete story with a strong theme, sharp images, a solid structure, and an unexpected discovery, please submit it to the WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest.

If you don't have one yet, see if you can create a story with an immediate and vivid impact.

All entries should be typed and submitted in hard copy, not e-mail, to B. Lynn Goodwin, WriterAdvice, P.O. Box 2665, Danville, CA 94526-4339. Entries must be postmarked by APRIL 10, 2008.

You may enter UP TO THREE pieces. Enclose a $10 check for EACH entry made payable to B. Lynn Goodwin. This will help defray the costs of the contest. If no prizes are awarded, checks will be refunded.

Include a separate cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, current e-mail address, and each story title. Please put the story title, but not your name, at the top of each page. Finalists will be asked to submit a brief biography and an e-mail copy of the story.

Names of all winners will be announced in the July - September issue of WriterAdvice, www.writeradvice.com. Winning stories will run in Writer Advice.

JUDGES: Last year's prizewinners, Daniel F. Rousseau, WC Vasquez, Kay Jordan, and Suzanne LaFetra have been invited to be this year's judges. Read their pieces and biographies by clicking on the Archived Contest Entries.

NOTE--THE PRIZES HAVE GONE UP ALTHOUGH THE ENTRY FEE REMAINS THE SAME. Winning stories will be published in WriterAdvice. In addition, First Place earns $75, Second Place earns $50, Third Place earns $35, and Fourth Place earns $20. Honorable Mentions will also be published. A list of all winners will be posted in the June - July issue of WriterAdvice.

SPECIAL PERK: All entries accompanied by an SASE will be returned with brief comments. An article about last year's contest, called WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T is on the Writing Advice page.

Contest: YouTube (Deadline April 29)

The Tube Arts contest is an open call to all artists and writers to help figure out how the arts fit into YouTube.

Please watch the video below, and treat its comment section as an online petition if you would like to see an "art and writing" category added to YouTube.

Introduction video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb0-wV9dPks

If you're an artist or writer you can submit an entry to the contest in the form of a video response. 1st prize is $500!!!

The contest runs from February 29th - April 29th. Semi-finalist to be announce on May 9th.

Rules for the writing section:


Call for Papers Extended to March 10!

The deadline for the CALL FOR PAPERS contest has been extended to Monday, March 10.

You're gonna have to revamp those papers for the Kellogg Awards anyway, so why not do it early and pick up an extra $75?!

Categories: Fiction, nonfiction and poetry
Prizes: $75 for 1st, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd place in each category.

Cover sheets are to the right of the Eng Dept door. Place the sheet and your entry in my box, labeled Machado (on the far left when you walk in), by 5 p.m. on Monday.

Submissions will be accepted from any graduate or post-bac student in PSU's English or Writing program. May be original or those written for a PSU class. 20 pages maximum; 1" margins, 12 pt. font. WEGO papers will be judged by professionals outside of the writing program.


Big News...WEGO will merge with fellow literary student groups EGO and the Literary Arts Council, beginning next fall. The three orgs will hold an open forum Thursday, March 6 at 4 p.m. in NH 407 to discuss what this means (don't worry it's a good thing....more funding, combined resources, greater student involvement, etc.).

Being your questions, opinions and concerns. We want to hear them all!

Here's the official announcement:

The English Graduate Organization (EGO), the Writing English Graduate Organization (WEGO), and the Literary Action Council are merging to form a brand new literary student organization. By uniting our forces, we hope to create a strong community amongst all of the literary graduate students at PSU with the aim of fostering greater student involvement, voice, and opportunity for professional and artistic development. Everyone is invited to an open forum on Thursday, March 6 at 4 pm in NH 407. We will discuss the name and structure of this new group. This is a great opportunity to be involved from the ground up. We hope to see you there as we plan and dream for the future of the PSU graduate literary community.