Call for submissions: Oregon Humanities--Deadline Sept. 22

Oregon Humanities magazine invites submissions for its Spring 2009 issue
on the theme of “Nostalgia”

Whether used to describe fondness for a bygone time or homesickness
for a place, nostalgia involves longing for an idealized past. Historian
Christopher Lasch writes, “Nostalgic representations of the past evoke a
time irretrievably lost and for that reason timeless and unchanging.
Strictly speaking, nostalgia does not entail the exercise of memory
at all, since the past it idealizes stands outside time, frozen in unchanging
perfection.” What are the benefits of and problems with recalling our
personal and political histories in this way? How can nostalgia
motivate us to or prevent us from imagining a better future?

For the Spring 2009 issue of Oregon Humanities, which coincides with
Oregon’s sesquicentennial, we are looking for essays and articles that
explore the theme of nostalgia. Writers may wish to explore nostalgia in
literature, art, media, and consumer culture; nostalgia as a
narrative tool in politics and policy-making; the role of nostalgia in public
discourse; the phenomena of commemorations and cultural tourism; the use of
nostalgia in constructing our identities as Oregonians and Americans.

We welcome all forms of nonfiction writing, including scholarly essays,
personal essays, and journalistic articles. We accept proposals and
drafts of scholarly and journalistic features, which range between 2,500 and
4,000 words in length. We accept drafts only of personal essays, which should
consider larger thematic questions and run no longer than 2,000
words. All contributors receive an honorarium. Currently the magazine is
distributed to 12,000 readers. Essays from Oregon Humanities have been reprinted in the
Pushcart Prize anthology and the Utne Reader.

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please submit a
proposal or draft by September 22, 2008, to Kathleen Holt, Editor,
Oregon Humanities magazine, Oregon Council for the Humanities, 812 SW
Washington Street, Suite 225, Portland, Oregon, 97205, or kholt@oregonhum.org .

Oregon Humanities is the triannual magazine of the Oregon Council for
the Humanities, an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). We believe that knowledge and ideas are
fundamental to the health of our communities. You can learn more
about OCH’s programs, which include Oregon Chautauqua, Humanity in Perspective, and
Commonplace Events, and read the contents of the current issue of Oregon
Humanities at www.oregonhum.org .

Kathleen Holt
Communications Director/Editor of Oregon Humanities magazine
Oregon Council for the Humanities
812 SW Washington, Suite 225
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-0543 x15

You can now use your credit card to make a donation to OCH online.
your favorite humanities programs in Oregon and, when you make a
contribution to the Oregon Cultural Trust, receive a tax credit. Visit
http://www.oregonhum.org for more information.

Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.


All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2008. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible. Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard magazine. Send typed, double-spaced manuscript(s) and SAS post card for acknowledgement of receipt to: Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. No manuscripts will be returned.

Entry fee is $15 for each individual story, with no limit per author. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard (one per author). Make check payable to Boulevard.

There is no maximum length. Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the story's title and "Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest," should appear on page one. Cover sheets are not necessary.

The winning story will be published in the Spring or Fall 2009 issue of Boulevard.

Include a 3 x 5 inch index card with your name, address and title of your submission(s) .

These are the complete guidelines.


New Online Literary Journal, Sweet: A Literary Confection.

Sweet seeks only poetry and creative nonfiction and anything in between. (Sorry fiction writers!) We read submissions all-year. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work has been taken by another literary journal. (We would like to be the first to congratulate you!)

Along with your attachment, please include a brief cover letter in your email with complete contact information.


Please attach no more than 3 poems to as one single MSWORD document.

Creative Nonfiction

Please attach one piece of creative nonfiction to as a MSWORD document. Essays should not exceed 3,500 words.

Additional inquiries should be sent to: editors(at)sweetlit.com

In all e-mail addresses, replace (at) with @

Mark your calendars, writers! Feb. 11-14, Chicago

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs is having their annual conference in Chicago for 2009! There are early bird specials...and student specials. Be sure to check it out!

February 11-14, 2009!

Portland Review: Newest Issue Out! And a Blog!

Be sure to pick up your copy of the newest edition of Portland Review! Vol. 55, #1 is out and about as you read this!

You can find them at the campus bookstore and Powells!

And while you're at it, check out their new blog!



Judged by: Elizabeth McCracken

First Prize: $1,000

Second Prize: $500

Third Prize: $250

The winners and seven finalists will be considered for representation by the William Morris Agency, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

The deadline is October 1, 2008. The winners and finalists will be announced at this website December 1, 2008, and in the Spring 2009 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story.

Complete Contest Guidelines:

We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; postmarked by October 1, 2008; clearly marked "Short Fiction Contest" on both the story and the outside of the envelope; accompanied by a $15 entry fee per story (make checks payable to AZX Publications) . Please include name and address on first page or cover letter only. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible.

We welcome multiple entries ($15/story) and entries from outside the U.S.; please send entry fee in U.S. currency or money order. While we cannot return manuscripts, we will forward a list of the winning stories to any entrant who includes an SASE; as well, we will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to=2
0their stories.

Mail entries to:

Zoetrope: All-Story

Attn: Short Fiction Contest

916 Kearny Street

San Francisco, CA 94133

Please e-mail us at contests(at) all-story. com with further questions. Thank you for your interest, and good luck!

Call for Submissions: Georgetown Review

2009 Georgetown Review Contest

$1,000 and publication to the winning short story, poem, or essay on any theme or subject. All genres welcome.


Submissions must be postmarked by on or before November 15, 2008.

Entry fee is $10 for the first entry, $5 for each entry thereafter. One poem, story, or essay counts as one entry. Please make out checks or money orders to "Georgetown Review."

If you want your work returned or want to receive a notice about the winner and runners-up, you must send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope. However, we will post a list of the work we choose on our website after the contest is judged, and we will do our best to have this list up by February 2010.

The magazine’s editors will judge.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions are okay. Your name can appear on your work as well, and in fact, we prefer that your name, address and email address appear on your entries. We have a small editorial staff and would not award the prize to any colleagues, students, or friends. You do not need a cover sheet.

All entries are considered for publication. In the 2008 contest, 20 runner-up works were selected for publication. If your work is published, Georgetow n Review acquires first North American rights, which means that after we publish the piece the rights to it revert back to you.

Send entries to:

2009 Contest
Georgetown Review
400 East College Street
Box 227
Georgetown, KY 403240A


Job Opportunity: Illinois Valley Community College

English Composition and Creative Writing Instructor (Tenure Track)

Illinois Valley Community College, located in North Central Illinois, anticipates filling this
position to begin January 2009. The person selected for this role will have the opportunity
to teach and assess student learning outcomes in composition, creative writing and
literature courses. Develop and promote curriculum designed for transfer courses to four-
year colleges/universities. In collaboration with colleagues, be responsible for ongoing
curriculum evaluation and improvement within the context of IVCC's general education
philosophy. Facilitate student learning outside of the classroom through participation in
student activities, college, and community events; and assist with student recruitment.

To succeed in this role, you must have a Master's Degree in English, composition,
composition pedagogy, or literature. Two years teaching experience at the college level
preferred. Creative writing teaching experience is a plus. Familiarity with interactive word
processing based composition programs required.
Application Information
Postal Address: Glenna Jones, Director of Human Resources
Illinois Valley Community College
815 North Orlando Smith Avenue
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815.224.0426
Fax: 815.224.1437
Online App. Form: http://www.ivcc. edu/hr/
Email Address: humanresources( at)ivcc.edu (replace (at) with @)


Sad news on the literacy front...

From their webpage:

Oregon Literacy, Inc. Closing After 40 Years of Service

After more than forty years of dedication to the advancement of literacy, Oregon Literacy has closed it doors to the public. Citing financial difficulties, OLI directors made the difficult decision to end the existence of the statewide organization that had championed the cause of literacy through access of educational materials, political advocacy and community alliances.

Popular OLI activities included the Chalk It Up for Literacy Festival, the Literacy Scrabble Tournament, the OLI bookstore, the tutor book scholarship program, and many others. The OLI presence and contribution to the cause of promoting literacy will be missed. PLC would like to give a well deserved "thank you and best wishes" to the OLI staff and everyone who has been involved with the organization.


Readers for Portland Review Wanted and Needed!

PR's new editor, Chris Cottrell, is looking for summer readers to help him battle the slush pile! Are you interested in reading fiction, non-fiction, poetry? Are you interested in having your name in the "Readers" masthead? :-)
Chris is meeting with readers this coming Wednesday, August 27th, in Smith, at 3 in the afternoon.
Interested? Want to know the room number? Email Chris at: theportlandreview@gmail.com.
If you're unable to read this summer, Chris will hold a weekly meeting for readers. A one-credit for the group is available.

Scholarship Opportunity: PSU's Frank L. Roberts Community Service Scholarship

Low on funds?
Be sure to check out the 2008-09 Frank L. Roberts Community Service Scholarship for graduate students!   

The cash award will be $3,000, distributed to the recipient's PSU account in equal amounts at the beginning of
Fall 2008, Winter 2009, and Spring 2009 terms. In
addition, the recipient will receive a one-year,
non-renewable tuition remission equal to instructional fees only at in-state rates for up to
16 credits per term
for Fall '08, Winter '09, and Spring '09 terms.

The application is available now on the Office of Graduate Studies
website, *with a deadline of September 5, 2008:*


This scholarship program is open to US citizens or permanent residents who are regularly admitted to a PSU
graduate degree program as of the
beginning of Fall term, in good academic standing, and completing at least
6 credits towards the degree each term; with a commitment to
public or community service; and with
demonstrated financial need.

The details of eligibility and application are on the form at the OGS website (above).

Thank you,
Maureen Orr Eldred
Coordinator, PSU Graduate Studies
6th Floor Unitus Building, SW 4th & Lincoln
PO Box 751, Portland OR 97207-0751
503-725-8410 main office
503-725-3416 fax


Job Opportunity: The Southern Review Announces search for Managing Editor

The Southern Review

The Southern Review announces an opening for Managing Editor. This is a permanent, full-time position. Founded in 1935 by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, The Southern Review is published four times a year on the campus of Louisiana State University.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; three years editorial and copyediting experience on the staff of an established literary journal, university press, or national press; able to demonstrate the following: editorial expertise with fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; a broad knowledge of literary history, literary criticism, and contemporary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; computer skills including Word Perfect; a solid understanding of the publishing, especially small presses and literary magazines; web design and database management.

Additional Qualifications Desired: Excellent human relation skills suitable for dealing with diverse artistic personalities; terminal degree (M.F.A., Ph.D. or equivalent); knowledge of languages other than English.

Responsibilities: oversees management and distribution of incoming manuscript; reads, evaluates, and provides detailed comments on manuscripts; copyedits and fact-checks, giving special attention to content, style, etc.; corresponds, when required, with authors regarding changes required to accepted manuscripts; works with designer and printer toward final publication.

An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Application deadline is September 8, 2008 or until a candidate is selected. Applications should include: a letter of application, CV or resume (including e-mail address), one-page statement of editorial philosophy, and contact information for three professional references. Applications should be sent to the following address:

Jeanne M. Leiby
The Southern Review
Old President’s House
Louisiana State University
Ref: #018159
Baton Rouge, LA 70803


Get Involved with GLO!

Hello lovely writers!

First, I want to say that I'm very excited about taking over WEGO and the new GLO program! Jennifer Davis, the English side of our equation, and I have been talking a lot about what the organization wants to be known for, the events we want to host, and how to be the best possible organization for not only writers, but the Lit. students as well.
So. This is where you come in!
We're looking for volunteer committee members. Are you interested in putting together events, marketing, student voice, any or all of the above?
Are you more interested in just finding out what's being planned and having some say?
Well then come on out and chat with us, and have a beer while you're at it! Jennifer and I are meeting with anyone interested in participating in GLO at 5:30 on Monday, August 25th, at Pacinni's right by campus.
We're working on the idea of getting the 1 credit hour for committee members ;-) Plus it'll be fun!
So, once again:
5:30 PM, happy hour
Pacinni's (possibly not spelled correctly, so please forgive me!) (near campus: there's a Subway and Starbucks and I believe the Simon Benson house is right by it, too)
Monday, Aug. 25th.

See you then friends!