Study Abroad Writing Contest--deadline Jan 31

The University of New Orleans, the pioneer in writing programs abroad, is pleased to announce the fifth annual writing contest for study-abroad, Summer, 2009. This year the contest is co-sponsored by The Normal School, who will judge the entries and publish the winners. Full fee waivers, including housing allowance, will be granted to one writer each in the genres of poetry, fiction,creative nonfiction. Partial awards and honorable mentions may also be granted. Winners may attend any of UNO’s 2009 study-abroad writing programs:

Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Writing Workshops in Montpellier

The Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Dorf Tirol, Italy


http://lowres. uno.edu/contest. cfm

(Please note that these are the complete guidelines. Queries are not necessary.)

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2009.

Eligibility: Anyone writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre of application, except faculty and administrators employed by the University of New Orleans.

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $25 must be paid for each submission. Fees should be paid online at the Metro College payment module.

Submission Format: Beginning this year, the submission process is entirely electronic. No paper manuscripts will be accepted. To submit your entry, go to the submission module on the UNO Press site(http://www.unopress .org/writingcont est).

Note: The payment modules and submission modules are separate, so yo
u must enter all your information on each site, separately.

Multiple Submissions: Applicants may submit multiple applications in one or more genres, however each application must be complete with entry fee. Payment for multiple submissions may be made in aggregate at the payment and registration module, but each submission must be uploaded separately at the submission site.

Submission Limits: Prose submissions should not exceed 4500 words (about 15 pages double spaced). Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. The submitted work must be unpublished at the time of submission, though it may be under consideration. The author's name may not appear anywhere in the work.

Acknowledgments: Acknowledgments by email query only. Each applicant will be emailed a list of winners when the contest has been decided, around the end of March.

Questions and comments may be emailed to .

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2009 SER Contests General Guidelines
http://southeastrev iew.org/contests .php

Any previously unpublished short-short story, poem, or narrative nonfiction piece is eligible for our contests. All manuscripts must be typed (fiction & nonfiction entries should be double-spaced) and accompanied by a cover letter. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Reading fees vary according to category. Make checks or money orders out to The Southeast Review. Postmark deadline: March 6, 2009.

Friends and current or former students of the judge and those who have been affiliated with Florida State University within the last five years are ineligible.

It is not necessary to send an SASE. Winners will be announced on the website in late spring. All contestants will receive the issue in which the winning submissions appear.
Send submissions, marked “WBSSSC”, “SER Poetry Contest”, or “SER Nonfiction Contest” to:

The Southeast Review
Department of English
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306
World's Best Short Short Story Contest

Send up to three short-short stories, no more than 500 words each, per $15 submission fee. Include no more than one short short per page. Include your name and contact information on a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information anywhere on the stories. Robert Olen Butler will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winning short short and nine finalists will be published in spring 2010. L
abel envelope: WBSSSC.
The Southeast Review Poetry Contest

Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, per $15 submission fee. Include no more than one poem per page. Include your name and contact information on a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information anywhere on the poems. Julianna Baggott will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winning poem and nine finalists will be published in spring 2010. Label envelope: SER Poetry Contest.
The (2nd ever!) Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest

Send one essay, no more than 5,000 words, per $10 submission fee. Include your name and contact information on a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information anywhere on the essay. David Vann will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $250. The winning nonfiction piece and two finalists will be published in spring 2010. Label envelope: SER Nonfiction Contest.

William Stafford--Happy Birthday!--Readings

January is the birthday month for Oregon's most famous poet, William Stafford (1914-1993).
There are readings all over the state, as well as in Kansas, California, Vermont, and Wisconsin, and in Sweden, Japan, Scotland, Malaysia, and Mexico.

The format is that each "featured" reader reads one poem by Stafford, one by him/herself. Then it opens up, and anyone in the audience can get up and read a poem by Stafford.

The reading at PSU is next Thursday:

William Stafford Birthday Reading

Thursday, Jan 29, 7 p.m. - Portland State University, Millar Library

Hosted by: Shelley Reece

Featuring: Michael Achterman, Kate Bucko, Chris Cottrell , Michele Glazer, Verlena Orr, and Shelley Reece.

Pathos call for submissions--deadline feb 1

Pathos, PSU's student literary magazine, is looking for submissions for our winter issue. As always, there's no particular theme; we're just looking for quality writing and art. Fiction submissions must be 4500 words (roughly 15 pages) or less, and art must be in jpeg or bitmap format. Please visit pathoslitmag.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/ for more details.

Deadline: Feburary 1st.
Email all submissions and inquiries to pathos@pdx.edu.

Writers in the Heartland Residency--deadline April 15

UPDATE: The finalized dates for the 2009 residencies will be September 4-11 and

October 2-9. Lodging and food are covered by the residency.

A New Writers’ Residency

Writers in The Heartland is now taking applications for its inaugural
Writers in the Heartland is a writing colony for creative writers in all genres.
The colony is located in Gilman, Illinois, approximately 2 hours south of Chicago.
It is located on a beautiful 30-acre wooded site with lakes and walking paths. A
limited number of one-week residencies are available for September 4-11 and October 2-
9. All lodging and food is included. For the inaugural year, we are only
accepting applications from writers living in the Midwest region of the United States.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2009, to be considered.
Decisions will be announced by July 1st. For further information about applying to Writers
in the Heartland, see our website www.writersinthehea rtland.org

or contact us at (replace (at) with @)


GLO's Reading Series Bulletin!

Graduate Literary Organization
Winter & Spring 2009 Reading Series

Poets Zachary Schomburg and Matthew Dickman
Tuesday, February 24th SMU 238, 7 - 9 p.m.
Q & A following the readings

Zachary Schomburg: Portland local Zachary Schomburg is known for recent publications The Man Suit (Black Ocean, 2007); Abaraham Lincoln's Death Scene (Horse Less Press, 2007); The Truth about Canada (Big Game Books, 2007); and The Ottoman Empire (Universal Remote 2006). His forthcoming books include I Am a Small Boy (Factory Hollow); The Pond (Greying Ghost Press); and Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean). He also edits the online poetry magazine Octopus.

"Schomburg has encapsulated modern life in just one hundred or so pages. The bizarre imagination that spirals through the poems wonders, creates, and feeds upon itself." -- D. Richard Scannell, Bookslut.com

Matthew Dickman: Portland native Matthew Dickman's work has been published in Tin House, Clackamas Literary Review, Poet Lore, Rhino, Agni: online, and more. He has received fellowships and/or residencies from Oregon Literary Arts, the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas, the Breadloaf Writers Conference, the Vermont Studio Center and the Fine Arts Work Center. Dickman's first collection of poetry, All American Poem, won the 2008 APR/Honickman Prize, selected by Tony Hoagland, and will be published with Copper Canyon Press.

It is [Matthew Dickman's] artfulness and large spirit, telescoping without sentimentality the single outlook of a speaker who has escaped such conditions and now looks back, as bluesy as such projects go, that gives his poems a universality of feeling, an expressive lyricism of reflection, and heartrending allure. --Major Jackson, Boston Review

Poet D. A. Powell
Wednesday, March 4th, SMU 238 7 - 9 pm
Q & A following reading

D. A. Powell's most recent book is Chronic (Graywolf, 2009). His previous books include Tea, Lunch and Cocktails, which was a finalist for the Lambda, PENWest and National Book Critics Circle Awards. Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the James Michener Foundation, a Pushcart Prize and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. He teaches in the English Department at the University of San Francisco.

"Mr. Powell recognizes in the contemporary the latest manifestations of a much older tradition: namely, what it is to be human." --Carl Phillips, Boston Review

Poets Andrew Michael Roberts & Endi Bogue Hartigan
Tuesday March 10th, SMU 238, 7 - 9 pm

Andrew Michael Roberts Portland local Roberts is the author of Give Up, a chapbook from Tarpaulin Sky Press, and the forthcoming Something Has to Happen Next, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. He earned his MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was a Juniper Fellow and received the Distinguished Teaching award. His work can be found in journals such as Tin House, Iowa Review, LIT, Quick Fiction, Mississippi Review, and Gulf Coast.

About Something Has to Happen Next: "Concise, always surprising, these poems take you on journeys into other worlds. They break icicles from your eyes, and say, 'look at me, you've never seen me before."—James Tate, author, The Ghost Soldiers

Endi Bogue Hartigan’s first book One Sun Storm was selected for the 2008 Colorado Prize for Poetry, judged by poet Martha Ronk. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Review, Pleiades, Free Verse, Quarterly West, Tinfish, New Orleans Review, The Antioch Review, Northwest Review, as well as other publications and an anthology. She cofounded and edited the journal Spectaculum, a magazine that was devoted to long poems, series, and projects best presented at length. A graduate of Reed College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Hartigan has lived primarily on the West Coast and in Hawaii, and now works and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.

"Endi Bogue Hartigan's poems are enveloping: one is immersed in experiences of ice drifts, orange peels, and the striving toward a clarity (Let us be clear, one poem reiterates) that crystallizes and then evaporates. Subjects and objects are beautifully combined and confused through repetitions both musical and mysterious; each separate thing helps to form the existence of another. A reader is drawn into a process of thinking—a kind of sifting and sorting—ambitious for the large world that is always beyond one's grasp. One Sun Storm is not a mere collection, but a total project in which each poem is part of the whole. The passing by of the pieces of this created world engenders gratitude and awe." — Martha Ronk, final judge and author of Vertigo, In a Landscape of Having to Repeat, and Why/Why Not

Poet B. T. Shaw
Tuesday, April 14th, SMU 238

Portland local B.T. Shaw has been a writer and editor for 20-plus years. Her first book, This Dirty Little Heart, won the 2007 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Field, Tin House, Orion, and Poetry Northwest, and she's participated in numerous readings, including the Seattle Poetry Festival. She edits the Poetry column for The Oregonian, where her book reviews also appear.
"These poems are works of immediately evident force. The telling in them is everything, and the voice that speaks them is new. Never regular, the language is itself part of the story. . . . These are poems born of what stays with us, from those raw things that are, quite simply, beyond memory."
—Alberto RĂ­os, author of The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body

Nonfiction Writer Debra Gwartney &
Fiction Writer Katherine Dunn
May, Date & Time TBD
Q & A following the readings

Debra Gwartney will be reading from her new book, "Live Through This." Gwartney is on the nonfiction writing faculty at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and is co-editor, with her husband Barry Lopez, of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, published in 2006 by Trinity University Press. Her short stories, personal narratives, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. Debra is a former reporter for The Oregonian, was a nonfiction scholar at the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, and has received fellowships from Literary Arts, Hedgebrook Writer's Colony, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and the American Antiquarian Society.
Praise for Live Through This: "Gutsy, edgy, and revelatory, Gwartney's fast-paced tale of a family in pieces builds to a magnificent, hard-won communion. Her ability to follow the wildness in her own story uncovers truths about every parent, every child."—China Galland, author of Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves and Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna

Katherine Dunn is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her novel Geek Love, a finalist for the National Book Award in 1989. She also wrote the novels Attic (1970) and Truck (1971). She also wrote the text for Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook (1995), a book of homicide photography; the humorous The Slice: Information with an Attitude (1989) (also published as Why Do Men Have Nipples? And Other Low-Life Answers to Real-Life Questions (1990), which contains her collected newspaper columns from Willamette Week. Dunn has written numerous articles for Playboy, Vogue, and the L.A. Times.
Praise for Geek Love: "Wonderfully descriptive. . . . Dunn [has a] tremendous imagination." —The New York Times Book Review
"Like most great novels, this one keeps the reader marveling at the daring of the author." –Philadelphia Inquirer
"Unrelentingly bizarre . . . perverse but riveting. . . . Will keep you turning the pages." –Chicago Tribune
All Events are Free and Open to the Public
Refreshments Provided

For more information about these events, please contact
psuglo@gmail.com or gradlit@pdx.edu


TransitionsAbroad.com Writing Contest--deadline may 15

Student Writing Contest Guidelines

TransitionsAbroad. com hosts an annual student writing contest for all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, students who have graduated within the past year, and students currently on leave from school are eligible.

For this year's contest, the winning student submission will be awarded $500, the second place winner will be awarded $150, and the third place winner $100. All winning pieces will be published on the TransitionsAbroa d.com website. Runner-up winners will be awarded $50 and will be published on TransitionsAbroad. com.

The title "Transitions" is meant to suggest the changes in perception and understanding, as well as in place, that result from cultural immersion travel. Transitions Abroad has long featured regular Student to Student Advice, Student Participant Reports, Internships Abroad and Student Volunteer Service Learning articles, where students share information and experience with other students contemplating educational travel abroad, whether formal study abroad, internships, volunteering, or short-term work abroad (including the most common form—teaching English).

What We Are Looking For in the Student Writing Contest

Think about what you were looking for when you were planning to study, travel, work, or live abroad as a student:

What did you need to know?

Once you were abroad, what did you wish you had known before you left?

Since you returned, how have you been able to fit what you did and learned abroad into your li
fe—academic, career, and otherwise?

Think of yourself as an adviser or counselor and your reader as a student like yourself before you decided to study abroad.

Be specific: Vague and flowery evocations of the place(s) you were and what a wonderful time you had there are not helpful to someone preparing for his or her own trip.

Think of yourself as a journalist seeking to tell a story with as much objectivity as possible in order to reach a wide and educated audience.

If you write about your experience as a student with a specific program, remember that the appropriateness of the program depends upon the individual. If you write about one program or independent activity, please provide a list of similar programs or opportunities you researched for your reader to choose from.

Emphasize essential practical information such as how you selected a program or arranged your own independent study or job or internship.

Optionally provide photographs which will help evoke what you experienced abroad and inspire others to do so..

* Well-researched supporting material and annotated web links in sidebars greatly increases the likelihood of selection as a winner; we cannot emphasize enough the importance of providing others practical information which they can use.

Think of yourself as an adviser or counselor and your reader as someone like yourself before you went abroad. Be specific and to the point: Narrative descriptions of your own experiences and responses to them (diaries) are not generally h
elpful to someone preparing for their own trip unless your descriptions make clear how the reader can plan and carry out a similar program. If you write about a specific program (a “Participant Report”), be critical but remember that the appropriateness of the program depends upon the individual. What was right (or perhaps wrong) for you might be wrong (or right) for another student. If possible, provide examples of similar programs or opportunities for your reader to choose from.

Word Count

1,000-3,000 words.

Student Writing Contest Deadline

The Contest begins May 15th, 2008, and all entries must be received by March 1st, 2009. Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will require first-time Worldwide Electronic rights for all submissions which are accepted as contest winners and for publication. In addition, Transition s Abroad Publishing, Inc. will reserve the right to reprint the story in a future publication, with additional compensation. The writer may republish the unedited submission as desired six months after initial publication on TransitionsAbroad .com.

Winners will be chosen on or about March 15th, 2009 and notified by phone, mail, or e-mail by April 1, 2009 for publication by May 1, 2009 or at such time as all winners have received and cashed payment.

Student Writing Contest Terms

There is no entry fee required for submissions.

Submissions that have been published during the current academic year by homeacademic institutions are eligible.

Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc.0is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible e-mail or for any computer-related, online, or technical malfunctions that may occur in the submission process.

Submissions are considered void if illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained through fraud or theft.

Submissions will be considered made by an authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners—along with any other runners-up accepted for publication—will be paid by Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. either by check or Paypal as preferred by the author.

All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the Contest winners.

Decisions of the judges are final.


Typed in Microsoft Word and sent by e-mail to (replace (at) with @)

Your name and your email address must be on document.

Cover sheet

Please provide a cover page with your name and contact information (address, email address, telephone number), your college or university, and your year in school or year that you graduated or expect to graduate. If you traveled on your own, list the countries and dates and what you did (worked, backpacked, etc.) If you traveled with a program, list the program name and institution, and the dates. Include your current and permanent address, your current and permanent phone number, and e-mail address if applicable. Include a short biographical note (hometown,=2
0major, etc.).

Send to

Send electronically as an attached MS Word file to

(replace (at) with @). If you cannot attach as MS Word file, then paste the article into an email message.

Fifth Annual Ooligan Editors' Choice Fiction Contest--deadline Feb 15

Fifth Annual Ooligan Editors' Choice Fiction Contest
Sponsored by Portland State University's Publishing Program and Ooligan Press

The Advanced Book Editing class wants your stories!

Submit your original short story on the theme LOOSE CHANGE

The Ooligan Press Editors will carefully select and professionally edit the four entries that best exemplify originality, reader appeal, and writer's craft. The winning stories will receive the Ooligan Editors' Choice Award and will be published in Ooligan's Best Short Stories of 2009 (our annual electronic journal).

Stories must not have been previously published
Maximum of 4,000 words
One story per person
Authors will retain copyright to their writing

To Enter:
Send a Word document, double-spaced and formatted in 12-point type, as an e-mail attachment to leahs23@hotmail.com. Include the title of your story. In the body of your e-mail, include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

All submissions are due by midnight, February 15th.

Read past winners at www.ooliganpress.pdx.edu under "Journals & Contests."


Ink-Filled Page Call for Submissions--deadline Feb 28

Ink-Filled Page Call for Submissions
Spring 2009—Youth Issue

The Ink-Filled Page is a quarterly literary journal produced by Indigo Editing & Publications. The journal is published online quarterly, and we print an anthology annually.

Our youth issue features the artistic talents—both literary and visual—of young adults in grades 6–12. So polish your stories from English class, dust off your paintings from art class, and submit them for a chance to be published!

Literary Submissions:
Fiction submissions can be short stories or novel excerpts, and the nonfiction section is open to personal narratives and essays. While all genres are welcome, special interests include:
• travel
• multicultural themes
• feminism
• magical realism
We are specifically looking for fresh, untold stories and unique voices that draw us into the world of the story. While we know and love many Jo(h)ns, we are inundated by character Jo(h)ns. We ask that you only submit characters by that name if it is necessary for the story.

Limit submissions to 5,000 words, one submission per candidate. Authors who submit more than one piece will not be considered. Electronic submissions only; submit at www.indigoediting.com/submissions.

All literary submissions must be written for an English-reading audience. By submitting a story to Ink-Filled Page, you confirm that you are the sole creator of the story and that you hold all rights to your piece.

Artwork submissions:
Artwork submissions are open to all mediums, but pieces must be submitted electronically. Winning pieces are selected based on composition and originality. Pieces will be published in color in the online quarterly issue and in black and white in the print anthology. Please submit pieces that will translate well in both contexts. We are looking for pieces that highlight the human experience—show us the good or the bad, be surreal or real, but make sure that whatever you submit connects us, human to human.

Limit three submissions per candidate. Artists who submit more than three pieces will not be considered. Submit digital artwork at 300 dpi or higher. Electronic submissions only; submit at www.indigoediting.com/submissions. By submitting your artwork to Ink-Filled Page, you confirm that you are the sole creator of those pieces and that you hold all rights to your piece.

Selected authors and artists earn publication and will receive a complimentary subscription to all four quarterly issues in the volume in which they are published, as well as a complimentary copy of the annual anthology when it is released in October 2009. Contributors may buy additional copies of the anthology for 10% off. Authors will also receive professional editing services on the selected story. All work must be original and unpublished. By submitting your work to the Ink-Filled Page, you are offering first online and print publication rights.

The youth issue accepts submissions from young adults in grades 6–12. Submit electronically at www.indigoediting.com/submissions no later than Saturday, February 28.

For best results, read our publication before you submit. Electronic issues and print anthologies are available for purchase at www.indigoediting.com.

Ali McCart
Senior Editor
Indigo Editing & Publications
(503) 629-9216


Volunteering? Applying for grants?

Check out this site.

Thanks, Alex! :-)

Call for Submissions: "Oregon Humanities"--deadline Jan 20

Oregon Humanities Call for Submissions: In the midst of an economic downturn
that has Americans rethinking their consumer lifestyles, OCH is requesting
article proposals and essay submissions on the theme of "stuff" for the
summer 2009 issue of Oregon Humanities. If you are interested in
contributing to this issue, please familiarize yourself with Oregon
Humanities, review our writers' guidelines, and download a full copy of the
call for submissions. The deadline for proposals and drafts is January 20, 2009.

Fellowship Opportunity: Eagle Rock--deadline Jan 30

A unique leadership opportunity at Eagle Rock

The Public Allies fellowship program at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center supports new ways of leading that are right for the times and right for a unique student population. The Fellowship Program provides twelve individuals with an advanced yearlong service and leadership development program focused on education and youth development at the nationally recognized Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center located in Estes Park, Colorado.

Founded in 1993, Eagle Rock is a tuition-free residential high school that serves diverse young people (ages 15-21) from across the country who have not succeeded in conventional schools. Drawing on the beautiful mountain setting and an innovative curriculum focused on how people learn rather than how teachers teach, Eagle Rock School emphasizes active learning, community service, environmentalism, outdoor education, and traditional academic subjects. The Eagle Rock learning process, as shared through their Professional Development Center, has influenced educators across the country and inspired the Public Allies continuous learning process.

Through this unique service and training opportunity, Public Allies Eagle Rock Fellows will gain skills that will make them effective teachers, leadership trainers, and youth workers.

Candidates must have a college degree to be considered for the fellowship. Fellows will work and live together in community with eleven other Public Allies Fellowship Program participants, students and staff at the school's state of the art facilities in the Rocky Mountains northwest of Denver.

Leaders interested in this specialized leadership development opportunity must have a college degree, and those who have previously served in AmeriCorps should verify their eligibility before applying.

About the Program

Fellowship: The Public Allies Fellowship is an opportunity being made available to individuals who are passionate about education, youth development and working with 15 - 21 year old students from diverse backgrounds across America who have not been successful in conventional school settings.

The Public Allies Fellowship has two perspectives--local and global. The local reason is that Fellows contribute skills, energy, and knowledge to the community. As residents they are involved in student activities and campus life as well as classroom teaching and administration. Like everyone else at Eagle Rock, they serve as role models, take on leadership roles, and live the values expressed through Eagle Rock's commitments.

The global reason is related to Honda's reason for founding the Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center--to influence renewal and rform initiatives in American Schools. Learn about the American Honda Education Corporation

We envision Fellows utilizing what they learn at Eagle Rock in their next work environment and serving as emissaries for the kind of education Eagle Rock believes in. No matter what they do or where they go (but most especially if they enter public education) former Fellows act as ambassadors for the values that Eagle Rock honors. Thus, Public Allies Fellows are part of Eagle Rock's professional development effort.

Training & Learning: Molding tomorrow's educational leaders begins with core training where Fellows are oriented and begin the community-building process. Throughout the year, Fellows gather together as a cohort once a week for training provided by skilled professionals in the field. Learning seminars are designed to build the necessary skills for strengthening communities, nonprofits and civic participation in ways that embrace the core values of Public Allies: collaboration, diversity, community participation,continuous learning and integrity."

Fellows participate in a variety of professional development experiences, including weekly training seminars exploring theory and practice of education. We use Eagle Rock's own Dr. Lois Easton The Other Side of Curriculum: Lessons for Learners as well as Dr. Easton's book Engaging the Disengaged: Helping Struggling Students Succeed, as coursework.

Additional training topics include: Asset Based Community Development, Diversity & Oppression and Giving & Receiving Feedback.

Fellows also participate as a group in mid-year and year-end retreats, as well as regular critical reflection sessions where they connect their service to larger social and public issues.

The Fellows are coached using the Public Allies continuous learning process which includes setting personal and professional goals, creating plans to achieve those goals, giving and receiving feedback from peers and supervisors and documenting progress towards specific service and learning outcomes. The program concludes each August with Presentations of Learning, when Fellows demonstrate to the entire Eagle Rock community how they have met their service goals and learning outcomes throughout the year.
Team Service Projects: Throughout the program year, Fellows work in teams of 4 and side-by-side with community members on Team Service Projects (TSPs). TSPs are based on the idea that in order to improve communities, you must discover and build upon their assets - the talents and capacities of the community.

Team Service Projects leave a sustainable contribution to the Eagle Rock Community with direct and measurable impact.

The projects are divided into four phases: community exploration; project planning; project implementation; and critical reflection, evaluation & project transition. Their team service projects allow the Fellows to gain an additional community service experience, while developing important skills in teamwork, collaboration, volunteer generation and project management.

Residency Opportunity: The Vermont Studio Center

The Vermont Studio Center is an international residency program open to all artists and writers. Year-round, VSC hosts 50 artists and writers per month, each of whom receives an individual studio, private room, and all meals. Residencies last from 2-12 weeks and provide uninterrupted time to work, a community of creative peers, and a beautiful village setting in northern Vermont. In addition, VSC's program includes a roster of Visiting Artists and Writers (2 painters, 2 sculptors and 2 writers per month) who offer slide talks/readings and individual studio visits/conferences. Applications and information available at www.vermontstudiocenter.org.

Job Opportunity: Gettysburg College--deadline Jan 30


One-year appointment, beginning August 2009, for a creative writer who plans a career that involves college-level teaching, to teach three courses per semester, including Introduction to Creative Writing and an advanced course in the writer's genre, as well as to assist with departmental writing activities. Mentorship for teaching and assistance in professional development provided. M.A., with a concentration in creative writing, M.F.A., or Ph.D. with creative dissertation, required. Teaching experience and literary magazine publications are essential. Competitive salary.
To apply, send letter of application, c.v., the names of three references, and a 5-10 page writing sample toEmerging Writer Lectureship, Department of English, Box 397, Gettysburg College, 300 N. Washington St., Gettysburg, PA 17325, postmarked by January 30, 2009. Electronic applications will not be accepted.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective liberal arts college located within 90 minutes of the Washington/Baltimor e metropolitan area. Established in 1832, the College has a rich history and is situated on a 220-acre campus with an enrollment of over 2,600 students. Gettysburg College celebrates diversity and welcomes applications from members of any group that has been historically underrepresented in the American academy. The College assures equal employment opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability.

David Biespiel reading--Jan 14, 7 pm

The Milwaukie Poetry Series Second Season!

A reading by David Biespiel
7 PM, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
The Pond House in Milwaukie, 2215 SE Harrison
Adjacent to the Ledding Library

The Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee and the Ledding Library of Milwaukie
are delighted to continue the Second Season of the Milwaukie Poetry Series with a reading by David Biespiel.

This will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 at 7 PM in the Pond House adjacent
to the Ledding Library, 2215 SE Harrison, Milwaukie, OR 97222.

David is the founding executive director of the Attic Writers' Workshop in Portland, Oregon,
an independent literary studio that has provided creative writing workshops to over 300 writers annually since 1999.
His books of poetry are: Shattering Air (1996), Pilgrims & Beggars (2002), Wild Civility (2003),
and The Book of Men and Women (2009). He is editor of the award-winning anthology,
Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets (2006), as well as co-editor of Artists' Communities: A Directory
of Residencies in the United States Offering Time and Space for Creativity (1996). His poems and essays have
appeared in American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Parnassus, Poetry, and Slate.

After reviewing poetry for over ten years in a variety of journals and newspapers, including in
The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times, he has been, since
January 2003, the poetry columnist for The Oregonian. Since 2005 has been editor of Poetry Northwest,.
Since 2008 he's been a contributor to The Arena, the daily debate with policy makers and opinion shapers on
The Politico. Past recipient of a Stegner Fellowship, a Lannan Fellowship, and a Fellowship in Literature from
the National Endowment for the Arts , he has taught creative writing and literature throughout the United States.
He currently divides his teaching among the M.F.A. Program at Pacific Lutheran University, Oregon State University,
and Wake Forest University, where he is poet in residence in the fall.

The Pond House in Milwaukie is a delightful setting and easy to reach. It is located on SE 21st and
Harrison in Milwaukie. From Portland travel south on McLoughlin Blvd. (99E) to Harrison St, the first light
as you come into Milwaukie. Turn left and the Library is two blocks east.
From Oregon City, Gladstone and Oak Grove and I-205 from Salem, travel north on McLoughlin to
Harrison, turn right and go two blocks east again to the Library.
From East Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, go west on Hwy. 224 to the Harrison St. Exit, turn left and
go approximately ½ mile to the library.
The Pond House is 1 block east of the library.

We want to thank the City of Milwaukie for its generous support which makes the Series possible.
For information about the readings, please contact the Series Coordinator Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367
or tomhogan2@comcast.net or Ledding Library Director Joe Sandfort at 503-786-7584 or SandfortJ@ci.milwaukie.or.us.

It will be a delightful evening. Please join us for this wonderful reading!


Third-Person Story Contest

Third-Person Story Contest

Narrative’s Third-Person Story Contest is open to all writers. For this contest we will be accepting short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 10,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

We are looking for works written either from a limited third-person or from an omniscient perspective. In either case, we are particularly interested in the distinction and tension that exist between the narrator’s perspective and that of the characters.

The term perspective connotes an awareness of the true relationship that one thing bears to another; as a facet of point of view, perspective indicates a recognition of the cause-and-effect basis of human interactions and of the ways in which character influences fate. An accurate and nuanced use of point of view creates the illumination and drama that readers experience as pleasure, without the reader necessarily observing and thinking at all about the writer's use of point of view. To use Virginia Woolf’s phrase, a central transparency is created.

We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.



for entry instructions (0nline entry only)

Abroad Writers' Conference Literary Contest--deadline Feb 15

Abroad Writers’ Conference (www.abroad- crwf.com) is announcing its annual 2009 literary contest.

Contest winners in the categories of fiction/non- fiction and poetry will have their work published inthe journal Driftwood.

Contest Deadline: February 15, 2009

Winners will be announced on: March 15, 2009

Poetry Judge: PATRICIA SMITH, National Book Award Finalist in Poetry.

Fiction/Non- Fiction Judge: JOAN SILBER, National Book Award Finalist in fiction and PEN/HEMINGWAY Award winner.

First-place will receive full tuition to our conference (value, $2,750 shared room); Second-place winners $250.00; and, third-place $50.00.


Poems in English up to 60 lines, not previously published, on any subject may be submitted. Each poem (judged separately) typed on an 8½ x 11-inch sheet. Fee: $25.00, for a group of 5 poems are allowed per submission. A list of winners will be posted on our Web site.

Short Story:

Stories must be: unpublished, in English, 5,000 words or less, double spaced, numbered and your name on the front page. Please secure stories. Fee: $25.00 per submission.

Mailing Instructions:

1. Please indicate on your envelope which contest you're entering: Poetry or Short-Story.

2. Enclose an index card with your name, address, phone number and email address.

3. Enclose a $25.00 check, money order, cash or Paypal. If you're interested in paying by Paypal, I'll need to send you a Paypal bill because I removed=2
0my button on my website because of security reasons.

Mail to:

Abroad Writer's Conference

P.O. Box 368 Westfield, MA 01085

The Second Annual Press 53 Open Awards--deadline March 31

The Second Annual Press 53 Open Awards Accepting Entries Until March 31

8 Categories: Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short-Short Story, Short Story, Genre Fiction,Creative Nonfiction, Novella, and Young Writers.

8 Industry-Professional Judges

8 Beautiful Etched-Glass Awards

17 Opportunities for Publication in the Second Annual Press 53 Open Awards Anthology

Guidelines available at

http://www.press53. com/OpenAwards_ 2009.html

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The Other Journal seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfictionfor our upcoming issue on Beauty and Aesthetics.

Deadline: March 15, 2009

All submissions should be sent via email to

(replace (at) with @)

with "TOJ Submission" written in the subject line. Please indicate the genre of your submission in the subject line of your email and submit your work asMicrosoft Word or rich text format documents. Submissions that are pasted directly into the text of an email rather than an attached document may not be considered.

We accept poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Send up to six poems or one piece of prose at a time. Fiction submissions may include short stories or self-contained novel excerpts, and creative nonfiction submissions may include personal essays or memoirs. Because we are an online journal, we take a special interest in short prose submissions, especially pieces that are less than 2,500 words. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but please indicate they have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere and let us know right away if you are withdrawing them from consideration.

For more info:

http://theotherjour nal.com/info. php?page= submissions

Editorial statement:

The Other Journal welcomes the submission of critical essays, reviews, creative writing, and visual or performance art that encounter life through the lens of theology and culture; we seek pieces that consider the interaction of faith with contemporary life, art, politics,
sexuality, technology, economics, and social justice. We are particularly interested in works which present creative, alternative views that may otherwise fall outside the margins of mainstream narratives. And although we primarily focus on perspectives within the Christian tradition, we invite dialogue with all who are interested in exploring the ongoing role of faith and spirituality in the world.

The Other Journal
Mars Hill Graduate School
2501 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA 98121


Pinewood Table Critique Group

On-going prose critique group with Stevan Allred & Joanna Rose
Our next 7 week session starts Wed Jan 14th and goes through Wed Feb 25th.
6:30 to 10:30 Wed eves @ 2222 NE Clackamas (near Lloyd Center)
Limited to 10 readers.
$210 for the whole session.
And feel free to pass this announcement along to anyone else you think might be interested.

Stevan redcat@teleport.com
Joanna joannarose@earthlink.net


"Oregon Literary Review"

The new Winter/Spring 2009 issue of OREGON LITERARY REVIEW
is now online at http://oregonliteraryreview.org.

Readings on video from Wordstock and First Wednesday - including William Kittredge, Vern Rutsala, Lawson Inada, Barbara Drake, Al Young, Sam Hamill, Marvin Bell, Primus St. John, Craig Lesley, Diana Abu-Jaber, Molly Gloss,
Linda Bierds, Evelyn Sharenov and many more;

Stories by Jeanpaul Ferro, Tim Keppel;
Essays by Carla Perry, Louis Gallo, plus an interview with Lauren Kessler;
Plays by C. Rosaline Bell, Timothy Braun;
Art and photography by Amy Bernays, Richard Krawiec;
Video by Joaquin Baldwin, Aleksey Budovskiy.

Submissions now being accepted for the Summer/Fall 2009 issue. See guidelines at website.

Stay tuned for updates on our first Wednesdays readings at the Blackbird Wine Shop and third Tuesdays readings at the Krakow bistro.

Evelyn Sharenov

visit my blog and webpage at:

Reading: Alison Apotheker & Kelly Terwilliger Jan 11, Stayton, OR

Alison Apotheker & Kelly Terwilliger to read from new books and from past Oregon poets who have influenced them January 11 in Stayton

Stayton’s Second Sundays Series of Poetry Readings will hold its first 2009 reading on Sunday, January 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. Throughout 2009, to help celebrate Oregon’s sesquicentennial year, featured poets will read from past Oregon poets who have influenced them, as well as from their own work. In this first sesquicentennial reading, Alison Apotheker of Portland will read poems from her new book, Slim Margin, plus some by former Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford; Kelly Terwilliger of Eugene will read from her recent chapbook, A Glimpse of Oranges, and from the poetry of Hannah Wilson, who lived and wrote in Eugene until her death in 2004.

The reading will be held in the studio of artist Paul Toews at 349 N. Third Ave., where it shares space with the Stayton Friends of the Library Used Bookstore. The new collections by the featured poets will be for sale at the reading, and they will sign copies. Admission will be free; donations are appreciated. Audience members are invited to bring one or two short poems of their own or by favorite past Oregon poets to share during an open part of the reading.

Alison Apotheker teaches writing and literature at Portland Community College. Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, and Prairie Schooner. She has received the C. Hamilton Bailey Fellowship from Literary Arts, and her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Slim Margin, her first book of poems, was released in December 2008 from WordTech Communications.

Kelly Terwilliger grew up on the southern Oregon coast and later attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and received an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before eventually returning to the Pacific Northwest. A Glimpse of Oranges, her first chapbook, was issued by Finishing Line Press in 2008. Her poems have also appeared in various journals, including The Atlanta Review, Hunger Mountain, Poet Lore, and The Potomac Review. She works as a professional storyteller in schools and community centers. Written stories of hers have appeared in Spider Magazine, and a picture book has been issued by Karben Publishing.

Stayton’s Second Sundays Series of Poetry Readings is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Marion Cultural Development Corporation. For more information about upcoming readings, contact series coordinator Eleanor Berry at 503-859-3045 or <eberry@wvi.com>.

Directions to Stayton and Paul Toews’ Studio:

Stayton is about 12 miles east of Salem, off Hwy. 22 (North Santiam Hwy.). Coming from either north or south on I-5, take the Hwy. 22 exit at Salem; go east about 12 miles on Hwy. 22, to the Stayton/Sublimity exit. To reach Paul Toews’ studio, turn right at the end of the ramp, onto what will become First Ave. At the third light, turn left onto Washington St. Go two blocks, and turn right onto Third Ave. Go four blocks. When you pass Marion St., look for the Star Cinema on the left in the middle of the block ahead; Toews’ studio is across from it, at 349 N. Third Ave.

Playboy College Fiction Contest--deadline Feb 15 '09

The Rules: Playboy College Fiction Contest
http://www.playboy.com/magazine/ fiction.html

First Prize: $3,000 and publication

Second Prize: $500 and a year's subscription

Third Prize: $200 and a year's subscription

Contest is open to all college students—no age limit. Employees of Playboy and their families, its agents and affiliates are not eligible.

To enter, submit your typed, double-spaced manuscript of 25 pages or fewer with a 3”x5” card listing name, age, college affiliation, permanent home address and phone number to Playboy College Fiction Contest, 730 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019. All entries must be previously unpublished original works of fiction and must be postmarked between September 1, 2008 and February 15, 2009.

Decisions of the judges are final. Playboy reserves the right to withhold prizes if no submitted entries meet its usual standard of publication.

Winners will be notified by mail and may be obligated to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility within 30 days of notification. By acceptance of their prizes, winners consent to the use of their names, photographs and other likenesses for purposes of advertising, trade and promotion on behalf of Playboy without further compensation to the winners, unless prohibited by law.

Playboy reserves the right to edit the first-prizewinning story for publication.

Playboy reserves the right to publish winning entries in U.S. and foreign editions of Playboy and to reprint, republish or incorporate them in any electronic or print Engli
sh-language or foreign-edition anthologies or compilations of Playboy material without further compensation to the winners.

Void where prohibited by law.

All manuscripts become the property of Playboy and will not be returned.

Taxes on prizes are the responsibility of the winners. For a list of the winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Playboy College Fiction Contest, 730 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

"Oregon Humanities" call for submissions--deadline Jan 20

Oregon Humanities magazine invites submissions for its Summer 2009 issue:

For the Summer 2009 issue of Oregon Humanities, the Oregon Council for the
Humanities is seeking essays and articles on the theme of ³stuff.² Earlier
this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that consumer spending in
America has doubled since 1990 to $8 trillion a year and that the $6 billion
storage and organization industry continues to grow at a brisk rate. From
comedian George Carlin¹s famous riff on a house as just a place for stuff to
Annie Leonard¹s critical look at American consumption patterns in her
popular online short film The Story of Stuff, writers, scholars, and artists
have often explored the deep, seemingly inextricable tie between consumerism
and the American identity.

This kind of reflection and analysis seems particularly relevant now as
Americans grapple with how to match lifestyles that involve the production
and consumption of vast quantities of material goods with concerns about
finite natural resources and realities of the current economic downturn. For
this reason, we are especially interested in writing that explores the
conflicts between consumerism and American culture: How do we use stuff as
proxies that explain who we are? What can we learn from historical and
artistic representations of American consumer culture? Is shopping a
patriotic act that keeps America¹s economy afloat?

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 familiarize
yourself with Oregon Humanities and review our writers¹ guidelines,
available on our website (www.oregonhum.org).
The deadline for proposals and drafts is January 20, 2009. Please send
submissions to Kathleen Holt, Editor, Oregon Humanities magazine, Oregon
Council for the Humanities, 813 SW Alder Street, Suite 702, Portland,
Oregon, 97205, or kholt@oregonhum.org . No phone calls, please.



Registrations are now open for the 2009 Winter Fishtrap Gathering, on February 20-22, 2009 at Wallowa Lake, Oregon. The theme for this 18th annual Gathering is "Re-imagining the Wild," and all are welcome: readers, writers, and anyone interested in wilderness. For more details, an agenda, photos, and registration info, go to http://fishtrap.org/winter.shtml. Note that you can spare yourself driving by taking the FISHTRAP BUS, available from Portland and points along the I-84 corridor.

This year Fishtrap has invited three presenters who have not only written lucidly and compellingly about wildness and our connection – or lack of connection – to it, but who have all dug deep – with a paddle in whitewater, for razor clams at low tide, to lead the next pitch on a dangerous climb – and have experienced that connection personally and viscerally.

Kathleen Dean Moore is an essayist best known for her books about wet, wild places -- Riverwalking, Holdfast, and The Pine Island Paradox. Her essays can be found in journals that include Orion, Audubon, The New York Times Magazine, and Discover. She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Association Book Award, the Oregon Book Award, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. Kathleen is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University, where she directs the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.

Although he has written ten books and over 150 essays, Roderick Nash is best known for Wilderness and the American Mind, first published in 1967, with a quarter-million copies sold. Outside magazine listed it as one of the "Ten Books That Changed Our World." A national leader in the field of environmental history, management, and education, Dr. Nash has won numerous awards, including a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, has been a frequent expert witness for land management agencies, and has appeared in several film documentaries. He became one of the nation’s first professional river guides in 1957, and has run more than 40,000 river miles, including over 50 runs of the Grand Canyon.

Jack Turner’s book of environmental essays, The Abstract Wild, is now in its fifth printing and is used by more than 50 colleges. He has also written a memoir of the Tetons, Teewinot: A Year in the Teton Range, and Travels in the Greater Yellowstone. A philosophy professor, Turner has lectured at the universities of Montana, Utah, Puget Sound, and Illinois, at Carleton College and Whitman College, and for a variety of other institutions including Greenpeace, the Murie Center, the Teton Science School, and the Wharton School of Finance Leadership Program. He has led more than 40 expeditions to Pakistan, India, China, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Peru, climbed in Wyoming’s Teton Range for 47 years, and is president of the Exum Mountain Guides and School of American Mountaineering in Grand Teton National Park.

Winter Fishtrap is held at Wallowa Lake Lodge. Registration opens on December 2, 2008, and attendance is limited to 60 people. Charter bus transportation is available from Portland and the I-84 corridor. Visit http://fishtrap.org/winter.shtml, or contact Fishtrap at 541-426-3623 orinfo@fishtrap.org.


Fishtrap will award up to five Fellowships, valued at $1,000 each, to attend the 2009 Summer Fishtrap Workshops and Gathering, to be held July 5-12, 2009 at Wallowa Lake. The Fellowships include workshop fee, food, lodging, and a partial travel stipend. There are no subject restrictions, but submissions should follow the Fishtrap mission, which is to promote "good writing in and about the West." Applicants should be from the West, or writing about the West. Submit up to eight pages of poetry or 2,500 words of prose and a half-page biography byJanuary 31, 2009. There is no entry fee. For complete submission guidelines visit http://www.fishtrap.org/fellows.shtml

The Florida Review 2009 Editors’ Prizes--deadline Feb 16

Announcing The Florida Review 2009 Editors’ Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry $1000 Award and Publication

Submit a group of 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay with a $15 reading fee

(which includes a year’s subscription) .

For each entry, include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number,

email address, and the title(s) of submitted work. Manuscripts must include the

title of the work on each page, but no identifying information about the writer

(name, email address, etc.) This is a blind read.

Writers may enter in more than one genre, but each submission requires separate

envelopes and entry fee.

Simultaneous submissions to other journals are permissible, but please notify us

if the work is accepted elsewhere.

All submissions will be considered for publication. Winners will be announced

in summer 2009. For notification, include SASE.

Postmark Deadline: February 16, 2009

Submit to:

The Editor’s Award (Indicate Genre)

The Florida Review

Department of English

PO Box 161346

University of Central Florida Review

Orlando, Florida 32816