* like nerding out with fellow lovers of writing and literature?
* like attending readings? workshops? seminars? conferences? discussions?
* like coordinating events?
* like meeting people?
* like working directly with faculty?
* like blogging?
* like emailing?
* like designing fliers and posters?
* like ordering and selling books--books that totally will rock your world and make you happier and more fulfilled in life?
* like making an impact? both at PSU and in the Portland community? and maybe even in the entire world!?
* like deadlines? do you find yourself craving that final push to get things done?
* like having an office on campus, located right in Smith, two seconds away from PSU burritos and sushi and those all-important lattes?
* like creating events that make you and your friends happy? and smarter? and, potentially, cooler? more well-rounded and networked in whatever world, whether writing or literature, they or you may want to be networked in?
* like reading? like writing? like talking?
Then we may have the perfect job for you!!!!!
It's my job. And Jennifer's job.
Because GLO is hiring!
That's right. We're looking for TWO new coordinators for next school year (2009-2010). One hire-y will be from the MA Lit side and one from the MFA Writing or MS Publishing side. That way it's balanced. Balance is pretty sweet.
If you're interested, or have a few questions, email me or Jennifer Davis (email@example.com) and we'll be happy to share with you more coolio details about our work lives. Being a GLO coordinator is pretty much totally awesome, I'll tell you that much right now. We've met mucho writers, publishers, scholars, etc and we've had fun doing it!
Interviews are scheduled for APRIL. Hiring will take place soon after that.
Ok, that's all for now. Shoot me an email to learn more!!
Sunday, March 15th, 7:30pm
1005 W. Burnside
Celebrate Small Press Month with CALYX Books at a reading featuring Minnesota scholar and poet Cass Dalglish, reading from “Humming the Blues,” a poetic translation of cuneiform tablets written in 2350 BCE by the female prince and priest Enheduanna. Humming the Blues is a series of personae poems examining a bleak period of Mesopotamian history in which Enheduanna, the heroine of Humming the Blues, is usurped from rulership, raped, beaten, and left to wander. She beseeches Inanna, a female god who journeyed to hell and back, for guidance and help. Dalglish’s interpretation lyrically translates the original cuneiform into jazz-like improvisation, giving a musical and rhythmic voice to an ancient story.
The reading also features Portland poets Kristin Berger and Paulann Petersen.
Cass Dalglish Poetry Reading and Cuneiform Demonstration (CORVALLIS AND INDEPENDENCE)
Monday, March 16th, 7:00pm
184 South Main Street
Tuesday, March 17th 7:00pm
Corvallis Arts Center
700 Madison St.
Join Cass Dalglish reading from her newest book, “Humming the Blues,” poetic translation of cuneiform tablets written in 2350 BCE by the female prince and priest Enheduanna. The reading in Independence is a finale to the Wild Women Reading series at the River Gallery. A cuneiform demonstration and lesson will follow the readings at both locations. A small clay tablet will be provided for all participants. Free and open to the public.
Contact CALYX Books for more information www.calyxpress.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
Octopus Books will hold an open reading period for full-length poetry manuscripts in April of 2009. Manuscripts must be submitted between April Fools day and April 30, 2009. We prefer you submit your manuscripts electronically. To submit, purchase the $10 reading fee through paypal from the button below, then attach your manuscript in an email to email@example.com. In the subject line of the email write your name and "Manuscript Submission." There is no need to introduce yourself in the body of the email. Your email will be handled anonymously by an intern. Your manuscript will be forwarded in a different file without any identifying markers and read blindly by the editors and other readers. Do not include your name on the manuscript at all.
If you choose to submit by mail, send manuscript to:
1031 SE 21st
Portland, OR 97214
Include a $10 check made to Octopus Books and your email address. We will still notify you by email. Also, include your name on the packaging, but not on the manuscript itself.
First Prize: $1000 and winning entry published in Summer/Fall 2009 issue
Entries of honorable mention also published in Summer/Fall 2009 issue
Complete Guidelines for Contest Submissions
Deadline: Entries must be received by . This is NOT a postmark deadline. Entries received after March 19, 2009 will be returned unread.
1. Submit one piece of fiction (or a series of related short-shorts) totaling no more than 10,000 words.
2. A $10 reading fee payable to Sycamore Review must accompany each entry. Do not send cash. When sending more than one entry, additional reading fees must also be included ($10 per additional story).
3. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable only if Sycamore Review is notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
4. All entries must be typed and must include a cover letter with author's name and contact information (address, telephone, and email address) as well as the titles and word counts of all entries submitted. The author’s name or any identifying information should not appear on the manuscript itself.
5. Stories should be unpublished. We do not accept previously published work.
6. pages should be numbered and should include the title of the piece.
7. Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish to be notified upon receipt of your manuscript.
8. Manuscripts will not be returned. Winners will be20announced by . For information on winners and runners-up, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with entry.
9. All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in the Sycamore Review.
10. Questions may be directed to Mehdi Okasi, Editor-in-Chief, atsycamore@purdue. edu.
Send 2009 Wabash Prize for Fiction submissions and reading fee to:
2009 Wabash Prize for Fiction
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
West Lafayette , IN 47907
http://www.siuc. edu/~johnson/ winners.html
The Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award from Southern Illinois University Carbondale is an annual award competition intended to encourage increased artistic and intellectual growth among students, as well as reward excellence and diversity in creative writing. Each year, $1000 and a signed copy of a Charles Johnson book will be awarded to the winner. The winning entry will also be published in the Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. The award is co-sponsored by Charles Johnson, CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, and the SIUC Department of English and College of Liberal Arts.
The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university. There is no entry fee. Entrants may only submit one story. All entries will be screened by published and accomplished writers and editors. The award winner will be selected by Charles Johnson. Finalists must meet all contest guidelines and be able to verify their status as students. (Evidence of current enrollment: a xeroxed copy of a grade transcript, a class schedule or receipt of payment of tuition showing your full- or part-time status for the Spring 2008 semester. The name of the institution and its address must be clear. Please indicate the name of the department of your major field of study.)
Submit one unpublished short story, no longer than
20 pages in length. All entries must be typed double-spaced. Please type or print full name, complete address, phone number, e-mail address, and name of college or university attending on a cover page for the manuscript. Cover letters are not required. Submission s must be postmarked in February 2009. Entries will not be returned, and we are unable to provide feedback on the entries. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest director must be informed immediately if a story is accepted for publication elsewhere.
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well. The winner will be announced inSeptember 2009 on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale website
Mail entries (with a self-addressed stamped envelope) to:
Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award
English Department – Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
You may e-mail questions or comments to
2008-2009 Student Writing Contest
The Only Student Travel Writing Contest on Studying, Volunteering,
Internships, and Short-Term Work Abroad
http://www.transiti onsabroad. com/information/ writers/student. shtml
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 TransitionsAbroad. 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 life— 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 helpful 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.
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, Transitions 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 home academic institutions are eligible.
• Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. is 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
address must be on document.
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, major, etc.).
Send electronically as an attached MS Word file to
MS Word file, then paste the article into an email message.
* Please do not send a hard copy submission by mail, as it will not be returned
Tin House contributors Matthew Dickman and Arthur Bradford will read from
the current issue of Tin House; local musicians the Old Believers will follow.
Saturday, February 21 at 7:00 pm
$6; cash bar; all ages
8371 N. Interstate
Portland, OR 97217
Matthew Dickman is the author of All American Poem, published by the American po-
etry Review and Copper Canyon Press (2008) and winner of the 2008 American Poetry
Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry. He has also written two chapbooks, Amigos
(Q Ave Press, 2007) and Something About a Black Scarf (Azul Press, 2008). He has had work
published in the New Yorker, the Boston Review, Narrative Magazine, and Tin House, among
Arthur Bradford is the author of the story collection Dogwalker. He has won an O. Henry
Award and has had his stories published in Esquire, McSweeneys, Zoetrope, Tin House,
Dazed & Confused, and BOMB. He was a contributor to the McSweeneys publication The Fu-
ture Dictionary of America.
The Portland folk-pop duo the Old Believers "yearn for the past with a soulful folk sound
that is nostalgic, but inspired. Singer [Nelson] Kempf's expressive, bluesy croon is a throw-
back to ages long ago; paired with the group's alt-country stylings, the music he produces
with bandmate Keeley Boyle is both vivid and compelling. While more progressive than
bluegrass and Americana, the sound on the group's second release, the eight-song EP Eight
Golden Greats, definitely draws [from the] elements [of] roots music."—Conor McKay, NPR
http://www.flreview .com/contest. htm
$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
The Editor's Award (Indicate Genre)
The Florida Review Department of English
PO Box 161346
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816
birthday. Local authors Michael Munk, The Portland Red Guide; Michael
Thomas Cooper, 42; and Tom Fuller, Oregon at Work: 1859-2009 (upcoming
nonfiction), will be reading at the Oregon Historical Society. The
readings will be followed by a short question and answer session.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Light refreshments will be provided. Please Join Us!
Alice James Books; Farmington, Maine ; www.alicejamesbooks.org
Full-time managing editor sought to begin work in April 2009. Successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, excellent written & verbal communication skills, & 2 – 3 years publishing or bookselling experience. Strong bookkeeping, accounting, marketing, sales, design, & production skills desired. This position assists w/ all stages of manuscript development from acquisition to production, marketing, publicity, sales & distribution, communicates with authors & publishing industry professionals, trains 12 – 14 student interns/year. Must have strong interest in publishing; must be computer literate and comfortable managing staff. Experience with QuickBooks, Bookkeeping, & InDesign preferable. Interest in poetry and/or MFA highly desired. Please address résumé, cover letter including salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: Carey Salerno, Acting Director, Alice James Books, 238 Main Street , Farmington , ME 04938 . Interviews will commence on or before February 16, 2009; applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. No phone calls please. AJB will have a table at AWP, so feel free to drop by for more details and to talk with the Acting Director or current Managing Editor, Lacy Simons
The inaugural issue of Stone's Throw Magazine, (www.
So to Speak, a literary journal founded in 1993 by an editorial collective of women MFA candidates at George Mason University, is currently holding a contest in Fiction (Deadline: March 15, 2009).
We are looking for work that addresses issues of significance to women's lives and movements for women's equality and are especially interested in pieces that explore issues of race, class, and sexuality in relation to gender. Please see the details below or visit us on the web for more information: http://www.gmu.
Summer/Fall 2009 SHORT FICTION CONTEST
Deadline: March 15, 2009
Judge: Valerie Martin
Submit two copies of your manuscript: one with your name and contact information and one without. Manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 words; they should be typed and double-spaced with numbered pages. Include a cover letter and a SASE for response. The reading fee is $15. Please make checks or money orders payable to George Mason University . Contest entries are not returned.
So to Speak
George Mason University
4400 University Drive , MSN 2C5
Fairfax , VA 22030-4444
Call for Submissions: The Dos Passos Review
Reading opens 1 February 2009
General Call for Submissions
Originating from Longwood University 's prestigious Dos Passos Prize for Fiction, The Dos Passos Review actively seeks the best American writing in the areas of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. We are looking for writing that demonstrates characteristics found in the work of John Dos Passos, such as an intense and original exploration of specifically American themes; an innovative quality; and a range of literary forms, especially in the genres of fiction and creative non-fiction. We are not interested in genre fiction, or prose that is experiment for the sake of experiment. We are also not interested in nonfiction that is scholarly or critical in nature. Send us your best unpublished literary prose or poetry.
Guidelines are available by e-mail, SASE, or on the website. Please do not submit material to the magazine electronically. If accepted, an electronic version may be requested. Send submissions addressed to Editor, indicating on the envelope if the work enclosed is fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Include a brief cover letter listing previous publications, if any, and a fifty-word bio. Enclose SASE with your submission and with any subsequent inquiries. Work without SASE --- even if the cover letter includes an e-mail address --- will be discarded. Please do not submit again until you have been notified of the status of your current submission. Send DISPOSABLE mss only. Mss will not be returned.
Simultaneous submission is okay if notified. We are all writers who have waited for editors' replies; we'll do our best to respond in a timely manner, two to twelve weeks. Reading periods vary: April 1-July 31 for Fall Issue, February 1- March 30 for Spring Issue. Submissions postmarked outside these reading periods will be returned unread.
Stories or essays should be typed, double-spaced, and paginated, with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail on the first page, title on subsequent pages. We are unable to read entire manuscripts, novellas, or submissions of more than one story (roughly 3,000 words) at a time. One story at a time, please. We do not accept novel excerpts. If submitting flash fiction (less than 1000 words), you may submit up to three pieces.
Poems (three to five per submission) should be typed with your name, address, email, and phone number on the first page of each.
Send submissions to:
The Dos Passos Review
Department of English and Modern Languages
201 High Street
Farmville , VA 23909
Call for Submissions: The Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry
4th ANNUAL LIAM RECTOR FIRST BOOK PRIZE FOR POETRY
Reading : February 1 - March 30, 2009
No mss postmarked after March 30, 2009 will be considered.
Reading fee: $20.00
Final Judge: Jan Beatty
Notification in June for Spring 2010 publication by Briery Creek Press.
Winner receives 50 books, a reading, $1000.00, and a letter-pressed broadside created by book-artist Kerri Cushman.
All entries receive a copy of the winning book.
Send between 48 and 60 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12 point font, Arial, Courier, or Times. Do not include Table of Contents in page count. Entries will be judged blind, so include cover letter with ms title, poet's name, and all contact information. Cover sheet on ms should include title only. Do not include Dedication, Acknowledgments or Credits page. Poet's name should not appear anywhere in the ms. Number all ms pages. Entries should include a #10 SASE for winner notification. Send disposable mss only; no manuscripts will be returned.
No restriction on content or style; we're simply looking for excellent poetry.
Simultaneous submission okay for contest, although we ask that poets please contact us immediately if the ms is accepted elsewhere. Reading fees not returned upon such withdrawal. Current students and employees of Longwood University and authors published by The Dos Passos Review are not eligible for this competition.
Make checks payable to DPR/BRIERY CREEK, Department of English, Longwood University , 201 High Street , Farmville , VA 23909
NEW! HAVE YOUR WORK GO AROUND THE WORLD--LITERALLY--ON A ONE OF A KIND POSTCARD!
Picture Postcard Press, an imprint of Briery Creek, a venture founded by three grad students, is now seeking submissions for brief poetry, micro-fiction and micro-memoir.
Selected written work will be paired with a commissioned artist for one-of-a-kind illustration, resulting in a 5 1/2 x 81/2 postcard.
Yes, it's a postcard. Yes, it's literature. Yes, it's fine art. So mail it, read it, or frame it!
Also, Picture Postcard Press will be at The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Chicago — check us out at The Dos Passos Review/Longwood University table. At AWP, P3 will host a flash contest at the table. The winners will appear on our next run of postcards and will receive three contributor copies as payment.
Submit! Stop by, say hello, and show us what you can do! Either way, we'll see you at the
About Editorial Internships
The Chronicle of Higher Education seeks interns for the fall 2009 session, which will begin in late August or early September. The Chronicle is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to maintaining a diverse work force.
The internships are full-time in our Washington, D.C., office and will last till late December. In addition to a $500 weekly stipend, academic credit can often be arranged.
Four interns will be hired; two spots will be reserved for undergraduates.
The interns' primary responsibilities are reporting and writing daily news articles for The Chronicle's Web site (which usually appear subsequently in print), contributing brief features to the "Short Subjects" section, writing news articles for other sections of the newspaper, and doing research for special projects. There is very little grunt work. Interns who prove themselves as reporters and writers are often asked to write full-length features.
The Chronicle places a premium on reporting that is accurate and writing that shines. All writing, including that done by staff reporters, is carefully edited. Interns typically leave with a set of strong, varied clips.
For information on The Chronicle, click here. For comments from former interns, click here.
Requirements: Experience writing for publication, either at a student newspaper or a professional publication, is required. Candidates with previous internships and deadline-reporting experience are preferred.Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2009. Applications that are late, e-mailed, or faxed will not be considered.
Applicants should send a cover letter; résumé with telephone, e-mail, and postal contact information; and a maximum of five varied and impressive clips to:
The Chronicle of Higher Education
1255 23rd Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
NO TELEPHONE CALLS OR E-MAIL INQUIRIES, PLEASE
Semifinalists are generally called within two weeks of the application deadline, and all applicants are notified by postcard when the search is completed, usually within six weeks. Candidates who are concerned about whether their application was received should use a mailing service that offers "delivery confirmation." Because of the volume of applications, we cannot be expected to respond to individual status requests. Those who violate that request will be referred back to this page.
Application and full info on EWI 2009 with Elizabeth Grossman is at www.umt.edu/ewi
Thanks, Phil Condon, Assoc Prof, EVST, U of Montana; EWI Director
19th annual Environmental Writing Institute:
Wed May 13 -- Sun May 17 2009 in Missoula Montana
Featuring as 2009 EWI Leader
Redesigning the Future, forthcoming, 2009, Island Press.
High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, Human Health, Island Press, 2006.
Adventuring Along the Lewis and Clark Trail, Sierra Club Books, 2003.
Watershed: The Undamming of America, Counterpoint Press, 2002.
Shadow Cat: Encountering the American Mountain Lion, co-editor, 2001.
Elizabeth's shorter works have appeared in Salon, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Nation, Earth Island Journal, The Oregonian, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Orion, among many others. She serves as an advisor to High Desert Journal and Isotope, and as a correspondent for Orion magazine.
Application Deadline: March 15, 2009