November Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers
Welcome to the November 2017 edition of "Writing Life Essentials," a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards, with a focus on opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing. Or, the coaxing your cat to lie on your keyboard for a candid photo op. That matters too.
Contests & Awards
Fee: $0; Award: $250 & publication; Deadline: Dec 31.
Poets of color who have not previously published a book-length volume of poetry. Winner must be available for a reading in Chicago in January of 2019.
Fellowships & Residencies
Fee: $50; Location: Provincetown, MA; Stipend: $750 per month & accommodation; Deadline: Dec 1.
Fellowships are awarded to five poets and five fiction writers a year, and are open to writers in the emerging stages of their careers. Fellows may be citizens of any country. The Fine Arts Work Center actively seeks applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Fee: $0; Location: online; Honorarium: provided but not specified; Deadline: Dec 1.
Applicants must not be an alumni of or currently enrolled in any MFA Writing program. The fellowship is open to both poets and prose writers who have not published a full-length manuscript in any genre. The fellowship is open internationally. Fellows must commit to the twelve-month responsibility.
Fee: $0; Location: Blue River, OR; Stipend: $250 & accommodation; Deadline: Dec 1.
Creative writers whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for up to a two-week residency at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest.
Fee: $0; Location: New York, NY; Stipend: $14,000 for 4 months; Deadline Dec 4.
Aimed at diversifying the broader media landscape by investing in the next generation of necessary voices. Designed to give writers of great promise the support, mentorship, and experience necessary to take a transformative step forward in their careers. Includes career mentorship and editorial guidance. Intended to open the gates to writers traditionally locked out of opportunities in media.
Following the success of Everywhere Stories Volumes I & II, we are now preparing Volume III for publication in the Fall of 2018. Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Edited by Clifford Garstang, published by Press 53) is an anthology of short fiction (short stories of any length, short shorts, and flash) set around the globe, including the United States. Volumes I & II both consisted of 20 stories by 20 authors set in 20 countries with Volume II not duplicating any countries in Volume I.
As Editor of GrubWrites, GrubStreet's popular blog, Colwill serves the Grub community a daily dose of literary goodness. Book lovers can find reviews, news, recommendations, and conversations with exciting new authors to stay up to speed on all things lit. Writers, GrubWrites is your go-to spot for expert craft talk, thoughtful discussions on how writing is learned and taught, and essential publishing and publicity advice. Colwill is also a GrubStreet instructor and consultant specializing in the novel.
Colwill is Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House, and a recipient of the work-study scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53, fall 2018), Solstice Literary Magazine, The Conium Review, Poetry and Audience, and other places, and her essays have featured on Dead Darlings and elsewhere. She's served on the editorial team for Post Road magazine and The Conium Review and is currently Fiction Editor at Pangyrus magazine. A scholarship awardee for GrubStreet's Novel Incubator, after graduating from the program Colwill found representation for her first novel with literary agent Robert Guinsler of Sterling Lord Literistic. She was educated at Leeds University in England, where she received her BA hons in English Language and Literature (International), with stints at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Kansas State University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, where she was awarded the Seaton Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. Most recently, Colwill completed a Master's degree in English Literature at Boston College, for which she was awarded a full scholarship. Hailing from Yorkshire, England, her life's mission is to introduce the word "sozzard" to the American vernacular. For a full list of publications, projects, and other services, including copy editing, please visit colwillbrown.com.See other articles by Colwill Brown