September Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers
Welcome to the September 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 staring into the middle distance while silently drowning in existential crises. That matters too.
Contests & Awards
Awarded annually to original short story collections, poetry collections, and novels. Publication by The University of Massachusetts Press.
Fee: $10; Award: $250 & publication; Deadline: Oct 1.
Open to all those identifying as women. Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war. Fiction Judge: Siobhan Fallon. Poetry Judge: Danielle Legros Georges.
Fee: $0; Award: $5-15,000; Deadline: Oct 5.
Four grant categories for artists and ensembles in all disciplines: Project Grant, San Antonio Artist Project Grant, Mentorship Artist Grant, and the Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film. Open to Latino artists and ensembles in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Fee: $0; Award: $1-2,000 matched grants; Deadline: Oct 9.
Innovative support model that gives artists in all disciplines a range of financial and professional development tools to advance their careers.
Fellowships & Residencies
Seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy. Considers projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, as well as questions of race in comparative perspective. Fellowships awarded for an academic semester. Includes round-trip airfare, partial board, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center.
Fiction up to 7,000 words, non-fiction up to 5,000 words, and up to three poems of no more than forty lines. Work must explore themes relevant to immigrant and refugee communities. Open to any immigrant or refugee writer living in the United States or abroad.
Colwill is an instructor and manuscript consultant at GrubStreet, an associate editor at Bat City Review, and an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating a scholarship awardee of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program, Colwill found representation for her first novel, Before We Tear Our Selves Apart, with Robert Guinsler of Sterling Lord Literistic, which is currently on submission to publishing houses. She is the recipient of the Wellspring House Emerging Writer Fellowship, the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize, and a Crawley-Garwood Research Grant, and has received fellowships and support from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, Boston College, Kansas State University, the Anderson Center for Disciplinary Studies, and GrubStreet. She was a finalist for the 2019 Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize, the 2019 Reynolds Price Award, the 2019 Far Horizons Fiction Award, the 2019 Disquiet International Literary Prize, and the 2019 Lit Fest Emerging Writer Fellowship. Colwill’s fiction is forthcoming in Granta and is anthologized in Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Press 53). She has served on the editorial team for Post Road magazine, The Conium Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Pangyrus magazine. Colwill is a founding member of the Back Porch Collective, a Boston-based group of writers. With members connected to Cuba, India, Albania, Atlanta, Bosnia, Miami, Jamaica, and the UK, they bonded over a common passion for global narratives and literature’s potential to create empathy and understanding across all geographical, political, and cultural borders. Hailing from Yorkshire, in the north of England, Colwill is determined to introduce the word “sozzard” to the American vernacular. For a full list of publications, projects, and services, please visit colwillbrown.com.See other articles by Colwill Brown