Archive for January 22nd, 2008

Claridge Writer-in-Residence, Illinios College

22 January 2008

Illinois College. The English Department is now accepting applications for the newly-established Claridge Writer-in-Residence, a one-semester teaching position in Creative Writing, for the fall semester 2008 (August 25-December 12) or spring semester 2009 (January 12-May 15). Primary responsibilities for the position include teaching an introductory-level multiple-genre creative writing class & an advanced writing workshop in a genre of choice. The resident writer will also give two public readings, visit area schools, & work informally with student writers. Beyond these duties, the position is intended to offer a productive writer ample opportunity to write. The ideal candidate for this position is a talented writer with publications in at least two genres, who is also an energetic, experienced teacher of writing. A MFA or PhD in Creative Writing or English is required. The salary for this one-semester teaching residency is $24,000 & partial benefits, including a furnished apartment. The application for the Claridge Writer-in-Residence should consist of a cover letter, a substantial writing sample (a dozen poems or twenty pages of prose from at least two works), a c.v., undergraduate & graduate transcripts, & three letters of recommendation. The application should provide evidence of strong teaching. Send application materials to: Professor Robert Koepp, English Department Chair, c/o Teresa Smith, Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of Academic Affairs, Illinois College, 1101 W. College Avenue, Jacksonville, IL 62650.

The English Department’s review of applications will begin March 1, 2008 & will continue until the position is filled. Illinois College, a private, Phi Beta Kappa, liberal arts college located in Jacksonville, Illinois, is a dynamic academic community committed to teaching, scholarship & close collaboration between faculty & students. EOE.


2008 Selected Shorts Writing Contest Selected Shorts

22 January 2008

The 2008 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize with guest judge Amy Hempel

The winning submission, selected by Amy Hempel, will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on May 21, 2008. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will receive $1000.

Story requirements
Submit a single short story that addresses the question or the general theme, Are We There Yet? You may interpret this question however you please. Note that the other stories in the Selected Shorts program on May 21, 2008 are all stories that take place in transit – in cars on road trips, on planes and trains, or walking from one place to another – but we also welcome submissions that use the theme of the evening, “are we there yet?,” as a diving board into other literary territory. Your story must have a title. Make sure your name and contact information appear on the first page of your story. If you are submitting by email, this information needs to appear on the first page of the attached Word document. Include page numbers. Your story must be no more than 4 double-spaced typed pages in length (we recommend 12 pt, Times New Roman font).

All submissions must be received by March 14, 2008. To be specific, email submissions must be received by 5pm Eastern Standard Time. Mailed submissions must arrive with the day’s mail.

Where to submit your story Email your submission as a Word attachment, with “CONTEST” in the subject line of the email, to

Mail to
CONTEST, Selected Shorts
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025.

Please do not send duplicate copies (email or snail-mail is sufficient). We cannot allow revisions to your story once we have received it. Due to the high volume of submissions and the small size of our office, we will not be able to notify you when we receive your story. The winner will be selected by Amy Hempel and notified by mid-May. As soon as the winner is selected, his or her name will be posted to this page.

Contestants who submit by email or provide their email address will be added to the Selected Shorts email list – please let us know if you do not wish to receive email about upcoming programs.

The Prize
$1000 and two tickets to the May 21st closing night of the Selected Shorts series at Symphony Space, when the prizewinning story will be read.

About this year’s guest judge
Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of short stories: Reasons To Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home and The Dog of the Marriage. Her fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Vanity Fair, GQ and The Yale Review and has been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she has also served as a judge for the National Book Award, The PEN/Revson Award, The PEN/Hemingway Award and the Mary McCarthy Prize. Her first published story, “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried,” has been translated into 18 languages. Her most recent publication is The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel. She is currently a faculty member in the graduate writing programs of Bennington College and The New School University.

Grayson Books 2008 Poetry Chapbook Competition

22 January 2008

Prize: $500, publication of chapbook, and 50 copies
Deadline: January 16, 2008
Reading fee: $15
Submit: 16 to 24 pages of poetry, two cover sheets (one with contact information, one anonymous).
SASE for results only.
Judge: Norah Pollard, former editor of Connecticut River Review and author of the poetry collections Leaning In and Report from the Banana Hospital

Submit your entry to:
Grayson Books
P.O. Box 270549
West Hartford, CT 06127

The 2008 Third Coast Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Awards

22 January 2008

First Place Poetry Prize: $1,000 & Publication
First Place Nonfiction Prize: $500 & Publication

Final Judges
For poetry: James Tate
For creative nonfiction: Patricia Hampl

Send entries to:
Third Coast 2008 Poetry or Creative Nonfiction Contest
Department of English
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331

Open to all writers unassociated with the judges or Third Coast.

Postmark deadline: February 15th, 2008.
Prize-winning issue: Spring 2009. Entry fee: $15 per manuscript. Please make checks or money orders payable to Third Coast. Each fee entitles entrant to a 1-year subscription to Third Coast, an extension of an existing subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose a complete address for subscription. Please send each entry separately, and mark clearly whether it is a poetry or creative nonfiction entry. Up to five unpublished poems totaling no more than 12 pages are eligible for the poetry contest; any previously unpublished creative nonfiction essay or excerpt of up to 9,000 words is eligible for the creative nonfiction contest. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that they be withdrawn from the contest immediately. No money will be refunded. Submissions will not be returned; send SASE for results only. All manuscripts should be typed (nonfiction entries double-spaced) and accompanied by a cover letter. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. If a poem or essay is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast requires that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until the winner is selected. If the poem or essay is scheduled to be published elsewhere before spring 2009, please do not send it.


22 January 2008

The Elma Stuckey Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Poet-in-Residence. Annual, one-year nonrenewable position: starts August 2008. Poets from underrepresented communities and/or those who bring diverse cultural, ethnic, theoretical, and national perspectives to their writing and teaching are particularly encouraged to apply. Position is named for Elma Stuckey, a poet born in Memphis who lived in Chicago for more than 40 years. Author of THE BIG GATE (1976) and THE COLLECTED POEMS OF ELMA STUCKEY (1987), she has been described as “the A.E. Housman of slavery” — a poet who recast for contemporary readers
“those things that were kept from the ears of the unknowing slavemasters.”

Successful candidate will teach one course per semester (undergraduate workshop, craft, and/or literature seminars), give a public reading, and possibly supervise a small number of graduate theses. Qualified candidates will have received an M.F.A. in poetry, or Ph.D. in English (with creative dissertation), or other relevant terminal degree in past five years; demonstrate excellence and experience in college-level teaching; and have strong record of publication in national literary magazines. Salary: $30,000 for the year. Send cover
letter, CV, 5-page sample of published poetry (photocopies are fine), sample syllabus for undergraduate or graduate-level poetry workshop or literature course, three letters of recommendation (at least one should address teaching), and statement of teaching philosophy to:

Tony Trigilio
Director, Creative Writing – Poetry
Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60605

Review of applications begins March 1 and will continue until position is filled.

The Creative Writing – Poetry Program has a commitment to excellence in teaching and is founded upon strong ties between the study of literature and the practice of creative expression, and features the only undergraduate creative writing – poetry BA program in the country and a single-genre MFA program, a national reading series featuring monthly readings, and two national literary magazines: COLUMBIA POETRY REVIEW and COURT GREEN. Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution of over 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students, emphasizing arts, media, and communications in a liberal arts setting.
Columbia College Chicago encourages qualified female, Deaf, GLBT, disabled, international & minority classified individuals to apply for all positions.