The deadline to apply for writing prizes awarded by the Writing Programs and the English Department is Monday, March 2. Applications for the Annie Sonnenblick Writing Award are due March 27.
The English Department and Writing Programs invite students to submit outstanding poetry, fiction, and other prose for consideration for prizes. These prizes recognize exceptional student writing and also support summer projects and graduate study. Prizewinners have included students from all majors and class years. Students have undertaken various ambitious projects through summer fellowships, including travel to Bangladesh, Kenya, and other foreign destinations. Students have also completed research, oral history projects, and personal writing initiatives. Wesleyan Writers Conference scholarships are also available.
Most awards include a cash prize. For a description of the awards, click here.
To apply, fill out the online application here, and send your submissions as email attachments to etinker[at]wesleyan[dot]edu (English Department Prizes) or swashburn01[at]wesleyan[dot]edu (Writing Programs Prizes) with the subject heading: Writing Prize—(Name of Prize). If submitting for more than one prize, please send in separate emails.
Oh yes, Jack Spira ’16, tell me about your fiction. I want the fiction:
et al.: URGE is currently taking submissions for our spring publication! Like, shit’s gonna get real. If you want to submit, first, tell all of your friends about it; we want this to be contagious. Then, attach your story in an email to etalsubmissions(at)gmail(dot)com. We’ll take fiction, dramatic writing, and comic books. It should be related to the theme, URGE, but just make sure to submit. If it’s good, it’ll be in there.
We’re taking submissions throughout the Winter Break, so make sure to spend all that extra time writing as much as you can! We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Seriously, if you don’t submit, when you see the magazine in May, you will regret it. There’s not a joy in the world like seeing and idea you constructed turned into something material, and knowing hundreds of people will read it.
Deadline: January 15th, 2014
Facebook event? Facebook event.
et. al, Wesleyan’s only current all-fiction print publication, is having its first editors’ meeting tomorrow, Monday the 23rd, at 8pm in the Writing House common area. If you have any interest in submitting fiction, editing fiction, working some layout design or seeing my beautiful face, I implore you to come. We’ll be discussing and creating editorial procedures, submission guidelines and whatever other relevant things come up. There will be Cards Against Humanity after. In the words of Jack Spira ‘16, “we gonna have ourselves a baller-ass time.” Can’t make it? No worries; shoot an email to either jigreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or jspira[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Monday, September 23rd
Place: Writing House (202
Bumblefuck Washington Street)
Maxwell Bevilacqua ’12 classifies this one as “URGENT!”:
Because of a storm in the midwest, the March 6 Russell House reading by fiction writer A.J. Verdelle and poet Nikky Finney has been cancelled, and rescheduled. The new date is Monday, April 15.
New Date: Monday, April 15
Time: 8:00 p.m.
English superstar Kristen Raddatz ’13 wants all you fiction kool kats to submit your work to everyone’s favorite all-fiction online literary magazine:
The Jaded Basil is looking for submissions! We take all forms of fiction (poetry, short stories, long-form, the works), so feel free to send all of your submissions and any questions you might have to thejadedbasil(at)gmail(dot)com!
Deadline: Soon (before April, obvi)
From Kristen Raddatz ’13, editor of an as-yet unnamed literary magazine:
This will be a monthly poetry and prose online lit mag, with a strong emphasis on FICTION. Book reviews are welcome, if that’s your cup of tea. The magazine’s site will also have a blog covering news in the broader literary world.
Lucia Pier from Russell House announces a pretty cool-sounding programs for aspiring writers and/or fans of Amy Bloom ’75:
The Wesleyan Writing Program is delighted to announce a new program for student writers featuring fiction writer Amy Bloom, the 2009 Jacob Julien Visiting Writer.
Bloom will be on campus for four days, from February 16-19. She will work with selected students in two informal fiction writing workshops (not for credit) on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-6:30 pm. She will also offer an evening reading open to the public on Wednesday, February 18.
We invite you to apply to participate in Bloom’s fiction workshops. Please submit one short story or a sample of your fiction writing and an application letter addressing what you would like to focus on in the workshop. Attach a cover sheet including your name, class year, email address, cell phone number, and mailbox number. Please also list any creative writing courses you have taken at Wesleyan. No online or faxed submissions accepted. Applications will not be returned.
Please bring submissions to Ms. Lisa Mims, Writing Program administrator at the Writing Programs Office in Downey House, Room 112.
Submission deadline: Tuesday, February 3 at 4 pm.
Workshop participants will be notified by email on Tuesday, February 10th.
To learn more about Amy Bloom and read her biography, check out her website at amybloom.com.
Holly’s post below reminded me: the science fiction/fantasy publisher Tor Books is offering a promotion where they release one free e-book a week for nine weeks. The e-books are available in mobi, pdf, or html formats, and they’re all DRM free.
Three books have been released so far:
- Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson
- Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
- Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson
You can sign up for the promotion here. If you’re interested in any of the three books that have already been released, I would be more than willing to forward them to you–something Tor is encouraging. If people show interest, I’ll set up a separate e-mail address to forward them to anyone who’s interested.