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PEN OUT LOUD
PEN America announced the fall lineup for its PEN Out Loud author conversation series. This season, reimagined virtually for our current times, will continue its mission to present meaningful dialogues, highlighting books that offer multilayered, thought-provoking conversations on race and class, immigration and family at a particularly divisive moment. Featured conversations include Yaa Gyasi with Roxane Gay, Ayad Akhtar with Ben Rhodes, Claudia Rankine with Lauren Michele Jackson, and Marilynne Robinson with Alexander Chee. PEN Out Loud is co-presented with Strand Book Store and Scripps Presents.
Learn more and purchase tickets here.
VIRTUAL AUTHOR SERIES
Escape Your Everyday Ennui. Diverse voices. Thought-provoking dialogue. Creativity and craft. The Virtual Author Series from Books & Books and Miami Book Fair brings an eclectic group of writers into your living room with livestreamed discussions that get to the heart of the art of writing and provide intimate access to bestselling authors. From Kevin Kwan, Edwidge Danticat and Chris Bohjalian to Alexandra Fuller, Eric Cervini and Alice Waters, these one-on-one conversations between writers provide food for thought, engaging viewpoints and a welcome respite from the everyday sameness of the new normal. Listen in.
SEE WHO’S TALKING
VIDA TWITTER VOLUNTEER
The VIDA Media & News team is looking for a Twitter Volunteer to join the social media team. This volunteer will work with the Media & News Director and the Social Media Coordinator to determine the strategy and content for VIDA’s Twitter account. This is an interactive role that will engage with the broader literary community through VIDA’s presence on Twitter. Ideally, VIDA’s Twitter is a space to empower our online literary community, as opposed to a space just for marketing and promotion.
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VIDA INSTA&FACEBOOK VOLUNTEER
The VIDA Media & News team is looking for an Instagram & Facebook Volunteer to join the social media team. This volunteer will work with the Media & News Director and the Social Media Coordinator to determine the strategy and content for VIDA’s Instagram and Facebook accounts. This is an interactive role that will engage with the broader literary community through VIDA’s presence on Instagram and Facebook. Ideally, VIDA’s social media is a space to empower our online literary community, as opposed to a space just for marketing and promotion.
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Ads For Writers
SHORT STORY WORKSHOP
From Start to Submit. For anyone interested in writing and publishing compelling stories. Taught by award-winning short story writer Erin Rose Belair, this workshop series is a fresh take on the fundamentals and an inside look at how to get it done. Whether you've never written a story or you've been at it for years, this workshop will realign and inspire your writing practice. Very limited space. 4 sessions throughout October. All held on Zoom. Pick and choose or take all 4 sessions at a discount. Follow @trust.and.travel on Instagram for upcoming workshops and more.
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CHARLES B. WHEELER PRIZE
Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize. Submissions open September 1, 2020. Judge Marcus Jackson will select one full-length manuscript for publication by Mad Creek Books, the trade imprint of The Ohio State University Press. In addition to publication under a standard book contract, the winner receives the Charles B. Wheeler prize of $2,500. A nonrefundable fee of $23.00 (or $11.50 for BIPOC poets) will be charged for each entry. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Journal. Visit thejournalmag.org/book-prizes/wheeler-prize for guidelines. (If it is a hardship to meet the entry fee, contact our editor (
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EVENT NON-FICTION CONTEST 2020
Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form. $3000 in prizes available, plus publication. Maximum entry length is 5000 words. $34.95 entry fee. Deadline October 15 (submitted online or postmarked). Entrants will receive a one-year subscription to EVENT Magazine (or extension). Complete contest guidelines can be found at
www.eventmagazine.ca. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and experience levels to submit their work.
EVENT Magazine Non-Fiction Contest
HOWARD/REID POETRY CONTEST
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. 18th year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $3,000. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $3,000. Total prizes: $8,000. Winning entries published online. Fee: $15 per poem. Length limit: 250 lines. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by September 30. Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest). Co-sponsored by Duotrope.
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
PHILIP LEVINE PRIZE FOR POETRY
The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry 2020 book contest is currently accepting submissions of previously unpublished poetry book manuscripts, 48-80 pages. The winner will receive a $2,000 award, publication by Anhinga Press, 25 author copies, and a public reading at California State University, Fresno. This year’s final judge is Cathy Park Hong. The entry fee is $25 by mail or $28 via Submittable. The deadline is September 30. Visit
www.fresnostate.edu/levineprize for full details and guidelines. For questions, email contest coordinator Mai Der Vang at
or call 559.278.1569.
SEVEN HILLS LITERARY CONTEST
Writers invited to submit: 10-Minute Plays, Adult Fiction, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction, Short Story, and Young Adult. Cash prizes for all prose categories: $150 first place, $75 second place, $50 third place. Prizes for poetry: $100 first place, $75 second place, $50 third place. Prizes for haiku: $50 first place winner, $35 second place, $20 third place. All winning entries are published in the Seven Hills Review. First-place winners in each category receive one complimentary copy. Deadline September 30. Visit:
Seven Hills Literary and Poetry/Haiku Contest
Books & Publications
SPDhandpicked features four new titles every month—the best of the 500 independent publishers that SPD represents. And we put these books on sale to the public at 20% with code HANDPICKED for the whole month! Loosely themetized around concepts of readerly interest, from HISTORY to INTIMACY, or even DELIRIUM, these books are certified small press—we're sure you'll relish them.
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The Creative Writing Program at Colby College (
www.colby.edu) is accepting applications for the 2021 Jennifer Jahrling Forese Writer-in-Residence. This is a semester-long residency, beginning in February of 2021, which provides a prose writer at any stage of his/her career an opportunity to work on a writing project, while also being involved in the Colby literary community. Qualifications: MFA or creative PhD in hand by September, 2020; two book-length works; some demonstrated experience of teaching at the undergraduate level. In addition to an honorarium, housing will be provided, as well as a stipend for expenses. Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2020
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POEM OF THE WEEK BY EMAIL
Contemporary, classic, moody, melodramatic—this email newsletter sends you one good poem a week. Occasionally includes Q&As with contemporary poets about their writing, always includes sparkling commentary on why a poem is worth reading.
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THE BOMBAY REVIEW
Call for submissions for our East Coast Writers issue.
We are looking for writers and poets living in and around the EC states of United States. Last date: 15th October, 2020
Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject line: East Coast – Poetry/Fiction/Other - Your Name
Please adhere to our theme and guidelines.
We accept original and previously unpublished work only.
Kindly send a one-paragraph bio, preferably interlinked with past publications & a (square) picture of yourself (optional) along with the submission.
Submit your work now!
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