Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Emerging Writer Fellowships: Last Call for Submissions

The deadline for these fellowships is April 30. So if you've got an interest in applying, get us your applications by Friday!

The Writer's Center, metropolitan Washington, DC's community gathering place for writers and readers, is currently accepting submissions for several competitive Emerging Writer Fellowships for Fall 2010. We welcome submissions from writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer's Center as part of Story/Stereo, our Emerging Writers Reading Series and live music fusion events.  The readings, held on Friday evenings, bring together writers and some of the area's best local musicians.  The Writer's Center book store will sell titles by the Emerging Writers throughout the season in which they appear in an effort to promote them and their work to a wide audience. 

Selected Fellows may be invited to lead a special Saturday workshop at The Writer's Center, with compensation commensurate with standard Writer's Center provisions.

Fellows receive an all-inclusive honorarium to help offset their travel costs, depending on their place of departure.  Writers within a 250 mile radius of the Center will receive $250; all others will receive $500.

Fellows for Spring 2009 include poets William Archila (The Art of Exile), Nicole Cooley (The Afflicted Girls), and Kathleen Flenniken (Famous); fiction writers Anthony Varallo (Out Loud), Marianne Villanueva (Mayor of the Roses), and Josh Weil (The New Valley); and nonfiction writers Steve Fellner (All Screwed Up) and Dawn Potter (Tracing Paradise: Two Years in Harmony with John Milton).

Emerging Writer Fellows will:
·        have 1 or 2 full-length single-author books published in a single genre, and no more than 3 books published to their credit (including as editors of anthologies) in any genre.  Chapbooks and pamphlets will not be calculated into an author’s total publication record and cannot be substituted for a full-length single-author book. Self-published titles or vanity press titles are not admissible and will not be considered.
·        be judged in the category in which their submitted creative selection falls.  In cases of cross-genre work or multiple-genre work, our staff will determine the genre of consideration.
·        have published books "in hand" or be in the uncorrected proof stage of publication at the time of their submission.
To be considered, please send:
·        a one-page letter of interest that includes the name of your creative selection and a short bio
·        a resume or CV that details publication history and familiarity facilitating group discussions or workshops
·        a creative selection from your most recent published book-length work in a Word document or RTF format:
o       Poetry: up to 10 pages of poems (1 poem per page)
o       Fiction & Nonfiction: up to 16 pages of text double-spaced with 1-inch margins
o       Your creative selection does not need to be one excerpt, but can be comprised of multiple sections or excerpts up to but not exceeding the total page limit.

A committee comprised of The Writer's Center board members, staff, and members will evaluate submissions on behalf of our community of writers. The deadline to submit is April 30, 2010. E-mail submissions are preferred.

Applicants are welcome to contact Charles Jensen, Director, with questions or for more information at 301-654-8664 or by email at charles.jensen@writer.org

The Writer's Center, established in 1976, is one of the nation's oldest and largest literary centers, dedicated to cultivating the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work.  We provide over 60 free public events and more than 200 writing workshops each year, sell one of the largest selections of literary magazines in our on-site bookstore, and publish Poet Lore, America’s oldest continually published poetry journal.  Visit us at http://www.writer.org/.

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