Yes, I am alive. Barely. My fingers have been numbed away, my thumb and wrist hurt, and if you would like to see an accurate representation of my mental state, go here for a look at another author’s pain. Meljean, I hope you’re feeling better.
X-Men proofs arrived just the other day. They are due back early next week. It’s very surreal to hold that particular set of words in my hands, but I like the feeling. I should be receiving the proofs and cover flats to Shadow Touch in October. Also, if any of you live near or around Madison, Wisconsin, I think I’ll be doing a signing at the World Fantasy Convention. I’ll announce the dates and times later on.
Last, but not least, Patti O’Shea’s book, Through A Crimson Veil, is finally shipping from Barnes & Noble! Yay! Through A Crimson Veil is the third book in the Crimson City series, and is an absolutely fabulous—and dark—adventure.
Courtesy of the Funds For Writer’s site:
THE NATIONAL SHORT STORY PRIZE (UK)
NO ENTRY FEE
The National Short Story Prize will be an annual award aimed at re-establishing the importance of the British story after many years of neglect. The winning author will receive �15,000, and a runner up �3,000. Three further authors will receive �500 each. A shortlist of five stories will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in advance of the winner being announced in May 2006, and the winning stories will be published and distributed by Prospect magazine. The award is open to authors with a previous record of publication who are either UK nationals or residents of the UK. Entries may be stories published during 2005 � or previously unpublished. For details and an entry form see the website. Closing aate November 30, 2005.
WRITER’S DIGEST 6th ANNUAL SHORT SHORT STORY COMPETITION
$12 ENTRY FEE Sought is fiction that’s bold, brilliant…but brief which is here defined as of 1,500 words or fewer. Prizes are $3,000; $1,500; $500 and so on. This competition is sponsored by Trafford Publishing who will print the 1st- through 25th-place manuscripts in a special competition collection, which will be available to purchase. Closing date December 1, 2005
GHOST ROAD PRESS
$15 ENTRY FEE
Ghost Road Press in Denver announces its second year of contests. There are two categories and two large prizes. In poetry, we will consider poetry submissions, any form, any length. Entry Fee: $15 for up to three poems. In creative nonfiction, we will consider submissions up to 3,500 words. Top prize in each category is $500 and five copies of the anthology “Open Windows 2006.” Deadline: February 1, 2006. Winners and honorable mention contestants will have the chance to appear in Open Windows 2006 in the autumn of 2006. Those appearing will be asked to submit, via email, an electronic copy of the work. Poems and creative nonfiction will be judged separately.
TED SCRIPPS FELLOWSHIPS IN ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM
Deadline: March 1, 2006. Study environmental issues at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Applications are being accepted for the 2006-2007 academic year from U.S. journalists working in print or broadcast with a minimum of five years full-time experience. Reporters, editors, producers and freelancers are welcome to apply. Fellows will take classes, attend special seminars, take field trips, and engage in independent study at a university renowned for its environmental science and policy studies. The Boulder Valley is home to more than 300 Ph.D.s working in environmental studies and to several major federal laboratories engaged in research in environmental science, making the region an especially rich resource for learning. The Fellowship includes a 9-month stipend of $45,000.
NEW MEXICO ARTS AND CRAFTS GUILD
A project of T.O.M., a New Mexico non-profit corporation
Driven by the horrifying images of the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and spurred on by our personal familiarity with several artists who are threatened with the loss of their livelihood thereby, compounded by our knowledge that artists, due to the nature of our business can tend to fall through the cracks of other relief programs, the Guild has established ART, the Artist Recovery Team, to collect and disburse donations to go specifically to artists and artisans impacted by Hurricane Katrina. To get the effort off the ground we have pledged the administrative resources of the Guild and $1,000. of Guild funds. We will have a donation table at the Guild show in Cathedral Park, September 24 & 25.
WRITER RESIDENCY AT LYNCHBURG COLLEGE
Lynchburg College, Thornton Writer Residency
1501 Lakeside Dr
Lynchburg VA 24501
Seeking fiction writers for 8-week residencies at Lynchburg College. Includes housing, meals, travel. Must present public reading and teach weekly writing class. Submit published book, a cv, cover letter and SASE.