“Even the tiniest Poodle or Chihuahua
is still a wolf at heart.”
~ George Jean Nathan
Writing Opportunities via Funds for Writers:
MIGHTY RIVER SHORT STORY CONTEST
$15 ENTRY FEE
We’re searching for the best short story relating in some way to the Mississippi River, the River Valley, or a sister River: its landscape, people, culture, history, current events, or future. Semi-finalists will be chosen by a regional team of published writers. The final manuscript will be chosen by Susan Swartwout, publisher of Southeast Missouri State University Press. Winner receives an award of $500 and publication in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. Send maximum of 30 double-spaced pages. Deadline August 1, 2007.
DESDMONA SIXTIES EROTICA CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
It�s the Sixties, and the times, they are a-changing. It�s the decade that brought us the Beatles, Vietnam, the first walk on the Moon, and LSD. Birth control pill use becomes wide-spread, enabling millions of women to participate more actively outside the home. It is the Summer of Love and Woodstock; war protests, the Civil Rights movement and the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Che Guevara. The wind of change is blowing through the world, and we want you to write about it. We want your original, erotic stories about the Sixties. Set it any time between 1960 and 1969, keep the word count under 3,500 words, and make it super-sexy, man. Only one story is allowed per author. Stories must be received by Sunday, July 15, 2007. Prizes will be awarded to the judges� three favorite stories:
First prize: $500
Second prize: $250
Third prize: $125
Honorable mention prizes of $40 will be awarded at the discretion of desdmona.com and the judges. Winners will be picked by our judges and will be based on quality of writing, erotic appeal, originality, and adherence to contest theme. Please, be imaginative! The winning stories and honorable mentions will be displayed on desdmona.com on Wednesday, August 1, 2007.
INTERNATIONAL THRILL WRITERS SCHOLARSHIP
ITW is offering two scholarships for debut authors to attend ThrillerFest 2007 in New York City July 11-15. The scholarship is for the conference registration fee, CraftFest, and the Thriller Awards Dinner. Lodging and transportation is not offered as part of the scholarship. You must have a book published or scheduled for publication in 2007 or 2008 by an ITW recognized publisher. You do not have to be an ITW member to apply. Deadline May 31, 2007. To apply, you must send the following information to the Scholarship Committee Chair, Allison Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Contact information (address, phone number and email)
Pen Name (if any)
Release date (tentative is okay)
Brief synopsis (one page or less)
Essay telling the committee in 500 words or less why you would like to attend ThrillerFest and what you hope to gain from the experience.
FOOTPATHS TO CREATIVITY CENTER, AZORES ISLANDS
Designed to inspire and cultivate in writers “a clarity of purpose and renewed passion for their soul’s work.” Retreats are in small individual residences on the southern side of an island. One is oceanfront. Residencies are from one-week to a year. Those less than a month are not required to have a project plan. Payment is on a sliding scale with a suggested payment of 30 euro per night. The Foundation is able to offer a third to a half of the residencies for free or at a reduced cost.
HILL HOUSE WRITERS’ RETREAT
Hill House Writers’ Retreat is a Grant Based Writers sanctuary. The value for a one-week stay is $750. Our residency space is limited to 4 guests/couples per week. Although the grant will cover a one-week stay, shorter stays are permitted. Our current focus is on the craft of writing but will be branching out to the other arts in time. To apply for a grant, please fill out an application form and provide a non-refundable $30processing fee via PayPal. Location Pulaski, TN.
PERC MEDIA FELLOWSHIPS
PERC’s Media Fellowships are open to journalists (reporters, editors, broadcasters, producers, and others) interested in learning more about markets and environmental issues. Media Fellows spend a minimum of a week in Bozeman, Montana, where they visit with PERC researchers and explore topics of interest.The goal of the fellowship is to help journalists examine how property rights and markets can improve the environment. It is no secret that many environmental organizations and government agencies are now recognizing the potentialfor market solutions. A visit to PERC brings journalists to the organization that has been the leading pioneer in discovering and analyzing these new approaches.
All media fellows are expected to give one seminar at PERC while in residence in Bozeman, subjects have varied widely, and write one op-ed. PERC will provide an honorarium of $4,500 for a week’s stay from which travel, room and board must be taken. A sum of $500 will be withheld until the op-ed is delivered, and then the final check will be issued. Timing for the fellowship is flexible but typically will coincide with a PERC program or activity.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac is the oldest continuously published periodical in North America and the most popular “farmer’s almanac” by far. Since 1792, it has provided useful information for people in all walks of life: tide tables for those who live near or work on the ocean; sunrise tables and planting charts for those who live on the farm or simply enjoy gardening; recipes for those who like to cook; and forecasts for those who don’t like the question of weather left up in the air. We bring timeless topics to the page under a variety of categories: amusement, astronomy, folklore, food, gardening, history, home remedies, husbandry, nature/outdoors, pets, romance, sports/fishing, weather, and others. 65 cents/ word for nonfiction: history, nostalgic, how-to, humor, weather. $25 for fillers: anecdote/humor.