“You cannot depend on your eyes
when your imagination is out of focus.”
– Mark Twain
Via Funds for Writers:
TRANSITIONS ABROAD NARRATIVE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
Professionals, freelancers and other talented travel writers are invited to write a travel narrative relating to the intrinsic educational aspects of meaningful travel. We are looking for evocative and engaging writing in which sensitive immersion in the country, the people, the food, the land, the art, the rituals, and the culture in general play the leading role in the writer’s self-discovery and enlightenment. We are absolutely not looking for self-involved travelogues or diaries, but rather for a well-crafted and inspirational story which should appeal to those who have traveled independently overseas with open minds, sensitive souls, and empathetic imaginations.
Accompanying photos which enhance the narrative are a plus, and we are open to photojournalistic approaches to the subject outlined above for this year’s Narrative Travel Writing Contest. The first-place winner�s entry will receive $500 (USD), the second-place winning entry $150, and the third-place winner $100. Any other articles selected as runner-ups will receive a $50 payment. Deadline October 15, 2007.
The Mesa Refuge invites people to think and write about the edges between human activity—capitalism in particular—and the natural world we are obliged to preserve. The Refuge welcomes writers who need the solitude essential to creative work—the time apart, the freedom from the interruptions of daily life. Essayists, journalists, economists, naturalists, writers of memoirs and visions—all are welcome. The Mesa Refuge is a creative retreat. There is a settling in, a letting go, a connecting with nature’s muse, a finding of a creative rhythm, and a preparation for returning to civilization. Residents are offered the gift of time and space. Deadline June 1, 2007.
THE SPRING CREEK PROJECT
The Collaborative Retreat at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek, Oregon, is a two-week-long retreat for two participants who wish to pursue a collaborative project, or two participants who each have individual projects and who anticipate a synergistic benefit from each other’s presence. At least one of the applicants must be a writer who takes inspiration from the natural world. The second applicant may also be a writer, or he or she may work in any other field (e.g. science, philosophy, music, art, crafts, etc.). Next application deadline: May 15, 2007.
PLATTE CLOVE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Inhabit a cabin in the middle of upper New York Catskill Mountains. Stay from a couple of days to two weeks. The cabin is open for residencies from June through October 15. Deadline around March 1 each year.