Currently, there is no one signed up for Techniques of Fiction Writing with Professor Rabb at the Savannah campus for winter quarter. In this class, students will learn about different techniques in storytelling, characterization, scene-building and point-of-view. In the class, students will hone their fiction-writing skills while being exposed to works of major fiction writers. This is a graduate level class that counts as an elective and anyone in a major that requires storytelling is welcome to sign-up. Don’t let this class be taken off the schedule for winter quarter! If you’re still looking for that perfect elective, take a look at fiction writing as an option.

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November 23, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

The fiction contest for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is still open to submissions until Nov. 30. The entrance fee is $25 and the grand prize is $1,500, domestic airfare to the festival (up to $500), French-Quarter accommodations, a VIP All-Access pass to the next festival and a public reading at the next festival. Finalists will receive a panel pass to the festival and their names will be published on the festival website.  Only writers who have not yet published a book or had a professional production are eligible to enter.

BkMk Press Writing Contests

The annual John Ciardi prize for poetry and the G.S. Sharat Chandra prize for short fiction are currently accepting submissions. Winners from both categories will receive $1,000 prize as well as publication from BkMk Press. Manuscripts for poetry must be approximately 50-110 pages single-spaced and the short fiction collection manuscript must be 125-130 double-spaced pages. There is $25 entry fee. The final date for submissions is Jan. 15.


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Writers in Savannah know the Seersucker Live name well for their reading series that brings local and national authors together on stage just about every month at local bars, bookstores, and other venues. This winter, they’re offering a unique set of writing workshops with Amelia Gray, Arna Bontemps Hemenway, and Patricia Lockwood. The application deadline is December 15. The application fee is $25 and tuition is $525. Writing conferences like this are rare in Savannah, and they’re a great chance to meet other writers at all levels of the profession. For more details, go to the Seersucker site.


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November 20, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Winter Soup Bowl Chapbook competition

C&R Press is hosting their Winter Soup Bowl Chapbook competition! The competition is geared towards emerging writers who are developing new works. They will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories or other types of literary work. Soup Bowl Chapbooks should be between 20-36 pages of material and the competition is open until the end of February, 2016.

They are also open for full-length manuscript submissions in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.


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Belmont Story Review

The Belmont Story Review is accepting submissions from now until Dec. 15 for their premiere issue and until April 1 for their 2nd issue. They are looking for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction from both new and established writers. They are also accepting narrative journalism in music, publishing, creativity and collaboration, as well as faith and culture. Works should be previously unpublished and submitted electronically. Authors who are accepted into the review will receive a cash reward. Please send your submissions to BSRsubmissions(at)gmail(dot)com.

Water~Stone Review

Water~Stone Review, published annually by the Creative Writing Program of Hamline University, is open to submissions until Dec. 1. They are accepting submissions from all genres, but are looking for new, diverse, exciting and distinct fiction. This particular upcoming issue is also featuring a fiction contest in which the winner will be awarded $1,000. Submitted works should not exceed 8,000 words and there is an entry fee of $20. Works should also be previously unpublished, but simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as the writer withdraws their submission from Water~Stone Review if their work is accepted elsewhere.


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Small Po[r]tions

Small Po[r]tions is now accepting submissions for their 6th issue. They’re looking for cross-genre, experimental and multi/intermedia work. They’re accepting experimental creative fiction and nonfiction, lyrical fiction, poetry and multimedia pieces. Work should only be up to 5 pages (1,000 words) or one multimedia piece. Email work to <submissions(at)smallportionsjournal(dot)com> for consideration for their 6th issue.

Permafrost Magazine

Permafrost Magazine is currently accepting submissions until Nov. 30 for their upcoming print issue. They are looking for sickly, the sweet, but not the sickly sweet. They want ugly or beautiful, but not both. They’re interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art and everything in between.

They’re also taking submissions for two contests they are hosting. One is the Permafrost Nonfiction Book Prize in which the winner will receive $1000 and publication with the University of Alaska Press. They are looking for manuscripts at least 150 pages and includes essay collections, memoirs, travelogues, personal narratives, nature writing and literary journalism. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1.  There is a $20 entry fee.

The other contest taking submissions is the New Alchemy Contest. They want work that experiments with language, with plot, with format and with medium. They want to see daring projects, collaborations, darlings that don’t fit anywhere else. The winner will receive $500 and publication with Permafrost and a spot as a featured author on their website. The contest closes on Jan. 15, 2016 and all contestants will receive a subscription to Permafrost with their $15 entry fee.

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SCAD Alumni Atelier Award

The SCAD Alumni Atelier Award is being offered to any SCAD alumni (from an undergraduate or graduate degree program) who has shown exemplary work in their field of study and desires to create in the uniquely inspiring environments that SCAD has. The recipient of the award will be invited to Savannah, Atlanta, or Lacoste and work under the guidance of SCAD President, Paula Wallace. They shall receive $25,000 in travel costs, meals (a SCAD meal plan will be issued), supplies ($9,000), and honoraria ($10,000). Accommodations will be provided on campus and are for the recipient only and an on-campus workspace will be provided.

For the application, project a proposal summary of 500 words (max) that summarizes required materials, workshops for students and the intended impact of your project. Propose a schedule (list or timeline) in 1 page (max) so that is fits in within the duration of the residency you apply for (fall, winter, spring, or summer). Also provide a video that explains your process, how the project will use resources within the SCAD community, and explain how you anticipate this program can contribute to your continued work and success as a SCAD alumni.

Please contact atelier(at)scad(dot)edu for an application and to submit your proposal.

Salem College International Literary Awards

The Center for Women Writers encourages writers to submit work to their International Literary Awards for 2016. The 3 awards being offered are: the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award (for fiction up to 5,000 words), the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award (for creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words), and the Rita Dove Poetry Award (for any 3 poems in any style).

The awards are open to any person submitting their work in English. The contest will open Dec. 1, 2015 and the postmark deadline is Jan. 15, 2016. For online submissions, the deadline is extended to Jan. 31, 2016. The winner in each genre will receive $1,000 and the Honorable Mention in each category will receive $150. There is a $15 entry fee and announcements about winners will be made on their website on or before May 31, 2016.

YA Novel Discovery Contest

The YA Novel Discovery Contest allows writers interested in writing YA fiction to submit the first 250 words of their novel and win exposure to editors and a reading of the manuscript by Regina Brooks, one of New York’s top literary agents. The Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity to submit their whole manuscript to Regina Brooks of Serendipity Literary Agency and receive a collection of gourmet teas from Possibiliteas. The top 5 entrants (including the grand prize winner) will receive a 15 minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks and will receive commentary on their submissions from editors from Scholastic, Random House/Penguin, Little Brown, Candlewick, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, and Abrams Books.

To enter, submit the first 250 words of your manuscript and the title on the contest website. There is a $15 entry fee and entries will be accepted until 12:01 am (ET) Nov 1 until 11:59 Nov. 30 (ET).

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Masud Olufani, one of SCAD’s Atelier artists in residence, is inviting anyone in the SCAD community to participate in his multi-media sculptural installed called “Chorus of Memory.” The process will involve scripting and recording each participant’s family genealogy. The 200 collected recordings will make the conceptual foundation of his finished work. He will be available this week Thursday Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday Nov. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. It only takes 5 minutes to complete the process. Interested individuals can drop by the studio at 713 Barnard street in Savannah during the allotted times or contact Olufani directly via email <Masud-olufani(dot)squarespace(dot)com> to set up an appointment.

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The Artifice is an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms. It’s collaboratively built by writers and is structured to allow writers to focus on the quality of content while the site deals with exposure of that content to an audience. They’re interested in work that focuses on movies, TV, anime, art, comics, games, literature, and any other cool art form you can think of. The Artifice tries to focus on unique topics that are intellectually stimulating and meaningful in the context of art. Anything you have a passion or enjoy is open to be written about as long as it has to do with art. It’s a great way to flesh out your CV with experience. Everyone is welcome to submit work as long as it is quality content.

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The World Trade Center Savannah Spring 2016 internship application deadline quickly approaches. All resumes are due by Nov. 11 for consideration for the internship. The date for interviews, if you’re accepted, is Nov. 19 and you would be expected to start Jan. 13 and continue until May 27. If interested, make sure to send your cover letters and resumes to <intern@wtcsavannah(dot)org> and make sure to include what position(s) you are interested in applying for (only 2 per applicant). The internships are for the following departments: trade services, economic research, programs and events, marketing, graphic design, and finance.

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