The day Zoë turns fifteen, she ditches high school in Chandler, Arizona, and is picked up by Skelton, an elderly man driving a step van turned laboratory. He promises to teach the girl all he knows if Zoë trusts him to take her where she is fated to go. From the the American west, through Topeka’s Zoomorphological Wonders of the World, to a movie theater in Pittsfield, Illinois where Skelton builds a miniature version of the CERN particle accelerator, the duo then heads to France, where a confederacy of the wealthiest men in the world gather in the garden of the Marquis de Sade’s castle to determine Zoë’s fate.
At turns absurd, poignant, and comic, Zoe is a phantasmagorical road trip unlike any other, where a girl lost in the moronic inferno of 21st century America gleans a way to her brightest possible future.
“George Williams… is one the most exciting and compelling writers of his generation.” -Richard Burgin, author of Don’t Think and Hide Island.
“…Williams shows a darkly comic sensibility more akin to that of the Coen brothers.” -Library Journal
George Williams is the author of the novel, Degenerate, and three collections of stories, Inferno, Gardens of Earthly Delight and The Valley of Happiness. His stories and essays have appeared in The Pushcart Prize, Boulevard, and The Hopkins Review, among others. He is the recipient of a Michener Fellowship and a grant from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. He teaches at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and works as a consultant and writer for Corra Films.
Deathmatch Short Story Contest Returns
Online readers decide the best fictional short story submitted.
In addition to $400 and getting their story published, the top ten winners will meet with an acclaimed book publisher, a literary agent and an award-winning writer who will provide expert guidance.
For complete guidelines, visit the website. Deadline is Dec. 21.
Websites seek interns
TheCelebrityCafe.com and FashionWeek.com are hiring interns. Both sites seek students that have original ideas, can work independently, and have a passion for social media conversations and music reviews.
Applicants must be able to earn academic credit to qualify.
To apply, visit the site.
Columbia Journal seeks submissions for Winter Contest
Nonfiction, fiction, and poetry pieces may be submitted for a chance to win $500 and be published in Columbia Journal’s spring print edition.
Tethered by Letters’ seeks spring intern
Interns will receive firsthand experience working in the publishing industry by reading and proofreading stories. These internships are also eligible for academic credit and one intern each session is offered a full stipend.
Deadline is Dec. 1. For more information, visit the website.
Winter writing workshop in Costa Rica
Each week writers will focus on different themes such as characters, work, comedy, and self-publishing. Daily meals and yoga are included.
For complete details, visit the website.
University of Pittsburgh offers Fellowship in Creative Writing
The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh has a new fellowship in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. The Fellow’s primary attention will be focused on their own poetry and creative work. Eligible applicants will have a completed MFA or PhD and creative writing experience.
The two-year fellowship begins this upcoming fall. A $48,000 yearly salary and health benefits will be provided. Additionally, the fellow will teach one community workshop each year, lead seminar discussions in the Studio in African American Poetry and Poetics course, participate the interactive public forum Co-Lab, and give one public reading with a Q&A.
Applicants should send a cover letter, writing sample of up to 15 pages, and three letters of recommendation to the Submittable page. Deadline is Jan. 31.
For more information and requirement details, visit the website.
Short fiction and poetry contests seek submissions
The annual John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction are awarded to the best collections of poetry and short fiction in English by a living author.
Winners will receive $1,000 and Book Publication from BkMk Press.
Deadline is Jan. 15. For complete contest guidelines, visit the website.
Yiddish Book Center seeks creative writer for summer residency
Current or former students that are curious about connections between Jewishness and contemporary culture are eligible. Applicants do not have to identify as Jewish or write overtly “Jewish material.” Seminars will involve reading writers like Isaac Babel, Grace Paley, and Tobias Wolff, as well as some Yiddish poets. The residency will take place from July 16-23.
For more information and to apply, visit the website. Application deadline is March 13.
The book center has a new, similar residency for authors of children’s books. Students that write picture books or chapter books, should visit the website for complete details. Deadline is April 24.
Are you a storyteller? Want to be one? Study the craft of character, plot, setting and voice with short story writer and editor Lee Griffith.
Winter | M, W | 5pm – 7:30pm | Arnold Hall 224
Register for: WRIT 705 Techniques of Fiction
Open to all Graduate Students, All Majors. No Pre-reqs.
West Chester University Poetry Awards seek submissions
Undergraduates currently enrolled may enter unpublished, original poems for cash awards. Submissions for the Irish N. Spencer Award should feature traditional modes of meter, rhyme and received forms. The Myong Cha Son Haiku Award entries should comply with the traditional, seventeen-syllable style. For both competitions, first place winners will earn $1,500 while the runner up will receive $500.
Please submit name, address, email address, phone number, and university attended on a separate piece of paper with submission.
Submit electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
WCU Poetry Awards
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
No entrance fee is required. Deadline is March 15. For more information, visit the website.
Submit fiction stories to Breakwater Review
Breakwater Review, an online literary journal run by University of Massachusetts Boston MFA students, is seeking submissions to the Fall 2016 Breakwater Review Fiction contest. The winning story will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in the journal. The final judge will be ZZ Packer, an American short fiction writer.
Entry fee is $10. To review the full contest guidelines visit the website.
Contest seeks first chapter entries
Writer Advice’s Scintillating Starts Contest is accepting creative nonfiction, fiction, and memoir pieces. Send up to 1,000 words of the first chapter from a finished unpublished manuscript or a work in progress.
Submission fee is $15. Deadline is Dec. 1.
Online journal seeks submissions
The Santa Fe Writers Project’s online journal, The Quarterly, seeks short fiction and creative nonfiction submissions for its upcoming winter and spring issues. Entries should be approximately 3,000 words.
No entrance fee is required. Deadlines are rolling.
The Savannah Music Festival is searching for an Intern to assist with its education programs. This internship is ideally suited for anyone wishing to gain experience in any or all of the following: writing for social media, social media management, PR strategy, research and program development, the production of large-scale events, non-profit organizations, arts education.
Hours are flexible (15 hours per week) except during program event weeks. This internship is preferred to carry over through spring.
SMF is very flexible in working with interns to create projects based on your interests and educational needs. Click here for details and application.
Want to attend the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference in Washington, D.C. this February? Need a little financial assistance? Apply for departmental funds now!
All interested students (graduate or undergraduate) should:
-Compose a short (300 words) email stating why you would like to attend AWP this spring.
-Send the email to Professor James Lough.
-Await his response on what funds will be awarded.
Deadline: December 1
AWP Conference Details
AWP is the leading conference in our discipline, and it’s a great place for writers to meet agents, editors, publishers, and other writers from across the nation.
Every year SCAD Writing students, alumni, and professors attend (and often host) panels, parties, and the book fair. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about writing and writing careers.
Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodations, and (discounted student) registration fees. The departmental funds will help pay for some of these expenses. You can further defray costs by sharing hotel rooms or staying with friends in Los Angeles.
Please see AWP for details.
Once funds are awarded, your professors will help you plan and navigate your AWP experience.
The Deep Center, a Savannah non-profit focused on literacy, is currently accepting applications for 2017 fellowship programs, which run January – April 2017. In teams of two, Writing Fellows will lead a weekly creative writing workshop made up of 11-14-year-olds at a Savannah public middle school. Deep will provide initial and ongoing training, curricular and classroom support as the Fellows mentor the students through the writing process each week. At the end of the three-month workshop series, a book with the students’ best works will be published and launched at a literary reading called Deep Speaks. Preference is given for graduate students, seniors, and exceptional juniors. For graduate students, this fellowship may count as a teaching internship credit. The deadline for applications is Nov 29.
The Blueshift Journal offers online writing workshop series
The Blueshift Journal, a tri-annual publication, is looking for student applications of all ages to participate in The Speakeasy Project. Award-winning mentors: Cathy Linh Che, Kaveh Akbar, Christopher Soto, Jennifer Givhan, Paul Tran, and Chen Chen will mentor one-on-one through videoconferencing to refine poetry writing skills. During the four-week program, participants will discuss daily reading assignments, explore different poetry components, work independently on various freewriting prompts, and collaborate with fellow students. At the end of the workshop, produced work will be displayed in an anthology alongside their mentors for wide-scale publication.
The online writing workshop series will run Jan. 4 — Feb. 1.
Deadline to apply is Dec. 15. For more information, visit the website.
Serendipity Literary Agency announces 7th Annual Young Adult Discovery Contest
Submit the beginning of your young adult novel for the chance to win exposure with editors at Simon and Schuster, Harlequin, Penguin Random House, Candlewick, Scholastic, Sourcebooks, Macmillan, Disney, and Abrams Books.
The Top Five Entrants will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books, Regina Brooks. The Top Five will also receive a year’s subscription to The Writer magazine and commentary from editors. In addition to the above mentioned prizes, the Grand Prize Winner will have the chance to submit an entire manuscript to Regina Brooks and gourmet teas from Possibiliteas.co!
Submit on the contest site with the first 250 words of your manuscript, title, and the $15 entry fee. One entry per person.
Two Sisters Writing and Publishing is seeking entries for November contest
Four fiction-writing winners will earn $75 in prize money and be published in the First Annual Two Sisters Writing and Publishing Anthology of Fresh Writers. Contest is open to graduate students & alumni. The deadline is Nov. 30.
CALYX Journal is accepting work
CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, is accepting poetry, short fiction, reviews, essays, visual art, and interviews for publication. There are no restrictions on submission subject, voice, tone, or perspective. Poetry submissions are limited to six pieces. Prose work may not exceed 5,000 words. Submissions that are held for final discussion will receive feedback from editorial collective.
The deadline is Dec. 31. Submission fee is $3 for students.
To see complete guidelines visit the website.
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Catch a roundtable with this award-winning Atlanta-based food writer as he reviews his career and provides advice on breaking into the world of culinary commentary.
Currently a dining critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Williams previously served as culture editor for Creative Loafing and deputy food editor of Atlanta magazine. He’s also written for several other publications, including The Paris Review, Vice and BuzzFeed.
Williams will speaking at SCAD Atlanta’s Ivy Hall at 5 p.m. on November 3rd. The event is free and open to SCAD Card holders.
For more information, email Catherine Ramsdell at email@example.com.
The Riprap Literary Journal is now accepting submissions
Submit your best poetry, nonfiction or fiction pieces by the Dec. 2 deadline for a chance to be published in Riprap Literary Journal’s issue 39. Visit the website to submit. Any additional inquires may be directed to .
Eggtooth Editions Scrapbook seeks entries for second contest
In conjunction with Northern Arizona Book Festival, Eggtooth Editions is now accepting submissions from writers who have not yet published a full-length book or work consisting of at least 50 pages. Entries may be from any genre and 15-50 pages long. The selected winner will be published and receive 20 copies of the Chapbook.
Entry costs $10 paid via PayPal if submitted online, or by check made payable to “Northern Arizona Book Festival” if sent through the postal mail. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Submission” in the subject line. All postal submissions should be sent to the following address:
Eggtooth Editions Chapbook Contest
PO Box 12777
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
The deadline is Dec. 15. For complete contest guidelines, visit the website.
Submit work to Catfish Creek
Catfish Creek, Loras College’s national undergraduate literary journal, is now accepting pieces for the seventh edition being released this spring. Any undergraduate student is eligible to submit, but must provide proof of current enrollment if work is accepted. There is no restriction on style or subject matter. Poetry, fiction, or nonfiction pieces should use standard margins and 12-point font. Prose should not exceed 4,000 words and be double-spaced with pages numbered.
Send a single .doc /.docx or RTF attachment electronically to the editor at with the genre and title in the subject line. Email body should also contain a brief cover letter and author biography. All submissions should provide author’s name, college affiliation, home, and email address on the first page in order to be contacted.
Any manuscript received after Dec. 10 will be deleted unread. Authors will hear back three to four months after submitting. Payment for accepted works is two copies of the issue.
The 2016 Arcadia Press Chapbook seeks eclectic editorial focused pieces
Submit your best poetry, fiction and nonfiction pieces for a chance to win $1,000 and 25 author copies. Manuscripts should be 15-40 pages long and submitted by Nov. 30. Entry fee is $20.
All poems, stories, and essays submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia. All finalists will receive a copy of the winning chapbook. For more details visit the contest page.