Portland Review

Portland Review has opened up submissions during the month of Feb. for their spring 2016 issue. They are accepting works across the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art. They will also be holding a Spring 2016 short fiction contest in which the winner will receive $500. The selected story will be featured in their upcoming spring issue and will also be invited to headline the Spring 2016 Release Reading in June alongside their special guest reader, Charles McLeod, author of the novel American Weather.

Essay Press Open Book Contest

Essay Press is holding their Open Book Contest and accepting submissions from now until May 1 at midnight PST. They welcome a wide range of book length manuscripts that challenge the formality of nonfiction work. They like to see work that experiments with biography and autobiography; lyric and prose poetry; journalism, experimental historiography, criticism, scholarship  and philosophy. They will accept collaborative works as well as single author works. If you have any questions about the contest, don’t hesitate to send an email to essaypress(at)gmail(dot)com.


Make.Media is a Twitter project in which participants Tweet a 140-character pitch for their screenplay for a short video to be produced by filmmaker Jose Muniain/MakeMedia. They want to take a Tweet and turn it into a wonderful, digital product that transcends geographic, social and cultural boundaries. On Feb. 12, 2016 at 10 am make sure to Tweet the synopsis of your short film idea in 140 characters or less. It must be a contemporary story with 2-3 characters. The call will end at 6 pm on Feb. 13.

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AWP Conference and Submissions

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs is currently accepting submissions in poetry, nonfiction and fiction. The winners in each category will receive $500 that may be placed towards the cost of attendance at any of their festivals, retreats or other activities. They’ll be hosting a Tweet chat on Feb 16 at 2 pm if you have any questions about the scholarship competition. You can also submit your Undergrad Literary Journal for the National Program Director’s Prize amounting to a $1,000 cash reward to said magazine.

Pre-registration for the AWP 2016 Conference and Book Fair closes on Feb 12, so make sure to register soon to get the most discounted rates.

Sewanee Writers’ Conference 2016

From July 19-31, the University of the South will hold their 27th Sewanee Writers’ Conference at their campus in Tennessee. Every participant is offered financial assistance of 2/3 the cost of attendance and further scholarships are offered to applicants based on merit. While attending, students would be staying in single dorms with shared bathrooms. Conference fees do include a meal plan. During the duration of the conference, students will attend workshops that meet 5 times during the 12 day program. Students will also attend readings and lectures and are expected to actively participate in the activities, even if they don’t attend every scheduled event. Apply online with a manuscript of work that you feel is strong. If you’re accepted, you will be able to workshop the manuscript you sent in or any other manuscript you may have during the workshop events. Early applications are encouraged and the final date for applying is April 15. If accepted, you have to secure your place by sending a $300 deposit by May 30.




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Think there’s no room for writers at this year’s aTVfest? Think again. Here’s a list of aTVfest sessions that are worth save-the-date calendar entries:

Scribble to Screen: Inside the Writers Room of ‘Futurama’ (Thursday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m.) Screen a classic episode and learn about the process of crafting each installment from the show’s co-creator and seasoned comedy writer-producers.

Georgia Film and Entertainment Panel (Friday, Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.) With 70 new productions coming to Georgia this year, now is a good time to hear from the experts about how to be part of Georgia’s film and TV entertainment revolution.

Transforming Pop Culture Today: The Future of Branded Entertainment (Friday, Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.) Media industry pros discuss the whirlwind transforming pop culture today, where it’s all going and what it takes to prosper in the new media landscape.

Relationship Management (Friday, Feb. 5, 2:30 p.m.) Behind every successful writer is an agent or manager who works around the clock. TV agent Jeff Greenberg and writer David Bickel (“The King of Queens,” “The Soul Man”) discuss cultivating a successful agent-client relationship.

Nickelodeon presents ‘The Loud House’ (Friday, Feb. 5, 4:30 p.m.) So what’s the story? An inside look at what it takes to write an episode of Nickelodeon’s animated series, “The Loud House.”

Scribble to Screen: Inside the Writers Room of ‘Family Guy’ (Saturday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m.) How does a show find stories (and jokes) to sustain 14 seasons? Following the screening of a brand new “Family Guy” episode, get a glimpse inside the hilarious writers room of the long-running Fox animated series.

Prime-time Series Screening: A&E presents ‘Bates Motel’ (Saturday, February 6, 11:30 a.m.) Check out an episode of “Bates Motel” and then hear from executive producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin and the entire writing team.

The Writers Guild of America Foundation presents: TGIT(hursday) Writers Forum (Saturday, Feb. 6 1:00 p.m.) Check out this one-of-a-kind panel featuring writers from the ABC hit television shows “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Visit aTVfest.com to access the full schedule.

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riverSedge is accepting submissions for their next publication until March 1. There is a $5 reading fee, but the winners in each of 3 categories (poetry, prose, and art) will receive a $300 prize. You are allowed multiple submissions in every genre and only work that is currently unpublished is eligible for entry. They also accept entries in English or Spanish and will accept reviews and interviews for no entry fee, but they will not be judged for the $300 prize. Since the magazine is based in Texas, they enjoy work that deals with “border life,” living in the Americas and/or just being unique in language and creativity.


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 Stewart O’Nan, award-winning author and Ivy Hall’s first guest of 2016 —in partnership with A Cappella Books— opened his lecture by asking the audience, “How’s it feel to be you?” Whether fiction or nonfiction, O’Nan emphasized that no one else can ever perfect your own feelings, so start writing for yourself …and keep writing.

After reading excerpts from his latest novel, West of Sunset, O’Nan shared a few insights on writing:

  • Be inspired. Look around and observe people and situations around you and tackle things you don’t understand in the world.
  • Be optimistic. Consider the “inevitabilities, probabilities and possibilities” of a story. The promise of a great story is always there.
  • Be willing to change. Allow characters, situations or settings to take your story in a new direction. Ask yourself, “Can I do this better or differently?”
  • Be silent. Avoid the compulsion to tell the reader everything. Use sensory details to allow the reader to experience the story.
  • Be a “grinder.” Have the patience to keep “grinding,” going back to the page, looking for what’s not said.
  • Be ready to “sling some ink.” First drafts allow you to discover what the story can become; revisions allow you to sharpen the story. This is where the real work gets done.

“I like to write the impossible book …anything way outside of myself that tries to answer the ‘why’ of something,” O’Nan said. “A story has to do two or three jobs. Everything has to count.”

Many thanks to Stewart O’Nan for visiting and to M.F.A. writing student Shelley Danzy for writing this post.


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Fiction International

Fiction International is accepting submissions to their upcoming issue until Feb. 15, 2016. The theme is taboo and works should have something to do with that theme. They are accepting fiction, non-fiction and indeterminate prose up to 5,500 words and also visuals. You can read some examples of past work that has been accepted to make sure your work fits into their thematic requirements before submitting. If your work does not fit into the theme provided, it will not be considered.

Dead Bison Editor’s Prize

This $1,000 prize is awarded to the writers of one poem or collection of short poems, one short fiction piece or collection of flash fiction, or any form of narrative non-fiction. The winners and the runner-ups will have their work appear in the fall issue of Arcadia. You may submit up to 25 pages of fiction or non-fiction and 10 pages of poetry online by April 30. There is a $15 entry fee for submissions.

Foothill Journal of Poetry

Foothill is a poetry journal directed by students at Claremont Graduate University . They encourage graduate students to submit up to 6 unpublished, English-language-based poems in any poetic genre to their journal. Graduate poets who write in a foreign language are also welcome to submit as long as their work is translated into English first. Send poems as a “.doc” or “.docx” file to foothill(at)cgu(dot)edu with “poetry submission” in the heading. Also, include a cover letter that has your name, email address, title(s) of poem(s), name of your university and the program you are attending in it. Allow up to 3 months for a response. Submissions are read year-round.

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Story Development Intern Lucasfilm Summer 2016

Lucasfilm is looking for Story Development interns for their 2016 program. During this internship, you would be reading drafts, keeping track of timelines within the Star Wars universe, doing some light office work, and possibly even sitting in VIP talent/writer meetings to observe what goes on.

They’re eager for participants with a wealth of knowledge in the Star Wars franchise (including books, films, and animated series) and who have a passion for screenwriting. They do prefer students who have a working knowledge of Final Draft and also students who are excellent as proofreading and editing.

Candidates are required to be currently enrolled in college at the time they apply or  graduated within the last 6 months. You also must have full availability to work for 12 weeks starting in May/June and ending in August/September. Also, you must be able to provide your own housing and transportation in San Francisco, CA.

If you’ve got a passion for screenwriting, make sure to put in an application!

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January 25, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Kevin McCarey’s Book Release

Kevin McCarey’s new book, “Oceans Apart,” is launching Saturday Jan. 30. From 5-7PM at the Grays Reef Ocean Film Fest hosted at the Lucas Theater, you can purchase a copy of the book and get it signed by the author. The book is a memoir about sailing on American merchant ships and the adventures he gets swept up into on his journey. There will also be many great films about the ocean playing during the festival so make sure to check it out if you can!

SCAD Professor Speaking at Savannah Book Festival

SCAD writing professor, Harrison Scott Key, will be speaking about his writing life at the Savannah Book Festival. The presentation will take place at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension Fellowship Hall on Wright Square at 11:15 am. It’s a free event and afterwards, he will sign copies of his memoir, “The World’s Largest Man.”



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Writing Contests

January 21, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Martha’s Vineyard 2016 Writing Contest

Submissions are being accepted for the Martha’s Vineyard 2016 Writing Contest between now and March 20. There will be 2 winners (one for poetry and one for fiction) and each will receive the full payment to attend a week of their choice at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Summer Seminar. The 2 second place winners will receive $500 worth the same trip. This does not include travel expenses or food, but lodging and the event itself will be covered. You can submit up to 3 pages of poetry or a 3,000 word short story. There is a $25 submissions fee and you should not put any identifying information on your manuscript.


The Spring Contest for Epiphany is now accepting submissions until Feb. 15, 2016. They will accept up to 10,000 words of Fiction, N0nfiction and Under 30 work.  Poetry has a 20 page maximum. The winner in each category will receive $400 and publication as well as 5 contributor copies of the magazine. The runner-up will receive $100 as well as publication and the 5 copies. Only previously unpublished work is accepted.

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Dr. Anne Swartz, a member of SCAD faculty and eLearning professor, will be coming to the Savannah campus to share her wisdom on the topic of “Teaching in an eLearning Environment” on Jan. 29 at the Alexander Hall Auditorium. This event will take place between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. She will be going over the use of technology to assist teachers and support students during their learning process. What are the best practices of introducing technology? What will happen to the classroom environment? This talk will help create strong  online connections between students and faculty and should increase both parties understanding of what it is like to take place in an online classroom. If you’re not so sure about what eLearning is all about, this is definitely a talk you don’t want to miss.

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