The NYU Writers in New York summer program accepted Savannah graduate student Amie Flanagan for the May 23-June 16 session.
Savannah graduate student Anne Royan won a 2016 AWP Intro Journals award in the creative nonfiction category for “Borrowed Gardens.” She is the first SCAD student to win in the annual AWP Intro Journals Project contest
Savannah graduate student Denzel Scott was nominated for the anthology Best New Poets 2016. Best New Poets, which began in 2005, is an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers, started in 2005. Spillway Magazine will publish one of his poems this summer. Spillway is on the list of Pushcart Prize-winning literary magazines.
Down & Out Books published “Inferno Stories” by Savannah writing professor George Williams.
Deep Center Writing Fellowships
The Deep Center, a Savannah non-profit focused on literacy, is currently accepting applications for their 2016-2017 fellowship programs. For nine months, Writing Fellows will lead in teams of two a weekly creative writing workshop made up of 12-14-year-olds from a Savannah public middle school. Deep will provide initial and ongoing training, curricular and administrative 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 there will be a book reading called “Deep Speaks.” For graduate students, this internship may count as a teaching internship credit. The deadline for applications is May 15 for fall 2016.
Tethered By Letters Summer Editing Internship
There are still a couple more days to apply to Tethered By Letter’s Summer Editing Internship program. The deadline for applications is May 1 and the program would be from June until August. This is a very demanding internship that requires students to have a passion for editing and the drive to do a great deal of reading, generating content for their editorial and marketing departments and working with publishing houses, celebrity authors, literary agencies and other literary journals.
Spring quarter is off to a great start and so is the Ivy Hall Writers Series. Our first guest was writer, editor and speaker, Ashley C. Ford, who led workshops in two writing classes and attended a dinner with students and faculty. In addition to her freelance assignments, Ford is writing a memoir, is co-editing an anthology with Roxane Gay, and recently accepted a position with Conde Nast Entertainment. Here are a few valuable tips she shared:
“It’s okay to acknowledge you don’t have full memory.” Investigate yourself. From Facebook posts to old emails, you’ve left a trail of information behind. Don’t be shy about interviewing people in your life to fill in the gaps. Write the gap. Just say, “This made me feel…” Sometimes writing about what you don’t remember can be impactful.
“Everything is not always a story…until you make it a story.” That’s the writer’s job, to tell the story and keep someone (even yourself) reading, turning pages. What you remember is likely the most important element of the story you’re telling. What matters is what you write, and that it connects with the reader. Remember you’re not going to get it all right. You’re still human.
“People you love are not always people you loved in the moment.” Heroes and villains don’t exist. We can write bad and good moments, but everyone has a bit of both. Take stock, be honest, don’t blindside anyone close to you, and try not to be melodramatic. Just because someone remembers something a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s true. At the end of the day, it’s supposed to be your story. Write your perspective.
“Figure out who your dream reader is.” You know, the oh-my-gosh-I’ve-been-waiting-for-this type of reader. Your dream reader will be motivation for how you write and how you think about language.
“What’s a good entry point for freelancing? Publish good work.” Being published really, really helps. It shows editors that you can meet deadlines and accept being edited. You have to be out there. No one is going to come looking for you.
“Don’t punish yourself for stuff you’ve written before.” Writing well comes with practice. Keep writing. You’ll make mistakes. Try not to have the same problems over and over. Learn from the mistakes or you’ll be paralyzed by them.
“Don’t get trapped in the media-driven ‘hot-take’ culture.” A lot of people write at the very moment something happens and often often write very similar pieces. How can you avoid getting trapped in this? Wait and see what everyone else didn’t say. Then your writing won’t be based off of a sound bite.
Thanks to Ashley C. Ford for spending time with us and to M.F.A. writing student Shelley Danzy for writing this blog post.
Essay Press Open Book Contest
Essay Press is currently reading for their 2016 open book contest which will be judged by Essay author Carla Harryman. They are especially interested in reading book-length manuscripts that challenge nonfictions limits as we know them. That means any type of nonfiction work (be it lyric essay or experimental auto-biographies) are encouraged. The deadline to submit your work to this contest is May 1.
The Moth magazine is currently accepting submissions for their International Short Story contest. This year the contest will be judged by John Boyne, author of the New York Times bestseller: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. There is a 6,000 word limit for all submissions the the prizes include €3,000 for the first place winner, €250 travel stipend with a week-long retreat at Circle Misse in France for second place and €1,000 for third place. You must send your story either online or via snail mail with a €12 entry fee, a supplied entry form from their website or a cover letter to the address provided on their contest’s information page. The deadline for submissions is June 30.
The President and Founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Paula Wallace, will be hosting an event at the SCAD Museum of Art tomorrow (Wednesday, April 12) night at 6:00 PM in which she will discuss her new memoir. Following the event will be a book signing. This is a free event held in conjunction with SCADstyle 2016 and is open to the public, not just SCAD students. Make sure to get there early to get a spot!
– Meet your colleagues. There will be new students, continuing students, eLearning students, and Savannah on-ground students there.
– Ask your graduate coordinator questions about the 45-hour review process.
– Ask your graduate coordinator questions about your thesis defense.
– Learn about Grad Salon.
– Learn about internship opportunities.
– Get a copy of our course sequence.
– Get a glance at our revised course schedule for the coming quarters.
Tuesday, April 12th
5:15pm – 6:30pm
Jen Library, Room 206
This meeting is not required, but your participation is highly encouraged. It’s a great chance to learn more about our program and to meet up with your colleagues.
Questions? Email Lee Griffith, Graduate Coordinator & Professor of Writing: lgriffit[at]scad.edu
Tethered By Letters Summer 2016 Internship
Tethered By Letters is looking for people to apply for their Summer 2016 internship working with their various publications. As an intern for their editing team, you will be required to read books and submissions assigned to you, generate content for the editorial and marketing departments, work with publishing houses, literary agents, celebrity authors and other journals. There is only one paid internship offered per season reserved for someone who has published with them before. Otherwise, they are more than happy to work with you to get credit for a college internship credit even if it means adding some things to your job description that fit a more academic setting. The deadline for this summer internship is May 1.
They are also looking for writing and editing interns for their Fall 2016 program the deadline for which is August 1.
Entry Level Job in Marketing
This is a full time with benefits opportunity for a student who has graduated in the last 6-12 months. The job location is in Tucker/Stone Mountain (east of Atlanta) and offers about $30k-35k a year. They are looking for people interested in web design and development who are fluent in WordPress. They need someone who is able to commit to the job for at least 1 year and can do minimal amounts of traveling. They also need someone good with SEOs, social media, marketing research, interviews, videos and sales support. If you’re interested and would like more information, contact bpelissero(at)ecolink(dot)com.
Laugh to Keep from Crying: Using Humor to Write Through Pain
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Searing emotional trauma! Emerging and established authors and editors will discuss using humor to explore painful subjects, including racism, mental health, abuse, death, and more, while also looking at what topics, if any, are off limits. A Harper Perennial editor will discuss working with authors going through this funny, yet difficult, and not always fun, process. So go ahead. Let the trauma in. It can’t hurt you—if it’s hilarious.
Room 409 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Moderator: L.P. Griffith is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. His articles, reviews, stories—even some ad copy—have appeared in Culture + Travel, Modern Painters,Publishers Weekly, the South Carolina Review, and Oxford American online. His work was shortlisted for The Best American Essays 2012.
Ariel Felton recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a master’s in writing. In addition to working as a freelance writer and editor, she also serves as a writer for the university’s communications department.
Harrison Scott Key is author of The World’s Largest Man and a contributing editor for the Oxford American. His humor and nonfiction have appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, the New York Times, Outside, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He teaches writing at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia.
Calvert Morgan is executive editor at Harper and editorial director of Harper Perennial, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers, and the board chair of the Center for Fiction. His authors include Jess Walter, Roxane Gay, Porochista Khakpour, Christopher Bollen, Kate Zambreno, and Blake Butler.
Lauren Wolf is an MFA candidate and writing mentor at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is also a freelance editor and has worked on the board of two literary magazines. Her comical takes on romantic poetry are published in various journals.
Deadline approaching for TBL contest submissions
There is only one more day to apply for TBL’s F(r)iction winter writing contest. The deadline is tomorrow, March 31, at midnight so if you have something prepared, now is a great time to give it one more look over and send it in. Their categories consist of short stories (1,000-7,500 words), flash fiction (no more than 750 words) and poetry (3 pages or less per poem). You are allowed to have multiple submissions, but do let them know if your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere. They do have strict formatting rules and all works that do not adhere to them will not be considered for publication. They also recommend that you take a look over past publications to make sure your work fits in with their aesthetic. There are monetary prizes for the winners of each category ranging from $300 for flash fiction and poetry to $1,000 for short stories. There is a submissions fee of $15-$18 dollars per submission and they prefer works that push the boundaries of literature.
Golden Walkman Magazine
Golden Walkman Magazine is a literary journal presented in the form of a podcast (creative!) which attempts to give written words a voice. As such, they only accept works which are submitted through that medium. This podcast is published on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. You can submit your work to them either through emailing them or through their submissions manager, however through submittable you will have to pay a fee. However, work sent through submittable will receive more critical feedback than through email. The odds of acceptance are the same for either method, though. They will not accept any previous published work and reserve the First Serial Rights to the work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, however if you find out your work will be published elsewhere and you wait until GWM informs you your work has been selected to let them know, they will blacklist you. They also will not offer payment for your work.
EI Publishing is a journal that accepts work that challenges societal norms that may not be published elsewhere. This opens the door for truly unique work to be published. They will walk authors through the process of publishing their e-book and printed book. EI publishing also allows writers to pick what assistance they need and allows them to keep 100% of their publication rights and net royalties, which is very different from most other publishing companies. They do charge a $30 reading fee, however, as they do actually read everything that is sent to them. If you have a manuscript and you’re certain it’s not something that will likely be published anywhere for being too “out-of-the-box,” try sending it to EI Publishing and they will help you in every way they can.
2016 Editor’s Reprint Award
Sequestrum is a literature and art journal that publishes short prose and poetry. Every year, they offer a reprint award in which writers can submit work they have already had published. This particular award is only offered to prose (fiction or nonfiction). Length and subject of the work are up to you, but it is recommended to read previously published work by Sequestrum to get a feel for what they look for. You are welcome to make multiple submissions, but only submit one work per submission. The winner will receive $200 as well as publication in Sequestrum and the runner(s)-up will receive $25 as well as publication. The deadline for submissions is April 30.
Santa Fe Writers Project
The Santa Fe Writers Project (SFWP) is an independent press which publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, books reviews and experimental work. They accept work on a rolling deadline and there are no submissions fees. They prefer work that falls within a 2,500-3,000 word limit for fiction and nonfiction, but will accept works up to 5,000 words, or more if you contact them first. They will accept previously published works and multiple entries. Book reviews should be limited to 1,000 words. Accompany all submissions with a 50-75 word author bio.