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Poets & Writers' NYC Update
New York City Update
A Monthly Compendium of Information and Events
for Writers in the New York City Area

Awards for NYC Area Writers 

Two awards for writers living in NYC have upcoming deadlines:


The Poetry Society of America annually awards four Chapbook Fellowships -- two exclusively to poets age 30 or younger living in the five boroughs of NYC. Winners receive $1,000 and publication by PSA. Marilyn Hacker and Jean Valentine will judge this year's NYC competition. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 30 pages with a $12 entry fee by December 21.  


The Brio Awards provide grants of $3,000 to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who reside in the Bronx. Winners must complete a one-time public service activity. Submit five copies of up to 15 pages of poetry or 30 pages of prose by January 31.  


Find more opportunities in our Grants & Awards database, which lists hundreds of writing contests -- most open to writers regardless of where they reside. 


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Readings and Events in NYC

Our Literary Events Calendar lists readings throughout the city. Here are just a few examples:

Queens Authors, Queens Subjects. Two writers from Queens discuss their recently published books. Bushra Rehman's Corona describes the comic misadventures of a rebellious Pakistani-American woman from a Muslim community in Corona, and Tejas Desai's Good Americans depicts conflicts among a wide range of characters within and without Queens. December 12, 6:30PM at the Queens Library.  


Booked Breakfast. Ideasmyth continues its Booked Breakfast series of casual book-club-meets-book-signing-meets-quality-nosh-confab featuring Stacey Harwood, the Managing Editor of the award winning Best American Poetry blog. Get the inside story on how the BAP blog has developed into what NPR's Ken Tucker calls a "lively and energetic" resource for writers. December 13, 8:30AM at the Writers Room.  


What the Poem Wants: A Reading. Participants in a workshop for African American poets, led by Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady, read from their work. December 13, 6:30PM at Cave Canem.  


Muriel Rukeyser: A Centennial Celebration. Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) exploded notions of what poetry could do, pushing poetics into the realm of the political. She published twenty collections of poetry, including U.S. 1 and Breaking Open, and is also celebrated for her great prose work The Life of Poetry. Mentor to Alice Walker, Anne Sexton, and many others, she helped to usher in a new era for women writers through her own passionate example. December 14, 2PM at Poets House.  


Sex, Love, and Scandal: A Reading & Conversation. Days are short; nights are long and cold. Join Asian American Writers Workshop for an evening of readings and talk about what really drives humankind and its literary documentarians: love, sex, and all their social repercussions. With novelist Indira Ganesan (As Sweet As Honey), journalist Shereen El Feki (Sex and the Citadel), and poet Timothy Liu (Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse). December 17, 7PM at Asian American Writers' Workshop.  


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