Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

The 2021 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference was held online from February 18 to February 20. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft classes, discussions on publishing and the craft of writing, and readings. The faculty included poets Sally Ball and Mahogany L. Browne, poet and fiction writer Jenny Irish, poet and nonfiction writer Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and fiction writers Matt Bell, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, and Erika T. Wurth. The cost of the conference was $275. Financial aid was available.

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May 14, 2021
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May 14, 2021
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May 14, 2021
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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, Arizona State University, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, P.O. Box 875002, Tempe, AZ 85287.

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Calibre Essay Prize

Australian Book Review
Entry Fee: 
$17
Deadline: 
January 15, 2021

A prize of $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,807) is given annually for an essay. A second-place prize of $2,500 AUD (approximately $1,903) will also be given. The winners will be published in Australian Book Review. Using only the online submission system, submit an essay between 2,000 and 5,000 words with an entry fee of $25 AUD (approximately $18) by January 19. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

National Translation Awards

American Literary Translators Association
Entry Fee: 
$50
Deadline: 
April 19, 2021
Two prizes of $2,500 each are given annually for a book of poetry and a book of prose translated from any language into English and published in the previous year. For the poetry prize, poetry collections and verse dramas in translation are eligible; for the prose prize, short story and essay collections, novels, memoirs, prose drama, and hybrid prose works in translation are eligible. Publishers may submit a book published in 2020 by April 19. The entry fee is $50 for presses that publish more than 10 titles each year, and $30 for presses that publish 10 or fewer titles each year. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Todos Santos Writers Workshop

The eighth annual Todos Santos Writers Workshop was held online from January 31, 2021, to February 6, 2021. The workshop offered daily workshops and seminars in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The faculty included poet Christopher Merrill, fiction writer Joanna Hershon, and nonfiction writers Karen Karbo and Jeanne McCulloch. The cost to attend was $850 per workshop ($750 for previous workshop attendees), which included all other online events. Using only the online application system, writers submitted a registration form and a short writing sample by November 1.

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CONFERENCE
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May 14, 2021
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May 14, 2021
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May 14, 2021
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no
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Todos Santos Writers Workshop, 12 Calle Horizonte, Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico 23301. Rex Weiner, Executive Director.

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Influence

“I most remember reading Chelsea Girls in the dark, in bars around San Francisco in the nineties—beneath the staircase in the backroom at Dalva, in a booth at Blondie's or the Uptown,” writes Michelle Tea in her Los Angeles Review of Books essay on reading the 1994 autobiographical novel by Eileen Myles, which influenced her as a writer, as well as a generation of queer writers. “What it was like to be female with that permeable body, to be a lesbian, to be working class or flat broke, to be a poet, a drunk,” writes Tea. “This is Chelsea Girls.” This week, write an essay about a book that was a formative influence on you as a writer. What was it about this book that helped you see yourself?

Paul Engle Prize

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
March 31, 2021
A prize of $20,000 will be given annually to a writer “who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching, and whose active participation in the larger issues of the day has contributed to the betterment of the world through the literary arts.” Poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers are eligible. Submit a nomination, including a list of the writer’s works and a statement about how the writer embodies the spirit of the prize, by March 31. There is no entry fee. Self-nominations are allowed. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Good Contrivance Farm Writer’s Retreat

Good Contrivance Farm offers residencies of up to four weeks year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a Victorian farm in Reisterstown, Maryland, located 25 miles north of Baltimore. Residents are provided with private lodging in a renovated barn loft, which includes a library, bathroom, and full kitchen; or in the Hen House Cottage, which includes a full kitchen and bathroom. The cost of the residency in the farm’s barn loft is $95 for an overnight stay, $570 for a week, or $1,080 for two weeks.

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RESIDENCY
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May 14, 2021
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yes
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May 14, 2021
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no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
May 14, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Good Contrivance Farm Writer’s Retreat, 2015 Emory Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136. (443) 529-2939.

Ron Tanner
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In Praise

2.25.21

“Safe to say none of the other Muslim kids on the eastside of Columbus got MTV or BET in their cribs & we do at my crib sometimes like after Pops got a promotion or after Grandma moved in,” writes Hanif Abdurraqib in the long, energetic first sentence of his new book, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance (Random House, 2021), which is featured in Page One in the March/April 2021 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. The book weaves together pieces that praise Black performance in America from Josephine Baker in mid-century Paris to the more intimate space of a living room in Columbus, Ohio. This week, inspired by Abdurraqib’s sharp reflections on culture, choose a moment in entertainment that has stuck in your mind and write an essay that praises and traces your connection to its legacy.

Melissa Febos Reads From Girlhood

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“It is so painful to be loved sometimes. Intolerable even.” In this 2020 virtual event hosted by Salve Regina University, Melissa Febos reads from her new essay collection, Girlhood (Bloomsbury, 2021), and answers questions about her writing process. A profile of Febos by Brian Gresko appears in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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