A prize of $1,000 is given occasionally for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript that has been rejected by a commercial publisher. The award recognizes “worthy manuscripts that have been overlooked by today’s high-pressure, bottom-line publishing conglomerates.” Manuscripts must be submitted with a formal letter of nomination from an editor at a U.S. or Canadian publishing company by November 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
The eighth annual Todos Santos Writers Workshop will be held online from January 31, 2021, to February 6, 2021. The workshop offers daily workshops and seminars in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The faculty includes poet Christopher Merrill, fiction writer Joanna Hershon, and nonfiction writers Karen Karbo and Jeanne McCulloch. The cost to attend is $850 per workshop ($750 for previous workshop attendees), which includes all other online events. Using only the online application system, submit a registration form and a short writing sample by November 1.
Todos Santos Writers Workshop, 12 Calle Horizonte, Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico 23301. Rex Weiner, Executive Director.
The 2020 Texas Book Festival will be held online from October 31 to November 15, with adult programming from November 6 to November 15. The festival features panels and discussions with more than 125 writers. Participating authors include poets Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and Jake Skeets; fiction writers Julia Alvarez, Aimee Bender, Yaa Gyasi, Nick Hornby, and Ottessa Moshfegh; and poet and nonfiction writer Natasha Trethewey. Many events are free; tickets for select events cost $30 to $40. Visit the website for more information.
Texas Book Festival, 1023 Springdale Road, Building 14, Unit B, Austin, TX 78721. (512) 477-4055.
The Renaissance House Residency Program, sponsored by the Helene and Dorothy West Foundation for Artists in Need, offers residencies of one to two weeks during February 2021 in Palm Springs, California, to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The residency includes classes, lectures, and time to write. Each resident is provided with private lodging, access to a pool and hot tub, some meals, and weekly excursions to local destinations such as Joshua Tree National Park. The cost of the residency is $975 per week ($950 for previous attendees).
Renaissance House Residency Program, Helene and Dorothy West Foundation for Artists in Need, 484 West 43rd Street, Suite 37E, New York, NY 10036. (917) 747-0367. Abigail McGrath, Contact.
The 2020 Portland Book Festival, hosted by Literary Arts, will be held online from November 5 to November 21. The festival features events including author discussions and writing workshops. Participating authors include poets Natalie Diaz, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Claudia Rankine; fiction writers Ayad Akhtar, Margaret Atwood, and Jess Walter; and nonfiction writers Isabel Wilkerson and Lidia Yuknavitch. All events are free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information.
Portland Book Festival, Literary Arts, Inc., 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205. (503) 227-2583. Amanda Bullock, Director of Public Programs.