BOMB Fiction Contest Open for Submissions

Submissions are open for the biennial BOMB Fiction Contest. The winning writer will receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in BOMB. Novelist Ottessa Moshfegh, the author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Death in Her Hands, will judge.

Using only the online submission system, submit a short story of up to 5,000 words and a cover letter with an entry fee of $25 by May 3. For writers in the United States, the entry fee includes a one-year subscription to BOMB. The winner will be revealed on July 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Founded in 1981, BOMB is a multimedia publishing house that spotlights artists and artwork in various disciplines, including literature, film, and visual art. In addition to publishing a print quarterly—which features interviews, portfolios, as well as essays, fiction, and poetry—BOMB maintains a regular online publication. BOMB also hosts one literary contest each year, alternating between poetry and fiction. The winner of the most recent fiction contest was Alexandra Gauss for her story “Sanssouci.”

Rachel Cusk on Discipline in Writing

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“Discipline is a massive component of creating a body of work, and the further I get, the more I see that that really is true,” says Rachel Cusk in this 2019 interview with Tonny Vorm at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Cusk’s novel Second Place (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021) is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Big Bad Wolf

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“First, grant me my sense of history,” writes Agha Shahid Ali in his poem “The Wolfs Postscript to Little Red Riding Hood” in which he reimagines the classic fairy tale from the perspective of the story’s villain. “And then grant me my generous sense of plot: / Couldn't I have gobbled her up / right there in the jungle?” The poem offers a complicated portrait of the “Big Bad Wolf,” including disturbing confessions and provocative questions that reexamine this allegory and consider the power of perspective in storytelling. Write a story that explores the perspective of a villain in a children’s story you know well. What new information will you include about this character? What, perhaps, was left out of the story?

Hambidge Creative Residency Program

Hambidge offers residencies of two weeks to two months to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on 600 wooded acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia. Residents are provided with a private cottage with a bedroom, studio space, kitchen, and bathroom. The cost of the residency is $250 per week, which includes some meals. Scholarships are available.

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Hambidge Creative Residency Program, P.O. Box 339, Rabun Gap, GA 30568. (706) 746-7324. Christine Jason, Operations Manager. 

Christine Jason
Operations Manager
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Rabun Gap
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GA
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30568
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MacDowell

MacDowell offers residencies of up to two months year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 450-acre estate near Mt. Monadnock in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Residents are provided with a private room, work space, and all meals. Travel aid and personal expense grants are available based on need.

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MacDowell Colony, 100 High Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. (603) 924-3886. 

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Peterborough
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NH
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03458
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Southampton Writers Conference

The 46th annual Southampton Writers Conference will be held online from July 14 to July 18. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, lectures, and an agent panel. The faculty includes poets Billy Collins and Major Jackson; fiction writers Julia Phillips, Paul Tremblay, and Frederic Tuten; nonfiction writer Roger Rosenblatt; and fiction and nonfiction writers Melissa Bank and Matthew Klam. The cost to attend the full conference, including workshops, is $950; the cost to attend the lecture series is $150.

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July 14, 2021
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July 1, 2021
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May 9, 2021
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Southampton Writers Conference, Stony Brook Southampton, 239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968. (631) 632-5007. Christian McLean, Contact. 

Christian McLean
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Get Lit! Festival

The 2021 Get Lit! Festival was held online from April 12 to April 18. The festival featured readings, craft classes, panel discussions, cocktail hours, and an annual Pie & Whiskey event for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Participating writers included poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil; fiction writers Esi Edugyan, R. O. Kwon, and Jess Walter; and nonfiction writer Robin Wall Kimmerer. Most events were free; select events, including craft classes and cocktail events, started at $25 and required advance registration. Visit the website for more information.

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FESTIVAL
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May 9, 2021
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Get Lit! Festival, Get Lit! Programs,  668 North Riverpoint Boulevard, Suite 258, Spokane, WA 99202. Kate Peterson, Director.

Kate Peterson
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Writers Speak Wednesday With Elizabeth McCracken

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“It was sodden daylight. The rain had stopped, but she could hear water dripping off things.” In this Stony Brook University virtual event, Elizabeth McCracken reads from her new story collection, The Souvenir Museum (Ecco, 2021), which is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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