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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Event Date: 
March 4, 2021
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Application Deadline: 
March 4, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
March 4, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

Todos Santos Writers Workshop, 12 Calle Horizonte, Todos Santos, B.C.S., Mexico 23301. Rex Weiner, Executive Director.

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Four Quartets Prize

Poetry Society of America
Entry Fee: 
$0
Deadline: 
December 31, 2020
A prize of $20,000 is given annually for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in the United States in a print or online journal, a chapbook, or a book. Three finalists, including the winner, will receive $1,000 each. Carolyn Forché, Donika Kelly, and Arthur Sze will judge. Submit four copies of at least 14 pages of poetry or a book-length sequence of poems published in 2020 and unified by subject, form, and style by December 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Line / Break With Natalie Scenters-Zapico

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“Talking about poetry, especially in the U.S. context, you’re treated like you’re the village fool,” says Natalie Scenters-Zapico about identifying as a poet in this episode of Line /Break with host Laura Buccieri. “Usually, if we learn anything the fool is the one that carries most of the wisdom.” Scenters-Zapico is the author of Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), which was included on the international shortlist for the 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize.

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Line / Break With Jericho Brown

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“I’ve been in mourning about the experience of writing The Tradition. It really wore me out and I loved every second of it,” says Jericho Brown about writing his Pulitzer Prize–winning collection, The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), and how he works through self-doubt in this installment of Line / Break hosted by Laura Buccieri, press director of publicity for Copper Canyon Press.

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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.

Image or Detail?

Rick Barot’s poem “The Wooden Overcoat,” published in the April 2012 issue of Poetry, begins: “It turns out there’s a difference between a detail / and an image.” Barot develops this train of thought and proceeds to engage in differentiating between the two, positing that a dandelion on the sidewalk is “mere detail,” but “the dandelion inked on a friend’s bicep / is an image because it moves when her body does.” Write a poem that sets up an argument in the first sentence and then proceed to test it through rhetorical devices and concrete imagery. How can you use a poem to prove a thesis?

Lynne Thompson

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“I consider myself essentially a storyteller who’s chosen the genre of poetry.” Lynne Thompson, author of Start With a Small Guitar (What Books Press, 2013) and Beg No Pardon (Perugia Press, 2007), speaks about family stories and how she came to poetry after a career in law with Mariano Zaro for the Poetry.LA interview series. Thompson is the 2021 poet laureate of Los Angeles.

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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.

Type: 
RESIDENCY
Ignore Event Date Field?: 
yes
Event Date: 
March 4, 2021
Rolling Admissions: 
yes
Application Deadline: 
March 4, 2021
Financial Aid?: 
no
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
March 4, 2021
Free Admission: 
no
Contact Information: 

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

Ron Tanner
Director
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Reisterstown
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MD
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21136
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