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Note:  This is a work-in-progress, as these are just the ways I’ve gotten my work out there.  I’d love to hear what other opportunities exist!

youngARTS:  Sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, this program selects up to 20 creative writers in the genres of poetry, short fiction, novel, script, and nonfiction to attend an all-expenses paid week in Miami (no, really—and in January, no less).  All attendees will earn anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for their work, and those winners who receive the $10,000 or the $5,000 awards will also get a free week in New York City.

This program is also the selection process for Presidential Scholar in the Arts,

Nominating up to 60 artists out of the 150 invited to Miami. 20 are ultimately selected for an all-expenses paid trip to DC.  (It seems like most years 4 or 5 writers are nominated; my year had 10.  And for whatever reason, we do better than other art forms at making our nominees Presidential Scholars.)

WEBSITE:  http://www.youngarts.org/

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2008-01-26 (Editing a paper) - 17Earlier this year, my school’s writing club was lucky enough to be visited by the Davidson poet Allison Elrod (http://www.charlottewritersclub.org/allison_elrod).  Her savviest piece of advice?  That writers set their writing free in the world—to literary journals, contests, publishers.  People outside of your orbit.  People who know what they’re doing.

“It’s a slow process,” she said.  “But eventually those impersonal thanks but no thanks will evolve into personalized rejections—“Dear Mrs. Elrod, Thanks but no thanks—into maybe not these, but how about some others? Until one day your work is accepted somewhere.  Anywhere.”

“And that,” she added, “is a good feeling.

It’s interesting advice, especially to young writers.  Read the rest of this entry »

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