WRITERS EMGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) for established writers with credentials that are the same as those required for membership in the ASJA. These are not grants to fund writing projects. They are to provide help when needed due to advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis make the writer unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. Details HERE.
THE INTERNATIONAL WRITERS PROJECT of Brown University “provides assistance to writers who ace personal danger and threats to their livelihood in nations throughout the world each academic year, the Project sponsors a resident fellowship for one writer who feels unable to pactice free expression at home.” Details HERE.
THE GREAT BREAK SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST of The Writer magazine. “Frame a short story using any nuance, definition or understanding of the word “break.” Write 2,000 words of fiction and submit it to The Writer.” Deadline April 25. Details HERE.
THE GLIMMER TRAIN VERY SHORT FICTION CONTEST “The Very Short Fiction Award is open to all writers. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome. Word count range: 300 – 3,000. PRIZES:1st place wins $2000, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies.2nd place wins $500 or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies.3rd place wins $300 or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies.Deadline April 30. Details HERE.
THE GLIMMER TRAIN SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS “is open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.) Most entries run from 1,500 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome.” 1st place: $2,500 | publication in Glimmer Train Stories | 10 copies; 2nd place: $500; 3rd place: $300. Deadlines June 30 and October 31 Details HERE.
*Or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies of that issue
THE FLORIDA REVIEW 2016 EDITORS’ AWARDS for fiction, essay and poetry. $1,000 plus publication. Deadline March 31. Details HERE.
THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS PRIZES Since 1934, the Academy of American Poets has provided visibility and financial support to poets demonstrating artistic excellence. Guidelines and entry forms are provided, where applicable. All poets who receive an Academy of American Poets Prize are strongly promoted, including features in American Poets magazine, on social media, and, of course, on Poets.org. There are a number of different award programs. Details HERE.
APRIL, CELEBRATING POETRY
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH (April) of the Academy of American Poets is celebrated with a Poem in Your Pocket, Dear Poet project, a Poem-a-Day and other activities. You can also send for a free poster for your classroom or office. Details HERE.
Thirty ways to celebrate HERE.
Send for the Academy’s free poster to display at work or school HERE.
interNATIONAL POETRY MONTH is a tradition at The BeZine. The April issue will be devoted to celebrating poets and poetry.
April 14- 17: ARKANSAS LITERARY FESTIVAL at Little Rock
October 20-13: THE GERALDINE R. DODGE POETRY FESTIVAL, America’s largest and most prestigious poetry festival to be held this year in Newark, New Jersey.
100,000 POETS FOR CHANGE is a global initiative in support of world peace, sustainability and social justice. The next worldwide event is September 26. If you plan to organize an affiliated event in your area, register with 100TPC HERE. Join The Bardo Group Beguines on September 26 to participate in The BeZine virtual 100TPC. Reader participation invited. Details in future posts.
ON THE ROAD: FOLLOWING KEROUAC ACROSS THE U.S. with Lonely Planet, feature article