With the new year off and running, opportunities are already arising to find new audiences and support for our work. Here’s a sampling:
NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship Program: Sponsored by the Center for Fiction and funded by the Jerome Foundation. Nine NYC-based writers will be selected for a one-year fellowship and will receive:
* A grant of $4,000 and two public readings
* Mentorship with a selected freelance editor
* Contacts with agents representing new writers
* Center for Fiction 2015 membership & admission to events
Deadline: 11 PM, January 31. For details, visit: centerforfiction.org
The 39th New Millennium Awards: Total of $4,000 in awards and publication in New Millennium Writing and its website. Prizes: $1,000 each for Best Fiction; Best Short-Short Fiction (1,000-word limit), Best Poem, and Best Nonfiction. Deadline: January 31. Visit: http://www.NewMillenniumWritings.org
The Robert Frost Foundation Annual Award: Seeking poems in the spirit of Robert Frost. The winner will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to read at a Frost Foundation event. Up to ten runners-up will be shortlisted at the discretion of the judge. Online submissions are now welcome via Submittable. Deadline: February 1. For details, visit The Robert Frost Foundation website.
The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series: Awards $3,000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press for one book of short fiction and one book of poetry. Manuscripts welcomed from all writers, including non-US citizens writing in English, and those with published volumes of short fiction and poetry. Submit between January 15 and March 15, 2015. For guidelines or to submit online, visit prairieschooner.unl.edu.
The North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books: Three top winners will each receive $1,500, a credit towards the high-quality BookBaby publishing services, free advertising in Winning Writers newsletter, and expert marketing advice from Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal Book Promoter. Total of $6,000 in cash prizes, with gifts for everyone who enters. Deadline: June 30. See http://www.winningwriters.com/north