January Residency Workshops

Folks, Steph has posted the residency schedule and the workshop descriptions on the MFA website. Please review the workshop descriptions and email me your selections no later than 12/4. If you do not reply by 12/4, you will be placed into workshops.

Please also be sure to note the prep work that you are expected to complete for each workshop. And, as usual, please read the books by our two visiting Housatonic Book Award winner who will be at the residency: Matthea Harvey (If the Tabloids Are True What Are You) and John Katzenbach (Red 1-2-3).

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Journalists Needed

A new publication, The Redding Pilot, needs writers.

The starting rate is $75 per story, plus $10 per hour for time spent, then, after 3 months, the compensation would go up to $100 per story, plus the $10 per hour as mentioned above.

They are looking for writers who can do a feature story each week and camera/video skills are bonus.

If interested, send c.v./resume and clippings to pilot@thereddingpilot.com

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Gordian Review Call for Submissions

“The Gordian Review is an annual online publication operated by graduate students for graduate students in an effort to present the world a sneak peek of the next generation of writers.”

The Gordian Review is looking for fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Submission are due by November 30. Submit your work at TexasReviewPress.org

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Cricket Calls for Submissions–Children’s & YA Markets

Cricket Media seeks fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions for its literary magazines for children and teens: Babybug (ages 0-3), Spider (ages 6–9), Cricket (ages 9-14), and Cicada (ages 14 and up). Please visit cricketmag.submittable.com for general guidelines and to submit. Especially welcome: works by LGBTQIA+ writers/artists, writers/artists with disabilities, and writers/artists of color.

Call for Submissions: The Big Day
Deadline: January 6, 2016

Babybug seeks rhymes and stories celebrating big days and first experiences. Meeting someone new, visiting an unfamiliar place, taking a step, discovering the word no—what makes a baby or toddler’s day extraordinary? We are looking for playful writing that begs to be read aloud. Please keep it short—Babybug poems are generally no longer than eight lines, and stories can be up to 6 sentences. Need inspiration? Think of Mother Goose rhymes, A. A. Milne’s wordplay, or contemporary picture book masters like Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury.

Call for Submissions: Monsters
Deadline: January 6, 2016

What if Cyclops went to school with Godzilla? What would a kraken bring in its lunchbox? Cricket and Spider are on the prowl for stories, poetry, and nonfiction exploring the theme of Monsters. We’re interested in work that taps in to kids’ fascination with all things monstrous in myth, fantasy, sci fi, and as figures for beastly power in our daily lives. Monster stories give kids a space to play with strong feelings, huge life changes, the annoying rules of the grown-up world, and the occasional impulse to smash the Tokyo skyline.

Call for Submissions: Fashion
Deadline: December 10, 2015

Tell us about the fashion you dare to wear, that thrills with the promise of a newer (or truer) self. We’re interested in how fashion can express identity, connect with cultural history, and signal membership in a community. Also: the perils and pleasures of consumerism. How does consumer fashion limit the range of identities available, and how are individuals and communities subverting those limitations? Send poetry, fic, nonfic, humor, and comics pitches!

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WCSU AWP Intro Nominees

Congrats to the following MFA students and Writing Department undergraduates, who are the winners of this year’s WCSU AWP contest and will now be nominated at the national level for the AWP Intro Awards.

Samantha Garcia, “Eastern Peaches”
Melissa Gordon, “holding my heart in your (hands”
Steph Myers, “Beautiful”

Beth Turley, “The Ride”

Ayesha Ali, “Blindsided: A Memory”

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Folks, a reminder (nudge nudge) that Monday is the deadline for AWP Intro Award submissions. Guidelines here:


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List of Publications

Hey all! Brian asked me to compile a list of alumni/current students’ publications.

Current students–if you could email me a list of your publications, that would be awesome. Please only include work that has been published since joining the MFA. If you have a website or linkedin page that lists your publications, you can just send me that link. Please include the titles of longer works and articles (unless you have quite a few articles published in the same place–then you can just say “Sever articles in…”),  and the publisher information.

Alumni: I have a list already compiled of alumni publications taken from the Alumni Directory. You might receive an email from me for clarification.

You can email that to me at myers044@connect.wcsu.edu

Thank you all so much and have a happy Halloween!

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