The Theme is: Tart

The Cabin has opened submissions to their annual anthology, which is always centered on a single word.

This year that word is TART.

Read more musings on the theme word, and study the guidelines for submitting your creative piece (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) on their submissions webpage. Deadline is 3 March 2024.

Submissions are “blind-judged by a local author of acclaim” which this year, as in recent years, will be a poet/nonfiction writer:

  • 2024: “Tart” – poet and nonfiction writer Meg Freitag
  • 2023: “Three” – poet Daniel Stewart
  • 2022: “Moon” – poet and nonfiction writer CMarie Fuhrman
  • 2021: “Rupture” – journalist Harrison Berry
  • 2020: “Apple” – essayist, short story and children’s book author Malia Collins

Nogle Wins, and a New Nomination

We wish to acknowledge recent accomplishments of Idaho writer Christi Nogle*

We add our earnest congratulations and best wishes!

*profiled on our pages

Boise Writer in Residence

Applications are open for emerging and mid-career writers to apply for a six-month residency in Boise, Idaho.

The page on The Cabin’s website indicates:

The selected Residents will be responsible for developing and facilitating a series of public programs and will receive a $5,000.00 stipend to support their creative work and their time to develop these programs. These public programs may take the form of themed or open writing workshops, reading series, writing explorations, or other literary experiences.

Read more, and apply by 22 July.

ETB Crime Fiction WoC Award

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $2,000 for an emerging writer of color. This grant is intended to support the recipient in crime fiction writing and career development activities. The grantee may choose to use the grant for activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, retreats, online courses, and research activities required for completion of the work.

The 2023 Submissions will be open February 1 – March 31. Learn more on the Sisters in Crime website.

Alexa Rose Grant…open

Until 12 March — yes, it’s that time of year!

The Alexa Rose Foundation is currently accepting grant applications. This is open to all ages, all art mediums, all experience levels, but it’s for residents of Ada and Canyon Counties, and descendents of Boise Valley Tribes, only.

Grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Read more on the alexarosefoundation.org website.

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Curated Calls & Competitions

Today IWU would like to acknowledge what looks to be a terrifically useful resource — a wealth of over 80* no-fee, paying opportunities for writers.

*and that’s just for this issue of her newsletter

Erika Dreifus regularly serves up these huge piles of contests, competitions, and other opportunities — potentially saving writers an appreciable amount of online research.

Visit her Practicing Writing website and/or subscribe to her newsletter.

Bulwer-Lytton (um) Winner!

As they introduce themselves on their website: “Since 1982 the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest has challenged participants to write an atrocious opening sentence to the worst novel never written. Our whimsical literary competition honors Sir Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, whose 1830 novel Paul Clifford begins with ‘It was a dark and stormy night’.”

Celebrate the 2022 winner … and view all the other winners (by genre), along with the accompanying Dishonorable Mentions.

Great writerly fun!

2022 grand prize winner

The Theme is Dream

Submit your work (1 November through 15 December 2022) for consideration for the Timberline Review (Willamette Writers, Oregon) and, for the first time, you’ll be entered into the Kay Snow Awards competition as well — no extra fee.

Categories are:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction (flash, short story, novella, and novel excerpt)
  • Creative nonfiction (essay, memoir) and Critical commentary
  • Drama and screenplay
  • Visual artists — they’re also seeking both b/w and color work for exterior and interiors

The entry fee is modest and the instructions are thorough, so read carefully. Enter your work before 15 December!