End of May Contest Roundup

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Posted 5.25.16 by Prize Reporter

As the month of May winds down, the deadlines for several book contests in poetry and fiction are quickly approaching. Each prize compiled below offers at least $1,000 and publication of the winning manuscript.

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Crowdsourcing Novels, Translation’s Role in Latin American Culture, and More

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Online Only, posted 5.25.16

Nikki Giovanni on the fortieth anniversary of Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Roots; writers petition against Donald Trump; the inaugural Little Free Library Fest; and other news.

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Adaptation

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 5.25.16 by Writing Prompter

If you’re having trouble starting a scene, try taking it out of the story and writing it as a screenplay. Made up of only the most essential pieces of expression, action, and dialogue, a screenplay can act as a kind of blueprint for a scene, helping you to make sense of the complexity and movement while forcing you to cut away whatever isn’t necessary. Once you understand the scene at its core, try plugging it back into the story, adapting it to the style of the prose, and giving it more body, like clay onto an armature.

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Raining Poetry, the First Science-Fiction Story, and More

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Online Only, posted 5.24.16

Herman Melville’s love affairs; Barnes & Noble Education partners with fourteen more colleges; poet francine j. harris on reinventing language; and other news. 

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Postal Poem

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 5.24.16 by Writing Prompter

Get out of town. Take a drive, a train, or a bus. It doesn’t matter how. It doesn’t have to be far. Just get away. Once you’re there, buy a postcard, address it to yourself, and write a poem on it. Fill up the whole card. Don’t edit yourself too much, just let it roll, then drop it in the mail. When it finally arrives back home, transcribe it onto a notebook and see if you can build from it. It may already be well on its way to a finished product, or it may only have one or two lines worth keeping.

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Write! Look! Listen!: UC Merced's Merritt Writing Program Reading Series

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Posted 5.23.16 by RW Blogger

Write! Look! Listen! is the creative writing reading series of the Merritt Writing Program (MWP) at the University of California in Merced. Since 2006, Write! Look! Listen! has featured readings and guest workshops with locally and nationally recognized poets, fiction writers, journalists, and nonfiction writers.

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Big-Name Authors Venture Into Comics, Against Adverbs, and More

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Online Only, posted 5.23.16

Man Booker winner Han Kang on Korean literature and translation; Gabriel García Márquez’s ashes returned to Colombia; an interview with Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich; and other news

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Northwestern University Launches Translation Prize

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Posted 5.20.16 by Prize Reporter

Northwestern University Press (NUP) and the university’s Global Humanities Initiative have launched the $5,000 Global Humanities Translation Prize for a translation-in-progress of a non-Western literary or scholarly text. Northwestern University Press will publish the winning manuscript.

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Computers Write Bad Poems, Emily Dickinson’s Biographers, and More

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Online Only, posted 5.20.16

Elena Ferrante interviewed; Copper Canyon Press launches the New Poets Project; how to incorporate today’s tech into fiction; and other news.

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Katie Chase Recommends...

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Posted 5.19.16

“My approach to short stories is to think of each as its own world, with its own parameters, and even its own aesthetics. The tradeoff for the fun and satisfaction this brings..."

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