G&A: The Contest Blog

Student Writing Contest Looking for Thoughts on the Recession

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Posted 5.21.09 by Prize Reporter

This time of year you can almost feel the collective anxiety of students across the country who already have or will soon graduate and face the job market. And this year, of course, nerves are a little more frayed than usual.

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Flannery O'Connor Awards Series Champions Short Stories

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Posted 5.20.09 by Prize Reporter

"I don't want to read short fiction. I don't want to curl up with a collection of short stories. It's totally boring." Whether you agree with them or not, those words, spoken by agent Jeff Kleinman during the Agents and Editors interview published in the January/February 2009 issue, represent the views of a not-insignificant number of publishing professionals.

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Dalkey Archive Selects Four Translation Fellows

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Posted 5.19.09 by Prize Reporter

Dalkey Archive Press recently announced that it has chosen four young literary translators as winners of its first Applied Translation fellowship program. Rhett Warren McNeil, Ursula Meany Scott, Jamie Richards, and Kerri Pierce were chosen from more than 130 applicants from 35 countries.

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Amazon Names Breakthrough Novel Award Finalists

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Posted 5.18.09 by Prize Reporter

Amazon announced on Friday that book editors at Penguin selected three finalists from a pool of one hundred semifinalists for the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. They are "Stuff of Legends" by Ian Gibson, "Bill Warrington's Last Chance" by James King, and "In Malice, Quite Close" by Brandi Lynn Ryder.

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TGIF: The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work Makes Samuel Johnson Longlist

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Posted 5.15.09 by Prize Reporter

The BBC announced yesterday that nineteen titles have been named to the longlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, several of which readers would have no difficulty placing in the "creative nonfiction" category. Among these are Swiss author Alain de Botton's The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, an exploration of the modern workplace in all its forms.

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Jumping the Gun, Pulling the Trigger on This Year's Big Awards

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Posted 5.14.09 by Prize Reporter

Given the overwhelming response to our May 1 post, "Who Should Have Won? A Writer's Spectator Sport," (cricket...cricket) here's another chance to be the judge.

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Editor Honors the Memories of Loved Ones With Annual Contests

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Posted 5.13.09 by Prize Reporter

It's easy to get caught up in the details of who won which award and how big the cash prize was and when the winning book is going to be published. These are all important details, no doubt, but every once and a while a contest or a sponsoring organization comes along that offers a little perspective to the competition, reminding those of us who pay such close attention to the deadlines and the recent winners that the people who run the magazines and the small presses and the nonprofits that make the contests possible are often doing what they're doing for very personal reasons.

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Commercial Mags Get In On the Contest Action

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Posted 5.11.09 by Prize Reporter

If your literary aspirations are a bit more, shall we say, glossy—your ideal number of readers in the six- or seven-digit range—you might want to check out these new writing contests.

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New Orleans Carpenter Turned Writer Receives Gift of Freedom

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Posted 5.7.09 by Prize Reporter

In 2004, at the age of forty-seven, Barb Johnson decided to take time away from her carpentry business and pursue an MFA in fiction at the University of New Orleans. Shortly thereafter, Hurricane Katrina wiped out Johnson's business and forced her to live on the balcony of her apartment in the evacuated city. She kept writing, and by the time she graduated, in 2008, she had a book deal for a story collection, More of This World or Maybe Another, forthcoming from HarperCollins in November.

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Finalist One Year, Winner the Next

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Posted 5.6.09 by Prize Reporter

In what the Academy of American Poets calls an "unprecedented concurrence," the sole finalist for the 2008 Walt Whitman Award, J. Michael Martinez, was just named winner of the 2009 award. Judge Juan Felipe Herrera chose Martinez's collection, Heredities, from nearly a thousand anonymous entries.

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