Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program News-June 2017


SOLSTICE MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM
FACULTY, STAFF, GRADUATE, & STUDENT NEWS FOR JUNE 2017

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WRITERS: SO, YOU’VE EARNED YOUR MFA, BUT COULD USE A BIT MORE FEEDBACK ON YOUR WORK FROM A DEDICATED WRITER-MENTOR?

THE SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM PRESENTS ITS

POST-GRADUATE SEMESTER

(For alum of any MFA in Creative Writing Program)

Get that novel, collection of essays or stories, poetry manuscript, or picture book in shape & ready to send out! Genres covered include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for children & young adults and comics and graphic narratives. This is an incredible opportunity to have a mentor work with you on a new project or something you’re working to complete.

DEADLINE for Fall Post-Graduate Semester (starting in July 2017) is Monday, June 19

Visit http://www.pmc.edu/post-graduate-program-details for details.

 

SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM OFFERS COURSES FOR AUDIT IN JULY

At the start of each semester, the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College hosts a 10-day residency on our campus in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. A select number of classes are open to serious writers who wish to audit graduate-level Craft, Criticism, & Theory (CC&T) courses and Elective Seminars (each class is two hours long).

The deadline for registering to audit classes during our summer 2017 residency, scheduled for July 7-16, 2017, is Friday, June 23, 2017.

Our classes for audit are listed here: http://www.pmc.edu/mfa-classes-for-audit

You can REGISTER here: http://www.pmc.edu/class-audit-registration-form

Here are some examples of our great offerings for July 2017: 

WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION FOR MIDDLE GRADE & YA

Faculty Member: Renée Watson

Saturday, July 8 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room

JUST WHO ARE YOU, ANYWAY? ALTER EGO, PERSONA, DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE, AND HETERONYM IN POETRY

Guest faculty: Richard Garcia

Saturday, July 8 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Haldan 136

SEMIOTICS, STORYTELLING, AND THE LANGUAGE OF COMICS

Guest faculty member: Joel Christian Gill

Monday, July 10 from 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. in Haldan 136

WHO’S SPEAKING, PLEASE? SHAPING VOICE IN NONFICTION: 

THE BASICS

Faculty member: Anne-Marie Oomen

Tuesday, July 11 from 1:15 – 3:15 p.m. in Haldan 136 

READINGS & EVENTS

OHIO:

Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentes will read on Friday, June 2 at 6:00, as part of the Women Of Appalachia/Women Speak Project at the Pump House Center for the Arts, Enderlin Circle, Chillicothe, Ohio. 

PUBLICATIONS, RADIO, & BLOGS

Graduate Heather Christie's YA novel What The Valley Knows has been accepted for publication by Black Rose Writing and is set for release January 25, 2018.

Graduate Gabriel Cleveland’s poem “Raindrops on my Shoulders” is in Twelve Point Collective, volume 1.

Student Kody Marin's poems, “Memorialized” and “Pistol Pete's Stick-up,” have been accepted by The Saintly Review for publication.

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky’s poem, “Age of Osteo Colossus,” is featured in the current issue of The Baffler; and her prose poem “Why I Hate Nudist Camps,” appears in this month’s issue of PLUME. Two of her new poems, “The Weakest of Children” and “Inventory” are included in the current issue of Solstice Literary Magazine.

New student Martin Smith’s new book, Mystic, is forthcoming from Arcadia Press on June 5. The book focuses on Mystic’s history told through historic post cards. www.arcadiapublishing.com

TEACHING, RESIDENCIES, & CONFERENCES

Graduate Joyce McPherson will present at the Children's Literature Conference in Tampa, FL on June 23rd on "Resistance, Imagination and the Power of Story in Kashmira Sheth's Boys Without Names."

Student Danielle DeTiberus will be the Head of Residential Life and the Co-Curriculum at the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference this summer. http://www5.sewanee.edu/ywc/

OTHER NEWS (awards, etc.)

Lee Hope's novel Horsefever has been selected as one of three finalists in the novel category for the Midwest Book Awards. Her book is available on Amazon and at local bookstores, such as The Vermont Bookshop in Middlebury. Lee is a founding Solstice Advisory Board member and Editor-in-Chief of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices

Faculty member Robert Lopez’s new book, All Back Full, was reviewed by Tracy O’Neill in Guernica. Check out the great review here: https://www.guernicamag.com/tense-because-we-lived/

Graduate Lisa Mahoney received the 2017 Key West Literary Guild Award sponsored by The Florida Keys Council of the Arts.

OPPORTUNITIES 

Calyx Press announces its 16th annual Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, with Alicia Ostriker as the judge. The winner will receive $300 cash and publication in CALYX Journal Vol. 30:2, Winter 2018. Three runners-up will receive a one-issue subscription and publication on the CALYX website. The contest runs from now through June 30, 2017 and is open to any theme or subject. Please submit up to 3 poems (6 pages maximum) of unpublished poetry (both online and hard copy submissions are accepted). There is a $15 reading fee. Further details are attached, and full guidelines can be found on our website at http://calyxpress.org/LoisPrize.html.

Cricket Media seeks folktales, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions for its literary magazines for children and teens: Babybug (ages 0-3), Ladybug (ages 3-6), Spider (ages 6-9), Cricket (ages 9-14), and Cicada (ages 14 and up). Especially welcome: works by LGBTQIA+ writers/artists, writers/artists with disabilities, and writers/artists of color. Upcoming deadlines range from June-September. Visit at cricketmag.submittable.com/submit for more details.

Dzanc Books is pleased to announce their 2017 season of contests now open for submissions to its Prize for Fiction, the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize, and the inaugural Dzanc Books/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize. The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative writing. A $10,000 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the winner. The Dzanc Books/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize seeks book-length manuscripts in fiction or nonfiction exhibiting a marked commitment to mutual understanding and cultural exchange across the globe. As the United States Government moves to erect barriers both physical and legal, Dzanc Books and the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, strive to promote literature that crosses boundaries and to advocate for a diverse, global literary discourse. The winning submission will be awarded a $5,000 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by the Disquiet imprint of Dzanc Books. The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in the short form. Past winners include Kirstin Allio (Clothed, Female Figure), Anne Valente (By Light We Knew Our Names), and Jen Grow (My Life as a Mermaid). The winning submission will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2018 by Dzanc Books. All three contests will be open from March 1, 2017, through September 15, 2017 via our Submittable page. There is a $25 submission fee for each entry. A list of finalists for each prize will be published on October 16 and the winners will be announced on November 1.

Mom Egg Review, a critically acclaimed literary journal focused on motherhood, seeks your best poetry, fiction, and creative prose for its sixteenth annual print issue. This is themed issue—the theme is MOTHERS PLAY/MOTHERS WORK. They publish work by writers who are mothers or by others about motherhood. The submissions period is May 15, 2017 to August 15, 2017. The upcoming issue of Mom Egg Review will be looking at PLAY and WORK through the lens of motherhood. www.momeggreview.com

Pink Panther Magazine is now accepting submissions of art, poetry, and prose (fiction, personal essay, articles) for Volume 8, Number 2. Deadline for consideration: July 15, 2017. 

Seneca Review announces The Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize with a $2,000 prize, book publication and a guest reading at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. They will be accepting submissions June 1 to August 15, 2017. John D’Agata will be the judge. Lyric essay encompasses cross-genre work and hybrid forms. By book, we mean a single work or group of related pieces. Page range: 48-120. Detailed information at http://www.hws.edu/senecareview/bookcontest/

Slate Roof Press, a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative, is pleased to announce the 2017 Elyse Wolf Prize for our annual poetry chapbook contest. The winner receives $500, becomes an active member of the press, and will have his/her chapbook published by Slate Roof. Submit no more than 28 pages of poetry. $10 reading fee. Deadline (upload/postmark): June 15, 2017. For full contest guidelines, visit www.slateroofpress.com/contest.html.

Taleamor Park’s residency season is open. They are currently accepting applications for the few remaining visual artist and writer residency places in July, August, September, or October. Taleamor Park is located in the countryside near Chicago and Lake Michigan. Residents live in a lovely 1854 Italianate farmhouse that has two bathrooms, two kitchens, a laundry room, two common rooms, four private air-conditioned bedrooms, a library, a writing nook, and a paper studio. The Taleamor Park website includes comments from most of Taleamor Park's 2016 residents as well as links to their personal websites. There is a simple online application form, ideally due six weeks before the start date of a residency, but later applications will be considered if space remains.

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the third annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open from April 5-August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx

The Woven Tale Press introduces its first annual writing competition, judged by Ploughshares founder DeWitt Henry and with a grand prize of a one-week writer's retreat in the Hamptons, NY. Destination for writers from around the world. Deadline: July 31, 2017. Entry Fee: $20

Submission Requirements: 6000-word maximum; literary fiction or creative nonfiction (self-standing excerpts okay); previously unpublished; electronic submissions only; double-spaced; bio. Visit http://www.thewoventalepress.net/literary-competition-prose/ for complete details.

ABOUT THE SOLSTICE PROGRAM & PINE MANOR COLLEGE

As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

www.pmc.edu/mfa

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