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The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is accepting applications for students who would like to start the program in summer 2017. The summer 2017 residency is set for July 7 to 16. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Writers who submit general applications by April 17, 2017** may be offered a space in the summer 2017 residency/fall semester. Following that date, all acceptances will be for the winter 2018 residency/spring semester.

Solstice will have an incredible line-up of guests for our residency this summer, including Solstice Writer-in-Residence Dennis Lehane (author of many award-winning works, including Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island, and Live by Night). Check out their bios and photos here!



Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky will be reading her poetry on Friday, April 21, 2:30-3:30, as part of the Lavender Ink/Dialogos Books Poetry Reading, New Orleans Poetry Festival 2017.


Faculty member Amy Hoffman will read from her memoir Lies About My Family and lead a discussion about Jewish family history at Temple Emeth in Brookline, Massachusetts, on Saturday, April 29, at 9:30 a.m., as part of the Emeth Reads series. It's free, but you need to register at 

Grub Street presents a panel of three YA authors reading from their work and discussing a craft issue up on Tuesday, April 4th at the Trident Book Sellers and Café on Newbury Street, Boston. The panel is titled “Secondary Characters: The Importance of a Supporting Cast.”


Graduate Jenifer DeBellis will read on Friday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. as part of the OU Ekphrasis Poetry Contest Winners and Poetry Bash at Oakland University, Oakland Center, 312 Meadow Brook Rd., Rochester, MI. She will also read on Thursday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. as part of the Author Book Sale Event at the Sterling Heights Public Library, 44575 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp., MI.


Graduate Jane Cawthorne's play, The Abortion Monologues, is being performed at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, at Sarner Underground on April 7, 2017 and 1 Wheelock, Collis Center on April 13, 2017. Tickets are available at the door.

Program Director Meg Kearney will be reading from her new verse novel, When You Never Said Goodbye: An Adoptee’s Search for Her Birth Mother, at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH, on Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m.


Graduate Kat Fitzpatrick will hold a free gathering of Writing Fun & Games, at the Malta Library, Round Lake, NY on Saturday, April 29, from 1-2:30 p.m.  Writing Fun & Games is an ongoing series that celebrates reading and writing.


Graduate Joyce McPherson will give a reading in Chattanooga, TN on Saturday, April 8 at the Spring Fling Author Event, 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Hamilton Place. Joyce will be joined by local authors Vivian Moore, Destiny Auburn, David Beeler, Robert Bradford, and J Elliott Kay. The authors will sign copies of their books. 


Faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem is included in the anthology, Bared: Contemporary Poetry and Art on Bras and Breasts from Les Femmes Folles Books

Graduate James Anderson's novel The Never-Open Desert Diner was released on March 3rd in a French language edition by Belfond, Paris. His second novel, Lullaby Road, is scheduled for hardcover publication by Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, on January 16th, 2018.

Graduate Jane Cawthorne published Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Short Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, (Inanna Publications) which she co-edited with E.D. Morin. Cawthorne has a CNF piece, "Of Mountains and Menopause" in the book, co-written with E.D. Morin and a short story, "Disassembly." Solstice Graduate Cathy Cultice Lentescontributes her poem, "Salt" and Solstice Graduate Tanya Coovadia, contributes her poem with a prose introduction, "The Things We Carry." The anthology will be available in bookstores across North America on May 1, 2017.

Graduate Heather Christie’s essay Be Honest: Are You Really Paying Attention? was published by Elephant Journal.

Three graduates have been published in the anthology, Family Stories from the Attic, published by Hidden Timber Books: Margaret Krell ("Tracing my Father's Admonition"), Jessica Schnur ("Unstuck) and Kim Suhr ("Wind the Fabric Tighter").

Faculty member Dzvinia Orlowsky’s poem, “Age of Osteo Colossus” has been accepted for publication by The Baffler; “Pleasure Pit” and “Fine Despite” have been accepted by Ploughshares; and “Ivan the Fly-Eater” and “Kalendar” have been accepted for publication by Cardinal Points.

The spring 2017 issue of Hunger Mountain, themed “Masked/Unmasked,” features three poems from program director Meg Kearney’s YA verse novel, When You Never Said Goodbye: An Adoptee’s Search for Her Birthmother. Graduate Alexa Hudson and faculty member Robert Lopez also have pieces in this spring 2017 issue.


Program Director Meg Kearney will be working with students in grades K-8 at the Bolton School in Connecticut on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Faculty member Kathleen Aguero will be teaching a workshop on Creative Writing for Caregivers at the 2017 Narrative Medicine Symposium. Friday April 7 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

Meg Kearney will be reading and giving a talk on verse novels at Stephens College and at the Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, MO, from April 20 to 23.

OTHER NEWS (awards, etc.)

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis’ poem “unfinished business (for Degas)” won 1st place in Oakland University’s Alum/Grad/Faculty 2017 Ekphrasis Poetry Contest and will appear on the English Channel, Volume 16, Issue 1.

Graduate Lisa Mahoney served as a judge for the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit Short Story Writing Contest in March and will serve as a judge for the Marathon Writes Creative Writing Competition in April.

Life-long Luddite faculty member Sandra Scofield finally has a website:  Remember the “j”. 


Program Director Meg Kearney will judge the “Finding Home” Poetry Contest for YARN invites poets from all over the world inspired by this theme to submit an original poem that captures what finding home means to them personally. Submissions open 3/21/17, World Poetry Day, and close on 4/8/17. Winners will be announced 4/26/17. YA publishes teens and adults who write for teen readers. For more information about YARN, the contest, and submitting, go to: 

BOA Editions is pleased to accept submissions for the 7th annual BOA Short Fiction Prize from April 1 – May 31, 2017. The winner gets $1000 and book publication in 2019. More information:

Broadsided Press announces its ANNUAL SWITCHEROO. They are looking for Ekphrastic Responses to artist Amy Meissner's "The Fragile Domestic”.  The deadline is April 15, 2017.  The winning entry will be published on May 1, 2017 as a Broadsided collaboration.  The collaboration will be offered, free, for anyone to download from our website and post on streets, notice boards, and utility poles around the world in serendipitous locations. Poems should be UNDER 20 lines.  Prose should be UNDER 300 words. Please include a brief bio. For more information:

Dzanc Books Books is pleased to announce their 2017 season of contests now open for submissions. This includes the Dzanc Books 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.

The Frost Place is offering discounts to students currently enrolled in MFA programs to attend one of their summer poetry programs. Participation at The Frost Place will enrich their knowledge of poetic craft and provide a supplement to the fantastic work they are already doing in their MFA. Details: Conference on Poetry or Poetry Seminar: to be eligible for a discount, applicants must be accepted by April 27, and payment must be made in full by May 31, 2017.  Conference on Poetry and Teaching: to be eligible for a discount, applicant must be accepted by April 20 and payment must be made in full by May 18, 2017.

I Come From The World, a new online magazine, has put out a call for submissions. The deadline is May 15, 2017. The contest theme is “What does it mean to you to "come from the world”? and has a $500 prize.  I Come From The World seeks to inspire, inform, and connect people around the world through truth- and story-telling. For submission instructions, go to:  For contest guidelines, go to: 

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.

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

Solstice Literary Magazine has EXTENDED the deadline for its annual contest to April 15. They offer $500 prizes in creative nonfiction and poetry (judged by Meredith Hall and Afaa Michael Weaver, respectively) and a $1000 prize in fiction. The fiction prize will be judged by Solstice MFA faculty member Robert Lopez.  For more information: 

Storm Cellar, a literary magazine, is currently on the hunt for aesthetically ambitious writing for our print journal and for our Force Majeure Flash Contest. Storm Cellar is an independent literary journal of safety and danger, aims to display aesthetic ambition as well as the work of authors and artists who are members of under-represented groups. Guidelines at and contest rules at

Tammy is reading chapbook submissions and, beginning on March 1, journal submissions. Founded in 2009, Tammy is a print journal and chapbook press publishing work from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters. They are reading chapbooks year-round and journal submissions from March 1 through June 1; submit at:

The Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit Short Story Writing Contest is taking submissions. For more information: 


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.

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