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Solstice MFA Fellowships available! Apply now!

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program offers five fellowships for prospective students who want to start in our program this winter:

  • The Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction
  • The Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction
  • The Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent
  • The Martin B. Bernstein Fellowship for Poetry
  • The Francis L. Toner Fellowship for Veterans

These Fellowships provide $1,000 toward first semester tuition for five students. Applicants who want to be considered for a Fellowship should submit a general application form no later than Oct. 28, 2019.



Faculty member Amy Hoffman will speak at the Provincetown Book Festival at the Provincetown Library, 365 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02647. On Saturday, Sept. 14, at 3:00 p.m., she will participate in the panel “In Search of Stonewall.” On Sunday, Sept. 15, at 10:00 a.m., she will read on the panel “This Place Matters: Provincetown Fiction” from her novel, The Off Season. For more information, visit

Graduate Eileen Cleary will feature on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Boston Poetry Salon at 78 Westland Avenue, Apt. 207, Boston, MA.

Writer in Residence Dzvinia Orlowsky will read on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2:00 p.m. as part of the 2019 New England Poetry Club award and honorable mention recipient celebration. Reception follows. Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge. Free and open to the public.


Graduate Jenifer DeBellis will read on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series at The Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI.


Faculty member Laure-Anne Bosselaar will read on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. as part of the BLOOM Reading Series at The Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, Pinehurst Ave and 183rd St in New York, NY.

Faculty member Laure-Anne Bosselaar will read on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Bryant Park Reading Series in New York, NY.

Graduate Alison Stone will be reading with Gerald McCarthy at the Nyack Library on Saturday, Sept. 28th at 2:00 p.m.


Faculty member Kathleen Aguero’s poem, “Self-Portrait as a River,” has been published in Anchor issue 11.

Graduate and student Lisa Allen’s essay, “The Closest We’ll Come to a Family Reunion,” was published in the Summer 2019 issue of 3Elements Review.

Faculty member Laure-Anne Bosselaar appeared in an interview for The Creative Community 2.0.

Graduate Eileen Cleary’s poem, “Self-Portrait as Dog Breed Description,” has been accepted by Sugar
House Review for publication in its tenth-anniversary issue.

Assistant director Quintin Collins’ poem “Delayed MBTA Train Home as Jimi Hendrix’s Stratocaster” has been accepted for publication by Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

Student Sam Cooke’s personal essay “Midnight Messages With Rachel” was published with Prometheus Dreaming.

Student Dustin Grinnell published his MFA critical thesis, “The Anatomy of Bibliotherapy: How Fiction Heals,” with the Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities.

Student Ashley Johnson’s essay “It’s Not Just Hair” has been accepted by Sleet Magazine for publication.

Graduate Melanie Meehan’s book Every Child Can Write is scheduled to be published in early October and is available for pre-purchase now on Amazon and through Corwin Press.

Graduate Elizabeth Mercurio’s poem “Stay” has been chosen by Editor Truth Thomas for inclusion in the upcoming Skinny Poetry Anthology slated for publication this fall.

Student Andy Smart’s poem “This Is” has been selected for publication by Lily Poetry Review.

Graduate Alison Stone’s sixth poetry collection, Caught in the Myth, will be released from NYQ Books on Sept. 28th.


Graduate Laura Jones-Pettit was recently hired as an Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University.

Graduate Faye Snider, a mentee of Mary Oliver, was invited to give a lecture titled, “Mary Oliver, On and Off the Page,” at the Hollihock Writer’s Conference on Sunday, Aug. 25.

Graduate Eileen Cleary will participate with Robbie Gamble, Regie Gibson, and Kevin McLellan on a panel entitled “The Strangeness in Ourselves” at the New Hampshire Poetry Festival, 98 Bridge Street, Henniker NH, on Sept. 14, 2019, at 9:15 a.m.

Graduate Eileen Cleary will participate with fellow graduate Lisa Mason Sullivan, Krysten Hill, and Jennifer Jean on a panel entitled “Intrinsically Different: A Panel Discussion of How Being Othered in Childhood Affects One’s Writing and Publishing” at the New Hampshire Poetry Festival, 98 Bridge Street, Henniker, NH, on Sept. 14, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.

Graduate Autumn Stephens will present a workshop titled “Finders, Keepers: Working with Fragments” on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Salem Convention Center as part of the Oregon Poetry Association Conference in Salem, OR.

Faculty member Laure-Anne Bosselaar will teach a master class & two workshops at the Central Coast Writers Conference from Sept. 26-28. (Cuesta College San Luis Obispo Campus Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405)

Graduate Kim Suhr will present at the Wisconsin Writers Association Mini-Conference, “Writing and Publishing Wisdom,” on Oct. 5 in Middleton, WI.

Graduate Daniel Summerhill’s panel “Cultivating Authentic Voice in Black Writers” was accepted by AWP. He, along with assistant director Quintin Collins, faculty member Brendan Kiely and Raych Jackson will present at AWP 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.

OTHER NEWS (Awards, etc.)

Graduate James Anderson’s second novel Lullaby Road was nominated for Best Mystery of 2018. German publisher Polar Verlag will release Lullaby Road this fall.

Graduate Jenifer DeBellis launches Pink Panther Magazine, Volume 10, Number 2, along with editors and graduates Andrea Davies, Jennifer Gentile, and Lisa J. Sullivan.

Graduate Kim Suhr’s short story titled “Shields Up” received an Honorable Mention in the Wisconsin Academy’s People & Ideas Fiction and Poetry Contest.

Writer in Residence Dzvinia Orlowsky’s book, Bad Harvest, was recently named a 2019 Massachusetts Book Awards “Must Read” in poetry.

Writer in Residence Dzvinia Orlowsky’s poem sequence “The (Dis)enchanted Desna” was selected by Robert Pinsky as this year’s co-winner of the New England Poetry Club Samuel Washington Allen Prize.


Heinemann Publishing is looking for freelance writers to write compelling fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays for children in grades K to 6. We are eager to find voices that are as diverse as our students. Writers who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), LGBTQIA+, or disabled are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidates will have a highly engaging writing style and be able to pitch ideas that are compelling to kids. We do prefer candidates who have some experience writing for children but encourage all to apply. The assignments will be work for hire. Please apply at

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. ENTRY FEES VARY. Deadline is Oct. 1, 2019. The 29th Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize competition is now open for submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. First-place winners in each category receive $5000, feature publication in our spring issue, and are honored at a gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists are often published in the magazine also, or, in the case of poetry, as part of our Poem of the Week online feature. All entrants are considered for publication.

Lily Poetry Review Books is now accepting submissions for full-length and chapbook poetry collections.

Maximum Tilt, an anthology of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College, is now open for submissions for our second volume. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology go to support the Writers Helping Writers Scholarship Fund. Volume Two is a themed issue, focusing on “Please and Thank You.” What do we mean when we say please? We’re looking for work that explores the distance between “Bitch, please,” and “Please pass the salt,” or between telling your spouse “Would you just please stop,” and saying “Yes, please,” to a server offering more wine. “Thanks for coming” has triplicate meanings in the receiving line at a book signing, a wedding, or a funeral. “Thank you” can convey genuine gratitude or gratuitous snark. We’d love to read stories, poems, essays, or hybrid/graphic works probing the nuances of sarcasm and sincerity when we say thank you. We are curious not only about the spaces theses platitudes occupy in the world but the places from whence they emanate. And above all, we value creativity and craft. Send your best work to us and we will treat it with care and compassion and, we hope, be able to share it with the world. Submissions are open until October 15, so get to it. Please. And thank you. Email us if you have any questions.

New Limestone Review, formerly Limestone, is seeking submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art on a rolling basis for monthly issues of our online literary review. We strive to put out new voices that make us feel alive. All pieces published online are eligible for inclusion in our biannual print publications. For a sense of what we’re looking for, please check out our August issue, which features fiction from Noelle Q. de Jesus, creative non-fiction from Candace Walsh, and poetry from Megan DeMatteo, and Matt Morgan. Our featured artist of the month is Lauren Carlo. Submit here!

The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship. Deadline is Oct. 21, 2019. Scholarships available include one cash and five sponsorship opportunities for the fall semester award. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or graduate program in the United States, Canada, or Australia. Applicants must have completed the first chapter of a novel they are currently writing, or have written but not published, to submit for review. All applications should be submitted via this form. Each submission should be 1,000-7,500 words and accompanied by a short synopsis from the author. Applicants can visit the scholarship page 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.

Quintin Collins
Assistant Director

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