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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fellowship, Residency, Award

Vermont Studio Center - Upcoming Fellowship Deadline - Applications. Due by: October 1st, 2010. The Studio Center provides 4-12 week studio residencies on an historic30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a villagein the heart of the northern Green Mountains. VSC awards a number of Fellowships for 4-week residencies throughout the year. Open to all artists and writers. In addition to VSC Fellowships,a variety of special fellowships are also available for full or partialfunding. Please visit our website for more information and to download an application.

Lynchburg College. Thornton Writer Residency. A fourteen-week residency at Lynchburg College, including a stipend, is awarded annually to a fiction writer for the fall term & a poet or creative nonfiction writer for the spring term. The residency also includes housing, some meals, & roundtrip travel expenses. The writer-in-residence will teach a weekly creative writing workshop, visit classes, & give a public reading. Submit a copy of a previously published book, a curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining evidence of successful teaching experience, & contact information for three references by October 15, 2010. There is no entry fee. If you would like your book(s) returned, please submit a SASE with sufficient postage. Visit the website for more information. Lynchburg College, Thornton Writer Residency, c/o Julie Williams, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, 1501 Lakeside Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501. (434) 544-8820. Allison Wilkins, Contact.

When Amanda was writing the stories that would become her firstcollection, Circling the Drain, she worked a number of ridiculous jobs to make ends meet. (At one point she was writing copy for television ads for newspaper tabloids.) Her second published story, "Fat Ladies Floated in the Sky Like Balloons," appeared in the second issue of McSweeney's and was everything we were looking for in fiction—it was bold, funny, experimental, lyrical, and ended without any conventional sort of resolution. She was at her best when she was at her most brave.Her first novel, Wonder When You'll Miss Me, concerned a teenage girl who leaves high school under cloudy circumstances and joins the circus. This memorial award is intended to aid a young woman writer of 32 yearsor younger who both embodies Amanda's personal strengths—warmth,generosity, a passion for community—and who needs some time to finish abook in progress. The book in progress needn't be thematically orstylistically close to Amanda's work, but we would be lying if we saidwe weren't looking to support another writer of Amanda's outrageouslyricism and heart. Applicants should send a work in progress, between 5,000 and 40,000words, and a statement of their financial situation. You may list anyand all ridiculous jobs performed to facilitate your writing, and youmay include two other short pieces, published or otherwise, which willbe read if you feel they would help in the understanding of your workgenerally. The reading group will consist of McSweeney's editors and ahandful of writers and readers close to Amanda. The award of $2,500 will be given in one lump-sum grant, with no strings attached. The deadline is December 1, 2010. Winners will benotified by March 1, 2011. Send materials, with SASE, to: The Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award / 849 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110.

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