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Opportunity: New Visions Writers Award (Writers of Color in the USA)


Via the Tu Books website:

Support for the Award

New York Times Bestselling Author Nikki Grimes  chimes in: “When was the last time you read a fantasy or science fiction novel written by an author of color? For most, the answer would be never. That simply ought not to be. There's little point in discussing diversity in literature if whole genres are left out of the mix. With the launch of the New Visions Award, Lee & Low Publishers are taking a significant step to address that oversight..." Read more

About the Award

TU BOOKS, the fantasy, science fiction, and mystery imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the first annual NEW VISIONS AWARD. The NEW VISIONS AWARD will be given for a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color. The Award winner receives a cash grant of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash grant of $500.

TU BOOKS was launched in 2010, dedicated to diversity in the beloved genre fiction market for young people. Titles include Wolf MarkTankborn, and Cat Girl’s Day Off. Fall 2012 will bring the publication of Morris Award nominee and Pura Belpré Award winner Guadalupe Garcia McCall’sSummer of the Mariposas.


1. The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a middle grade or young adult novel published.

2. Writers who have published work in other venues such as children’s magazines or picture books, or adult fiction or nonfiction, are eligible. Only unagented submissions will be accepted.

3. Work that has been published in its entirety in any format (including online and self publishing) is not eligible. Manuscripts previously submitted to TU BOOKS will not be considered.


1. Manuscripts should address the needs of children of color by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another.

2. Submissions may be FANTASYSCIENCE FICTION, or MYSTERY novels for children ages 8 to 12 or young adults ages 12 to 18. Realistic stories without a mystery or speculative component will not be considered.

3. Submissions should include a synopsis of the story plus the first three (3) chapters accompanied by a cover letter that includes the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, brief biographical note, relevant cultural and ethnic information, how the author heard about the award, and publication history, if any. Do not send the entire manuscript.

4. Manuscripts should be printed in a clear 12-point font, double-spaced, on 8½” x 11” paper. Submissions will not be returned, so do not submit your only copy.

5. Up to two submissions per entrant. Each submission should be submitted separately.

6. Submissions should be clearly addressed to:

TU BOOKS 95 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10016 ATTN: NEW VISIONS AWARD

7. Manuscripts may not be submitted to other publishers or to TU BOOKSgeneral submissions while under consideration for this award. TU BOOKSis not responsible for late, lost, or incorrectly addressed or delivered submissions.

Dates for Submission

Manuscripts will be accepted from June 1, 2012, through October 30, 2012and must be postmarked within that period.

Click here for more info.

Opportunity for Writers of Color: The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship 2013


From The Loft Literary Center website:

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship 2013


Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 5 p.m. — This is not a postmark deadline.

Download the award guidelines (PDF)

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for artists of color and Indigenous artists provides writers financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement self-selecting community learning and enrichment plans.

Winners will be selected to receive grants of up to $8,000 to underwrite projects of their own design. At least one winner will be a Minnesota resident. The total number of winners will be dependent on the requests. Typically, four writers are awarded grants.

There is a $20 application fee for this Fellowship.

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship is made possible by the Surdna Foundation.

Call for Applicants, Individual Grants: Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts


Via Bay Area Art Grind: Call for Applicants, Individual Grants: Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

Deadline: September 15th, 2012

From their website:  Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.

Architecture and related spatial practices engage a wide range of cultural, social, political, technological, environmental, and aesthetic issues. We are interested in projects that investigate the contemporary condition, expand historical perspectives, or explore the future of architecture and the designed environment.

We support innovative, thought-provoking investigations in architecture; architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and related fields of inquiry. Our interest also extends to work being done in the fine arts, humanities, and sciences that expands the boundaries of thinking about architecture and space. In an effort to bridge communities and different fields of knowledge, we support a wide range of practitioners (such as architects, scholars, critics, writers, artists, curators, and educators) and organizations (such as non-profit galleries, colleges and universities, publishers, and museums).

Individual Artist Grants: Priorities and Criteria

For individuals, our priorities are to:

  • Provide opportunities to create, develop, and communicate a project about architecture and the designed environment that will contribute to their creative, intellectual, and professional growth at crucial or potentially transformative stages in their careers.
  • Support their efforts to take positions, develop new forms of expression, and engage debate.
  • Help them communicate their work in the public realm and reach new and wider audiences.
  • Support new voices by giving priority to first-time applicants.

Overall we are most interested in opportunities which enable us to provide critical support at key points in the development of a project or career.

Our grantmaking focuses on individuals in the United States, however, we do make a small percentage of international grants. Please note we require that final projects be disseminated in English.

For more detailed information on individual grants, criteria for evaluation, links to eligibility, how to apply, inquiry form and more:

Link to grant information for organizations:

Decolonizing Knowledge and Power: Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Horizons



The international Summer School, “Decolonizing Knowledge and Power,” is an undertaking that aims at enlarging the scope of the conversation (analysis and investigation) of the hidden agenda of modernity (that is, coloniality) in the sphere of knowledge and higher education. This course is offered through the Center of Study and Investigation for Global Dialogues, in Barcelona, Spain, in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. The seminar will be held at theUAB-Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Casa de la Convalescencia (Hospital de Sant Pau) .

Asian Cultural Council Individual and Project/Organizational Grants


Via Planting Rice: Start Date: Friday, September 30, 2011 Deadline: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Information and Deadlines

Individual Grants

Asian individuals seeking grant assistance to conduct research, study, receive specialized training, undertake observation tours, or pursue non-commercial creative activity in the United States or among the countries of Asia in the visual and performing arts are eligible to apply for fellowship support from the Council. Americans seeking support to undertake activities in Asia are also eligible to apply.

Project & Organization Grants

Arts organizations and educational and cultural organizations are eligible to apply to the Council for support for projects of exceptional importance involving cultural exchange between Asia and the United States or regional exchange among the countries of Asia. As the Council’s program resources are concentrated on fellowship awards to individuals, our grants for projects are usually modest in size.

Application Schedule

  • Applications available: September 1 to October 31, 2011
  • Application deadline: November 1, 2011
  • Applicants who will not be considered for the final review will be notified by March 2012.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by late May 2012.
  • For more details on the Council’s funding guidelines, please visit ACC's FAQ page and Guidelines for Applications.

11/08/2011 Application Deadline: VONA/Voices at the University of Miami


The University of Miami's MFA in Creative Writing Program and VONA Voices Writing Workshop announce the first VONA/Voices regional writing workshop to be held January 13, 14, and 15, 2012 at the University of Miami. The Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) is dedicated to nurturing writers of color and has been holding summer workshops for twelve years in the Bay Area.  This pilot “winter” program was initiated by writer, M. Evelina Galang, Director of Creative Writing at the University of Miami, and Diem Jones, Executive Director of VONA, who have collaborated on designing an intensive 3 day, daylong workshops in the following:

Telling our Tales in Fiction and Non-Fiction with Mat Johnson

The writers offer stories to each other that present a narrative representation of a story of family, culture, place, and situation. Theses portrayals whether fact or fiction have a dynamic life in the narrative. The participants exchange their work and share their ideas.

Blogging, Logging, an On-line Presence with Elmaz Abinader

As the contemporary Belle Lettres, Blogging is the journal of the times. As strongly personal as it is, the imperative is to inspire outwardly. The bloggers study contemporary themed and unthemed blogs and generate pieces in the workshop; which are shared and studied.

Poetry, Lyricizing and Speaking with Willie Perdomo

Acknowledging the traditions of written, spoken, drummed, danced and signed poem, the poets in this class develop their works with a consciousness of their place in the Diaspora, the anxiety of identity and the demand of the public voice. The participants exchange their work and share their ideas.

The workshops will begin on Friday, January 13 and end with a participant writer reading on Sunday, January 15.  Writers in the workshops will exchange their work, discuss craft and strategy, generate new writing, and develop writing communities. Classes will be held at on the University of Miami Coral Gables Campus.

Interested applicants can APPLY NOW by completing an application form and supplying a writing sample:

Poetry: 5-10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages) Prose (fiction or nonfiction):  up to 20 pages Blog:  10-15 pages of creative work (does not need to be blog-type)


Applications: November 8, 2011. Applicants notified by December 1, 2011. Deposit:  December 10, 2011 Payment in full:  December 22, 2011.

Words are Mightier is open all writers-of-color with or without experience in workshopping, writing or publishing.  “This opportunity is particularly appealing to writers who haven’t been able to attend our West Coast workshops because of the time and financial commitment. We welcome both VONA alums and new writers to apply” says Diem Jones,

The three workshops will be limited to 10-12 writers and will meet Friday - Sunday between 9am-12:30 pm and 2:30pm-5pm.  A faculty reading, which is open to the public, will be held on Saturday night. The workshop participants will present their work on Sunday night.

The tuition for the weekend is $475 and those seeking residency will be offered a special lodging price at the Holiday Inn .

Who is VONA?  Established in 1999, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation has presented the Voices Writing Workshops at the University of San Francisco and UC Berkeley for 12 consecutive years. The VONA Voices Writing Workshop is dedicated to nurturing developing writers of color. Each year nearly 140 writers come from around the country and around the globe to work with renowned writers of color.

As the only Multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation, VONA provides developing writers a place where they can explore their craft in an atmosphere of support and understanding, where they can exchange with great writers ideas and inspirations, where they can gain empowerment to move from VONA to a writer's life with authority and confidence.  The University of Miami MFA in Creative Writing warmly welcomes the VONA/Voices community for this special weekend of workshops.

For more about VONA/Voices, go to


Online Writing Classes for Moms: The Momoir Project


From She Writes: Online Writing Classes for Moms: The Momoir Project

with Cori Howard

$395 for a 3-month course

 Starts October 6, 2011

Learn the art of the “momoir” in this exciting new online class.  The class is aimed at moms of all ages and stages who are interested in learning how to translate their personal experiences and memories of motherhood into words. Whether you want to write as a keepsake for yourself or your children, or whether you want to start a blog, improve your blog or get published in a newspaper, magazine or book, this course will help guide you, inspire you and get you writing.

Class time is held in an online forum where students get a chance to discuss writing and other personal essays on motherhood with other moms around the world. There are several parts to the course: a series of forums where the instructor posts a lesson and questions and you get to comment and respond to other student’s comments. There are six forums held once every two weeks over a 5-hour period.

Forum discussions will focus on your writing and the readings (with the class you are given a fabulous and inspiring reading package, consisting of the best essays on motherhood carefully culled and selected by Cori Howard, editor of Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood, and founder of The Momoir Project.)

Every two weeks, you will complete a new writing assignment, as well as read about two essays. Over the three month session, we will cover the essential elements of writing a momoir, and you will develop your own personal essay, as well as six shorter pieces. As well, you will learn how to start a blog, improve your blog and how to publish in publications - both in print and online, and how to pitch your stories and ideas to editors and publishers.

Reading and writing assignments have been designed with the busy mom in mind. The class is very manageable, no matter how heavy your mother-load.


Funding Opportunity: The California Documentary Project


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The California Documentary Project supports film, video, radio, and new media projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. More information about recently funded projects can be found on the program section of our website. Eligible applicants may apply for a:

  • Production Grant — Monday, October 3, 2011 deadline * New guidelines for this grant are now available. Click on the link above to read more.
  • Research and Development Grant — Monday, October 3, 2011 deadline * New guidelines for this grant are now available. Click on the link above to read more.
  • Public Engagement Grant — April 29, 2011 (deadline has passed)

The California Council for the Humanities has been bringing people together around their history and culture for more than 25 years.

The California Council for the Humanities connects Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.

More information is here.

Call for Submissions: Southern Rep, THE RUBY PRIZE (women of color playwrights)


Southern Rep is Now Accepting Submissions For THE RUBY PRIZE, our national New Play Award for a woman of color playwright and Announces A New Partnership With Hedgebrook: a ten-day writer’s retreat for the RUBY PRIZE Winner


An annual new play award of $10,000 to a woman of color playwright named in honor of Ruby Bridges, representing perseverance in the face of formidable obstacles.

This program was conceived as part of ongoing efforts made by Southern Rep to develop new American plays, support a diverse community of artists, and incite a stimulating dialogue within our community.


• $10,000 prize • A week long development workshop with collaboration of full artistic team at the Southern Rep New Play Bacchanal, held in New Orleans, January 5 – 7, 2012 • A sponsored trip to New York to continue development of the play and introduce the new work to a larger audience. (The above travel includes roundtrip air and accommodations.) • A ten-day writing retreat to Hedgebrook. Located on beautiful Whidbey Island near Seattle, Hedgebrook offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers. Through innovative public programs, Hedgebrook enables women’s work to enrich the global community by diversity: of culture,  nationality, voice, genre, generation, perspective, religious beliefs and political affiliations.  (Does not include travel.)

Two finalists will be selected to have their new works read at the Southern Rep New Play Bacchanal in January 2012. (Includes roundtrip air and accommodations. There is no cash award associated with the selection of finalists.)

Read more.