Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Get Out of Town: Awards for Study-Abroad Writing Programs

The University of New Orleans, the pioneer in writing programs abroad, is pleased to announce the sixth annual writing contest for study-abroad, Summer, 2010. This year the contest is co-sponsored by The Normal School, who will judge the entries and publish the winners. Full fee waivers, including housing allowance, will be granted to one writer each in the genres of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Partial awards and honorable mentions may also be granted. Winners may attend any of UNO's 2010 study-abroad writing programs:
--Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
--Writing Workshops in Montpellier
--The Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Dorf Tirol, Italy

Visit website for information and to pay entry fee:

Please note that these are the complete guidelines. Queries are not necessary. Note that we have greatly simplified the submission and payment process this year.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2010.

Eligibility: Anyone writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre of application, except faculty and administrators employed by the University of New Orleans.

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $25 must be paid for each submission. Fees can only be paid online using the link below.

Submission Format: The submission process is entirely electronic. No paper manuscripts will be accepted. To submit your entry, go to the submission module on the UNO Press site (

Multiple Submissions: Applicants may submit multiple applications in one or more genres, however each application must be complete with entry fee. Payment for multiple submissions may be made in aggregate (see below), but each submission must be uploaded separately at the submission site.

Submission Limits and Format: Prose submissions should not exceed 4500 words (about 15 pages double spaced). Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. The submitted work must be unpublished at the time of submission, though it may be under consideration. The author's name must not appear anywhere in the work, including in headers or footers.

Acknowledgments: Acknowledgments by email query only. Each applicant will be emailed a list of winners when the contest has been decided, around the end of March.

Questions and comments may be emailed to


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.