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Residency Programme for Fiction Writers and Poets | April-June 2019

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A call to challenge cultural and racial stereotypes for authors with links to Africa.

Description of residency program

"Dentro la Terra" will be hosting up to two published fiction writers or poets in April-June 2019 as part of its first residency programme.

The residency will take place in the village of Arielli (+/- 1,100 inhabitants) in the Central-Italian region of Abruzzo, about 15 kilometers from both the Adriatic Sea and the foothills of the Majella mountain. Accomodation and work-spaces are located in a palazzo, which was long owned by wealthy Arielli landowners, with some parts dating back hundreds of years. Stretching out over three floors, it is surrounded by a large garden overlooking a forested valley, offering a lot of privacy and inspiration, while being in the village center. It underwent an extensive renovation in 2018 and is now ready to welcome guests. It is called "Dentro la Terra" in honor of the colloquial expression used by the locals to refer to the historic center.

Duration of residency
The residency is offered for a period of one month, but length can be adapted to the creative needs of the project proposed.  

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
The residency programme is open to authors from any country.

As part of this first open call, preference will be given to projects challenging cultural and racial stereotypes and to authors with personal or artistic links with the African continent. Projects can be realized in any language. Ability to speak Italian is considered an asset. The residency is self-run and will not follow a set programme.

Accommodation and studio/ workspace
Resident(s) will be provided with accomodation and a work space. 

Fees and support
Residence is provided at no fee for the author(s) selected. Living costs and travel expenses are not covered by the grant, but support can be provided to residents' applications for scholarships or other forms of financial support.

Expectations towards the artist
Expectations from residents is to complete the project proposed in their application. Based on relevance for the project proposed, the author(s) can be requested to talk part in a talk or public event.

Application information
In their application, prospective residents will include their resume, a list of published works, a description of their project and the intended duration of their stay. Applicants will explain how the proposed project will impact their own artistic growth, as well as the local host community.

​Based on relevance for the project(s) selected, additional visibility will be provided to the author(s), as well as opportunities to interact with other cultural initiatives. .

​Applications will be received via email in English, French, Italian or German, before 30 January 2019. Selected applicants will receive confirmation of their acceptance by 28 February 2019. 

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Book of Doors

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Call for submissions

This is a call for action to all authors to create a short literary piece inspired by an art work.  Any aspiring writer or poet can choose up to five art works from preselected images by Artem Mirolevich and submit up to five individual literary pieces.  The format is up to one written page (500 words maximum) per art work.

You are invited to submit short stories, poems, essays, scripts or any other type of creative writing.  One submission per each art work will be selected by a jury to be published in the Book of Doors.  The book will feature over 50 stories by various authors and over 50 art works by Artem Mirolevich.

Submissions will be judged based on their literary quality and its relevance to the art work. Prizes of $300, $200, $100 will be awarded for the top 3 submissions. Winners will be announced by September 1st.,2018.  All co -authors chosen for the printed format will receive a free copy of the book and a limited edition print of an art work.  All participating authors will be featured in the Book of Doors blog. The aim of the book is promoting creative collaborations between writers and artists.  

 

From the artist:

Literature is one of my primary sources of inspiration. Tolkien, Dante, Tolstoy, Asimov and numerous other writers and poets helped me shape my own vision  as a visual story teller.

My story starts with a protagonist Goggle Man, who travels through time and Space using his goggles.  He visits numerous worlds, makes friends and enemies , learns secrets of the universe and finds his true love. 

The art work selected for the book is divided into five worlds or chapters. Each chapter has a brief introduction, describing what inspired me to create it. You are definitely not obliged to follow it and are encouraged to use your imagination freely. The only condition for successful collaboration is relevance between the visual and verbal components. 

Each chapter represents a milestone in the development of humanity. From the birth of life itself (CH. 1 Tree of Life) to the very first story tellers that created religion and mythology (CH. 2 Elephants), which inevitably led to the development of thriving civilizations from Babylon to New York City (CH 3. Metropolis) to its it’s probable self destruction (CH. 4 Sunken City) and ultimate redemption (CH 5 Cosmic Love). I can’t help but look at the collapse of history’s greatest civilizations and wonder what the future holds for our own. If Rome didn’t make it, what chance do we have? Is there anything that could unite us as a species or is it too late to destroy all the borders we’ve built?

Book of Doors format: 10”x 12” Hard cover, premium paper,museum-quality binding, full color, 160 pages. 

 

Open Call June 1 - August 31, 2018

 

Jury:

 

Christopher Cahill is a writer, editor, and the director of a cultural organization and archive who lives in New York City, where he was born. He is the author of a book of poems, The Drug of Choice (2012), a novel, Perfection, published in Paris by L’Age d’Homme (1996), and is the editor of Gather Round Me: The Best of Irish Popular Poetry, published by Beacon Press (2004 hardback, 2005 paperback). His edition of Thomas Flanagan’s essays, There You Are: Writings on Irish and American Literature and History, with a preface by Seamus Heaney, was published by New York Review Books (2004) and in London by Granta Books (2005). He has also recently completed a version of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin.

 

Alexandra Connor is a writer and artist, who lives in UK. She has published over twenty books - ten of these about the Old Masters - which have been published in eleven different countries and translated into many different languages.

The Caravaggio Conspiracy reached No 1 in Italy. The Rembrandt Secret was published across Europe and USA.  Her novel, The Isle of the Dead, won the Rome Prize in 2017.

 

Alexandra is also a television presenter (for the BBC and other channels,) gives talks on art and literature, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

 

Stephen Gaskel has published fiction in many of the world's top speculative fiction venues, including Writers of the Future, Interzone, Cosmos, Nature Futures, and Clarkesworld, Stephen has an MPhys (Hons) degree in Physics from University College, Oxford, and an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from the University of Sussex.  He recently finished working on his  novel, a post-apocalyptic thriller set in Lagos, Nigeria.  More of his work and thoughts can be found at stephengaskell.com.

Questions 

1.  Can I submit a pre written poem or a story?

Yes you can if you feel that it fits with the chosen art work  and you own the rights to publish.

 

2.   Can I choose 5 images and write 5 related stories that intertwine?

You sure can and I’m thrilled to see how it works out but please keep in mind that individual stories must be able to stand on their own, in case not all of them are selected to be published.

 

3. With only one author’s submission per each art work chosen for the printed format,  what’s the maximum submissions per author allowed into the printed format?

Authors are permitted to submit up to five stories and hypothetically all five can be chosen for the print.

 

4. Can I wrote a poem that encompasses more then one art work ?

Yes you can , please include the list of art works that inspired your poem most. 

Deadline: 
08/31/2018
Fee Detail: 
none

International Open Call for Submissions to Lungs Magazine Issue NO.3

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Open Call for Lungs Magazine Issue No.3, themed "Poly Voices"

Lungs Project is a non-profit curatorial collective and publication founded in 2016.

Based in the North East of England, the project focuses on facilitating artistic development and network growth by merging visual arts, design, crafts, and literature to create a collaborative dialogue between various disciplines and to connect early career artists with new opportunities. As an independent initiative, Lungs Project aims to foster and disseminate critical thought and experimental methodologies through publishing and curating exhibitions.

The open call is aimed at a wide range of contemporary artists and writers of colour exclusively. In our third issue, we wish to explore the social and political implications of identity. The theme for our third issue is Poly Voices. The specifics of the theme require works which critically reflect on, comment and interpret our social reality today. Our goal is to interrogate this reality, and its multi-layered intersections such as gender, sex, origins, class, political orientation, and religion. We want to look at how contemporary artists of colour thematise the issues surrounding social identity. It is essential that you concisely present yourself and ideas so we can get a broader picture of your practice. We are open to various forms of creative practices from visual arts to illustration, from filmmaking to fiction.

Applications are free. To apply for the open call, please email info@lungsproject.org with information below:

  • A CV & Biography (your exhibition histories, interests, background)

 

  • For visual artists; A recent portfolio (these should also include links to your blog or website, and your social handles)

 

  • For writers and poets; Web links or PDF documents of text no longer than 3000 words per piece. (we are looking for poems, essays, interviews, fiction, and flash fiction)

 

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions.

Deadline: 
05/01/2018
Fee Detail: 
free

Oriel Davies Open Writing Competition 2017

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Oriel Davies is inviting submissions of poetry and prose on the theme of Water.  The competition is open to anyone and those wishing to submit more than one piece in either category are more than welcome.

Categories:

Poetry (50 lines max)

Prose (1000 words max)

Theme:                         

Water

Fee:

£3 per submission*

Judges:                                   

Chris Kinsey, celebrated nature poet

Sophie McKeand, Young People’s Laureate Wales

Prizes:                                    

A £50 voucher to spend in Oriel Davies shop  (1 for best poem and 1 for best prose)

The winning entries will feature on the Oriel Davies website and be read to an audience at an event in February 2018. Shortlisted writers will also be invited to participate in the readings.

Submissions:            

Please send submissions either by email to desk@orieldavies.org or by post to: Oriel Davies, The Park, Newtown. SY16 2NZ. Please include in the subject heading or on the envelope ‘Water, Oriel Davies Writing Competition’.

* Payment Methods:

Cheque: Make payable to - Oriel Davies Gallery (please write your payment reference in the back of the cheque**)

BACS: Account Name: Oriel Davies Gallery Sort Code: 40-34-33 Account No: 51484494 (please state your payment reference **)

** Payment Reference:

All payments must include the reference ‘Water’ followed by your full name e.g. waterjoebloggs

Please note that entries submitted without payment will not be considered.

Deadline: 
11/04/2017

Call Out for Community Performers – Theatre & other styles

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The inaugural Beeston Fringe Festival, located on the outskirts of Nottingham, will provide an intensive weekend of performances and workshops across a wide range of disciplines dance, drama, storytelling, poetry, and puppetry. The planned dates are 14-16th July2017. We will work in partnership with a variety of professional and amateur companies to provide over 100 performances and workshops over a summer weekend. The local community and the broader East Midlands region will be given access to a proliferation of performances over a single mile of its high street, using the established cafes and bars as impromptu venues, with larger venues on the street used for key professional performances. Taking place in early July this event will exploit the long summer nights to help generate an exciting innovative event.

 

Performances will ideally last between 30-60 minutes.

Expenses available.

Performers should send their proposals tojohn@beestonfilm.comincluding details of the following

  • Brief description of performance;
  • Provide a link, where possible, to proposed piece, or previous work;
  • Running time;
  • Number of Cast & Crew;
  • Technical requirements;
  • Proposed Expenses

Call for Commissions: LightNight Liverpool 2017

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LightNight, Liverpool's latenight arts festival, returns on Friday 19 May 2017.

The next instalment of one of Liverpool's biggest and best loved cultural events will be themed around the phenomenon of Time.

Don't miss the chance to be part of this special night and showcase your offer to thousands of visitors of all ages! Last year the festival received more than 72,000 visits in a single night, with more than 100 special events staged across 50 city centre venues.

Open Culture has secured Arts Council funding for a maximum of ten artistic commissions, of up to 1000, for the 2017 programme.

We are looking for emerging or established artists living or working in the UK. Proposals in any artform are welcome including visual arts, sculpture, technology, moving image, spoken word, performance, installation, light art or any combination of these.

We are looking for high-quality projects that are thought-provoking and engaging to the senses exploring the 2017 theme which isTime.

These commissions will present opportunities for artists to create work which is:

- presented as part of a major festival that reaches a large and varied audience
- made in collaboration with a new organisation or venue
- challenging but accessible for new audiences

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The deadline for applications is Sunday 8 January 2017.Successful projects will receive up to 1000 for all artist fees and materials.

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