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GRAYWOLF PRESS NONFICTION PRIZE

The fabulous Graywolf Press is offering a $12,000 advance and publication to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre.

The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize emphasizes innovation in form, and we want to see projects that test the boundaries of literary nonfiction.

Previous winners:

Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean
The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness by Kevin Young
Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays by Eula Biss
Black Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI’s Secret from Postwar Japan by Terese Svoboda
Neck Deep and Other Predicaments by Ander Monson
Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles: An Accidental Memoir by Kate Braverman 

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marchNIGERIA’S STOLEN GIRLS POSTED BY ALEXIS OKEOWO

“I thought it was the end of my life,” Deborah Sanya told me by phone on Monday from Chibok, a tiny town of farmers in northeastern Nigeria. “There were many, many of them.” Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group, kidnapped Sanya and at least two hundred of her classmates from a girls’ secondary school in Chibok more than two weeks ago. Sanya, along with two friends, escaped. So did forty others. The rest have vanished, and their families have not heard any word of them since. <<Click on link to READ MORE>>

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Empowering Those Who Empower Others

Rushed through the detritus of last night’s Nigerian party to make my Skype consult with a new writing client who’s doing amazing work in West Africa. “You get it!” she cried, and I was equally inspired. It’s such a joy helping folks telling important stories find their structure and voice!

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Only 9 days left to register for  Your Personal Odyssey: Explore & Tell Your Story with Faith Adiele (1/28-3/11)!

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Words & Pizza: Watch Faith Be Humiliated

If you’re in San Francisco, come to Haight Street Tuesday to see me get trounced (pizza and beer extra)! I am famous for drawing a blank whenever asked the title of a book, any book, even my own.

WORDS & PIZZA: Game Night at The Booksmith!

1644 Haight St.

San Francisco, California

94117-2816

Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 PM

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Travel Writing Scholarship 2012 – Southeast Asia

Entries close April 23rd, 2012 at 2pm AEST (UTC +10).

Do you want to be a published travel writer?

This year we decided to shake things up a bit and instead of choosing just one country for our scholarship…we’ve decided to send you off to three different countries in Southeast Asia! Once on the ground, you’ll have the opportunity to see for yourself life beyond the banana pancake trail, and get to know Southeast Asia from the local perspectives, through the eyes of three amazing writers.

Here’s the triple-dip deal:

First you’ll head off to Singapore to go on assignment for five days under the mentorship of Rough Guides writer Richard Lim to review and update ‘The Rough Guide to Singapore’.

Then you’ll fly to Bali and meet up with Stuart McDonald, founder of Travelfish, the online travel guide to Southeast Asia, before heading off on six days of cultural insight and adventure in Indonesia.

For the last leg of the scholarship, you will be whisked off to Malaysia for a food odyssey through Kuala Lumpur and Penang with former local and cookbook author of award winning hsa*ba Burmese cookbook, Tin Cho Chaw, to explore how cuisine shapes the lives of Malaysians.