To support the writing of a debut book of creative nonfiction. Recipient will receive a $10,000 living stipend, housing, and an editorial apprenticeship with the Oxford American toward a nine-month residency in Central Arkansas.
Over the past 25 years, the Oxford American, a quarterly magazine dedicated to documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South, has helped launch and sustain the careers of many significant writers of literary journalism, memoir, reportage, criticism, and the lyric essay. The Oxford American and its contributors have received many awards, including the 2016 National Magazine Award in General Excellence.
Jeff Baskin, a librarian by trade, was a lifelong and generous literary citizen. His imaginative approach to his work and his programming innovations brought reading and writing to countless in the North Little Rock community. The Oxford American is proud to honor his legacy with this fellowship.
Eligibility and guidelines are available here.
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The Oxford American welcomes submissions for a work of fiction from an emerging writer for our Summer 2019 issue. We are eager to feature a writer whose fiction has not yet been published in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000 copies. Stories under 10,000 words will be considered, and the selected writer will be paid $1000. The Summer issue will be on newsstands starting June 2019.
Our primary consideration is quality, though we would be especially pleased to include the work of an author with ties to the South and/or a story that furthers our mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South.
Simultaneous submissions are welcome, though we ask that stories are immediately withdrawn from consideration following acceptance elsewhere.
The Oxford American offers a comprehensive editorial internship program. Internships are unpaid and full-time. Internship terms begin in January, June, and September, though the program provides some flexibility for starting dates. Six-month internships are also available. We accept applications for all terms year-round but please note the following deadlines:
- March 15 for internships starting in June
- June 15 for internships starting in September
- November 1 for internships starting in January
Applications should include a résumé and a 10-15 page writing sample. (Samples can include critical and/or creative work, though a substantial portion should be prose.) Please specify the term for which you are applying.