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November 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA — City of Asylum/Pittsburgh announces a call for applications for its 2013 City of Asylum/Pittsburgh Prize. Writers from Western Pennsylvania, aged 30 and over, who have published at least one full-­‐ length book of poetry, fiction, or non-­‐fiction, are invited to submit applications to be considered for the prize. which consists of a month-­‐long, all-­‐expenses-­‐paid residency in Brussels, Belgium. Applications are due by Noon on December 31, 2012. A complete description and information about the application process is posted online at www.cityofasylumpittsburgh.org and on www.sampsoniaway.org.

The prize – the first one to be offered by City of Asylum – is part of the organization’s Bridges initiative, which will create a number of international writer residencies for Western Pennsylvania writers. “The residency we’re offering as a prize is part of a bi-­‐annual exchange with our Belgian partner, Het beschrijf,” stated Henry Reese, co-­‐founder and President of City of Asylum/Pittsbugh. “By making these exchanges ongoing, we hope to create a network of opportunities for writers in Pittsburgh and to build bridges between City of Asylum and literary organizations in other cities. We are working with a number of institutions to establish similar exchanges.”

The winner will be selected by a panel headed by PEN and Pushcart Award-­‐winning poet Toi Derricotte. A Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and a Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, she co-­‐founded Cave Canem with Cornelius Eady and is a member of the board of directors of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. Derricotte is the winner of Pittsburgh Arts Council’s 2012 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award.

About City of Asylum/Pittsburgh
Founded in 2004, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh fosters freedom of expression, social justice and community development through our writer residencies, publications, and literary programs. From our home on Pittsburgh’s Northside, City of Asylum’s programs and activities impact people on our street, in our city, around the country, and around the world. We publish Sampsonia Way magazine, the online journal of free expression, which carries out our mission by gathering and serving a global community online. City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is a model for arts-­‐based community development, bringing writers, readers and neighbors together through literature and cultural exchange.

About het beschrijf
Het beschrijf is a literary organization based in Brussels, Belgium. Het beschrijf organizes literary evenings, encounters with authors, debates, festivals, and special projects on contemporary Dutch literature as well as literature in other languages. One of its ongoing tasks is to introduce lesser-­‐known literatures. Het beschrijf provides programming for the Passa Porta International House of Literature, a unique wrok-­‐ and meeting-­‐place that puts Brussels fairly and squarely on the literary map. In addition, Het beschrijf maintains a wide-­‐ranging literary network, invites foreign writers and translators to Belgium for residencies in Brussels and Flanders, and engages in developing the Vers Brussel urban poetry route with Belgian artists and international poets.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

2013 CITY OF ASYLUM/PITTSBURGH PRIZE

Writers from Western Pennsylvania, aged 30 and over, who have published at least one full-­‐length book of poetry, fiction, or non-­‐fiction, are invited to submit applications to be considered for the 2013 City of Asylum/Pittsburgh prize, which consists of a month-­‐long, all-­‐expenses-­‐paid writing residency in Brussels, Belgium. Applications are due by Noon on December 31, 2012. The Prize is part of City of Asylum’s Bridges initiative, which will create a number of international writer residencies for Western Pennsylvania writers. This residency is a collaboration with the Belgian literary organization, Het beschrijf.

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants

  • Must be over the age of 30
  • Must have published at least one full-length book of poetry, fiction, or non-fiction
  • May reside in any of the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, or Westmoreland

PRIZE (RESIDENCY) INCLUDES

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations in a well-appointed one-bedroom apartment in the center of Brussels, Belgium
  • Stipend of € 1250
  • DATES OF RESIDENCY

    May 27 – June 24, 2013.

    PURPOSE & EXPECTATIONS

    The purpose of the residency is to provide a Western PA writer the time and circumstances to write productively.

    On accepting the Prize, the writer will be expected to:

    • Provide proof of health insurance coverage (a traveler’s policy is acceptable).
    • Have a passport at least 60 days before departure.

    During the Residency, the winner may be asked to present one or two readings or appearances on behalf of City of Asylum and-­‐or Het beschrijf.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Please prepare your materials in 12 point type, with margins of 1.5 inches. All of the following items must be submitted together in order to be considered for the Prize.

    1. Current bio/c.v. that includes applicant’s current address, e-­‐mail, phone /cell phone, and list of literary publications (max 2 pages)
    2. A statement describing what applicant will do during the residency in Brussels (max 250 words);
    3. A work sample (8 – 12 pages).

    Interested Western PA writers should send the above items in a single email or envelope to

    • COAPrize@gmail.com or
    • City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, att: PRIZE, 324 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-4440.

    Deadline for applications: 12 Noon, December 31, 2012

    Winner will be announced on or before February 25, 2013.

    DECLARATIONS

    • Only applications that are received complete and on time will be considered.
    • Only one winner will be selected.
    • Applications will be reviewed and prize awarded without regard for ethnicity, religion, or sex.
    • Prize does not include accommodations or travel for additional persons.
    • Prize is not transferable.
    • City of Asylum/Pittsburgh reserves the right not to award the Prize if a suitable winner is not identified.

     



     

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