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National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critics Fellowship: Call for Applications

The National Book Critics Circle’s general or student membership is available, as well as mentorship through their program, the National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critics Fellowship, which seeks to identify, nurture, and support the development of the next generation of book critics. Applications open Friday, April 8.

In addition to the Emerging Critics Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. They serve nearly 800 member critics, authors, literary bloggers, book publishing professionals, student members, and friends, offering access to tips on book reviewing, an annually updated guide to publications that accept freelance pitches for reviews, plus a variety of discounts on literary magazines. Members also have the opportunity to nominate titles for their annual awards and to serve as a judge for the John Leonard Prize for Best First Book and the new translation award, as well as to elect board members. You can learn more about what we do at bookcritics.org. Information about NBCC membership, including our $15 student membership, can be found at bookcritics.org/membership/.

The Emerging Critics Fellowship is open to critics of all ages and experience who seek to review and write about books for print and digital outlets. Applicants may or may not have previously published book reviews. The NBCC seeks a broad range of diverse applicants, especially those who have demonstrated a genuine interest and commitment to engaging in a critical conversation about books. The NBCC Emerging Critics Program is an interactive, participatory program guided by the philosophy that critical thought can be fostered and enriched through dialogue within a cohort of similarly-interested critics. 

Emerging Critics Fellowship benefits:
– One-on-one mentorship from board members
– Small group Q&A with board members
– Small group professional development/ craft lectures over Zoom
– NBCC membership/ dues waived for 1 year

The NBCC is interested in encouraging people who are great thinkers and writers but who need support along the path to becoming an active critic. Their fellowship aims to break down financial and geographical barriers for emerging critics. In particular, BIPOC critics, LGBTQIA+ critics, critics with disabilities, and critics from historically resilient communities are encouraged to apply. Information about the fellowship application can be found at bookcritics.org/emerging-critics/fellowship/.

Applications are due Friday, May 6. If you are interested in learning more about the fellowship or have questions about the application process, please join a short informational Zoom session on Friday, April 22 at 7:00 PM ET. Register at tinyurl.com/ECF22.

Apply for a Scriptwriting Workshop! Applications due November 12

The GBH Kids Scriptwriting Fellowship is a program designed to mentor early-career writers, who are members of underrepresented groups in the greater children’s media industry (including individuals of African American, Asian, Latinx/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent), in writing scripts for a GBH KIDS animated series focused on STEM learning. The goal is to diversify the pipeline of writers for both this show, and the greater children’s media industry with a hands-on learning experience in television writing for children and an opportunity for their scripts to be produced for this new series.

GBH Kids is looking for 5 exceptional scriptwriting fellows to participate in our 4-month writing workshop. They are accepting applications until Friday, November 12th at 5pm EST. 

You can find more information here about the program and application requirements. 

Editor-in-Chief Positions Are OPEN at Crook & Folly

Crook & Folly, DePaul University’s award-winning, all-student journal of literature and art, seeks applications from graduate and undergraduate students for two challenging and exciting volunteer positions as 2021-22 Editors-in-Chief.  

The new editors will connect with the current editors sometime during Summer 2021 and will hire their section editors during Fall quarter 2020.  In usual years Editors-In-Chief must be enrolled and available during all regular quarters of the entire 2021-2022 academic year, and must be enrolled and in-residence at DePaul for the Winter and Spring 2021 quarters. Campus/remote expectations for the editors will shift in accordance with University guidelines for on-campus operations.  

Candidates for Editor-in-Chief should write a one-page (around 250 words) application letter describing relevant experience and commitment as well as vision for the magazine, and email it, as an attachment, to Professor Borich on or before 11:59 PM on Monday May 10th, 2021: bborich@depaul.eduProfessor Borich, the outgoing faculty advisor, will team up with Professor Ted Anton, the incoming faculty advisor, to conduct interviews via Zoom in mid-May, and make the appointments before the end of Spring Quarter 2021.  Please apply only if you are interested in the Editor-in-Chief position. All applications are considered, but current Crook & Folly staff members receive priority consideration for the head editor slots. (We strongly encourage newcomers to wait to apply to editorial staff positions in the Fall). Crook & Folly will call for staff and section editor applications in September 2021.  

If you have questions about what the work of the Editors-in-Chief entails,  please email crookandfolly@gmail.com and ask the  current Crook & Folly editors Caley and Jessica for their assistance. 

Learn about Careers in the Museum Field

Jobs at Art Museums (JAM) is a career awareness event at the Art Institute of Chicago. This year the event has been reimagined as a series of 12 presentations on Zoom over the course of winter and spring. Each talk will focus on a different theme, from Art & Science, to Community Programs, to “Handle with Care” (staff who actually touch objects), and more. 

College and university students are invited to conversations with museum professionals representing a variety of departments and fields. Learn about upcoming internship and career opportunities and virtually socialize with peers and museum staff.

Please see details and how to register at this link.

Looking to Work at DePaul as a Graduate Student?

Happy New Year!

If you are planning to apply for a Graduate Assistantship in 2021-22, please use the link below to our Scholarship Connect website. Applications are due by January 31st for new and continuing students. 

https://depaul.academicworks.com/opportunities/35267.

For any questions, please contact Professor June Chung for the MALP at jchung10@depaul.edu or Professor Rebecca Johns-Trissler for the MAWP/MFA at Rebecca.johns@depaul.edu.

For Undergraduate students, take this opportunity into consideration if you’re applying for graduate school.