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Virginia Woolf Smiling? Surely not…

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Attention all ladies: A Room of Her Own (AROHO) has a trio of great awards coming up in January and beyond. The foundation for women writers & artists, whose mission encompasses empowering, educating, and encouraging women writers and artists, features their spring Orlando Prize, with submissions closing on January 31. AROHO writes:

AROHO’s Orlando Prizes for unpublished poetry, short fiction, flash fiction and nonfiction celebrate Virginia Woolf’s title character’s liberation from the restraints of time and gender. AROHO’s new array of competitions is an invitation of women writers to manifest their own escapades “in gardens running down to the river, and a pleasant grove of nut trees to walk in.”

Award: $1000 and publication for the best unpublished work by a woman in each of four genres—Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Winning entries will receive print publication in the Los Angeles Review and AROHO’s website.
Deadline: 1/31/2011 for all genres. Fee: $15 per entry

AROHO is also featuring an August Retreat, with keynote speaker Marilynne Robinson, as well as a number of other wonderful women writers – Mary Gordon, Bhanu Kapil, and Kate Gale to name a few. Completing this triumverate of good things, an Artist in Residence Award for an artist who also takes an interest in writing to attend the Retreat for Women Writers.

Whatever projects you’re working on this weekend, may you be filled with inspiration and discipline.

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