The deadline for the Dzanc Prize has been extended to March 1, 2011. This is a great opportunity for an emerging writer interested in community service. From the Dzanc website:
In 2007, to further its mission of fostering literary excellence, community involvement, and education, Dzanc Books created the Dzanc Prize, which provides monetary aid in the sum of $5,000, to a writer of literary fiction. All writers applying for the Dzanc Prize must have a work-in-progress they can submit for review, and present the judges with a Community Service Program they can facilitate somewhere in the United States. Such programs may include anything deemed “educational” in relation to writing. Examples would include: working with HIV patients to help them write their stories; doing a series of workshops at a drop-in youth homeless center; running writing programs in inner-city schools; or working with older citizens looking to write their memoirs. All community programs under the Dzanc Prize must run for a full year.
The submissions for the Dzanc Prize are reviewed by a panel consisting of Steve Gillis, Dan Wickett, Steven Seighman, and Keith Taylor.