National Press Foundation offers training on aging workforce [US]
Journalists interested in the latest data and research on older workers can apply for this program.

The National Press Foundation is accepting applicants for a fellowship to attend "Why Americans are working longer" on March 11 to 14, 2018 in Washington.

Topics include older workers and the labor market; new models for retirement; the future of Social Security and retirement savings; the gig economy; workforce discrimination; and how workers’ health impacts all of that.

The fellowship covers airfare, ground transportation, hotel costs and most meals.

The deadline is Jan. 8, 2018.
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08/01/18
Competition for journalism students accepting entries [US]
U.S. students can compete in print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism categories.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) presents the Mark of Excellence Awards, honoring the best in student journalism.

Entries will be first judged on the regional level. First place regional winners will advance to the national competition and will be recognized at SPJ spring conferences. National winners will be showcased on SPJ's site.

The categories include print, radio, television, art/graphics and online.

The contest is open to anyone studying toward an academic degree enrolled in a U.S. college or university in 2017. International SPJ student members may also enter.

The fee for SPJ members is US$10 per entry and for non-members, US$20 per entry.
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11/01/18
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Harvard competition for investigative journalism open [US]
Investigative journalists can apply for an award.

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard is accepting entries for the Worth Bingham Prize, which honors investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served.

These stories may involve state, local or national government, lobbyists or the press itself wherever there exists an "atmosphere of easy tolerance" that Worth Bingham described in his reporting on the nation's capital.

Submissions must have been published in a U.S. newspaper or magazine or on the newspaper or magazine’s website during the 2017 calendar year. Web-based news organizations that follow a strict code of journalistic ethics and publish original reporting on a regular basis may also submit entries. No broadcast-only entries are allowed.

The winner will receive US$20,000.

Submissions must be accompanied by a US$50 entry fee.

The deadline is Jan. 19, 2018.
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19/01/18
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Fellowships available for conference on rural poverty, development [Worldwide]
Print, broadcast and online journalists can apply for fellowships to participate in a training event in Rome.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, with funding from the United Nation's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will select journalists to attend IFAD's event on innovative approaches to inclusive financing for rural transformation. The event will take place Feb. 12 to 15, 2018.

Participants will build expertise and increase knowledge of issues faced by rural communities. Journalists will have access to high profile delegates, leading experts in the issues, including IFAD and UN technical experts, as well as small holder farmers.

Applicants must be working as journalists or regular contributors to print, broadcast or online media organizations. They must have at least two years of experience and a good level in spoken and written English. Candidates should include professional evidence of their interest in rural peoples’ issues and development.

Fellowships cover air travel, accommodation, meals and local transportation for journalists from developing countries. After the workshop, the selected journalists are expected to pursue stories along rural development issues in their home countries.
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31/12/17
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Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2017
The short story competition was first held in 2008 and the challenge remains the same: writers are requested to write a piece, in any genre, in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will receive £1000 and will be commissioned to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. This year the competition will be judged by esteemed novelist Margaret Drabble who will present the award at the winner’s ceremony in 2018, date to be confirmed.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 22nd December 2017.

Stories of any genre can be submitted online or by post and the submission fee is £15.00 per story.

How to Enter:

Email
Enter your story via email and make payment via BACS transfer.

Email address: info@interactstroke.org

Email story entries will receive a reply including InterAct's bank details and a unique payment reference number once the story has been submitted. The reference number must then be included with the £15.00 per story BACS transfer payment. Alternatively you can pay by posting a cheque made out to 'InterAct Stroke Support', quoting your unique reference on the reverse of the cheque. If the payment is not received by fourteen days after the story has been submitted the entry will be disqualified.

The filename of email entries must be the title of the story and it must be either a .doc .docx or .pdf file. The entrants name and contact details must not appear anywhere on the manuscript of the submitted story.
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22/12/17
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Brian Boak Bursary
The Brian Boak Outstanding Performer Bursary is offered biennially and is worth up to $20,000. This bursary has been made possible through the generosity of the late Brian Boak, a staunch supporter of the performing arts on the Darling Downs.

The Brian Boak Bursary is designed to provide support to a person wishing to pursue a program of study or professional development at a recognised university, specialist post-secondary institution or other centre of excellence in the areas of acting, dancing, singing or instrumental performance.

Applications are invited from artists who are Australian citizens, aged 18-35. Where several suitably qualified persons are identified, preference may be given to applicants residing in or originating from the Darling Downs region. The Trustees reserve the right not to award a bursary in a particular year if, in their opinion, there is no suitably qualified applicant.
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31/01/18
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NEW YORK PUBLISHERS PROGRAM 2018 (AusCo)
North America is the largest rights market in the world for Australian publishers and rights sellers, with New York at the heart of its publishing industry. It is also the hub for one of the world's largest communities of literary agents and scouts.

Expressions of Interest are now open for participants in an Australian literature delegation to travel to New York from 4-8 June 2018.

The delegation will undertake a five day program of industry meetings, market briefings and networking opportunities. The program will provide Australian rights sellers, literary agents and publishers with the opportunity to gain experience in the North American market, extend their networks and pitch titles to North American editors.

Successful participants may wish to travel earlier in order to attend the New York Rights Fair which takes place from 30 May - 1 June. More information can be found at www.newyorkrightsfair.com.

The Australia Council’s International Development Consultant, North America, and Arts Practice Director, Literature, will work with each delegate to develop a tailored program of meetings.

The Australia Council will support six delegates with $2,000 towards the cost of a return flight from Australia to New York, and will arrange and pay for accommodation during the program.

Delegates will be responsible for covering the cost of meals and ground transport in New York, as well as visas and travel insurance. Any additional travel, accommodation, living away from home or other incidental costs are the responsibility of individual delegates. Cost of attendance at the New York Rights Fair will be the responsibility of the participants.
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23/01/18
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BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS POETRY CARD CONTEST
Winners will be displayed on website. Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better. We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write. Poems are judged on originality and uniqueness. English-language entries only, please.
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31/12/17
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OUEN PRESS SHORT STORY COMPETITION
First prize £300. Two x Runners up £100 each. Highly-Commended entries recognised. The short story must be a work of fiction that explores the concept of 'Taste' within its theme. Authors may be of any nationality living in any country. Limit one entry. The length of the submission should be no less than 3,000 words and no more than 10,000 words excluding the title and word count.
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31/12/17
*Paid
THE FICTION DESK GHOST STORY COMPETITION
'Ghost story' can mean a lot of different things, from an encounter with an actual phantom to more unusual paranormal phenomena and unexplained events. All types are welcome, so feel free to experiment: we're very unlikely to disqualify a story for stretching the definition of a "ghost". This year there is a first prize of £500, a second prize of £250, and a third prize of £100.
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31/01/18
*Paid