March 27th, 2011 / 5:55 pm

Two Deadlines Loom

The &Now Festival is a biennial festival, celebration, and conference that explores intersections between creative and critical praxis, examines innovative and experimental acts of writing, and advances a serious inquiry into theories of language and consciousness. The 2011 &Now Festival of New Writing: Tomorrowland Forever! will be held October 13-15, 2011 at University of California, San Diego, a research institution internationally renowned for imaginative experimentation in the arts, humanities, and sciences.


Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize

Each spring, Lake Forest College, in conjunction with the &NOW Festival, sponsors emerging writers under forty years old—with no major book publication—to spend two months in residence at our campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan.

DEADLINE: April 1st


  1. darby

      its great that &now exists but it always bums me out at the same time that its so academic, or that the “prize” is that you get to present something or you get a residency. im not interested in either of these things as someone not in academia. i cant just take two months off of work to do a residency somewhere. its too life-disruptive, and the idea isnt appealing to me even if it weren’t.

      is there an experimental literary prize that is just like a prize? like some money or get a book published or something? instead of like, be a teacher for us and here’s your barracks.

  2. Davis Schneiderman

      Darby–i hear you on this, completely.

      The Plonsker Prize is not for everyone, but I want to clarify your comment: we do not ask the person who wins to be a teacher for us. Hardly. The winner determines his or her level of involvement with the students–and this usually ends up with that person visiting a few classes for single sessions.

      The only definite duty is to read and be celebrated at our annual Lake Forest Literary Festival (which this year just concluded, with John Waters, no less). The “barracks” are a four room suite at a very nice mansion owned by Lake Forest College, with all meals included.

      This is a residency–a retreat to write–where the winner gets all of this, plus $10K and book publication; there is no entry fee!

      We do understand that the residency can not be taken by everyone, but our current winner, Jose Perez Beduya, is _not_ an academic.

      This is just to clarify on the nuances, but we do recognize your point.

      The &NOW Festival, also, certainly has an academic component (after all, we need to get funding somewhere…), but I think you’ll find that this is a very open event that celebrates experimental/innovative/whatever-you-want-to-call-it work in an manner completely alien to any other “conference” you are likely to come across.

      Also, the Prize and the Festival are both sponsored by &NOW, but they are separate events.

  3. darby

      shouldn’t have commented, sorry.

  4. darby

      i shouldnt have said barracks. that was being an asshole.

  5. Davis Schneiderman

      no worries…