Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Literary Open Door

My former editor Don Weise is doing this project. Spread the word. As you may know, we lost generations to AIDS, the gay community was particularly hit hard. We lost tons of artists, including writers. The Open Door Project is an attempt to make up for lost words.

The Open Door Project 

A five-day publishing introduction intensive in New York City-- including a series of lunches with literary agents, book editors, and other publishing figures, a public reading, and a private cocktail reception with New York's writing community will be awarded to the winner of the first Open Door Project fiction competition. The contest is open to gay men writing fiction with queer content who have not yet published a book of fiction. Accommodations and transportation will be provided to an out of town winner. Judges include Christopher Bram, Alexander Chee, Samuel R. Delany, Dennis Cooper, Robert Gluck, E. Lynn Harris, Scott Heim, Andrew Holleran, David Leavitt, Stephen McCauley, Dale Peck, and John Weir.

Submit stories or stand-alone novel excerpts of up to 8,000 words by March 1, 2008.

The winner will be announced June 08. There is no entry fee.

Submissions should be mailed to: Don Weise, Open Door Projectc/o Oscar Wilde Bookshop15 Christopher StNew York, NY 10014


Liz said...

Definitely a couple people I can pass that along to. We can't even imagine how much talent has been lost due to HIV.

My sister was telling me the other day that one of her biggest fear for her kids is that they'll do just fine, go to college, etc., and then they'll get HIV because they weren't practicing safe sex. With folks our age we saw so many celebrities die, we saw people we knew die, we saw that movie "Kids" - but this generation, it just seems like they think it's not that big of a deal. I'm glad you do the work you do with this.

Don Cummings said...


Ndelible said...

I've unoffically tagged you love. Second time for me. But I thought that you have so many things going on, you'd want to remind us of how great and interesting you are.



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