Opportunities Beyond K


Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Summer Creative Fellowship

2021 Summer Creative Fellowships

Set on 829 acres near Hastings, Michigan, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute provides a unique ecosystem of wetlands, forests, streams, lakes, and prairies. The diversity of systems and the resources available make it the ideal location for committing time and energy to exploring your creativity and developing your craft. The Institute offers two creative fellowships to students from member institutions.

Fellowships are full-time, for 10-12 weeks, May through August.

  • Gain valuable experience by completing an independent art or writing project.
  • Prepare for graduate school and a career and strengthen your portfolio of work .
  • Work with professionals in the field to complete your projects.
  • Receive a $4,500 stipend, housing, and partial meal support.

Nature in Words Fellowship
Create a written body of work through an immersive experience in nature.
Gordon Art Fellowship
Use the natural world to inspire and inform a painting, photography, video, or printing project.

Application Deadline – Check the website for deadlines.

Additional information and application forms are available at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute website or by contacting via email.

Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program

MICHHERS is an all-expense-paid program designed to interest and inform students about the research opportunities available for Humanities scholars at UM. Participants have the opportunity to work on a project under the guidance of UM faculty and current graduate students. Additionally, they participate in department seminars, learn about the admissions process, hear from graduate students about their experiences, and socialize with other members of the program.

Our twelve-day program will host talented students (juniors, seniors, and those currently in terminal MA programs) from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in graduate education who are interested in pursuing a PhD. In addition to English, this year’s participating departments are Asian Languages and Cultures, Classical Studies, History, Linguistics, qualitative Sociology, and any humanities field within Women’s Studies.

This year’s program will run from June 6 to June 18, 2021. We are currently planning to offer the program as an in person experience, though final plans will be contingent on public health guidance from the University and the state. (The 2020 MICHHERS program was conducted virtually and received glowing reviews nevertheless!)

If the program is in person, travel, lodging, and on campus meals of students attending will be fully paid. Participants will also receive a stipend of $1,000, regardless of the program format, and students who subsequently apply to UM will receive application fee waivers.

The application can be found here and it is due on February 22. (The online application says that it’s due on the 8th, but students can disregard this; the Dean has confirmed that we may continue to receive applications for an additional two weeks.) I would be so grateful if you could forward this information to any interested and eligible students, as well as colleagues who may be aware of students who would be interested in participating.

Internships and Externships

Cherry Lake Press Internship

Cherry Lake Press is looking for talented and passionate interns for their series nonfiction Editorial and Publicity departments. Interns are placed for Spring (January-May), Summer (June-August), and Fall (August-December) terms. Interns for the upcoming Spring term will work remotely 8 hours per week. Pay is $12 per hour.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to resumes@sleepingbearpress.com. Subject line should include position (Internship), term and year you’re applying for.


  • A current sophomore, junior, or senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Must be able to work remotely 8 hours a week
  • Interest in children’s book publishing
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • A personal laptop or computer with reliable wifi
  • A basic understanding of technology and applications necessary for remote work (Google Drive, Zoom, Excel, etc.)

Interns will gain experience in:


  • Compiling comp copy lists and keeping track of author information
  • Proofing marketing copy
  • Assisting designers and editors with photo-research
  • Assisting with indexing for series as needed
  • Proofing and reviewing titles once in layout
  • Fact-checking series as needed
  • Evaluating submissions
  • Participating in department meetings
  • Bringing new ideas to the table on products, trends, and processes
  • Conducting research for trending topics and school curriculum for potential new series


  • Creating social media campaign concepts
  • Researching social media influencers & reviewers to add to internal reviewer list
  • Assisting with Blog Tours (identifying bloggers with certain themes, creating questions for authors/illustrators to answer)
  • Compiling local media lists relevant to each book release
  • Event planning assistance
  • Publicity plan assistance (research new author/illustrators websites, social media, local bookstores etc. in anticipation of book release)



The goal of this contest is to engage writers of all levels and to create a low-pressure opportunity to submit an ultra-short work (a storytwig, as we call it). The contest is completely free to enter, and they are offering a prize of $100 for first place, as well as a few other small prizes.

More information and submission guidelines can be found here: storytwigs.com/competition


The Albion Review

Call for Submissions:

Spring 2021 Online Issue
Art, Poetry, Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Deadline: December 12, 2020

Visit Albionreview.com to review guidelines and to submit work.

*Undergrad students only