Here's your chance to be a New York Times contributor. Columnist Randy Cohen put out the call this weekend for readers to suggest items for a literary map of Manhattan -- not of the myriad authors and writers themselves, but of their fictional characters. (With the recent closing of the Plaza hotel for massive renovations, Eloise springs to mind immediately, but they've already got that covered on their sample map.) All you have to do is find a line or excerpt from a work of fictional writing (including poems) that helps you pinpoint a real location on the island. Then send in all the required info to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is May 11. I really want to come up with a submission for the map, since this is such a cool idea, but I thought I'd help spread the word to other literary geographers.
Also, a Nittany Lion alert: The Penn Stater alumni magazine has been requesting quick anecdotes about chance encounters between alums for a feature in an upcoming issue. I'm not sure if there's a deadline or whether it's already passed, but this request was posted on April 22, so there still might be time, as the magazine's staff prepares months in advance.