“Ploughshares is looking for critical essays about great, underappreciated writers. We are hoping for a piece of writing that takes stock of an accomplished body of work and brings a neglected author back into the spotlight….If there is an occasion for the writing – such as a recent biography, a re-issue of old work, or a new book – so much the better. The writer can be living or dead, going back as far as the late 19th century, and from anywhere in the world (it would help, though, if there are good English translations available). The important thing is to give readers a sense of this writer’s special contribution, the arc of his or her career, and biographical details when they seem relevant.” Pays: “Payment will be at our standard rate for published work: $25/page, minimum $50, maximum $250.” NB: Query through the submission manager–no fee to use the manager for these queries.
From Robert Lee Brewer, in the latest WritersMarket.com newsletter: “I’m currently accepting pitches for articles in the 2013 editions of Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market. Please send them to me via e-mail at robert(dot)brewer(at)fwmedia(dot)com (and not by any other e-mail or communication channel). If you’re pitching for Writer’s Market, please use the subject line: Pitch for 2013 Writer’s Market. If you’re pitching for Poet’s Market, please use the subject line: Pitch for 2013 Poet’s Market. For Writer’s Market, I’m mainly looking for business- and submission-related pieces. If you’re in doubt about your topic, go ahead and pitch. The worst that will happen is that I’ll pick a more relevant pitch. For Poet’s Market, I’ll accept pitches for articles that cover craft and business topics. I’m also interested in anything that helps poets get their work out to a larger readership.” Pays: Not indicated, but I’m going out on a limb on this one in good faith that the writers will be compensated.
Submissions are now open for the next PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. This prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” Winning author receives $15,000 and four finalists win $5,000 each. All are honored at a ceremony. No entry fee. Deadline: October 31, 2011.
Salamander, a literary journal based at Suffolk University (Boston), is hiring a Managing Editor.
Hampshire College [Mass.], an independent, innovative liberal arts college and a member of the Five College Consortium, is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing. Experience teaching literary fiction workshops at the college level, a terminal degree (MFA or PhD), and record of publication are essential.
Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio), which is an ALA Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding Jewish literature. Quiet Americans was also named a Notable Book (The Jewish Journal) and a Top Small-Press Book (Shelf Unbound). Erika is a contributing editor for Fiction Writers Review and an advisory board member for J Journal: New Writing on Justice, and she wrote the section on “Choosing a Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing” for the second edition of Tom Kealey’s Creative Writing MFA Handbook (Continuum, 2008). Erika is also the editor/publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter featuring advice, opportunities, and resources on the craft and business of writing for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.
A high-ranking Nazi’s wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin. A Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POWs he is assigned to supervise. A refugee returning to Europe for the first time just as terrorists massacre Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A son of survivors and the family secrets modern technology may reveal. These are some of the characters and conflicts that emerge in Quiet Americans, in stories that reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending. Portions of the proceeds from sales of Quiet Americans are being donated to The Blue Card. Quiet Americans has been named a 2012 Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (American Library Association) and recognized as a “Notable Book” (The Jewish Journal) and “Top Book” (Shelf Unbound).
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