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Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). (Please excuse the relative brevity of this week’s post: I’m away for a few days.)

  • Are you a college senior or recent graduate planning to begin a graduate degree program in creative writing in the fall of 2013? You may want to check out the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award. “The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books.” The awards can reach “as much as $50,000 annually.” Deadline for Phase One of the application process is November 28, 2012. No application fee indicated.
  • Press 53 is currently open for submissions of poetry and short-story collections. Deadline: November 30.
  • Grub Street (Boston) is looking for a part-time Digital Consultant. “Grub Street is readying to pilot a variety of experimental online creative writing classes in 2013. We’re looking for a part-time consultant to manage and coordinate our efforts in concert with relevant staff members.”
  • Quadrant is published ten times a year, monthly, except for larger combined issues in January-February and July-August. Each year we publish more than 200 articles, 200 poems, 70 book reviews, 20 short stories and 75 letters to the editor. Quadrant accepts unsolicited, previously unpublished articles that fit within its general profile of a journal of ideas, essays, literature, poetry and historical and political debate. Although it retains its founding bias towards cultural freedom, anti-totalitarianism and classical liberalism, its pages are open to any well-written and thoughtful contribution.” Quadrant is an Australia-based journal and “pays contributors for articles, reviews, poems and short fiction.” (via placesforwriters.com)
  • Teaching jobs continue after the jump. Continue reading ›

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    Friday Finds for Writers

    The weekly collection of writing-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.

  • 10 smart posts for newbie freelancers, courtesy of Dollars & Deadlines.
  • Also good for newbies: useful overview piece on how & where to get your short stories published.
  • It’s feeling a lot like winter around here, so I’m grateful for these “Five Winter Reads” suggested on the Fiction Writers Review site.
  • Working on historical fiction, or another historically-infused project? You’re likely to learn something from Jeanne Sakata’s account of writing her first play, “Hold These Truths,” about the life of civil rights icon Gordon Hirabayashi.
  • By now, we all know about NaNoWriMo. Among related efforts is the November PAD (Poem-A-Day) challenge. I haven’t managed to participate regularly, but I’m grateful for the prompts.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone. Please come back Monday for the usual markets post.

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    Jewish Literary Links for Shabbat

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

    Every Friday morning My Machberet presents an assortment of Jewish literary news from around the Web.

  • This week, Kenyon Review Online published “The Golem of Zukow,” a gripping short story by Helen Maryles Shankman.
  • Yiddish Book Center staff report back from the most recent American Literary Translators Association, shining a special spotlight on a “Translating Israel” panel.
  • Elie Wiesel and U.S. President Barack Obama will be writing a book together. (UPDATE on Tuesday, November 13: Although this item was reported widely last week, its accuracy is now in doubt.)
  • Among the facilities damaged by Hurricane Sandy is The Forward‘s main office in downtown New York. I’ve made a small contribution to help out.
  • I’m off imminently to the JCC Lane Dworkin Jewish Book Festival in Rochester. Can’t wait!
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress: Five Free & Easy Ways to Promote Your Book

    (A version of this article originally appeared in The Writer magazine; it was also published in the November 2012 issue of The Practicing Writer.)


    By Erika Dreifus

    It’s no secret that even the largest publishing houses aren’t providing all of the marketing and promotional support their authors might wish for these days. When you consider how many authors are working with smaller and independent presses – not to mention the increase in self-publishing afforded by low-cost technologies – it seems that everyone might benefit from some basic, budget-friendly book-promotion tips.

    While promoting my short-story collection, QUIET AMERICANS, I relied on some tried-and-true techniques. I also discovered a few new tools. Here are five easy ones. They won’t consume too much of your time; even better, they’re free! Continue reading ›

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    Free Summer Program for High-School Students: Great Jewish Books

    News from the Yiddish Book Center:
    Great Jewish Books Summer Program

    A week-long exploration of literature & culture for high school students
    at the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA

    The Great Jewish Books Summer Program brings together eighteen rising high school juniors and seniors to read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with some of the most powerful and enduring works of modern Jewish literature. Participants study with some of the nation’s most respected literary scholars, meet prominent contemporary authors, and connect with other teens from across the country. When asked what the highlight of the week was, one of last year’s students said, “The whole week was a highlight!” Enough said. This summer’s program runs from July 28 – August 4, 2013. The program is entirely free for accepted students, including tuition, rooms, meals, and a stack of incredible books. Applications are due March 15, 2013. Apply Now! Email [email protected] with any questions.

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