“Paper Brigade provides a snapshot of the previous year’s Jewish literary landscape while also exploring the history of Jewish literature in America and abroad. The publication is comprised of articles, interviews, personal essays, fiction, poetry, photography, and illustrations that, together, highlight the breadth and diversity of Jewish books today. The 2018 issue of Paper Brigade will be published in November 2017, and will primarily be focused on 2017 books.” Currently accepting “original, unpublished nonfiction between 1,500 and 2,500 words….Pieces should involve a 2017 book, and we encourage authors to be creative about the ways in which they accomplish this. (We’re not looking for straightforward book reviews.) The majority of our articles feature more than one book, and they often discuss trends in current literature or explore books in the context of older traditions.” Pays: “We provide a small honorarium for original nonfiction.” Deadline: “Submissions are due by April 24, 2017, and are accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage you to submit as early as possible.”
Job alert: “New York Jewish Life is a NEW weekly newspaper distributed in predominantly Jewish communities in the New York City Metro area.” And they’re looking for a Managing Editor. (They’re also seeking Freelance Reporters.)
Giveaway alert: This is the final pre-publication giveaway that will be offered for Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.
Speaking of free reads: Want a copy of Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line? Fig Tree Books LLC (where I am Media Editor) is offering complimentary e-versions to all newsletter subscribers. Here’s the link for more info (if you’re not yet a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up now and get your e-book right away).
Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
“The digital version of The Canadian Jewish News, cjnews.com, is rolling out a first-person essay section, and we’re looking for content! We’re soliciting first-person essays that are fresh, thoughtful and honest, written in a strong narrative voice. Wherever you fall on the denominational spectrum – whether you’re Orthodox, traditional, secular, an atheist, whatever – we’re interested in writing that highlights your experience of being Jewish – whatever that looks like, or means to you – in 2017.” Check the announcement for guidelines (and note that I’ve confirmed with the editor that essayists will be paid).
“JWA is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Rising Voices Fellowship, a national program for Jewish female-identified teens that builds leadership through writing and develops young women’s ability to influence important conversations of the Jewish community. Interested teens going into grades 10-12 who have a passion for writing, feminism, and social justice are invited to apply by April 23, 2017.”
Many meaningful words were shared by my fellow panelists at last Thursday’s “Memory Transferred: Voices from the Descendants of Destruction and Displacement,” an event held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I’m proud to present this video from the evening.
In any event, this will be my last post for a few days. I’ll be back to the blog(s) when I return from Washington. Thanks for your patience—and safe and easy travels to everyone making their way to #AWP17.
“I recognize that there are those people, on the right and on the left, for whom their relationship to Israel is not just a moral imperative but an exclusive imperative; and for whom, therefore, common cause with an opponent issue entails transgressing an impassable line. I respect this position, especially in its self-awareness of its hierarchy of moral choices. But I also believe it is a tragic position to take in a political moment that requires of us commitments to more than one moral imperative; and also because I wonder whether our willingness to work with outspoken critics of Israel right now, when we agree on many other issues, may in fact enable us to manage those tensions with those critics more effectively in the long run. I think a David Ben-Gurion-like position is a perfectly tenable moral position that balances multiple moral imperatives: We fight for our moral values in American political life as though there was no disagreement with our allies on these issues on Israel, and we fight on Israel with critics of Israel as though there was no domestic agenda. The existence of multiple moral frameworks with which to view the world is not a sign of confusion; it is a sign of sophistication and strength.”
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).
For nearly seven years, subscribers have welcomed The Practicing Writer, a free monthly e-newsletter that helps fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction with their craft and business. Always listing paying publication opportunities, always announcing contests and other opportunities that don’t charge entry/application fees. Click here [HYPERLINK TO http://www.erikadreifus.com/newsletter/ ) to learn more, click here [HYPERLINK TO http://www.erikadreifus.com/newsletter/current/) to read the latest issue online, or go ahead and subscribe right now (and get a free writing-contest guide!).