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Monday Markets for Writers

dollar-sign-mdMonday 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). Continue reading ›

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Sunday Sentence




In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

He needed to walk away before he did something.

Source: “Cold Little Bird” by Ben Marcus, in The New Yorker

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Words of the Week


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Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Mazal tov to Molly Antopol, winner of the 2015 Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish fiction for The UnAmericans. (We asked Molly some questions about one of the stories in the book way back when.)
  • On my weekend viewing agenda: a video of Israeli author David Grossman’s recent lecture at Harvard University.
  • Chabad Lubavitch International (Brooklyn) is advertising for a Writer/Editor’s Assistant.
  • Looking for a slew of news, reviews, and interviews from the world of Jewish books? See the latest Jewish Book Carnival, hosted for October by Fig Tree Books.
  • Speaking of Fig Tree Books, it’s not too late to celebrate this week’s launch of Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Mission Accomplished (Sort Of)

    You’ll all be supremely relieved to know that I did complete that little personal essay that I mentioned last week. (Equally good news: I managed to navigate the new website/submission system.) The only little glitch remaining is that the photo I sent isn’t quite right, spec-wise. So that’s a task that remains.

    In the Mix

    themix_logoMotivated by this interview on the Beyond Your Blog site, I recently re-submitted an application to write for Hearst’s “The Mix.” (Yes, I applied once before–and was not accepted.)

    But this week brought good news: admission to the freelancer pool. So now I’m receiving the daily prompts/assignments. Nothing has quite clicked for me yet–nothing has sparked any writing, let alone led to a byline. But, it’s early yet. We’ll see.

    At the Day Job

    Yesterday was a big day for all of us at Fig Tree Books: the official publication date for Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line. Check out my celebratory post for the day over on the Fig Tree blog, if you please. We’ll all appreciate it!

    What’s new with all of you?

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