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Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees. Paying Gigs.

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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A Poem On Yom Yerushalayim

jerusalem_israel1As Yom Yerushalayim is observed today, I am reminded of a poem I wrote a few years ago. Titled “Jerusalem Dream,” the poem was a response to a challenge issued via The Missouri Review. You can read all about that poem–and the original challenge that inspired it–over here.

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Sunday Sentence

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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.”

The beheading, however, worked.

Source: Elissa Washuta, My Body is A Book of Rules

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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.

  • The latest newsletter from Fig Tree Books features the final pre-publication giveaway for Jessamyn Hope’s debut novel Safekeeping, and lots more JLit info.
  • Wonderful profile in The Jewish Week of Ayelet Tsabari and her mission to tell Mizrahi stories.
  • In the new Brevity magazine: “Heathen, Slave, Woman”—a powerful short excerpt from Judy Bolton-Fasman’s recently completed memoir.
  • “Kveller.com is seeking a full-time editorial assistant to join our New York-based team.”
  • And to conclude: Torah limericks.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Rejections, Redux
    Remember the new poem I mentioned last week? Well, it continued to glean rejections this week. (I’m mildly irked by one editor’s feedback, but I’ll be discreet and let that go un-amplified for the moment.)

    I’ve been tweaking the piece and am still holding out hope for it. And if the one publication I’ve yet to hear back from right now also says “no,” that’s okay, because I think that after that, I’ll bite the bullet and send it somewhere that doesn’t take simultaneous submissions. (That’s something I normally hate to do, but every so often, I’ll yield.)

    Jewish Lit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
    Last Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending a public forum featuring the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature authors at the Museum of Jewish Heritage here in New York. 2015 Sami Rohr Prize Winner Ayelet Tsabari, Choice Award recipient Kenneth Bonert, and finalists Yelena Akhtiorskaya, Molly Antopol, and Boris Fishman all participated in a discussion moderated by Austin Ratner. (I was not present at the following evening’s award ceremony/reception, but luckily, Ayelet Tsabari’s acceptance speech can be viewed on YouTube.)

    My Creative Cousin
    Finally, I’d like to honor some special songwriting that I encountered this week. Continue reading ›

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