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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).
Special note: The Practicing Writing blog will be on a brief hiatus for the remainder of this week. Never fear: Assuming that I am indeed able to access the Internet at week’s end, the August issue of The Practicing Writer will go out to subscribers on time. As usual, it will include plenty of no-fee, paying opportunities.
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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.”
“May the One who makes peace in the high heavens make peace for us, for all Israel and all who inhabit the earth. Amen.”
Source: “Oseh Shalom” prayer.
Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes take up the question, “When It Comes to Fiction on National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?” – a question, that, as you may recall, hits close to home.
Insights from Dorothy Allison, Cathy Day, and Christi Craig on “Writing About Place.”
Writers writing about money (or the lack thereof).
An inspiring set of “Summer-Inspired Writing Prompts” from Anca Szilagyi, on the Ploughshares blog.
Since I had the chance to meet novelist Robin Black this week, today seems to be an appropriate time to share her recent essay about the evolution of her writerly identity.
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.
Have a good weekend, everyone.
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I don’t know–maybe my online universe is expanding–but within the past week or so there’s been a wave of happy news shared by *several* people in my writing community. These are genuinely nice people as well as genuinely gifted writers, so I’m moved to give them all a public shout-out right here.
David Ebenbach–he of multiple genre gifts–will see his first full-length poetry book, We Were the People Who Moved, published by Tebot Bach, as the winning title for the latest Patricia Bibby First Book Award.
From Michelle Brafman: “I’m very happy to announce that Washing the Dead, my first novel, will be published by Prospect Park Books in June of 2015.” Just a few weeks ago, Michelle shared that Shebooks will be releasing an e-book of hers, We Named Them All, later this summer.
Karen E. Bender’s story collection, Refund, will be published by Counterpoint in January 2015. (Here’s my take on Bender’s most recent novel, A Town of Empty Rooms.)
Many hearty congratulations to all.
Want to let us in on good news about any of the writers in your circle? Why not do so here, in comments?