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Practicing Writing

Welcome to Practicing Writing! Here you’ll find updates on writing and publishing opportunities (especially handy between issues of our popular monthly newsletter). You’ll discover ONLY opportunities that charge no fees, and ONLY publications/contests that will pay for your writing. The blog also shares writing-related news and resources and updates regarding this practicing writer’s own work.

Friday Finds for Writers

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

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer


‘Tis Tally Time!

A new batch of updates has been posted over on the Poetry Has Value site. Go ahead and read the contributing bloggers’ updates on submissions—and more—from each poet’s practice. (As always, I recommend that you read all of the posts, but if you’re especially eager to read mine, you’ll find it right here.

The Gang’s All Back

My Jewish-text-study-and-writing-group reunited last evening after too many weeks in which holiday observances, travel schedules, and life got in the way of our gatherings. I am so glad that we have reconvened. I missed everyone–and I missed the inspiration of our work together. (I drafted a new poem last night that I’m excited to keep working on–and it has been too long since I was able to say that!)

Newsletter Alerts

And it’s that time again. Time for me to remind you about some new newsletter issues. The latest edition of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers this morning. And the Fig Tree Books newsletter was distributed yesterday. (It happens to include a number of suggestions for ways to celebrate Jewish Book Month, which we’re in right now.)

I’m always glad to see new subscribers, for either/both of the newsletters that I work on. (Hint, hint!)

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Monday Markets and Jobs 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.”

You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage.

Source: Charles M. Blow, “No, Trump, We Can’t Just Get Along” (The New York Times)

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Friday Finds for Writers

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Good News!

Last week brought some unexpected good news: an acceptance for one of my poems!

The “unexpected” piece of this has a couple of factors. First, the accepted poem is fairly new. (In other words, it hadn’t already been rejected elsewhere at least a dozen times!) So to the extent that work is ever “snapped up,” this comes pretty close to that situation.

Moreover, I’ve tried this journal—The Hollins Critic—before; this is my first success there, and I didn’t necessarily anticipate it.

I’m not sure exactly when the poem will be published, but I’m told that publication will be within the next year. I will definitely keep you posted! Continue reading ›

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