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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, book reviews, and updates regarding this practicing writer’s own work.

Wednesday’s WiP: Brief Blog Hiatus

Hello, friends. No, I’m not going fishing. But I am taking a long Labor Day weekend trip, and there’s a lot happening in my world this week as it is, and so this will be the last blog post for about a week.

I’ll be returning home early next Monday morning, and I expect to get the September issue of The Practicing Writer out to subscribers that day.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful several days.



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).

  • From Interfictions: “We are looking for work that blurs the lines between genres (contemporary realism, mystery, historical, fantasy, speculative fiction, westerns), as well as pieces that bridge fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry, and other categories.” Deadline for next issue is August 30. Pays: $30/poem and $.10/word for fiction and nonfiction. NB: “We’re also interested in interviews with boundary-crossing artists. Please query if you know someone you’d like to interview, and let us know why you think this person’s work would interest us. We seek interviews of 2000-3000 words, and pay a flat rate of $50/interview.” (h/t WritingCareer.com)
  • Poets & Writers is looking for an Assistant Editor (New York).
  • “TC Jewfolk is hiring an arts and culture columnist….You’ll be expected to cover an average of one cultural event in the Twin Cities per week, and you’ll have a fair amount of freedom to choose what events you think will be most interesting to our readers. The events don’t have to be Jewish community events; in fact, most of them probably won’t be. Instead you’ll be expected to cover local cultural happenings and personalities with a Jewish lens. This could range from a play at the Guthrie, to a Jewish stand-up comedian playing at Acme, to a special Jewish community event like the Christmas Eve ‘Jewbilee,’ or Twin Cities Jewish film festival. We will pay $25 per story, at an average of one per week for a year. This is a great opportunity to build a writing portfolio and get paid to see live theater/music/etc in the Twin Cities!”
  • “The Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fiction. M.F.A., Ph.D., or M.A. in Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction required.”
  • Two jobs at Oregon State University-Corvallis, both tenure-track Assistant Professorships. One specifies a fiction specialty; the other, nonfiction.
  • “The Department of English at the University of San Diego invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Creative Writing, Creative Non-Fiction Emphasis.”
  • We’re about one week away from the next issue of The Practicing Writer. As always, it will be packed with no-fee contest info and paying submission calls. It’s never too late to subscribe to our free newsletter.
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    Sunday Sentence

    so14_coverIn 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.”

    “They didn’t seem to understand—they were too entitled to understand—that the production of great literature requires a deep engagement with great literature.”

    Source: Steve Almond, “The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect” (Poets & Writers)



    Friday Finds for Writers

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

  • Making the rounds: Nick Ripatrazone’s “Practical Art: On Teaching the Business of Creative Writing.”
  • Carol Tice suggests “7 Easy Jobs that Leave Your Days Free for Writing.” (I’ll admit that I don’t think they’re all so easy, but that may just be me.)
  • Dreaming of a byline in the NYT‘s Modern Love column? You’ll want to read this submission advice from column editor Dan Jones. (h/t Virginia C. [Claire] McGuire)
  • Are you guilty of any of these bookstore no-nos? (h/t @FayeRapoDesPres)
  • Portions of the September/October Poets & Writers issue are now online. (And, if by some chance you haven’t seen my mentions on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, my “After the MFA: Fantasy, Reality, and Lessons Learned” is part of the mix.
  • Happy weekend, everyone!

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    Wednesday’s WiP: “After the MFA”

    so14_cover“There are several valuable lessons I’ve learned from my experience—none of which I understood before or even upon finishing my MFA—that I believe every writer considering a graduate degree in writing (or those who have recently received one) should know.”

    Read the rest of my article/essay, just posted on the Poets & Writers site to accompany the September/October MFA issue.

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