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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

In brief:

1) Last week brought the final day of my work for Fig Tree Books. Happily, a new freelance assignment came in the same day. (And I didn’t even have to pitch to be offered it!) So that was encouraging, and I hope that it’s a harbinger of more to come. Not that I’m expecting assignments to continue rolling into my inbox un-pitched. I’ve been spending a lot of time developing and sending pitches, and I’ll continue to do so.

2) Meantime, I’m waiting for a decision to arrive re: a fall residency I’ve applied for. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

3) And I’m working, working, working on getting my full-length poetry manuscript ready for its summer debut at a conference workshop. I need to send in the ms (I’m allowed 50 pages) by month’s end. Let’s just say that this is very challenging work. (Advice appreciated!)

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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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.”

Take your pick. (I’d likely chose one of the first three.) 

Source: Front page of The New York Times, June 9, 2017.

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Friday Finds for Writers


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

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Tally-Ho!

My blogging time with Poetry Has Value may have reached its end, but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to share my poetry submission stats with you. So here’s the report for the month of May.

Also, if you’re new to these posts, it may be helpful for you to know that I work very hard to submit my work mainly to paying venues that don’t charge fees for journal/website publication. If you’re similarly looking for paying calls and contests that don’t charge submission fees, you’re always welcome to check my monthly newsletter (and with my weekly “Monday Markets” posts on this blog). And if you’d like to know more about how, generally speaking, I choose where to send my work, this Literary Hub essay remains a good standby.

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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