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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 14, Number 3: April 2017
Editor: Erika Dreifus
Copyright (c) 2017 Erika Dreifus

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IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Editor’s Note: What’s New
2. Article/Lessons Learned
3. Featured Resource
4. Upcoming/Ongoing Contests, Competitions, and Other Opportunities (NO ENTRY FEES; PAYING OPPORTUNITIES ONLY)
5. Submission Alerts!!! (NO SUBMISSION/READING FEES; PAYING CALLS ONLY)
6. Blog Notes
7. Newsletter Matters

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1. EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S NEW
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Dear Practicing Writers:

March was a major month for me at my main “day job” with Fig Tree Books LLC, since we published a big book, Abigail Pogrebin’s MY JEWISH YEAR: 18 HOLIDAYS, ONE WONDERING JEW, on the 14th. I’m happy to say that there’s been a lot of great coverage for this book to date, and some amazing events. Some of this you’ll find covered in the “other” newsletter I produce, which I hope you’ll also consider subscribing to. (Bonus: Subscribers to *that* newsletter are entitled to a complimentary e-book from the FTB list.) More info on all of the aforementioned here: http://eepurl.com/cHW3pX.

In my own writing practice, I’m hoping that National Poetry Month will again help inspire me and that some new poems will result. To that end, this month’s feature article is a bit self-serving. Please forgive me!

And, as always, you’ll find lots of no-fee, paying opportunities for your writing here, too. Please remember that I love hearing about any success stories that result. You can always contact me via my website: http://www.erikadreifus.com/contact/.

And with that, I wish you an amazing April!

All best,
ERIKA

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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: KICK-STARTING MY POETRY PRACTICE DURING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
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Kick-Starting My Poetry Practice During National Poetry Month

by Erika Dreifus

If this article seems familiar, you may be thinking back to some previous April features, in which I shared a number of sites that I was hoping might help infuse my poetry practice with new energy during National Poetry Month. Perhaps not surprisingly, I can use such an infusion again this year; I thought that it might be worth updating the brief piece and offering it anew.

NB: You’ll see that some of these sites encourage writers to share the poems that the prompts help generate right there on the sites themselves. I tend to avoid that step, for two reasons. First, something I dash off in response to a daily prompt is never ready to be shared right away. And second, I want to safeguard the “unpublished” status of my work so that I can be absolutely free to submit it elsewhere in the future.

And with that, I present the following sources for poetic inspiration:

2017 Poetic Asides PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/poetry-challenge-2017

NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)
http://www.napowrimo.net

Poetry Super Highway Prompt-A-Day for National Poetry Month
http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/

Poetry Prompts
http://poetryprompts.tumblr.com

I’m also hoping to *finally* dive into my copy of THE CRAFTY POET II: A PORTABLE WORKSHOP edited by Diane Lockward (which includes prompts within).

Happy National Poetry Month to us all!

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: “MAY I HAVE SEVERAL HOURS OF YOUR TIME?”
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“Would you mind reading this poem and letting me know what you think?

What about this essay? This chapbook? This epic? This novel trilogy?

Writers often get hit up for advice.”

If you’ve ever experienced a sense of conflict regarding such requests, you must read “May I Have Several Hours of Your Time?”; it’s more than an expression of a common frustration – it’s a piece that offers constructive suggestions concerning what we can do “to keep other people’s writing from interfering with our own.”

http://betterviewofthemoon.blogspot.com/2017/03/may-i-have-several-hours-of-your-time.html

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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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IRENE ADLER PRIZE
http://www.lucasaykroyd.com/scholarships
Deadline: April 30, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

From Lucas Aykroyd: “Writing has given me a rich and exciting life.
I’ve traveled the world from Sweden to South Africa, from the Golden Globes to the Olympic women’s hockey finals. I’ve photographed a mother polar bear and her cubs and profiled stars like ABBA, Jennifer Garner and Katarina Witt. And I couldn’t have done it without women. I’ve been very fortunate, and it’s time for me to give back. With the Irene Adler Prize, I’m awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada, based on an essay competition. My mother is a journalist and my sister works in publishing. The editors who gave me my big breaks with the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Geographic Traveler are all female. Nearly every story of mine that’s won an award was assigned by a woman. Teachers, librarians, publicists, literary agents, fellow writers…I could go on. Women have had a huge impact on my career. In today’s challenging climate, I want to let my female colleagues know – past, present and future – that they and their work are respected and valued. This is not to minimize men. It’s to help maximize the talents of the other 50 percent of the world’s population, which is too frequently shortchanged. The time is right.”
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CANADIAN WOMEN ARTISTS’ AWARD
https://apply.nyfa.org/submit/46175/canadian-women-artists-award
Deadline: June 30, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE INDICATED

“The Canadian Women Artists’ Award is open to female Canadian citizens between the ages of 21 and 35 who are living and working in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, including students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. All applicants must be able to provide proof of Canadian citizenship.” The $5,000 award “is supported by funding granted to NYFA by the Canadian Women’s Club (CWC) of New York as a way to continue its philanthropic work when it disbanded. The award is designed to provide financial support to an emerging or early career artist working in any discipline, and can be used in any manner the recipient deems necessary to further her artistic goals.” Application categories include fiction, nonfiction literature, poetry, and playwriting/screenwriting, among others.
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COMMON GOOD BOOKS POETRY CONTEST
(this year’s theme: “Poems of Experience”)
http://www.commongoodbooks.com/we-are-now-accepting-entries
Deadline: April 15, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

Currently accepting entries for “Poems of Experience: The Fifth Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest.” Prize: Ten poets will receive prizes of $250 each for their poems of particular merit. “Entries to ‘Poems of Experience’ may be any poetic form.” Submit by postal mail only. “The contest is open to anyone living within the United States.”
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LENTEN PSALMS TRANSLATION CONTEST
http://structomagazine.co.uk/lenten-psalms-translation-contest-2017/
Deadline: April 16, 2017 (midnight UK time)
NO ENTRY FEE

“Lent is here and STRUCTO is holding its fourth Lenten psalms translation contest. We’re looking for free translations from the biblical psalms.” NB: “Free translation means what you want it to mean. None of the past winners have had an ancient languages background. Instead, they riffed off the original, turned it on its head, reversed it, used key phrases, sussed out a single idea, or wrote in a psalm mode and mood.” Prize: “All entries will be considered for publication in the magazine. The winning psalmist will receive $150 and a two-year subscription to Structo. Entries will be judged by panel on originality, musicality, accuracy (to the psalm’s spirit), and aesthetic.”
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RUTH LILLY AND DOROTHY SARGENT ROSENBERG POETRY FELLOWSHIPS
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/prizes_fellowship
Entries: March 1-April 30, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEES

“Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets in the U.S. through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.” Note that eligibility is limited to U.S. residents, at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age as of April 30, 2017.
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MCLAUGHLIN-ESSTMAN-STEARNS FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
http://www.writer.org/get-involved/apply-for-fellowships-writing-contests
Deadline: April 28, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

“Each year, The Writer’s Center awards $500 to the author of an exceptional first novel published in the previous calendar year. Conceived and funded by former board member Neal P. Gillen, the McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize honors three dedicated writers and members of The Writer’s Center faculty – Ann McLaughlin, Barbara Esstman, and Lynn Stearns – each of whom unselfishly nourish and inspire students and fellow writers.” NB: “All first novels published in print in 2016 are eligible, including those published by major, independent, and self-publishing presses. Only American authors publishing in English are eligible. Non-eligible books include short story collections, flash fiction, memoirs, biographies, and books published solely in electronic format.”
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GRACE PALEY TEACHING FELLOWSHIP
https://portfolio.newschool.edu/firstyearwriting/2017/03/15/grace-paley-teaching-fellowship/
Deadline: May 1, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

“Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School is welcoming applications for the Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship, a semester-long residency in the First-Year Writing Program. The Fellowship will honor a writer of considerable achievement, in any genre, whose work also reveals a concern for social justice. The Fellowship offers a $20,000 stipend and is located in New York City. The Fellowship honors Grace Paley, whose commitment to the arts and activism – whose voice – is a model for the writer in our moment.” NB: “The Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship is open to writers in any genre (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama) whose work demonstrates a concern for social justice. Applicants should have published at least two book-length works. These books, combined with additional publications, should demonstrate considerable achievement in the writer’s field and engagement with the world at large.” (via http://twitter.com/alexanderchee )
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RHYME ON! POETRY WRITING CONTEST
http://library.loudoun.gov/Events/Rhyme-On
Submissions: April 15-May 31, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

“Poets! Here’s your chance to share your work with the Loudoun County community and win a prize to boot in our annual Rhyme On!” Prizes: “Winning prizes ($65) and runner-up prizes ($25) will be awarded in the following categories: Best Love Poem, Best ‘Loudoun’ Poem, Funniest Poem, Free-Verse.” Be sure to read the guidelines carefully for a number of stipulations and note that you may submit only one poem.
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NAOMI RODDEN ESSAY AWARD
http://egbertroddenwa.wixsite.com/erwa/naomi-rodden-essay-award
Submissions: April 1-May 31, 2017
No entry fee

“Naomi Rodden returned to college late in life in order to become a speech therapist in the public schools. Naomi also wrote throughout her life, often about her faith, in order to encourage others. Essays must be unpublished or scheduled for publication at the time of submission. The essay should be a personal essay about the author’s life between 500-3000 words.” Award confers a $100 prize (but is not a publication award).
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SAPIENS PLURUM EARTH DAY SHORT FICTION CONTEST
http://sapiensplurum.org/fiction-contests.html and http://sapiensplurum.org/sign-in-to-see-contest-rules.html
Submissions: 1AM Eastern on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, until 12:59PM on May 27, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

“Sapiens Plurum is seeking writers who can plot amazing outcomes. Our Earth Day Short Fiction Contest this year challenges authors to dream big enough dreams. Tell us of a future: In your imagination, can we evolve humanity to a better place? Or will we, like Icarus, end up too close to the Sun?” Prizes: $1000/$500/$300.
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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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RATTLE’s fall 2017 issue “will feature poets of the Rust Belt. The poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but must be written by those who have lived for a significant portion of their lives (think: half) in the Rust Belt region, which includes Western New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Lower Michigan, and parts of Illinois and West Virginia. Please explain how this applies to you and how the region affects your poetry, if at all, in your contributor note. We no longer publish prose essays, but instead use these contributor notes as micro-essays at the back of each issue. The poems themselves don’t have to be about the Rust Belt – we want to celebrate and explore the range of work that poets of this region are producing. Pays: $100 per poem, plus a complimentary print subscription.” Deadline: April 15, 2017. Visit http://www.rattle.com/submissions/calls/ for more info.
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|TAP| magazine, a new publication, “aims to publish poetry and prose by marginalized voices on the themes of trauma, mental health, and social justice. We are looking for work that is vulnerable, work that is evocative, and work with risk and emotion. We are especially interested in reading experimental or hybrid-genre work.” Submission period ends April 15. Pays: “Upon publication, contributors will receive $25 via electronic banking means (paypal, venmo, or square cash).” See https://www.taplitmag.com/submit/ for more information.
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From SOUTHERN INDIANA REVIEW: “We accept manuscripts [drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry] between September 1st and April 30th for our annual fall and spring issues. Submissions received after the deadline will be considered for the next issue.” Pays: “SIR pays contributors at two rates: $50 (five layout pages or fewer accepted for publication) and $100 (six layout pages or more accepted). Contributors also receive two complimentary copies of “their” issue (with the option to buy additional copies at a reduced rate) and a year’s subscription to the magazine.” More info: http://www.usi.edu/sir/submission-guidelines.
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OCTOPUS BOOKS is receiving full-length poetry manuscripts during the month of April 2017 (for publication in 2019). Manuscripts should run at least 48 pages in length. Visit http://www.octopusbooks.net/submissions for more information.
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TINY TIM LITERARY JOURNAL is accepting submissions for its next issue until May 21. This is “a triannual literary review with a goal to normalize chronically ill/disability narratives in addition to humanizing medical professionals through their stories.” Primarily interested in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Pays: $50. Visit https://tinytimliteraryreview.com to learn more.
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Received via email: “CONSEQUENCE Magazine seeks submissions for special Tenth Anniversary Issue dedicated to work by women and those identifying as women. We welcome fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translations on the culture and consequences of war. We’re pleased to announce we compensate writers for their work in our print publication. Poetry: $25 per page. Prose: $10 per page ($250 maximum). Translations $15 per page ($250 maximum).” Reading period began March 1 and continues until September 10, 2017. Guidelines: http://www.consequencemagazine.org.
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FOUNDRY reads year-round and “publishes a range of styles and forms, from short lyric poems to prose poems and longer narratives. We are drawn to poems that feel as much as they think. We are committed to inclusivity and warmly welcome submissions from marginalized voices.” Pays: “We pay $10 per poem via Venmo shortly after publication. We also promote our authors on social media and submit nominations for prizes.” Full guidelines available at http://www.foundryjournal.com/submit.html.
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POETRY magazine considers “original works written in the English language as well as translations of poetry into English.” Pays: “Payment is made on publication at the rate of $10 per line (with a minimum payment of $300), and $150 per page of prose, for first serial rights. All rights will revert to the author upon publication. Authors will also receive two contributor copies of the issue in which their work appears.” See guidelines at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/submissions.
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MOSS, where submissions “are limited to current residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia and those with a substantial connection to the region,” accepts fiction and nonfiction submissions “on a rolling basis.” NB: “Though we will consider pieces of any length, we prefer submissions of at least 1,800 words; shorter pieces may be paid at a reduced rate.” Pays: $125. Current call is posted at http://www.mosslit.com/vol02/issue06.html#CallForPapers.
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And another reminder: FIG TREE BOOKS (where I am Media Editor) reads agented and un-agented submissions year-round. Looking for novels and nonfiction (including memoirs) “that chronicle and enlighten the beautiful and sometimes challenging mosaic of the American Jewish Experience.” Visit https://figtreebooks.submittable.com/ for more info.
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6. BLOG NOTES
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The newsletter is published just once each month, but there’s *always* something new at our Practicing Writing blog: fresh market news, current contest and job listings, links to writing-related articles, newly-discovered craft and business resources, and so much more. Regular blog features include:

–Monday Markets for Writers
–Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer (formerly “Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress”)
–Friday Finds for Writers
–Sunday Sentence

Please visit, and comment! http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/practicing-writing/

And for those of you practicing writers who are interested in matters of specifically Jewish cultural interest, please also visit My Machberet (http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/my-machberet). For the curious, “machberet” is the Hebrew word for “notebook”.
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7. NEWSLETTER MATTERS
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Information contained in THE PRACTICING WRITER is collected from many sources, with the purpose of providing general references. It is researched to the best of our ability but readers should verify information when necessary and appropriate. THE PRACTICING WRITER and its editor/publisher disclaim any liability for the use of information contained within. Thank you for subscribing.
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For updates and additional opportunity listings between newsletters, please check in with our “Practicing Writing” blog, http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/practicing-writing.
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ABOUT THE EDITOR: Based in New York City, Erika Dreifus is the author of QUIET AMERICANS: STORIES, which is an American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. A member of the advisory board for J JOURNAL: NEW WRITING ON JUSTICE, she has taught for Harvard University, the Cambridge (Mass.) Center for Adult Education, and the low-residency MFA programs in creative writing at Lesley University, the Northwest Institute for Literary Arts, and Oklahoma City University. In August 2014, Erika joined Fig Tree Books as Media Editor. Please visit http://www.erikadreifus.com to learn more about Erika’s work, and go directly to http://www.erikadreifus.com/quiet-americans/book-clubs/ to arrange for her to visit your book club!
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