THE PRACTICING WRITER
Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 12, Number 9: October 2015
Editor: Erika Dreifus
Copyright (c) 2015 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/APPLICATION FEES)
5. Submission Alerts!!! (NO READING FEES)
6. Blog Notes
7. Newsletter Matters
1. EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S NEW
Dear Practicing Writers:
Last month’s Q&A with author Tracy Crow yielded many wonderful responses. This one may be my favorite:
Hello Erika. I wanted to let you know that after reading your Tracy Crow interview, I contacted her publicist and Tracy is going to speak to my local writers group, Carteret Writers, in November on “Writing Military Stories.”
I’ve mentioned your Practicing Writer newsletter to the group before, but I’ll be sure to highlight in the November issue of the monthly newsletter I edit for the group.
As always, I’m delighted to hear about any success stories that result from a newsletter find. Tell me all about it at http://www.erikadreifus.com/contact/.
Be well, everyone, and here’s wishing you an outstanding October for your writing practice,
2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: 10 PLACES TO PUBLISH (AND GET PAID FOR) AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
10 PLACES TO PUBLISH (AND GET PAID FOR) AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
by Erika Dreifus
It has been some time since I’ve come up with a resource-y article for you. This one, which presents a list of ten publications that will pay for author interviews, arose from a double motivation.
To begin: I received an email from a practicing writer (who shall remain nameless), expressing frustration with the scarcity of paying opportunities to publish such interviews and asking if I had any advice or “markets” to recommend. To be sure, I receive similar requests for assistance several times each week, and most of the time I simply have to tell the questioner that I can’t offer any guidance beyond what’s on my website/blogs. But this query intrigued me because I had something else percolating: a visiting gig at the Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma City University.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be offering an updated version of my “Writing What We Know–For Love & Money” seminar at this program’s next residency. Quite possibly the most popular seminar I teach at conferences, literary centers, and other MFA programs, this class helps writers consider, pitch, and publish writing-related work–such as book reviews, literary travel pieces, and, yes, author interviews–of their own. I always provide a market guide to the participants; the ten publications you see listed below give you just a sampling of those I’ll be sharing with the MFA students this winter.
I hope that you’ll all find this to be useful information. And if you’d like to bring me to YOUR writing conference, center, or program to offer the class, you can contact me at http://www.erikadreifus.com/contact/.
An important preliminary comment: The “market potential” for author interviews is not limited to literary magazines and writer-focused venues such as those featured below. Don’t neglect the possibilities of alumni magazines, regional publications, and other outlets that may welcome your pitches!
So, without further ado, I present 10 places to publish (and, according to their websites, get paid for) author interviews:
AWP Writer’s Chronicle
The Life Sentence
Poets & Writers
Washington Independent Review of Books
3. FEATURED RESOURCES: ADVICE FOR INTERVIEWERS
Are you interested in pursuing author interviews but thinking that you might need to sharpen your interviewing skills? There’s some good, common-sense advice in this guidance for younger writers:
And then there’s this, geared for grown-ups:
4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
GAIUS CHARLES BOLIN DISSERTATION AND POST-MFA FELLOWSHIPS
Deadline: November 15, 2015
NO APPLICATION FEE INDICATED
“The Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowships at Williams College are designed to promote diversity on college faculties by encouraging students from underrepresented groups to complete a terminal graduate degree and to pursue careers in college teaching. The Bolin Fellowships are two-year residencies at Williams, and two scholars or artists are appointed each year. Fellows devote the bulk of the first year to the completion of dissertation work – or in the case of MFA applicants, building their professional portfolios – while also teaching one course as a faculty member in one of the College’s academic departments or programs. The second year of residency (ideally with degree in hand) is spent on academic career development while again teaching just one course.” Eligibility: “The Bolin Fellowships are awarded to applicants from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, those who are first-generation college graduates, women in predominately male fields, or disabled scholars. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who intend to pursue a professorial career in the U.S. Ph.D. candidates must have completed all doctoral work except the dissertation by the end of the current academic year. MFA candidates must be recent recipients of the degree; only those with degrees granted in 2015, or to be granted in 2016, are eligible to apply.” Confers an annual stipend of $39,000. “The College will also provide health and dental benefits, relocation and housing assistance, academic support including office space and a computer, and an annual allowance of $4,000 for research-related expenses.”
BROOKLYN NON-FICTION PRIZE
Deadline: November 15, 2015
NO ENTRY FEE INDICATED
“The Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize, a cash award of $500, will be awarded to the best Brooklyn-focused non-fiction essay which is set in Brooklyn and is about Brooklyn and/or Brooklyn people/characters. We are seeking compelling Brooklyn stories from writers with a broad range of backgrounds and ages who can render Brooklyn’s rich soul and intangible qualities through the writer’s actual experiences in Brooklyn. From the collection of selected Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize submissions, five authors will be selected to read from their work and discuss their Brooklyn stories with the audience at our December 2015 event. The exact date/time and venue will be announced later. These stories and several other submitted stories will be published on the Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival website and made available to the public.”
DAVID CARR FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: November 14, 2015
NO APPLICATION FEE
“David Carr, who died in February, was the media columnist for The New York Times and one of the most important voices in journalism. The first David Carr Fellow will spend two years in The Times’s newsroom covering the intersection of technology, media and culture. The focus of the fellow’s work could be steady, sustained news stories; magazine-style features; investigative efforts; videography; or a mix of approaches, depending on the interests of the fellow and the recommendation of Times editors. The fellowship is an opportunity for a journalist early in his or her career to build upon David’s commitment to holding power accountable and telling engaging, deeply reported stories. Candidates should have at least three years of experience and be eager to experiment with creative ways of storytelling through video, text, social media and other means.” NB: “The fellow will receive a competitive compensation package.”
CONFERENCE ON COLLEGE COMPOSITION AND COMMUNICATION (CCCC) FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Deadlines: Depending on the award, deadlines fall between October 10, 2015, and December 31, 2015
NO APPLICATION FEES INDICATED
A variety of funding opportunities will facilitate participation in the next CCCC Convention (scheduled for April 2016 in Houston, Texas). Check the website for more information and specific application instructions.
AMY LOWELL POETRY TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: October 15, 2015 (received)
NO APPLICATION FEE
“The American poet Amy Lowell died in 1925. Her will established an annual scholarship to support travel abroad for gifted American-born poets.” NB: “The award for the 2016-2017 Scholarship year should be in the area of $54,000. The recipient must agree to spend the year abroad, as the will requires.”
JANE LUMLEY PRIZE
Deadline: November 1, 2015
NO ENTRY FEE REQUIRED (“However, you do have the option of supporting our literary endeavor by using The Jane Lumley Prize Tip Jar to submit your poems ($3).”)
“The Jane Lumley Prize is awarded annually to writers who have yet not published a full length book of poetry. The winner, judged in a blind review by us, will receive a prize of $300 and will be featured in the January issue of Hermeneutic Chaos. The winner will also receive a certificate and a broadside of the winning poem. Publication will also be awarded to the first three semi-finalists, along with certificates. In addition, all the entries will be considered for publication.” Entrants may submit a maximum of eight poems.
THE LYRIC COLLEGE POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: December 1, 2015
NO ENTRY FEE
This competition is “directed toward undergraduates enrolled full time in an American or Canadian college or university.” Awards a $500 first prize and $100 second prize. “Poems must be original and unpublished, 39 lines or less, written in English in traditional forms, preferably with regular scansion and rhyme.”
PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION
Deadline: October 31, 2015
NO ENTRY FEE
“The PEN/Faulkner Award honors the best work of fiction published by an American in a single calendar year. The largest peer-reviewed literary prize in the country, the PEN/Faulkner Award continues to recognize the finest American fiction being produced today.” NB: Per the 2015 awards letter (http://www.penfaulkner.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/2016_AwardsCoordinatorLetter_FINAL.pdf) the winning author received $15,000, “and the other four finalists receive $5,000 each.”
SCARBOROUGH FAIR/MINDS MATTER MAGAZINE CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: October 31, 2015
NO ENTRY FEE
Canada-based, “open to all,” joint creative-writing contest awarding cash prizes for flash fiction ($150), poems ($200), and short fiction/cnf ($250). “All submissions (regardless of theme and subject matter) will be considered for publication by SCARBOROUGH FAIR. All submissions that focus on mental health will be considered for publication in both MINDS MATTER MAGAZINE and SCARBOROUGH FAIR.” (via PlacesforWriters.com)
SCIENCE FICTION AND THE MEDICAL HUMANITIES WRITING COMPETITION
Deadline: January 31, 2016
NO ENTRY FEE
“We are pleased to announce a creative-writing competition for science fiction on the theme of medicine, health, and illness. Science fiction has a long tradition of medical stories: Frankenstein (reanimation), The Island of Doctor Moreau (surgery, tissue grafting), Brave New World (eugenics), Flowers for Algernon (disability), I Am Legend (contagious disease), The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (terminal illness), Woman on the Edge of Time (psychiatry), Never Let Me Go (cloning, transplantation) … and many others. Our creative-writing competition is intended to stimulate new work in this fruitful area. We invite science-fiction short stories (and also self-contained novel excerpts) of up to 3000 words that address themes of medicine, health, and illness.” Prizes: GBP 300/200/150 (and GBP 50 for runners-up). NB: “The competition is open to anyone [over 18] throughout and outside the United Kingdom.” Entries must be previously unpublished and “must not be entered in another competition at the same time.”
5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!! (NO READING FEES!!!)
“CATAPULT is an innovative publisher that celebrates extraordinary storytelling. We accept submissions of literary fiction, memoir, nonfiction, and graphic narrative. We promote American and international fiction and narrative nonfiction that is alive, insightful, illuminating, stirring, and surprising by way of unique voices – whether emerging or established – that honor the craft of writing….We will consider unagented book-length submissions during the months of April and October each year. Please include a brief query letter along with your entire digital manuscript. We will also consider short fiction and nonfiction of 500-6000 words for our website year-round. Please include a cover letter along with your piece. Writers will receive paid compensation for accepted website pieces.” Submission info at https://catapult.submittable.com/submit.
RATTLE has three “tribute calls” posted at this time. The first, for “Feminist Poets,” has a deadline of October 15, 2015. NB: “The poems may be written in any style, subject, or length, but must be written by those who identify as Feminist Poets and use poetry to advocate for women’s rights.” The second, “Los Angeles,” has a deadline of January 15, 2016. “The poems may be written in any style, subject, or length, but must be written by those who have lived at least half their live-in the Greater Los Angeles area.” The third, Adjunct Poets,” has a deadline of April 15, 2016. “The poems may be written in any style, subject, or length, but must be written by those who currently work as adjunct professors.” Pays: $50 plus a one-year subscription. See http://www.rattle.com/poetry/submissions/calls/ for more information.
Original essays sought: “Our upcoming anthology MULTIPLES ILLUMINATED: AN ANTHOLOGY OF STORIES AND ADVICE FROM PARENTS WITH TWINS, TRIPLETS, AND MORE brings together the world of multiples through shared experiences. Megan Woolsey and Alison Lee, both writers and mothers of multiples (triplets and twins respectively), are calling writers who would like to contribute a personal essay and/or advice on their experience with infertility, pregnancy and the first couple of years of raising multiples. Make us laugh, cry, think, and help us learn about multiples through your words.” Pays: $40; essays may run 800-3,000 words. Deadline: November 1, 2015. http://multiplesilluminated.com/2015/08/multiples-illuminated/
VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW reads fiction, poetry, and nonfiction submissions from October 1 to November 15. Will also read nonfiction *pitches* until December 1. Info, guidelines, and pay rates described at http://www.vqronline.org/about-vqr/submissions.
POETRY AND BUSINESS “is a new journal created with the goal of incorporating the world of work into the world of letters. It is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue, which will be released in print on Groundhog’s Day, 2016. The journal seeks poems and essays that have not been previously published. Material that is available online is considered to be previously published. The subject matter of Poetry and Business is specific. We are looking for work that describes the meeting of verse and commerce. Poems should address some aspect of business — money, consumer experience, or professional life, for example. Essays should speak to some aspect of the interaction of business and poetry, from the perspective of either field of work. It is not necessary for contributors to be employed in the world of business.” Pays: “Payment for each poem or essay accepted is $20.16, plus one copy of the issue in which the item is included.” NB: “To have your work considered in the 2016 issue, please submit by the end of 2015.” http://poetryandbusiness.com (via placesforwriters.com)
Canada-based, CARTE BLANCHE will be open for submissions from October 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015. “Our mandate is to provide a venue for narrative of all forms from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and photo essays.” Pays: “a modest honorarium.” Visit http://carte-blanche.org for more information.
UPSTREET reopened for submissions on September 1 and will remain so until March 1, 2016. Considers poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Pays: “Payment, upon publication, will be between $50 and $150 for poems, and between $50 and $250 for short stories or essays. Each author will also receive one complimentary copy, and may purchase more copies at a reduced rate.” http://upstreet-mag.org/guidelines/
ZEAL “is looking for original comics and comics criticism.” Pays: “We pay $100 for 2-3k words of writing, more if applicable. We pay $100-150 (or more if applicable) for original illustrations for promotion or article illustrations depending on your rates and our budget (we don’t currently have open submissions for original art). We pay $150-$200 (or more if applicable) for comics depending on your rates and our budget. If you’re doing something high ambitious and original (or would like to illustrate your own article) we can discuss applicable rates. If you’re making something REALLY big, we’d prefer to scale down work or put that work in installments….” NB: “We publish all of our work on Medium, so you’ll need a Medium account to submit, which is free and easily obtainable. After your submission is accepted, we’ll ask you to submit a draft that we will edit on there (while jumping through a few of Medium’s annoying hoops).” Visit http://www.mammonmachine.com/writerguide/ for more details. (hat tip here to http://twitter.com/Duotrope)
CRUX: THE GEORGIA SERIES IN LITERARY NONFICTION, is a new series from the University of Georgia Press: “Named for intersections, and for the heart of the matter, this series will publish literary nonfiction by diverse writers working in a variety of modes, including personal and lyric essay, memoir, cultural meditation, and literary journalism. Books are intended for general readers, including writers, teachers of writing, and students, and will be both intelligent and accessible. Engagement with the world, dedication to craft, precision, and playfulness with form and language are valued. As the series develops, it will include non-American writers and experiences. Edited by John Griswold, the series aims to publish two to four new titles annually.” See https://georgiapress.submittable.com/submit for proposal guidelines and instructions.
Passing this on from FIG TREE BOOKS (where, as you may recall, I am Media Editor: “Fig Tree Books LLC is now accepting memoirs and young-adult and graphic-novel manuscripts in addition to literary novels that are concerned with the American Jewish Experience (AJE). We accept both agented and unrepresented manuscripts and pay competitive advances and standard royalties. All of our books are made available in print and e-format. For more information/guidelines, please visit https://figtreebooks.net/submit-a-manuscript/. And this: “Fig Tree Books also welcomes queries from freelance book reviewers who wish to contribute to our ongoing series of reviews of “classic” works of American Jewish fiction. Reviews run about 500 words and pay $50. Please visit https://figtreebooks.net/review-types/recent-reviews/ for details and samples of recent contributions.” UPDATE: DUE TO AN IMMENSE RESPONSE TO RECENT CALLS, REVIEW QUERIES ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED. MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS, HOWEVER, REMAIN OPEN!
Update from WAG’S REVIEW: “We recently announced we will cease publication with our 20th issue. As a result, we are no longer accepting submissions. If you submitted to an open reading period, we will still be reading, considering, and responding to your submission. Many thanks to all who submitted to the magazine over the last six years.” http://www.wagsrevue.com/submit
6. BLOG NOTES
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
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”.
7. NEWSLETTER MATTERS
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.
For updates and additional opportunity listings between newsletters, please check in with our “Practicing Writing” blog, http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/practicing-writing.
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 and the Northwest Institute for Literary Arts. 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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