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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 13, Number 12: January 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 OR APPLICATION FEES)
5. Submission Alerts!!! (NO 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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Greetings, practicing writers!

One year ends, and another begins. Except, as you may have noticed, for this newsletter.

We began with a February issue way back in 2004, so I’ve made the perhaps quirky decision to begin each yearly “volume” of newsletters in February. Which means that as I welcome you to the first newsletter of 2017, I present the final issue of volume 13. In February, we’ll move on to volume FOURTEEN!!!

For whatever insight that may be worth.

This issue is filled with items to help you take stock of achievements for your writing practice in the past year AND set some intentions (a word I like much better than “resolutions”) for the year to come. I hope that you enjoy it.

As always, I welcome “success stories” of writerly accomplishments that result for you, directly or indirectly, via this newsletter. I’m always happy to hear from you at http://www.erikadreifus.com/contact/. Please note that success stories may be shared in future newsletters and/or on my website.

With all best wishes for your writing in 2017 and beyond,
ERIKA

P.S. Planning to attend the #AWP17 conference next month? Please consider adding this Thursday evening offsite event to your calendar (it’s free, but please register in advance): http://ushmm.org/events/memory-transferred. (And if you can’t make it, please note that the event will be live-streamed and recorded.)

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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: WISDOM, REPEATED
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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD: MODELS FOR ASSESSING YOUR WRITING PRACTICE

By Erika Dreifus

Four years ago, I filled this space in the newsletter with a guest article by Lisa Romeo. In “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like *I Did It* Time,” Lisa encouraged us to look back on our writerly accomplishments for the year: “Write down everything that’s happened in your writing life in 2012 that’s been good, maybe even great. At least positive. Little steps accomplished. Medium goals reached. Medium ones broached.” This is an exercise I’ve tried to repeat each year since learning about it from Lisa.

Subsequently, I took the work one step further. Thanks to Annette Gendler’s *Artist & Writer’s Workbook*, I started using a free, downloadable packet to assess what I’ve accomplished in my writing practice in the year just ended AND set some goals for the year to come.

This time last year, I used this newsletter space to highly recommended these exercises to you. This year, I’m opting to echo that recommendation.

The “I Did It List” post that first caught my attention:
http://lisaromeo.blogspot.com/2011/12/writing-i-did-it-list-before-next-years.html

Annette Gendler’s *Artist & Writer’s Workbook 2017*
http://www.annettegendler.com/2016/12/artist-writers-workbook-2017.html

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: SEE ABOVE
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I’m such a fan of the items from Lisa Romeo and Annette Gendler that I’ve referenced just above that I’m going to point you right back to them!

The “I Did It List” post that first caught my attention:
http://lisaromeo.blogspot.com/2011/12/writing-i-did-it-list-before-next-years.html

Annette Gendler’s *Artist & Writer’s Workbook 2017*
http://www.annettegendler.com/2016/12/artist-writers-workbook-2017.html

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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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NELSON ALGREN LITERARY AWARDS
https://algren.submittable.com/submit
Deadline: January 31, 2017
NO ENTRY FEES

“The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Awards is a nationally recognized contest for original short fiction, named in honor of the Chicago literary great Nelson Algren. The contest has been held annually since 1981….There will be one winner ($3,500), four finalists ($1,000) and five runners-up ($500 each), and all stories will be considered for publication in Printers Row, the Tribune’s digital literary journal.” Do consult the extensive official guidelines linked within the Submittable page.
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BUCKNELL SEMINAR FOR UNDERGRADUATE POETS
http://www.bucknell.edu/x3724.xml
Deadline: January 31, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE INDICATED

“Held for three weeks in June, the Seminar provides an extended opportunity for undergraduate poets to write and to be guided by established poets. Staff and visiting poets conduct writing workshops and offer lecture/discussions, present readings of their own work, and are available for individual conferences….Applicants compete for ten places in the Seminar, all of which come with fellowships. Fellowships include tuition, housing in campus apartments, and meals. Accepted students are responsible only for their travel to Bucknell and a modest library deposit. A limited number of travel scholarships are available.”
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COFFEE HOUSE PRESS IN THE STACKS/DICKINSON HOUSE RESIDENCY
http://chpinthestacks.tumblr.com/post/153910690147/applications-open-for-writers-residency-at
Deadline: January 15, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

“Coffee House Press In The Stacks is excited to announce a special collaboration with Dickinson House, an intimate residency space for writers and artists in East Flanders, Belgium. A generous donor has made it possible for one writer to experience a two-week residency including full board (three meals per day), in a rustic European location. In addition, Coffee House Press will provide $500 toward travel expenses….All writers, regardless of publication history and genre, are eligible to apply.” (via http://twitter.com/stephopitz)
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EMILY DICKINSON FIRST BOOK AWARD
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/dickinson-award
Entries: January 23-February 27, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

“The Poetry Foundation seeks one book-length poetry manuscript to be published as the winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award. The competition is open to any American citizen [“or permanent resident with valid tax identification or Social Security numbers”] forty years of age or over who has not previously published a book-length volume of poetry. In addition to publication and promotion of the manuscript by Graywolf Press, the winner will receive a prize of $10,000.” NB: “This is an occasional contest that is not held annually.”
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DIQUIET INTERNATIONAL LITERARY PROGRAM LUSO-AMERICAN FELLOWSHIPS
http://disquietinternational.org/the-program/contests-scholarships/luso-american-scholarship/
Deadline: February 8, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

“A collaboration between Dzanc Books and the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) has made possible four full fellowships for writers of Luso descent from North America to attend the ILP’s Writing the Luso Experience workshop in Lisbon in 2017. To be eligible for the fellowship, entrants must be residents of the United States or Canada who have a genealogical link to a Lusophone country. The four winners will receive airfare stipend, accommodations, and full tuition to the 2017 DISQUIET Program in Lisbon and a place in our multi-genre workshop ‘Writing the Luso Experience’ with other writers from Portugal and North America.** Runners-up will be offered partial tuition scholarships.” NB: The “**” refers to this note: “** This prize is contingent on funding allotments from FLAD and, while unlikely, it is possible that the number or the amount of individual awards may be reduced. In this eventuality winners will be notified in advance.”
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INDIGENOUS WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE FELLOWSHIP
http://sarweb.org/index.php?program_indigenous_writer_in_residence
Deadline: January 9, 2017 (“Deadline to apply is second Monday in January each year.”)
NO APPLICATION FEE INDICATED

Based at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this program offers one Indigenous Writer-in-Residence fellowship each year. “The purpose of this fellowship is to advance the work of an indigenous writer pursuing their creative project while enabling them to interact with local scholarly, artist, and Native communities. The seven-week residential fellowship includes a $6,000 stipend, on-campus housing, studio space, supplies allowance, library support, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR.” Fellowship runs from mid-June to early August. NB: “SAR accepts applications for this fellowship from writers indigenous to the United States or Canada. Though applicants are asked to specify their affiliated tribe or nation on the Proposal Cover sheet, applicants to do not need to provide a copy of their CIB or tribal enrollment card.” Fellowship runs through mid-June to early August.
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LINDQUIST AND VENNUM PRIZE FOR POETRY
http://milkweed.org/about-us/editorial/lindquist-vennum-prize-for-poetry/
Submissions: January 2-February 15, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE
Judge: Srikanth Reddy

“The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry is an annual regional prize, presented in partnership by Milkweed Editions and the Lindquist & Vennum Foundation. Established in 2011 with the aim of supporting outstanding poets from the upper Midwest and bringing their work to a national stage, the prize awards $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions.” NB: Entrants “must currently reside in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, or Wisconsin.”
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MATTHEW POWER LITERARY REPORTING AWARD
http://journalism.nyu.edu/about-us/awards-and-fellowships/matthew-power-literary-reporting-award/
Deadline: February 21, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award is a grant of $12,500 to support the work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about the human condition. In 2017 for the first time we will also name a runner-up, who will receive $2,500. Offered for the first time in 2015, the Award has been endowed by individuals and organizations touched by the life and work of Matthew Power, a wide-roving and award-winning journalist who sought to live and share the experience of the individuals and places on which he was reporting. Power, a longtime friend of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, died in March 2014, while on assignment in Uganda.” NB: “The award will not fund proposals to report on armed conflicts where journalists are already imperiled, nor projects that are mainly investigatory. Winners will receive visiting scholar privileges at NYU, granting them library access and, staffing and space permitting, an office.”
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PHILIP ROTH RESIDENCE IN CREATIVE WRITING
http://www.bucknell.edu/centers-institutes-and-resources/stadler-center-for-poetry/programs-and-residencies/philip-roth-residences-in-creative-writing.html or http://bit.ly/1w7NFvW
Deadline: February 1, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

“Named for Bucknell’s renowned literary alumnus and initiated in the fall of 1993, the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing offers up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. In alternate years, the residency is awarded to poets and writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). The residency provides lodging in Bucknell’s ‘Poets’ Cottage’ and a stipend of $5,000. We now offer two residencies each year, one each in Bucknell’s fall and spring semesters…. Applicants may apply to be considered for either the fall or spring residency, or for both. The fall residency extends from late August to mid-December, the spring residency from mid-January to mid-May.” Currently, applications are invited from writers of fiction/prose.
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WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE
http://www.writingranch.com/waterston-prize-for-desert-writers/
Submissions: January 1-April 1, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE INDICATED
Guest Judge: John Calderazzo

“Now in its third year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative. Emerging, mid-career and established nonfiction writers are invited to apply. Previous submitters who have not won an award are eligible to apply with a new project.” Award: “In 2017, the Prize will recognize one writer with a $2,000 cash award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a four-week residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.”
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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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Open to new fiction, poetry, and nonfiction throughout the month of January: NASHVILLE REVIEW. “Submissions in all other genres are open year-round.” Pays: “We pay $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork.” Find out more at https://as.vanderbilt.edu/nashvillereview/contact/submit.
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Also reopening for submissions in January: THE THREEPENNY REVIEW (which does not consider simultaneous submissions). Pays: “At present The Threepenny Review is paying $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece. This payment buys first serial rights in our print and digital editions, and the copyright then reverts to the author immediately upon publication.” For more info, see http://threepennyreview.com/submissions.html.
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January and February are fee-free submission months for THE ARKANSAS INTERNATIONAL. “We welcome previously unpublished, unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, essays, comics, and works in translation.” Pays: “Payment will be reevaluated based on the budget of each issue. For issue two, contributors will be paid $25 a printed page and in copies of the journal.” Visit http://www.arkint.org to learn more.
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Canada’s CAPILANO REVIEW “publishes venturesome experimental writing and art.” Receiving submissions for an open issue until January 15, 2017. Pays: ” Contributors are paid $50 per published page to a maximum of $150 after publication.” See https://www.thecapilanoreview.ca/upcoming-issues/ for more info.
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SHARKPACK ANNUAL is also receiving submissions until January 15, 2017. “Our 2017 issue will be OPEN WATER–LONGFORM. This means the issue is unthemed, but we are interested in longer work: poems must be *at least* 50 lines, short fiction between 1,000-2,000 words. Visual art sequences should contain at least five (5) pieces.” Pays: “As of 2016, every contributor receives a small honorarium of $25.” NB: “The Prospero Prizes will be awarded to the very best groups of poems or short fiction pieces we receive–no separate application is required. The winner(s) will receive $150 and feature publication.” Visit https://sharkpackpoetry.com/spr-annual/ to learn more.
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Reminder from RATTLE that its summer issue “will be dedicated to Poets with Mental Illness. The poems may be any subject or length, but must written by poets who have themselves lived with mental illness. The poems need not be about mental health–our goal is to honor these poets by sharing the diverse creative work that they’re producing, while helping to raise awareness and diminish the associated cultural stigma.” Deadline is January 15, 2017. More recently, RATTLE announced: “Our Fall 2017 issue will be dedicated to 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.” Deadline for these submissions is April 15, 2017. Pay rates: “Contributors in print receive $100/poem and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine. Online contributors receive $50/poem.” Info on both calls can be found at http://www.rattle.com/submissions/calls/.
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BARRELHOUSE is “seeking submissions of non-fiction of novella length (here roughly defined as being in the range of 18,000-35,000 words). We want non-fiction pieces that dig deep, and take their time in exploring a topic. We want pieces that are long with a purpose, that demand the extra space to unfold and that would be diminished by being cut to fit the parameters of (most) online publishing. As always, we require that essays we publish deal with popular culture in some way. That doesn’t mean you have to write a movie review, but it does mean we won’t publish your summer camp essay, unless Dee Snider was your camp counselor, or maybe you got into some serious games of Magic: The Gathering with your camp friends. We are especially interested in pieces that will take liberties with the form, engage in hybrid forms, and aren’t afraid to get a little weird. Though we hope this doesn’t discourage people from submitting more traditional narrative pieces. We are choosing to leave all of this a little vague because we want to be surprised and honestly don’t quite know what to expect. Pays: “Contributors will be paid a rate higher than our usual rate, $150-200.” Deadline: March 1, 2017. Visit http://www.barrelhousemag.com/submissions for details.
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“BAOBAB PRESS and the University of Nevada, Reno MFA Program in Creative Writing are partnering to publish This Side of the Divide, an anthology of short fiction by emerging and established authors exploring the United States West. This exciting project will speak to the West’s newness, vastness, sense of territoriality and transience, spanning from untouched wilderness to hyper-urban settings. We’re seeking fresh, original views of the western U.S. Our aim is to capture this region’s unique essence in all of its cultural and geographic diversity.” Pays: “Selected writers will receive a complimentary copy of the book and a payment of $100.” Deadline: March 31, 2017. Details: http://baobabpress.com/submissions/.
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From THE MASTERS REVIEW: “Submissions for our New Voices category are open year round. New Voices is open to any new and emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. You must not have a novel forthcoming at the time of submission. Published short-story collections do not count as a novel-length work and those authors are free to submit. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of stories from new authors each month.” Pays: “We are pleased to announce we now offer payment to New Voices authors. $0.10/word up to $200.” See https://themastersreview.submittable.com/submit/26106/new-voices-free.
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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 (including YA) 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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