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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 13, Number 8: September 2016
Editor: Erika Dreifus
Copyright (c) 2016 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
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1. EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S NEW
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Greetings, practicing writers:

I’ll admit that I’m having some difficulty accepting that this is the SEPTEMBER issue. But here we are. It has been a very busy time for me. No need for details at this point! Let’s just move along to the issue!

Wishing all of you the best with your writing practices,
ERIKA

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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: STAY TUNED
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This feature will return next month.

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: BREVITY BLOG’s “MFA AS CALLING CARD ROUND-UP”
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On the BREVITY blog:

“Last month we ran Emily Smith’s blog post suggesting that the MFA in creative writing was a calling card of sorts, allowing entry into certain corners of the literary world. The post garnered plenty of commentary, and a number of follow-up blog posts. Here they are, all rounded up into one neat package, for your reading pleasure (or to share with your students contemplating a graduate degree).”

https://brevity.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/the-mfa-as-calling-card-round-up/
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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY FELLOWSHIPS FOR CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTISTS AND WRITERS
http://www.americanantiquarian.org/artistfellowship.htm
Deadline: October 5, 2016
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a national research library and learned society of American history and culture, is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences. The Society’s goal in sponsoring this program is to multiply and improve the ways in which an understanding of history is communicated to the American people.” Stipends of $1,850 for fellows residing off-campus; fellows who reside on campus in scholars’ housing will have the room fee deducted from the $1,850 stipend: “Room fees range from $700 to $500 per month.”
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AMERICAN PSYCHOANALYTIC ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM
http://www.apsa.org/content/award-excellence-journalism
Deadline: September 18, 2016
NO ENTRY FEE

“The Award for Excellence in Journalism recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes in an exceptional way to the public understanding of psychoanalytic and psychological principles and phenomena. However, the $1000 award is broadly conceived. Nominated work need not be specifically about psychoanalysis or psychotherapy per se but can advance or challenge our understanding of human relationships/behavior and/or the life of the mind.”
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BUZZFEED EMERGING WRITERS FELLOWSHIP
https://www.buzzfeed.com/saeedjones/buzzfeed-emerging-writers-fellowship
Deadline: October 1, 2016
NO APPLICATION FEE

“With the mission of diversifying the broader media landscape by investing in the next generation of necessary voices, BuzzFeed’s Emerging Writers Fellowship is designed to give writers of great promise the support, mentorship, and experience necessary to take a transformative step forward in their careers. During the four-month program, the writers in this fellowship will benefit from career mentorship and editorial guidance while also receiving financial support. The learning process must be financially viable for emerging writers if it is intended to open the gates to writers traditionally locked out of opportunities in media. The fellows will focus on personal essay writing, cultural reportage, and criticism. During their time in fellowship, writers will be expected to pitch, report, and write with the added benefit of panel discussions with editors and writers from throughout the industry, and assigned readings. Mentorship within the program will focus on teaching writers how to thrive as freelancers as well as on staff at media organizations; this mentorship will hopefully continue well after the fellowship itself is concluded. Ideal candidates for this program must have ambitious ideas and a proven desire to publish work that creates an impact on cultural conversations. The writers selected for the fellowship will work with BuzzFeed News’ senior editorial staff and be based in either our New York or our Los Angeles office (there will be an option in the application to indicate which office you would prefer to work in). The work produced during the fellowship will be published on BuzzFeed. Fellows will receive a stipend of $12,000.” For more information on this fellowship, see http://www.pw.org/content/buzzfeed_opens_second_round_of_fellowship_applications.
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INTERGENERATION MONTH 2016 YOUR STORY CONTEST
http://intergenerationmonth.org/enter-the-contest/
Deadline: September 30, 2016 (received)
NO ENTRY FEE

This year’s theme is “Connecting People Across Generations.” Submissions must include characters from more than one generation and can run as long as 400 words. “Stories must be original and unpublished, and may be fiction, non-fiction, or a combination.” Prizes: $500/$300/$200, plus seven honor certificates.
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FRANK O’CONNOR INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY FELLOWSHIP
http://www.munsterlit.ie/foc%20fellowship.html#2017
Deadline: September 30, 2016
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to announce the establishment of a new initiative aimed at benefiting short story writers: The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship.” This fellowship is open to writers from outside Ireland who “have at least two full-length works of fiction published, of which at least one must be a short story collection.” The Fellow will spend 12 weeks in residence in Cork. The Fellowship confers a monthly stipend of Euro 3,000, totalling Euro 9,000 and self-catering accommodation. The costs of travel to and from Cork would also be covered.” Detailed information is available on the website.
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PAST LOVES DAY STORY CONTEST
http://www.ourpastloves.com/contest
Deadline: September 17, 2016
NO ENTRY FEE

“Nearly everyone has memories of a former sweetheart. Write your true story of an earlier love, in no more than 700 words. Tell us about someone whose memory brings a smile or a tear, or both….Your story may be heart-warming or humorous. Just tell about your earlier sweetheart as if you were talking to your best friend.” Cash prizes will be awarded: $100/$75/$50. “Winning stories will be posted (anonymously, if requested by author) on this website.”
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PRINCEMERE POETRY PRIZE
http://www.princemere.com
Deadline: September 12, 2016
NO ENTRY FEE

Administered at Gordon College, this competition awards $500 for the best unpublished poem.
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RESTLESS BOOKS PRIZE FOR NEW IMMIGRANT WRITING
http://www.restlessbooks.com/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing
Submissions: September 1-December 31, 2016
NO ENTRY FEE

“The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing [hereafter referred to as ‘the Prize’] will alternate yearly between accepting unpublished fiction and nonfiction submissions, beginning with fiction in 2015.” This means that for fall 2016, nonfiction submissions will be considered. “Nonfiction submissions can take the form of a memoir, a collection of essays, or a book-length work of narrative nonfiction. Manuscripts must be complete and submitted in English (translations welcome). Candidates must be first-generation residents of the United States. ‘First-generation’ can refer either to people born in another country who relocated to the U.S., or to American-born residents whose parents were born elsewhere.” Additionally, note this regarding nonfiction submissions, which are what will be considered in 2016. “Nonfiction candidates must not have previously published a book of nonfiction with a US publishing house.” Agented submissions welcome. Prize: “The winner will receive a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books in print and digital editions. We expect to work closely with the winner and provide editorial guidance.”
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TRANSITIONSABROAD.COM STUDENT WRITING CONTEST
http://bit.ly/1Ev1u7i
Deadline: September 30, 2016 (received)
NO ENTRY FEE

“TransitionsAbroad.com has been extremely proud to host an annual student writing contest during the past 16 years for all currently enrolled high school, undergraduate, graduate students, student interns, and volunteers (including Peace Corps).” Awards cash prizes of $500/$150/$100/$50 and publication on TransitionsAbroad.com
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WRITERS OMI AT LEDIG HOUSE
http://www.artomi.org/program.php?Writers-OMI-4
Deadline: October 20, 2016 (received)
NO APPLICATION FEE

“Since its founding in 1992, Writers Omi at Ledig House has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries. We welcome published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process. Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals.”
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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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“NASHVILLE REVIEW seeks to publish the best work we can get our hands on, period. From expansive to minimalist, narrative to lyric, epiphanic to subtle–if it’s a moving work of art, we want it. We hope to provide a venue for both distinguished and emerging artists.” Next reading period runs September 1 to October 1: “You may submit fiction, poetry, and nonfiction three times a year: January, May and September. We opt for shorter, more frequent reading periods so that we can provide quicker responses to our submitters. Submissions in all other genres are open year-round.” Pays: “We pay $25 per poem and song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork.” See https://as.vanderbilt.edu/nashvillereview/contact/submit for more info.
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THE SOUTHERN REVIEW welcomes “fiction, poetry, and essays, including creative nonfiction and literary essays. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.” Fiction and nonfiction should be postmarked September 1 through December 1; poetry may be sent postmarked September 1 through February 1. Pays: “The Southern Review pays $25 per printed page with a maximum payment of $200 for prose and $125 for poetry, plus two copies of the issue in which the work appears and a one-year subscription.” Poetry must be sent by mail. Fiction and nonfiction may be submitted by mail or electronically, but there is a $3 fee to submit online. More info: http://thesouthernreview.org/submissions/.
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“NINTH LETTER is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and essays from September 1 to February 28 (postmark dates). NINTH LETTER is a published semi-annually at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work.” Pays: “$25 per printed page, upon publication, for accepted material, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears.” See http://www.ninthletter.com/journal/submit.
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Another journal that begins receiving new submissions on September 1: SOUTHERN INDIANA REVIEW, which “presents a cross-section of emerging and established artists and writers whose work is both regional and national in scope and degree of recognition….The editors invite submissions of drama, fiction, interviews, nonfiction, and poetry.” Pays: “SIR pays contributors a flat rate of $50. 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.” Check the journal’s website for more information: http://www.usi.edu/sir/submission-guidelines.
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ONE STORY also reopens for submissions on September 1. Seeks stories “between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” Pays: “$500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights.” See http://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit for further info.
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From THE KENYON REVIEW: “During the 2016 reading period, we will be accepting submissions from September 15th through November 1, 2016. All submissions received during the reading period will be read. The response time will vary according to the number of submissions. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within four months of receipt. Please note that all submissions are considered for both The Kenyon Review and KROnline. We publish the best work we can find—this is the case for both KR and KROnline. The two are aesthetically distinct spaces. We urge our submitters to read and become familiar with both.” Pays: “upon publication.” Visit http://www.kenyonreview.org/submission/ for more information, including new information for book-review queries.
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RATTLE has two “tribute calls” posted at this time. The first, for “Civil Servant Poets,” has a deadline of October 15, 2016. NB: “The poems may be written in any style, subject, or length, by those who have worked a significant amount of time for a non-military governmental department or agency (whether U.S., foreign, or international).” The second, “Poets with Mental Illness,” has a deadline of January 15, 2017. “The poems may be any subject or length, but must written by poets who have themselves lived with mental illness.” Pays: “Contributors in print receive $100/poem and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine. Online contributors receive $50/poem. All submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $1,000 prize judged by the editors.” See http://www.rattle.com/poetry/submissions/calls/ for more information.
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From Irene Willis: “I’m delighted to tell you that I have a grant from the American Psychoanalytic Foundation to edit and write an introduction for an anthology of poems dealing with Freud and psychoanalysis. The title of the book is CLIMATE OF OPINION: SIGMUND FREUD IN POETRY, and it will be published in early 2017 by IP Books.” Poets are invited to send up to five or six poems, unpublished or previously published, for consideration, per the guidelines that are available at http://internationalpsychoanalysis.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/CallINGALLPOETS.pdf or http://bit.ly/2b60S4v. Pays: “You will receive a small payment, approximately $25-$100 for each poem, as we get closer to publication.” Deadline: “flexible, but we would like to have all submissions by December 1, 2016.”
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CONFRONTATION re-opened for submissions on August 16, and it will close again April 15. Check http://confrontationmagazine.org/submit/ for more information and pay-rate ranges for stories, poetry, and nonfiction. (Thanks to http://twitter.com/Duotrope for the reminder about the August 16 re-opening.)
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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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