THE PRACTICING WRITER
Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 11, Number 8: September 2014
Editor: Erika Dreifus
Copyright (c) 2014 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
5. Submission Alerts!!!
6. Blog Notes
7. Newsletter Matters
1. EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S NEW
Greetings, practicing writers:
So, by now it’s almost “old news.” If you’ve been following me on Facebook (http://facebook.com/erikadreifusauthor) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/ErikaDreifus), you’ve already heard all about my new job as Media Editor for Fig Tree Books, a new publishing company that specializes in fiction of the American Jewish experience. (But in case you haven’t heard this news, you’ll find the official announcement at http://figtreebooks.net/news/erika-dreifus-joins-fig-tree-books-media-editor/ .)
I want to thank all of you who have congratulated me so warmly. Your kind wishes and enthusiasm mean so much to me.
You know, sometimes I receive emails from Practicing Writer subscribers and/or Practicing Writing blog readers telling me how much my (complimentary) newsletters and posts mean to them. You appreciate the time and effort behind this work–and maybe you appreciate the fact that you’re spared distracting advertising or repeated calls for “tip jar” contributions.
If, like many of these correspondents, you’d like to “repay” me in some way, here are a few ideas. (None of them will cost you a dime!)
1) You can follow Fig Tree Books on Twitter (http://twitter.com/FigTreeBks).
2) You can follow Fig Tree Books on Facebook (http://facebook.com/FigTreeBks).
3) You can sign up to receive updates via email from Fig Tree Books (http://figtreebooks.net/fig-tree-books-updates/).
4) You can read FTB’s guidelines and, if you have work that matches, you can submit it (http://figtreebooks.net/contact/?contact_area=For+a+Manuscript+Submission ).
5) You can tell a friend (or two, or three!) about Fig Tree Books.
The company will be announcing its first list later this month (September), and we’ll be adding some exciting new features to our website, too. I’d love to share all of this with all of you.
Meantime, I’m doing my very best to continue providing the resources and inspiration that you’ve been telling me make a difference to your writing practices. It’s my pleasure and privilege to do so, and so long as I’m not *too* overwhelmed by my new job, I’ll keep going!
Thanks to all of you, once again,
2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: AFTER THE MFA
This month, I’ll point you elsewhere online, to my own essay/article for POETS & WRITERS, titled “After the MFA: Fantasy, Reality, and Lessons Learned.”
3. FEATURED RESOURCE: BUFFER BLOG
My new job requires me to pursue what’s basically an ongoing education in social media. To that end, I’m finding the Buffer blog quite helpful. Whether you’re managing social media for yourself or for others, you may find it useful, too.
4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
American Antiquarian Society Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers
Deadline: October 5, 2014
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.”
Big Cypress National Preserve Artist-in-Residence Program
Applications: September 1, 2014-November 30, 2014 (postmarked)
NO APPLICATION FEE
“The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the preserve’s inspiring landscape….Big Cypress primarily looks for short-term (less than one month) and long-term (one to three months) residents during our wet (May through October) and dry (November through April) seasons.”
Christopher Doheny Award
Deadline: October 30, 2014 (received)
NO ENTRY FEE
“The Christopher Doheny Award, supported by Audible, Inc. and the friends and family of Christopher Doheny, recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness, either his or her own or that of a close relative or friend.
The winning book-length manuscript must demonstrate high literary standards while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. The award includes a $10,000 prize and publication and promotion of the book in print and audio editions. The award will be presented annually for a manuscript that is in process or completed but not yet published.”
NB: “Writers must have previously published in literary journals or magazines, or have published a book with an independent or traditional publisher. Self-publication does not meet this guideline. Only unpublished manuscripts written in English are eligible. Both adult and YA manuscripts are eligible for the prize.”
Drake University Emerging Writer Award
Deadline: September 16, 2014
NO ENTRY FEE
“The Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series at Drake University is now accepting submissions for its sixth annual Drake University Emerging Writer Award. The faculty and students of Drake University’s English Department select one outstanding first book from among the entries, and the author receives an honorarium of $1000 plus travel and lodging expenses to read at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Each year, the award rotates among genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic forms). We are currently accepting submissions of fir books of Literary Non-Fiction for consideration for the Drake University Emerging Writer Reading, which will be held during the first week of April 2015.” NB: Entrants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence
Deadline: October 1, 2014
NO ENTRY FEE INDICATED
“The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence honors Louisiana’s revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its eighth year and has become nationally recognized in its role of enhancing visibility of emerging black fiction writers while also expanding the audience for this literature. The annual award of a $10,000 cash prize is given in the hope that this will help the winner focus on his/her art of writing.” Currently, novels and short-story collections published in 2013 or 2014 are being considered.
Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize
Deadline: 30 September 2014 (“6 pm TT time”)
NO ENTRY FEE INDICATED
“The Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize is an annual award which allows an emerging Caribbean writer living and working in the Anglophone Caribbean to devote time to advancing or finishing a literary work, with support from an established writer as mentor. It is sponsored by the Hollick Family Charitable Trust and jointly administered by the non-profit organisation the Bocas Lit Fest and the creative writing charity Arvon.
The 2015 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize is for the genre of poetry.” Prize includes a cash award of GBP 3,000 “(approx. US$4,500)”; a year’s mentoring by an established writer; travel to the United Kingdom to attend a one-week intensive Arvon creative writing course; and “three days in London to network with editors and publishers, hosted by Arvon, in association with the Free Word Centre and the Rogers, Coleridge & White literary agency.” Be sure to check the detailed eligibility criteria.
Past Loves Day Story Contest
Deadline: September 17, 2014
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.”
Deadline: October 1, 2014
NO APPLICATION FEE INDICATED
“Initiated in 1998, Stadler Fellowships offer a recent MFA (or creative writing MA) graduate in poetry the opportunity to receive professional training in arts administration and literary editing. Stadler Fellowships are designed to balance the development of professional skills with time to complete a first book of poems. Stadler Fellows assist for twenty hours each week in the administration of the Stadler Center for Poetry and/or in the editing of West Branch, Bucknell’s nationally distinguished literary journal. Fellows also work as staff members and instructors in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in June. The Fellowship stipend is $20,000. In addition, each Fellow is provided health insurance, office space in the Stadler Center, and housing. Depending on circumstances, Fellows are either housed in a furnished apartment in the Poet’s Cottage or provided with a stipend to seek housing on their own in Lewisburg.” NB: “This year, the Stadler Center will select one Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. The Fellowship will extend from August 2015 through June 2016.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize for Writing for Social Justice
Deadline: September 8, 2014
NO ENTRY FEE
“The Stowe Prize is awarded biennially to a United States author whose written work makes an impact on a critical social issue in the tradition of Stowe’s UNCLE TOM’S CABIN.The Stowe Prize is presented at the Stowe Center’s Big Tent Jubilee, a fundraising event traditionally held in June, following Real Stories of Social Change, a free public program featuring the Prize winner and other activists. Recognition also includes a $10,000 award.” Check the website for more information and the required nomination form. (Self-nominations are acceptable.)
Writers Omi at Ledig House, Spring and Fall 2015
Deadline: October 20, 2014 (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.”
5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
There is a fee-free submissions window at SUBTROPICS from September 1 to September 15. “Subtropics seeks to publish the best literary fiction, essays, and poetry being written today, both by established and emerging authors. We will consider works of fiction of any length, from short shorts to novellas (up to 15,000 words) and self-contained novel excerpts. We give the same latitude to essays. We appreciate work in translation and, from time to time, republish important and compelling stories, essays, and poems that have lapsed out of print.” No simultaneous submissions in poetry. Pays: “For stories and essays, Subtropics pays a flat fee of $1,000 ($500 for a short short) for North American first serial rights. Poets are paid $100 per poem. Subtropics pays upon acceptance for prose; for poetry, we pay after the publication of the issue preceding the one in which the author’s work will appear.” More info: http://www.english.ufl.edu/subtropics/submit.html
September is a month for submissions to COFFEE HOUSE PRESS. “Coffee House Press publishes literary novels, full-length short story collections, poetry, creative nonfiction, book-length essays and essay collections, and the occasional memoir. CHP does not accept submissions for anthologies. CHP also does not publish genre fiction such as mysteries, Gothic romances, Westerns, science fiction, or books for children. Please note: Coffee House Press is not currently accepting unsolicited poetry submissions.” Visit http://coffeehousepress.org/submission-guidelines/ for more information.
GLIMMER TRAIN is open to standard submissions during the month of September. Payment for accepted short stories is $700 (plus 10 copies of the issue in which the story appears). Stories should not exceed 12,000 words. See http://www.glimmertrain.com/standard.html for more information.
“NASHVILLE REVIEW seeks to publish the best in traditional and nontraditional genres – from literary fiction, poetry and nonfiction, to comics, short films, music and other performance arts. Both distinguished and emerging artists are encouraged to submit.” Next reading period runs September 1 to October 1, although because submission volume in comics, nonfiction, music, film, dance, oral storytelling, and oral poetry is low, “these genres are encouraged to submit year round.” Pays: $100 for fiction, nonfiction, comics, film, and dance; $50 for oral poetry and oral storytelling; $25 per poem; $20 per song or music video; and $100 per cover art selection. See http://www.vanderbilt.edu/english/nashvillereview/aboutsubmit for more info.
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.” More info: http://thesouthernreview.org/submissions/
“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.” http://www.ninthletter.com/printed_journal/submissions/
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 poetry, fiction, interviews, art work, photography, critical essays, and reviews.” Pays: “Contributors receive a stipend of $75, two complimentary copies of ‘their’ issue, 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/guidelines.aspx
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.
From THE KENYON REVIEW: “During the 2014-15 reading period, we will be accepting submissions from Sept. 15th, 2014 through Jan. 15th, 2015. 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.” The editors will consider short fiction and essays, poetry, plays, excerpts “from larger works,” and translations of poetry and short prose. No unsolicited reviews or interviews, and no previously published material. Pays: “upon publication.” Visit http://www.kenyonreview.org/submission/ for more information.
“We at A RIVER & SOUND REVIEW are proud to publish an online literary journal that features the best in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and humor. We ask that you accept our invitation to submit your work.” NB: “Literature in translation is welcome, too.” Pays: “We pay upon publication: $25 for poetry, $50 for prose.” Current submissions window closes November 30. Visit http://www.riverandsoundreview.org/Submissions/Submit.htm for more info.
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
–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 literary/cultural interest, please also visit My Machberet (http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/my-machberet). (For the curious, “machberet” is the Hebrew word for “notebook”.)
Recent posts there include:
–Tevye in Amherst: A Glimpse into the Great Jewish Books Program
–Mark Shechner on Dinner with Stalin and Other Stories, by David Shrayer-Petrov
–Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links
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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