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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 13, Number 6: July 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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Dear Practicing Writers:

It’s summer! (At least, it’s summer in my part of the world.) Even those of us who don’t have “summers off” are likely to feel a little lighter and a little sunnier, right?

I sure do. Lots has been going well lately in my writing practice (see the feature article below for one example), and even if I can’t anticipate any long-ish breaks in the near future, I’m hopeful that I’ll get some more good work done over the next couple of months.

Happy July to us all.

All best,
ERIKA

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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A LITMAG
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13 Ways of Looking at a Litmag

By Erika Dreifus

A writer friend recently asked me a brief but not-so-simple question: *How do you decide where to send your work?*

In other words: Faced with seemingly infinite lists, calls for submissions, classified ads, databases, and fair-and-festival tables, how do I select which journals and magazines to send my work to with the hope that, after editorial review, my pages may indeed find proverbial “homes” online and/or in print?

My answer forms the substance of a new piece on Literary Hub. Please go check it out!

http://lithub.com/13-questions-to-ask-before-submitting-to-a-literary-journal/

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: “WHY YOU SHOULD AIM FOR 100 REJECTIONS A YEAR”
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You know, I might have recommended this article (also published on Literary Hub this week) even if it didn’t turn out to be such a perfect complement to my own piece. But that’s just icing on the resource cake:

Kim Liao’s “Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year”:
http://lithub.com/why-you-should-aim-for-100-rejections-a-year/

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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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THE ART OF LOVE IS GOOD BUSINESS BLOG ESSAY CONTEST
http://loveisgoodbusiness.org/essaycontest/
Deadline: July 30, 2016 (noon, PST)
NO ENTRY FEE

“Write a personal essay of up to 750 words that shares a true story about how Love and Compassion helped solve a specific work or business problem.” You may send in up to 3 essays. Prizes: “First Place: $100.00 money order. Second Place: $75.00 money order. Third Place: $50.00 money order.” (via http://WinningWriters.com)
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BERTON HOUSE WRITERS’ RETREAT
http://writerstrust.com/Programs/Writers–Retreat.aspx
Deadline: October 3, 2016
NO APPLICATION FEE

“Heralded as ‘the best three months of your life’ by past writers-in-residence, Berton House provides a remote northern setting where authors can concentrate on their work–or just get away to think. With special roots as Pierre Berton’s childhood home, the cozy Dawson City cottage comes complete with a sprawling front porch and library of nostalgic canlit gems. Because every Canadian should experience the North.” Eligibility: “Professional Canadian writers who have published at least one book and are established in any creative literary discipline (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, journalism) may apply for a three-month residency.” Four writers will be selected in this cycle. “Writers will receive a $2,000 per month honorarium.”
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DOGFISH HEAD POETRY PRIZE
http://www.thebroadkillriverpress.com/dogfish-head-poetry-prize
Deadline: August 15, 2016 (received)
NO ENTRY FEE

“The fourteenth annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize for the winning book-length manuscript by a poet residing in the Mid-Atlantic states (DE, MD, VA, PA, NJ, NY, WVA, NC and District of Columbia) will consist of $500, two cases of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Beer*, manuscript publication by Broadkill River Press, and 10 copies of the book (in lieu of royalties).” NB: “The award will be presented to the winner on Saturday evening, December 10, 2016 at the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware….The winner agrees to travel to Delaware at the winner’s expense for awarding of the prize. Dogfish Head will provide the winner two nights lodging at the Dogfish Inn in the beach resort town of Lewes, Delaware.”
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KATHY FISH FELLOWSHIP
http://www.smokelong.com/kathy-fish-fellowship/
Submissions: July 15-September 15, 2016
“There is no application fee, but a $5 donation is suggested. No priority will be given to applications that submit with a donation.”

“The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers. The winner of the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a ‘writer-in-residence’ at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2017). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500.00, to be paid as follows: $100.00 on announcement of the winner, and $100.00 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2017. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops. All writers previously unpublished in SmokeLong Quarterly and who do not have a published chapbook or book-length work in any genre (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply.”
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ERNEST J. GAINES AWARD FOR LITERARY EXCELLENCE
http://www.ernestjgainesaward.org
Deadline: August 15, 2016 (received)
NO ENTRY FEE

“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 ninth 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 to support the writer and help enable her/him to focus on her/his art of writing.” Check guidelines for detailed criteria; note first that current submissions must be books of fiction published in 2016 (“galleys for a 2016 publication are also accepted”).
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CHRISTOPHER HEWITT AWARDS
http://www.aumag.org/2016/05/26/christopher-hewitt-awards-2016-call-for-entries/
Deadline: July 15, 2016
NO ENTRY FEE

“A & U MAGAZINE is currently accepting entries for the fourth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. An award will be given in each of four categories: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Creative Nonfiction….The winner in each genre will receive a $50 prize and will have his or her work featured in A&U’s annual Summer Reading Issue. Winners will be selected by our editors. If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.” NB: “All submissions must be related directly or indirectly to HIV/AIDS, including but not limited to personal, historical, critical, international, and political perspectives on HIV/AIDS—and in styles ranging from sonnets to science fiction.”
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HELEN SCHAIBLE INTERNATIONAL SONNET CONTEST
http://www.illinoispoets.org/pdf/2016-helen-schaible-contest.pdf
Deadline: September 2, 2016
NO ENTRY FEE

“Open to all. Submit only one entry of either a Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnet. The entry must be original and unpublished.” Prizes: “First Prize $50. Second Prize $35. Third Prize $15. Three Honorable Mentions Unranked. Three Special Recognitions Unranked.”
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SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION DIVERSE WRITERS AND DIVERSE WORLDS GRANTS
http://speculativeliterature.org/grants/slf-diverse-writers-and-diverse-worlds-grants/
Deadline: July 31, 2016 (received)
NO APPLICATION FEES

Each of these grants confers $500. Each is intended “to foster the creation of speculative fiction work rich in diversity.” The Diverse Writers Grant “is intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, etc. — those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing / publishing process.” The Diverse Worlds Grant “is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.” The grants are also intended “to foster new, in-progress work (rather than recognizing already published work).” NB: “Preference will be given to book-length works (novels, collections of short stories). Nonfiction, poetry, and editorial projects are not currently eligible.”
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SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION GULLIVER TRAVEL GRANT
http://speculativeliterature.org/grants/the-gulliver-travel-grant/
Submissions: July 1-September 30, 2016 (received)
NO APPLICATION FEE

“SLF travel grants are awarded annually to assist writers of speculative literature (in fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction) in their research. They are not currently available for academic research, though we hope to offer such funds in the future. We are currently offering one $800 travel grant annually, to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses.”
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RACHEL WETZSTEON CHAPBOOK AWARD
http://www.mapliterary.org/rachel-wetzsteon-chapbook-award.html
Deadline: July 30, 2106
NO ENTRY FEE

“Map Literary is pleased to announce that the second Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award is now open for submissions. Named after our late colleague, this award honors beautiful, original writing through publication as a high-quality chapbook. This year the award will focus on prose. Using our Submittable portal, submit a manuscript of fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, or prose poetry of about 7,000-12,000 words. The manuscript may be a collection of mixed pieces–short stories, flash fictions, prose poems, essays, or a stand-along excerpt from a longer work–but should be unified by a common theme. We seek new, original work, though individual pieces that have been previously published elsewhere may be included.” Prize: “The winner will receive a $250.00 honorarium and 25 copies of the winning chapbook, which will be printed and sold on Amazon.com.”
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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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The Summer-Autumn submission period for PANORAMA opened on June 17 and will run until September 15. As a “journal of intelligent travel,” PANORAMA specializes in “writing and photography which is created with a deep intelligence, reconnecting us to the world, whether it be non-fiction, fiction, poetry, or imagery.” Detailed guidelines and pay rates are available at http://www.panoramajournal.org/calls/. (Discovered this one via http://twitter.com/Duotrope.)
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“Each year since 2005, thanks to the continued generosity of Linda Bruckheimer, SARABANDE BOOKS selects and publishes one work of Kentucky literature. Manuscripts are accepted during the month of July with no entry fee.” Visit http://www.sarabandebooks.org/bruckheimer for eligibility requirements and submission instructions.
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From VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW: “We read unsolicited fiction, poetry, and nonfiction submissions July 1-31 through our Submittable portal.” Pays: “For poetry, we pay $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, we usually pay $1,000. For short fiction, we generally pay $1,000 and above. For other prose, such as personal essays and literary criticism, we generally pay $1,000 and above, at approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length. For investigative reporting, we pay at a higher rate, sometimes including pre-approved travel expenses. For long-form journalism, we often seek funders to support our writers directly, in addition to our own payments. Book reviews are generally 2,000-2,400 words and are paid at a flat rate of $500….Online content is generally paid at $100-$200, depending upon genre and length.” Full guidelines at http://www.vqronline.org/about-vqr/submissions.
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ROOM magazine is planning an issue on the theme of “Food”: “We eat for survival, remedy, comfort, adventures, nostalgia, growth, gathering, and love. We consume, crave, feast, forage, fast, share, and struggle. As women, our relationship with food can be casual, blissful, or complicated. Writers and artists, share with Room your work that tell stories related to food — cooking, farming, hunger, consumption, digestion, eating, and not eating. Editors Kayi Wong and Rose Morris are looking for poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and art that explores food in all its glory and complexity for Room issue 40.1, which will also feature work by Marilyn Dumont. Deadline to submit is July 31.” Pays: “All contributors will be paid upon publication: $50 CAD for one or two pages, $60 for three pages, $80 for four pages, $100 for five pages, $120 for six or more pages.” Visit https://roommagazine.com/submit for more info.
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For a new edition of HIDDEN LIVES: COMING OUT ON MENTAL ILLNESS, publisher Brindle and Glass is looking for “three additional creative nonfiction/personal essays written by writers domiciled in the United States that address experiences with mental health issues. We seek a variety of work that will speak to all aspects, including direct experience from those who have received a diagnosis, as well as the experiences of spouses, siblings, and children. Writing from more than one family member would be of interest, especially if it rounds out the view. We are not looking for therapeutic accounts from therapists, nor do we seek prescriptive essays of the self-help variety. By mental health issues we refer to some of the more extreme diagnoses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression, and autism. We recognize that many people suffer with depression and addiction, but at this time we are not seeking writing on these topics unless they are part of a dual diagnosis, or in the case of depression have resulted in psychosis or other extreme manifestation.” Pays: $200 (CDN). Deadline: July 31, 2016. See https://www.facebook.com/HiddenLivesComingOutOnMentalIllness/ for more info.
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SLICE’s current reading period runs until August 1. Current submissions will be considered for Issue 20, “which will be released Spring 2017. The theme for that issue is ‘Corporeal.'” Pays: “We offer all contributors of Slice a monetary award for their work ($250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems).” NB: “SLICE publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by emerging writers who haven’t appeared in previous issues of the magazine. This way, we continue to pave space for brand new voices readers may not have encountered yet.” Visit http://www.slicemagazine.org/submit-your-work/#.V133DVfmugQ for more info.
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FREEFALL magazine is open to submissions from writers (in Canada). For its winter “open” issue, the submission deadline is August 31. For prose, payment is $10/magazine page to a maximum of $100 plus one copy of the issue; for poetry, payment is $25 plus one copy. NB: “FreeFall considers queries with a proposal for the following: author interviews or author focus (guidelines supplied when proposal approved) and book reviews (guidelines supplied when proposal approved). Payment is $10.00 per page in the magazine, to a maximum of $100.00 and one copy of issue in which your piece is published. Payment is made upon publication.” Visit http://www.freefallmagazine.ca/subm.html for additional info.
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“OPOSSUM is a literary magazine animated by music. We publish three online issues per year, plus a deluxe, annual print edition including a 7-inch vinyl record of author readings!” They seek “stories, poems, and essays, your work pulsing with beats, haunted by melodies.” Pays: “$250 for short stories and essays, and $100 for poems and flash fiction and non-fiction.” NB: “Because we want to encourage work in which the presence of music verges on the subliminal, we will ask you to include a brief artist’s statement illuminating your work’s relationship to specific musical forms and artifacts.” Visit http://opossumlit.com for more info. (via http://twitter.com/Duotrope)
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“The WORCESTER JOURNAL is a magazine of excellent writing by new writers. We reach out to all promising and talented writers in Central Massachusetts and beyond, whether or not they are connected to educational institutions, and help them produce, edit, publish, and distribute their work in an attractive, professional form. The JOURNAL will also feature the work of young photographers….We publish all forms of writing–nonfiction, fiction, essays, reviews, and poetry. The emphasis, however, is on thoroughly researched and creatively presented nonfiction that is interesting, insightful, entertaining, and useful.” Pays: “Our payment rates are probably best described as “semi-pro.” Honoraria range between $15 and $80 and depend upon various factors, including length, complexity, and research.” Visit http://www.theworcesterjournal.com/ to learn more. (via http://WritingCareer.com)
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A reminder that my employer, FIG TREE BOOKS, reads agented and un-agented submissions year-round (that includes the summer months!). 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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