THE PRACTICING WRITER
Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 14, Number 7: August 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 FEES; PAYING OPPORTUNITIES ONLY)
5. Submission Alerts!!! (NO SUBMISSION/READING FEES; PAYING CALLS ONLY)
6. Blog Notes
7. Newsletter Matters
1. EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S NEW
Greetings, Practicing Writers:
Where did July go? I had so much going on — all good things, work-wise and otherwise — that it seemed to flash by.
On to August, which will include that long-awaited conference (where I’ll have the chance to workshop my poetry manuscript) and much more.
And on to this issue of THE PRACTICING WRITER.
Wishing you an amazing August, and all the best with your writing practices,
2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: MAKING POETRY PAY: FIVE WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR POETRY INCOME
Making Poetry Pay: Five Ways to Increase Your Poetry Income
By Erika Dreifus
Not everyone writes poetry for financial profit. But for some writers, earning payment beyond bylines, copies, and karma matters.
Sometimes, it matters a lot.
In 2016, I earned more than $500 for my poems — and that was without a contest win or a book contract/sales. In other words, I received all those checks and electronic transfers only through individual (or occasionally, small-batch) poetry publications.
No, $500 isn’t a fortune. But it’s not nothing, either.
Moreover, these were *my poems*. They stemmed from my own intrinsic and artistic impulses and weren’t commissioned or conceived with commercial motivations. When I did the math at the end of the year, I was happily stunned. I thought it could be helpful to try to understand what had happened so that I might try to replicate — or maybe even exceed — the amount this year.
As I revisited what had occurred in 2016, I consulted a useful online reference: Along with several other poets that year, I’d tracked my submissions (and rejections, acceptances, publications, and payments) as a contributing blogger for Jessica Piazza’s Poetry Has Value project.
Each month, we bloggers reported in with news and tallies about our poetry. Most of us included details and statistics about submissions, rejections, acceptances, and publications. Importantly, we also included how much we were paid for our poetry — and how much we were spending on fees charged by journals and presses as we sought publication.
Having taken some time for reflection and analysis, I can now recommend a few strategies for other poets who’d like to earn (more) money from their work. (Bonus: These methods can work for writers in other genres, too.)
TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE, WHICH WAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED AS PART OF THE ASSOCIATION OF WRITERS AND WRITING PROGRAMS (AWP) “WRITER’S NOTEBOOK” SERIES< PLEASE VISIT http://bit.ly/2uuXuZW.
3. FEATURED RESOURCE: HEVRIA CAST
Back in May, it was my great honor to meet up with Elad Nehorai, host of the marvelous Hevria Cast, to record my first podcast episode. As Elad wrote in the introduction to accompany the episode when it “aired” this past month, “While many of HevriaCast’s recent guests have been discussing how to make Judaism more creative, Erika Dreifus’s mission has been to make the creative world more Jewish.” A summary that touched my heart.
You can listen to the episode here http://hevria.com/hevria/hevriacast-erika-dreifus/, and if you’d like to listen in regularly to discussions regarding Jewish creativity/creative Jewishness, please consider subscribing: http://hevria.com/category/hevriacast/.
4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
30 POEMS FOR SAN ANTONIO’S FIRST 300 YEARS CONTEST
Deadline: August 15, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE
Judges: Rodney Gomez, Patricia Spears Jones, Urayoan Noel, Sasha West
“In honor of San Antonio’s Tricentennial, the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of San Antonio, with support from Gemini Ink, is sponsoring a poetry contest. The contest will be judged by a panel of nationally recognized poets. Winners receive a $250 prize and publication in a chapbook titled, THIRTY POEMS FOR THE TRICENTENNIAL: A POETIC LEGACY. Winning poems will be turned into graphically designed vinyl installations by local artists and designers in an exhibit at the Plaza de Armas Gallery, and also installed in local libraries and city facilities. The anthology will be launched at a public reading and opening reception.” Poems in English and Spanish are welcome. Submissions must specify one of six listed time periods.
AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY FELLOWSHIPS FOR CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTISTS AND WRITERS
Deadline: October 5, 2017
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. The fellowships will provide the recipients with the opportunity for a period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. At least three fellowships will be awarded for residence of four weeks at the Society at any time during the period January 1 through December 31. For fellows who reside on campus in the Society’s scholars’ housing, located next to the main library building, the stipend will have the room fee deducted from the $1850 stipend. (Room fees range from $700 to $500 per month.) The stipend will be $1,850 for fellows residing off campus. Fellows will not be paid a travel allowance.”
TONI BEAUCHAMP PRIZE IN CRITICAL ART WRITING
Deadline: September 1, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE
“Surveying the scope of critical art writing today, the board, advisory board, and editors of GULF COAST recognize the significant lack of venues and support for young and mid-career writers working across the United States. The Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing seeks to address this lacuna by bringing exposure to writers who are dealing with the spirit of the age and unafraid to ask difficult questions. Grounded in both scholarship and journalism, critical art writing occupies a specific niche. The best examples appeal to a diverse readership through an accessible approach and maintain a unique voice and literary excellence. The Prize will consider submissions of work that has been written (or published) within the last year. A variety of creative approaches and formats to writing on the visual arts are encouraged, and can include thematic essays, exhibition reviews and scholarly essays.” Prizes: “There will be one first place prize of $3,000 dollars and two runners up awarded $1,000 each. Prize winners will be featured in GC’s printed journal, as well as online.”
BRILLIANT FLASH FICTION “CONCEALMENT” WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: September 15, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE
Judge: Charles Rammelkamp
For short stories up to 300 words (excluding title). Prompt: “Concealment.” Prizes: “50 euro first prize (or equivalent amount in your currency); 25 euro second prize; 15 euro third prize.”
CONCIS 2017 PITH OF PROSE AND POEM CONTEST
Submissions: August 1-September 3, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE
“Submit one entry containing up to two unpublished poems, prose poems, visual poems, flash/sudden/quick fictions, micro-essays or other prose.” For each discrete work, word limits are 250 words (prose, prose poems, fictions, “and other text”) and 25 lines for poetry. No simultaneous submissions for the contest. Cash prizes ($250/$150/$100 and $25 for editor’s choice[s]) plus publication.
Deadline: September 19, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE
“The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2018-2019 academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have ‘much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts’; they are selected more ‘for promise than for performance.’ Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the ‘studious leisure’ to undertake significant new work. Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. An $81,000 stipend is provided for this 10-month appointment as a Visiting Fellow. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply.”
IOWA SHORT FICTION AND JOHN SIMMONS SHORT FICTION AWARD
Submissions: August 1-September 30 (postmarked)
NO ENTRY FEE
“Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible. The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages. We do not accept e-mail submissions. The manuscript may include a cover page, contents page, etc., but these are not required. The author’s name can be on every page but this is not required. Stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion.” NB: “Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press under the Press’s standard contract.”
THE SUN MAGAZINE WRITING RETREAT SCHOLARSHIPS
Deadline: August 5, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE INDICATED
For its upcoming program (October 20-22) at Esalen Institute in California, THE SUN will offer “four full scholarships to writers who would benefit from this retreat but are unable to afford it. Scholarships cover lodging, meals, and tuition for the weekend. Please note: Guest rooms are shared and nonsmoking.”
SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD 2017
Deadline: September 28, 2017 (6pm GMT)
NO ENTRY FEE
“The prize, worth GBP30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2016. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive GBP1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors. To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.”
YOUNG LIONS FICTION AWARD
Deadline: September 8, 2017 (received, by 5pm)
NO ENTRY FEE
“Established in 2001, The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award is a $10,000 prize awarded each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories. Each year, five young fiction writers are selected as finalists by a reading committee of Young Lions members, writers, editors, and librarians. A panel of judges selects the winner.” Entrants must be U.S. citizens. Submissions must be made by publishers.
5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
OKEY-PANKY is scheduled to reopen for submissions on August 1. “When open, we accept prose and poetry manuscripts of under 1500 words, and comics. Contributors are paid $100, and there is no submission fee. Read the guidelines for your genre carefully. Please submit only once.” See https://okeypanky.submittable.com/submit for more.
POETRY magazine is similarly scheduled to open the submission gates anew on August 1. See https://poetry.submittable.com/submit. Pays: “Payment is made on publication at the rate of $10 per line (with a minimum payment of $300), and $150 per page of prose, for first serial rights. All rights will revert to the author upon publication. Authors will also receive two contributor copies of the issue in which their work appears.” (See https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/submit for full guidelines.)
Also slated for August 1: THE BALTIMORE REVIEW will reopen for submissions (and will remain open until November 30). “Payment for general submissions is Web exposure and a copy of the compilation in which the author’s work appears. In addition, we are now able to provide contributors with a small payment for their work ($40 Amazon gift certificate or $40 through PayPal, if preferred). We hope to continue this as long as funding is available.” See http://baltimorereview.org/index.php for more information.
From August 1 to April 1, “the editors of WEST BRANCH welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We print only original, unpublished work. For accepted work, we purchase First North American serial rights. Payment is awarded for accepted works in the amount of $40 per submission of poetry, $10/page of printed prose with a maximum payment of $100, and .$.05/word of online prose with a maximum payment of $100. Additionally, we provide each contributor with two copies of the issue in which his/her work appears and a one-year subscription to West Branch.” Visit http://westbranchsubmissions.bucknell.edu.
THE CINCINNATI REVIEW will re-open for submissions on August 15. Pays: “$25/page for prose, $30/page for poetry.” Visit http://cincinnatireview.com for more info.
CONFRONTATION will re-open for submissions on August 16. See http://confrontationmagazine.org/submit/ for more information and pay-rate ranges for stories, poetry, and nonfiction.
CONTRARY, a “journal of unpopular discontent,” will close for submissions for its autumn issue on September 1. Pays: “For original commentary, fiction, and poetry, Contrary Magazine pays $20 per author per issue, regardless of the number of works or nature of the submission.” Visit http://contrarymagazine.com for more info.
Also closing September 1: submissions for a MOTHERWELL essay series on “Motherhood and Ambition”: “What happens to a woman’s career after kids? We are looking for fresh perspectives, up to 1,400 words, that tackle the emotional and practical issues involved in combining being a mom with pursuing a career. Interpretations might include: the decision to stay home (or not) when the kids are young; the realities of the part-time or work-from-home experience; re-entry (or not) into the workforce once the children are older. We are open to a range of styles and this is a paid opportunity.” Visit https://motherwellmag.submittable.com/submit/90139/essay-series-motherhood-and-ambition (and my thanks to Judy Bolton-Fasman, http://judyboltonfasman.com, for reminding me about this one).
TROUBLE THE WATERS: TALES FROM THE DEEP BLUE “will be a new anthology of water-themed speculative short stories that explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales. We want stories with memorable, engaging characters, great and small, epic tales and quieter stories of personal and communal growth. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, and unclassifiable works are welcome. We are seeking original stories in English (2500 – 7000 words; pays 6 cents per word) from writers of all walks of life from this beautiful planet and will accept some select reprints (pays 2 cents per word). Deadline: November 1, 2017.” NB: No simultaneous submissions. Visit http://rosariumpublishing.com/trouble-the-waters-submissions.html for guidelines; thanks to http://www.wordcraftla.com for the lead.
REWIRE “is a daily online publication producing evidence-based reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice. As part of a special project to develop original on-the-ground reporting in Appalachia, we are seeking pitches from reporters on the structural and political challenges that undermine health, justice, and economic well-being in relevant communities. Priority will be given to coverage of Central Appalachia (including Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia), but pitches covering other sub-regions of Appalachia are welcome. Pitches from writers living/working in Appalachia, or with experience in the region, will be given priority.” They seek “pitches about Appalachia—ranging from short reported pieces to longer analyses to in-depth investigative reporting,” with areas of interest highlighted in their guidelines. Pays: “Shorter reported pieces will be paid at a rate of $250 to $350 depending on the scope of work and on experience. Analyses that include substantial original reporting will be paid at rates of $350 and above, though these are negotiable in some cases. Approved travel and other costs will be reimbursed. Pitches for longer-term, in-depth investigative pieces should include a detailed budget outlining writer’s fees and travel and research costs as well as timelines for the work involved.” View the detailed PDF at https://rewire.news/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Appalachia-Call-for-Pitches-July-2017-1.pdf. (Thanks to http://alisonstine.com for pointing me to this.)
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.
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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. From 2014-2017, Erika served as Media Editor for Fig Tree Books LLC. . 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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