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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 12, Number 3: April 2015
Editor: Erika Dreifus
Copyright (c) 2015 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
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1. EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S NEW
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Greetings, practicing writers:

I begin with an apology, for the quite abbreviated feature article that appears in this issue. I hope, nonetheless, that you’ll find it useful and potentially inspiring.

Happy National Poetry Month to all of you, and, as always, I send every best wish for a month filled with satisfaction in your writing practices.

ERIKA
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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: KICK-STARTING MY POETRY PRACTICE DURING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
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Kick-Starting My Poetry Practice During National Poetry Month

by Erika Dreifus

Between an exceptionally busy month at my day job and a quick tropical getaway, I’m afraid March sped by without appreciable progress in any single stream of my writing practice. Luckily, April is upon us. Which means it’s time for National Poetry Month.

Also luckily, I’ve located several sites/resources for those always-helpful prompts. I’m looking forward to using these offerings to help kick-start my poetry practice at this most opportune time.

2015 Poetic Asides PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge
http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2015-april-pad-challenge-guidelines

Poetry Super Highway Prompt-A-Day for National Poetry Month
http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/a-poetry-writing-prompt-a-day/

NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)
http://www.napowrimo.net/about/

Perhaps you may do the same!

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: READING VENUES DATABASE
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On the POETS & WRITERS website:

“This database of venues that host readings and author events includes bookstores, bars, cafes, libraries, literary arts centers, and more. Here you’ll find information about how to schedule your own reading, admission fees, audience size, parking and transit information, and more. Save your selections to My P&W and populate a personal Google Map that you use to plan your own reading tour or simply keep track of your favorite reading venues.”

http://www.pw.org/reading_venues
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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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Antarctic Artists and Writers Program (National Science Foundation)
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=222274
Deadline May 1, 2015
NO APPLICATION FEE INDICATED

“The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants, including for such items as salaries, materials, completion of the envisioned works, or any other purpose. U.S. Antarctic Program infrastructure consists of three year-round stations and numerous austral-summer research camps in Antarctica, research ships in the Southern Ocean, and surface and air transportation. These assets support the artist and writer projects. The main purpose of the U.S. Antarctic Program is scientific research and education. The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and of human activities on the southernmost continent. The program does not support short-term projects that are essentially journalistic in nature.”
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Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest
http://www.sonnetcontest.org
Deadline: June 1, 2015
NO ENTRY FEES

In association with the Great River Shakespeare Festival. “This year’s Contest, our eighth, again celebrates the memory of Maria W. Faust, a lover of poetry and a passionate supporter of the Great River Shakespeare Festival. The Sonnet Contest has attracted poets from across the United States as well as international entrants. Contest activities this year will include an Opening Event that features a discussion and sharing of sonnet forms, and a Closing Award Ceremony including the reading of prize-winning sonnets and recognition of winning poets, which will conclude this year’s Contest.” Cash prizes will total $2,000, and there are several categories. NB: “Sonnets may be written in Shakespearean, Petrarchan, Spenserian or Non-traditional form. Only previously unpublished sonnets are eligible.”
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Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award
http://www.prairieheritage.org/news.cfm?id=15
Deadline: April 30, 2015
NO ENTRY FEE

“The Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award will be given to the best book of the year that illuminates the heritage of North America’s mid-continental prairies, whether of the tall-grass, mid-grass, or short-grass regions. Authors’ first books receive extra consideration. Books may be in any genre, and topics may include but are not limited to social or natural history; prairie culture of the past or in-the-making; and interactions between society and ecology. From its founding, Prairie Heritage Institute, Inc. has had a special focus on the African-American settlements of the Flint Hills of Kansas; therefore, books exploring non-European prairie heritage are especially welcome. Also encouraged are books that confront the question of prairie ways of life-how denizens of the prairie, human and non-human, have lived or can live together without the destruction and exterminations that have characterized the past. The Prairie Heritage Book Award comes with a cash prize of $1,000.00 and a sponsored book-signing. Books published in 2014 are eligible for the 2015 book award.”
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HOSPITAL DRIVE Identity Contest
http://news.med.virginia.edu/hospitaldrive/contest
Deadline: June 15, 2015
NO ENTRY FEE

“For Hospital Drive’s first ever poetry and prose contest, we are seeking submissions that explore the idea of ‘Identity’ within the context of health care. Send us your most outstanding work about who you are at your best or worst, who you’ve been trying to be, who you know you’ll never be, who you thought you were but aren’t, who you wish you were, who everyone else thinks you are, or whatever form of identity you happen to be inhabiting right now. We’re looking for well-crafted poems, stories, and essays that will change the way we think about who we are. Submissions must be rich with detail and a distinctive voice; they should combine strong images and/or a compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element; and they should reach beyond the personal to touch some deeper truth. Hospital Drive editors will award $500 for the Best Poetry submission and $500 for the Best Prose submission. All submissions will be considered for publication in a special print anthology of the magazine, scheduled for publication in early spring of 2016.” NB: As a condition of entry, you must subscribe (no charge) to the online edition of HOSPITAL DRIVE. (via https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CRWROPPS-B/info)
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Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/prizes_fellowship
Deadline: April 30, 2015
NO APPLICATION FEE

“Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets in the U.S. through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.” NB: Applicants must reside in the U.S. and must be “at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age as of April 30, 2015.”
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The Paris Review/Standard Hotel Writer-in-Residence
http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/03/02/a-room-of-ones-own-with-someone-to-make-the-bed/
Deadline: April 8, 2015
NO APPLICATION FEE INDICATED

“For the past two years, we’ve partnered with the Standard, East Village, in downtown Manhattan, to find a Writer-in-Residence – someone with a book under contract who could use three weeks in a hotel room….Today through April 8, we’re accepting applications for our next residency. No dishes, no distractions, just a quiet room in the center of everything. The residency will last the first three weeks in July; once again, applicants must have a book under contract. Applications will be judged by the editors of The Paris Review and Standard Culture.” Open to writers of prose or poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.
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Rhyme On! (Poetry Writing Contest)
http://library.loudoun.gov/Events/Rhyme-On
Deadline: April 15, 2015
NO ENTRY FEE

The Loudoun County Public Library (Virginia) is running this contest, but the competition is open to those over 18 who may not be Loudoun County residents. “No theme — get creative! Poems can be inspired by real life, fantasies, nature, adventures, or even horror.” Prizes: $200/$100/$50. “The top three and the honorable mentions will also receive the top poems in a book printed by the Symington Press. ”
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St. Francis College Literary Prize
http://www.sfc.edu/page.cfm?p=4045
Deadline: May 1, 2015
NO ENTRY FEE

“The biannual $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.” NB: “Self-published books and English translations are considered.” Also: “The current Prize is for work published between June 2013 and May 2015.”
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Program Artist-in-Residence Program
http://www.nps.gov/slbe/learn/management/artistinresidence.htm
Deadline: April 15, 2015
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Artist-In-Residence program is open to professional American writers, composers and visual artists, including photographers, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by this superb Michigan scene. It provides resident artists the opportunity to capture the moods of Sleeping Bear Dunes in their particular medium. The program provides rent-free use of either a park house located in the vicinity of the village of Empire (no pets), or a campsite in one of the developed mainland campgrounds. Two 3-week residencies are available during September and October.”
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Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) Short Story Contest
http://selti.org/2015-selti-short-story-contest/
Deadline: May 31, 2015
NO ENTRY FEE

This competition invites submissions of stories that are set “in a tourism attraction of the Huntsville, Alabama metro area” and “use a creative angle to encourage readers to visit [the] Huntsville area.” Prizes: “Winning story will be published online at SELTI.org and ihearthsv.com and include photos, tourism guide, and a link to the tourism attraction promoted. SELTI receives first time electronic publication rights, and author retains all other rights. Awards will be presented to the top three short stories – fiction or creative non-fiction. 3rd – $50; 2nd – $100; 1st – $300.”
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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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New series: “The University of Georgia Press is pleased to announce Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction. Edited by John Griswold, the series aims to publish two to four new titles annually. Named for intersections, and for the heart of the matter, this series will publish literary nonfiction by diverse writers working in a variety of modes, including personal and lyric essay, memoir, cultural meditation, and literary journalism. Books are intended for general readers, including writers, teachers of writing, and students, and will be both intelligent and accessible. Engagement with the world, dedication to craft, precision, and playfulness with form and language are valued. As the series develops, it will include non-American writers and experiences.” Submission guidelines: https://georgiapress.submittable.com/submit. NB: Series editor John Griswold was interviewed right here in THE PRACTICING WRITER some years back: http://bit.ly/1BX2mit.
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New litmag: “THE OFFING, a channel of the LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, is an online literary magazine publishing work in all genres. THE OFFING publishes work that challenges, experiments, provokes — work that pushes literary and artistic forms and conventions, but understands that to do so requires a rigorous understanding of those forms and conventions. THE OFFING is a place for new and emerging writers to test their voices, and for established writers to test their limits. THE OFFING actively seeks out work by and about those often marginalized in the literary conversation, including people of color, women and gender non-conformists, and members of the LGBTQ and differently abled communities. THE OFFING believes writers and artists deserve to be compensated for their work, and we will pay our contributors. It won’t be much at first – $25, $50 – but we will work diligently, with your help, to raise the funds to increase that amount, and to offer stipends to our editorial staff.” See http://theoffingmag.com (via http://twitter.com/RobertFay1). NB: You may want to read through this WASHINGTON POST item regarding the new journal, too – http://wpo.st/rqGA0.
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MOSS, where submissions “are limited to current residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia and those with a substantial connection to the region,” is now accepting fiction and nonfiction for its third issue. “Though we will consider pieces of any length, we prefer submissions of at least 1,800 words; shorter pieces may be paid at a reduced rate.” Pays: $125. see http://mosslit.com for more information.
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Until April 11, FIRESIDE FICTION COMPANY is open to submissions of flash fiction (1,000 words or less). Pays: “We pay 12.5 cents per word, with payment on completion of edits. We buy first world publication rights and six-month exclusivity, as well as the right to reprint the story once, non-exclusively, in a Fireside anthology.” Be sure to check the detailed guidelines at http://www.firesidefiction.com/submissions/. (via http://WritingCareer.com)
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From NARRATIVE magazine: “During the first two weeks of April, we do not require a reading fee for general submissions made specifically to the Open Reading category via our submissions page. However, manuscripts submitted during this period are not eligible for the Narrative Prize.” For details and pay rates, please visit https://www.narrativemagazine.com/submission-guidelines.
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From UNDERSTOREY magazine: “We are pleased to announce that the Spring 2015 issue of Understorey Magazine is open to self-identified women writers and artists throughout Canada, as well as Canadians living abroad. Spring 2015, our sixth issue, will be titled Extraordinary: Mothering through Physical, Mental, and Social Challenges. Our themed issue will feature fiction, poetry, personal essay, spoken word, and visual art about mothering with special needs. This will include stories of mothering children, teens, and adults who have specials needs as well as stories of women and mothers with special needs. (We will also explore the language of ‘special needs’ and perhaps discover a positive, inclusive alternative.) Understorey aims for an empowering tone and a broadly feminist outlook. Please note we do not publish ‘how-to’ articles or expository essays. Nonfiction pieces should be ‘creative’ or literary.” Deadline: April 15, 2015. Pays: “We offer a small honorarium ($25-$50) to writers and artists whose work is accepted for publication.” See
http://understoreymagazine.ca/2015/01/call-for-submissions-understoreys-extraordinary-issue/ for the call and link to general guidelines.
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From SOUTHERN INDIANA REVIEW: “We accept manuscripts between September 1st and April 30th for our annual fall and spring issues. Submissions received after the deadline will be considered for the next issue. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. If you wish a reply, send a SASE with proper postage affixed. All printed submissions are recycled, not returned. SIR pays at two rates: $75 (for up to five layout pages) and $150 (six or more layout pages). 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.” http://www.usi.edu/sir/submission-guidelines
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“RECOMMENDED READING, a magazine by Electric Literature, publishes one story a week, each chosen by today’s best authors and editors. Though Recommended Reading features original fiction as well as reprints, we will only consider previously unpublished stories during our spring submission period. Before submitting, please take some time to read Recommended Reading, especially those recommended by Electric Literature, in which we showcase original fiction. Recommended Reading publishes fiction ranging in length from 2,000 to 10,000 words, and pays each contributor $300. We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your story is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw it immediately through the Submittable system. We can only consider one story by an author at any given time.” The spring submission period will take place during the month of April. https://electricliterature.submittable.com/submit
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THE JOURNAL OF COMPRESSED CREATIVE ARTS publishes “(very) tiny, compressed prose creations of 600 words or less.” Next submission window: April 15 – June 15, 2015. Pays: $50. http://matterpress.com/submissions/
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Submissions made to THE PURITAN between March 16 and June 25 will be considered for the summer issue of this Canadian publication. Pay rates range from $15/poem to $100 for an interview, essay, or review. Fiction is compensated at $40/piece. NB: “The publication rates for works that appear in our occasional Supplement Series are reduced due to volume. Each accepted work of non-fiction, fiction, or group of poems will receive an honorarium of $20.” Visit http://puritan-magazine.com for more information.
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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 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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