Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.
Another reality check for aspiring freelance writers, courtesy of Carol Tice.
Warning: You might want to avoid using these words and phrases in your work.
“Which publishing option is right for you?” This quiz may help you figure that out.
If you’re contemplating an event proposal for the 2014 conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), you have until May 1 to get that proposal in.
Some tips on finding free, quality photos for your blog. (via Lisa Romeo)
Have a great weekend, everyone. See you back here on Monday!
Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write, especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Attention, Canadian poets! “The Arc Poetry Society is seeking proposals for the position of Poet-in-Residence. The 2013/2014 program will represent Arc’s 4th virtual residency; Tim Bowling is currently filling the position. This is a virtual residency, so the Poet in Residence will not be required to relocate.” Pays: “The contract fee for the poet in residence will be $9,000 (subject to confirmation of funding), which will be paid on a monthly basis. Standard writer’s fee rates will apply for publication in Arc.” No application fee. Deadline: February 15, 2013.
Speaking of poetry: The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program “is proud to present an online, seven-week poetry writing course this February. The course will include seven live online sessions and will be conducted via virtual classroom software. The course is free of charge and all sessions will be conducted in English.” Participation will be limited to fifteen writers, and international writers “are encouraged to apply.” Deadline: January 28, 2013.
Bronx residents: Applications for the BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Awards are now available. These awards “provide direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. 25 BRIO grants of $3,000 each are awarded to Bronx artists. BRIO award winners complete a one-time public service activity.” There is no application fee. Deadline is Friday, January 25, 2013.
The River Teeth Nonfiction Conference “is offering four scholarships to students currently enrolled in writing programs (graduate or undergraduate). Registration fees will be waived for the recipients of the scholarships. All other expenses (travel, room, board) are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.” Apply by March 1.
From Carol Tice, of the “Make a Living Writing” blog fame: “[M]y guest-post well is nearly dry, so it’s a good time to pitch me ideas. For those who don’t know, I pay $50 a post (and it’s pretty competitive to get an assignment, so bring your best idea we haven’t covered before!) Read my guidelines first, if you want a chance at getting a post approved.” (NB: I’ve had the good fortune to guest-post for Carol, and I recommend the experience highly!)
There are lots of ways to be a good literary citizen. I like to think that when I share news of opportunities for writers, I’m being a good literary citizen. When I “talk” about books and stories and essays and poems that I’ve read and admired–whether in a “real” conversation, in a blog post, on Twitter, or on Goodreads–I’m being a good literary citizen. And when I participate in the monthly Jewish Book Carnival, “a monthly event where bloggers who blog about Jewish books can meet, read, and comment on each others’ posts,” I’m also being a good literary citizen. Especially when I volunteer to serve as Carnival host.
You see, each month, Jewish Book Carnival posts are curated on one of the participant’s sites. A Carnival post typically publishes on the 15th of the month. Last Saturday evening, after sundown and the end of the Jewish Sabbath, the December Carnival went live on My Machberet, the blog I maintain where I focus specifically on matters of Jewish literary and cultural interest.
I invite you to visit and see all of the wonderful contributions from the Carnival participants. And if discussing Jewish-themed literature appeals to you, perhaps at some point you’ll want to join the Carnival, too.
Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
Launching this week: the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Emergency Relief Fund. “The Andy Warhol Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Lambent Foundation (a project of the Tides Center) have established an Emergency Relief Fund, administered by NYFA to assist artists with damages and losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Eligible artists can be working in any discipline and reside in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York. Damages are broadly defined and include, but are not limited to: damage to physical work; damage to homes/studios/other facilities; loss of equipment or supplies; loss of income, and reimbursement for cancelled performances/appearances/engagements. We anticipate the overwhelming majority of grants will range between $1,000 and $5,000, but there may be extraordinary circumstances in which slightly smaller or larger grants might be made.” Applications will be made available on November 21.
“Bethesda Magazine and the Bethesda Urban Partnership are partnering to sponsor a short story and essay contest.” Cash prizes, publication, and other goodies will be awarded in each genre (and for high-school age writers and writers 18 and over “and finished with high school”). There’s no entry fee, and the deadline is January 25, 2013. Note that essay submissions (500 words, maximum) may come from writers resident in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC; short-story submissions (4,000 words, maximum) are limited to residents of Montgomery Country, Maryland, and Upper NW, DC (ZIP codes 20015 and 20016).
From the U.K.: “Booktrust is looking for paid freelance reviewers to write book recommendations for our site on books from contemporary fiction to Young Adult fiction to crime to translated fiction to short stories to non-fiction. We cover a wide range of books.”
“Mediabistro is looking for a dynamic, spirited instructor to teach a food blogging class online this March. Class meets over 6 weeks and will teach students how to design, promote, and maintain a blog dedicated to food.” (NB: Site registration required to view full ad.)
Please keep reading for college-level teaching jobs. Continue reading ›
The weekly collection of writing-related resources, news, and reflections to read over the weekend.
I was very sorry to learn of the passing of Isaiah Sheffer, whose voice has welcomed me into so many memorable “Selected Shorts” broadcasts.
Superb submission advice from Michelle Seaton.
Nina Badzin is celebrating her blog’s second birthday with a slew of prizes. (The blog is instructive and fun, and I love visiting/reading, so I recommend that you go over there even if you aren’t interested in the books, barres, or blogging consultation that Nina is offering.)
You’ve likely heard the news: Philip Roth is done with writing! Eitan Kensky reads Roth’s declaration more closely.
And ICYMI: my November “First Looks” column, posted this week, previews two new fiction releases.
Have a great weekend, all. See you back here on Monday.