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Wednesday’s WIP: Hanukkah Stories

Watching my grandfather--a refugee from Nazism and a U.S. Army WWII veteran--kindle the Hanukkah candles in 1972.

Watching my grandfather–a refugee from Nazi Germany and a U.S. Army WWII veteran–kindle the Hanukkah candles in 1972.



This evening brings the conclusion of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

Two years ago, I was privileged to have a short story included on National Public Radio’s “Hanukkah Lights” broadcast. That story, “Fidelis,” was on my mind last week when I caught this article in The New York Times Magazine about a World War II battle (Tarawa) that is central to it.

“Fidelis” is still available online, if you wish to listen to it. It’s the fourth of the four stories in the 2011 broadcast.

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Monday Markets for Writers

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, NYC poets: The Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship “is an annual opportunity for poets to receive guidance and instruction from a distinguished and diverse faculty and enter the next stage of their professional and artistic practice. Funded for the third year by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, this fellowship immerses poets in a twelve-week program consisting of workshops and meetings that are reinforced by the inspiring environment here at Poets House, including our poetry library and unique archives as well as a diverse offering of readings and conversations by leading poets and scholars. The program includes weekly writing workshops, mentoring sessions, meetings with guest speakers, free access to Poets House’s events and archival resources and culminates in a final group reading. Transportation support is available for participants. The application process is competitive; tuition is free to those accepted into the program.” No application fee. Deadline: December 10, 2013.
  • The December issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers over the weekend. Plenty of no-fee competitions and paying submission calls therein.
  • “The National Italian American Foundation seeks an Assistant Editor/Social Media Manager responsible for creating and managing social media content and development, and assist editor in all aspects of planning and production of glossy quarterly magazine, all other publications, and web content.” This job is in Washington.
  • “Avalon Travel and Seal Press seek a motivated, outgoing, and detail-oriented applicant with an interest in book publishing to fill the position of Publicity Assistant.” This position is in Berkeley, Calif.
  • From The Mysterious Bookshop in New York: “We are looking for a Personal Assistant to the owner of the bookshop, Otto Penzler.”
  • Also in New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art seeks a Website Editor.
  • “The Department of English at Suffolk University is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor for Fall 2014, pending budgetary approval. We are interested in candidates with expertise in creative writing, specifically non-fiction prose, and a demonstrated ability to teach composition and literature courses.”
  • St. Mary’s College of California seeks part-time Writers-in-Residence for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
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    Sunday Sentence

    Another Sunday in which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, which asks others to share the best sentence(s) we’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

    Beth knew now that her mother had been wrong, that there was something far worse than not knowing—and that was knowing that her son lay, unequivocally dead, in a hospital somewhere in Thailand.

    Source: “Gap Year,” by Lori Ostlund, a short story in the Autumn 2013 issue of The Southern Review.

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    Wednesday’s WIP: My First WaPo Review

    AftermathAmong the things I’m grateful for in the writing realm as Thanksgiving approaches is a brand-new, first-time byline in The Washington Post. I deeply appreciate the opportunity I had to review a new historical novel, Rhidian Brook’s The Aftermath, as well as the expert editing my work received from Ron Charles before publication last week.

    I was drawn to the book in part due to my abiding interest in fiction that involves aspects of World War II, and in part due to my ever-increasing interest in fiction written by grandchildren of those whose lives were dramatically influenced by those historical events. In this case, as mentioned in the review, Brook drew the novel’s storyline from his own grandfather’s British military service in postwar Germany.

    I hope that you’ll read and enjoy the review. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone all of this blog’s readers who celebrate it. And if you’d care to share a comment regarding something in your writing practice that you are thankful for, I’d love to read it.

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    Monday Markets for Writers

    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). Continue reading ›

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