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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

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‘Tis a c-r-a-z-y time, folks.

A lot of that has to do with my job at Fig Tree Books. We’ll be announcing our first list of novels on Monday, September 22. So there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on to make that a smooth and successful day.

In the meantime:

  • It appears that one of my essays is going to be recorded and re-presented as an audio piece. I spent some time reviewing edits for that over the weekend. More info to be shared in due course.
  • Although I haven’t yet received my contributor copy, the new edition of Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market is out and includes my contribution on virtual book tours.
  • I’ve started a new poem! (On a related note: I also found out this week that my poetry chapbook had lost yet another contest. But the notice included some really nice, encouraging words about my work.)
  • Bonus: Thanks to one of my former supervisors (hi, Tim!), I’ve discovered this excellent post with stock-image recommendations. The one I chose for today’s “work-in-progress” update appealed to me because, for a few days this past week (for once!), my fingernails looked almost as nice as those of the model in the photo. And that’s because another high point of the past week was my midtown lunch with another former co-worker, followed by a surprise luxury–a free manicure!–at a nearby Duane Reade drugstore. (If you happen to be looking for a new nail color for fall, may I recommend “Dress to Kilt”? It looked fab…while it lasted.)

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    Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees, Paying Gigs

    dollar-sign-mdMonday 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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    Friday Finds for Writers

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    Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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    Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

    And…I’m back! I had a wonderful time away. I was actually gone only from Friday morning to Monday morning (thank you, red-eye from San Francisco!). But they were days packed with friends and family, good times and good food, and, of course, some gorgeous scenery.

    So now I’m back in New York, working hard in my new “day job” and balancing (or trying to balance) everything else. Hopefully, you’ve already seen the latest issue of The Practicing Writer, which went out to subscribers on Monday. (Believe it or not, I’m already hard at work on the October edition.) And, hopefully, I’ll have some other news to share with you soon!

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    Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees, Paying Gigs

    dollar-sign-mdMonday 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).

  • From Interfictions: “We are looking for work that blurs the lines between genres (contemporary realism, mystery, historical, fantasy, speculative fiction, westerns), as well as pieces that bridge fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry, and other categories.” Deadline for next issue is August 30. Pays: $30/poem and $.10/word for fiction and nonfiction. NB: “We’re also interested in interviews with boundary-crossing artists. Please query if you know someone you’d like to interview, and let us know why you think this person’s work would interest us. We seek interviews of 2000-3000 words, and pay a flat rate of $50/interview.” (h/t WritingCareer.com)
  • Poets & Writers is looking for an Assistant Editor (New York).
  • “TC Jewfolk is hiring an arts and culture columnist….You’ll be expected to cover an average of one cultural event in the Twin Cities per week, and you’ll have a fair amount of freedom to choose what events you think will be most interesting to our readers. The events don’t have to be Jewish community events; in fact, most of them probably won’t be. Instead you’ll be expected to cover local cultural happenings and personalities with a Jewish lens. This could range from a play at the Guthrie, to a Jewish stand-up comedian playing at Acme, to a special Jewish community event like the Christmas Eve ‘Jewbilee,’ or Twin Cities Jewish film festival. We will pay $25 per story, at an average of one per week for a year. This is a great opportunity to build a writing portfolio and get paid to see live theater/music/etc in the Twin Cities!”
  • “The Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fiction. M.F.A., Ph.D., or M.A. in Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction required.”
  • Two jobs at Oregon State University-Corvallis, both tenure-track Assistant Professorships. One specifies a fiction specialty; the other, nonfiction.
  • “The Department of English at the University of San Diego invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Creative Writing, Creative Non-Fiction Emphasis.”
  • We’re about one week away from the next issue of The Practicing Writer. As always, it will be packed with no-fee contest info and paying submission calls. It’s never too late to subscribe to our free newsletter.
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