Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • On The Millions: Nick Ripatrazone presents “Lessons from No: Writers on Their Most Formative Rejections.”
  • The After Deadline blog reminds us that commas are “tricky little things.” (I, for one, need no such reminder. It sometimes seems that I’m confronted with comma-usage dilemmas every day. Or multiple times every day.) NB: The post also covers “tricky little things” beyond commas.
  • You may have heard that that there has been no winning manuscript chosen this year for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Award Series Creative Nonfiction Prize. If you read contest guidelines carefully (as you always should), you know that some book contests, like AWP’s, state at the outset that a judge has the authority not to award a prize if s/he deems no manuscript to be of sufficient merit. Still, the decision can rankle, as John Proctor explains (his post contains links to other views/discussion on the topic as well).
  • Speaking of creative nonfiction (and on a cheerier note): If you missed the inaugural HippoCamp conference for cnf writers earlier this month, you may enjoy perusing this Storify for some highlights. (via Lisa Romeo)
  • And the new issue of Poets & Writers is out. (As always, there’s a lull between that announcement and the actual arrival of the issue in my mailbox, which makes me a tad impatient.) Meantime, selected content from the issue is available online.
  • Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.