Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Mazal Tov, All Around

Mazal tov to the Association of Jewish Libraries, on the successful first cycle of its Jewish Fiction Award. Mazal tov to Rachel Kadish for winning said award (and to Ruth Gilligan and Rachel Seiffert, whose books were named honor titles).

Mazal tov to me, for catching up with my Tablet editor at an in-person event a couple of weeks ago and ascertaining that he hadn’t received any of my pitch emails. (He accepted the pitch, as summarized in about 20 seconds, on the spot.)

And mazal tov to all of us, because it’s not every day that a new literary award launches—and that it charges no entry fee to the authors and publishers who wish to send books for consideration.

Details in the article, which was published on Monday.