Each Friday, the Practicing Writing blog shares writing and publishing resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.
- “Meet Amanda Gorman’s California successor as youth poet laureate: Alexandra Huynh.” (Danielle Broadway for Los Angeles Times)
- “Novelist, short-story and non-fiction author Joy Williams, known for works such as ‘State of Grace’ and ‘The Quick and the Dead,’ is the winner of the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, Librarian Carla Hayden announced today.” (Library of Congress)
- “I was 60 years old when word arrived from my agent that she had sold it in a two-book deal. I was ecstatic, of course, but also feeling like I was late to the world’s best party and all the fun and shenanigans had gone on before I arrived.” From Shawn Nocher’s “Late to the Party: On Being a ‘Mature’ Debut Author” (Writer’s Digest).
- ICYMI: Especially if you’re planning on working on submissions this weekend, you’ll want to take a look at the opportunities listed in the brand-new issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0.
- And there’s a lot of rich new material within the latest Jewish lit links post on the My Machberet blog (including a spotlight on a current writing contest).
Have a good weekend, everyone (and good holiday-weekend wishes to my fellow Americans).