Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
As you’ll recall, my year of blogging for Poetry Has Value reached its end a number of months ago. But that didn’t make me stop sharing my poetry submission stats with you. Here’s the report for the month of December. (Spoiler alert: I do not anticipate continuing to track these metrics this way in 2018, so please enjoy this [for now] final set!)
It may be helpful for you to know that I work very hard to submit my work mainly to paying venues that don’t charge fees for journal/website publication. If you’re similarly looking for paying calls and contests that don’t charge submission fees, you’re always welcome to check my monthly newsletter (and my weekly “Monday Markets” posts on this blog).
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For the past six years, I’ve found it useful (and kind of fun) to look back on “my year in Jewish books.” So, borrowing some of the same introductory wording, I’m going to attempt to do something similar for 2017.
Reviewing my reading for 2017 (thank you, Goodreads!), I can see that, again, I do not and would not ever limit my reading to “Jewish books” exclusively. (By the way, in case you haven’t heard me say this before, I define “Jewish books” in the simplest terms as books with substantive Jewish content. In my view, non-Jewish authors can write “Jewish books.” And Jewish authors can write books that don’t strike me as overtly Jewish.)
But this year, as usual, I did read quite a few books that fall within the “Jewish book” category. And, as an advocate for Jewish literature, I’m proud of that.
Below, you will find these books presented in the order in which I read them (most recent first). I have also disclosed how I obtained each book: P (purchase), R (complimentary review copy), L (library [or otherwise borrowed]), G (gift). Continue reading ›
Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
I know that today is Christmas—it’s also the last day I’ll be posting for awhile. So let me again wish a merry holiday to those who are celebrating. And I’ll see you all back here a few days into the new year.
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In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”
I do not know the words to describe such agony, and I do not wish to learn them.
Source: Khizr Khan, An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›