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Pre-Shabbat #JewLit Links

Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety. Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Just a few quick things:

  • The latest issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers this morning. So if you’re already subscribing to this free newsletter, please check your inbox! If you’re not, you can find the new issue online until the next one replaces it. And you can learn more about the newsletter and follow easy subscription instructions here. (Bonus: New subscribers receive access to a writing-contest guide, “From A(lgren) to W(illiams) The Practicing Writer’s Guide to Eponymous Literary Contests and Competitions,”which features only fee-free opportunities that pay for winning work. I update this guide each February, so anyone who subscribes now is getting a super-current edition.)
  • Following in a few others’ footsteps, I’m taking on a new habit: providing ultra-short “book reviews” of my current reading. I’m doing this mainly because now that I’m building up my book-publicist practice I’m really not doing much (any?) “official” reviewing. But I still want to share some thoughts about what I read. You’ll find them gathered here.
  • A quick “thank-you” to the folks at Pen & Paper Writing for the nice shoutout on their “list of resources for writers.”
  • Hope you’re all having a good week!

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    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).
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    Sunday Sentence

    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.”

    To the south, there are five other cottages, cloaked from one another by a dense growth of trees—mostly spruce, but also pine, cedar, and poplar, whose leaves in the wind sound like hands clapping.

    Source: Alan Lightman, “The Infinity of the Small” (Harper’s)

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    Words of the Week

    “I think that it’s a huge statement that you can be critical of the actions of the Israeli government and still be a treasured, valued author. That’s a very important point to make.”

    Source: Allison Kaplan Sommer, “The Promised Podcast” (re: David Grossman and the Israel Prize)

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    Friday Finds for Writers


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

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