Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Surprising myself, I entered a few poems into a (low-fee) contest a few days ago, hours before the deadline. Results should be announced in a few weeks.

2. Speaking of poems: I’m making progress on some of the interviews-by-email and guest posts that are part of the pre-publication promotion work for Birthright. (And none too soon! Less than a month to go to Pub Date!)

3. Among the readings I’ve assigned my students this semester is Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. Which means that I’ve just finished re-reading this novel myself. I knew that it was good when I read it back in 2004. But now, I’m just stunned by how extraordinary it is—on the sentence level, and on the story level.

Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Background of a keyboard, mug of coffee, and wallet on a tabletop; text label indicating "Markets and Jobs for Writers: No fees to submit work/apply. Paying gigs only."

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). These posts are intended to complement/supplement monthly issues of The Practicing Writer newsletter, where you’ll always find more listings, none of them limiting eligibility to residents of a single municipality, state, or province (this blog, on the other hand, does sometimes include those more restricted opportunities).