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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three Quick Things

1. I received a lovely rejection note this week for the poems I’d entered into Gaze‘s “Loving Gaze Poetry Contest.” Not only did the editor include some kind words about my (losing) poems and invite me to send additional work in the future, but she also thanked me for having publicized the contest to other writers. It was simply a gracious note that left a warm impression. (I don’t see an announcement about the winning contest work on the site yet, but I’ll look forward to reading it.) Continue reading ›

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Words of the Week

“On Friday, Representative Rashida Tlaib was attacked by President Donald Trump for a ‘horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust’ and for having ‘tremendous hatred of … the Jewish people.’ Trump’s off-base attack distracted from the actual problems with Tlaib’s account of the Arab-Israeli conflict, in which she deployed deliberately imprecise language, misleading her listeners about the early history of the conflict in Palestine and misrepresenting its present and possible future.”

Source: Benny Morris, “Rashida Tlaib Has Her History Wrong” (The Atlantic)

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

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). tabletop with computer keyboard, coffee, and wallet; text label that reads "Markets and Jobs for Writers: No fees to submit work/apply and Paying gigs only Continue reading ›

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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 follow, there are “snacks,” which seems, at first, far too pedestrian a word for, say, handsome canelé-shaped fritters, dusted in chili, mustard, and lime powders and oozing obscenely with Gruyère, or for an impressively airy white-bean hummus, swirled with spicy ’nduja, sprinkled with pine nuts, and accompanied by bubbly-skinned, stretchy fried bread, leavened with yogurt and as puffy as a blowfish.

Source: Hannah Goldfield, “An Eleven Madison Park Alum Sets a New Tone at Crown Shy” (The New Yorker)



Friday Finds for Writers

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

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

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In which the My Machberet blog presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety. Continue reading ›

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