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Practicing Writing

Welcome to Practicing Writing! Here you’ll find updates on writing and publishing opportunities (especially handy between issues of our popular monthly newsletter). You’ll discover ONLY opportunities that charge no fees, and ONLY publications/contests that will pay for your writing. The blog also shares writing-related news and resources and updates regarding this practicing writer’s own work.

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.
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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.”

Wherever you look, the portents
bear the same burden: the lawns
will mold under the deep drifts,
the greens will thirst to death
in their dry dirt—are brown
already with a chill foresight;
look at the puffy, bundled spruce.

Source: “Endsong” by Robley Wilson (1930-2018), published on the inside cover of the November 2018 issue of Poetry magazine; previously published in the magazine in October 1981.

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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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Friday Finds for Writers

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things:

1. Busy writing up a talk that I’ll be presenting at a conference next week.

2. The latest addition to my “brief book reviews” is a timely read just ahead of the Veterans Day holiday: FIRE AND FORGET: SHORT STORIES FROM THE LONG WAR edited by Roy Scranton and Matt Gallagher (Da Capo Press).

3.It’s not every day that I share billing with Randy Rainbow! My thanks to Donna Kaz, this month’s AWP “In the Spotlight” writer, for the generous shoutout.

Question and answer from the piece linked just above.

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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.
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