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.

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Thank you to everyone who attended my first online poetry reading Sunday afternoon. You helped make it special.

2. And my thanks, too, to Liza Wiemer for hosting me for this Q&A over on her blog (and for teaching me the word “ambivert”).

3. And I’m afraid I don’t have much else to report at the moment. I guess, though, that there’s a way in which, at the moment, “no news” is, truly, good news. And I’m grateful. Stay safe, everyone. And for those who are celebrating this evening—may it be a happy, healthy Passover, despite the challenges.

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). This week’s post again leads off with some emergency resources. Please note, too, that I’m providing the information that I have found as I have found it—it would be unsurprising if some opportunities are modified thereafter in these fast-changing times, especially where residencies and ceremonies may be concerned.

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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.”

A city is the collective dream of the people who live in it.

Source: Liana Finck, “Sketchpad” (The New Yorker)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things (no joking!).

1. The latest issue of The Practicing Writer newsletter (subtitled #NationalPoetryMonth—and #Covid19—edition) went out to subscribers yesterday. As usual, it’s packed with useful info, including an ample serving of current/upcoming calls and competitions (none them charging fees; all of them paying writers for winning/published work).

2. The book review that I told you about a couple of weeks ago is now online! Find it over on Hadassah magazine’s website.

3. Kick off your National Poetry Month celebrations this weekend with poetry-focused Online Author Readings organized by Hidden Timber Books. Susana Case is up on Saturday, and yours truly will be featured on Sunday. (Readings are free, but you should register.) I’ll hope to “see” you there!

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). This week’s post again leads off with some emergency resources. Please note, too, that I’m providing the information that I have found as I have found it—it would be unsurprising if some opportunities are modified thereafter in these fast-changing times, especially where residencies and ceremonies may be concerned.

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