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.

Markets & Jobs for Writers

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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).

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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.”

But the subject of lyric translation is arcane, the Hamburg production is delayed, and now I think we’ll have to wait to hear ‘young, scrappy and hungry’ auf Deutsch.

Source: Michael Paulson, “Five Years and 100-Plus Stories: What It’s Like Covering ‘Hamilton’” (The New York Times)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my desk.

1. Birthright (specifically, the poem “Self-Portrait with Root Rescue™”) and I make a cameo in Judy Bolton-Fasman’s new article on “Going Gray in Quarantine.”

2. After falling away from the practice for several weeks, I’m back to attempting brief mindfulness/meditation sessions each morning. Not a panacea. But helpful.

3. I’m readying the July issue of The Practicing Writer. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll have it by this time next week (and if you’re not a subscriber, it’s never too late to join us!).