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 updates from my desk.

1. Speaking of my desk: At long last, I’m beginning to plan a “refresh” for my home office. And I’m contemplating all kinds of desk possibilities. I’m interested in surface space and storage, but I’m also interested in learning more about adjustable/standing options. I’d love insights/recommendations from other practicing writers. Please share (with links, when possible) in comments. (And if you have the perfect, ergonomic, assembled or easy-to-assemble desk chair to recommend as well, feel free to add that!)

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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."

Each week in this space, Practicing Writing shares no-fee, paying markets for writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction: competitions, contests, and calls for submissions. The posts complement 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. (But this blog does share those more localized opportunities, including jobs.)

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my desk.

1. In case you were wondering: The critique session that I mentioned last week did happen on Sunday, and IT WENT WELL. There’s a lot of work to do on my picture-book ms. (A lot.) But everyone was so constructive with their feedback, and the idea behind my project received so much validation. I’m extremely encouraged to continue.

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