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 writing practice.

1. I was saddened to learn this week of the demise of a newspaper that was part of my life for a long time—since my childhood move to New Jersey decades ago. Over time, the New Jersey Jewish News published my Bat Mitzvah announcement, some of my earliest freelance book reviews, and, most recently, a beautiful profile on the occasion of Birthright‘s release and a launch event in my home congregation. I’m going to miss it.

Two early clips, from what was then called “MetroWest Jewish News.”
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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. These 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 include those more restricted opportunities, including jobs sited in various locations.)

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick notes from my desk.

1. I’ve been invited to a new podcast to talk about one of the biblical passages behind one of the poems in Birthright. We’re slated to record on Friday, so I’m busy returning to the materials that I studied when I began drafting the poem for a refresher mini-course. I’m always a little nervous (okay—maybe more than a little!) before interviews and discussions/readings. But I guess we all need to face these kinds of fears. I’ll keep you posted about how it goes/when the episode becomes available.

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