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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

It seems tiresome—for me, writing these posts, and surely for you, reading them—to proclaim yet again that it’s a busy time. But that’s the first thing that comes to mind. Index card with text label that indicates "Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer."

I’ve just returned from a study-and-writing retreat, and in a few days I’m setting out again for a(nother) conference. I’m working on a couple of projects that are under wraps, so I won’t describe them here and now.

But I can report, happily, a poetry acceptance! This is for a Biblically-inspired poem that will be published next month, and I’ll be delighted to share it with you as soon as I can. Continue reading ›

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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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Taking a Day Off

Both blogs are quiet today while I’m otherwise occupied. Thanks for your patience—and have great weekend!

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things:

1. The past week brought another rejection of my first full-length poetry manuscript. BUT, my to-do list includes completing submissions to three venues with upcoming deadlines before year’s end. AND, among the nice feedback I’ve had to my latest piece (more about that below), I’ve received a couple of additional suggestions/leads to check out. And I will do so! Continue reading ›

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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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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.”

Your writer will thank you when she finally sends in that law school application and isn’t reminded by her cup every morning that she didn’t write like a motherfucker, never really cared about the Oxford comma, and never killed anyone off in a book because she didn’t write that kind of book, though if she had it would have had a much better chance of selling than the quiet domestic fiction she actually did write.

Source: R.L. Maizes, “10 Perfect Writer Gifts We Just Made Up” (Electric Literature)

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