More Summer Reading

This week I had some time to settle in and read The Atlantic‘s annual newsstand fiction issue. Among my favorite pieces here: Richard Russo’s story, “Horseman” (a “campus” story that conveniently follows Megan Marshall’s outstanding essay, “Academic Discourse and Adulterous Intercourse,” analyzing “What Campus Novels Can Teach Us”); “Whitmore, 1969,” a Vietnam-era story by Dominic Smith; and another historically-influenced work, Lauren Groff’s “L. Debard and Aliette,” which transposes the Abelard and Héloïse tale to New York in the early 20th century.

(There’s an added bonus online for subscribers: an interview with Francine Prose in which she discusses her forthcoming book, Reading Like a Writer.)

Attention, Missouri Poets and Fiction Writers!

Poets & Writers, Inc. now invites Missouri-resident poets and fiction writers to enter the 2007 Writers Exchange Contest.

According to the guidelines, additional eligibility requirements include:

1) The writer must have never published a book, or;

2) The writer must have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which s/he is applying (self-published books do not count), and;

3) The writer must have resided in Missouri for a minimum of two years prior to the date his/her manuscript is submitted.

The winning Missouri poet and winning Missouri fiction writer will each receive a $500 honorarium and a trip to New York City in October 2007 to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and other writers (related expenses will be covered by Poets & Writers and winners will also give a public reading). Winning writers will also receive one-month residencies at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming.

(California poets and fiction writers, if you didn’t catch this post back in May there still time for you to make use of it!)

There’s no entry fee and the application deadline is December 1, 2006.

See guidelines and download entry form here.