Taking a Short Break

Hey, everyone. I’m going to take a few days off (heading away for a long weekend this evening). Look for more news right here by the middle of next week. You all be well in the meantime.

April Newsletter Now Available

The April issue of our monthly Practicing Writer newsletter went out to subscribers (more than 1300 of them) on Sunday. As usual, the newsletter is packed with submission calls, contest and scholarship opportunities, and more.

This month’s feature article is an interview with anthology editor Camille Cusumano. And subscribers also learned about an updated contest e-book reserved exclusively for them.

Archived issues are restricted to our subscribers, too (there’s no fee to subscribe, and we keep our subscriber list confidential). You can, however, read the current issue online at FreelanceWriting.com. Enjoy!

Thumbs Up for David Rivard

I met poet David Rivard a couple of months back, when he gave a reading during the Lesley University low-residency MFA program’s winter residency. He’s a great poet and a great guy (as the writer friend with whom I attended the reading–a neighbor of Rivard and his family–attests). So I was really pleased to see Robert Pinsky’s glowing review of Rivard’s new book, Sugartown, in the Washington Post. If Rivard is reading near you, go hear him!

Call for Submissions: "Works of Witness"

For an upcoming special section, Hayden’s Ferry Review, a literary journal based at Arizona State University, is looking for poetry, fiction, essays, and visual art “that explore social and political injustice on any scale, give a voice to the voiceless, raise a call for awareness and act as a catalyst for change.”

The journal’s editors read year-round. Payment is $25/page (maximum of $100), plus two copies of the magazine and a one-year gift subscription. Submission deadline for this special section: July 30, 2006. Full guidelines are available here.

Attention, translators!

A new poetry anthology, to be edited by Jan Greenberg and published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., is looking for English-language translators working with published international poets who would write a poem inspired by a work of art. “The poems in their original language will be published side by side with their translations, along with the artwork. Artworks can be from any period in that country’s history, but they must be in a museum collection.”

Poems/images “must be appropriate for young readers ages ten and above. The poem should be no more than fourteen lines and not previously published in the United States.” Submission deadline: September 15, 2006. Selected work will receive honoraria of US$100 ($100 per poem and $100 per translation). Full information about this call can be found here.

Call for Submissions: Family Adventures

Yet another call for essays I’ve learned about from WrittenRoad.com. This time the announcement is for a new anthology (prospective publisher: Travelers’ Tales) called Wild with Child: Adventures of Families in the Field. Editor Jennifer Bové seeks tales of “roughing it” in the outdoors with kids. “Parents, guardians, friends, educators, and counselors are encouraged to submit lively, engaging essays and anecdotes about outdoor adventures with kids of all ages (from pregnancy to teen). Whether working or playing your expedition qualifies.” She’s looking for pieces “that read like good fiction and reveal something about the bonds we form with children when we strike out into open spaces.” International submissions are encouraged, and the announcement specifies that both men and women are welcome to submit.

You can submit up to 2 stories, no longer than 2,500 words each. Previously published work may be submitted if you retain the copyright. $100 honorarium will be paid for one-time publication rights. Submission deadline: July 1, 2006.

For more information and additional submission instructions, check Bové’s blog.