Wednesday Web Browser: Free Trip to Texas Book Festival, Hope Lives for Rejected Work, and New Writing Prompts

Would you enjoy a free trip to the Texas Book Festival (which takes place November 1 and 2)? Check out some Festival prize possibilities here (but do it soon–deadline is October 3). NB: Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.
Poets & Writers reports that writers who have recently received rejection letters from Academy Chicago press with no personalized information included may still have reason to be hopeful–there’s been a “bookkeeper bungle”–and should contact the press.
I don’t know about you, but I can always use some new writing prompts. So I’m glad to discover this concise list on The Writer magazine’s Web site.

On Rosh Hashanah

For those of you unfamiliar with Jewish holidays, today is a big one. I won’t be blogging, but will be back tomorrow. If you’d like to learn more about Rosh Hashanah, which I am celebrating today, please click here.

Friday Find: The CV Doctor Returns

If you’re on the academic job market this year, you may want to wander over to the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s career section and benefit from advice from the “CV Doctor” feature. This year (unlike last year), the expert analysts did not opt to review in-depth a vitae from a writer seeking a teaching job, but you’re guaranteed to pick up useful pointers from the documents that they did analyze, as well as from their list of common mistakes to avoid when crafting any cv, nonetheless. Good luck, and have a good weekend!

Random Encounter with a Former Editor

On Tuesday night I made my first (and given the way my own writing seems to be going these days, quite likely only) visit to the Random House building on Broadway. I owe that opportunity to the wonderful people at Jewish Book World, who invited me to come to a reception held on the building’s 14th floor to celebrate their redesigned publication.

I arrived late (note to self: do not take a crosstown bus when various world leaders and [vice]presidential candidates are in town), but managed to hear a few of the speakers and, even better, caught up with a few people I was very glad to see again.

Among them was Josh Lambert. As former editor of, Josh was the first one there to accept my pitches and publish my work, so he has my eternal gratitude. I’d also noticed in some of his own recent bio notes–he is very much a practicing writer!–that he is about to become a published book author, so I was glad to have the chance to find out more about American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide), which will be published in January (JPS, for those who may not know, is the Jewish Publication Society. Expect to hear more about that book from me in due course.

(cross-posted on My Machberet)

The Wednesday Web Browser: Poetry Events, Award for Adichie, and A Teaching Writer

Robert Lee Brewer helps us find poetry events in a multitude of locations.
It has been nearly two years since I read Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. That book left quite an impression on me, and I was happy to learn this week that Adichie has won a MacArthur Fellowship. Congratulations to her!
David Gessner writes about his experience as a writer-who-teaches in the latest New York Times magazine.