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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

I returned home to NYC this weekend looking forward to a few quiet weeks to catch up with my massive to-do list and then, BAM! Attack of the Killer Cold! I haven’t had a knockout cold like this for quite some time (which is a good thing). And, look—it’s just a cold! Still, it has slowed me down. I hope to be back to “normal” very soon.

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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, none of them limiting eligibility to residents of a single municipality, state, or province (this blog, on the other hand, does sometimes include those more restricted opportunities).
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Friday Finds for Writers

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Coming back to planet Earth from an uplifting visit to two classes yesterday at Central Connecticut State University, where I met with students (and faculty) and talked about my short story collection Quiet Americans. I can’t remember if my host and I organized it this way back when we set the date for these presentations/conversation, but it turned out to be an especially timely visit, since Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins this evening.

2. In related news: Yes, last weekend’s synagogue attack in California (not to mention the responses to it) got me thinking about a lot of things that ideally, I might try to write up in an essay. But this is not an ideal moment for me to do so. I feel as though I’m running around like that proverbial headless chicken. So an essay on this topic (or on one or two other matters that have been occupying many of my intellectual and emotional energies) isn’t likely to happen anytime too soon.

3. One thing that I have managed to do: publish the May issue of the The Practicing Writer. If you’ve missed it, you can find it online here, where it shall remain until the June edition replaces it.

May it be a good May for us all!

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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, none of them limiting eligibility to residents of a single municipality, state, or province (this blog, on the other hand, does sometimes include those more restricted opportunities).
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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.”

History and today’s news make no secret of the Islamic world’s hostility to the very existence of the Jewish State.

Source: Hesh Kestin.

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