Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. I love to receive good news from readers of my newsletter and/or “markets & jobs” blog posts anytime, but I’ll be frank: I’m appreciate those “success stories” even more right now. And despite all of the otherwise sad and scary stuff that’s out there, there’s been a veritable deluge of good reports coming in (two more just yesterday!). I think that we can all use a healthy dose of happiness, so as I’ve begun working on the next (May) newsletter, I’ve decided to devote the entire feature-article space there to sharing those accounts; if your writing practice has reached some success/publication/award with a little lead from our resources, please do let me know!

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Markets and Jobs for Writers

Background of a keyboard, mug of coffee, and wallet on a tabletop; text label indicating "Markets and Jobs for Writers: No fees to submit work/apply. Paying gigs only."

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.”

He was jowly and wide of girth and, when unshaven, looked something like a genetic intermarriage of Fred Flintstone and Jackie Gleason.

Source: Bill Buford, “Good Bread” (The New Yorker)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Thank you to everyone who attended my first online poetry reading Sunday afternoon. You helped make it special.

2. And my thanks, too, to Liza Wiemer for hosting me for this Q&A over on her blog (and for teaching me the word “ambivert”).

3. And I’m afraid I don’t have much else to report at the moment. I guess, though, that there’s a way in which, at the moment, “no news” is, truly, good news. And I’m grateful. Stay safe, everyone. And for those who are celebrating this evening—may it be a happy, healthy Passover, despite the challenges.