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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 16, Number 1: February 2019
STARTING OUR SIXTEENTH YEAR
Editor: Erika Dreifus
Copyright (c) 2019 Erika Dreifus

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IN THIS ISSUE:

1. Editor’s Note: What’s New
2. Article/Lessons Learned
3. Featured Resource
4. Upcoming/Ongoing Contests, Competitions, and Other Opportunities (NO ENTRY OR APPLICATION FEES; CASH AWARDS)
5. Submission Alerts!!! (NO READING FEES; PAYING CALLS ONLY)
6. Blog Notes
7. Newsletter Matters

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1. EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S NEW
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Greetings, practicing writers:

If it’s time for the February issue, it’s time for me to wish us all a very happy anniversary: The first issue of THE PRACTICING WRITER went out to a small group of subscribers at the end of January 2004. It included a feature article titled “Practicing Writers: Five Telltale Signs”; a batch of a mere five contest/competition listings; and a brief calendar of upcoming writing conferences.

Obviously, the newsletter has changed and grown over the last 15 years. As Volume 16 begins, more than 5500 subscribers are signed up. Feature articles and interviews continue to focus on the craft and business of excellent writing, with an emphasis on fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Listings have expanded from contests and competitions to calls from literary journals and presses. And to add value to this newsletter in an ever-increasing resource landscape, we limit those literary listings to opportunities and venues that do not charge writers fees to have their work considered AND that compensate writers beyond copies–with cash.

Importantly, the newsletter remains ad-free; I am “paid” for this service by subscribers’ interest and appreciation. I’m also deeply grateful for the recommendations, shares, and endorsements that continue to expand our readership. And by the success stories that you share with me. (A reminder: I’m ALWAYS thrilled to hear about good things that result when writers follow up on a lead they’ve discovered in this newsletter. You can reach me via this contact form: http://www.erikadreifus.com/contact/.)

Thank you all for being part of the history of THE PRACTICING WRITER. Now, let’s proceed with the first issue of OUR SIXTEENTH YEAR!

All best,
ERIKA

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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: BACK NEXT MONTH
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Expect this feature to return next month.

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: FEE-FREE RESIDENCIES
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I’ve shared this on social media, but if you haven’t seen it yet, you may want to check out this list of residency programs that DON’T charge fees to apply OR to attend. (Some of them actually offer stipends.)

http://bit.ly/FeeFreeResidencies

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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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ARTIST AT PINE NEEDLES RESIDENCY PROGRAM
https://www.smm.org/scwrs/programs/artist
Deadline: February 28, 2019

“The Artist at Pine Needles residency program invites natural history artists or writers to spend 2 to 4 weeks to immerse themselves in a field experience, gather resource materials, and interact with environmental scientists and the local community. The setting for the Artist at Pine Needles project is the James Taylor Dunn Pine Needles Cabin, located just north of the village along the St. Croix River. Applications will be accepted from writers and visual artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with environmental scientists and to create links between their art, the natural world, and the sciences. New this year is an emerging artist category to encourage and support upcoming artists with this calling. Emerging Artists will be considered in a separate pool and must be 21 years old. As part of the program, artists will be encouraged to design an outreach project to share their work with the local community and to contribute an original work for the benefit of the research station. Housing and rustic studio space are provided for the artists’ choice of a 2 to 4-week residency.”
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PEGASUS AWARD FOR POETRY CRITICISM
https://poetry.submittable.com/submit/107079/pegasus-award-for-poetry-criticism
Deadline: February 15, 2019

“The Poetry Foundation, publisher of POETRY magazine, is pleased to announce the 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. This prize seeks to honor the best book-length works of criticism published in the US in the prior calendar year, including biographies, essay collections, and critical editions that consider the subject of poetry or poets.” Prize: “Winning book will receive a $7,500 prize.” NB: “We ask that the winner be available to travel to Chicago and participate in the Pegasus Awards ceremony on Monday June 10, 2019.”
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RBC BRONWEN WALLACE AWARD FOR EMERGING WRITERS
https://www.writerstrust.com/awards/rbc-bronwen-wallace-award-for-emerging-writers/
Deadline: February 18, 2019

“Established in memory of writer Bronwen Wallace, this award alternates each year between short fiction and poetry. The 2019 prize will be given for an outstanding collection of unpublished poetry. Bronwen Wallace felt that young writers should have more opportunities for greater recognition early in their careers, and so this annual award is given to a writer below the age of 35 who has published poetry or prose in a literary magazine, journal, or anthology, but has not yet been published in book form and is without a book contract.” Prize confers $10,000 to the winner and $2,500 to finalists. NB: “By submitting to this award, candidates grant the Writers’ Trust of Canada permission to publish their work in print and digital formats should they be shortlisted. All rights reserved by the author.”
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RESTLESS BOOKS PRIZE FOR NEW IMMIGRANT WRITING
http://www.restlessbooks.com/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing  
Deadline: March 31, 2019
 
“The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing [hereafter referred to as ‘the Prize’] alternates yearly between accepting unpublished fiction and nonfiction submissions.” The prize is currently accepting NONFICTION submissions. “Nonfiction submissions can take the form of a memoir, a collection of essays, or a book-length work of narrative nonfiction….Nonfiction submissions must consist of either a complete manuscript, or a sample of at least 25,000 words and a detailed proposal that includes a synopsis and an annotated table of contents. All submissions must be in English (translations welcome).” Eligibility: “Candidates must be first-generation residents of their country. ‘First-generation’ can refer either to people born in another country who relocated, or to residents of a country whose parents were born elsewhere.” NB: “Nonfiction candidates must not have previously published a book of nonfiction in English.” Agented submissions welcome. Prize: “The winner will receive a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books in print and digital editions. We expect to work closely with the winner and provide editorial guidance.”
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(WILBUR) SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE
https://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/awards/adventure-writing-prize
Deadline: March 1, 2019

“The Prize is split into two separate categories–an award for the best published adventure novel and a award for the best unpublished manuscript by a debut author.” For the published novel, the book must have been published between May 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019, by “a recognised trade publisher.” The prize confers £15,000. For the unpublished manuscript (which must also be fiction), the winner will receive an advance of £15,000 and the manuscript will be published by Bonnier Books UK. “In addition, each of the shortlisted writers will receive three months of one-to-one manuscript development with literary consultant, David Llewelyn, intended to help each writer reach the standard necessary for submission to agents and publishers.” Additional eligibility criteria apply; consult the website for more information.
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(ELIZA) SO FELLOWSHIP
https://fellowship.submittable.com/submit
Deadline: April 5, 2019
Final judges: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (Immigrant Writers) and Joan Naviyuk Kane (Native American Writers)

“Submittable is delighted to announce its third annual Eliza So Fellowship. In 2019, Submittable will offer two month-long residencies in Missoula, Montana, affording time and solitude to writers finishing a book-length project….The 2019 fellowships will include lodging in Missoula, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward travel. Fellows will stay in a private house on the Clark Fork river trail, just blocks from downtown, grocery shopping, the farmers market, parks, restaurants, coffee shops, and more.” Two residencies will be awarded (one in August and one in September) in these categories: The Eliza So Fellowship for Immigrant Writers and The Eliza So Fellowship for Native American Writers.
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SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION WORKING CLASS WRITERS GRANT
http://speculativeliterature.org/grants/the-slf-working-class-grant/
Deadline: February 28, 2019

Aims “to assist writers of speculative literature to working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to the financial barriers which have made it much harder for them to have access to the writing world. Such lack of access might include an inability to attend conventions, to purchase a computer, to buy books, to attend college or high school, to have the time to write (if, for example, you must work two jobs simply to pay rent and feed a family, or if you must spend all your waking hours job-hunting for months on end). The SLF would like to assist in finding more of these marginalized voices and bringing them into speculative fiction. You are eligible for this $1000 grant if you come from a background such as described above, if you grew up (or are growing up) in homelessness, poverty, or a blue collar / working-class household, or if you have lived for a significant portion of your life in such conditions, especially if you had limited access to relatives/friends who could assist you financially. We will give preference to members of that larger pool who are currently in financial need (given our limited funds).” NB: “This grant is available to international writers” and “unlike our other grants, you may receive this grant anonymously or pseudonymously.”
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SPIRIT FIRST ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST
http://www.spiritfirst.org/poetry_contest2019Entry.html
Deadline: February 28, 2019

“Spirit First is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Meditation Poetry Contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation or Mindfulness. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished. Poems not on the themes of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or sacred silence will not be included in this meditation poetry event. Enter up to three submissions. Poems beyond three submissions will not be considered.” Prizes: $200/$150/$100. “Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website at www.spiritfirst.org, the Spirit First Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thespiritfirstgroup, the Spirit First blog at http://spiritfirst.blogspot.com/ and in a Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems).”
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SUNDAY TIMES/AUDIBLE SHORT STORY AWARD
https://www.shortstoryaward.co.uk/awards/2019/
Deadline: February 15, 2019

“The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland….Six shortlisted authors will receive £1,000 and have their stories published by Audible.”
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WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE
http://www.writingranch.com/waterston-prize-for-desert-writers/    
Deadline: April 1, 2019

“Now starting its fifth year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative. Emerging, mid-career and established nonfiction writers are invited to apply. Previous submitters who have not won an award are eligible to apply with a new project. In 2019, the Prize will recognize one writer with a $2,500 cash award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a two-week residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon.”
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WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux

“Submit one humor poem, up to 250 lines. First prize of $1,000 plus a one-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $50 value). Second prize of $250. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online.”
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ZOCALO PUBLIC SQUARE POETRY PRIZE
http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2019/01/03/zocalo-public-square-is-accepting-entries-for-its-eighth-annual-poetry-prize/inquiries/prizes/ or
https://bit.ly/2RFoF0r
Deadline: February 4, 2019

“Since 2012, the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize has been awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. ‘Place’ may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape.” Prize: “The winner will be announced in March 2019, and the winning poet will receive $500 and a published interview. The winning poem will be published on zocalopublicsquare.org.”

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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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Re-opening for submissions on February 1: THE WRITER’S CHRONICLE. Submission categories include essays on the craft of writing, interviews, and profiles/appreciations. Pays: “We buy first serial rights and electronic rights for all manuscripts accepted for publication. We pay $18 per 100 words for accepted manuscripts. Authors are paid upon publication. We reserve the right to publish articles online as well as on The Writer’s Chronicle App.” More information: https://www.awpwriter.org/magazine_media/submission_guidelines.
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SPLIT LIP MAGAZINE, “a voice-driven literary journal with a pop culture twist,” publishes online monthly and in print annually. “We publish online monthly and in print annually. We accept fiction (flash and short stories), memoir, and poetry.” You can submit fee-free to THE SPLIT LIP during the month of February. (“Occasionally during FREE submissions months, we may shut early due to an overwhelming response. If the fees are a burden, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.”) Pays: “Contributors to web issues will receive $50 (paid via PayPal). Print issue contributor payment is $5 per printed page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and 1 year subscription.” More info: http://www.splitlipmagazine.com/.
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Closing February 4: the window for sending prose flash fiction to Electric Literature’s THE COMMUTER. You can send up to three pieces that together total no more than 1500 words. Payment: “If your work is selected, we can offer a total payment of $100.” More guidance: https://electricliterature.submittable.com/submit.
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Based in Australia, THE SUBURBAN REVIEW is currently seeking submissions for an issue on the theme of “Luck”: “Bring us stories of massive moments, near misses, one-in-a-million chances. If it’s your first time submitting, well you’ve got beginner’s luck on your side and this issue is for you! Rub a rabbit’s foot and get writing. GOOD LUCK!” Pays: “All contributors will be paid (fees are $100-$225 AU depending on length).” Deadline: February 6, 2019. More information: https://thesuburbanreview.com/submit/.
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Based at the University of Toronto, ECHOLOCATION is receiving work until February 15. They’re looking for fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. “Our theme for the upcoming issue is ‘Transit’–whether you’re writing about liminality and transition, travel and borders, or even taking it literally and sending us a poem about the TTC [editor’s note: I’m guessing that this references the Toronto Transit Commission], all submissions are welcome.” Pays: “We’ll publish our top submissions and pay all contributors for their work.” Website: https://www.echolocationmagazine.com/.
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Until February 28, BLUE MESA REVIEW is receiving “previously unpublished work in Fiction (up to 6,000 words), Nonfiction (up to 6,000 words), Poetry (up to 3 poems), and Visual Art. We have a rotating editorial board, so each issue is fresh and unique. In general, we are seeking strong voices and lively, compelling narrative with a fine eye for craft. We look forward to reading your best work!” Pays: “Selected works will receive a $25 contributor payment. NOTE: International submissions are accepted and are eligible for publication, but we are not able to process contributor payments outside the United States.” Website: http://bmr.unm.edu.
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NINTH LETTER remains open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays until February 28. “We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work.” Pays: “$25 per printed page, upon publication, for accepted material, as well as two complimentary copies of the issue in which the work appears.” See http://ninthletter.com for more.
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Attention, undergraduate writers! THE BLUE ROUTE is open for submissions until March 1. They’re looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. “We want good, highly imaginative writing about contemporary life as you see it.” Pays: “We pay twenty-five dollars upon publication.” Check https://widenerblueroute.org/2019/01/06/the-submission-period-for-issue-22-is-open/ for more.
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HIPPOCAMPUS MAGAZINE AND BOOKS LLC is currently accepting submissions for two anthologies. One is themed “Ink” (which celebrates print media) and the other, “Main,” will celebrate small-town America. You’ll find detailed descriptions on the website. The deadline for both is March 30; payment for both will be “a $25 honorarium and two contributor copies. Check https://books.hippocampusmagazine.com/new-anthology-series-seeking-submissions-small-town-papers-small-businesses-and-more/.
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MOJO, “the online literary journal from Wichita State University’s MFA program,” is open to submissions until April 5. “We accept fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, published in the Fall and Spring. All selected work is considered for the annual edition of Mikrokosmos–our print journal that has published for over fifty years, featuring work from William S. Burroughs, Charles Plymell, and William Stafford, among others.” Pays: “a $15 USD flat rate per poem, nonfiction piece, fiction piece, or comic. Please note that submissions to our blog, Latest Content, is not a paying market (we’re sorry!) If a piece is selected for publication in Mikrokosmos, an additional $15 USD will be paid. We know this isn’t much, but as writers ourselves, we like to pay our contributors.” Website: http://mikrokosmosjournal.com/.
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REMAIN magazine “consists of the best dystopian, apocalyptic, and survival short fiction from all level of authors. The magazine will be published every other month, with the very first issue planned in early 2019.” Pays: “All payments will be paid through Paypal. Remain magazine is paying the professional rate of 6 cents for word for all fiction.” Website https://remainmagazine.com/. (Learned about this one via http://twitter.com/Duotrope.)
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Another new-to-me publication: ISACOUSTIC*, which welcomes poetry submissions (including, apparently, those that have been previously published). Pays: $15.00, “or author can choose instead to receive the self-published volume of {isacoustic*} in which said work will appear.” Visit the website at https://isacoustic.com/ and check out this feature on Trish Hopkinson’s site (which is how/where I discovered ISACOUSTIC* in the first place): https://trishhopkinson.com/2018/03/13/paying-no-fee-submission-call-editor-interview-isacoustic-deadline-open-year-round/.

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6. BLOG NOTES
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Reminder: The newsletter is published just once each month, but there’s *always* something new at our Practicing Writing blog: fresh market news, current contest and job listings, links to writing-related articles, newly-discovered craft and business resources, and so much more. Regular blog features include:

–Monday Markets for Writers
–Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer (formerly “Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress”)
–Friday Finds for Writers
–Sunday Sentence

Please visit, and comment! http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/practicing-writing/.

And for those of you practicing writers who are interested in matters of specifically Jewish cultural interest, please also visit My Machberet (http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/my-machberet). For the curious, “machberet” is the Hebrew word for “notebook”.

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7. NEWSLETTER MATTERS
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Information contained in THE PRACTICING WRITER is collected from many sources, with the purpose of providing general references. It is researched to the best of our ability but readers should verify information when necessary and appropriate. THE PRACTICING WRITER and its editor/publisher disclaim any liability for the use of information contained within. Thank you for subscribing.
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For updates and additional opportunity listings between newsletters, please check in with our “Practicing Writing” blog, http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/practicing-writing.
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ABOUT THE EDITOR: Based in New York City, Erika Dreifus is a freelance writer and book publicist. She is the author of QUIET AMERICANS: STORIES, which is an American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. She has taught for Harvard University, the Cambridge (Mass.) Center for Adult Education, and the low-residency MFA programs in creative writing at Lesley University, the Northwest Institute for Literary Arts, and Oklahoma City University. From 2014-2017, Erika served as Media Editor for Fig Tree Books LLC. Please visit http://www.erikadreifus.com to learn more about Erika’s work, and go directly to http://www.erikadreifus.com/quiet-americans/book-clubs/ to arrange for her to visit your book club!
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