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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 15, Number 3: April 2018
OUR FIFTEENTH YEAR
Editor: Erika Dreifus
Copyright (c) 2018 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 FEES; PAYING OPPORTUNITIES ONLY)
5. Submission Alerts!!! (NO SUBMISSION/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:

Well, I had an *amazing* April. Highlights included a trip to Boston occasioned by Grub Street’s The Muse and the Marketplace Conference (where the session on “Writing [and Publishing] While Jewish” that I co-led with Rachel Kadish went remarkably well) and a long-delayed mother-daughter trip to DC with my very own mom. I managed to prepare and submit my poetry-book manuscript in time for two deadlines; for the first time, I took on a *teaching* role in a study/writing group that I’ve been part of for quite a while; and I published another piece in my ongoing column for the UK’s JEWISH CHRONICLE.

PLUS, I continued working with some delightful author-clients on their book-publicity projects. I’m especially happy to congratulate Lisa Romeo, whose debut book STARTING WITH GOODBYE: A DAUGHTER’S MEMOIR OF LOVE AFTER LOSS (University of Nevada Press) will be officially out in the world on Tuesday, May 1. Lisa is undertaking a pretty intensive tour schedule, and she also has a number of super podcast appearances arranged. Do check in with her (http://lisaromeo.net), because in addition to introducing audiences to her book she’ll be sharing a lot of instructive and inspiring info about writing and publishing along the way.

Speaking of book-publicity: I am now considering campaign queries from authors whose publisher-supported books are scheduled for release from October 2018 forward. I’m also booking one-time or short-series consultations for those who may not require a full campaign, regardless of how soon the book will be out. Please contact me via my website: http://www.erikadreifus.com/contact/.

So that’s what’s happening over here. Here’s wishing all of you, and your writing practices, a marvelous May.

ERIKA

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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: BACK NEXT MONTH
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Stay tuned for a new article next month!

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: ONLINE HARASSMENT FIELD MANUAL
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In a sign of our times, PEN America has just released an “Online Harassment Field Manual” designed “to help writers and journalists respond to episodes of online harassment.” (There are also segments addressed toward toward allies and witnesses as well as to employers of writers and journalists.)

Read the introductory essay at https://pen.org/writers-and-online-harassment-evidence-of-a-chilling-effect/. Then, peruse the manual: https://onlineharassmentfieldmanual.pen.org.

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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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ABA JOURNAL/ROSS WRITING CONTEST FOR LEGAL SHORT FICTION
http://www.abajournal.com/contests/ross_essay
Deadline: June 1, 2018 (5 p.m. CDT)
NO ENTRY FEE

“Entries must be original works of fiction of no more than 5,000 words that illuminate the role of the law and/or lawyers in modern society. The winner will receive a prize of $3,000. Entrants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Winner is responsible for all taxes associated with receipt of the prize. As a condition of receiving the prize, winner must submit a completed W-9.” NB: “Entries may be unpublished, or published no earlier than January 1, 2018. Entries posted publicly on the Internet, regardless of the forum or venue, will be considered published for the purposes of the contest. The ABA Journal will be the sole judge of an entry’s eligibility.”
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ANTARCTIC ARTISTS AND WRITERS PROGRAM
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503518
Deadline: June 1, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project….The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program supports writing and artistic projects specifically designed to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. Priority will be given to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in and/or about the unique Antarctic region. Resulting projects must target audiences in the U.S. and be distributed/exhibited in the U.S. The program does not support site installations or performances in Antarctica. The program also does not support short-term projects that are essentially journalistic in nature.”
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BARD FICTION PRIZE
http://www.bard.edu/bfp/
Deadline: June 15, 2018 (received)
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to a $30,000 cash award, the winner receives an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.” NB: The application requirements include sending “three copies of the published book” that the applicant considers to best represent their work.
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DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE
http://bit.ly/1fHTaVd
Submissions: “Manuscripts must be received during May and June 2018. That is, they must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30.”
NO ENTRY FEE

“The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract.” Eligibility: “The award is open to writers who have published a novel, a book-length collection of fiction, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or literary journals of national distribution. Digital-only publication and self-publication do not count toward this requirement.” Also: “The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States.”
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LOGAN NONFICTION PROGRAM FELLOWSHIPS
http://careyinstitute.org/news/logan-nonfiction-program-accepting-applications-fall-2018-fellowship/
http://careyinstitute.org/programs/nonfiction/nonfiction-fellowship/application-guidelines/
Deadline: June 15, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

Applications are currently welcome for the program taking place October through December at the Carey Institute for Global Good. “Writers, documentary filmmakers, photographers, and multimedia producers working on longform, deeply reported nonfiction projects are invited to apply. The program provides fellows with lodging, meals, mentorship, and community for up to 10 weeks.” Seeks “diverse applicants working on an array of socially relevant political, health, environmental, human rights, and justice topics. Fellows are selected for the program based on quality, relevance, professional experience, and promise of applicants’ work. Once selected, fellows commit to at least five weeks but are encouraged to stay for the full duration.” Background: “The mission of the Logan Nonfiction Program is to support democracy by advancing independent journalistic inquiry and investigation. The program has three primary goals: supporting ethically uncompromised accountability journalism; advocating for and promoting independent nonfiction in the U.S and globally; and increasing the professional skills and expertise of journalists and nonprofit reporting organizations so their work is amplified and has positive impact.”
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NARRATIVELY UNTOLD STORY AWARD
https://narratively.submittable.com/submit/108498/2018-untold-story-award
Deadline: May 21, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“NARRATIVELY is excited to announce our second Untold Story Award. We’re scouring the world for our next big, award-winning feature stories, ones that require more time and a bigger budget than most, and illuminate people and communities that would otherwise go unnoticed or uncelebrated. We’d like storytellers to view this as an opportunity to really dig into that dream story you’ve always wanted to report, but haven’t had the time or resources to undertake. For our 2018 Untold Story Award we’re looking for Deep Dives on the theme ‘Renegades.’ We will accept completed pieces or detailed proposals. Finalists will be selected by our guest judge Shaun King.” Prize confers $5,000 to fund the story. U.S. citizens only.
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NORTON WRITER’S PRIZE
http://books.wwnorton.com/books/norton-writers-prize/?mid=145
Deadline: June 15, 2018
NO ENTRY FEE

“The Norton Writer’s Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered….The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500. Two runners-up will each receive a cash award of $1,000.” Eligibility: “Competition for the Norton Writer’s Prize is open to undergraduates enrolled during the 2017-2018 academic year in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university….Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter on departmental stationery from a nominating instructor….Each instructor may nominate only one student essay.”
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PROUD TO BE: WRITING BY AMERICAN WARRIORS ANNUAL CONTEST AND ANTHOLOGY
http://www.semopress.com/events/proud-to-be-writing-by-american-warriors/
Deadline: June 1, 2018
NO ENTRY FEE

“Created by the Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation’s history. Writing must be by veterans, military-service personnel, or their families. Include the connection in your short bio.” Contest confers $250 and publication for each of five categories: short fiction, poetry, interview with a warrior, essay, and photography. NB: All entries are also considered for an anthology.
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RHYME ON! POETRY CONTEST
https://library.loudoun.gov/News-Events/Rhyme-On
Deadline: May 15, 2018
NO ENTRY FEE

“Poets! Here’s your chance to share your work with the Loudoun County community and win a prize to boot in our annual Rhyme On! contest. Submit your work in one of four categories April 1 through May 15. Winning prizes ($65 gift cards) and runner-up prizes ($25 gift cards) will be awarded in the following categories: Best Love Poem; Best “Loudoun” Poem; Funniest Poem; Free-Verse.” (Editor’s note: I’ve checked with Loudon County Public Library and learned that the cards will be Visa cards, which can be used pretty much anywhere.)
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STONY BROOK SHORT FICTION PRIZE
http://www.stonybrook.edu/southampton/mfa/special_programs/fiction_guidelines.html
Deadline: June 1, 2018
NO ENTRY FEE

“Only undergraduates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2017-18 are eligible. This Prize has traditionally encouraged submissions from students with an Asian background, but we urge all students to enter.” Prize: “$1,000 and a scholarship to the 2019 Southampton Writers Conference. Additionally, the winning story will automatically be considered for publication in TSR: The Southampton Review.”

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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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Exciting news from THE SUNLIGHT PRESS: They’ll open for submissions on May 1, 2018, for their “first themed issue, Your Tech Life, coming in October.” Essays, fiction, and poetry will be welcome until July 31. “Of the pieces published, we will pick one winning entry. The award recipient will receive $75.00. This award is in addition to payment received from The Sunlight Press when the piece is published.” Check out the announcement at http://www.thesunlightpress.com/2018/04/25/from-the-editors-desk-upcoming-themed-edition/.
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From KROS: “If you’re a South or Southeast Asian creative living in North America who has art or fiction that needs to be shown to the world, send it to us! Our Hope Issue will be out in July 2018 and the deadline for submissions is May 25th, 2018.” Pays: “Our rate is one cent per word, essentially $1/100 words.” NB: Payment is in Canadian dollars. Check the website (http://www.krosmagazine.com/) for more information.
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From PEDESTAL: “Bruce Boston and Marge Simon will be editing speculative poetry for the June 2018 issue (PEDESTAL 82). Speculative includes science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror, science, surrealism, and experimental.” Submissions will be open from May 1-27. Pays: $40 per accepted poem. Visit
http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submissions/ for more information.
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WILLOW PRESS “is currently accepting submissions for WILLOW, a bi-monthly digital zine featuring a collection of uncommonly honest stories and art.” For the upcoming (July) issue, they’re planning around an “Emotion” theme; deadline for submissions is May 27. Pays: “Since the zine is brand new, we are currently only offering small honorariums between $10-$30 depending on the feature size.” NB: Payment is in Canadian dollars. Visit http://www.willowpressco.com/ for more information.
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NASHVILLE REVIEW is open to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction submissions during the month of May. Pays: “We pay $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork.” Visit http://as.vanderbilt.edu/nashvillereview/contact/submit for full guidelines.
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“GRAIN, the journal of eclectic writing, is a literary quarterly that publishes engaging, diverse, and challenging writing and art by some of the best Canadian and international writers and artists.” Submissions close on May 31. Pays: “All contributors, regardless of genre, are paid $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus two copies of the issue in which their work appears. Visual work published inside the magazine (in black and white) and on the cover (in colour) is paid at the same page rate as text contributions to a maximum of $500.” Visit http://www.grainmagazine.ca/ for more info.
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ONE STORY’s submission window also closes on May 31. “ONE STORY is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” Pays: “One Story is offering $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights. All rights will revert to the author upon publication.” Journal website: http://www.one-story.com.
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And THE BALTIMORE REVIEW’s submission window ALSO closes May 31. Publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Pays: “Payment for general submissions is Web exposure and a copy of the compilation in which the author’s work appears, and a small payment ($40 Amazon gift certificate or $40 through PayPal, if preferred), and we hope to continue this as long as funding is available. We also nominate our contributors’ work for every possible prize, and we send copies of the print compilation to the Best American series and other prize anthologies.” Journal website: http://baltimorereview.org/.
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U.S. poets: WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS will be open for fee-free poetry chapbook submissions from US residents in May and June. Pays: “All chosen manuscripts are published under a royalty contract.” Consult the site at https://www.wordtechcommunications.com/deadline-list.htm for more information, and take note of the pre-order requirement.
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Reminder: You might want to make a habit of checking the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL site to find out which titles are in development/seeking submissions and when their deadlines may be. Pays: “If we publish your story or poem, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in.” Here’s the link you’ll want to bookmark: http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics.

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6. BLOG NOTES
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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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