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Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 16, Number 4: May 2019
Editor: Erika Dreifus
Copyright (c) 2019 Erika Dreifus



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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

Greetings, Practicing Writers:

It’s a hectic time, but lots of good things are brewing, and I am not complaining! (It’s so hectic that I’m sending this newsletter out a little earlier than usual, while I have a good window to do so.)

Wishing you all a marvelous May,

P.S. I am always happy to receive (and share!) messages like this one, below. If something that YOU have found in this newsletter or via one of the blog posts has helped you in any way, I’d love to know!

Dear Erika,

I wanted to thank you for the PARKS & POINTS note in your blog. They took my “Marconi Beach” poem, and I am so happy that it’s out!

All the best,
Sarah (Stern)

As you may know if you follow the blogs, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus at the moment to allow for travels and other projects. Thus, there’s no featured article this month. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

On the other hand, I DO have a featured resource that should keep you busy enough for now! (Again, some of you may have caught this via my blog/social media shares already, but it’s such a goldmine–it deserves some emphasis.)

As Tyrone Li noted on the BookBub site, GrubStreet recently held their annual Muse & the Marketplace conference for writers last weekend in Boston. There, “authors, agents, and editors hosted talks and panels on craft, the publishing process, and book promotion strategies. We gathered lots of helpful publishing insights and promotional tips on a variety of topics, from marketing on social media to participating in bookstore events– and even to dealing with author envy! We’re excited to share some of these tips with our readers who couldn’t attend, and hope you find these takeaways useful.”

You’ll find those tips online at https://insights.bookbub.com/promo-tips-muse-marketplace-2019/.

Deadline: June 1, 2019 (5pm CDT)

“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, 2019. 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.”
Deadline: July 1, 2019

“The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program was established to facilitate writing and artistic projects designed to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the Antarctic and human endeavors on the southernmost continent. The Artist and Writers Program gives priority to projects that focus on interpreting and representing the scientific activities being conducted in the unique Antarctic region. Proposed 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.” Provides: “logistical support needed to implement the proposed activity, as well as round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere. [Program] infrastructure available to support projects undertaken by artists and writers consists of three year-round stations, numerous austral summer research camps in Antarctica, two research vessels, and surface and air transportation. The Artists and Writers Program does not provide direct funding to successful applicants for any purpose.”
Deadline: May 15, 2019

“The Austen Riggs Center Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media recognizes a select group of media professionals, including journalists, writers, and others who create exemplary work that contributes to a deeper understanding of and greater public awareness about mental health issues. The prize carries an award of $3,000 and will be presented at an event where the honoree (or honorees) are invited to speak about their work. Attendance is welcome, but not required. The prize is juried by a committee of Riggs clinicians and Trustees who will consider the work of candidates nominated by their peers as well as unsolicited nominations. To be eligible, work must have been written in English, intended for the layperson, and must have been first published between April 1, 2018 and March 15, 2019.” (Found this one via http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CRWROPPS-B/.)
Deadline: June 17, 2019 (received)

“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.
Deadline: June 2, 2019

“The Creative Future Writers’ Award (CFWA) is a national literary competition and high-profile awards ceremony that celebrates talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance.” Submitted work, in poetry and/or fiction, should address, “implicitly or explicitly,” the current theme of “Home.” Prize packages include cash and a variety of writing-development items. “Our high-profile award event features a selection of readings from the award winning submissions, as well as performances from prominent guest authors. Winning submissions are also published in an anthology alongside work by our guest authors, available in hard copy and as an e-book. NB: “This competition is for under-represented writers in the UK only. We identify these as those who find it difficult to access the literary world either because of mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance,” as detailed at https://literary.creativefuture.org.uk/creative-future-writers-award-how-to-apply/eligibility/. (Thanks to http://shortstops.info for the lead on this one.)
Deadline: May 19, 2019

“FULL STOP, an online journal of literary and cultural criticism established in 2011, invites applications for two Full Stop Fellows. These 6-month long fellowships are intended to facilitate the research and writing of emerging critics on an extended, open-ended project investigating some aspect of contemporary literary culture, broadly construed. Fellows will publish in-progress pieces of this project on Full Stop’s website in the form of short blog posts, book reviews, interviews, long-form essays, audio or visual media, hybrid genres etc. As a culmination of the fellowship, Fellows will organize an event and/or create an e-publication, as dictated by the project itself. Full Stop Fellows will each be awarded a stipend of $1,500.”
Deadline: “Manuscripts must be received during May and June 2019. That is, they must be postmarked on or after May 1 and on or before June 30.”

“The Drue Heinz Literature Prize recognizes and supports writers of short fiction and makes their work available to readers around the world. The award is open to authors who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals.” Prize: “Winners receive a cash prize of $15,000, publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and support in the nation-wide promotion of their book.” NB: The award is open to writers in English, “whether or not they are citizens of the United States.”
Deadline: May 31, 2019

“Here at Online Writing Tips, we love sharing our free advice that helps you craft your stories. It’s what makes us tick. But lately we’ve felt neglected–we know you’re out there writing fiction that captures the hilarious to the heart-breaking. The thing is, we don’t get to see it. In light of this, we are delighted to announce the launch of the 2019 Online Writing Tips Short Fiction Prize. It’s free to enter and we are offering a mouth-watering £100 prize to the winner,” whose work will also be published on the site. Cash prizes will also be awarded to a second-place and third-place winner. NB: “International entrants are welcome.”
Deadline: May 15, 2019

Administered by the Loudoun County (Virginia) Public Library, this contest confers prizes ($65) and runner-up prizes ($25) in each or the following four categories: best love poem, best “Loudoun” poem, funniest poem, free-verse.
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Current prize jury: Chris Abani, Ron Currie, Kate Christensen

“The biennial $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.” Currently open to submissions of books published between June 2017 and May 2019. NB: “Self-published books and English translations are considered.”
Deadline: June 1, 2019

“Only undergraduates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2018-19 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 2020 Southampton Writers Conference. Additionally, the winning story will automatically be considered for publication in TSR: The Southampton Review.”
Deadline: June 10, 2019 (5pm EDT)

“The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to foreign-born writers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement early in their careers. Eligible genres include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.” Be sure to check the detailed eligibility requirements. A few criteria: You will be eligible for this prize only if you were born outside the United States on or after January 1, 1981; have published at least one book (not self-published); are a naturalized citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States, or a holder of an H1B or O-1 visa who has been living and working in the United States for at least 5 years, or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“GAY is a new publication partnership between Roxane Gay and Medium. Laura June Topolsky is the Deputy Editor and Kaitlyn Adams serves as Managing Editor. We will be publishing work weekly, covering a wide variety of topics. We will also assemble ambitious, compelling quarterly themed issues. We are now accepting submissions, on a rolling basis, and look forward to hearing from new and established writers who possess original voices. Gay will offer some of the most interesting and thoughtful cultural criticism to be found on the Web. We are interested in deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy. What we love and want: cultural criticism; thoughtful, clever and beautiful personal essays; short fiction; original artwork and photography. We do *not* want even the best hot take you can imagine, and we will not publish news. We do not want you to cannibalize yourself. We are interested in provocative work but we are not interested in senseless provocation.” Pays: “We pay $1 a word for work up to 3500 words in length. We seek your best work and we cannot wait to read it.” NB: Submissions and pitches for first two themed issues are also now welcomed. First quarterly issue (“Pleasure”) has a pitch deadline of May 17, and second (“Pain”) has a deadline of August 17. More info: https://gay.submittable.com/submit.
NASHVILLE REVIEW is open to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction submissions during the month of May. NB: “Please note that we have to cap submissions for each genre at 750”; this suggests that you’d be wise to send work sooner rather than later. Pays: “We pay $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork. Translators receive $25 per poem & $100 for prose selections.” Visit http://as.vanderbilt.edu/nashvillereview/contact/submit for full guidelines.
Open for submissions of poetry from May 6 until May 26: PEDESTAL MAGAZINE. “No restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre.” Pays: $50/accepted poem. More information: https://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submissions/.
May 15 is the deadline if you want to send work for BENNINGTON REVIEW to consider this round. Pays: “We pay contributors $100 for prose of six pages and under, $200 for prose of over six pages, and $20 per poem, in addition to two copies of the issue the piece is published in and a copy of the subsequent issue.” NB, especially if you are looking to place longer prose work: “For fiction and creative nonfiction, please send no more than thirty pages per submission; any excerpts from a longer project must work as self-contained essays or stories.” See also their guidelines for film/television writing and translations. Journal website: http://www.benningtonreview.org.
And May 15 is ALSO the deadline at AMERICAN CHORDATA, which “seeks short works of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation. We have no formal word limits or stylistic constraints but look for work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed. Please send us only finished work that you really believe in.” Pays: “We are committed to paying the writers whose work we publish.” Website: https://americanchordata.org/.
“GRAIN, the journal of eclectic writing, is a literary quarterly that publishes engaging, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists.” And it’s open for submissions until May 31. Welcomes submissions in poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction; query for submissions of “other writing.” 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.” (Payment is presumably in Canadian dollars.) More information: http://www.grainmagazine.ca.
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.
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/.
Still one more publication where submissions will close May 31: CONTEMPORARY VERSE (CV) 2, a quarterly Canadian journal “that publishes poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews.” In addition to English submissions, they welcome “poetry submissions in French, as well as translation projects, including both French to English and English to French.” Check the website for details on the pay rates; heed the note about shipment of print copies to unsolicited overseas contributors (outside Canada and the USA). Note also a call for a themed “Emergence Issue,” with a deadline of July 1, for which they’re seeking “poetry and essays from emerging writers who represent the broad range of Canadian writing today. With this issue we wish to dispel the notion that to be an emerging poet is necessarily to be a young poet.” More information: http://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/submission-guidelines.
Opening for submissions on May 1: CONSEQUENCE, “an independent, non-profit literary magazine published annually. We publish short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, visual art, and reviews primarily focused on the culture of war.” Pays: $25/page for poetry, $10/page for prose ($250 maximum), and $15/page for translations ($250 maximum). Submissions will close August 31, 2019. Guidelines: http://www.consequencemagazine.org/submit/.
According to its website, SOHO PRESS is “open to unsolicited submissions for our literary list. Please familiarize yourself with the types of books we publish in the literary imprint ‘Soho Press’ before submitting. In general, we are interested in bold voices and original ways of seeing the world. Start by sending three chapters (or fifty pages) and a cover letter” to the address indicated at https://sohopress.com/resources/submissions/. (Thanks to http://twitter.com/duotrope for the lead.)
“THE LATEST is a new online forum from THE BARE LIFE REVIEW, focusing primarily on memoir, criticism, and politics. As with the print journal, The Latest does not consider proposals or queries. Please submit completed work only. We offer $100 for accepted pieces, including prose, photojournalism, and interviews.” NB: Submit work only if you are a foreign-born writer living in the United States OR a writer living abroad who currently holds refugee and/or asylum seeker status. More information: https://barelifereview.submittable.com/submit/136798/the-latest.

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ABOUT THE EDITOR: Based in New York City, Erika Dreifus is a freelance writer and book publicist whose own next book, BIRTHRIGHT, is forthcoming from Kelsay Books. She is also 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. Please visit http://www.erikadreifus.com to learn more about Erika’s work.
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