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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 15, Number 9: September 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/APPLICATION FEES)
5. Submission Alerts!!! (NO READING FEES)
6. Blog Notes
7. Newsletter Matters

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1. EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S NEW
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Greetings, Practicing Writers:

So long, September! With the exception of what seemed to be near-drumbeat of stressful subjects in the news (particularly as the month wore on), it was a good month for me, and I hope the same goes for you.

I’m eager for you to read on, so, once again, I’ll keep this message pretty short. But I will note, that mid-month I’ll be taking another turn, on the My Machberet blog, hosting the Association of Jewish Libraries Jewish Book Carnival. To learn more about what that involves, and locate participation guidelines, please visit https://jewishlibraries.org/Jewish_Book_Carnival_HQ.

Wishing everyone an outstanding October,

ERIKA

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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: BACK NEXT MONTH
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This feature will return next month. (But please keep reading, because as the “Featured Resource” section suggests, the time that I might have given to a feature article I’ve devoted instead to some other efforts.)

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: UPDATED LISTS!
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I’ve spent *a lot* of time in recent weeks updating two popular resource lists (and this includes checking — and, more often that you might think — updating literally *dozens* of links).

The first is a list of low-residency/summer-study MFA programs. I think this list is now up to something like 80 programs (you can imagine how much time it took to update).

http://bit.ly/2PGHuLx

The second is a list of post-MFA/early-career fellowships. Be forewarned that not everything listed there is fee-free, which means that some of the programs do charge application fees.

http://bit.ly/2MJspGV

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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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A PUBLIC SPACE FELLOWSHIPS
https://apublicspace.org/news/detail/the-2019-a-public-space-fellowships
Deadline: October 15, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“Three fellowships will be awarded, each of which will include “six months of editorial support from A Public Space editors to prepare a piece of prose for publication in the magazine; a $1,000 honorarium; the opportunity to meet with members of the publishing community, including agents, editors, and published writers; the opportunity to participate in a public reading and conversation in New York City with A Public Space editors and contributors.” NB: “Only writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work are eligible. International applicants are encouraged to apply, but we are only able to consider submissions in English.”
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COMMONWEALTH SHORT STORY PRIZE
http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/our-projects/the-short-story/
Deadline: November 1, 2018
NO ENTRY FEE

Awarded “for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive GBP 2,500 and the overall winner receives GBP 5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil.” NB: “Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country….There is no requirement for the writer to have current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing she/he is a citizen of a Commonwealth country.”
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ICELAND WRITERS RETREAT ALUMNI AWARD 2019
http://www.icelandwritersretreat.com/tag/iceland-writers-retreat-alumni-award/
Deadline: October 31, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award offers talented writers in need of financial support an opportunity to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavík, Iceland in April, 2019….The winning candidate(s) must demonstrate that s/he does not have the financial means to attend the conference without this award. Candidates do not need to be professional writers, but should be serious about the craft and interested in developing their skills and contacts. Their writing interests must fit well with the faculty for the 2019 retreat (i.e. literary fiction, non-fiction, memoir).” NB: “Entrants can apply for either full or partial funding. Full funding covers all participation of a ‘complete package’ in the Iceland Writers Retreat, as detailed on our website (including accommodation). The scholarship also includes round-trip flights to Iceland. Partial funding covers the participant fee for the Standard Package only, and neither accommodation nor round trip flights.”
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(JESSIE) KESSON FELLOWSHIP
https://www.moniackmhor.org.uk/writers/awards-fellowships/jessie-kesson-fellowship/
Deadline: October 19, 2018 (noon, presumably local time)
NO APPLICATION FEE

“Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre [Scotland] is inviting established writers to apply for the Jessie Kesson Fellowship in 2019. This award was established in 2009 by Moniack Mhor to honour Jessie Kesson’s inspirational life and work. The successful candidate will receive time and space to develop their work, as well as opportunities to expand their practice. This includes a stipend of GBP350 per week, plus accommodation.” The residency is slated to take place in March 2019. Eligibility: “The fellowship is open to established writers. To be eligible for the fellowship applicants must have published at least one novel, one short story collection, one poetry pamphlet or had one professional production of their work staged. It is also essential that applicants have experience of delivering workshops or working with children and young people and/or community groups. The Fellowship is open to UK based writers and international writers. Only travel costs within the UK will be covered by the Fellowship.”
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#MUSE19 SCHOLARSHIPS
https://museandthemarketplace.com/scholarships/
Deadline: November 5, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEES

For its next The Muse and the Marketplace conference, Grub Street offers multiple scholarships. “Nearly all scholarships are awarded in quantities of $250, to be used towards Muse 2019 registration. Occasionally we offer larger amounts to individuals demonstrating particular need and merit.” Scholarship categories include: Financial Assistance, Writer of Color, Visiting Writer (living outside of New England), Literary Citizen, Writer Living with a Disability, Non-Traditional Writer, LGBTQ+ Writer, and Write Down the Street (for writers who are students in the Grub Street program of that name).
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SHEARING FELLOWSHIPS FOR EMERGING WRITERS
https://fellows.blackmountaininstitute.org/apply
Deadline: November 11, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute + The Believer magazine invite applications for residential fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year. Visiting fellows will join a community of creative writers and scholars in a thriving literary scene in Las Vegas and on the campus of UNLV, supported by individuals and groups who share our commitment to bringing writers and the literary imagination into the heart of public life.” The Shearing Fellowship for Emerging Writers is for writers “who have at least one book published by a trade press or a significant literary press” and “includes a semester-long letter of appointment, an honorarium of $18,000, office space on the campus of UNLV, and subsidized housing in the bustling district of downtown Las Vegas — home to The Writer’s Block, our city’s leading independent bookstore. Each fellow will be recognized on The Believer’s masthead as a contributing editor (or, if appropriate, under another title). While there are no formal teaching requirements, this is a ‘working fellowship.’ In addition to the primary goal of furthering one’s own writing during their term in Las Vegas, visiting fellows must fulfill at least 10 hours/week ‘service’ requirement to BMI and The Believer, which is custom-scoped based on one’s skills and personal interest.”
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SHEARING FELLOWSHIPS FOR DISTINGUISHED WRITERS
https://fellows.blackmountaininstitute.org/apply
Deadline: November 11, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute + The Believer magazine invite applications for residential fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year. Visiting fellows will join a community of creative writers and scholars in a thriving literary scene in Las Vegas and on the campus of UNLV, supported by individuals and groups who share our commitment to bringing writers and the literary imagination into the heart of public life.” The Shearing Fellowship for Distinguished Writers is for writers “with a significant national reputation, and at least three books published by trade presses, or a prestigious literary press” and “includes a semester-long letter of appointment, an honorarium of $25,000, office space on the campus of UNLV, and subsidized housing in the bustling district of downtown Las Vegas — home to The Writer’s Block, our city’s leading independent bookstore. Each fellow will be recognized on The Believer’s masthead as a contributing editor or under another title, as appropriate. While there are no formal teaching requirements, this is a ‘working fellowship.’ In addition to furthering one’s own writing during their term in Las Vegas, visiting fellows must fulfill around five hours/week ‘service’ requirement to BMI and The Believer, which is custom-scoped based on one’s skills and personal interest.”
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(ADINA) TALVE-GOODMAN FELLOWSHIP
https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=fellowshipDeadline: November 15, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“Together with the Talve-Goodman Family, One Story is happy to announce the Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship. This educational fellowship will offer a year-long mentorship on the craft of fiction writing with ONE STORY magazine. Our hope is to give a writer outside of the fold a significant boost in their career.” The fellowship includes free tuition for all One Story online classes and programming in 2019; a travel stipend of $2,000 and tuition to attend One Story’s July 2019 conference in Brooklyn; and a full manuscript review and consultation with One Story Executive Editor Hannah Tinti. NB: “This fellowship calls for an early-career writer of fiction who has not yet published a book and is not currently nor has ever been enrolled in an MFA program. We are seeking writers whose work speaks to issues and experiences related to inhabiting bodies of difference. This means writing that explores being in a body marked by difference, oppression, violence, or exclusion; often through categories of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion, illness, disability, trauma, migration, displacement, dispossession, or imprisonment. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age as of January 1st, 2019.
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(PAUL) TORDAY MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR DEBUT NOVELISTS OVER 60
https://www.societyofauthors.org/Prizes/Authors-Awards/Fiction/The-Paul-Torday-Prize
Deadline: November 15, 2018 (received)
NO ENTRY FEE

“Paul Torday published his first novel SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN aged 60. The family have decided to set up this new prize in Torday’s honour, celebrating first novels by authors aged 60 or over.” Prize: “GBP 1,000, with a set of Paul Torday’s collected works. Runners-up will receive one specially selected Paul Torday novel with a commemorative book plate. The prize is indebted to W & N Fiction for generously providing these books by Paul Torday.” NB: Be sure to read the detailed guidelines for criteria such as the following: “The novel must have been first published in the UK and Republic of Ireland between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018.” Also: Publishers must submit the prize entries.
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WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTER (WISC) RESIDENCY PROGRAM
https://womensinternationalstudycenter.org/fellowship-application/
Deadlines: “Applications are accepted year-round and reviewed by a distinguished Academic Advisory Committee. However, they are only reviewed twice a year with review periods beginning March 1 and November 1. Notifications in early May and early January.”
NO APPLICATION FEES

“The Women’s International Study Center seeks applicants for residential fellowships at the Acequia Madre House in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Artists, writers, scholars, professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs-as individuals and in groups-are encouraged to apply for residencies available throughout the year. Our center seeks proposals aligned with our focus areas — broadly defined as the arts, sciences, cultural preservation, business and philanthropy — inspired by Eva Scott Fenyes, Leonora Scott Muse Curtin, and Leonora Paloheimo who built and lived in Acequia Madre House. Proposals by women are accepted, as are those of anyone working in these focus areas as they relate directly to the interests and experiences of women. Our Fellows live and work in two residences on the property. Housing includes a private bedroom with a desk, private and shared bathrooms, common kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms, and access to Wi-Fi and a network printer. Housekeeping services are provided weekly. Residencies are typically up to four weeks long.” See additional information regarding guidelines for individual and group applications. NB: “Individual applicants selected for a fellowship will receive a $1,000 stipend for a residency lasting four or more weeks. Stipends for shorter residencies will be prorated by the number of days at $36/day.” Group members selected for a fellowship share stipendiary funds.

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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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The University of Pittsburgh Press PITT POETRY SERIES remains open for submissions until October 31. This series annually publishes “at least four books by poets who previously have published full-length collections of poetry; we define ‘full-length’ as a book of 48 or more pages.” Web: http://upress.pitt.edu/renderHtmlPage.aspx?srcHtml=htmlSourceFiles/poetryauthors.htm.
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Also remaining open until the end of October: the query/proposal window at HUB CITY PRESS, “a small press, publishing five to eight titles per year. In general, our publication schedule operates at least 12-18 months in advance of release.” They publish “books of literary fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, regional nonfiction, nature, and art.” NB: They say that they seek “new and extraordinary voices from the American South. Well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established authors. We are particularly interested in books with a strong sense of place. We believe strongly that the publishing industry needs to promote a more diverse range of experiences, and so have committed ourselves to spotlighting lesser-heard Southern voices including: people of color, gender diversity, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities, as well as ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.” Visit https://hubcity.org/press/submissions/ for more information.
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Opening October 1 (and closing October 28): GORSE, which is “interested in the potential of literature, in literature where lines between fiction, memoir and history blur (Sebald, Cendrars, Bolaño, Joyce), in experimental writing, in fiction in translation, in the unconventional and the under recognised, in the personal essay (Sontag, Dyer). We are a literary journal equally interested in the arts (fine art, photography, architecture, film, music), in culture, in politics. We’re looking for smart writing, not academic.” Pays: “We can offer a small fee for contributions, as well as a copy of the journal in which your work appears.” NB: See also guidelines for online content, for which payment is “a token fee.” Visit http://gorse.ie/about/submissions for more information. (Thanks to http://literistic.com for introducing me to this one.)
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October is a fee-free submissions month for SPLIT LIP MAGAZINE, a “voice-driven literary journal with a pop culture twist. We publish online monthly and in print annually. We accept fiction (flash and short stories), memoir, and poetry.” 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.” Website: http://www.splitlipmagazine.com/.
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“At CARTE BLANCHE we believe there is more than one way to tell a story. Our mandate is to provide a venue for narrative of all forms from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and photo essays. CARTE BLANCHE is published three times a year: in the winter, spring/summer, and fall.” Its next submissions window opens October 15 (and will close on December 31. Pays: “a modest honorarium per submission. We hope to increase the amount in the future.” Guidelines: http://carte-blanche.org/submissions/.
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Great news for poets from FIRESIDE FICTION: “Starting in 2019, Fireside will publish one poem per month! Our first open submissions period for poetry will be the 24th to the 31st of October, 2018.” They’re looking for “the poetry only you can write, that comes from your perspective and heart. We are especially interested in poems that complement and challenge the issues and themes Fireside tends to engage with,” which you can learn more about on their site. Pays: “$100 per poem.” Visit https://firesidefiction.com/submissions for more information. (Thanks to the blog at https://theletterworks.com/ for alerting me to this development.)
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Open until December 1 for poetry submissions: THE FIDDLEHEAD. Pays: “$60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue with your work. Contributors may purchase additional copies of an issue at a discount.” You’ll find the guidelines at https://thefiddlehead.ca/submit. (Thanks to http://duotrope.com for the reminder about this one.)
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Open through March, THE ARKANSAS INTERNATIONAL “is committed to promoting both established and emerging voices. We welcome previously unpublished, unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, essays, comics, and works in translation.” NB: “Until we reach our monthly cap with Submittable, there will be no fee to submit (after we hit the cap a $3.00 submission fee will be charged to defray administrative costs). Submissions usually hit the cap around the 12th or 13th of each month.” Pays: “Payment will be reevaluated based on the budget of each issue. For issue six, contributors will be paid $20 a printed page (capped at $250) and in copies of the journal.” Guidelines: https://www.arkint.org/submissions/.
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The PLOUGHSHARES BLOG is accepting pitches for critical essays, personal essays, blended longform essays, interviews, book reviews. Guidelines vary by category (as do pay rates, which seem to be low in general but, in some cases, specify minimum payments only and evidently pay more depending on word count). Guidelines/info: http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/contribute/.
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A reminder to check in once every so often on the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL site. On http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics, you’ll see a list of anthology projects in development on an array of themes. “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.”

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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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