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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 15, Number 5: June 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:

I’ve recently returned from a conference-occasioned trip to California, and I feel as though I’m still catching up with myself! So I’ll keep this message brief and move right along to the newsletter.

Here’s wishing all of you another great month with your writing practices.

Warmly,
ERIKA

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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: IF YOU GIVE A WRITER A BOOK CONTRACT….
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Editor’s Note: I was so impressed with this essay by Lisa Romeo that I asked Lisa if I might excerpt it and point readers to WOMEN WRITERS, WOMEN’s BOOKS, where they could continue read it. And she assented. (FYI: Although I have been working with Lisa on publicity for her new book, I was not involved with placing this piece.) I can’t help thinking that this piece will strike some familiar chords with a number of published authors. And it might be a helpful preview for those whose books are yet to come.

If You Give a Writer a Book Contract, She’s Going to Want…Everything!

By Lisa Romeo

Eighteen months ago, I vowed that all I wanted was for any decent traditional publisher to offer me a book contract. I swore I’d be happy no matter how tiny the advance, how minuscule the press run, how scant the publicity, how few reviews, how many bookstore shelves it might *not* land upon. I’d be grateful just to be published.

Then, the much sought-after contract was offered. The same day, a second offer arrived. A university press wanted me! A small press wanted me! So many riches! A week later, an agent offered representation, counseled me on the pros and cons of each contract/publisher, negotiated advance and royalty terms. I signed on with University of Nevada Press to publish STARTING WITH GOODBYE: A DAUGHTER’S MEMOIR OF LOVE AFTER LOSS. Elation!

And then, quite suddenly, that series of fortunate events kicked my humble “I’ll be happy with anything” attitude to the curb. I began to *want* things.

To read the rest of Lisa’s oh-so-honest essay, please visit http://booksbywomen.org/if-you-give-a-writer-a-book-contract-shes-going-to-wanteverything/.

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: GOODBYE, PHILIP ROTH
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This thread may not bring you the most comprehensive set of links about Philip Roth, who died on May 22. But it provides an ample one that is likely to lead you to something you may not yet have seen.

https://twitter.com/erikadreifus/status/999252468587429893

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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
https://www.nps.gov/badl/getinvolved/supportyourpark/artist-application.htm
Deadline: June 15, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Artist in Residence program at Badlands National Park was founded in 1996 and is open to all professional artists who are US citizens. Writers, composers and all visual and performing artists are invited to interpret this wind-swept environment through their work. The program provides time for artists to get away from everyday responsibilities to focus on their surroundings and their medium while interpreting the unique themes of Badlands National Park. Artists will translate the meanings and significance (themes) of Badlands National Park into artistic expressions within their chosen art medium. Badlands National Park has a strong commitment to area youth, particularly in our local rural school districts. Therefore, all artists in residence are required to present a minimum of four sessions in a local school (or schools) to introduce students to an aspect of art and its interpretation of their Badlands home. Additionally, artists must be willing to interact with park visitors on site and possibly give a presentation to the public or park staff on his or her medium, interests and experiences.” Two residencies are awarded each year; each residency lasts from four to six weeks between September 15 and May 1. NB: “The park offers an apartment located in a small housing complex at park headquarters at no cost to the artist….Additionally, the park provides a reimbursement for personal expenses not to exceed $300. Reimbursable expenses include art supplies, travel, and meals.”
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ELEANOR TAYLOR BLAND CRIME FICTION WRITERS OF COLOR AWARD
https://www.sistersincrime.org/general/custom.asp?page=EleanorTaylorBland
Deadline: June 15, 2018
NO ENTRY FEE

“The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction, an academic work or one or two self-published or traditionally published books will not disqualify an applicant. This grant is intended to support the recipient in activities related to crime fiction writing and career development. She or he may choose from activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats; online courses; and research activities required for completion of the work.”
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BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS POETRY CARD CONTEST
http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html
Deadline: June 30, 2018
NO ENTRY FEE

“Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better. We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write.” Prizes: $350/$200/$100, plus publication on the website.
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DOGFISH HEAD POETRY PRIZE
http://www.thebroadkillriverpress.com/dogfish-head-poetry-prize
Deadline: August 15, 2018 (received, by midnight)
NO ENTRY FEE

“The sixteenth annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize for the winning book-length manuscript by a poet residing in the Mid-Atlantic states (DE, MD, VA, PA, NJ, NY, WVA, NC and District of Columbia) will consist of $500, two cases of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Beer, manuscript publication by Broadkill River Press, and 10 copies of the book (in lieu of royalties).” NB: “The award will be presented to the winner on Saturday evening, December 8, 2018 at the Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware. The winner must agree to attend this event and to read from their winning book at a reception honoring the winner….The winner agrees to travel to Delaware at the winner’s expense for awarding of the prize. Dogfish Head will provide the winner two nights lodging at the Dogfish Inn.”
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FRIEZE WRITER’S PRIZE
https://frieze.com/article/frieze-writers-prize-2018
Deadline: July 16, 2018
NO ENTRY FEE

Annual international award to discover and promote new art critics. The winner will be commissioned to write a review for frieze magazine and will be awarded GBP2,000. “Aspiring art critics are invited to submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, which should be 700 words in length.” Entrants should have previously published no more than three pieces of writing on art.
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GREAT LAKES COLLEGES ASSOCIATION (GLCA) NEW WRITERS AWARD
http://www.glca.org/glcaprograms/new-writers-award
Deadline: June 25, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

Through this program, a group of thirteen independent Midwestern colleges confers recognition “on a volume of writing in each of three literary genres: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Publishers submit works on behalf of their authors; the key criterion for this award is that any work submitted must be an author’s first-published volume in the genre. All entries must be written in English and published in the United States or Canada….The winning authors tour several of GLCA’s member colleges from which they receive invitations, giving readings, lecturing, visiting classes, conducting workshops, and publicizing their books. Because of this provision of the award, all writers must live in the U.S. or Canada. Each writer receives an honorarium of at least $500 from each college visited, as well as travel expenses, hotel accommodations, and hospitality. By accepting the award the winner is committed to visit member colleges that extend invitations. GLCA works to identify dates that accord with campus calendars and a writer’s availability.” NB: “For this year’s competition the GLCA will accept entries published from the spring of 2017 through the spring of 2018.”
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LANGDON REVIEW WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
https://www.tarleton.edu/PROGRAMS/langdonreview/writer-in-residence1.html
Deadline: July 15, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

Based at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, this residency opportunity provides a $500 cash prize, two weeks’ lodging, free registration to the Langdon Review Weekend, and publication in the Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. (Requires attendance at the Weekend, which always takes place the week after Labor Day.) Open to applicants in poetry or prose. Further information available at the website.
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RICHARD MARGOLIS AWARD
http://award.margolis.com
Deadline: July 1, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center combines a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center with a $5,000 prize. It is awarded annually to a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. The award was established in honor of Richard J. Margolis, a journalist, essayist and poet who gave eloquent voice to the hardships of the rural poor, migrant farm workers, the elderly, Native Americans and others whose voices are seldom heard. He was also the author of a number of books for children.”
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EUGENE C. PULLIAM FELLOWSHIP FOR EDITORIAL WRITING
https://www.spj.org/a-pulliamfellow.asp
Deadline: June 21, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Pulliam Fellowship awards $75,000 to an outstanding editorial writer or columnist to help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world. The annual award can be used to cover the cost of study, research and/or travel in any field. The fellowship results in editorials and other writings, including books. Eligibility: Applicants must “hold a position as a part-time or full-time editorial writer or columnist at a news publication located in the United States. Applications also are welcome from freelance opinion writers who devote a majority of their time, or derive a majority of their income, from that pursuit.” More criteria/info available at the website.
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KINGSLEY AND KATE TUFTS POETRY AWARDS
https://arts.cgu.edu/tufts-poetry-awards/
Deadline: July 1, 2018
NO ENTRY FEES

“The Tufts poetry awards–based at Claremont Graduate University and given for poetry volumes published in the preceding year–are not only two of the most prestigious prizes a contemporary poet can receive, they also come with hefty purses: $100,000 for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and $10,000 for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. This makes the Kingsley Tufts award the world’s largest monetary prize for a single collection of poetry. And for most poets who have just published their first collection of verse, $10,000 should keep the pen scribbling.” The current cycle will recognize works published between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018; the Kingsley Tufts award is for “a book,” while the Kate Tufts Discovery Award is for “a first book”; the Kingsley Tufts award also requires the winner to spend, within six months of the award presentation, “one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University for lectures, workshops, and poetry readings in Claremont and greater Los Angeles.” NB: Self-published books are eligible. Note also: “Work must be original poetry written originally in English by a poet who is a citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.”

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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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June is a fee-free submissions month for SPLIT LIP MAGAZINE, “a literary journal of voice-driven writing with a pop culture twist” that publishes online monthly and in print annually. Pays: “Our web payment rate is $50 per author (payable via PayPal) for web. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1 year subscription.” Website: http://www.splitlipmagazine.com/.
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THE OPEN NOTEBOOK, “the story behind the best science stories,” is looking for pitches “for a new article series that will examine the experiences, expertise, and perspectives of science journalists from communities that are underrepresented in science journalism. The Diverse Voices’ series aims to bring greater visibility to these journalists and to issues of special relevance to them. We strive, in our coverage, to consider multiple dimensions of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ status, mental/physical ability, religion, class, age, nation of origin, and more. We invite pitches for original reported articles, Q&A interviews, roundtable discussions, first-person or reported essays, and other stories that help fulfill the series goals. We pay between $750 and $1,000 per article. We do not have a travel budget.” Deadline: June 11. More info: https://www.theopennotebook.com/2018/05/23/call-for-pitches-for-diverse-voices-series/.
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RECOMMENDED READING, the weekly fiction magazine of Electric Literature, will be open for submissions for one week in June (Monday, June 18, to Sunday, June 24). NB: “We can only consider one story by an author at any given time. We look for stories in the range of 2,000 to 10,000 words; if selected, we can offer a payment of $300.” More information: https://electricliterature.com/submit-ebdd3b73083a.
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ALT-MINDS QUARTERLY is “looking for fiction and non-fiction/memoir (1,000 to 3,000) of any genre and poetry (no more than 40 lines) that is related to mental health, in theme, subject matter, characterization, whatever ‘mental health’ means to you.” Pays: “$50.00 CDN per fiction, non-fiction, and memoir piece, and $20.00 CDN per poem.” Current submissions window closes July 1. Website: https://altmindsliterarymagazine.com/.
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THE THREEPENNY REVIEW closes annually for submissions July through December, so if you want to send something in, do so soon. No simultaneous submissions. Guidelines and pay rates listed at http://threepennyreview.com/submissions.html.
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THE MALAHAT REVIEW “invites writers identifying as LGBTQ2S? to submit their work for consideration for an issue celebrating contemporary queer writing in Canada. To be published in January 2019, ‘Queer Perspectives’ will celebrate the aesthetics, concerns, contributions, and achievements of queer writers living in Canada, recognizing their crucial role in providing a truly complete picture of what it is like to be alive in this country in the past, future, and especially today. Submissions are welcome from all LGBTQ2S? writers [who are Canadians, Canadian residents, or Canadian expatriates]. All aspects of diversity and inclusivity welcomed and encouraged.” Pays: “The Malahat Review pays an honorarium of $60 per printed page,” in Canadian dollars. Deadline: July 15, 2018. For details on this call, see https://www.malahatreview.ca/announcements/queer_issue_call.html.
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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.” They consider fiction, photos, illustrations, personal essays, and comics. For the September issue, themed “Perfection,” submissions close July 22. Pays: “Since the zine is brand new, we are currently only offering small honorariums between $10-$30 depending on the feature size”; payment is in Canadian dollars. Website: https://www.willowpressco.com/the-zine/.
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HYSTERICAL “is a literary magazine that strives to highlight the diversity of writers who are women, femmes or non-binary people whose work deftly navigates and subverts societal expectations across and between genres, carving out a unique space for voices working to redefine the persistently patriarchal world of literary writing generally and humor specifically.” Per the magazine’s Submittable page, it appears that submissions will close August 1. Pays: “$50 per accepted prose piece or group of poems.” Website: https://hystericalrag.com/.
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SAMARKAND, launching in August, “is an exercise in curiosity. We find the world far too interesting and the human condition far too complex to be defined exclusively by a single culture’s point of view, hence, we’d like for Samarkand to be a platform for unexpected voices from unexpected places. We are particularly interested in the immigrant experience and anything representing the periphery of mainstream America.” Considers “fiction (up to 6,000 words), non-fiction, translations, poetry and photography, in digital form only.” Pays: “Samarkand pays upon publication a $25 honorarium and 2 contributor’s copies.” Website: https://samarkandpress.com/. (Found this one via http://twitter.com/Duotrope.)
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DUCTS considers itself “the pipeline of personal stories—connecting storytellers with readers. Whether it’s through art, columns, essays, fiction, humor, memoir, or poetry, our artists share their personal impressions, close encounters, and lived experiences of the world.” Pays: “We pay each author $20 per published piece.” Website: http://www.ducts.org/content/.

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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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