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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 14, Number 10: November 2017
Editor: Erika Dreifus
Copyright (c) 2017 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:

Another month, another newsletter.

Everything continues to hum along here at Practicing Writer HQ. I’ve just sent in my latest (it’s my second) “A View from the USA” column for the UK’s JEWISH CHRONICLE. I have other freelance deadlines to meet. And, yes, you can count on finding my latest “Poetry Stats” shared on the Practicing Writing blog in the near future.

I’m booking some events on my calendar—you can count on seeing me at the annual Jewish Book Council Jewish Writers’ Seminar here in New York in December and at Grub Street’s The Muse and the Marketplace gathering next spring. (Details tk on my website.)

Speaking of bookings: I’m currently receiving queries for book-publicity projects. If you are an author or publisher with a new book in the pipeline–I have some spaces available for clients with pub dates scheduled for March 2018 or later)–and you think that we might be able to team up, please drop me a line: https://www.erikadreifus.com/contact/.

Here’s wishing you all a marvelous month ahead, and all the best with your writing practices,
ERIKA

P.S. It’s time for another super SUCCESS STORY! I received this one via email just in time to share in this issue:

Dear Erika:

I’m a longtime reader and subscriber to the newsletter, and just wanted to thank you: I submitted to NPR’s “Hanukkah Lights” as a result its mention in a recent issue and, today, I’ve signed a contract to have my story “Dreidel” included in the program — with a substantial payment. I’d not have known about the opportunity without you.

So — thanks so very much, and wishes for much success in your own writing and career.

Best regards,
Evan Guilford-Blake
http://amzn.to/2zjpX7R

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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: STAY TUNED!
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Our feature article will return next month.

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: 7 TIPS FOR STRENGTHENING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
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In this post, Kate Bigam discloses “the seven most common quick tips I like to share with folks who are struggling to get a grasp on their social media presence.” I agree heartily with pretty much everything that Kate says in this good, solid post. (But I’ll confess that a number of years in to my own social-media life, I haven’t yet managed to follow tip #2, about the use of scheduling tools. I just have too much anxiety about a tweet or Facebook post popping up at what turns out to be an ill-timed moment.)

http://www.greatestescapist.com/2017/10/7-tips-from-social-media-strategist.html

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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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W.Y. BOYD LITERARY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MILITARY FICTION
http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/2/apply
Deadline: December 1, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

“This award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. It recognizes the service of American veterans and military personnel and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction. Donated by William Young Boyd II.” Prize includes $5,000. Novel must have been published “during the year prior to the award.” Open to young adult and adult novels. NB: “Incidents of war can constitute the main plot of the story or merely provide the setting.”
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BROOKLYN NON-FICTION PRIZE
http://filmbrooklyn.org/
Deadline: November 23, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

“The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2017 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize. This prize, a “cash award of $500, will be awarded to the best Brooklyn-focused non-fiction essay which is set in Brooklyn and is about Brooklyn and/or Brooklyn people/characters.” NB: “From the collection of selected Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize submissions, five authors will be selected to read from their work and discuss their Brooklyn stories with the audience at our December 2017 event. The exact date/time and venue will be announced later. These stories and several other submitted stories will be published on the Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival website and made available to the public.”
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CHRISTOPHER DOHENY AWARD
https://shar.es/1PJKcs
Deadline: January 2, 2018
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Center for Fiction and Audible, Inc. are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the fifth annual Christopher Doheny Award. The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The winner of the award must demonstrate both high literary standards and a broad audience appeal while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. With generous support from Audible, Inc. and the Doheny family and friends, the award includes a $10,000 prize and production and promotion of the book in an audio edition, with the option to pursue print publication with the assistance of Audible, Inc.” (NB: Consult our archived Q&A with past Doheny Award recipient Mike Scalise, which ran in THE PRACTICING WRITER earlier this year: https://www.erikadreifus.com/resources/interviews/raucous-family-memoir-meets-medical-adventure-qa-with-mike-scalise/.)
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FOREIGN VOICES POETRY CONTEST
https://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk/magazine_detail.php?magazine_id=455&language=English
Deadline: November 30, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

“We’re inviting you to send us a poem that deals with the subject of migration. People move to another country for many reasons ranging from loving someone to fleeing from war and persecution. Are you an immigrant, emigrant, refugee, or are any of your friends, relatives or neighbours? How do you react to what you read on social media about migration? Are you involved in supporting immigrants or deal with them in an official capacity? Poems can be triggered by any aspect of or point of view about migration and the opportunities to reflect on this theme are endless. We don’t have to agree with your opinions, but we do want to be touched in some way by your poem, inspired by its imagery and, of course, look for a beautiful use of language.” Prize: GBP200 to the author of the winning poem; “The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine.” (Thanks to http://WinningWriters.com for the tip on this one.)
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THE FORGE FELLOWSHIP
https://www.forgelitmag.com/flm/fellowship/
Deadline: November 30, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE REQUIRED; “a $5 donation is appreciated if it’s comfortably affordable.”

“The Forge Fellowship is an experimental project designed to foster literary talent amongst often underrepresented groups of writers. In 2018, its inaugural year, the Forge will award two Fellowships: one to a writer of color and one to a writer over fifty years of age….The winners of the Forge Fellowship will be integrated into our online writing community, the Fiction Forge, to work on their own writing and to read and edit for the Forge Literary Magazine. At the end of the Fellowship (a period of 12 months), the fellows will have completed at least two publishable prose pieces (workshopped in the Fiction Forge) and selected one piece for publication from the submissions queue at FLM. Their own work will also be considered for publication at FLM. Throughout the Fellowship, the Fellows will receive community support and guidance on FLM editorial matters from members of the Fiction Forge. The fellows will each receive an honorarium of $500.00, half of which is payable upon announcement of winners, and half upon completion of fellowship.”
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J. ANTHONY LUKAS WORK-IN-PROGRESS AWARD
https://journalism.columbia.edu/lukas
Deadline: December 11, 2017 (received)
NO ENTRY FEE

“Two J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, in the amount of $25,000, are given annually to aid in the completion of a significant work of nonfiction on a topic of American political or social concern. Recognizing that a nonfiction book based on extensive original research often overtaxes the resources available to its author, the project envisions the award as a way of closing the gap between the time and money an author has and the time and money that finishing a book requires. Applicants for the award must already have a contract with a U.S.-based publisher to write a nonfiction book. The judges will make their decision on the basis of trying to achieve maximum impact on a promising book project. Therefore, their selection criteria will represent a blend of the merit of the book and the financial need of the author. For this reason, the judges will need to know the amount of the author’s advance, as well as any other financial support for the book, such as a grant.”
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JOHN E. NANCE WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
http://www.thurberhouse.org/nanceresidency/
Deadline: November 30, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

Sited in Columbus, Ohio, “the Nance Writer-In-Residence program was created in 2012 by Sally Crane Cox, who chairs the Nance Committee at Thurber House, to honor her late husband, John Nance, who was a critically acclaimed photojournalist, author, and Associated Press Bureau Chief in Manila. The Nance Residence program is a partnership between Thurber House and The Ohio State University. The program is an annual residency of four weeks housed in the two-bedroom apartment on the third floor of the family home of James Thurber, and is designed to provide a writer with the gift of time to develop a work in progress.” The residency award also confers a $5,000 stipend. Applicants may be writers of fiction or nonfiction, U.S. citizens, who “have had a book published by a traditional publisher within the last three years and have another work under contract or in progress.”
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TONY QUAGLIANO INTERNATIONAL POETRY AWARD
http://www.tonyquaglianopoetry.com/poetry-award.html
Deadline: December 1, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

“This award honors Tony Quagliano’s contribution to the world of poetry, and recognizes an accomplished poet with an outstanding body of work. The poet must consistently strive for ‘cutting edge’ and ‘avant-garde’ innovation, which means experimental, innovative, ‘pushing the envelope’ literature.” Prize confers $1,000.
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DEBORAH ROGERS FOUNDATION WRITERS’ AWARD
https://www.deborahrogersfoundation.org/writers-award
Deadline: December 13, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

Open to English-language writers who “reside within the British Commonwealth and Eire,” this award of GBP10,000 “will be presented to a first-time prose writer whose submission demonstrates outstanding literary talent and who would benefit financial support to complete their work.” NB: Do check the guidelines for additional eligibility criteria.
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THE SHARED DREAM CHAPBOOK CONTEST
http://backbonepress.org/submissions/ (scroll down)
Deadline: November 30, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE
Final Judge: Janine Joseph

“In times of anti-immigrant sentiment and racial intolerance, we are pleased to announce The Shared Dream Chapbook Contest for immigrant poets….The winning manuscript will be published by Backbone Press and the author will receive a prize of $250.” NB: “We are seeking work that underscores the immigrant experience. All entries must be from authors who are first-generation immigrants born outside the United States or children of (two) parents born outside of the United States.”
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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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Open for pitches! Until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on November 26, 2017, Robert Lee Brewer will be “accepting pitches for articles in the 2019 Writer’s Market. I’ll start making assignments sometime that next week….Previous articles have tackled queries, book proposals, synopses, taxes, record keeping, business management, and more. If you’re an experienced source and can interview other sources, that is ideal. However, I’m unlikely to assign featured interviews with writers (as I tend to tackle those myself). Put yourself in the shoes of a freelance writer and think about what would help them find more success. That’s really the best way to understand what my target audience is most interested in reading. As such, I’m not interested in articles on the craft of writing. While I think those pieces are extremely valuable, they’re just not a good fit for Writer’s Market. If you’re in doubt, go ahead and pitch it.” Pays: “We do pay competitive rates for freelance articles. However, I don’t discuss those rates until the piece is assigned. Freelancers for the book do receive a contributor copy, and we pay reprint fees for articles that are included in other editions of the book. Plus, we buy first rights–so it’s a writer-friendly deal.” Find the call at http://blog.writersmarket.com/whats-new/call-submissions-2019-writers-market. NB: There is a similar call posted for pitches for the next POET’S MARKET, too: https://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/call-submissions-2019-poets-market.
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BENNINGTON REVIEW will re-open for submissions on November 1. “We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work.” Pays: $100 for prose of six pages or under; $200 for prose over six pages; $20 per poem. Visit http://www.benningtonreview.org/submit/ for more information.
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For its December issue, PEDESTAL will be looking for poetry. No restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre.” Submissions will be open from November 6 to December 3. Pays: $40/accepted piece. See http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submissions/ for additional information.
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BLACKBIRD will re-open on November 15 for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. Pays: “after publication.” More info at https://blackbird.vcu.edu/v16n1/submissions.shtml.
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The current submissions window (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction) at BALTIMORE REVIEW will close November 30. Pays: “Web exposure, a copy of the annual compilation in which the author’s work appears, and a small payment ($40 Amazon gift certificate or $40 through PayPal, if preferred).” Find more information at http://baltimorereview.org/index.php/submit.
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Also closing November 30: submissions for a “Revolutionary Things” issue of THE GOLDEN KEY. Check the very detailed call at https://thegoldenkey.submittable.com/submit. “We prefer fiction submissions under 3,000 words and poems that are under 100 lines. We especially love flash fiction and prose poems.” Pays: “currently pays all contributors a flat fee of $10.”
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SLICE remains open for submissions until December 1, 2017, for work to be considered for Issue 23, which has a theme of “Flight.” Pays: $250 for stories and essays; $75 for poems. Visit https://slicemagazine.org/submit/ for more information.
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Also with a deadline of December 1: PERMANENT VACATION: VOLUME 2. “Bona Fide Books seeks literary essays for a collection about life and work in our national parks. In Volume 1, we read tales of grizzly encounters and streaking through Denali, personal relationships with temperamental elk in Yellowstone, and on finding beauty in housekeeping in Yosemite National Park. Now, we seek more of those stories from the national parks. Whether you spent your time building trails or alligator-proofing your cabin, we would love to read your experiences, cerebral and corporeal alike. From Haleakala to the Everglades, we want to hear the tree-hugging epiphanies and vocational escapades. What happened there? How did you get hooked? What keeps you coming back?” Pays: “Each writer whose work is selected will receive $100 for their essay and one copy of the collection, which will publish in spring 2018.” Find more info at http://www.bonafidebooks.com/permanent-vacation-vol2/.
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MSLEXIA, a U.K.-based publication “for women who write,” invites themed poetry and prose from women writers on the theme of “Bewitched”: “For this theme we’re look for stories and poems with a mythical, mystical or paranormal aspect to them. So channel your inner Rowling and Pullman and open the door to daemons, dungeons and dragons.” Submission deadline for this feature is December 4, 2017. Pays: “small payment” (appears to be GBP25). Visit https://mslexia.co.uk/themed-writing/ for more information.
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Closing December 31: the current submissions window at THE BARE LIFE REVIEW. “We are committed to publishing work exclusively by immigrant and refugee authors, and to showcasing the immense—indeed, infinite—value and diversity of this literature.” To this end, they seek work only from 1) “foreign-born writers living in the United States” and 2) “writers living abroad who currently hold refugee status.” They are looking for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Pays: “We pay a professional rate of $1000 for accepted prose pieces, and $400 for accepted poems. We purchase first North American serial rights.” Visit https://www.barelifereview.org/submit/ for guidelines; thanks to http://twitter.com/grubwriters for the lead on this one.
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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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