THE PRACTICING WRITER
Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 16, Number 10: November 2019
OUR SIXTEENTH YEAR
Editor: Erika Dreifus
Copyright (c) 2019 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 OR APPLICATION FEES; PAYING OPPORTUNITIES ONLY)
5. Submission Alerts!!! (NO SUBMISSION/READING FEES; PAYING CALLS ONLY)
6. Blog Notes
7. Newsletter Matters
1. EDITOR’S NOTE: WHAT’S NEW
Greetings, practicing writers:
What’s new? Quite a bit. And I’ll be honest: I have not kept up very well.
Both personally and professionally, it’s been a busy fall for me. I’ve been juggling more than usual. And I was doing a decent job with it all before some sort of weird medical bug hit me last week. At which point the careful architecture of my fall semester—including family responsibilities, my return to college teaching, AND the release of my next book—seemed to fall apart.
So now I’m behind. With everything mentioned above. And with more. Such as: this newsletter.
I’m not simply talking about this month’s issue, which, as you’ll see, is somewhat abbreviated. I’m also talking about managing a sudden development with Yahoo Groups, which has hosted the newsletter since its inception in early 2004. My understanding, however tenuous, is that I should be able to continue *sending* the newsletter—for now.
But much of the platform’s functionality (including, evidently, ease of sign-up, and distribution of a complimentary e-book to new subscribers), is disappearing. I am no tech expert even when I’m not running a fever, so I’ll refer you to these sources for more information:
Oh, and the changes have ALREADY taken effect. Let’s just say that there wasn’t a whole lot of notice.
For now, please just remember that you can always consult the current issue of our newsletter on https://www.erikadreifus.com/newsletter/current/. Maybe bookmark that page? And thank you so much for your patience. I am watching how other groups/lists are managing these changes, and I hope to learn from their examples.
Let’s all have a nifty November with our writing practices and everything else,
P.S. Yes, my debut poetry collection (BIRTHRIGHT) will be released NEXT WEEK. Since my publisher does not offer pre-orders, please visit my website on and/or after November 5 for relevant purchase/ordering info (https://www.erikadreifus.com/books/Birthright/). THANK YOU! [UPDATE, NOVEMBER 1: A NUMBER OF PURCHASE OPTIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! PLEASE DO GO TO THE PAGE LINKED IMMEDIATELY ABOVE TO CHOOSE ONE!]
2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: NOT THIS MONTH!
No article this month. Please see above!
3. FEATURED RESOURCE: OWL EXERCISE PAGES
I’m finding myself turning repeatedly to the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) as I work with undergraduates this semester. Yes, their writing can benefit from all of the information at that website; truthfully, so can mine. Among my favorite elements: the “exercise” pages, focusing on grammar, punctuation, spelling and more.
OWL Exercise Pages
4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
ANGLICA POETRY COMPETITION
Deadline: December 1, 2019
“We are excited to announce that Anglica is running a Poetry Competition! The poem should be metrical, and should be no longer than 100 lines, though extracts from longer work are permitted. There are no formal or thematic restraints, and so long as it is written in a discernible metre (or several!), we encourage you to follow your fancy, whether that lead you to the outlandish, the passionate, or even the dull. The best poems will feature in our Journal, and in addition the winner shall receive a £50 prize, and one runner up shall receive a prize of £20.”
BETTER THAN STARBUCKS 2018 SONNET CONTEST
Deadline: December 1, 2019
“This contest is for a metrical sonnet. Your sonnet can be Shakespearean, Petrarchan, Spenserian, rhymed, or slant-rhymed. Blank verse is fine, as long as the sonnet form is clearly identifiable. We’ll consider tetrameter, hexameter, etc. as well as pentameter. Some metrical variation is fine, but don’t forget the volta!” NB: “As always, we do accept previously published work.” You can submit up to two poems. Prizes: $100/$50/$25 (via Paypal). NB: “We will also publish up to seven honorable mention sonnets.”
BROOKLYN NON-FICTION PRIZE
Deadline: December 1, 2019
“The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2019 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize. The Brooklyn Non-Fiction 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. We are seeking compelling Brooklyn stories from writers with a broad range of backgrounds and ages who can render Brooklyn’s rich soul and intangible qualities through the writer’s actual experiences in Brooklyn. 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 2019 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.”
Deadline: December 1, 2019
“The Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing provides students the opportunity to interact with a published writer who is writing from the region. The award, which includes a cash prize of $1,000, recognizes outstanding Appalachian writers in all genres. During the award ceremony readers read from their work and will often present a craft talk, teach a workshop, or speak about writing as an Appalachian.”
FOUR QUARTETS PRIZE
Deadline: December 23, 2019
Judges: Cyrus Cassells, Forrest Gander, Maureen N. McLane
“The Four Quartets Prize is for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in America in a print or online journal, chapbook, or book in 2019.Poems in the sequence may have been published in different journals provided that they were published in 2019 and that brought together, they form a complete sequence. The Four Quartets Prize is first and foremost a celebration of the multi-part poem, which includes entire volumes composed of a unified sequence as well as novels in verse and book-length verse narratives. Gwendolyn Brooks’s sequence A Street in Bronzeville, published as a book in 1945 as well as her The Anniad, published in book form in 1950, are also examples of eligible sequences. 77 Dream Poems (1964) and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest (1968) by John Berryman are other examples. Three finalists will receive $1,000 each. The winner will receive an additional $20,000.”
JESSIE KESSON FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: November 25, 2019 (5pm local time)
“Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre [Scotland] is inviting established writers to apply for the Jessie Kesson Fellowship 2020. 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 £350 per week, plus accommodation.” Accommodation will be provided in the cottage at Moniack Mhor from March 9-28, 2020. NB: “The fellowship is open to established writers (fiction and non-fiction). 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.” (For eligibility or other questions, please refer to the contact provided at the website.)
J. ANTHONY LUKAS WORK-IN-PROGRESS AWARDS
Deadline: December 9, 2019
“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.”
NEW YORK ENCOUNTER 2020 POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: December 2, 2019
Guest judge: Dana Gioia
“The Encounter invites all poets writing in English to submit up to 3 poems (maximum 40 lines each), related in some way to the theme ‘Crossing the Divide.'” [Theme description available on the site.] Prizes: “Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to first, second and third place poems. The winners will be invited to read their poems on the New York Encounter stage at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street during the 3-day festival which will take place February 14–16 (Presidents’ Day Weekend). The winning poems will be published on the NYE website after the reading.”
NOBROW SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Deadline: December 9, 2019 (midnight BST)
“Nobrow is well-known for our visual publishing and our dedication to designing and producing beautiful books. This is something we are extremely proud of. At the heart of all we do is storytelling…That is why we are delighted to announce we are running the Nobrow Short Story Competition for writers! Up to twelve winning entries will be published in our short story anthology, and this beautifully illustrated book will celebrate the best short fiction and non-fiction writing. Our theme is ‘The Censor’. You can interpret this in any way you wish – it could represent censoring of the past, present and future; the self; the state; or the effects of censorship on everyday life.” An overall winner will receive £2000; “all selected contributors will receive £150 and two complimentary copies of the book, and will be invited to attend events including a launch and readings.” NB: No simultaneous submissions.
PRISM PRIZE FOR CLIMATE LITERATURE
Deadline: At last check, the Homebound Publications website indicated a deadline of December 1, but the Submittable page showed a deadline of December 16. My advice: Check with the publisher, and/or aim for the earlier deadline.
“Seeking to promote and support fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction writing in the emerging genre of climate literature, Homebound Publications proudly announces its new climate writing competition. Sponsored by The Wayfarer’s environmental editor Gail Collins-Ranadive, the prize carries an award of $1000 and publication of the winning manuscript.” NB: “At this time we only accept manuscripts from authors residing in the United States or the United Kingdom.”
TONY QUAGLIANO INTERNATIONAL POETRY AWARD
Deadline: December 1, 2019
“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.”
ROUGH CUT PRESS WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: December 1, 2019
“We are holding our first written contest. The theme is: duende.” (Detailed explanation of “duende” is available on the website.) “Our word limit for this contest is strict; we want your duende in 650 words or less. Please send us unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in either English or Spanish in a PDF file. We are looking for work with heart-stopping images, rhythms, textures; you can submit up to three separate pieces. Finalists will be determined by a team of six editors ranging in age, background, and experience.” Prizes: $100/$50/$25. “All submissions are considered for standard publication.” (Thanks to Pamelyn Casto’s Flash Fiction Flash newsletter, https://groups.io/g/FlashFictionFlash, for the lead on this one.)
UNT RILKE PRIZE
Deadline: November 30, 2019
“An annual award of a $10,000 recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year. The prize is named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), a writer whose work embodies the qualities of ambition, intellectual and imaginative scope, and technical mastery we seek to recognize.” Entrants must have published at least two previous books of poetry. Eligible books must have been published between November 1, 2018, and October 31, 2019. NB: “The winner will travel to Texas to give readings at UNT and in the DFW metroplex on April 1-2, 2020. UNT will pay for travel expenses. The author must also allow portions of the winning work to be reproduced for promoting the award. Poets who enter the prize must agree to these terms in order to accept the prize.”
5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
THIRD POINT PRESS remains open for submissions of fiction and poetry until November 13. Pays: “We pay $10/contributor via Paypal.” Website: https://www.thirdpointpress.com.
The deadline is November 15 if you want to try MOJO, “the online literary journal of Wichita State University. We’re dedicated to the revolution of literary spaces—the breaking of conventions, the exploration of provocation, the inclusion of all voices. Established, emerging, or identities often marginalized by our society’s narrative—we want your work.” Payment: “mojo pays a $15 USD flat rate per poem, nonfiction piece, fiction piece, or comic….If a piece is selected for publication in Mikrokosmos, an additional $15 USD will be paid. We know this isn’t much, but as writers ourselves, we like to pay our contributors.” Website: http://mikrokosmosjournal.com.
At TINDERBOX POETRY JOURNAL, the next submissions deadline is November 16. Payment: “We are a paying market that offers contributors $15, regardless of how many poems are selected.” Website: http://www.tinderboxpoetry.com.
Submissions for Issue #11 of SHOOTER “should relate to the theme ‘Supernatural.’ Send us stories, essays, reported narratives, memoirs and poetry on anything to do with the occult. Psychological spookiness, eerie suspense, weird mysteries and unexplained phenomena are welcome elements, as well as the more obvious demons, angels, witches and ghosts. Religious themes are also relevant. Writing must be of a literary standard, not genre fare trading on shocks or gore. As always, the theme is open to wide interpretation.” Payment: “Upon publication, writers will be paid £25 per story and £5 per poem. Stories that fall below the requested minimum of 2,000 words will be paid at poetry rates. Artists will be paid £25 for use of their work as magazine illustration. UK contributors will receive a copy of the issue in which their work appears; non-UK contributors may choose to receive either cash payment or a copy of the issue in which their work appears.” Deadline: November 17, 2019. More information: https://shooterlitmag.com.
CLAW & BLOSSOM, “a quarterly online literary magazine of poems and short prose” featuring work that is “touched by nature” is accepting submissions for its third issue through November 25. Current theme: “Rings.” Pays: “We pay $25 USD per acceptance upon publication via PayPal.” Please visit https://clawandblossom.com/submissions/ for more info.
THE HOOSIER REVIEW “is a quarterly online literary magazine featuring bold fiction that expands the scope of contemporary short stories. We are particularly interested in risky stories that take on subjects or characters not typically given attention in contemporary fiction. This journal is open to different forms and styles of writing, from the archaic to the experimental. If the story is unexpected and artistically ambitious, we are likely to publish it.” Currently seeking submissions for their winter issue. Deadline: November 30. Pays: $20. Details: https://www.hoosier-review.com/submit
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
Call for submissions for THE BLACK MIDWEST ANTHOLOGY: “Belt Publishing, in conjunction with the Black Midwest Initiative, is developing an anthology of essays, poems, and artwork to be published in 2020. Submissions are encouraged by participants of the inaugural Black Midwest Symposium being held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities from October 17-19, 2019, as well as members of the wider public. This anthology is meant to explore the various meanings and experiences of blackness throughout the greater Midwest and Rust Belt regions of the United States. We’re looking for compelling narratives, thought-provoking analyses, and impactful commentaries that are able to render the complexities of the region meaningfully to a broad audience and will be relevant for years to come. While we anticipate the stories of major cities like Detroit and Chicago will be represented, we’re also looking to represent the stories of people living in smaller cities and rural areas where the lives of black residents have more often gone unacknowledged by traditional news and media outlets. We also especially encourage submissions that explore issues around immigration, queerness and sexuality, religious difference, and disability. We will consider nonfiction personal essays and critical commentaries between 300 and 2000 words, as well as poetry and artwork that is directly related to the region. We are not accepting fiction.” Payment: “Contributors will each receive a small honorarium.” Deadline: December 1, 2019. Consult https://beltmag.com/call-for-submissions-black-midwest-anthology/ for more information.
“BEST PEACE FICTION (UNM Press), a new biennial anthology, is looking for stories published from 2018–2019 that pertain to the subject of peace and/or the effects of war upon individuals and society. Final decision will be made by guest judge Robert Olen Butler. Contributors receive $100 for the reprint of their work; authors shall retain the rights to their stories and sign a contributor release form allowing their stories to appear in the anthology. To submit your story for consideration by Best Peace Fiction anthology, send it as a Word attachment to [email protected] with ‘bpf1 submission’ in the subject field and include in your e-mail (1) the title of the story, (2) the name of the journal in which it appears, and (3) the issue number. Deadline: December 1.” (Found this via https://www.pw.org/classifieds.)
BLUE MESA REVIEW re-opened for submissions in October. “We have a rotating editorial board, so each issue is fresh and unique. In general, we are seeking strong voices and lively, compelling narrative with a fine eye for craft.” Fiction/nonfiction/poetry. Pays $25. NB: “International submissions are accepted and are eligible for publication, but we are not able to process contributor payments outside the United States.” Visit the website for more information: http://bmr.unm.edu/submissions/.
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 typeset pages or under; $200 for prose over six pages; $20 per poem. Visit http://www.benningtonreview.org/submit/ for more information.
“The Center for Literary Publishing will open submissions from November 15, 2019 through January 1, 2020 for the Mountain/West Poetry Series. We are accepting manuscript submissions for the 2021 series from poets living in the US west of the Mississippi River, including Hawaii, Alaska, and the US Pacific Territories. Please do not submit if you do not currently reside in one of these states or territories.” Deadline: January 1, 2020. NB: “Authors will receive a standard publishing contract that offers a $500 advance against royalties with 10 percent (net) royalties once the advance is earned out, as well as ten complimentary copies and a 40 percent author discount. Books will be distributed to the trade by the University Press of Colorado.” More information: https://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/the-mountain-west-poetry-series/mwps-submission-guidelines/
6. BLOG NOTES
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 and Jobs for Writers (including state/province/city-specific opportunities that are typically omitted from the monthly newsletter)
–Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer
–Friday Finds for Writers
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 literary and cultural interest, please also visit the My Machberet blog at http://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/my-machberet/ (“machberet” is the Hebrew word for “notebook”).
7. NEWSLETTER MATTERS
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ABOUT THE EDITOR: Based in New York City, Erika Dreifus is a writer whose next book, BIRTHRIGHT: POEMS, 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 is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Baruch College of The City University of New York and 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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