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THE PRACTICING WRITER

Supporting the Craft and Business of Excellent Writing
Volume 14, Number 2: March 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:

Well, February sure flew by, didn’t it? If you’re one of the many thousands of writers who attended the recent Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference, I hope that you enjoyed it. (And if you were unable to attend the off-site event in which I participated, you’ll find a recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwf2Zjk6dFM.)

The month turned out to be a bit too packed for me to prepare a feature article for this issue. I apologize for that, but I hope you’ll still find the other sections as motivating and helpful as usual.

Wishing everyone a marvelous March,
ERIKA

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2. ARTICLE/LESSONS LEARNED: BACK NEXT MONTH
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The featured article will return next month.

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3. FEATURED RESOURCE: JOBS FOR WRITERS
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Thanks for some Twitter discussion, I’ve recently updated the “Jobs for Writers” page on my website. You’ll find there a variety of links to helpful websites for locating jobs in publishing, higher education, and other areas of interest to writers.

Jobs for Writers: http://www.erikadreifus.com/resources/jobs/.

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4. UPCOMING/ONGOING CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST
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HH EGBERT ESSAY AWARD
http://egbertroddenwa.wixsite.com/erwa/hh-egbert-essay-award (see also http://egbertroddenwa.wixsite.com/erwa/award-rules)
Deadline: March 31, 2017

“HH Egbert dedicated his life to serve the United States military in three wars. From his hardscrabble childhood, he was able to overcome many obstacles to serve his country and his family. Submissions must be written by a current or former US Military serviceperson. Submissions for the award must be unpublished or scheduled for publication at the time of submission. Essays can be any length from 500-3000 words. Subject matter is open and need not be about military life.” This award confers a prize of $100. NB: Like others offered within the Egbert-Rodden Writing Awards group, this prize is intended to encourage the creation of new work but is not a publication/production award. (Thanks to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CRWROPPS-B/info for the lead on this one.)
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FOLEY POETRY CONTEST
https://americamedia.submittable.com/submit/75024/foley-poetry-contest-2017
Deadline: March 31, 2017 (received)
NO ENTRY FEE

“America Media is sponsor of the annual Foley Poetry Award, given in honor of William T. Foley, M.D. Each entrant is asked to submit one poem of 30 lines or fewer for consideration. Only unpublished poems not under consideration elsewhere will be considered. Poems may address any topic.” There is a cash prize of $1,000, plus publication.
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MODERN LOVE ESSAY CONTEST
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/09/style/modern-love-college-essay-contest.html
Deadline: March 19, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

“We’re inviting college students nationwide to open their hearts and laptops and write an essay that tells the truth about what love is like for them today. In our previous contests, which attracted thousands of entries from students at hundreds of colleges and universities, the winning essays explored ambivalence about hooking up, the way technology is changing how we connect and how an aversion to labels can impact relationships. What will be on students’ minds this year?” Prize includes $1,000 and publication in a special Modern Love column in late April.
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MUSE AND THE MARKETPLACE VISITNG WRITER SCHOLARSHIP
https://form.jotform.com/GrubStreet/visiting-writer-scholarship-muse-20
Deadline: March 12, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

“If geography and cost have stopped you from registering for GrubStreet’s Muse and the Marketplace Conference in Boston…apply for our first-ever Visiting Writer Scholarship! This scholarship offers full-weekend tuition (a $530 value) plus a $500 travel stipend to aspiring fiction and narrative nonfiction writers living primarily OUTSIDE of New England (Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont). No previous publication or MFA required.”
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THE MARGUERITE AND LAMAR SMITH FELLOWSHIP FOR WRITERS
http://www.mccullerscenter.org/#opportunities
Deadline: April 1, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

“Named in honor of [Carson McCullers’s] parents, The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers was inspired by McCullers’s experience at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference in Vermont, especially the Yaddo Arts Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. To honor the contribution of these writers’ residences to McCullers’s work, the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians awards fellowships for writers to study in her childhood home in Columbus, Georgia. The fellowships are intended to afford the writers in residence uninterrupted time to focus on their work, free from the distractions of daily life and other professional responsibilities. The Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers is offered during fall semester. The fellowship begins the first of September and ends the first of December. During this time, the writing fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment inside Carson McCullers’s childhood home, the Smith-McCullers House. The fellow is provided with a stipend of $5,000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Fellowship recipients are encouraged to take an active role in the community and to meet informally with students and local residents interested in writing. The fellow will work with the McCullers Center director to plan a presentation near the end of the residency.”
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THE ALICE SULLIVAN PRIZE FOR FICTION
http://www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/the-alice-sullivan-prize-for-fiction.html
Deadline: March 31, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

From the Hermeneutic Chaos website: “The Alice Sullivan Prize recognizes a short fiction that employs a powerful narrative to enter into a dynamic engagement with the world outside its being. It is awarded annually to a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction. The contest is named in honor of writer and educator Alice Sullivan who has generously sponsored the prize. The winner, judged in an anonymous review by the editor, will receive a prize of $300, a certificate, and will be featured in the May 2017 edition of Hermeneutic Chaos. Publication and certificates will also be awarded to the two runners-up. In addition, two honorable mentions will be offered publication. All the entries will be considered for inclusion in the forthcoming issues of the journal. All the participants will be notified about the status of their submission by April 15, 2017.”
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THE SUBMERGING WRITER FELLOWSHIP
http://www.fearnolit.com/fellowship/
Entries: March 1-August 31, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

“In 2017, FEAR NO LIT will pull one submerging writer out of the water and offer them: a chapbook (limited-edition print run of 50 copies); a launch party at AWP 18 (reading featuring the winner & 3 finalists); $500 for AWP 18 expenses (travel, room); $500 to spend however they like, no strings attached (maybe scuba gear?).” Be sure to check the site for the eligibility criteria/application instructions, such as this one: “List five disappointing rejections you’ve received in the last calendar year (residency, program, fellowship, contest, publication).”
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WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free
Deadline: April 1, 2017
NO ENTRY FEE

Contest from WinningWriters.com for humor poems. First prize: $1,000. Second prize: $250. Ten awards of $100 each. Online publication for the top 12 entries.
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WESLEYAN WRITERS CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/conference/scholarship.html
Deadline: March 27, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE (“If your attendance at the conference is contingent on your receiving financial assistance, you do not need to send the $100 deposit with your fellowship or scholarship materials.”)

“Scholarships are awarded competitively, and applicants are judged on the basis of promise shown in their work. Entries should consist of a work in one genre: novel, short story, poetry, nonfiction, or journalism. Several scholarships provide full tuition, room, and board, but most offer smaller awards, covering a part of the Conference tuition. Several teaching fellowships are available and are awarded to outstanding applicants who have completed book-length manuscripts.”
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WHITING CREATIVE NONFICTION GRANTS
http://www.whiting.org/awards/content/whiting-creative-nonfiction-grant
Deadline: May 1, 2017
NO APPLICATION FEE

“The Whiting Foundation is now accepting submissions for this year’s Creative Nonfiction Grant, which will offer allocations of $40,000. Encouraged by the range and quality of submissions in its inaugural year, the Whiting Foundation will award up to six grants in the fall of 2017. All creative nonfiction writers under contract with a publisher and at least two years into their contract are encouraged to apply by May 1, 2017. Applicants must be US citizens or residents. Whiting welcomes submissions for works of history, cultural or political reportage, biography, memoir, the sciences, philosophy, criticism, food or travel writing, and personal essays, among other categories.”
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5. SUBMISSION ALERTS!!!
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“THE CAPILANO REVIEW invites submissions of new work for an upcoming special issue focused on the necessities (45%), pains (40%), and pleasures (15%) of food. We’re looking primarily for poetry but also welcome short fiction, essays, and artwork made by anyone whose own cognitive mapping of the terrain–of food production and consumption, histories and economies, pathologies and realities–produces percentage-breakdowns somewhat akin to ours.” Deadline: March 31, 2017. Pays: “Contributors are paid $50 per published page to a maximum of $150 after publication.” (NB: This is a Canadian journal.) You’ll find additional information/guidelines at https://thecapilanoreview.submittable.com/submit/57761/submit-to-the-capilano-reviews-food-issue or http://bit.ly/2m8nnqK.
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THE MAINE REVIEW “features fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by both established and emerging writers….We are committed to including work by Maine writers in each issue, alongside great writing from across the country and around the world.” The current submission window closes on March 31. Pays: “Upon publication, The Maine Review pays $0.03 per word for fiction and nonfiction, and $50.00 per poem in addition to a complimentary copy of the journal that features your work.” Visit http://www.mainereview.com/ for more information. (Thanks to Alan Janowski [https://www.facebook.com/alan.jankowski.1] for the lead on this one.)
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Unsolicited work may be submitted to WEST BRANCH until April 1. The editors consider poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. Pays: “Payment is awarded for accepted works in the amount of $50 per submission of poetry, and $.05/word for prose with a maximum payment of $100. Additionally, we provide each contributor with two copies of the issue in which his/her work appears and a one-year subscription to West Branch.” NB: “Book reviews are typically arranged by assignment, and we publish only poetry reviews. If you are interested in writing reviews, please query with a sample. We currently pay $200 per assigned review.” Guidelines are available at http://westbranchsubmissions.bucknell.edu.
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Closing April 15: the current submissions window for EPOCH. “EPOCH is an open forum for literary fiction, poetry, essays, screenplays, cartoons, graphic art, and graphic fiction. We consider only work that is previously unpublished. We do not accept electronic submissions or simultaneous submissions.” Pays: “Our payments vary from year to year depending on our funding. We presently pay a minimum of $50 per poem. We pay a maximum of $150 per story, more for fiction submitted by literary agencies and for long stories and novellas.” More info at http://www.epoch.cornell.edu/submit.html.
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BLACKBIRD also remains open for submissions until April 15. Pays: “after publication.” Visit http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v15n2/submissions.shtml for more information.
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87 BEDFORD has issued a call for “six original, previously unpublished short stories between 2000 to 7000 words for the first issue of our SPECULATIVE MYSTERY ANTHOLOGY.” What they’re looking for: “We’re seeking spellbinding and gripping fiction that combines speculative elements and genres such as steampunk or urban fantasy with a mystery plot. We’re looking for literary stories that weaves together strong characters, beautiful language, and unique world-building into a fantastical mystery adventure. Our main condition is that the speculative aspect of the story be integral to the central mystery, in some shape or form.” Deadline: May 31, 2017. Pays: “Payment is $30. Payment will be made through PayPal (preferred), or mailed by check, upon publication. We will also email you a digital copy (PDF) of the final anthology.” Visit https://87bedford.com/anthology for more information.
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“CAFFEINATED PRESS sponsors an annual house anthology titled ‘Brewed Awakenings,’ with a new volume released every autumn.” There is no theme. Pay rates range from $10 for a micro-story to $150 for a novella. NB: “Our mission is to connect readers and writers in the West Michigan community. We do not bar non-local submissions that present compelling content with literary grace, but local submissions will always receive preference. We define ‘local’ as including residents, former residents, students, or frequent visitors to the area roughly west of US-127 between The Bridge and the Indiana/Ohio state line.” Deadline: May 31, 2017. Much more information is available at http://www.caffeinated-press.com/anthology/. (via http://writingcareer.com)
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“The digital version of THE CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS, cjnews.com, is rolling out a first-person essay section, and we’re looking for content! We’re soliciting first-person essays that are fresh, thoughtful and honest, written in a strong narrative voice. Wherever you fall on the denominational spectrum–whether you’re Orthodox, traditional, secular, an atheist, whatever –we’re interested in writing that highlights your experience of being Jewish–whatever that looks like, or means to you–in 2017.” NB: I have confirmed with the editor via email that this is a paying opportunity. Visit http://www.cjnews.com/trending/call-first-person-essay-submissions for guidelines.
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About OOLIGAN PRESS, which is open to queries: “We seek to publish regionally significant works of literary, historical, and social value. We define the Pacific Northwest as Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. We recognize the importance of diversity, particularly within the publishing industry, and are committed to building a literary community that includes traditionally underrepresented voices; therefore, we are interested in works originating from, or focusing on, marginalized communities of the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, our Press is concerned with sustainability and the future of the publishing industry. Our OpenBook series represents our pledge to transparency in sustainable book production. By focusing on responsible and efficient printing methods, the titles in our OpenBook series are published with minimal environmental impact. We welcome work that examines and engages these issues.” Considers literary fiction; nonfiction; memoir; young adult fiction; books about the craft and teaching of writing, publishing, and book production; and books on sustainable practices.” Consult http://ooligan.pdx.edu/submissions/ for additional information.
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And another reminder: FIG TREE BOOKS (where I am Media Editor) reads agented and un-agented submissions year-round. Looking for novels (including YA) and nonfiction (including memoirs) “that chronicle and enlighten the beautiful and sometimes challenging mosaic of the American Jewish Experience.” Visit https://figtreebooks.submittable.com/ for more info.
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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 the author of QUIET AMERICANS: STORIES, which is an American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. A member of the advisory board for J JOURNAL: NEW WRITING ON JUSTICE, 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. In August 2014, Erika joined Fig Tree Books as Media Editor. 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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