The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

New Year's cake decorated by my niece. Photo © Joanna Dreifus.
  • Susan Woodring shares generous New Year’s wishes for practicing writers. Meantime, here are some excellent New Year’s resolutions from independent publicist Dana Kaye (thanks to @_joycastro for pointing me to the latter).
  • @SocialDialect recommends a post that features 10 blogs about blogging, “because we can all use more resources.”
  • The New York Times profiles the Hmong American Writers’ Circle–and its preoccupations. (See also the sample writings.)
  • The Millions previews highly anticipated books coming in 2012. (Hint for those who want to build a book-reviewing practice–you may find some forthcoming titles for review pitches here.)
  • In case you’ve ever wondered exactly what a “poetry chapbook” is, Brian Klems explains.
  • Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

  • Based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Southern Cultures covers all aspects of the region’s mainstream and marginalized cultures—through interviews, essays, articles, personal reminiscences, poetry, fiction, reviews, and surveys on contemporary trends. We are a peer-reviewed quarterly and welcome well-written submissions year-round from authors, scholars, and anyone else with insights into our region.” Upcoming deadlines include March 5, 2012 (for the annual Music issue), and June 1, 2012 (for a Remembering the Civil War issue). Pays: “We pay $250 for essay-length pieces and $100 for shorter works.”
  • An interesting project is going on with two Canadian literary journals (both journals routinely pay their contributors). “In the fall of 2012, The Malahat Review and The Fiddlehead will celebrate the writing of each other’s regions, with the former publishing an East Coast issue and the latter a West Coast issue. Writers with strong connections to either or both regions are invited to submit to the issue that will best provide their work the most apt and safe harbor.” Submission deadline is May 15, 2012.
  • The January issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers late last week. If you’re not yet a subscriber, you can read the current issue–and check out all of the no-fee competitions and paying submission calls–right here.
  • I’ve sung the praises of for poets and fiction writers before: I’m delighted to see that the site will soon expand to cover creative-nonfiction markets, too!
  • Ohio University seeks an Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing-Fiction).
  • From Hamline University (Minn.): “The Creative Writing Programs (CWP) invites applications for a tenure-track position in fiction to begin in August 2012.”
  • From Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: “The English/Communications Department seeks candidates for a full-time, temporary faculty position in Creative Writing and Literature, to begin January 17, 2012, with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will teach a wide range of creative writing and literature courses and offer courses in the general education program, including composition.”
  • “The English Department at Portland State University [Ore.] invites applications for a tenure-track 1.0 FTE position as an Assistant Professor in Nonfiction Writing to begin in September 2012.”
  • California State University, Northridge, plan to hire an Assistant Professor in Screenwriting.
  • The University of Maryland University College seeks a Web Communications Writer-Editor, the University of Chicago Medical Center Development team is looking for a Senior Writer, and the National Constitution Center (Philadelphia) invites applications for an Editor-in-Chief position with Constitution Daily, the center’s blog.
  • Friday Find: What to Do Before Your Book Debuts

    Over on the information-packed, multi-author Beyond the Margins blog, Randy Susan Meyers has begun a series of “What do Do Before Your Book Debuts” posts. The first post outlines some beginning steps; the second focuses on author websites and blogging; and in due course we’ll be reading about “Publicists, Marketing, Launch Parties, MANNERS! and more.” I’ll be following along and trying to learn what I might have done more effectively before my story collection, Quiet Americans, was published.

    Meantime, here’s wishing you all an extra-wonderful New Year’s weekend. See you back here in 2012!

    Friday Find: “How To Write Your Best Story”

    I’ll be honest: I didn’t find Philip Martin’s slim new book, How To Write Your Best Story, on my own. Rather, it found me: I was in the middle of some struggles with a short story of my own when the author–whose anthology for writers I’d previously reviewed and admired–contacted me and asked if I’d like to receive a complimentary copy.

    Subtitled “advice for writers on spinning an enchanting tale,” this is a nice, focused little book (about 100 pages) that concentrates on three specific “aspects of story.” As Martin writes: “A story needs the other normal things too: good characters, a plot that works, and all that. But in my experience, a story will sink or swim based on the appeal of those three elements: intriguing eccentricity to draw us in, delightful details to make us enjoy the course of the story, and a satisfying conclusion to wrap it up well.” I liked especially Martin’s choice of quotations throughout; I was less enthralled with “The Princess and the Apple,” a story that threads throughout the book to illustrate concepts.

    What I discovered only after reading the book is that there’s a blog to accompany and complement it. There, you will find a much more complete sense of what the book offers and how Martin presents his material than I’ve been able to give you here.

    With that, I wish you all a great weekend. See you back here on Monday!

    Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

  • “Hazard Community and Technical College [Ky.] is hosting the annual ‘Spooky Story Contest’….Stories should be spooky, thrilling, and macabre.” The contest is open to any writer; stories must run no longer than 4 pages or 1000 words. No simultaneous submissions. There is no entry fee, and the deadline is coming up fast: October 22. First-prize winner will receive $75; second-prize winner will receive $50. The winners and an honorable mention will be published in Kudzu. (via Kentucky Literary Newsletter)
  • Gothamist is interested in adding more long-form non-fiction features to our websites….For this round, we’re looking for a feature that will be relevant to our complete network audience of over four million readers in large American cities. We believe pitches that involve crime or other mysteries work especially well. However, we will review pitches on any subject you care to send.” Pays: initial payment of $3,500; 50/50 profit split. Pitch deadline: October 31. (via @longreads & @cnfonline)
  • Write it Sideways, a site that provides “writing advice from a fresh perspective,” is looking for two paid contributors. Extensive information available here. Applications are due November 1, 2011 (9 a.m. EST). Pays: $15/article, for 2 articles/month from January-June 2012. (via @NinaBadzin)
  • The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway (Galloway, N.J.) offers scholarships for first-time attendees. Check the detailed guidelines for eligibility and deadlines (which vary by scholarship). No application fees indicated. (via CRWROPPS-B)
  • “Gemini Ink, the only literary arts center in South Central Texas, seeks an ardent Executive | Artistic Director who can actively build on its mission to nurture writers and readers through literature and the related arts….” Application review will begin January 16, 2012.
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington is looking for a researcher to gather information and write entries for an encyclopedia project. Details on my other blog.
  • Hyde Park Art Center seeks a Marketing and Communications Manager and F+W Media, Inc. (Cincinnati) invites applications for a Content Strategy Manger — Writing Community.
  • From Emerson College (Mass.): “The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Magazine Writing and Publishing to teach a range of magazine publishing courses. The initial appointment is for the 2012-13 academic year beginning September 1, 2012.”
  • The University of Maryland-College Park is looking for an Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing (tenure-track).
  • “The English Department of Stonehill College (Mass.) seeks candidates for a three-year renewable position in creative writing with a specialization in fiction, to begin fall semester 2012. The position may be renewed for another three-year term upon satisfactory review.”
  • “The Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago (LUC) seeks qualified candidates for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry), beginning August 15, 2012.” (Look for Job #8500704.)