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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Just a few quick things:

  • The latest issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers this morning. So if you’re already subscribing to this free newsletter, please check your inbox! If you’re not, you can find the new issue online until the next one replaces it. And you can learn more about the newsletter and follow easy subscription instructions here. (Bonus: New subscribers receive access to a writing-contest guide, “From A(lgren) to W(illiams) The Practicing Writer’s Guide to Eponymous Literary Contests and Competitions,”which features only fee-free opportunities that pay for winning work. I update this guide each February, so anyone who subscribes now is getting a super-current edition.)
  • Following in a few others’ footsteps, I’m taking on a new habit: providing ultra-short “book reviews” of my current reading. I’m doing this mainly because now that I’m building up my book-publicist practice I’m really not doing much (any?) “official” reviewing. But I still want to share some thoughts about what I read. You’ll find them gathered here.
  • A quick “thank-you” to the folks at Pen & Paper Writing for the nice shoutout on their “list of resources for writers.”
  • Hope you’re all having a good week!

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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    Friday Finds for Writers


    Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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    Sunday Sentence

    In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

    A comparison might be made between Gary and his good friend and admirer Albert Camus: both were outsiders, the Eastern European Jew and the Algerian; both were resisters (though Camus’s war was nowhere near as heroic as Gary’s); and both spoke up for the particular and against the abstract, following the hope, embedded in the French vocabulary, that the word humain could stand for both the human and the humane.

    Source: “The Made-Up Man” by Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker)

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).

    I know that today is Christmas—it’s also the last day I’ll be posting for awhile. So let me again wish a merry holiday to those who are celebrating. And I’ll see you all back here a few days into the new year.
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