Friday Find: September Giveaways for Writers (Redux)

The reason I am reminding you about the September Giveaways coordinated by “The Writer Mama” (Christina Katz) is twofold. First, Christina’s energy in maintaining this project over this past week is impressive enough–the idea that she’s going to keep this going another three weeks is almost awe-inspiring.

And second, well, tomorrow is the day that the giveaways will include two of our e-books. So if you want to try to snag free copies of our “Guide to No-Cost Literary Contests and Competitions” AND our “Directory of Paying Essay Markets”, tomorrow you’ll have your chance. Be sure to visit Christina’s blog on Saturday, September 8. Look for the post about the September 8 giveaway (I promise it won’t be hard to find, but I’ll try to post an update here with the link in case that helps). And comment as directed. Good luck! (I would love for one of this blog’s readers to win!)


Monday (Tuesday) Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

Here’s a question for you Practicing Writers: In addition to the submission calls, competition announcements, freelance opportunities, and notes on new jobs in the teaching of creative writing, would you like me to post more full-time jobs for writers? I’m one of those writers who found a “day job” that relies on writing skills (and offers a steady paycheck and benefits, too), and I’m wondering if you’d like the blog to publicize more of those possibilities. Please comment!

Just a reminder that our September newsletter, packed with additional announcements/opportunities, went out to subscribers at the end of last week. Did you miss it? Our archives are available to subscribers. Not a subscriber yet? What are you waiting for? Subscriptions are free (and easy) and we do not share subscriber addresses with anyone. Bonus: New subscribers receive recently-updated e-book, From (A)lgren to (Y)eats: The Practicing Writer’s Guide to Eponymous Literary Competitions.
Descant (Canada) seeks submissions for a Fall 2009 issue on the theme of “dance.” Looking for “stories, essays, poems, photos, art and installations.” Deadline: June 1, 2008. Pays: $100 honorarium on publication (presumably in Canadian funds). No simultaneous or previously published submissions. Information here.
For those of you who have talents in both writing and visual art (and I, for one, envy you), there’s a new publication on the way that seems likely to interest you: The Writer’s Eye Magazine: “The Writer’s Eye will feature articles, book reviews, and stories from writer-artists, integrating both forms of expression.” Paying market. Guidelines here. (via
News from Common Ties. “Effective immediately Common Ties will begin reviewing a new category of stories we call Quickies. These submissions should be 200 words or less. Quickies must initially fit into one of three general categories: 1) secrets and confessions; 2) moments of extreme euphoria or enlightenment; and 3) moments of extreme embarrassment, shame, terror or despair. The stories can be on any topic but must center around something that happened to you or someone you know well.” Previously published material will be considered, provided that you retain the rights. Pays: “Our basic payment is $75 per story, but this is only a guideline [….] If we approach you to record your story you will be paid an additional $75 should your recording be accepted.” Read the guidelines here. (via Flash Fiction Flash newsletter, though Common Ties is not looking for fiction)
The Sarabande Student Poetry Competition awards a $500 cash prize, letterpress broadside of the winning poem, and publication on the Sarabande Books Web site. The competition is open to full-time undergraduate Kentucky students only. There’s NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline: November 1, 2007 (received). Read the full submission guidelines here.
Pitzer College (California) is looking for an Assistant Professor Creative Writing. “Pitzer College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in creative writing (poetry, fiction, or performance) beginning Fall 2008. Areas of interest include nature-writing, urban issues, or gender and feminist issues. Ability to teach multiple genres desirable. Candidate will teach introductory and upper-level courses in creative writing, and will advise students in the Creative Writing track. Commitment to teaching in a liberal arts setting essential. M.F.A or Ph.D. (with creative writing emphasis) and/or significant publications required.” Read the announcement here.
Penn State Erie/The Behrend College seeks an Assistant/Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing, “with a primary specialty in literary nonfiction and a secondary specialty in either fiction or poetry, beginning August, 2008. The position requires excellence in teaching and scholarship, as well as involvement in college and departmental service. Course load is three classes per semester. Teaching responsibilities include courses in literary nonfiction, either poetry or fiction, and other related courses.” Read the announcement here.
West Virginia University University is looking for an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction). “Applicants must have a MFA, Ph.D., or other terminal degree in an appropriate field (Creative Writing or English preferred), clear evidence of success in publication, and demonstrated teaching excellence. We seek candidates who will add to the diversity of approaches and perspectives in a thriving undergraduate and MFA program in Creative Writing. Anticipated areas of teaching include undergraduate and graduate courses in fiction writing, the capstone course for the undergraduate creative writing concentration, and genre courses in literature (novel and short story).” Read the announcement here.
The College of Wooster (Ohio) seeks an Assistant Professor of English. “Tenure-track position, beginning Fall 2008. Expertise in African-American literature OR in African-American literature and fiction writing. The successful applicant will participate in the College’s interdisciplinary programs, including First-Year Seminar and the program in writing; teaching load includes four or five courses a year as well as directing Senior Independent Study projects.” Requires Ph.D. in English. Read the announcement here.

The Pedestal Magazine’s Interview with Edward Hirsch

The new issue of The Pedestal Magazine is online, and features an excellent interview with poet Edward Hirsch. I met Hirsch at a conference a few years back, and still recall sitting in the audience, stunned, as he read from a poem that mentioned my grandmother’s hometown: Mannheim, Germany. (The last place I expected to be reminded of my grandmother’s European hometown had to be that middle-of-America conference location: Tulsa, Oklahoma.) But Hirsch’s grandfather hailed from Mannheim, too. I’ve sensed a kinship with Hirsch, and taken a special interest in his work, ever since.

Friday Find: Your Suggestions

Here’s a twist on our weekly routine: I’d love for you to use the “Comments” feature and direct me to “finds” you’ve discovered. And here’s my real, selfish hope: Please point me to a “find” (or more than one) to help me with my ongoing work in my poetry class. Specifically (as my fellow classmates and instructor can attest), I’m looking for “how-to” guidance on the following craft-related issues:

1) line breaks;
2) punctuation in poetry; and
3) capitalization in poetry.

So there’s your assignment, should you choose to accept it! Thank you in advance, and have a great weekend!