A Few Things to Consider Before Submitting Your Work to a Literary Magazine

A guest post by Melissa Merritt

I’m sitting in front of a computer in the Center for Literary Publishing reading creative nonfiction essays that have been submitted for publication. I’m an editorial assistant with the Colorado Review, and sadly, I’ve spent most of the afternoon reading essays that for one reason or another just don’t fit our journal. I stretch and take a big breath before plunging back into the queue.

Next up is a sixteen-page essay that has been waiting its turn for about six weeks. I imagine the author, waiting patiently through these excruciating weeks to hear back about this essay, probably one of her favorites.

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A Guide to Short Story Contests in 2018

“When seriously explored, the short story seems to me the most difficult and disciplining form of prose writing extant. Whatever control and technique I may have I owe entirely to my training in this medium.” – Truman Capote

UPCOMING SHORT STORY CONTESTS 

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
is awarded by Selected Shorts and the 20187 judge is Jess Walter. The winning entry will receive US$1000 and the work will be performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space, and will be published on electricliterature.com. The winning writer will also earn free admission to a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop. Entries close on 1 March

White Review’s Short Story Prize
awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. Entries must be 2000 words minimum, 7000 words maximum. Entries close on 1 March.

Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
is run by Vermont-based journal Hunger Mountain. The winner receives US$1000 and publication. Stories may be up to 10,000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. Entries close on 1 March.

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Applications Now Open for the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing

Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania is inviting application for its annual Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing. The successful applicants will receive a stipend of US$5000 and four month’s lodging at Bucknell’s Poets’ Cottage.

The Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing began in 1993. It aims to provide four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. In alternate years, the residency is awarded to poets and writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). In 2018 the residencies will be awarded to poets. Prose writers may apply in spring 2019 for the 2019-20 Residences.

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The American Library in Paris Fellowship 2018
The American Library in Paris is inviting applications for its 2018 fellowship program. The fellowships are open to all English-speakers, regardless of nationality.

The American Library in Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library located in the 7th arrondissement. It was founded in 1920 by the American Library Association using cases of books sent to U.S. soldiers serving in France during World War I. Among the first trustees of the Library was the expatriate American author Edith Wharton, and Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein were both early patrons.

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How to Write - 10 Tips from David Ogilvy

“Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well.”

David Ogilvy (1911 – 1999) is frequently referred to as ‘the father of advertising’ or as ‘the original Mad Man’.  Ogilvy first worked as a chef, a researcher and as a farmer before launching his own advertising agency in 1949 with just US$6000 in the bank. The Ogilvy Group would become one of the world’s most successful advertising agencies.

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