A guest post by H. C. Gildfind

In the beginning…

Like most writers, I loved reading as a kid, and writing evolved from this as the prime means through which I understood and engaged with the world.

I pursued writing throughout secondary and tertiary education. These places gave me structure, peers, encouragement, feedback and – eventually – an income. Most importantly, these places taught me that writing is, first and last, very hard but very gratifying work.

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For the 19th issue of its print magazine, Barrelhouse is seeking submissions from writers who have never been published before.

Barrelhouse is an independent non-profit literary organisation which aims to bridge the gap between serious art and pop culture. Its biannual print journal features fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays about music, art, and the detritus of popular culture.

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STANDING OUT FROM THE CROWD: TIPS FROM A LITERARY MAGAZINE EDITOR

A guest post by Ashley Moore

A round of fiction submissions really is a beautiful beast: dense, overwhelming, intoxicating, and at its very best, delightful. At SAND journal, Fiction Editor Florian Duijsens and I make our way through at least 600 unsolicited stories each submissions period and are only able to publish around 8–12 of those. That means passionate pleas for our favorites and tough decisions once we’ve narrowed our selection down. But how does a writer get their work into the final rounds of editing? And how can a piece stand out among hundreds – or even thousands – of other stories?

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Warner Bros Writers Workshop 2018

Applications have opened for the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop for 2018-2019. The ten writers selected for the program will participate in a three-part training program, all aimed at preparing them for a successful career in television writing.

Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop describes itself as the premier writing program for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. Graduates of the program include Terrance Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Felicia Henderson (Soul Food).

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PEN America’s $10,000 Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers – emerging or established – to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate.

The fellowship aims to “harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system.”

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