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Poets & Writers Magazine • Volume 50 • Issue 3
EDITOR’S Note • SCENES OF A PAST AND AN UNKNOWN FUTURE
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From Booksellers to Owners
Page One • Where New And Noteworthy Books Begin
Prize Offers Access for African Writers
Building Solidarity Through Poetry
Small Press Points
A New Editor for the Rumpus
The Time Is Now • Writing Prompts and Exercises
1000 Words of Summer • HOW AN ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT OPENED UP MY WRITING LIFE
What I Deserve • HOW TO WRITE LIKE NOBODY’S READING
The Shape of Time • PLANTING WORDS ON A PAGE
Life Goals • ELIF BATUMAN, THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE IDIOT AS WELL AS ITS SEQUEL, EITHER/OR, FORTHCOMING FROM PENGUIN PRESS IN MAY, TALKS TO POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR ABOUT HER EXPERIENCES WRITING THE NEW NOVEL, BEING NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE, AND WHAT SHE LEARNED ON A TRIP TO RUSSIA AND UKRAINE.
LEARNING TO FLY • SAMANTHA HUNT’S NEW GENRE-BENDING EXPLORATION OF GHOSTS AND GHOST STORIES, THE UNWRITTEN BOOK: AN INVESTIGATION, IS HAUNTED BY A SPECIAL GHOST BOOK: WITHIN ITS PAGES IS AN INCOMPLETE NOVEL ABOUT A SECRET SOCIETY OF PEOPLE WHO CAN FLY, WRITTEN BY HER FATHER AND DISCOVERED IN A DRAWER JUST DAYS AFTER HIS DEATH.
FINDING THE WRITING CONTEST FOR YOU
EIGHT FINAL REVISIONS TO TRY BEFORE YOU HIT SUBMIT
WRITING CONTEST SUCCESS STORIES
UNCOMMON CONTESTS • Nineteen Literary Awards With Prizes Beyond the Ordinary
YOUR SUMMER OF SUBMISSIONS • Tools and Tips for Planning When, Where, and How to Send Out Your Work
Agent Advice • Howard Yoon of the Ross Yoon Agency
A Workshop With Stakes • SHARING YOUR MEMOIR WITH YOUR FAMILY
Deadlines • POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES state, national, and international prizes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We list only prizes of $1,000 or more, prizes of $500 or more that charge no entry fee, and prestigious nonmonetary awards. Applications and submissions for the following prizes are due shortly. Before submitting a manuscript, first contact the sponsoring organization for complete guidelines. When requesting information by mail, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). See Submission Calendar for deadlines arranged by date, and for announcements of recently awarded prizes, see Recent Winners.
Conferences & Residencies • POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES application information for writers conferences, literary festivals, and residencies of interest to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators. Applications for the following events are due shortly. Conferences and festivals with rolling, first-come, first-served admission are listed well in advance. Some accept registration on the date of the event. Contact the sponsoring organization for an application and complete guidelines, as well as updates regarding the impact of public health guidelines. When requesting...