Literary Blending with Fantasy/Sci-fi
The Wall Street Journal discusses the line between genre and literary fiction, low and high art. Alexandra Alter dives into the literary novelists’ struggle to compete with ubiquitous fantasy and science fiction.
Is the literary novelist’s move to blend their genre with popular fiction going to help or hurt them?
Analysis of All 7 Harry Potter Novels
Sean Smith at The Boston College Chronicle talks about Romance Languages and Literatures Professor Emerita Vera Lee’s On the Trail of Harry Potter, “which she touts as the first book-length literary analysis of all seven Harry Potter volumes.” She breaks from previously published analyses to focus on how J.K. Rowling created Harry Potter and why.
Would you purchase the literary analysis of the beloved YA series?
Summer Reading List
The New York Times runs down a list of 19 promising new books to keep you busy during the summer. Janet Maslin shows us that trite story lines are a thing of the past. I definitely will be picking up Jennifer Grant’s memoir Good Stuff.
What’s on your summer reading list?
Becky Taylor Books
$50.00 Amazon Gift Card Summer Break Giveaway
Deadline: May 31, 2011
Glimmer Train Literary Journal
- Short Story Award for New Writers
- First Place Prize: $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue
- Deadline: May 31, 2011
- Details here
- Spring 2011 Story Contest: Fiction and Nonfiction of 15,000 words or less
- First Place Prize: $3,250, considered for publication
- Deadline: July 31, 2011
- Details here
Writer’s Digest Magazine
- 5-Minute Memoir, “Tales From the Writing Life”
o Personal Essay (600 words or less)
o Prize: Publication in Writer’s Digest magazine
o Deadline: Rolling submissions
o Details here
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