Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. ~ E. L. Doctorow

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NCF Tuesday: Books from Childhood; Writing Contests; Hipster Tea Party


News

 
Children Inheriting Their Parents Books

According to Kevin Hartnett, parents often choose books from their childhood to share with their children and foster a love for reading. A wonderful tradition to pass on to the youth of this world. 

Name 1 or 2 of your favorite books as a child?

   
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Looking to Turn Your Novel Into a Movie?

Josie Freedman, Co-head of the Media Rights Department (with Nick Harris) at International Creative Management (ICM) discusses what she looks for when deciding if a novel can translate into a movie. 

What novels do you think would make for a great movie?



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PJ Harvey to Release Her Writing and Art Work

Life and the chance to make a record took musician PJ Harvey away from her desire for the visual arts, and now would like to make her way back. While on tour for her a new album out this year, a plan to showcase her poetry, short fiction and drawings is in the works. 

Besides writing, do you aspire to other areas of the arts?


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Keeping Bookstores Alive

Unique bookstores keep the brick and mortar stores alive while combating the e-book explosion.

Do you have a unique bookstore you enjoy visiting?




Contests

FICTION
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 

Narrative Magazine
-       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 


Fun
Funny or Die shows us the Hipster Tea Party potential. Enjoy!

6 comments:

RosieC said...

Oh, those look like great contests. Thanks for the links.

I haven't thought about my favorite childhood books in a long time. The ones that come to mind are Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel (or something like that) and The Toothpaste Millionaire. However, I recently read an MG novel from the 1970s that my friends had enjoyed as kids, and I was shocked by the anti-math bent, the all-male cast of characters, and the roaring stereotypes of smart people wearing glasses and the like. I'm sure before I shared anything with my kids that I would need to reread it to see what latent ideas are there.

Rosie
East for Green Eyes

Anna said...

After we graduate from the classics (Dr. Seuss and Richard Scarry) I plan to put fantasy/scifi books in my kids' hands. I'm thinking Princess Bride and Neverending Story to begin, with maybe some Anne McCaffrey when they get a bit older.

As for bookstores, Shakespeare Co. in Paris ranks up there with my favorites, as does The Strand in NYC. But I love me any good used bookstore where you can find just the right book for a dollar.

Michael Offutt said...

I like PJ Harvey. It's good to see she's staying relevant. As far as turning my book into a movie...I think I'd just like to see it in print first. I'll keep my goals "realistic".

Anonymous said...

Ah, good post! I really enjoyed all of the Mercer Mayer books as a kid and still really love reading them to my kiddos.

Bookstores. . . I love Unabridged here in Chicago.

FYI Blogger hates me today so I can only post anonymously. Boo. Lindsay @ Tiptoe-Kisses

Jessica Bell said...

I am such a HUGE fan of PJ and had no idea she was a writer too! Wow. thanks for letting me know! I've been listening to PF since I was 14. Her first album, DRY is still one of my favorites :o)

ali said...

You always share such awesome resources! I've definitely shared my book loves with my boys, but they haven't always loved them as much as I have. Storytelling has changed a lot since then. :)

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