NCF Tuesday: Teacher Under Fire; Short Story Contest for New Writers; 'Damn Your Lazy' Greeting Card

Welcome back to the regularly scheduled blog. For my new readers, Tuesdays are devoted to literary News, writing Contests and Fun: NCF Tuesdays. 


Teacher’s Published Romance Novels Cause Uproar

English teacher, Judy Buranich, received negative responses when parents found out she moonlighted as a romance novelist. Buranich has taught at Midd West High School for almost 25 years and published under a pseudonym for 20 years. Parents of Middleburg, PA were outraged and feel she needs to make a choice between teaching and writing.

Should Mrs. Buranich choose between teaching and publishing romance novels?

Restoring the Original Version Dorian Gray

Nicholas Frankel, associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, edited the new uncensored version of The Picture of Dorian Gray. He feels readers in the 21st century can handle the more risqué and homoerotic passages that were revised in 1890.  

Do you think critics and readers today will have the same negative response given in 1890?


New American Fiction Prize
-       Fiction: Approx. 100-500 pages of your best fiction
-       First Place Prize: $1,000, publication contract, 25 complimentary copies and 15% royalties
-       Deadline: May 15, 2011
-       Details here 

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 

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 
Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest
-       Chapbook of Poetry: 16-20 pages of a manuscript
-       First Place Prize: $1,000, publication by Slapering Hol Press
-       Deadline: May 15, 2011
-       Details here 

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Misha said…
I actually saw a video commentary about the teacher today. The guy had excellent points. What the teacher does in her spare time is no ones business for as long as it isn't harming the students.
Anna said…
Another case of people getting into other people's business. I say, good for her. What she writes in her free time is her choice. And she's published, which is more than I can say about a lot of English teachers who write in their free time!
Michael Offutt said…
The teacher should be allowed to pursue her writing. Additionally, I would buy a copy of the unedited Dorian Gray. I'm going to look for it now that you've turned me onto it. There isn't enough homoeroticism presented in literature and I'm sick and tired of all the white-washing and hetero-washing in movies and books.

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