NCF Tuesday: Agatha Christie and Surfing; Writing Contests; Webcomic



Famous Mystery Writer Surfing Skills Revealed

Sam Jones from the Guardian delights readers with Agatha Christie’s passion for surfing.

What special skills do you have outside of your writing life?


Jennifer Egan and Girl Crush Zine

Daniel D’Addario reports on “Thessaly LaForce, web editor of The Paris Review, and Jenna Wortham, technology reporter for The New York Times” collaboration on a homemade magazine, Girl Crush. Jennifer Egan will contribute to the one-time publication celebrating strong and respected women.

Who do you have a crush on?

2011 and Still Banning Books

Alison Flood reports on Missouri school districts decision to ban Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five for its profanity and Sarah Ockler’s YA novel Twenty-Boy Summer for its topics of teenage drinking and promiscuity.  

Does book banning work or are parents and educators avoiding important topics by pretending they don’t exist?


Glimmer Train Literary Journal
-       Short Story Award for New Writers; 1,500-12,000 words 
-       First Place Prize: $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue
-       Deadline: August 31, 2011
-       Details here 

Writer’s Digest Magazine
-       Short Short Writing Competition
o   Fiction: 1,500 words or less
o   First Place Prize: $3,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference
o   Deadline: November 15, 2011
o   Details here 
-       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 

Zoetrope All-Story Magazine
-       Fifteenth Annual All-Story Short Fiction Contest: 5,000 words or less
-       First Place Prize: $1,000, online publication and possible representation
-       Deadline: October 3, 2011
-       Details here 

Writer’s Digest Magazine
-       7th Annual Poetry Awards Competition
o   Poetry: 32 lines or less
o   First Place Prize: $1,500 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference
o   Deadline: December 1, 2011
o   Details here

XKCD webcomic brings you another funny. Enjoy!


ali said…
ROFL! The comic was funny :) Thanks for the links Laura!

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