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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

NCF Tuesday: Poetry, Murakami & Festivals; Glimmer Train Deadline; Idiots


News

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An Inspirational Montana Poet Laureate

Kristen Inbody writes about Sheryl Noethe, Montana’s new poet laureate and her amazing work with the Missoula Writing Collaborative. The non-profit organization provides under privileged students trained writing professionals to inspire their creativity and encourage self-expression through written and spoken word.

Do you think all schools could benefit from this kind of teaching?


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Interview with Haruki Murakami

Enjoy Haruki Murakami’s interview as The New Yorker’s fiction editor discusses his novel 1Q84 (hitting U.S. shelves in late October) and the excerpt, “Town of Cats,” available online and in print.

The setting of 1Q84 is 1984, and Murakami struggled with the lack of technology. Have you faced similar challenges when dealing with settings in your stories?
   

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Poetry Fighting Back

Seth Abramson from Huffington Post lists 10-poetry must reads in an attempt to prove the poetry scene in America is still going strong.

Which poetry collections you would add to the list?






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New Yorker Festival-Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Nate Freeman gives readers the writer and celebrity pair-ups at the 2011 New Yorker Festival coming up at the end of September.

Which pair would you like to see?





Contests

FICTION
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: Aug 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 

POETRY
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 

Fun
Enjoy Funny or Die skit with Zoe Saldana & Kate Bosworth!




4 comments:

Anna said...

I didn't read Julie Carr's 100 Notes on Violence, but I did read her Sarah-Of Fragments and Lines and thought it was very moving. I need to get back on the poetry-reading bandwagon. Thanks for the link!

Madeleine said...

I have collections by Matt Harvey; Freida Hughes; Roger McGough and BBC poetry anthologies. Not read any of those you mentioned though.

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Sheryl Noethe and poems as well as real or meaningful.

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