Thursday, October 27, 2011
The AWP Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery & publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in the programs of AWP. Winners at the national level will be contacted in the spring of 2012 and will receive publication in a participating journal and a $100 cash honorarium. Participating journals are Hayden's Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Controlled Burn, Quarterly West, Tampa Review, and Artful Dodge.
Submit entries to Laurel Richards, secretary of the Writing Dept.
Entries must follow these guidelines:
• Each submitted piece must have a separate title page with the following information:
1. The title, author’s name, permanent address, email address, and phone number
2. The genre of the work (must be either fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry)
• Neither the author’s name nor any other identifying information should appear on the manuscript except on the title page.
• Translations are acceptable, but it is the translator's responsibility to secure publication rights.
• All submitted works must be unpublished and may not be under consideration elsewhere.
• Excerpts from novels are acceptable.
• No individual piece submitted may exceed 25 pages.
• Prose must be double-spaced and typed or printed on a letter-quality printer; dot-matrix is not acceptable. Poetry only may be single-spaced.
• Students may submit up to 2 works of fiction, 2 works of creative nonfiction, and 5 works of poetry.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Office of the Governor of the State of Connecticut
Application Due Dates:
November 15 for Spring 2012
April 1 for Summer 2012
June 30 for Fall 2012
This internship will put you in the middle of the fast-paced, 24/7/365 Communications Department of the Office of the Governor in the State of Connecticut. Starting the day early by compiling and sending around news clips to the Governor’s staff; you may find yourself staffing the Governor at an event; researching and writing memos, advisories and press releases; updating the website and social media accounts; working with staff to prepare for, plan and execute upcoming events; and monitoring newspapers, blogs and social media for news stories.
Must be a fifth-semester college student or higher with a keen interest in pursuing the journalism, communications or political science fields. An ability to think-on-your-feet and pitch in wherever necessary is a must.
Email a cover letter, resume, and 3 writing samples to:
Director of Communications
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Please visit the MFA website Forms page to download and complete the Mentor Request form. You may email the form to me by Oct. 28. Even if you do not have specific mentor requests, please complete the form so that I will know which courses you want to register and whether you are registering full time or part time. Please also indicate on the form whether you will be attending the January residency.
New students: no need to fill out this form. I will assign your first-semester mentors.
Even two years ago, I would have never bothered submitting to an electric anthology. Ebooks had no market, and thus ebook markets didn't pay for short fiction. But with the widespread adoption of ebook readers, we're seeing some new publishers actually willing to pay in advance. Short crime fiction, like crime itself, often doesn't pay either, but West Coast Crime Wave did. Now that I'm living in Berkeley, CA I had the perfect setting.
My story, "The People's Republic of Everywhere and Everything" is about revolutionary politics, Internet memes, quantum computing, and Cotard delusion. The book itself is available on Kindle right now for a mere $3.99, and will hit Nook et al later this week. Unfortunately, there's no way to put an ebook on one's brag shelf, but I did find something to brag about in the introduction to the book by genius crime writer Ken Bruen:
I'll take that!
Monday, October 17, 2011
Please join John Briggs and friends in a discussion on Fostering Creativity in Our Writing:
Wednesday, October 26, at noon
Midtown Student Center, room 202
As you probably know, John is one of WestConn's three Distinguished Connecticut State University Professors. He is author of Fire in the Crucible: Understanding the Process of Creative Genius (Phanes Press, 2000).
Bring your lunch, and BRING YOUR STUDENTS!!!
I hope to see you there.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Steve Almond is going to be reading from his new book God Bless America this Tuesday, October 18, starting at 6 pm at Real Art Ways in Hartford. He will be playing the book trailer Sara Lewis and I made for him. Tickets are $5 to get in, see www.realartways.org for more information.
Thanks and hope to see you guys there!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Here's a picture of my dog with my author copies of my latest book, Insults Every Man Should Know. It's a little quickie gift book from Quirk Publishing, but will surely be legend in the ten-dollar joke book market segment. It also paid for my trip to Scotland earlier this year, and at only 15,000 words didn't take much time to write. I just did 2000 words every Sunday for seven Sundays, and then filled in some front and back matter.
Can't complain! If Richard Yates could write promotional material for Remington Rand, I can do this.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Friday, October 07, 2011
I finally took a few minutes to check out Scribd.com – very interesting. For those who don't know, it is a social network built around online publication for writing. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with it, either as a reader or publisher. I would like to find out what you think of Scribd as a self-publishing platform.
This is a reminder that WCSU has (again) required that all official program-related email communication among students and faculty take place via university email addresses. Thus, any future official email communication from me will be to your WCSU email addresses. This applies to everyone, but is of particular relevance to current thesis students...
My latest short story, "The Coda of Solomon" appears in Demons, edited by the seminal splatterpunk writer and editor John Skipp.
Demons is part of a series of phonebook-sized anthologies that combine classic reprints, more recent previously published stories, and new fiction, with the idea of demonstrating how a classic horror trope (zombies, werewolves, and now demons) have been used over the centuries. This one includes work by classic authors Lovecraft and Poe, plus stories by some of the best living authors: Neil Gaiman, David J. Schow, and William Peter Blatty.
Check it out!
Thursday, October 06, 2011