Archive for December, 2012

Time to Register! Publishing Seminar Jan. 7-13

December 26, 2012

Wilkes University Creative Writing Program Offers Publishing Seminar, Jan. 7-13

By Vicki Mayk

The graduate creative writing program at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, will offer a one-week in-depth literary publishing seminar, The Art and Science of Literary Publishing, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 through Friday, Jan. 13, 2013 on the Wilkes University campus.

wilkes-university-grad-logoThe Art and Science of Literary Publishing course includes information about the current publishing environment, from large to small presses, including corporate, independent, non-profit, university, multi-media and self-publishing models. There will be discussions about editorial policies, book design, distribution, business models, marketing, sales of manuscripts, legal issues, author events and much more.

Instructors are Phil Brady, who is the executive director of Etruscan Press, and Johnny Temple, who is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books.

Etruscan Press is an independent, nonprofit publisher that has produced more than forty books, including three that went on to become National Book Award finalists. Brady is a distinguished professor at Youngstown State University, where he directs the Poetry Center. Akashic Books is an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. Temple also is the cofounder of Brooklyn Wordsmiths, an editorial and consulting company. He also won the American Association of Publishers’ 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing, and the 2010 Jay and Dean Kogan Award for Excellence in Noir Literature.

The course is geared toward people interested in exploring career opportunities in the burgeoning field of literary publishing and production. It may be taken for four graduate credits in conjunction with Wilkes’ creative writing master of arts and master of fine arts degree programs. Those people not taking the course for graduate credit will receive a certificate of completion following receipt of their final portfolio of written work by the instructors.

Cost for the seminar is $2,488, with substantially discounted rates for Wilkes University alumni and current students ($1,244).

For more information, or to register, call the Wilkes University graduate creative writing program at (570) 408-4547 or email cwriting@wilkes.edu.

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New Contests and Opportunities!

December 19, 2012

Don’t miss these great opportunities to submit your work:

Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest

Winner receives $3,000, publication, and 100 copies.
Electronic & postal submissions accepted between November 1, 2012 – January 15, 2013.
Judge: Cole Swensen
Entry fee: $25.00

All entrants with a U.S. mailing address who pay an extra $3 to cover shipping costs will be mailed a copy of any Omnidawn book of their choice, or a copy of the winning book when it is published.

For more details: www.omnidawn.com/contest

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Glimmer Train Fiction Open

Deadline: January 2, 2013

1st place: $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train, 20 copies

2nd place: $1,000

3rd place: $600 ($700 if chosen for publication)

Open to all subjects, all themes and all writers.

Submissions to the Fiction Open usually run from 2,000 to 8,000 words, but stories of any length from 2,000 to 20,000 words are fine. More details: http://www.glimmertrainpress.com.

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Green Mountains Review – Neil Shepard Prize in Poetry and Ficton

Please consider submitting your work for our Green Mountains Review Prizes in Poetry and Fiction. First Prize winners will receive $500 and publication. Send up to three poems or one story, accompanied by a $15 reading fee. All writers will receive a free copy of the Fall 2013 prize issue in which the winners will be published, and all submissions will be considered for publica- tion. Please include an SASE and a cover letter with author’s name and contact information and titles of all entries submitted. The author’s name should appear nowhere on the manuscripts themselves. Additional work may be included by sending $3 per poem and $5 per story.

Fiction Judge:  Josip Novakovich
Poetry Judge:  Mark Halliday

Submission Deadline: April 13th 2013
All contest entries and their reading fees can be sent to:

Poetry Prize (or) Fiction Prize

GREEN MOUNTAINS REVIEW

Johnson State College

Johnson, VT 05656

All entries must be postmarked April 15, 2013 or earlier to be eligible for consideration.

Cohort to Cohort: Thesis Wisdom

December 12, 2012

With the January residency just around the corner, what better way to prepare for the master thesis term than hearing what those in the heat of things have to say? A sampling of students currently wrapping up the CW 520 course, Master Project Semester, have shared a few words of wisdom for the next cohort….

This is coming from an unorganized person, but organization is the key in the thesis semester. It’s a very hands-off term regarding mentors, so get out your calendar during residency and map out a specific plan of action. Mark your goals, i.e. reaching X amount of words or trying a new character, then note when you realistically plan to reach each goal and when to discuss them. That said, it is a creative project, so try to keep some elasticity in your plan. – Kait Burrier

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Don’t procrastinate! – Heather Lowery

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Write through it. Even when you think it’s not coming together, write through it! – Laura Duda

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Plan ahead and carve time to revise and edit once the project is completed. This requires a lot of organization indeed. – Edith Trenou-Dackey

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Start work before the semester officially begins so you aren’t rushing at the deadline. – Ashley Supinski

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As with any endeavor, what you put in is exactly what you’ll get out. – Pauline Hill Threlkeld

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Thanks to the current 520 group. Best wishes for those starting the intensive term ahead!

Wilkes Publishing Seminar: Jan 7-13, 2013

December 5, 2012

Wilkes University Creative Writing Program Offers Publishing Seminar, Jan. 7-13

By Vicki Mayk

The graduate creative writing program at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, will offer a one-week in-depth literary publishing seminar, The Art and Science of Literary Publishing, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 through Friday, Jan. 13, 2013 on the Wilkes University campus.

The Art and Science of Literary Publishing course includes information about the current publishing environment, from large to small presses, including corporate, independent, non-profit, university, multi-media and self-publishing models. There will be discussions about editorial policies, book design, distribution, business models, marketing, sales of manuscripts, legal issues, author events and much more.

Publishing Seminar
January 2013

Instructors are Phil Brady, who is the executive director of Etruscan Press, and Johnny Temple, who is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books.

Etruscan Press is an independent, nonprofit publisher that has produced more than forty books, including three that went on to become National Book Award finalists. Brady is a distinguished professor at Youngstown State University, where he directs the Poetry Center. Akashic Books is an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. Temple also is the cofounder of Brooklyn Wordsmiths, an editorial and consulting company. He also won the American Association of Publishers’ 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing, and the 2010 Jay and Dean Kogan Award for Excellence in Noir Literature.

The course is geared toward people interested in exploring career opportunities in the burgeoning field of literary publishing and production. It may be taken for four graduate credits in conjunction with Wilkes’ creative writing master of arts and master of fine arts degree programs. Those people not taking the course for graduate credit will receive a certificate of completion following receipt of their final portfolio of written work by the instructors.

Cost for the seminar is $2,488, with substantially discounted rates for Wilkes University alumni and current students ($1,244).

For more information, or to register, call the Wilkes University graduate creative writing program at (570) 408-4547 or email cwriting@wilkes.edu.