Notes for Writers for Feb. 21, 2020
The best writing advice, tweets, and gigs of the week
|Nicholas Barron||Feb 21|
Do people ask you how things are going with your writing? It’s been a month of full-time freelancing and it seems every friend and contact asks me how it’s going. Authors probably get asked how their book is coming along. And poets probably wish someone asked about their poetry.
What do you say? After all, success is subjective. A New York Times best-selling author can still be filled with doubt and insecurity. And it’s a law of nature that a freelance writer will never think they’re earning enough money.
That’s why this week’s GIF is inspired by how I respond to the question, “How’s it going?” What do you say when you’re asked about your writing?
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Calls and Contests
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2020 North Carolina State Poetry Contest; North Carolina residents only (Deadline: Feb. 24)
Speculative City Open Call for Speculative Fiction, Poetry, and Essays (Deadline: Feb. 24)
RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers; Canadian citizens who’ve been published in a literary magazine or anthology but not in book form (Deadline: Feb. 25)
Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Competition (Deadline: Feb. 29)
Thimble Literary Journal Open Call (Deadline: Feb. 29)
Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction (Deadline: Feb. 29)
Speculative Literature Foundation Working Class Writers Grant (Deadline: Feb. 29)
Sonic Boom, a Literary Journal, Open Call (Deadline: March 1)
The Fountain Essay Contest (Deadline: March 1)
Jewish Book Council Open Call for Short Story Submissions (Deadline: March 1)
National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships; Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. only (March 11, 2020)
Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (Deadline: April 1)
The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction; Book must be set in the U.S. states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia (Deadline: May 1)