Notes for Writers for Jan. 31, 2020
The best writing tips, guides, and gigs of the week
|Nicholas Barron||Jan 31|| 1|
Did you watch the Grammy’s? As the nominees for Album of the Year were announced, Billie Eilish mouthed, “Please, don’t be me.” A Gif of the moment is below. I didn’t watch the Grammy’s because I’m the specimen of uncool. (Seriously, while searching for this clip, I misspelled Elish’s name. And not accidentally.)
Anyway, my wish is that you, too, will be successful in your creative endeavors. And when you are, may you be Billie Elish humble.
Have a beautiful weekend, friend,
This Week I
Read about Marcelo Hernandez Castillo and other Undocupoets.
Wrote about why you need a style guide for your writing.
Ranted about employers taking advantage of freelance writers.
Tweet of the Week
Tyler Jones@ShadowsofAeon@neilhimself Hello Neil! I've been watching your lectures and I watched your documentary "Dream Dangerously" as well as stumbling upon your Masterclass but I have an important question. I am going to be twenty-eight years old in April isn't it too late to be a writer?
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Calls and Contests
Belmont Story Review, Volume 5 (Deadline: Feb. 1)
The Charles Crupi Memorial Poetry Contest for Michigan high school students (Deadline: Feb. 1)
Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award (Deadline: Feb. 1)
2020 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices (Deadline: Feb. 2)
Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize (Deadline: Feb. 3)
Spread the Word Life Writing Prize; U.K.-based poets over 18 (Deadline: Feb. 3)
Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry; Poets residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan (Deadline: Feb. 14)
Lex Allen Literary Festival Poetry and Fiction Prize; U.S. undergraduate students only (Deadline: Feb. 14)
Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry 2020; Poets living in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, or Michigan (Deadline: Feb. 15)
Cash Prizes for LGBTQ Writers (Deadline: Feb. 17)
Western Australian Premier's Book Awards; Western Australian writers, illustrators (Deadline: Feb. 17)
2020 Nelson Algren Literary Award (Deadline: Feb. 17)
Jewish Book Council Open Call for Short Story Submissions (Deadline March 1)
One for the Road