Everywhere I look online, there is a writer/editor divide. Writers and Editors are enemy creatures: They have different blogs, different advice, and different career paths. One creates; the other destroys.
But we’re young; we don’t have careers, and that means we don’t have to compartmentalize quite so fiercely. What I loved (and hated) about high school was that there were so few opportunities for writers that we could take advantage of all of them—including those that involved editing.
This post is a celebration of the act of editing, of the writer brave enough to cross the divide. As editor of my high school literary arts magazine, I was able to see writing in another light and to take that perspective back to my own work. So, without further ado, here are the Top 5 Reasons You Should Join a Literary Magazine. Read the rest of this entry »
Note: This is a work-in-progress, as these are just the ways I’ve gotten my work out there. I’d love to hear what other opportunities exist!
youngARTS: Sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, this program selects up to 20 creative writers in the genres of poetry, short fiction, novel, script, and nonfiction to attend an all-expenses paid week in Miami (no, really—and in January, no less). All attendees will earn anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for their work, and those winners who receive the $10,000 or the $5,000 awards will also get a free week in New York City.
This program is also the selection process for Presidential Scholar in the Arts,
Nominating up to 60 artists out of the 150 invited to Miami. 20 are ultimately selected for an all-expenses paid trip to DC. (It seems like most years 4 or 5 writers are nominated; my year had 10. And for whatever reason, we do better than other art forms at making our nominees Presidential Scholars.)
OPEN TO: Read the rest of this entry »
Earlier this year, my school’s writing club was lucky enough to be visited by the Davidson poet Allison Elrod (http://www.charlottewritersclub.org/allison_elrod). Her savviest piece of advice? That writers set their writing free in the world—to literary journals, contests, publishers. People outside of your orbit. People who know what they’re doing.
“It’s a slow process,” she said. “But eventually those impersonal thanks but no thanks will evolve into personalized rejections—“Dear Mrs. Elrod, Thanks but no thanks—into maybe not these, but how about some others? Until one day your work is accepted somewhere. Anywhere.”
“And that,” she added, “is a good feeling.
It’s interesting advice, especially to young writers. Read the rest of this entry »