Deadline Approaches for Milkweed Editions Poetry Prize

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Posted 2.5.16 by Prize Reporter

Submissions are currently open for the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, an annual award given for a full-length manuscript by a poet living in the Upper Midwest. The winner receives $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions.

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What Hollywood Owes Writers, Epistolary Novels, and More

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Online Only, posted 2.5.16

National Book Foundation launches program for LGBTQ teens; Tournament of Books brackets posted; Robert Lowell’s complicated relationships with women; and other news.

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Sunil Yapa Recommends...

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Posted 2.4.16

"For a minor level stuck—a piece of dialogue too on the nose, a telling detail that just doesn't tell—I stay at the desk. I stare at the wall; I look out the window..."

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Unprintable Books, Hong Kong Bookstore Sells Banned Titles, and More

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Online Only, posted 2.4.16

Tim Parks on the state of translation; five ways Infinite Jest predicted the future; T. S. Eliot’s notes on detective fiction; and other news.

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State of the...

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 2.4.16 by Writing Prompter

The State of the Union is an annual address in which the President of the United States delivers a speech to Congress on the condition of the country and reports on plans, priorities, and recommendations for the future. Choose an arena or environment that you preside over in some way, such as a bedroom, office cubicle, spot in the backyard, or table at a café. Then, write a personal essay in the form of a speech addressing the state of things in your chosen entity—describe the current conditions and announce any plans you have for the future.

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Poet’s Death Sentence Revoked, Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary, and More

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Online Only, posted 2.3.16

Amazon to open more physical stores; self-loathing book trailers; on writer envy and the real purpose of writing; and other news.

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Redemptive Voice

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 2.3.16 by Writing Prompter

In the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, Tom Spanbauer talks about using the “redemptive voice,” which “can have the effect of a third-person omniscient voice...but also the very important added benefit of having a personality, actually being a part of, and speaking from, inside the story.” Write a short story in which your narrator’s voice is both informal and informed.

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Finnegan’s Wake Set to Music, Breaking the Language Barrier, and More

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Online Only, posted 2.2.16

New York Times features profile of editor Chris Jackson; Margo Jefferson interviewed at Bomb; Joan Didion as L.A’s angel of death; and other news.

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Year of the Monkey

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 2.2.16 by Writing Prompter

February 8 marks the new year on the lunar calendar this year. On the Chinese zodiac, this date marks the passage from the Year of the Sheep, a year of prosperity and promise, to the Year of the Monkey, a sign known for mischief and playfulness. Write a poem about this animal sign, looking beyond the typically cited characteristics of the monkey and exploring the lesser-known traits that might be associated with your own specific wishes or worries for 2016.

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Finalists for Tufts Poetry Award Announced

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Posted 2.1.16 by Prize Reporter

Claremont Graduate University announced last week the finalists for the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. The annual award is given to honor a book by a midcareer poet. The finalists for the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, given annually for a debut poetry collection, were also announced.

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