How to Submit Your Novel in 2013, Best Literary Feuds of 2012, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.31.12

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

With several imprints to choose from, GalleyCat explains ways to submit your novel in 2013.

The New York Times Magazine published its annual The Lives They Lived this past weekend, with many literary figures featured, including Cheryl Strayed on Adrienne Rich, and Ariel Kaminer on David Rakoff.

Today is the last day to vote in the Above and Beyond Award 2013, given by literary website Beyond The Margins. The award, now in its second year, "recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond to help other writers and/or contribute to a community of writers."

If you're near New York City tomorrow, the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery is hosting its thirty-ninth annual New Year’s Day marathon reading, featuring dozens of poets, including Jen Benka, Charles Bernstein, Eileen Myles, and John Giorno.

The Boston Globe lists its favorite nonfiction books of 2012.

Meanwhile, the New Yorker looks back at the best literary feuds of 2012.

Maria Popova tracked down a numbered copy of The Wishing Tree, a children's book written by Willliam Faulkner in 1927, and published as a limited edition in 1964. (Brain Pickings)

The New York Times details Walt Whitman's Civil War service as a hospital volunteer in our nation's capital.

Roxane Gay shares her favorite small press reads of the past year. (HTML Giant)

The Los Angeles Review of Books looks at the life and iconoclastic career of songwriter Tom Waits, and the many poets who informed his work.

Happy New Year!

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