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Our Writing Contests Issue features arts organizations offering prizes more valuable than cash, twenty-five first-book contests, and the Anatomy of Awards; a profile of novelist Adam Haslett; an interview with New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul; articles about trauma and storytelling, writers and imposter syndrome, and selling your story collection; plus writing prompts, over 100 contests with upcoming deadlines, and more.

Ampersand Episode

The seventh episode of Ampersand features a preview of the new issue of the magazine; interviews with Adam Haslett and Leigh Stein; poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Tyehimba Jess reading from their new books; and more.

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Anatomy of Awards: The Numbers Behind Grants & Awards

by Melissa Faliveno and Tara Jayakar

Special Section

Posted 4.19.16

May/June 2016

As part of a continuing series, we offer a breakdown of the numbers behind our Grants & Awards listings, highlighting the total amount of prize money given each year, the average cost of entry, types of sponsoring organizations, and more.


Reviewers & Critics: Pamela Paul of the New York Times Book Review

by Michael Taeckens

The Practical Writer

Posted 4.13.16

May/June 2016

New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul shares her insights on the ethical and practical challenges of being the head of the last of the stand-alone newspaper book review sections.


Recovering the Classics

by Jonathan Vatner

News and Trends

Posted 4.13.16

May/June 2016

A new project crowdsources redesigned covers for classic works of literature, with the goal of “reviving the canon for a new generation of readers.”