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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday November 8, 2019

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews;
Areas include: Arts; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry that responds to, explores, or is inspired by a piece of art, and fiction and nonfiction of any kind, including book interviews or profiles, and articles about ekphrastic writing. Accepts submissions in alternate months only. Closed to submissions in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

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When rejection isn’t failure

dailyprincetonian.com – Thursday November 7, 2019

This year, I had only one New Year’s resolution: to receive a rejection letter from a literary agent. This wasn’t because I didn’t want to succeed. It was because rejection isn’t the opposite of success, but a necessary step on the road to accomplishment.

Rejection sucks. It’s inevitable, but still — it sucks. This problem is especially prevalent here at Princeton, where students who were their high school’s star athlete or lead actor or first chair find themselves suddenly surrounded by people who are, let’s face it, more talented than them. So often, Princeton students will go through audition after interview after application and face rejection after rejection after rejection. I’ve certainly had my fair share here, and I won’t pretend that it didn’t shatter my self-esteem a little.

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Folio Lit Acquires Emma Sweeney Agency

publishersweekly.com – Thursday November 7, 2019

Folio Literary Management has acquired the Emma Sweeney Literary Agency (ESA), effective January 2, 2020. The latter, founded in 2006, represented such authors as Sara Gruen and Edgar Cantero.

In a release about the deal, Folio said authors at ESA have won a host of major literary awards, including the Nobel and the Pulitzer. And Gruen's 2006 novel, Water for Elephants, has Folio noted, sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

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CalArts’ Creative Writing MFA Program Is Seeking Applications for Fall 2020

hyperallergic.com – Thursday November 7, 2019

CalArts’ MFA Creative Writing Program—a two-year master’s degree dedicated to fostering the experimental impulse, is seeking applicants for Fall 2020.  A non-tracking program that allows students the freedom to study across genre and form, CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program is designed for writers who want to push beyond traditional boundaries and discover new modes of expression through language. With new faculty members Michael Leong and Anthony McCann, and exciting guests including the 2020 Katie Jacobson Writer in Residence, John Keene, there’s never been a better time to apply.

Centered in the storied creative laboratory that is CalArts—an electric community of boundary-pushing visual and performing artists—the program’s rigorous courses can be supplemented by enriching electives from across the institute. CalArts incredible faculty, stellar reading series, and genre-busting literary magazine, SubLevel, afford our students the opportunity to work and study with some of the most exciting writers publishing today. Postgraduate professional development opportunities such as teaching fellowships, and artist residencies, gird our graduates for the demands of life as a working writer.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday November 7, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories; Spiritual;
Markets: Adult; Children's;
Preferred styles: Literary

Usually accepts submissions from Canadian authors only. Send query by post with SAE with sufficient Canadian postage for return, with author bio, synopsis, and first three chapters up to a maximum of 50 pages.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday November 7, 2019

Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Criticism; Culture; Literature; Translations;
Markets: Academic; Adult;
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

Biannual international magazine for creative work as well as criticism, literary as well as visual texts, writing in scholarly as well as more personal modes, in English and translations into English. It is open to experimentation, and represents work of different kinds and from different cultural traditions. Its central concern is the transcultural.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Molly McQuade

firstwriter.com – Thursday November 7, 2019

Film / TV agent at the Carolyn Jenks Agency. On the lookout for any story with cinematic potential, an undeniable story engine, or something that has to be seen to be believed.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Becca Crandall

firstwriter.com – Tuesday November 5, 2019

Becca represents fiction and nonfiction across most genres, but has a special place in her heart for Middle Grade and YA stories with beautiful prose and compelling characters.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday November 4, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

Strives to pair bold, experimental poetry and fiction with innovative design to create a magazine that is both relevant and thought-provoking. Submit one story up to 3,000 words, or up to five poems up to ten pages total.

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Agents Do Drop You

By G. Miki Hayden
Instructor at Writer's Digest University online and private writing coach

firstwriter.com – Monday November 4, 2019

When they stop communicating with you, you know you’re toast.

So should you negotiate without an agent?

Writers are often eager to have time-limited contracts with their agents—as well they might be (you want to get out when you’re ready to go)—but some agents have time-limited contracts for their own protection. One popular authors’ representative gives a contract for a six-month period and says if he can’t sell your book within that time, you’re free to go.

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