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Notes From Elsewhere: Quick Bookish Links for Your Weekend

Hello friends! Just a few links to see you into your weekend because I’m behind on life and haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to be. Nevertheless, let’s get to it.

Roxane Gay is the judge for this year’s Kore Press Short Fiction Award. The deadline is February 15, 2015.

And in longform nonfiction news, Jill Abramson is forming a startup company with Steven Brill:

Writers will be paid advances around $100,000 to produce stories that will be longer than long magazine articles but shorter than books, she said. There will be “one perfect whale of a story” each

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Notes From Elsewhere: Small Press News, Feminist Reading + More

We have a lot of kick-ass ladies and reading suggestions in this Notes From Elsewhere, so let’s get to it, and then you can go back to sorting your Halloween plans.

Speaking of Halloween, would you like some spooooooky stories to read? Emily Temple at Flavorwire has a shedload for you.

Also at Flavorwire: 28 Feminist Writers on Books Every Man Should Read. (Also, people in general, I would venture.)

And from Alison Herman: “‘Women as Supporting Characters Is a Problem:’ NY Comic Con Panels Take on Strong Female Characters and Trans Themes.”

And speaking of writing about women, let me squeeze in another mention of my favorite

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Notes From Elsewhere: Women in Clothes, Instant Future + More

Hello, Rioters! If you’ll allow me to semi-self promote for a second, I have to say I was quite pleased to see Women in Clothes appear on the New York Times Paperback Non-Fiction list for the week of September 28th. Edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton, the book contains contributions from 639 other women about the clothes they’ve worn and the broader implications of those decisions. My contributions to the book are on pages 142 and 412.

Speaking of submissions and ladies: All Grown-Up Books “wants to create a compendium of rad women throughout history! The end result will be a collection of

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Notes From Elsewhere: The Business End of Writing

Hello, friends! And how are we on this September Friday? This week I’ve got a bunch of links that have to do with the business end of writing, plus the usual assortment of items that have caught my eye in the past couple of weeks. Shall we get into it?

Google has partnered with Liberio, a service that lets you turn any Google docs into ePUB files, essentially making it a whole lot easier to create your own e-books. I haven’t looked too much into it yet, but it looks promising. In other gOverlord News: They’ve also

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Notes From Elsewhere: WR Author Updates, No Guilty Pleasures + More

The Apocalypse Is Near and I Am Going To Love This World by Dominic Gualco

Greetings, Word Rioters! We have some WR author updates to share with you before we get into the lit-links that have caught my attention lately.

First up, in case you haven’t heard, most recent travel grant winner Antonia Crane is our new Creative Nonfiction Editor, so do send her all your good stuff in that category.

Dominic Gualco, whose poem “PSA” appeared here last April, has a chapbook out called The Apocalypse Is Near and I Am Going To Love This

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Notes From Elsewhere: Late Summer Reading Suggestions

Greetings, all! Most of the lit-link goodies I’ve found interesting this week fall under the broad header of “Reading Suggestions,” either good essays, book recommendations, or other similar ways to feed your brain. Perhaps another week we’ll be more on the craft of writing, topic-wise. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Art Edwards‘ “Do You Have a Vacancy?: Morrissey and Getting What One Wants” in Word Riot‘s June issue came to mind when I saw music journalist Lauren Murphy‘s Smiths pilgrimage (complete with relevant photos) and her personal Top 10 Overlooked Morrissey Songs. Do take a gander.

You’ve probably heard

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Notes From Elsewhere: Rumpus Magic, David Mitchell + More

Hello, Rioters! How are you on this fine summer Friday? Let’s get right to some excellent reading to see you into the weekend.

Two former Word Riot contributors appear in the latest volume of NANO Fiction: Caitlin Corrigan (“Juárez“) and Leesa Cross-Smith (“Russian Women Stuff“). Perhaps there are more, but I can only glean so much information from the publication’s bios. Once again, if any of you former WR people have stuff published elsewhere, you can always let us know, and we’ll do our best to give it a shout-out here.

By the way, NANO Fiction is

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Notes From Elsewhere: Word Riot News and Writing Inspiration

Greetings, Rioters! Some internal news first:  There are just a few days left to submit to the Word Riot Travel Grant, so look into it if you have a book that needs some assistance getting out into the world.

Also, nominations for the 2014 Paula Anderson Book Award are due by July 15th. Winner receives $1000.

In WR Alum News: Ashley Strosnider, who had two poems appear here in 2010, is the new managing editor for Prairie Schooner . High-five!

Alsox2, I’m going to try a new thing with these Notes From Elsewhere updates wherein I tell you what I’m currently reading, if’n you’re interested. Catch

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Notes From Elsewhere: Summer Submissions, The TBR Pile + More

Jeezy-chreezy, where does the time go? Despite my month-long absence here, I’ve still been saving interesting links to share with you all. So while some of them may be old news, one cannot read everything as it comes out. Hopefully something here strikes your interest.

Recently, The Strand published a rare Tennessee Williams story, “Crazy Night,” which is set on a college campus during the prohibition era.

The Nervous Breakdown has an excerpt from the novel Mannequin Girl by Ellen Litman, which is very good.

And now, some essays I’ve enjoyed:

“Girlfriend” by Wendy C. Ortiz, whose memoir Excavations is now available for pre-order

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Notes From Elsewhere: Squeeze in more reading time with some fine interviews

Greetings, Word Rioters! Do you need some fine reading material for the weekend? I have plenty of essays, news, and other odds and ends that I’ve enjoyed lately, so let’s get to it.

WR contributor Meg Johnson, whose poem “Timber!” appeared here in 2010, has a her first full length collection of poetry, Inappropriate Sleepover published with The National Poetry Review Press. You can also add it to your Goodreads shelves.

Also in WR News: Former poetry editor Nicolle Elizabeth has been interviewing small press authors and publishers over at The Believer Logger, in an ongoing series called “Go Forth.” Here she

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