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Poets & Writers Magazine • Volume 50 • Issue 4
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NEWS AND Trends
Page One • Where New And Noteworthy Books Begin
Book Prize Celebrates Older Poets
Open Letter’s Translator Triptych
Small Press Points
Translating Ukrainian Voices
The Time Is Now • Writing Prompts and Exercises
Sanctuary • HOW MY MOTHER’S ART SHAPED ME AS A WRITER
KEEPING the STORIES • Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s new novel, Woman of Light, chronicles five generations of an Indigenous Chicano family in the American West and is imbued with the acclaimed author’s rich sense of history and pride in her own mixed ancestry: “The story of who I am is inextricably tied to this country.”
Woman of Light
First Fıction 2022
Leila Mottley • whose debut novel, Nightcrawling, was published in June by Knopf
Tsering Yangzom Lama • author of the novel We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies, published in May by Bloomsbury
Arinze Ifeakandu • whose debut story collection, God’s Children Are Little Broken Things, was published in June by A Public Space Books
Paige Clark • whose debut story collection, She Is Haunted, was published in May by Two Dollar Radio
Morgan Talty • whose debut story collection, Night of the Living Rez, will be published in July by Tin House
ADVENTURES with LITERARY AGENTS • UNDERSTANDING HOW THEY THINK AND WORK—AND WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY SAY NO (OR MAYBE)
JOURNEY OUT OF LIMBO • THE EPIC STORY OF HOW AN AGENT SELLS YOUR BOOK
AGENT ETIQUETTE 101
HOW TO READ A LITERARY AGENCY AGREEMENT
WHEN AN AGENT SAYS NO (OR MAYBE!) • HOW AGENT FEEDBACK CAN HELP DIVERSE WRITERS GET PUBLISHED
Going Solo • SELLING YOUR BOOK WITHOUT AN AGENT
Deadlines • POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES state, national, and international prizes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We list only prizes of $1,000 or more, prizes of $500 or more that charge no entry fee, and prestigious nonmonetary awards. Applications and submissions for the following prizes are due shortly. Before submitting a manuscript, first contact the sponsoring organization for complete guidelines. When requesting information by mail, enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). See Submission Calendar for deadlines arranged by date, and for announcements of recently awarded prizes, see Recent Winners.
Conferences & Residencies • POETS & WRITERS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES application information for writers conferences, literary festivals, and residencies of interest to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and translators. Applications for the following events are due shortly. Conferences and festivals with rolling, first-come, first-served admission are listed well in advance. Some accept registration on the date of the event. Contact the sponsoring organization for an application and...