Thursday, December 30, 2010

Paying Market--West Branch Magazine

The Bucknell University literary journal, West Branch Magazine, accepts submissions of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. They pay anywhere from $30 to $100, depending on the length of your submission. Be aware that the submission period runs from August 15 to April 15, and you can only submit 3 items in that time.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Advice to Writers

I'm actually not giving any advice to writers at the moment. But, there is a cool blog I wanted to direct your attention to, called Advice to Writers (or ATW for those of us cool enough to use acronyms).

The blog owner, Jon Winokur, collects writing quotations and posts them. That's about it, but for those of us who are at the beginning of what we hope to be long and prosperous writing careers, getting writing advice from the masters can be a really good thing.

On the first page alone, the authors giving advice include John Updike, Dr. Seuss, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, William Zinsser (one of my writing parents), David Mamet, and David McCullough.

For fun, I'll leave you with one. I love writing quotes and often feature them here, but I don't do it every day like ATW does, so if you have an appetite for this kind of advice, definitely bookmark Advice to Writers.

The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.