Shortlist for the Man Booker Prize Announced
The six authors shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize have been released. They include: Paul Beatty (The Sellout), Graeme Macrae Burnet (His Bloody Project), Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen), Deborah Levy (Hot Milk), David Szalay (All that Man Is) and Madeleine Thien (Do Not Say We Have Nothing). The list, culled from 155 entries and a thirteen-title longlist, includes two authors each from Britain, Canada, and the US. Ottessa Moshfegh's Eileen is her first novel.
National Book Festival Coming Up
Live near Washington, DC? Why not visit the 16th Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, September 24? Besides seeing and hearing many terrific authors (Stephen King, Marilyn Hacker, Sarah Vowell, and Colson Whitehead, to name a few), you can scope out the site of AWP's next conference in February 2017... Or, if you're near the Twin Cities in Minnesota, check out the 2016 Twin Cities Book Festival next month, on October 14 and 15.
|Send AWP Your Submissions
AWP is accepting submissions on topics including the craft of writing, career advice, and appreciations of important movements in the literary world during the past fifty years. Read our submission guidelines and take a look at our open calls on Submittable. On August 25, we hosted a tweet chat about AWP's publications. Here is a snippet from the informative chat:
Supriya Bhatnagar: Hello! we are on the lookout for appreciations of writers who made an impact on the literary scene in the last five decades.
Supriya Bhatnagar: We are also looking for historical material on AWP’s early days, as well as photographs from past conferences.
Jason Gray: We want to feature more minority voices—we’ve reached out to solicit, but know we can do more. Send us your work, please!
Frances J Pearce: Do you give preference to authors who possess MFAs?
Jason Gray: No--that doesn't matter, only if the writing is great and appropriate to what we publish.
Jason Gray: I'll end where I began, Chronicle subs close 9/30, reopen 2/15/17, Notebook, Career Advice, all year. http://awp.submittable.com
Want to learn about submitting your work to other literary magazines? Join us on Thursday, September 22 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET on Twitter for our live #AskAnEditor tweet chat. We'll have editors from different publications standing by, ready to answer your questions.
|Show Your Joy
In our most recent Career Advice article, Dora Malech discusses getting and preparing for an academic interview. "I ran into the poet Zach Savich, who passed along a piece of advice from an unnamed poet of repute: show your joy. At the time, I laughed at the touchy-feely imperative, but as soon as I walked into my interview, it came back to me, and it made a difference. Joy is perhaps not a word that comes to mind when I think of applications and interviews, but writing—and teaching, on most days—are my joy, and it felt important to communicate that passion."
|Join the Discussion
AWP asked: What are you most looking forward to as a new school year begins?
Some of the answers we received:
Valerie-June Bondarenko: I'm looking forward to seeing what my son will be reading this year, helping him with writing his own fiction and poetry, and of course, catching up on my own work that I had set aside for the summer.
Pollie L. Jones: I am looking forward to Ebook publishing my second novel, which is over due.
Jesenia Rodriguez: School library
Angele: Seeing my students bring their A game & do some awesome work!
Follow AWP on Facebook & Twitter, and look for a different question every Tuesday.
|Featured This Month
Every month, we feature new members, articles, and podcasts on the main page of our website. This month we're featuring "The Legal Rights of the Popular Song- Getting Permission" by Alyce Miller from September 1998. The featured blog post is "The Other Side of the Game: Reconciling My Reading and My Rearing in the Literary World" by Kyle G. Dargan. The featured podcast is Episode 130: Brazilian Women Writers from #AWP16 in Los Angeles. And the featured member In the Spotlight is Vivian Faith Prescott, facilitator and mentor at Blue Canoe Writers, Matki Writers, and Flying Island Writers; she is also a publisher/editor at Petroglyph Press.
|Share Feedback on Your Creative Writing Program
AWP's first-ever Survey of Creative Writing Students & Alumni will launch on September 26. All AWP members will receive an email with the link to this short survey. Results will be made available in time for #AWP17.
|Thank You to Our #AWP17 Patron Sponsors
We would like to thank all of the organizations and programs who are sponsoring #AWP17 at the patron level: California College of the Arts MFA Writing and BA Writing & Literature, Emerson College MFA Creative Writing/MA Publishing/MFA Popular Fiction, The Georgia Review, Hofstra University MFA in Creative Writing, The Program in Creative Writing at Knox College, Minnesota State University, Mankato/Blue Earth Review, Ohio University MA and PhD in Creative Writing/New Ohio Review, Old Dominion University MFA Creative Writing Program, Rose O’Neill Literary House, Rutgers-Camden MFA/StoryQuarterly, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Sierra Nevada College MFA in Creative Writing, Spalding University Low Residency MFA in Writing Program, Towson University Master in Professional Writing, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Wyoming Creative Writing Program, Vanderbilt University MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University/Blackbird, The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, Washington and Lee University Department of English, Water~Stone Review and Hamline University Creative Writing, West Virginia University MFA Program in Creative Writing, The Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and Zone 3 Press / Austin Peay State University.
The deadline to become a sponsor is October 15.
|Thank a Writer!
We know that writers are great contributors to their communities, and we need your help to thank them! Nominate the community activist in your circle for In the Spotlight, and don’t forget to get inspired by past #AWPSPOTLIGHT members on our website!
|What's that Image?
These are the covers of Writer's Chronicles from the past two years. Send us your interviews, appreciations, and craft pieces by September 30 and you might be published in a future issue.
|September 22: #AskAnEditor tweet chat
September 26: Survey of Students & Alumni emailed to all members
September 30: Reading period for the Writer's Chronicle ends
October 15: #AWP17 sponsorship deadline