Publishing & Journalism:

‘There’s no wrong definition there’s no wrong reason to love somebody.’ An interview with Stephen Elliot ([PANK]).

Thirty prompts, including ‘Loaded Holidays,’ ‘In Denial,’ and ‘Excuses’ (MegPokrass.com).

Recommendations for holiday gift books from literary editors (Masters Review).

The most read digital story of 2017, which ‘received nearly 58,000,000 minutes of engaged time’ (Poynter).

Eve L. Ewing: poem and practice (Poets & Writers).

Cutting kickers, unfolding, biting, and other early NYT editorial guidelines (Boing Boing).

Ghostly ghosts in evolution (Hyperallergic).

radio program connecting callers with incarcerated loved ones in central Appalachia (PRI).

1913: ‘Finck took up the cause of deliciousness at a time when the food that people ate and where it came from were changing rapidly’ (AEON).

Is Ovid finally off the hook (Melville House)?

We’re excited about the 2018 Eliza So Fellowship, submitter horoscopes, and a new edition of Write Now (Submittable).

Some Opportunities:

For ‘Two of Hearts,’ Las Laguna Gallery invites work from artists that takes a conceptual, literal, or emotional approach on matters of the heart.

The Frost Place is accepting applications for its Dartmouth Poet in Residence Program and two scholarships, as well as entries for a chapbook competition.

Rigorous is an online journal highlighting the works of authors, artists, critics, and educators of color.

The winner of the Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press Chapbook Contest will receive publication, 50 free author copies, a $500 honorarium, and roundtrip travel to Minneapolis to perform at a release show filmed by Button’s video crew.

Flux Factory and the Queens Museum invite proposals for ‘Saunter Trek Escort Parade…,’ one of Flux Factory’s 2018 Major Exhibitions.

Artist INC Live by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, with current opportunities in three cities, connects artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice.

Granta is currently reviewing fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography for its UK-based publication.

storySouth seeks to showcase the best fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that writers from the new south have to offer.

Minerva Rising is committed to the power of women’s voices and to making those voices heard. Send prose, poetry, artwork, and photography.

The C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize from Hub City includes $10,000 and book publication.

The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University (SJSU) offers emerging writers of any age and background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at SJSU.

Glimmer Train is currently reviewing submissions for its Very Short Fiction Award and Family Matters Contest.

The Transpacific Literary Project is an online editorial initiative of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop designed to foster literary connections between East and Southeast Asia, the Asian diaspora, and a broader American reading public.

The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta offers a number of production awards.

Art Omi is accepting applications for its Summer 2018 Music Residency.

Seizure seeks completed novella manuscripts from Australian and New Zealand writers for ‘Viva la Novella VI.’

Kill Screen, a media and creative services company, is seeking a Research Intern.

Scribes, an intensive summer creative writing program put on by Hugo House, is accepting instructor applications.

What We’re Reading:

Chief of Staff Asta So just finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.

This was fun, a script sequel to the books. It’s a quick read; I finished it over a weekend trip with an airport layover. It started off somewhat clunky but got into its groove. I’ve since read there’s controversy over whether what happens to the characters would truly happen to them, and some fans don’t consider this sequel part of the official Harry Potter ‘canon.’ But I enjoyed revisiting the characters. Now I’m interested in seeing the play—it opens on Broadway next year.

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