Monthly Archives: October 2013

Bulletin Board

This week’s batch includes a brand new residency opportunity as well as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry contests. The deadline for each is November 1.

Fiction Collective 2 (FC2) is currently seeking entries for their innovative fiction contests. The Catherine Doctorow Fiction Prize is open to any U.S. writer in English with at least three books of fiction published. The winner will receive $15,000 and publication by FC2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press. The Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any U.S. writer in English who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. The winner will receive $1,500 and publication by FC2. Submissions for either contest may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Entry fee: $25.  Deadline: November 1, 2013. For more information, please visit the website.

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Along Publishers Row

by Campbell Geeslin

“Look, I don’t care what you say, just make sure you tell it all and get my inner life.” Those were the instructions from the late Norman Mailer to J. Michael Lennon, his authorized biographer. Lennon is professor emeritus at Wilkes University. The biography, A Double Life, will be out October 15.

Lennon said that Mailer complained, “They just quote what I say on stage when I’m drunk or have gotten into a feud, so [people don't] get the fact that I’m wrestling with ideas and problems.”

In a PW interview Lennon said, “The thing about Mailer was that he wanted to be the first to try this or do that. He had breakthroughs writing about sex, about violence, using four-letter words. He wanted to go into forbidden territory, to write about orgies and incest and orgasms.”

Oh, those “ideas and problems.”

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