F. Scott Fitzgerald's Leftover Turkey, SlushPile Hell, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

Shelf Awareness has more on the Department of Justice's lawsuit against Apple, Penguin, and Macmillan over alleged e-book price fixing.

Meanwhile, outspoken independent publisher Dennis Johnson weighs in on the lawsuit, writing "the very thing publishers predicted would happen—the very thing this was all about preventing—did in fact happen: immediately, as if to twist the knife, Amazon announced it was dropping its prices on e-books."

J. K. Rowling will release her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, on September 27th. (GalleyCat)

Writers may now preemptively toughen their skin with the rejection generator. Also, to develop a sense of empathy for what agents and editors face, take a look at how not to query at the SlushPile Hell Tumblr. (Millions)

Vanity Fair adds to perhaps the greatest New York Times correction of all time: “An earlier version of this article misidentified the number of years E. B. White wrote for the New Yorker. It was five decades, not centuries.”

The OUPblog details F. Scott Fitzgerald's many years writing popular fiction for the Saturday Evening Post and other high-paying magazines, which financed his career as a novelist.

And Grub Street discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald's ambitious recipes for leftover turkey.

Electric Literature has launched a Kickstarter project to support Recommended Reading, which "will publish one story every week, each chosen by a great author or editor."

To provide perspective on the upcoming centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette looks to the poetry of Thomas Hardy.

Author Dani Shapiro offers writing advice on what William Styron called "the fleas of life."