May/June 2018

Our annual Writing Contests Issue features over 100 contests with no entry fees, a look at the money behind free contests, a special report on extended deadlines, and tips for smart contest entries; interviews with nonfiction writer Leslie Jamison, poet and activist Carmen Giménez Smith, novelist and critic Laila Lalami, and Library of America editorial director John Kulka; plus audiobook options for writers; a defense of quiet books; writing prompts; and more. 

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The Infinite World: An Interview With Leslie Jamison

by Michele Filgate
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For Leslie Jamison, who started out writing fiction and published a novel eight years ago, nonfiction offers a method of exploring the richness of life in all its complexities, as illustrated in her new book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its...

The Love of Labor, the Labor of Love: An Interview With Carmen Giménez Smith

by Rigoberto González
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Poet, publisher, editor, and activist Carmen Giménez Smith, whose fifth book, Cruel Futures, is out from City Lights, has some advice for other hardworking poets: We make art to reach readers, not to win a race. 

Special Section

Prize Advice: Ten Quick Tips for Smart Contest Entries

by Staff
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Assess the sponsor, know the rules, judge the judge, and seven other reminders before you submit. 

News and Trends

The Practical Writer

Listen Up! Audiobook Options for Writers

by Michael Bourne
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What a rapidly growing market can mean for writers today.

The Literary Life