National Magazine Awards Suspend Fiction Category, New Italian Writing, and More


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:

The American Society of Magazine Editors has announced that the National Magazine Awards will suspend the fiction category in 2017 due to a “continuing decline in the number of entries.” ( 

“Social media shows us that a broader, more democratic appetite for poetry exists, after all.” Brian Bilston speaks with BBC Magazine about how he became the “unofficial poet laureate of Twitter” by accident.

Yolo, gender-fluid, and cheeseball are among recent additions to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The OED is also celebrating the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth by publishing new and updated entries for words the author used in his books, including scrumdiddlyumptious and human bean. (Guardian)

The home of the late J. D. Salinger in Cornish, New Hampshire, will host a monthlong residency for cartoonists in February 2017. The residency is sponsored by the Center for Cartoon Studies. (New Yorker)

“Who is Italian, what is the Italian language, and who deserves to write in it?” Translator and publisher Alta L. Price examines the influence of migration—“blending diaspora and influx”—on contemporary Italian literature. (Words Without Borders)

At Hyperallergic, poet John Yau considers Monica Youn’s latest poetry collection, Blackacre. “Youn recognizes that whoever or whatever we are, our existence and how we might understand that contingent condition takes place in language. Listen to Youn read three poems from Blackacre for the Poets & Writers Page One podcast series.”

Authors including Jeanette Winterson, Amit Chaudhuri, Rose Termain, Claire Messud, and others share their “best writing tips” with the Guardian.

“This writing was a post-modernist ruse; it was a necessity—a tribute to the layers of the mind which, Wallace believed, was doing too many things at the same time to be articulated.” Binit Priyaranjan writes a tribute to the work of David Foster Wallace on the eighth anniversary of the author’s death. (