In our special section on writing contests, we take a look at three literary organizations offering prizes that include more than just cash—including time and space to write, career development, and more.
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Novelist Eleanor Catton on writing strategies; why science fiction should be taken seriously; from blog to book; and other news.
Anne Margaret Daniel looks at F. Scott Fitzgerald's career in Hollywood; Michelle Legro examines the life and work of poet Sadakichi Hartmann; Paul Theroux argues the case for simple handwritten notes; and other news.
Macmillan settled with the Department of Justice over e-book pricing; Brain Pickings uncovers a touching letter from Charles Dickens to his son; a series of humorous vignettes by Virginia Woolf will be published for the first time; and other news.
Penguin Group has settled with the Department of Justice over the e-book pricing lawsuit; Roxane Gay reminds us there are writers who live places other than New York City; the Los Angeles Times has a reading list for the Maya apocalypse; and other news.
In this regular feature, we offer a few suggestions for podcasts, smartphone apps, Web tools, newsletters, museum shows, and gallery openings: a medley of literary curiosities that you might enjoy. This issue’s 3 for Free features the Poetry Foundation’s new app, Google’s online Art Project, and Project Gutenberg.
The author of fifteen books, including eight novels, three short story collections, a memoir, and a ten-volume treatise on the nature and ethics of violence, William T. Vollmann is often associated with his most controversial subjects—crack and prostitution among them. He is also characterized by a few signature stunts, such as firing a pistol during his readings and kidnapping a girl who had been sold into prostitution and turning her over to a relief agency while writing an article for Spin magazine.
The 16th annual Paris Writers Workshop wrapped up on July 5 after a week-long schedule of workshops, lectures, readings, and walking tours.