Thursday, October 4, 2012

News from Emerging Writers Network/@dzancbooks

Dzanc Books and Emerging Writers Network Newsletter
October 4, 2012

In This Issue
Dzanc Poetry Collection Contest
The Great Write Off
The State of the Book
Dzanc Poetry Collection Contest

Dzanc Books announces the 
Dzanc Poetry Collection Contest
, an annual prize for a book of poetry. The judge for the inaugural contest will be C. Dale Young. The contest is open to new and published poets, and we invite submissions of poetry in all modes and aesthetics. The Dzanc Poetry Collection Contest-winning manuscript will be published in high quality trade paperback and eBook versions. The winning author will receive a $500 advance and a standard Dzanc publishing agreement including support for readings and distribution via Consortium and our network of eBook distributors. Finalist and runner-up manuscripts may also be considered for publication.




C. Dale Young is the author of three collections of poetry: The Day Underneath the Day(Northwestern 2001); The Second Person and Torn (Four Way Books 2007, 2011).  His poems and stories have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies, including several installments of The Best American Poetry series.  A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, he practices medicine full-time, edits poetry for the New England Review, and teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.


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  • The contest deadline is January 31, 2013.
  • The winner will be announced in the second quarter of 2013. All entrants will be notified of the winner by email before the announcement is made public.
  • Previously published excerpts or individual pieces are acceptable as part of your entry, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but entries should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.
  • Once submitted, manuscripts  may not be revised without a complete withdrawal and the payment of a new entry fee.
  • You may enter the contest as many times as you like, but each entry will require its own separate entry fee.
Relatives, close friends, and/or former students of C. Dale Young should not enter this contest, and will not be eligible to win in the case of their entry. If such a winner is selected, the manuscript will be disqualified at our discretion, and no refund of entry fees will be granted.

As you know, I, and Dzanc Books, are right in the middle of the Great Write Off! It's that rare time of the year where I try my hand at fiction. More details are below, but I can say that I spent about two hours late last night working on a short story--it's one that I started many years ago and have never really felt was finished so I am spending some time with it the next two days--those that donate to Dzanc Books for the Great Write Off in my name will get a sneak peek at the story sometime Monday.

If you're looking for some great background noise while you write--my partner in crime at Dzanc Books, Steven Gillis, was just interviewed by Brad Listi for his Other People Podcast series and it's quite entertaining.


Dan Wickett
EWN /Dzanc Books
Dzanc Books and the Great Write Off

During October 3-5, 2012, a team of writers organized by Dzanc Books will participate in the Great Write Off.

The Great Write-Off is a fundraiser to support six non-profit organizations based in Michigan: Dzanc Books, Fiction Writers Review, 826michigan, InsideOut Detroit, The National Writers Series, and the Neutral Zone. Each organization will organize a team of writers to engage in a little friendly competition, vying to see who can raise the highest amount in donations.


While the Great Write Off is underway, the numerous established and emerging writers on Team Dzanc will volunteer their time and efforts, writing all three days to help raise money to support the literary and community efforts of the above organizations. At Dzanc, these funds will help to enable the missions of Dzanc's many charitable endeavors, including the Dzanc Prize, which recognizes one writer annually for both literary excellence and service to his or her community, and our Writer in Residence Program, which places professional writers into classrooms to provide creative writing instructions to public school students who could not otherwise afford the opportunity. It's thanks to our volunteering writers' generous donations of their time and talents that we're able to continue to support and grow these programs.


Please Help Us in this Friendly Competition 

-- it's not too late to sign up as a writer. Simply email Dan at and tell him you want to do so and he'll get you set up--if you're already writing today and tomorrow, the only additional thing you'll be adding to your schedule is sending out an email to friends and family, and maybe posting on FB or Twitter

--it's absolutely not too late to donate in one of the writer's names

-- please share this email or specifically this information with as many people as possible--forward the email to any writers you know, to anybody that might believe in what Dzanc does, post it on FB, tweet it, etc.

The State of the Book

The State of the Book: A Celebration of Michigan Writers and Writing


On Saturday, October 6th, Fiction Writers Review and the University of Michigan's MFA Program in Creative Writing will co-host a day-long literary symposium in Rackham Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus to celebrate Michigan's great writers and the state's enduring literary traditions by declaring Michigan "The State of the Book."


The State of the Book symposium will offer a range of free programming throughout the day that is focused on Michigan writers and the craft of writing-please click the "Schedule" tab above for more details. The day's events will conclude with an on-stage keynote conversation featuring Charles Baxter, an award-winning fiction writer and novelist, and Philip Levine, a former Poet Laureate of the United States.


This day-long series of public events will showcase the state's leading literary stars, in partnership with several of the state's leading non-profit literary organizations: 826michiganDzanc BooksInsideOut Literary Arts ProjectThe National Writers Series, and The Neutral Zone. The events will also feature the work of the next generation of writers that these organizations serve and support.


This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.






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