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Thursday, July 16th, 2009

I woke up on the West Coast to a triple shot of great coverage and kind words from three different sources. For those among our crowd who track such meta-SMITH things, here’s the highlight reel.
SMITH Magazine is FlavorWire’s (the daily blog of the cultural curatoring mavens Flavorpill), Daily Dose Pick for July 16. Eli Dvorkin [...]

Call for Submissions: Politiku

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

When Huffington Post blogger Susanna Speier decided on a whim to start writing Haikus about current political events (a feature she dubbed “Politiku”), she didn’t expect to start an internet sensation. However, shortly after she began the project during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, her usually low-traffic personal blog blew up and she knew she was [...]

Sites We Love: Kachingle

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Internet journalism may not be a career with benefits, but it beats temp jobs fit for entry-level high school seniors. More and more print newspaper men and women see pink slips daily, and their desks are usually left vacant… indefinitely. Hiring freezes have moved from temporary to permanent downsizing leaving once noisy newsrooms to a [...]

Paul Ford’s Six-Word SXSW Reviews

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

To celebrate the beginning of this year’s South by Southwest music festival, Paul Ford from The Morning News wrote 1,302 six-word reviews of mp3s submitted by this year’s bands. I found the positive (Good voice, lots of moving parts.), negative (Wants me anxious, but I’m bored.), and borderline unintelligible (Why are bears in cages anyway?) [...]

Call for Submissions: the Obama Millennium Award

Friday, February 20th, 2009

With the election of Barack Obama spawning a seemingly never-ending supply of thoughtful, quality writing all over the internet, our friends at New Millennium Writings have decided to have an Obama-themed writing contest to commemorate this historic time in our millennium.
In addition to nonfiction, NMW is also accepting fiction and poetry submissions on the subject [...]

Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng Return to Sudan

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Anyone who read What Is the What, Dave Eggers’s 2006 novel based on the true story of a young Sudanese refugee separated from his family, needs no introduction to the name Valentino Achak Deng. With Eggers channeling Valentino’s own unforgettable voice as narrator, What Is the What tells the story of Valentino fleeing his village as a [...]

September 10: The Future of Publishing

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Mark your iPhones: Susan Shapiro, a friend of SMITH, and friend of every journalist (especially those who take her personal essay writing classes) is holding a panel on The Future of Publishing, with an amazing cast of characters ranging top literary agents to editors from The New Yorker, New York Times, Time Magazine, Slate, Wired, [...]

Last Week to Enter: First Person Impressions

Monday, August 11th, 2008

First Person Impressions is a national competition for documentary and memoir writers, photographers, and videographers. It’s about real people sharing their real life experiences and stories in their own way. Don’t miss your chance to win cash prizes, acclaim, and unique publishing opportunities. More info here:

EVENT: Opium Mag’s Literary Death Match (SMITH in the house!)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

SMITH star writer Cole Kazdin will be throwing down her words as SMITH’s representative at Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, on Thursday, May 29, at Housing Works, 126 Crosby in NYC, 7pm. Warning: Literary Death Matches tend to get intense. And when Cole reads her work, the room is going to heat up. Guaranteed.

Happy 96th Studs Terkel, Happy Life Stories Day Everyone

Friday, May 16th, 2008

SMITH is proud to be a partner in International Life Stories Day, held on May 16, in honor of Studs Terkel’s 96th birthday. Check it out. Share your life story. See what’s cooking in your part of the world. Happy 96th year on earth to Mr. Studs Terkel, a true master at his craft.
If any [...]

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