Our regular Wednesday writer, Sara, has decided to step down from writing weekly columns here, as of mid-July. Life gets in the way, to our detriment. I’m sure she’ll be going on to even greater things, and she’s hoping to still write the occasional guest column.

Her departure–along with that of Ceil, our former Friday funnies scribe, will leave a bit of a gap here at the Nose. So we’re officially looking for new writers.

Until we have a new writing staff assembled–it’s gonna be just me and Steven for a while–the Nose will be publishing twice a week, probably through the end of the summer. We’ll announce scheduling details when we have them.

What is the Nose looking for?

The theme of the site is reading, writing, education, and books, but we’re willing to depart from that a bit from time to time. We’d like:

  • Articles that read well, that are interesting, and have a point.
  • Someone who’s reliable. If you think you can turn in an article every week (or even every month) on time, dependably, then we should talk.

Stuff we’d like to add:

  • Book reviews: We don’t have too many of those here. Interested in doing a regular book review column? Weekly, or even monthly, would be great. (Maybe we could get a few folks doing reviews and do a weekly book review post with rotating writers.)
  • Humor is tough to get right. If you think you have a brand of smart, thoughtful, funny prose, we’d love to hear from you.

But, in the end, we’d love to see anything that’s interesting, that has an individual voice or a good story to tell.

What’s in it for me?

An audience, an editor (who will be supportive of your growth as a writer), and a deadline. If you don’t understand the value of a deadline, you soon will: It makes you produce.

How do writers get in touch?

Use the form at the bottom of this page. Paste in a short writing sample, and I’ll get back to you ASAP. (This page is somewhat out of date, I’ll work on that soon.)

If you think you’re good, or have something to add, but don’t fit these guidelines… write in anyway. Not sure you can produce a weekly column? We’re always looking for guests to fill in. And good writers can get away with breaking rules.

Have a great summer, everyone!

Neil Fein is a freelance editor who specializes in novels. If you’ve written a manuscript or are getting close to finishing, you can get in touch with him here, and even ask for a free sample edit. He rides his bicycle as much as he can, and he paints when he damn well feels like it. He also plays acoustic guitar in the bands Baroque & Hungry, and The Trouvères.


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