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Presenting our First Guest Blogger: Kerri Majors, author of “This is Not A Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World”

Every Monday during the month of July we will share our pages with Kerri Majors, author of This is Not a Writing Manual; Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World, and Editor of YARN, an award-winning literary journal of short-form YA writing. This first post is a complete excerpt from her newly published book exclusively for Polyphony H.S.

This is Not a Writing Manual is now available in print and ebook formats from amazon, Barnes

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Some Thoughts for Editors and Submitting Authors from the Managing Editor, Billy Lombardo

Billy’s Blog for Editors and Writers

I thought I’d take the opportunity of this launching of our renovated website to share a few thoughts with Editors and Writers as we head into the final weeks of the submission reading season.

For Editors

We’ve had a busy submission reading season since last July. I’ve included a few of the more notable statistics for volume IX below.

Vol. IX Season So Far

• 125 readers and editors have acted on at least … Read more

Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Claudia Anne Seaman Awards for Young Writers

Polyphony H.S. and the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley are  pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Claudia Ann Seaman Awards for Young Writers

Winner for Poetry

Deborah Malamud, Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA
A Dead Shirt

Judge: Srikanth Chicu Reddy,  Professor at the University of Chicago and author of Facts for Visitors and Voyages

Professor Reddy’s comments:

This poet shows a remarkable sensitivity to the uncanniness of everyday life.  She is, truly, “young, but … Read more

Why We Do What We Do At Polyphony H.S.

A Letter to Grownups
from the co-founder and artistic director of Polyphony HS

Some time after April 15, 2010, the deadline for submissions for this issue, I met a friend
and poet, Laura Van Prooyen, for a cup of coffee. During her days as a graduate student
Laura spent a semester studying with the poet Heather McHugh. As I spoke with Laura
about my work with Polyphony HS, she told me that morning what Heather once said
about poetry. “Poetry … Read more

“A Fork in the Road”

One of the most important constants I have found in my time as a Polyphony HS editor has been that if the author does not know what they want to write, the final product will turn out poorly. This may seem obvious, but many a piece has come through the submission manager without meeting this criterion. Knowing what you want to write includes knowing what you want to convey to the reader, what your own strengths and weaknesses are, and … Read more

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