►Book contest season has arrived, and here's a list of the small field which focuses on the memoir manuscript.
►On the Glimmer Train blog, Lynne Barrett discusses (often funnily) what an editor of a literary journal wants (and so rarely gets). Kind of makes you glad to be a submitting writer instead. (hat tip Kendall Williams)
►Galley Cat has unearthed links to free ebooks of five ultra long novels.
►At Writer's Digest University, an excellent example of the kind of crisp, no-frills cover letter recommended for literary journal submissions; plus, other tips for less submission stress (via @ErikaDreifus).
►Amazon has launched an interactive feature inviting its customers (or anyone, really) to ask questions of their favorite authors. Queries can be posted either online or from Kindle.
►Quick – pronounce these authors' names: Colm Tobin, J.M Coetzee, Jhumpa Lahiri. Need help? Try this cheat sheet. (via Shelf Awareness)
►Many – at least 200 – MFA faculty members are upset at Poets & Writers Magazine's ranking of MFA programs, and have said so in an open letter.
►Finally, one writer asks herself 200 Questions Before Lunch.
Have a great weekend!