FROM THE EDITOR
To Write or Not to Write
For many aspiring and established writers the nagging internal conflict, sometimes caused by the pressure of family and peers, is “to write or not to write” – to pursue or not a creative project (or career) that takes time and energy away from everyday responsibilities. But how to reconcile the urge to write with the need for a “real job”! Novelist and frequent Accenti contributor Marisa De Franceschi, no doubt echoing the thoughts of many writers, affirms that she “cannot not write.”
As a publication, our objective is be relevant in image and word. Twenty issues later, we are proud of our accomplishments – the writers whose stories we have printed, the photographers whose images we have featured, the readers we have reached. Through our writing and photo contests, now in their sixth year, we have awarded more than $10,000 in prizes and discovered new talents (see “Confession” by Sigal Samuel, and “Window Shopping,” by Robert Norton, the second place winners of last year’s Accenti Writing and Photo Contests respectively.
Beyond the $1000 first prize, it is the recognition of one’s creative ability and the opportunity to connect with an audience that every creative person yearns for. Accenti is proud to be an agent in this creative process. The deadline for this year’s contests is February 18, 2011 (see accenti.ca for details).
Last June, I was a featured writer at “The Border as Fiction,” the 11th International Conference on the Short Story in English at York University, Toronto. Organized by University of Central Arkansas professor Maurice Lee, the biennial gathering features readings, discussions, and critical analyses, and brings together some of the world’s top short story writers such as Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, Li Ang, Bharati Mukherjee and Clark Blaise. Professor Lee is organizing the next conference in Italy in Summer 2012. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have some Italian Canadian writers featured there?
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