Saturday, December 20, 2008

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #108

A very Merry Christmas everyone, and a prosperous New Year. I'll be back after the first of the year.

REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - ALISTAIR COOKE, age 95, was in his 58 year of broadcasting before falling ill a few months before he died. Cooke never decided what he was going to talk about until he wrote the script, made no notes during the preceding week and preferred to rely on his memory. He remained for decades the consummate broadcaster, an elegant writer and a man of enormous wit and charm who made sense of the American Century.

THE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAW FOUNDATION PRIZE – Deadline: Feb. 1, 2009. Young Writers: open to Fifth grade students. Essays, poems, letters or diary entries on the theme "Why I'm Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants". The winner and three guests receive an all expenses paid trip to AILF's Annual Benefit Dinner where he/she is honored. The winner also reads his/her winning entry aloud. The 2008 Annual Benefit Dinner took place in Vancouver, Canada on June 27, 2008. The winner also received a travel stipend, engraved plaque, their winning entry printed in the Congressional Record and a flag flown over the Capitol in his/her honor. Guidelines:

ARCHAEOLOGY - Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Subjects: Art, science, history, culture, archaeology. Guidelines:

EVENT - Accepts simultaneous submissions. Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers, photos/artwork. Subjects: Canadian fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry. Guidelines:

FOREST MAGAZINE - Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Subjects: Forest Service, whether it is forest management, policy, whistleblowers, profiles. Guidelines:

SHORT STORY MARKETS - (scroll down)

ZOETROPE - Accepts simultaneous submissions. Seeks fiction. Subjects: Short stories and one-act plays. Guidelines:

PADDLER - Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Subjects: Canoeing, kayaking, rafting. Guidelines:

RELIX - Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Subjects: Grateful Dead, blues, reggae, bluegrass and jazz. Guidelines:

CHRONICLE OF THE OLD WEST - Seeks nonfiction, columns/depts, photos/artwork. Subjects: Old West. Guidelines:



ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY WRITERS CONFERENCE - Feb. 18-21, 2009. ASU Main Campus Tempe, Arizona. Childrens Fiction Mystery Nature/Environmental Nonfiction Autobiography/memoir Poetry Screenwriting Travel Agents Authors Editors Publishing 50 presenters literary readings. panels on publishing. $400 includes general admission and small group workshop. Contact: Virginia Piper Center for Creative Writing. Conference Info:

WRITERS TIP - Online Slang Dictionary, "the dictionary of slang you can help create!"

101 BEST WEBSITES - If you find BITS & PIECES FOR WRITERS/AUTHORS useful, please consider nominating us for the 'Writer's Digest's 101 Best Sites of The Year'! Send your comments and nominations for next year's list to with "101 Websites" as the subject and MORE BITS & PIECES in the body of the email. Jan. 1, 2009 is the deadline.Thanks loads!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #107

SEND HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO A VET - When doing your Holiday Greeting cards this year, take one card or several and send it to a war veteran with gratitude. If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful special people who have sacrificed so much would get. Send it to:

A Recovering American Soldier w/gratitude
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

ROAD & TRAVEL MAGAZINE - Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Subjects: Automotive, travel, and personal safety topics, slanted towards women. Pays on publication. Guidelines:

YES! - Seeks nonfiction, fiction, columns/departments, fillers, photos/artwork. Subjects: Exploring the steps to humane, sustainable culture. Pays on publication. Guidelines:

KMAREKA.COM - Kevin and Kiersten Marek, Co-Pubs, Interested in good wrtg of all kinds. For a sense of what we are about, see web site. Interested in old timers as well as newcomers, in wk w/social ramifications. Query. No wd length reqmts. $50-$200. First electronic rights for 1 year. Send queries/full manscpts in body of an email. Guidelines:

LITERARY POTPOURRI - seeks fresh work for INK POT. Pub mat’l will be reprinted in our literary e-zine, LIT POT. Interested in experimental and outsider wk, humor. $10+. Guidelines:

PROMOTE YOUR BOOKS ON RADIO/TV – and do it Nationwide without doing any work.
Within a few weeks, you could be promoting your book as a guest on radio/TV talk shows across the United States and Canada -- all without doing any work or spending a fortune with a PR firm. How? Simply by advertising your availability (or your authors' if you're a publisher) in Radio-TV Interview Report (RTIR), the magazine 4,000 producers read to find interesting guests. We'll do all the work for you, including writing ad copy for your approval. For free sample copy and info:

LOST TREASURE - accepts lost treasure, folklore, personal adventure stories; legends; how-to articles for treasure hunters/metal detector enthusiasts, personal adventure stories when accompanied by a sidebar consisting of how-to lesson/tips; who's who features (by query only) and misc how-to tips. Guidelines:

MAC TECHNOLOGY NEWS & FEATURE WRITERS - ECT News Network seeks freelance technology news and feature writers to write for East Coast U.S. location preferred. Rates vary, depending on exp. Min of 5 yrs professional writing experience, w/significant knowledge of Apple, Mac OS + hardware, related subjects. Email resume + 2 writing samples: Writing samples text format in body of e-mail. No attachments or phone calls. Website: Career opp List:

AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB FICTION CONTEST – Deadline: Jan. 31, 2009. 2000 wds/max short story on any subject but must feature an American Kennel Club registered breed. "No talking dogs please." $750, $500, $250; stories may be published in the magazines
AKC Gazette and Family Dog Guidelines:

KUNG FU MAGAZINE - Topics should be of interest to advanced, traditional Kung Fu stylist, articles on martial arts history, weapons, training, techniques, philosophy, well-known martial artists, notable individual experiences. Articles: 2000/wds. Insert subheads where appropriate. Guidelines:

SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE - Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork. Subjects: Profiles, destinations, health/fitness, snowshoe race coverage, protection of the environment. Pays on publication. Guidelines:

TRANSITIONS ABROAD - Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, fillers, photos/artwork. Subjects: Cultural immersion travel. Pays on publication. Guidelines:

Get creative, get writing: Scripts/Screenplays. Submit your original, unpublished one-act play, but be aware that budgets for sets and costumes/props are limited and, as we showcase 4-6 plays, set changes need to be practical. Prize is £150 over 18, £100 under 18. Guidelines:

101 BEST WEBSITES - If you find BITS & PIECES FOR WRITERS/AUTHORS useful, please consider nominating us for the 'Writer's Digest's 101 Best Sites of The Year'! Send your comments and nominations for next year's list to with "101 Websites" as the subject and MORE BITS & PIECES in the body of the email. Jan. 1, 2009 is the deadline. Thanks loads!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #106

REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - RAY BRADBURY, age 80, and still going strong, one of the most prolific writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Many of Bradbury's stories and novels have been adapted to films, radio, television, theater and comic books. Ray Bradbury still writes daily and occasionally lectures. At an age when most men rest on their laurels, Bradbury remains a dynamic storyteller and contributor of "obvious answers to impossible futures.".

BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY, UK - magazine aimed at showcasing the best in black and white photography, pub'd 13 times a year. Seeks illustrated articles on both film and digital photographic and printing techniques. Subjects covered can be, equipment choices, development/post-processing, film/paper combinations, and similar. Aims to strike a balance between inspiration and information, traditional and digital. Also runs a regular photo journalistic 'Gallery' feature. Up to 15 images for photo journalistic feature. Submit sample prints and/or synopsis by mail only. GPB100 for 'Gallery' feature. Others according to subject and use. Ailsa McWhinnie, Editor. Guidelines:

CHOICE, UK - monthly general-interest mag for the over-50s. Accepts real-life stories, and articles on hobbies, interesting (older) people, British heritage and countryside, health matters, reviews of books and films, and similar. No articles on legal rights and money matters as these are written by magazine's experts. Submissions by postal mail only. Include copies of cuttings if new contributor. Paying market; Rates negotiable. Norman Wright, Editor. Request Guidelines. URL:

VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW - Seeks nonfiction, fiction, columns/departments, fillers. Subjects: Book excerpts, essays, general interest, historical/nostalgic, humor, inspirational. Pays on publication. Guidelines:

LINKEDIN - the business-oriented social networking site, has grown to over 30 million registered users. With reporters and editors from key media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Inc. and Fast Company, actively using LinkedIn, it's a great place to reach out and make solid, meaningful connections with potential key media for your brand or company. URL:

DAMAZINE, SYRIA - An online quarterly literary journal published out of Damascus, Syria. Aims to "... become the treasure house for quality literature related to the Muslim world." Focuses on authors who have strong connections with the Muslim world in the largest sense whilst striving to present a rainbow of themes and writing styles.Their biggest criterion is quality. Seeks poetry, fiction and essays (but not political analysis or abstract theory). Submissions must be previously unpublished and in English. Poetry: Up to 5 poems per submission. Fiction: 1,000-5,000 words. Open to submissions throughout the year. Submit with text in the body of an email message or as a Word attachment, to the appropriate address specified in the guidelines. USD25 per fiction piece or essay. USD10 per poem. Serene Taleb-Agha, Editor-in-Chief

SWEDISH BOOK REVIEW, UK - Published twice a year, together w/supplement, this journal aims to present Swedish literature to the English-speaking world in non-academic style. Accepts submissions from both members and non-members. Will consider topical articles in English about Swedish and Finland-Swedish writers, or English translations of their work. Also gives some coverage of older Swedish literature, and to non-fiction. Submissions should be previously unpublished. 500 wds. to 4000. May ask to shorten submissions due to space requirements. Prefers material submitted on disk, or as an e-mail attachment. GBP40 per 1000 wds. for previously unpub'd material. First European publications rights.

MY BUSINESS MAGAZINE - "Upfront" a section of short (200/400/wds) stories offering insight into new small business economy. Depts: Finance, Selling, Dotcom, Balance, Managing, Mrktg and Idea Network. "Where I Do My Best Work" is 300/wd. profile of small business owner who works in an unusual place (porch, train, standing up). "One Mistake I'll Never Make Again" 300/wd. description of a mistake a small business owner made/what they learned. "MyBusiness Manual" in-depth exploration of key issues affecting small business. See Ed’l calendar for topic each issue. "MySay" first-person column written by small business owner on the topic of their choice. We are looking for writers w/personality, humor for 500/wd column. Guidelines:

NATIVE PEOPLES MAGAZINE - seeks stories reflecting Native life throughout the Americas, from Arctic Circle to southern tip of Chile, though our prime focus is on the U.S. We strive to include a diverse mix of topics, from serious to the entertaining, including artist/other personality profiles, events, issues reflecting today's Native peoples. Submit a brief outline of your proposed subject via mail or e-mail (e-mail is preferred). 25cts/wd. Works a min of 6 mths in advance, plan year in advance. Guidelines:

FILBERT PUBLISHING – great free newsletter to subscribe to. Check out the other links too. URL:

NORTHWEST PALATE - devoted to food, wine, travel, lifestyles in Pacific Northwest. Readers are well-read, well-traveled, knowledgeable about food and wine. Pays 25 cts/wd +. Guidelines:

NOTRE DAME MAGAZINE - view samples online + list of staff mem. First serial and electronic rights. Comparable fees of nat’l pubs. Copy is subjected to rigorous editing. Generally we follow AP style. Manuscripts should be typed/double-spaced. Completed stories should be sent on 3.5-inch floppy disks in Word Perfect or ascii w/hard copy included. Guidelines:

GULF COAST WRITER’S ASSOCIATION CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Deadline: March 15, 2009. No entry fee. Looking for short fiction for their second GCWA anthology. $25 or two free copies to contributors whose work is selected for one-time publishing rights. All rights revert to authors upon puclication. Stories must be set in the South and clearly capture a southern tone. Themes might include comng-of-age, family relationships, fittin in, social life, dreams/aspirations. Info:

WILDBIRD MAGAZINE - Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork. Subjects: Birding stories and photos. Pays on publication. Guidelines:

101 BEST WEBSITES - Jan. 1, 2009 is the deadline. If you find BITS & PIECES FOR WRITERS/AUTHORS useful, please consider nominating us for the 'Writer's Digest's 101 Best Sites of The Year'! Send your comments and nominations for next year's list to with "101 Websites" as the subject and MORE BITS & PIECES in the body of the email. Thanks loads!!