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!!