Friday, January 30, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #113

REASONS TO KEEP WRITING – ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN, age 89, revealed the heavy afflictions of Soviet Communism in some of the most powerful works of the 20th century. Solzhenitsyn had been an obscure, middle-aged, unpublished high school science teacher in a provincial Russian town when he burst onto the literary stage in 1962 with “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.” The book, a mold-breaking novel about a prison camp inmate. Over the next five decades, Solzhenitsyn’s fame spread throughout the world as he drew upon his experiences of totalitarian duress to write evocative novels like “The First Circle” and “The Cancer Ward” and historical works like “The Gulag Archipelago.” “Gulag” was a monumental account of the Soviet labor camp system, a chain of prisons that some 60 million people had entered during the 20th century.

WORDS MAGAZINE MURDER STORY CONTEST – First 2009 contest Deadline: March 30, 2009. Free entry. Short stories. Stories (up to 2000 words) with murder theme. £100 prize. Contest Guidelines: Freelance Guidelines are on the same link.

NEW ART THEORY 2009 CONTEST, UK - Deadline: March 31, 2009. Open to all final year undergraduates, current postgraduates and recent graduates of no more than 3 years from of any BA, MA or international equivalent course. Nonfiction genre. Submissions must be on the topic of art. Your submission may be as long as you like. If you are shortlisted it will be edited with your approval to a length of 2000 words or less to fit the publication. It will however be available to read at full length on £500 for first place. Shortlisted entries will be published in a professional academic publication, distributed in the UK. Guidelines:

A CUP OF COMFORT FOR FATHERS – Deadline: April 1, 2009. The connection between father and child can be as deep as the ocean, as strong as a mountain, and as uplifting as fresh air. For all its rewards, though, fatherhood is not without its challenges. And for all the gifts dads bring to their kids' lives, dads sometimes falter and fumble. Yet, the father-child bond forms, holds, and grows. A Cup of Comfort for Fathers will feature inspiring and insight true stories about the life-defining and life-enriching relationships and experiences shared by fathers and their children. These personal essays will be of varying topics and tones about fathers, children of all ages and varying circumstances; and written by fathers, daughters, sons. $100. Guidelines:

SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE - Fiction: Seventeen does not accept fiction, HOWEVER, we run an annual FICTION CONTEST for contestants between 13 and 21. You can enter by submitting an original short story of no more than 2000 wds, typed, double spaced on one side, not previously published in any form, with the exception of school publications. All entries must include your full name, age, home and e-mail addresses, telephone number, date of birth, and signature in the top right-hand corner of each page. Check the magazine and for official rules and deadlines. Entries can be mailed to: Seventeen Fiction Contest -300 West 57th Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10019. Non-Fiction: We accept articles on subjects of interest to teens and young adults, ages 15 to 23. Include published clips when submitting. Work is paid for on publication and rates vary depending on quality, length and placement in the magazine. Send typed and double-spaced queries, with a SASE, to: Lauren Metz, Features Assistant-Seventeen, 300 West 57th Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10019

WRITERS LEAGUE OF TEXAS MOZELLE MEMOIR CONTEST - Deadline: March 20th, 2009. Entry Fee: $10. Short Non-Fiction (3,000 words, max.; unpublished). $500 & publication. Guidelines:

ONCE WRITTEN 2009 ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST - Deadline: March 31st, 2009. Entry Fee: $15. Poetry (unpublished). Cash award & publication. Guidelines/submission forms:

17thTOM HOWARD, JOHN H. REID SHORT STORY CONTEST – Deadline: March 31, 2009. Entry fee $15. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,350. Top prize $2,000. Seeks short stories, essays and other works of prose, up to 5000 words. Winning entries published online. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Judges: J.H. Reid, D.C. Konrad. Submit online or mail to Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Short Story Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is proud to be one of "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest, 2005-2008). More info:

RENO WRITERS CONFERENCE – at Truckee Meadows Community College, March 14, 2009. Reno, NV. Info:

2009 ABBEY HILL QUICK LIT CHALLENGE - Deadline: Oct. 31st, 2009. Entry Fee: $12. Review the 3 writing challenges posted there, and write a story incorporating those challenges. Prize List ($US): 1st-$500, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$100, and Evolving Writer-$50, except 4th Quarter when prizes are 1st-$1000, 2nd-$300, 3rd-$150, Evolving Writer-$75. Entry fee: $12 first three quarters, $20 for 4th Quarter. Electronic entries encouraged. Most genres accepted, international entries written in English also accepted with entry fee via PayPal. Contest open to both published and previously unpublished authors. Include author’s name and a brief bio, will be posted for up to 180 days. Questions? Contact Guidelines:

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR - Earls Court, London, UK, April 20-22, 2009. The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world's premier publishing and cultural capital it is a unique opportunity to hear from authors, enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and explore innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. The London Book Fair brings you 3 days of focused access to customers, content and emerging markets. To register as a visitor, and for more info:

FOREST MAGAZINE - Nationally distributed publication that explores issues of America's national forests. All stories have a connection to some aspect of the Forest Service, whether it is forest management, policy, whistle-blowers, profiles or views of Forest Service employees. Features 1500/2500/wds. Depts: 300/1000/wds $0.30/wd. Guidelines:

Friday, January 23, 2009


REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - JOSHUA LOGAN, age 79, American stage and film director and writer. Logan began his Broadway career as an actor in Carry Nation in 1932. When most people are already well into retirement, Logan form 1983-1986 taught theater at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton until his death in 1988. He was also responsible for bringing Carol Channing to Broadway in Lend an Ear.

WRITERs APPRENTICE – online magazine to give answers on how to get published, tips on what goes on behind the scenes in the publishing world, examples of real queries, profiles of everyday writers who are succeeding. URL:

Entry Fee: $5. Now open to submissions through March 10, 2009. Flash fiction, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children. Cash prizes are awarded in each category: $100 for first place, $50 second, $25 third. You do not have to be a member of Carteret Writers to enter. For complete contest guidelines, either send an e-mail to with "CW contest guidelines" in the subject heading, or send SASE to Carteret Writers, PO Box 2284, Morehead City, NC 28557.

ART CALENDAR - monthly business magazine for visual artists. $25/150. The heart of the publication is a section of listings of upcoming professional opportunities to show and sell artwork and to build one's reputation as an artist (grants, juried shows, residencies). Guidelines:

BACK 2 COLLEGE - news/information ezine for adult re-entry students who are pursuing professional development or an advanced degree. Articles must address issues of importance to the older student: obtaining financial aid, distance education, finding the right program, graduate school, or attaining academic excellence. 1250/wds. send the article on spec. or if querying, use the form on guidelines page. $75. Guidelines:

2009 PIKES PEAK NAT’L LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN FLASH FICTION CONTEST - complete, very short story of 100 wds or fewer. Deadline: March 2, 2009. Entry fee: $10 Prizes: 1st $75; 2nd $40; Judge's Merit $15.00. The story must pertain to the theme, "Everything was perfect." All genres are welcome, and multiple entries may be submitted. An entry fee is required for each entry. No poetry. A SASE must be included. For complete rules and entry blank:

SCRIBOPHILE FLASH FICTION CONTEST - Deadline: February 15, 2009. Short stories
This month's contest is all about flash fiction, and the theme is "the forest." Submit a piece of fiction under 1000 words featuring a nice green and foresty theme. 1st prize is a $50 gift card, 2nd prize is a $25 gift card.

MEMOIR PRIZE FOR POETRY AND CREATIVE NONFICTION – Deadline: Feb. 15, 2009. Poetry, Nonfiction, Memoirs, prose maximum of 10,000 wds, poetry 5 poems max. $500, $250. $100. Guidelines:

CLASS ACT BOOKS – looking for submissions: Christmas for 2009. Deadline: June 15, 2009. Make those stories full of loving romance with a Holiday theme. Submissions must be completed novels. Westerns. Class Act Books is a royalty publishing company and publishes in both print and ebooks. Guidelines:

AbouTown PRESS - a monthly Bryan/College Station community newspaper is searching for several experienced freelance writers located in the Bryan/College Station area. Our writers uncover the Brazos Valley’s hidden gems with in-depth features on a variety of topics typically passed over by traditional media outlets. Candidates will have a proven background in journalism, be able to consistently deliver on deadline, and represent ‘AbouTown’ in a professional manner. Familiarity w/AP style and photography skills are a plus. Send a resume, cover letter, and no more than 3 clips representative of your writing style to or fax to 888-694-0003. No phone calls.

THE LOOP - is looking for seasoned journalists to add to team of freelancers, people who have something fresh to say about money, politics, social issues, pop culture. Looking for a more lively, thoughtful and provocative writing style. Target audience of African Americans. Send cover letter describing your writing interests and any multimedia skills, a resume, up to 3 writing samples to

HABITAT MAGAZINE - a special-interest monthly mag for NY co-op and condo board directors, is seeking a few freelance writers. Our ideal writer is a working journalist who also serves on a co-op/condo board, and is a practiced magazine writer. Candidates should e-mail their interest to Include your resume in the text of your email (no attachments, no phone calls) and a brief note about your knowledge or interest in our market. See before responding.

WRITERS LEAGUE OF TEXAS MANUSCRIPT CONTEST - Deadline: March 6, 2009. Entry Fee: $50 per submission. Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's Categories. Prize: The winner in each category meets individually with an agent or editor during the annual Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference. Details: Submit four copies of the first ten pages of your manuscript with a cover letter, entry form, and four copies of an one paged double-spaced synopsis.Writers' League of Texas; 611 S. Congress Ave, Suite 130; Austin, TX 78704; Email: 512-499-8914. Guidelines:

Friday, January 16, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #111

REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - MARION JACOBSON, age 95, a former teacher and guidance counselor in the Wausau School District in Wisconsin. Her love of reaching out to kids has never waned. That's part of the reason she wrote, "Why the Giraffe Has a Long Neck," and "Paddy, the Lonesome Turtle," a 23-page story about a turtle with no friends, her second children's book, both books written in her 90s.

WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER - Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork. Subjects are Firefighting. Guidelines:

YES MAGAZINE - Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Subjects are Canadian science and scientists for 8 - 14 yr old. Guidelines:

MEMOIRS INK - Deadline: Feb. 15, 2009. Entry fee: US$15. Looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, stories based on autobiographical experiences for its Half-Yearly Personal Essay Contest. Narrative must be in first person. Open to any writer, any age, writing in English. 1500 words max. First prize: US$1000; more prizes available. Guidelines:

2009 WHIDBEY WRITERS CONFERENCE - Feb. 27- Feb. 28, 2009. Whidbey Island, WA. Craft and skill building, back to basics. Chat houses, sessions, agent/editor desk, intensive workshops. Info:

BOOTCAMP FOR NOVELISTS ONLINE - designed for writers determined to develop and finish their novel. Beginning with basics as simple as the question 'what is a novel?' and ending with how to deal with your agent and editor, it is a step by step, stage by stage process that lets you start at whatever level you're at. You set the pace. The more often a topic is requested, the more frequently it will be offered. If this interests you, you will find info about upcoming courses. URL:

UNDERGROUND VOICES - seeks articles on hard-hitting issues: mental health, drugs, crime, addiction. $30/article. 4000 wds max. Print edition 7000 wds max. Guidelines:

HART CRANE MEMORIAL POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: Feb. 9, 2009. Kent State University sponsored. Submit two poems of 750 words or less, all forms, themes, styles, genres. $100 prize. URL:

VARIANT, SCOTLAND - arts/culture magazine, social, political & cultural issues, video, television & film, avant-garde music, new art initiatives, performance, cultural & media studies, philosophy, critical thinking, popular culture, social movements. Receptive to articles written specifically for Variant. Pay is reliant upon the Scottish Arts Council, Visual Arts Dept's Exhibition/Projects fund. Where possible they remunerate all contributions. Articles/Reviews 2000-4000 wds. Shorter Reviews 750-1000 wds. Interviews 2000-4000 wds. Guidelines:

VIDEOMAKER - covers videomaking products, techniques, technology. 10-20 cts/wd + photos. All rights. Contact: Chuck Peters, Managing Editor for guidelines: URL:

VITALITY MAGAZINE - nutritional, natural meds, healthy living, emotional wellness, organic gardening. 800/1800/wds. Photos welcome; add’l $25. Canadian content preferred, relevant submissions from all writers will be considered. $0.10 (USD$0.07)wd. Send SASE if you'd like submission returned. Paul Henderson, Asst Editor URL:

WEATHERWISE MAGAZINE - articles are anecdotal, analytical, illuminating and take a creative look at everyday occurrences, are accurate, authoritative, easily understood by large, non-technical audience that includes teachers, students, farmers. Up to $500 for assigned articles, negotiated. Guidelines:

WOMEN’S HEALTH & FITNESS - national monthly magazine offering advice, encouragement to women in every facet of their lives. 10-15 cts/wd + Photos. All rights. Elisa Ast All, Editor-in-Chief Guidelines:

THE WORLD & I - thoughtful, educated audience. We accept articles from journalists but also place special emphasis on scholarly contributions. Photos. Guidelines:

Saturday, January 10, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #110

REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - SIMONE De BEAUVOIR, age 78, French author and philosopher. She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, politics, social issues, essays, biographies, and an autobiography. She is now best known for her metaphysical novels. In 1979 she published ‘When Things of the Spirit Come First’, a set of short stories centered around and based upon important women to her earlier years. ‘Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre’ was published in 1981, when she was 73.

ROAD KING - Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Subjects: Trucking, drivers and their rigs, equipment, history, travel destinations, humor. Guidelines:

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

CHILDRENS PLAYMATE - Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers, photos/artwork. Subjects: Stories, articles, and activities with health-related themes. Guidelines:

TEXAS AUTHORS GROUP - TLA Cooperative Booth -- 2 Slots Available. TAG is looking for children's book authors and/or publishers to participate in a large Texas library Association booth in Houston, Texas, March 31 thru April 4, 2009. Also, a Cooperative Library Mailing, TAG is also looking for children's book authors and/or publishers to participate in a library mailing to 3000 children's book acquisitions librarians throughout the US. Deadline for copy is January 31, 2009 with the mailing date in early March 2009. For more information about the Texas Authors Group opportunities, please call 713-937-9184 or email

LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS – Red Engine Press booth planner Chistine Alexanians invites you to participate in our next LA Times/UCLA Festival of Books booth--the last weekend of April 2009--and/or any of the value-added programs aligned with the fair. 135,000+ visitors including readers, directors and producers are expected this year. The book-signing portion of the fair requires that you attend, the others do not. To see the 2008 video made by Rey Ybarra, see:"> Our group of authors will again be sponsoring a booth at the LA Times/UCLA Festival of Books on April 25, and 26, 2009. We focus on making a humdrum fair into a sizzling success and from past experience, we make changes every year based on what we learned the year before and the year before that. One hour (50 minutes to allow set up) signing segments cost $150 for the first and $100 for the second day. The fee includes display in the booth for the full two days. For cost, participation details and benefits of a cross-promotional booth like this: To participate send e-mail to Christine Alexanians: She can invoice you for PayPal or give you an address to send a check. Please put "LA Times Fair" in the subject line and please let her know the programs you would like to participate in so she will know how to bill you. She will then send you details for participation and answer other questions regarding this show. The booth promotion will be handled by Christine and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. All display only slots are sold out. Only poetry reading, short story reading and general signing spots are available. The booth will be under a different name this year. See: Carolyn Howard-Johnson

SANCTUARY ASIA - wildlife, conservation magazine out of India publishers articles related to environmental issues, profiles on various species, personal experience in national parks or with the land. Articles must include photos. Features: approx. 2000/wds. Guidelines:

SIERRA CLUB MAGAZINE - looking for strong, well-researched, literate writing on significant environmental/conservation issues. Features focus on aspects of the Sierra Club's conservation wk, national or international significance; local issues, adventure travel pieces that weave events, discoveries, environmental insights into the narrative, nonfiction essays on the natural world. Pays up to $4000 for feature articles. Query by snail mail.

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE - 700/wds/humor to 4000/wds/full-length feature, to fall within Smithsonian Institution interests: cultural history, physical science, art/natural history. We are always looking for offbeat subjects and profiles. 2-month lead time. Up to $1500. First North American Serial Rights. Guidelines:

SURFER - about surfing lifestyle. 15-25 cts/wd + photos. First North American Serial Rights. Request guidelines, Query Editor:

LOST TREASURE - buys articles, photographs and cartoons that meet editorial guidelines. Guidelines:

RIVER HILLS TRAVELER - looking for stories specific to area. Who, what, where, how, HERE! "Here" is the southeast quarter of Missouri, the east and central Ozarks, stories that relate an adventure and causes a reader to relive a similar adventure of his own, or to consider embarking on a similar adventure. Contact editor. URL:

ROSE & THORN E-ZINE - stories, poetry, articles needed. Token $5. Guidelines:

RUSSIAN LIFE, USA - looking at Russia for Americans. Covers Russian culture, travel, history, politics, art, business, society. Many articles written by freelance Russian writers. Most stories will be between 2000-5000 words in length and authors receive $100-300. Photos are paid for additionally, from $20-40 per photo. RL typically acquires first English language rights and non-exclusive electronic rights, however in some instances will purchase all rights. Guidelines:

WARNINGS FOR WRITERS LISTS - Here are some very important websites to look at and bookmark if you want to avoid publishing pitfalls and unscrupulous publishers. and One warning holds true NEVER PAY A READING FEE and be wary of agents who nickel and dime you to death over charging for copies, postage, etc. This is the cost of business that THEY should absorb from THEIR fees, not yours; that’s what they are getting paid for. Another source of unreliable payers for freelance writers is

PREDITORS & EDITORS READERS POLL - has just opened up for 2009 at This is a great chance to vote for you favorite books, BLOG, etc. from 2008. There are several categories where you can vote, so make sure to select one from each. If you find this blog useful, please nominate. Thank you.

Friday, January 2, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #109

REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - QUENTIN CRISP, age 90, flamboyant writer and gay campaigner was expected to begin a new run of his long-running one-man show, before touring five other British cities with "An Evening with Quentin Crisp," a few days before he died.

LEGAL ASSISTANT TODAY - nonfiction. Paralegal profession. Pays on publication. Guidelines:

SOUTH AMERICAN EXPLORER - nonfiction, photos/artwork. South American travel, scientific discovery, history, archaeology, mountaineering, native peoples. Pays on publication. Guidelines:

GO! - nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. World of transportation for teens and young adults ages 14–20. Pays on publication. Guidelines:

FOREWORD MAGAZINE BOOK AWARDS - Register now for ForeWord Magazine’s 2008 Book of the Year Awards Entries must be postmarked by January 15, 2009.

PORTHOLE CRUISE MAGAZINE - $400/650 for assigned articles on nearly anything related to cruises to entice readers into taking a cruise vacation by delivering info that’s timely, accurate, colorful, entertaining. Guidelines:

PYRAMID MAGAZINE - Send us those GURPS, Car Wars, Toon, Ogre, In Nomine articles, but don't forget d20, Champions, Kult, Call of Cthulhu, Magic: The Gathering, Vampire, Kingmaker, Empire Builder, Third Reich, Star Wars CCG, Trinity, or anything else that interests you. 5000 wds max. 3 cts/wd. Reviews pay a flat $25. Guidelines & info:

READER’s DIGEST - stories on health, music, money, family, home, inspiration, fun, pop culture. Sept. is humor issue, Dec. features holiday memories. URL:

Association (PMA) hosts a number of co-op programs. Join with other publishers to send flyers to libraries, send you books to book fairs, make category mailings, and more. URL:

CHRISTIAN HOME & SCHOOL - Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork. Subjects: Christian parents, schooling, education. Guidelines:

CONCRETE HOMES - Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork. Subjects: Benefits of concrete homes, new technology and design, environmental benefits, safety and durability. Guidelines:

NOTE FOR WRITERS ON BOOKSIGNINGS: Barnes & Noble will not handle small press titles. Borders will. Once you do a signing at Borders, your titles are in their database and orderable by every store in the chain.

JUST CAUSE - Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork. Subjects: Arts, Education, Healthcare, The Environment, Civic Causes and International Issues. Guidelines:

MATTIA INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION - Deadline: Feb. 15, 2009. Poetry - Poems under 100 words in length. Prize is $100C. Guidelines:

EVERYDAY MUSINGS POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: Feb. 28, 2009. Poetry - Everyday something around you happens that is poetic if you notice. We want your best poems (up to 6 entries) covering life in a daily setting. All forms and styles of poetry will be considered. 1st $50.00, 2nd $25.00, 3rd $10.00. The top 35 - 50 poems will be published in a poetry chapbook to be published in June of 2009. Guidelines: