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: