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 Solzhenitsyn had been an obscure, middle-aged, unpublished high school science teacher in a provincial Russian town when he burst onto the literary stage in 1962 with “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.”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: