Friday, March 13, 2009


MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #119
REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - JOHN ASHBERY, age 81, poet, is having his first art exhibit in New York. Of the hundreds of openings in the city this fall, this one will be particularly distinctive. Because the artist is the pre-eminent American poet John Ashbery, making his solo debut as professional artist at 81, with a modest but polished exhibition of two dozen small collages.

EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW - offers useful advice on marketing and occasional free telephone seminars. URL:

CONJUNCTIONS - see website and author index for the types of articles the magazine is looking for. Direct submissions to Editorial Office, 21 East 10th St, NY, NY 10003. Manuscripts returned w/SASE. No eSubs. Guidelines: SPRING SHORT STORY CONTEST - Deadline: April 30, 2009. Entry Fee: $20. Award: $1,000. Guidelines:

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT - written for the growing number w.diabetes who want to know more about controlling and managing their diabetes. Ingrid Strauch, Managing Editor Kill fee: 20%. Guidelines:

BOOK FESTIVALS - are a great avenue for promoting your title and putting you in direct contact with book enthusiasts. Publishers Weekly offers great information on 27 upcoming book festivals

7th BOOK EXPO AMERICA, NY - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, in New York City. Reserve your table in the IRC today and follow breaking BEA news.

WRITERS NET - Some of the highest paying magazine markets are now requesting that writers submit fiction through an agent. While most literary agents will not represent writers of magazine articles and stories, a few will. Here's a link that lists several pages of agents for fiction and short stories:

BEE - covers beekeeping, history, how-to, equipment and the humorous side; we touch on pollination’s, honey plants, gardening with bees, wildlife, woodland plantings, all the creatures that bees affect and interact with. There's a serious side too, pesticides, politics, imports, marketing, pests and predators. Bee Culture has a constant demand for articles on bees and beekeeping, pollination and honey plants, the business side, and a wide variety of related topics. $100/200. 800/2000/wds w/photos/art. Contact the editor link on webpage. Guidelines:

The Monster List of Freelancing Job Sites – many disciplines listed. Worth a look. URL:

HOME & HERITAGE MAGAZINES – Advocate Magazine operates urban living magazines in Dallas neighborhoods, articles on personalities, events and topics of interest to people in these communities. Works with unpublished but talented writers. Interested in ideas writers have for stories in the Far North Dallas, Lakewood/East Dallas, Lake Highlands, Oak Cliff, and Preston Hollow communities of Dallas. We do not profile businesses unless the owner is a resident,. We cover people, schools, arts and entertainment, community organizations, etc. Prefer to work with writers in our publishing area. Guidelines by email: Kris Scott, Editor URL:

SOCIETY OF SOUTHWESTERN AUTHORS(SSA) 1-ACT PLAYWRITING CONTEST - 30-40 minutes in length, max 8 characters. Deadline June 30, 2009. $10.00 entry fee. (SSA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and educating writers - fees offset contest expenses) Prizes: 1st $300. 2nd $200. 3rd $100. Three finalists will receive free admission including hotel accommodations to the annual Wrangling With Writing conference sponsored by the Society, to be held Sept. 26th - 27th in Tucson, Arizona at the Palo Verde Holiday Inn. The plays will be read on Saturday night and audience members will choose the first, second, and third place winners. All plays will also be considered for the SSA’s ongoing Readers Theater series. Send one bound copy of your play with the entry fee to: SSA -- Attn: Playwriting Contest; P.O. Box 35484; Tucson, AZ 85740. Please include your name and contact information on the title page of the script. Questions about the contest or the conference contact: Carol Costa at

THE COMPLETE REVIEW – worth a look, an opinionated survey of books old and new, trying to meet all your book review, preview, and information needs. URL:

MAD ANTHONY WRITERS CONFERENCE – April 17-18, 2009. Attendees will experience hands on classes in fingerprinting, handcuffing, arrest techniques, weapons interview and interrogation etc. The conference will also feature K9 demos and classes. For more info and registration: