Saturday, March 28, 2009


MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #121
REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - DOMINICK DUNNE, age 82, writer, investigative journalist, author of ten books. 4 films and a TV series. In novels, like The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and People Like Us, he has skewered those in society's upper reaches with knowing portraits that demonstrate an innate understanding of how the other half operates during the worst of times. At Vanity Fair, he has given readers his unique inside account of several high-profile cases including the murder trials of Claus von Bulow, the Menenedez brothers murder of their parents, Ethel Kennedy's nephew Michael Skakel and O.J. Simpson.

BBC LAUNCHES ONLINE JOURNALISM SCHOOL IN 33 LANGUAGES - The site, which should launch in six weeks, will feature 2,500 pages of articles, 250 films and a self-testing facility. ARTICLE:



FIRST BREAKOUT NOVEL SCHOLARSHIP - Free Expressions Seminars is offering a scholarship to its acclaimed “Writing the Breakout Novel Weeklong Intensive” with top NY literary agent, Donald Maass. The scholarship is available for one student who wishes to participate in the Sept. 21-27, 2009 workshop to be held in San Antonio, Texas. It covers complete room, board, tuition and all other workshop expenses, except transportation. The workshop offers 35 writers the opportunity to dig into their novels-in-progress in an intensive workshop in which they'll take daily classes w/Don Maass and receive in-depth feedback on their work from Maass and a roster of experienced industry professionals. Suitable for published and pre-published writers alike, the workshop's core focus is on creating a "breakout" work, one that transcends genre to offer a rich, dramatic, and memorable experience to the reader. INFO & APPLICATION: Or call toll-free: 866-497-4832.

HOME COOKING MAGAZINE - newsprint magazine; each issue has recipes, cookbook reviews, tips for busy cooks, fun food facts and more. $20/300. All rights. Send completed article or query to: Shelly Vaughan James, Editor URL:

INSIDEOUT TRAVEL MAGAZINE - online publication for travelers, from first-time backpackers to those who have made traveling a lifestyle, for anyone who values the experience of traveling and learning about other cultures. $10-$20. Guidelines:


ITALIAN AMERICA, USA - Freelance writers are invited to submit queries for feature articles. Topics can include an important personality living or dead; a colorful aspect of contemporary Italian or Italian American life; a little-known chapter in Italian American history; a new or historical Italian festival, product, cultural institution or societal issue. 750/1000/wds. Non-exclusive worldwide periodical publication and syndication rights in all languages, in all mediums. Articles/ photographs: $50/250. All syndication fees are shared with the author. Query by mail. Italian America magazine, Dona De Sanctis, Editor Guidelines:

JAZZIZ MAGAZINE - designed to attract an audience that may not typically subscribe to a jazz music magazine. Features a monthly companion CD, graphics, and photography, and lifestyle-oriented coverage. 5-10 cents per word + Photos All rights. Contact for writer’s guidelines: Michael Fagien, Editor URL:

THE LONDON MAGAZINE - seeks stories, poems, articles and critical reviews of the arts in the UK and abroad. Short stories, features, memoirs, critical articles: max. 5000/wds; reviews: max. 2000/wds; poetry: no longer than 800 lines. Payment is strictly by negotiation with editor. Guidelines:

LOVE SONG CARDS - ground floor opportunity. Company need someone who can write text for web site that is creative and can make it sell. You do not need to know html or how to build a site. We could use you if you know how to use search term relevancy to get high search engine ranking as well as having strong selling skills. You will only be working on 3 pgs so this is a simple job. For more experience applicants, if you have a web site, we will put a link or possibly a banner to your site. Anyone who is chosen will be used for more work later on our additional sites as our company grows. Contact Cliff Posey Guidelines:

LEAPFROG PRESS 2009 FICTION AWARD - Deadline: May 1st, 2009. Entry fee $25
Publication contract with $1000 advance given for a book-length work of literary fiction. Judges include Michael Lee and Michael Mirolla. Finalists receive $150 plus manuscript critique. Guidelines:

14th ANNUAL PARSEC SHORT STORY CONTEST - Deadline: April 15, 2009. Short stories. For the promotion of literary Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and other Speculative Fictions. The Theme for this year's contest is Dark Glass. This can be used as a metaphor, literally, or anything in between. Confluence attracts many families and the story will be printed in the program book. A certain restraint and subtlety is called for. 3500 wds max. $200 prize. Guidelines:

AT&T FORWARDING COPYRIGHT WARNINGS – Article by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer. AT&T Inc., the nation's largest Internet service provider, will start sending warnings to its subscribers when music labels and movie studios allege that they are trafficking in pirated material, according to an executive.