Saturday, May 9, 2009


MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #127
REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - MAYA ANGELOU, age 80, writer, poet. a remarkable Renaissance woman who is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she continues to travel the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. Within the rhythm of her poetry and elegance of her prose lies Angelou's unique power to help readers of every orientation span the lines of race and Angelou captivates audiences through the vigor and sheer beauty of her words and lyrics.

BACK HOME - how-to magazine, primary purpose to help people gain more control over their own lives by doing more for themselves. Looking for interesting, lively, preferably first-person articles based upon actual experience in the fields of gardening, home construction & repair, workshop projects, cooking, crafts, outdoor recreation, family activities, vacations, livestock, home business, home-based and other education, community/neighborhood action. $35/pg. Guidelines:

H. BAUER PUBLISHING, UK - Core readership women of about 30, but includes material suitable for all ages and has male readers too. Publications in group. Bella, Fate & Fortune, Take a Break, Take a Break’s Fate & Fortune, Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, Real Magazine, Spirit Destiny, Puzzles Portfolio, Take a Break’s Win & Go. TV Quick, TV Choice, Bella Cookbook. Horoscope, crossword etc. Tales with a twist; Put your feet up; One from the Heart; Spine Chiller; Love story. Lengths vary from 800/4000/wds. If anyone is interested in finding details of UK magazines for either short stories or articles, see The Magazine Writer's Handbook published by The Writers' Bookshop ISBN 1 902713 15 X. Magazine list:

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6TH MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST - Deadline: June 30, 2009. Entry fee: $7 for every 25 lines. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,350. Top prize $2,000. Submit poems in traditional verse forms, such as sonnets and free verse.. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Guidelines:

STORIES FOR CHILDREN MAGAZINE - Nonfiction for all age groups Check the website for submission guidelines as they are updated on a regular basis. All submissions must be sent to Angelika Lochner at Guidelines:

REVIEW FUSE FLASH FICTION CONTEST - Deadline: May 25th, 2009. No entry fee.
Prize: $50 Cash. Length: 1000 lines or fewer. Theme: Open (must adhere to clean content policy). Guidelines:

CHRISTIAN CENTURY MAGAZINE - ecumenical weekly examines developments in the contemporary church and probes the religious and moral issues of modern culture. Seeking manuscripts which articulate the public meaning of faith, bringing the resources of religious tradition to bear on such topics as poverty, human rights, economic justice, international relations, national priorities and popular culture. Features up to 3000 wds; editorials, reports and personal reflections up to 1500 wds. Up to $125. Guidelines:

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR - international newspaper, provides in-depth features and essays. $200/225 for articles and essays of 400/900 wds. Guidelines:

GEIST FORTUNE COOKIE CONTEST, Canada - Deadline: June 1, 2009. Contest based on faux wisdom and vague predictions. 500 wds or less. Think of what would be written on a fortune cookie slip of paper. Entry Fee: $20 CAD for the first entry (includes 1-yr subscription or subscription extension), $5 CAD for each additional entry. Guidelines & Entry Form:

CINEASTE - quarterly mag offers a social, political/aesthetic perspective on the cinema. Interested in all areas of the cinema, including Hollywood films, American independents, quality European films, and the cinema of the Third World. Feature articles: 3000/4000 wds. Film reviews: 1500 wds. Query first: Send a letter of inquiry on a feature idea or provide an outline. Include a SASE. No phone calls unless we ask you to respond this way. $50+ for film reviews and short articles; $30+ for short or 'sidebar' interviews; $100+ for feature articles or feature interviews. Email: Guidelines:

DESCANT, Canada - accepting submissions of original, unpublished poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essays, art and photography. Will consider subs. of poetry [six poems], short stories, novel excerpts, plays, essays, interviews, musical scores, visual presentations. $100. Guidelines: