Friday, May 1, 2009


MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #126
REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - STUDS TERKEL, age 96, Pulitzer Prize-winning author known for portrayals of working class, the ageless master of listening and speaking, a broadcaster, activist. Terkel’s best-selling oral histories celebrated the common people he liked to call the "non-celebrated." The tougher the subject, the harder Terkel took it on. He put out an oral history collection on race relations in 1992 called "Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About The American Obsession," and, in 1995, "Coming of Age," recollections of men and women 70 and older. He cared about what divided us, and what united us: death, in his 2001 "Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith," and hope, in his 2003 "Hope Dies Last."

ROBERT TRAVER AWARD - Deadline: June 1, 2009. Nonfiction/Short Stories, Essays up to 3,500 words demonstrating a love of fly-fishing. $2,500 and possible publication.


AN EVENING WITH ROY BLOUNT JR. - 7 to 9 PM. Wednesday, May 27, 2009, St. Edward's University in Austin, TX. Hors d'oeuvres and dessert with complimentary wine. Roy Blount Jr. is one of America's best loved humorists and authors. He is also the president of the Authors Guild and was in the thick of things when the Guild took on Google's Book Search initiative. Roy will talk about the settlement with Google and its effects on publishing - plus, you never know what else will be on his mind, so the evening promises to be quite entertaining. Roy's books will be available for purchase, and he will sign books after his presentation. $50 per person (advance reservations required). INFO:


ZOETROPE - Francis Ford Coppula’s Group. All-Story considers unsolicited submissions of short stories and one-act plays no longer than 7,000 words. Zoetrope: All-Story does not accept submissions via email, but can submit online. Zoetrope: All-Story,
916 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94133. Guidelines:

ZYZZYVA - submission wanted from West Coast writers and artists only. This means currently living in AK, HI, WA, OR, or CA. Guidelines:

AMERICA - The National Catholic Weekly Mag. Articles must be written for a general audience. Most, but not all readers are Catholic. Although almost all ‘America’ readers are college educated and two-thirds have graduate degrees, most are not specialists in your field. If you are an academic, write for an audience of alumni and alumnae of your school, not for your peers. 1500/2000 wds. Contact page:

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. Join best-selling authors, editors from major publishing houses, top agents, the place for individuals involved in the romance fiction publishing industry to network and do business in a professional atmosphere. With more than 100 educational sessions for authors, editor/agent pitch sessions, and book signings, you won’t want to miss out on this year’s conference. INFO & REGISTER:

AMERICAN EDUCATOR, USA - quarterly professional magazine of the American Federation of Teachers, interested in articles on new trends in education, politics, well-researched news features on current problems in education, education law, professional ethics, thoughtful or thought-provoking pieces, essays which explore current social issues relevant to American society. Welcomes articles on international affairs, labor issues of interest to teachers as AFT members. 500/2500 wds. $300+. Query first/ Ruth Wattenberg, Editor Or, write to query: American federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20001. URL:

AMERICA’s TRUCKING NEWSPAPER - Magazine for the truckload freight industry. $25/250/article, sometimes pays expenses of writers on assign. Trucker Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 3413, Little Rock AR 72203-3413. Contact page:

ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE [ASIM], Australia - is a speculative fiction magazine, published bimonthly and widely distributed. Looking for stories to 10,000 wds, poetry, line drawings and even non-fiction articles. We will accept SF, Fantasy and Horror pieces, with a preference for ‘fun’ rather than grim-and-gritty. First Australian Serial Rights. Guidelines:

THE ARTIST’s MAGAZINE - written by artists for artists, a nuts-and-bolts, instructional resource for the artist in search of artistic and professional success. Opportunities for professional artists and writers to work lie primarily with feature articles. Up to $400. Contact page:

THE AQUARIAN, Canada - ‘new age’ publication which tries to avoid the fuzzy thinking and credulity the genre is often associated with. Holistic health [natural, complementary, alternative] and progressive environmental, social, cultural, and spiritual issues are the major focus. Email queries. $0.03/.05/wd. 16 Victoria Row, Winnipeg, MB, R2M 1Y2, Canada. Guidelines: