Friday, July 31, 2009


MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #139
MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING – YVES SAINT LAURENT, age 71, legendary designer, the most influential and enduring designer of his time. His ready-to-wear label, Rive Gauche, sold to Gucci in 1999, still has boutiques around the world. Nowhere was Saint Laurent's gift more evident than the valedictory fashion show that marked his retirement in January 2002.


BOOKHITCH - Here authors can advertise their books

HISTORIC FOODS – (for your historical characters)

13th ANNUAL ROBERT FROST FOUNDATION POETY AWARD – Deadline: Sept 15, 2009. Entry fee: $10. on ‘poetry award’)

GRANT WRITING - Association of Fundraising Prof’ls posts grant-writing jobs at

BRITISH LIBRARY DIGITIZED ALL 18TH CENTURY NEWSPAPERS IN COLLECTION - This will give researchers access to over two million pages from 43 different newspapers including national, regional and specialist titles such as Chartist newspapers. The Library is hoping to offer some access for free with perhaps a paid-for service for repeated access.

FOR COPYWRITERS ONLY - Newsletter is a good one too

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE MAGAZINE - Sunday mag of the newspaper covers the following CA counties: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Lake, and Mendocino. Finished stories accepted on spec. 900/wds. 25/75 cts/wd. All rights. Query by email. Form online for info. Guidelines:

SPIRIT MAGAZINE - targets the flying affluent, expanding their horizons with adventurous perspectives on contemporary themes. Conceived to complement the unconventional in-cabin environment of Southwest Airlines, the magazine blends energetic travel reporting with diverse, trend-charting topics from the worlds of business, technology, sports, culture, fitness/nutrition, and the arts. Hip profiles of hot personalities in a variety of disciplines provide an irreverent counterpoint to the practical, life-enhancing insiders' guides that serve the needs of audience. Pay is negotiated on a per-article basis. Contact page:

SPORTS AFIELD - about hunting and fishing. 10-25 cts/wd, accepts photos. First North American & European rights. Editorial calendar available. Guidelines:

THE STORYTELLER MAGAZINE - geared to, but not limited to new writers. Short stories up to 1500 wds, essays and non-fiction up to 1500 wds. Poetry up to 40 lines. Low paying but great for newbies. Guidelines:

TAI-CHI - interested in many aspects: self-defense, internal skills, health, meditation, fitness, self-improvement, ch'i cultivation, Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture, herbs, massage, etc.) and spiritual growth. Articles 500/3500 wds or more. $75/500 includes payment for photos. First North American Serial rights. Guidelines:

TEXAS MONTHLY - reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry, and education. As a leisure guide, covers music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations. Prefers solidly researched reporting which uncovers issues of public concern, reveals offbeat and previously unreported topics or uses a novel approach to familiar topics. Query first. Fees are negotiated and agreed upon when the writer is notified that the manuscript has been accepted. Contact page:

Friday, July 24, 2009


MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING – MILTON BERLE, age 93, an Emmy-winning American comedian and actor in movies, radio and TV. Berle began as a child actor. His last works, Driving Me Crazy (1991), at age 82, Storybook, age 89, and Two Heads Are Better Than None, in 2000.

ENTMOLOGY & HISTORY OF FIRST NAMES - for those writing hist’l novels - tells when name was invented & origins. URL:

NATIVE AMERICAN NAMES w/meaning & tribe. - URLS: and - comprehensive site for novice screenwriters. URL:

OLIVET COLLEGE SANDBURG-AUDEN-STEIN RESIDENCY - Sept 10, 2009. No entry fee. 3-wk Residency w stipend $3,100 plus room/board, given to poet who has published at least 1 book of poetry. Link:

WRITER’s TIPS - Some great writer’s tips for all genres. URL:

LITERARY CONTEST SCAMS –Writers should bookmark this link & check the list before entering any contest. URL:

LAKE SUPERIOR - consumer magazine focuses exclusively on Lake Superior region, its history, current events, life styles, environment, tourism. Publishes both fiction & non-fiction. Features/1600/2200 wds. Depts/900/1400 wds. Up to $600 for features; $65 to $125 for depts. Prefer manuscripts, although short queries, naming possible sources, will be considered. Guidelines:

LITTLE INDIA MAGAZINE, USA - freelance articles in every issue, published both online as well as in the print magazine. Focus is Indian American immigrant experience in USA. Will consider feature articles, columns, commentaries and essays. Feature articles are hard on data: interviews w/key sources, relevant statistics, anecdotal evidence. Encourage hard analysis as well as strong, even controversial, provocative personal viewpoints in opinion writing. Features and essays: 1000/4000 wds. Columns and commentaries: 1500 wds. $50/600 i.e. [6/10 cts/wd]. Guidelines:


OKANAGAN LIFE, CANADA - entertains & informs Okanagan Valley residents & visitors to celebrate the achievements of our people and communities. Interested in almost anything as long as it relates to the Okanagan or to active lifestyle interests. Always query first by e-mail or post. $0.15/wd. Guidelines:

PARACHUTE - bilingual Canadian quarterly of national and intern’l art, publishing theoretical and critical articles, interviews, book reviews and exhibition reviews on a wide variety of contemporary art, including visual art, film, museology. $300[US$225] for articles and interviews; book/exhibition reviews $50[US$37]/pg [max.$200[US$150]/text] Authors receive two copies of issue with their contribution upon publication. All submissions considered on spec until final draft is approved. No kill fees. Contact appropriate editor. Guidelines:

PASTE - focus on organic & eclectic music-encompassing AAA/Adult rock, folk rock, alt. country, Americana, Indie rock, world music & whatever else we think will grab music lovers seeking something a little deeper. 2/10 cts/wd and accepts photos. All rights. E-queries to appropriate editor. Guidelines:

GUEST FINDER - "Where great interviews begin," GuestFinder is a site where people can list themselves as subject matter experts available for interviews. You can find interview sources on topics ranging from adoption to workplace issues, with dozens of subjects in between. The site also features a nifty "Idea Calendar" that you can use as a springboard for your books and article ideas. URL:

SEND THANKS TO OUR SOLDIERS - If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You can’t pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services. For those who have websites, please cross post if you are able. URL:

EXAMINER – looking for writers. URL:

Friday, July 17, 2009


MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #137
MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING – PAUL McCARTNEY, age 65, of Beatle fame, reinvented himself and awakened a new generation, giving a fresh sound to rock, roll, rhythm and blues. No one compares with the legendary songwriter who is still going strong.

MAISONNEUVE MAGAZINE - ARTIFICE [poetry, short & long fiction, humour], ARTIFACT [essays and reviews on any aspect of the arts or sciences], VISUAL ART [illustration, drawing, painting, photography, animation, cartoons, comics, graphics, web-based, design, etc] and anything else that demonstrates curiosity, energy or elegance across all fields of human endeavor. $100/300, depending on content, creativity, originality. Guidelines:

IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR HALLOWEEN FICTION CONTEST - Deadline: Aug. 31, 2009, Fee: $15. Award: $500 & publication. Guidelines:

ONCE WRITTEN FALL FICTION CONTEST - Deadline: Oct. 31, 2009, Fee: $15.
Award: $1,000. Guidelines:

IN STYLE - covers private side of public faces, revealing personal style choices. It's "an insider's guide to the lives and lifestyles of the world's most fascinating people, offering a wealth of inspiration and ideas about beauty, fashion, home, entertaining and charities. See editorial calendar. $1+/wd. All rights. Contact page:,,20267744_contact,00.html

ECHELON PRESS – Now accepting submissions for eBook Mss. Guidelines:

PLANET, UK - covers the arts, culture, politics in Wales and beyond. Includes features and interviews of contemporary Welsh artists and writers and political analysis, both of Welsh and international affairs. Several poems and one short story are published in every issue of the magazine. Articles, features and reviews are commissioned. Query first by snail mail only. Send a letter of inquiry with a brief synopsis. £40/1000 wds for prose; a min. of £25/poem. Guidelines:

TRANSLATE A BLOCK OF TEXT - - Buy and sell self-published books

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER - contains 5 or more features, roughly balanced between U.S. and foreign subjects. Interested in places accessible to most travelers, not just the intrepid or wealthy, from mainstream to adventure travel. Accepts freelance queries for most depts. Ideas for features are generated both by the Traveler staff and by freelance contributors. 1500/2500 wds. Depts from 750/1500 wds. Buys all rights to manuscripts, copyright is returned to the author. Guidelines:

INTERNATIONAL LIVING - publishes what is called postcards from people all over the world, telling us about undiscovered international gems - cities, restaurants, hotels / B&B's, festivals, golf courses, sports facilities or unusual sporting events, fishing, real estate, where to buy bargain goods, get any form of good value etc. Up to $500 for articles. Contact Page:


2009 SINC WRITE NOW! CONFERENCE - Aug. 15, 2009. Crafting the Perfect Crime Novel. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Stonecreek Golf Club, 4435 E. Paradise Village Parkway, 2 blocks south of Paradise Valley Mall. Topics include: noted local novelist, Fred Ramsay, Heroes & Victims; Prof. Jane Bock of Colorado, Diagnosing the Damage; retired FBI agent, private investigator & novelist, Ernie Patino, Vilest Villains & Shadiest Suspects; crime scene analysis expert, Tracie Fife, Deconstructing the Crime Scene; bestselling author & creative writing instructor, Connie Flynn, The Perfect Plot & Clever Conclusion; publisher/owner of Poisoned Pen Press, Rob Rosenwald, Capturing Your Audience. For more info:


HUNGER MOUNTAIN CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST – Deadline: Sept. 10, 2009, Entry fee: $20. Up to 10,000 words. $1000 and publication. Guidelines:


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Friday, July 10, 2009


MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING – JIMMY STEWART, age 89. Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing screen persona. One little-known talent of Stewart's was his homespun poetry. He was also an Air Force Brigadier General. In 1989, Stewart joined Peter F. Paul in founding the American Spirit Foundation to apply entertainment industry resources to developing innovative approaches to public education and to assist the emerging democracy movements in the former Iron Curtain countries and Russia. In 1991, at age 83, Stewart voiced the character of Sheriff Wylie Burp in the movie "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West", which was his final role in a film before his death.


BOTTLE TREE PRODUCTIONS - One Act Play Competition Deadline Nov. 30, 2009
One-Act Play Award: $1,000; Fee: $25

BK PUBLICITY TIPS - complete list of goofy (but real) holidays to plan promotions around.

HOME JOB IDEAS Work from home as an author, copywriter, typist, event organizer, language tutor, photographer.

COMPUTOREDGE ONLINE - the nation's largest regional computer weekly magazine, with editions in Southern California and Colorado. Features: 1000/1200 wds. Beyond Personal Computing (BPC): 800/1000 wds. Mac Madness and I Don't Do Windows columns (open to freelancers): 800/900 wds. First North American Serial Rights and electronic rights. Guidelines:'sGuidelines.htm

EUROPEAN VOICE, Belgium - works w/freelancers occasionally. $0.38/wd. Query first to Dennis Abbott, Editor. European Voice, International Press Centre, RĂ©sidence Palace, Rue de la Loi 155, Box 6, 1040 Brussels, Belgium. Tel:+32-2 540 9090. Fax: +32-2 540 9071. Contact page:

FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE - Issues planned well in advance; lead time is technically about six months. Style is bright, breezy, helpful and encouraging. We're NOT an academic journal or a genealogy-research journal. Buy first rights and online rights. Rates vary widely depending on difficulty of assignment. Guidelines:

KEEP TRACK OF YOUR BOOK(S) - Want to know exactly where your books are? Lists participating libraries around the globe.

THE WEB SAVVY WRITER - great ideas for book promotions.

GREENPRINTS – wants the best garden writing. Expressive, thoughtful, humorous, angry, contrite, flippant, searching, witty, observant, sad, inviting-whatever! We focus on the human, not the how-to side of gardening. On the people as well as the plants. Up to $100. Guidelines:

HOME & AWAY - official member publication for 16 different AAA automobile clubs in the US Midwest. Pays 10/25 cts/word. Accepts photos. First North American Serial rights. Guidelines:

HORSE CANADA MAGAZINE - a general interest mag for horse lovers w/special attention paid to equine health and management. $0.15[US$0.11]/wd, $15[US$11/b/w photo and $25[US$18]/color photo. eQuery for guidelines. Staff List:

Friday, July 3, 2009


MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING – NELSON MANDELA, age 90, former President of South Africa.. Among opponents of apartheid in South Africa and internationally, he is a symbol of freedom and equality. Following his release from prison on Feb. 11, 1990, at age 72, his switch to a policy of reconciliation and negotiation helped lead the transition to multi-racial democracy in South Africa. Mandela has received more than one hundred awards over four decades, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 at age 75. He is a celebrated elder statesman who continues to voice his opinion on topical issues.

YOUNG MONEY MAGAZINE - strives to educate young people about money management. Publisher is nat’l, non-profit credit counseling organization. Mag is delivered nationwide as a special insert in 20 top college newspapers. 1-2 cts/wd. + photos. Guidelines:

ACTION ASIA MAGAZINE, HK - interesting destinations from around the region which offer an adventurous take on well-known destinations, or which take the reader into the parts of Asia that are much less well-known. 'Our' Asia includes Australia, New Zealand, Pacific islands, the Indian sub-continent and parts of the Middle East. Mauritius, Oman, Kirghizstan, Kamchatka and Tahiti have all been featured. A text plus pictures is req’d. US$400 for 4 pg smaller features, up to US$800/1000 for main features 10-14 pgs. Guidelines:

WRITING CAREER - listing of writing jobs.

AMERICAN PROFILE - Coverage of people and places must be enlightening and instructional, and have a broad regional or national relevance. Also covers health, food, gardening, home projects, nature, finances. Articles should be topical, but have a long shelf life. Length varies from 450/1200 wds. Fees are competitive but vary widely. Byline and one-sentence bio given. Mostly freelance written. No reprints. Buys exclusive first-time print rights and all electronic rights to unpublished pieces for six months, non-exclusive rights thereafter. Queries: Send a one-paragraph query with clips and SASE. No phone, fax, or e-mail submissions. Guidelines:

2010 STRATFORD, SHAW & SUNDANCE NEW MYSTERIES COMPETITION - Deadline: Aug. 31, 2009. No Entry Fee. Short Stories, Novels, Scripts and Screenplays for both adult and youth audiences. All entries should be able to be performed (read) in under an hour. $10,000 for "Best New Work" (one prize across all genres), $5000 for "Best New Writer", $2500 for "Outstanding Screenplay or Teleplay", $1000 for "Best Work for Young Adults (12-18)", $1000 for "Best Short Mystery Play" (category includes one-act plays, short screenplays, and short stories) Guidelines:

2009 FAMILY CIRCLE FICTION CONTEST - Deadline: Aug. 31, 2009. No Entry Fee. Open to U.S. residents 21+. Entries must be original, unpublished, and may not have won any prize or award. Short Stories. Max 2 stories/person, 2500/wds/story. $750, publication in Family Circle, Gift Certificate to a course, 1yr AvantGuild membership. Guidelines:

EMAIL LISTS GET MINED - Consumers find their email list gets mined & used after they provide e-mail info to certain Web sites -

BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW - serves as a bridge between the academic study of archaeology and a broad general audience eager to better understand the world of the Bible. BAR is the only nonsectarian forum for the discussion of Biblical archaeology. 5/25 cts/wd. All rights. Dorothy D. Resig Managing Editor for guidelines. URL:

CARVING MAGAZINE - useful, diverse magazine of info about the art of carving. Each issue features step-by-step projects, feature articles, gallery photos, questions-and-answers, and much more. Carving enthusiasts at all skill levels will enjoy learning from seasoned carving veterans, many of whom are regularly-featured columnists. 10-15/cts/word. Accepts photos. Guidelines:

UP HERE, FAR NORTH OIL & GASS REVIEW, Canada - quarterly, publishes articles on current topics in oil and gas development, northern aboriginal political and business development, as well as general issues pertinent to Canada's northern region in the context of these resources. Topics include: northern regulatory issues, pipeline development, drilling, production, related engineering issues, company and individual profiles, related environmental issues, and the history of northern oil and gas development. Min. $0.25[US$0.18]/wd + (depending on qualifications of freelancer), or negotiated flat rate for short pieces. Online Query Form:

2009 WRANGLIN WITH WRITING – Sept. 26-27, 2009. Tucson AZ. 32 workshops on writing and marketing. Individual interviews with agents, editors, publishers, and producers soliciting mss and screenplays. Info: