Friday, September 11, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #145

MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - DICK MARTIN, age 86, American comedian and director, best known for his role as the co-host of the sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1968 to 1973. "We designed the show so that we are two relatively normal guys wandering through a sea of madness," Martin later said. Martin was a frequent panelist on game shows such as Match Game and Password Plus. He was also the host of two game shows: a parody game show called The Cheap Show in 1978, and Mindreaders in 1979. Starting on The Bob Newhart Show, he directed for over a dozen series. Martin later became the chief director of the 1980s sitcom Newhart. He became one of television's busiest directors, and worked until a few months before his death..

BRAND, UK - literary mag published twice a year, specializing in the short form. Keen on international work and is always looking for new writing that takes risks, has a strong voice and is challenging. Seeks high-quality, original short stories, plays, poems or creative non-fiction. Each issue also features an in-depth interview with a significant writer and art by contemporary artists. Only accepts work not published in UK before. Short stories & creative non-fiction 2500/wds. Short plays or performance texts: max 10 minutes. Poetry: up to 3 poems w/max of 40 lines each. Artwork: up to 3 pieces. GBP30 plus free copy of magazine. Guidelines:

PRACTICAL CARAVAN, UK - monthly mag covering site and product reviews, travel, investigations, travelogues, first-person stories, technical, DIY topics. Images essential to accompany text. 2000/wds/max. Paying market. Rates negotiable. Contact Page to Query:

INTERNATIONAL LIVING, Ireland - monthly mag for expatriates and world travelers covering all aspects of visiting and living in exotic places including accommodation, real estate, taxes, sport and leisure, retirement and any other inside information in a relaxed, informal and friendly tone. Also publishes short 'postcards' telling of undiscovered international gems such as cities, restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, festivals, golf courses, sports facilities or unusual sporting events, fishing, real estate, where to buy bargain goods, get any form of good value and so on. Postcards 250-500/wds. Full-length articles 1000/wds. USD50. Photos accepted. Higher rates for articles published in monthly print publications. Guidelines:

TOWARD FREEDOM - Human rights, globalization, trade, labor, environmental preservation, political prisoners. Seeks nonfiction, columns/depts, photos/artwork. Pays on publication. Articles under 3000/wds. Negotiate pay and rights. Guidelines:

LATIN JAZZ CLUB MAGAZINE - literary cyber-emporium of related music news, articles, interviews, CD reviews and info, a virtual on-line mag dedicated to the advancement, education and historical preservation of Latin Jazz. Pays on publication. Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Subjects: Music reviews, articles, interviews. Guidelines:

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS - serves more than 5 million visitors monthly. Focuses on decorating, building, remodeling, crafts, entertaining, cooking, gardening. Provides readers, who are mostly women, w/interactive tools. The Website also gives readers a platform to contribute and share ideas w/others. Negotiate fees and rights. Better Homes and Gardens, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309-3023, (515) 284-3000. Contact Page to Query:

LENGTH OF COPYRIGHT - Work created by unidentified (unknown) authors have a copyright life of only 95 years from publication or 120 years from the work’s creation—whichever comes first. If the author is named (known) and registers his pen name (whether it's his real name or a pseudonym), the copyright term for the work is the author’s life plus 70 years.

COIN NEWS, UK - monthly mag covering coins from all eras, and coin collecting. Features news, events (e.g. fairs, societies, auctions etc.), book reviews, a banknote section and a section on historical coins, together w/general features of interest to both the serious and not-so-serious collector. 2000/wds/max. Paying market. Rates & rights negotiable. Guidelines: Available from editor. Online form to Query or further info:

THE TREASON SHOW, UK - slick and irreverent comedy show based at Brighton, UK, playing to packed houses on a monthly basis. Show deals with news and current affairs. Is willing to consider submissions of witty, fresh and topical material. Length: Not stated, but keep it short. Send initial submission of 2 sketches or 2 songs (lyrics only). Because of the structure of the show, songs stand a better chance of acceptance. A 'writers pool' of GBP1000 is shared by those who get their material into the show. The current average is as follows: songs GBP30, sketches GBP20, one-liners or captions GBP5. Guidelines:

SAILING TODAY, UK - practical mag for cruising sailors. Articles cover boat buying, owning, equipment, clothing and products for sailing. Generally commissions articles, but will consider practical features and cruising stories. Also accepts photographs. High-resolution digital preferred, but can take slides or prints. 1500-3000/wds, depending on section. Is willing to consider longer submissions if suitable for splitting into 2 parts. Query Rodger Witt, Acting Editor Paying market, rates and rights negotiable. Contact Page: