Friday, October 30, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #150

MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - SIDNEY POLLACK, age 73. Pollack became a prolific producer of independent films in the latter part of his career. With a partner, he ran Mirage Enterprises, a production company whose films included “Cold Mountain” and the documentary “Sketches of Frank Gehry,” released in 2006. Most recently, Mr. Pollack portrayed the father of Patrick Dempsey’s character in “Made of Honor.” Pollack never stopped acting; in a recent episode of “Entourage,” the HBO series about Hollywood, he played himself.

VERGE MAGAZINE - Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Ways to get out and see the world by volunteering, working and studying overseas. Looks for articles that are issue driven and combine an engaging and well-told story with nuts and bolts how-to information. Wherever possible and applicable, efforts should be made to provide sources where readers can find out more about the subject, or ways in which readers can become involved in the issue covered. 800/wds/max. Negotiate fees and rights. Guidelines:

FYI to NOTE - 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.

CANDIS, UK - monthly mag carrying general features on health and family life. Aimed at women aged 30-60 and their partners. Will consider proposals only, short stories of themes of modern love, romance, friendship, family life w/warm likeable central characters. Short stories, 1800-2000 wds. Response time is lengthy. Send article proposals to Debbie Atwell, Editor. or short stories to John Jenkins, Fiction Editor at URL:

BOOK FESTIVALS - A portal devoted to live literary events. Free listings available to authors &publishers around the world. URL:

SIGNSPOTTING - Funny signs needed from around the world. $50. Check to U.S. contributors. PayPal used for outside U.S. URL:

ENROTE, Canada - Air Canada's upscale travel lifestyle magazine. Interested in everything from wine to design, popular science to pop music. CDN$1/wd. Guidelines:

TATIANA’S TRAVEL CORNER - seeking freelance travel writers: general travel articles based on the chosen topics for each month. $150/article, plus $50 each photo for up to 4 photographs. Reviews of travel books: $100/bk review. Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and project proposal to Each article must be personal. URL: Click on “contact us.”

ALTERNATIVE COORDINATES - looking for original stories in the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Speculative Fiction. Science Fiction can include, but is not limited to hard sci-fi, space opera and space adventure, alternative history, time travel, aliens, genetic experiments, etc. Fantasy can include heroic fantasy, magic, witchcraft, mythological creatures, vampires, fairy tales or contemporary fantasy. Horror should lean more to the supernatural or genetic mutation side. $01.5/wd up to 5000/wds and $0.01/wd thereafter. Speculative Fiction can be any story that asks the question “what if.” Guidelines:

SKIRT!® - personal essay topics relating to women and women's interests. All essays for consideration should be submitted in their entirety and be between 800-1200/wds. Paying market, pay varies, negotiate. Buys one-time rights. Will edit for length and content. Guidelines:

THE PASTEL JOURNAL - bi-monthly pub for professional artists and passionate amateurs showcases the best work of top working artists. With full-color reproductions, in-depth interviews, thought provoking essays and helpful information on workshops, contests and exhibitions, it will inspire and inform artists working in pastel or any other medium. seeks pastel art, nonfiction, photos/artwork. 500-2000/wds. Artists are paid depending upon the length and completeness of article submitted. Payment usually does not exceed $500. Guidelines:

DANCE TODAY, UK - monthly mag covering every aspect of social and competitive dancing: ballroom, Latin American, flamenco, salsa, tea dancing and sequence. Articles range from dance holidays through competition features and music reviews, to technical descriptions, diary dates, where to go dancing. Articles to be fully illustrated w/photos. 300dpi. GBP10/100/wds. Photos: GBP10 for quarter-page, GBP20 for half and GBP40 for full-page. Negotiate rights. Guidelines: On application from the Katie Gregory, Editor URL:

Monday, October 19, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #149

MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - LAWRENCE WELK, age 89, a musician, accordionist, bandleader, television impresario, hosting The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. After retiring his show and from the road in 1982, the maestro continued to air reruns of his shows, repackaged first for syndication, and starting in 1986 for public television. Welk also starred and produced a pair of Christmas specials in 1984 and 1985, at age 82.

IN MADRID, Spain - free, English-language monthly mag covering the best of the city of Madrid for foreigners and Spaniards alike. Distributed throughout the city on the 1st of every month. Also available online and as PDF format. Articles should have a particular focus on the cultural events taking place in the city. The mag is constantly looking for new contributors. 1000 to 1600/wds. EUR20-50, depending on length. Guidelines:

YOUNG WRITERS SOCIETY – website created for the young writer, an online community where kids, tweens and teens can share work, chat, create a blog, join user groups and much more. The site also has its own monthly publication called the Squills E-Zine, compiled of members' work. URL:

BUSINESS PLUS, Ireland - Ireland's largest circulation monthly business mag published 11 times a year. Focuses exclusively on the activities of Irish companies or companies based in Ireland and covers areas such as entrepreneurial activity, hands-on advice, technology, investments, or more general items on cars, wine, health and travel. Also welcomes press releases regarding Irish corporate activity. Welcomes contributions that are relevant to their agenda, both from freelance journalists or professionals in the business field. Negotiate rates and rights. Guidelines:

PRACTICAL PRESCHOOL, UK - aimed at those who work w/children in the Foundation Stage of UK education (0 to 5 years old). Practical activities for pre-school children and resources for teachers. Carries latest news, reports, features, reviews and info on the latest developments taking place in the UK. Each issue also contains practical activities pull-out supplement, based on the 6 areas of learning and early learning goals. Articles: 1200-1500/wds, including 4 or 5 practical steps and/or a relevant case study. Activities supplement: 1000-1400/wds. Paying market. Rates & rights negotiable. Guidelines for articles for the magazine or for the practical pull-out section:

PHOTO TECHNIQUES - Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork. Photochemistry, lighting, optics, processing and printing, Zone System, special. Guidelines, scroll down:

GREATER GOOD - New scientific research studies, journalistic profiles of programs & research projects promote peace. Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Guidelines:

THE MENNONITE - Stories of Mennonites exercising their faith, art, holidays, parenting. Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, fillers, photos/artwork. Guidelines:

SPIDER - Subjects: 6 - 9 yr., adventure, geography, history, science, sports, technology, travel. Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers, photos/artwork. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Guidelines:

ARTFUL DODGE - Prose, poetry. Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Guidelines:

BABYBUG - Infants, Toddlers. Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers, photos/artwork. Guidelines:

DIALOG - Of interest/assistance to newly blind, career and leisure experiences, fiction, humor, and poetry. Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers. Guidelines:

ATOM JACK MAGAZINE - Speculative fiction mag that peddles science fiction and science fantasy. Seeks fiction, columns/departments, fillers. Guidelines:

NOTE: Still in “moving and unpacking” mode so freelance list will be spotty. Thanks to those who follow.

Friday, October 2, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #148

MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - HARVEY KORMAN, age 81, an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions beginning in 1960. In 2006, at age 79, two years before his death, he was still working and produced “Together Again: Conway & Korman,” with Tim Conway.

25 RTE RADIO SHORT STORY CONTEST, Ireland - Deadline: Oct. 26, 2009. Short Stories Open to those writers born or living in Ireland. 1800/2000/wds, short fiction suitable for performance on the radio. €3000, €2000. €1000. Guidelines:

2010 ERIC GREGORY TRUST FUND AWARDS, Great Britain - Deadline: Oct. 31, 2009 Open to British subjects by birth who reside in the UK and under age 30 as of March 31, 2010. Poetry, verse-drama, or belles letters. Max 30 poems. £24,000 in total prizes, average of £4000 per winning poet. Entry Forms & Guidelines:

GRAYWOLF PRESS NONFICTION PRIZE, United States - Deadline: Oct. 31, 2009. Open to U.S. residents with at least one published book. Literary nonfiction manuscripts work in progress. Submit max of 25,000 wds plus 2 - 3 page synopsis. $12,000 advance and publication. Guidelines:

GREEN PRINTS MAGAZINE – Gardening mag. Seeks nonfiction, fiction, fillers. Guidelines:

LADYBUG MAGAZINE - Young children's interest, science, how-things-work, poetry. Seeks nonfiction, fiction, columns/departments, fillers, photos/artwork. Guidelines:

REPTILES MAGAZINE - Reptile and amphibian-related topics, including captive care, field herping, herpetocultural trend. Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Guidelines:

APPLESEEDS MAGAZINE - Social studies for children ages 8 and up (primarily in grades 3 & 4. Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork. Guidelines:

SHORT TALK, UK - online publisher of recorded short stories. Seeks stories for all age ranges that can be read aloud by an actor. 600/7000/wds. Submissions: Fee dependent on length of story. Copyright remains w/author with the exception of the recording. Guidelines: Guidelines:

CLASSIC CARS, UK - monthly glossy magazine, heavily illustrated, covering the world of international classic cars of all ages. Seeks articles by knowledgeable writers about classic cars, events, and associated personalities. 500/4000/wds. Paying market. Rates negotiable. Contact page to query for guidelines:

CLASSIC STITCHES, UK - bi-monthly mag covering embroidery, embroidery designs and designers. Also carries project-based features with designs to stitch, designer profiles, book reviews and a 'What's New' section. 1500/wds. GBP200 per article, dependent on space used. Negotiate rights. Contact page to query: