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: