Friday, November 13, 2009

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #152

MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - KERMIT LOVE, age 91, the costume designer who helped puppeteer Jim Henson create Big Bird and other "Sesame Street" characters. Love was a designer for some of ballet's most prominent choreographers, including Twyla Tharp, Agnes de Mille, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. Love designed costumes and puppets for film and advertising, including the Snuggle bear from the fabric softener commercials. Love always insisted Henson's famous frog wasn't named for him.

STUDENT TRAVELER - Seeks nonfiction, columns/departments to motivate college students to see the world with fun, fresh editorial. Query Eric Tiettmeyer All sorts of student opportunities at:

18th TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID SHORT STORY CONTEST - Entries accepted until March 31, 2010. Ten cash prizes totaling $5550. Top prize $3000.Seeks short stories, essays, other works of prose. Up to 5000/wds. $15,entry fee payable to Winning Writers, Attn: Tom Howard Short Story Contest, 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Guidelines:

AKRON LIFE & LEISURE - Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork. Subjects: people, places, entertainment, arts and other important stories pertaining to Greater Akron, Ohio. Greater Akron to be Summit, Medina, Portage, Northern Stark and Northeastern Wayne counties w/downtown Akron as its base. 300-4000/wds. Topics: personality profile, history (especially with modern twist), business profile, the arts, education, sports and outdoor activity, charity activities, home improvement, fashion, gardens, health care, recreation and food. Guidelines:

IMPACT MAGAZINE, Canada - Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork on Calgary's sport, health, and fitness world. Submission deadlines are 16 weeks prior to publishing date. 600 -1800/wds. See editorial calendar. Guidelines:

TRAPPER & PREDATOR CALLER - leading source of practical, comprehensive info for North American fur harvesters. Seeks nonfiction, photos/artwork about trapping, predator calling and muzzleloader hunting. Highest consideration will be given to stories focused on methods and equipment used in trapping, calling or hunting. Accepts historical pieces, personality profiles and unusual experience stories. 1500-2500/wds. Query Jared Blohm, Managing Editor Guidelines:

WOODWORKING PLANS AND PROJECTS, UK - woodworkers from beginner to expert. Projects should be well-illustrated w/step-by-step descriptions, plans, high-quality photos. Also carries reviews of latest woodworking products and relevant technical articles. Contact Matt Long, w/outline of ideas. Neg. rate & rights. Guidelines:

LAKE SUPERIOR MAGAZINE - Seeks nonfiction, fiction, columns/depts, photos/artwork about Lake Superior region - history, current events, life styles, environment, tourism. Up to $600, depends on length, importance of story, writer's experience. Features: 1600-2200/wds. Depts/Columns: 900-1400/wds. $65-125. Guidelines:

EST/SLOAN FOUNDATION PROJECT - full-length and one-act plays, and musicals. Topics related to a broad range of issues. $1000-10,000 each are available for script proposals. Rewrites $1000-5000 are available. Deadline for proposals Nov.30, 2009. Deadline for script submissions Dec. 31, 2009. Guidelines:

WRITERS' VILLAGE (UK) SHORT FICTION CONTEST – Deadline Dec. 31, 2009. Entry fee £5 ($8.20) 1st prize £150 ($246); 10 further prizes of £10 ($16.40) to writers whose short fiction shows the greatest originality, mastery of the craft skills of creative writing and power to move the reader. Any form of fiction may be submitted up to 3000/wds, in any genre, short stories or a section from a WIP. Guidelines: