Friday, January 1, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #158


MORE REASONS TO KEEP WRITING - PAUL NEWMAN, age 83, actor, director, entrepreneur, children’s advocate, race car driver. Newman's Own, which began as a joke, grew into a multimillion-dollar business selling popcorn, salad dressing, spaghetti sauce and other foods. All the company's profits are donated to charities. By 2007, the company had donated more than $175 million, according to its Web site. Michael Brockman, Newman's racing team partner, said Newman told him before he died that he wanted to get back into his race car for a test run and possibly another competition. Newman’s last race was 2007, age 82. He died in 2008.

ABA JOURNAL - read by half of the nation’s 1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. Nonfiction: Current events in the law. Guidelines:

PC PHOTO – nat’l mag for people who want to explore and expand their application of photography by making good use of the computer. Takes a fresh look at modern photographic world by encouraging photography and the use of new technologies. Practical use of the camera and the computer, highlighting the technique rather than the technical. Nonfiction, photos/artwork about Photography. Guidelines:

THE COTTAGER - features that inform, entertain or help cottagers in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario explore lakeside living and the great outdoors. We profile unique cottages and cottagers, and the issues - environmental, social or financial - that affect cottage communities and lifestyles. Nonfiction, columns/depts, photos/artwork. Guidelines:

OUTDOOR CALIFORNIA - state, non-profit, four-color mag provides readers with access and insight into California's wildlife and wild lands, and the people who work to protect and maintain those resources. Looking for the best in both writing and photography. Nonfiction, photos/artwork. Fee schedule recently changed. Guidelines:

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE - Covering the natural world and history. The most open sections are the depts, especially The Back Page, a humor section. Other depts open to freelancers include Phenomena & Curiosities (science and nature), Points of Interest (Americana), and Presence of Mind (opinion essays). Also accepts features up to 4000/wds. Submit through online query form only. Submission page:

WEIDER HISTORY GROUP - Publishers of ten magazines including America's Civil War; American History; Aviation History; British Heritage; Civil War Times; Military History Quarterly; Military History; Vietnam; Wild West; World War II. Has a constant appetite for well-written, popular level history that is exciting to the general reader. Note that British Heritage is moving away from straight history articles, but welcomes articles that have a historical bent showing how British culture became what it is today. The military magazines prefer new angles on big subjects, or coverage of little-known aspects of past wars. Payment varies, pays extra for photos. See website for individual contact info under “about us.” Main Link:

HOMELAND SECURITY ESSAY CONTEST - Deadline Jan. 31, 2010. No entry fee. This year's essay question: "How can, or should, the US make homeland security a more layered, networked, and resilient endeavor involving all citizens?" Contest is open to anyone. Essay should be no more than five pages, single-spaced, in 12pt type and in Word or PDF format. $1,500 cash award and an invitation to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security located at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he/she will be recognized at the CHDS Forum. Additionally, the winning and four top finalist's essays will be considered for publication by Homeland Security Affairs, the online journal published by the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for the Homeland Defense and Security. Guidelines:

NORTH CAROLINA WRITERS NETWORK DORIS BETTS FICTION PRIZE – Deadline Feb. 1, 2010. Entry fee: $10-$20. Open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers' Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers w/NC connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible. The competition is for short stories up to 6000/wds. $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Guidelines:

PHOENIX DESERT DREAMS 2010 WRITERS CONFERENCE - April 16-17-18, 2010. One of the best conferences around. Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Complete conference and hotel info: Registration: Updates on the Desert Dreams Conference blog at:


WRITE AN ADVICE COLUMN - Think of yourself as the neighborhood or city, or whatever location’s concierge. New people moving into an area will thank you. Even people living in an area for decades may not know what is available around them. People are always looking for advice about parenting, love, home repairs, career strategies, money. Send a handful of sample columns with cover letters to publications likely to be receptive. Be your city’s historian.

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