Friday, January 29, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #161

REASONS TO KEEP WRITING: ARMY ARCHERD, age 87, whose breezy column for the entertainment trade publication Daily Variety kept tabs on various Hollywood doings for more than a half-century. Archerd's first brush with the studios came in the early 1940s when he worked in the Paramount mailroom while a student at the University of California, Los Angeles. After wartime service in the Navy, he returned to Los Angeles and began his news career working with longtime entertainment reporter Bob Thomas on a daily Hollywood column for The Associated Press. Three years later he became an aide to Harrison Carroll, the gossip columnist for the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. In 1953 he was chosen to write Daily Variety's "Just for Variety" column, which was required morning reading for Hollywood's movers and shakers. He later went on to become one of the first journalists to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Archerd won praise from the Hollywood establishment for always checking the accuracy of his news tips before printing them.

THE CHICAGO READER - nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork about Chicago topics. Guidelines: Click on “freelancers wanted.”

GLIMMER TRAIN PRESS – fiction, short stories. See editorial calendar for word count and deadlines. Guidelines:

CEMETARY DANCE - nonfiction, fiction, photos/artwork, articles, essays, and interviews relating to the horror, suspense and crime genres. Guidelines:

DESERT SLEUTHS 2nd SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY (SinC) – Deadline: April 1, 2010. Call for submissions "How NOT to Survive a Vacation"! We're looking for mystery/crime fiction 5000/wds/max w/'vacation' theme. Guidelines:

DOLLARS & SENSE - a progressive economics magazine that explains in a popular way both the workings of the economy and struggles to change it. Articles may be on the environment, community organizing, urban conflict, inflation, unemployment, union reform, welfare, changes in government regulation—a broad range of topics that have an economic theme. Guidelines:

APOGEE PHOTO MAGAZINE - is interested in providing an electronic forum for high quality work from photographic writers and photographers for nonfiction, columns/departments, photos/artwork. Guidelines:

BRICK: A LITERARY JOURNAL - nonfiction, photos/artwork, Essays, historical, interviews, opinion, travel. Guidelines:

NEW PAGES - call for submissions

2010 INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARDS - $65 per entry/per Category. All entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2010. Prizes are from some of the best marketing and publicity people & companies in the business and the value this year is about $12,000.

2010 ARTS & LETTERS COMPETITION - $15 submission fee, includes a two-issue subscription to Arts & Letters. Accepts submissions from Jan. 1, 2010 to March 15, 2010 (postmark deadline). Publication and $1000. Guidelines:

2010 AGNES LYNCH STARRETT POETY PRIZE COMPETITION – Deadline: March 1, 2010 to April 30.2010. Entry fee $25. The U of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems. The prize carries a cash award of $5000 and publication by the U of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series under its standard royalty contract. Guidelines:

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ALL ROADS FILM PROJECT - Deadline: Quarterly (next is March 15, 2010.) A National Geographic initiative dedicated to helping indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world showcase their works. Includes a film festival, photography program and seed-grant program. Open to indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers and filmmakers who can demonstrate they’ve been designated by indigenous or minority communities to tell their story. Awards grants ranging from $1000 to $10,000 and up to 16 film projects annually.

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PSYCHOLOGY/SELF-HELP BOOKS TARGET MAILING - mail to 3500 bookstore buyers, 3500 reviewers, 4000 acquisition librarians.