Friday, February 26, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #165

REASONS TO KEEP WRITING: DAME VERA LYNN, age 92, singer, still holds Britain's No. 1 record “Till We Meet Again,” a WW2 song. Lynn was known as the "Forces' Sweetheart," and her songs, including "We'll Meet Again," and “The White Cliffs of Dover" were wartime anthems. As servicemen all over the world heard Lynn on the radio, and many saw her in person, in far-flung places like Burma and Egypt, she became the voice that would remind them of home. Her wartime BBC radio show, "Sincerely Yours," followed the Sunday evening news and was a must-listen for British troops abroad. She read messages from their families and performed songs they requested. Lynn is still speaking out for soldiers, appearing recently in major British newspapers to urge support for troops fighting in Afghanistan. Made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975, she has been part of important national functions, such as the 2005 anniversary celebrations of World War II's Victory in Europe Day and the late Queen Mother's birthday.

METROPOLIS MAGAZINE - examines contemporary life through design, architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, preservation. Explores the economic, environmental, social, cultural, political, technological context. Nonfiction, columns/depts, photos/artwork. Guidelines:

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE – 700/wd humor column to 4000/wd full-length feature. Considers focused subjects that fall within the general range of Smithsonian Institution interests, cultural history, physical science, art and natural history. Always looking for offbeat subjects and profiles. Guidelines:

PEOPLE MANAGEMENT, UK - official magazine of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Pubs articles on all aspects of human resource management, industrial relations and employment issues. Guidelines:

AIR FORCES MONTHLY, UK - deals with matters concerning modern military aviation. Also accepts up-to-date images of military aviation from all countries. Must be current. No archive or old material. Contact page to request guidelines: or Contact: Alan Warnes, Editor

ITALY MAGAZINE, UK - general interest mag covering a wide variety of topics concerning Italian life. Regular features include holidays, wine, food, gardens, house interiors, culture, learning Italian, fashion and sport, lifestyle, crafts or lesser-known holiday destinations. 800-1200/wds. Guidelines: On request from editor, Melissa Ormiston URL:

THE SUN MAGAZINE - publishes essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry, favors personal writing and thoughtful, well-written essays on political, cultural, and philosophical themes. Guidelines:

STAR IQ – astrology, looking for daily content articles, 800/wds/max, on health, sports, business, politics, relationships, celebrities, gardening & spirituality. Guidelines:

CREATION ILLUSTRATED – looking for high quality photos, articles, poetry that bring glory to God through the wonders of His creation. Guidelines:

BOSTON REVIEW - nonfiction, fiction, fillers on culture, political analysis, reviews, poetry. 4000-5000/wds. Reads fiction and poetry submissions between Sept. 15 and May 15 each year. Boston Review also runs an annual short story contest. Guidelines:

MILLER’S POND – looking for poetry, interviews with poets. Guidelines:

LORIAN HEMINGWAY SHORT STORY COMPETITION - Deadline April 1, 2010. Entry fee: $12. First-place $1000. 2nd $500; 3rd $500.. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. The Saturday Evening Post will publish the first-place winner in its pages. Stories must be original unpublished fiction, 3000/wds/max. Open to all U.S.and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5000 or more. Guidelines:

OnceWritten ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: March 31, 2010. Entry fee: $15.
Award: $500 & publication. Guidelines:

NARRATIVE MAGAZINE - An iStory (iPhone Application) is a short, dramatic narrative, fiction or nonfiction, up to 150 words long. Particularly interested in works that give readers a strong sense of having read a full and complete story in a brief space. $250 for each iStory accepted for publication Guidelines:

DUNES & DREAMS ONLINE WORKSHOP - RWA Chapter Online Workshop. March 1 through March 29 (four weeks): Past Life Regression for the Writers’ Soul: A New Approach to Character Creation w/Dawna Richard. Info:

WATERMAN FUND ALPINE ESSAY CONTEST - Deadline: March 15, 2010. No entry fee.
Creative nonfiction open to US residents who have not previously published a book
or national magazine article on the subject of exploring the relationship between the human spirit and the environment. 2500-4000/wds. $1500 prize. Guidelines:

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ANTHOLOGY – Deadline: May, 1, 2010. The Christmas Spirit is a book project contracted with St. Martin's Press for the fall of 2011. Author Debbie Macomber has agreed to write the foreword. Seeking true stories that emphasize the significance of the Christmas season. The authors of the stories selected will receive $50. Guidelines:

BOOKSTORE CATALOG MAILING - mail to 3500 independent bookstore &chain buyers

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