Thursday, March 4, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #166

REASONS TO KEEP WRITING: MARY TRAVERS, age 72, of Peter, Paul and Mary helped popularize such tunes as "Puff (The Magic Dragon)" and "If I Had a Hammer." With a group called the Song Swappers, Travers backed Seeger on one album and two shows at Carnegie Hall. In the book "Positively 4th Street" by David Hajdu, The trio mingled their music with liberal politics, both onstage and off. Their version of "If I Had a Hammer" became an anthem for racial equality. Other hits included "Lemon Tree," "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Puff (The Magic Dragon.)" They were early champions of Dylan and performed his "Blowin' in the Wind" at the August 1963 March on Washington. The group collected five Grammy Awards for their three-part harmony on enduring songs. They continued as boosters for young songwriters, recording numbers written by then-little-known Gordon Lightfoot and Laura Nyro. Over the years they enjoyed several reunions, including a performance at a 1978 anti-nuclear benefit organized by Yarrow and a 35th anniversary album, "Lifelines," with fellow folkies Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Van Ronk and Seeger.

WASHINGTON MONTHLY - covering politics, government, culture and the media. Looking for nonfiction investigative and opinion-based feature articles 2000-5000/wds, occasional short news items and humorous sidebars 500-1000/wds), book reviews of recent political and cultural titles 800/wds. Guidelines:

BBC SCRIPTWRITING, UK - Britain's public broadcasting service for radio and television. Accepts unsolicited scripts in a wide range of genres - radio and TV plays, sitcoms, serials, short film and factual drama. Rates variable depending on final broadcast. Guidelines:

TOWARD FREEDOM - Human rights, globalization, trade, labor, environmental preservation, political prisoners. Looking for nonfiction, columns/depts, photos/artwork. Looking for articles under 3000/wds. Negotiate pay & rights. Guidelines:

ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE – looking for nonfiction, fiction. Guidelines:

HONOLULU MAGAZINE - Hawaii related, personality profiles, historical events, sports, politics and lifestyle trends. Guidelines:

PORTHOLE CRUISE MAGAZINE – travel related articles, all stories published in Porthole must relate to things that are cruise passenger accessible. Guidelines:

THE CATTLEMAN – articles on cattle, range, pasture, property rights, animal health, water, new innovations and marketing. Guidelines:

2010 GREAT AMERICAN THINK-OFF CONTEST – Deadline: April 1, 2010. Essays 750/wds/max. 2010 debate question has been released: "Do the wealthy have an obligation to help the poor?" will be debated by 4 finalists on Saturday, June 12th, 2010. Guidelines:

ERIC HOFFER SHORT PROSE AWARD – Prose Deadline: March 31, 2010
Short Stories or nonfiction: 10,000/wds/max. $500 prize and all entries considered for publication in Best New Writing annual anthology. Guidelines:

GEMINI MAGAZINE SHORT STORY CONTEST – Deadline: March 31, 2010. Entry fee: $4. Grand Prize: $1000, 2nd: $100. Guidelines:

DIANA RAFFLE ONCE-ACT PLAY COMPETITION - Deadline: April 2, 2010. No entry fee. First prize: £100

2010 ONCE WRITTEN POETY CONTEST – Deadline: March 31, 2010. Entry fee: $10/$15. First Prize: $500 +publication. Runner Up: $100 +publication. Guidelines:

USTREAM - worth a look if you want to start your own website.

PUBLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (PLA) Display book(s)-this show attracts public librarians, support staff.

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