Friday, April 2, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #170

REASON TO KEEP WRITING - GERALD FLAMM, age 93, former newspaper reporter, public relations and a public official, but he was best known for his books, "Good Life in Hard Times" and "Hometown San Francisco." Published in 1977, "Good Life in Hard Times" took a fond look at the Bay Area during the Great Depression. "Hometown San Francisco," published in 1994, contained biographical sketches of Mayor "Sunny Jim" Rolph, of local prizefighters, and Flamm's father, David, a veteran San Francisco police officer. He worked as a copy boy for The Chronicle in 1939 and in 1940 and 1941 was a reporter for the United Press and New York Herald Tribune bureaus in Mexico City. Flamm served in a number of positions in San Francisco city government, including a term as press secretary for Mayor Joseph Alioto, before turning to a career as an author and as editor of a monthly newspaper published by the Teamsters union.

TURTLE; JACK & JILL; HUMPTY-DUMPTY (US Kids) - needs high-quality stories, articles, and activities with a broad health and fitness focus that includes kids’ emotional lives, interests, and educational needs. All material submitted should reflect good values and healthy living. Guidelines:

THE MISSOURI REVIEW – looking for poetry, fiction and nonfiction of general interest. Novella-length manuscripts (30,000+ wds) or "flash fiction" (2000/wds/max) must be truly exceptional to be published. Guidelines:

BREW YOUR OWN - each issue contains at least one feature that offers tips, techniques and recipes for brewing a particular style or category of beer, for all-extract, partial-mash and all-grain techniques, dry-hopping, lautering, priming, bottle conditioning and yeast harvesting. Guidelines:

PHIL HARRIS’ BLOG RADIO SHOW - topics include spiritual, religious, political. social, environmental, global, economic and basically, "all things that matter" including authors and their books. URL:

CITY LIGHTS BOOKS – independent publisher of fiction, essays, memoirs, translations, poetry, and books on social and political issues. Guidelines:

ESSENCE - mag for African-Amer/Caribbean women featuring personal-growth articles, celebrity profiles, well-reported pieces on political, social issues, relationships, careers, money, health, fitness, short items on community activists and people in the arts. Word length is given upon assignment. Guidelines:

DARK RECESSES - horror & dark fiction

CRUCIBLE POETRY & FICTION COMPETITION – Deadline: May 5, 2010. No entry fee.
Poetry: 1-5 poems; Fiction: one story, 8000/wds/max. $150 prize in each category +publication in Crucible Literary Journal. Guidelines:

2011 DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE – Deadline: June 2010. Open to writers who have pub’d a book-length collection of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of national distribution. On-line publication does not count toward this requirement. Guidelines:

E.M. KOEPPEL SHORT FICTION AWARD – Deadline: April 30, 2010. Entry fee: $15.First Place: $1100; Editors' Choices: $100 each. If the winning story is by anyone attending a college, a university, or a school when the story is submitted, the winner will receive, in addition to the $1100 award, the $500 P.L.Titus Scholarship. Guidelines:

WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS - Deadline: May 3, 2010. Whether you're a professional writer, part-time freelancer, or a self-starting student, here's your chance to enter the only competition exclusively for self-published books! $17,000 in prizes. Guidelines:

2011 NOVELLO LITERARY AWARD - Deadline May 1, 2010. The contest gives Carolina writers an opportunity to have their work published and distributed nationally. The winning author receives a book contract with NFP, which includes publication of the work and a $1000 advance against royalties. The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is a legal resident of N.C. or S.C. Guidelines:

5th ANNUAL PORTIA STEELE AWARDS for POETRY & PROSE – Deadline: April 15, 2010. Poetry/Nonfiction. For women aged 50 or older. $100 award. Guidelines:

SONGWRITING CONTESTS - Find links to all the important songwriting contests in the world.


EXPERIMENTAL WRITING - including articles, markets, discussions, sample stories, etc. URL:

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