Friday, April 30, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #174

REASON TO KEEP WRITING - ARTHUR C. CLARKE, age 90, science fiction writer, inventor, futurist, author of more than 100 books, including "2001: A Space Odyssey." host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. Clarke served in the Royal Air Force as a radar instructor and technician from 1941-1946, proposed satellite communication systems in 1945, which won him the Franklin Institute Stuart Ballantine Gold Medal in 1963. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1994. He was the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1947-1950 and again in 1953. Later, he helped fight for the preservation of lowland gorillas. He won the UNESCO-Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science in 1961. Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka in 1956 largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving, and lived there until his death. He was knighted by the United Kingdom in 1998, and was awarded Sri Lanka's highest civil honor, Sri Lankabhimanya, in 2005.

MONTANA MAGAZINE – looking for well-researched articles on issues, interesting people, life in Montana. Guidelines:

Note: Most states have their own magazines. Do a search.

CHRONOGRAM MAGAZINE – looking for news, politics, art, green living articles. Mag is distributed in counties abutting the mighty Hudson River, including Ulster, Dutchess, Greene, Columbia, Orange, Putnam, Westchester. Guidelines:

STEVE JACKSON GAMES – Have a game idea in you? Role-play, card games, board games. Guidelines:

LUTHERN WOMAN TODAY - audience primarily Lutheran women—young, older, in-between, career women, students, mothers, volunteers, those active in the Women of the ELCA and those not, single, married, divorced, widowed, liberal, conservative, and moderate. Articles are assigned, so have good query. Guidelines:

YOU & ME (AMERICA’S MEDICAL MAGAZINE) – seeks non-fiction articles about the human aspects of dealing w/all medical issues, from life threatening to chronic, some poetry and expressionistic pieces, cartoons. No informational articles. Guidelines:

2010 WRITE NOW!: CrimeSEEN CONFERENCE - Pre-Registration is now open at August 14th, 2010. The conference has a new home at The Wrigley Mansion, an appropriately mysterious hilltop location. The conference will have a new bookstore feature this year enabling members and attendees to sell their books. Space is limited, so members who are interested please e-mail us ASAP at for details.

COMPLEAT BIOGRAPHERS CONFERENCE - May 15, 2010, in Boston. Sponsored by Biographers International Organization (BIO). The daylong conference will focus on the practical aspects of the craft and art of biography and will feature workshops, panel discussions, networking opportunities with other writers, editors, and agents, speeches by prominent biographers such as Pulitzer Prize winner and BIO president Debby Applegate and the recipient of this year's BIO Award Jean Strouse. Info:

NERO WOLFE BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD - Deadline May 31, 2010. Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length.. Guidelines:

DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE 2011 – Deadline: May and 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:

WINNING WRITERS 9th WAR POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: May 31, 2010. Entry fee: $15. Fifteen cash prizes. Top prize $2,000. Submit 1-3 unpublished poems on the theme of war, up to 500 lines in all. Winning entries published online. Guidelines:

ARTICLE: Speaking Of Bill Collectors, One City Steps Up For Freelancers

YOU DO NOT NEED A KINDLE TO READ KINDLE BOOKS - They can be read on PCs, Macs, iPhones, BlackBerrys and iPADs. Download the free software at

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