Friday, May 28, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #178

REASON TO KEEP WRITING - PAUL HARVEY, age 90, news commentator, talk-radio pioneer and Medal of Freedom recipient, his staccato style made him one of the nation's most familiar voices. Known for his resonant voice and trademark delivery of "The Rest of the Story," Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his "News and Comment" for ABC Radio Networks. In 2005, Harvey was one of 14 notables chosen as recipients of the presidential Medal of Freedom. He also was an inductee in the Radio Hall of Fame. At the peak of his career, Harvey reached more than 24 million listeners on more than 1,200 radio stations and charged $30,000 to give a speech. His syndicated column was carried by 300 newspapers. In 2000, at age 82, he signed a new 10-year contract with ABC Radio Networks.

POLICE TIMES & CHIEF OF POLICE MAGAZINES – official journal of the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens, seeks articles on all areas of law enforcement, w/special emphasis on stories involving smaller police departments or individuals who have made a special place in law enforcement...past or present. The Chief of Police Magazine, is the official journal of the Nat’l Assoc. of Chiefs of Police and seeks articles of interest to command rank American law enforcement personnel. Guidelines:

ALASKA MAGAZINE - about Alaska for Alaskans by Alaskans and focus must be on Alaska: Issues, travel, history, adventure, profiles, sports, .Guidelines:

CICADA - literary mag for teenagers and young adults, published by Cricket Magazine Group. Publishes original short stories, poems, first-person essays written for readers age 14 and up. In some cases, CICADA purchases rights for excerpts from books yet to be published. Each issue also includes several reprints of high-quality selections. Guidelines:

GRANTA MAGAZINE – founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University, a periodical of student politics, student badinage and student literary enterprise, including essays, Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir, Poetry. Guidelines:

HIGH COUNTRY NEWS – for people who care about the West: Rocky Mountain West, the Great Basin, and Pacific Northwest environment, rural communities. award-winning nonprofit news magazine. Covers environmental, cultural, social issues in the Western US. Guidelines:

THE ROTARIAN – dedicated to reporting on topics relevant to members of Rotary clubs worldwide. Majority of readers are civic-minded business professionals who live in North America. Members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto ‘Service Above Self’. Guidelines:

2010 WRITERS LEAGUE OF TEXAS CONFERENCE - June 25-27, 2010, Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704. The place to meet agents & editors & to learn the latest trends in publishing. Check link often for updates & new info.

GENRE: Short Stories. OPEN TO: UK residents and British Citizens aged 18+ with some print publication history. DETAILS: One story, any genre, max 8000 words. 1st £15,000; 2nd £3,000; three at £500.

RICHARD J MARGOLIS AWARD – Deadline: July 1, 2010. Contest offers a $5000 stipend and one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks for a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. Guidelines:

BLR LITERARY PRIZE (NYU) – Deadline: July 1, 2010. Entry Fee: $15. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, $1000 prize (in each genre)+publication in the Spring 2011 issue of the BLR. Guidelines:

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Guide To Character Naming June 20-June 26, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: ‘Character Development’ June 20 - July 17, 2010 http://www.Savvyauthors.Com/Event.Cfm?Eventid=306

ONLINE WORKSHOP: “Flash Fiction: What is it?” June 20 - July 3, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: *Silencing Your Inner Saboteur* June 21-July 11, 2010

SUGGESTED READING - if you are a writer: BookLife by Jeff Vandermeer.

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

THE WRITE JOBS - job board and career resource for journalism, media, publishing and writing professionals.

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