Friday, June 4, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #179

REASON TO KEEP WRITING - KIRK DOUGLAS, age 92, has appeared in over 75 movies, author of 9 books, recipient of an honorary Oscar, is rehearsing his new one-man show "Before I Forget." "But I found it was easier to write a one-man show than to present it," he said in an interview in the theatre lobby. "Because as you know, I have an impediment in my speech because of my stroke. But that's a challenge for me, and I have always welcomed a challenge." He notes in the interview that he's most proud of his work on 1960's "Spartacus," created during the anti-communist paranoia of the 1950s. "It was a low point in our history," Douglas said. "I hired Dalton Trumbo, who spent a year in jail, because he was blacklisted, and I hired him under the false name of Sam Jackson. ... Well, I was ashamed of myself for being such a hypocrite. And in the middle of shooting, I decided to use his correct name. And 'Spartacus' was the first movie to use the correct name of a blacklisted writer. And the blacklist was broken. That's something to be proud of."

MONITORING TIMES - Ameteur radio, broadcasting, antennas, technical, scanning, HF radio, longwave, etc. Consult suggested list of starter topics. Guidelines:

POETRY MAGAZINE – accepts submissions year round. Guidelines:

RURAL HERITAGE MAGAZINE – accepts How-to articles on any subject pertaining to draft animals and their uses, Profiles of farmers or loggers who use draft-animal power, Specific farming, ranching, or logging options, Results of work animal and implement auctions, Humorous articles related to general subject matter. Guidelines:

NAVAL HISTORY – all mss are evaluated by a panel of Naval History editors, whose list of accepted and rejected articles is presented at the monthly meeting of the U.S. Naval Institute Editorial Board. 3500 wds/max. Guidelines:

NEW MOON GIRLS – portrays girls and women as powerful, active and in charge of their own lives. All material should be pro-girl and focus on girls, women, or female issues, edited by and for girls ages 8-12. Pay attention to upcoming themes. Guidelines:

ERIC HOFFER AWARD FOR SHORT PROSE - DEADLINE: June 30, 2010. Short Stories, Nonfiction. DETAILS: Unpublished short fiction or essays up to 10,000 words.
Deadlines are quarterly but the prize is awarded annually.
PRIZE: $500 and publication in Best New Writing anthology

Open to unpublished authors. Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Horror: All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements are welcome. 17,000 words welcome. $1000 first prize awarded each quarter; one of those winners also receives the $5000 annual "Gold Award" grand prize. Guidelines:

THE ARBOREALIS PRIZE FOR POETRY, Canada - Deadline: June 30, 2010 Entry fee: $15. First prize: $200 + 2 anthology copies. Winners and selected entries to be published in perfect bound anthology. Open theme. Length: 36 lines max. Open to all Canadian poets.

ANTIGONISH REVIEW 9th GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST - Deadline: June 30, 2010. Entry fee: Canada $25.; the US $30.00 (US funds); All others $40 (US funds)..Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2010. Guidelines:

GLIMMER TRAIN STANDARD SHORT FICTION - Deadlines: Jan, April, July, October. No entry fee. 12,000/wds/max. $700 +publication in Glimmer Train Stories, +10 copies of that issue. Guidelines:

2010 CV2 2-DAY POETRY CONTEST, Canada – Deadline: July 1, 2010. Entry fee: $24. The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing 2-Day Poem Contest. $500 first prize. Guidelines:

ONLINE WORKSHOP: “Beyond Fangs” - 6-28 - 7-14, 2010 http://www.Romance-Ffp.Com/Event.Cfm?Eventid=156

HEART POETRY AWARD - $500 - Deadline: 6-30-10

AMERICAN POET PRIZE - $500 - Deadline: 6-30-10

ALEHOUSE HAPPY HOUR POETRY AWARDS - $1000 - Deadline: 7-01-10


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