Friday, June 11, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #180

REASON TO KEEP WRITING - HORTON FOOTE, age 92, Pulitzer Prize and Oscar winning playwright and screenwriter, movingly portrayed the broken dreams of common people in "The Trip to Bountiful," "Tender Mercies" and his Oscar-winning screen adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Foote died in his sleep in his apartment in Hartford where he was preparing work on "The Orphans' Home Cycle," a collection of nine plays, for next September at the nonprofit theater. Foote was nearly 80 when he won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for his drama "The Young Man From Atlanta," about a Houston suburban couple in the 1950s trying to understand their son's mysterious death. In 1997, he won an Emmy for best writing for a TV miniseries or special for the CBS movie "Old Man," based on a novella by William Faulkner. Many viewers knew Foote best for his first film credit, the screen adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about childhood and racial injustice in a Depression-era Alabama town. "I knew little about adapting or writing for the screen," Foote later wrote. But the 1962 film won Oscars for star Gregory Peck as lawyer Atticus Finch, and for art direction as well as for Foote.

PHOTO LIFE, Canada - Canada’s leading source for photography including technical knowledge and tips, industry news and events, international travel photography editorials, as well as interviews and profiles of major Canadian and international photographers. Photographs to accompany articles 800-1200/wds. Guidelines:

MAKE(technology on your time)ZINE - a do-it-yourself technology mag, Projects, Features, Reviews, and Everything Else. (If you have an idea for something that doesn't fit in one of the first three areas but is still related to do-it-yourself technology, please query. $25-100 for a review. Payment for other types of content negotiated. Guidelines:

TRAVEL THRU HISTORY - looking for new writers who want to establish their travel journalism careers. Pubs stories featuring historical, archaeological, and cultural aspects of a destination. Also accept stories about literary journeys and exotic adventures. Guidelines:

PAPER HOUSE GREETING CARDS, UK – accepts artist's submissions for cute, contemporary, humorous, fine art, photographic, traditional and childrens cards. Makes cards for just about every occasion from “New Baby” to “With Sympathy”, for all the “milestone” birthdays and for all the family, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine's Day. Guidelines:

CONTINGENCIES - mag of the actuarial profession, published by the American Academy of Actuaries. It presents both feature articles and more technical articles that demonstrate the ways actuarial science can be used to illuminate many of the most difficult economic and social issues of the day. Guidelines: Editorial calendar:

SinC DESERT SLEUTHS, Phoenix, AZ - Write Now! 2010: Crime Seen, August 14, 2010 at The Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix. Only a few spots remaining for critique sessions with Dr. Allen Kates, so register today before they're completely sold out! URL:

DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST - Deadline: July 31, 2010 .Entry Fee: $5 - $10. Guidelines & Entry form:

ANNUAL AD COMMUNITY SHORTS PROGRAM - Deadline: July 31st, 2010. Entry Fee: $25. The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and The Midwest Independent Film Festival will present the second annual Advertising Community Shorts Program this fall. Guidelines:

MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST FOR TRADITIONAL VERSE – Deadline: June, 30, 2010. Entry fee is $7 for every 25 lines. Guidelines:


CHEERIOS SPOONFULS OF STORIES CHILDRENS BOOK CONTEST - Deadline: July 15th, 2010. No entry fee. Cheerios® is searching for the next great childrens book author. Guidelines:

NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL SONG & LYRIC COMPETITION - Over $100,000 cash & prizes awarded; Multiple contests throughout the year. Emerging songwriters don't have to compete with writers who've already had major-label recordings. To add your name to mailing list:

RICHARD J MARGOLIS AWARD – Deadline: July 1, 2010. Nonfiction. $5000 stipend and Month-long residency at the Blue Mountain Center, a writers' and artists' colony in the Adirondacks in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. Guidelines:

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.