Friday, August 20, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #190

REASON TO KEEP WRITING: FRANK FRAZETTA, age 82, still painting at 82, renowned fantasy illustrator of the 20th Century. Frazetta created covers and illustrations for more than 150 books and comic books, along with album covers, movie posters and original paintings. His illustrations of Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, Vampirella and other characters influenced many later artists.

RANGE MAGAZINE - award-winning quarterly devoted to issues that threaten the West, its people, lifestyles, lands, and wildlife, portrays "The Cowboy Spirit on America’s Outback." Guidelines:

HOBBY FARMS - directed towards hobby & small farmers or those simply living (or wishing to live) in the country. Hobby farmers are homesteaders, and/or living in rural areas near larger, suburban areas, raise traditional livestock and alternative livestock such as alpacas, llamas, emus, Jacob sheep, Scotch Highland cattle and other rare breeds. Mag caters to all aspects of rural living—from small farm equipment to country cooking—with an emphasis on the issues relevant to small and hobby farmers. Editorial Team to query: (scroll down)

GOOD OLD BOAT – niche is cruising sailboats from the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. Publishes articles focused on pride of ownership and that discuss upgrades, maintenance, refits, restoration of good old boats, about vendors of good old boat products and services and histories of sailing industry companies and individuals who have influenced the industry. Guidelines:

MILWAUKEE – covering the people, issues, places of Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. # interested in timely stories about current issues, local personalities, area business, sports, healthcare, education, politics, arts, culture, architecture, urban life, history, food, shopping, music/nightlife, recreation and the environment. Also in the market for two-page "breaker" stories, which are often short on copy and long on visuals. Guidelines:

THE PROGRESSIVE - exposes corporate malfeasance and governmental wrongdoing. Detail the problem, relying as much as possible on public documents and on interviews. Use plenty of quotations. Be sure to give fair comment to the corporation, government agency, or individual you are covering. Guidelines:

WASHINGTONIAN - focuses almost exclusively on the Washington metropolitan area. Readers are concentrated in the District, in Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland, in Arlington and Fairfax counties and the city of Alexandria in Virginia, and in Loudoun and other counties surrounding the metropolitan area. About 75 percent of readers live in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs, 15% in the District, and 10% outside the metro area. Guidelines:

THE "SCARE THE DICKENS OUT OF US" SHORT STORY CONTEST 2010 - Deadline Oct. 1, 2010. Entry fee: $20. The contest is a Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library fundraiser and is privately funded. The contest is open to published and unpublished writers alike. First prize, $1,000 and a trophy. Second, $500 and a ribbon; Third, $250 and a ribbon. Junior contest prize $250 and a trophy. All entry fees go to the Friends and are used for library projects. Guidelines:

AURA ESTRADA SHORT STORY CONTEST - Deadline: Oct. 1, 2010. Entry fee: $20. First Prize: $1,500 Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a relative, current student, former student, or close personal friend of the judge. The winning author will receive $1500 and have his/her work published in Boston Review, the summer of 2011. Guidelines: (scroll down)

29th ANNUAL DELACORTE PRESS CONTEST 4 FIRST YA NOVEL - submit between Oct 1-Dec 31, 2010. Guidelines:

JERWOOD AWARDS FOR NON-FICTION - Deadline: Oct. 4, 2010. Open to UK or Irish citizens, or residents of the UK for at least 3 yrs, and working on their first major commissioned works of nonfiction. Submit a book proposal synopsis w/information about the status of your project and a copy of the publishing contract. £10,000 prize. Guidelines: Entry form:



ONLINE WORKSHOP: Stripping Down Hero Archetypes Sept 20 - Oct 17, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Got High Concept? Sept 20 - Oct 3, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Let Your Characters Do The Plotting Sept 20 - Sept 26, 2010

LITERARY SCAMS – Suggest writers bookmark these links & check lists before embarking on any writing venture. A search will give you more links.