Friday, August 27, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #191

REASON TO KEEP WRITING: HANK JONES, age 91, Jazz pianist, composer, Grammy lifetime achievement recipient 2009, whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy. He began performing at the age of 13, playing w/territory bands that toured Michigan and Ohio. During those tours he met saxophonist Lucky Thompson, who helped him land a job in trumpeter Hot Lips Page's band in 1944. After moving to New York in 1943, Jones embraced bebop and toured with Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic from 1947-51. As part of the ensemble, he became Fitzgerald's pianist, touring with her from 1948-53. His versatility landed him gigs in Broadway stage bands, including a long-running stint as the pianist and conductor for "Ain't Misbehavin'," the hit 1970s musical revue based on songs by pianist Thomas "Fats" Waller. Jones most recent recordings were "Pleased to Meet You," and "Come Sunday," an as-yet unreleased duet recording with bassist Charlie Haden, a sequel to their 1995 album of spirituals, hymns and folk songs, "Steal Away," which received two Grammy nominations. Jones received the Nat’l Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in 2008. A tireless musician, he performed his blend of swing and bebop until the end of his life. Jones made hundreds of recordings, including more than 60 as a leader. He played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Wes Montgomery, Nancy Wilson, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Coltrane. At the 2009 Jazz Awards, Jones was voted pianist of the year by the Jazz Journalists Association. In 1989, the Nat’l Endowment for the Arts named Jones as a Jazz Master, the nation's highest honor in jazz.

MAD MAGAZINE- looking to expand pool of freelance comedy writers and there's more opportunity to join ‘The Usual Gang Of Idiots’ than ever. If you have a twisted sense of humor, a peculiar way of looking at the world, or are simply eager to express your immature, strange or just plain silly side, then submit your stuff. Guidelines:

THE ATLANTA TRIBUNE (The Magazine) – Black Atlanta's leading source for relevant, thought-provoking news, info on business and wealth-building. We educate our readers and present ideas, viewpoints and possible solutions that economically, politically and socially empower them. Staff list to query: Scroll down for “Calendar Submissions”

THE BEAR DELUXE MAGAZINE - environmental arts publication, includes a wider array and a higher-percentage of visual art work and design than many other publications. Artwork is included both as editorial support and as stand alone or independent art. Accepts Fiction/Essay/Poetry/Other and Theme Issues and Sections. Guidelines:

BECKETT ANIME AND MAGNA – looking to add to its pool of freelance collectibles writers. We continue to seek market-intensive stories that reflect trends in the card and collectibles industry. Guidelines: scroll down.

ASSOCIATIONS NOW – looking for feature article ideas, ideas for Intelligence, CEO to CEO, Small Scale, Commentators, Case studies, Government Relations, Technology, Component Relations, Ethics, Foundations and Philanthropy and more. Guidelines:

ANIMAL WELLNESS - provides readers w/info needed to make wise health care choices for animal companions, embraces the entire holistic spectrum, from physical health issues to the emotional and spiritual well being of animals. Guidelines:

FAN STORY ACROSTIC POETRY CONTEST – loads of contest lists

WRITER CORNER: E.M. KOEPPEL’s $1100 SHORT FICTION AWARD - Annual Submission Period: Between Oct. 1 - April 30, any year. Entry fee: $15. First Place: $1100; Editors' Choices: $100 each. If the winning story is by anyone attending a college, a university or a school when the story is submitted, the winner will receive, in addition to the $1100 award, the $500 P.L.Titus Scholarship. Guidelines:

14th ZOETROPE ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST – Deadline: Oct. 1, 2010. Entry fee: $15. First prize is $1000; second prize $500; and third prize $250. The winners and 7 finalists will be considered for representation The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by the William Morris Agency, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. Guidelines:

(New York) CHAPTER ONE CONTEST - Deadline Oct, 1, 2010. An annual competition and reading series, open to residents of New York City, that provides opportunities for emerging novelists to share their work with an audience, while emphasizing the importance of a strong first chapter. Five prizes of $1000. Guidelines:

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