Friday, October 1, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #196

REASON TO KEEP WRITING: RUE McCLANAHAN, age 76, gained fame as the star of two long-running sitcoms, "Maude" and "The Golden Girls." Ms. McClanahan was nominated four times for an Emmy Award for "Golden Girls," winning once. In her latter years, McClanahan returned to the stage. She replaced Carole Shelley as Madame Morrible in the musical Wicked in May 2005, playing the role for eight months, and appeared in a Broadway revival of The Women. She did stints in summer stock and in The Vagina Monologues. She also appeared in productions of Annie, Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music as well as two productions of Nunsense. Early Broadway credits including her 1966 debut The Best Laid Plans; Jimmy Shine, a John Sebastian musical starring Dustin Hoffman; Father's Day; and the David Rabe play Sticks and Bones. In the 1970s, she acted in Neil Simon's California Suite. Off-Broadway shows included Who's Happy Now, for which she won an Obie Award; After-Play; Macbird!; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; Tonight! In Living Color!; Dark of the Moon; and Dylan. She had a juicy early role on daytime television, playing Caroline Johnson on "Another World" in 1970 and 1971. While taking care of twins Michael and Marianne Randolph, Johnson fell in love with their father, John. To eliminate his inconvenient wife, she began poisoning the twins' mother. Her 2007 memoir was titled "My First Five Husbands...And the Ones Who Got Away."

VARIANT, UK - arts and culture mag, based in Scotland but distributed across the UK and Ireland. Welcomes news, previews, articles, interviews, polemical pieces and artists pages. Guidelines:

AMERICAN PROFILE – stories spotlight people, places and things that make America great. American Artisan, American Roots, Celebrities, Cover story, Hometown Hero, Hometown Spotlight, Incredible Kids, Made in American, My Collection, Odd Jobs, On the Job, Places and Profiles in History. Coverage must have broad national relevance. Also covers family matters, health, gardening, home projects, personal finance. Articles should have a long shelf life. Guidelines:

BACKWOODS HOME MAGAZINE – country oriented “how to” magazine, How to build your own home, raising animals, food preservation, country skills, home schooling. Guidelines:

MISSISSIPPI MAGAZINE – Mississippi interesting people and places, homes, gardens, food, history, culture. Guidelines:

ON-SPEC MAGAZINE – Short stories and poetry, fantasy, horror, ghost stories, fairy stories, magic realism, artwork. Guidelines:

PRACTICAL eCOMMERCE – to help eCommerce merchants grow and prosper with easy-to-follow articles, blogs, podcasts and newsletters, all delivered electronically. Guidelines:

RANGE MAGAZINE – award-winning quarterly devoted to the issues that threaten the West, its people, lifestyles, lands, wildlife. Exposes a land in crisis and shows how daily challenges are being met with grit, determination and humor, the leading forum for opposing viewpoints in the search for solutions that will halt the depletion of a national resource, the American cowboy. Guidelines:

PLANNING MAGAZINE – offers articles, book reviews, news and analyses of events in planning including suburban, rural, and small town planning, environmental planning, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, social planning, and urban design. Guidelines:

9th ANNUAL FUNDS 4 WRITERS ESSAY CONTEST - Deadline: Oct. 31, 2010. No entry fee. Open to 18+ for Nonfiction. $50, $30, $20 prizes. Guidelines:

MCKITTERICK PRIZE – Deadline: Oct. 31, 2010. No entry fee. Open to authors over 40, published or unpublished. £4000 prize. Guidelines:

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Deep Point of View - Nov 1 - Dec 6, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Edit As You Go - Nov 1 – 6, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Discovering Your Writing Process - Nov 1 – 14, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Scene & Structure - Nov 1 – 14, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Breaking Things Down Into 3s - Nov 1 – 21, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: The Heart of Your Story & Conflict - Nov 1 – 21, 2010

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