Friday, October 22, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #199

REASON TO KEEP WRITING: STEPHEN CANNELL, age 69, Hollywood writer, producer of TV shows like "The A-Team" and "The Rockford Files." Cannell struggled with dyslexia at school, wrote hundreds of episodes for television shows in the 1970s and 1980s and created the character of private investigator Jim Rockford that ran for six years until 1980 and won an Emmy for best drama series. Cannell created or co-created almost 40 TV series including "Baretta," "The Greatest American Hero," "Hardcastle and McCormick," "21 Jump Street," "The A-Team" and "Wiseguy." Cannell acted occasionally, including a regular supporting role as "Dutch" Dixon on his series “Renegade.” He also took a turn in an episode of Silk Stalkings, in which the script called for one character to tell him, "You look just like that writer on TV," to which Cannell's character responds, "I get that all the time." Cannell appeared as himself in the pilot of the ABC show Castle and again in season 2. Along with James Patterson and Michael Connelly, he was one of Castle's poker buddies. (You are missed.)

STANFORD MAGAZINE - published by the Stanford Alumni Association. Every article has some Stanford connection, direct and obvious (a profile of a Stanford faculty member) or indirect and casual (the impact of a technology with Stanford origins), a broad spectrum that includes contemporary research, public policy, higher education, medicine, science and technology, art and entertainment, history, humor and sports. Guidelines:

TIN HOUSE MAGAZINE – themed, accepting submissions for 2011. Stories, poems, essays about the unknown and the unknowable, from quantum physics to the what lies in the depths of the soul, from unexplainable phenomenon to interpersonal mysteries. Guidelines:

THE WRITER MAGAZINE – articles helping professional and aspiring writers w/a straightforward presentation of information, instruction, motivation. 123-year-old mag. Share their experiences, expertise, struggles, successes, suggestions. Mags efforts have been recognized in recent years w/gold and silver medals for Editorial Excellence in Folio magazine's nat’l competition. Guidelines:

JEN MAGAZINE - fashion and lifestyle magazine specifically for LDS teen and young adult women. Articles and stories should be similar to the types found in the popular young women's magazines except that they will be positive, clean, spiritual at times, coming from an LDS point of view and upholding LDS standards. Unless a story or article is unusually age-specific, it should read as if the writer is speaking to an 18-year old. Guidelines:

SAN DIEGO FAMILY MAGAZINE – publishes informative and educational family articles and resources through the entire year. The Editorial and Advertising Planner will give you a glimpse of the hot topics that families are interested in as well as which months the magazine will be cover these topics. Accepts book reviews, articles, business, editorial, teen life, health, etc. Guidelines:

THE YELLOW ROOM, UK - literary mag publishing the best in short stories written 'by women for women'. Seeks 'grown-up stories for grown-up women' from British female short-story writers. May commission non-fiction articles from time to time. Does not accept poetry. Guidelines:

GREEN FUTURES, UK - covers the latest in environmental solutions and sustainable futures. Aims to demonstrate that the pursuit of sustainable development is feasible, practical, profitable and life-enhancing. Readers include politicians, business people, local authorities, campaigners, the media, educators and students. Seeks short, relevant news stories and feature articles on energy, travel, transport, food, health, business, entrepreneurs, finance, cities and the countryside. Guidelines:

SHIPS MONTHLY, UK - covers news and features for shipping enthusiasts. Features articles about all types of craft except yachts, but prefers them to be about 20-21st century vessels. Also considers articles on ports' histories. Articles should be well-researched and factual. Contact page to query:




2011 BOTTLE TREE ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION FOR WRITERS, Canada - Deadline: Nov. 30, 2010. Entry Fee: $25. First Prize $1000; Second Prize $250; Third Prize $100. One Act Plays of up to 70 minutes may be submitted. Guidelines:

HILLERMAN WRITER’S WEEKEND – Nov. 11-3, 2010 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, including many panels, as well as private sessions with authors.

Mexican Riviera. Includes panels on editing, marketing, promotion, setting, developing characters, dialogue and pitch sessions.

ONLINE WORKSHOP: The Original Idea Nov 1 - 21, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Principles of Good Website Design 4 Writers Nov 7 - 20, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Roman Empire Promotion for Authors - Nov 15 - 21, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Art of Developing Great Conflict - Nov 15 - Dec 18,2010

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