Thursday, November 25, 2010


Have a wonderful and special THANKSGIVING.

No job board this holiday weekend. Check back next Friday for an extended list of contests and freelance. ~Elizabeth

Friday, November 19, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #203

REASON TO KEEP WRITING: DANIEL SCHORR, age 93, longtime journalist, remembered for a hot scoop: the contents of President Richard Nixon's "enemies list," and was stunned when he got to No. 17 and it said: "Schorr, Daniel, CBS. A real media enemy." Schorr won Emmys for his Watergate coverage, scored the first U.S. TV interview with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev and reported on the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1975, Mr. Schorr reported that the CIA conducted assassinations of foreign leaders. In a White House briefing, an infuriated former CIA director, Richard Helms, publicly labeled him "Killer Schorr," along with unprintable epithets. Schorr leaked to the Village Voice a report on a congressional probe into the CIA in 1976. For this “transgression,” he was fired. Schorr got started in the news business at age 12 when he sold an item to the Bronx Home News about a woman who was killed in a plunge from the apartment building where his family lived. After editing the newspaper at New York's City College, Schorr joined the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He worked stateside in an Army intelligence unit during World War II, and was later sent to the Hague as a correspondent for a New York-based Netherlands news agency. In 1953, Schorr was recruited as one of the "Murrow Boys," Edward R. Murrow's crack group of correspondents at CBS. Two years later, he traveled to Moscow to open CBS's Moscow bureau. After being barred from the Soviet Union as a “provocateur,” Schorr became a roving international correspondent, following Mr. Khrushchev on his 1959 tour of the U.S., interviewing Fidel Castro in Havana, and then being stationed in Germany in time for the Berlin crisis of 1961. He returned to the U.S. in 1966 and covered Great Society programs. He was one of the main contributors to the CBS Reports documentary "Don't Get Sick in America," an early critique of the nation's healthcare system. After helping pioneer broadcast news, Schorr moved to cable, joining CNN as a commentator in 1979. He was slower to adapt to the Internet, but in 2009, Schorr got a Twitter account. He used it to tweet that he had just given up his typewriter for a word processor. Schorr said it made him "terribly nervous" not to work, and despite occasional criticism that he had stayed too long, he provided commentary for NPR's "All Things Considered."

FELINE WELLNESS – billed 'Number One' natural pet mag in North America, provides readers with the info needed to make wise health care choices for animal companions. Holistic spectrum, from physical health issues to emotional and spiritual well being of our animals. Guidelines:

MONTANA OUTDOORS - published by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, advocates the conservation and sustainable use of Montana’s fish, wildlife, parks. Editorial bent is one of skepticism and curiosity. Guidelines:

DRIVE MAGAZINE – publication by Subaru of America, Inc. and distributed to more than 850,000 owners of Subaru vehicles in the US. Each issue includes a variety of feature articles geared toward the interests of Subaru owners. Looking for stories that are timely, appropriately researched, engagingly written, tailored to Drive readers. Proposals are preferred to finished mss submissions. Guidelines:

ALTERNATIVES JOURNAL, Canada - dedicated to in-depth analysis of environmental issues, including ecological, social and economic, combines the learned rigor of an academic journal w/the accessible style and format of a gen’l audience mag. Publishes the best environmental writing that is engaging to read and provides a deeper level of analysis and insight than can be gained from the mainstream press. Invites feature articles, shorter reports, notes, interviews, resource guides, visual images related to article themes, cultural commentary and humor. Guidelines:

LISTEN MAGAZINE - primarily aimed at teenagers, but some younger and many older readers are subscribers as well. Encourages development of good habits and high ideals of physical, social, mental health. It bases its editorial philosophy of primary drug prevention on total abstinence from tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Because it is used extensively in public high school classes, it does not accept articles and stories with overt religious emphasis. Guidelines:

MAKE MAGAZINE - a 'do-it-yourself' technology mag written by makers. Tell us the story behind your project. 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, we'd like to hear about it, too at the Everything Else category. Guidelines:

THE RAVEN CHRONICLES, Canada & US – (online & print) publishes work which reflects the cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and other areas of America. Promotes art, literature and the spoken word for an audience that is hip, literate, funny, informed, and lives in a society that has a multicultural sensibility. Publishes fiction, talk art/spoken word, poetry, essays, reflective articles, reviews, interviews and contemporary art, work that reflects the author's experiences, perceptions and insights. Guidelines:

THE CHELSEA AWARDS for POETRY & FICTION - Deadline: Dec. 15, ANY YEAR. Follow guidelines for each contest. The editors look for overall excellence. Guidelines:

WRITERS DIGEST POETRY AWARDS - Deadline: Dec, 15, 2010. Now accepting entries in the Writer's Digest Poetry Awards. Don't miss your chance to enter the only Writer's Digest competition exclusively for poets! Top prize $500. Guidelines:

L RON HUBBARD'S WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST - Prizes every 3 months: $1000, $750, $500. Annual Grand Prize: $5000. Guidelines: (click on ‘contest rules’)

2010 AMY FOUNDATION WRITING AWARDS – Deadline: Jan 31, 2011. Nonfiction. Designed to recognize creative, skillful writing that presents in a sensitive, thought-provoking manner the biblical position on issues affecting the world today. To be eligible, submitted articles must be published in a secular, non-religious publication and must be reinforced w/at least one passage of scripture. Prizes: $1000-$10,000. Guidelines & Entry Forms:

TOPS OPEN HEART POETRY COMPETITION, Canada - The Ontario Poetry Society. Deadline: Dec. 25, 2010. Entry fee: $5 for the first poem; add’l poems $1 each.
Poems must include at least one of the following Heart themes: Love won, Love lost, Love of family, Love of animals, Love of humanity, Valentine poems, Bonding, Charity, Generosity, Compassion, Courage, Heart health problems, Heart wood, Broken heart, Heartache, Hard hearted, Emotions carried in the heart.. Prize: $100 plus $100 donated to the winner's favorite charity. All winners pub'd in chapbook. Guidelines:

GENRE Definitions - AND other useful info:

ONLINE WORKSHOP: How 2 Create A Professional Self-Pub’d Book Dec 13 - 15, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Sherlock Holmes/The Movie Dec 13 - 19, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: What the World of Dr. Who Can Teach You Dec 13 - 19, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Murder on the Orient Express/Agatha Christie Dec 27, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011

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Friday, November 12, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #202

REASON TO KEEP WRITING: ALEXANDER ANDERSON, JR., age 90, pioneering TV cartoon artist who created Rocky the flying squirrel and Bullwinkle the moose. Before Rocky and Bullwinkle, Anderson worked on "Mighty Mouse" while apprenticing for his uncle, Paul Terry, whose Terrytoons cartoons were distributed in movie theaters by 20th Century Fox. Anderson began his own company with former U of C, Berkeley fraternity brother, Jay Ward, after Terry refused his suggestion to produce cartoons specifically for TV. They created Crusader Rabbit and his friend Rags the Tiger along with Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties and Rocky and Bullwinkle. "Crusader Rabbit" was among the first animated series produced for TV and aired on NBC in1950s. The inspiration for Bullwinkle came from a dream Anderson had where he was playing poker with friends, and a moose doing "silly card things" was sitting next to him. The character's name came from a car dealership in Berkeley called "Bullwinkel Motors." Anderson told the San Francisco Chronicle in 1991 that he found there was "something majestic" about a moose. "They're macho, but they have a comic aspect with that schnozzola. There are few creatures begging to be caricatured," he said. As for Rocky, Anderson told the newspaper he couldn't quite understand how a mouse or Superman would be able to flY, but some squirrels, in fact, could fly. "That gave (Rocky) the mantle of superness without having to stretch the truth." Ward would go on to produce "Rocky and His Friends" on ABC in 1959. With Rocky leading his somewhat slow but good-natured friend, Bullwinkle, the duo battled villains Boris and Natasha, agents of the nation of Pottsylvania, in the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, Minn. Anderson decided to pursue a career in advertising and was not involved in the venture. He later said he felt he had not received credit for his creations. He won a lawsuit against Jay Ward Productions in 1993 that recognized him as the creator of the first versions of Rocky, Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right.

ATLANTA TRIBUNE: THE MAGAZINE - Black Atlanta's leading source for relevant, thought-provoking news and info on business and wealth-building. Educates readers and presents ideas, viewpoints and possible solutions that economically, politically and socially empower. (slow loading) Guidelines:

BELIZEAN JOURNEYS – destinations and off the beaten path experiences of Belize featuring a particular interest, activity, characteristic, or personality that represents the destination or an aspect of Belizean life. These are done from the perspectives of various authors. Guidelines:

DOG & DRIVER MAGAZINE - for the Intern’l Sled Dog Racing Association. Features articles concerning all aspects of sled dog sports, sled dog races, sled dog care and nutrition, first-hand accounts of races, sled dog training, sled dog equipment, anything that pertains to the care and training of sled dogs are welcomed Guidelines:

JUST 4 KIDS MAGAZINE – designed for families with toddlers to teens. Each page affirms a child's self-worth. Included are fun and exciting puzzles, games, stories, poems, recipes, colorful pictures, scripture readings, Bible Stories and family devotions. Guidelines:

YOUTH TODAY – nat’l trade newspaper for people who work with children and youth. Readers are primarily professional youth workers and administrators of youth service, youth advocacy and youth policy programs, to include direct care workers (teachers, day care providers, counselors, recreation staff, juvenile corrections officers), managers of nonprofit and for-profit agencies (from the YMCA down to the smallest community-based agencies), operators of faith-based programs and public agencies, academics, lobbyists, government administrators, and legislative and executive staff. Guidelines:

EPHEMERA - Seeks slogan writers for buttons, magnets and stickers. Wants satirical slogans about pop culture, politics, job attitudes, women's & men's issues, coffee, booze, pot, drugs, religion, food, sexual come-ons & put-downs, etc. Guidelines:

HISTORY TODAY, UK - covers history in its widest sense, political, economic, social, biography and archaeology, from all parts of the world. Also seeks prints and original photographs. Best freelance opportunities are for contributions dealing with genuinely new historical and archaeological research. Contact page for query: (see dropdown menu)

BUSINESS TODAY EGYPT - covers Egyptian and Middle Eastern business and economic news. Seeks both medium-length news pieces and profiles, and feature-length work. No fiction, poetry or 'exotic Egypt' pieces. Writer-reporters based outside Egypt must make clear in their pitches whether or not they have supporting professional photography available. Accepts reprints provided not previously published in the region. Paid in Egyptian or Pounds to freelancers based in Egypt, or US dollars to those abroad. Guidelines: (scroll down to freelance guidelines)

2011 EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARDS - Deadline: Nov 30, 2010. No entry fee. # For works published/released October 1-December 30: Submit by Nov 30, 2010. Books with a December publication date may be submitted in galleys. (See other deadlines) Works should be submitted by the publisher, but may also be submitted by the author or agent. All books, short stories, television shows, films [and plays] in the mystery, crime, suspense, and intrigue fields are eligible in their respective category if they were published or produced for the first time in the U.S. during this calendar year. Guidelines, Entry Forms:

WRITERS DIGEST SHORT SHORT STORY COMPETITION – Deadline: Dec. 1, 2010. Accepting entries in the 11th Annual Short Short Story Competition. Looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant...but brief. Guidelines:

St. LOUIS WRITERS GUILD ANNUAL SHORT STORY CONTEST – Deadline: Dec. 4, 2010 postmark. $15 entry fee. 5000 words max. One of the oldest, if not the oldest, writing contests in the country. Tennessee Williams won first place in this contest in 1935 for his story, "Stella for Star." The St. Louis Writers Guild Annual Short Story Contest opens for submissions every October and prizes are awarded in December. Historically, entries have come from all across the nation and Canada. Stories are blind-judged by one or more expert(s) in the fields of writing and literature. Writers do not need to be a member of the Guild in order to participate in this contest. Guidelines:

CHARLOTTE NEWBERGER PRIZE FOR POETRY – Deadline: Dec. 15, 2010. "Edgy, exciting poems touching in any way on Jewish women's experience." Contest is open to both male and female authors, but entrants should familiarize themselves with the magazine, which is geared toward Jewish women. Entries need to have both feminist and Jewish content. Guidelines:

6TH ANNUAL WRITERS DIGEST POETY AWARDS COMPETITION - Deadline: Dec 15, 2010. Don't miss your chance to win cash, a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference and exposure in August 2011 issue. Guidelines:

JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST – Next deadline: Dec. 15, 2010 URL:

FRANKLIN-CHRISTOPH POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: Dec 31, 2010. No entry fee. Poetry, up to 2 original, unpublished poems of not more than 100 lines each, any style. $2500 in prizes, including the $1000 cash grand prize; 10 Merit Award Winners will receive $150 writing instruments. Guidelines:

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Grabbers Nov 29 - Dec 12, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Police Use of Force Nov 29 - Dec 19, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Business of Creative Writing Nov 29 – Dec 19, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Writing the YA Paranormal Nov 29, 2010 - Jan 3, 2011

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Labrynth Dec 6-12, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Manning the Submission's Box Dec 6-19, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Polishing Your Sample Pages Dec 6-19, 2010

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Friday, November 5, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #201

REASON TO KEEP WRITING: ROBERT N. BUTLER, age 83, Pulitzer Prize-winning author/doctor, focused on the study of aging, and was the founder of the National Institute for Aging and the International Longevity Center. He published: ‘Why Survive? Being Old in America’ and ‘The Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life’. He was a revolutionary gerontologist whose passion helped overcome the stigma surrounding aging in this country, and empowered people to discover their enormous potential in their later years. His work influenced clinicians, scientists, researchers, and policy makers all over the world, and will continue to impact us for generations to come.

LATIN JAZZ CLUB MAGAZINE - giant literary cyber-emporium of related music news, articles, interviews, CD reviews and info, LatinJazzClub is a virtual on-line magazine dedicated to the advancement, education and historical preservation of Latin Jazz. Guidelines:

HEROIC FANATASY QUARTERLY – dedicated to publishing heroic fantasy in both prose and poetry. Looking for quality banner art to accompany each new issue. Guidelines:

HINDUISM TODAY – the face of Hindu culture, tradition and values, an international journal affirming the Sanatana Dharma and recording the history of a billion strong global religion in renaissance. Query/submission form:

KIDS’ PAGES FAMILY MAGAZINE – family related topics, emphasize stories w/a local (Denver) focus and prefer to work w/local established writers. Occasionally uses reprints of articles from publications outside region. Guidelines:

NORTH OF 50, Canada – regional mag, readers are 30+ and socially aware, likes "issues" articles that inform, educate and instigate discussion, history and lifestyle pieces, regional personality and arts stories. Prefers articles that have a Thompson, South Cariboo, Nicola, Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen slant. Guidelines:

THE SEWANEE REVIEW - America's oldest continuously pub’d literary quarterly of erudite work representing depth of knowledge and skill of expression. Guidelines:

GRAY’S SPORTING JOURNAL – 90% of readers are bird hunters and 85% are fly fishers, so looking for good fly-fishing and upland-bird-hunting mss for these issues and throughout the year. Other subjects of interest include: Waterfowl, Turkeys, Small Game, Big Game, Unusual Quarry, Foreign Adventures in exotic locales, Yarns—tall tales or true, Poetry. Guidelines:

ARTLINK MAGAZINE, Australia – open to a very wide range of writers throughout Australia, themed mag which tries to make art relevant across society. Needs contributors who have expert knowledge of subjects outside of the art area who can put the work of artists in a broader context. Guidelines:

WALTER CRONKITE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TV POLITICAL JOURNALISM - The early-bird entry deadline is Dec 14, 2010; entry deadline is Jan 14, 2011. Entry forms, fees and guidelines:

RALPH NADING HILL CONTEST, Vermont – Deadline: Nov 15 each year. $1500 cash prize. Co-sponsored by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life, contest is open to any student or resident of Vermont. Submit your thoughts on "Vermont, Its People, The Place, Its History, or Its Values" as an essay, short story, play, or poem. 1500/wds or less. Guidelines:

FRANKLIN-CHRISTOPH POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: Dec 31, 2010. No entry fee. $2500 in prizes. Guidelines:

DIGITAL BOOK WORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO – Jan 24-26, 2011. New York City.
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ONLINE WORKSHOP: Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell Nov 29-Dec 5, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Using Grammar to Develop Writing Tone & Voice Nov 29-Dec 12, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: The Conflict of Character - Nov 29-Dec 12, 2010

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