Friday, May 28, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #178

REASON TO KEEP WRITING - PAUL HARVEY, age 90, news commentator, talk-radio pioneer and Medal of Freedom recipient, his staccato style made him one of the nation's most familiar voices. Known for his resonant voice and trademark delivery of "The Rest of the Story," Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his "News and Comment" for ABC Radio Networks. In 2005, Harvey was one of 14 notables chosen as recipients of the presidential Medal of Freedom. He also was an inductee in the Radio Hall of Fame. At the peak of his career, Harvey reached more than 24 million listeners on more than 1,200 radio stations and charged $30,000 to give a speech. His syndicated column was carried by 300 newspapers. In 2000, at age 82, he signed a new 10-year contract with ABC Radio Networks.

POLICE TIMES & CHIEF OF POLICE MAGAZINES – official journal of the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens, seeks articles on all areas of law enforcement, w/special emphasis on stories involving smaller police departments or individuals who have made a special place in law enforcement...past or present. The Chief of Police Magazine, is the official journal of the Nat’l Assoc. of Chiefs of Police and seeks articles of interest to command rank American law enforcement personnel. Guidelines:

ALASKA MAGAZINE - about Alaska for Alaskans by Alaskans and focus must be on Alaska: Issues, travel, history, adventure, profiles, sports, .Guidelines:

CICADA - literary mag for teenagers and young adults, published by Cricket Magazine Group. Publishes original short stories, poems, first-person essays written for readers age 14 and up. In some cases, CICADA purchases rights for excerpts from books yet to be published. Each issue also includes several reprints of high-quality selections. Guidelines:

GRANTA MAGAZINE – founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University, a periodical of student politics, student badinage and student literary enterprise, including essays, Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir, Poetry. Guidelines:

HIGH COUNTRY NEWS – for people who care about the West: Rocky Mountain West, the Great Basin, and Pacific Northwest environment, rural communities. award-winning nonprofit news magazine. Covers environmental, cultural, social issues in the Western US. Guidelines:

THE ROTARIAN – dedicated to reporting on topics relevant to members of Rotary clubs worldwide. Majority of readers are civic-minded business professionals who live in North America. Members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto ‘Service Above Self’. Guidelines:

2010 WRITERS LEAGUE OF TEXAS CONFERENCE - June 25-27, 2010, Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704. The place to meet agents & editors & to learn the latest trends in publishing. Check link often for updates & new info.

GENRE: Short Stories. OPEN TO: UK residents and British Citizens aged 18+ with some print publication history. DETAILS: One story, any genre, max 8000 words. 1st £15,000; 2nd £3,000; three at £500.

RICHARD J MARGOLIS AWARD – Deadline: July 1, 2010. Contest offers a $5000 stipend and one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondacks for a promising new journalist or essayist whose work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social justice. Guidelines:

BLR LITERARY PRIZE (NYU) – Deadline: July 1, 2010. Entry Fee: $15. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, $1000 prize (in each genre)+publication in the Spring 2011 issue of the BLR. Guidelines:

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Guide To Character Naming June 20-June 26, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: ‘Character Development’ June 20 - July 17, 2010 http://www.Savvyauthors.Com/Event.Cfm?Eventid=306

ONLINE WORKSHOP: “Flash Fiction: What is it?” June 20 - July 3, 2010

ONLINE WORKSHOP: *Silencing Your Inner Saboteur* June 21-July 11, 2010

SUGGESTED READING - if you are a writer: BookLife by Jeff Vandermeer.

YOU DO NOT NEED A KINDLE TO READ KINDLE BOOKS - They can be read on PCs, Macs, iPhones, BlackBerrys and iPADs. Download the free software at

THE WRITE JOBS - job board and career resource for journalism, media, publishing and writing professionals.

LITERARY CONTEST SCAMS – Writers should bookmark this link & check the list before entering any contest.

Friday, May 21, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #177

REASON TO KEEP WRITING - JAMES WHITMORE, age 87, the Emmy-and Tony-winning, Golden Globe, many-faceted character actor who delivered strong performances in movies, television and especially the theater with his popular one-man shows about Harry Truman, Will Rogers and Theodore Roosevelt. Whitmore was nominated for an Academy Award as best actor, marking the only time in Oscar history that an actor has been nominated for a film in which he was the only cast member. He was in a 2007 episode of the TV drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" Whitmore also appeared in TV commercials in 2008 for the "First Freedom First" campaign, which advocates religious liberty and preserving the separation of church and state.

TRICYCLE: THE BUDDHIST REVIEW – about American Buddhism, abortion, AIDS, politics, sports, food, art, ecology, and history, and how Buddhist principles are taking root in America. Guidelines:

LAW AND ORDER MAGAZINE - deals with law enforcement, looking for press releases, articles and photographs. Guidelines & Editorial Calendar:

NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY REVIEW - pub'd by East Carolina University and North Carolina Literary & Historical Association. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction by and interviews with North Carolina writers, articles and essays about North Carolina writers, literature, and literary history and culture. Guidelines:

TOWARD FREEDOM - envisions a world ethic that honors the human spirit and right of individuals to freedom of thought and creativity; advances movements for human rights, peace, justice, enlightenment, and freedom from oppression; and celebrates the contributions of the world's diverse cultures on human rights, globalization, trade, labor, environmental preservation, political prisoners. Guidelines: (also click on “about”)

THE MALAHAT REVIEW, Canada - pubs poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction by new and established writers from Canada and abroad and reviews of Canadian books. In alternate years, it runs the Long Poem (two $1,000 prizes) and Novella (one $1,500 prize) Contests and the poetry and fiction categories of the Far Horizons Award ($1,000). It also holds an annual Creative Non-fiction Contest (one $1,000 prize), as well as the annual Open Season Awards (one $1000 prize in each of three categories: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction). Guidelines:

OPEN SPACES – general interest, gives voice to the Northwest on issues that are regional, national and international in scope. Profiles, book excerpts (prior to publication), essays, public affairs, medicine, business, law, education, the family, economics, the environment, natural history, science, the arts, religion, culture and society. Guidelines:


1st ANNUAL FOUR SEASONS POETRY CONTEST - $300-Deadline: 6-30-10


Online workshop - 'Weapons, Violence And Reality’ June 7-July 4, 2010

Online workshop - 'Completing Your Mystery' June 7-June 21, 2010 http://www.Savvyauthors.Com/Event.Cfm?Eventid=276

SSA-AZ 2010 Writing Contest - Deadline: June 1, 2010 – short stories, short story children, essay, poetry

Online workshop - 'Show Don’t Tell' June 14-July 3, 2010 http://www.Savvyauthors.Com/Event.Cfm?Eventid=301

Online workshop - 'Romantic Suspense' June 15-July 5, 2010 http://www.Savvyauthors.Com/Event.Cfm?Eventid=300


BOOKS BY CHILDREN - no cost to schools to submit and enter


YOU DO NOT NEED A KINDLE TO READ KINDLE BOOKS - They can be read on PCs, Macs, iPhones, BlackBerrys and iPADs. Download free software at

FREELANCE JOB SEARCH - Jobs for writers, graphic designers, photographers and Web designers.

LITERARY CONTEST SCAMS – Writers should bookmark this link & check the list before entering any contest.

Friday, May 14, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #176

REASON TO KEEP WRITING - MARY CRIST FLEMING, age 98, founder of American schools abroad. Fleming graduated from Harvard University in 1933 with a degree in French. She traveled widely in Europe and in 1944 established Frog Hollow Country Day School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, which she directed until 1955. In 1956, Fleming founded The American School in Switzerland, as an experiment in international education designed to give students strong preparation for American colleges and universities, with the additional dimension of exposure to cultures and training in languages other than their own. She went on to found several other schools including The American School in England in Thorpe, Surrey. In all, 25,000 pupils have passed through Fleming's schools and summer programs.

NATIVE PEOPLES MAGAZINE - offers a sensitive portrayal of the arts and lifeways of Native peoples of the Americas. Seeks writers and photographers--Native and non-Native--who have a unique expertise about their subject. If you are Native, please let us know. Competition is stiff. Guidelines:

PERSIMMON HILL MAGAZINE – Nat’l Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's award-winning journal on the West. Audience interested in western art, history, ranching and rodeo. Guidelines:

UTNE READER – accepts previously pub’d articles (from many independent sources); query letters (regarding original ideas); books, films, and CDs (for possible review); artwork submissions. Guidelines:

ABLE MAGAZINE, UK - consumer/lifestyle mag aimed at disabled people & their families, careers/enablers, the health/social care professionals who work with them. Content is focused on the positive personal experiences of disabled people and those close to them. Contact page for query form:

SCOTTISH ISLANDS EXPLORER MAGAZINE, UK - devoted to exploring the islands of Scotland. Considers articles on: current affairs, lifestyles, wildlife, environmental issues, culture, travel, history and archaeology. Guidelines:

FAMILY BUSINESS MAGAZINE – accepts articles on family-owned businesses, estate planning, sibling rivalries, cousin jealousies. Guidelines:

GUY OWEN PRIZE - (poetry) $1000+pub - Deadline: 6-15-10

2010 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS - $10,000 - Deadline: 6-15-10

PULITZER PRIZES IN LETTERS - $10,000 - Deadline: 6-15-10

TOWSON PRIZE FOR LITERATURE - $1000 - Deadline: 6-15-10

2010 FRANCES LOCKE MEMORIAL POETRY AWARD - $1000 - Deadline: 6-15-10

YOU DO NOT NEED A KINDLE TO READ KINDLE BOOKS - They can be read on PCs, Macs, iPhones, BlackBerrys and iPADs. Download the free software at

TELECOMUTING JOBS - work offsite via computer.

LITERARY CONTEST SCAMS – Writers should bookmark this link & check the list before entering any contest.

Friday, May 7, 2010

MORE BITS & PIECES FOR Writers/Authors #175

REASON TO KEEP WRITING - EDDIE LOGAN, age 98, who shined shoes at Santa Anita since the racetrack opened on Christmas Day 1934 and was a former boxer and Negro League baseball player. Logan worked at Santa Anita for nearly 75 years, servicing such Hall of Fame jockeys as Eddie Arcaro, John Longden, Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincy Jr. and Chris McCarron. Logan would often lecture horsemen about the care of their boots and shoes and the perils the stable area presented for leather. Logan played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League in the 1920s and early '30s. He appeared in Santa Anita's winner's circle to present the trophy for the Eddie Logan Stakes on Dec. 27.

MS. MAGAZINE - looking for articles on politics, social commentary, popular culture, law, education, art, pieces that use a feminist lens. Guidelines:

GIRL’S LIFE - advice, girl-talk, entertainment ideas, fun stuff, quizzes, of interest to girls 10-15. Guidelines:

AUREALIS, Australia - looking for science fiction, fantasy or horror short stories between 2000 and 8000 words. Stories do not have to be explicitly Australian. Guidelines:

NEW ENGLAND REVIEW - submissions period is Sept 1 through May 31, any year for nonfiction, fiction, fillers, literary, short stories, novellas, novel excerpts, poetry. Guidelines:

DIABLO MAGAZINE - general interest lifestyle mag about travel, food, home style, profiles in Contra Costa,and parts of Alameda, Oakland and Berkley, CA. 75 to 2000/wds depending on dept. Guidelines:

EMMY – looking for 500/wds, front-of-the book profiles of TV people and their passions. Readers include the members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and other television industry professionals. Its articles must appeal to the TV pro while being understandable to the enthusiast. Guidelines:

LIVING A BETTER LIFE – devoted to original Crafts and homemade gifts that families can make on a budget. Guidelines:

WONDERFUL LANGUAGE TRANSLATOR – you can do words, phrases, and pages.

HILLERMAN MYSTERY CONTEST – Deadline: June 1, 2010. Open to any professional or non-professional writer, regardless of nationality, who has never been the author of a published mystery and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a mystery. The story's primary setting is the Southwestern United States, including at least one of the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah. 60,000 wds/min. $10,000 advance against royalties and publication by St. Martin's Press. Guidelines:

2010 ROBERT TRAVER AWARD - Deadline: May 15, 2010. Nonfiction/Short Stories, Essays up to 3500 words demonstrating a love of fly-fishing. $2,000 First Prize, from the John D. Voelker Foundation, sponsor of the award; a 2nd Place award of $750 will be included this year; 3rd Place is $250. Guidelines:

13th ANNUAL BOSTON REVIEW POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: June 1, 2010. Entry fee: $20/30. $1500 prize + publication.

2010 STRONGEST START NOVEL COMPETITION - Deadline: June 8th, 2010. $3300 in prizes and is the only in-progress novel competition in the writing world. Writers submit their entry, receive feedback from our online workshop, and can improve their entry as the contest progresses. The version posted on the site on the deadline of June 8 is the one the judges will read. Writers only need to enter the first three chapters of their book/novel. For more on the competition:

WRITE WORDS - Writing jobs for UK writers.

LITERARY CONTEST SCAMS – Writers should bookmark this link & check the list before entering any contest.