EDITOR'S PIECE OF MIND
MY ARTICLE FOLLOW-UP SYSTEM
There's an art to a submission system. Without one, you'll
invariably submit to the wrong editor at the wrong publication
at the wrong time. Maybe with the wrong article.
Start with three spreadsheets. If you don't do spreadsheets,
simply start three lists.
1. Chronological order.
Post the date, title, publisher, date to follow-up, contact
person and estimated amount of payment. This shows your
activity from the first of the year, allowing you to see
your progress as well as provide income tax information,
demonstrating your efforts as a working writer.
2. Article (or query) order.
Post the title, publisher and date sent. You may add a
column on whether it's a first-rights or reprint rights
submission. No need for the other information since you
have it recorded already. This list is so you can see
where your articles have been sent, so you do not duplicate
submissions, or submit to competing publishers. You'll
see an article's title, then a list of who and when you've
pitched the piece. Chronological isn't important.
3. Publisher order.
Same as spreadsheet two, only with the publisher first.
This way you see what you've sent to a particular publisher,
and how often you've submitted to him. You'll see the
publisher's name and the list of articles pitched this year,
longer if you like.
If you take your submissions effort seriously, you'll soon
have a dozen or two ideas outstanding. You'll realize how
easy it is to confuse and forget the order of your efforts.
All it takes is one misworded email or duplicated submission
to taint a relationship with an editor.
These shreadsheets date back eight years in my files, not
only for IRS, but so I can recall what and where I've
published, or attempted to publish. Add a comment column
and note the name of a helpful individual, email, or phone
number. Maybe note they rejected one idea, but mentioned
they might like another.
Regardless of how you display the facts, just make sure
you do. Organization gives you peace of mind - less mistakes
and better recollection. Efficiency makes for a better
9TH ANNUAL FUNDSFORWRITERS ESSAY CONTEST
FundsforWriters.com and Literary Database.com team up to
co-sponsor the 9th Annual FundsforWriters Essay Contest.
Theme: Writing that made a difference.
Both entry fee and no entry fee categories. First place
winner receives $300. Six awards given. Limit 750 words.
Deadline October 31, 2010. Winners announced December 1, 2010.
CAROL E. DOERING POETRY CONTEST http://www.womensartisticnetwork.org/18.html
ENTRY FEE $5 fee per poem or $10 for three poems
First prize $75
Second prize $50
Third prize $25
Deadline September 30, 2010. Poetry: 50 lines maximum:
Free verse or traditional; single or double spaced.
CONSEQUENCE MAGAZINE POETRY PRIZE http://www.consequencemagazine.org/
NO ENTRY FEE
The prize will be awarded for the best poem addressing the
culture and consequences of war. The winner will receive
$200, have the selected poem published in both print and
online editions of CONSEQUENCE, and be invited to read at
the launch of CONSEQUENCE Magazine's next issue and receive
a three year subscription to the magazine. All poems
submitted will be considered for publication in both print
and online editions. Entry deadline is September 30, 2010.
LIGONIER VALLEY SHORT FICTION CONTEST http://www.lvwonline.org/
NO ENTRY FEE
Ligonier Valley Writers is looking for short-short stories
about witches, wizards and warlocks for its fifth annual
Flash Fiction Contest. Deadline extended to midnight (the
witching hour) on September 4, 2010. Flash fiction stories
must be less than 1,000 words long. The first-prize winner
will receive $50, second prize $25, and third prize $15.
Pseudopod is always looking for quality fiction to feed our
listeners. If you're a writer with a short horror story that
you'd like to hear narrated by one of our talented performers,
we'd like to see it. Short Fiction: Most of our weekly stories
will fall between about 2,000 and 6,000 words. Pays $100.
Flash Fiction: We will sometimes podcast short five-to-ten
minute "bonus" pieces between our weekly main episodes. These
stories can be up to 1,000 words. Pays $20.
ESCAPE POD http://escapepod.org/guidelines/
Escape Pod is not looking for horror or fantasy. Please send
horror stories to our sister podcast, http://pseudopod.org.
Send fantasy stories to our other sister podcast, http://podcastle.org. We want short stories between about 2,000
and 6,000 words. We'll know if the story's the right length by
looking at it, and "the right length" is a bell curve. The sweet
spot's somewhere between 3,500 and 5,000 words. Pays $100. Like
its sister publications, Escape Pod publishes audio versions of
NORTH AND SOUTH http://northandsouthmagazine.com
North & South was founded in 1997 to provide real Civil War
history - accurate, balanced, and fresh - as opposed to rehashes
of "pop" history. Its contents are frequently ground-breaking.
Covers tactics, strategy, battles, campaigns, weaponry, espionage
and logistics. Also, included are profiles of the leaders and the
armies, the home front, politics, slavery and Reconstruction.
Query first. Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
OKLAHOMA TODAY http://www.oklahomatoday.com/site/editorial/editorialDept.aspx
Stories, essays, columns, etc. focus on Oklahoma's people
and places. People figure strongly into all the stories. The best
way to write a story is not to just tell it, but to show the
readers through anecdotes, quotes, and experiences of past and
present people. Pays up to 15 cents/word.
OUTPOST MAGAZINE http://www.outpostmagazine.com/contributor-guidelines/
Needs profiles of travelers and intriguing people from
around the world. Needs coverage of expeditions or extreme
endeavors. Features are 2,800 to 5,000 words. Has special
sections on road trips, volunteer travel and food. Outpost
has defied the conventions that typify other travel magazines
- steering away from the cozy and coddled to take a more
adventurous and realistic look at the world and how people
travel through it. In every issue of Outpost you get the good,
the bad and the ugly about travel, told in an honest,
sometimes irreverent voice.
ADVERTISING FOR WRITERS
Deadline September 3, 2010
Seven first place winners by genre.
Winners announced at our Fall Conference October 9, 2010.
Featuring Sam Havens, Michael Larsen, Elizabeth Pomado,
Jon Sternfeld, Nicholas Croce, & Jennifer Mattson
Are you one of those people who never submits your writing for
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you prepare your writing for publication. Richard Krawiec
has published novels, biographies, text books, plays, and
a story and poetry collection. He won the 2009 Excellence
in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill. His essays, feature
articles, and reviews have appeared in major newspapers and
magazines across the US. The NY Times, LA Times, Publishers
Weekly have reviewed his work. Awards include National
Endowment for the Arts and NC Arts Council grants, as well
as nominations for the National Book Award, Best American
Short Stories, and Pushcart Prize. He is founder of Jacar Press.