SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
WAR POETRY CONTEST
Seventh year. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $5,000. Top prize $2,000.
Submit 1-3 unpublished poems on the theme of war, up to 500 lines
in all. Winning entries published online. Sponsored by Winning
Writers. $15 entry fee, payable to Winning Writers. Postmark
deadline May 31, 2008. Judge; Jendi Reiter. Include cover sheet
with contact information. No name on poems. Submit online or mail
to Winning Writers, ATTN: War Poetry Contest, 351 Pleasant Street,
PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060. Winning Writers is proud to be
one of "101 Best Web Sites for Writers." (Writer's Digest,
2005-2007). More information www.winningwriters.com/war
EDITOR'S PIECE OF MIND
A reader has advised that the following market has ceased
taking freelance submissions:
"A person will not buy from you until he is convinced that
you are a friend and are acting in his best interest.
You must make this clear." -- Brian Tracy
I'm big on trust. I'm an all or nothing individual when it
comes to trust. If I've been burned by a company or a person,
I have this huge wall that goes up, and it takes a tremendous
act of God to bring it down - to reopen that door to my soul.
You never know when a customer will feel that way. Maybe not
in a traumatic or serious a level as someone stealing, lying
or conning you, but in a way that can impact whether you are
a credible writer with a worthy commodity to sell.
People have to feel you work at your craft for their best
interest. And if you are in a service business, such as writing,
your writing should be for the reader, not for you. You've seen
pieces of work, where you could sense the author patted himself
on the back. Some writers become more enthralled with their
own prowess than how the words impact the reader. That's
backwards. That's when you lose trust.
I can name you writers, businesses and people who have
betrayed me in this manner - where they wanted me to give
them my money, my attention, my time. Then I learn that my
investment was taken advantage of. I was not important.
Write like you love the reader and want to give them a
gift they can use. A selfless gift. If you are writing
because you have a story to tell, you're writing for the
wrong reason. You're supposed to be writing because there's
a need in the world. You write to make someone's life fuller.
Do not get the two confused. You'll lose trust.
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It's hard to sell fiction reprints these days. Most magazines
don't even consider previously published material, and those
that do prefer originals over second right pieces. No magazine
wants to buy something that appeared in the last issue of its
Our new ray of hope? Podcast magazines.
You've heard of podcasts. They're mp3s, only with people
talking on them instead of music. And, yes, there are now
people who use this "modern" technology to breathe life into
those tucked-away-on-the-top-shelf stories.
But how can you tell if your piece is right for podcast
Check the Length
A 300,000-word story can be just as good as a 3,000-word one,
but when it's coming through your earphones....well, let's
just say even the most captivating 300,000-word story is
going to be too long for your ears and attention span. The
best length is somewhere from 450 to 700 words for flash
fiction, and about 4,000 or 5,000 for short stories.
The Pace Has To Be Right, Preferably Tight
Things should move along. As a general rule, only the very
important parts pace slower. The overall pace of the story
itself should be "tight", meaning you shouldn't waste time
on irrelevant details.
Most people skip over descriptions. Between dramatic scenes
where things happen and "boring" descriptions where nothing
happens, the reader is going to jump ahead to get to the
"good stuff". Most podcasts can't be fast forwarded, so it's
better to keep the descriptions brief.
Read It Out Loud
Listen to the way your sentences sound. Is the pace tight?
Is the story interesting? Is it possible to understand who
is saying what without dialogue tags? Are there sentences
so long that they cause confusion or misunderstandings?
Escape Pod: Takes science fiction tales in two lengths:
flash (up to 1,000 words, for $20), and short stories
(2,000 to 6,000 words, $100). They buy nonexclusive rights,
and prefer humorous pieces over dark, depressing material.
( http://escapepod.org/guidelines/ )
Dred: A webzine published three times a year. Requires dark,
character-driven fiction of up to 4,000 words. Pays a flat
fee of $25. Buys first electronic/audio rights. Does not take
reprints. ( http://www.dredtales.com/Guidelines.htm )
LASTING IMPRESSIONS CONTEST http://internetreviewofbooks.com/contest_guidelines.html
$5 ENTRY FEE
Is there a book that has remained front and center on your
bookshelf--or in your mind--even though you read it ages ago?
A book that made a lasting impression on you? It might be
fiction or non-fiction, something you read as a child or an
adult, but it somehow made you think, changed you, taught
you something, or otherwise has remained important to you
through the years. Write a 600- to 900-word book review that
includes the reason this book made a lasting impression on you.
Send it as plain text in your e-mail. Include a bio of 50 words
or less. Deadline April 20, 2008.
First place - $100 with publication in the May issue of IRB
Second place - $50 and possible publication
Third place - $25 and possible publication
THE THIRD ANNUAL PORTIA STEELE CONTEST FOR POETRY AND PROSE http://portiasteeleaward.org/contest.htm
NO ENTRY FEE NOTED
Each award $100. Poetry: No longer than one and one-half pages,
double spaced. Prose: 500 words maximum, with word count noted
on first page. For women 50 years of age or older. Deadline
April 15, 2008. Limit one submission per category.
RAMBLE UNDERGROUND SHORT FICTION CONTEST http://www.rambleunderground.org/
$6 ENTRY FEE
Deadline May 15, 2008. Short fiction story must be 2,500
words max. First and Second place short fiction stories will
be published in the Summer '08 issue along with one honorable
mention. Winner receives half of entry fees or a minimum of
$50. Last year's winner won $100.
ADIRONDACK CENTER FOR WRITING http://www.adirondackcenterforwriting.org/writingcontest.html
NO ENTRY FEE
Deadline April 11, 2008. The categories for the 2007/2008
Contest are: Short Story and Humor. The first-prize winner
in each genre and age group will receive $300 and have their
work posted on both the Adirondack Center for Writing and
North Country Public Radio Web Sites. Runners-up will receive
$150 and have their work posted on the two Web sites.
Anyone living in the Adirondack Park and/or in the NCPR listening
area who is twelve years of age or older is welcome to enter. The
submissions will be divided into two age groups (12-20 and 21+)
for each of the genres (humor & short story). Published as well
as unpublished writers are welcome to enter the contest as long
as the work submitted is unpublished. Entries must be between 500
and 2,500 words, double-spaced.
MINIWORDS 2008 http://miniwords2008.sharedspace.org/faqs.php
NO ENTRY FEE
There are three categories. miniSTORIES - a narrative in prose
or verse in 50 words or less. miniVERSE - any verse form you
choose so long as the word count is between 25 and 75 words.
HAIKU - any form of haiku from traditional to contemporary
western forms including the 'zip'. Each category carries a £250
first prize winner. Second and third place, commended and highly
commended will also be awarded in each category (although there
will be no prize for this). You may enter each category up to
three times each. 14 or over on the closing date. Deadline
May 31, 2008. All entries must be in English.
WRITE TO WIN CONTESTS - WRITERS' JOURNAL http://www.writersjournal.com/WritetoWinContest.htm
$5 ENTRY FEE
Prizes: First: $150, Honorable Mentions: One-Year Subscription
Winning contest story will be published in the WRITERS' Journal.
Deadline April 20, 2008. Opening line: "They both stared at..."
Maximum 1,500 words, and stories must start with the "starter
WESTERN NEW YORK FAMILY MAGAZINE http://www.wnyfamilymagazine.com/Writers/
Payment is made upon publication. Pays $35-$200 depending
on type and length of article. Pays $35 for up to 950 word
articles or humorous pieces. Pays $40-$60 for up to 1,500-
word non-fiction, informational or creative idea pieces.
Pays up to $100-200 for in-depth, non-fiction main theme
articles of approximately 2,500-3,000 words. Articles
submitted should address current parenting issues with a
Western New York tie-in whenever possible. Strong emphasis
is placed on how and where to find family-oriented events,
as well as goods and services for children, in Western New
BAS BLEU http://www.basbleu.com/basbleu/Reader-Reviews_1AJ.html
If you know a good book that you'd like to introduce to our
readers, send us your own Reader Review. Descriptions should
be about 150 words long and written in a conversational style.
E-mail your review to email@example.com and put
"Reader Review" in the subject line. (Don't worry about
sending us the book itself. We have easy access!) If we
publish your review, we'll send you a check for $25!
CAPITAL GAINS http://www.capitalgainsmedia.com
Capital Gains is a weekly on-line publication that focuses on
growth, development and city culture in the Mid-Michigan region.
We cover Lansing, East Lansing, Mason, Leslie, Grand Ledge,
Eaton Rapids and Williamston. Looking for fun writers
interested in talking about the art, culture and music scenes
in Mid-Michigan. Do you know about an underground art scene?
Are you a graffiti artist? Do you know young professionals in
Mid-Michigan who are also race car drivers? We want writers
who pride themselves on being "in the know," but want to
share that expertise with the rest of the area. We want
writers who can capitalize on their interests outside of
writing to develop unique, interesting articles. We like our
feature writers to produce at least one story every six weeks,
but we understand that not everyone can meet that commitment.
We want professionals who will turn in articles when they are
due. Please send a brief description of yourself, what you
like to do in your free time and why you love Mid-Michigan.
If you have clips, please send them along as well. Pays 15
WRITING THAT WORKS http://www.apexawards.com/copy&submissionguidelines.htm
Writing That Works covers business publication writing.
$160 - Major articles -- 500 to 800 words
$70 - Short articles -- 300 to 400 words
$35 - Quick Tips and Sites to See -- typically 100 to 250 words
We're always looking for freelancers from all parts of
North America. Send or E-mail a query letter describing
your proposed subject; enclose samples of your previous
work, if any. If we like your idea, we'll send you a
During August 1-November 1, send 3-5 poems, short fiction
or other prose preferably under 5,000 words, and digital art.
We currently pay contributors $10 per published poem and $50
per story, plus two copies of the issue.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ablenews.com http://newyork.craigslist.org/lgi/wrg/620166645.html
Monthly print newspaper covering issues of disability seeks
writers for occasional assignments, editorial interns, people
interested in ADA, IDEA, accessibility, local laws, services
and issues. If you have a vested interest in these issues drop
us a note about yourself, include your best clip. We do not do
"feel good" stories or opinion pieces. We are a straight up
news organization. PWD's and college students are encouraged to
apply. Pays $50 per article.
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"C. Hope Clark, in light-hearted, yet serious tone, exemplifies
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