EDITOR'S PIECE OF MIND
ABSOLUTELY EYE-CATCHING TITLES
Twitter feeds me more information than blogs and Facebook;
the posts are brief and get to the point. What makes
Twitter doubly grand is when those feeds post the location
of a blog post that nails a new concept, strategy or advice...
and does it snappy. For instance:
I adore absolutes - i.e., numbers. Five of these and eight
of those. It's like someone's done my homework for me and
reduced the research into abbreviated bullets that answer
all my questions!
Your eye catches those numbers in a title. Magazine writers
call it list writing. But give me a hundred Tweets or a
list of titles in a document or a row of a hundred books on
a bookshelf and guess what? The numbers will catch the eye.
Numbers also indicate you've boiled a problem down to a
few factors, a certain number of resolutions, a definitive
list of reasons. You're an expert! You read all the reasons
and narrowed the list. Absolute titles reek trust.
So next time you seek an eye-catching title for your article,
blog post or even your book, don't stop at the alphabet.
Numbers carry more than their weight in capturing the attention
of your potential readers.
9TH ANNUAL FUNDSFORWRITERS ESSAY CONTEST
LAST WEEKEND TO ENTER!
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.
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ENTRY FEE $5
For a free critique, simply write "free critique" on your
entry. Any style or form allowed. Any subject (no porn or
gore). One poem per single-spaced page. Deadline October
30, 2010. First place $100. Second place $50. Third place
$8.40 ENTRY FEE
Deadline November 15, 2010. First place $150, second place
$75, third place $40. Up to six honorable mentions. Submit
first 5 pages of a novel, 1,500 words max, and one-sentence
pitch for the novel, 25 words or less. The nine finalists
will have their pitch posted on SCN's website and blog.
$10 ENTRY FEE
Deadline November 25, 2010. Submissions must be unpublished
fiction up to 30 pages, double-spaced. Must submit through
the online site at Submishmash. Winner receives $300 and
publication in Avery 7.
NO ENTRY FEE
The Tapestry of Bronze is sponsoring a series of poetry
contests to celebrate Greek and Roman mythology and the
Olympian gods. The subject of the sixth contest is Athena
(also known as Minerva), the Goddess of Wisdom, Warrior and
Weaving. The deadline is November 30, 2010. All poems remain
the property of the authors. However, Tapestry of Bronze
reserves the right to post winning poems and those receiving
Honorable Mention on the Tapestry of Bronze website.
Furthermore, interest has been expressed in setting the poems
to music. E-mail your poem (no more than 30 lines). The first
prize winner in each age group ("Under 18? and "18 and Over")
will receive $50. Honorable Mentions may be awarded as well,
but without cash prizes.
$20 ENTRY FEE INCLUDES SUBSCRIPTION
Prize: $200, publishing contract, and 10 chapbooks. Deadline
December 31, 2010. Contest for a collection of haiku espousing
the magazine's credo: "No haiku but in pictures." Enter any
brief poem, employing the haiku technique of juxtaposition of
images devised to evoke emotion. All poems considered for
publication in the magazine.
Fiction: We consider original, unpublished stories within
the confines of dark fantasy and horror--mystery, suspense,
supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc. Stories must
have a clear horror element. Up to 5,000 words (firm).
Nonfiction: We want journalism, well-researched and
emotionally compelling nonfiction about real horrors--
disease, poverty, addiction, etc. We will also consider
work on other, relative subjects within the confines of
dark fantasy and horror.
Flash Fiction: We are interested in tightly woven flash
fiction, 1,000 words or less.
Microfiction: To avoid blank pages in future issues,
we're now looking for very short flash pieces (i.e.
microfiction), 200 words or less.
Poetry: We're interested in dark poetry on a limited basis.
Submit no more than three poems at a time.
WHOLE LIFE TIMES http://www.wholelifemagazine.com/writers.php
We are open to articles on holistic health, alternative
healing, green living, sustainable and local food, social
responsibility, conscious business, the environment,
spirituality and personal growth; in short, anything that
deals with a progressive, healthy lifestyle.
WLT accepts up to three longer stories (800-1,100 words)
per issue, and pay ranges from $150-200. We have
regular departments on our coverage topics, and these
pay $75-125 depending on topic and experience. Out and
About is our FOB section featuring short, newsy blurbs
on our coverage topics. These are generally 200-400 words
and pay $25-50 depending on length and topic. Behind the
Scenes is a 750-word personal essay that often highlights
a seminal moment or event in the life of the writer, and
We have no hard-and-fast editorial guidelines, because
science fiction is such a broad field. Besides, a really
good story can make an editor swallow his preconceived
taboos. Basically, we publish science fiction stories.
Analog pays 6-8 cents per word for short stories up to
7,500 words, $450-600 for stories between 7,500 and 10,000
words, and 5-6 cents per word for longer material. We prefer
lengths between 2,000 and 7,000 words for shorts, 10,000-
20,000 words for novelettes, and 40,000-80,000 for serials.
Fact articles are paid for at the rate of 6 cents per word.
SMALL FARM TODAY http://www.smallfarmtoday.com/writers.html
Small Farm Today magazine is dedicated to preserving and
promoting small farming, rural living, community and
agripreneurship. We use a "can-do", upbeat, positive
approach and all articles submitted should reflect this
attitude. We need "how-to" articles (how to grow, raise,
market, build, etc), as well as articles about small farmers
who are experiencing success through diversification,
specialty/alternative crops and livestock, and direct
WORDRUNNER ELECTRONIC CHAPBOOKS - MEMOIR / PERSONAL NARRATIVE http://www.echapbook.com/submissions.htm
Wordrunner Electronic Chapbooks publishes online collections
of fiction, poetry or memoir (personal narrative) quarterly.
Guidelines are different for each collection. Deadline
November 21, 2010. The prose narratives should be based on
personal experience and written from 1st person point of view.
They may be flash or longer, from 600 up to 2,500 words each,
totalling a minimum of approximately 8,000 and a maximum of
16,000 words for the collection. These narratives should
belong together for some reason, be it theme, location or
people. Payment per echapbook: $65.
ADVERTISING FOR WRITERS
CALL FOR ENTRIES!
Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest.
Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject or write a short story, 5 pages
max., on any theme, single or double line spacing, neatly hand printed or typed.
Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story.
Writing Contest First Prize: $500. 2nd: $250. 3rd: $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize: $250. 2nd: $125. 3rd: $50.
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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
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