FFW Small Markets - November 11, 2011
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Volume 11, Issue 45
November 11, 2011
FFW SMALL MARKETS
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Editor: C. Hope Clark
Web Site: www.fundsforwriters.com
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EDITOR'S PIECE OF MIND
I was outlining a book, a potential how-to book. I'd
collected all sorts of ideas from blogs and authors I
admire. Stacks of these thoughts piled around me, categorized
into Part I, Chapter 3, and so on. But for some reason,
the message wasn't gelling. For two months I worked on
this book, trying to get it rolling. Even the book proposal
All these marvelous words of advice, yet I could not
mesh them together into the lesson I wanted to teach.
That is . . . until I realized I wasn't writing MY book.
I was penning a collage of others' ideals. No wonder
the theme was in a jumbled mess. I was building on
a foundation that wasn't my own.
How did I expect the words to flow when they weren't mine?
Whether writing magazine articles, blog posts, novels
or how-tos, be careful that you don't fall in love with
someone else's concept, phrase or fancy. I see it all
the time. Heck, I'm tempted to do it myself - often.
When you commit to a blog or column, you learn after
several months that tenets and views become harder to
find. You have to think harder, scan wider, and all too
often sit staring at your monitor as if an intense glare
will make the words pop out on their own.
I subscribe to a handful of blogs. More than I ought to
be reading, frankly, but regardless, I like several of
them because of their savvy ideas. When someone strikes
me with their creative genius, a concept so sharp and
yet so simple, I can't help but want to piggy-back off
of it. Many blogs are founded on that method. It's the
quickest way to fulfill your obligatory blog post . . .
find a great mind and spin your view of it. Okay on
occasion, but only if you are truly original in how
you take it to another level.
Not only are you shortchanging yourself by lazily
avoiding the sweat that comes from a deeply dug up
philosophy, but most of your readers can sense it when
You do not want to be known as the writer who writes
like someone else, or thinks like someone else. You want
to be the first, the foremost, the unique, the authentic
you. And if that means throwing away copies of others'
stuff so you don't fall into the trap of copying ideas,
then so be it. That blank screen is intimidating as heck,
but it makes you a better, more respected writer.
THE BLOG - http://www.hopeclark.blogspot.com
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/hopeclark
FACEBOOK - http://www.facebook.com/chopeclark
ABOUT.ME - http://about.me/hopeclark
WISE WORDS TO LIVE BY
I read and walked for miles at night along the beach,
writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for
someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness
and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that
person could be me.
PIXELHOSE FICTION AND NONFICTION WRITING CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
Deadline December 7, 2011. Categories fiction, nonfiction
(creative or essay). $300, $150 and $50 prize monies in
each category. Limit 5,000 words. Previously published
works are accepted so long as pixelhose.com can legally
obtain free, one time, one site, permanent web publication
rights. The contest may be extended at pixelhose.com
discretion until a minimum of 500 entries have been
PRINT EXPRESS CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
To enter, email email@example.com with a poem that
you've written - no more than 45 lines - on a topic of your
choice before November 30, 2011. You could win £150. Poems
must be in English, and no longer than 45 lines.
HUMOUR VERSE COMPETITION
ENTRY FEE: £3, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter.
Any form of humour will be accepted, in any style, but the
content must be original and it has to make us smile. Anything
from a limerick to a poem of 30 lines in length is accepted.
The competition will be run quarterly with closing dates
matching the Flash 500 competition: 31st March, 30th June,
30th September and 31st December. The results will be
announced within six weeks of each closing date and the
three winning entries each quarter will be published on
First: £150 plus publication in Words with JAM
RAMSFIELD PRESS HOLIDAY CONTEST
NO ENTRY FEE
Write a short piece about a year end holiday celebration.
It can be Christmas, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanza, New
Year's, the Solstice, or whatever holiday you celebrate. The
length should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words. If you have
a specific reading demographic in mind (YA, Children, etc.),
please indicate it. Post your story to your Google Docs account
with permission to share with firstname.lastname@example.org. The prize
for the winner of this contest is $25 and publication on this
website. Deadline December 19, 2011. Publication of the winner
will be shortly after the contest ends, toward the end of December.
This contest is sponsored by an anonymous donor, the spirit of
giving, and the letter A and the number 2.
BETHLEHEM WRITERS ROUNDTABLE SHORT STORY AWARD
$10 ENTRY FEE
Now accepting submissions of short fiction or memoir
(2,000 words or fewer). Deadline January 31, 2012.
First prize: $200 and consideration for inclusion in the
upcoming BWG anthology, Seasonal Pursuits: Sweet, Funny,
and Strange Tales, scheduled for publication in late 2012.
If it is not accepted for publication in the print anthology,
it will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Bethlehem
Writers Roundtable. There is no guarantee of print publication.
Second prize: $100 and publication in the Bethlehem Writers
Roundtable. Third prize: $50 and publication in the Bethlehem
Writers Roundtable. Honorable Mentions: Stories may be
selected for Honorable Mention and offered publication in
the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable.
WHITE CAT PUBLICATIONS
Short Stories - Up to 5,000 words in length, 5 cents/word
up to 2,500 words. Reprints at 1.5 cents/word.
Flash fiction - Up to 1,000 words. $25 per story.
Interviews - Query first. The rate is $25 per interview.
Reviews - Query first. The rate is $25 per review.
We are interested primarily in good quality writing,
and, although we lean heavily towards stories with a
strong element of suspense, are open to stories in all
genres save erotica.
We are interested in mysteries, detective stories, tales
of terror and the supernatural as well as short stories.
Stories can be set in any time or place, provided they are
well written, the plots interesting and well thought.
We are interested in stories of almost any length, but
preferably the 2,000-6,000 word range. However, we may
occasionally publish short shorts of 1000 words, and
sometimes we may consider even a short novella. At the
moment, our payment rate for stories is $25-150. No
submissions accepted by e-mail.
The magazine is available in both traditional printed-on-paper,
magazine format and digital PDF format, allowing worldwide
distribution and the ability to use computer search techniques
to quickly find information inside each issue, a further aid
to people wanting to find treasures on their own. Each issue
contains vibrant tales of a historical nature and educational
tips on the latest methods and equipment to find lost
treasures of all types. Pays four cents/word.
Steeped in the George Ohsawa tradition, Macrobiotics Today
provides issues, information, and articles on diet, health,
and environmental consciousness from a macrobiotic
perspective that combine traditional macrobiotic views on
physical, emotional, and spiritual health with contemporary
thinking and scientific knowledge. Pays up to $50 for
articles of 1,000 to 2,500 words.
We continue to welcome submission of manuscripts that
deal with Jewish life and culture worldwide, past and
present, with particular emphasis on contemporary Jewish
affairs, political, social, and cultural, in America and
in Israel. Midstream publishes many articles, at least
one short story (fiction), and from three to ten poems
per issue. Articles normally run from 2,000 to 4,000 words
and fiction from 2,000 to 5,000 words.
Poems and short fiction should center on Jewish themes
and Jewish life, but poems of a general nature should at
least contain Jewish metaphorical allusions. Book reviews
on current titles run from 1,000 to 2,000 words; review
essays that are more extensive in reach and depth from
2,000 to 4,000 words. Writers of unsolicited articles,
memoirs, short stories, and poems need not contact the
editor before submission, but it is advisable that book-
reviewers send an e-mail description of the book they want
to review and a note detailing their expertise in the field,
since the editor normally chooses such titles and assigns
reviewers. Midstream does not normally publish very short
reviews or articles of less than 1,000 words. Payment for
published manuscripts is calculated at five cents a word
for prose, $25 for a published poem, and three complimentary
copies of the issue containing the writer's work.
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Being an author herself, she understands the industry, and will provide you
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Options in Wordpress also available, allowing you to update your own content.
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Testimonial from FFW subscriber and author Jacqueline Adams
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site she designs is not only beautiful but also perfectly reflects the
personality of the business it represents. She spent time getting to
know me and my work to ascertain what would appeal to me. When she sent
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raised it to a higher level. Her suggestions, insight, and artistic
talent made the final product much better than what I'd envisioned on my
own. Shaila was a pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend her."
Call for Entries: Poets and Writers!
Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest.
Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject or write a short story,
5 pages maximum length on any theme, single or double-line spacing,
neatly hand printed or typed.
Writing First Prize: $500, 2nd: $125; 3rd: $100
Poetry First Prize: $250, 2nd: $125; 3rd: $50.
Entry fees: $5 per poem, $10 per story.
Postmark deadline: December 31, 2011.
Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for details and enter!
DR. DORIS MUELLER POETRY AND PROSE CONTEST
ENTRY FEE $3 or $7
Dr. Doris Mueller was a passionate educator, author and poet.
She was also a long-time member of the Missouri Writers' Guild.
As part of her legacy, the 2011 MWG Board of Directors has
established this contest, with proceeds beyond the prize money
to go toward an annual scholarship to be awarded to a creative
writing or English student enrolled in a program in a Missouri
college or university. Categories:
Fiction suitable for children: TOPIC: Imaginary friends
Short story (YA or Adult): TOPIC: Same topic or one of your own!
Poetry: TOPIC: Open
First, second and third prizes in each category will be
awarded $100, $50 and $25 respectively, plus certificates.
Three Honorable Mentions in each category will be awarded
certificates. Deadline November 30, 2011.
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WHY ADVERTISE IN FUNDSFORWRITERS?
For my first advertising for my fledgling business I needed to
make strategic choices within a very limited budget. I chose
to advertise in two places: the Funds for Writers (FFW)
newsletter and a major writer's magazine (circulation of 100,000).
FFW far outperformed the magazine! From my first FFW ad I got an
immediate and enormous spike in traffic to my web site and within
24-hours had more than 100 people sign up on my website. And that
was just the first ad! Over the course of the six-week ad campaign
I saw a noticeable spike in traffic after each ad hit people's
inboxes and in total garnered at least 500 new sign-ups.
If you're thinking about advertising in FFW, do it!
Joan Dempsey, Founder & President
ANOTHER FANTASTIC REASON TO ADVERTISE IN FUNDSFORWRITERS
Chalet Publishers, LLC, ran an ad ONE TIME in announcing we
were currently accepting submissions. It had been exactly 24
hours since the newsletter and the ad were distributed. Queries,
chapters, entire manuscripts --- the influx has just now slowed
down. We received way over forty responses to our ad, and they
are still pouring in. (BTW, this is a very good problem!). Just
wanted to let you know we think you and your newsletter rock!
It's just amazing and lets us know just how loyal your fans are.
Chalet Publishers, LLC
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