EDITOR'S PIECE OF MIND
HOW TO FIND WRITING WORK/INCOME RIGHT NOW
Sometimes we find ourselves in a bind. What we thought
would work in terms of income doesn't, and then for
some reason we need the money we don't have more than
ever. Hopefully that doesn't mean the wolf is at your
door, threatening to put you in the street.
What do you do to get paid for your writing without
waiting six months from a magazine or more from an
agent or publisher?
Ask your family and friends.
Explain to those who know you that you need work now.
You might be amazed at who they know that you don't.
Educate them about what you can write and ask them
to mention it if they get the opportunity. People are
good Samaritans at heart. Ask them to ask around . . .
see if anyone needs someone who can write ad copy,
newsletters, articles, online material, blog posts.
You never know the connections they might have.
Look for bad writing.
This is an old trick that still works today. Watch
for poor grammar, sickening syntax, lack of flow.
Study advertising in your mail, in your email, in
your newspaper. Study the local and regional
magazines. Be very professional in mentioning that
you noticed a flaw because you don't want to bite
the hand that might have the potential to feed you.
While you're telling your family and friends to
look for work, also ask them to hunt down bad writing.
Visit the Chamber of Commerce.
Or at least get your hands on their phone book or
member listing. You might have to cold call to
seek work, but at least it's local and quicker
to nail down. Again, while you're letting your family
and friends run down work for you, ask them if they
know anyone who belongs to the Chamber so they can
Ask who you do business with.
Many dentists, veterinarians, lawyers and doctors
have newsletters. So does your child's school.
Employers have employee newsletters. Chances are
writers do not write the material. Offer them your
services. It might not pay huge, but it definitely
puts your name in front of thousands of other
potential customers and counts as great credit in
Don't fret so hard. You might be amazed at the
work potential right under your nose, plus not
everyone advertises on Craigslist or in FundsforWriters.
EARLYWORKS PRESS SCIENCE FICTION CHALLENGE
£5 ENTRY FEE
Deadline December 10, 2011. First place £100. Runners up
prizes include £25 and £5 in cash and a selection of
sci-fi books. The aim of this competition is to produce
a set of stories, illustrations or strips which make a
realistic contribution to the debate about how humans and
extra-terrestrial species might prepare for contact and
learn to co-operate rather than destroy each other through
fear or prejudice, by accident or design. Entries must not
be fanciful. In the best traditions of science fiction, we
seek original but scientifically and psychologically
plausible fiction and artwork. Stories must not exceed
2,500 words and must be a good read but also have something
to contribute to the debate in hand. Comic strips must be
b/w and suitable for production in 4-6 A5 pages. Must be
over 16 years of age.
BOOM POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION
$15 ENTRY FEE
Open to all writers. Age and previous book publication
are not considerations for eligibility. Poems published
in periodicals may be included in the manuscript. Submit
20-30 pages. The winner will receive $250 and copies of
the winning chapbook. The winning chapbook will be a high
quality printing with letterpress cover. Deadline December
THE COFFIN FACTORY POETRY CONTEST
$5 ENTRY FEE
First prize receives $50 and will be published in the February
print issue. The top 5 entries will receive a copy of the
magazine and have their work featured on our website.
Deadline December 15, 2011.
WINE, CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE CONTEST
$10 ENTRY FEE FOR TWO SUBMISSIONS
Deadline December 31, 2011. Entries should incorporate
wine, cheese, and/or chocolate in an elegant way.
There are three prize categories: poetry, prose, and art/
photography. Prizes will be awarded in each category:
1st Prize = $200
2nd Prize = $100
Honorable Mentions: Will be included in the
publication and receive two copies of the book
All prize-winners will be included in the book. Poetry must
be 40 or fewer lines. Fiction or nonfiction must be 1,000
or fewer words. Short shorts (flash fiction) must be 700
words or fewer.
FREEFALL MAGAZINE ANNUAL PROSE AND POETRY CONTEST
$20 ENTRY FEE
Submit 4,000 words prose, or 5 poems per entry. Deadline
December 31, 2011. Prizes given in each category of
fiction and poetry. Winners also published.
First prize - $300
Second prize - $150
Third prize - $75
Honorable Mention - $25
Which writers and artists inspire you? Have you taken a
journey or pilgrimage that was inspired by a work of
literature? Literary Traveler focuses on literary artists
but we welcome articles about composers, painters, poets,
songwriters, and storytellers. Show us what you are made
of and what you are passionate about. What excites you and
would excite our readers? The articles we publish highlight
the beauty and struggle of people who create, and the places
that nurture them. Articles are not necessarily limited to
their writers' experiences; some may be informative of place
and artist. 1,500 - 2,000 words in length. Accompany article
with photos (sized small jpegs). Pays $50 per article.
In addition to regular columns, announcements, and news,
MultiCultural Review contains four feature articles in
each issue. These feature articles may be one of the
following types: 1) discussions of current issues related
to multiculturalism in the United States; 2) bibliographic
essays or bibliographies on current issues related to
multiculturalism; 3) ethnographic articles on specific
groups; 4) bibliographic articles on specific groups,
highlighting children's and/or adult books; 5) articles
on non-print resources (audio, video, software, online
sources) that present diverse cultures; and 6) practical
articles on multicultural pedagogy or librarianship.
Articles are 2,000 to 6,000 words. Columns 1,500 to 2,000.
Book and media reviews are 200-250 words. Pays up to $100.
Mutineer Magazine is a fine beverage publication unlike
any other you've ever read, covering all things fine
beverage with an emphasis on wine, beer and spirits.
Pays $50 for articles.
NACLA MAGAZINE https://nacla.org/submit
Covers Latin America and the Caribbean from a progressive
perspective. We are particularly interested in investigative
articles on Latin American political and economic
developments, as well as on U.S. policy toward the region.
Our audience, while not made up of specialists, is
politically sophisticated, demanding and well-versed in
regional affairs. Normally, each issue of the magazine
consists of at least two sections: (1) a thematic "Report,"
comprised of three to five long articles (3,500 to 4,000
words each) and a number of sidebars, and (2) an Update
section of two or three shorter pieces (2,000 to 2,500
words each), which are usually updates or analyses of
regional events. NACLA pays 12 cents per published word
for all articles plus 10 percent. We use freelance
photography, and pay $50/published photo.
Magazine about conservative politics that features commentary,
opinion, journalism, analysis of current financial, social
and political issues. Pays up to $200 per printed page.
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Director, Julie Maloney
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!
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.
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