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Writer's Digest is now accepting nominations for next year's list.
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"An education isn't how much you have committed to memory,
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The greeting card market pays top dollars per-word than most
markets. For a two sentence phrase - one for the outside of
the card and one for the inside you can make anywhere from
So, how do you do it? Well, as easy as it sounds it is only
until you really decide to sit down and write it, that it
suddenly gets hard. What age group are you going to write
for? What gender? What occasion? What slant - serious or
humorous and the list goes on.
Fortunately, it is a fact that a majority of greeting card
companies want humorous sentiments. All you have to learn
to do is to coin a phrase or pack a punch. Look at how a
comedian delivers his jokes to an audience; you have to
learn to do the same thing. Unlike a comedian, you only
have to impress one person - the creative editor and unless
you deliver the right words, you'll find your attempts will
get thrown out.
Here's an example of the email format used:
OUTSIDE: Lots of people are excited about your birthday...
INSIDE: ...historians, archaeologists!
Reference number: NA-1001
The greeting begins by stating a fact, but the inside line
gives an unexpected twist adding an element of humor and
poking fun at the recipient's age.
There are various ways that writers can compose a greeting.
Some include double meanings, twisted meanings, intentional
misinterpretation, and an unlikely turn of events, play on
words or the use of an old cliché. Your humor must reflect
something positive and have general appeal to a broad
audience. This means your words must be able to speak to
any gender, age and race.
Here is an example of a greeting that I sold with broad
audience appeal with an intentional misinterpretation:
OUTSIDE; Gosh! You look so young on your birthday
INSIDE: Pity about the rest of the year
Reference number: NA-1002
The best way to learn how this is done successfully is by
either going online to ecard websites or by visiting a
greeting card shop. You'll be amazed to see all the various
ways that writers get their point across in just two lines!
With lots of card companies now opening their doors to
email submissions instead of purely snail mail, some like
Kalan LP and Oatmeal Studios allow writers to sign up on
their websites to be part of their mailing list so you hear
directly when there is a call for submission.
Kalan LP is a slogan market which looks for writers who
know how to write short and to the point, the humor can
be a little edgy or risqué, where I earned $50 per word
with a two word slogan for cigarette lighters:
The most challenging factor is to learn to get your point
across in the least number of words. Most companies are not
looking for a funny slogan or greeting where they want to
read more than a sentence or two on the front, unless
The good thing about writing greeting cards is that it's
a great way to fill time in between writing assignments
when you just want something that is quicker and shorter
than fillers. Think of a play on words; put a unique spin
on a line and most of all bear two questions in mind? Who
would buy this? Who would think this is funny?
The turnaround is fast, and publication is forever in the
form of a greeting card. You can submit as many times as
you want. Before you know it, ka-ching, you have finally
coined a phrase!
Oatmeal Studios: www.oatmealstudios.com
Everyday cards, definitely funny greetings with a somewhat
Nadia Ali (email@example.com) is a freelance
greeting card writer who has had numerous successes in this
genre with published printed cards, ecards and slogans. Her
work has been published by Oatmeal Studios, Smart Alex, High
Cotton, Got Free Cards and Kalan LP.
AROHO'S 2009 ORLANDO PRIZE FOR POETRY http://www.aroomofherownfoundation.org/orlando.php
ENTRY FEE $15 - Each submission will include $5 tax-deductible
donation and applicant's name on the web site.
Deadline December 15, 2008. Submit one unpublished poem.
Maximum 90 lines. $1,000 prize.
FIRST ANNUAL WRITERS' HOLIDAY IN THE TROPICS FOR STUDENTS &
ALUMNI OF GRADUATE CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAMS http://www.costaricawriters.com/contest.html
NO ENTRY FEE
Enter online between Nov. 1, 2008 to April 1, 2009 to win
a one-week, all-inclusive Costa Rica Writers' Retreat in May
or June, 2009. Includes airfare from Ft. Lauderdale/Miami
airports to San Jose, Costa Rica, transfer to/from hotel, 3
chef-prepared meals/day, single accommodation at Docelunas
resort in Jaco Beach, choice of one excursion, all materials
and instruction. All students and alumni of graduate creative
writing programs are eligible. Winner must submit proof of
enrollment or degree awarded upon notification. Winner will
be announced by April 15, 2009.
THE LADY SHORT STORY COMPETITION http://www.lady.co.uk/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=165
NO ENTRY FEE
First prize: £1,000.
Second prize: A Cross Sauvage fountain pen, worth over £100.
Five runners-up prizes: excellent reference guides.
All the prize-winning stories will be published next year
in The Lady. We invite you to write a story in one of the
You can make up your own title for your short story, which
should be between 2,000 and 2,200 words in length. Deadline
December 16, 2008. Judges are bestselling authors Val McDermid,
Minette Walters and editor Arline Usden, of The Lady.
BIG BEAR FINE ART RETREAT http://ospace.otis.edu/colette/Big_Bear_Fine_Art_Retreat
Must be a practicing fine artist, poet or art student. This
is not for a hobbyist. This retreat is ideal for the plein
air artist or a poet who needs a quiet, peaceful location to
work on a new or existing project. The house is located in a
unique mountain resort community located 100 miles northeast
of Los Angeles and surrounded by the San Bernardino National
Forest. The altitude ranges from 6,750 to 9,000 feet.
Open June-August 2009
$ 150 for 6 nights/7days or $ 200 for 13 nights/14 days.
Maximum stay of two weeks.
NOTE: I posted this because of the greatly reduced rate.
$15 a day is pretty darn good. ~HOPE
ELSEWHERE RESIDENCIES http://www.elsewhereelsewhere.org/residencies.html
Residents are encouraged to spend one month creating in the
space. No proposals are requested. Instead, we ask artists
to draw their ideas from the space itself, its resources, and
the multiplicity of systematic arrangements and performative
organizations that interweave resource, artwork, and
collaborative artistic response. Residents pay a $200 residency
fee. Residents are required to fund their own travel, although
Elsewhere, as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, can assist
artists with granting opportunities. Collaborative or
collective groups are encouraged to apply. Shorter residencies
and student-residencies are available. The application requires
a written portion including a written application, resume/CV,
digital work samples, and a phone interview. In the writing
realm, seeking journalists and creative writers. Location
NEW AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT http://www.bard.org/plays/nappsubmit.html
The Utah Shakespearean Festival's New American Playwright's
Project is devoted to discovering and encouraging American
playwrights, established and emerging, who write dramatic
works that explore our American experience, spirit, and
heritage, with special emphasis given to Western playwrights,
themes, and characters. The new scripts selected will be given
three rehearsed staged readings with the Festival professional
actors and directors before an audience, allowing feedback for
the playwright's further development of the script. Deadline
December 1, 2008.
PT MAGAZINE http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Author_Guidelines
In addition to providing legislative, health care, human
interest, and Association news, PT Magazine serves as a unique
forum for discussion of professional issues, ideas, and
innovations in the delivery of health care services. Promotes
physical therapy as a vital professional career. Recommended
length of articles: 1,500 to 2,500 words. Pays up to 40 cents/
MISSISSIPPI MAGAZINE http://www.mismag.com/2005writer%27s%20guidelines.pdf
Mississippi Magazine is a bimonthly publication that celebrates
the positive points of our state--from interesting people and
places to homes, gardens, food, history, culture, special events,
and more. All topics that appear in the magazine have a direct
and obvious link to Mississippi.
Southern Scrapbook-- Short (100- to 600-word) articles on a
variety of topics.
Culture Center-- 800-1,200-word articles on a specific artist or
any aspect of the arts, culture, theater, or music in Mississippi.
Gardening-- 800-1,200-word articles on specific planting topics
or profiles of individual gardens.
Home Pages-- 400-800-word reviews of new books that directly
relate to Mississippi.
On Being Southern-- The last page of each issue is a personal
essay written by someone with a Mississippi connection. These
essays may be humorous, are often nostalgic, may be related
to a specific season, and should always have an upbeat,
positive tone. Full manuscripts must be submitted for
consideration and must be 500-800 words.
Feature articles $250-350
Southern Scrapbook $25-75
On Being Southern $150
Other department articles $150-250
Expenses $35 limit
Location Washington DC http://www.idealist.org/en/job/317689-1
The American Association of Museums is seeking an
E-Communications Editor to effectively provide
e-communications expertise to build a strategic
e-communications platform for AAM. The Editor will
write, edit and manage the design and development of the
Association's monthly e-newsletter, Aviso while managing
e-calendars, editorials, website content and evaluating
and implementing new social Medias to meet organizational
REVIEW WRITERS - FULLTIME AND FREELANCE
Location Ogden, UT http://www.toptenreviews.com/careers.html
For all writing positions TopTenREVIEWS seeks writers with
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product categories in software, web services and electronics
to research and write compelling content to generate site
traffic. Conduct market research on products within the category.
Write compelling content including comparative product reviews,
informative buying guides, articles relating to the category,
blog features, and other content to generate additional site
traffic. University degree in English, journalism, technical
communications, business administration or marketing. Prefer
two years of proven non-fiction (journalistic style) writing
and/or marketing experience.
Location Westminister, CO http://denver.jobing.com/job_details2.asp?JobID=1779319&utm_source=Indeed&utm_medium=link&utr
Direct Response Copywriter--$75,000 - $85,000+. Write
response-driven copy for both front-end acquisition and
back-end promotions, including e-mails, Newsletters,
Landing Pages, Shopping Cart Pages, Direct Mail,
Telemarketing Scripts, Infomercial Scripts and pretty much
every other media you can imagine as well as develop creative
concepts and strategies for our existing products and services.
ILURA PRESS http://www.ilurapress.com/index.php?pid=3
Currently accepting unsolicited novel length fiction manuscripts.
Ilura Press is a boutique publishing house, where authors,
editors, and the entire pre- and post-production team work
together to produce quality creative fiction. Unsolicited
submissions of poetry, non-fiction, fantasy, romance, science
fiction, and children's literature are not currently being
KAREN GANTZ ZAHLER LITERARY AGENCY http://www.karengantzlit.com/submission.html
Karen Gantz Literary Management of New York City works with
authors of all genres but specializes in non-fiction. At this
time, we are accepting query letters and summaries by e-mail
only. If we decide to review your manuscript, we will request
that you send a submission by postal mail according to the
guidelines online. Response time varies but typically takes
WAXMAN LITERARY AGENCY http://www.waxmanagency.com/
The Waxman Literary Agency is a development-oriented firm,
specializing in representing nonfiction and fiction authors
with powerful stories. Our strength lies in our ability to
match authors with ideas and to connect them with the best
possible publisher for their book.
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Bonjour Poetry Reviews is now accepting submissions.
We specialize in poetry and encourage poetry sales by
offering three professional review packages along with
a written critique to be used in the marketing effort
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