FundsforWriters - June 3, 2022 - The Journey to Gonzo Journalism

Published: Fri, 06/03/22


VOLUME 22, ISSUE 27 | MAY 27, 2022

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Message from Hope

Sometime later this week, the family of Michanne Reese will have a celebration of life for her in Wisconsin. I cannot attend, so I took time to write a long note to the family. She died six months ago.

Michanne wrote for herself, but mostly she edited for others, and she was the proofreader for FundsforWriters for several years. She was bigger than life, and at my lowest she could make me smile. She faced her own adversity but never failed to seek the sunshine in the clouds. Never. Even if she didn't quite feel like it, she dressed like it, or even dyed her hair rainbow to make herself feel spry. Maybe put on her psychedelic glasses. Her smile held dimples.

Six months ago, her husband notified me of her passing the day it happened. Bless him. I froze. Then I went outside on the front stoop and cried. I still tear up writing this. I teared up writing her family.

But I never met the woman. 

Four times I've lost an online friend and felt the void as if I'd seen them in my day-to-day life. Three of those times the family didn't let me know until weeks later. I would've tried to make one or two of those funerals. 

But we don't think our online friends are real until they aren't there any longer. And our families usually don't fathom the depth of said friendships. There's something about being online that makes people think less of human relationships, when in some cases, those online buddies represent some serious bonds. 

Recently an author spoke online about having her will and affairs in order. I commented that I went so far as to add my social media presence and all the affiliated passwords to my personal directives so that my family would let the world know. I've been there and felt the pain when families forgot that aspect of taking care of affairs. She said she wasn't interested in doing that. When she was gone she didn't care.

But I've worked too hard to be friends with so many online to just drop them, and those include this newsletter's readership. My family knows me feelings in this regard. So I left instructions on how to say goodbye. It matters to those waiting on the other end of the Internet to hear from you. It matters to those who wonder what happened. Respect them and let them know. You gave each other considerable meaning in life.

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As an aside, my Facebook page is where you'll see a lot me, find review requests (which means free books), hear opinions, and experience giveaways. I'm limited to 5,000 friends, and yes, I consider them friends. I hit the 5,000 mark often and have to spend crazy time getting rid of the odd closed accounts here and there to make room for new friends, but if you cannot be a friend, at least follow me. There are 2,500 of those at present. They still get the same material, opinions, and opportunity. 

Anyway . . . recently on Facebook I posted a call for submissions for FundsforWriters on a particular topic. In an hour I had four serious people interested. I asked two of them to entertain the opportunity seriously and send me something on spec. What I liked about both of them is that they came back with suggestions on how to cover the topic. Then one asked if he could submit a three-part series. The other asked if I would raise my rate from $60 to $75 since that was closer to what she regularly charged. 

Since both of these writers had websites and a history of freelancing and publishing, they came with a certain degree of street cred under their belt. As a result, I said yes to both. That one Facebook post gave me five articles (yay!), and I told both to consider writing more for me.

Did I reject others? Yes. I turned one person down in that call for submissions, because she had never practiced the topic. She only wanted to research it and interview people. I wanted someone with experience. I rarely take articles from those who have zero experience in the how-to topic, and I never take interviews. 

Most people I turn down in my day-to-day do the following, in the order of frequency:

1) Exceed the word count.
2) Pitch a topic we do not cover.
3) Write with serious flaws in grammar (and the English language).
4) Write academically instead of conversationally.
5) Write from online research and have no experience. (It shows in the writing, believe me.)
6) Have no online presence.

But the refreshing, professional presentations of those two writers who replied to my call for submissions excited me, because they did everything right. They read the guidelines. They understood the market they were writing for. Which means they respected me.

So I gave them what they asked for . . . multiple assignments and higher payment. It pays to ask, but only if you followed the other rules to start with. Respect begets respect.




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The Journey to Gonzo Journalism

By Alex J. Coyne

Gonzo journalism is a nonfiction style made famous by authors like Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson. Chaotic and crazed, Gonzo puts the journalist in the middle of their feature. Gonzo journalism uses facts, but also embraces emotion and first-hand experience.

Here’s how I found my way to Gonzo journalism, and what can happen when you take the ride.

Gonzo (By Definition)

In 2020, I published a feature to the online site Bridge Base Online about the closure of an illegal care facility. Mainstream news had already covered the basics (Sunday Times; ‘Last Round for KZN Care Center’). 

My journalistic partner and I checked in as patients, two disabled writers. 

Within weeks, we saw owners provide a free flow of alcohol to Alzheimer's patients. Official-looking paperwork didn't check out. Their food made us ill, and our medical files showed that strong tranquilizers were being administered. 

At breaking point, we were threatened and the exits locked.

As disabled writers, caregivers seemed invaluable – until we arrived. Caregivers weren't qualified, documents were false, and the place had an illegal pub. Day-by-day, we saw more. I wrote nights, while my partner collected evidence with much risk.

We submitted reports everywhere, including the Department of Social Development and Police Service, which culminated in its closure.

The Sunday Times published the facts, but there was more to tell than just a segment. Our experiences enabled feeling and first-hand knowledge, what was seen and felt.

Hard news was not enough. It was Gonzo: journalism, with feeling.

What’s the Story?

Gonzo needs first-hand involvement, but don’t seek danger, risk or chaos. Anything can be covered with Gonzo perspective. ‘Frank Sinatra Has a Cold’ is a fantastic feature, with no shots fired (or journalist harmed). It's not just an interview with Sinatra, but Talese described every moment, including the atmosphere and his own thoughts.

I wrote an article series about payday lenders. Summaries weren’t enough, so I tested the companies at my own risk. It worked, and blog MyCreditStatus bought the features.

I would interview Leigh-Ann Mathys, then-treasurer of the political party the Economic Freedom Fighters, for another market. I wrote in part about our conversation and not just the facts. We talked, and we connected. It worked.

Start with hard news or core ideas, then dig and involve yourself as its writer. 

The Elements of Gonzo

Gonzo journalism cracks open hard news, and writes about what comes falling out. The elements of a Gonzo feature will include fact and truth, but allows a storyteller’s style, voice, and active participation to convey them.

Gonzo journalism is the 5 W's with more depth, and from the journalist's POV. What did you, the journalist, see or do for the facts? Anything can be Gonzo, but perspective, accuracy, and courage is expected of you.

Gonzo can involve, but must never deliberately endanger. Gonzo is brave, but not stupid. 

It's carefully collecting the story around the writer, not writers causing chaos theory or mayhem for their story. Interpret danger, don't cause it.

Obscenity, an unnecessary Gonzo myth, also rarely has a place.

Recording the Edge

Gonzo features rely on what happens in the moment, and a careful mixture of the writer's relevant thoughts and what's really happening to the story. The best tool is constant observation in the moment: keep recording no matter what.

Document and record everything. Keep the tape running. Hunt, and gather. It’s always worth it.

When you think, ‘Is this really happening?’ and you have evidence that it just did, you might have a great Gonzo story.

The writing phase is where you sit down with everything you have collected, and let a story unfold from it.

Markets for Gonzo

Publications are more welcome to Gonzo journalism today. Even if the market doesn’t mention the word Gonzo, they might run a strong piece if they publish blogs, features, essays, creative nonfiction or interviews.

The best way to sell a Gonzo piece is through an editorial relationship or a completed piece on-spec versus a simple query. 

Markets known to publish Gonzo features include:

• Vanity Fair
• Esquire
• Rolling Stone Magazine
• The NY Times
• The Washington Post

Writing About It

When the story itself isn’t in this style, I have also come to write about it on occasion. ‘A Writer’s Guide to Gonzo Journalism’ sold to Writers Write, with a secondary piece that explores writing advice from the Beat Generation.

If you’d like to buy a ticket, Gonzo journalism can be a crazy, fulfilling ride.

About the Author: Alex J Coyne is a writer and freelance journalist. His features have been published in markets like Caribbean Compass, People Magazine, Writers Write, and others.


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NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline June 30, 2022. The Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction is a literary prize which recognises outstanding writing in the genre of crime or thriller fiction, sponsored by the author L J Ross through her publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing, in association with the Newcastle Noir Crime Writing Festival and Newcastle Libraries. It is open to all writers who are from, or whose work celebrates the North East of England, and who have not previously had their submission published in any form (though they might have had other stories published before). To be considered, entrants must submit a short story of no more than 10,000 words or the first two chapters and a synopsis of their work in progress. The winning entry will be awarded a prize of £2500 to support the completion of their work and funding towards a year’s membership of both the Society of Authors (SoA) and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), and smaller financial awards to shortlisted candidates. 

$27 ENTRY FEE. Deadline August 15, 2022. This contest is open to all writers worldwide with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. We recommend submissions should be 40–120 pages of poetry. Prize is $3,000 and publication. 

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Deadline June 30, 2022. It is with this kind of friendship in mind that I (along with the generous donation of an anonymous donor) am offering a small sum of $50 to four pairs of friend-artists who submit portfolios of work (with a short introduction) intended to be used for the winners to get a meal together, see a movie, get a few drinks together at a conference, etc. The key is being together. In this way, the offering is low stakes—with no expectation of production—yet I also hope to encourage writers to look beyond ideas of individual work and success that most competitions encourage and toward a deliberate investment in their relationship with their creative partner.



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Publishes personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. Limit 7,000 words. 

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DeSoto Magazine is an upscale lifestyles publication focused on stories about life in Mississippi, Memphis and the Mid-South (primarily Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas). Please email a complete story pitch outlining your idea, including a prospective source list, to Please send two-to-three clips of your published work and tell us about yourself. Let us know if you like to write about food, music, books, health, and other topics of interest. Features — 1,000 to 1,200 words; Departments – 750 to 850 words; and Essays (Reflections) —500 words. Current rates are $240, Features; $175, Departments; $100, Essays and In Good Spirits; $50, On the Road. 

Down East is an identity magazine for Mainers, the Maine diaspora, and anyone whose heart and soul are fed by our state and state of mind. Our mission is to showcase Maine’s landscapes, traditions, compelling personalities, and singular way of life, as well as to confront its complexities insightfully and without sentimentality. Everything we publish is directly related to state of Maine — its culture, history, personalities, destinations, current events, and more. Payment varies, between $.60/word and $.75/word, depending on the complexity of the assignment and intended use in the magazine. We pay a flat $400 for My Maine essays. 

Most articles in Durango Magazine are assigned to freelance contributors, usually in August for the Winter/Spring issue and in February for the Summer/Fall issue. Length of articles range from 150-word shorts to 2,000-word features. Payment is at the rate of 50¢ a word for our established writers. Writers working with us for the first time are asked to submit their finished manuscript on speculation. Regular topics include area attractions, history, people, places and culture. Readers seek out each issue as their source of information and entertainment, and as a lasting souvenir of their experiences in southwestern Colorado.

High Country News is an award-winning nonprofit monthly magazine with a robust website that tells the complex story of the Western United States, through coverage of its people, communities and landscapes. We pay on publication, between $0.25 and $1.50 per word, depending on the writer’s experience and our experience with the writer. Our kill fee is 25%. Features at HCN are defined by more than their word length, which vary widely from 2,800 words up to 10,000 words (most are in the 4-6,000 word range). Essays and perspectives usually run 750-800 words, at $400 flat.  

Help AAA Washington’s members experience the best travel experiences the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Your writing will appear on AAA Washington’s website, in our member publication — Washington’s most-read magazine, Journey — or both. AAA Washington serves more than 1.2 million members in Washington state and northern Idaho. Email with a headline and subhead that will grab a reader’s attention, then describe what you’ll offer readers that they can’t get anywhere else, how you’ll do that and who you’ll talk with. Propose a word count, eye-catching art options, your pay rate (flat, hourly or per word), any estimated expenses and include a two-sentence author bio that demonstrates your expertise and explains why you’re the perfect person to tackle that particular project. Let us know if you’re working on the story or something similar for publication elsewhere or intend to. Writers who haven’t previously worked with Journey’s editors should submit three writing samples and may be asked to write on spec.

Milwaukee Magazine is a monthly magazine covering the people, issues and places of Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. We are interested in timely stories about current issues, local personalities, area business, sports, health care, education, politics, arts and culture, architecture and urban life, history, food, shopping, music and nightlife, recreation and the environment. We are particularly looking for writers who can deliver brightly written, well-researched service stories but are also interested in in-depth narrative features (from profiles to investigative stories) from qualified reporters. Full-length feature stories run 2,500-5,000 words; if your query leads to an assignment, we’ll specify what length we’re looking for.

Nebraska Life Magazine is the magazine that explores Nebraska. We are Nebraska’s only statewide general-interest magazine. In each issue, we publish stories that span every region of the state with special attention to its wonderfully diverse environments, cultures and communities. We are not a travel magazine, a history magazine, a nature magazine or a food magazine, but we do all of that and more – sometimes within the same story. Our text length ranges are: departments, 100-400 words; features, 400-3,000 words. 
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100-200 words: $50
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Grub Street is an award-winning small, niche independent publisher, publishing only books on cookery and military aviation history.

Carrie Howland is accepting submissions for adult literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction as well as memoir, narrative and prescriptive nonfiction. Victoria Dillman is most interested in adult literary/upmarket fiction and narrative and expert-driven nonfiction. In fiction, she looks for a well-paced plot with a strong, distinctive voice. She is fascinated by complex and nuanced characters with conflicting desires. She especially loves literary fiction with a speculative or magical element. Erin Clyburn represents middle grade fiction, YA fiction, and adult fiction and nonfiction. In MG and YA, she is looking for horror, mystery, thriller, big-hearted contemporary, and grounded stories with magical or speculative elements. In adult fiction, she is most interested in upmarket and literary fiction, and she gravitates toward the dark and strange: horror, thriller, mystery, and grounded stories with speculative or magical elements. Zoe Howard is drawn to writing that lingers—on language, on character development, on the subtleties of character relationships, on place, on a niche subjects—and makes the details discovered there pop. Zoe would love to read writing that explores boundaries: poets writing prose, region-specific writing about the coastal or “convenience store” south and the western United States, non-traditional narrators, unhinged women in fiction, and so on.  

For Michael Bourret, Jim McCarthy, Lauren Abramo, Amy Bishop, and Michaela Whatnall, please submit to them ONLY via Query Manager—links can be found in their Meet Our Agents page. For all other agents, please submit by e-mail, which can be found on their page under Meet Our Agents. Do be sure to query only one agent at this agency. We will not review queries sent to more than one of us and a pass from one here is a pass from us all, as we do share materials widely in house. They represent a wide range of genres.








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