FundsforWriters - September 21, 2012
Published: Fri, 09/21/12
September 21, 2012
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My birds are ravenous these days! They must be preparing for
the cold. The early Autumn and my garden's behavior make me
think we're in for a hard winter! But I'm sure enjoying my
out-of-doors right now. The sun and breezes feel so darn good.
Editor: C. Hope Clark
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LET'S TALK ABOUT GOALS
We hate goals. Well, we love them, but we hate them. We can
boast when we have goals, but then we have to achieve them,
and sometimes that's not so much fun. There are easy goals
(we seem to boast loudest about those online) and then there
are the more difficult ones that consume months and years
of our time, not to mention the blood, sweat and oh-so-many tears.
You have to revisit them to keep yourself honest, though.
Our lives and circumstances change, and whether you like it or
not, goals have to change with them. That's why you need a
staff meeting with yourself at least every quarter, to keep
your talents honed in on the right quests.
Is freelance writing doing it for you?
Are you targeting the right markets?
Is that novel worth it? Is it THE STORY you were meant to tell?
Are you writing for enough hours each day?
Are you trying to shortcut, and therefore short-cutting your results?
Should you try eBook instead of paper with your first book?
Should you attend two conferences instead of one per year . . .
or one instead of two?
Is your protagonist deep enough? Likeable enough?
Do you need a new critique group?
Should you hire a different editor?
The list goes on and on.
Sometimes you have to learn what to let go of in order to focus
on bigger and better projects. It's hard to let loose of
something you've done for years . . . that's become a habit in
a deeply grooved routine. Those are always the hardest to release.
But a quarterly analysis of where you spend your time, who you
spend it with, and how much time you have to accomplish it all,
is wise. Don't wait for New Year's resolutions to decide if you're
headed in the right direction. Who wants to throw away a year and
only then realize that what you're doing doesn't work?
January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 are good dates to jot
down, slow down, and take note of the road you're on. I'll
be right there with you.
You may have noticed that FundsforWriters.com has a new look!
It's pretty, it's crisp, and it's more organized. And while
analyzing how to restructure that website, I came upon another
revelation. Some of you may note that there is no FFW Small Markets
this week. Yep, after over a decade of FFW Small Markets, I've laid
it to rest. Frankly, I'm not sure it will be missed because I'm
incorporating parts of it into FundsforWriters. Here's what you
can expect from the change:
1) FundsforWriters will absorb some of the markets and contests
of FFW Small Markets; however, the threshold for payments will
be $200 first place awards, 10 cents/word or $200 flat rate
payments for freelance assignments. No nickel a word or $50
first place awards. The goal is to keep FundsforWriters a solid
source of paying gigs.
2) TOTAL FundsforWriters, our paid subscription with 75+ listings,
will follow suit with FundsforWriters in what markets are listed.
3) To make room for more of these assignments, FundsforWriters
will no longer have the JOBS portion of its newsletter. While
I'm a huge advocate for writers working full-time and part-time
jobs (the rewards are tremendous!), I've learned from my readers
that they aren't necessarily interested in that category of FFW.
That's it! That's all the changes. Not earth-shattering for you,
the reader, but trust me, this is a huge deal in my world. Juggling
new novels while being frequently called to speak has eaten huge
holes into my once synchronized schedule. I sincerely hope you
I'll be leaving the archive online at
http://www.aweber.com/z/article/?ffwsmallmarkets for quite
some time, but will be removing the mailing list in another
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suspect a relationship." He gently took my hand off his leg and
laid it back on mine. "It would be a disaster if they removed
me from Charleston and you got stuck with another agent. An
agent who was told you almost sabotaged the case with your
feminine wiles." That million-dollar grin flashed, then left as
quickly as his kiss.
I swear I felt an attraction. I'd sure reacted like I had.
Or was this another control feature of his profession?"
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WORDS OF SUCCESS
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear,
but around in awareness.
SUCCESS OF THE WEEK
Thank you for providing such fantastic resources for writers
of all genres, at all stages of career development.
In early August, I got into a desperate situation with my website.
A new site design was to have been launched in time to coincide
with the release of a national magazine article for writers on
"how to make a home page pop." (The Writer Mag, September 2012).
My existing webmaster had failed to deliver the goods (or even a
template that hit all the marks!). I had a three-year-old site
with no interactive features. For sure, I looked like I had no
clue how to apply what I had written about in the published
article. Then, your newsletter arrived and I found Shaila
Abdullah, owner of My House of Design.
Shaila was heaven-sent! She immediately identified everything
that was not working with my existing site, for a writer at the
career point where I am, now. She proposed a plan, stayed well
within my budget, and delivered a sample design that blew me away!
Shaila nailed it; a design I absolutely loved! Shaila answered
every question I brought to her (and I brought many). She never
overwhelmed me with techie jargon, but kept me informed and
educated on the rationale for every element in my new site design.
She is a gem among website professionals! Because she is a published
author, she understand the needs of writers in ways many other web
professionals fail to perceive. I look forward to sending many
colleagues to Shaila—for book launches, freelance online portfolios
and much more!
Keep doing what you do for writers everywhere, Hope!
Karen M. Rider
Contests is the theme of the day. Enjoy Amy's piece below about how entering
contests aided her career, and also visit the blog Writers@Work and see my
guest post on how contests are one of a writer's best tools.
On the Importance of Entering Contests
by Amy Wachspress
Entering contests is an important component of any working writer’s
outreach and promotions plan. Although it may seem that winning a
contest is a long shot, that’s not necessarily true. Most contests
(but not all) charge an entry fee, so the cost of entering should
be weighed. Pick and choose carefully and be sure to match your
entry to the focus and intent of the contest.
I have entered my work in contests for years and have rarely won.
Rarely is not the same as never. One of the few contests I won was
a big one. My novel Memories from Cherry Harvest won the Frances
Fabri Literary Prize. The award was a standard publishing contract
with Counterpoint Press, a generous advance, and a dedicated
marketing budget. There was no entry fee for this contest. The
Fabri Prize Selection Committee is comprised of Matt McKay at New
Harbinger Books, his wife Jude, and Tom Southern at Boaz Publishing.
(More information about the Fabri Prize is available at the Boaz
website.) Memories from Cherry Harvest appeared in print in June
2012. I spent about 20 years working on this book and I could
wallpaper my living room with the rejection notices I have received
for it. I have been submitting the manuscript to agents and publishers
for 10 years and have been entering it in contests steadily since
2006. My eventual success at getting it into print is a lesson in
perseverance and it demonstrates the importance of entering contests.
There are many types of writing contests. Entering contests with
short essays, short fiction, and poetry is an important way to
build your credentials, to get your name out into the world, and
to contribute to your platform as a recognized working writer.
Remember that even if you don’t win, someone read your work, and
you never know when that connection might evolve into a larger
success for you in a different way than you expected. Also, consider
the fact that reading tastes are subjective by nature so whoever is
judging a contest is judging based on his or her own likes and
dislikes. Therefore, don’t give up on a contest just because you
didn’t win one year. If the judges have changed and the rules do not
prohibit you from entering again, why not take another run at it?
Perhaps this year’s judge will love the piece that last year’s judge
Memories from Cherry Harvest is not my first book in print. In 2007
I self-pubbed my children’s fantasy adventure The Call to Shakabaz
under my own Woza Books imprint. I mention this because I want to
point out that entering contests with Shakabaz was part of my
marketing plan for the book. Whenever the book won an award, I used
it as an occasion to send out press releases and email blasts and to
bring the book back into the spotlight. Additionally, many contests
have their own promotional mechanisms and that translates into free
publicity for the winners.
There’s an old Jewish joke that goes something like this:
There was once a good and pious man named Morty who was very poor.
His life was difficult. One day he turned his eyes heavenward and
pleaded with God, “I’m a good man, I obey all your laws, so why
don’t you help me out here, maybe send some money my way; why don’t
you let me win the lottery?” Thunder and lightening pierced the
heavens and a booming voice replied, “Morty, I feel for you, but
you gotta meet me halfway—buy a ticket.”
Here’s my advice: You have to work really, really hard to be a
successful writer; but remember to buy a ticket.
Amy Wachspress is the author of Memories from Cherry Harvest
(fiction, Counterpoint Press, 2012) and The Call to Shakabaz
(children’s fantasy adventure, Woza Books, 2007). She has an M.A.
in English and works fulltime as a writer. Visit her website at
THE MISSOURI REVIEW EDITOR'S PRIZE COMPETITION
$20 ENTRY FEE
Over $15,000 in prizes. Deadline October 1, 2012. First-place prizes
of $5,000 each awarded in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Winners
are published in The Missouri Review and receive a paid trip to our
Editor's Prize gala. Our contest is open to both established and
emerging writers. Your entry fee of $20 includes a one-year
subscription (4 issues) to The Missouri Review. Winners will be
announced in January 2013.
CHILDREN'S WRITER YA SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST
$15 ENTRY FEE
Submit a short story for teens, 13-14, in any subgenre, including
speculative fiction, issue-based, contemporary, historical,
adventure, humor, etc. The story should be no longer than 1,500
words. Entries must be received by October 31, 2012. The first
contest entry is free to Children’s Writer subscribers who include
their account number on page one of their manuscript. All others
pay an entry fee of $15, which includes an 8-month subscription.
Winners will be announced in the March 2013 issue. Prizes: $500
for first place plus publication in Children’s Writer, $250 for
second place, and $100 for third, fourth, and fifth places.
CRADER FAMILY BOOK PRIZE
NO ENTRY FEE
The Crader Family Book Prize will recognize a first book, which
best exemplifies the values of the Crader Family Endowment for
American Values: individual liberty, constitutional principles
and civic virtue. The field and subject matter are open to any
area of US, European or Latin American history, but must examine
the historical development of the political, religious and
economic heritage of Western Civilization, or events directly
related to them. To be eligible, each book must be peer-reviewed,
published by an academic, university or commercial press in 2010,
2011, or 2012, written by a sole author, and be a single work,
rather than an edited collection or anthology. Works that are
self-published, in languages other than English, or only exist
as e-books will not be considered. The deadline for submission
is November 1, 2012. The author must be a citizen or permanent
resident of the United States.
MONKEY PUZZLE FLASH FICTION CONTEST
$10 ENTRY FEE
First Prize: $300 plus publication
Second Prize: $150 plus publication
Third Prize: $50 plus publication
Submit one story per entry, 1000 words or less. We won’t
be judging stories based on any particular content or context,
just send your best piece of flash fiction! Please keep in
mind that we do appreciate work exhibiting socio-political-
cultural awareness and humor. To get an idea for the kind of
work we like, check out our Magazine page for free downloads
of past issues of Monkey Puzzle.
WRITER ADVICE CONTEST
$20 ENTRY FEE
Win recognition for the opening of your unpublished manuscript.
If your opening is shared on Writer Advice, you’ll be able to
tell prospective agents, publishers, and book buyers that you
were one of the winners of Writer Advice’s First Scintillating
Starts Contest. Submit the opening chapter or paragraphs. Show
us how you grab the reader. Entice us. Make us want to know more.
We’ll send you an insightful, practical evaluation and publish
the first paragraphs of the works we believe are strongest.
$250 in prize money will be divided among those published.
Deadline October 15, 2012.
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE, INDIANA - ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Now in its 15th year, the AIR program at Indiana Dunes offers
professional artists the opportunity to live along the lakeshore
for two weeks giving them uninterrupted time to create art that
helps generate increased appreciation and support for the national
lakeshore. In exchange, the artist provides a public program and
donates one piece of art created during their stay. The work
produced by these artists becomes a permanent part of the park's
collection and is currently exhibited in the visitor center.
Deadline in April. The Artist-in-Residence program offers a two-
week or less residency in June, July, or August.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA - ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Deadline September 30, 2012. The Artist-in-Residence program at
Denali National Park began in 2002, and offers professional
artists the opportunity to pursue their work amidst the natural
splendors of Denali Park.
ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH - ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
The Artist-in-Residence Program invites selected artists for
a four-week period in the fall and spring. The primary residence
is a historic house located on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.
Artists may also use a campsite in Zion Canyon, if preferred.
The furnished house is large enough to provide adequate studio
space. Artists must be self-sufficient, able to work independently
in an isolated environment, and comply with all park regulations
and policies. As part of the residency, artists will present two,
one-hour public programs. $35 application fee. Deadline usually
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE RESIDENCIES - FLORIDA
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve
offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing
artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while
being surrounded by the preserve's inspiring landscape. Selected
artists stay in a dormitory setting, with each person having their
own room, and sharing living room / dining room / kitchen and
bathroom space. Big Cypress primarily looks for short-term (less
than one month) and long-term (one to three months) residents
during our wet (May through October) and dry (November through
SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL PARK RESIDENCY - MICHIGAN
The Artist-In-Residence program is open to professional American
writers, composers and visual artists, including photographers,
whose work can be influenced and enhanced by this superb Michigan
scene. It provides resident artists the opportunity to capture the
moods of Sleeping Bear Dunes in their particular medium. The
program provides rent-free use of either a campsite in one of
the developed mainland campgrounds, or a park house located in
the vicinity of the village of Empire. A three-week time block is
available during October. The artist is asked to donate to the
park an original piece of work representative of their medium,
produced during the residency, and to contribute to the advancement
of the park's mission.
RANGE magazine is an award-winning quarterly devoted to the
issues that threaten the West, its people, lands, and wildlife.
RANGE needs (1) stories about working family ranches successfully
tending land and livestock, (2) solid profiles of working cowboys
and sheepherders, and (3) interviews with government employees
and environmentalists who have made a positive difference for
people on the land. Completed manuscripts are OK, but so are
query letters explaining your story idea along with a two-page
writing sample. Good photographs (each captioned and credited)
also help tell the story. Regular features, tightly written, run
1,200-2,000 words; mini-features 600-1,200 words. Columns and
"Confessions of Red Meat Survivors" (great nostalgia about people
over 80) run 500-650 words. Payments are from $50 to $400 per
article. RANGE buys First North American serial rights.
Covers news and developments with the Reformed Judaism movement.
Covers world events and celebrates the Jewish tradition. Seventy
percent freelance. Cover articles are 2,500 to 3,500 words.
Other features 1,800 to 2, 500 words. Smaller features 1,200 to
2,000 words. Investigative, how-to, profiles, personal experience,
family, Israel, archaeology, ethics, history and more. Pays
For those crazy about reptiles and amphibian pets. As with all
pet magazines, covers care, breeds, species profiles, and more.
Articles are up to 3,000 words. Pays $350 to $500 with a 25%
ROCK & GEM
Rock & Gem is particularly interested in field trip and step-
by-step lapidary project articles. We also accept articles
pertaining to specimen collecting, gold prospecting, club
activities, basic and advanced lapidary skills, lapidary artist
profiles, and other hobby-related subjects. Articles that educate
beginning rock collectors or lapidaries and promote active
participation in the hobby are especially welcome. Feature length:
2,000 to 3,000 words. How-to length: 800 to 1,000 words. Pays
$100 to $275. Appreciate articles that target beginners.
The emphasis here is on performance sailing: keep in mind that
the Sailing World readership is relatively educated about the
sport. Unless you are dealing with a totally new aspect of
sailing, you can and should discuss ideas on an advanced
technical level; however, extensive formulae and graphs don't
play well to our audience. When in doubt as to the suitability
of an article or idea, submit a written query. Pays $400 and up
for articles of 2,000 words and up.
GINA MACCOBY LITERARY AGENCY
Thirty-year veteran as a literary agent. Interested in:
General fiction, Mystery, Juvenile fiction, Biography,
History, Health, Children's books, Literary Fiction, Narrative
nonfiction, Pop culture, Memoir, Natural history.
KIRSTEN MANGES LITERARY AGENCY
Nonfiction interests: cooking, nutrition, food, history, sports,
spirituality, memoirs, multicultural, psychology, science,
journalism, women's studies, women's issues. Has a particular
focus on women's issues. Fiction interests: great commercial
fiction and provocative literary fiction, women's and chick lit.
CAROL MANN AGENCY
Carol specializes in non-fiction (health/medical, religion,
spirituality, self-help, parenting, current affairs, history,
narrative non-fiction) while also taking on the occasional
Gareth represents authors whose work falls into: health, nutrition,
psychology, parenting, spirituality, Judaica, and literary and
narrative nonfiction and memoir.
Myrsini is interested in non-fiction projects in the areas of
pop culture, music, humor, popular science, narrative nonfiction,
memoir, and cookbooks. She is also on the lookout for offbeat
literary, graphic, and YA fiction and upmarket women’s fiction
with a twist.
Eliza is looking for adult fiction and select nonfiction.
MANUS & ASSOCIATES
Does NOT accept sci-fi, fantasy, romance, poetry, children's,
screenplays, academic work, or magazine articles. Open to all
else. Has a great website with definitions of genres, how to
pitch and how to prepare queries and proposals.
MARCH TENTH, INC.
We do NOT accept children's or young adult novels, plays,
screenplays, or poetry. Represents nonfiction books only:
Autobiography, biography, current affairs, film, health,
history, humor, language, literature, medicine, music, pop
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TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID POETRY CONTEST – LAST CALL!
Tenth year. Ten cash prizes totaling $5,550, plus a new $250
bonus prize for humorous verse. Top prize $3,000. Submit poems
in any style or genre. Both published and unpublished work
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Entry fee is $8 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers.
Postmark deadline: September 30. Judges: John H. Reid, Dee C.
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