FundsforWriters - September 17, 2021 - Gain Visibility and Find Opportunities on the HARO Platform

Published: Fri, 09/17/21


VOLUME 21, ISSUE 38 | SEPTEMBER 17, 2021


Message from Hope

We had one hour before soccer practice. Ages 6 and 8 and me, whose age shall remain silent. 

YOUNGEST: Do you have any old-fashioned board games we can play?

OLDEST: But not Battleship (like that's old). 

ME: Well, we can't play some of the games because everyone can't spell or read yet (I was thinking Scrabble). Wait, maybe I have an idea. 

So I pulled out Scattergories, which I used to thoroughly enjoy. You have a list of categories. Someone rolls the alphabet die, and everyone has to write down a word that starts with that letter, one in every category. We changed the rules to simply write down as many words that starts with that letter as you can. 

And to level the playing field, I pulled out the dictionary, an old-fashioned one, mind you, and told the youngest he just had to find words that started with that letter and write it down. 

Best. Game. Ever. 

Forty-five minutes later I had to make them stop to go to soccer, and I felt like the greatest grandmother ever. 

(I may just frame that top picture for my writing desk. It touches my heart.)

C. Hope Clark
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Writers love to write. Some want to tell stories. Some want to tell THEIR stories. Some want to reach out and spread their stories around the world. Some want either to make money or not write. Some write whether the stories sell or not. There are so many types of writers, with so many nuances of those types, that one can almost say no two writers are alike. 

"Find out who you are. And do it on purpose." – Dolly Parton

There's writing. Then there's writing with direction. Neither is wrong. However, there is something exciting about pointing your writing in a direction with a goal to reach whatever is on the horizon. In other words, a writer does have the option of taking charge of their writing instead of letting the writing do the driving. Having a map for your writing can be quite exciting.

There is nothing so empowering as to be in charge. 

There is also nothing so scary as to be in charge.

Decision-making is scary, and it takes research, drive, and willpower to direct that energy. That decision-making can mean defining who you are as a writer, what you write, and where you want to be after a certain period of time.

"If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." – Dolly Parton

Yes, the quotes are from Dolly Parton, because after all, she is a creative spirit who wisely chose how to direct her energies . . . and did well doing it. Not a bad role model. 

Own yourself, own your writing, and decide how you can be happy with the results. It's in your hands.


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What humor writer wouldn’t want to attend the wildly popular Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and spend two additional all-expenses-paid weeks at a hotel to write? Free room service. A housekeeping staff. An omelette bar. A TV remote of your own. The sun rising over the Great Miami River (aka, the Dayton Riviera). 

And, most importantly, a “Do Not Disturb” sign.

Applications for A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program will be accepted Sept. 7-28.

Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, and Mike Reiss, writer for The Simpsons for three decades, will choose the two grand prize winners. Preference will be given to emerging humor writers. The package is worth approximately $5,000, but the experience is priceless. Cash prizes for finalists and honorable mentions.

Read the announcement and FAQs. Then apply here for what Forbes says “may be the best writer’s residency in the country.”

Deadline: Sept. 28
Fee: $25





  • October 7, 2021 - Edisto Bookstore, Edisto Island, SC - 3-5PM
  • November 6, 2021 - Dorchester County Library, St George, SC - "Turning Your Ideas Into Story"
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“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”

— Desiderius Erasmus


SUccess Story

Dear Hope,

I just wanted to share a small success story with you. I enjoy FundsforWriters for the inclusion of diverse publication opportunities, contests, and jobs. I found out about a newer literary publication called Cutleaf (Eastover Press) through the newsletter and submitted a creative nonfiction/fiction essay that I've been tinkering with for years - one that I submitted in various forms to too many places to count.

Walter, the editor of Cutleaf, loved it and it was recently published with very few changes. (And Cutleaf pays quite well for a literary magazine.) The essay about my "day job" of working as a tailor and pattern maker for film and television.

I'm happy it finally found a home and never would have known about this outlet if it hadn't been for FundsforWriters.

Thank you,

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How Writers Can Gain Visibility and Find Opportunities on the HARO Platform

By Bernadette Geyer

Any writer who hasn’t yet heard of the Help a Reporter Out (HARO) platform may be missing out on important opportunities. The site connects writers with sources, and it’s used by journalists, freelancers, and book authors alike. Public relations professionals use the platform to find outlets where they can potentially gain visibility for clients by contributing insights on relevant topics.

For writers, after creating a free journalist profile, you’ll be able to post requests for interviews with or quotes from sources to fit any topic. For example, if you’re writing about cybersecurity, you can post a request for experts who can respond to a list of questions or who would be interested in being interviewed for a longer story. You can also request product samples to try if you’re writing a piece, such as “10 Items Every Backpacker Should Carry with Them on a Trip.”

There are a few other ways writers can use HARO, and these involve registering as a source.

1. Gain visibility by responding to requests for quotes.

Being quoted in articles or books can give you a boost of name recognition as a writer. One recent request was from a journalist who asked freelancers what skills they think can give someone an advantage, regardless of industry. Another recent post sought authors to contribute book promotion success stories. Some queries are as simple as sharing an inspirational quote about life and business or even personal writing rules. Other requests can be for advice on fundamental issues freelancers face, such as how to ask for a deposit in a contract. Some journalists even want to interview other reporters, such as a recent post seeking science journalists to talk about challenges in pandemic reporting.

2. Discover new outlets or job opportunities.

Subscribing to the free emails can introduce you to a wide variety of paying outlets in search of writers. For example, one recent email included a post from a reporter writing for Fatherly, and when I checked the publication’s website, I saw that the outlet was looking for a Freelance Entertainment Writer. Another post led me to the website for Bustle Digital Group, the parent company for Bustle and other magazines, which lists a variety of full-time and part-time job openings for writers or editors. A post by a reporter for Verywell Mind led me to the site for its parent, Dotdash, which has a careers page featuring a large list of freelance or contract opportunities.

Through HARO emails, I also found out about the network of state-specific AAA blogs, some of which post contributor guidelines on their site. Occasionally, a company will post a call for writers, such as a recent notice from UXCam looking for freelance technical content writers for its blog. Notices like these are not often posted to the company website and can only be found through the HARO emails.

3. Gain insights into trending topics.

Skimming the emails can also provide ideas about which topics are “hot” at the moment and which topics are already flooding the market. It’s a fine line between latching onto a trend and being the straw that broke the editor’s back (not ANOTHER Earth Day piece on recycling!). Seeing what others are writing about can also give you ideas for angles that are not being covered for particular issues. Newer freelancers can also see how far in advance they should be researching for holiday-themed stories.

The basic subscription level for HARO is free, whether you register as a source or as a journalist, and it’s a great way to forge some new connections. As you can see above, it’s also a great resource for finding ways to promote yourself as a writer and find more paying opportunities to further your writing career.

BIO:  Bernadette Geyer is a writer, editor, and translator living in Berlin, Germany. Her writings have appeared in the 2015 Poet’s Market, Funds for Writers, Oxford American, The Writer, and elsewhere. Geyer has copyedited or translated more than 20 books and teaches the “Streamline Your Book-Writing Process with a Book Style Guide” workshop through WOW! Women on Writing. You can find out more about her through her website at



The Missouri Review invites entries to the 31st annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Winners receive $5000, publication, and promotion. All entries considered for publication.

Each entrant at the $25 level will receive a 1-year digital subscription and a free digital copy of the latest anthology from Missouri Review Books, Private Lives. Entrants at the $30 level will additionally receive access to the last decade of digital issues, including audio recordings of the features from those issues.

Deadline: October 1. Learn more at our website.

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$25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline: September 28, 2021. The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop is offering two emerging humor writers the opportunity to compete for an all-expenses-paid trip to Dayton, Ohio, where two winners will be “robed” in plush bathrobes and given free registration to the March 24-26, 2022, workshop. As part of the biennial A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program, the winners will spend two more blissful weeks at the University of Dayton Marriott to work on their writing projects — and order free room service. It’s the ultimate gift for any writer — the luxury of time to write. Cash prizes for finalists and honorable mentions. For more information, visit or read the FAQs. Applications accepted Sept. 7-28.

Deadline September 30, 2021. Joffe Books, with judges bestselling crime writer Dorothy Koomson and literary agent Susan Yearwood, is seeking to discover a new crime fiction writer to join our bestselling list. We are launching a new writing prize for unagented crime fiction writers of colour to turn their fantastic manuscripts into bestsellers. The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract with Joffe Books. This promotion is open to all UK residents and British Citizens (including those residing abroad) without a literary agent. 

ENTRY FEE $5 per poem/$10 per story. Deadline September 22, 2021. Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme; fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries, and screenwriting). Writing First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100. Poetry First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

£12 ENTRY FEE. Deadline September 20, 2021. Our short story competition is now open for completed short fiction of up to 3,000 words. The first prize is £3,000 plus mentoring by a specialist literary agent. Three additional finalists each receive £100, and all four winning entries are published in Mslexia. Winning entries plus eight more shortlisted entries will be published in Mslexia’s inaugural ebook anthology Best Women’s Short Fiction 2021. 

£5 ENTRY FEE. Deadline September 20, 2021. The competition is open annually to all poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories: Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over), and English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language). The winners of each category will receive £1,000 and both runners up £200. Entrants may submit a maximum of ten poems, following the instructions in the Oxford Brookes Online Shop. 

NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline September 20, 2021. The contest is now open to Black authors who at the time of entry are at least 18 years of age and residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Eligible entries will include original fiction or nonfiction board books for ages 0–4 (50–125 words) and picture books for ages 4–8 (300–800 words) featuring contemporary, realistic Black characters and culture and focusing on one or more of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, diversity, getting along with others, engaging with family and community, or other topics related to positive childhood development. History and fantasy themes will not be considered. First Place: $1,000 cash prize, a T-shirt from Strive, a tote bag from Free Spirit, and a meeting with Mary Taris, founder of Strive, and an editor from Free Spirit to discuss the winner’s project. The winning submission will be seriously considered for publication by Free Spirit, cobranded with Strive; however, publication is not guaranteed. Second Place: $500 cash prize, a T-shirt from Strive, and a tote bag from Free Spirit. Third Place: $250 cash prize, a T-shirt from Strive, and a tote bag from Free Spirit. 

£5/€6/$7 ENTRY FEE. Deadline September 27, 2021. First prize £2,000. Second prize £1,000. Third prize £500. Plus 20 commendeds. Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines. 

NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline September 30, 2021. Write and submit a 600-word piece on the theme: The best writing tip I’ve ever received. We’ll publish the best piece in our newsletter and on our blog – plus the winner receives NZ $200 (R2 000 or £100). 




This program, funded by the NC Arts Council, provides the opportunity for regional consortia of local arts councils to award project grants to artists in their regions. These grants support professional artists in any discipline and at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic and professional development. Types of fundable projects include creation of new work, purchase of equipment and materials, professional development workshops, travel support for expenses associated with a professional opportunity such as participating in an exhibition or a conference, development or upgrading of promotional materials such as brochures, DVDs, CDs, and websites. Artist fees are also allowable expenses under the new program. Grant amounts vary from region to region. Statewide, most grants are between $500 and $2,000. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2022. A list of participating counties, deadlines for each region, and a primary contact for each consortium appears on the website.

Deadline September 21, 2021. The Jan Michalski Foundation lies at the foot of the Swiss Jura Mountains in Montricher. The village is approximately 30 minutes from Lausanne and one hour from Geneva. It is possible to reach Montricher from Morges by train. Six ‘Treehouses’ overlook Lake Geneva and the Alps while the seventh faces the Jura forest. One other ‘Treehouse’ serves as a kitchen and common living area and where writers can cook together, socialize and relax. Two-week and one-, two-, three- or six-month stays are available. The length of stay should match the scope of the project. The period applied for is a request only, and the Jan Michalski Foundation reserves the right to offer another period depending on availability. There are no age or nationality restrictions. Beginners are accepted. Residents’ travel costs to and from their home address will be covered by the Foundation. Residents are granted a monthly allowance of CHF 1200. Applications will be assessed based on three criteria: the quality of the project, the candidate’s professional background and whether or not the duration of the stay matches the scope of the project. Beginners’ applications are assessed based on the quality of the project and the motivation they are able to convey in their application.

Deadline October 1, 2021. Each year, an esteemed panel of scholars and arts professionals selects 18 individuals or teams from hundreds of submissions from around the world. Winners are awarded residencies in a stunning, contemplative environment where they have the space, time, and freedom to think, create, and connect. Fellowships span 6 to 11 weeks. With each cohort of Fellows, the Foundation strives to foster connections between research and creation. The Camargo Foundation prizes diversity and welcomes applicants from all countries and nationalities, representing a broad range of creative thought and practice. Location Cassis, France.

Deadline October 5, 2021. The American Antiquarian Society offers visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, filmmakers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences. The stipend will be $1,850. The fellowships will provide the recipients with the opportunity for a period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

Deadline September 28, 2021. In November 2021, the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center will offer our third Conroy Center Writer's Residency, available to writers of all genres who are addressing water as a subject or theme of their work. Located on a salt marsh, the residency provides an inspirational, creative space in the heart of Pat Conroy’s beloved Lowcountry for a stay of eight days to march forth in their writing. The residency will begin on Wednesday, November 3, and includes complimentary admission to up to five of the writers' workshops being held as part of the sixth annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, November 4 to 7. The residency location is a guest cottage on St. Helena Island, South Carolina. 

Deadline November 1, 2021. Offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. Artists may apply to only one program per year. Writers Program fellows will take part in workshops, interview recordings, and live readings in the Jack Straw studios. Location Seattle, Washington. 

The Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster is a list of juried Maryland-based artists who have a demonstrated history of successful, professional touring engagements. MSAC uses the roster to promote artistic collaboration between Maryland touring artists and Maryland presenters with the goal of increasing touring engagements for Maryland professional performing artists. Presenters paid for by the Maryland State Arts Council. 

Intended to support specific arts projects, events, or programs, this option is available for independent artists, as well as organizations. Each application should focus on a proposal for one specific project or program. No deadline. Grants between $1,000 and $3,500. 

Deadline November 29, 2021. The “Illuminating Black Lives” fellowship invites writers to explore the African American experience. Work may be in any literary genre: fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, or a combination. It may take place now or in the past. It may draw upon the life of the author or probe other lives. There is no expectation of a certain attitude or type of experience. Rather, the successful applicant will demonstrate insight, honesty, literary merit, and the likelihood of publication. Two fellowship winners will each receive a two-week residency at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We provide uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner served on weeknights, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics. 

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Deadline September 22, 2021. We want creative writing and art about environmental justice. The fiction we publish is mostly, but not exclusively, speculative; the nonfiction is more creative than journalistic, the poetry tends towards the narrative, preferably with some thematic heft, the visual art leans away from the pulpy towards the surreal, subversive, political. But the heart of what we want is your searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth. Payment is eight cents a word for prose, $30 a page for poetry, art negotiable, minimum $25 per piece. 

A forum for the best writing on the craft and art of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, The Writer’s Chronicle serves a wide, diverse community of writers, students, teachers, and professionals. We strive to provide readers with insight and diverse perspectives on literature, creative writing, and teaching, as well as a respite from a difficult and lonely art. Essays on the Craft of Writing: 2,500 to 5,000 words. Interviews: 3,000 to 5,000 words. Profiles and Appreciations: 2,000 to 5,000 words. We buy first serial rights and electronic rights for all manuscripts accepted for publication. We pay $18 per 100 words for accepted manuscripts. 

Our blog hosts posts on publishing, teaching, pedagogy, career advice, choosing an agent, or the best creative writing program or conference, as well as commentary on current literary affairs. Posts should be 1,000 to 2,000 words with the exception of articles on pedagogy, our Online-Only Exclusives, which can run between 3,000 and 4,000 words. We pay $18 per 100 words for accepted manuscripts categorized as Career Advice or as Online-Only Exclusives. Any other pieces written for The Writer’s Notebook are paid $100 per piece.

Deadline September 15, 2021. Silence in the City is an anthology of speculative tales asking what happens when a city—and all of modern civilization—is plunged into darkness. Limit 2,500 to 5,000 words. Pays six cents per word. 

Nightmare is a horror & dark fantasy magazine. Opens September 12-19, 2021 for original, unpublished horror/dark fantasy short stories of 1,500 to 7,500 words. Pays six cents per word. Also will be open the same time period for horror/dark fantasy flash fiction of up to 1,500 words, up to five poems, and creative nonfiction up to 1,000 words. 

We are drawn to beautiful language, resonant images, and we crave narrative. We enjoy a broad array of styles, but please read a few of our issues to get a sense of our lens. We purchase First North American Serial, First Anthology (for the annual print anthology), and Audio rights. Payment is US $120 per piece, delivered on publication. Poetry: Submit up to six poems (three for free submissions). Length and format are open. Flash: Submit one piece of no more than 1,000 words. Prose: Submit one piece of between 1,000 and 5,000 words.

The River covers the Hudson Valley as a whole, and aims to provide in-depth, independent journalism about the political, economic, and cultural life of this diverse, complex area. Pitch Phillip Pantuso, Managing Editor at Particularly interested in housing, health, and justice stories. Stories need to be based in the Hudson Valley or Catskills, or have an angle pertinent to those regions. 

Pitch to Clayton Purdom, Senior Content Strategist at Seeking freelance writers. No gaming experience required. A history with tech and reporting a plus. Pays 50 cents/word. "Instead of sending a generic application, explain in your cover letter why you are the best candidate to write specifically about tech or culture. Highlight relevant experience, credentials and publication credits. Unless otherwise stated, attach your strongest clips (or links to published work) and a brief but succinct resume."

Needs environmental story ideas. Email pitches to Jack BB Clayton, Editor at Rate is 20p a word. Articles 1,000 and 1,500 words in length so up to £300 in total payment.  




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