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Volume 17, Issue 2 | JANUARY 27, 2017
Making Appearances for Free
Writers tend to fall into one category or another, opposite sides of the fence, when it comes to making appearances. The one category fears the public attention and avoids events, especially if asked to speak or serve on a panel. The other category jumps on any appearance, grabbing any chance to be seen.
The smart writer falls in between.
If you are an event organizer, you have a budget. The venue, administrative costs, maybe meals. Um, speakers. And you negotiate the cost of each. If you offer an appearance to an author, you attempt for zero or minimal payment, touting what great exposure it is to make that appearance. And if the writer jumps at the chance, saying they’d be happy to appear, well, they just became easy.
At the very beginning of your writing career, you might accept free appearances to build name recognition. That doesn’t, however, mean you cannot ask for compensation. They might decline, but at least you tried. But speaking for free is akin to writing for free. Limit it. There comes a time when you must be paid for your talent.
I just declined a literary festival in my state. They wanted me to appear, sign, and teach a workshop on Funding Streams for Writers, one of the most popular presentations I give. When they hemmed and hawed about payment, I suggested they get a state speaker’s bureau to pay my fee since I am on their approved roster. They declined. Why? Because they were worried it would appear I got paid more than the other authors. They were accustomed to writers not getting paid and didn’t know what to do when I found compensation on their behalf. So I declined the event.
That’s the mentality you face in the real world, writers. But if authors don’t ask for compensation, the event won’t feel the need to offer.
You have to respect yourself. There will be times you work for free, but make it rare and well worth the time invested . . . with some tangible reward. To work for free routinely labels you as a hobbyist who doesn’t need the income. Again, respect yourself. You have to before others will.
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TRIO HOUSE POETRY CONTESTS http://www.triohousepress.org/
$25 ENTRY FEE.
The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with less than two books published. The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to ALL poets, regardless of publication history. Manuscripts must be 48-70 pages of poetry (excluding title page, table of contents, and all front matter), written in English by a poet residing within the U.S. All award winners and poets published must serve as a Collective Member of Trio House Press for 24 months after publication. They must assist with the press and bringing more Trio books into print. Both awards provide the winner $1,000, publication, and 20 books. Deadline April 30, 2017.
PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARDS – POETRY AND SHORT FICTION http://www.primenumbermagazine.com/Awards_2017.html
$15 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline April 15, 2017. First Prize: $1,000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine. Finalists: A list of nine finalists will be listed in Prime Number Magazine. Submit one unpublished poem or story. Poem should be no more than three pages in length (no word count needed) with numbered pages and spaced according to the poet’s intended style. Short story should be 53 to 5,300 words, double-spaced in 12-pt. type with numbered pages.
THE DISQUIET PRIZE http://disquietinternational.org/the-program/contests-scholarships/
$15 ENTRY FEE.
Submissions are now open for the DISQUIET Prize for writing in any genre. Three winners will be published in Guernica (fiction), NinthLetter.com (nonfiction), or The Common (poetry). One grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship, accommodations, and travel stipend to attend the seventh annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon taking place June 25-July 7, 2017. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will also be considered for financial aid. Deadline January 31, 2017.
WRITERS @ WORK http://www.writersatwork.org/wp/?page_id=6
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Submissions are accepted in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. First prize is awarded in each category: $1,000 OR full scholarship to the Writers@Work Generative Conference (June 7-11, 2017 at Alta Lodge, Alta, UT), publication in Quarterly West. Deadline January 31, 2017. Submit up to six unpublished poems (10-page maximum) or up to 5,000 words of prose.
INTERNATIONAL AWARDS https://center4womenwriters.submittable.com/submit
Competitions are open to anyone writing in English, except current Salem Academy & College employees & students. All submissions must be previously unpublished. Fiction submissions are up to 5,000 words. CNF submissions are up to 5,000 words. Poetry submissions: three poems; we ask that each poem appears on a separate page and that no single poem is more than 100 lines. $1,000 in each category and $150 honorable mention in each category. Deadline February 15, 2017.
ORISON PRIZES https://orisonbooks.submittable.com/submit
$30 ENTRY FEE.
Categories: poetry and fiction. Deadline April 1, 2017. Each year from December 1 – April 1 we accept submissions of full-length poetry (50-100 pp.) and fiction (30,000 word minimum) manuscripts for The Orison Prizes in Poetry and Fiction, judged by different prominent writers each year in a blind judging process. The winning entry in each genre will be awarded publication and a $1,500 cash prize, in addition to a standard royalties contract.
WILLIAM VAN DYKE SHORT STORY PRIZE http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/fiction/
$20 ENTRY FEE.
The submission deadline is February 15, 2017, and we offer a three-day grace period after the deadline. Short stories submitted by February 18, 2017 will be entered into the short story contest. You may submit one story per contest entry fee, and it must be 5,500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person. $1,500 will be awarded to the winner and publication in a future Ruminate issue. $200 will be awarded to the runner-up story and publication in a future Ruminate issue.
MICHAEL WATERS POETRY PRIZE https://www.usi.edu/sir/awards-contests/waters-prize/
$25 ENTRY FEE.
A prize of $3,000 and publication by SIR Press is awarded annually for a collection of poetry written in English. Michael Waters will judge. Submit up to 80 pages (no more than one poem per page). Deadline February 1, 2017.
THE NANCY D. HARGROVE EDITORS’ PRIZE FOR FICTION AND POETRY http://www.jabberwock.org.msstate.edu/edprize.html
$15 ENTRY FEE.
One winner in fiction and one in poetry each receive $500 and publication in Jabberwock Review. All finalists are considered for publication. All entrants receive a one-year (two-issue) subscription beginning with the prize-winning issue. Each fiction entry should consist of a single short story of any length — though please keep in mind that our entire journal runs 90-100 pages. (Novel excerpts may be submitted if they are self-contained.) Each poetry entry should consist of one to three poems. The winning entry may be for a single poem or group of poems. Deadline March 15, 2017.
RANDALL JARRELL POETRY COMPETITION http://www.ncwriters.org/
$100-$15 ENTRY FEE.
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in storySouth. The deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
SOUTH CAROLINA VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION JOURNALISM CONTEST http://journalismcontest.net/journalism/
The winner of the 2017 Journalism Contest receives a four-year scholarship to the South Carolina state-supported institution of his or her choice provided, of course, that the winner is otherwise qualified. The scholarship pays for undergraduate tuition and fees. Each institution has its own definition of tuition and fees. The winner must be able to verify financial need to the chosen state-supported institution, which typically requires completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Colleges and universities recommend that students in financial need complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of the year they will enroll to establish eligibility for student aid.
MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE http://montrealprize.com/competition/
$10-$25 ENTRY FEE (CANADIAN).
Entries may be submitted from anywhere in the world. Entries may be any length not exceeding 40 lines. All entries must be primarily in English. A single cash prize of $20,000 CDN will be awarded to the Entrant whose entry is selected by the prize judge from the approximately fifty poems slated to appear in the Montreal Prize Global Anthology. Approximately 50 poems will be selected for the Montreal Prize Global Anthology and published therein. Deadline March 31, 2017.
TALLGRASS WRITERS GUILD w/OUTRIDER PRESS LITERARY ANTHOLOGY CONTEST https://tallgrasswritersguild.submittable.com/submit
$18 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline March 31, 2017. $500 prizes for poetry and prose. Working title “The Moon.” Limit one to four poems with a 32-line limit. 2,500-word limit for prose fiction and nonfiction.
PRAIRIE SCHOONER BOOK PRIZE http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=book-prize
$25 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline March 15, 2017. Winners will receive $3,000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. We prefer that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least 50 pages long. Novels are not considered.
NELLIGAN PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTION https://nelliganprize.submittable.com/submit
$17 ENTRY FEE.
$2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2017 issue of Colorado Review. Deadline is March 14, 2017. There are no theme restrictions, but stories should be at least 10 pages and under 50 pages.
AIRLIE PRIZE https://airliepress.submittable.com/submit
$20 ENTRY FEE.
Open to all poets writing in English, regardless of place of residence. A selection will be made by a team of Airlie Press editors. The winner will be notified in the fall of 2017 and will receive a $1000 cash award. The winning collection will be published in October 2018 in an initial print run of at least 500 copies, with a custom bookmark to accompany the book. Deadline March 1, 2017.
ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES JEWISH FICTION PRIZE http://jewishlibraries.org/blog.php
NO ENTRY FEE.
The award will include a $1,000 cash prize as well as support to attend the AJL conference to receive the award. Books published in 2017 will be eligible for the 2018 award, and the award winner will be announced in late February or early March 2018. All works of fiction with significant Jewish thematic content written in English – novels, short story and flash fiction collections – by a single author published and available for purchase in the United States during 2017 are eligible for the award. (thanks www.erikadreifus.com)
CLOUDBANK POETRY PRIZE https://cloudbankbooks.submittable.com/submit
$15 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline February 28, 2017. A prize of $200 will be awarded for one poem or short prose piece. Two contributors’ copies will be sent to writers whose work appears in the magazine. Submit up to five poems or flash fiction pieces (500 words or less) for either the contest or regular submissions. The fee covers up to five poems/flash fiction.
WILD WEST LITERARY CONTEST http://silvercreekwr.org/
$15 ENTRY FEE.
The Wild West Literary Contests are three separate contests: Short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We will select three different winning applicants, therefore each application must be for one genre only. You may apply separately for another genre, but you can only win in one. Send us your best work of publishable quality. By the way, we love genre-breaking work; we merely ask that you respect the “non” when submitting nonfiction. Fiction and nonfiction limited to 5,000 words, double spaced. Poetry limited to ten poems and 15 pages. Winners receive $300, discount pass to the Treefort Music Festival, a microresidency at Silver Creek Writers Residency, and possible travel grants. Deadline February 15, 2017.
PAMET RIVER PRIZE https://yesyesbooks.submittable.com/submit
$12 ENTRY FEE.
The Pamet River Prize is an annual, nomination-based contest open to first or second full-length books of poetry or prose by female-identifying or gender-queer writers. You may nominate your own work or the work of others by February 15, 2017. Submit a sample consisting of a) 10 poems, b) single story, or c) a section of a novella, memoir, or short novel. Maximum length of sample: 20 pages. Winner will receive publication by YesYes Books with a minimum print run of 1,000; $500 prize plus 100 author copies; an additional $500 toward tour expenses; help with planning and managing opening book tour; and featured author page and book page on the YesYes Books website.
VINYL CHAPBOOK CONTEST https://yesyesbooks.submittable.com/submit
$12 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline February 15, 2017. The contest is open to poetry, prose, and mixed genre chapbook manuscripts, 20-35 pages in length including title page and table of contents. Collaborative manuscripts are eligible for submission. Winner will receive publication by YesYes Books, $250 prize, 25 author copies, an additional $250 toward tour expenses, and help with planning and managing opening book tour.
NOLO LITERARY AWARD http://agapeeditions.com https://squareup.com/store/agape-editions/item/nolo-literary-award
$23 ENTRY FEE.
Agape Editions, an imprint of Sundress Publications, announces the second annual Numinous Orisons, Luminous Origin Literary Award for a book of poetry. All authors are invited to submit qualifying, full-length manuscripts of poetry. Deadline April 15, 2017. We are looking for manuscripts between 40-90 pages in length (single-spaced). Individual pieces or selections may have been previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Translations and collaborative manuscripts are not eligible for this year’s award. The author of the winning manuscript will receive $500 and 10 author copies (Agape Editions will also send out additional copies for review on the author’s behalf).
EX OPHIDIA PRESS POETRY BOOK https://exophidiapress.submittable.com/submit/52356/second-annual-ex-ophidia-press-poetry-book-contest
$25 ENTRY FEE.
Deadline August 15, 2017. The winning author shall receive a $1,000 cash prize and 15 author copies of the book. Open to all English-language authors (of any age, ethnicity, gender, or orientation) for a book of poetry. Suggested length of manuscript is between 64 and 84 pages, single-spaced. The winning volume will be published by Ex Ophidia Press and distributed through Amazon. Five finalists will also be announced along with the winner.
LUSO-AMERICAN FELLOWSHIPS http://disquietinternational.org/the-program/contests-scholarships/
Through a partnership with the Luso-American Development Foundation, the DISQUIET program offers full and partial fellowships to the international literary program in Lisbon – including airfare stipend, tuition and lodging – to North American writers of Luso descent. Four winners will be chosen by an independent panel of American and Portuguese writers and scholars. Deadline February 8, 2017. There is no reading fee to apply.
NTC EMERGING WRITERS PROGRAM http://centerforfiction.org/forwriters/grants-and-awards/?mc_cid=c69a03b87c&mc_eid=0857b56868
This program is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. We will be selecting nine writers in 2017, and during the one-year fellowship period grantees will receive a grant of $5,000, the option to engage in a mentorship with a selected freelance editor, and the opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers. Applicants must be current residents of one of the five boroughs, and must remain in New York City for the entire year of the fellowship. Deadline February 15, 2017.
CARSON MCCULLERS FELLOWSHP http://www.mccullerscenter.org/fellowships.php
The Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers will be offered for the fall semester of 2017, the fellowship to begin the first of September and to end the first of December. During this period of time, the Writing Fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment in Carson McCullers’s childhood home, the Smith-McCullers House. The Fellow will be provided with a stipend of $5,000 to cover costs of transportation, food, and other incidentals. Fellowship recipients are encouraged to take an active role in the community and to meet informally with students and local residents interested in writing. The Fellow will work with the McCullers Center Director to plan a presentation near the end of the residency. Deadline February 1, 2017. Location Columbus, GA.
GRUBSTREET NOVEL INCUBATOR SCHOLARSHIP https://grubstreet.org/programs/intensives/incubators-labs/novel-incubator/
A competitive and affordable MFA-level course, spanning 12 months, for ten fiction writers interested in deep revision of their novel drafts, a comprehensive craft-based study of the novel form, and a thoughtful introduction to the publishing world. Apply by February 16, 2017. We strive to locate support for our program participants who need it, and may be able to offer awardees 25-100 percent support, depending on our funding in a given year, and the number of successful applicants.
TALEAMOR PARK http://www.taleamorpark.org/residency-guidelines
Taleamor Park offers scheduled self-directed residencies and retreats from May through October and flexibly-scheduled off-season retreats from November through April. Taleamor Park offers assistants the opportunity to participate in residency development and maintenance by contributing work in exchange for residency fees. An assistant contributes 15 hours of work each week. Applications for assistantships are due February 15, 2017.
TULSA ARTIST FELLOWSHIP http://www.tulsaartistfellowship.org/
The Tulsa Artist Fellowship provides an unrestricted stipend and work-space in Tulsa, Oklahoma to U.S. resident artists. Given the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa, some fellowship spots will be reserved for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists. The Fellows are expected to integrate into the local arts community such as studio and collection visits. The Tulsa Artist Fellowship provides an unrestricted award of $20,000 for artists in all stages of their career. In addition, the TAF will provide work-space and free housing to non-Tulsa residents. Fellows will be required to live in the provided housing. Deadline March 1, 2017. For Writers, TAF will award fellowships to writers focused on Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young-Adult Fiction, Poetry, and Play/Screenwriting.
BARBARA DEMING MEMORIAL FUND FOR NONFICTION https://moneyforwomen.submittable.com/submit
The Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund provides small grants ($500 – $1,500) to individual feminist women in the arts whose work in some way focuses upon women. Our grants are limited to the following categories : Visual Art, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Mixed Genre. This application is for Nonfiction. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or Canada with primary residence in these countries. Deadline January 31, 2017.
BARBARA DEMING MEMORIAL FUND FOR POETRY https://moneyforwomen.submittable.com/submit
The Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund provides small grants ($500 – $1,500) to individual feminist women in the arts whose work in some way focuses upon women. Our grants are limited to the following categories : Visual Art, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Mixed Genre. This application is for Poetry. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or Canada with primary residence in these countries. Deadline January 31, 2017.
DIAZ AYALA LIBRARY TRAVEL GRANTS https://cri.fiu.edu/programs/library-travel-grants/
Deadline for applications: March 1, 2017. Every year, the Cuban Research Institute (CRI), the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, and Florida International University Libraries offer the Díaz-Ayala Library Travel Grants to study the special collections related to Cuba and Cuban Americans. The libraries offer research stipends of up to $2,000 each to offset the costs of a minimum one-week stay in Miami to use the collections.
FELLOWSHIP AT THE CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY AND POETICS https://apply.interfolio.com/39187
Two-year fellowship in a “creative think tank” for African American and African diasporic poetry and poetics, housed in a lively English/ creative writing program, beginning fall 2017. $48,000 salary per year and health benefits provided. The fellow will teach one community workshop each year; lead seminar discussions in the course Studio in African American Poetry and Poetics; participate in Co-Lab, the interactive public forum in which visiting writers and artists present their work in progress; and give one public reading with a Q&A. The Fellow’s primary attention will be focused on their own poetry and creative work. Deadline January 31, 2017. Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
GRUB STREET FELLOWSHIP https://grubstreet.org/programs/emerging-writer-fellowship/
GrubStreet’s Emerging Writer Fellowship aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing one writer per year tuition-free access to GrubStreet’s 500+ creative writing classes in all genres for writers at all levels, and to the Muse and the Marketplace – named #1 writing conference in America by The Writer Mag — to enhance their understanding of craft and the publishing industry. This fellowship is open to anyone 18 and older with a passion for writing. The fellowship specifically aims to assist writers in need of financial assistance in reaching their writing goals. We particularly encourage people of color, ethnic minorities, those who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and other members of communities historically underrepresented by the literary community to apply. Courses held at GrubStreet, the nation’s leading creative writing center, in Boston, MA. Applications close on March 1, 2017.
JACK KEROUAC HOUSE http://www.kerouacproject.org/
The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. All you are required to do is work on your writing project and participate in two events while a resident — a Welcome Potluck dinner and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community. Interested writers can submit their work in one of the following categories that fits their chosen writing field: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, and Nonfiction. Deadline March 12, 2017.
RESIDENCIES FOR ARTISTS AND WRITERS WITH SPINAL CORD INJURY http://www.artistcommunities.org/creativeaccess
In 2017, the Creative Access Fellowships Program – in partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities – will expand to include 12 residency stays at four host sites: Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), PLAYA (Summerlake, OR), Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL), and Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM), selected for their accessible facilities, innovative programming, and reputations for excellence. Creative Access offers artists with SCI the rare opportunity for concentrated time dedicated to their creative practice in a supportive residency community. Twelve awardees will receive the invaluable opportunity of a two to eight-week residency at one of the four host sites, including room and board, a $1,000 stipend, and travel award for a personal assistant/caregiver if needed.
KENTUCKY FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN SUMMER RESIDENCY PROGRAM http://www.kfw.org/retreats-residencies/hopscotch-house-residencies/
Deadline March 3, 2017. KFW’s 2017 Summer Residency Program offers four to six participants a week-long immersion in writing craft, voice development and community building. The program provides literary artists with a skilled and experienced writer/instructor, George Ella Lyon, who will facilitate group workshops and provide individual mentoring. This residency is offered free of cost to participants. KFW provides housing, a food stipend, instruction and mentoring and any other activities related to this residency.
NOTE: MARKETS IN THIS SECTION PAY 10 CENTS/WORD OR MORE —
OR ELSE PAY $200 OR MORE FLAT RATE. EXCEPTION ARE SCI-FI AND
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BUZZFEED NEWS READER https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/how-to-pitch-essays-to-buzzfeed-reader
READER is BuzzFeed News’s home for cultural criticism, personal essays, fiction, and poetry, as well as BuzzFeed’s Emerging Writer Fellowship. Personal essays can deal with almost any topic; some to think about are money, family, food, religion, sexuality, relationships, disability, illness (mental or physical), hormones, race, body image, drugs, travel. The bottom line is that you should know why you’re writing about whatever you’re writing about. A critical essay could be about almost anything — books, technology, sports, entertainment, celebrities, politics, fashion — or it can connect the dots between examples in multiple categories. (from www.erikadreifus.com)
KING FEATURES http://kingfeatures.com/contact-us/submission-guidelines/
King Features is always interested in looking at new columns and features for possible syndication. We place great importance on reviewing new material. Without exception, every column or feature submitted to us is carefully considered. In order to help you present your work in the best possible light, please follow these submission guidelines: Five sample columns circa 600 words each. These may be submitted as tear sheets or in manuscript form. Some information about yourself, and any additional published articles and materials you believe to be relevant; your bio or CV. You will be contacted if there is interest in syndicating your material.
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR http://www.csmonitor.com/About/Contributor-guidelines
Our basic rate for a story is $250. But please be in touch with individual news and section editors (see entries below) about any variation from this rate. Longer stories can pay appreciably more. Short stories or sidebars often pay half the basic rate. In an era when the mainstream media has narrowed its focus, we’re convinced readers yearn for the opposite. The Monitor’s global approach is reflected in how founder Mary Baker Eddy described its object as “To injure no man, but to bless all mankind.” Our aim is to embrace the human family, shedding light with the conviction that understanding the world’s problems and possibilities moves us towards solutions.
Pseudopod is always looking for quality fiction to feed our listeners. If you’re a writer with a short horror story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our talented performers, we’d like to see it. Probably. You can send it to us through our submittable portal. We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We pay the pro rate of $.06/word for original fiction, $100 flat rate for short story reprints, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1,500 words).
AMERICAN SCIENTIST http://www.americanscientist.org/about/page/submission-guidelines
The magazine’s principal mission is to share with its readers the best work in the biological and physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, applied sciences and quantitative and analytical social sciences, as well as science policy, history and philosophy. Although most American Scientist articles are invited, we accept unsolicited manuscripts for features and the Macroscope essay.
DEEP MAGIC http://deepmagic.co/submissions/
What you first need to understand is that we aim to be the dominant magazine for clean fantasy and sci-fi stories. It’s our tag-line. If you can tell a gripping story that doesn’t rely on sex, swearing, and graphic violence — you’ve come to the right place. For first world-wide rights, we pay $.08 per word for the first 5,000 words and $.06 per word for each word between 5,001 and 16,000 words, with payment capped at $1,060 for stories longer than 16,000 words.
AAA MIDWEST TRAVELER http://services.autoclubmo.aaa.com/traveler/media/mid/WritersGuidelines.pdf
AAA Midwest Traveler is published bimonthly by the AAA Auto Club of Missouri and is sent to 560,000 AAA households in Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, and eastern Kansas. The magazine’s goal is to provide readers with a variety of useful information on travel, auto safety and their AAA membership. The magazine publishes approximately five to six freelance travel articles per issue. Departments (Travel Treasures, Driver’s Seat, Card Tricks, In the News and Common Cents) are staff-written. A 1,200-word feature goes for $400. If it’s picked up in our sister magazine, AAA Southern Traveler, it’s another $150. We don’t pay assignment expenses.
ROADS & KINGDOMS http://roadsandkingdoms.com/about/
Roads & Kingdoms is an independent journal of food, politics, travel and culture. In its second year of existence, it was voted the Gold Winner for Best Travel Journalism Site by the Society of American Travel Writers. Pays around $150 for features.
PTO TODAY http://www.ptotoday.com/pto-today-submission-guidelines
PTO Today magazine is an essential resource for leaders of parent groups (often called parent-teacher organizations) at the 80,000 elementary and middle schools across the United States. Articles focus on helping the volunteer leaders of these groups run their organizations more efficiently and support their schools more effectively. Features run roughly 1,200 to 2,200 words, and the average assignment is 1,500 words. Department pieces run 600 to 1,200 words. Payment depends on the difficulty of the topic and the experience of the writer. We pay by the assignment, not by the word; our pay scale ranges from $200 to $700 for features and $150 to $400 for departments. We occasionally pay more for high-impact stories and highly experienced writers.
PUBLISHERS AND AGENTS
We publish only science fiction and fantasy. Writers familiar with what we have published in the past will know what sort of material we are most likely to publish in the future: powerful plots with solid scientific and philosophical underpinnings are the sine qua non for consideration for science fiction submissions. As for fantasy, any magical system must be both rigorously coherent and integral to the plot, and overall the work must at least strive for originality.
Omnific Publishing, founded in 2009, is an independent boutique publisher of romantic fiction that breaks the mold of traditional romance with stories that excite, inspire, amuse, and amaze. Embracing the idea that not every title has to be modeled after the romance novels your mother hid under the bed, we publish fresh, contemporary voices that speak to the modern sensibilities of today’s readers. We don’t guarantee a fairytale ending, but we do guarantee smart romance for smart people.
BROWER LITERARY AGENCY http://browerliterary.com/about/
Brower Literary & Management is a full-scale literary and management agency that is invested in authors for the life of their careers – starting with an idea and seeing it through to publication and beyond. We take pride in the authors we represent as we watch them achieve their goals and live their dream. Kimberly Brower is interested in building her list with commercial and upmarket fiction, with an emphasis in general/book club fiction (specifically books that involve complex family relationships), contemporary romance, women’s fiction and select YA. Jess Dallow is interested in both YA and adult commercial fiction with a focus in romance, family stories, thrillers, mystery, and women’s fiction. Aimee Ashcraft is looking for upmarket and literary fiction, specifically historical fiction, women’s fiction, and YA (all genres).
EINSTEIN LITERARY MANAGEMENT http://einsteinliterary.com/about.php
Einstein Literary Management is a full-service independent literary agency based in New York City’s Flatiron District. We represent a broad range of literary and commercial fiction, including upmarket women’s fiction, crime fiction, historical fiction, romance, and books for middle-grade children and young adults. We also handle non-fiction including cookbooks, memoir and narrative, and blog-to-book projects.
Each of Wiley’s businesses has its own submission guidelines. To find instructions for submitting a book proposal or book manuscript, please choose the appropriate business or imprint for your subject matter. Global Education publishes educational materials in all media for undergraduate, graduate, and advanced placement students; educators; and lifelong learners worldwide, and secondary school students in Australia. Professional Development publishes a wide variety of books for consumers and professionals, including WROX computer books and For Dummies, business, accounting, and architecture titles. Global Research, also known as Wiley Blackwell, is the Wiley business that publishes books, journals, reference works, laboratory protocols, and databases for scientific and research markets in life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and the humanities.
ETHAN ELLENBERG LITERARY AGENCY http://ethanellenberg.com/submission-guidelines/
We are actively looking for established and new writers in a wide range of genres. We are looking for storytellers of all kinds and remain confident that books, in whatever format they are published, will continue to play a key role in our society to entertain and to instruct. We’re interested in all kinds of commercial fiction, including thrillers, mysteries, children’s, romance, women’s fiction, ethnic, science fiction, fantasy and general fiction. We are also interested in literary fiction as long as it has a strong narrative. In nonfiction, we are interested in current affairs, history, health, science, psychology, cookbooks, new age, spirituality, pop-culture, adventure, true crime, biography and memoir. We are also open to reviewing other genres and topics, as long as the material is for a trade or general audience and not scholarly.
At Ekstasis Editions we are interested in literary novels, short fiction and poetry, as well as books for children under our new Cherubim Books imprint. We also publish nonfiction titles concerned with alternative approaches to spirituality. Ekstasis Editions is not currently publishing mainstream science fiction/fantasy or mainstream mystery novels, but will consider original works in these genres. We are not considering any romance, detective, western, horror or action/adventure novels, nor any biographies/autobiographies. We normally consider unsolicited submissions from Canadian authors only.
MID-LIST PRESS http://www.midlist.org/generalsubmissions.cfm
Mid-List Press publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books of high literary merit and fresh artistic vision by new and emerging writers and by writers ignored, marginalized, or excluded from publication by commercial publishers. Mid-List seeks to increase access to publication for new writers, nurture the growth of emerging writers, and increase the diversity of books, authors, and readers. Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts must be at least 50,000 words in length. Poetry collections must be at least 60 pages in length (single-spaced, each poem beginning a new page).
COACH HOUSE BOOKS https://chbooks.com/About-Us/Submissions
Coach House publishes innovative poetry, literary fiction, drama and select nonfiction. We do not publish children’s books, cookbooks, fantasy, historical romances, memoirs, mysteries, science fiction or self-help books. We publish only Canadian authors.
PERSEA BOOKS http://www.perseabooks.com/submissions.php
Most of all, we are looking for the fresh voice, a clear point of view, the well-written work that will endure. We are pleased to publish debut books and to continue publishing the authors we take on. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, fantasy, science fiction, thrillers), self-help, textbooks, or children’s books.
SWOON READS https://swoonreads.com/submit-a-manuscript/
We’re looking for irresistible, unforgettable, original young adult novels that have never been published before. From heroic epics, to alien adventures, to all-the-feels romance: If our community and editors fall in love with your book, you could land a publishing deal with Macmillan. Swoon Reads now accepts ALL YA fiction genres. Fantasy, contemporary, historical, paranormal, mystery, horror, romance… All are welcome!However, please note that we still do not accept nonfiction or short stories (including short story anthologies).
FREELANCE WRITERS & BLOGGERS https://www.latintrends.com/about/careers-latintrends/
LatinTRENDS Magazine celebrates success in the Latino community, inspires its readers and offers pop culture with a Latin twist. We are interested in journalists who are able to write clearly and concisely about various subjects, such as entertainment, technology, business, and politics. Qualified candidates should be able to deliver error-free, feature stories and/or shorter news articles as assigned. Pay per story will vary based on assignment. Fluent in English and Spanish preferred but not required. Send your resume, cover letter and three samples of print or web articles to Managing Editor Maria V. Luna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONTENT SPECIALIST https://www.flexjobs.com/publicjobs/social-media-and-content-specialist-684634
Long-term contract opportunity. Will be responsible for managing social media platforms for a financial institution. Must have three to five years of social media content management experience and a bachelor’s degree in communications or related field. Location Deerfield, IL.
PARENTING-HUMAN INTEREST EDITOR https://www.flexjobs.com/publicjobs/parenting-human-interest-editor-685410
Parenting/human interest editor needed for a part-time opportunity. This is a short-term temporary position. Will be responsible for writing and digitally publishing up to six stories per day. Four years’ experience in a similar field required. Location New York, NY.
LEGAL FREELANCE WRITERS http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/job/contributorswriters/
We are looking for U.S.-based freelance contributors for daily legal publications that cover antitrust and trade regulation, banking and securities, health care, intellectual property, labor and employment, and products liability. We are looking for freelance journalists interested in writing insightful stories on the newest litigation and administrative developments and trends in these areas.
FOOD WRITER http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/wrg/5972492551.html
We’re looking for a professional writer who can write from three to four “Mixed Drink” articles for each of 100 countries for us on a freelance basis. Individual articles consist of an introduction of 100 to 180 words (most of 115 to 125 words), an ingredient list, and directions. These need to be the most iconic mixed drinks for each country. (We’ve already completed about 300 drinks for 78 countries.) Pay is $14 per completed recipe for work that requires little or no editing. We do the image work ourselves.
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