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Volume 18, Issue 1 | JANUARY 12, 2018
How Do I Find Money to Write a Book
People love to ask this question, a frequented question in my email, but I understand that every day new people decide to become authors. Folks who love reading, or have this burning story inside them, and want to see their work in print. Oh, only if that was all there was to it, right?
Many of these sweethearts ask me where to find money to pay for that book. First, I tell them to seriously research whether to self-publish, hybrid publish, or traditionally publish, and if they don’t understand the differences, then they are not ready to publish. Writing is only half the job, but then you’ve heard that before.
That and it really costs nothing to actually write the book.
Then we talk where money can be found. While this tiny editorial cannot begin to go into detail on each financial availability, it can list the possibilities to at least let you realize your options. One day I’ll write a book on all of this.
Places to gather money to write a book:
1) Save from your other income. Tithe to your book fund.
2) Take out a loan. If you really believe in yourself and your writing, why not risk taking out that loan?
3) Write freelance. While it might seem all that romantic a task to you, if you need money sooner rather than later, and want to write doing it, then consider freelance writing whether as a copywriter or magazine/blog writer. I strongly suggest trade magazines to get started.
4) Ordinary crowdfunding like Kickstarter.com or Indiegogo.com. PLEASE look at the successful campaigns to see what is involved. If this seems too ominous to you, then you might not be up to the marketing required of a serious writer.
5) Crowdfunding to publish. Go to a site like Publishizer.com and not only earn money and followers, but also a publishing contract.
6) Patreon. Gain monthly followers who are willing to subscribe to your new material, as long as you’re willing to write regularly and ingeniously for them.
7) Fiscal agents. This works especially for nonfiction and sometimes memoir. You find a nonprofit that has a like mission and like mind to what you’re writing. Ask them to apply for a grant for you, with them being your fiscal agent. They get administrative money and you get grant money. This is a good light-weight article about it – https://www.womenarts.org/skills/fiscal_sponsors/
8) Writing contests. Not steady, but you are furthering your career.
9) Grants. Start with your state or country’s arts council.
10) Speaking. Yes, there is money to be made in speaking, and tons of connections to be made that will indeed open doors. You just have to decide what you are an expert about and be willing to pitch yourself to events.
11) Self-publish ebooks or courses online. You build a platform this way, too.
Sorry, but there’s no easy way to ask for and be granted funds to write. That’s because anyone can ask and anyone can try to write, not to mention to have to show you have the potential to be successful.
You are going to have to think entrepreneurial to achieve funding for your book…unless you are willing to foot the bill yourself and hope that the book sells without that extra oomph of financial support. But trust me, if you make any of the above work well for you, you’ll be a big step ahead of the game. And you’ll also show that you know how to manage that entrepreneurial side of yourself.
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NEW DEAL WRITING COMPETITION http://livingstonarts.org/new-deal-writing-competition/
$5 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 2, 2018. The New Deal Writing Competition is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of Livingston Arts as inspiration for their short story. This year’s painting is “Old North Church” by Thomas Cole shown on the website. Limit 10,000 words. This is an international competition however; prize money will be awarded in US dollars. There are no genre restrictions. The first place winner will receive $200, be published in our annual magazine, Artsphere and on our website. Their story will also be available to read at our New Deal Spring Art reception and mailed a copy of Artsphere. Second place winner will receive $100 and a copy of Artsphere and their work will be published on our website. Third place winner will receive $50 and a copy of Artsphere.
ETCHINGS PRESS CHAPBOOK PRIZE http://blogs.uindy.edu/etchings/chapbook-contest/
$8-$15 ENTRY FEE. Deadline January 29, 2018. Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, welcomes submissions for its annual contests: a chapbook of poetry, a chapbook of prose, and a novella. Students will judge and publish one chapbook in poetry, one chapbook in prose, and one novella. Mixed genre and multiple author manuscripts are welcome. All topics/themes are welcome. Chapbook submissions of 15-40 pages in poetry or prose will be considered. The winners in poetry and in prose will receive a $200 honorarium and 15 copies of the published chapbook. Novellas should be 10,000-40,000 words. The winner will receive a $400 honorarium and 15 copies of the published novella.
LEAH RYAN’S FUND FOR EMERGING WOMEN WRITERS http://www.leahryansfeww.com/apply.html
All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for the 2018 FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English.
SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY COMPETITION http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm
ENTRY FEES £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10. Deadline February 28, 2018. This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Prizes: £200 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd), three £20 (High Commendation), three £10 (Commendation), three Special Mentions (publication only). Prize-winning, commended and specially mentioned poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and print) April – June 2018 issue.
EDWIN MORGAN POETRY AWARD http://www.edwinmorganaward.com/submittinganentr.html
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline March 2, 2018. The sum of £20,000 will be awarded for the best unpublished collection of poems by a Scottish poet aged 30 or under. The runner-up will receive £2,500 and other shortlisted poets £1,000. Poets should be no older than 30 years of age on the first day of January in the year of the Award.
WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE https://www.waterstondesertwritingprize.org/
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 1, 2018. The Waterston Desert Writing Prize annually recognizes the authors of nonfiction book proposals that demonstrate literary excellence in writing about deserts and their importance in both the natural world and the human narrative. The winner receives a $2,000 award as well as a four-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon, an artists’ and scientists’ residency program. Send no more than ten double-spaced pages.
TO HULL AND BACK SHORT STORY CONTEST http://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-competition/
£9 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 30, 2018. Christopher Fielden’s Annual Short Story Competition “To Hull And Back” is a humorous writing contest. First Prize: £1,000. Second Prize: £500. Third Prize: £250. Three Highly Commended: £50. Fourteen Shortlisted: £25. All winners and short listed entries will be published in the To Hull And Back Short Story Anthology. This will be available as a professionally published, printed book and as a Kindle download. The book will have an ISBN number. If you’re published in the book, a writer’s profile will appear alongside your story and on the website.
A WOMAN’S WRITE UNPUBLISHED NOVEL CONTEST https://www.awomanswrite.com/
$40 ENTRY FEE. Deadline November 30, 2018. First prize $500. All submissions receive a critique. Honorable mentions are offered a 15 percent discount and a rebate of their $40 entry fee if they choose A Woman’s Write Editing Service in the coming year.
BATH CHILDREN’S NOVEL AWARD https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/childrens-novel-award/
£25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline November 2018. Opens in May 2018. The Bath Novel Award is a competition open to novelists, of any nationality, who have yet to sign a traditional publishing deal for a novel. Submit a novel extract (up to the first 5,000 words) and synopsis (one page). Novels can be in any genre written for middle grade or young adult readers. Picture books are not eligible. The winner will receive £2,000. One shortlisted writer will receive a £500 voucher from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy which may be exchanged for editorial reports and / or mentoring hours to the value of £500 in either of Cornerstones’ US or UK houses. There is no cash alternative to this prize. Shortlisted writers will also be offered the opportunity to be introduced to an individually tailored list of literary agents by email or other means. This is an entirely free and optional service.
THE BATH NOVEL AWARD https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/
£25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 30, 2018. First prize £2,500. Shortlist receives manuscript feedback and literary agent introductions. Longlist receives an online professional editing course worth £1,800 from Cornerstones Literary Consultancy. Entry is open to novelists of any nationality or residency who have yet to sign a traditional publishing deal. Submissions should include (up to) the first 5,000 words of your novel, double-spaced in a size 12 font and a one-page synopsis, single spaced in a size 12 font.
BATH FLASH FICTION AWARD https://bathflashfictionaward.com/novella-entry/
£16 ENTRY FEE. Deadline January 29, 2018. Pays £300 prize for the winner, two runner-up prizes of £100 plus publication in a one-volume three-novella collection. Each published author receives five copies. Entry is open to everyone; locally, nationally and internationally. Novella-in-flash entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize. Entries can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult or young adult readers. Non-fiction and fiction written for children under 13 years is not eligible. The novella-in-flash must be in between 6,000 and 18,000 words long. Individual flashes (or chapters) within the novella should not be more than 1,000 words long.
FIRST NOVEL PRIZE http://www.firstnovel.co.uk/
£25 ENTRY FEE. Deadline May 31, 2018. A literary contest open to previously unpublished and independently published novelists. First Prize: £1000. Second Prize: £250. Third Prize: £100. If your novel is over 50,000 words and of an adult genre, then we would love to read it.
KELPIES PRIZE https://www.florisbooks.co.uk/kelpiesprize/
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline February 28, 2018. From Dumfries to Dundee, Kirkwall to Kelso and everywhere in between, we are looking for Scottish children’s novels with a difference. We are currently accepting submissions in two categories: Kelpies (8-11 years) and KelpiesEdge (12-15 years). Winning authors receive a £2,000 cash prize and have their novel published in the Kelpies range. Submit 40,000 to 70,000 words.
LEAPFROG PRESS FICTION CONTEST http://www.leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm
$33 ENTRY FEE. Deadline May 5, 2018. Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed. We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our attention, we don’t care what the genre is. First Prize: publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards. Finalists: $150 and one or two critiques of the manuscript from contest judges; permanent listing on the Leapfrog Press contest page as a contest finalist, along with short author bio and description of the book. Semi-Finalist: Choice of a free Leapfrog book; permanent listing on the website. Honorable Mention: listing on the Leapfrog Press website.
INTERNATIONAL RUBERY BOOK AWARD http://www.ruberybookaward.com/
$60 ENTRY FEE. Deadline March 31, 2018. The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self-published authors, and books published by independent presses. Book of the year receives £1,500. Category winners receives £150.
SI LEEDS LITERARY PRIZE https://www.sileedsliteraryprize.com/
£10 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 30, 2018. This year’s winner will receive £3,000, the runner-up will get £1,250, and there will be a third prize of £750. The award’s Prize Plus programme also supports shortlisted writers through a programme of events, workshops, manuscript assessment and 1:1 coaching. The top three placed authors will receive manuscript extract assessments from The Literary Consultancy (up to 90,000 word assessment for first prize winner and up to 30,000 word assessments for runner-up and third placed entries). The Award is open to published and unpublished women writers, over the age of 18, of Black or Asian descent who are resident in the UK. The Award is open to unpublished* novels and/or collections of short stories of any genre of no less than 30,000 words.
WRITER’S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awards
$20-$30 ENTRY FEE. Deadline April 2, 2018. Grand prize $8,000, a feature in Writer’s Digest, press release, and paid trip to the WD conference. One first prize winner of $1,000 and promotion. Honorable mentions will receive promotion on the site and a digital seal. All entrants receive a brief commentary from the judges. Categories are Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction/Reference, Inspirational, Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Early Readers/Children’s Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult, and Poetry. All entrants must send a printed and bound book. The competition is open to all English-language self-published books for which the authors have paid the full cost of publication, or the cost of printing has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize. All books published or revised and reprinted between 2013 and 2018 are eligible.
THE YEOVIL LITERARY PRIZE https://www.yeovilprize.co.uk/
ENTRY FEES £5 to £12. Deadline May 31, 2018. Five categories: novel, short story, poetry, writing without restrictions, and a local category. Prizes range from £50 to £1,000. Open internationally.
FLASH 500 SHORT STORY CONTEST http://www.flash500.com/index.html
£7 ENTRY FEE. Deadline February 28, 2018. This contest is for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Prizes are £500, £200, £100.
GRINDSTONE OPEN PROSE COMPETITION https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions
ENTRY FEE £6. Deadline January 28, 2018. First £250. Second £100. Third £50. Our Open Prose competition invites writers to express themselves in any way they see fit, providing it’s prose, and it’s less than 1000 words long. We’re accepting Prose Poetry, Novel Openings, and Short Stories, and encourage our entrants to push the boat out when it comes to theme.
REFLEX FLASH FICTION https://www.reflexfiction.com/flash-fiction-competition-rules/
ENTRY FEE £7 / $9 / €9. Deadline February 28, 2018. Entries must be fiction but can be on any subject, and written in any style or form. We do not recommend poems and stories written for children. Please, no fan fiction or use of copyrighted material, characters, song lyrics etc. The flash fiction competition is international and welcomes entrants from all countries. Entries must be at least 180 words but no more than 360 words. Prizes: £1,000 first, £500 second, £250 third.
THE A3 REVIEW CONTEST https://thea3review.submittable.com/submit
$5 ENTRY FEE. DEADLINE MONTHLY. The A3 Review is an international magazine that behaves like a map. Its themed monthly contests are brought to you by the folks who make Writing Maps. We believe in words and images, and love a combination of the two. We’re looking for prose, poetry, graphic stories, photography, paintings, drawings, and other visual and word-based creations and various combinations of the above. We welcome submissions from everywhere in the world. Each month’s two winning entries will appear in The A3 Review, a fold-out literary and art magazine published every six months. Awards are £175, £100, and £75.
MONTELLO FOUNDATION RETREAT http://www.montellofoundation.org/pages/montello_home.htm
Deadline January 29, 2018. The idea behind the retreat is that you are in this amazing desert landscape by yourself. It’s all yours, and you are part of all what is around you. There is no direct interaction with other humans, no staff or other artists, you don’t have to be social or not, decide whether you go to your room or chat all night. You focus on being social using your art you work on while you are there, or do sketches to work on it afterwards, or you can just relax from working and spend two week in the hammock. There is no fee for artists to stay at the retreat, but artists are responsible for their travel expenses and for their meals. The retreat is located on 80 acres in an undeveloped valley near Montello in the North-Eastern corner of Nevada.
LILLIAN E. SMITH WRITER-IN-SERVICE AWARD https://www.piedmont.edu/lillian-smith-center
Deadline January 26, 2018. Location Demorest, Georgia. The Lillian E. Smith Center serves as an educational center and an artist retreat. The Lillian E. Smith Center sponsors the annual Writer-in-Service Award, which includes a two-week residency at the Center, a $500 honorarium, and a $500 travel allowance. Applications are usually accepted from November through mid-January, with the winner named in late February. The Award is open to U.S. residents working to advance writing through public service careers or volunteer work. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, arts education, literacy instruction, prison arts and education, English as a second language instruction, art-related therapies, etc.
CHULITA LODGE http://chulitnalodge.com/
Location Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. Chulitna Lodge Artist-In-Residence Program seeks to provide the time, space, clarity, and facilities for all forms of creative professionals to make and meditate. We encourage the gamut, from seasoned professionals to enthusiastic hobbyists, to apply for our various programs. Chulitna Lodge is 180 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska. The property is an inholding on hundreds of square miles of national park, so there are no roads leading in or out. The only access is by plane. Full scholarships include Room & Board plus flight from anywhere in the continental U.S. and commuter flight from Anchorage to Port Alsworth and require a minimum of 6 week commitment between June 1 and September 30. Partial scholarships include Room & Board, but not transportation. Work study options are also available.
OX-BOW SCHOOL OF ART AND ARTISTS RESIDENCY http://www.ox-bow.org/
Ox-Bow’s Artist-in-Residence program, located in Saugatuck, Michigan, offers artists the time, space, and community to encourage growth and experimentation in their practice.
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK RESIDENCY (MAUI, HAWAI’I) https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/2019-apply-haleakala-nation
Deadline February 7, 2018. Term of residency August 1-31, 2019. This residency includes $2,000 plus any direct donations to artists (this can be upwards of $28,000), and housing inside the Park on the Island of Maui. A rare privilege! Free use of the Wilderness Cabins in the park for a seven-night maximum. Provides a venue for the artist’s public presentation(s).
FORT UNION NATIONAL MONUMENT RESIDENCY https://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/foun-air-conditions-and-requirements
Deadline February 7, 2018. All candidates must have merit and/or experience in at least one of the following areas: two-dimensional artwork, sculpture, music, linguistics, writing, performance art, film, and/or ethnographic fine art, or any other appropriate artist medium. This involves a one-month term in October. Artists may present, at minimum, one 1-hour public program, workshop, concert or lecture during their residency. Located in Mora County near Watrous, NM, was the hub of commerce, national defense, and migration at the final stretch of the Santa Fe Trail.
FLORIDA HUMANITIES COUNCIL COMMUNITY PROJECT GRANTS http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/rfps/rfp8374-florida-humanities-council-invites-applications-for-community-project-grants
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for single events, lectures or panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, and/or online resources such as interpretive brochures, reading lists, audio/video recordings of scholarly presentations, and classroom resources. Eligible projects must be rooted in one or more of the disciplines of the humanities, enlist the participation of humanities scholars and/or experts in the project’s planning and execution, and engage the public in thoughtful and informed activities that explore humanities topics, especially those related to Florida or of interest to Floridians.
MENDOCINO COAST WRITER’ CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS http://mcwc.org/
The Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference (MCWC) is offering several scholarships to make MCWC 2018, August 2-4, accessible to writers from diverse backgrounds—and to reward writing of outstanding merit. Scholarship applications open on January 1 and close on February 15, 2018. MCWC is a vibrant writers’ conference located on the beautiful Mendocino coast. Morning workshops are offered in a wide range of genres relevant to many experience levels. Afternoons are packed with craft seminars, one-on-one consultations, open mic readings, and more. Evenings are full of community and camaraderie. An add-on or stand-alone publishing bootcamp, taught by industry-leader Jane Friedman, will be offered the day after the main conference.
PHILIP ROTH RESIDENCY https://www.bucknell.edu/rothresidence
Deadline February 1, 2018. The Philip Roth Residence aims to provide four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. In alternate years, the residency is awarded to poets and writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). In 2018 the residencies will be awarded to poets. Prose writers may apply in spring 2019 for the 2019-20 Residences. To be eligible, an applicant must be at least 21 years of age, reside in the United States, and not be enrolled as a student in a college or university. Some record of publication is desirable and there is no application fee.
MASTHEADS RESIDENCIES https://www.themastheads.org/apply
Deadline February 28, 2018. The residency runs for the month of July in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Applicants must submit a 10-page Writing Sample, a Letter of Intent, and a CV, all through our Submittable site. Five writers across disciplines (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translation) are awarded residencies.
MADELEINE P. PLONSKER EMERGING WRITER’S RESIDENCY http://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/programs/english/press/plonsker.php
Deadline March 1, 2018. Each spring, Lake Forest College, in conjunction with &NOW Books, sponsors an emerging writer under forty years old — with no major book publication — to spend three weeks in residence at our campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan. There are no formal teaching duties attached to the residency. Time is to be spent completing a manuscript, participating in the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, and offering a series of public presentations. The completed manuscript will be published (upon approval) by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press, with distribution by Northwestern University Press. The stipend is $10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the College. (Thanks www.erikadreifus.com)
ELIZA SO FELLOWSHIP https://blog.submittable.com/2017/12/the-2018-eliza-so-fellowship/
Deadline March 25, 2018. This month-long residency in Las Vegas will offer award recipients time and solitude to help them finish a book that is already in progress. The 2018 fellowships will include room and board at The Writer’s Block, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward travel. You must have a novel, collection of stories, memoir, or other prose work (fiction, nonfiction or hybrid) in progress (100 pages minimum) or poetry collection in progress (30 pages minimum). And you are either: a) A US immigrant (documented or undocumented), b) An indigenous writer with significant ties to Montana (either you are from Montana, live in Montana currently, or have another significant affiliation with Montana). (Thanks www.erikadreifus.com)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ARTISTS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/explore-and-create/professional-development-for-artists
Open deadline. Grants fund activities that contribute to the professional advancement of Canadian artists working in all artistic disciplines. Individuals who are Deaf or who have disabilities, including those living with mental illness, and require accommodation at any stage of the application process may be eligible for additional assistance. Support for professional development activities and career advancement, including but not limited to: mentorships, internships, apprenticeships, specialized training, and workshops. Pays up to $10,000.
RESEARCH AND CREATION GRANTS FOR ARTISTS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/explore-and-create/research-and-creation
Open deadline. Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations can apply to develop and make creative works. Grants provide support for creative research, creation and project development. Individuals who are Deaf or who have disabilities, including those living with mental illness, and require accommodation at any stage of the application process may be eligible for additional assistance. Support towards: creative research, creation, and project development, including residencies. Pays up to $25,000.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ARTS PROFESSIONALS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/supporting-artistic-practice/professional-development-for-arts-professionals
Open deadline. The Professional Development for Arts Professionals of Supporting Artistic Practice supports the career growth of Canadian arts professionals by encouraging knowledge-sharing and participation in a wide range of development opportunities. Grants fund activities that contribute to the advancement of Canadian arts professionals working in all artistic disciplines. Individuals who are Deaf or who have disabilities, including those living with mental illness, and require accommodation at any stage of the application process may be eligible for additional assistance. Support for professional development activities or for sharing expertise with other Canadian arts professionals and artists, including but not limited to: mentorships, internships, specialized training, taking or giving workshops, research, and participation in conferences, seminars or other significant events. Pays up to $10,000.
LITERARY PUBLISHING GRANTS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/supporting-artistic-practice/literary-publishing-projects
Deadline March 15, 2018. The Literary Publishing Projects component of Supporting Artistic Practice funds Canadian publishers of literary books and magazines committed to developing and promoting Canadian writers through the publishing process. Grants support the publication of literary books and magazines authored by Canadian writers. Up to $30,000 for book publication and $5,000 for magazines.
TRAVEL GRANTS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/arts-across-canada/travel
Open deadline. The Travel component of Arts Across Canada funds activities linked to Canadian presentation, exhibition, artistic collaboration, networking and building market opportunities for Canadian artists, arts professionals, artistic groups and arts organizations. Grants provide support to participate in significant events, build a national presence and for festivals and presenters to conduct research for Canadian artistic programming. Travel must be within Canada, at least 300 kilometres from your place of departure, and by invitation. You can apply for single or several destinations within one trip to: develop markets and networks (including participation in official showcases), present artistic work, participate in significant events, explore future artistic collaborations, and build on an existing tour (for a single representative of a group or organization). Up to $30,000.
TRANSLATION GRANTS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/arts-across-canada/translation
Deadline January 20, 2018. The Translation component of Arts Across Canada funds activities linked to the translation of Canadian literary works or dramatic works into French, English or an Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) language for Canadian publication or presentation.
CIRCULATION AND TOURING GRANTS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/arts-across-canada/circulation-and-touring
Deadline January 25, 2018. The Circulation and Touring component of Arts Across Canada funds touring and exhibition activities of Canadian artists, artistic groups and arts organizations. Grants support the presentation and exhibition of performances and works by Canadian artists which build national exposure and reach Canadian audiences. Destinations must be at least 250 kilometers from your place of departure for the circulation or touring of artists, exhibitions or artistic works to three or more consecutive Canadian destinations (art exhibitions must include at least two destinations outside your home province), or cross-border Canada/United States tours with the majority of events in Canada, or self-presentation and/or circulation and touring to fewer than three consecutive Canadian destinations, if you provide a strong market development rationale or outreach strategy.
FOREIGN ARTIST TOURS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/arts-across-canada/foreign-artist-tours
Deadline January 25, 2018. The Foreign Artist Tours component of Arts Across Canada supports Canadian not-for-profit arts organizations to circulate exhibitions or tour artists from around the world and provide new experiences to the Canadian public. Support for projects involving the circulation or touring of work by international artists, groups or organizations with at least two consecutive performances, presentations or exhibitions to two different cities, towns, rural communities or reserves in Canada.
ARTS ABROAD TRAVEL GRANTS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/arts-abroad/travel
Open deadline. The Travel component of Arts Abroad funds travel linked to international presentation, exhibition, artistic collaboration, networking and new market opportunities for Canadian artists and arts professionals, artistic groups and arts organizations. Grants provide support to attend significant events outside of Canada and build international presence.
ARTS ABROAD TOURING GRANTS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/arts-abroad/circulation-and-touring
Deadline February 20, 2018. Grants help build international exposure and increase the visibility of Canadian artists and their works abroad. International presenters, partners or host organizations must pay performance or exhibition fees to the presented artists, groups or organizations. Pays up to 50 percent of costs.
ARTS ABROAD RESIDENCY GRANTS – CANADA http://canadacouncil.ca/funding/grants/arts-abroad/residencies
Open deadline. Pays up to $20,000. Grants support artistic growth, creative reflection and professional development within the context of an international residency. You must be invited or selected by an international organization to participate in a residency of at least one week to a maximum of six months. You can apply to advance artistic practice, create work, develop artistic networks, and promote cultural exchange.
THE DOLLAR STRETCHER http://www.stretcher.com/menu/writers.cfm
The Dollar Stretcher is a group of publications dedicated to “Living Better…for Less”. We’re looking for specific ways to help people save time and money. In depth articles with practical ideas that people can employ to help them stretch their dollars. We do not want another submission on “8 ways to save on groceries.” Rather query us with “8 ways to save on ground beef” or “8 ways to reduce the cost of veggies.” Payment is at the rate of $0.10 per published word.
MONEY PANTRY http://moneypantry.com/contribute/
We’re looking for anyone with unusual and interesting, yet practical, ideas for earning and saving more money. Generally, we like longer articles in 1,000 to 2,000 words range. Generally, we pay between $30 to $150 per post.
A LIST APART http://alistapart.com/about/contribute
A List Apart (ISSN: 1534-0295) explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. We publish articles of anywhere between 600–2,500 words, depending on subject complexity; 1,500 words is about average.
Our members include women at different stages of family life–trying to conceive, pregnancy and parenting. BabyFit provides the information and encouragement that women need to enjoy healthy pregnancies and raise active families. Generally, articles are between 500 and 1,200 words in length. Freelancers are typically paid between $25 and $90 per piece, based on experience, credentials, and writing ability, and are required to carry their own professional liability insurance.
GREAT ESCAPE PUBLISHING https://www.greatescapepublishing.com/writers-guidelines/
Great Escape Publishing publishes articles on the craft and business of getting paid to travel, whether by writing, photography, tours or other means. We also publish short interviews with successful readers and members, as well as professionals working in a field that enables our readers to get paid to travel. We do not publish straight travel pieces. We pay $50-$75 for articles we request for the website, $100-$150 for interviews and personal stories, and $150-$200 for articles with specific income advice a reader can print and follow to earn more income. We pay on a variable scale depending on length/complexity of article/feature.
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY WRITERS OF AMERICA BLOG http://www.sfwa.org/sfwa-publications/sfwa-blog-guidelines/
The SFWA Blog is open to nonfiction submissions that might be of interest to new and/or established writers of science fiction and fantasy. Length 500-1,000 words. Pay six cents per word.
HAKAI MAGAZINE https://www.hakaimagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
Hakai Magazine explores science and society in coastal ecosystems. Our editorially independent, web publication examines the ties between the ocean, land, and human societies through long- and short-form journalism, illustration, photography, and video. Fees vary depending on the length and complexity of a story and on the experience of the storyteller. Payment in Canadian dollars is made upon acceptance of the final draft.
SEX, ETC. https://sexetc.org/apply-to-write/
Our teen staff writers come up with story ideas, write stories and blog posts, plan teen events and speak with national media about teen sexual health. They also receive writing and sexual health training and work with one of our editors to prepare stories for publication. Our teen staff writers are paid $75 for each story we publish.
ATLAS OBSCURA https://docs.google.com/document/d/148yIs0J9bsmN3guV9arbundXjvZAL_OLUk4BywX9tm4/edit
If you are pitching us a write-up of a place that you have visited or heard about, it is probably most suited to be an entry in the Places database. These are crowd-sourced submissions that go through an editorial process before being published. For the Stories section, we are seeking original journalism. Stories that will surprise us and article ideas that would never have occurred to us but that we won’t be able to stop thinking and talking about. We pay for stories, at rates competitive with other online-only publications.
Christmas and Holiday Stories – Deadline: January 30, 2018.
The holidays have just ended, so write your stories while they’re still fresh in your minds. We want to hear about your holiday memories and rituals, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Share the funny things too: the ugly sweater, the gingerbread house that kept falling down, and the fruit cake disaster.
Stories about Moms – Deadline: September 30, 2018.
We are collecting stories and poems about your mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, or honorary mothers who are just “like a mom” to you. Share your favorite anecdotes about her. Do you still turn to her for advice? Have you become your mom even though you swore you never would? How has your relationship changed as you’ve gotten older? We are not looking for general tributes (we know your mom is terrific) or biographies or eulogies—we want compelling, interesting, entertaining stories.
The Best Advice I Ever Heard – Deadline: February 28, 2018.
Has anyone ever given you a piece of advice that changed everything? Something that was so obvious and rational that you’ve never forgotten it? It could have changed your life in a major way, or it could have been just the ticket for a little tweak to your happiness. Did you pass on the advice to someone else, too? Share it with our readers now, in a book that we’ll publish for New Year New You 2019.
The Miracle of Love ***This title was formerly posted as “Love Stories” – Deadline: January 15, 2018.
Tell us how you found love, especially if you have a story that will make our readers say “wow..” New love, old love—please warm our hearts with your stories and poems. Please note this book is for adults, not for teenagers. We’re happy to hear about your high school sweetheart if you ended up together, but we are not looking for stories from current teens about teen relationships.
MIDWEST LIVING http://www.midwestliving.com/midwest-living-writers-guidelines/
Our articles focus on travel, food, home and garden. Article lengths are generally between 100 and 1,000 words. We define the Midwest as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas (we also sometimes do stories in bordering states such as Kentucky and Arkansas). We strive for a tone that is fresh, knowledgeable, fun and sophisticated. We include writer bylines on features, but most of our freelance opportunity lies in scouting and research. Pays $150.
PUBLISHERS AND AGENTS
HOLLOWAY LITERARY AGENCY https://hollowayliteraryagency.com/submissions/
Based in Raleigh, NC and established in 2011, Holloway Literary is a full-service agency that represents writers in romance, women’s and southern fiction, mystery, thriller, historical, literary, science fiction and select young adult.
ZIMMERMAN LITERARY AGENCY http://zimmermannliterary.com/submissions
I am currently concentrating my non-fiction efforts in health and wellness, relationships, popular culture, women’s issues, lifestyle, sports, and music. I am also drawn to memoirs that speak to a larger social or historical circumstance, or introduce me to a new phenomenon. And I am always looking for a work of fiction that will keep me up at night!
GLASS LITERARY MANAGEMENT http://www.glassliterary.com/submissions
Glass Literary Management is a full-service literary agency designed to take a hands-on approach with book authors at every stage of the development and publication process. We work with the top professionals in the industry to maximize our clients’ success, including film and television agents, managers, and producers; publicists and marketing experts; foreign agents; speaker’s bureaus; freelance editors; and writing collaborators. We do not represent picture books for children.
CITY LIGHTS PUBLISHING http://www.citylights.com/publishing/
Founded in 1955, with nearly 200 books in print, City Lights publishes cutting-edge fiction, poetry, memoirs, literary translations and books on vital social and political issues.
39 WEST PRESS https://39westpress.com/submit
39 West Press publishes books of art, poetry, literary fiction, and creative non-fiction. We are looking for innovative and well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established authors. From 1 January – 30 March, we accept manuscripts for full-length poetry volumes (approximately 70 pages or more), books of art, and creative non-fiction. We are NOT looking for unsolicited submissions in the following categories: fiction (including but not limited to romance, science fiction, true crime, mystery), cookbooks, how-to books, or religious inspirational books. Please do not send self-published manuscripts. We are not looking for single stories, essays, or poems at this time.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S PRESS http://amidsummernightspress.com/WP/
A Midsummer Night’s Press is an independent poetry publisher, primarily publishing under three imprints: Fabula Rasa (mythic poetry), Body Language (LGBT voices), and Periscope (poetry in translation).
AD LUMEN PRESS http://www.adlumenpress.com/about/
Ad Lumen Press seeks to publish works of high artistic and/or literary merit from emerging voices across genres and from throughout the country, with a special emphasis on works from the greater Sacramento region. While the press publishes poetry, novellas, short story collections, and literary nonfiction, only novels and book-length memoirs currently are accepted in our unsolicited submission process.
AGATE PUBLISHING https://www.agatepublishing.com/about/agate/
Agate is considering submissions in the general areas of food, cooking, and nutrition-related nonfiction, for its Surrey imprint; business-interest nonfiction, for its B2 imprint; fiction and nonfiction by African American writers, for its Bolden imprint; and books on Midwestern topics or by Midwestern authors, for its Midway imprint.
AKASHIC BOOKS http://www.akashicbooks.com/about/
Akashic Books is a Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers.
ANVIL PRESS http://www.anvilpress.com/Submit/
Anvil Press is a literary publisher interested in contemporary, progressive literature in all genres. We must stress that we are a small publisher, publishing 10 – 12 titles per year. In general, we are planning at least 12 months in advance and, at present, only consider work by Canadian authors. We do not publish the following kinds of books:
• formulaic genre novels: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, etc.
• children’s books
• YA (young adult)
FREELANCE HEALTH AND FITNESS WRITER – REMOTE https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=5c8990a9cf9c62c1
Cody is looking for content writers to craft original fitness and health content: our current focus is on blog articles and premium plan descriptions geared towards the practice of yoga. We seek those with a dedicated writing practice who can execute and elaborate on the ideas of our Marketing and Media teams. You will research content as needed, and write from the voice of our company. This is a remote position that is contracted for one year with a check in every three months to make sure the role is a good match for you. The position has potential for renewal. Although remote, you will have close and continuous contact with our Marketing team. If you believe you would thrive in this position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and 1-3 samples of your writing.
DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR – IRVINE, CALIFORNIA https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=d86f1b9ec11a99a4
Reporting to the Digital Marketing Manager, the Digital Content Editor serves as a functional and technical expert in developing, writing and editing content for UC Irvine Health’s public digital channels, including organizational websites, social media, digital signage, online advertisements, mobile websites and applications, online portals and electronic newsletters. The editor is responsible for ensuring online content is fresh, relevant and compelling and consistent with the organization’s strategic goals, brand and messaging. A solid understanding of web writing and best practices to ensure content is optimized for search engines is required.
STAFF WRITER – REMOTE https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=90ab15c9449634a8
Ballotpedia exists to build the encyclopedia of American politics . We build that encyclopedia by researching and writing about our areas of coverage, generating an unbiased resource for scholars, journalists, voters, and interested citizens. To succeed as a Staff Writer, you will have experience that enables you to communicate complex trends and opinions in a neutral, clear, and concise manner and have a propensity for innovation and flexibility. Four-year degree required.
SOCIAL MEDIA WRITER AND CONTENT CREATOR – HOUSTON, TEXAS https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=5e97ed557a549e55
Pop Ratio, a boutique communications firm specializing in public relations and social media, is seeking a Social Media Writer and Content Creator to work on a contract, remote basis. The first contract would be for six months, with the opportunity for an extension or growth into a full time roll in the future. Write copy that speaks to existing media – images and video, with provided content editorial calendar (approximately 50 unique posts per week for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, divided into posts for three assigned clients).
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