Archive for April 24th, 2016

Publishers/Agents

24 April 2016

JOLLY FISH PRESS
http://www.jollyfishpress.com/about-us.html
We are Jolly Fish Press, a publishing house based in Provo, Utah, which publishes trade fiction and select non-fiction books in the national and international market. We excel in exceptional cover design, worldwide online and brick-and-mortar distribution, expansive publicity and marketing campaigns, subsidiary rights representation, and most of all, our drive and ability to find exceptional, yet undiscovered authors, jumpstarting their careers with maximum exposure, sales, mentoring, and higher than industry average royalty rates.

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SEVENTH STREET BOOKS
http://www.seventhstreetbooks.com/submissions.html
Seventh Street Books publishes only mystery and thriller fiction. We are not currently looking for short story collections, anthologies, novellas, or nonfiction.

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CAROLYN JENKS
http://www.carolynjenksagency.com/
Carolyn Jenks brings a professional background in publishing, theatre and film to her work as an agent. She combines those disciplines and her love of literature with the art of agenting. The home office is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the agency continues to introduce new writers of all genres.

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RIPPLE GROVE PRESS
http://www.ripplegrovepress.com/submissions/
We are looking for picture driven stories for children ages 2-6. Please do not send early readers, middle grade, or YA manuscripts. No religious or holiday themed stories. Please do not submit your story with page breaks or illustration notes. Do not submit a story with doodles or personal photographs. Do not send your idea for a story, send your story in manuscript form. We are not looking for: Lullaby stories or stories about how much I love you. Or my younger brother annoys me. Or there’s a new baby in the house. Or there’s a monster under my bed. Or I want to turn my sister into a monster. Or you’re the star in my heaven. We want something fresh and original.

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Writing Job Opportunities

24 April 2016

ONE COUNTRY STAFF WRITER
https://acumenholdings.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk06uzr
Location Fayetteville, Arkansas
One Country Media is searching for an entry level staff writer who is excited to help grow our reader base by writing informative and fun articles that will engage our followers and make them come back for more. You will be responsible for creating content for organic and paid programs for a world-class media destination site that inspires, celebrates and influences country lifestyle.

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ACQUIRING EDITOR
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/jobzone/details/index.html?record=1733
Location Portland, OR
Basic Function: To acquire 15 to 18 new books a year and to follow each book through development and delivery, and then assist the team in editing, design, production, marketing and publicity, and sales. To seek out the best books in Timber’s categories (gardening, nature, and regional), as well as to find books that help Timber broaden its commercial appeal in a variety of categories.

Freelance Writing Markets

24 April 2016

RANGE MAGAZINE
http://www.rangemagazine.com/guidelines/index.htm
RANGE magazine is an award-winning quarterly devoted to the issues that threaten the West, its people, lands, and wildlife. RANGE needs (1) stories about working family ranches successfully tending land and livestock, (2) solid profiles of working cowboys and sheepherders, and (3) interviews with government employees and environmentalists who have made a positive difference for people on the land. Regular features, tightly written, run 1,200-2,000 words; mini-features 600-1,200 words. Columns and “Confessions of Red Meat Survivors” (great nostalgia about people over 80) run 500-650 words. Payments are from $50 to $400 per article. RANGE buys First North American serial rights.

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MOTORCYCLE MOJO
http://www.motorcyclemojo.com/editorial-guidelines/
We are proudly Canadian and  one of less than a handful of Canadian motorcycle magazines on the newsstands in a sea of American titles. We are a family-oriented motorcycle magazine that focuses on all types of road-going motorcycles, touring, history and destination articles. Destinations, meaning somewhere you can ride to for a weekend (or longer) and take in an event or a festival of some nature. A travel story may be a weekend trip just to ride the roads of a certain area, it could be a two-hour ride or a two-week ride, or longer. We are especially interested in travel within Canada or south of the border – some place Canadians can actually ride to. Small stories can be 600-800 words while travel features might run into 2,000 words.

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McSWEENEY’S
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/tendency
We publish fiction and nonfiction. There are no rules. The best way to get a sense of what we’re interested in publishing is to read the Quarterly. Read articles online and note the quirky sense of humor required in the stories accepted.

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ASIMOV’S
http://www.asimovs.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine is an established market for science fiction stories. Asimov’s pays 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, and 8 cents for each word over 7,500. We seldom buy stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words, and we don’t serialize novels. We pay $1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines. We buy First English Language serial rights plus certain non-exclusive rights explained in our contract. We do not publish reprints, and we do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Grants, Fellowships, Writing Residencies, and such…

24 April 2016

CHULITNA LODGE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
http://chulitnalodge.com/artists
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. 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 six weeks commitment between June 1 and Sept 30. Partial scholarships include Room & Board, but not transportation. Work study options are also available. All scholarship and work study artists are expected to participate in meal preparation, and clean up, and/or gardening.

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SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL
http://semac.org/grant-categories.php
SEMAC will provide Individual Artist Grants to encourage the development of entirely original work by both Emerging Artists and Established Artists from the region.  Such works could include original literary or dramatic scripts, musical compositions, choreographies, visual arts creations, and interdisciplinary works. The original work must be earmarked for a public showcasing, via publication, performance, or exhibition, in conjunction with a non-profit arts organization. Individual Artist Grants of no less than $300 and no more than $2,500 will be considered for funding in the Emerging Artist category, and no more than $5,000 in the Established Artist category.

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NATIONAL STORYTELLING BRIMSTONE AWARD
http://www.storynet.org/grants/brimstone.html
Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in support of model storytelling projects that are service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and replicable, to some extent, in other places and situations. Projects should have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients; inspire excellence in applied storytelling work; and communicate to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling. Deadline April 28, 2016.

ANTARACTIC ARTISTS AND WRITERS PROGRAM (NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION)
http://tinyurl.com/hum9o3k

Deadline June 1, 2016.

Furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants. The program does not support short-term projects that are essentially journalistic in nature.

ROYAL NONESUCH HUMOR WRITING CONTEST

24 April 2016

“Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand.” 

                                                                                          — Mark Twain

Welcome to the THIRD annual Mark Twain House & Museum’s “Royal Nonesuch” Humor Writing Contest for writers of all ages from all corners of the globe!

Recognizing that Samuel Clemens (aka: Mark Twain) began writing at an early age and to encourage other young authors, we welcome submissions for two categories:

  • Adult (age 18 and over at time of submission) at $23 per submission, and
  • Young Author (age 17 and under at time of submission) at $13 per submission.
  • Submissions fees go towards the preservation of The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. This contest is a whole new way for “Twainiacs” to support Mark Twain’s legacy. We thank you sincerely!

Celebrity Judges will be announced soon.

Your deadline is Sunday, July 10, 2016. Word limit is 7,000 words. 

Submit your original humorous essays and stories for a chance at a cash prize, and best of all – bragging rights! Last year’s winners took home $3,500+ in prizes.

“If Mark Twain were alive, he’d be happy about this contest, because he’d win it.” – Andy Borowitz

Entry fee: $23.00 USD, $13.00 USD

Deadline: July 10, 2016

  •  Submit 7,000 words (or fewer) of any original work of humor writing. (Entries longer than 7,000 words will be disqualified.)

•  Previously published work is acceptable; please do not submit work that has won other humor prizes.

•  Submissions must be in English.

•  Submissions are not required to be in the style of Mark Twain or about Mark Twain. We want to hear your voice. And we want you to make us laugh!

•  Submissions will be judged by our Mark Twain House staff and scholars, Trinity College faculty, and celebrity judges (to be announced).

•  Submissions are due by July 10, 2016.

•  Winners may be asked to provide age verification regarding submission category.

•  You may submit more than one entry; a separate fee is required for each entry.

•  Winners will be notified by September 12, 2016.

•  Winners will retain ownership of their work. The Mark Twain House & Museum reserves the right to publish winning pieces in a public forum with credit to the author.

PRIZES (winners in both categories):

•      1st Prize: $1,000 (Adult), $1,000 (Young Author)

•      2nd Prize: $500 (Adult), $500 (Young Author)

•      3rd Prize: $250 (Adult), $250 (Young Author)

•      Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $100 Gift Certificate for the Mark Twain Museum Store (Adult & Young Author).

•  Staff and immediate family members of the Mark Twain House are not eligible.

The mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation’s defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. The Mark Twain House & Museum operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation. Mark Twain built the house in 1874 and lived here with his wife and children until 1891. This is where he wrote such masterpieces as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and is located at 351 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, CT. We appreciate your participation in this inaugural writing contest as it supports our preservation efforts.

Visit the website to enter:  https://twainhouse.submittable.com/submit

PALOOKA PRESS CHAPBOOK PRIZE

24 April 2016

 

About Palooka Press

The press was founded in 2012 to offer a publishing opportunity for writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts.

How It Works

As always, we take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention and thorough consideration. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren’t looking for a particular aesthetic; we’re wiling to give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid. Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible with this in either direction. There is a $10 entry fee that comes with an electronic issue of Palooka. All pieces within entries are also considered for publication in the magazine.

The Winner Receives…

       *Publication by Palooka Press (a professionally made perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover)
*20 free copies of the book
*$200 honorarium
*A bio and photo featured on our website
*Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion

Deadline: 8/1/2016

Judging

All submissions will be read “blind” to ensure pure contest ethics. Palooka also prohibits submissions from any friends or family of the judge. The judge for the contest is Jonathan Starke, the founding editor of Palooka. Jonathan has published essays, stories, plays, and poetry in The Sun, Missouri Review, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, Shenandoah, Gulf Coast, Brevity, River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Post Road, Passages North, and Third Coast, among others.

Guidelines

*Amount: Multiple submissions are permitted, but each submission must be accompanied by the proper entry fee and submitted to the proper Submittable category.
*Page count: 35-50 pages, roughly, but we’re open to more or less.
*Formatting: No author information anywhere on the manuscript. Please put author information only in the Cover Letter/Bio section when submitting. 12-point font, one-inch margins, double-spaced (for prose).
*Entry fee: $10 (comes with an electronic issue of Palooka)
*Cover Letter/Bio section should include: manuscript title, page count, author’s name, phone number, and e-mail address.
*Simultaneous submissions are encouraged as long as you withdraw your manuscript if accepted elsewhere. As always, we will offer you a sturdy e-handshake for your accomplishment.
*It is perfectly fine if some of the works have been published elsewhere as the proper permission from other magazines/journals will be requested and cited on an acknowledgements page.

Contact:

For questions, please e-mail the editor at palooka [at] protonmail.com

How to enter:  https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit

THE 2016 Lummox Press Poetry Prize

24 April 2016

A winner will be selected from entrants who pay the $15 reading fee to LUMMOX 5. Those entrants who do not win, will receive a copy of the Prize winner’s chapbook. If a copy of LUMMOX 5 is desired, it may be purchased for $18 + Shipping. Contact for questions.

ISM is the theme for LUMMOX 5 and the Poetry Contest. What’s an ISM? Visit the Wiki Page for answers (and here for examples).

THIS YEAR’ S CONTEST WILL BE JUDGED BY JUDITH SKILLMAN (see bio below).

The 2016 Lummox Press Poetry Prize will award publication of 40 copies of a chapbook of poetry (56 pages max), plus $200 to the winner, plus a mini-feature in LUMMOX 5 (L5); second and third place winners will also be published in the mini-feature in L5. All Contest entrants will receive a copy of the chapbook. Please read ALL of the guidelines below…

GUIDELINES —

There is a non-refundable online application fee of $15.

READING PERIOD: APRIL 1ST TO MAY 31ST.

SUBMIT via email no later than May 31, 2016 to Raindog

The author must hold all rights to the POETRY. No manuscript submission is necessary to win! Submit, via email, 3 poems and include your NAME, your PEN NAME (if different), your CONTACT INFO and a short bio (100 words or less).

The Winning poet will be asked to provide a manuscript of up to 56 pages in a single document and sent to Raindog. Payment can be made via the Pay Pal button below (preferred) or by check/cash via Lummox Press, PO Box 5301 San Pedro, CA 90733. The winning chapbook may include poems previously published in a periodical, anthology, or on the web but the manuscript as a whole may not have been published as substantially the same work. Please provide where and when the work was previously published.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Each poem will contain no more than 70 lines (including spaces between title, stanza/verses and title).

Use Times New Roman 12 pt font, single spaced. DO NOT paginate or format in any way (we’ll take care of that). The text must be written in English and must be solely the author’s work.

Please, no Simultaneous submissions.

Skillman Bio:

Judith Skillman’s new book is House of Burnt Offerings from Pleasure Boat Studio. She is the author of Broken Lines—The Art & Craft of Poetry, Lummox Press 2013. Her work has appeared in Tampa Review, Prairie Schooner, FIELD, The Iowa Review, and other journals. She taught in the field of humanities for twenty-five years, and has collaboratively translated poems from Italian, Portuguese, and French. Currently she works on manuscript review. Visit http://www.judithskillman.com

For previous examples of poetry, please look at a copy of LUMMOX 2, the annual anthology published by Lummox Press. Lummox Press does not discriminate on the basis of gender, nationality, race or sexual orientation, but is very discriminating in choosing the work it publishes. This means that I want your best work.

The deadline is May 31, 2016. Remember the online application fee of $15 is non-refundable. Pay with the Donation button below. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning poet’s chapbook.

Email questions to poetraindog@gmail.com and write Lummox Prize in the subject line.

Please check the website, http://www.lummoxpress.com/lc/, for updates and further information. The winner and finalists will be announced via email.

Questions regarding PRINT submission can be sent via email address above or via mail to this address: Attn: Poetry Prize c/o PO Box 5301 San Pedro, CA 90733

How to enter:  http://www.lummoxpress.com/lc/the-2016-lummox-press-poetry-prize/

THE BACKWATERS PRESS PRIZE

24 April 2016

THE BACKWATERS PRESS PRIZE

$25 ENTRY FEE.

Deadline May 31, 2016.

Submit 60-85 pages of poetry.

The prize is a $2,000 plus publication of the book in trade paperback,

plus 30 copies of the book to the poet.  

Visit the website for details:  https://thebackwaterspress.submittable.com/submit

WIN THE COVER OF THE AUGUST ISSUE, $2,000 IN CASH AND MORE!!!‏

24 April 2016

HEAVY METAL PARTNERS WITH THREADLESS FOR AUGUST 2016 COVER DESIGN

Legendary Magazine Recruits Threadless Artist Community Via Newly Launched Design Challenge!

CHICAGO (April 13, 2016)-Threadless, the global design community best known for their graphic apparel, and Heavy Metal Magazine, the world’s premier illustrated magazine for science fiction, horror, and fantasy, have partnered to host a design challenge. The two brands are asking artists from around the world to create original artwork for the cover of the August 2016 issue of Heavy Metal. Beginning April 13, 2016 artists will have three weeks to submit their designs to be voted on via Threadless.com. Once submissions close, there will be an additional ten days for scoring.
“Heavy Metal Magazine is such a visually iconic publication, and I believe our artist community will have so much to bring to the table,” said Jake Nickell, Threadless founder and CEO. “We’ve printed designs that are aesthetically in line with Heavy Metal’s look and feel, so I’m confident that this challenge will foster some incredible artwork.”
One design from the challenge will be selected to be featured as the August 2016 cover of Heavy Metal. The winning artist will receive $2,000, a $250 Threadless gift certificate, a 10-year subscription to Heavy Metal, and a full set of Lord of Light collection prints. Two runners up will receive $750 cash, a $250 Threadless gift certificate, and a three-year subscription to Heavy Metal.
In addition to scoring from the Threadless community of over 3.6 million users, the challenge will be guest-judged by Heavy Metal Magazine staff members Grant Morrison (Editor-in-Chief), Kevin Eastman (Publisher), Jeff Krelitz (Co-CEO), and Brian Witten (President).
Artists are encouraged to visit https://www.threadless.com/heavy-metal/ to learn more about the challenge and submit their designs.