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DENVER IN-PERSON ONE-ON-ONE SCRIPT CONSULTATIONS Full Script Workshop | May 26, 2017 | TBD

5 May 2017

 

Gordy Hoffman, the Sundance award-winning writer/director (LOVE LIZA, A COAT OF SNOW), will be available for one-hour, in-person script consultations in Denver between May 26-27, 2017 (Friday and Saturday).

Gordy will read your script in advance, and then when he’s in Denver, he will meet with you at your convenience to provide notes to you and discuss your script in depth for one hour. He will answer all your questions and give you a clear path forward on rewriting your draft, as well as answer any specific questions you might have about screenwriting and film making. The consultation is designed to support the development of your screenplay and you as a screenwriter overall.

Once you’ve booked the consultation, we will be determine the location and time that’s convenient while Gordy’s in Denver. If you have any questions regarding logistics or scheduling before you register for the consultation, please contact the BlueCat office at info@bluecatscreenplay.com.

Gordy has taught graduate screenwriting courses at USC and UCLA, as well as led workshops all over North America, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and England. He’s presented at numerous writing conferences, including IFP Script to Screen Conference, Lit Week at Lighthouse Workshop, Willamette Writers Conference, Script DC Conference, as well as serving as judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. A proud Jayhawk, he sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas.

Gordy’s short film, DOG BOWL, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Program. He’s currently developing a feature for Abigail Spencer.

Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.

Note: Screenplays submitted to the workshop are not eligible to be entered into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.

$225 (Full Registration) / N/A (Regular)

Location:
TBD

Read more at: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/workshops/denver-in-person-one-on-one-script-consultations/#Wmusb8p9w02cTRZI.99

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Press Release: New Exhibition Announcement – Carnegie Art Museum

28 February 2017

silver-snake-graphite-and-prismacolor-on-arches-paper-30-x-44-in-by-joanne-julian-2016

Carnegie Art Museum

Press Release:  New Exhibition Announcement– 2/14/17

Joanne Julian – Defying Darkness

SELECTED WORKS  2009 – 2016                   

March 12 – May 21, 2017

Opening Reception with artist’s catalog signing/Saturday, March 11th –  4-6pm  $5/ members free

Joanne Julian’s newest exhibition Defying Darkness at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California traces in over 30 graphite and sumi ink drawings the development in her recent work of a rising fascination for the impacts and subtly iridescent atmosphere of darkness. The artist’s growing understanding and facility with contrasting peacefully white voids with energizing splashes of black has deepened, until now the beauty of darkness has itself become the setting.

Budding evidences of this dark visual challenge in hindsight appears throughout her various series and is displayed in a few, early hinting samples from Julian’s Zen Circles and Botanicals Series. The fascination and investigation, however, hits full stride in recent works in her Fish, Clouds and Skies, and particularly Birds and Feather Series. In these latter, the use of darkness and cropping lends a floating, unanchored, almost celestial quality to the creatures depicted. Yet all are represented with the elegant sparseness that Julian has become noted for over her 30 year career. Coupled with the large –scale of the drawings, Defying Darkness wraps viewers in a quietly dramatic experience.

Joanne Julian was born in Los Angeles. She received her BA and MA degrees in sculpture and printmaking from California State University, Northridge and her MFA degree in painting from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. For 34 years she was a full-time faculty member at College of the Canyons in Valencia, California, during which time she was also a half-time faculty member at California State University Northridge. Having studied and traveled in Asia, the influence of Zen Buddhist aesthetics has been noted as an undercurrent in Julian’s art.

The artist has had over 20 solo exhibitions and been featured in 60 group exhibitions nationally.  Among these have been exhibitions at: Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles, Thomas Babeor Gallery in La Jolla, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Newport Harbor Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in 2015 California State University Northridge. Public collections of her work include: Atlantic Richfield, Bank of America, Grand Wailea Resort, Home Savings of America, The Irvine Company, Nestle, Nikko, Price Waterhouse, and Teneco Oil.

Joanne Julian will give an Artist’s Gallery Talk at Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard on March 30th at 6:30pm. An exhibition catalog with essay by Meher McArthur is available. For additional information, see carnegieam.org.

 

Location:  Carnegie Art Museum/424 South C Street/ Oxnard, CA/ 805.385.8157/8  / carnegieam.org

Hours: Thurs- Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 1-5pm.  Closed holidays and during exhibit installation.

attached images credits:

Seven Cranes Triptych (right panel detail), acrylic and graphite on Arches paper, 30 x 70 in. by Joanne Julian, 2016.

Silver Snake, graphite and Prismacolor on Arches paper, 30 x 44 in. by Joanne Julian, 2016.

LISA HORAN
Visitor and Media Services Specialist

Carnegie Art Museum
424 South C Street
Oxnard, CA 93030
805.385.8254

HOURS:  Thurs. – Sat. 10 am- 5 pm / Sun. 1 – 5 pm

“Romance Me” Novel Writing Contest Winners Announced

28 February 2017

Judges from Top Romance Imprints Select Winners of Romance Writing Contest for Prizes, Promotion on Romance Junkies

AUSTIN, TX | FEB. 14, 2017  — Submission Platform and Publishing AI and startup AUTHORS.me today announced the winners of its “Romance Me” Novel Writing Contest, open to original romance novels not previously published by a traditional publisher. First place went to Time’s Firebird by Rachel Mannino; second place to Stripped Bounty by Dorothy F. Shaw; third to Not Even Death by Emerson Clarey.

The winning novels represent the diverse breadth of the Romance genre. First place winner Time’s Fireird is historical romance with elements of science fiction. “Taken captive by a Viking, time-traveling anthropologist Fiona Dale must find some way home,” reads the hook. “She falls in love with her amorous abductor, but if she stays, she’ll destroy history.” Maninno has published two novels: Love or Justice (Limitless Press), and Fractal (eTreasures).

 

Stripped Bounty is a romantic thriller/suspense exploring the complicated, harrowing relationship between Rosie Santini and the bouncer of the club she dances after her drug-running husband gets himself killed. “Badger finally got Rosie in his bed, but in order to keep her there, he has to figure out how to save her life,” reads the hook. Shaw has published nine novels, including three with Samhain and one with Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Books.

 

Not Even Death is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance “inspired by what it means to love in the face of unexpected tragedy and how to move past crippling loss. ” said Clarey. The novel centers around the friendship between two girls–one living, one dead–who vow to “help a troubled boy with a death wish find his way back to hope.”

 

Mannino has been awarded a cash prize of $200 and will see the first chapter of Time’s Fire Bird excerpted on the popular romance book website, Romance Junkies. Both runners up received a cash prize, and Shaw will receive a professional query consultation. All three novels will be featured on the AUTHORS.me acquisitions platform and highlighted in the company’s February newsletter sent to the publishers and agents who use the platform.

 

For more information on the winning novels, click here.

 

Over 300 writers submitted original novels to the contest, which was open to submissions from October 15 through December 15. Judges for the contest hail from some of the top Romance imprints in the country: Lexi Smail, Editorial Assistant at Forever and Forever Yours (Hachette Book Group); Marissa Sangiacomo, Marketing Manager at St. Martin’s Press, specializing in all Swerve, SMP and Griffin Romance titles (Macmillan); and Katherine Pelz, Associate Editor of romance, women’s fiction, and mystery at Berkley/NAL (Penguin/Random House).

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ABOUT AUTHORS, INC.

AUTHORS, Inc. is an Austin-based technology company modernizing the creative discovery process. They bring efficiency and machine intelligence to submissions, providing smart tools for writers, agents, publishers, and producers with a content acquisition platform and predictive analytics.

Screen Play and Novel Resources

3 January 2017

ScreenplayCoverage.com – along with its sister site NovelCoverage.com – is a trusted writers’
resource, serving thousands of authors over the last 8 years. The top 3 screenplays each month
are offered exposure to thousands of industry professionals. They have the most experienced
staff you’ll find anywhere online, many of whom read for agents and studios for over 10 years
before coming aboard.

They prepare coverage reports, treatments, proofreading, and even perform audio of your script!
They haven’t raised their rates since they began, and if you tell them Hope sent you, they’ll
knock 20% off for first-time clients as an introduction to the service.

Just e-mail Skyler at info@screenplaycoverage.com and ask about the discount, or see if
they’re online right now through the chat widget on their site. http://www.ScreenplayCoverage.com

Adverbially Challenged Volume 1 is OUT NOW!

2 December 2016

www.ChristopherFelden.com

Adverbially Challenged Volume 1 is OUT NOW!
It’s my pleasure to announce that Adverbially Challenged Volume 1 has been released and is available for purchase.

The book contains 100 flash fiction stories from 91 authors located all over the planet. Profits from book sales will go to First Story, a charity that uses writing to foster creativity and communication skills in schools.

You can learn how and where to buy the book here.

Please like it, share it, buy it, fill Christmas stockings with it and review it. The more exposure the book receives, the more money we can raise for charity. Thanking you all muchly in advance 🙂
Wicked Game Special Offer

To celebrate the launch of Adverbially Challenged Volume 1, and as a big thank you to all of you for your ongoing support, I am offering my book Wicked Gameat reduced prices for a limited period.
From 8am (GMT for the UK, PST for rest of world) on 24th November to 11pm 30th November:

  • You can buy Kindle copies of WG on Amazon.co.uk for 99p
  • You can buy Kindle copies of WG on Amazon.com from 99¢ (might vary slightly, depending which country you live in)

 

To Hull & Back Anthology Book Launch
The To Hull & Back 2016 book launch party is happening on 10th December at Left Bank in Bristol. Full details can be found on Facebook.
‘How To’ Book FREE Taster PDF

For those of you that are new to the newsletter, first, welcome 🙂 Second, you can now order a free sample of my book How to Write a Short Story, Get Published & Make Money.

The book uses my published short stories as case studies, so you can clearly see how all the advice and tips were used in practice to achieve publishing success.

If you want to buy the full book, here is a discount code for you to use on my website:

  1. PDF01gives you 33% off PDF copies of the book

Cheers, Chris 🙂

How to Write a Personal Essay That Sells

2 December 2016

Welcome to the home of The Writer‘s free webinar series!

Come spend an hour with us as we cover every aspect of the writing life in real time, from writing to revision to publishing – all taught by leading experts in the field and hosted by The Writer’s editorial staff.

Our next webinar:

How to Write a Personal Essay That Sells

December 6th at 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST

Presented by contributing editor Melissa Hart

All of us have a story to tell. But did you know there are hundreds of magazines and newspapers willing to publish and pay for those stories? In this webinar, you’ll learn the “hows” and the “whys” of essays that sell, from craft to revision to pitching the final product. We’ll cover:

  • The three questions editors ask when reading your essay pitch
  • Where professional essayists get their ideas
  • Key elements of successful and surprising essays
  • Crafting the perfect nonfiction scene
  • Revision strategies to adopt before you hit “send”
  • A list of publications that publish essays

How to Register, visit:

http://www.writermag.com/webinars/

DOWNLOAD 54 E-BOOKS FOR FREE NOW!

1 December 2016

Deadline: December 1, 2016, at Midnight, PST!

The 12th annual Poetry Super Highway E-book Free-For-All is on now. 51 e-books have been donated by poets from all over the world and they are now available to download for the next 24 hours for free. Click HERE to get your free e-fill.

This is a limited time offer…the free download links will disappear tonight at midnight (pacific – the evening of December 1st) and we’ll post a new page shortly thereafter letting everyone know how many times each book was downloaded.

So get to that e-book downloading now…it’s a free-for-all!

Please support this Kickstarter Project by poet & author LB Sedlacek – “MARS OR BUST” Project!

20 November 2016

This project will only be funded if at least $250 is pledged by Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 7:48 AM, CST.

Adventurous poems about traveling to Florida: I-95, Kennedy Space Center, Legoland, Savannah by poet and publisher L.B. Sedlacek.

View LB’s “MARS or BUST” Mission Statement Video by clicking on the link provided below:

About this project:

I’m a long-time poet and I love to read and write poetry. I had the privilege to be a poetry seminar class with Maya Angelou in graduate school. Since then I started a free poetry resource for poets, “The Poetry Market Ezine” and I’ve been publishing it for more than 10 years. We have over 2,000 subscribers. “Mars or Bust” is full of poems about my family’s annual trip from North Carolina to Florida. We love Legoland! We love Kennedy Space Center! We love Florida! My son is my co-collaborator on many of my projects and draws my cover art. I believe the Arts are so important in education so I truly enjoy working on projects that encompass more than one of the Arts at a time. These are fun whimsical poems about a rather unusual (but not so unusual for us) family vacation in Florida and also traveling through South Carolina and Georgia at Christmas time.

I plan to offer free copies of my ebooks from the popular series for poets “The Poet’s Survival Guides” and to also offer a free copy of my chapbook when published, and other goodies depending on the level of commitment. With funds from my project, I plan to publish “Mars or Bust” as a chapbook and ebook and to sell it online and at readings.

I’m a true poet’s poet:  I read poetry every day, I subscribe to poetry magazines, I buy and read poetry books.  I truly love poetry.  “Mars or Bust” will help me to continue to introduce poetry to folks who may come to love it as much as I do!

Thank you for your support!

 This project will only be funded if at least $250 is pledged by Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 7:48 AM CST.

RISKS and CHALLENGES:

Some of the obstacles I’d face is that is hard to get people interested in poetry. I offer my chapbooks at readings and also online as ebooks. That helps keep the expense down and make it affordable for people to try it out. If I break even on my chapbooks and maybe make a few extra dollars that is my goal as I’m mainly trying to cover my expenses and publishing and promoting my chapbook. Just getting one more person interested in poetry is a win! Just like one small step for mankind, it’s one more small step for poetry to get a new poetry reader!

PLEASE VISIT THE MARS OR BUST KICKSTART PAGE AND SUPPORT. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/342889535/mars-or-bust

Laura “LB” Sedlacek is an award-winning poet with poems published in numerous journals, e-zines and magazines. She is also a publisher, editor, reviewer, and does poetry critiques. LB has also had several short stories published.

 This project will only be funded if at least $250 is pledged by Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 7:48 AM CST.

Websites:

Note: This kickstart mission is near fruition. Give whatever you can and pass along the information to others if you will. Thank you for your support! : )

Poetry Super Highway: Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All!

4 November 2016

Announcing: the 12th annual:
Great Poetry E-Book Free-For-All!

The mission of the Poetry Super Highway
is to expose as many people to as many other
people’s poetry as possible.

What?

A crazy project in which your poetry e-books will be freely available to all interested humans on Earth for a 24 hour period.

Throughout November we will collect e-books from poets and writers interested in participating.

Then on December 1st, 2016 for a 24 hour period, a special website will go live with links to all of the e-books. For 24 hours anyone will be free to download, for free, as many of these e-books as they like…a poetry e-book free-for-all.

How?

To participate, read all of the guidelines below and then click on our Online Submission form. That’s it. It’s simple. By doing so, your e-book will be included.

The E-Book has to be written by you.

E-books should be in PDF Format for universal compatibility with anyone’s computer.

If you have an e-book in Microsoft Word or another format, please convert it to PDF. One way to do this (if you don’t know how) is to visit the website http://www.freepdfconvert.com/. From there you will be allowed to select the file on your computer which will uploaded and e-mailed back to you in PDF format.

When creating your e-book file, please keep it smaller than 1 megabyte.

Once you’ve created your e-book (not before), click on our Online Submission Form to join in!

Do not fill out the form and then e-mail us your e-book later. Please fill out the form and use it to upload your e-book to us.

We are not accepting e-books or submissions by e-mail. The only way to join in is by clicking on the Online Submission Form below.

On December 1, 2016 at Midnight (the evening of November 30), we will distribute a special e-mail letting people know the location of the web page with links to all of the e-book files. People will be free to download any or all of the titles and your poetry will be freely, electronically, travelling all over the world. This web page will go off line 24 hours later at Midnight on December 2nd.

We will also list your e-book and description on this web page along with the link to your website for all to see.

When it’s over, we’ll produce a list of how many copies of each book were downloaded for no reason other than you may find it interesting.

To submit your book, please go to our
ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you doing this?
To expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible.

Why isn’t this a one-one exchange like the Great Poetry Exchange?
The immediate accessibility of the internet, and zero costs for producing e-books makes this a much more attractive opportunity for an immediate larger audience for your books. We don’t want to limit your potential readers to other producers of e-books, nor to one other person.

Why does the e-book have to be written by me?
Unlike the Great Poetry Exchange, were one can participate by pledging to send a book by someone else or an anthology they’ve edited, since e-books are not purchased physical entities, and because they will be available in unlimited quantities during the 24 hour period on December 1st, only you have the rights to your poetry. You can’t authorize the free distribution of someone else’s poetry, the rights of which you don’t own, to the world.

This sounds cool but I don’t have an e-book.
That’s not really a question, but anyway, why not make one? Do some basic design and layout of your poems in your favorite word processing program. Make a title page. Design a nice cover. Use any pictures you want. Turn it into an PDF. You’ve got an e-book. There’s no time like the present. Maybe you’ll take it to print later?

I participated last year and I want to submit the same book, can you just use the file and info you have already?
This creates more work for us and is a little more difficult for us to manage. It would really help out if you could click on the Online Submission Form so we can have everything in the same place, we’d appreciate it.

I’m concerned about my book being free for everyone on the planet.
Also not a question but we understand. Maybe this isn’t for you. Maybe you sell e-books on your website and don’t want to give unlimited copies of one away over a 24 hour period. Hey, it’s cool.

Are these really frequently asked questions?
Actually no, all these were written before we received any questions, imagining what some of the questions might be.

More info:

Visit Poetry Super Highway and click on “Great E-Book Free-For All” for updated details and for the list of participating authors/e-books.

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WoW! Women-on-Writing: Feature Article Submissions

4 November 2016
Our submission period is now open and not confined to an e-zine issue’s publication schedule. We will be publishing a new feature article every week/two weeks and highlighting it in a newsletter like this one. If you have a good idea for an article and it’s a topic we haven’t covered before (if you’re in doubt, just shoot us a quick question in an email), we would love to hear from you.
Word count would be whatever you need to cover the topic, but typically between 1,000 to 1,800 words.
Pay is arranged between the writer and editor for the piece, but most articles pay $50 or $75. In-depth pieces that require many different sources to cover the topic and have a higher word count may pay more. Pay is by PayPal only.
Query: Please send your query to submissions@wow-womenonwriting.com, and be sure to include your bio and links to any relevant clips of your writing.

Visit the website: http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/articles.php

Please note: we try to respond to all queries, but due to overwhelming response, if you do not hear back from us, it is most likely that your query did not suit our needs at this time.

Wow! Women-on-Writing is Seeking Bloggers for The Muffin

4 November 2016
If you’re a blogger and a WOW! subscriber, you may be the perfect fit for this position!
We are looking for a writer who is motivated and active in the writing community. Someone who isn’t afraid to share her personal experiences in the writing/publishing industry and wants to help fellow writers.
Posts are roughly 500 words, and can be about anything you’d like to write about, as long as it’s helpful to writers.
Some of the topics we cover are:
– How-tos on a variety of writing topics (how to query, how to craft a character, etc)
– In the trenches stories (your experiences or other writers’ experiences in the publishing industry, as a freelancer, etc)
– Inspirational writing advice or reading (no straight book reviews unless it’s tied in to a writing lesson)
– Interviews with authors/agents/editors/publishers (these types of posts are usually assigned and pay more)
– Author platform and book marketing advice
– Listicles related to writing
– Balancing life and writing
– Event coverage (writing conferences, festivals, literary events)
– Market profiles (how to write for a paying magazine or website)
& more! 

How it works: If you are chosen, you will be added to a Google calendar and entered into the blog’s posting rotation. You are responsible for writing, proofreading, choosing an image, and scheduling your post to publish on the day that you are assigned. We publish in the early morning, typically between 12:30am and 4am PST, and that’s why we call it The Muffin. The Muffin is meant to be read with your morning coffee, tea, or juice. 🙂 At the end of the month, you’d send an invoice via PayPal for all the posts you’ve written during the month. Please note, we do not issue checks any longer. The Muffin pays $10 per post you come up with yourself, and more for special assignments like interviews ($15-$40, depending on the interviewee) or assigned book reviews ($20). All posts are roughly around 500 words, give or take, but interviews tend to run longer.

The Muffin has roughly 36,000+ pageviews a month, over 1,000 email subscribers and a few hundred blogger followers. We promote posts heavily on our social networks (Facebook & Twitter), as well as in our email newsletters that go out to subscribers to our main site (WOW! Women On Writing, over 38,000 email subscribers).

Apply: If you’d like to join our team, focus on your writing career, and help other writers, please e-mail us at muffinblogger@wow-womenonwriting.com (both blog manager Marcia Peterson, and publisher Angela Mackintosh will receive the application).
– Tell us why you’d like to write for The Muffin and where you are headed with your writing career.
– Please include samples of blog posts you’ve written, your current bio, and provide us with a few possible headlines of posts you’d like to write.

NOTE: If you are interested, please apply ASAP. We posted this call on Sunday on The Muffin and already have received many wonderful applications from qualified candidates. We will most likely make a decision this week!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Visit our website: http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

[The Poetry Market Ezine] October 2016 Poetry News

13 September 2016

Poetry News Update Reminders:  Send in your poetry news for inclusion in an upcoming issue (as space permits).  Poetry news can be poem publications, chapbook or book publications, awards, etc.  News items must be poetry or writing related.  Poetry contest info should include contact info.

TIPS:  Do not send Press Releases.  We don’t publish poems.

EMAIL NEWS ITEMS TO:
thepoetrymarket@yahoo.com

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THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDES:

The Popular Series from The Poetry Market Ezine continues:

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 4
“Active Duty”
The fourth ebook in the popular series just for poets continues with “Active Duty!”  Are you a poet?  Is it tough surviving life as a poet?  Do people still look at you funny when you say you are one?  Do they want you to write toasts for their weddings or love poems?  What does it mean to be a poet? In this offering, you will learn that “Yes, You Are a Poet!”  Plus more on being a performance artist, persistence, how to refresh your poetic skills, and use poetry to help others. Plus there’s the bonus of more Secret Poetry Weapons – skills to keep your life
as a poet (no matter what you may or may not do for a living!)

From Chapter 5:  Persistence:
“Is it hard to be a poet?  Oh yes!
How many people look at you funny
(that aren’t writers or poets themselves)
when you say you are one?  Besides the
fact, you won’t find many readers of it
anyway they will wonder just what it is
you do and then the next inevitable
question will be do you make a living
with it.  You have to live, breathe, eat,
sleep poetry to be a poet.  If you
don’t know what that means, are you
living up to your true poetical nature?

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 1
“How to Write and Make $ With Your Poetry”
17 chapters for new or established poets trying
to earn and make a living with poetry.

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 2
“In The Trenches”
Features more of what you should know and do to
make a living or a part-time living writing poetry.
11 chapters on how and where to sell your poems.
Includes PR tools.

THE POET’S SURVIVAL GUIDE 3
“Back to Boot Camp”
The Poet’s Survival Guide series is back with a part 3, a new offering for 2012.  In this guide for poets, get back to the basics to sustain your life as a poet.  Improve your odds.  Create your best poems.  Figure out which way to go:  electronic or paper. Branch out and get your poetry fix while creating and maintaining new and tried and true ways to continue your career as a poet.

TO ORDER:

The Poet’s Survival Guide 1 – Book
http://tinyurl.com/2aelqah

The Poet’s Survival Guide 1 – E-book
http://tinyurl.com/asfoon

The Poet’s Survival Guide 1 – Kindle
http://tinyurl.com/6b6er22

The Poet’s Survival Guide 2 – E-book
http://tinyurl.com/2b4hrkj

The Poet’s Survival Guide 2 – Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZQRP5S

The Poet’s Survival Guide 3 – E-book
http://tinyurl.com/d4nspre

The Poet’s Survival Guide 3 – Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J0ZCD3I

The Poet’s Survival Guide 4 – Kindle
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011VCXN40

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THE POETRY MARKET EZINE ADVERTISING:
Reach an exclusive poetry audience with our low cost ads!

STARTER SPECIAL:
http://tinyurl.com/5jd263

SAVER SPECIAL:
http://tinyurl.com/66tkvk

ECONO SPECIAL:
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NEW MEMOIR NOW AVAILABLE:
People don’t drive cars through buildings –
that’s what I used to laugh and say when I
would see it on TV or in the movies. A few
days before, I had seen a movie, a comedy,
where a car drove through a building and
I had said that never happens – people
don’t drive through buildings. But then,
then it happened to me. I wasn’t in the
car. I was in the building. This is my
story … “Life after Wreck” a memoir
by LB Sedlacek available on Kindle:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B5E9Q1S

NEW from the Publisher of The Poetry
Market Ezine! a poetry adventure novel:
Now available on Kindle:
“The EP Hunting Club: Book One The Poem Code“
E.P. Huntington is just a maintenance guy
for the GBT (Great Big Thing) and the other
telescopes and labs at the National Radio
Astronomy Observatory. An artist, a poet,
and a novice astronomer, Janise Birch was
all that until she disappeared. She left
something behind. Does her last poem, her
most ingenious work contain an important
message for us all? Her cousin, Darius,
his best friend, E.P., and her Astronomy
Professor are about to find out.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016HAKXKS

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THE POETRY MARKET EZINE POEM CRITIQUE SERVICE

NEED HELP GETTING YOUR POEMS PUBLISHED?

You can have your poems critiqued to get them in shape and ready to go.  Affordable rates.  Poems critiqued for theme, style, grammar, punctuation, word use, form, content, etc to make them publication ready.

1 Poem Critique:
http://tinyurl.com/3podrvf

2 Poems Critique:
http://tinyurl.com/3j3yxe2

3 Poems Critique:
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5 Poems Critique:
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The Poetry Market Ezine
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POETRY SUPER HIGHWAY Call for Submissions: A Poet’s Siddur

13 September 2016

This is an open call for poetry submissions for “A Poets’ Siddur” poetry anthology to be published by Ain’t Got No Press in 2017, and edited by Rick Lupert.

The Siddur is the Jewish prayer book used for daily worship services as well as on Shabbat (the Sabbath) by Jewish communities all over the world. The idea is to fill this unique book with reinterpretations of the themes and original text of the siddur, written through the lenses of poets, and using a Friday night Shabbat evening service as the template.

Submission Guidelines:

1) Send no more than three pieces of any style or length which specifically relate to one of the themes / prayers or liturgy of a Friday evening Shabbat service. We’re open to all styles and forms of poetry, but particularly would enjoy those that:

  • use accessible language and imagery
  • use humor (not a requirement, but don’t shy away from it either.)
  • would appeal to both poets and those who don’t normally identify as likers of poetry
  • provide a modern context / setting for the theme in the prayer/liturgy
  • are shorter (yes, we’ll read any length, but generally we’re of a “less is more” sensibility)

Here’s an outline of the Shabbat evening service: http://www.reformjudaism.org/shabbat-worship-services (click on the prayer title for the text/translation)

Here’s a list of some of the general themes in the prayers/liturgy: http://www.bnaitorah.com/worship/shabbat/sse

2) Please indicate which prayer or liturgy from a Friday night service you have in mind with each piece you send.

3) We will consider work by anyone, regardless of religion (or lack thereof) but the work submitted must connect with a specified piece or theme from the Jewish Friday night service.

4) Previously published material is ok, but we’re eagerly looking for pieces which specifically relate to the themes, prayers and liturgy of a Friday evening Shabbat service. (If previously published, please indicate where and when so we can properly credit if selected.)

5) Please include a maximum 75 word bio. (For your reference, 76 words is more than 75 words. Please stick to our guideline here.)

6) Work may only be submitted by e-mail to siddur@poetrysuperhighway.com (Word .doc/.docx, Apple Pages Document, or text pasted into an e-mail)

7) The deadline to submit your work is December 31, 2016.

8) If your work is accepted for publication in A Poet’s Siddur, you will receive one physical copy of the published book, signficant discont on purchasing additional copies, and we may call on you to participate in live (virtual or in person) events revolving around the publication of the anthology.

9) Submission does not guarantee publication.

10) You will be notified by March 31st, 2017 whether or not your work was accepted for publication.

Need more info or clarification? Send an e-mail to agnp@poetrysuperhighway.com (please don’t send submissions to this address. Submissions go to siddur@poetrysuperhighway.com )


Ain’t Got No Press is a publisher of uniquely themed poetry anthologies such as A Poet’s Haggadah (Passover themed poetry), Ekphrastia Gone Wild (Poet’s respond to art) and The Night Goes on All Night (Noir poetry).

2016 Saroyan Prize: Winners and Finalists Announced

10 September 2016

We are thrilled to announce the winners and finalists of the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing:

 

In the fiction category –

Winner: Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

Finalists: Now We Will Be Happy by Amina Gautier and Counternarratives by John Keene

 

In the nonfiction category –

Winner: Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe by Lori Jakiela

Finalists: Russian Tattoo by Elena Gorokhova and Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard

 

Read the announcement from the Stanford News Service, and more about the winners/finalists on our website.

Hourglass Literary Magazine

9 August 2016
I am writing to you on behalf of the board members and editors of Hourglass Literary Magazine (CLMP member). Hourglass Literary Magazine needs you!– we solicit your kind support for our magazine. As we are currently crowdfunding, (just) by pre-ordering our magazine you will help us! Hourglass is founded in former Yugoslavia where cultural oppression is blossom. Our magazine is staffed mostly by volunteers; it is first international literary journey that brings you both emerging and yet to be discovered authors along with widely recognized writers.
 
PLEASE, take a look at our crowdfunding campaign at www.igg.me/at/hlm; pre-order/contribute/learn even more about Hourglass Literary Magazine/share if you cannot (to) contribute. Become part of this beautiful journey! A BIG THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
 
At last, do let us know may we add your e-mail to our monthly newsletter?
 
Warm, warmest regards,
 
Voki Erceg
Hourglass Literary Magazine
Editor-in-Chief
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Become an Authorpreneur with this free 7-Step Guide‏

26 July 2016

Ok, just what is authorpreneurship?

Award-winning author Rochelle Carter defines it as, “Coming up with an idea centered on book publishing and turning it into a profitable business.” It’s a process any author selling their book can benefit from?and now you can get this eBook that has helped countless authors become authorpreneurs for free (a $9.99 value!).

The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship explains how to

  • Write and polish your manuscript
  • Create your business plan
  • Create your author platform
  • Engage your audience
  • Prepare for your book launch
  • Maintain your momentum
  • Sharing the value of your success

Get your free copy of Rochelle’s enlightening eBook now.

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Free Guide – How to Find a Literary Agent

26 July 2016

You’ve polished your drafts and completed your manuscript. The next step? Finding a literary agent to represent your hard work in the industry.

But seeking out the best literary agents in the biz can seem like searching for a tiny needle in a giant Google haystack. That’s why we’ve collected the submission details and contact information for 88 agencies looking for queries.

We’ve also rounded up what genres and subjects each agency is looking for as well as tips from published authors on finding the right literary agent for you.

So go ahead, scribes: Start your querying journey today.

Download our free literary agent guide now.

Free Download – Guide to Finding an Agent

Visit http://www.writermag.com/find-a-literary-agent/

Submit Work to Teen Ink & Get Published!

13 July 2016

Submit Work to Teen Ink & Get Published!

  • All submissions of writing and artwork will be considered for publication in our monthly print magazine and on TeenInk.com, and are also automatically entered into any relevant contests.
  • Teen Ink has no deadlines. We accept submissions year round. If, however, you are sending work that is holiday-specific, please submit it at least two months ahead.
  • You must be 13 to 19 years old to be a TeenInk.com user, post your work online, and/or be published in Teen Ink magazine.
  • Requesting anonymity. If, due to the personal nature of a piece, you don’t want your name published, please check the anonymous box when submitting your work. We will respect your request and not publish your name in print or online, but we must still have accurate name and address information for every user.
  • All materials submitted become the property of Teen Ink. By submitting your work to us, you are giving Teen Ink and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to Teen Ink retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so. Teen Ink is copyrighted by the Young Authors Foundation, Inc.
  • Plagiarism. Teen Ink has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. We check the originality of all published work through WriteCheck.
  • Do not include last names, names of schools and names of cities/towns in your submission.

How to submit, visit:  http://www.teenink.com/submit

Attention: Have something to say about the upcoming Presidential election? We want to hear it! Send us your election articles now for a chance to be published in an upcoming issue of Teen Ink: teenink.com/submit

MUSICWORKS 2016 CONTESTS

10 July 2016

Musicworks’ 2016 Electronic Music Composition and Sonic Geography Writing contests are now open.

Musicworks’ two annual juried contests spotlight new and emerging literary and musical talents, and offer cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard:

Electronic Music Composition Contest

Musicworks invites participants to compose an experimental piece in any electronic music genre with a maximum length of 10 minutes.

Sonic Geography Writing Contest

Musicworks’ asks prose writers and poets to choose one location and describe in a maximum of 500 words how sound shapes your experience of this place.

Contest entry fee is C$25, and includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks (less than our normal subscription rate!); each additional entry only $5. Contests close August 14, 2016.

2016 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, rules and restrictions,

and entry forms can be found at:

 https://www.musicworks.ca/contest

MEET OUR 2015 CONTEST WINNERS

 

Columbian composer and sound artist Juan Camilo Vásquez’s Calíope (canto de las abejas) has won first place in Musicworks’ 2015 Electronic Music Composition competition. “I was conceiving the piece as a sculpture,” Vásquez says about the winning piece, “My interest working in electronic music is about achieving control: how I work with electronics—interface or patches—to control things exactly.” Vásquez is profiled in the Spring 2015 print issue (#124), available now through subscription and on Canadian newsstands. Calíope (canto de las abejas) is included on CD#124.

 

Imogene Newland’s “Sonic City” won first place in the 2015 Sonic Geography writing contest, and is published in the Spring 2015 issue. Newland is a British multidisciplinary artist specializing in experimental performance and writing.

 

Musicworks congratulates the 2015 Electronic Music Composition contest winners:

First Prize: Juan Camilo Vásquez for Calíope (canto de las abejas)

Second Prize: Aaron Oppenheim for October 12 2014

Third Prize: Daniel Blinkhorn for frostbyte – wildflower

 

Musicworks congratulates the 2015 Sonic Geography writing contest winners:

First Prize: Imogene Newland for “Sonic City”

Second Prize: Luke Nickel for “Three Literary Field Recordings”

Third Prize: Darcy Spidle for “Ocean Bug and Bird Songs”

The fifth edition of the annual contest drew an impressive array of entries from Canada and around the globe. Musicworks thanks 2015 jury participants Sarah Davachi, Daniel Glassman, Peter Hatch, and Lee Singer.

POINT OF CONTACT:

Patrick Wakisaka

Visit the website:  https://www.musicworks.ca/contest

How to Use Backstory to Keep Readers Reading

1 July 2016

by K.M. Weiland, @KMWeilandV8374c_JaneEyre.indd

Backstory is a weapon. And just like any weapon, it can end up doing more harm than good to those who wield it without proper experience and care. But in the hands of a writer who knows exactly what it’s capable of and how to wield it to advantage, backstory can take even ordinary stories to extraordinary places.

Arguably, the most important function of backstory is its ability to hook readers’ curiosity. Forget explaining the protagonist’s past and what motivates him. Try notexplaining it. When we let readers know there’s somethingdelicious and dark in a character’s past, without telling them what that something is, we’ll hook their curiosity so deeply they’ll keep reading just to solve the mystery.

Charlotte Brontë understood how to wield the weapon of backstory as well any author. In her beloved Gothic romance Jane Eyre (which I analyze in-depth in my book Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic), she creates almost her entire plot out of the tantalizing hunt for the backstory. What can you learn from her and how can you apply it to your own novel? Start by answering the following questions.

What Is Your Backstory?

Before you can use backstory to hook readers, you first have to have a backstory. When creating your characters’ histories, look beyond just the obvious necessities of birthplace and parents. Look for secrets. Look for tragedy and shame. Look for hidden motivations. You don’t want to bore readers with tedious home videos. You want to thrill them with tabloid-worthy escapades.

Protagonist Jane Eyre’s tragic backstory is shared straight-up (for the most part). However, the story is powered by her need to uncover the shocking history of her mysterious employer Mr. Rochester. Something strange and possibly supernatural is afoot in the tower of Mr. Rochester’s Thornfield Hall, and he hints to Jane, again and again, that the mystery is all tied up in the sins of his youth. What better incentive for readers to keep reading?

How Does Your Backstory Power the Plot?

Even relatively mundane backstories can capture readers’ attention, but only if they matter to the story as a whole. An outrageous skeleton in the family closet only becomes interesting if it affects the outcome of the central conflict. Why does the discovery of the backstory matter to the protagonist? How will it help or hinder him in obtaining his main story goal?

Mr. Rochester’s history isn’t important just because Jane happens to be curious about him. As it turns out, its revelation—in one of the most enduringly and delightfully shocking moments in literature—affects Jane’s every hope of happiness and love. Readers are more than just curious about Brontë’s backstory; they care about the backstory because of how sharply it will turn the plot and affect all the characters.

What Is Your Backstory’s Hook?

Once you’ve come up with a great backstory and figured out why it is an integral piece within your main plot, you then have to artfully plant its hook. You must let readers know there is a great backstory without giving too much away. One or two solid details will often be enough to get the ball rolling, especially if you solidify their importance by making some of the characters adamant about hiding the past, just as other characters are adamant about uncovering it.

Brontë builds her hook into the very walls of Thornfield Hall. From the moment Jane arrives in the symbolically dark and dusty manor, readers sense something is afoot. The housekeeper warns Jane to stay away from the tower, Rochester himself speaks of the great mistakes of his youth, and creepy laughter wafts through the halls at night. With minimum effort, Brontë hooks her readers for the long haul.

How Can You Tantalize Readers With Clues?

After that first hook, keep the clues coming. To some extent, you can repeat some of those clues, since all you’re needing to do is keep reminding readers of their curiosity. But eventually, you’re going to have to add new information. The trick, of course, is to provide new clues to whet the readers’ appetite without giving away the whole mystery.

A good rule of thumb on backstory is to avoid sharing information until it becomes vital to the story. Clues need to be more than just breadcrumbs of information; they need to each be catalysts that drive the plot.

Brontë is one of the best at scattering her clues. She deftly adds new information, leading readers right up to the brink of the truth, only to cleverly misdirect them into believing what they think is the truth can’t possibly be right.

Why Will Your Backstory’s Payoff Matter to the Story?

Readers wait throughout your entire story to reach the truth about the backstory. You can’t afford to disappoint them. This is why it’s so important to come up with a humdinger of a backstory in the beginning. If you tantalize readers with promises of shocking discoveries only to back off in the end and say, “Surprise! The butler did it!”—they’ll probably chuck your book across the room.

Brontë perfectly times the revelation of Mr. Rochester’s backstory. The revelation arrives at the crucial Third Plot Point (at the end of the Second Act), which allows it to be the catalyst that powers Jane’s decisions and actions throughout the climactic Third Act. Every bit as important as the timing, Rochester’s backstory is just as powerful and moving as Brontë promised her readers it would be. Anything less, and we would have been disappointed. Instead, we were transported.

Powerful backstory can elevate otherwise commonplace stories to astonishing heights. Without Rochester’s backstory, Jane Eyre is just another nice tale of a poor orphaned governess falling in love with her wealthy employer. With that backstory, it has become a timeless classic that has thrilled and moved centuries’ of readers. With the right backstory, your story could do the same!

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survivesK.M. Weilandprimarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning websiteHelping Writers Become Authors.

CLOSING in a Few Hours: $4K Worth of Writing Courses, Books and More‏

1 July 2016

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Gary McLaren, Editor

How to Break Into the Greeting Card Industry

13 June 2016

By Christine Edwards –

Making extra income doesn’t have to take hours away from your leisure time. In fact, if you have a way with words, you can make as much as $75 in as little as half an hour.

The greeting card industry is enormous and boasts billions of dollars in sales annually. Greeting card companies are always on the lookout for the next best idea and pay contributors very well. The pay scale ranges from $75 to $300 for a few heartwarming, romantic or funny lines. This makes greeting card writing one of the best-paid gigs for clever writers. 

Anyone who has ever stood in a greeting card aisle and thought, “I could write a better card than that,” is welcome to send submissions to the dozens of card lines looking for freelance writers.

There’s some basics that writers should know before pitching their ideas to card publishers:

1. Artists and writers are hired separately.

A writer’s input on artwork may or not be solicited. Don’t send your artwork unless it’s expressly permitted in the publisher’s submission guidelines.

2. Shop markets akin to your writing.

Blue Mountain Arts creates poetic cards. Smart Alex creates racy humor cards. Peruse the company’s current line so that you don’t accidentally submit a raunchy birthday card to a devoutly Christian publisher and get yourself blacklisted.

3. Track markets and submissions. 

Refrain from simultaneous submissions of card ideas. Feel free to submit rejected content to similar markets once it’s returned to you. Create a spreadsheet to help you keep track of when and where you sent each submission. Number your card ideas to make them easier to track.

4. Less is more.

Writing cards isn’t rocket science, but it is a distinct style of writing. Use words sparingly and intentionally. Cards are written in a conversational tone, not glittering Elizabethan prose. You should write greeting cards as if you are talking to your best friend, spouse or grandma, but not at the same time. That may make for an awkward card.

5. Broad approach has greater reach.

Not everyone has had a Persian cat named Pocahontas recently pass away. However, there are many people who have recently lost a beloved pet. To those card buyers I send my condolences, because it’s awful to lose a pet. To card writers, I offer a piece of advice: Keep your ideas broad enough that they appeal to a large market, but narrow enough that they feel genuine to readers.

6. Request writer’s guidelines or research them online.

Each card publisher has distinct tastes and submission preferences. In that way, they are very similar to literary agents and publishers. Take the time to do your homework. Many card publishers post their submission guidelines on their sites. Some will send their guidelines and current needs if you request them. This is the preferred method, because it clues you in to what they are shopping for in their next line.

7. Follow the publisher’s submission format.

Greeting card publishers do not subscribe to a specified submission format. In this way they are akin to literary agents and publishers, but that’s where the similarities end. Greeting card submissions are much shorter and far easier to compose than queries. This doesn’t mean writers may fling grammatical caution to the wind. Be sure to follow the format so your submission isn’t tossed. If the submission guidelines don’t specify a format, the one provided below is acceptable:

OCCASION: Birthday
OUTSIDE TEXT: Place outside text here
INSIDE TEXT: Place inside text here
OUTSIDE IMAGE SUGGESTION: Place any art ideas here

Marilyn Dunroe, mdunroe@gmail.com, 321-321-3321

8. Search for additional markets.

Check the backs of the cards being sold in your local chain and specialty stores for publisher info. Most cards are imprints of American Greetings and other large publishers. They occasionally hold contests, but hire staff writers to create their content. Smaller publishers are more apt to accept unsolicited submissions.

Card writing is a great way to earn extra income from the comfort of your home for the small sum of your clever quips. Ready to get started? Good. Here’s a list of card publishers that accept submissions from freelance writers:

Oatmeal Studios: Style: lighthearted humor

Blue Mountain Arts: Style: poetic heartfelt verse

Calypso Cards: Style: modern, sassy (offers a line of divorce cards)

Smart Alex: Style: controversial and crude humor

BIO: 
Christine Edwards was once an educator, but always a writer. One day, she realized she wanted to make a career change. It took her a solid year complete the transition from teaching to writing full-time, but it was worth it. Today, she is a freelance writer with several magazines and newspapers in her local area, a professional blogger and a greeting card author. Christine shares helpful tips with aspiring writers on her blog: christinedwards.blogspot.com.

EDITOR’S THOUGHTS: “PLEASE CONSIDER ME FOR MONEY”

13 June 2016

Our title FundsforWriters draws a lot of attention in Google searches, especially if someone seeks money. The people who contact me the most are often:

1) from developing countries
2) brand new writers
3) broke from all other resources and in a financial bind
4) retired academics

A lot of writers think grants and support money are only available for people who fall into demographic, race, age, educational, or ethnic categories ahead of the writing talent, but in every single case, who you are is less important than your project. You present proposals to be considered for grants, and most grantors refuse money for marketing, self-publishing (especially with vanity presses), and living expenses, unless you’re a proven writer, and then in rare instances.

In many of the cases, the individual has decided that writing will elevate them from whatever lifestyle they are in and hope to escape from. Nicely, I attempt to explain that making money as a writer isn’t like deciding to deliver newspapers for extra money. Doing so flies in the face of writers who’ve fought to learn the craft and the business.

I’ve probably been snubbed as much by academics as people from developing countries who want to make six figures writing SEO articles. One scholarly gentleman actually scolded me for not sending him the names of people with means and willingness to support credentialed souls with obvious intellect worthy of such endorsement. Accused me of withholding those names for a selected few.

New writers want financial assistance to break free or justify taking the time away from other distasteful income, and the broke ones are grasping at last resorts, hoping that publishing a book will keep the wolf at bay. Writing doesn’t exactly work that way. Quick money ain’t gonna happen in this environment. We have to learn the craft, then strategically seek the right avenues to publish and market. Grants are out there, but they are a tool, not a God-send.

But regardless the person’s background, request, or experience, I send them to these sources:

1) their state arts council
2) their state humanities council
3) crowdfunding sites (kickstarter.com or indiegogo.com )
4) any nonprofit or educational institution that might be interested in their subject/research. While the institutions may not have the funds, they can serve as fiscal agent, acquiring the grant on a writer’s behalf and administering the grant. See http://foundationcenter.org/getstarted/tutorials/fiscal/ .
5) check out http://www.fracturedatlas.com or http://creative-capital.org/aboutus/whatwedo/services orhttp://www.nyfa.org  – These sites offer to be fiscal agents for grants, and they might have something to fit a writer’s project.
6) local community foundations where small grants are made available to those living in a geographic area.

With the small cost of indie publishing, and the negligible cost of traditional publishing, grants are not needed to become a published author. And most of all, the project is the driving force of receiving a grant. The quality of work, the human message, the overall impact of the art/artist upon society and readers, are what matter. As with writing, it’s more about the impact on the reading public than the author. Remember this when seeking funding: It’s more about the bigger picture.

~C. Hope Clark is a publish of author of the award-winning Carolina Slade Mystery Series, owner and editor at http://www.fundsforwriters.com – Offering tips and tools for serious writers to advance their careers!

Teen Online Writing Classes

8 June 2016

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Pressure-free, creativity-stretching, not-like-school courses for writers ages 13-17. Useful for expanding your talent or gaining skills bound to help with essays and schoolwork.

These Teen courses are offered both in New York City and Online. The NYC classes are conducted by Gotham Writers Workshop. The Online classes are a partnership between Gotham Writers Workshop and Teen Ink. All students in the online classes receive a free one-year subscription to Teen Ink.

Unbound: Teen Creative Writing

Explore creativity in writing, with both fiction and nonfiction.

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True Story: Teen Creative Nonfiction

Explore the creative forms of nonfiction—including memoir, essay, feature articles, and reviews.

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Visit the website:  https://www.writingclasses.com/classes/teen-ink

Freelance Writing Market Opportunities

8 June 2016
Freelance Writing Opportunities:
ChristianWeek, Canada
An independent, national Christian newspaper published in Canada every two weeks. Primary need is for news. Writers are encouraged to submit articles about people or news events in your own region or denomination that would be of interest and importance to readers in other church communities and areas of the country.
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Nightmare, USA
An online horror and dark fantasy magazine. Seeking original horror and dark fantasy stories. Length: 1500-7500 words, under 5000 words preferred. Pays 6 cents per word for original fiction, or 1 cent per word for reprints.
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Canadian Newcomer Magazine, Canada
The mission of the magazine is to connect the diverse ethnic communities in Canada by providing free information, advice, entertainment and encouragement to new immigrants. Subjects covered include employment, housing, Canadian lifestyles, health, finances, ethnic media and education. Published six times per year with all issues available online in both English and French. Pays from $0.10 per word and up.
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Caribbean Beat, Trinidad & Tobago
In-flight magazine of Caribbean Airlines. The magazine appears six times a year. It is a general-interest, pan-Caribbean publication, produced in the Caribbean by Caribbean people, with a strong focus on music and the arts, sport, personalities, festivals and the environment. Paying market.
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The Diplomat, Japan
An international current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region. Covers: Geo-political Trends throughout the Asia-Pacific; Defense and Intelligence; Environment, Human Security and Development; Arts, Social Trends and Popular Culture.  “If you seek compensation, please indicate this clearly in your pitch, and whether the article has been published elsewhere. Any payment must be agreed by the editor in advance.”
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Chatelaine, Canada
Chatelaine empowers Canada’s busiest women to create the lives they want. The magazine is organized into five sections: Style and Beauty, Home, Health, Life and Food. Pays $1.00 per word.
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Gulf Coast Literary Journal, USA
A nationally-distributed journal of literature and fine arts, housed within the University of Houston’s English Department. There is a $2.50 reading fee. Pays $50 per page for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Submission period is from September 1 through to March 1.
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Cincinnati Parent, USA
Parenting publication dedicated to promoting healthy families and positive parenting, and serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Paying market.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA
Changing the world one story at a time. Stories are inspirational, true stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They are stories that open the heart and rekindle the spirit. Pays $200 per story, $100 for devotionals.