Monday, August 3, 2020

Emergency Funds for Writers and Artists





COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists
This call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted until further notice. The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–8,000 for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health-related to COVID-19, we especially encourage reporting that covers social, emotional, economic, and equity issues.
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/grants/what-we-fund/covid-19-emergency-fund/

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Women’s Media Foundation Journalism Relief Fund
The IWMF's Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits - journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off, or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes. This fund will provide small grants of up to $2,000 per request. However, special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those who have greater financial needs.
https://iwmf.submittable.com/submit/41e7f7ce-db40-4ff6-873f-e24450e27497/journalism-relief-fund-english

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Environmental Journalism Rapid Response Grants
Journalism Projects Covering: Climate or conservation in North America, Water quality and availability in the United States, Mississippi River Basin, including agriculture, food, water and sustainability, Oceans and coasts globally, including fisheries, sea-level rise and coastal restoration. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. All application materials must be in English and must be submitted via the Submission Form. The total amount requested cannot exceed $2,500 per individual or $5,000 for team or outlet applications. Please apply for the minimum budget required for the success of the project. Partial funding may be offered.
https://www.sej.org/initiatives/fej-program-guidelines

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Authors League Fund 
Recipients of Authors League Fund assistance must be career writers with a substantial body of work in one or more of the following categories: Book authors with at least one title published by an established traditional publisher. Authors with multiple titles are given priority; Dramatists whose full-length plays have been produced in mid-size or large theaters or published by established dramatic presses. Journalists, critics, essayists, short story writers, and poets with a substantial body of work in periodicals with a national or broad circulation. Whether print or online, these periodicals must have strong editorial oversight and a sizable readership. 
https://authorsleaguefund.org/apply/

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Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Coronavirus-related WEAF funds are only! available to those who cannot work because they are currently ill or caring for someone who is ill. All other guidelines outlined still apply. The general WEAF helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant.
http://asja.org/for-writers/weaf

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Emergency Rolling Grant for US Journalists Covering Police Misconduct
Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000. They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends. FIJ will review proposals as they are submitted. Grant decisions can be expected within two weeks of submission of application.
https://investigate.submittable.com/submit/168263/emergency-rolling-grant-for-u-s-journalists-covering-police-misconduct

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Fund for Investigative Journalists
FIJ's Board of Directors looks for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power – in the public and private sectors. FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color. Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000. They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends. FIJ also has a small crew of experienced investigative journalists who are available to mentor a select number of our grant recipients. Deadline September 14
https://investigate.submittable.com/submit/166503/fund-for-investigative-journalism-september-14-2020

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Coronavirus Rolling Grants for Freelancers
FIJ’s board of directors is looking for stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing—such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power—in the public and private sectors. Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000.  They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends. To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters, have a strong US angle involving American citizens, government, or business, and must be published in English, in a media outlet in the United States.
https://investigate.submittable.com/submit/163797/coronavirus-rolling-grant-for-u-s-freelancers

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Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP)
A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, has established the EHRP Emergency Relief Fund, made possible by the support of the Heising-Simons Foundation. The fund will aid journalists facing economic distress because of the coronavirus pandemic. Submit a well-researched but brief pitch of fewer than 500 words. Include your CV and a proposed budget. Award grants go to experienced journalists, though we are open to submissions from emerging talents. 
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Emergency Funds for Artists of Color in Greater Pittsburgh
Black artists and artists of color may apply for up to $500 in assistance. These grants support artists: self-taught or classically trained, makers, musicians, actors, writers, poets, performers, dancers, digital or analog, multi-platform, emerging to established. The Emergency Fund for Artists is designed to assist artists of all disciplines living in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. There are no deadlines.
http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/programs/artist-services/emergency-fund

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Toledo, Ohio Arts Commission
The Arts Commission values the many artists across disciplines who are part of Toledo's vibrant creative community. The Accelerator Grant is a competitive program offering financial support with quick turn-around for local artists to advance their creative projects and their careers. Eligible categories of support for this program include equipment, supplies, professional development, and project support. Grant amounts are not to exceed $1,500. Deadline Sept 14
https://theartscommission.org/stories/accelerator-grant-program

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Idaho Quick Funds Projects for Individuals
This quarterly Quick Funds grant opportunity supports artist-initiated projects and activities. Examples include attendance at an artist residency, release time to create and exhibit a body of work, staging of performances, readings, or the creation of public art. Applicant must be a practicing artist, at least 18 years old, a United States citizen, legal resident, or refugee, and be an Idaho resident for at least one year. Awards up to $1,500. Deadline Sept 14
https://arts.idaho.gov/grants/quickproject-individuals/
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Authors League Covid Fund for Writers
The Authors League Fund helps professional authors, journalists, poets, in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income. Most of those we help suffer severe health problems but have inadequate insurance; some face eviction; many are older writers whose income has ceased through no fault of their own. The fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers with dignity by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses. Repayment of this emergency support is not required.
https://authorsleaguefund.org/
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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Why Granny Au-Pairs Are a Much Better Choice




Twenty-something au pairs are often full of energy, enthusiasm, and charm, but their life experience is low and – while they might have one eye on your child — the other’s firmly trained on their smartphone, their new boyfriend or the weekend’s social possibilities.

So why should only young women be au-pairs? This was the question Michaela Hansen, a mum-of-two asked before setting up "Granny Au-Pair" in Hamburg, Germany in 2010. As a young mother, she’d had a Spanish au pair — “a lovely young lady but not a big help: she couldn’t fry an egg and was mainly interested in parties. It was like having an extra child”.

Older au-pairs says Hansen, have more life experience and can rise to most challenges. “They don’t easily get flustered if confronted with a screaming toddler. They are more focused. They’re not out all night. They’ve raised their own children and have that experience to fall back on.”

We are all looking for childcare solutions – when au pairs are so pervasive, why hadn’t we heard of granny au-pairs? The concept “fit my thinking” – as a child, her own granny lived in the family home. The older generation has a lot to offer, she feels, in support of the middle generation and to share with the younger.
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Monday, July 6, 2020

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter July 2020





Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter July 2020
by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters

CONTENT: 
- WRITING CONTESTS
- WRITERS RESIDENCIES
- GRANTS & RELIEF FUNDS
- WRITERS: HOW TO MAKE MORE MONEY

Dear Authors and Publishers:
Read in this July newsletter how some writers found creative hope amid the health crisis in writing short stories - and participating in writing contests. Or they applied for a free writer's residency or a fellowship - something to look forward to later this year or next year.  Others are finishing a novel or two, maybe even write a prequel, a teaser for their work. All mixed with the joy of long, sunny days in July and fresh air. 

Just after I listed these writing contests, I found an article about the winner of the Desperate Literature Prize, an Irish author, Angela Finn. She won US$1,122 for her short story, plus a seven-day residency at Umbria Italy’s beautiful Civitella Ranieri, located at a 15th-century castle (https://civitella.org/) plus publication, plus …  Sure, there are more valuable monetary prizes, such as the SundayTimes Audible Short Story Award £30,000 for a 6K word short story (see below).  No matter what the prize is: Enjoy the writing process - do what you love most!
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The 32 winners of various awards share in a total of £100,000 (US$124,067) in prize money accounted for by nine different prizes. Find out which huge variety of writing contests were/are available:
Don’t you think now it is worthwhile to participate - besides the joy of writing?  For example:

WRITING CONTESTS

Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize
Awarded annually to a poet writing in English who has not yet published a full-length poetry book. The winning poet will receive $1,000 and 30 author copies.
$25 Entry Fee. Deadline July 4
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Oregon Literary Awards
Fellowships of $3,500 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women Writers Fellowship and one Writer of Color Fellowship of $3,500 each are also given. Submit three copies of up to 15 pages of poetry or 25 pages of prose. Deadline July 8
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F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contests
Residents of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC are eligible. No restrictions on the subject. Limit 4,000 words. First prize $500.
No Entry Fee. Deadline July 31
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The Kindle Storyteller Award
A £20,000 literary prize which is recognizing outstanding writing. It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who published their work through Kindle Direct Publishing.
Deadline Aug 31
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Jan Garton Prairie Heritage Book Award
A  $1,000 Award will be given to the best book of the year that illuminates the heritage of North America's mid-continental prairies. Books may be in any genre.
No Entry Fee! Deadline July 31
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BlackInk Writing Competition
Submit stories of up to 3,000 in any genre for consideration. The winning short stories will be published in BlackInk magazine for Black History Month in October 2020. The overall winner will receive £500 in prize money. Write a short story with a maximum of 3,000 words
No Entry Fee. Deadline Aug 3
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Minds on Fire Open Book Prize
Awarded annually and open to any poet writing in English. Previously unpublished manuscripts of 48-90 pages should be submitted. The winning poet will receive $1,000 and 30 author copies. $25 Entry Fee. Deadline Oct 30
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SundayTimes Audible Short Story Award
It’s the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000. The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. Deadline November 2020

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WRITERS RESIDENCIES
Wallace Stegner Grant for the Arts
This grant consists of $500 and a free, one-month residency in the Wallace Stegner House in Eastend, SK, Canada. Applicants must be published, Canadian writers.
Deadline Aug 31
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Hawai’i Volcanos Ntl. Park Residency
A month-long residency includes a $2,000 stipend. Four residencies offered, close to some of the best beaches in Hawaii. The residency includes the stipend, a studio, housing, events, publicity, etc. Deadline Sept 4
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NY Public Library’s Cullman Center Fellowship
Renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its collections, the Library is one of the world’s preeminent resources for study in anthropology, art, geography, history, languages and literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, psychology, religion, sociology, sports, and urban studies. Deadline September 25, 2020.
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The Siena Art Institute’s Summer Residency Program
One month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, grants resident artists a studio space at the Siena Art Institute and a private one-bedroom apartment in the historic city center of Siena, as well as flight compensation for getting to and from Italy.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 residency session.
Deadline Sept 30
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Fort Union Ntl. Park Residency
A month in the most beautiful part of Northern New Mexico! Fort Union National Monument, 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.
Deadline October 8
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Chaco Culture Ntl. Historical Park Residency
Residencies in April and October 2021. Includes a $1,000 stipend. Located in northwest New Mexico, close to the Four Corners, Iconic Shiprock, and Monument Valley. Deadline October 8, 2020.
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Death Valley Residences
A month-long January residency includes a $2,000 stipend. Artists will stay at the historic Stovepipe Wells Village, in a comfortable room, with all the amenities, including internet and use of the heated pool. 
Deadline Nov 13
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Haleakala Ntl. Park Residency
The Haleakalā Residency (July 2021) is open to all artists, writers, photographers, musicians, poets, and performers in ANY art media worldwide. This Residency features a $2,000 stipend, housing inside the Park on the Island of Maui. A rare privilege! Free use of the Wilderness Cabins in the Park for seven nights maximum.
Deadline November 14, 2020.

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GRANTS & RELIEF FUNDS
UK Arts Council England Relief Funds
Up to £2,500 for all forms of the arts including writers. More Relief Funds in the US and Canada can be found here:
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US National Endowment for the Arts Grants
Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the Nation. Cost-share/matching grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000.
Deadline July 9
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Key West Emerging Writer Awards
Winners receive full tuition support for the January Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium. US writers of any age who have not yet published are eligible to apply. An award in each category of a short story, poetry, and novel-in-progress. Deadline July 15
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Jersey City Arts Relief Fund
All people who work professionally in the arts are encouraged to apply, including (but not limited to) visual artists, literary artists, performing artists, arts technicians, and organizations. Grant levels: $3,000, $1,000, $500. You must be a full-time resident or arts organization in Jersey City, NJ as of 1/1/2020 and arts industry earnings over $4,000 for two of the last five years.
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Morland African Writing Scholarships
Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. Submit an excerpt from a piece of work of between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that have been published and offered for sale. Submit a description of between 400 - 1,000 words of the work they intend to write as a full-length book of at least 80,000 words. Deadline Sept 18

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WRITERS: HOW TO MAKE MORE MONEY
Now more important than ever:
111 Tips To Make (More) Money With Writing
- The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing -
An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer
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Don’t forget your friends in performing art. Compared with them, writers and creative artists, such as painters or sculptures are better off. We can at least continue with what we love to do. And we can publish what we wrote. Live is good... Have a wonderful July!
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Why Not Pitch “How-to” Articles to Magazines?





Pitch Your Knowledge and “How-to” Articles to Newspapers and Magazines!
Consider offering the content you have already written to re-write somewhat and propose them to trade magazines in your profession. What would be the benefit?
At least you can place a link to your website - which means: it is free marketing for your brand name and your company - and it is often paid! And it shows readers you are a knowledgeable, trustworthy person.


However, carefully prepare the pitch - only after reading the last year’s magazine issues. You certainly don’t need to read line for line.  Just browse the headlines and the first paragraphs to find out if a similar topic has been previously published.  Moreover, it also helps to learn about the magazine’s writing style.
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Don’t overlook daily or weekly newspapers (even the free ones) with a wide variety of topics you could contribute as a professional.  Remember the tradesman Mike Holmes’ articles and books?  He is not the only one who writes useful articles for newspapers.  The topics could include, for example: how to deal with construction companies and building professionals, from tradespeople to garden designers, and how to tackle indoor renovation problems.  Reading the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper, or any other daily paper, you can find articles not only by tradespeople but also by nursery specialists, interior designers, pet trainers, or health professionals.
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Examples:
A realtor could write articles for house owners who like to sell their property on how to stage it.  A gardener or landscaper could write about the best plants for a shade garden or which spring bulbs are avoided by squirrels.  Several lawyers are publishing since years legal articles that can be found in travel, writer, or trade magazines, just to name a few. The same is true for IT specialists.  They could write for any kind of newspaper or magazine and provide valuable advice for anyone who struggles with hard/software and web-related issues. For inflight airline magazines, they could write about how travelers can protect their equipment or how to use devices to get stronger internet signals in hotels or remote areas. 
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Do you know the number of AARP members (American Association of Retired People) or the publication numbers of the AAA, the American Automobile Association?  They have the highest readerships in the United States!  Browse their magazines and find out if there is any topic you could write about and offer them (with a link to your website).  Study carefully the masthead for the names of editors (to use when pitching) and the submission guidelines for freelancers in order to avoid any mistakes. 
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In fact, there is almost no profession that cannot give advice to readers - and at the same time show your business’ name (and website link) to potential clients.  Additionally, you might often be paid for the article by the publishing house. 

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

13 Tools to Upgrade Your Writing



Trying to keep track of grammar, spelling, duplicates, and other errors can be exhausting when you pre-edit your manuscript.  Here are thirteen tools you can use to improve your writing.

Grammarly

Grammarly is arguably the best grammar tool available online.  This tool typically corrects up to 10 times more mistakes than a regular word processor.  Aside from this, Grammarly also checks for plagiarism and other types of errors that may be embedded in your writing. Many high school and college students use the tool to check their essays and term papers for originality. Most importantly, you can access Grammarly without paying a dime.

AutoCrit

AutoCrit is targeted mainly towards fiction writers. This tool scans and analyzes every part of your write-up that needs attention. After analyzing, it then suggests ways by which the write-up can be improved in terms of pacing, word choice, dialogue, repetition, momentum and much more. It also gives you a choice to accept or reject a suggestion. You can subscribe to AutoCrit for as little as $5 per month.

SpellChecker

SpellChecker specifically allows you to find spelling errors in your content. This tool also comes along with a free grammar checker tool, which allows you to check and correct grammatical errors.
Be aware: even using these tools nothing can replace human intelligence. You will still need the input of a professional editor.
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Saturday, June 13, 2020

How to Become an Influencer with Live-Streaming





Smart Content Marketing
Does your company belong to the skilled craft and trades? Such as cabinet maker, hairdresser or pastry chef? In one sentence: are you creating or designing something? Then your business is perfect to lifestream your working day and shows viewers your skills and craftsmanship. This way they will even more appreciate your products or services - and you can earn additional funds. 
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One of the emerging mediums of connecting with social media users is live streaming. It enables businesses to stream video footage and receives real-time feedback from followers. 
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Businesses can increase their perceived trustworthiness by using live streaming - which leads to greater influence across the social sphere and better conversions when promoting a product.
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Skilled business professionals understand that they must remain in frequent contact with their followers and are constantly looking for new ways to improve that connection.
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For companies, this results in undreamt-of access to special circles.  Agencies such as WeHype or HashtagLove help them to find suitable live streamers.  Christina Walden, a live streamer receives a fixed salary from a cooperation partner.  Another one, a farmer who life-streams his whole working day, gets advertising fees.  Currently, he cooperates with two manufacturers of computer and gaming accessories, whose logos, stuck to the tractor, are almost universally visible in the stream.  A two-week promotion campaign in which he advertised a product in the stream including a discount code for the viewers recently earned him 1,000 Euros.
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Where the live-streaming trend can go is shown in China.  It became already part of the daily business of traders to advertise their products via live stream apps and also sell them directly (think TV-shopping).  There are also companies that send ambassadors on the air around the clock.  They then entertain non-stop with live content marketing.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

June Newsletter for Writers & Publishers





Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter June 2020
by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters

Hello, Writer and Publisher friends! Even though the world slowed down during the last three months, here is a cornucopia of events, writing contests, grants, free residencies, and helpful tips for you:
Newsletter Content:
- GOING DIGITAL
- FELLOWSHIP
- BUSINESS ADVICE HANDBOOK
- RELIEF GRANTS
- FREE WRITERS RESIDENCIES
- WRITING CONTESTS
- FREELANCE WRITING
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GOING DIGITAL 
In an age when hugs and cross-country travel are no longer possible, book tours are going digital.  “Often the numbers are higher for my Zoom events than they are for a traditional bookstore reading,” author Paul Lisicky said.  “I don’t mean to sound too optimistic, but I have really enjoyed connecting with audiences in this way.  People check-in from all over the world. Other writers turn to Instagram Live as a means of fostering a connection with their audience.  Get more ideas on how to go digital as a writer or publisher:
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FELLOWSHIPS
Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing
Genre: Editorial writing.  The Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship was established to enable a mid-career editorial writer or columnist to have time away from daily responsibilities for study and research. Freelancers may also apply. Fellowship: $75,000. 
Deadline: June 20, 2020
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BUSINESS ADVICE HANDBOOK
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For Whom is this Book Especially Useful? Freelancers, retailers, small publishers, IT specialists, accountants, lawyers, artists, farmers, craftsmen, health specialists, writers, etc.  It answers the question: “How can I market my business for free?”

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RELIEF GRANTS
The Creator Market
ConvertKit has established a $50,000 fund to help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the details and then submit your information if you are in need. We are providing financial assistance to active creators who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. If you have medical, childcare, housing, or grocery needs, please apply for assistance. They will ask for a receipt or invoice before sending the funds via Paypal.  https://creatorfund.ck.page/
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FREE WRITERS RESIDENCIES
The benefit for writers is free vacation-like accommodation, often combined with a generous honorarium. Write your next book in a lovely, quiet place - aka “workation”.
Vermont Studio Center
It is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the US.  Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world.  Deadline 15 June
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Prairie Ronde Residencies
The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency is located in historic Vicksburg, Michigan, near Kalamazoo.  Fall residencies will be held September 15 through December 15, 2020.  The artist residency program supports visual artists, writers, video/filmmakers, and musicians with a $2,000 stipend for a residency of between four and seven weeks, a $500 travel grant, and private use of a car.  Deadline June 15, 2020. 
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WRITING CONTESTS
Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award 
Sponsored by Sisters in Crime. Restrictions: Open to emerging writers of color. Prize: $1,500.  Deadline: June 8, 2020
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Young Lions Fiction Award
Open to US citizens 35 years of age or younger. Genre: Novel or a collection of short stories.  Each year, five young fiction writers are selected as finalists by a reading committee of Young Lions members, writers, editors, and librarians.  Submissions by the publisher only.  Prize: $10,000.00.  Deadline: June 11, 2020
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Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize 
Open to black poets of African descent who have had no more than one full-length book of poetry published by a professional press. Genre: Poetry book.  Prize: $1000.  Deadline: June 12, 2020
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Fraser Institute Student 2020 Essay Contest
Restrictions: Canadian high school, college, and graduate students. Short essay on "The Ideas of Milton Friedman: Exploring the Connections between Economic Freedom and other Freedoms or Aspects of the Human Condition."  Prize: CAD$1,500 in each age category.  Deadline: June 15, 2020
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Spokane Prize for Short Fiction
Willow Springs Books invites submissions for the 2020 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction.  The winner receives $2,000 plus publication.  Limited to US writers.  Manuscripts should be at least 98 pages and include at least three short stories. 
$27.50 Entry Fee. Deadline June 15
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CrazyShorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest
First prize $1,000 and publication.  Submit one to three shorts of up to 500 words each.  Each entry is considered for publication.  Entry fee includes a subscription.  $15 Entry Fee.  Submit between July 1 and 31.
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North Street Book Prize
Grand prize of $5,000 in the Sixth Annual North Street competition for self-published books in Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Picture Book, Graphic Novel & Memoir.  Any year of publication is eligible.  $65 Entry Fee. Deadline June 30
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Sean O’Faolain Intl. Short Story Competition
First Prize €2,000, residency (one week) at Anam Cara Retreat, accommodation at the Cork International Short Story Festival, and publication in Southword.  The competition is open to original, unpublished, and unbroadcast short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer.  The story can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. 
€18 Entry Fee.  Deadline July 31
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Summer Residency Program 2021
The Siena Art Institute’s Summer Residency Program awards accomplished professional artists & writers the opportunity to stay for a month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.  $30 Entry Fee.  Deadline Sept 30, 2020
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Berton House Canadian Writers’ Retreat
Berton House is a cozy cottage situated on the edge of the historic northern town of Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.  Writers are invited to apply.  Three-month housing and travel costs are covered. Residents also receive a $9,000 honorarium.  Writers are required to deliver two public readings and encouraged to interact with the community during their stay.

https://www.writerstrust.com/programs/berton-house-writers-retreat/
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FREELANCE WRITING
Longreads
The pieces should be roughly 2,500 to 5,000 words. We pay $500 per piece.  Topics are Life in the Time of COVID, What I Did for Love, Down to Earth, and Fine Lines: Writing About Age.
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Fractured Lit Flash and Micro
Both Micro and Flash categories are open year-round.  We pay our authors $50 for original Micro Fiction and $75 for original Flash Fiction.  Micro Fiction for Fractured Lit is 400 words or less.  Flash Fiction is 401-1,000 words.   https://fracturedlit.com/submit/
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City Lab
We’re interested in the challenges and complexities of city life in the 21st century, in communities both big and small.  We want stories from where you are that are interesting, relevant, and meaningful to people everywhere.  We invite you to share your expertise and to help fill our blind spots.  CityLab stories span a number of topics, from transit to climate change.  Check out our different channels: Design, Transportation, Equity, Environment, and Life.  Per WhoPaysWriters.com, average pay is 29 cents/word.
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Bee Culture 
It has a constant demand for articles on bees and beekeeping, pollination and honey plants, garden and forest management for bees, and a wide variety of related topics.  Proposals should be about 200 words or less, with one or two photos for demonstration if you think they are needed, all via email.  Unsolicited regular or feature articles, between 1,500-2,000 words pays roughly $150-$200, including photos.  
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Travelers Tales
Looking for personal, nonfiction stories and anecdotes-funny, illuminating, adventurous, frightening, or grim.  Stories should reflect that unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a result.  Shorter stories have a better chance of being accepted.  Travelers’ Tales offers a $100 honorarium for stories of any length published in print editions of our books. 
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Muskeg Press 
Looking for short stories, up to 5,000 words: fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.  Payment: $350.  Deadline: June 30
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The Threepenny Review
Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction.  Payment: $400 per story or article.  Deadline: June 30
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Wishing you a wonderful June.  All the very best and stay safe and healthy!
111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters
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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Autocracy: How Trump Might Start a Civil War





If this article does not convince you to VOTE, I don't know what does...

US election 2020 - Donald Trump's strategies for the coup
A column by Sascha Lobo
Should he lose the election in November, Donald Trump will probably not recognize the result. No one will be able to prevent him from staging a coup d'état, he and his allies have long made sure of that.

When slavery was officially abolished in the USA in 1865, the great fear of the white Southerners was that the black population would gain too much influence through voting rights. 

"Voter Suppression" was intended to be an antidote, the deliberate making of voting more difficult, especially for black and also economically weaker Americans. This attitude derives the current understanding of democracy by the Republican party leadership. Majorities are at stake - but not all of them.

That is why prison inmates (40% black) are often not allowed to vote, for example. That is why tricks such as gerrymandering have been developed, in which electoral districts are tailored so that one party benefits from them, that is why in some states certain identity documents are required for voting, which poorer parts of the population rarely have.

Since 2001 - The recent history
With the victory of George W. Bush, an idea that has been discussed since the 1980s at the latest reaches the White House: a "perpetual presidency" of the Republicans. The notorious strategist Karl Rove speaks of the "permanent Republican majority". And this is to be achieved by almost all means. Democracy should be the backdrop against which a permanent Republican rule is installed.

October 2016 - The background
Not that one wouldn't trust Trump to do everything anyway after he identified "very fine people" waving swastika flags and after children were put into cages in the USA. But a quote from 2016 seems almost like an announcement. Three weeks before the election Trump says: "I will absolutely accept the result of this great and historic election - if I win!"

January 2017 - the start of the election rigging
The extreme narcissist Trump cannot lose and if he does, he invents a reason why he actually won. Hillary Clinton got more votes overall, Trump got the majority of the electorate and became president. But his inauguration statement is a tough one: he claims that Clinton got more votes than he did by rigging the elections. It is the beginning of the electoral fraud story, Trump's strategy to delegitimize election results at will.

From 2017 - The Projection
In psychology, it is called projection, when you project your own plans onto others. "The Democrats are planning a coup," Trump has repeatedly claimed, on the investigation by former FBI Chief Robert Mueller and the Democrats' impeachment considerations. It is also an attempt to turn the defense into an attack disguised as self-defense.

From 2017 - Creation of a Trump Reality
Trump's followers are in a reality of their own; they do not care about factual reality, but develop a sectarian understanding of the world: Trump is always right, even when he is not right. Because everything that speaks against Trump is staged by his enemies.

In case of doubt, it is a "deep state", an official conspiracy against Trump, of which he himself often spoke. It is a trick to make state action appear legitimate only when it has been approved by Trump: sheer authoritarianism, in other words.

April 2017 - Trump's first constitutional judge
The Supreme Court is essential in the American electoral process in deciding controversial practices and situations. George W. Bush also won in 2000 because the Constitutional Court stopped a recount. At the beginning of 2016, a conservative constitutional judge, who should have been replaced by the then incumbent President Obama, will die. The Republicans use procedural tricks to delay the nomination so that in April 2017 the first trump judge Neil Gorsuch is elected to the highest court.
In June 2018, a rather liberal judge who was actually appointed for life, resigns under strange circumstances. Trump gets his second constitutional judge and thus a clear, conservative majority in the Supreme Court.

September 2019 - The Impeachment Debacle
The Democrats, with their majority in Congress, are starting an impeachment process. A few months later, they will fail as crashingly as foreseeable against the Republican Senate majority, but now Trump's story that the Democrats are planning a coup against him has official fodder. Very cleverly, Trump builds a counter-narration that he posts on Twitter. where he posts, "Democrats want to steal the election".

October 2019 - The followers radicalize
Trump's supporters have been radicalized since 2016. Even during election campaigns, the aggressive mood, for example against the free press, was described several times. In the meantime, things have gone far beyond that. In October 2019 the right-wing to right-wing extremist festival "Trumpstock" will take place in Arizona. 

One visitor says he has hoarded weapons in case Trump's re-election is not successful: "Nothing less than a civil war would happen. I do not believe in violence, but I will do what I must do." 

Two months later, a man at a Trump rally says unflinchingly to the camera of one of the biggest TV stations: "It won't be canceled... My 357 Magnum feels good with it. End of story." 

Mind you, this is a perfectly normal, democratic process: a lost election...

November 2019 - The Insider's Warning
In the USA, the book "A Warning" is published, written by an anonymous person from Trump's immediate environment in the White House. It contains the following quote: "If Trump is removed from office, whether by impeachment or a narrow defeat at the ballot box ... Trump will not quietly and simply resign. That's why he talks so often about coups in progress and civil war on the horizon. He plants this tale in the minds of his followers, and this tale can end tragically."

April 6th, 2020 - The Supreme Court test run
The Supreme Court will decide whether there can be an extension of the deadline for postal voting in Wisconsin. The Democratic governor had initiated several proceedings because of the Corona pandemic in order to be able to vote as safely as possible. But absentee voting is seen as electoral facilitation that is more likely to benefit the Democrats. The Supreme Court rejects it.

April 30, 2020 - The militias threaten
Between 30 April and 15 May 2020, there are alleged "anti-Corona protests". In Michigan, they are mainly directed against Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a favorite enemy of Trump, who has often contradicted him. 
The protesters, recognizable by their signets as radical right-wingers, enter parliament armed and threaten the members of parliament. The Pro-Trump militias, which have formed, armed and trained throughout the country, can immediately recognize this visual language as a signal: When in doubt, we must use the force of arms to put pressure on parliaments.

May 2020 - Trump's preparation
Picking up on the 2017 election rigging story, Trump continues to stress on Twitter that the November election could be rigged. He is particularly interested in the absentee ballot, which may be of benefit to the Democrats, but at the same time is only a pretextual argument. Trump is preparing to call an election outcome that does not suit him a falsification.

May 10, 2020 - Trump's propaganda channel immunized
Fox News, the lying propaganda platform for Trump disguised as a news channel, speaks again and again of an alleged coup d'état by the left. It is ultimately the well-known self-defense story.

14 May 2020 - Concern grows
Suspicions about Trump's plan of a coup had been raised again and again in smaller, leftist, and more aggressive media over the years. Now even the Washington Post is headlining with concern: "We must prepare ourselves for the fact that Trump will not accept the election results." 

The opinion piece asks what will happen if Trump tweets that he actually won, and ends with a maximally helpless statement: "Republicans who care about the Republic must act now." They have failed to do so many, many times before in Trump vs. Democracy, actually every single time. The Republican Party under Trump is not interested in democracy.

May 30, 2020 - The Riots and the Right Fired
After the murder of George Floyd by police officers, there are protests all over the country. Trump himself pours oil on the fire, because the more civil war-like the situation, the better for him, who wants to stage himself as the supposed Law and Order president. But extreme right-wing Pro-Trump groups are also playing their part, seeing their chance to pursue their racist agenda in the turmoil of a civil war.

There are increasing signs that Nazi groups set fire to shops during the protests in order to harm the movement #BlackLivesMatter. Twitter reveals that the account "Antifa_US" actually belongs to right-wing extremists who want to discredit the antifascist movement. The secretly right-wing account had repeatedly called for violence and had been quoted in media.

01 June 2020 - Trump threatens military deployment
Trump threatens to deploy the US military in the country itself - against protesting Americans. Put simply, the respective national guard, like the police, is more likely to be under the ruling governors of a state, whereas the army is clearly under the control of the president.

Not only does this dangerously polarize him, but he also uses a law that is more than 200 years old, which allows him, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, to directly exercise executive power on the streets.

02 June 2020 - The great danger
For years, too many observers did not take Trump at his word, thus playing down his monstrosities. But Trump is doing what he said he would: He deploys U.S. military forces in Washington, DC. Heavily armed soldiers under Trump's direct command. Helicopters flying low to use war tactics against unarmed protesters. Trump uses tear gas to clear the way to a church, where he presents himself with the Bible in his hand. 

Congressman David Cicilline tweets:
"We have never been closer to a dictatorship."

November 2020 - An unfortunately likely scenario
Should he lose the election in November, Trump will stage a coup d'état and no one will be able to stop him. I fear he will not recognize the election results, prematurely claiming on Twitter that he has actually won and supported by Trump-listening propaganda media such as Fox News. 

He will explain all differences with other media claiming: "This is fake news!" and all reports from government agencies with a "deep state" conspiracy of the Democrats. He will immediately use the US military under his command against any protest, against Americans on American soil.

He will eventually appeal to the Supreme Court to back up his version of the election results. The protests of the Democrats and the upright, critical media will be as helpless and ultimately ineffective as all rebellion so far. 

However, there is not all lost:

Former chief of staff John Kelly says he agrees with Mattis. “I think we need to look harder at who we elect. I think we should look at people that are running for office and put them through the filter: What is their character like? What are their ethics?”


What can you do to avoid this "war"?  VOTE - not only on November 3 - but alsoat every Primary, and on every level of government, starting on the local level up to Federal elections. EVERY VOICE COUNTS!
Do it for the 45 Million unemployed and the 108.000 deaths.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

To the TOP: With Smart Free Marketing

To the TOP: Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed - Marketing Tips for Start-Ups



During my whole life, I have never been employed (besides some student summer gigs). My philosophy: 'If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to help to build theirs'.

To the TOP - a valuable business guide book - has been written through my eyes as a founder and true entrepreneur.  And as I am always searching for the most economical way to do marketing, I studied and then established new and proven ways to promote my businesses, especially through content marketing.

The motto of this helpful entrepreneur guide is “Marketing vs. Advertising”. So, start-ups and self-employed business owners who are on a tight marketing budget will benefit from these tips on how to promote their services or goods in an effective, yet inexpensive way.

  • Find proven tips on video and social media promotion, sweepstakes, e-commerce, podcasting, email, and influencer marketing, as well a free advertising on Google maps.
  • An important topic in this book is content marketing: smart, low-cost, and one of the most successful types of business promotion.
  • Finding (and caring for) customers is always the key to success. Learn how excellent customer service and a positive corporate culture will boost your success.
  • Hundreds of valuable links in the chapter 'Resources" will help to support your promotion efforts.

This business guide answers your question:
"How can I promote my start-up with little effort or a very small marketing budget?" 



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