Saturday, January 16, 2021

Paradise in Baja California Sur

 


Mexico's 775-mile-long Baja California peninsula is a magnet for travelers in search of sun and crystal-clear water on long-stretched remote beaches - especially those on the Southern and Eastern part - surrounded by the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez.



After a Long Rain: Everything is Green Again on the Hills


Rent a scooter or mountain bike to explore the amazing nature on trails or drive on the road 

along the beaches or to La Ventana

 


Windsurfer & Kite Surfing Beaches



On the Gulf of California (aka Sea of Cortez) a few Mexican towns are known for their consistent winds especially during the winter months. A perfect setting for kiteboarding rentals & schools.




View From a Hill Down to the Beaches


Swimmers, surfers, stand-up paddle-boarders, sailors, scuba divers, snorkelers, sea-kayakers, 

whale-watchers, kite-surfers, and anglers are enjoying the Baja California Sur. Jacques Cousteau famously named the Sea of Cortez, home to 800 varieties of fish, “the world’s aquarium.” 



Sunrise & View to the Sea of Cortez from the Tango Azul Resort


A Path Down to the Beach from the Tango Azul Resort near La Ventana

There is also a 6-seater Ranger to drive you to the beach if needed!



Lemon Tree

Organic Farming is a Common Practice in Baja Sur

Try local fruits such as wild plum, lemons, Litchis, Nanches, Maracuja, Sesame, Macadamias, pomegranates, tomatoes, jambolana, mangos - the list is endless




White Blooming Agave




Bright Red Palm Tree Berries


Nature and plant lovers will enjoy seeing the many endemic plants and trees of the Baja California Sur, such as the elephant tree, pitaya tree, organ pipe cactus, the Cardon cactus, Lomboy or Adam's tree, 




Agave

More images on  https://www.instagram.com/tangoazulresort/

The outdoors are dotted with neem trees, the velcro plant, or the many types

of cacti, succulents, and agaves.



Cool Canyon

Visit canyons and caves, hot springs, the Cabo Pulmo National Park, and the eco-farm 

Rancho Cacachilas. Go hiking, mountain biking, kitesurfing, hop on a boat fishing tour with local fishermen, relax in the pool, learn Spanish, attend a yoga class, or have a Margarita. 

Enjoy the warm turquoise water of the sea, and healthy, local dishes, made-from-scratch in the

restaurants of La Ventana or La Paz. 


How to get there - other than driving down to Baja California:

West Jet and American Airlines have Los Cabos or La Paz in their flight schedules!



Brand new RV Park, centrally located in El Teso, just west of Oxxo! 10 fully serviced RV Lots, 

and 3 unserviced lots, surrounding a swimming pool, bathrooms/showers, and a community 

Palapa, outfitted with a guest kitchen, brick pizza oven, and refrigerator!  Read the reviews:

   http://ioverlander.com/places/52256-tango-azul


Tango Azul Resort is near La Ventana, an hour south of La Paz, on the SE tip of the Baja

Address: Calle Agricultores y, Calle Isla Socorro, 23232 El Sgto, B.C.S., Mexico


Phone: +52 612 204 8352



Complimentary WiFi, and light breakfast round out the impressive amenities list! 

SUP’s, Kayaks, and bicycles are available to rent on-site. 


All rooms in the new casitas at the Tango Azul Resort and the RV lots have a panoramic

view of the Sea of Cortez, and are a short 7-8 minute walk to the beach!

 http:/www.tangoazulresort.com

https://www.facebook.com/tangoazulresort/




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Friday, January 1, 2021

Tips for Successful Writing & Publishing in 2021



Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter January 2021

by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters


Happy New Year Friends!  We hope you had a good start into the first month of the year and you are in line with all your resolutions. Great tips on how to change old habits (and stick with the new ones) in this January Newsletter.


- GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS / CROWDFUNDING

- FREE BOOK REVIEW COPY

- RESOURCES FOR WRITERS

- WRITING CONTESTS

- FREELANCE MARKETS / JOBS

- FREELANCE WRITING

- LITERARY CALENDAR


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GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS / CROWDFUNDING


PlySpace Residency Indiana

Residents will be offered living quarters & studio amenities. They will receive a $500 travel stipend & a $500 food stipend for their residency period, between 4 - 12 weeks. Resident Fellows will receive a $1,500 stipend and up to $1,000 in funding toward their proposed collaborative project and supplies. 

https://www.plyspace.org/

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Idaho Writer in Residence

Award $5,000 annually. Idaho’s Writer in Residence displays preeminent quality in the literary field, complemented by the ability to deliver compelling readings.  Deadline Jan 31

https://arts.idaho.gov/grants/writer-in-residence/

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Idaho Fellowships

Award amount $5,000. This annual award recognizes the outstanding work of Idaho artists and writers. Eligible disciplines rotate on a two-year cycle. The Literature Fellowship recognizes artistic excellence in the areas of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, or other literary uses of the written word.  Deadline Feb 1

https://arts.idaho.gov/grants/fellowships/

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French Culture Grants

The Book Department of the Cultural Services works to promote French and Francophone literature and to encourage English translations of French works. We oversee three grant programs to help publishers and translators with the acquisition of rights cost and translation cost.  Deadline May 15

https://frenchculture.org/grants-and-programs/books-and-ideas/2769-publishing-grants-prizes


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FREE BOOK COPY

Helpful not only for writers and publishers but for everyone self-employed or start-up. It answers the question: "How can I promote my business without investing a lot of money?"

Request a free copy of "To the TOP" to review it - and at the same time learn a lot, and have this book as a reference for your free marketing efforts.


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RESOURCES FOR WRITERS

350 Character Traits – A Fabulous Resource For Writers

https://www.writerswrite.co.za/a-fabulous-resource-for-writers-350-character-traits/


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WRITING CONTESTS


Mogford Food and Drink Short Story Prize

Food and drink must be at the heart of the winning tale. Your short story could, for instance, be about crime or intrigue; about a chance meeting over a drink; a life-changing conversation over dinner; or perhaps the details of a relationship explored through food or drink. Maximum of 2,500 words.  

£15 Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 13

https://www.mogfordprize.co.uk/

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Magma Poetry Competition

Two entries: The Judge’s Prize – poems of 11 to 50 lines. The Editors’ Prize  – poems of up to 10 lines. The first prize for the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize is £1,000, second prize is £300. The six prize-winning poems will be published in Magma, there will also be five special mentions for the Judge’s Prize & for the Editors’ Prize.  £5 Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 15

https://magmapoetry.com/magma-2020-21-poetry-competition/

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Women's Prize Trust

Discoveries invite all unpublished women writers over 18 and living in the UK or Ireland and writing in English to submit to the Discoveries Prize. The winner will be offered representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency and a cash prize of £5,000.  No Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 17

https://bridgetwhelan.com/2020/09/19/women-if-you-have-started-writing-a-novel-enter-this-competition/

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Nine Dots Prize

"What does it mean to be young in an aging world?" Prize: $100,000. The winner will expand on the ideas expressed in their summary response by participating in a seminar at the University of Cambridge & by writing a short book (25,000-40,000 words) to be published by Cambridge University Press. Deadline: Jan 18

https://ninedotsprize.org/

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Cambridge Autumn Festival Short Story Competition

The theme for this year’s competition is “Lockdown”- a theme we hope will inspire writers to test their talents and enter this nationwide competition. Writers can interpret the theme in whatever way they wish, but it has to be a work of fiction. The first prize is $1,000 NZD, second prize is $500 NZD, and the third prize $250 NZD. The word limit is 1,500 words. 

No Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 21

https://cambridgeautumnfestival.co.nz/short-story/

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Encore Award

Open to British or Commonwealth citizens. Genre: Second published novel. The book must have been first published in the UK. Prize: 10,000 British Pounds. Deadline: Jan 22

https://rsliterature.org/award/encore-award/

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Five Words Poetry Competition

Every Tuesday at midday (UTC) until Jan 26, 2021, five words are posted on this competition page. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit one or more poems including all five words given for that week. A prize of 750 euros will be awarded to the winner, plus 500 euros for second place and 250 euros for third place. 

5 Euro Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 26

https://www.obheal.ie/blog/five-words-poetry-competition/

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Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize

The best ten memoirs will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2021. First: €1,000. Second: Writing Course (online) + €200. 

Word limit 4,000 words. 

€18 Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 31

https://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/short-memoir-contest/

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Stringybark Open Short Story Competition

We are looking for great short fiction stories on any theme but it must have a link to Australia. The story must be 1,500 words or fewer in length, written for an audience aged 16 and above. First prize A$350 cash, publication, plus more. Second prize A$250, publication, and more. Third prize A$125 and publication.  $14 Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 31

https://www.stringybarkstories.net/competitions/open---open-2021.html

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Michael Waters Poetry Prize

Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $3,000 and publication for a full-length poetry manuscript written in English. Must consist of at least 40 and no more than 100 pages of poetry.  $35 Entry Fee.  Deadline Feb 1

https://www.usi.edu/sir/awards-contests/waters-prize/waters-prize-2021-guidelines

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Accenti Writing Contest

The contest is open to prose works. Entries can be fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished and not under consideration by any other publication. Entries must be original. Maximum length: 2,000 words.  $30 Entry Fee.  Deadline Feb 1

https://accenti.ca/writing-contest/rules/

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Elmbridge Literary Competition

Short stories must be in English, previously unpublished, and a maximum length of 1,000 words (8-13 years) or 1,500 words (14+). Short story and poetry categories. First £250. Second £150. Third £100.

£5 Entry Fee.  Deadline Feb 5

https://www.rcsherrifftrust.org.uk/copy-of-the-2020-elmbridge-literary

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Omnidawn First/Secon Poetry Book Contest

The first prize is $3,000. This contest is open to writers worldwide who have either never published a full-length book of poetry, or who have published only one full-length book of poetry so that the winning book would become a poet's first or second published full-length book of poetry. 

$27 Entry Fee.  Deadline Feb 16

http://omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm#book-and-chapbook-contests

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Flash 500 Short Story Competition 

First: £500. Second: £200. Third: £100. The competition is international and welcomes non-UK entrants. Stories must not exceed 3,000 words.

£7 Entry Fee.  Deadline Feb 28

https://flash500.com/short-stories/

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Grindstone International Novel Prize

The 2021 Novel Prize is open to unpublished or self-published, un-represented authors working on a novel aimed at Young Adult or Adult audiences. Open to entrants from all over the world. Minimum 70,000 words. Works in progress are accepted in this competition, and entries may be of any genre. Entrants are asked to submit the opening 3,000 words, accompanied by a short synopsis in the same file. Grand Prize - £1,000 plus full manuscript request. Runner Up - £500. £16 Entry Fee.  Deadline April 1

https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/novel-prize

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Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition. The winner will receive a €500 cash prize. Submit Memories’ with a maximum of 1,500 words.

€10 Entry Fee. Deadline Apr 30

https://anthology-magazine.com/short-story/

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The Grindstone Short Story Prize 

Writers are asked to submit a piece of short fiction between 1,000 and 3,000 words, of any genre, aimed at adult readers. Grand Prize - £500. Runner Up - £200. The top 20 entries will be curated into our yearly anthology and published in print.  No Entry Fee.  Deadline May 1

https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/short-story-prize

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Waterston Desert Writing Prize

The Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy — with the desert as both subject & setting. $2,500 cash award, a reading & reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a residency at PLAYA at Summer Lake, Oregon. Limit ten pages.  Deadline May 1

https://highdesertmuseum.org/waterston-submission/

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To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Contest

First Prize: £1,200. Second Prize: £600. Third Prize: £300. The competition is open to authors residing anywhere in the world. Stories must be no longer than 2,500 words in length. This includes the title. There is no minimum word count. Stories must contain some element of humor. 

£13 Entry Fee.  Deadline July 31

https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-competition/


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FREELANCE MARKETS / JOBS


Taproot Magazine

Unique, thoughtful, creative pieces exploring the topics of food, farm, family, and craft and range from 800-4,000 words. Stories about the many makers, doers, and dreamers of our time. Write about traditional and modern crafts, recipes, and techniques to be carried into the kitchen, the garden, the pasture, the urban homestead, the rural farm, and celebrates all of these things!

https://taprootmag.com/pages/submissions

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Lilith Magazine

Lilith Magazine welcomes submissions of high-quality, lively, original writing—all year round: reporting, analysis, opinion pieces, memoir, fiction and poetry with a feminist take on subjects of interest to Jewish women. Features usually run 2,500 words, news briefs 500 words or less. Fiction should be under 3,000 words. Back-page pieces run 800 words. 

https://www.lilith.org/about/writing-for-lilith/

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Remote Writer - ELEVEN Magazine Writing Jobs

Assigning projects by subject expertise, our UK-based teams deliver authoritative content across a plethora of advanced topics with total end-to-end oversight. The world's first niche-specific writing team.

https://elevenwriting.com/writing-jobs/

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High Country News

This award-winning nonprofit monthly magazine tells the complex story of the Western United States, through coverage of its people, communities, and landscapes. Pays on publication, between $0.25 and $1.50 per word, depending on the writer’s experience and our experience with the writer. 

https://www.hcn.org/about/submissions

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Better Humans

We offer two payment structures. A $500 flat-rate commission for empathic tutorials, usually about 3,000 words long, under an exclusive contract that gives us the rights to publish your work. The article must not be duplicated elsewhere on Medium. Better Humans is a vast and growing collection of diverse, well-tested advice on every aspect of self-improvement. 

https://medium.com/better-humans/write-for-better-humans-4c6c9884fc08

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Forge

Forge is here to examine and illuminate our constant struggle to get more done, invest in creativity and focus, and be happy doing it. We bring journalistic rigor and credible, peer-reviewed science to bear. We don’t use vague inspiration-speak or glibly suggest quick fixes to major personal problems. Pays up to $1/word. 

https://forge.medium.com/about


Gen

Gen is a new Medium publication focused on politics, power, and culture. Every day, you will find stories that will help you understand the powerful forces reshaping our world. You can email us at gen@medium.com. Pays up to $1/word. 

https://gen.medium.com/about

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Heated

The goal is to showcase the links between food and just about everything else: agriculture, politics, history, and labor; culture and cooking; identity, family, and love. It’s a new, ongoing, and exciting project, one in which we intend to involve lots of different voices and viewsincluding, we hope, yours. Pays up to $1/word. 

https://medium.com/heated/about

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Human Parts

It's the Medium’s home for personal stories and perspectives. From the mundane to the extraordinary to the downright weird, we’re here to explore what it means to be human. Pays up to $1/word. 

https://humanparts.medium.com/about


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LITERARY BIRTHDAY CALENDAR

Literary Birthday Calendar January to December

https://www.writerswrite.co.za/literary-birthday-calendar/


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After many hopefully relaxing holidays last month, January is a time to start implementing your resolutions and plans and to move forward in your writing career.  You know the old saying: “If you don’t have goals, others will hire you to fulfill their goals.”  Have a very happy and healthy year 2021!  







Sunday, December 27, 2020

Great Examples of Lives - Well Lived

 Stories About Extra-Ordinary Lives and Achievements I found on the Internet:



Live of the Intel Founder

At the age of four, he contracted scarlet fever, which was nearly fatal and caused partial hearing loss. When he was eight, the Nazis occupied Hungary and deported nearly 500,000 Jews to concentration camps, including Auschwitz.

His father, however, was arrested and taken to an Eastern Labor Camp to do forced labor. He barely survived and was reunited with his family only after the war.

During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, when András was 20, he left his home and family and escaped across the border into Austria. Penniless and barely able to speak English, he changed his name from Gróf András István to Andy Grove and went on to found Intel. Time magazine chose him as "Man of the Year", for being "the person most responsible for the amazing growth in the power and the innovative potential of microchips.


A Story From Another Man: Actor Keanu Reeves

He was abandoned by his father at three years old and grew up with three different stepfathers. He is dyslexic. His dream of becoming a hockey player was shattered by a serious accident. His daughter died at birth. His wife died in a car accident. His best friend, River Phoenix, died of an overdose. His sister battled leukemia.

And with everything that has happened, Keanu Reeves never misses an opportunity to help people in need. When he was filming the movie "The Lake House," he overheard the conversation of two costume assistants; One cried because he would lose his house if he did not pay $20,000 & on the same day Keanu deposited the necessary amount in the woman's bank account; He also donated stratospheric sums to hospitals.

In 2010, on his birthday, Keanu walked into a bakery & bought a brioche with a single candle, ate it in front of the bakery, and offered coffee to people who stopped to talk to him. In 1997 some paparazzi found him walking one morning in the company of a homeless man in Los Angeles, listening to him and sharing his life for a few hours.

Interesting that those who are most broken inside are the ones most willing to help others

This man could buy everything, and instead every day he gets up and chooses one thing that cannot be bought: To be a good person ♥ ️

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Free Worldwide Listing for Your Book

 


FREE WORLDWIDE LISTING: 

How your book, audio, or e-book will be exposed to international markets.

A great chance for self-publishers and publishers alike is to attach metadata to a new book is through BowkerLink, and it’s incredibly important to use it.  You may know Bowker from ordering your ISBN numbers, but they are also the provider for Books In Print and Global Books In Print that contain listings of bibliographical information for international titles available in the USA or internationally.

In addition, Bowker sells its products worldwide to retailers and libraries, so your titles are exposed to many facets of the book industry through a single web application including other Bowker products like inventory status checks, library catalog information, and sales data reporting services. Your data is circulated to all of these customers free of charge. To market your book successfully worldwide you need to have it listed worldwide! 

Their website http://www.bowkerlink.com
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Books by Doris-Maria Heilmann:


To the TOP

Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed

ebook: https://books2read.com/u/mqv8Z1

print: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1988664381

ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08957T6XN/



Audiobooks for Success

Valuable guide book for authors, audiobook publishers, narrators, voice-over artists, and audiobook listeners. Learn how to create, produce, publish, and market your audiobooks.

https://books2read.com/u/bPRRyJ

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W81MN2Z



111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos
How to Plan, Create, Upload and Market Videos
https://www.books2read.com/u/3GYnpa

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BYDH41S/



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
https://books2read.com/u/bWZMjz

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1988664187



111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free
Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success
https://books2read.com/u/bMre1a

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018RA72LY



111 Tips to Get Free Book Reviews
Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews
plus 1,200+ reviewer contact links
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5nx5

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018RA72LY/



111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer
How to Create, Where to Upload and How to Market Your Videos
https://books2read.com/u/mVZkjr

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CHWX6X2/



Book Marketing on a Shoestring
How Authors Can Promote their Books 

Without Spending a Lot of Money
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5gdp

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1988664225



Hello Friends, visit my Author Page here:

https://books2read.com/ap/n4EYY8/Doris-Maria-Heilmann



Friday, December 18, 2020

Top Five Regrets - Thoughts at the End of the Year




Remember: Today is the first day of the rest of your life
Bronnie Ware listed the five most important regrets people had when their lives neared the end.
"People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.  When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again." 

Here's What They Regreted:

I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all.  When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled.  Most people have had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way.  From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize until they no longer have it.


I wish I didn't work so hard
They missed their childrenís youth and their partner's companionship and deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.  By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.


I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.  As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end, it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level.


I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends and it was not always possible to track them down.  Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years.  There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved.  Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. That is all that remains: love and relationships.


I wish that I had let myself be happier
Many people did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice.  They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits.  The so-called "comfort" of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives.  Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content.  When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.  Life is a choice.  It is YOUR life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness.

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Ask Yourself: “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?” 
~ Steve Jobs
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Sunday, December 6, 2020

December Newsletter for Writers and Publishers

 


Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter December 2020

by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters


Dear Writer and Publisher Friends,

Christmas is only three weeks away and another year is almost over… Get a lot of new ideas and encouragement for the next twelve months in this December Newsletter. Apply for one or more of the writing contests and grants listed here:


Content:

- FREELANCE WRITING

- WRITING CONTESTS

- GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS / RESIDENCIES / FUNDING

- INSTAGRAM TIPS



- FREELANCE WRITING OFFERS


Houstonia

Engaging stories, as well as spectacular photography and cutting-edge design, our goal is a signature mix of in-depth news stories, provocative essays, and guides to the best of the city that no Houstonian can live without. Email editor Dianna Wray: dwray@houstoniamag.com. Rate $500+ based on experience.

https://www.houstoniamag.com/pages/about-us

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Good Mom On Paper

Essay from self-identified mothers of all kinds, at all stages of life, career, and parenting, and who are interested in exploring motherhood and art creation in all its many incarnations. Pitches only. Payment: $200

Deadline: Dec 15

https://bookhugpress.ca/goodmomonpaper/

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The New York Times  

Essay on Modern Love. Payment: $500. 

Deadline: Dec 31

https://www.nytimes.com/article/how-to-submit-a-modern-love-essay.html

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The Bark

This magazine about life with dogs and has a circulation of 250,000 readers. The magazine publishes essays and fiction, as well as a few short poems. They also publish book reviews. Reprints are accepted. Payment: Payment is upon publication; compensation varies according to the complexity and length of the article and is individually negotiated. Who Pays Writers lists a payment of 67 cents/word.

https://thebark.com/content/submission-guidelines



- WRITING CONTESTS


Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize 

Sponsored by the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival. Non-fiction essay between 4 to 10 pages, set in Brooklyn about Brooklyn and/or Brooklyn people & characters. (Up to 2500 words). Prize: $500.  Deadline: Dec 10

http://www.filmbrooklyn.org/

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Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Awards $1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction with a nationally distributed press. Accepts works up to 8,000 words. All entries will be considered for publication and payment at our regular rates.  $16 Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31

https://boulevardmagazine.org/short-fiction-contest

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Litmags Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction

First Prize: $2,500, publication in LitMag & agency review. $20 Entry Fee. Deadline Dec 31

https://litmag.submittable.com/submit

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Fish Short Story Prize

Word limit 5,000 words. The top ten stories will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2021. First prize €3,000. Second prize a week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat and €300. Third prize €300. 

€20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Nov 30

https://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/short-story-contest/

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Short Memoir Prize

First prize: €1,000. The second prize is our online writing course and €200. Third prize €200. Write a piece of your life, send it to Fish. This contest is an opportunity to have your memoir published. The maximum number of words is 4,000.  €18 Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 31

https://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/short-memoir-contest/

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New Writer Children's Book Awards

The EJK Award is given to a new writer for a picture book written in the tradition of EJK that highlights the universal qualities of childhood and the strength of the family; reflects the multicultural nature of our world. To be eligible, the author will have no more than three books published in English. Self-published books are not eligible for consideration. Prize $3,000. 

No Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31

https://www.degrummond.org/ezra-jack-keats-book-award-guidelin

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Natan Notable Books Award

Genre: Recen­t­­ly pub­­lished or soon to be pub­lished nonfic­­tion book on Jew­ish themes. Prize: $5,000.  Deadline: Dec 31

https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/awards/natan-notable-books

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Acacia Fiction Prize

All who enter will receive a copy of the winning collection. The winner will receive $1,200. Please submit a collection of any combination of short stories, flash fiction, or novellas totaling between 40,000 and 75,000 words. 

$25 Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31

https://kallistogaiapress.submittable.com/submit

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Boulevard Short Fiction Contest

Offers $1,500 and publication in Boulevard to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction with a nationally distributed press. We accept works up to 8,000 words.

$16 Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31

https://boulevardmagazine.org/short-fiction-contest

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River Styx Microfiction Contest

Submit up to 500 words per story. First prize $1,000. Up to three stories per entry fee. First, second, and third place winners will be published. All stories will be considered for publication. 

$15-$20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31

http://www.riverstyx.org/submit/microfiction-contest/ 

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Craft Creative Nonfiction Award

Submit up to 6,000 words of unpublished creative nonfiction. 

Three pieces will be selected with each awarded $1,000 

$20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Dec 31

https://www.craftliterary.com/craft-cnf-award/

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The Disquiet Prize

Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction will have their winning work published in Granta.com, poetry in The Common, and nonfiction in NinthLetter.com. Genre and grand prize winners can choose to delay the prize trip to a future year or accept a substitute cash prize of $1,000 each. $15 Entry Fee.  Deadline Jan 15

http://disquietinternational.org/the-program/contests-scholarships/the-disquiet-prize

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Life Writing Prize - UK

Free to enter, the Prize is open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent. The winner will receive £1,500, an Arvon course, a writing mentor, two years’ membership of the Royal Society of Literature, and an optional development meeting with an agent or editor. Please send an unpublished piece of life writing up to 5,000 words. 

No Entry Fee.  Deadline Feb 1

https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/enter-spread-the-words-2021-life-writing-prize/

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Zizzle Literary Flash Fiction Contest

First Prize: $1,000. Every week during our submission period, we’ll post one-sentence dialogue writing prompts on our social media platforms. Choose a dialogue prompt that inspires you and write a story that includes the prompt. We are looking for fiction that will appeal to young readers from age 11 and even to full-on grown-ups. 500 to 1,000 words in English. 

$5 Entry Fee. Deadline March 15

https://zizzlelit.com/contest/






- GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS / RESIDENCIES / FUNDING


J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award: US$25,000 for a Nonfiction book. Applicants for the award must already have a contract with a U.S.-based publisher to write a nonfiction book. Deadline: Dec 9

https://journalism.columbia.edu/lukas

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New Jersey Artist Recovery Grants 

These grant awards are based solely upon demonstrated financial need, and awardees will be randomly selected from all eligible applications received. Grants will be for $5,000.  Deadline December 15

https://www.state.nj.us/state/njsca/assets/pdf/2021-njsca-iar-guidelines.pdf

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Amant Residency

The NYC Residency Program for international artists offers four artists’ studios to enable practitioners during their three-month New York City visit. Artists who are currently based in NY cannot apply to the residency. Includes travel, space, and a $3,000 stipend.  Deadline Dec 18

https://www.amant.org/new-york/open-call-2020

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Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

An emergency grant program that provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical or dental emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists, and choreographers living anywhere in the US or U.S. Territories.  

https://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/programs/grants/rauschenberg-emergency-grants

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Authors Contingency Fund

Applications are open to all professional authors who are residents in the UK or British subjects – including all types of writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists, and others – for whom author-related activities make up a substantial amount of their annual income. Grants are up to £2,000 and designed to meet an urgent need.

https://societyofauthors.org/Grants/authors-contingency-fund

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Miss Sara Fellowship for Black Women Writers

The "Miss Sarah" Fellowship for Black Women Writers aims to provide Black women writers a restful environment conducive to reflection and writing in Asheville, NC. Participants will receive a $700 stipend & transportation. 

Deadline Dec 15

https://www.trilliumartsnc.org/writing-fellowships-guidelines

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Mark Lynton History Prize

US$10,000, is awarded to a book­-length work of history on any topic that best combines intellectual distinction with felicity of expression. Books must have been published in the US between Jan 1st and Dec 31, 2020

https://columbiajournalismawards.submittable.com/submit

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Vermont Arts Council

Artist Development Grants range from $250-$1,000 and support artists at all stages of their careers. Grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist’s craft or skills and activities that increase the viability of an artist's business.  Deadline Jan 11 

https://www.vermontartscouncil.org/grants/artists/artist-development

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NYSCA/NYFA Artists Fellowship

This $7,000 grant is awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period (five categories a year) and the application is free to complete. The Artist Fellowship is for a NY State residency, and/or residency in one of the Indian Nations located therein.  Deadline Feb 10

https://www.nyfa.org/awards-grants/artist-fellowships/

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Mississippi Arts Commission Individual Projekt Grants

Grants of $2,000 provide funding to support ideas and projects organized by or for individual artists in Mississippi.  Deadline March 1

https://arts.ms.gov/grants/

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Graywolf Press Literary Fellowship

A paid, comprehensive, ten-month fellowship designed to support a person who is interested in learning more about the publishing industry through an introductory, hands-on experience.  This is a 24 hours/week, a non-exempt ten-month position with a start date in February 2020. Compensation includes $25,000, paid time off, health and dental insurance.

https://graywolfpress.submittable.com/submit/178571/2021-citizen-literary-fellowship

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- INSTAGRAM TIPS


How to Post Images From Your Computer to Instagram - Step-by-step explained. After searching for months for a solution on how to upload my photos from my laptop to Instagram, I finally found it:

http://content-on-demand.blogspot.com/2020/12/how-to-post-images-from-your-computer.html

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We are truly blessed! Looking back to the last 12 months and also forward to the new year, let’s be thankful for all the positive things we experienced. I wish you a wonderful December and a very Merry Christmas or Chanukah. Stay healthy!


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