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:

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:

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

Just Published: “To the TOP”Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups
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?”


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.
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
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. 

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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.

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.
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.
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, average pay is 29 cents/word.
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.  
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. 
Muskeg Press 
Looking for short stories, up to 5,000 words: fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.  Payment: $350.  Deadline: June 30
The Threepenny Review
Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction.  Payment: $400 per story or article.  Deadline: June 30

Wishing you a wonderful June.  All the very best and stay safe and healthy!
111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters


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.


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?" 

e-Book Special:  $ 9.95 -

Print Version:  $19.95   - 

Also available at Barnes&Noble, Apple, Kobo and dozens of other retailers via the universal link:

Available worldwide, for example: 

Digital Edition  ISBN:       978-1-988664-39-2
Print Book Edition ISBN:  978-1-988664-38-5 



Sunday, May 24, 2020

Video Conferencing Etiquette

Video Conferences: How to look and act your best in video conferences or media interviews. Remote working these days often involves video conferences - here are some tips to go through it in a professional manner.

Video is not always the medium of choice. The question is: What is the purpose of the conference? Getting to know each other? Then video makes sense because it builds up closeness faster. Is there a joint discussion?
Be Prepared
Have all your talking points and documents ready beforehand. If your colleagues need to see a document, send it before the call and make sure everyone has access to all the necessary data prior to the video meeting.

  • Check Your Background
    Try to turn your working space, especially the background from which you talk, into a more professional area. Move plants to the side and let not everyone peak into your bookshelf, filled with romance or political and religious books. If you’re using Zoom, you can even switch to a virtual background.
  • Be on “Eye Level” With the Camera Lens
    No one looks good when filmed from underneath, showing mainly chins and noses… Always look at the camera whether you are listening or talking.
  • Lighting
    An important aspect of any successful video meeting will be proper illumination with minimal glare. Poor lighting could leave your audiences in the dark. Go for natural illumination; however, make certain that it will not distract the participants on the opposite side.
  • Dress Accordingly
    As the representative of your organization, dress in a way that will not jeopardize the prestige of your company. For example, no large patterns, loud colors, and t-shirts.
  • “Public Appearance”
    Never say or do anything near a camera that you wouldn’t want broadcast to millions. Avoid political, religious, or risqué topics. After all, you are on the Internet, which means video might stay there forever
  • No Distractions
    Make sure that your cell phone is kept in the silent mode, that your kids are kept away, as well as dogs or cats, during the conference.  Eliminate background noises while the conference is going on, and minimize any echo from the microphone. Practice patience and refrain from speaking while others are expressing themselves.

    More Tips:
  • Make sure to adopt a LAN cable that will help guarantee a stable Internet connection.

  • Top-quality video conferencing software such as ezTalks Cloud Meeting will aid in facilitating proper business communication.
  • Before your video conference, take some time to save your work, close any apps and programs you won’t need or contain personal data, or use too much CPU power.
  • Clean up your screen: If you’re going to share your screen during a video call, take extra precautions so people can’t see anything private or potentially embarrassing.
  • Test your internet speed with or If you’re not getting enough speed, move closer to your Wi-Fi router.
  • If you’re going to be a part of online meetings every day, you might want to consider buying a better camera and/or headset.
  • Use headphones or earbuds when you’re on a video call. Because of the close proximity to your mouth, it will sound better than using your laptop’s built-in microphone.
  • Only one conversation at a time, let people finish, otherwise, no one will understand anything in the end.
  • Start videos! This way everyone can see themselves, experience reactions, and feel part of the team.
  • If you look at the screen, everyone feels personally addressed and involved
  • Working remotely can be tiring: schedule more but shorter breaks

Start the day with a short online meeting, a so-called check-in. Here the tasks of the day can be discussed, but also personal matters. End the day with a final meeting, the checkout. This clearly defines the border between work and leisure time.

Video is also useful - the voice is complemented by facial expressions. Is it just about communicating something? Then it is enough if the presenters are visible - the rest listens without video. Personal conversations are often most effective simply as a phone call, especially if you already know each other.


111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos:
How to Plan, Create, Upload and Market Videos


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Successful Publishing - May Newsletter

Writers Residencies, Writing Competitions, Freelance Writing, Relief Funds, and More:
May – the month of spring and beauty! There is no denying we need a strong injection of hope and optimism, during this time. If you’re one of those people who always said they would write a novel if only they had the time: this is your moment!

May Newsletter Content:



Now with (maybe) more time on your hands: Spruce up your book marketing and book distribution!  Are You Still Selling Books Only Via Amazon? find here dozens of opportunities where else you can sell your books online:


Here You Will Find Grants & Relief Funds for Artists & Authors in the UK, USA, and Canada  
Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists
The fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000–$8,000 USD for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. We seek writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts to apply for this funding. 
Intl. Women’s Media Journalism Relief Fund
Journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off, or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes. Grants of up to $2,000. 
NH Artist Entrepreneurial Grants
Artist Entrepreneurial Grants support opportunities that will benefit artists’ careers, including the development of business skills, participation in programs to raise the level and quality of their art, and participation in programs that will bring their art to the widest possible markets.
Deadlines May 8, 2020; August 7, 2020; November 6, 2020. 



Plan next year’s free “workation” or “holiday-writing” – apply NOW – Deadlines are looming…
Anne LeBastille Memorial Writers Residency
The Adirondack Center for Writing offers a two-week residency annually in October to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at a lodge on Twitchell Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The residency will be open to six writers every year, with three spaces for writers from the region, and three from elsewhere. We accept writers in any genre. Deadline May 21
Kalamalka Press Writer-in-Residency
Welcoming authors of any genre from across Canada. The KP@C3 includes four weeks of accommodation and studio space at the Caetani Cultural Centre in Vernon, B.C., with the possibility of an extended stay, as well as an honorarium. Open to emerging and established writers in any genre. The residency is scheduled for the month of October. Location Vernon, BC, Canada.
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
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.  


Writing Competition: Imagine a Future World of Justice
Call on South Africa’s creative minds to enter a competition to help imagine a future world where everyone has access to justice. The winner will walk away with a R10 000 cash prize. Deadline May 20
Blue Pencil Agency First Novel Award
The Winner receives £1,000 and agent introduction. Runner-up receives manuscript review and agent introduction. The Award is open to unrepresented and unpublished authors for a novel in any adult fiction genre. Highly commended receives agent introduction. Submit an opening chapter or chapters up to 5,000 words plus a 300-word synopsis and a cover letter.  £20 Entry Fee. Deadline May 30
The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest
The winner receives $3,000 and publication. 2nd and 3rd place prizes are $300 and $200 and publication. Stories must come in under 1,000 words. 
$20 Entry Fee. Deadline May 30
Bridport Prize
Poetry: 42 lines max. No minimum. The Novel award is ONLY open to writers in Great Britain (including N. Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and the Republic of Ireland. Poetry: first prize £5,000, second prize £1,000, third prize £500, Novel: first prize – £1,500. Entry Fee £20 for Novels. Deadline May 30
Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize
The competition is open to anyone who has not published a book-length work in the genre that they are entering. The winners of each category received a £1,000 cash prize. Max 3,000 words. £10 Entry Fee.
Deadline June 1, 2020
ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Fiction
Entries must be original works of fiction and max. 5,000 words that illuminate the role of the law and lawyers in modern society. The winner will receive a prize of $3,000. Entrants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Entries may be unpublished or published no earlier than January 1
No entry fee. Deadline June 1
Cave Canem
Prize is a 2nd-book award for black poets of African descent, offered every other year. This award celebrates and publishes works of lasting cultural value and literary excellence. Winner receives $1,000. No Entry Fee. Deadline June 12
Sean O’Faolain Short Story Competition
The competition is open to original, unpublished, and un-broadcasted short stories in the English language of 3,000 words or fewer. First Prize €2,000, residency (one week) at Anam Cara Retreat. 2nd Prize €500.  €18 Entry Fee. Deadline July 18, 2020
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


Rachel Carrington’s Advice for Freelance Writers:
The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, The Writer’s Chronicle, Good Housekeeping, and even The Boston Globe offer opportunities for writers to submit low word count essays or blog posts about personal experiences, your writing journey, and even career advice. Read more here:

One silver lining of this strange time is that writers are finding time to write.  Don’t give up! Keep writing – the more you write, the more you’ll hone your craft.  Stay strong and healthy.  All the best to my readers and their families!

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Friday, May 8, 2020

What Comes After Corona?

Two smart Europeans envision a better economic, sustainable, and fairer world after Corona - with a cleaner, more efficient infrastructure and more new jobs.
Such technologies have long been available.
 How it should look like:

  • Clean technologies pay for themselves thanks to the energy and resource savings they bring. Investing in this new infrastructure is therefore not a cost, but an opportunity to secure profits for industry while reducing individual spending.
  • We can build a stable renewable energy network based on solar energy, geothermal energy, biomass, marine energy, and wind power. And the possibilities go much further.
  • We can equip ports with a shore to ship electricity to reduce emissions from shipping, build charging stations for electric cars and hydrogen filling stations.
  • We can set higher efficiency standards for all types of appliances, reduce the energy consumption of buildings through efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems or innovative and intelligent technologies for insulating or shading facades.
  • We can help our farmers modernize to use fewer pesticides and at the same time help protect our environment by producing healthy products.
  • Such technologies have long been available. This is demonstrated, for example, by some of the solutions already selected by the Solar Impulse Foundation in the #1000solutions competition.

A "Keep it up!" as a rescue package after this crisis cannot be the answer. 
We need to do better - changing over to emission-free resources that we
received from "Mother Nature" at no cost!


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Dogs Are Happy During the Corona Crisis

I lost my beloved Bentley eight months ago. During this health crisis, I see so many people walking their dogs at all times of the day. And I must admit that I am rather envious… What a great time for them to have a companion and to be outside for an extended time!

Dogs must be happy right now that they have so much company.  They are the one member in a household who is enjoying self-isolation.  They love to have their pack (the family) together. They are now treated to our nonstop physical presence.  However, dogs like their routine.  Take them for walks at the same time every day, feed them on a normal schedule, give them regular bouts of attention.  They will learn the routine.  The more the owner is consistent, the more quickly the pup can adapt.  And it’s good for you too!

Pet adoptions are way up amid coronavirus crisis, even with shelters closed to the public. Appointment-only adoptions, drive-up fostering, online training, and at-home volunteer projects (such as making pet toys) are to help care for vulnerable animals during the pandemic. 

I hope that those who get a new dog now are not working full-time or have someone at home for most of the day.  And that those who get sick have someone to take care of the animals to prevent it being again set up for adoption.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few irresponsible folks who get a dog - only to leave it for eight or ten hours alone at home while they go to work.  Then they rush for ten minutes around the block - if at all.  Dogs are pack animals.  Holding them alone for most of the day is cruel and totally against their nature.  Not even mentioning the many hours they must hold their bladder.

Dogs are the only ones whose lives have been improved by the Corona Virus. Animals are making our isolation more enjoyable too.  Dogs are always there for you:

  • They are a part of the family
  • They won't judge you 
  • They remind us that we have an obligation and responsibility to nurture them
  • They need you for support, so they force you out of your ego and make you better

Let's recognize our amazing pets who keep us company during unsettling times. There are even Coronavirus Stars: BBC sports commentator Andrew Cotter's dogs Olive and Mabel go viral on social media.



Thursday, April 2, 2020

April Newsletter for Writers and Publishers

Many of us have had our routines disrupted due to coronavirus.  Being House-Bound?  Reading a book a day keeps the boredom away!  And writing helps even more!  Lose yourself in writing for a while.  Start another NaNoWriMo - this time in April.

My tip: read lots of books, write your next book(s), spruce up your book marketing, write articles for newspapers and magazines, apply for a grant, fellowship or writer residency, and participate in writing contests.

When you scrawl through this and all the other newsletters I write every month for you, you will find lots of opportunities. Don’t wait for inspiration, once you start working, inspiration often comes along later.

Content for this April Newsletter:


Florida Review Editors’ Awards
Each winner receives publication in The Florida Review and $1,000.
They accept submissions to three Editors’ Awards contests in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry. We also frequently recognize and publish one or more finalists in each genre. For prose, submit up to 25 pages (6,500 words). For poetry, submit up to five poems.
$25 Entry Fee. Deadline April 14
Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction
The contest awards $1,500 and publication in Gulf Coast to the winner. Two honorable mentions will be awarded $250. All entries will be considered for publication, and the entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. Limit 25 pages.
$23 Entry Fee. Deadline April 16
Craft Short Fiction Prize
International submissions are allowed. Limit 5,000 words. We review literary fiction but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. Winner: $2,000 award and a subscription to Journal of the Month. Runners-up: $500 and $300 award respectively for the second and third-place finalists.
$20 Entry Fee. Deadline April 30
Fiction Opossum Prize
First Place $1,000 plus Opossum Prize trophy featuring gold opossum! Second Place $400. Third Place $200. All winners receive publication in the 2020 issue of Opossum (release date October 2020) and ten copies of the issue/7" record. All submissions must be under 7,000 words and engage the world of music in some way.
$20 Entry Fee. Deadline May 31
Pipeline Adaptation Contest
$10,000 to winner, $2,000 to two runners-up ($1,000 each).
The Book Pipeline: Adaptation competition seeks published books, graphic novels, short stories, and plays for film and television adaptation. There are no genre restrictions, and judging criteria is weighed evenly between concept originality, marketability in the current landscape, and overall writing talent. Every entrant receives general feedback on their submission, specifically on its adaptation potential. $55 Entry Fee.
Deadline May 20
Yeovil Literary Prize
Five categories: novels (15,000 words max.), short stories (limit 2,000 words), poetry (maximum 40 lines), writing without restrictions (see general rules), West Gazette Best Local Writing Award. Prizes range from £50 to £1,000 with first, second, and third place prizes given in the first four categories. One £100 award in the fifth category.
£5-12 Entry Fee. Deadline May 31, 2020
William Van Wert Short Story/Novel Excerpt Award
Prize is $1,000. Any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of 25 pages or less. All novel excerpts must include a synopsis and outline of the whole novel and an explanation of where the submitted portion fits into the overall structure of the work.
$17 Entry Fee. Deadline June 30, 2020


Nevada Artist Fellowship Grant
Grant amount $5,000. Open to Nevada artists in the literary arts, submit creative prose (fiction and nonfiction), dramatic writing, and poetry. Must be a current Nevada resident and have been in residence for at least one year prior to the date of the application. U.S. citizen or legal resident status. Deadline April 15, 2020
Andrews Forest Writers Residency
Creative writers whose work reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for the Andrews Forest Writers Residency. The resident writers live at the Andrews Forest for one to two weeks, interact with the scientists, explore the forest, and write. Writers are encouraged to visit designated study sites for reflecting on and writing about the forest and their relation to it. These writings, which will form a collection spanning hundreds of years, will be gathered in permanent archives at Oregon State University. Free facilities and a $250 stipend. Deadline May 1, 2020
Turkey Land Cove Foundation
It is a working residency for motivated women to pursue their professional, educational, and artistic goals away from the distractions of daily life. Turkey Land Cove (TLC) provides a quiet home on Martha's Vineyard to achieve progress towards a defined goal. Deadline May 1
Prairie Ronde Artist Residency
Offering a stipend of $2,000 for four to seven weeks, a $500 travel grant, and use of a car.
Located in historic Vicksburg, MI, near Kalamazoo, the residency provides access to the 420,000 square foot former Lee Paper Company paper mill and its adjacent 80 acres of property to use as inspiration. They provide housing and studio space for one resident at a time, three times a year. Deadline June 1
National Parks Artist-in Residence
Whether staying in a remote wilderness cabin at Denali National Park in Alaska or contemplating history at the Hoover National Historic Site in Iowa or working in a contemporary studio in Connecticut: these programs provide artists with unique opportunities to create works of art in varied natural and cultural settings. There are programs for visual artists, writers, musicians, and other creative media. Programs are two to four weeks in length, most include lodging. Over 50 locations to consider.


Bronzeville Books - Rigor Morbid 2
A collection of horror tales for Halloween. Stories should be 3,000 words or less. Pays eight cents/word.
Deadline June 6, 2020, or when 175 submissions are received.
Bronzeville Books - Happy Hellidays
Unexpected holiday stories: Don't limit yourself to Christmas - all kinds of special occasions gone awry. Stories should be 3,000 words or less. Pays eight cents/word.
Deadline July 11, 2020 or when 175 submissions are received.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Selfcare
Taking care of yourself is not just about your physical health but includes your emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing too. Self-care includes that all-important "me time," whether that means exercising or reading or meditating or having lunch with friends. Whatever your psyche needs is your form of "me time." We are looking for your stories about how you neglected your self-care, how you realized its importance, and how you now engage in it. Pays $200 and ten copies for up to 1,200 words.
Deadline September 30, 2020
Write for South West Airlines
Southwest: The Magazine, published by Pace Communications for Southwest Airlines, attracts more than 6.3 million readers each month. They typically publish two works of narrative nonfiction each issue, somewhere around 3,000 to 3,500 words. Write a compelling tale with memorable characters, none of whom have to be famous. Additionally from our feature well, we also assign special advertising sections. Pays up to $1/word.
Discover Magazine
It reports captivating developments in science, medicine, technology, and the world around us. Spectacular photography and refreshingly understandable stories on complex subjects connect everyday people with the greatest ideas and minds in science. Want to get in touch with the Discover editorial staff? Email us at Pays $1 to $2 per word.
Freelance Writing
Chicken Soup: Age is Just a Number
We are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60. Limit 1,200 words. Pays $200 and ten copies.
Deadline May 31
The National
It is the onboard American culture magazine for Amtrak. In their pages, you’ll find in-depth reporting and beautiful photography from across the country, as well as fiction, poetry, and essays from some of America’s most acclaimed voices. Pays $1/word.

Good News in Canada: Extended To July 15 Over Coronavirus Pandemic
The federal government announced foreclosure protections for the next 60 days. And federal regulators are ordering mortgage lenders to grant mortgage relief to homeowners who have lost income or their job.

What else can you do while staying at home: Dig the garden, built new flower beds and fill them with cool weather plants, or file tax returns, sort and resize your photos, organize your computer files, tidy the garage, cellar or attic, repair your bike or car, barbecue in good weather, clean the windows, polish your silverware, empty the cupboards and your wardrobe and throw everything unnecessary into the bin or, if it's still good, donate the fine pieces to charity, buy lots of store-made wrapped sandwiches and deliver them to the homeless.

Spring is Here and We Are Alive!
Write letters to relatives and friends, finally write down your Will - you never know... There is so much to do - let's get on with it! Now, we have lots of time on our hands. Take care!

Everything will be fine!
Tutto andrà bene!
Alles wird gut!
¡Todo estará bien!
Tout se passera bien!



Monday, March 30, 2020

Boring Verbs and What to Use Instead

16 Boring Verbs & What to Use Instead (Infographic)