Sunday, May 16, 2021

 






The Underestimated Danger: Ship exhaust gases





Thick air cannot only be found in cities but also where we would not expect it at all: on rivers and seas.  An extremely harmful mixture of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and soot oozes from the chimneys of cruise ships and container ships.  This not only pollutes the air on coasts but also far inland.  
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The Helmholtz Centre regularly measure the pollution levels on the banks of the Elbe in Hamburg.  Every passing ship brings the sensitive instruments of the measuring station to the limit.  And this despite the fact that since 2015 ships on their way to the port of Hamburg have only been allowed to burn comparatively clean fuel.  It may contain a maximum of 0.1% sulphur.  Sounds clean, but it is still 100 times more than in normal car diesel.

The ocean liners then become dirt slingshots on the high seas. Because there they are allowed to burn the cheapest and most toxic fuel there.  The viscous mass contains high levels of sulphur, ash and heavy metals.  When it burns, all of this ends up in our atmosphere.
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Ship exhaust fumes do not only travel far inland - up to 500 kilometres inland.  They become even more dangerous there, as nitrogen oxides from ships' diesel engines react with air pollutants from agriculture and together they cause the formation of fine dust.


Catalysts or other propulsion technology, such as liquid gas, could help.
These measures could contribute significantly to the reduction of nitrogen oxides.


Cruise Passengers Also Travel Dangerously
Incidentally, the exhaust gases are a huge burden not only for the people living nearby but also for the people on the ships themselves.  A camera team took air samples on a cruise ship and had the quality measured.  The frightening result: the pollution with soot and other fine dust particles was four to ten times higher there than on a busy city crossing!
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Alternative LNG 
The ferry "MS Helgoland", for example, uses such liquid gas.  It is the first German seagoing vessel newbuilding ever to be powered by liquefied petroleum gas or LNG.  The natural gas, which is liquefied by extreme cooling, is slowly heated before combustion and then injected directly into the propulsion engines.  Compared to conventional fuels, LNG propulsion reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by around 80 %, and particulate matter emissions are virtually zero.  Once a week the ferry has to bunker fuel.  The comparatively small amount of frozen gas can still be delivered by tanker.  However, a comprehensive infrastructure for refuelling large container or cruise ships would first have to be established.


Monday, May 10, 2021

Myths About Ticks

 


The first signs of spring - warm weather and blooms - are often greeted with joy. But soon comes the realization that with warm weather come ticks. Here are some of the most common myths about ticks that need to be debunked:


Myth: Ticks are only seasonally active in forests

Many people think that ticks can only survive in forests from spring to fall, but this is no longer true. Ticks are even being found in people’s backyards due to the annual reproduction of nearby populations. Unfortunately, some of these ticks have also tested positive for Lyme Disease.


Myth: Ticks can jump

Many people described having ticks jumping on them from trees, but ticks can’t jump.  Instead, they patiently sit on low vegetation or crawl around the ground, sensing a host’s heat or carbon dioxide.  Ticks search for their next meal when temperatures are above 4 degrees celsius. During the winter, people think that ticks are inactive or dead because of the cold. However, if temperatures rise above freezing for several days, ticks can emerge from dormancy.


Myth: All Ticks are infected with Lyme disease

People often panic thinking they will immediately get infected with Lyme disease if they’re bitten by a tick.  However, some ticks may not be infected at all, while others can carry a variety of less prevalent diseases.  Blacklegged ticks can also transmit babesiosis, a parasite that infects red blood cells and Powassan virus which can cause an infection of the brain. 


Dog ticks are well-known carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia, a rare infectious disease — also known as rabbit fever or deer fly fever.  

If a tick is infected, the time it takes for a disease to be transmitted varies. Usually, Lyme disease could happen in less than sixteen hours, the Powassan virus is transmitted in less than 15 minutes.


Tick Removal Myths

Ticks have developed a critical tool to discreetly attach to their host: saliva.  We don’t react to their bites because ticks make sure we don’t know they’re there.  Their saliva contains multiple components that trick our bodies into blocking pain and itching, as well as stopping any defensive immune responses.  When a tick is attached, it should be removed quickly. 

How to properly remove an attached tick: First, locate the head of the tick close to the skin with fine-tipped tweezers. Then, pull the tick straight upward with even force.  Fine-tipped tweezers are the only efficient and safe way to remove a tick!  Use the tweezers to grab the head close to the skin and lift straight upwards with steady even pressure. Parts of the tick’s head or mouth may remain, but they are unable to transmit any disease without the body.


Prepare for trips into nature: Wear a hat, long sleeves, and pants, and avoid open shoes. Take off and check your clothes carefully after returning home.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter May 2021

 



Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter May 2021 

by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters


Content of this May Newsletter:

- WRITERS CONFERENCES
- WRITING COMPETITIONS
- FREELANCE WRITING
- GRANTS
- BOOK REVIEWERS

Happy May -- the beautiful bridge between spring and summer!  

Why not get some motivation in writers' conferences?  Or start your online shop?  Or find new distributors?  Why?  As in so many world publishing markets, the “digital acceleration” prompted by lockdowns, bookstore closures, and other virus spread-mitigation measures, has made e-commerce a higher priority than it was for many elements of the book business.  US Audiobooks and Ebooks Maintain Strength. AAP Stats February Report: More than 20% over last year!   Invest in audiobooks!  Read more in this article

https://publishingperspectives.com/2021/04/aap-statshot-february-report-audiobooks-and-ebooks-maintain-strength-covid19/

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More Motivation Tips

A Must-Read:  Self-Published Book Gets Movie Deal ... Without an Agent

https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2021/04/self-published-book-gets-movie-deal.html

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Now, ask yourself: Why Are You Still Selling Books Only Via Amazon? 

Find here dozens of opportunities and distributors where else you can sell your books online:

https://www.savvybookwriters.com/are-you-still-selling-books-only-via-amazon/

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It’s Tax Time - What Writers Can Deduct from Taxes:
Don’t wait until the last minute. The tax season is already in full swing.  https://lnkd.in/ghvPApF

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- WRITERS CONFERENCES

Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers. May 24 - 28, 2021: Houston, Texas. Daily workshops, readings, craft talks, social events, and professionalism panels in an intimate and supportive environment designed specifically with the needs of emerging writers in mind.

https://www.boldfaceconference.com/boldface-2021/

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San Diego Writing Workshop. May 14 - 15, 2021. "This is a special two-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on May 14-15, 2021. In other words, it’s two days full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction.

https://sandiegowritingworkshop.com/

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Don’t miss this article: Five Takeaways from a Writers Conference

https://www.chriskridler.com/2012/02/5-timely-takeaways-from-a-writers-conference/


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- WRITING COMPETITIONS

Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition

One Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference. The first-place winner in each category will receive $1,000.  $30 Entry Fee.  Deadline May 7

https://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/annual-writing-competition

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Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Prizes: $2000, $500, $250, and two $125. Winning stories will be read by three literary agents. Limit 10,000 words. We accept entries in English from anywhere in the world. Literary fiction only.   $17 Entry Fee.  Deadline May 15.   https://www.carvezine.com/raymond-carver-contest

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2021 CBC Poetry Prize for Canadians

The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre.  Four finalists will each receive $1,000.  Submit an original, unpublished poem, up to 600 words.  Deadline May 30

https://www.cbc.ca/books/literaryprizes/cbc-poetry-prize-1.4090929

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Bridport Poetry Prize

First prize: £5,000. Second prize: £1,000. Third prize: £500 and publication. Highly Commended 10 x £100. Open to writers of any nationality writing in English aged over 16.   £10 Entry Fee.  Deadline May 31

https://bridportprize.org.uk/the-competition/poetry/

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James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards. 

Prize: $2,500. Open to aboriginal youth, 18 years or younger, residing in Ontario, Canada. 

Deadline: May 31

https://www.ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards-arts-and-literature

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CNO Naval History Essay Contest. 

Prize: First Prize: $5,000. Second Prize:$2,500.  Third Prize: $1,500.  Deadline: May 31

https://www.usni.org/essay-contests/2021/2021-cno-naval-history-essay-contest-professional-historian

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Bridport Novel Award

First prize: £1,500. The winning story features in our anthology, so you will see your words in print. Second prize: £750. Three third prizes: £150 and publication. 8,000 words max, 5,000 min. PLUS 300-word synopsis, which should form the first page/s of your entry.  £20 Entry Fee.  Deadline May 31

https://bridportprize.org.uk/the-competition/novel-award/

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To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Contest

A biennial short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world. The top prize is £1,200.  Entry Fee: $18.  Deadline July 31

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

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Juniper Prizes

The University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscripts and the authors receive a $1,000 award upon publication. Submissions are accepted between August 1 and September 30. Entry Fee: $30.  Deadline September 30 

https://www.umasspress.com/juniper-prizes/juniper-prize-for-fiction/

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- FREELANCE WRITING

Northwest Quarterly 

Smart Living Live and Northwest Quarterly cover the best of life in Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, Northwest Chicagoland, and Fort Wayne Indiana.  Multiple regional magazines to pitch.  Pays around 15 cents/word for articles up to 2,400 words. 

https://www.northwestquarterly.com/

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Fido Friendly

Start enjoying the fun and informative topics covered in every issue: Travel, Health, Wellness, Training, Fashion, Pet Nutrition, and reviews of the latest Top Pet Products on the market. FIDO Friendly is the essential guide for the best travel destinations where both you AND your dog are welcome.  Pays ten cents/word for up to 1,200 words. 

https://www.fidofriendly.com/

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Orion’s Belt 

Orion’s Belt is the home of bold, experimental literary science fiction and fantasy. Stories should make us think about our place in the universe and our relationships with each other and blur the line between “genre” fiction and literary fiction.  All under 1,200 words.  Eight cents USD per word. 

https://www.orions-belt.net/submissions

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Jakes Country

An educational publication of the not-for-profit National Wild Turkey Federation, dedicated to involving youth in conservation and passing on the North American hunting tradition. The NWTF is committed to the conservation and proper management of the wild turkey and upholds lawful, ethical, and safe hunting; the principles of modern wildlife management; and the protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat for the recreational use of this and future generations.  Publications/Creative Services contact is Olivia Bacon at lbacon@nwtf.net.  The editor is Matt Stewart at turkeycountry@nwtf.net.  Payment is 40-50 cents per word for departments up to 500 words and features up to 1,200 words. 

https://www.nwtf.org/nwtf-magazines

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Harper's Magazine

It has a circulation of more than 220,000. They publish fiction, art, and nonfiction.  Payment: According to Who Pays Writers Harper's pays between 25 cents and a dollar a word.  Snail mail submissions only.

https://harpers.org/submissions/

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One Story 

They are seeking literary short stories. Single stories are sent to email subscribers every month. Length: Between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Payment: $500 and 25 contributors copies.

https://www.one-story.com/?page=submit

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The Paris Review 

In its long history as a literary magazine The Paris Review has published such luminaries as Jack Kerouac, Philip Larkin, V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Adrienne Rich. The Paris Review accepts fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  Payment: 10 cents/word to $100 flat fee.   https://www.theparisreview.org/about/submissions

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- GRANTS - FELLOWSHIPS - RESIDENCIES

New Hampshire Artist Entrepreneurial Grants

Artist Entrepreneurial Grants recognize the importance of the creative workforce to New Hampshire’s economy. It supports opportunities that will benefit artists’ careers, including the development of business skills, participation in programs to raise the level and quality of their art.  Deadlines May 7, August 6, and November 5, 2021. 

https://www.nh.gov/nharts/grants/artists/artistentre.html

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- BOOK REVIEWERS

Word of mouth is often considered the most effective form of promotion, and a glowing book review of your book can get it recommended by one reader to another.  Reviews help readers decide which books to spend their money and time reading

When submitting your book for review, put “KBR Book Request” in the subject line to these reviewers:

Non-Fiction

Annette Ranald

annetteranald@gmail.com
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Romance

Lashanta Charles

lashantacharles@gmail.com
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Romance

David Burnett

carsue8083@aol.com
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Multiple Genres

Meridith West

MeridithWest@outlook.com
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Multiple Genres

Carrie Smith

mommajacques@gmail.com


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READ & REVIEW

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

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BYDH41S/
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111 Tips To Make 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
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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
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111 Tips to Get Free Book Reviews:
Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews
1,200+ reviewer contact links
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5nx5

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

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Book Marketing on a Shoestring:
How Authors Can Promote their Books Without Spending a Lot of Money
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5gdp


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Many famous people were born in May, such as Mark Zuckerberg, Karl Marx, Clint Eastwood, Wes Anderson, John F. Kennedy, Queen Victoria, and Catherine the Great!  Be motivated! 

Happy Mother’s Day! Continue to be in awe of moms who are meeting the challenges with triumph. And that’s something that’s always worth celebrating.

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

29 Expenses Writers Can Deduct from Income Tax

 


Tax season is already in full swing.  Don’t wait until the last minute.
Writers are presumed to be a professional if their writing made a profit in at least three out of the last five tax years, including the current year. This means not more than two years of expenses that are higher than the author's income.

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Considerations of Profitability
There are a couple of other considerations that revenue agencies, such as the IRS, are listing, for example:

  • Have you made a profit in similar activities in the past? If you have a successful book under your belt — or even a series of articles in paid publications, such as newspapers, magazines, or online publications, which means you are a professional writer.
  • Do you have the knowledge needed to carry on the activity as a successful business?  How much do you know about running that business?  Are you running it like a business, keeping records, keeping an eye on profitability?  Did you take classes/seminars about the publishing business (e.g. marketing or tax etc.) no matter if online or offline?
  • Have you created a professional book marketing and publicity plan?  This might even be shown by including affiliate programs on your website/blog.  If there are losses, are they due to circumstances beyond your control or did they occur in the start-up phase of the business?

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Expenses You Can Deduct:
It’s important to find every deduction to which you are entitled. Always try to pay expenses from a separate account, set up only for your writing business, to make bookkeeping easier.  Keep receipts and make copies of payments to contractors, freelancers, and agency fees for book production, such as:

  • Proofreading
  • Editing
  • Illustrations
  • Photos
  • Graphic Design
  • Book Layout
  • Printing costs
  • eBook Formatting
  • Advanced Copy reviews
  • Book Trailer Design
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Book Promotion Costs, for example:

  • Advertisements, online and offline
  • Giveaways (free book review copies, pens, etc.)
  • Flyers, brochures, business cards, bookmarks
  • Book Fair expenses
  • Costs for newsletters (AWeber, MailChimp, etc.)
  • Entry fees for writing contests
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Other Costs, such as:

  • Transportation costs (note the dates, distance, reason)
  • Rental for book readings
  • Office rental or mortgage, heating, electricity for your home office by square feet
  • Phone / Internet / e-Reader costs
  • Website/blog expenses, such as hosting or development
  • Computer / Copy Machine / Scanner / Router
  • Office Supplies
  • Meal expenses: in the USA full for public events you might host, and 50% if it is for a business purpose (interview, writers conference, meeting with book professionals, publishers, agents etc.)
  • Transportation to meetings, events
  • Research costs
  • Copyright registration and ISBN fees
  • Your tax preparer or tax lawyer.
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File Your Expenses - Over the Year
Keep all your expense slips sorted by date and neatly filed to make it easier to find them.  If you pay anyone of the above listed more than a couple of hundred dollars, such as editors, for example, you would need to include the contract and a form (in the United States it is IRS Form 1099-MISC).

Note for each meal/entertainment expense the names, number of people participating, and the reason for a meeting)
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Publishers Weekly Gives this Advice
“Income from an S corporation is not subject to Medicare tax,” says Robert Pesce, a partner in the media and entertainment group at Marcum LLP. “Only the salary an author is paid by the S corp is subject to the tax. So, an author with an S corporation who is earning $1 million and pays him- or herself $200,000 (a very reasonable salary at that earnings level) will only pay $6,000 (3%) in Medicare taxes, while an unincorporated author (sole proprietor) would pay approximately $30,000.”

However, if you are just starting out with less than a handful of books, a sole proprietorship might be sufficient: Lawyer Helen Sedwick advices: “They are simpler to operate and subject to fewer arbitrary rules than the C corporations, S corporations, and LLC’s.”

Further Reading:
http://www.freelancetaxation.com/deductions-writers
http://www.bus.lsu.edu/accounting/faculty/lcrumbley/tax_aspects.html
Income Tax Rules for Non-US Authors
Ten Things Not to do While Completing Your Taxes

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Disclaimer:
 These tips are meant to give general insight into tax information to writers, especially in the USA, and to give you an entry point so you can research further.  While every effort was made to ensure the information in this article is accurate at the time it was written, we are not tax experts.  Anyone filing taxes should consult a qualified tax preparer for updated tax laws and further specifics on how these rules might apply to your individual tax situation.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

How to Save the Environment: Green the Cities





Cities and dramatic climate change: Over 50,000 people died in 2003 throughout Europe. Climate change has reached the cities. For the majority of the population, life becomes more exhausting, more difficult, and sometimes even dangerous.

Take for example the city of Stuttgart, Germany, which is particularly affected by climate change.  The heat builds up between the grey high gorges.  The difference in temperature between the surrounding area and the city center can be up to 10 degrees.  A calculation by the German Weather Service for downtown Stuttgart shows an increase on summer days, that is, days with a maximum temperature of more than 25 degrees. Whereas in 2015 there were 44 summer days per year, by 2050 there will be over 70 degrees Celsius. 
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Cities and Municipalities Can Adapt to the Consequences of Climate Change:
It is particularly important to plan exactly how enough fresh air can get into the city.  For cities, such as Stuttgart, Frankfurt, or New York City, it is important, if not the most important, that they have an air pathway. Especially in the height of summer, it brings fresh, cool air into the city. So-called cold-air islands also form over open areas such as meadows and fields in the surrounding countryside, thus bringing a cooling wind towards the city center.

In order not to endanger this air circulation, the aim of the Frankfurt environmental authority is to concentrate the development on the inner city area and to prevent it from spreading into the cooling green belt.  And: new apartment blocks should leave gaps so as not to obstruct ventilation.  As was for example the case with the construction of Frankfurt's Hafencity in Germany.  But that alone is not enough.
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More Green Into the City Center 
The inner cities will still heat up considerably.  In summer it can get unbearably hot here.  A complete greening of the square could provide cooling: with additional trees, overgrown facades, and plants on roofs.  According to calculations by scientists, this could lead to a cooling of 6 to 8 degrees on hot days.
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A really clean environment - there are still a lot of things in disorder. But it is amazing how much we can do for an intact environment.  We all just have to overcome our complacency sometimes.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter April 2021

 


Content of this April Newsletter:

- FREELANCE WRITING

- GRANTS

- WRITING COMPETITIONS

- BOOK REVIEWERS


Happy April everyone! It is also called the “National Month of Hope”. April is a good time to complete a project. Earth sign transits bring appreciation for simple pleasures. And as it was weeks ago since the last holiday, look forward and enjoy the Easter Holidays - at least in Europe where the celebrations go from Good Friday to - and including - Easter Monday.

Spring is here, and lots of new books, just in time for the second-best reading time of the year. And what’s better than to start a new book with early reviews. 


FREELANCE WRITING


Flash Fiction Online

Genre: Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. Deadline: April 21 https://ffo.submittable.com/submit

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The Fiddlehead

Canadians only. Genre: Fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, art, and poetry. Payment: $60 CAD per published page. Deadline: April 30 https://thefiddlehead.ca/submit

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Coral & Amazonas Magazine 

The world’s leading English marine aquarium magazine, read in in more than 100 countries. AMAZONAS is the world’s leading freshwater-only aquarium magazine. Available in high-quality print and digital editions, published six times per year, bimonthly. A typical blog post runs from about 250 to 1,000 words and will include at least one image. First-time contributors generally receive $300 to $350 for an article, including images. Top rates are $500-$600 for full features with images from known, recurring contributors.

https://www.reef2rainforest.com/contributor-guidelines/

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Boulevard 

If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard. We accept prose works up to 8,000 words. We do not accept science fiction, erotica, westerns, horror, romance, or children's stories. Submit no more than five poems at a time. We accept poems of up to 200 lines. We do not accept light verse. Prose minimum is $100, maximum is $300.  https://www.boulevardmagazine.org/guidelines

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Recreation News 

The Media Group offers travel coverage of the Mid-Atlantic, Caribbean destinations, and cruises with a print edition, online edition, weekly radio program, and weekly opt-in email blast. Our lively editorial mix of active outdoor recreation, family vacation destinations, romantic getaways, historic sites, and cultural activities together with our wine, food, video, and music columns offers a rich picture of vacation. https://www.recreationnews.com/site/contact.html

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New Orleans Reviews

A journal of contemporary literature and culture, New Orleans Review is a publication of the Department of English at Loyola University New Orleans. Submit fiction and non-fiction pieces up to 5,000 words. https://www.neworleansreview.org/submit/

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The Writer

Our editors are interested in query letters on concrete topics written by emerging and experienced writers in all genres. We are looking for a clear takeaway for our readers: What can they learn to improve their writing or advance their careers? What specific how-to tips and strategies will accomplish this? Article lengths vary widely from 300 to 3,000 words. On occasion, longer articles and excerpts also appear in the magazine. We also have special issues throughout the year that focus on a particular theme. https://www.writermag.com/the-magazine/submission-guidelines/

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Message Magazine

Our target reader is an 18- to 35-year-old urbanite who may not be religious but is seeking spiritual fulfillment and answers to life’s dilemmas. We love compelling comeback stories, inspirational and captivating profiles, well-crafted, timely features, and insightful Biblical analysis. Health, financial, professional, and relationship stories with a strong Biblical foundation will always be considered. Various features and columns available. Pays around 25 cents per word. https://www.messagemagazine.com/submit-story/

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VFW

The magazine is published by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Subscription is largely through VFW membership, which is restricted to honorably discharged veterans who received an officially recognized campaign medal. Recognition of veterans and military service is paramount at the VFW. Articles related to current foreign policy and defense, along with all veterans' issues, are of prime interest. Topics pertaining to American armed forces abroad and international events affecting US national security are, particularly in demand. 

https://vfworg-cdn.azureedge.net/-/media/VFWSite/Files/Media-and-Events/Magazine/Writers-Guidelines.pdf

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GRIT

Rural lifestyle farmers and country or small-town dwellers, and we require our writers to be informed about that way of life. GRIT publishes feature-length articles on topics of interest to those living in rural areas, on farms or ranches, or those interested in the rural lifestyle. Features generally range from 1,000 to 2,000 words. Departments and columns are usually 500 to 1,500 words. Good quality photos accompanying manuscripts are welcomed.  https://www.grit.com/guidelines

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Bloom Magazine 

It’s a culture and lifestyle magazine based in Bloomington, IN. Readers are both visitors to Bloomington and its adult, professional, working population: Fashion/Shopping, Business/Finance (including personal finance), Health/Fitness & Home/Family. Articles in these departments are service pieces (350-400 words) that inform or help our readers in some practical way. https://www.magbloom.com/submissions.html

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Inside Fitness

Inside Fitness accepts outside contributions from qualified industry professionals. Inside Fitness magazine is Canada’s number one fitness magazine and is published by IFM Media Inc. With a distinct Canadian flair, the magazine caters to readers all over the world, covering the latest trends in health, sports, strength & conditioning, fitness, nutrition, and more. https://insidefitnessmag.com/contact-us/

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Harper's Magazine

It has a circulation of more than 220,000. They publish fiction, art and nonfiction. Payment: According to Who Pays Writers Harper's pays between 25 cents and a dollar a word. Snail mail submissions only.

https://harpers.org/submissions/

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One Story 

is seeking literary short stories. Single stories are sent to email subscribers every month. Length: Between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Payment: $500 and 25 contributors copies.

https://www.one-story.com/?page=submit

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The Paris Review 

In its long history as a literary magazine The Paris Review has published such luminaries as Jack Kerouac, Philip Larkin, V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth, Adrienne Rich. The Paris Review accepts fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Payment: 10 cents/word to $100 flat fee. https://www.theparisreview.org/about/submissions

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The New Yorker 

It publishes one short story per issue and several poems. Payment: Professional rates. Submission guidelines are here. https://www.newyorker.com/about/contact?verso=true

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The Vice Life 

It covers the themes of health, wellness, self-care, sex, relationships, drugs, alcohol, and money, scientific research, current events, trends, and perspectives in short-form blogs, first-person journalism, and original reported pieces, as well as key franchise series. 700-1,500 word original reports and reported essays, as well as shorter pieces.  Pays $250.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/mbmx3a/pitch-guidelines-for-the-vice-life-desk

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New Jersey Monthly 

A statewide magazine, covering the people, places, and issues of New Jersey—and only New Jersey. We are interested in timely stories about current issues; local personalities; healthcare; education; politics; business; the environment; science and technology; real estate and development; arts and culture; Jersey history and attractions; restaurants and food; shopping; beauty and fashion; home and garden; music and nightlife; local sports and athletes; and recreation. We are looking for writers who can deliver brightly written, well-researched service articles, but we are also interested in investigative stories from qualified reporters. 1,000-1,200 words; full-length feature stories run 2,000-3,000 words. Pays up to a dollar/word. 

https://njmonthly.com/writers-guidelines/


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GRANTS

Vermont Creation Grants  

Creation Grants can fund time, materials, some equipment costs, and space rental for artists and artist groups. Special consideration will be given to emerging artists in this grant round. Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist. The grant amount for this program is $4,000 per award. Deadline April 14 https://www.vermontartscouncil.org/grants/artists/creation

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Bogliasco Foundation

One-month fellowships to individuals of all ages and nationalities who have made significant contributions in the arts and humanities. Fellows live and work in bucolic surroundings on the coast near Genoa, including a $3,000 stipend for an African-American woman working in any discipline of the arts.  Deadline April 15 https://bfny.org/en/apply

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Arkansas Artist Grants

The fellowships recognize individual artistic ability and creative excellence in literary, performing, and visual arts. Fellowships of $4,000 each are awarded annually in three categories. Literary Arts: Poetry, Cinematic Arts: Director of Documentary or Narrative Films, Visual Arts: Contemporary Crafts. Deadline April 16

https://www.arkansasheritage.com/blog/dah/2021/01/29/individual-artist-grants-open-for-2021

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Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant 

Open to US citizens and residents only. Genre: Creative nonfiction: history, cultural or political reportage, biography, memoir, the sciences, philosophy, criticism, food or travel writing, and personal essays. Writers must be completing a book of creative nonfiction that is currently under contract with a publisher. Prize: $40,000. Deadline: April 26

https://www.whiting.org/writers/creative-nonfiction-grant/about

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Irene Adler Scholarship

The Irene Adler Prize offers a $1,000 US scholarship to a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada. Deadline April 30

http://www.lucasaykroyd.com/scholarships

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Artist Relief 

$5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Must be a practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to work, career, and a public audience. Must have been living and working in the US for the last two years. While all dates are subject to change, the application will be open in cycles. Cycle XI: April 1 - April 30 (closes 11:59pm ET), Cycle XII: May 1 - May 31 (closes 11:59pm ET)

https://www.artistrelief.org/faq

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Writer's Colony Moondancer Fellowship 

The Moondancer fellowship is awarded to an author who expresses their love of nature and concern for the environment through their writing. This fellowship is open to poets, fiction writers, playwrights, essayists, columnists, memoirists, and screenwriters. Prior publication is not a requirement but should demonstrate literary merit or production. Location: Eureka Springs, AR.  Deadline May 31

https://www.writerscolony.org/fellowships

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GrubStreet’s Teaching Fellowship for Black Writers provides financial and professional development support to two self-identified Black writers interested in teaching classes, participating in events, and working with our instructors and staff to deepen our curriculum. The fellowship includes compensation of $20,000. Preference will be given to those working on their first book or a larger project.  Location Arlington, MA.  Deadline May 25

https://grubstreet.org/programs/teaching-fellowship-for-black-writers/


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WRITING COMPETITIONS

You have a lot to gain from entering writing competitions:  Winning a contest really boosts your chances of getting published - Having a deadline forces you to finish editing - Many contests require you to write a synopsis and a pitch, which are essential for approaching publishing houses, editors, and agents.  

Mostly, contests are held every year, so if you missed one you'd like to enter, you can prepare for next year.

Scotiabank Giller Prize $100,000 to the Winner

Open to books published in Canada in English between March 1, 2021, and April 30, 2021, to be eligible. Must be nominated by publisher. Genre: Fiction. Full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English, either originally, or in translation. $10,000 to each of the finalists. Deadline: April 16, 2021

https://scotiabankgillerprize.ca/about/submissions/

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The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. Genre: Novel published in 2020 (50,000 words minimum). Book has to be set in one of the original eleven states in the Confederacy. Prize: $2,500.00, and an expense-paid trip to New York City. Deadline: April 30

https://williemorrisawards.org/call-for-submissions/

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Toronto Book Awards

Genres need to contain some clear Toronto content (this may be reflected in the themes, settings, subjects, etc.). Ebooks, textbooks, and self-published works are not eligible. The winning author is awarded the remainder of ca. $10.000.00 Deadline: April 30

https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/toronto-book-awards/book-awards-submission-information-eligibility/

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Grindstone Short Story Prize

Writers are asked to submit a piece of short fiction between 1000 and 3000 words, of any genre, aimed at adult readers. Grand Prize - £500. Runner Up - £200. Four short-listers - £50. The top 20 entries will be curated into our yearly anthology and published in print. £8 Entry Fee. Deadline April 30. https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/short-story-prize

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Easter Prize for Fiction

One winner and multiple finalists may be declared at the conclusion of the contest. The winner of this contest will be awarded $2,500 and be published by EastOver Press. All prizes will be awarded upon successful completion of a contract for publication. Open to manuscripts written in the English language from writers 18 and older who live in the United States or one of its territories. $20 Entry Fee. April 30 https://eastoverpresscutleafjournal.submittable.com/submit

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The Adventure Writers Competition

Any novels between 50,000 and 200,000 words that are in the realm of action/adventure/thriller/mystery - and chocked-full of adventure - are welcome. Prize $1,000. No sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or young children's books. Fiction, Novel, Thriller, Mystery. Entry Fee: $35. Deadline April 30 http://adventurewriterscompetition.com/index.html 

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WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

The $500 contest is open globally. Your story must be true, but the way you tell it is your chance to get creative. Open to all styles of essay—from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid essay, and beyond! Entry Fee: $12.  Deadline April 30

https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

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Willie Morris Fiction Award

A prize of $10,000 will be awarded for a novel of at least 50,000 words published during 2020. No Self-published books. The winner will be invited to attend the Willie Morris Award ceremony in Oxford, Mississippi, with travel expenses paid for the occasion.  No entry fee.  Deadline April 30 

https://williemorrisawards.org/submission-information-for-southern-fiction-entries/

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Force Majeure Flash Contest

Top prize for a single flash $300; two runners-up $100 each. Limit 1,000 words. May contain fiction, nonfiction, hybrids, marks, or images, in any combination. May bend genre.  $5 Entry Fee.  Deadline April 30 https://stormcellar.org/submit/contest/

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Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Prizes are $1,500 - All finalists will be listed in the awards issue. Maximum of 8,000 words for fiction and nonfiction. $20 Entry Fee. Deadline May 1. 

https://decembermag.org/2021-curt-johnson-prose-awards/

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Grindstone Short Story Prize

Writers are asked to submit a piece of short fiction between 1000 and 3000 words, of any genre, aimed at adult readers. Grand Prize - £500. Runner Up - £200.   £8 Entry Fee.  Early bird deadline May 1. https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/short-story-prize

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EastOver Prize for Essays 

Open to a wide variety of book-length non-fiction manuscripts by established and emerging writers. The publication includes $2,500 at the time of contract signing. Finalists may also be considered for publication by the Press. All fees collected for submissions go towards payments for writers. $20 Entry Fee. Deadline May 1

https://eastoverpresscutleafjournal.submittable.com/submit

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Smokelong Grand Micro Competition

Fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid narratives are considered. Limit 400 words.  Grand Prize: $1,500. Second Place: $500. Third Place: $300.  The story will be judged on the English text.  $6 Entry Fee.  Deadline May 16

http://www.smokelong.com/the-smokelong-grand-micro-competition/

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The Bath Novel Awards

A £3,000 international prize for emerging writers of adult fiction. Submit the first 5,000 words plus a one-page synopsis of your novel for adults or young adults. Shortlisted entries will receive manuscript feedback and literary agent introductions.  Entry Fee: $38.  Deadline May 31 https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/2020-2/

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Short Story Competition

This Short Story Competition has the theme: ‘Stories with a Sense of Place’. Max. 5,000 words. Prize £1500. Entry Fee: $17. Deadline June 15. 

https://www.globesoup.net/short-story-2021

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Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry 

$2000 plus publication for a full-length poetry collection will be awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems by a US author.  Entry Fee $28.  Deadline June 16

https://lynxhousepress.submittable.com/submit/184069/2021-blue-lynx-prize-for-poetry 

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To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Contest

A biennial short story contest with a humorous twist that celebrates the most imaginative and amazing short stories from writers all over the world. The top prize is £1,200. Entry Fee: $18. Deadline July 31

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

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Juniper Prizes

The University of Massachusetts Press publishes the winning manuscripts and the authors receive a $1,000 award upon publication. Submissions are accepted between August 1 and September 30. Entry Fee: $30.  Deadline September 30
https://www.umasspress.com/juniper-prizes/juniper-prize-for-fiction/

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Prime Number Magazine Awards

The winning poem and short story will appear in Issue 199 of Prime Number Magazine on First Prize is $1,000 in each category plus Pushcart Prize nomination. Submit one (and only one) unpublished poem of no more than three pages. Submit one (and only one) unpublished short story of up to 5,300 words. The contest is open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English. Deadline October 1

https://www.press53.com/prime-number-magazine-awards


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BOOK REVIEWS

As with any other product on the market, people rely on the recommendations of others when they choose a book to read. Getting people to review your book can be an uphill battle - check if these book reviewers are taking new books on:

https://alyscrusinlifeandbooks.wordpress.com/contact/

https://amanjareads.com/contact-me/

http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/p/submitting-book-for-review.html

http://bookjunkiemom.blogspot.com/p/review-policy.html

https://showthisbooksomelove.tumblr.com/submit

http://drakuabookreviews.blogspot.com/2016/03/dr-akuas-book-review-policy.html

https://elgeewrites.com/my-review-policy/

https://www.vigilantreader.com/requirements.html

https://bookloverssanctuary.com/review-policy/

https://puretextuality.com/review-policy/

http://www.longandshortreviews.com/request-a-review/

https://odbookreviews.wpcomstaging.com/review-policy/


We listed over one thousand reviewers and how to catch their attention. It might happen that some are closed for a couple of weeks due to overwhelming requests. Just try it later. 

These tips from our book 111 Tips on How to Get Free Reviews might help you to find more reviewers:

https://books2read.com/u/mZ5nx5

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M2Y3E5W


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Happy Passover and great Easter Holidays! Take care of yourself and each other during these Spring days and as we head toward early Summer, new growth, brighter days, and – hopefully – happier and healthier times.

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