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:
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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


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