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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