Friday, February 26, 2021

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter March 2021








Hello Writer Friends,

Spring Break is here and everyone is ready to get outside and enjoy the sunshine - and what’s better than listen to an audiobook and enjoy the story while you are walking or hiking?  Are your own titles already in audio format?  Don’t miss out on the future of books!



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The Writer's Trust Engle Findley Award

The $25,000 Award is given to a mid-career writer in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian literature. All Canadian writers are eligible. Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Must have at least three books published, predominantly fiction.

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship - Creative Writing

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

Deadline March 10


2021 Greater Yellowstone Creative Writing & Journalism Fellowship 

This annual fellowship of $3,500 is a national call open to creative writers & journalists  

Deadline: March 11


BBC National Short Story Award

Open to UK residents or nationals, aged 18 or over, who have a history of publication in creative writing. Short fiction. 

Prize: £15,000 to the winner, £3,000 for the runner-up.  Deadline March 15


Canadian Governor General's Literary Awards 

English and French Books must have been written or translated (French to English) by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Lucrative Prize: ***$25,000*** 

Deadline: March 15


Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out Essay Contest 

Grades 6 - 12. Essay of 500 words. Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders. 

Prize: $3,5000.  Deadline March 19, 2021


Bailey Opportunity Grants - Knoxville, TN

Applicants may apply for a maximum of $75,000 in support, although most organization grants have ranged in size from $1,000 to $15,000 and most artist grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. The goal of Bailey Opportunity Grants is to create a more vital creative community in Knoxville. 

Deadline March 21


Restless Books - Prize for New Immigrant Writing. 

Open to first-generation residents of the United States. “First-generation” can refer either to people born in another country who relocated to the U.S., or to American-born residents whose parents were born elsewhere. Unpublished nonfiction books. Prize: $10,000 and publication.  Deadline March 31


Tusculum Review Fiction Prize
A prize of $1,000, publication in The Tusculum Review, and creation of a limited-edition chapbook is awarded for the winning story. The entry fee includes a subscription. Each manuscript should consist of a single story between 2,000 and 6,500 words in a standard 12-point font.  
$15 Entry Fee.  Deadline March 31


Southern Studies Fellowship

This program will bring an early-career artist and an early career-writer, (literature-graduate) to Spartanburg, SC, for a 9-month residency. Housing & monthly stipend of $900 included.

Deadline April 28


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

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


Covid Emergency Grants for Dramatists

This grant is for dramatists (playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists) to apply for emergency financial assistance from the Dramatists Guild Foundation due to COVID-19 related circumstances.



Review the existing content of the blog, website, or publication you are pitching.  Make sure your idea is in line with what they publish—and that the topic isn’t too similar to an angle they have already covered.  Then write a solid pitch that gets the editor’s attention.  And keep on pitching.  That’s how you move up, earn more, and make a living writing.


Seeking a freelance writer to write articles helping fiction writers. Payment is roughly $500 per post, depending on length and research. Posts range from 4,000 words to 6,000 words. This is a freelance position but could turn into a full-time position if we are a good match.


Harper's Magazine

It has a circulation of more than 220,000. They publish fiction, art, and nonfiction. Payment: between 25 cents and 1 Dollar a word. Snail mail submissions only.


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.


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.


The New Yorker 

It publishes one short story per issue and several poems. Payment: Professional rates. Submission guidelines:



Toronto Star Short Story Contest

1st prize - $5,000; 2nd prize - $2,000, 3rd prize - $1,000.

Writers who live in Ontario can enter the contest, which is one of the largest in North America. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, March 1


Chapter One Prize for Novelist

The Prize is awarded for an outstanding first chapter of an unpublished novel. First prize is $1,000; 2nd is $500; and 3rd is $250. The prize is open to anyone over 18 writing a novel in English in any genre for adult or YA readers. 
$20 ENTRY FEE. Deadline March 1


Creative Capital Awards
A project may receive as much as $50,000 in direct financial support. The funding is disbursed to artists at key moments of their choosing throughout the lifespan of their project. This is in addition to advisory and professional services with an average value of more than $50,000, bringing the potential support per project up to $100,000.  
Deadline March 1


Waterman Fund Wilderness Essay Contest

The winning essay will be awarded $1,500. The runner-up essay will receive $500. 

Deadline March 2


Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Adventure writing novel. Separate categories for published & unpublished books. Self-published books accepted. ***Prize: £15,000***  Deadline: March 7


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction

Literary non-fiction. The title must be published in Canada and written by a Canadian. Prize: $60,000 will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book published between October 1, 2020, and March 9, 2021.  

Deadline: March 10


Juneau Community Foundation Grants

The Foundation’s Individual Artist Award grant program is dedicated to the development of artists in their pursuit of the creation of original works, by fostering the creative process that produces their vision. Maximum award amount of $2,500  Deadline March 15


Steinberg Memorial Essay Contest
Finalists and the first-place winner will be announced on Fourth Genre’s Facebook, Twitter, and website. Limit 6,000 words.  $20 Entry Fee.  Deadline March 15


Fourth Genre Multimedia Essay Prize
Your essay must be short enough to be web-friendly. Typically, web content does not exceed more than a few thousand words. All submissions will be considered for publication on the Fourth Genre website.  
$20 Entry Fee.  Deadline March 15


Woodcock Fund

No deadline. Emergency funding to professional Canadian writers in mid-project. Must be a professional writer (minimum of two books published), must be facing an unforeseen financial need. Pays from $2,000 to $10,000.


Nimrod Literary Awards

The $2,000 Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. Poetry submissions should be 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems), and fiction submissions should be 7,500 words max.  Entry Fee: $20.  Deadline March 31


Nowhere Emerging Travel Writers' Prize

Looking for never-been-published travel writers from anywhere in the world to send us stories—fiction, nonfiction, essay, or poetry—that possess a powerful sense of place, people, and time. Prize $500

Entry Fee: $15.  Deadline March 31


$500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art to honor the power of the small. No restrictions on theme or category. The word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction. Micro-poetry is limited to 140 characters. Works should be unpublished except on a personal blog or website.  $6 Entry Fee.  Deadline March 31


Killer Reads Crime Novel Competition UK
This is a competition to help push open doors to crime writers who need a way into the publishing industry. Send us the first 10,000 words of your crime, thriller or suspense novel, a short synopsis. A short synopsis (max. 500 words), and a short paragraph about yourself. Limited to UK residents.  Deadline April 1


Travel Writing Competition

We’re looking for the best piece of NON-FICTION travel writing of 2,000 words or fewer. £1000  Your entry can be in the form of an article, opinion piece, destination guide, literary non-fiction, memoir, etc.

Entry Fee: $11.  Deadline April 13


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 


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, 2021


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


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


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


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


We hope you found lots of ideas in this March newsletter. Enjoy St Patrick’s Day and the upcoming Daylight Savings Time next weekend. 



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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Flower Bouquets Are Deadly


What a delightful moment when someone presents you with a marvelous bouquet of fresh flowers. But no matter how carefully you treat them and change the water daily - they start to wilt away from day three... Once flowers are cut, they are doomed to die!

  • The floriculture industry has huge impacts on the environment through water usage, pollution, pesticides, land degradation, and fossil fuel transportation emissions. The majority of cut flowers that are offered for sale in Europe and North America are coming from Africa and South America.

  • Sending the roughly 100 million roses of a typical Valentine’s Day produces some 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the field to North American florists.

  • The floriculture industry, which has loose regulations, generates a lot of chemical pollution through fertilizers and pesticides. 

  • A third of the chemicals used in the floriculture industry in developing countries are banned or untested in North America -- but yet, they are imported.

  • The health impact on workers who are exposed to these chemicals is tremendous.

There are better flower gifts for Valentine's Day:

The most eco-responsible choice if you want to enjoy flowers are those of the locally grown, organic, in-season variety.  Or choose potted spring blooms as a Valentine's Day gift.  They will bloom much longer and later can be dug into the garden to bloom every spring in the coming years.  For friends or family with a garden or balcony, flower seeds would be the perfect solution. Nothing is more environmental-friendly.

One of the best gifts you can make!




Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Writing & Publishing Newsletter February 2021


Hello Writer and Publisher Friends,

we hope you had a great first month of the year and your New Year’s resolutions worked out well. This February newsletter could be three times longer… there are so many writing contests, freelance writing offers, and retreats for writers. Here is just an excerpt of the many choices for writers: 








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Before pitching, please subscribe to WritersWeekly (it’s entirely free), and read a few back issues to get familiar with our content and style. Publishes feature articles, marketing secrets, and author backstories or home-based businesses. focuses on “selling” the written word. Pays $60 for up to 600 words.

Electric Lemonade

Seeking talented freelance content writers to help craft compelling informational content pages for clients in the legal, professional services, non-profit, and health & wellness fields. This is a fully remote contract role, paid by the page above industry standards.

National Geographic Traveler

Most Traveler features range from 1,500 to 2,500 words, depending on the subject. Traveler departments generally run from 750 to 1,500 words. The compensation varies depending on the type of feature or department but is competitive with other national magazines. Pays roughly 50c/word.


It’s the inflight magazine of United Airlines with more than 11 million readers every month. The feature story should have a strong sense of place or destination, though traveling itself does not necessarily need to be its focus. The stories can be profiles of newsmakers and cultural figures, personal narratives, or adventurous general-interest stories and be a United Airlines destination. Pays up to a dollar/word.

Military Officer Magazine

Topics: Current military/political affairs, recent military history, especially Vietnam and Korea, personal financial planning, health and fitness, military family issues, retirement lifestyles, travel, and general interest. No fiction, poetry, or fillers. Original material only; no reprints. Features, between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Pays 80 cents/word.

Writers in British Columbia, Canada

Open to writers in British Columbia or Yukon, Canada. Genre: Nonfiction. Theme: Publishing. Payment: Twenty-five cents a word for articles ($50 for reprints). Deadline: February 15


Science & The Arts in Leeds Grants - UK

Grants awarded normally range from £100 to £1,000, though larger sums will be considered. The Society makes grants both to individuals and to organizations in support of cultural activities that increase innovation, outreach, and diversity in Leeds and its immediate area.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships 

They are awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period. Prize: $7,000 cash awards are made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. Deadline: February 10

Cintas Foundation

Candidates may submit proposals in the field of creative writing. Eligibility: Creative artists of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage. The award ($20,000 US) is considered taxable income under US tax law.


Good Heart Artist Residency

The Good Heart Artist residency program provides a dedicated writer or composer/songwriter with up to three weeks in residence to give him/her time and space to create, as well as full room and board to allow him/her time to focus on their work. Each residency includes a 1,150-square-foot residence. Deadline Febr 17


The Winter Anthology and Prize

Whole manuscripts are welcome. Send writings of which you are the sole author and that were not written earlier than 1999. Published & unpublished writings are equally welcome. The winner will be published in The Winter Anthology & receive a $1,000 honorarium. $11 Entry Fee. Deadline Febr 10

Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry

Awards $10,000 and publication by Milkweed Editions to a poet residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan. Submit a poetry manuscript of at least 48 pages by February 15.  No Entry Fee.  Deadline Febr 14

Mary McCarthy Prize In Short Fiction

The prize includes a $2,000 cash award & publication. This contest is open to any short fiction writer of English. Must be between 150 and 250 pages.  $29 Entry Fee. Deadline Febr 15

Fractured Lit Fairy Tale Prize

The prize is $3,000 and publication, while the second and third place winners will receive publication and $300 and $200, respectively. Fractured Lit is looking for stories of ghosts, fables, allegory & fractured fairy tales in max.1,000 words.  $20 Entry Fee.  Deadline February 15

Claire Keyes Poetry Award

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East will be given for a group of previously unpublished poems. Submit eight to ten pages of poetry. $10 Entry Fee. Deadline Febr 15

Syracuse Veterans Writing Award

The award includes a $1,000 cash prize and a publication contract with Syracuse University Press for unpublished, full-length novels or short story collections in manuscript form for consideration. This contest is open to US veterans & active-duty personnel, women veteran writers & veterans of color. Although work submitted for the contest need not be about direct military experience. Max 90,000 words. No entry fee.  Deadline Febr 15

First Pages Prize

Five winners will receive $5,000 total in cash awards, a developmental edit to support the completion of their manuscript & an agent consultation. Entries must be unpublished, original, and written in English. This prize awards $500 and a developmental edit to one winner.  Entry fee $20.  Deadline Febr 21

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition

Prizes of £700, £250, £100, and £100 for best Devon entry. Word limit 3,000 words. £7 Entry Fee. Deadline Febr 28

H.F. Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Please enter one original, unpublished story under 8,000 words. One first-place winner receives $1,000 and online publication, and one runner-up receives $100 and online publication.  $20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Febr 28

Nature & Place Poetry Competition 2021

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place. First prize – £1,000. Second prize – £500. Third prize – £250. Submit up to six poems in one batch. Open internationally.  £7 Entry Fee.  Deadline March 1

Little Black Book Contest

Deadline March 2, 2021. Grand prize: $20,000. Second place: $5,000. Third place: $1,000. For your story to be eligible, it must be between 600 and 2,000 words & adhere to our Community Guidelines. The Little Black Book Challenge is exclusive to Vocal+ members. Deadline March 2 

Zizzle Literary Contest

First Prize: $1,000. Second Prize: $500. Three finalists: $150 each. Length: 500 to 1,000 words. We are looking for fiction that will appeal to young readers from age 11 and even to full-on grown-ups. $5 Entry Fee. Deadline March 15

Bristol Short Story Prize

Open to all published and unpublished, UK and non-UK based writers. Stories must be previously unpublished and can be on any theme or subject. The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words. First prize is £1,000, second prize is £500, third prize is £250. Seventeen further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive two free copies of the anthology. £9 Entry Fee. Deadline May 5


to make it faster and easier to get more followers on Goodreads, just load all of your peers from Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc., and all your email contacts into Goodreads. This way you might get a couple of hundred followers. If you are in a writer's organization you can look up your peers if they are on Goodreads. Just type their name in the Goodreads search window to find their presence.

Here are some suggestions for avid readers on GOODREADS, who have written lots of reviews:

Have a wonderful February and enjoy writing and making plans for new books. “Although February is short, it is filled with growing sun, lots of love, and sweet surprises”. Enjoy the many holidays this month: Groundhog Day, Super Bowl, Rosa Parks Day, Chinese New Year, Lincoln's Birthday, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day.

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