Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter June 2021

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter June 2021 

by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters

Content of this June Newsletter:


Light at the end of the tunnel - this is like June looks: Gradually openings in many countries, most people got their vaccination already, travel is on the horizon, and lots of sunshine and longer days are helping to improve the mood. June is also a time where the energy integrates toward unity and compassion - something that we all need. Don’t forget June 8: Best Friends Day!



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.



Looking specifically for quality articles of interest on the craft of writing and the writing industry. Articles from industry professionals with unique perspectives and insights are always welcome. Minimum pay 15c/word



Interested in writing for Artquest about your local art scene? ArtWorlds gives an insider, day-in-the-life view of the current realities of living and working as an artist in places around the world, and we pay artists up to £200 per article. Articles up to 1,000 words.


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.


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.



They are looking for reporters for editorial projects related to US art museums, art collections, etc. Candidates should have a background in art/museum reporting. Rates $0.50-$1 per word. Questions / applications:


The Canadian Women Artists’ Award. Restrictions: Open to Canadian women living in New York who are between the ages of 21 and 35 before the application deadline. Genre: Fiction, poetry. Grant: $5,000. Deadline: June 9


Norton Writer's Prize

Awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered. Genres: Creative Nonfiction, Scholarly Essay. Prize: $1,500. 

Two runner-up prizes of $1,000. Deadline: June 15


Towson University Prize for Literature

Open to Maryland writers. Genre: Book-length manuscript of fiction, poetry, drama or imaginative non-fiction. The work must have been published within the three years prior to the year of nomination or must be scheduled for publication within the year in which nominated. Self-published works will not be considered. Prize: $1,000.  Deadline: June 15


Bard Fiction Prize

Open to a writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. Genre: Published fiction book. Prize: $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College.  Deadline: June 30

Rattle Poetry Prize

$15,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $500 each and publication, and be eligible for the $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.  $25 Entry Fee.  Deadline July 15


NY Zydnet Grant for Artists with Disabilities

Cash grants of $1,000 to artists with a disability who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. Open to visual, media, music, performing, & literary artists who live in New York City 

Deadline June 15


Scotiabank Giller Prize

Open to books published in Canada in English. Must  be nominated by publisher. Genre: Fiction. Full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English, either originally, or in translation. Prize: $100,000 to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists. Deadline: Books published between May 1, 2021, and June 30 must be received on or before June 18, 2021.


The Greek Bicentennial Poetry Pamphlet Prizes

Poetry with a maximum combined length of 150 lines of poetry. "We are inviting poets and illustrators to reflect on the culture and history of the Greeks, from ancient to contemporary times, on the occasion of the Bicentennial Celebration of the creation of Modern Greece." Prize: £10,000 and publication of your portfolio as a pamphlet, with illustrations and Greek translations, distributed internationally.  Deadline: June 18.


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



Arizona Research and Development Grants

Applicants may request a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $5,000. Up to 20 grants will be awarded this year. Grants provide up to $5,000 in funding support to Arizona artists.  Deadline July 1


RJE Sprout Fund

All artists – whether formally trained, self-taught, or whose creative work falls outside traditional art forms – are encouraged to apply.


Writers' Colony Emerging Poetry Fellowship

The writing sample provided must demonstrate literary merit and the promise of publication in book form. The fellowship winner will receive a free two-week residency in Arkansas with full board to allow the recipient to focus completely on their work. Deadline June 14


Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships

Open to writers who have lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. Genre: Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction. Prize: $5,000.  Deadline: June 17


Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing. 

Genre: Editorial writing. 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 22, 2021.



Here are some book reviewers that might fit into your genre - and may or may not be open to new inquiries.  Getting people to review your book can be an uphill battle - check if these book reviewers are taking new books on:

Find them on Social Media:

And if you like to review books yourself:

Paid Book Reviewer for PUBLISHERS WEEKLY wanted

Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry, is looking for freelance book reviewers with experience. If you are interested in reviewing for PW, please send a resume and a sample review (approximately 200 words) of a recently published book to

Last but not least:  PUBLISHING TRENDS

Authors and publishers who invested in digital sales - independently selling from their own sales pages weathered the pandemic better than others. 

Audio will be king as more and more people turn to audiobook platforms

Digital subscribers will grow because of the instant access to content

Marketing budgets will be used to refine websites and SEOs to engage more site traffic

Publishing’s glacial production and sales schedule will hopefully steam up.

More Publishing Trends:

Have a wonderful June - enjoy summer - and the new freedoms...