Wednesday, August 31, 2022

September Newsletter for Successful Writing and Publishing


Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter September 2022

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Dear friends,

Lots of celebrations in September: Labor Day on the first Monday in September, Native American Day is always celebrated on the 4th Friday of September, and Constitution Day celebrates the ratification of the governing document of the United States on September 17.  Also, participate and celebrate the many awards you find in this newsletter:


Michael Marks UK Award for Poetry 

Only pamphlets published in the United Kingdom are eligible. Genre: Poetry pamphlet. Prize: £5,000. Deadline: Sept 23

Willie Morris Awards for Southern Fiction and Nonfiction 

Novels and nonfiction books published in 2022. The book has to be set in one of the original eleven Confederacy States. Prize: $2,500.00.  Deadline: September 30


Red Hen Press Fiction Contest

Length 150-pages minimum of prose. Award is $1,000 and publication.  Entry Fee $25.  Deadline Sept 30

Quill Prose Award

Award is $1,000 and publication. Considers 25,000-word minimum (approximately 150 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font) of prose (fiction or nonfiction) by a queer writer only.  Entry Fee $10.  Deadline Nov 30


Common Mistakes Aspiring Authors Make

When you declare you want to become a full-time writer, publish books, and have your own literary fans, are you really willing to make any sacrifices?  If yes, your mission is to build a small empire around your words.  To do that, you will need thick skin.  There’s More to Writing a Book Than… Writing.  Find here all the traps - and how to avoid them:



Virginia Center for the Arts

Applicants will be considered for a VCCA residency and as many fully funded fellowships for which they are eligible. In addition, all eligible applicants who demonstrate a need will be considered for financial aid to help cover the cost of their residency. The VCCA residency at Mt. San Angelo includes a private bedroom with a private bath, a separate individual studio, and three meals daily in a community of cross-disciplinary artists.  Deadline Sept 15


Ft Union National Monument Residency

Location Watrous, New Mexico, a historic outpost on the high plains and on the Santa Fe trail. Open to any and all artists, writers, musicians, or performance artists. Residency dates March 2023. Stipend $1,000.  Deadline Sept 30


Massachusetts Cultural Sector Recovery Grants

Unrestricted grants of $5,000 to creatives and gig workers to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set a path for growth. This one-time FY23 grant program is funded through state pandemic recovery monies Mass Cultural Council received from the Legislature. An applicant must be a full-year resident of Massachusetts, 18 years or older, and an artist or cultural practitioner active in any artistic discipline or cultural tradition, a teaching artist/scientist/humanist, or a cultural worker in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences. Deadline Nov 1



Sun Magazine

They publish personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. Personal Essays $300 to $2,000. Fiction $300 to $2,000.



A city magazine for the DC area that publishes long, deeply reported profiles, true-crime yarns, and pieces of narrative journalism. But also trend pieces, photo essays, column-length arguments, and comprehensive lists. How the city works, or how to get the most out of Washington, home design, DIY, or real estate stories. Pays $1/word on average.  Email


The Food Section

Our mission is to serve eaters across the American South by providing them with the information and analysis they need to enhance their food and drink experiences for original, inclusive, and independent reporting about restaurants, bars, farmers, fishermen, food artisans—and everything else that influences how and what we eat and drink. Rate: $1,000 for a 1,200-word reported piece.



GoodRx is looking for freelance writers who can put a face on what it's like to go through a health crisis. They want strong storytellers who can approach patient stories with journalistic expertise. Most stories will be 800 to 1,200 words, with a pay rate of $500 per story.


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