Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter August 2022



Dear friends,

I hope your summer has been so far brimming with fun, sun, family, friends, and of course, lots of reading!  Nothing better to nourish the soul than a book during these long and gorgeous days of summer.  Summer has so many pleasures.  Is writing one of them for you? Or do summer activities collide with your writing goals?  What about just collecting ideas for future books?  It doesn’t take away from your travel time.  Have a pen and paper with you and make notes about the scenery, encounters with interesting people, delicious meals, and everything in between. 

Content of this Newsletter:



Prague - Unesco City of Literature Creative 2-Months Residency

It offers residency stays for foreign writers and translators. 6 residencies for 2023, each for 2 months. Return ticket, free accommodation & stipend 600 /month. Deadline Aug 31. 



UCROSS Foundation Residency

Residencies in Clearmont, WY. vary in length from two weeks to six weeks. At any one time, there are up to 10 individuals in residence comprising a mix of visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, performance artists, and teams of collaborators. Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef, and ample provisions are on hand for breakfasts and weekends.  Deadline Sept 1



Granada Residence Program

Targeted at writers residing in any country in whichever language they write.
A month’s stay (30 nights) in Granada between Nov 3 and Dec 2, 2022, at the Corrala de Santiago of the University of Granada. Granada UNESCO City of Literature will cover the traveling expenses. Deadline Sept 1





They are delivering all the content Canadian women want, whether it’s about health, current events, food, social issues, decor, or fashion and beauty. Send a one-page query letter outlining your idea. Pays $1 CAD per word for print and $300-$800 CAD for online.



Roadpass Digital 

They help inspire, educate, and empower millions of RVers and road-trippers to enjoy camping and the open road. Send your pitch to pitches@roadpass.com. Rates typically range from $200 to $1,000 per story, based on length, article type, and how much reporting is required. 



ACCESS Marketing Services 

Out of Washington, DC, they have a fully remote workforce with deliverables due in eastern time. And employ full-time writers but frequently need freelance ad copywriters during busy primary and general election cycles. When in our freelance pool, they keep a calendar of availability so that project managers can pull writers. The work is by the hour, paying roughly $100 per hour. Contact Olivia Hatcher at https://twitter.com/plathitude



The Daily Best

Most of the stories they’re looking for fall under a mini-feature length, between 800 and 2,000 words. Pays up to $600. There needs to be a reason we should green-light this pitch now, whether it’s some new research or new developmental breakthrough, a new announcement, some new insight or news that the story itself is breaking, etc. If the story is unpacking a larger trend or issue that isn’t going to vanish overnight, we’re much more likely to be interested. Query Neel V. Patel, Science and Innovation Editor at neel.patel@thedailybeast.com 


Chicken Soup: Lessons Learned from my dog

They are looking for true stories and poems about your dog. Tell us what new thing your dog taught you. How smart she is or how she outsmarted you! How he made you smile. How she "rescued" you after you "rescued" her. How he brought your family closer together, helped you find love, and inspired you to change something in your human life. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. Limit 1,200 words. First-person, please.  Payment is $200 and 10 copies. 




Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

Emerging African American writers.  Prize $10,000. Genres: Short story collection or novel published in the current year. 

Deadline: Aug 15



Lee & Low Books New Voices Award 

The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the US and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published. Prize $1,000 and publication. Children's books - fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. 

Deadline August 15



Women's Prize for Fiction 

Prize: £30,000.00.  Genre: A published novel by a woman. Entrants must be writing in English and must be published in the UK between 1 April 2022 and 30 Sept 2022. All subject matters and women of any age, from any nationality or country of residence, are eligible. 

Deadline August 26



Short Story Award for New Writers

Limit 6,000 words. The winner receives a $3,000 prize and agency review, and their story will be published online in late winter/early spring. Second and third place finalists will be awarded publication, agency review, and $300/$200 prizes.  $20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Aug 28



Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award

Prize: £10,000. Open to authors aged 18-35 as of December 31 of the deadline year. Books must have been first published in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland, in the English language, between June 23 of the preceding year and August 31 of the deadline year. Authors must be UK or Irish citizens, or residents for the three years preceding the award. Genre: Published or self-published book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.  Deadline August 31



Writers Digest Personal Essay Awards

One Grand Prize Winner will receive $2,500, their essay title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s May/June 2023 issue, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot. The Second Place Winner will receive $1,000, and their essay title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s May/June 2023 issue. The Third Place Winner will receive $500, and their essay title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s May/June 2023 issue. Limit 2,000 words. 

$25 Entry fee.  Deadline Sept 1



MSLEXIA Woman's Fiction Competition 

Our competition is open to unpublished novels of at least 20,000 words in any genre for children and/or young adult readers. Submit the first 3,000 words only in the first instance. The winner will receive £5,000. The winner and three finalists will also receive manuscript feedback from The Literary Consultancy.  £26 Entry fee.  Deadline Sept 19



Use the lazy days of summer to browse through hundreds of books in your own genre and see what’s available and how other writers created their work. Or visit one or more than over twenty writing conferences

Enjoy a wonderful August!

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