Thursday, March 2, 2023

Successful Publishing Newsletter March 2023



Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter March 2023
by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters

Content of this Newsletter:

- Writer Residencies

- Freelance Writing

- Add People 

- Writing Contests

- Tax Deductions

Hello friends, happy March 

Hopefully, Spring is finally arriving in your neck of the world. 

It's a month full of holidays and anniversaries to celebrate during the next weeks:  St. Patrick's Day, Women’s Day… Well, the whole March is Women's History Month... For many young people, it’s time for the famous “March Break”.  Daylight Savings Time is back on the second weekend - and lots of writing contests, fellowships, and free writer’s residencies.  Just apply!



Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat

Soaring Gardens Artists Retreat in the country outside of Laceyville, PA offers visual artists, writers, composers & musicians 3-week residencies between May & Sept. No fees, no demands, simply spacious studios, pleasant rooms, nature, and time. A limited number of $500 need-based grants are available. Location Laceyville, PA.  Deadline March 10


Hedgebrook Writers in Residence

The program supports fully-funded residencies for selected women-identified writers at the retreat each year.  Up to 6 writers can be in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage.  Writers must be women, 18 and older, which is inclusive of transgender women and female-identified individuals.  Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, TV/Screenwriters, Playwrights & Songwriters are all encouraged to apply.  The location is  Freeland, WA.  Deadline March 13


Banff Centre’s Summer Writers Residency 

It provides writers space for the creative exploration of their writing practice.  This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life.  Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply.  Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.  All accepted participants will receive this financial aid package.  Application Deadline March 15




They publish stories about every aspect of cycling, from tips on how to pick out your first bike to human interest pieces to training techniques for competitive cyclists aiming to get better for their next event, and everything in between. They speak to all cyclists: beginners, weekend riders, fans of the pro peloton, cross racers, gear fanatics, and more. Their audience responds best to stories that explain how to better themselves as cyclists for every ride. Pays up to a dollar per word.



I must admit, I am guilty too: writing non-fiction too dry and with too many facts and not adding real people in some way into the blog or book.  Recently I talked to a multi-book writer about it and wrote a blog post last week.  Here is an excerpt:

“We need to build page-turning non-fiction books. Thumbing through any newspaper or magazine, you will find people in almost any story: mentioning names, interviewing a person, citing people…



Winning a contest really boosts your chances of getting published. Many of these contests are held every year.  So if you missed one you'd like to enter, you have lots of time to prepare and catch it next year. 

Mahler & Lewitt Studios Essay Prize

The prize awards £3,000 to the best proposal for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words) by a writer resident in the UK & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal.  In addition to the £3,000 prize the winner has the opportunity to go on residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, to work on their book.  The book will then be published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.  No Entry Fee.  Deadline March 13


Romance on the Road Travel Writing Competition

Write an original, factual, first-person travel story about a time you experienced romance while traveling. Feel free to explore romance in all of its manifestations, but ensure that your travel story builds itself around the context of a place or experience.  One winner and up to three runners-up will be selected to have their work published in Intrepid Times.  The winner will be paid a cash prize of US $200, and the runners-up will receive our standard fee.  Please write between 1200 and 2000 words.  No Entry Fee. Deadline March 19


Grindstone Literary Novel Prize

The 2023 Novel Prize is open to authors from all countries, self-published authors who are unrepresented are eligible to enter.  Entrants are asked to submit the first 5,000 words of their manuscript.  Manuscripts may be finished or part-finished at the time of submission.  All manuscripts must have a finished (or projected finished) length exceeding 70,000 words.  Grand Prize: £1,500. Runner Up: £500.  £16 Entry fee.  Super early bird deadline April 1


Trio Award for First or Second Book

The Trio Award for First or Second Book is only open to poets with fewer than two books published. Poetry manuscripts must be between 48-70 pages of poetry, written in English. Creative nonfiction manuscripts must be between 60,000 - 80,000 words. Translations are not eligible for publication. Winner receives $1000 and twenty copies of their book.  $25 Entry fee. Deadline May 1


Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition

The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000, an interview with them in Writer’s Digest (Nov/Dec 2023 issue), and on, a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference.  $20-$30 Entry Fee.  Early-Bird Deadline: May 5



It’s this time of the year again… Tax season is already in full swing.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  What authors can deduct from taxes: ALL book production costs, book promotions, transportation costs, rental for book readings, office rental or mortgage, heating, electricity for your home office by square feet, phone / Internet / e-Reader costs, website/blog costs, such as hosting or development, computer/copy Machine, scanner, router… just to name a few.  Find a comprehensive list of all deductibles here:

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


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