In an effort to make my life more organized (or organized at all), I am going to attempt to post on a schedule. For now, I’ll try to post blogs, news, etc every Monday and post book reviews on Wednesdays. Here’s hoping!
For today’s news, I received the following information from Hope Clark’s Funds For Writers. If you haven’t signed up to receive free copies of Hope’s newsletters, you’re missing out on an important guide to current markets, supporters, and more. A tip on this particular gem: the deadline may be soon. Don’t delay if you’re interested.
Arts Presenters will fund individual travel subsidies and
group travel subsidies. The maximum amount awarded per
individual organization, inclusive of travel costs and per
diem, is $2,000. Group travel subsidies will be awarded only
to groups of three or more presenters from different member
presenting organizations. The maximum award for a group is
$10,000, with no more than $2,000 awarded per organization.
In promoting cross-cultural arts programming, Arts Presenters
strongly encourages travel to the following locations,
including but not limited to: the Middle East, Asia, Latin
America and Africa.Arts Presenters will award travel subsidies
to individual presenters, presenting organizations and to
groups of presenters traveling to see the work of artists,
companies and/or to develop and advance projects with
international artists and their collaborators. All applicants
must be active members of the Association of Performing Arts
And yet another contest:
SCN ANNUAL NOVEL PITCH & FIRST 5 PAGES CONTEST
Sponsored by Smoke City Narrators http://www.janicewiley-dorn.com/smokecitynarrators.html
ENTRY FEE – $8.50
DEADLINE – Postmarked or Emailed by November 15, 2010.
First prize – $150. Second prize – $75. Third prize – $40. 6 HM. Feedback posted on website.
JUDGE - Agent Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management, NY, NY. Email/Snail Mail: 1. First 5 pages of a novel, 1,500 words max.
2. One-sentence synopsis of the novel, 25 words or less.
(Novel does not have to be complete.)
Entry pages not published. Authors keep all rights.
Open Internationally. Checks (US bank), Money Orders or PayPal.
Please see website for complete rules.
Good luck, all ye competitors!
Here’s a site with lots of contests for you romance writers. Just so you know, some of the links are dysfunctional.
The magazines listed at this site are open to submissions from new or experienced fantasy writers, and offer payment for publication.
Here’s an altruistic and unique way to get writing help: bid on a writing mentor in this online auction for diabetes research. Author Brenda Novak has an auction for Diabetes every May. Her son has the disease and as of today, she has raised over $770,000 this year. Make a bid, find a mentor, help save lives.
Here are just some of the auction items:
NYTimes bestselling authors Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love, and Mary Buckham once again offer their Extravaganza for readers and writers alike. From autographed books, to critiques, to packages for writing organizations, these ladies never let us down!
NYTimes bestselling author Susan Mallery offers a double whammy critique (one from her and one from her editor Tara Parsons of HQN) along with a book dedicated to you in 2011!
NYTimes bestselling author Susan Andersen is donating a weekend stay in her wonderful cabin in the Cascade Mountains! What a wonderful romantic or family getaway!
NYTimes bestselling author Allison Brennan is donating some of her late grandmother’s collectible porcelain dolls to the cause! Thank you, Allison!
Bestselling and Award Winning Author Anna DeStefano
One of Anna’s loves is shopping, and finding treasures at great prices—so she can share them with friends. Especially purses.
Okay, I was going to make this a blog award page, too, but that would make the post WAY too long, so I’ll put that off until later this week. Until then, zai jian!
Submit the first three chapters of your novel. Grand prize award of:
$2,500 self-publishing solution from CreateSpace.
Feedback on every chapter you submit.
The chance to meet other authors, get motivated, and get noticed.
$100 cash awards for the following sub-categories:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Memoir and Non-fiction
Everyone who enters receives feedback, motivation, and advice.
Keep Us Reading
We know that writing a compelling start isn’t easy. So, for the fourth year we’ve put together a motivational competition to help you hone your first three chapters to perfection (if you haven’t already). We’re looking for opening chapters that will create a burning need to find out what happens, how the characters turn out, how the novel resolves itself. The kind of start that gets an agent to call back, a publisher to show interest, and a reader to plunk down their hard earned money. Above all, give us three opening chapters that will keep us reading.
Submission deadline: June 8, 2010
Learn more about the Strongest Start Novel Competition
I just received this from an historical romance writer friend. Apparently the contest has received an unusually low number of entrants this year. If your novel has a hint of romance and you’ve got the entry fee stuck in your couch, go for it and good luck!
April 30, 2010 – Electronic entries must be received by midnight EST
June 20, 2010 – First-Round Finalists Notification
July 31, 2010 – Final-Round Winners Announced
1st Place in each category – $50
First chapter (up to 20 pages maximum) and optional synopsis (5 pages maximum). A prologue may be included with the first chapter as long as the entry does not exceed 20 pages.
ENTRIES SHOULD BE E-MAILED TO THE APPROPRIATE CATEGORY COORDINATOR:
Long Contemporary / Romantic Suspense
Alleyne Dickens, Contest Coordinator
Payment for electronic entries may be received either through PayPal or by check made payable to Virginia Romance Writers. Again, all payments must be received by April 30, 2010.
$20 for all current VRW members; $25 for non-members. (Entrants do not have to be members of Romance Writers of America.)
CATEGORIES AND FINAL ROUND JUDGES:
Short Contemporary – Jonathan Clements, Agent, Wheelhouse Literary Group
Long Contemporary – Katelynn Lacopo, Literary Assistant, BookEnds, LLC
Historical – Lucy Gilmour, Harlequin Editor
Paranormal/Futuristic/Fantasy/Time Travel – Amanda Barnett, Senior Editor, The Wild Rose Press
Inspirational – Elizabeth Mazer, Assistant Editor, Steeple Hill
Romantic Suspense – Keyren Gerlach, Associate Editor, Harlequin
For more information, visit www.virginiaromancewriters.com