Monday, December 31, 2012

opportunity: Diverse Voices Quarterly

Diverse Voices Quarterly, an online publication, is open to
submissions of poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, and
photography. They celebrate diversity in cultures, religions, ethnic
backgrounds, lifestyles, etc. Guidelines are here:
http://www.diversevoicesquarterly.com/submission-guidelines/


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

poetry opportunities

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CALLING ALL YOUNG POETS! The Jessamy Stursberg
Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth
Deadline: January 15, 2013.

There are two age categories, junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades
10-12). First place poems in each category will receive a cash prize
of $350, second place winners will receive $300 and third place
winners will receive $250. All winning poems will be published in the
League of Canadian Poets' e-zine, Re:verse at www.youngpoets.ca. All
winners will receive Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Youth
certificates and student memberships in the League of Canadian Poets
for one year. For guidelines:
http://poets.ca/wordpress/contests-awards.



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: NEWBORN ANTHOLOGY BY LEAF PRESS
January 30, 2013.

The deadline is nearly here for the contributions to the Newborn
anthology.
See the guidelines page: website:
http://www.leafpress.ca/guidelines.htm

We also have a call for the leaflet series, an exciting small-book
project.

Details on the guidelines page: website:
http://www.leafpress.ca/guidelines.htm



Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

possible opportunity: U of Iowa Press

The University of Iowa Press publishes books on a variety of topics,
particularly those of interest to people in the "upper Midwest." Their
submissions guidelines are here:
http://www.uiowapress.org/authors/submission-guidelines.htm

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

new inspirational line: Grand Harbor Press

Amazon is launching an inspirational line of books [print and
electronic] called Grand Harbor Press. Its first book is HAPPY THIS
YEAR! by ordained minister Will Bowen. For more info, Google on key
words. Or paste the following into your browser:
http://www.4-traders.com/AMAZON-COM-INC-4846/news/Amazon-com-Inc-Brilliance-Expands-to-Full-Service-Publisher-with-Launch-of-Inspiration-Imprint-15655787/


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, December 17, 2012

opportunity: books for outdoors enthusiasts & mystery readers

Adventure Publications publishes non-fiction books on nature, the
outdoors, and regional subjects. They had recently started a fiction
series focusing on outdoor/wilderness mysteries. They are looking for
mystery fiction that will appeal to both the mystery reader and the
outdoors enthusiast. Author guidelines are at
http://www.adventurepublications.net/author-guidelines

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Friday, December 14, 2012

reject-a-hit contest: Writer's Digest

Writer's Digest is running a reject-a-hit contest. Contestants,
pretending to be editors or literary agents, are invited to write a
400-word rejection letter for a well known, successful book. A sample
letter rejecting Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL is given as an
example.
http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/reject-a-hit-charles-dickens-a-christmas-carol

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Thursday, December 13, 2012

inspirational romance opportunity: Linda Glaz at Hartline

Linda Glaz, new agent at Hartline literary agency [which focuses on
inspirational books], is open to submissions of romances.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ontario Writers' Conference open for registration

From: Ontario Writers' Conference <info@thewritersconference.com>

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publishing info source: BookNet Canada

BookNet Canada looks like a good source of info on the Canadian
publishing scene. They have an online newsletter that one can
subscribe to free of charge.


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Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
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debut author Leo Tolstoy

Apparently Leo Tolstoy is a promising new author. Watch for his books.
More at
http://consumerist.com/tag/leo-tolstoy/


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Saturday, December 8, 2012

flash fiction opportunity

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MICRO AWARD FOR FLASH FICTION
Submission period: Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012

6th Annual Micro Award for Flash Fiction under 1,000 words now open
for submissions. $500 prize. No entry fee.
http://www.microaward.org/rules



Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

four poetry opportunities

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CALLING ALL YOUNG POETS! The Jessamy Stursberg
Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth
Deadline: January 15, 2013.

There are two age categories, junior (grades 7-9) and senior (grades
10-12). First place poems in each category will receive a cash prize
of $350, second place winners will receive $300 and third place
winners will receive $250. All winning poems will be published in the
League of Canadian Poets' e-zine, Re:verse at www.youngpoets.ca. All
winners will receive Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Youth
certificates and student memberships in the League of Canadian Poets
for one year. For guidelines:
http://poets.ca/wordpress/contests-awards.



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: LITERARY REVIEW OF CANADA (LRC)

We're changing up our poetry section for 2013, with each issue to
feature poems that share a common form or theme. During the months
devoted to a given form, the subjects will vary, and vice versa. Below
is our 2013 publication calendar to help guide submissions. As always,
we welcome unsolicited, unpublished, original submissions, provided
that they fit one of the categories outlined in this schedule:



a.. January/February: sonnets
b.. March: poems from the margins, e.g. pieces from/about our
prisons, reserves, North, rural areas, etc.
c.. April: short poems, of less than 50 words - consider haikus,
tankas, rubaiyats, tweet-poems, triolets, and other short styles
d.. May: poems on the elements, e.g. fire, earth, water, air, wood,
etc.
e.. June: villanelles
f.. July/August: ekphrastic poetry, i.e. pieces inspired by other
art forms (visual, film, music, etc.)
g.. September: prose poems
h.. October: poems inspired by family
i.. November: ghazals
j.. December: poems inspired by food


Please note that there are two reading periods: 1) May 1 to December
5, 2012 for publication January-June 2013 and 2) beginning May 1, 2013
for publication July/August-December 2013. Please include the month in
which you would like your work to be read in the subject line of any
emailed submissions. For more information, check out our full
submissions guidelines online at: http://reviewcanada.ca/submissions



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SUBTERRANEAN BLUE POETRY

Subterranean Blue Poetry is an Internet Poetry and Art Publishing
Café. We thrive on new original words and New Age Art. All Poets and
their poetry are welcome and we are especially looking for homegrown
Poets from the Canadian/American Indian Community, Quebec, small town
Canada, international Poets and anyone who was ever considered "the
other." New Age Art offerings are for the masthead of each issue. We
are currently open to submissions. www.subterraneanbluepoetry.com.



THE FIFTH ANNUAL NORTHWEST POETS' CONCORD, Newport, Oregon

Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2012
May 3 -5, 2013
@ the Hallmark Inn and Resort in Newport, OR.
Our keynote speaker this year is Ellen Waterston.



This is a call for proposals for participation in the conference. By
December 15, 2012, please send a brief description of your proposed
activity and mark it as such in a newly-generated e-mail to
ellstons@gmail.com.
The advisory board will consider proposals for the following 50-minute
sessions:

Workshops, Panels, Conversations, Academic-type presentations.

We will have a limited number of slots for 10-minute readings included
in the program.

These will be dedicated to poets who have new books this year.
Everyone else will be encouraged to read at one of the two open mics.

Please let us know if you have a new book and would like a 10-minute
slot.

Some new developments this year: preregistration will be required,
and attendance will be limited to 120 participants; only two events
will occur at a time; there may be opportunities for a mentoring
conference with a well-known poet for a small additional fee.

Look for us on facebook as Northwest Poets' Concord, and don't forget!
Send us your proposal by December 15.





Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

short prose competition: Writer's Union of Canada

From: Nancy MacLeod
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 9:18 AM
To: 'Nancy MacLeod'
Subject: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - 20th Annual Short Prose Competition
for Developing Writers


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
20th Annual Short Prose Competition
for Developing Writers
$2,500 PRIZE



The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions
are being accepted until March 1, 2013 for the 20th Annual Short Prose
Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best
Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or
non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.



PRIZE



$2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and
finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.



JURY



Writers Ami McKay, Rosemary Nixon, and Mark A. Rayner will serve as
the jury.



ELIGIBILITY



This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed
immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or
university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract
with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language)
fiction or non-fiction is eligible.



HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:



· Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear
twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not
stapled.

· Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only.

· Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full
name, address, phone number, email address, word count, and number of
pages of entry.

· Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on
each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.

· Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers' Union of
Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be
added and paid with one cheque or money order, $29 per entry.

· Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2013 to be eligible.

· Mail entries to: SPC Competition, The Writers' Union of
Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.



Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in May 2013. Manuscripts
will not be returned.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, December 3, 2012

new UK Christian imprint: Lion Fiction

Interesting announcement from Publisher's Lunch:

In the UK, Christian publisher Lion Hudson will publish crime and
women's fiction aimed at a broader audience through a new imprint,
Lion Fiction, set to launch in spring 2013. Lion Fiction aims to
publish up to 24 titles annually, selling them through both the
general and specialist Christian markets.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Saturday, December 1, 2012

FaithWriters contest for kids, deadline Dec 12, 2012

FAITHWRITERS ANNOUNCES A NEW CONTEST FOR KIDS!


We are excited to announce The New Year Contest: A Fresh Start-a
writing contest with a cash prize and publication of the winning
entries for FaithWriter Kids!

The theme for the entries should be about starting fresh. The entry
can be about the New Year holiday, or about someone who is starting
again or making changes in their life. Entries will be accepted
December 1st through December 12th, 2012. Open to any genre-a fiction
story, true story, poem, devotional-anything you want as long as it
has a fresh start theme. The word count needs to be between 150 and
750 words.

The contest will be divided into two age groups: 7-10 and 11-14.
Judges will choose a first and second place winner from each group.
First place winners will receive a gift certificate for $15 and
publication in the FaithWriters' magazine in January 2013, and second
place winners will receive a gift certificate for $10. Winners will be
contacted and announced on the website at least by January 1st, 2013.

Submissions should be made by posting your story as an article on the
kids' website with the subject "New Year Contest: [title]." A link to
the story should be emailed to Amy at the email address:
contact@sparrowsflight.net.

The entries will be judged on the following points: How creative,
unique, and memorable is this entry? How well-written is this entry?
Does it have a strong beginning and ending? Did the author communicate
the point they wanted to make to the reader?

This is a wonderful opportunity for young writers!

Check out the full submission guidelines at
http://kids.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=23555.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

writing personal stories: Anne Konrad Dyck

My friend Anne Konrad Dyck of Toronto is excellent at writing personal
stories in a way readers can relate to. One example is her memoir of a
Mennonite childhood, The Blue Jar. It's a Canadian classic. More
recently, University of Toronto Press published her book Red Quarter
Moon: A Search for Family in the Shadow of Stalin. The latest issue of
the Canadian Mennonite has a couple of interesting articles about
Anne's life and writing. Here are the links:
http://www.canadianmennonite.org/articles/compelling-narrative-russian-mennonites-darkest-hour
http://www.canadianmennonite.org/articles/what-advent-means-me


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Friday, November 30, 2012

novelettes, novellas, poetry, flash fiction: Ancient Paths

The Christian literary magazine Ancient Paths is seeking long stories,
novellas, poetry, and flash fiction. See below and on their website,
http://www.editorskylar.com/magazine/table.html.

The publisher of Ancient Paths literary magazine is currently seeking
fiction of 8,000 - 35,000 words for Stand in the Ways, a new anthology
of spiritual novelettes and novellas. All genres will be considered,
but literary fiction, mainstream fiction, social science fiction, and
character-driven romances will likely receive preference.
Spiritual themes may be explicit or implicit and might include topics
such as redemption, forgiveness, doubt, faith, reconciliation,
spiritual growth, or spiritual struggle. Do not be didactic,
simplistic, or preachy. We are not looking for formulaic inspirational
fiction, but rather fiction with rich, nuanced spiritual themes,
believable stories, and interesting characters.
QUERY FIRST to the editor, Skylar Burris, at ssburris@cox.net. Be sure
to include all of the following in your query:
(1) Your name, e-mail address, and mailing address.
(2) A brief synopsis of your novella, not to exceed 250 words (think
cover blurb text). Include title, genre, and total word count.
(3) If you work has been previously published, note when and where it
appeared. Previously published works may be considered provided your
novella is not currently available online anywhere. Also indicate
whether or not your work is a simultaneous submission.
(4) The first 1,500 words of your novella as a Word or RTF attachment.
Use the e-mail subject heading "Fiction Query (Title of your Novelette
or Novella)."
Each author selected for inclusion in the anthology will be paid
one-half cent per word up to a maximum of $100 and one free copy of
the print edition. The publisher obtains nonexclusive print and
electronic (e-book) rights, and you are free to republish your work
elsewhere.
Poetry
Ancient Paths is currently considering submissions of poetry of up to
35 lines for online publication on its Facebook page. Poems may be
rhymed or unrhymed, free verse or formal. Payment for publication is
one free copy of a past issue of Ancient Paths (#14) and a $2 discount
(if desired) on Issue #17. (No purchase is required for publication.)
Poets grant the publisher one-time, nonexclusive electronic rights,
and they are free to republish their work elsewhere at anytime.
Send your poem pasted directly in the body of an e-mail to
ssburris@cox.net. Please indicate if your work has been previously
published and, if so, when and where. Previously published works are
acceptable provided you retain all rights. Use the subject heading "AP
Online Poetry Submission."
All poems should have a spiritual theme or religious figures (for
instance, you can write a poem about a Bible character or a saint).
Themes may be explicit or implicit and might include such subjects as
sin, redemption, forgiveness, doubt, faith, spiritual growth, or
spiritual struggle, to name but a few.
Flash Fiction
Ancient Paths is currently considering submissions of flash fiction of
up to 400 words for online publication on its Facebook page. Payment
for publication is one free copy of a past printed issue of Ancient
Paths (#14) and a $2 discount (if desired) on Issue #17. (No purchase
is required for publication.) Authors grant the publisher one-time,
nonexclusive electronic rights, and they are free to republish their
work elsewhere at anytime.
Send your flash fiction piece pasted directly in the body of an e-mail
to ssburris@cox.net. Please indicate if your work has been previously
published and, if so, when and where. Previously published works are
acceptable provided you retain all rights. Use the subject heading "AP
Online Flash Fiction Submission."
All works should have a spiritual theme. Themes may be explicit or
implicit and might include such subjects as sin, redemption,
forgiveness, doubt, faith, spiritual growth, or spiritual struggle, to
name but a few.
Art
Ancient Paths is not currently seeking art work, though our needs may
change. "Like" Ancient Paths on Facebook to follow future submission
needs.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

short story & poetry contest: University of Toronto

The University of Toronto Magazine is running a short story and poetry
contest. It's open to U of T alumni and students. Details here:
http://www.magazine.utoronto.ca/writing-contest/

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Thursday, November 29, 2012

opportunities: romance, new adult, mystery/detective, suspense/thriller, science fiction, fantasy, horror

Loveswept, Alibi, Hydra and Flirt [all connected with Random House]
invite queries for submissions in romance, new adult,
mystery/detective, suspense/thriller, science fiction, fantasy, and
horror. They publish in digital format. More info at
http://www.atrandom.com/eoriginals/submission.php.


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Catholic fiction opportunity: Tuscany Press

Publisher Tuscany Press defines Catholic fiction as "Stories infused
with the presence of God and faith - subtly, symbolically or
deliberately. Think of Flannery O'Connor, Graham Greene, J.R.R.
Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton and many others whose writings reflected
the thoughts of the great writer Gerard Manley Hopkins: "The world is
charged with the grandeur of God."

Beginning on January 1, 2013, Tuscany Press will be open to
submissions of novels, novellas, young adult novels, and short
stories. The publisher requires a reading fee of $10 "not for
financial reasons, but to insure that writers pause before sending in
their manuscript and ask: 'Does my manuscript have the presence of God
and faith - subtly, symbolically or deliberately?' and 'Have I put my
work into a form that best presents my talent and the story?' For more
info, see http://www.tuscanypress.com/


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, November 26, 2012

opportunity: Catholic literary magazine

Dappled Things, a Catholic literary magazine, considers submissions in
a variety of formats: poetry, fiction, etc. However, they have a new
submissions policy as explained below.

If you are interested in submitting your work to Dappled Things,
please note that we have a new system for processing submissions. We
are no longer receiving submissions by e-mail, and any work sent that
way after November 25, 2012 AD will not be read. Instead, we have
switched to using Submittable, a system that will not only allow us to
track submissions more effectively and have a quicker turn-around with
regards to editorial decisions, but also will allow contributors to
track the status of their pieces more easily, not just those submitted
to Dappled Things, but to any journals that use the same system. To go
directly to the submissions page, click on
https://dappledthings.submittable.com/submit

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Sunday, November 25, 2012

writing prompts

Margo Lamont of the Federation of BC Writers is collecting writing
prompts [springboards/starting points you used/d to get started
writing]. She says:

Please send me your favourite writing prompt(s)*. If you want to add a
note about how you've used it, or what output resulted, that's good
too. Please include your name and town and where you got the prompt.
Margo Lamont: margolamont@gmail.com. Thank you!
*I'm collecting writing prompts for use, with or without attribution,
in a possible article or publication(s) so by sending them you are
agreeing to their use by me in any medium.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Friday, November 23, 2012

Christian teen magazine opportunity

See the following link for an opportunity regarding writing Christian
fiction and nonfiction for teenagers. Looks like teenage as well as
adult writers may submit. http://www.writergazette.com/encounter

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

show don't tell

Writing insights here on showing versus telling. Clicking the link may
not work, but you can copy it and paste it into your browser
http://archive.feedblitz.com/218287/~4501386.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

opportunities for writers: Carve Magazine

Carve Magazine offers several opportunities for writers. Click on the
following link, then click on Submissions at the top of the page, also
Contests. http://carvezine.com/

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Sunday, November 11, 2012

new Catholic devotional book

Catholic Speaker/Evangelist Mike Maturen's new devotional book,
"A NEW DAWN--Weekly Wisdom From Everyday Life," is now available on
Kindle directly from Amazon for $2.99.
http://www.amazon.com/DAWN--Weekly-Wisdom-From-Everyday-ebook/dp/B00A5F8JL2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352641659&sr=8-1&keywords=new+dawn+weekly+wisdom

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Friday, November 9, 2012

book covers

Here's an interesting blog regarding U.S. book covers compared with
U.K. No mention of Canadian covers but at least there's one Canadian
author.
http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/2012/11/08/who-has-the-better-book-covers-u-s-or-u-k/
Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mennonite Rhubarb

Rhubarb magazine, which publishes "loosely defined Mennonite" voices,
invites submissions of writing and art to be considered for
publication. More info at www.rhubarbmag.com. Rhubarb also invites
subscriptions
and donations made out to the "Mennonite Literary
Society" and mailed to Mennonite Literary Society, 606-100 Arthur
Street,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1H3. Subscriptions cost $30 annually for three
issues.


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Thursday, November 1, 2012

various opportunities for writers

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MICRO AWARD FOR FLASH FICTION
Submission period: Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012

6th Annual Micro Award for Flash Fiction under 1,000 words now open
for submissions. $500 prize. No entry fee.
http://www.microaward.org/rules



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MENTAL HEALTH INSIDE/OUT
Deadline: January 31, 2013.

a.. To submit, please email your submissions to
issue7@poetryisdead.ca with the subject line of "INSIDE" or "OUTSIDE."
b.. Submitters must submit to one or the other (but can submit to
both separately).
c.. For queries and questions about the issue email
editor@poetryisdead.ca.
d.. Lots more description about this contest. Please read it all
before you submit at:
http://poetryisdead.ca/blog/call-submissions-mental-health-insideout.html
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: POEM OF THE WEEK OPEN CALL
See website for guidelines:
http://blogthisrock.blogspot.ca/2012/10/open-call-for-poem-of-week-series.html

Visit our blog for specifics and submission guidelines.




CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ASCENT ASPIRATIONS MAGAZINE

Submissions

http://ascentaspirations.ca/guidelines.htm

We accept submissions year round and decide on placement of accepted
submissions for future issues. See website for more info.



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ASCENT ASPIRATIONS ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY CONTEST

Deadline: March 9, 2013

Poetry and Flash Fiction Prose Anthology
Visit website for details and guidelines:
http://ascentaspirations.ca/ascentspring2013.htm

Contact Person: David Fraser

Email:ascentaspirations@shaw.ca








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Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
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Molli Nickell's advice on query, synopsis, & 1st page

Good stuff on writing a query from literary agent Molli Nickell is at:
http://www.getpublishednow.biz/query.html. Clicking links at the top
will lead you to her a advice on writing a synopsis and first page.


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

freelance editorial opportunity: nonfiction

Offered by: Callisto Media

Benefits: Flexible hours

Duration: Freelance

Location: Berkeley, CA

Requirements: Callisto Media is a publisher backed by one of the
world's foremost venture capital firms. We create and publish
bestselling books in digital and print formats on a variety of
nonfiction topics. Our imprints include Rockridge University Press,
Garamond Press, and Hyacinth Books.

We are looking for spectacular freelance developmental editors. We
pay competitive project and per-hour rates and are constantly putting
out interesting new titles.

Applicants must have the following qualifications:
- An established freelance history of editing nonfiction titles for
major and/or esteemed publishing houses.
- A mastery of styles and their documentation.
- Consistent availability.
- A strong work ethic and incredible attention to detail.
- Strict adherence to deadlines.

While we are based in Berkeley, CA, this is an out-of-office
freelance position and you can work from any location and/or time
zone.

If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume to
jobs@callistomedia.com. Please also include a cover letter that
describes your fit with this position.

We look forward to reviewing your submission!
Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

using Biblical images in writing

Deb Elkink, author of the novel THE THIRD GRACE, offers insights on
how to use Biblical images in your writing at
(http://www.debelkink.com/?blog).

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, October 29, 2012

writers & editors needed for school literature program

Offered by: New York City Textbook Developer

Salary: Project Basis

Duration: Project Basis

Location: New York, NY

Requirements: Skilled writers and editors needed for middle and
high school literature program with New York City based company. Must
have experience in textbook content development. Familiar with Common
Core Standards. In-house and out-of-house project work available for 4
months. Please send detailed resume and writing samples.

About Our
Company: Textbook developer in New York City. Congenial office in
Union Square area.

Contact: Arlette

E-mail: arletteg@cciny.net

Address: 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1503
New York, NY 10011

Phone: 2122427827

Fax: 2122423523

Special
Instructions: Please email resumes and writing samples. Please do
not call.


Job # 9083

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Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

'The Jerusalem Puzzle' contest: Authonomy

You need to be a member of Authonomy to participate in the following
contest. If you're interested, go here to register:
http://authonomy.com/. Here's the contest:

'The Jerusalem Puzzle' Competition - your chance to be published
alongside
one of HarperCollins' most exciting new writers

We're looking for three talented authonomy authors whose short stories
will
be published in a special limited edition epub of 'The Jerusalem
Puzzle',
the second novel from Laurence O'Bryan.

This is an amazing opportunity for you to showcase your talent to
Laurence's audience. Moreover, the winning authors will be able to add
their social media details so that readers can discover more about
their
writing.

All you have to do is read the second chapter of 'The Jerusalem
Puzzle'.
Then, in no more than 500 words, tell us where you would take the
story
next - this can be in the form of a synopsis, or the opening of the
next
chapter.

The ten best entries will be given the chance to submit short stories
for
consideration. They will also get advanced ring-bound book proofs of
'The
Jerusalem Puzzle'.

At the start of December, three overall winners will be selected to be
published in the special edition Jerusalem Puzzle e-book next June.

If that wasn't enough, all these short stories will also be considered
for
full publication by HarperCollins editor. So what are you waiting for?
Get
reading, authonomites!

The second chapter is on the blog now:
http://harpercollinsnews.co.uk/go.asp?/bCOL002/q3EOZV8F/xLDP9W8F

Send your entries to yourauthonomy@harpercollins.co.uk by midnight GMT
on
October 31st.



Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

pet peeves about author queries

Literary agent Terry Burns discusses agents' and editors' pet peeves
about author queries at:
http://christianfictiononlinemagazine.com/buzz_hart.html

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

computer keyboard & mouse shortcuts

This web site lists computer keyboard & mouse shortcuts for Microsoft
Word. It also links to shortcuts for computer programs other than
Word.
http://www.computerhope.com/shortcut/word.htm


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

inspirational romantic suspense novel opportunity

Do you have an idea for an inspirational romantic suspense novel & a
first chapter? Harlequin [publisher] invites you to submit them before
the end of October for their consideration. More info here:
http://community.harlequin.com/showthread.php/706-Love-Inspired-Suspense-Fast-Track-Event?p=24055#post24055

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, October 8, 2012

calls for submissions: flash fiction, women's writing, poetry

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MICRO AWARD FOR FLASH FICTION

6th Annual Micro Award for Flash Fiction under 1,000 words now open
for submissions. $500 prize. No entry fee.
http://www.microaward.org/rules

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: EXPERIMENTAL WRITING BY WOMEN

Deadline: February 15, 2013

Website and guidelines:

http://www.fillingstation.ca/in-the-pump/2012/9/28/call-experimental-writing-women


We're seeking the very best experimental fiction, poetry, creative
nonfiction, and art by women authors and artists. To be considered,
submissions must be received before February 15 and must conform to
filling Station's basic submission guidelines.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: QUILLS CANADIAN POETRY MAGAZINE

Deadline: Nov 10, 2012

Poems can be any length, subject or style

No more than 3 unpublished poems per submission

Email submissions only

Limit length of poems to under 200 words or 35 lines (including
stanza breaks)

Include your name, address or city and confirm you are a
Canadian Citizen

Include a short 40 word biography written in 3rd person starting
with the author's name

Include a short copyright allowance for Quills to publish your
poem. Any submitted works will be deemed to include copyright usage.

No one is charged to submit and no submissions are paid.

Submit by EMAIL ONLY to blnish@pandorascollective.com with "QUILLS
SUBMISSION" in the subject line.

Please send only text messages (no document files or attachments
please).






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Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

online periodical opportunity: Apple Valley Review

The Apple Valley Review, an online periodical, invites submissions of
poetry, short fiction, and essays. It's not a paying market but a nice
publishing credit if they accept your work. Arthur Power, a Catholic
author and online acquaintance of mine, has a nice poem in the most
recent edition. More info is at:
http://www.applevalleyreview.com/. If interested in submitting, click
on the word Submit at the left.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

literary agents deciding what's "right" for them

What do they mean when they say your novel isn't right for their
literary agency? Interesting article here about that topic. If
clicking the link doesn't work, try pasting it into your browser:
http://www.themillions.com/2012/08/a-right-fit-navigating-the-world-of-literary-agents.html

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

reviewer of young adult books: Brandi Kosiner

Reviewer Brandi Kosiner has a special interest in books for young
adults. She says:
"For Authors/Publishers, I would be happy to accept books for review,
host contests, host guest posts and conduct interviews with authors.
I'd also be interested in participating in book tours or cover reveals
if it matches my interests." For more info, see:
http://blkosiner.blogspot.ca/p/review-policy-about-me.html

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

how to be your own publicist workshop

From: info@writersunion.ca
Subject: How To Be Your Own Publicist Workshop - Spread the Word!
Date: October 1, 2012 11:04:13 AM EDT
To: info@writersunion.ca

Hello everyone,

Just a little reminder about the upcoming workshop "How to Be Your Own
Publicist." Registration is now taking place for the workshops in
Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Kingston, in November 2012.
The workshops take place from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. For those who can't
attend in one of the participating cities, a webinar will be offered,
distilling the highlights of the workshop.

Authors Elizabeth Ruth and Ann Douglas will present on traditional but
innovative book marketing strategies as well as new media
opportunities for writers. Kelly Duffin, Executive Director of The
Writers' Union of Canada, will update participants on the latest
evolutions in the publishing landscape.

Whether you are an aspiring writer wanting to develop your audience
before publication; an emerging writer who needs to stay visible; or
long-published and looking for new tips and techniques, this full-day
workshop is for you.

Participants will leave the workshop having gained the know-how and
confidence to creatively promote their own future works, and an
expanded, inspired sense of what it means to be a writer in the
current publishing context.

For registration information please go to
http://www.writersunion.ca/pd-workshops

Please circulate this information to writers you think might be
interested in coming to this event. Space is limited so register
today.


Valerie Laws
Office Administrator
The Writers' Union of Canada
200 - 90 Richmond Street East
Toronto ON M5C 1P1
416-703-8982 x 224
info@writersunion.ca
www.writersunion.ca


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Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, October 1, 2012

FaithWriters conference in Portland next June

Next FaithWriters conference [Christian writers conference] happens in
Portland, Oregon June 28 & 29, 2013.
http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Friday, September 28, 2012

writing about smells

What did it smell like? As a writer I sometimes ask myself that
question and rack my brain for a convincing answer. I just came across
a helpful site that gives lots of possibilities:
http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.ca/2011/02/mapping-vocabulary-of-scent-what-smells.html

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Thursday, September 27, 2012

children's & young adult agent

Gemma Cooper has just joined The Bent Agency [literary agency],
representing children's and young adult fiction. Some other agents at
Bent also handle children's and young adult books.
http://thebentagency.com/submissions.html

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dean Koontz: mystery suspense author interview

Author Dean Koontz talks about his faith journey in this Publisher's
Weekly interview:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/interviews/article/53080-the-triumph-of-good-pw-talks-with-dean-koontz.html
If the link doesn't work, Google on Dean Koontz Publisher's Weekly.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

books about immigrant experience in Canada

At this site, 49th Shelf gives interesting samples of books about the
immigrant experience in Canada:
http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Editors/The-Immigrant-Experience. Many more
books could be added to this list. Maybe you've written one. If so,
you might want to let 49th Shelf know.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, September 24, 2012

Jewish book award: Natan Fund

The Natan Fund just announced a book award open to authors writing on
Jewish themes. Deadline for submissions December 3, 2012. More info at
http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/on-10th-anniversary-the-natan-fund-launches-natan-book-award/

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Friday, September 21, 2012

new publisher: Brightline

The new publishing venture Brightline will publish e-books and
eventually print books. Here's what THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says about
it:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/scott-rudin-barry-diller-brightline-atavist-371534

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Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

exorcism magazine

Weird or maybe not: Exorcism is "booming" in Poland. A group of Roman
Catholic priests are putting out a monthly magazine on the topic. It's
called Egzorcysta.


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Christian writers conference Sept. 28 & 29: Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship holds its next conference
September 28 & 29, 2012, in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, an hour south of
Edmonton. For more info:
http://www.inscribe.org/events/fall-conference/


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, September 17, 2012

BC authors: novel & novella contest: Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue Publishing invites submissions by BC authors for its
novel and novella contest. Entry fee $35, deadline November 1, 2012.
Send ONLY the first chapter of your ms, a synopsis, short bio and SASE
(Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope). No email submissions considered.
4-6 months reply time. More info at
http://www.mothertonguepublishing.com/?page_id=10 Mother Tongue
Publishing, 290 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2K6

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Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
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zombie stories set in Canada

Silvia Moreno-Garcia will be editing Dead North, an anthology of
zombie stories set in Canada, for Canadian publisher Exile Editions.
The editor is interested in stories from 2,000 to 10,000 words.
Stories must be set in Canada. The setting must be an important
element, not just a throwaway reference. You do not need to be
Canadian to submit, but Canadian writers are strongly encouraged to
submit.

Deadline Sept. 30, 2012. All acceptances or rejections will be sent
before Dec. 31 2012. Do not query before that. Payment is 2 cents
(CAD) per word and two contributor copies. More info at
http://silviamoreno-garcia.com/blog/dead-north-guidelines/



Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Friday, September 14, 2012

speculative fiction opportunity: Harper Voyager

Usually an author needs an agent to approach a big-name publisher like
Harper. However, for a limited time, Harper Voyager is open to
submissions of young adult and adult speculative fiction directly from
authors. Their definition of speculative fiction is broad. For more
info:
http://megwaiteclayton.com/1stbooks/megs-posts/harper-voyager-accepting-unsolicited-manuscripts/.
Or try Googling Harper Voyager speculative fiction.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Re Jamie Wilson reviewing conservative-leaning books

Jamie seems tricky to contact through the websites given, so unless
you easily manage to get through to her, you may want to forget this
prospect. Sorry.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

book cover art

This article may be of interest if you do your own cover art for
self-publishing, hire an artist, or get some say in your cover art.
It's also good on marketing tools:
http://dearauthor.com/features/letters-of-opinion/guest-post-brave-new-world
-what-ive-learned-about-cover-designs-for-digital-publishing



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Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

seeking conservative-leaning books to review: Jamie Wilson

Jamie Wilson writes:

I'm looking for conservative-leaning books to review for my
website - the Cold Mountain books would probably qualify, for
instance. They don't need to be overtly political, and in fact I
would prefer that they NOT be political. They do have to be books
conservatives would love - books that uphold conservative values like
strong marriages and families, traditional American ideals, heroism,
self-sacrifice, etc. Most importantly, they have to be good stories,
not political screeds.

I've been fortunate in finding a few, but I really need to line up
more. I will only review books I can recommend wholeheartedly to my
readers (which means I have the unfortunate and painful task today of
telling one writer I can't put her review on my site, but I'll review
for other places - not ready for prime-time, to be honest, and I
really like the story too!)

Any suggestions? E-format review copies are a huge plus. And feel
free to spread this solicitation around.
Jamie<http://finishthebook.jamiekwilson.com/>
<http://jamiekwilson.com>http://jamiekwilson.com
http://www.conservativefiction.com
<http://www.conservativefeminism.com>http://www.conservativefeminism.com


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Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
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Monday, September 10, 2012

op-ed pieces for the Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun Seeks Opinion Pieces With Cultural Themes

The Vancouver Sun is introducing a new series of op-ed with cultural
themes starting in September. To pitch a topic contact:

MAGGIE LANGRICK
Arts and Life editor
The Vancouver Sun
Suite 1 - 200 Granville St.
Vancouver, B.C. V6C 3N3

Office: 604.605.2101
Email: mlangrick@vancouversun.com
Twitter: @maggielangrick

For more information go to:
http://www.allianceforarts.com/blog/call-vancouver-sun-op-eds

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Thursday, September 6, 2012

be your own publicist: The Writers' Union of Canada

WORKSHOP ON HOW TO BE YOUR OWN PUBLICIST! SPREAD THE WORD!



The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC) is offering the Professional
Development Workshop HOW TO BE YOUR OWN PUBLICIST in Halifax, Toronto,
Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston, in November 2012. The workshops take
place from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. For those who can't attend in one of
the participating cities, a 3-hour webinar will be offered, distilling
the highlights of the workshop.



Authors Elizabeth Ruth and Ann Douglas will present on traditional but
innovative book marketing strategies as well as new media
opportunities for writers. Kelly Duffin, Executive Director of The
Writers' Union of Canada, will update participants on the latest
evolutions in the publishing landscape.



Whether you are an aspiring writer wanting to develop your audience
before publication; an emerging writer who needs to stay visible; or
long-published and looking for new tips and techniques, this full-day
workshop is for you.



Participants will leave the workshop having gained the know-how and
confidence to creatively promote their own future works, and an
expanded, inspired sense of what it means to be a writer in the
current publishing context.



Most workshops of this calibre charge hundreds of dollars. The price
of this workshop is $89.00 and covers costs, including lunch, $75 for
members of The Writers' Union of Canada. For registration information
please go to

http://www.writersunion.ca/pd-workshops. Please circulate this
information to writers you think might be interested in coming to this
event. Space is limited so register today.



Many thanks for your time and attention.



Kelly Duffin

Executive Director



The Writers' Union of Canada acknowledges the support of the
Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage for
these Professional Development workshops.





Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Christian writing: online classes, critiques, etc.

IMAGE: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, IMAGEJournal.org is a
Christian periodical/organization that offers online classes,
critiques, workshops, seminars, a forum, etc. I believe there's a
charge for some or all of these. The journal is also open to
submissions.




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Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
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master's degree in writing that grapples with Christian faith: Seattle Pacific University

Gregory Wolfe directs Seattle Pacific University's MFA [Master of Fine
Arts] program, which focuses on writing that grapples with Christian
faith. The program is tied in with IMAGE: A Journal of the Arts and
Religion, IMAGEJournal.org. Gregory writes:

Starting with the upcoming admission deadline, October 1st, we will be
able to offer a number of merit scholarships to outstanding
applicants!

It is my hope that these scholarships will make it possible for more
gifted writers to benefit from this acclaimed program.

Find out more about the program via our online brochure, video
interviews, and website,
http://www.spu.edu/prospects/grad/academics/mfa/index.asp. (And even
if you're not interested in the MFA for yourself, consider forwarding
this message to someone you know who is.)

Thanks for your time,

Gregory Wolfe
IMAGE
3307 Third Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
206-281-2988
IMAGEJournal.org

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

seeking short pieces of Christian writing: Angoor Press

Angoor Press: Inspired Christian Living is open to submissions of
short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, visual art, etc. for
its new publication, Phlox Share. More info at:
http://angoorpress.com/submissions/



Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

contests for good and BAD writing: Mixed Fruit Magazine

Mixed Fruit is a quarterly literary magazine running a poetry contest
with no fee to enter, deadline November 15. They're also still running
a B-Movie Edition contest for the WORST poetry or short fiction you
can write, deadline October 1. Entries to either contest must be
uploaded via their online form, not sent by regular e-mail or by post.
More info at http://mixedfruitmagazine.com/


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

literary markets for short stuff

Some markets open to considering short fiction, creative non-fiction
and poetry are listed at
http://www.pw.org/explore/new/literary_magazine


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

buying book reviews: yikes!

An article in the New York Times, "The Best Book Reviews Money Can
Buy," explores the seedy world of authors paying for positive book
reviews on Amazon to influence potential buyers. Principled authors
should be above that kind of thing. Shouldn't they?
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/business/book-reviewers-for-hire-meet-a-demand-for-online-raves.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
This blog on Forbes is about the same topic:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2012/08/28/fake-reviews-amazons-rotten-core/

Friday, August 24, 2012

critique groups

I'm the moderator of a Christian critique group called ReVision. You
need to belong to The Word Guild in order to join ReVision. The Word
Guild is an association of Canadian writers, editors, librarians, etc.
who are Christian. It costs about $90 or about $130 to join as a new
member, depending on the category of membership you fit into.

Regarding non-specifically Christian critique groups, I like Internet
Writers Workshop. Within it are various groups including one
specifically for novels, one for children's writers, one for short
stories, etc. It's free to join though there are quite a few rules,
not that hard to follow once you catch onto them. Other pretty good
critique groups are YouWriteOn and Scribophile. They're also free to
join and again there are quite a few rules. They don't give you as
many critiques as quickly. When I post something to my Internet
Writers Workshop group, I usually get about six crits within two weeks
or so. Of course members expect you to critique their stuff in return.
Otherwise they may not continue critiquing you. That's only fair.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, August 20, 2012

assistant professor: fiction: MacEwan University, Edmonton

MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, has an opening for an
assistant professor in creative writing: fiction. Closing date for
applications is October 15, 2012. For details, go to
http://www.macewan.ca/wcm/Administrative/HumanResources/Careers/index.htm

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

writing a novel about your family: Vincent Lam

Writing a novel about your family? Here's an interview with Canadian
author Vincent Lam about that process:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/tip-sheet/article/53503-how-to-write-a-novel-about-your-family.html.
If clicking the link doesn't work, copy it and paste into your
browser.


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Upper Room welcomes devotionals

Upper Room Magazine www.upperroom.org is open to receiving
devotionals/meditations. It's a paying market and the exposure is
world-wide. You can send submissions via their template
http://www.upperroom.org/about/writer-guidelines/upper-room or email
to Marilyn Beaty: mbeaty@GBOD.org.

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

literary triathlon for Canadians; deadline August 6

Here's a contest for Canadian writers only.

http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/2012/07/the-literary-triathlon-is-now-open.html

It's a literary triathlon. You need to submit all 3 of these: poem,
story, creative non-fiction--all short. Get that Olympic spirit fired
up and go for it. Deadline noon August 6.


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, July 30, 2012

Catholic fiction opportunity

Tuscany Press, a new Catholic press in Massachusetts, seeks stories,
novellas, and novels. Peter Mongeau, the publisher, has a strong
business background and a dedication to publishing good Catholic
fiction. He has contests running with a reasonable ($10) reading fee.
He is also open to communicating with writers.
http://www.tuscanypress.com/


Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in
Canada and the USA, editor of many others. Blog
www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

how to write a novel: Jane Lebak

Jane Lebak posted a good article here about how to write a novel. The
comments are good too:
http://philangelus.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/how-to-write-a-novel/

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in Canada and
the USA, editor of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website
www.elma03.com

Monday, July 23, 2012

Elance: freelance writing, etc.

Elance is an online company that links potential customers with freelance
article-writers, ghostwriters, copywriters, translators, etc. Click on
https://www.elance.com/browse-jobs to browse jobs and people looking for
jobs. It's interesting to note the huge range in rates charged. [There
doesn't seem to be a category for editors; don't know why.]

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in Canada and
the USA, editor of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website
www.elma03.com

Saturday, July 21, 2012

fantasy/sci fi short story contest: Fantastic Books

Fantastic Books is running a short story contest for fantasy and science
fiction stories 700 to 1500 words long. Deadline August 15, 2012. Winning
entries will be published in an anthology. Revenue from the sale of this
book will go to the World Cancer Research Fund. There's a small entry fee in
UK currency, which you may have to convert into whatever it is in your
currency. That's a bit of a pain but they do PayPal. Also 10% of entry fees
goes to the WCRF. The link follows. If clicking it doesn't work, copy and
paste it into your browser.

https://www.facebook.com/events/331020220301341/

Elma Schemenauer, elmams@shaw.ca, author of 75 books published in Canada and
the USA, editor of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website
www.elma03.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ooligan Press: fiction & nonfiction of the Pacific Northwest

Ooligan Press publishes fiction and nonfiction books relating to the Pacific Northwest, which they define as Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. They're interested in books reflecting the literary, historical, and social values and attitudes of this area. Submission guidelines are here: http://ooligan.pdx.edu/about/submissions/

 

bookless libraries

Thoughtful and comprehensive article here on bookless libraries:

http://www.tnr.com/print/article/books-and-arts/magazine/david-bell-future-bookless-library

 

Friday, July 13, 2012

writing rules: Lee Child's take

How seriously should authors take all the writing rules they've been fed over the years, e.g. "show, don't tell?" Here's Lee Childs' thought-provoking article on the topic. http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/lee-child-debunks-the-biggest-writing-myths [If clicking the link doesn't work, try pasting it into your browser.]

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

opportunity: children's, parenting, & education

Erica Silverman of Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. [literary agency] is open to submissions of children’s literature, picture books through YA. She also seeks nonfiction about children, parenting and education. http://sll.com/agents_silverman.html

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

writing a romance novel

I'm not a romance writer myself but this might interest some of you.

 

Calling All Romance Readers - And Writers


Deep in the heart of every person who loves a good romance novel is
the desire to write one of her own. But the process of writing a novel can
seem daunting, not to mention the steps to get published. Is there a formula
to the plot of a romance novel? How long should it be? Do I need an agent?
How do I submit my manuscript to a publisher? Okay, so I'm published, but
now what? These questions and more will be answered by a panel of experts:
romance writers themselves in a special FREE online event presented by
Crimson Romance. Attend On Writing Romance: Getting to the Heart of Creating
a Romance Novel and join Leigh Michaels, author of On Writing Romance;
Jennifer Lawler, Imprint Manager of Crimson Romance; Kristina Knight, author
of What a Texas Girl Wants; and Karen Sue Burns, author of In Hot Pursuit,
for a FREE webinar that will discuss writing and publishing a successful
romance novel from start to finish The. To attend, simply register online at the link below:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/813461089

sanitized view of Christian life: Rachel Held Evans

Interesting article by Rachel Held Evans on the sanitized view of Christian life that Christian bookstores seem to promote. She says in part: "the minute we try to codify these messy Christian lives that we live, the minute we try to sanitize and apologize for them, we lose not only our relevance, but our soul. We don’t have to be unnecessarily crass to speak the truth, but we have to be honest. We have to be real." Here's the link. If clicking it doesn't work, block it and paste into your browser.

 

http://rachelheldevans.com/christian-bookstores-chokehold#.T_c6tZu0lm8.email

 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

torn between titles & endings for your novel?

Are you casting about for the right title for your novel? Torn between various possible endings? You're not alone. Ernest Hemingway did that too, according to a recent New York Times article. His wartime novel A FAREWELL TO ARMS is about to be republished with 39 of the endings he wrote before he decided on one. Here's the article:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/05/books/a-farewell-to-arms-with-hemingways-alternate-endings.xml

 

Monday, July 2, 2012

using a blog to promote your writing

How can you use a blog to help promote your writing? Bookbaby has a free download on that, available at http://www.bookbaby.com/campaigns/request-blogging101

 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Imago Dei/ image of God

Imago Dei is a collection of the best poems published in the journal Christianity and Literature over the past 60 years. They ask big questions: Why do we exist? Who is God? Where do we find God? What does the Incarnation mean? When does God speak to us, and why is God silent? The poets have in common an awareness of the Imago Dei embedded in human nature. More about the book is at the Abilene Christian University Press web site: http://acupressbooks.com/. [Click Search Books and type in the title.] The press is open to submissions of nonfiction Christian books. [On the same web site, click Contact Us, then Submissions.]

 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

wonderful biog & writing opportunity: Pure Francis

I love the following biog from the Pure Francis website. It's a spoof, right? But the Pure Francis online journal evidently isn't. It's open to submissions of poetry, short prose, and visual art. No payment but hey, it's a publishing credit if they accept your stuff. Here's the link to submissions guidelines: http://www.purefrancis.org/pure_francis/submission-guidelines.html

 

Pure Francis, the man, was born under mysterious conditions on a tramp steamer off the coast of Finland.  He stands 2 feet, 6 inches tall and counts fencing, origami, and collecting REO Speedwagon bootlegs amongst his vast array of hobbies.  He founded the print version of Pure Francis in May, 1908.  It folded in June, 1908.

Monday, June 25, 2012

flash fiction editor wanted

Senior flash fiction editor position available for the right person. Here's
the link: http://www.futurecycle.org/default.aspx

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Saturday, June 9, 2012

titling your book: Rachelle Gardner

Here's good stuff from literary agent Rachelle Gardner about titling your
book. [The comments are good too.]
http://www.rachellegardner.com/2010/03/how-to-title-your-book/

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor
of many others. Blog www.elmasalmanac.blogspot.com Website www.elma03.com

Monday, June 4, 2012

Oprah book club restarting

According to the New York Times. Oprah is restarting her book club version 2.0 in an interactive format. E-book versions of her selected books will include Oprah's margin notes. Readers can share discussions with other readers, Oprah and the author by using Facebook and Twitter. Hard copy books will still get the famous sticker on the front cover. More info at:

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/the-return-of-the-oprahs-book-club/

http://www.oprah.com/packages/oprahs-book-club-2.html

Monday, May 28, 2012

fiction opportunity

MuseItUp Publishing [of Alberta, Canada] reopens to submissions June 1: romance, sci fi, cozy mystery, young adult, vampires, etc., etc. Apparently they publish an e-book first and possibly later a print book. Here's the link: http://museituppublishing.com. Look at list on left and click on submissions.

 

 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

sampling new books on Facebook: Hachette Book Group

Hachette Book Group has been talking about harnessing Facebook as a way for readers to sample and share books. Wednesday the company launched their ChapterShare Facebook app. The app lets authors themselves as well as HBG staff post chapters onto Facebook pages from forthcoming books. Facebook friends can read and share the samples, as well as pre-order titles. HBG ceo Ken Michaels notes in the announcement, "…apps like ChapterShare allow us to connect directly with consumers. Publishers need to become application developers in order to connect writers and readers more closely…"

Sunday, May 20, 2012

young adult sci fi & fantasy opportunity: Jennifer Azantian

Jennifer Azantian of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency is accepting submissions of young adult science fiction and fantasy. Click on the following link, then on Jennifer Azantian [near the top]: http://www.dijkstraagency.com/meet-the-agents.html

 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ajax Mine & Kamloops

The south end of our lovely city, Kamloops, is the proposed site for the KGHM Ajax Mine [open-pit copper and gold mine]. Part of it would be within city limits. My husband, atmospheric physicist Robert Schemenauer, has addressed city council and some local media about weather-related concerns associated with locating a mine so close to where 90,000 people live. These concerns include haze causing reduced sunshine and air quality. His interview with CFJC-TV is at http//cfjctv.com/ [click link, find search box at upper right, and type in Ajax Weather Concerns].

Among other mine-related concerns are its potential impacts on:
-health [from breathing dust, toxic aerosols, etc.]
-noise levels [blasting is loud]
-ecosystems and wildlife [forests, grasslands, lakes, etc.]
-Kamloops' reputation as a pleasant place to live, work, play, and retire
-Kamloops' reputation as Canada's Tournament Capital
-tourism in general
-real estate values
-the economy
If you have questions, feedback, or expertise relating to these concerns, I'd encourage you to share them with government, media, and/or the mining company. Following is some contact information.

KGHM Ajax Mining Inc.
330 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC
Canada V2C 2G2
T 250-374-5446

City of Kamloops
7 Victoria Street West, Kamloops
British Columbia, V2C 1A2
Ph 250 828 3311
Email citycouncil@kamloops.ca

Kevin Krueger
MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson
East Annex
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC
V8V 1X4      
Ph 250 952-7269 or 250 314-6031
Fax 250 952-7263 or 250 314-6040

BC Ministry of Environment
PO BOX 9339 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9M1
Ph 250 387-1161
Fax 250 387-5669

Honourable Terry Lake
BC Minister of Environment
PO BOX 9047 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9E2
Ph 250 387-1187
Fax 250 387-1356

Broadcast Centre (includes CFJC-TV, B-100 radio, and CIFM radio)
460 Pemberton Terrace
Kamloops, BC
V2C 1T5
Ph 250-372-3322
Fax 250-372-5229
news@cfjctv.com
  
NL Broadcasting Ltd.
611 Lansdowne Street
Kamloops, BC
V2C 1Y6
Ph 250-571-5222, 250-374-1610
Fax 250-571-5241
nlnews@radionl.com

Kamloops Daily News
393 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC
V2C 6P6
Ph 250-371-6149
Fax 250-374-3884
kamloopsnews@telus.net

Kamloops This Week
1365B Dalhousie Drive
Kamloops, BC
V2C 5P6
Ph 250-374-7467
Fax 250-374-1033
editor@kamloopsthisweek.com

Shaw Cable TV
180 Briar Avenue
Kamloops, BC
V2B 1C1
Ph 250-376-8888
Fax 250-312-7119
expresskamloops@sjrb.ca

CBC Kelowna
Ph 250-861-3781
Fax 250-861-6644
kelowna@cbc.ca

Vancouver Sun/Province Newsroom
Ph 604-605-2000
Fax 604-605-2720

Edge Publishing Inc.
Downtown Echo, North Shore Echo, Seniors Own Echo
Ph 250-374-3246
Fax 250-374-3247
echo@shawcable.com
  
The Omega - Thompson Rivers University's Student Newspaper
900 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC
V2C 5N3
Ph 250-372-1272
Fax 250-372-5331
omega@tru.ca

Senior Connector
The Seniors' Own Newspaper
Box 729
Kamloops, B.C.,
Canada   V2C 5M4
Ph 250-376-8883
Fax 250-376-8806