Thursday, February 28, 2013

His Imprint conference & Elma

Just to let you know, I'm scheduled to speak at the His Imprint
conference in Saskatoon in April. If you're curious, here's the link:
http://hisimprint.wordpress.com/conference-details/

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

opportunity: authors writing about illness

A new award has been established for authors writing about illness and
its impact on the affected person, loved ones, etc. Info at
http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/45881


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, February 26, 2013

opportunity: 10-word story

It may be apocryphal, but the story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a
bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. One
version of the story places the bet at the famed Algonquin "round
table." Whether true or not, there is an actual bet-winning short
story attributed to Hemingway:For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.You
have to admit it's pretty good. It builds, and a whole world of
background and emotion lurks beneath those words.We would like to make
a similar bet with you. Write a great short story in ten words or
fewer. (You may use a title, but that goes into the word count.)
Submit it to our contest. Entry is free. Winner of the bet gets a free
Gotham ten-week workshop.Deadline to submit is April 23, 2013.For
competition rules and an online entry form, visit:
writingclasses.com/tenwordstory.


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

Snail Mail Review: poetry & fiction opportunity

The editors of Snail Mail Review are now seeking submissions for their
6th issue. Submissions are open until June 30, 2013. We would love to
receive a submission from you. We accept all genre in Poetry and
Fiction. There is No Pay for accepted submissions. Contributors will
receive a complimentary copy as payment. No online submissions will be
accepted unless it is from overseas. If you are interested in
submitting, please send 3-5 poems of not more than 35 lines and/or 1-7
pages of fiction to:Snail Mail Reviewc/0 Christine Chesko1694 Augusta
Pointe Dr.Ripon, Ca. 95366

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

fantasy opportunity

Kingdom of Fantasy magazine is open to submissions. I don't have a web
site but you can probably find them on the Internet if interested.

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

opportunity: American Revolution romance novels

A message from editor Jamie Wilson:

Over the course of a decade, everything changed in America. Men and
women of all races and backgrounds fought and suffered and died for an
ideal: freedom. Starting with events around the Boston Tea Party in
1773 through the Philadelphia Convention in 1787, their blood and
sacrifices gave birth to a new nation. Their revolution supporting a
cause, not a king, changed the nature of revolutions. And their
children and grandchildren transformed the world.


Liberty Island is proud to announce the opening of a new line of
historical romance set during these years. We are looking for books
with strong, passionate female leads and heroic heroes who are
dedicated to the cause of liberty.


. Must be set at least partially in the Thirteen Colonies or the
newly-formed United States.
. Must be set during the years 1773-1787, preferably earlier on this
timeline
. Accurate history - do your research!
. Approximately 50,000 words of tight prose
. Low to moderate sensuality that moves the story forward.


Beyond these parameters, the sky is the limit. We are open to creative
ideas, unique storylines, and crossed genres. New writers and indy
writers are strongly encouraged to submit. Liberty Island pays an
advance plus royalty commensurate with industry standards.


Please email your story arc, a one-page synopsis, and any publishing
history (including independently published works) to Jamie Wilson,
senior editor at Liberty Island Press, at kywrite@gmail.com with the
email header "LI Submission: Historical Romance".

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, February 25, 2013

opportunities for short pieces

Deadline: 2/28/2013

Submit to: The Kenyon Review Short Story Contest

Entry Fee: None

First Prize: Publication and scholarship to attend the 2013 Writers
Workshop, June 15th-22nd, in Gambier, Ohio

Type: Short stories (1,200 words MAX)



Deadline: 3/1/2013

Submit to: Alive Now

Theme: Peace. MUST BE spiritual and appropriate for those of Christian
faith.

Type: Poetry and prose (400 words MAX)



Deadline: 3/31/2013

Submit to: MIRRORS: Monologues From Women's Lives.

Theme: Monologues should be mirrors in women's lives. Monologues may
be serious or humorous portraying a story or experience of looking
into a mirror and feeling a strong emotion.

Type: Dramatic monologues (2-3 pages MAX). Writer must be at least 16
and a woman.



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

Liberty Island open to fiction submissions

Online fiction magazine open to submissions:
http://www.libertyislandmag.com/2012/08/16/from-the-publisher/


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

Brian Grove's site & publishers accepting submissions

Author Brian Grove's website
http://myperfectpitch.com/site-information-for-authors-and-publishers/
offers info useful to authors and publishers including listings of
publishers accepting submissions. [Brian is the author of THE TREASURE
HUNTER'S HANDBOOK: BRITAIN'S BURIED TREASURE AND HOW TO FIND IT.] Here
are some of his latest listings of publishers open to submissions:

Madison Connors contacted me to announce the launch of her new
publishing house: Front Porch Romance is accepting manuscript
submissions for various categories of the genre. Details are on her
submissions page of the website: http://frontporchromance.com

Magpie Eclectic Press http://www.magpie-eclectic-press.com/ - A
Christian publisher interested in various genres.

ABC-CLIO, 130 Cremona Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93117, USA,
http://www.abc-clio.com/AboutUs/Authors/ - Serious
academic/non-fiction publisher interested in various subjects
primarily for the higher educational markets.

Cairn Press, 405 E. Wetmore , #117-146, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
http://www.cairnpress.com/pages/submissions - Interested in Novels and
Short Story Collections within their submissions period which ends
31st March.

Dr Jim Ryan of Flyleaf Press: 4 Spencer Villas, Glenageary, Co.
Dublin, Ireland, www.flyleaf.ie contacted me to say his company are
accepting new submissions. They are interested in Irish Family
History/Genealogy.


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, February 22, 2013

book title inspiration?

These titles are weird, but maybe they'll inspire some of us who have
a hard time thinking of titles.

The UK's Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year has
announced their nominees (some books are available only in the UK):

Was Hitler Ill?, by Henrik Eberle and Hans-Joachim Neumann (Polity)
Lofts of North America: Pigeon Lofts, by Jerry Gagne (Foy's Pet
Supplies)
How to Sharpen Pencils, by David Rees (Melville House)
Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop, by Reginald Bakeley (Conari)
How Tea Cosies Changed the World, by Loani Prior (Murdoch)

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

kidlit opportunity

Mary Kole (kidlit.com, @kid_lit) is a Senior Literary Manager with
Movable Type Management (movableTM.com). She's on the hunt for
exceptional picture books, especially from accomplished
author/illustrators. She has sold books to all the major publishing
houses and reads submissions for tween and teen novels all day long.
Submission: query letter and the first 10 pages for fiction OR full
picture book manuscript, in the body of an email message to
mkole@movabletm.com. Subject Line Must contain the word "Query."
Illustrators, include a link to a place your work can be viewed
online.

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

opportunity: writing & visuals on the theme confessions

Common Thread is a new student-run university publication inviting
submissions of various kinds of writing and visuals on the theme
confessions. Deadline: March 31, 2013. More info at
http://scholar.valpo.edu/commonthread/. If clicking the link doesn't
work for you, copy it and paste it 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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mennonite-relevant submissions invited re theatre

The following message is from Victor Enns.

This is the general call for submissions for Rhubarb's Special Theatre
Issue (#34) edited by Per Brask. Please post and circulate as widely
as possible. Thank you! Submissions should be directed to
submit@rhubarbmag.com. The Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre One Act
Playwriting Competition, (Judges: Maureen Hunter, Patrick Friesen).

We are looking for new, unpublished work about or involving theatre in
some
way from writers and artists who self-define as Mennonites, whether
practicing, declined or resistant; we also accept writing and visual
art by
non-Mennonites about Mennonites. Submissions of essays about theatre
experiences of plays written by playwrights of Mennonite background or
of
any show seen from the perspective of someone with a Mennonite
background,
and about personal experiences as performer, director, designer,
playwright
are welcome; as are short stories or poems, reflecting on an element
of
theatre or having theatre making or viewing as a focus.

GENERAL GUIDELINES
Poetry: Up to 30 lines
Fiction and non-fiction: Up to 2,500 words
Artwork: Black-and-white artwork including high contrast photographs
that
reproduce well in the magazine printing process. A limited number
colour
images are used in each issue, including a cover image and images for
an art
feature inside.

SUBMISSIONS
Submit to Rhubarb by email, which we prefer at submit@rhubarbmag.com
Attachments accepted in Word doc or docx, images as tiffs or jpegs.
Snail mail submissions are also accepted at:
Rhubarb c/o MLS, 606-100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME ON EVERY PAGE!
All submissions should include a short bio and full name and address
of
contributor. Rhubarb buys 1st North American rights, paying $50.00 on
publication, $25.00 for reviews.




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, February 18, 2013

more on the Aikman Award for aspiring writers

I mentioned the Aikman Award earlier. Here it is again with more info.

The Aikman Award is meant to create a movement among younger,
Christian writers.

The passion behind this contest is fuelled by Dr. David Aikman. After
he was hired with Time Magazine in the 1970s, he covered several
historical events. He remembers the atrocities when he covered the war
in Indochina, watched people worship in a Cambodian Christian Church
knowing they would be killed for it and witnessed the horror of the
Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989. Although he already held a
Christian worldview upon the launch of his career, by the end of it,
the wisdom and value of his faith was only reaffirmed.

He heard several Christian testimonials throughout his career--stories
that were about people connecting with God in a great variety of
circumstances. The 1970s and 1980s had several people sharing their
hearts, but then people stopped in. Dr. David Aikman feels that it's
important for Christians to continue talking about what God is doing
today. In partnership with Guildford Media Ltd., this contest is meant
to inspire people who want to write about how God has transformed a
life or community's, but haven't had the chance to do so.

While most writing contests consider rewarding a completed work of
journalism, the David Aikman Award is providing a paid opportunity
where the writer will be financially supported while writing their
nonfiction story. Four prizes will be awarded with the Grand Prize
being $20,000! There is also the possibility of publication.

The winner has an entire year to complete their book and will be
announced on October 1, 2013

To qualify, the applicants need to be between 18 and 35 years of age
and reside in Canada, the US, the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

For more information, or if you would like to arrange an interview
with David Aikman, please contact our Media Contact: Nico Bauman at
david@aikmanaward.com
For more on the award itself, go to
http://aikmanaward.com/about/how-to/index.html. (If clicking the link
doesn't work, copy and paste it into your search engine.)


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 Small Publisher Book of the Year Award

All Christian book readers are invited to vote for the 2013 Christian
Small Publisher Book of the Year Award. Although small publishers are
often less well known than larger publishing houses, they produce
fresh and innovative books to inspire readers or fill niche needs. The
Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year award honors books produced
by small publishers for outstanding contribution to Christian life.



You are invited to vote for one book in each category online at
www.ChristianBookAward.com.The Christian Small Publisher Book of the
Year Award is offered for books in each of 12 categories: General
Fiction, Romance, Biography, Christian Living, Relationships/Family,
Devotional, Bible Study/Theology, Gift Book, Children's Book 4-8
years, Children's Book 8-12 years, Young Adult (12+ years), and eBook
Exclusive. The winners of this award are determined solely by the
votes of Christian retailers and book lovers alike.



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, February 15, 2013

Christian fiction overview

Article here on current trends in and markets for Christian fiction:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20130211/55884-religion-update-february-2013-christian-fiction-still-vital-faces-challenges.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, February 12, 2013

Japan apparently doesn't like e-books

Interesting article here:
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/02/11/why-japanese-readers-dont-like-e-books/

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, February 11, 2013

judges & workshop presenters wanted

VOLUNTEER JUDGES WANTED

6th Annual International Junior Authors Short Story Contest
Judging will take place during July and August

Please contact Laura Thomas

Contest URL: www.juniorauthorscontest.com

Contact: laura@laurathomascommunications.com



Workshop Presenters/Speakers Wanted for

Junior Authors Writers Conference
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sandman Signature Resort, Richmond, BC

Call for 45 minute, fast-paced workshop or presentation suitable for
large group of young writers ages 9 - 21

Honorarium of $100 plus advertising for your book, workshops, courses,
etc.

Please send bio and workshop/presentation summary to Laura Thomas

Conference URL: http://laurathomascommunications.com/conference/

Contact: laura@laurathomascommunications.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

Thursday, February 7, 2013

self-publishing conference

A whole conference on self-publishing? Details here:
http://www.writersdigestconference.com/ehome/51706/register/?&&et_mid=602135&rid=3055604
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

Douglas & McIntyre finds a Harbour

Harbour Publishing has purchased Douglas & McIntyre, a highly respected and long-lived BC publisher that has recently had financial problems. Details here:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

your story's first paragraph

First paragraphs are important. Here's a link to a first-paragraph
contest, deadline Thursday February 7, 2013. Even if you don't enter,
reading some of the other contestants' first paragraphs [in the
comments section] is enlightening and perhaps inspirational?
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2013/02/the-5th-sort-of-annual-stupendously.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

Monday, February 4, 2013

Ajax mine: government contacts

Want to express your opinions re: the Ajax mine proposed for Kamloops? Here's a list of government contacts.

 

The Honourable Christy Clark

Premier of British Columbia

Box 9041, Stn Prov Govt

Victoria, BC, V8W 9E1

Email Address

premier@gov.bc.ca

Phone Number

 (250) 387-1715

Fax Number

 (250) 387-0087

 

Honourable 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

E-mail kevin.krueger.mla@leg.bc.ca

Web site www.kevinkruegermla.bc.ca

 

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

E-mail env.minister@gov.bc.ca

 

Honourable Cathy McLeod, MP

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo

Kamloops Office:

979 Victoria St.

Kamloops, BC

V2C 2C1

Phone: 250-851-4991

Toll free: 1-877-619-3332

Fax: 250-851-4994

E-mail: cathy.mcleod.c1@parl.gc.ca

 

Honourable Harry Lali

MLA for Fraser-Nicola

E-mail: harry.lali.mla@leg.bc.ca

Office:

 Room 201

 Parliament Buildings

 Victoria, BC

 V8V 1X4     

Constituency:

2099 Granite Avenue

Bag 4400 Stn Main

 Merritt, BC

 V1K 1B8

Phone:         

250 387-3655  

Fax:   

250 378-4852

Toll free:      

1 877 378-4802

 

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

 

Honourable Peter Kent

Minister of Environment Canada

401 Confederation Building

Ottawa, Ontario. K1A 0A6

Phone: (613) 992.0253

Fax: (613) 992.0887

E-mail: kentp@parl.gc.ca

 

Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, P.C., M.P.

Minister, Health Canada

Brooke Claxton Building, Tunney's Pasture

Postal Locator: 0906C

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

 

Honourable Michael de Jong

Minister of Health, BC

PO Box 9050

Stn Prov Govt

Victoria, BC

V8W 9E2

Ajax mine: media contacts

Want to express your opinions re: the Ajax mine proposed for Kamloops? Here's a list of media contacts.

 

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 Kamloops

218 Victoria Street

Kamloops, BC

V2C 2A2

Telephone:

(250) 374-6802

Toll Free:

1-855-400-CBC1 (2221)

kamloops@cbc.ca

 

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, BC,

Canada   V2C 5M4

Ph 250-376-8883

Fax 250-376-8806

 

Kamloops Momma

The free magazine for local moms and dads too!

info@kamloopsmomma.com

Ph 778-472-0020

 

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

           

 

  

 

 

 

 

Friday, February 1, 2013

more on writing contests

More interesting stuff about writing contests:
http://winningwriters.com/index.php#.UQwhL-zJpgE

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