Is your novel 20,000 words? Is that too short? Is 200,000 too long? How long for a kids’ book? Good stuff on that topic here. You may have to copy the address and paste it into your browser.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I don’t know anything about the following but it sounds interesting.
Christmas/Advent anthology seeks poetry and prose
A Star in the Heart is an anthology of poems and prose celebrating Christmas and Advent, to be published in December 2014 as part of continuing fundraising for the Community Centre Development in Henley on Thames.
Poems should be no more than 50 lines, and prose no more than 600 words. Submissions should be previously unpublished.
Submit your contribution before the end of June to The Editor, David Grubb, A STAR IN THE HEART, 25 Belle Vue Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon, RG9 1JQ, United Kingdom, enclosing SAE for reply. Alternatively, send submissions by email to email@example.com
Friday, February 21, 2014
Academy Chicago publishes literary fiction and non-fiction. See http://www.academychicago.com/submissionguide.html
Chronicle Books publishes “books, stationery, kits, calendars, and novelty formats. Our list includes children's books and interactive formats; young adult books; cookbooks; fine art, design, and photography; pop culture; craft, fashion, beauty, and home décor; relationships, mind-body-spirit; innovative formats such as interactive journals, kits, decks, and stationery.” See http://www.chroniclebooks.com/our-company/submissions/adult-trade
Thursday, February 20, 2014
We may not agree with the messages of all these Biblically-themed books, but it’s interesting to know about them. [If clicking the link doesn’t work, copy it and paste it into your browser.]
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Here`s a heart-warming story, well written.
Communion on the Moon
43 years ago...guess what happened... many have not heard of this before . . .
Communion on the Moon: July 20, 1969 (This is an article by Eric Metaxas )
Forty-three years ago two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. "I 'm talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.
And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself. I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and I wrote about in my book , Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask).
The background to the story is that Aldrin was an elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life, and knowing that he would soon be doing something unprecedented in human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow, and he asked his minister to help him. And so the minister consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. And Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth 's orbit and on to the surface of the moon. He and Armstrong had only been on the lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement:
"This is the LM pilot. I'd like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way." He then ended radio communication and there, on the silent surface of the moon, 250,000 miles from home, he read a verse from the Gospel of John, and he took communion. Here is his own account of what happened: "In the radio blackout, I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the scripture,
'I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit ..Apart from me you can do nothing.'
"I had intended to read my communion passage back to earth, but at the last minute [they] had requested that I not do this. NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with Madelyn Murray O'Hare, the celebrated opponent of religion, over the Apollo 8 crew reading from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas. I agreed reluctantly."
"I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility . It was interesting for me to think the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements."
And of course, it 's interesting to think that some of the first words spoken on the moon were the words of Jesus Christ , who made the Earth and the moon - and Who, in the immortal words of Dante, is Himself the "Love that moves the Sun and other stars."
I received the following from Event Journal. It may interest some of you.
EVENT, a literary journal showcasing fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, reviews and notes on writing by new and established writers from Canada and around the world, is currently in its fourth decade of publication. Our Annual Non-Fiction Contest deadline is coming up (April 15, 2014) and we'd like to advertise the contest as widely as possible. We would greatly appreciate your help in listing the information where it would get the most exposure and/or pass it along to individuals who may find it of interest.
EVENT is one of Canada's most prestigious literary journals, and a strong supporter of literary non-fiction. Stories first published in EVENT have won numerous National and Western Magazine Awards, and have been featured in The Journey Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best Canadian Stories anthologies.
Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions!
EVENT Magazine’s Annual Non-Fiction Contest
Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form.
Deadline: April 15 (postmarked)
Entry Fee: $34.95 (includes 1 year of EVENT)
Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by a separate fee. No simultaneous submissions.
Maximum entry length is 5000 words, typed, double-spaced.
Prizes: $1500 in prize monies available, plus payment for publication!
This year's judge is Deborah Campbell.
Visit www.eventmagazine.ca/contest-2014 for complete contest guidelines.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Good tips on writing a synopsis for your novel: http://www.firstnovelsclub.com/2013/04/WriteANovelSynopsis.html?et_mid=659981&rid=239254330 [If clicking the link doesn’t work, copy it and paste it into your browser.]
PEN Canada is accepting submissions for the second PEN International New Voices Award.
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight April 3, 2014.
You can also find the full details on their website www.pencanada.ca. [If clicking the link doesn’t work, copy it and paste it into your browser.] Please contact Mica McCurdy via e-mail (email@example.com) or telephone (416.703.8448 ext. 27) if you have any further questions.
Monday, February 3, 2014
The Jim Henson Company has started a book publishing division. The line will start with a middle grade series for girls that starts publishing this August, the Enchanted Sisters Series, by Elise Allen and Paige Pooler. Bloomsbury Children's will publish the series.