Tuesday, July 29, 2014

calling poets over 60

Off the Grid Press Poetry Prize offers a prize of $1,000 and publication by Off the Grid Press for a poetry collection by a poet over the age of 60. Deadline August 31.

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

The open-pit Ajax mine proposed for just south of Kamloops is a baaaad idea in many people's opinion. Too many negative health and environmental effects. Peter Kerek, president of the Kamloops and District Labour Council, is one of those opposed to the mine. He just announced he’s running for Kamloops' City Council. You may want to "like" his Facebook page and perhaps leave him an encouraging comment. Here’s the address: http://tinyurl.com/l8onxs2

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Monday, July 28, 2014

romance or women's fiction: Scott Eagan

What’s the difference between romance & women’s fiction? Scott Eagan, a literary agent who represents both, explains here: http://tinyurl.com/at4la63

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

opportunities: horse lovers, star-gazers, & "high-end" hunters & fisherfolk

  • The Chronicle of the Horse is a weekly magazine covering horses. Another nonficiton-only market, writers should submit the complete manuscript on spec. The magazine pays $150-250 for accepted articles.
  • Astronomy is a monthly magazine covering the science and hobby of astronomy. This market is for nonfiction writers only, who should query first. Payment is $100-1,000 for pieces 500-3,000 words in length.
  • Gray's Sporting Journal publishes 7 issues per year. The focus is on high end hunting and fishing with an interest in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry-writers in all genres should submit a complete manuscript on spec. Payment for fiction and nonfiction ranges $600-1,000 for unsolicited articles.

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

write with a Giller Prize nominee in Whistler, BC, this Sept.

Giller Prize Nominee Genni Gunn Announced as Whistler’s Writer-in-Residence


Giller Prize nominee Genni Gunn will take up residence in Whistler this fall as the community's official Writer-in-Residence for 2014. Living in the Alta Lake Station House, Gunn will work with twelve writers on their own projects starting in early September. Residency participants will receive four one-on-one sessions with Gunn to develop their manuscript, and attend weekly group lectures on various aspects of the writing craft.

Novice, emerging and experienced writers of all genres interested in taking part in the residency need to register with program director Stella Harvey by sending an email to Stella25@telus.net. Once accepted, writers must submit a short synopsis of the project they plan to work on during the residency, plus a manuscript of no more than 20 double-spaced pages, by Friday August 8, 2014 to enable Gunn to review the work in advance of the first meeting.
 
Introducing Genni Gunn:
Gunn is a writer, translator and musician. She has published three novels: Solitaria was nominated for the Giller Prize in 2011, Tracing Iris was made into a film titled The Riverbank; and her novel Thrice Upon a Time was a finalist for the Commonwealth Prize. Gunn has also published two story collections, and two poetry collections, one of which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Poetry Award. Her two poetry translations of Dacia Maraini were also finalists for the John Glassco Prize and the Premio Internazionale Diego Valeri.
 
Gunn has also written the libretto for the opera Alternate Visions, produced in Montreal in 2007, and showcased at the Opera America Conference in Vancouver, May 2013. She is an inveterate traveler, and her experiences are reflected in her most recent book, Tracks: Journeys in Time and Place (Signature Editions, 2013), which residency participants will receive a copy of thanks to a grant provided by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.
 
The Writer-in-Residence program is made possible through a grant from both the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s Community Enrichment Program and the Canada Council of the Arts Author Residency Program. The residency forms the manuscript-intensive component of the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival.
 

About the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival:
The Whistler Writers Festival was started in 2001 by Stella Harvey. Each year the three-day event brings world-renowned authors to Whistler for workshops, panel discussions and readings. The intimacy of this festival with its focus on events for both readers and writers is what makes it unique. For more information visit: www.whistlerreadersandwritersfestival.com

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

learning from other writers: Chuck Sambuchino

We can learn from other writers. The following site [an article by Chuck Sambuchino] features lots of published authors, each sharing 7 things they’ve learned so far. Click on the various author names to see what they learned. http://tinyurl.com/omz5ck5

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

outlining your novel: K.M. Weiland

Good article here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/omdchsm

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

middle grade fiction contest: Chuck Sambuchino of Writer's Digest

HOW TO SUBMIT

E-mail entries to dearluckyagent16@gmail.com. Please paste everything. No attachments.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, completed book-length work of middle grade fiction. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with each entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, you must mention this contest twice through any any social-media. Please provide a social-media link or Twitter handle or screenshot or blog post URL, etc., with your official e-mailed entry so the judge and I can verify eligibility. Some previous entrants could not be considered because they skipped this step! Simply spread the word twice through any means and give us a way to verify you did; a tinyURL for this link/contest for you to easily use is http://tinyurl.com/pwbds3q. An easy way to notify me of your sharing is to include my Twitter handle @chucksambuchino at the end of your mention(s) if using Twitter. If we’re friends on FB, tag me in the mention. And if you are going to solely use Twitter as your 2 times, please wait 1 day between mentions to spread out the notices, rather than simply tweeting twice back to back. Thanks. (Please note that simply tweeting me does not count. You have to include the contest URL with your mention; that’s the point.)

Here is a sample tweet you can use (feel free to tweak): New FREE contest for writers of middle grade fiction http://tinyurl.com/pwbds3q Judged by agent @petejknapp - via @chucksambuchino

WHAT IS ELIGIBLE?

Middle grade fiction. The agent judge did not choose to exclude any subgenre, so everything is fair game.

CONTEST DETAILS

1.   This contest will be live through the end of July 30, 2014, PST. Winners notified by e-mail within approximately three weeks of end of contest. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.

2.   To enter, submit the first 150-200 words of your book. Shorter or longer entries will not be considered. Keep it within word count range please.

3.   You can submit as many times as you wish. You can submit even if you submitted to other contests in the past, but please note that past winners cannot win again. All that said, you are urged to only submit your best work.

4.   The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA’s publisher, F+W Media, Inc.

5.   By e-mailing your entry, you are submitting an entry for consideration in this contest and thereby agreeing to the terms written here as well as any terms possibly added by me in the “Comments” section of this blog post. (If you have questions or concerns, write me personally at chuck.sambuchino (at) fwmedia.com. The Gmail account above is for submissions, not questions.)

PRIZES!!!

Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com ($50 value)!

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mackenzie Brady, new agent at New Leaf

Agent Mackenzie Brady’s taste in nonfiction extends beyond science books to memoirs, lost histories, epic sports narratives, true crime and gift/lifestyle books. She is particularly interested in projects with a strong narrative and a female bend. She represents select adult and YA fiction projects, as well. Her favorite novels are almost always dark, visceral reads focused on the complexities of being a human.

Send query to query [at] newleafliterary [dot] com, and put both the word “Query” plus the agent’s name in the e-mail subject line (for example: “Query for Mackenzie: [Title]“). You may paste up to 5 double-spaced sample pages within the body of the email. No unsolicited attachments. You will receive an auto-response confirming receipt of your query.

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Friday, July 11, 2014

opportunity for those writing for the young: Alexander Slater

 Alexander Slater, agent at Trident Media Group, seeks children's, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Send a query letter, pasted into the body of your email, to aslater@TridentMediaGroup.com. Your letter should follow his requested format: a paragraph about yourself, a brief plot pitch, and contact information. Do not send a manuscript unless requested.

 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

what writers should know about e-books: Writer's Digest

Good article here: http://tinyurl.com/pvtgtc4

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

newspaper publishing opportunity: Niagara, New York area

The Niagara (New York) Gazette in Niagara Falls and Tonawanda (New York) News in North Tonawanda seek a team-oriented publisher who can handle the challenge of publishing two daily newspapers. More info at https://jobs.editorandpublisher.com/ep_jobs/viewJob.aspx?JId=907

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

2 agents currently seeking queries

Whitley Abell of Inklings Literary is primarily interested in Young Adult, Middle Grade, and select Upmarket Women's fiction. She likes characters who are relatable yet flawed, hooks that offer new points of view and exciting adventures, vibrant settings that become active characters in their own right, and a story that sticks with the reader long after turning the last page, be it contemporary or historical, realistic or supernatural, tragic or quirky. She loves mythology and literary re-imaginings, heartbreaking contemporary novels, historical suspense, and craving cute romantic comedies for YA through adult. She is not interested in vampires, werewolves, angels, zombies, dystopian societies, steampunk, or epic fantasy. Please no paranormal / fantasy for adults.

Alexander Slater of Trident Media Group is interested in children's, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction, from new and established authors.  As he says, "I'm looking for projects that will rise above the rest...characters you'll remember well past childhood...books that translate well to film .”

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.

 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

India's crown in Christian literature

Interesting new blog: India's Crown in Christian Literature Excellence – ICICLE: Joining East to West & Readers to Authors through Christ. More info at http://indiascrown.com/about/

 

 

Elma Schemenauer, author of 75 books published in Canada and the USA, editor of many more, elmams@shaw.ca, http://elmasalmanac.blogspot.ca/, http://www.elma03.com.