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The Poetry Super Highway: Send a Book and Get a Book

The 14th Annual Poetry Super Highway Great Poetry Exchange The mission of the Poetry Super Highway is to expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible. What? – Send a book – Get a book In February 2015, the Poetry Super Highway will coordinate a great free exchange of poetry publications amongst poets worldwide. It’s not a contest. There are no judges, entry fees, winners, or losers. Last year, 71 poets participated both sending their book and receiving another poet’s book from another randomly selected participant By agreeing to participate, someone will be exposed to your poetry, and you will be exposed to someone else’s poetry. How? To participate you must volunteer to mail one copy of one poetry book that you have written to one other person participating. Just one book. In exchange, you will receive in the mail one copy of one poetry book written by another participating poet. E-books are not eligible for the Great Poetry Exchange. Your book must be physical entity. Even if it’s self published, or one of one that you printed from your computer and stapled together…but please no e-books. (Though we will be repeating our annual Great E-Book Free For All later in the year!) To Join In: Go to http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/great_poetry_exchange/. Make sure you’ve read all the guidelines and click on “ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM” to enter your book’s information In early March, we will randomly assign the books to each participant and email to you the name and address of the person you are supposed to send your book to. We will also list your book and description on this web page along with the link to your website for all to see. In addition we will list the new books in our weekly e-mailed update which goes out to thousands of people. What else? Please note, as the Great Poetry Exchange is open to everyone on planet Earth, it’s possible that you will be required to send your book to someone outside of your own country which will, of course cost you more in postage than it would to send it domestically. Also, we’ll ask that you send us an e-mail in March once your book has actually been sent so we can keep track and make sure that all participants who send a book also get one. You also must agree to send out your book within 2 weeks of being notified of who to send your book to. Please note, it’s a circular exchange: You will be sending a book to a different person than you will be receiving one from. Get all the details at:...

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Table 4 Writers Foundation – 3rd Annual Writing Competition

The Table 4 Writers Foundation, formed to honor the legendary restaurateur Elaine Kaufman, will award a grand prize of $5,000 and two runner-up prizes of $2,500 apiece to promising writers as part of its third annual competition. What’s at Stake: One grand prize of $5,000; two runner-up prizes of $2,500 apiece. Who’s Eligible: Writers 21 and older; Previous winners not eligible. What to Submit: 1. A completed application form obtained from the foundation’s website (www.table4.org). Information will include your full name, home address, phone number(s), email address, and title of the entry. In addition, the entrant must explain how the grant will be used to further their work. Identifying information should appear only on the entry form and should not appear on the title page or any other page of the entry. 2. Four hard copies of one piece of unpublished prose (fiction or nonfiction) that deals with some aspect of New York City in a meaningful way. Submissions are limited to short stories, essays, and book excerpts. Each entry should be about 4 to 10 pages long, or 1,000 to 2,500 words. The work can be self-contained or an excerpt of a longer work, but must be the work of only one person (no collaborative entries). Submissions must be the original work of the entrant and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished. 3. A $10 entry fee (check or money order), made out to The Table 4 Writers Foundation. Where to Submit: Send by U.S. Mail to 1650 Broadway, Suite 405, New York, NY, 10019. No electronic submissions will be accepted. The Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than Nov. 15, 2014. Download the 2014 Grant Guidelines Download the 2014 Entry Form > Where to Submit: Send by U.S. Mail to: Table 4 Writers Foundation 1650 Broadway, Suite 405 New York, NY 10019 No electronic submissions will be accepted. The Deadline: Entries must be postmarked no later than Nov.15, 2014. Additional Terms: • All entries must be written in English • Submissions will not be returned • Members, employees, competition judges of the Table 4 Writers Foundation and their immediate families, and previous winners are not eligible to take part in the competition • Grant recipients will be notified no later than Feb. 1, 2015 • Grants will be awarded at the annual spring event in 2015 Visit the website: ...

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Writing Guest Blogging: Daily (w)rite A Daily Ritual of Writing

Guest Post Guidelines The guidelines might change with time, but so far this is what I request. I realize the list is long, but it is essential in order to avoid misunderstandings and time-wasting down the road. I respect your time and effort, and this is a good way to ensure neither is wasted. The following requirements are also valid for guest interviews. General Guidelines: •  Your post must be original and must not have been published before on the web. •  You agree to not publish the post anywhere else for 3 months after it is published on this blog, to maintain its uniqueness. •  The guest posts need to be related to reading, writing, publishing, inspirational, or self-improvement/ lifestyle topics, as that is what this blog is about. •  You may include two links in the byline, which will be displayed at the bottom of the post, and one link inside the post linking back to your blog/ content. •  Please include a bio, so readers can get to know you better, and add your Twitter handle, if you have one. Your own picture would be nice, but it is optional. These would help me feature you on my Guest Blogger page, dedicated to all the writers who have guested on my blogs. •  Please send in an accompanying image that is relevant to the post, and is not so heavy that I have to resize it. •  Please ensure that the post is well-edited, readable, and written in good English. Promotion Guidelines •  Talk about the guest post at your blog and on Twitter or any other social media, so the post you write gets comments from your regular readers. I’ll do the same, but I’ll notice if you do not make any effort to promote your own post. •  Stick to a word count of up to 400 words to ensure that you hold the readers’ attention. A well-thought-out title would attract more visitors, which is after all what this is all about: providing you more exposure. •  Ensure that you’re available to interact with readers who comment on your post. Formatting Guidelines •  Make sure to include the author byline at the bottom, with the link to your website, twitter links etc. already formatted. •  Make sure the paragraphs are short, for easy reading. Bullet points welcome. Submission Guidelines ·      Before you submit a guest post, please check with me about the topic etc so I can tell you if it has been covered recently, or is not relevant to the blog. This should be done at least a month before you want the post to appear. ·      I do not support overt advertisements, unless it is to promote an author’s book: fiction, or related to publishing fiction in some...

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Freelance Markets

YOUTHWORKER http://www.youthworker.com/help/writing-for-us/ YouthWorker Journal is inviting freelance writers to submit nonfiction articles. Pays $20 to $200 for 200 to 1,800-word articles. We serve thousands of committed men and women who work in a variety of church, parachurch and other ministry settings around the world and are devoted to helping young people know, love and serve Jesus Christ. Everything we publish is designed to help youth workers be more effective in fulfilling this important calling. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THRIVING FAMILY http://www.thrivingfamily.com/extra/call-for-submissions Theme: Teens and Depression. The article should focus on parenting a teenager who struggles with depression. This should be a come-alongside tone, not teaching or preaching. Submit 750 to 800 words. Pays $250 on acceptance. Deadline July 11, 2014 for this theme. For general submissions: departments run 50 to 200 words and pay $50/piece; Feature articles run 1200-1500 words and pay 25 cents/word; Devotions (150-200 words) pay $50 each. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COALITION REVIEW http://thsc.org/about-thsc/opportunities-at-thsc/writing-opportunities/ Pays $100 for 800 words. Deadline August 1, 2014. Needs stories on the theme “Developing a Love of Learning”–submissions can cover practical advice on forging an enthusiasm of and commitment to teaching students. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DEATH ANTHOLOGY http://everywherenowpress.com/books/anthology-about-our-experience-of-death/ Death Where the Nights are Long is an anthology of writing about the idea and experience of death. We are asking approximately thirty writers from Canada, the U.S. and Iceland to deliver an account of death in its many varied forms. We are seeking essays, memoirs, poetry and creative non-fiction, with a suggested length of between 2,500 and 5,000 words. If your piece is accepted, you will be paid $250 on completed delivery and acceptance.  You will receive another $250 on publication. If the book does very well – as we hope it will – we will also consider a success fee to each contributor in an amount to be determined. Deadline November 1, 2014. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CHICKEN SOUP – HEARTFELT STORIES BY MOMS http://www.chickensoup.com Pays $200 for 1,200 words. Deadline September 30, 2014. Stories can deal with the pains and highlights of motherhood, the wonders of parenting grandchildren, special moments of raising a newborn, being a role model to a teenager, or anything that touches the heart of a...

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HAWKSNEST WRITERS CONFERENCE

Speakers include Lyle Ernst, Kim Sigafus, Lori Perkins, Anthony Wedgeworth and Keynote C. Hope Clark of FundsforWriters and The Carolina Slade Mystery Series   Saturday, July 12, 2914 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. State Bank of Cross Plains Conference Room Black Earth, WI Cost $50 (includes catered lunch) To register of for further information call: 608-278-8575 or email Kathy Erdman at:...

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Upcoming BlueCat Screenwriting Workshops

The BlueCat Screenwriting Workshops UPCOMING SCHEDULE http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/workshops/ Gordy Hoffman, the Sundance award-winning writer/director (LOVE LIZA, A COAT OF SNOW) and founder of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, is leading upcoming screenwriting workshops in LA, Pittsburgh, Honolulu, and San Francisco. Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for LOVE LIZA, Gordy Hoffman has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, as well as led workshops all over North America, Poland, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has served as a panelist for the IFP Script to Screen Conference in NYC, Women in Film’s Script DC Conference in Washington, DC, and the George Eastman House Film Festival, as well as a judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge. He’s currently developing a movie with Abigail Spencer. UPCOMING WORKSHOPS: Los Angeles – Saturday, July 19th Pittsburgh – Monday, August 4th Honolulu – Saturday, September 20th Online Workshop – Thursday, September 25th San Francisco – Saturday, October 25th THE FULL SCRIPT WORKSHOP (Limit 7 Writers) Participants read seven screenplays in advance of the workshop. During the workshop, Gordy provides direct and in-depth feedback on each screenplay, with everyone encouraged to contribute his or her own thoughts and concerns. Each writer will leave with a great sense of what they can do specifically to improve their screenplay, as well as a better awareness of where they might properly develop as a professional screenwriter as a whole. Writers benefit from the direct focus placed on their screenplays by the workshop, along with the analysis of the six other scripts. Screenplays can be first drafts or rewrites, incomplete or partial, with first time writers and veterans all welcome. Scripts are due 10-14 days prior to the date of the workshop. Note: Screenplays submitted to the workshop are not eligible to be entered into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Regular Registration Option: Do you want to participate, but do not have a script to submit at this time? Regular registration for the workshop allows you to attend without submitting written material, read the scripts in advance and still participate in the discussion. For more info and to register: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/workshops For more info on The BlueCat Screenplay Competition, you can visit: http://www.bluecatscreenplay.com/ For more info on Gordy Hoffman:...

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