Google and it’s continuing ‘discrimination’ issues

Even with Google’s current dispute with the U.S. Department of Labor, about which an agency official testified/described as “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce; and another DOL official told The Guardian that “compelling evidence of very significant discrimination against women in the most common positions at Google headquarters” had been discovered; apparently some men at Google feel like they are the ones being discriminated against.  :-/

As per Louise Matsakis via Motherboard writes, “The document said that improving racial and gender diversity is less important than making sure conservatives feel comfortable expressing themselves at work.”

Seriously??!!  So consideration for ‘conservatives’ is more important that consideration for other races and genders.  O_O

Wow.

So even though the writer of this piece was not initially revealed, it’s obvious from the start that he is a Caucasian man.  And he’s been feeling slighted.  Welcome to our world.

Some internal Google employee reactions to the internal memo, “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber:  How bias clouds our thinking about diversity and inclusion“:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywpamw/internal-reaction-to-google-employees-manifesto-show-anti-diversity-views-have-support

NSF offers opportunity for media to deploy to Greenland

Note: Deployments would occur in late July or August, with selections made on a competitive basis

Competitive proposals must include the following:

• A documented ability to reach the widest possible U.S. audience across a variety of platforms (broadcast, print, web and social media).

• A solid field plan that indicates how the outlet will clearly and objectively report on science supported by NSF.

Application deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on June 28, 2017. Media must submit proposals electronically by email or as an email attachment to Peter West at pwest@nsf.gov.

More information can be found at: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242312&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

“How to Write a Novel” -Akilesh Ayyar

It seems no matter what some may say, there is not one, single route to a good end product.

The right way is whatever works for you.

This article presents a take on how many quality authors use many different systems (or lack of systems)… along with other thoughts.  🙂

Link to article.

$39,000 Short Story Prize: The Sunday Times Short Story Awards

Entering the 2017 Award
http://shortstoryaward.co.uk/entries

Entries are now open for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English. Stories need to have been either previously unpublished or only published after 31 December 2015. Five authors shortlisted for the award will each receive £1,000. The prize is administered by the Society of Authors.

To be eligible, the author must simply have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Entries can be made either digitally by pressing the Digital Entry Form button, or by post, by pressing the Postal Entry Form button, printing the postal form off and sending it together with 11 copies of the story to the address listed on this page.

The deadline for entries is 6pm (GMT) on Thursday, 29 September 2016.

Before filling in the entry for m , please read the instructions and the terms and conditions, which are available to download from this page.

For any queries, you can write to The Society of Authors using the postal address, or send an email to stefgqueries@societyofauthors.org.

Entry Form can be found on the website.

$2k Writing Contest: “Connecting People With Politics”

The Web of Life Foundation is hosting their annual writing competition, with a $1,500 first place prize, and a $500 second place prize. They accept prose of any form, including short stories and essays, for the competition.

This year’s theme is “Connecting Politics With People.”

The deadline for entry is September 30th, 2016.

Submissions should be 2,000 words or fewer.

Keep in mind that by entering the competition, you are granting them the right to publish your entry, whether you are the winner or not.

Entries are open to all writers around the world. You may submit up to three entries.

To learn more, read their guidelines.

The Library Journal – $1,000 prize for self-published ebooks

The Library Journal is hosting an indie ebook contest to honor self-published ebooks. The books must be in the following genres: Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Young Adult, with a $1,000 prize for each genre’s winner (plus promotion by the Library Journal).
The prize is only open to books that have been digitally self published. The deadline for entry is July 31st, 2016. According to their website:

“The competition is open to all English-language self-published ebooks for which the author is the copyright holder of the Work, and holds the rights to digital distribution. Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality, and overall quality of production and appearance. There are no restrictions on date of publication. “

To learn more, and to submit your book, be sure to read their contest guidelines.