Freedom With Writing‘s Ian Chandler is giving away their most recent ebook, “The Freelance Writer’s Battle: How to Shatter the Nine Myths that Stop Freelance Writing Success”.
Download available here.
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.
“When setting a deadline, ask your coworker what he thinks of doing something, instead of just asking him to get it done. This makes him feel less like you’re telling them what to do and more like you care about his opinions.” 😀
Guest blogging is one option to getting your name out there or widening your network. Below is one of the most comprehensive, high-quality list* of blogs that accept guest posts compiled and available on the web, most paying $50 (and up) for posts. Some sites want longer articles, but for the purposes of this list, a guest post is a non-contractual appearance on a site. All of these sites are looking for guest writers and freelancers and cover a wide range of fields.
*Credit for the original list goes to Ian Chandler with Freedom With Writing (http://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/uncategorized/44-blogs-that-pay-50-for-guest-posts/).
Some of my work involves draft contracts, this doesn’t make me an attorney.
Some projects require me to design flyers, brochures, etc., this doesn’t make me a marketing professional.
I am a writer and a grants professional.
I have legitimately worked in this capacity since my employment in a biological oceanography professor’s research laboratory at Texas A&M University back when I was a student there in 1990. After that introduction, all of my future full-time employment positions have been centered in the grants world.
Grants professionals (legitimate ones) hold themselves to a high ethical standard. As professionals, most follow the guidelines outlined by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), http://www.grantprofessionals.org/ethics; and the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) http://www.afpnet.org/Ethics.
My pet peeve is… all of the people I run across out there that are marketing themselves as “award-winning grant writers”, peddling their “trade secrets” and “grant award winning strategies” to unsuspecting, desperate people and organizations — no matter their actual field of professional experience, or in what area their educational degrees were attained.
Having a Masters or Doctorate degree in ‘whatever’ does not qualify a person to serve as a professional in any ol’ field or industry that they see fit.
Having a minor/supportive hand in the overall compilation of a grant proposal does not give one the right to claim ownership of its success.
Why do these people think that grants work is a field that’s ‘fair game’?
It’s disrespectful to those of us that have put our blood, sweat and tears into assisting organizations to secure grant funding in support of reputable, society-serving projects and programs.
It’s a disservice to those unsuspecting non-profits and individuals that are simply seeking out some legitimate help in learning how to navigate the federal, state, foundation and/or corporate grant-giving world.
Let’s be professional about all respective careers.
Give credit where credit is due and stop over-inflating our own PR in the interests of prestige and the pursuit of the almighty dollar.
Forty years later, in partnership with We Need Diverse Books™, Penguin Young Readers celebrates this momentous publication by launching a debut children’s fiction contest to find talented, ethnically diverse authors writing for readers ages 8-14.
Submit your manuscript for a book about diversity for ages 8-14 and you could receive a publishing contract from Penguin Random House LLC!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:01:01 AM Eastern Time on April 26, 2016 and 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on June 21, 2016. Open to people of color (or those who self-identify as other than white) who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, aged 18 and older.
Judging will begin on or about June 28, 2016, and one winner will be chosen from the final group of ten (10) submissions narrowed down from all entries received. Entries will be judged based on (i) overall storytelling; (ii) creativity; (iii) originality; and (iv) writing ability, with equal weight given to each criterion.
** Please note the following: There is a line in the Official Rules under “How to Enter” that says “All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.” To clarify, this means that Penguin Random House LLC will not return physical or digital copies of entries submitted. This is not a grant of rights from entrant to Penguin Random House LLC. **
Science Fiction & Fantasy magazine ClarkesWorld just raised their pay rate for authors. Current pay is $0.10 a word for the first 5,000 words, and $.08 cents each word after that. With an allowed maximum of 16,000 words, that means a total payment of up to $1,380.
Clarkesworld is a monthly sci-fi and fantasy publication. They publish interviews and fiction in multiple formats — including ebooks, audipodcasts, and print anthologies. They have won numerous awards, including 3 Hugo Awards.
From their submission’s guidelines page:
“Science fiction need not be “hard” SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, contemporary, surreal, etc. Horror can be supernatural or psychological, so long as it is frightening. There are no barriers as to levels of profanity, gore, or sexuality allowed, but high amounts of profanity, gore, and sexuality are generally used poorly. Be sure to use them well if you do use them. “
They also have a thorough list of themes that are “hard sells.”
They typically respond to submissions within 2 days. To learn more, be sure to read their full submission guidelines.