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Received this message from editor Susan Reynolds via e-mail: "I am sending this global plea for substantive 850-1100 true stories about fathers for the upcoming My Dad Is My Hero anthology. Please visit my website www.literarycottage.com and carefully review the "Hero Series Guidelines" page, paying particular attention to the explicit guidelines, suggestions, and formatting requirements. A few sample stories are also available via a link on that page. I really need stories about memorable fathers (The father is the hero of the story!) that tug at the heart, make us laugh, or capture and honor a unique father. Your best chance for being selected for inclusion is to study the guidelines. I look forward to receiving your story. Thank you!" Deadline is February 28, 2008. Pays: $100/published story. Three "prizewinning" stories will receive additional payments ($100, $75, and $50). NB: "We purchase all book rights to the story as we print it, with the exception of an anthology or work consisting of solely of your own work. Additional questions about rights will be addressed if your story is selected."
Any of you familiar with AnthologyBuilder? This announcement on the AbsoluteWrite boards reminded me of it (I first learned of it via Lisa Romeo's blog). As the name suggests, it's a site that allows readers to "build" anthologies using content stored on the site. Right now they're accepting fiction content (details in the aforementioned announcement, but note upfront that they're looking for work that has been previously published in a paying venue--obviously you need to hold the rights). Pays royalties (albeit apparently low ones). If any of you have experience selling work through this site, I'd love to hear about it in comments.
And speaking of anthologies: also received a notice about The Edge of Belief, a forthcoming anthology featuring speculative fiction "with a Christian focus/worldview." Submission deadline is July 1, 2008. Paying market. Details here.
Transition is an annual publication of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Saskatchewan Division). It "publishes two kinds of works: those directly about mental health issues; and those about the individual's personal experience of those same issues. Both kinds of works celebrate lives in transit--lives of change, growth, and transformation." Send unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or book reviews "that represent current mental health issues in our province and reflect on their impact on individuals." Deadline: February 28, 2008. Pays: $25/printed page (presumably in Canadian funds). "We especially encourage new and emerging writers to submit their work." Electronic submissions welcome. Details here (click "Publications"). (via placesforwriters.com)
This season's submission deadline is approaching (coming up on March 1) if you want to send poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or dramatic work to Arts & Letters, a journal based at Georgia College & State University. Pays $10 per published page (minimum payment is $50) plus a contributor's copy and a one-year subscription. Query first if you want to submit to the "World Poetry Translation Series," "Mentors Interview Series," or book reviews. Unpublished work only. See guidelines here.
Announcing Spindle Magazine's 2008 "Play Ball" Writing Contest, awarding a $50 honorarium and publication. This competition will recognize "the best baseball/stickball/cricket-related poetry, fiction and non-fiction from a New York City perspective. Whether it's about the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers or Giants; cricket in the park; stickball on the street; running bases on the sidewalk; or whatever metaphorical angle you can come up with, we want to read it!" No entry fee. No simultaneous or previously published submissions. Find our more here. (via CRWROPPS-B)
And, as always, some jobs for your perusal:
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in English (Creative Writing), Cardiff University (Wales)
University and Media Relations Specialist, Brandeis University (Massachusetts)
Assistant/Associate Editor, Vassar College (New York)
Public Affairs/Communications Specialist, Sacramento State (California State University)
Grant Writer (half-time job, with benefits), Richard Hugo House (Seattle, Washington)