Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

Interesting changes in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition: "Amazon.com, along with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, is pleased to announce the third annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, the international competition seeking the next popular novel. For the first time, the competition will award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. The 2010 competition will also now be open to novels that have previously been self-published. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance." Note: "Open submissions for manuscripts will begin on January 25, 2010 through February 7, 2010." No entry fee.
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From the WritersMarket.com newsletter: "There is still time to enter the 5th annual Freelance Success Stories contest. This free contest is looking for real stories of freelance success. These should be personal stories (first person) and true. First place will receive $750 and publication in the 2011 Writer's Market. Submission rules: Stories should be 800-1,500 words. Submit as .doc (not .docx) or .txt attachment, or in the body of the e-mail message. Subject line should read Freelance Success Stories (or there's a chance it could be deleted without being read). E-mail submissions only to writersmarket[at]fwmedia[dot]com."
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WOW! (Women on Writing) plans a March issue on Young Adult (YA) lit. Guest editor Margo Dill is looking for a variety of interviews and articles. Check the detailed call for submissions here. Pays: $50-$150/article.
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Memoir (and) is currently reading contest submissions for prizes in memoir in prose or poetry and in graphic memoir. Cash awards ($500/$250/$100 for prose or poetry and $100 for graphic memoir), plus publication and copies of the journal. No entry fee. Deadline: February 15, 2010. (via Kathleen A. Ryan/Women of Mystery)
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It wasn't easy, but I managed to finish the semiannual updates to both our guide to paying markets for essayists and the one for book reviewers. (Clicking on the links will allow you to check out the free previews for each guide, complete with complimentary sample listings.) Give yourself a holiday gift (or two!).
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Recent posts on the Guide to Literary Agents blog will help you meet agent Adriann Ranta, who is looking for "fiction and limited nonfiction, with an emphasis on children’s, middle grade, and young adult books. She is most interested in realistic, true-to-life stories with conflicts based in the real world. She likes edgy, dark, challenging voices, unique settings, and everyman stories told with a new spin." You can also get to know agent Josh Getzler, who seeks "mysteries, thrillers, literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade (particularly adventures and mysteries for boys)." Plus, there's a "new agent alert" spotlighting Natalie Fischer, who is looking for "historical and narrative nonfiction (including memoir, biography, and popular science/culture) and literary and creative fiction in these areas: historical, young adult/teen, women’s, romance (contemporary and historical), cross-cultural, and select paranormal."
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Norwich University (Vt.) has advertised a "One-year Appointment as Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of English - Creative nonfiction or advanced writing. There is a possibility of extending this position to a second year."
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Kent State University (Ohio) seeks a Writer, the University of Chicago (Ill.) is looking for a Senior Marketing Writer and Strategist, and Boston University seeks a Writer/Editor.

5 comments:

Theresa Milstein said...

The Amazon/Penguin opportunity sounds great. I'm going to make a note of it, but it would be nice if you could post a reminder around 01/25.

Heather Hapeta said...

A handy tip I've learnt to use ... add reminders to emails (etc) in my diary and that way my computer reminds me . birthdays, one off events, submissions due for example ... i even use my simple mobile phone to do the same thing

have a good day everyone, cheers from down under, heather hapeta

Erika D. said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Heather!

Sheryl said...

Hi - I found your site through LinkedIn. It is incredibly helpful! I'll be submitting to some of these places and passing news of your website on to others. thanks for doing something like this!

Erika D. said...

That's very kind, Sheryl. Thank you!