Publishing Opportunities

Publishing Opportunities

Friday, July 27th, 2007

reminders.jpgBackpacker Magazine

Good BACKPACKER articles contain the following attributes:

* Foot-based travel: BACKPACKER primarily covers hiking. When warranted, we cover canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and other human-powered modes of travel.
* Wilderness or backcountry: The true backpacking experience means getting away from the trailhead and into the wilds. Whether a dayhike or a weeklong trip, out-of-the-way, unusual destinations are what we’re looking for.
* North American destinations: We only occasionally cover foreign locales. Our defined market is North American destinations.
* Advice for improving the backcountry experience: Our readers want to know how to, when to, where to, and with what. Every BACKPACKER article incorporates one or more of these things. We write not merely to inspire our readers to do something, but to help them identify and research new places to go, techniques and skills to use, or the gear to take.
* While a portion of BACKPACKER is written by staff and regular contributors, we encourage freelance authors to submit query emails for features and departments. Approximately 50 percent of our features and more than half of our departments are written by freelancers. Please note that it’s rare for a writer new to BACKPACKER to break into the magazine with a feature assignment. Direct your efforts toward establishing a working relationship with us via department assignments first.

Back to College

Feature articles must address issues that are of importance to the older student: obtaining financial aid, distance education, finding the right program (comparing costs and quality of curriculum), graduate school, or attaining academic excellence (study skills and success strategies). Career management and articles on successful transition are appreciated. We are especially looking for stories on the re-entry student experience. Articles may be anecdotal, or include examples and resources where readers can obtain more information. Web resources cited are desirable for an online publication. Make sure your article idea has not already been addressed on the Web site.

Bird Times

Submissions for consideration may cover all aspects of dogs, cats and birds including breed/species profiles, breeder-kennel profiles, medical-technical articles, training, humorist, stories of pet dogs, cats and birds that go to work with their owners, heroic tales, etc.

The compensation structure is 10 cents a word on the final edited published word count, payable upon publication of the article. Short articles are defined as 500 to 1,000 words, and features are defined as 1,200 to 2,000 words.

Blood Rose

We’re looking for character-driven, well-plotted stories that show the dark side of human thought and belief, but that also entertain and catch us up in the plot. We prefer a supernatural element, but we have a weakness for good stories. Do it well, and we’ll likely take it.

We need primarily horror and dark fantasy, but will take some science fiction, as long as it too, is dark. We particularly like ‘hard’ sf and ‘cyberpunk,’ particularly when it speaks to the human condition. We don’t take too much mainstream, as that is not our target audience.

The story must center on the characters; otherwise, please find another market. And please, no ‘High Fantasy.’ Unless, of course, it’s really damn good. Sex and extreme violence are OK if they are integral to the story. Blood and sex for their own sake don’t tell much of a story, so we don’t publish it.

Blue Suit Mom

The primary goal of BlueSuitMom.com is to help executive working mothers find work and family balance. We are looking for information from experts in a variety of fields relating to working mothers.

Recent BlueSuitMom features

* Negotiating salary or signing bonuses
* Dealing with working mother guilt
* How to find work and family balance
* How to keep in contact with your children while traveling

Boy’s Quest

We are looking for lively writing, most of it from a 10-year-old boy¹s point of view, with the boy or boys directly involved in an activity that is both wholesome and unusual. We need nonfiction with photos and fiction stories around 500 words, as well as puzzles, poems, cooking, carpentry projects, jokes, and riddles.

Nonfiction pieces that are accompanied by clear photos with high resolution are far more likely to be accepted than those that need illustrations.

The ideal length of a BOYS’ QUEST piece, for nonfiction or fiction, is 500 words.

We will entertain simultaneous submissions as long as that fact is noted on the manuscript. Submissions should be double-spaced.

ByLine Magazine

We purchase first North American rights only; no reprints. Submissions must follow standard manuscript format. List your full name, address and telephone number in the upper left corner of the first page and an accurate word count (line count for poetry) in the upper right corner. Send a #10-sized SASE or larger. Payment is upon publication. ByLine pays on a variable scale depending on length/complexity of article/feature and also includes a one-year subscription.

Disclaimer: I in no way take responsibility for the validity of any submission opportunities. It’s up to you to use your judgment when submitting your work anywhere.

Chicken Soup Working Titles

Friday, July 20th, 2007

From ChickenSoup.com

“Here Are Some of Our Working Titles:

…No Specific Title…
If you have a great story but you are not sure where it should go, please submit it here. When our editors read it they will forward it on to the appropriate book title.

…Results Stories…
Have you read a particular Chicken Soup story and, after reading it, found that it changed your life? We are looking for stories on how a story made important changes in your life and what, specifically, happened to you after you read it. Please be sure to let us know the title of the story that touched your life.

Baking With Kids
A collection of stories and recipes that bring back fond memories and experiences of the baking experiences you had as a young child. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2007.

Basketball Lover’s Soul
Stories of inspiration and resilience from basketball players and from the fans who love basketball. The deadline date for story submissions is August 31, 2007.

Bedtime Stories for Adults
A timeless collection of wonderful stories for adults to warm hearts and soothe souls. The deadline date for story submissions is August 1, 2007.

Cat Lover’s Soul: Raining Cats!
Another wonderful collection of stories celebrating cats as family. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2007

Catholic Soul
An affirming collection of powerful and heartwarming stories and poems full of faith and inspiration. The deadline date for story submissions is October 30, 2007.

Chocolate Lover’s Soul
All of the stories for this title have been collected. Since we are no longer accepting submissions it is no longer listed on our pull down menu on our Submit a Story link. If your story is selected to be included in this book, you will be notified by mail and your permission to print it will be requested. Please know that we never publish anything without a signed permission form. Purchase this title on our website or in a store near you in November, 2007.

Christmas Collection
We are excited to let you know that we plan to do a new Christmas Collection book each year. This series will be a timeless collection of stories that celebrate the magic of the season. There is no deadline date for story submissions..

Christmas Pet Book
Many people feel that their pets are a part of their families. Do you have a special holiday story to share with us involving your pet? We would love to have you submit it to us. The deadline date for story submission is March 31, 2008.

Coffee Lover’s Soul
All of the stories for this title have been collected. Since we are no longer accepting submissions it is no longer listed on our pull down menu on our Submit a Story link. If your story is selected to be included in this book, you will be notified by mail and your permission to print it will be requested. Please know that we never publish anything without a signed permission form. Purchase this title on our website or in a store near you in November, 2007.

Democrat’s Soul
There is nothing like a discussion about politics to stir things up! The stories in this book will be for and about Democrats. The deadline date for story submissions is September 30, 2007.

Divorced Soul
Stories of hope and encouragement for divorced people or people going through a divorce to let them know that they are not alone. The deadline for story submissions is July 30, 2007.

Do-It-Yourselfer’s Soul
Owning your own home is the American Dream, but transforming a house into your home—and doing it yourself—is what this book is all about. From decorating to demolition, painting to plumbing, pounding nails to pounding thumbnails, these stories will offer encouragement and entertainment to do-it-yourselfers, the novice and the experienced. The deadline for story submissions is September 30, 2007.

Dog Lover’s Soul: Unleashed!
Another wonderful collection of stories celebrating dogs as family. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2007.

Extraordinary Teen’s Soul
A collection of stories on life, love and learning for teens. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2007.

Father and Son’s Soul
A collection of wonderful and inspiring stories that celebrate the special relationship between a father and a son. The deadline date for story submissions is August 1, 2007.

Football Lover’s Soul
Stories of inspiration and resilience from football players and from the fans who love football. The deadline date for story submissions is August 31, 2007.

Green Soul
From recycling to reducing air polution, we have all been working towards a better environment for ourselves and our families. We are looking for stories about the interesting changes that have been made to benefit us all. No deadline date for story submissions has been established.

Hair Salon Chat!
Stories from the chair! For some reason people will tell their hair stylists their deepest, darkest secrets; things they wouldn’t tell anyone else. These stories will amaze you. No deadline date for story submissions has been established.

High School Graduates
The stories in this book will celebrate the memories, laughter, tears and accomplishments of those people graduating, or who have graduated, from High School. The deadline date for story submissions is August 31, 2007.

Life Lessons for Expectant Mothers
If you are an expectant mother, your life if about to change! These lessons and stories will inspire women to learn and to celebrate the joys and challenges of being an expectant mother. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2007.

Life Lessons for Leaders
Some people inspire and bring out the best in others. These people are considered to be the leaders in our society and the stories and lessons in this book will be about them. The deadline date for story submissions is June 30, 2008.

Life Lessons on Relationships/Couples
Stories and lessons to help you reconnect with the things that are important in a relationship. No deadline for submissions has been established.

Republican’s Soul
There is nothing like a discussion about politics to stir things up! The stories in this book will be for and about Republicans. The deadline date for story submissions is September 30, 2007.

Runner’s Soul
Many people enjoy running. They find it to be an energizing and rewarding experience. The stories in this book will give us an insight into the runner’s soul. The deadline date for story submissions is July 31, 2007.

Southern Lady’s Soul
Southern ladies are special. This wonderful collection of stories will warm your heart and define for you just what it means to be a southern lady. The deadline date for story submissions is October 31, 2007.

Teenage Soul on Body Image
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is looking for true stories, poems and other writing from teens on the subject of BODY IMAGE. No deadline date for submissions has been established.

Twenty-Something Soul
Stories to warm the hearts of those who are no longer teenagers and who are adjusting to the world of adults. The deadline date for story submissions is September 30, 2007.

If you have a great story, but don’t see a book that it fits, that’s OK. Just click below and submit it under, “No Specific Title”

Thank you!”

Publishing Opportunities

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Due to popular demand, I’ve found some publishing opportunities.

Good luck with your submissions.

Cup of Comfort

This is a Chicken Soup for the Soul type publication filled with inspirational stories. It is currently accepting stories for a couple different categories. This is a paying job with a possibility at a larger amount of money available to all authors per book.

Abyss and Apex

“Our mission is to publish the finest in speculative and imaginative fiction and poetry, with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotion and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives. We want to publish powerful stories with emotion that resonates in our minds and hearts long after the first reading and makes us want to read them again and again. We look for the unique: stories that stand out from the norm even in a genre that pushes the envelope of normal. We take special delight in detailed world-building, and we enjoy reading about the realms and inhabitants of your imagination.”

This is a paying publication which accepts stories as well as poetry.

Alaska Magazine

This is a paying publication especially good for people with ‘insider’ knowledge about Alaska.

“We get far too many queries about the obvious (a vacation in Alaska, the Iditarod, homesteading, bears) and far too few about more unusual topics. Our favorite story subjects are natural and human history, travel, adventure and profiles, and pieces covering those issues that are unique to Alaska.”

American Girl Magazine

American Girl magazine is looking for article and story submissions geared towards girls age 8 and up. They also accept how-to articles, quick tip articles, puzzles, mazes, word games, etc.

Road and Travel Magazine

“Road and Travel magazine is a consumer magazine, an online resource specializing in automotive, travel, and personal safety topics. RTM targets upscale consumers, with a slant towards women, 29-59.”

This is a paying job; payment is worked out between the writer and the editor.

Analog

Analog is highly oriented towards science fiction and accepts works of different lengths. “Basically, we publish science fiction stories. That is, stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse. Try to picture Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein without the science and you’ll see what I mean. No story!”

This is a paying publication.

Angels Magazine

If you have had any angelic encounters, then you will be interested in submitting to this magazine. They have a few different categories and lengths for submissions. This is a paying publication.

Artists Magazine

“The Artist’s Magazine’s voice is conversational, engaging and informative. Feature articles should emphasize the creative process: how the artist works with a medium, solves problems and conducts business. Our readers are artists, so techniques and methods must be specifically explained and/or demonstrated. The goal, of course, is not that readers will be able to copy the work in the magazine, but that they might learn something from other artists’ techniques and strategies that they can use to improve their own work. A familiarity with the magazine is a must.”

This is a paying publication.

Ascent

“ascent is a quarterly journal of yoga and engaged spirituality. We seek writers who have fresh, diverse perspectives on these topics, and a real story to tell. With an emphasis on personal narrative, ascent’s articles translate the philosophy of yoga and other spiritual traditions into practical realities. Each issue centers around a specific theme (see the editorial schedule at the end of this document), exploring the intersection of spiritual values with social and political issues, art, culture and contemporary thought related to the theme.”

This is a paying publication.

Child Without A Voice

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

I came across an interesting post on The Wandering Author’s blog.

Not long ago, I posted about the plight of autistic children in many parts of the world, and asked what a writer could do to stop it. I still don’t have an answer to the larger questions, but one comment started me thinking of one thing we can all do. No matter what else may happen in the world, we can each try to help one person at a time.

Anna’s son, Red, has apraxia, which means he can’t talk. And her health insurer has decided Red’s need for a speech therapist doesn’t qualify. So Anna read my post and said, “Children who can’t speak. God, how I understand that subject.”

Anna’s comment left me thinking about her son. Too many people are seeking donations for too many needs for a button seeking donations through PayPal to do much good. It always seems easier to raise funds if you offer something in return; that’s why bake sales and raffles are so popular. But what can a blogger offer? Well, a lot of bloggers are writers, or want to be.

The Wandering Author is looking for your “child without a voice” themed stories for an anthology he plans to put together and sell on Lulu. However, there are a few things to be done first:

First of all, the book can’t legally be published without an agreement written by someone who understands copyright law, granting rights for this project but allowing each author to retain the remaining rights to their own work. If possible, it should cover submissions from any country, and sales to any country as well.

There is also the problem of setting this up so neither Anna nor I winds up with a nasty surprise from the tax man, and so everyone who participates can be sure the money really goes to help Red. I wouldn’t even begin to know how to do that. I’m also not sure if such an arrangement is possible under LuLu’s current terms of use, or whether a special accommodation will be necessary there. I can probably find that out on my own, at least.

Most of you can’t help with the legal questions, but if you do have a relationship with any blawgs, or happen to know a good lawyer who might donate a bit of time, I’d appreciate your help. I’ll also be seeking help myself, but I already know this - if I could afford to pay the lawyers, I could pay for the therapy myself and spare myself all the work! I’m just hoping the legal issues can be broken down into smaller tasks, and there will be enough lawyers willing to help.

However, he is also looking for submissions, which is where the writers and aspiring writers who come to this site come in. The fine guidelines are on the post, but basically he’s looking for stories of any length (preferably not over novella length) on the theme. He’s still working on the fine legal details, but that gives you more time to write your story.

Write and know you’re writing for a good cause.

A Child Without a Voice

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

I came across an interesting post on The Wandering Author’s blog.

Not long ago, I posted about the plight of autistic children in many parts of the world, and asked what a writer could do to stop it. I still don’t have an answer to the larger questions, but one comment started me thinking of one thing we can all do. No matter what else may happen in the world, we can each try to help one person at a time.

Anna’s son, Red, has apraxia, which means he can’t talk. And her health insurer has decided Red’s need for a speech therapist doesn’t qualify. So Anna read my post and said, “Children who can’t speak. God, how I understand that subject.”

Anna’s comment left me thinking about her son. Too many people are seeking donations for too many needs for a button seeking donations through PayPal to do much good. It always seems easier to raise funds if you offer something in return; that’s why bake sales and raffles are so popular. But what can a blogger offer? Well, a lot of bloggers are writers, or want to be.

The Wandering Author is looking for your “child without a voice” themed stories for an anthology he plans to put together and sell on Lulu. However, there are a few things to be done first:

First of all, the book can’t legally be published without an agreement written by someone who understands copyright law, granting rights for this project but allowing each author to retain the remaining rights to their own work. If possible, it should cover submissions from any country, and sales to any country as well.

There is also the problem of setting this up so neither Anna nor I winds up with a nasty surprise from the tax man, and so everyone who participates can be sure the money really goes to help Red. I wouldn’t even begin to know how to do that. I’m also not sure if such an arrangement is possible under LuLu’s current terms of use, or whether a special accommodation will be necessary there. I can probably find that out on my own, at least.

Most of you can’t help with the legal questions, but if you do have a relationship with any blawgs, or happen to know a good lawyer who might donate a bit of time, I’d appreciate your help. I’ll also be seeking help myself, but I already know this - if I could afford to pay the lawyers, I could pay for the therapy myself and spare myself all the work! I’m just hoping the legal issues can be broken down into smaller tasks, and there will be enough lawyers willing to help.

However, he is also looking for submissions, which is where the writers and aspiring writers who come to this site come in. The fine guidelines are on the post, but basically he’s looking for stories of any length (preferably not over novella length) on the theme. He’s still working on the fine legal details, but that gives you more time to write your story.

Write and know you’re writing for a good cause.

Poetry Contest

Monday, April 9th, 2007

This is just a note to let you know:

If you are a poet, student, and living in the United States, you’ll want to head over to Tiny Treasury to read this post about a poetry contest. $100 and more goes to the first place winner, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

For the Poets

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
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The Author’s Corner Newsletter is holding a poetry contest with the theme The Heart of a Poet.

The fee is only $1 and you can find the guidelines here. If they reach 100 submissions, then the prizes increase.

Let me know if you enter and how you do. I just might enter as well.

Disclaimer: I in no way take responsibility for the validity of any submission opportunities. It’s up to you to use your judgment when submitting your work anywhere.

ThatFirstLine Contest

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

That First Line is hosting a contest which yours truly will be entering. For writing one great line, you could win $500.

The rules are pretty simple. The only one you truly need to worry about is making sure you’re over 18. No worries if you’re not, though, because you can have your parent or guardian submit for you.

There is also a link to the 2006 winner who had a fantastic first line, in my opinion.

If you’re unsure or have a feeling you might be unintentionally plagiarizing, then check out Plagiarism Checker for a quick look to make sure you’re not.

For $5 you could win $500. All you have to do is write that winning first line.

The contest deadline is March 31st.

Best of luck.

More Chicken Soup

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I realize I plug a lot of the Chicken Soup call outs for stories, and I would like to take a few lines to let you know why.

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal School was the first time I was published *and* was paid for it. What a wonderful experience but one which makes me partial to posting up call outs for this company.

Also, because I’ve been through the process of getting published with Chicken Soup, I can honestly tell you it’s in no way a scam. I hesitate posting a lot of thing I come across because I don’t know if they are scams or not.

All that being said, here’s the call out for Chicken Soup for the Twenty-Something Soul:

“The Chicken Soup Family is preparing a serving especially for the Twenty-Something Soul and we are looking for stories. The twenty-something years are a time when of transition - out from under the security blanket of parents and college to face the “real world.” This decade of life is full of changes and new experiences. The twenty-something years also involve decisions without clear answers, expectations and pressures, and self-doubts that make this rite of passage a bit of a bumpy ride.

Chicken Soup for the Twenty-Something Soul will cater to the soul of a twenty-something and ease readers of Chicken Soup for the College Years into their next phase of life. Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen are teaming up with life coach and author of Twenty Something, Twenty Everything Christine Hassler to serve up stories that resonate with the twenty-something journey.

We’re looking for true stories that will touch the souls of the readers and make them laugh, cry, sigh or just say, “Wow!” Stories may be about any aspect of a twenty-something’s life such as career, relationships, health, finances, family, and self identity. Stories of twenty-something’s who have incredible lessons to share will inspire twenty-something’s to learn how to lay the foundation of their own life with
integrity, faith, and even a sense of humor.

Please share your inspirational, true experiences of 1000 words or less. You may submit as many stories as you would like. For each story selected to be published in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 will be paid. The submission deadline is September 2007.

Email submissions are strongly preferred. Send stories with your name, address, phone and email address on the manuscript through our website at www.chickensoup.com. Please select Twenty Something as the book title.

If unable to email, please send a hard copy (and on disk if possible) c/o Chicken Soup for the Twenty Something Soul to Barbara LoMonaco, 326 Junipero Plaza, Santa Barbara, Ca. 93105. Material will not be returned. Due to the volume of stories we receive, we are unable to respond to each contribution. Finalists, only, will be notified prior to publication and permission to print will be requested.”

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