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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities, Conferences, & Book Winner

newspapersIt’s time for writing opportunities collected just for you!

Wish you could see your name in the monthly kudos? Wondering how you can take this love of words and build a career…or at least a little mad money? Well, here are 12 places who are looking for writers and contest entries!

Remember to follow the guidelines to the letter. That will raise your chances for finding favor with an editor. But just remember, nothing helps you get a “job” better than great writing!

1.  Operation First Novel: Do you have what it takes to be the new voice in Christian fiction? Jerry B. Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild contest is open. But you must hurry, membership deadline is August 29 and contest deadline is September 3.

2.  Call-out for submissions of true stories of Jesus and children. Jesus Talked to Me Today: Stories of Children’s Encounters with God, Angels, and MiraclesJesus and Children guidelinesJesus Stories sample. Deadline September 1, 2014.

3.  Call out for submissions: Please Tell Me I’m Not a Bad Mother Guidelines. Deadline August 26, 2014.

4. Saturday Evening Post guidelines

5.  Chicken Soup for the Soul is always looking for submissions! Currently looking for stories about moms, dreams, hopes & miracles, volunteering, Christmas, therapists/mental health, thriving.

6.  Humpty-Dumpty and Jack & Jill writer’s guidelines.

7. ACFW-SC Query Letter and First Pages Contest: Open to members and non-members. Deadline October 10.

8.  Ask Magazine for Kids guidelines

9.  Pockets Devotions for Kids guidelines 

10.  The Kids’ Ark writer’s guidelines

11.  More Magazine for Women ages 45-64. More Magazine writer’s guidelines here.

12.  Today’s Christian Woman magazine writing guidelines

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Non-fiction puzzle fdp Stuart Miles

If you’re serious about writing, you’ll be serious about attending writing conferences!

1.  Maranatha Christian Writers Conference: September 15-18, Muskegon, MI

2.  Writing for the Soul: September 19-20, 2014 Murfreesboro, TN

3.  American Christian Fiction Writers Conference: September 25-27, 2014, St. Louis, MO

4.  Breathe Christian Writers Conference: October 10-11, 2014, Grand Rapids, MI

5.  Queen City Writers Conference: October 14-16, 2014, Charlotte, NC

6.  Blue Ridge Christian Novelist RetreatOctober 19-22, 2014, Ridgecrest, NC

7.  CLASS Christian Writers Conference: October 23-25, 2014, Albuquerque, NM

8.  Heart of America Christian Writer’s Network Conference: November 6-8, 2014, Overland Park, KS

9.  Writers ADVANCE Boot Camp: February 20-22, 2015, Asheville, NC

10. Write2Ignite Conference for Writers of Children’s Literature: March 27-28, 2015, Tigerville, SC

11. Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference: May 17-21, 2015, Ridgecrest, NC

Field of Daisies cover Barbara Hattemer~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~9781602903746-Perfect.indd

And last, but not least, who won Barbara Hattemer’s book?

The winner is…drumroll, please…Judith Robl!!! Judith, simply contact me with your mailing address and Barbara will get your book right out to you! Congratulations!

And for those who didn’t win, here are direct Amazon links to Barbara’s books:

An Island Just for Us and Field of Daisies


Well, that does it for another Writer’s Headlines post. I hope to see lots of good things come out of these opportunities!

Happy writing!


(Puzzle image courtesy of StuartMiles/

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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opps, Contests, and Conferences

newspapersAs many of you know, I’m on a writing retreat, working hard to redirect a book proposal for an interested agent. And yes, even after four traditionally-published book it’s still so hard!

Check out these writing opps, contests, and conferences!

So Here Are This Month’s Writing Opportunities I’ve Located Just for You!

1.  Inspire a Fire is looking for your inspiring articles based on the theme list available at

2.  Yvonne Lehman is collecting stories for Divine Christmas Moments, a new anthology. The first book in the series, Divine Moments, has just been released. If you have a story about a divine Christmas moment, you can contact Yvonne at

3.  The DreamQuestOne Poetry and Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing their innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write a short story five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction or non-fiction. Multiple entries are accepted. Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125;
Third: $50. Entry fees: $5 per poem/$10 per story. Postmark deadline: JULY 31, 2014. How to enter, visit:

4.  (Must hurry! This webinar is tomorrow!) Tracy Crump and her writing partner, Marylane Wade Koch, will present another Stirring the Pot: Writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul webinar on Wednesday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Go to for more information or to register.

5.  The Christian Authors Guild sponsors a writing contest for short stories. Anyone can enter. We will stream winners online on Friday August 15.

6.  Reach Out, Columbia magazine, a regional print publication dedicated to proclaiming the life and work of Jesus Christ in and through ordinary people, is open to article submissions. We publish teaching pieces (800-1,250 words), reflection pieces (500-800 words), and informational pieces on subjects related to the Christian life (health, sports, family, marriage, singleness, church membership, nutrition, etc., 800-1,250 words). We’re especially interested in subjects of interest to men. We are also open to 2-3 part series of articles if the subject can support it. ROC is not a paying market, but a print publishing credit looks great on your resume. Please visit our website for article submission guidelines (

7.  Eva Everson is acquisitions editor of Lighthouse of the Carolina’s imprint, Firefly Southern Fiction and is open to submissions. Firefly Southern Fiction will be stories that entertain, have strong plots, and include elements of family and faith. Above everything else, they want stories that are heartfelt and true to Southern roots. Literary agencies interested in receiving proposal and submission guidelines should contact

8.  Christian Home and School Magazine writing guidelines.


Now Let’s Look at Some Upcoming Conferences…

1.  Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference: July 30-August 2, 2014, Langhorne, PA

2.  Christian Authors Guild Catch the Wave Conference: August 14-16, 2014, Marietta, GA

3.  Christian Communicators Conference: August 27-31, 2014, The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, Asheville, NC (We’re full, but the waiting list is open to everyone!)

4.  Maranatha Christian Writers Conference: September 15-18, Muskegon, MI

5.  American Christian Fiction Writers Conference: September 25-27, 2014, St. Louis, MO

6.  Breathe Christian Writers Conference: October 10-11, 2014, Grand Rapids, MI

7.  Queen City Writers Conference: October 14-16, 2014, Charlotte, NC

8.  Blue Ridge Christian Novelist RetreatOctober 19-22, 2014, Ridgecrest, NC

9.  CLASS Christian Writers Conference: October 23-25, 2014, Albuquerque, NM

Well, that should keep you busy for a while. Be sure to let us know if good things come of any of these leads!

Write on!


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Writer’s Headlines: The Gideon Intern Program, Call-Out for Kudos & MoGo7000, Chip’s Bad Poetry Contest, & Who Won Tessa Afshar’s Book?

newspapersYou Don’t Want to Miss the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival in Orlando, FL! And We Have a Teen Track, Too!

Do you love film, acting, screenwriting, or directing? Do you dream of writing and singing songs for the Lord? The Gideon was created to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through all types of media with an emphasis on television, film, theater, church drama, singing/songwriting, graphic arts, marketing and distribution, screenwriting, and networking.

Rodney and Lori Marett created the Gideon Conference in 2007 for adults, and yet, they also had a desire for teens to be able to learn from Christian professionals in the industry as well. Registration is open-ended for regular adult attendees.

But teens have a track, too! I’m honored to be co-director, along with Sarah Anne Sumpolec, of the Gideon Intern Program for Teens 16-18 years old. Admission is by application, and the deadline has been extended until May 31, so get to work and get your application in!

I hope you’ll join us at the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival where cutting-edge media arts are combined with one of the most unique Christian conferences and Christian film festivals in the country.

The Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival is “where art and purpose meet,” where cutting-edge media arts are combined with one of the most unique Christian conferences and Christian film festivals in the country. A place to learn and connect with like-minded professionals and learners who look at media from a Christian worldview.

I’d love to see you there! (I’ll also be teaching a class on writing Church Plays.) Check out the Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival details here.


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Call-Out for Kudos…I Want to Brag on You!

Have you had something exciting happen recently in your writing or speaking life? Maybe you’ve had an article published, signed a book contract, released a new book, got an agent, or started a new blog. If so, we want to hear from you!

It’s really simple, but I do ask that you contact me with the info in this format and order ONLY:

**Your name
**Your state in two-letter abbreviation
**Link to your website or blog
**Your good news
**Link to your good news, if online (online bookstore, online article, etc)

I can’t wait for us to celebrate with you!


mogo7000 logoCall for MoGo7000 Totals

If you wrote at least 7000 new words on a book project in April, you can receive an entry in the drawing for the 2014 MoGo7000 $100 cash prize! It’s open to everyone who qualifies.

To report your April results, please leave a comment below with your total new words written in April. (Please do not send your totals by email or through the Contact page. Totals must be left as a comment here by next Monday). 

If you missed out on last year’s money-winning writing challenge, don’t worry, the 2014 challenge is underway! Here are the MoGo7000 Challenge rules. All you have to do is write at least 7000 NEW words on a book project in any month and you’ll receive an entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100.

Each month that you qualify with 7000 new words, your name goes in the “hat” for the drawing. Reach the goal one month and you’ll have one entry. Meet it 12 months and you’ll have 12 entries!

So what are you waiting for? Get started now and you could be $100 richer after the first of the year. And it doesn’t cost you a cent. :-)

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Calling All Poets, Especially the Bad Ones! You Could Win BIG!

Yes, it’s that time again–time for agent Chip MacGregor’s Bad Poetry Contest! Yes, it’s time to join in the fun going on over at Chip MacGregor’s Bad Poetry Contest to celebrate his birthday. For those who’ve been around writing conferences for a while, you’ll recognize the name, Chip MacGregor. For those who don’t know him, Chip is owner of MacGregor Literary, one of the most recognized agencies in the business. He’s spoken at writing conferences in over 100 locations. And I can promise you, once you’ve been around Chip, you won’t forget him. He helps writers around the world with his snarky voice and big heart. (Don’t tell I said the big heart part. He likes to protect his image.)

And just to add a little fun to the our week, if you enter Chip’s contest, simply post a comment here, letting me know you entered, and I’ll check out your poem. Then, next Tuesday I’ll announce our own Christian Writer’s Den winner of the Bad Poetry Contest. And the winner will have his or her choice of any of my downloadable writing workshops!


And Last But Not Least, Who Won Tessa Afshar’s Book? selected Jamie Schwenn Herda as the winner! Congratulations, Jamie! Jamie, simply contact me with your snail mail address and Tessa will get your book right out to you!

And friends, I know you’re going to want your own copies of Christy Award Finalist Tessa Afshar’s books, so here are direct links for you!

Harvest of God cover tessaHarvest of Gold

In the Field of Grace

Pearl in the Sand: A Novel

Harvest of Rubies




Don’t forget to follow through with your kudos, MoGo7000 totals, and bad poetry. Then be sure to check back next week for all the great announcements!


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Writer’s Headlines: Who Won Kimberly Long’s Book? & One Writing Contest for You

newspapersWell, since this is the day before Christmas, I know many are like me, running around, cleaning house between cooking and wrapping and dreaming of sugarplums!

So today thought I’d make this short and sweet. After all, who has time to read a full interview or teaching post when there are cookies and pies to bake?


First of all, who won Kimberly Long’s Kimberly Long book coverbook, Financial Hope: Take Control of Your Destiny?

The winner is…Edith Kurie! Edith, simply Contact Me with your snail mail address and Kimberly will have the book right out to you!

And for those who didn’t receive the free copy, I know you’ll want to order yours today! So here’s the direct Amazon link to Financial Hope: Take Control of Your Destiny.


And here’s a poetry and writing contest posted just for you!

I received an email from Andre West, Editor at Dream Quest One, a writing and poetry contest I’ve promoted in the past. Submissions for the Winter 2013-2014 contest are now being accepted. The deadline is January 16, 2014, so don’t delay!

There are cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in both the writing and poetry categories.

You can find details at the Dream Quest One website. Be sure to let us know if you’re a winner!

Merry Christmas from the Christian Writer’s Den. I pray God’s richest blessings as we celebrate the Gift and the Giver.


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A Contest You Won’t Want to Miss & Who Won Dianne Neal Matthews’ Book?

Here’s a fun contest, especially for writers! My friend, Donna Welch Earnhardt, is running a contest for her new picture book, Being Frank. The book has gotten great reviews. Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about Being Frank:

“Newcomer Earnhardt makes her point with solid pacing and lots of laughs. . . . Italian illustrator Castellani’s digital artwork is crisp, colorful, and energetic. . . . While Frank might not persuade sharp-tongued children to mend their ways, the story provides a useful array of good ways to deliver bad news.” —Publishers Weekly (September 17, 2012)

As you can see, Frank is a young boy who believes honesty is the best policy…but he knows nothing about tact and kindness. Have you ever had anyone like that in your life?

Now you have the opportunity to write about your own experience with a Frankly Frank and have a chance to win a free book in the process! Simply visit Donna’s blog post, leave a comment telling of a time you were too honest for your own good or someone was too honest with you, and you’ll be in the drawing. Share the blog and contest with others and you’ll get TWO entries! (I’m going to be in Alaska at the time of the drawing, so I’ve asked her not to include my name.)

So what are you waiting for? Think of a time when being frankly frank might not have been the best way to handle things, then head on over to Donna’s blog and leave a comment, telling the story. You could be the winner!

And remember, the Bible says “…gracious words are a honeycomb.” Proverbs 16:24.


And Who Won Dianne Neal Matthews’ Book?

The winner is Cheryl Barker! Congratulations, Cheryl.

Now, just Contact Me with your snail mail address and the book will be right out to you!

And readers, I know you all want your own copy of Dianne’s book, A 365 Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation, you can get yours here!

Thank you, Dianne Neal Matthews, for joining us and sharing your insightful devotional book with us! Blessings on all your projects!

And blessings to you, dear reader. Grace and peace be yours in abundance,


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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities and Contests

1.  Stages of Life Writing Contests for teens to retirement agers!

2.  Writer’s guidelines for Alive Now. The Upper Room.

3.  Miracles and Moments of Grace is an upcoming anthology edited by author and speaker Nancy B. Kennedy and published by Leafwood Publishers. This will be the 4th book in their Inspiring Stories of Survival series. Get the Miracles & Moments of Grace Writers Guidelines here. (repeated since deadline is still open)

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7th Annual Bad Poetry Contest with Chip MacGregor–You Could Win Here AND There!

Okay, friends, as we continue the theme of conferences, I thought it’d be a good time to join in the fun going on over at Chip MacGregor’s Bad Poetry Contest to celebrate his birthday.

For those who’ve been around writing conferences for a while, you’ll recognize the name, Chip MacGregor. For those who don’t know him, Chip is owner of MacGregor Literary, one of the most recognized agencies in the business. He’s spoken at writing conferences in over 100 locations. And I can promise you, once you’ve been around Chip, you won’t forget him. He helps writers around the world with his snarky voice and big heart. (Don’t tell I said the big heart part. He likes to protect his image.)

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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities

Yep, it’s the 3rd Thursday and that means it’s time to share some writing opportunities and contests with you!

And in case you didn’t notice, most of this month’s listings are special to me in some way. Enjoy!

1.  Reach Out Columbia (SC) Christian Magazine writing guidelines.

2.  Fam Fest 2013 Film Festival Short Film Contest. Deadline March 15, 2013.

3.  Round Table Comedy Monologue Writing Contest. Deadline June 30, 2013.

4.  Jamie Britt’s Devotion for Women. From Jamie: For the last few months, God has really impressed on my heart to compile a book of devotions by women for women. This book will hopefully be a year-long journey of finding God’s peace in the midst of situations where it just can’t be found otherwise. I will need your devotions in an attached Word document. Upon acceptance, I will email you and ask for picture and bio. It needs to be in the following format: Scripture along with reference and translation used, short story to illustrate the point, question to ponder, and a prayer. The devotion should be no more than 400 words. (This doesn’t include prayer and Scripture.) I’m extending the deadline. I will need your submissions no later than April 1st. I’m hoping to attend the BRMCWC this year and would love to have this in hand to present to an editor/agent. I really look forward to reading your submissions! Email: Jamie Britt <>

5.  Inspire a Fire Online Magazine submissions.

6. writers guidelines.

7.  Doodle 4 Google Contest for Kids. Deadline March 22, 2013.

8.  Interviews with Courageous Women who were overcomers. Melony Brown’s blog submissions.

9.  Gideon Media Arts Conference & Film Festival Screenwriting and Short Film Contests

10. Novel Rocket Launchpad Writing Contest. Rotating deadlines for genres.

11. Utmost Christian Writers Guidelines.

So there you have them, eleven opportunities for you, and most are special to me.

As my friend Carolyn Knefely says, Write on!


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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities & MoGo7000 Challenge

It’s the 3rd Thursday, so let’s share some writing opportunities and contests!

A big shout-out and thank you to Marilyn Shipe for gathering and sharing the first 18 writing opps this week. Thank you, Marilyn!

1.  A ROOM OF HER OWN – ORLANDO PRIZES: $15 ENTRY FEE – Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review are given twice yearly for a poem, a short story, a short short story, and an essay by women writers. Submit a poem of no more than 36 lines, a short story of up to 1,500 words, a short short story of up to 500 words, or an essay of up to 1,500 words. Deadline January 31, 2013.

2.  COMMENTARY: Publishes essays and opinions of 2,000 to 8,000. Pays $400 to $1,200. COMMENTARY is America’s premier monthly magazine of opinion and a pivotal voice in American intellectual life. Many of COMMENTARY’s articles have been controversial, and more than a few have been hugely influential, touchstones for debate and discussion in universities, among policy analysts in and out of government, within the ranks of professionals and community activists of all kinds, and in circles of serious thought worldwide. A large number of articles can be counted as landmarks of American letters and intellectual life.

3.  ARTHRITIS TODAY: Pays $1 per word. Seeks general interest pieces, how-to, tips for living with arthritis, inspirational pieces, essays, personal experiences, photo features, technical, travel, news, nutrition, health, lifestyle.

4.  A comprehensive list of 101 in-flight magazines from AirArabia to Wizz Air (many with links directly to the magazine’s web site) is: Many of these web sites have archived copies for your perusal.

Cision Navigator lists the top-ten in-flight magazines by circulation. United’s Hemispheres leads the list with a circulation of 800,000.

5.  VALHALLA PRESS FLASH FICTION AND FLASH MEMOIR CONTEST: $15 ENTRY FEE – Limit 1,000 words. The contest seeks out the best in original short fiction and short memoir written in English. First prize is $500 and an e-reader plus publication in Ragnarok, an e-lit journal. The second prize winner will receive an e-reader as well as publication in Ragnarok. Deadline for entries is February 1, 2013. Winners will be announced by March 1, 2013.  Valhalla Press reserves the right to choose a number of honorable mention winners from the contest whose work will appear in Ragnarok. All winners whose work appears in Ragnarok will receive compensation.

6.  EARLY AMERICAN LIFE: Covers history, architecture, decorating, antiques, studio crafts, and travel. This magazine is highly retained by its readers, so know what’s already been written whenever possible. Stories for Early American Life should be just long enough to get from the beginning to the end–that is, content should dictate length. Don’t add words to make a story seem more meaningful. On the other hand, don’t give short shrift to a story that demands in-depth coverage. A one-page story in Early American Life, such as Worth Seeing, runs about 750 words. A typical feature may run 2,500 words. Note that it’s always easier for an editor to make a story shorter, so if anything, err on the long side. Never, however, go more than 10 percent beyond the length an editor assigns.

7.  FAMILY BUSINESS: Our audience consists primarily of owners and managers of successful, multigenerational family-owned businesses. Their various needs are covered by many publications; only Family Business focuses on the family aspect of businesses, and the business aspect of families. Our content delves beneath the surface and addresses the human side of the business — with a particular emphasis on how conflicts were resolved or how potential conflicts were averted.


: $5 ENTRY FEE. 
First Place: $200 (CDN). 
Second Place: $100 (CDN)
. Third Place: $50 (CDN). Deadline February 15, 2013. The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is open to all writers of all levels (published, unpublished, emerging, etc.), without restriction. The contest 
is international, so writers of any nation may enter. Maximum of 5,000 words. Short fiction only. No poetry or nonfiction.

9.  CAT FANCY: We are open to working with new contributors and fresh voices in addition to drawing from a talented crop of established contributors. Each month, we provide our readers with a mix of informative articles on various topics, including breed profiles, feline health, nutrition, grooming, behavior, training, as well as lifestyle and special interest articles on cat culture, the human-animal bond and personalities. Length: 100-1,000 words. Query first.

10.  Focus on the Family’s CLUBHOUSE Magazine: Focus on the Family Clubhouse readers are 8 to 12-year-old boys and girls who desire to know more about God and the Bible. Their parents want wholesome, educational material with Scriptural or moral insight. The kids want excitement, adventure, action, humor or mystery. Your job as a writer is to please both the parent and child with each article. Generally 15 to 25 cents a word. $200 and up for feature-length fiction stories. $150+ for nonfiction stories.

11.  Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Writing Contest: Be sure to check out the video. The Christian Writer’s Den gang is VERY well represented. Just sayin’. :-)


$25 ENTRY FEE – 
The awards will include:
 A first place prize of $1,200; 
A first runner up prize of $600
; A third runner up prize of $120; 
The prize for the fourth through to the tenth place: $60. 
The 11 to 25th place will receive a gift certificate. We are looking for a story that is bold, brilliant yet brief. Send in your best work with a word count not more than 1,500. Deadline April 15, 2013. Open to any writer; there is no age or 
country restriction.

13.  WRITERS WEEKLY: and The Write Markets Report focus on “selling” the written word. We do not seek articles on how to write. Rather, we seek articles on how to make more money doing what you love….writing! We are also interested in other forms of home-based businesses and self-employment that may result from writing, such as self-publishing, corporate writing, ghostwriting, etc. All ideas that help writers support themselves performing the work they love are warmly welcomed. Length: ~600 words. $60 for non-exclusive electronic rights only. Submit query with credits by e-mail to

14.  ANALOG: 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. The science can be physical, sociological, psychological. The technology can be anything from electronic engineering to biogenetic engineering. But the stories must be strong and realistic, with believable people (who needn’t be human) doing believable things–no matter how fantastic the background might be. Fact articles for Analog should be about 4,000 words in length and should deal with subjects of not only current but future interest, i.e., with topics at the present frontiers of research whose likely future developments have implications of wide interest. Illustrations should be provided by the author in camera-ready form.

: NO ENTRY FEE – Bethesda Magazine and the Bethesda Urban Partnership are partnering 
to sponsor a short story and essay contest. Deadline January 25, 2013. For residents of Montgomery County, MD and Upper NW Washington, D.C. (ZIP codes 20015 and 20016) are eligible. Categories-
Adult (18 and over) & 
High School (grades 9-12). Short stories in both categories must not exceed 4,000 words. Essays must not exceed 500 words. Adult Category–
First place: $500 and publication in Bethesda Magazine.
 Second Place: $250.
 Third Place: $150. 
Honorable Mention: $75.
Young Adult Category–First place: $250 and publication in Bethesda Magazine. 
Second place: $100
. Third place: $50.

16.  PARENT:WISE – AUSTIN: Parent:Wise Austin is an award-winning parenting journal that seeks to inform parents with quality articles depicting some aspect of the parenting journey. We publish articles that are thoughtful and intelligent — not boring or pedantic. Simply put, articles must well researched (we require a list of sources), tightly written, and directed at an audience of parents who want to be educated. Our focus is Central Texas and, as such, we prefer local writers. Having said that, we will happily publish articles by non-local writers if the topic is important and the writing beautiful.

17.  PARENTING: Parenting’s readers are moms whose kids range in age from newborn through age 12, as well as expectant moms. The magazine covers the psychological and practical aspects of raising a child, and the emotional issues that face mothers — from nurturing their own friendships to juggling the various parts of their lives. The magazine is largely freelance written. Fees for articles depend on length, degree of difficulty, and the writer’s previous experience. Generally, feature articles run between 1,000 and 2,500 words in published form. For writers new to Parenting, the best opportunities are the departments. The pieces there range from 100 to 500 words. Queries for each of these departments should be addressed to the appropriate editor (such as Kids’ Health Editor, or Ages & Stages Editor). Pays up to $1/word.

18.  PLUM: The first-ever pregnancy magazine for women 35 years and older. As part of our mission to encourage dialogue between women and the medical community, Plum is available free of charge to all doctors for distribution to their patients. Published semi-annually. Email for specific guidelines. Needs essays, how-to, profiles. Query with your published clips. Pays up to $1/word. Email:

19.  WOW! Women on Writing Contest: WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles of writing, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. We love creativity, originality, and light-hearted reads. That’s not to say that our guest judge will feel the same… so go wild! Express yourself, and most of all, let’s have some fun!

20. COUNTRY WOMAN: Country Woman is a bimonthly magazine with subscribers across the United States and Canada. Published since 1970 for women who live in or long for the country, this magazine celebrates their diversity, strength and spirit. Positive, upbeat, entertaining and informative, Country Woman reflects the many roles and interests of its readers through profiles of women and their lifestyle.

21. Doing Family God’s Way Short Story Contest: Do you have a true story of living by Biblical principles? We’d love to hear your story. Deadline: January 31, 2013. Be sure to follow the guidelines!

22.  Jamie Britt is looking for Devotions! The theme of the book will be God’s unexplainable peace in a situation. I’m looking for your stories. I’m looking for the stories of a possibly traumatic time, or whatever the situation may be. It’s those times when there’s peace and you have no other way of explaining it other than to say it was God. The book will be based around this verse as the premise.

…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7, NKJV)

You will need to have a wordcount of 400 or less. I will need the stories in devotional format. It should be in the following format: Scripture verse along with book, chapter verse and translation; anecdotal question or two to ponder; and a prayer. Deadline: March 1, 2013. I look forward to hearing from you! Email Jamie at


Are you MoGoing this month? If not, you could be missing out on $100!

That’s right! Last week I announced the winner of the 2012 MoGo7000 Challenge, and it was Esther Wallace of CT! Yay, Esther!

But now it’s a new year, with new entries, and the door is wide open! Don’t have any idea what I’m talking about? Then you need to run on over to the MoGo7000 Challenge page and check out the details.

But the bottom line is you simply write a minimum of 7000 NEW words on a BOOK project and you’re in! The first Thursday of each month, you’ll post a comment with your total word count for the month and you’ll get an entry into the end-of-the-year drawing. The more months you reach the goal, the more chances you have to win!

So what are you waiting for?

Write on!


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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities

Yes, it’s the 3rd Thursday, which means it’s time to share these writing opportunities I found just for you!

1.  Inspirational Woman Magazine is looking for 365 Real Life Stories! Deadline December 1, 2012.

2.  Focus on Mom is looking for inspirational stories about your chaotic life as a mother. But you must hurry–deadline is November 1, 2012.

3.  The Heart’s Cry: Surviving Domestic Abuse is a contracted book with New Hope Publishers. Authors Jeenie Gordon, Karen Kosman, and Susan Osborn are still looking for stories, but you must hurry–deadline is November 1, 2012. You can get The Hearts Cry Guidelines here.

4.  Alton Gansky, Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, is looking for blog posts from previous conferees and faculty members. Check out his call-out at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference blog.

5.  AARP, the Magazine, is always looking for writers. AARP writing guidelines here.

6.  Youth Worker Journal has posted their 2013 editorial themes. Check out YouthWorker Journal writing guidelines and themes here.

7.  Okay, you Vermont-lovers. Vermont Life Magazine writing guidelines are here.

8.  Treasure Valley Family Magazine is looking for articles for parents of children up to 12-years-old. Here are Treasure Valley Family Magazine writing guidelines.

9.  The Secret Place Devotions is open to submissions. Be sure to follow the Secret Place writing guidelines carefully.

10. Mystery writers, Over My Dead Body online magazine is looking for fiction and non-fiction. Over My Dead Body writers guidelines here.

11. Fun for Kidz is a magazine of wholesome fun with family values. Check out the Fun for Kidz writing guidelines here.

12. Chicken Soup is currently looking for stories about Lemons to Lemonade, Holidays, Wives, and more! Chicken Soup’s call for stories here.

13.  Writers Advance! Boot Camp “Badge of Honor” Writing Contest–You could win a book contract! Open to all participants of Christian Devotions’ Writers Advance! Boot Camp February 1-3, 2013 at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove! You don’t want to miss this opportunity!


Do you want to win $100? If so, you need to be MoGo-ing!

The MoGo7000 Challenge is the opportunity to write and win! All you have to do is write at least 7000 NEW words on a book project and you’re in the running. And it’s free!

Check out the MoGo7000 Challenge guidelines here and then get to work. There’s still time to qualify for October.

Well, that should keep you busy this month. Hope to see your kudos published here soon!

Write on!


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