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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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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities and Contests Just for YOU!

It’s the 3rd Thursday, so it’s time to share the writing opportunities I’ve found just for you!

Here you go. Now, get to work and maybe we’ll be announcing YOUR kudos soon!

Writing Opportunities:

1. Harper Voyager (Fiction and Fantasy Imprint of Harper Collins) is accepting unsolicited, unagented manuscripts from October 1st – October 14th, 2012!

2.  Here’s this month’s LIVE Call-out. Several Christian Writer’s Den readers have been published through these call-outs.

3. HOW TO APPEAR IN SOUTHERN WRITERS MAGAZINE: Southern Writers welcomes and encourages your contributions of articles, interviews, news, tips and observations about the writing life. We’re particularly interested in features about self-marketing as well as how-I-did-it author success stories. Contributors in Southern Writers gain exposure for their work and reinforcement as an expert in their field.

4.  Just Between Us Writer’s Guidelines. Encouraging and equipping women for a life of faith.

5.  Invisible Chronic Illness Week Blog Submission Guidelines. Do you have an invisible illness? Share your visible hope.

6.  Highlights for Children.

7.  Celebrate Life Magazine submission guidelines. (Scroll down for guidelines)

8.  Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family Magazine. Newly-posted needs, but you must hurry. Deadlines are next week!

9.  Sasee Magazine for Women submission guidelines. It’s all about women. It’s all about you.

10. The Kids’ Ark Magazine. To read more about The Kids’ Ark, check out my blog interview with the publishers, Jim and Violette Burger.

11. Cat Fancy submission guidelines. The website for cat lovers.

12. Evangelical Missions Quarterly. Professional journal for the worldwide missions community.



1. 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!

2.  Children’s Writer YA Short Story Writing Contest. You could win $500!

3.  Utmost Christian Writers Poetry Contest. Some of our readers have won awards in this contest!

Well, that does it for this week. Hope to see some good results from our joint efforts!

Blessings on all you projects!


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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities & Contests for YOU and List Your Book or App FREE!

Well, it’s the 3rd Thursday and time to roll out the writing opportunities I’ve found for you AND the chance to list your book or app in the I Love to Write Day directory…


1. blog is looking for writers. “We are looking for committed writers (with a Christian world, John 3:16, mind set) who would like to write at least 1 article a month for us. To get an idea of what kind of articles we use, please check out our site: Note that we are especially interested in hope-filled, inspirational pieces that point to hope, God and/or prayer. If you have an interest and/or background in these issues or topics, and are interested in writing 500 word articles for us, know you would be joining a team of writers to support our need for 20 – 25 articles a month. To learn more, please email Linda Shepherd at for our guidelines and additional information.”

2. blog is looking for writers. I write for this site once a month and love the mission statement: “We believe one person has the power to make a huge difference in the world and eternity. Sometimes it only takes one match, one spark, to ignite an inferno of change.” Check out the Inspire A Fire writers guidelines here.

3.  Writer Beware Blog, a publishing industry watchdog group, is looking for guest bloggers. Check out the Writer Beware Guest Blogger Guidelines here.

4.  Back to College is a news and information resource for adult re-entry students pursuing professional development or an advanced degree.

5.  Vista needs 7-17-12: To publish Summer 2013. Deadline August 31, 2012.

6.  Confessions of a Recovering Pastor’s Wife Call-Out for Stories. Funny, serious, happy, sad…they’re all needed!

7.  The Atlanta Tribune Magazine–Black Atlanta’s No. 1 resource for information on business and the business lifestyle. Atlanta Tribune’s writer’s guidelines here.

8.  Capper’s Rural American Know-How–Articles on Midwest rural home and family living. Capper’s writer’s guidelines here.

9.  Diabetes Self-Management–Brings you the information you need to control your diabetes and improve your health. Diabetes Self-Management writer’s guidelines here.

10. Family Fiction Romance Story Writing Contest–But you must hurry! Deadline is August 31, 2012.

11. The Best of the Best Romances Short Story Fiction Contest. You could be in OakTara’s next anthology! Deadline October 1, 2012.

12. The Amy Awards! The Amy Foundation will be selecting 15 winners to share $34,000 in prizes! Have you ever had a Christian article published in a secular publication? If so, you need to check out this yearly contest. I was blessed to receive a smaller award many years ago…and it was just for a letter to the editor. Be sure to check it out. You can be the light and win!

13. Operation First Novel Contest for Members of Christian Writers Guild.

14. Paws & Reflect: Seeking God’s Unconditional Love Through Our Pets Christian Devotions is seeking pet devotions for our newest compilation. Devotions should be 300-400 words, have one scripture text, a relatable story and a take away. Each devo should also have a Value Pet Tip or Life Tip (you choose). Pay is $15 and 2 copies of the book when it publishes. Please attach a brief bio. Devotions should reflect the Unconditional Love found in Christ and exemplified through our pets. Deadline is September  8, 2012.  Submit devo as a Word doc or docx attachment to Please do not forget your contact information.

15. Hub City Writers ProjectThis call-out is for residents of Spartanburg, SC only, but looks like a great Christmas writing anthology.

Well, that should keep you busy for a while. Can’t wait to see what comes of this!


John Riddle, Founder of I Love to Write Day

I Love to Write Day is Coming November 15 and is Offering a Directory with Your Book or App FREE!

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of I Love To Write Day, John Riddle is creating a “Family Friendly Book and App Directory.” Your book or App can be listed FOR FREE! The directory will be distributed to the more than 28,000 schools all across the U.S. that celebrate I Love To Write Day on Nov. 15.

Paid listings are also available; you can post your book cover/graphic and up to 5 lines of copy. Contact John Riddle at for more info. Visit and help spread the word about ILTWD.
Write on!



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Writer’s Headlines: Writing Opportunities for YOU!

Welcome to the 4th Thursday’s Writer’s Headlines

A huge thank you to Marilyn Shipe for offering this collection of writing opportunities and contests. Thanks, Marilyn! Enjoy, friends!

1.  HILLERMAN MYSTERY SHORT STORY CONTEST--$20 ENTRY FEE. Winner receives $800 and two tickets to the awards dinner, part of the annual Tony Hillerman Writers Conference. Also publication in New Mexico Magazine. Submit mystery short stories that are 2,500 words or less, written in English, set primarily in New Mexico. Deadline August 15, 2012. Critiques are $100 extra.


3.  CREATING KEEPSAKES MAGAZINE–We’re always looking for fresh, never-before-published scrapbook pages and tips. If you’ve always wanted to be published, e-mail your pages and ideas to Seeks original and creative ideas for scrapbooking enthusiasts. Pays $350 to $600 for articles up to 1,200 words. 50 percent kill fee.


  • Chicken Soup for the Soul has an ongoing need for uplifting stories for their anthologies (pays $200.00, plus 10 free copies)
  • Thrive in Life (online publication) publishes stories on “how people thrive” (pays $75)
  • God Makes Lemonade publishes stories of how “something unexpectedly good happens that never would have happened without something painful happening first” (pays $250 plus 10 free copies)
  • Thin Threads publishes stories of “moments, events or decisions, each showing how the course of our lives can be redirected for the better” (pays $100)

5.  EARLY AMERICAN LIFE–Since 1970 Early American Life has been the source for information on early American style, decorating, and traditions. In addition, we cover both antiques and reproductions made by crafters working in period styles with traditional tools. We do it with our own style–we aim to entertain as well as educate. We also feature stories on gardening with a focus on early America. A one-page story in Early American Life, such as Worth Seeing, runs about 750 words. A typical feature may run 2,500 words. We would estimate $500 for a first feature from a new writer, more if you are an experienced, skillful writer. If we assign a story to you, we will negotiate the rate before you begin work.

6.  DELICIOUS LIVING–Educates readers on nutrition, disease prevention, integrative medicine, healthy cooking, personal care, and ecofriendly products. Up-to-date information in a clear manner. Only wants fresh new angles. Features 1,000 to 1,200 words. Departments vary widely from fillers of 50 words to columns of 800 words. Send queries and clips to

7.  YOGA JOURNAL–Pays up to $2,000 for features. As little as $50 for fillers. Articles are up to 3,000 words. The magazine explores yoga in its form and practice. It involves integrating yoga in all aspects of life as well as on the health, nutrition, exercise and concepts that broaden its understanding. Big
publisher of freelance articles.

8.  ADOPTIVE FAMILIES–Adoptive Families is the leading information resource for families before, during, and after adoption. The award-winning national bimonthly magazine provides independent, authoritative adoption information in an accessible and reader-friendly format.

1st $500
2nd $100
3rd $100
Deadline: September 18, 2012. Length: No minimum. Maximum 5,000 words. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, but there are no geographical restrictions. The contest is open to anyone writing in English. Stories can be in any genre and address any theme. All entries must be previously unpublished. Authors retain all copyright to their work. However, will have first publication rights to the winning stories, which will be published in Page 47 online anthology.

10. FAITH AND FAMILY–At Faith & Family Magazine and Faith & Family Live! our goal is to be a source of support for Catholic women seeking information, inspiration, resources, and encouragement as they embrace their vocations to marriage and motherhood. Our aim is to share personal struggles and triumphs, challenges and joys, and also the lighter side of Catholic living.

Children’s books: $400 (1,000 words)
Features (Home, Adult Relationships, Raising Kids, Spirituality,
Marriage Matters): $400 each, (1,800-2,500 words)
What’s Cooking: $450 (intro 300 words + minimum 6 recipes and
1-3 sidebars)
My Faith & Family: $400 (1,000 words)
The Quiz $150 (700 words)


12. FAMILY DOG MAGAZINE–From hands-on training techniques to solving common behavior problems to inspiring and entertaining stories about our canine pals, the experts at the AKC will help you provide the best care for your best friend. Our helpful tips, how-to’s, and feature articles are written in an engaging and reader-friendly format. Regular columns include information on natural therapies, nutrition, health-care, and much more. Articles are 1,000 to 2,000 words. Pays up to $500. Columns are staff written. Email address at bottom of page for editorial staff.

13. CHILDREN’S WRITER–A 12-page monthly newsletter in two sections reporting on the marketplace for children’s writing—books, articles, stories, plays, activities, and more. Current news, trends, tips, how to write to publish. Aimed at beginning to well-established professional writers interested in learning more and keeping up-to-date on writing for children, selling their writing, and the juvenile publishing industry. Informs subscribers about, and analyzes, current markets in articles, columns, and reporting of editorial needs. Helps writers of all levels of expertise to strengthen their writing with markets in mind. Features 1,700-2,000 words. Submit a detailed query, listing potential interview sources, proposed length, and proposed submission date. Payment on acceptance, $300. Columns are each 750 words, with a sidebar of approximately 125-words. Submit a detailed query. Payment, on acceptance, $200.

14. GAMES MAGAZINE–GAMES, founded in 1977, is a consumer magazine featuring a wide variety of verbal and visual puzzles, brainteasers, trivia quizzes, and many other features, as well as reviews of new board games and electronic games. Email query to . Articles 1,500 to 3,000 words. Columns and puzzles/games available as well. Pays up to $1,000 for articles. Columns pay up to $250.

15. GEMINI FLASH FICTION CONTEST–ENTRY FEE $4 ($3 for each additional entry). Grand prize: $1,000. Second place wins $100, and we’ve added a third place prize of $50. There will also be three honorable mentions. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2012 issue of Gemini. Maximum length: 1,000 words. Deadline: August 31, 2012. Absolutely no restrictions on content, style or genre. Both new and established writers are welcome.

16. GRASSIC SHORT NOVEL PRIZE–$25 ENTRY FEE. Our idea is to emphasize the power, skill and enduring value of the short novel form: limit 30,000-70,000 words. $500 and publication by the Evening Street Press will be awarded for the best short novel manuscript. The contest is open to writers who have already published books as well as those for whom this is a first book. The winning writer will receive 25 copies from a press run of 250. Submissions deadline December 1, 2012. Fee includes a one-issue subscription to the Evening Street Review.

17. VALHALLA PRESS LITERARY FICTION AND CREATIVE NONFICTION CONTEST–$15 ENTRY FEE. First prize: $500, eReader of your choice and inclusion in Ragnarok, the Valhalla Press 2013 Anthology
Second prize: eReader of your choice and inclusion in Ragnarok, the Valhalla Press 2013 Anthology
Honorable Mention: Inclusion in Ragnarok, the Valhalla Press 2013 Anthology
Limit your work to 5,000 words. Deadline August 30, 2012.

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