Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jobs/contests for Writers

Job Mob free blogging contest

Job Mob is running its free "guest blogging" contest with a limited number of spaces.More info here:

http://jobmob. co.il/blog/ guest-blogging- contest

Reply to: gigs-y6jea-18967655 21@craigslist. org
Web Content Writer
Looking for clean professional writing for beauty website. Elegant and straight forward.
Approximate 5-10 short pages. If interested, please send a short writing sample of ONE of the following items. For example, it’s
history/beauty benefits.
Brown algae extract
Green Tea extract
Camellia oil
Organic Silicon
Shea butter
The time line for this project is approximately 3 weeks. Please include your approximate price quote for such a project.



Guest Judge: Andrew Sean Greer

First prize: $1,000

Second prize: $500

Third prize: $250

http://www.all/- story.com/ contests. cgi
The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by the William Morris Agency, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. The deadline is October 1, 2010.
Results will be announced at the website December 15, 2010, and in the Spring 2011 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2011 issue.
Complete Contest Guidelines:
We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; and accompanied by a $15 entry fee per story.
There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible.
We welcome multiple entries ($15/story) and entries from outside the U.S. We will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address.
Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we
cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an
updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
Entries must be complete by 11:59 P.M. PDT on October 1, 2010. Enter at
https://www/. zoetrope. com/contests_ allstory/ secure/index. cgi
Please e-mail us at contests(at) all-story.com (replace (at) with @)with further questions. Thank you for your interest, and good luck!

We need article writers who can produce at least 10-20 articles every day and can work for at least 5 days a week.

Pay rate will start from $1 per 500 words and will increase based on the writer's work. Payment method will only be PayPal (those who cannot accept PayPal, please refrain from bidding).
Please post few sample articles showcasing all your styles along with your bid. Also, mention your experiences in certain subjects (health, IT, etc.) and fields (Ezine, eHow, etc.).
Looking forward to your bids. (Native writers are preferred though any one with a good grasp of English may bid)

PodCastle is one of a trio (see below) of mags with somewhat similar submission requirements.

http://podcastle/. org/guidelines/

From their Guidelines page:

PodCastle is always looking for quality fiction. If you're a writer with a speculative short story that you'd like to hear narrated by one of our performers, we'd like to see it.

What We Want

PodCastle is looking for fantasy stories. We're open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story.

If you have a science fiction story, please send it to our sister podcast Escape Pod. Horror fiction should be directed to Pseudopod. The dividing line between horror and fantasy can be tricky. We at PodCastle are open to dark fantasy. We don't object to your trying us either before or after Pseudopod, if the story seems to suit both aesthetics.


We're primarily interested in two lengths of fiction, which we've dubbed (somewhat arbitrarily) "short fiction" and "flash fiction."

Short Fiction: Most of our weekly stories will fall between about 2,000 and 6,000 words. Shorter stories would be overwhelmed by the commentary before and after the stories. Longer stories are difficult to fit into our upper time limit (defined rigorously as "The length of a morning commute"). We may run longer stories, but it will be a harder sell. We pay $100 for short fiction at this length.

Flash Fiction: We will sometimes podcast short five-to-ten minute "bonus" pieces between our weekly main episodes. These stories can be up to 1,000 words. Flash pieces are frequently quirkier and more experimental than our weekly features. We pay $20 for flash fiction.

For stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words, we'll make a judgment call, based on whether we think the story would work better as a featured story or a bonus.
We prefer reprints, or works with a prior publication credit. We define "publication" as any venue that paid you money for your work, online or on paper. Unpublished work will be considered as well, but if your story's good enough for us to buy it, it's probably good enough to sell to another market first. Why not try to get two audiences and two checks?
If you're looking for a market to send to for first publication, we recommend perusing the listings at Duotrope and Ralan.
Multiple and Simultaneous Submissions
We accept simultaneous submissions (sending a story to us and to one or more other markets at the same time), but appreciate being advised that the story is under consideration elsewhere. Please do not send multiple submissions (sending more than one story at a time to us) unless you have been told that it is acceptable for you to do so. This extends to all of the Escape Artists podcasts as a group (Escape Pod, PodCastle, and Pseudopod). When submitting to one Escape Artists podcast, please wait to hear back before submitting the same story to another.
We are an audio magazine. Our audience can't skim past the boring parts. While we appreciate beautiful stories, those that feature beautiful language at the expense of plot may not translate well. Ideally, fiction should have strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, clear action, and still be beautiful. Above all, we're looking for stories that are fun to listen to. Humor is encouraged.

Podcastle hopes to publish fiction reflecting the full range of settings and tropes found in fantasy fiction. We'd particularly like to see more stories set outside America, and stories that feature characters who represent a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.

We will not balk at sexual content or strong language, but if your story is primarily erotic or scatological in nature, it may not be for us. Consider Open Source Sex for the former or satellite radio for the latter.

. Travel writers wanted


This post is a repost from PayingWriterJobs.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

BestBuy, bring in your old stuff get new stuff

Hi all. Im a electonic gadget buff. However, the draw back from that is that I want the new stuff. So, how do I get the new stuff without cluttering my apartment with the old stuff. Best Buy is my answer. Best Buy will allow you to trade in select electronics and get a Best Buy Gift card. What a bettter way to get the new gadgets, get help paying for the new gadget, but not move your family out of their home with the clutter of the old gadgets. They offer in-store drop offs and if you do not have the receipt, you can do it all online. Check it out, what do you have to lose, but some used stuff.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Writer life - wow

Hey all, long time no read? Okay, bad joke. LOL! Anyways, there has been some busy time for this writer since we last talked. I have had to fulfill a few long article contracts along with my usual J.O.B. I am back, full swing again. I would like to post here for any of my readers in New Hampshire, actually any writer near the state capital of Concord. There is a new writer's group forming at a bookstore, Liberty Books and Comics at 75 Allison St. I went to the first meeting and it seems like it might take off actually. The owner of the bookstore, Jim Dodson, was present and the Joe Paquette, a friend from my usual J.O.B., gathered a few of us writers together. We spend an hour getting to know each other and talking about our passion of writing. We also talked about support and what each other's strengths are when it comes to writing. I actually lost track of time. The meeting was only suppose to be an hour which Joe was great about keeping it moving along and on track. We all decided to meet again, in a month. Also, Joe and Jim wanted to open this up to more writers in the area. They will be advertising this writers group, however, if anyone in the area wants to catch up with this group - the next meeting is August 25, between 6 and 7 PM. No RSVP is required, just show up. I already know of several more people that will be making an attendance for the next meeting. If nothing else, you can network with other writers or just browse the shelves of the store.

Now, I am going to try and get back into blogging more. I have been busy writing, working and finding time with the family. I have bought a few electronic fun toys that I want to review on this site as well as  - I am in the market for a new laptop. You will be getting some reviews on these and more gadgets for writers. I also am compiling some sources for publishing your article, looking for jobs and book publishing. My plan is to review some and have you let me know how things are going with your current publisher. I also welcome book reviewers, ads and websites where many of you are listed. I will publish any links to your work or personal website. Just drop me a line.

Well, I am off. I have some things to do as this is my day off from my J.O.B., but not from writing. :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Contests for writers and more

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Contest Listing
Write a folksy song about this pair

Write either a folk song or a country song about the pair depicted in the picture.

Deadline: Tomorrow, Oct. 6th.

A Science Fiction Thriller

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.

Deadline: Tomorrow, Oct. 6th.

Biblically Inspired VII

Write a 8-24 lined Biblically Inspired Poem. The poem must have the inspired verse(s) in the authors notes to qualify. Since this is the 7th Biblicaly Inspired contest--write a poem that includes a scriptural reference to the number seven.

Deadline: In Two Days, Oct. 7th.

Watch the world burn

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.

Deadline: In Three Days, Oct 8th

My Favorite Quote

Write an essay about your favorite quote, why, and how it influence you. Use any quote you wish, be it old, contemporary, anonymous.

Deadline: In Three Days, Oct 8th

Sunshine Songs

Write a 1970's sunny and optimistic pop song in the style of : The Turtles, The Rascals, Three Dog Night , The Grass Roots etc.

Deadline: In Three Days, Oct 8th

A Princess Journey

You are challenged to write a story poem that somehow incorporates the artwork shown in the announcement.

Deadline: In Four Days, Oct 9th

Strong Woman

Write a strong character story based on the portrait shown in the announcement. To increase the challenge, certain topics are off-limits, see announcement for details.

Deadline: In Five Days, Oct 10th

Wonderful Friendships!

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement. Friendships come in every imaginable form. Any type of Prose is acceptable.

Deadline: In Five Days, Oct 10th

Book of the Month

Each month one book chapter is selected to be the Book of the Month. A public vote determines the winner. All books posted during the month are automatically considered for this contest.

Deadline: Oct 11th

Historical Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story based on an American Historical Figure, first or third person. Good or bad, living or dead.

Deadline: Oct 12th


Write a story based on the artwork shown in the announcement.

Deadline: Oct 12th

We are taking this book because...

The first mate has announced that there is only room for one book in the raft, you have just a few minutes to convince your fellow would be deserted island mates that all of you would be best with this book...

Deadline: Oct 13th

A Song About Love Gone Wrong

Write a story about a fictional or factual failed romantic relationship.

Deadline: Oct 13th

Cinquain Poetry

Write an "Cinquain" poem for this contest. A cinquain poem is a poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. $100 prize for the winner of this poetry contest.

Deadline: Oct 15th


Write a poem based on the topic of "Freedom" for this poetry contest.

Deadline: Oct 15th

He's Been Watching Me All Day

Elisa is bored. She accompanied friends to Aruba, but stayed for a few extra days after they left because she doesn't want to go back to her boring life. Describe how she will have fun over the next few days.

Deadline: Oct 15th

Poem of the Month

Each month one poem is selected to be the Poem of the Month. A public vote determines the winner. All poems posted during the month are automatically considered.

Deadline: Oct 16th

Princess Ember

You are challenged to write a story poem that somehow incorporates the artwork shown in the announcement.

Deadline: Oct 20th

Adult Halloween Costume Party

Write a story based on an Adult Halloween costume party. It can be sensuous, flirty, erotic, or innocent. You decide. But, you must make reference to the costume in the artwork provided.

Deadline: Oct 20th

Flash Fiction

In this flash fiction contest we are challenging writers to write a flash fiction piece that is between 500 and 800 words on the topic provided. The topic is "the dance". $100 prize for the winner of this writing contest.

Deadline: Oct 23rd

Strong Character

A strong character can make a story. Write a story based on the character pictured in this announcement. This writing contest rewards a $100 prize to the winner.

Deadline: Oct 26th

Halloween Poetry

Write a horror or thriller poem for our Halloween poetry writing contest. We are looking for horror or thriller poetry. Put your readers on edge or terrorize them with your words for this contest. $100 prize for the winner of this poetry contest.

Deadline: Oct 31st

Halloween Horror Story

Write a horror or thriller story for our Halloween writing contest. Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this contest. The winner of this contest will take away a $100 prize.

Deadline: Oct 31st

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Annual Poetry Awards Competition


Enter the only WD competition exclusively for poets, the
Writer's Digest Poetry Awards! Regardless of style—rhyming,
free verse, haiku and more—if your poems are 32 lines or fewer,
we want them all. Submit your entries by the December 15, 2009
deadline ... and your words could be worth cold hard cash!

First Place: $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100
Fourth Through Tenth Place: $25
Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place:
$50 gift certificate to Writer's Digest Books

Plus, the names and poem titles of all First- through Tenth-Place
winners will be printed in the August 2010 issue of Writer's Digest,
and all winners will receive a copy of the 2010 Poet's Market.
Click here for more information!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A book to remember - Book Blitz - Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon

Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon

Book Description:

Julius Caesar wrote of the Celts: "The Celts were fearless warriors because they wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets, that souls do not become extinct, but pass after death from one body to another..."

Seven Sisters. The infamous collection of stars align with the full moon on Hallo’een, alighting the sky for a destiny that’s waited centuries. Dru, a gifted, but tormented witch living alone on the coast of Ireland wakes to find Ty, her long-time love, mysteriously disappeared. In Paris, Katerina, an oppressed but talented dancer bravely takes the stage in one final performance before escaping a life of tyranny, looking for a freedom she’d only known in dreams. Aodh, The Dagda, a man made of ancient legends, has slumbered for two millennia. Tonight, when the moon is full and the stars are aligned, he rises from his temporary grave to find the world is not as he remembers. His people, his family, his tribe have vanquished, along with the majority of his considerable power.

Chance takes him to Dru, and together they set out to find the key to reopening his world, whilst forming a bond of friendship neither has ever previously known. During their search, Dru learns Ty was no mortal man, but a god with a prophecy to fulfill. Ty died before fulfilling that prophecy, setting off a chain of events that would forever alter the future. Devastated, Dru abandons Aodh and the life that should have already been hers, and finds herself in the company of the worst sort. She begins a sordid affair with Kas, a daemon whose insatiable lust for power is only outdone by his lust for Dru.

Separated from the only friend he knows, Aodh is left to search the world alone for answers. He meets the young and beautiful dancer, Katerina, and is instantly smitten with her grace and purity. He stays near her, pretending to be mortal, gaining her friendship. But on Katerina’s birthday, just as Aodh is ready to concede to a life of mortality, Katerina is ripped from him by Kas. Aodh’s ideas on remaining mortal are no more; he has to unlock the secrets to his world that will open a trove of unimaginable power to save the two women he loves, before time is no longer in his favour, and he loses everything.

Purchase Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon on September 25th 2009 and receive a free bookmark that matches the beautiful limited edition cover.

Additional information:

This Limited Edition of Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon will never be reprinted. Not only does it have a special cover dedicated to the Witch City (Salem) it also holds additional content not in the standard version. This Limited Edition houses a secret chapter that will NEVER BE RELEASED in any other volume. This chapter is pivotal in the understanding of a character that weaves everyone together and offers clues up front to the other books in the series. You will also receive your copy before the standard version even hits stores. Every copy will be signed and personalized by the author. This printing will help launch the novel, my publishing firm, as well as the book tour that begins in Salem, Mass during Haunted Happenings in October.

New book on sale!

HE KEPT HIS PROMISE (How do you stand on the Word of God when your legs of faith are broken?)
ISBN 978-0-578-03833-9

by Brandy "BrandyWine" Rankins

Cleveland, OH – Proof of God’s grace and restoration, He KEPT HIS PROMISE (How do you stand on the Word of God when your legs of faith are broken?), is the “must have” inspirational book of the year. This book is in a league of its own; as it challenges you to do one thing…try God. Who is Brandy “BrandyWine” Rankins? I’m glad you asked- erupting past the deep trenches of trial, tribulation, and the impossible, comes the birth and fresh anointing of acclaimed poet and new author Brandy “Brandywine” Rankins. Her testimony alone spells faith. Brandywine (as known when performing) was introduced to her gift of writing at the early and fruitful age of eight years old. Since this time, God has been maturing the gift of writing, speaking, ministry, and evangelism within her. In this book this ordinary woman does one extraordinary thing; confronts and overcomes her past while finding restoration. If you are up to the challenge, this book extends an open invitation for you to journey the highs and lows of brokenness to a destination of breakthrough; confirming that not only is God real but still performing miracles. Get ready to laugh, cry, and most of all become inspired during these times where the economy is low, violence is at an all time high, yet God is forever faithful. This book is for everyone.
If you are in need of a breakthrough or are in a state of brokenness, this book will encourage and witness to you personally. Within the pages of this book you are not just able to see the depths of Brandy’s wombs; you are able to touch them. Just when you thought your own problems couldn’t get any worse, comes a woman who’s faced with death, robbery, being fired from her job, no money to bury her mom, a new baby with a serious medical diagnosis, and oh did I mention she became a widow at the age of 21? It’s true that every book on the market has a story to tell but you haven’t heard a life changing testimony until you have read this book written by Brandy “BrandyWine” Rankins’. HE KEPT HIS PROMISE is a hot commodity but like Levar Burton use to say “You don’t have to take my word for it”.
The book is being self-published by the author Brandy “Brandywine” Rankins, who is willing to share to you her soul's trials and tribulations, in hopes that you will also receive hope and clarity to many of the trials you have faced in your own life. Brandywine’s resume consists of being a performance poet for over five years humbly blessing microphones, venues, and poetry slams throughout the nation. She’s spoken at churches worldwide; be the first to request her to come speak at yours.
Brandywine doesn’t embrace worldly egos or influences to express her uniqueness or diversity amongst audiences. Instead, she allows the message to be your greatest inspiration. She exemplifies her trials of embarrassment, grief, and shame to encourage the masses that they too can and will overcome with faith in God. Don’t miss your chance to voyage through words inked upon pages defining salvation, redemption, and new hope.
Brandywine was born Brandy Poteat on October 06, 1977 to parents Kent and Sharon Poteat. She is the youngest of five children and has two sisters and two brothers. Upon marrying her husband, Thomas Rankins Jr., in May of 2006, Brandy left her maiden name behind becoming Brandy Rankins. She has three sons: Jah’Mir, Toma’rez, Braelyn, and daughter Brielle. The Rankins family are proud members of Zion Pentecostal Church of Christ under the pastoral leadership of Bishop C.Wayne Brantley. Brandywine and her family currently reside in one of Cleveland Ohio’s eastern suburbs.
The book is available for purchase on her web site at www.freewebs.com/brandywine01 and at Amazon.com. Brandy “BrandyWine” Rankins is also the author of REDEEMED; FROM EARTH’S GRAVEL TO GOD’S GLORY. Check her website for upcoming signings and events!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Last chance to register for 2 webinars

LAST CHANCE to register for 2 great webinars – both happening this week!
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Friday, September 11, 2009

A book to read - You Know They're Here

You Know They're Here
By Paul Kenyon

A paranormal book about a haunted home. “You Know They're Here is a true accounts novel describing the experiences of a family faced with paranormal activity in the early 1970s. Paul J. Kenyon met the Dandy family August 17, 1973, the same day the...”

This book will be available in about one to two weeks on amazon.com and virtualbookworm.com