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Monday, June 11, 2007

Writing Markets

Short week for me this week. I head out for the big Writers League of Texas conference in Austin this Friday. They always have some killer forums so I'll be sure to bring back a full report on the things I learned there.

Greg is babysitting the dog-kids while I go off and act all writer-like with my peers.

Let's do a market report.

Angels on Earth
Publishes first-person true stories about people who have been positively affected in some dramatic way.
Payment: $100-$400 for full length narratives, between $25-$100 for shorter pieces.

Apologies for the short notice on this one below.
Sumach Press invites submissions for a new YA story collection about mothers and daughters and body image (to be published in 2008). Working title: Cleavage. Seeking stories of 2000-3500 words about eating disorders, cosmetic surgery, implants, clothing choices, hair, waxing, makeup, piercing, tattoos etc. Point of view should be from 13+ but the issues can be hers, her mother's, or both. Especially interested in quirky, humorous stories that capture the bizarreness of body image along with defining mother-daughter moments. Open to new, emerging and established writers.
Payment: $75 plus one free copy of the book, and 40% discount on additional copies.
Deadline: June 15, 2007.

Northwest Baby & Child
We accept manuscripts for these topics: monthly themes, parenting, healthy living, and family activities.

Learning Through History
Learning Through History magazine is a bi-monthly publication that is filled with articles and activities that correspond to historical themes or time periods.

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SFF contest
You guys know how I feel about markets that pay peanuts. And SFF especially is not known for its deep pockets. If you have a story you can't sell anywhere else, here's a contest you can sub to. At least they don’t retain the rights so you can sell it again in the future.

Electric Dragon Café
http://www.electricdragoncafe.com/submit/contest.php

Caveat: As much as I belittle poor-paying markets, bear in mind that most markets pay whatever their advertising dollars will allow. SFF is not a big market. Our readership is kind of small which translates into smaller pay for writers. But if this is what you write...

Long gone are the days of OMNI magazine. Probably the BEST science & science fiction magazine I've ever read. We were very faithful readers and devoured that magazine from cover to cover. It's a shame they closed shop. The writing, editing and art were slick and powerful.

And from what I remember, they paid darn well. They folded because they felt the readership wasn't large enough to sustain their very expensive magazine. I can understand their perspective. This was a business decision. But that magazine was worth every penny. The writing was far more polished and innovative than a lot of the stuff I read today. Different times. Different expectations.

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