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Monday, July 2, 2007


Independence Day is coming up this Wednesday in the US. Lots of fun and family get togethers. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. The heavens have opened up over north and central Texas and we've seen record rains. Locals have been griping long and hard. --Obviously, they've never lived on the Texas coast. They have regular monsoons there and a healthy mosquito population. Heck, we named the mosquito the state bird of east Texas.

The bad part of having torrential rains here is that the infrastructure is not designed for that much water. The lakes and waterways have crested and there's no where else for the water to go. Forecasts predict we will dry out soon and we can go back to normal sweltering conditions. At least my garden hasn't complained.


I have lots of contests to pass along in today's market bin.

Past Loves Contest
Write a true story of a past love, in 500 words or less.
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $100
Deadline: September 1, 2007

Bad Seafood Story Contest
There are other contest forums too, so scroll down when you reach this site and take a look.
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $400
Deadline: July 13, 2007

Here's Looking At You
Word Limit: 700 words
Entry Fee: None
Prize: $100
Deadline: October 1, 2007

Fencon Short Story Contest
Word Limit: 5000
Entry Fee: Free for member, $10 for nonmembers
Prize: $50
Deadline: July 14, 2007
SFF and Horror
PS....Even if you don't sub to the contest, try to make the con. It's always a good one and you can meet authors up close and personal. And it's CHEAP!!

Essays on topics of interest to women
Word limit: 800-1200 words
Deadline is the 15th of every month

Conceive Magazine is for any woman contemplating or actively trying to start or expand a family: by natural conception, fertility treatments and assisted reproductive technologies, or adoption.
Payment: up to $1,000 for columns
Word Limit: 750 to 1,500 words.
Check out the themes
Payment: $100

Lady Jaided
Nonfiction. Well-written, well-researched articles about women's sexuality and related issues." Pays $0.10-$0.25/word, "depending on the complexity of the article and the amount of research required." Articles average 250-1000 words. Submit "query with story ideas plus work samples by email."


Jude said...

Hi Maria:

Are you still going to RWA National in Dallas? If so, please let me know, so I can add you to the blogroll for Blogging National (


Maria Zannini said...

You betcha. I will be there.
Thanks for asking.