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Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Christmas Traditions: True Stories of Holiday Celebration

Send submissions to: Helen Kay Polaski (Szymanski) at

Christmas Traditions: True Stories of Holiday Celebration will be filled with stories that touch the mind as well as the soul as they take the reader on a magical journey through Christmas—past and present—while giving the reader ideas for traditions they might be interested in adapting in the future. Each story will include a well-known holiday tradition or a unique tradition known only to a particular family or community, as well as a touching story that circulates around each individual tradition. (I love traditions and can’t wait to see how your family celebrates Christmas!)

Stories must be first person, true accountings of either shared or unique traditions celebrated by families, communities, and/or groups during the Christmas holiday season, and all must be based on strong individual family/community dynamics, specific geographical location, and/or different cultures and religion. Approximately 70-80 stories (700-1,200 words) will be gathered. (When writing your story please keep in mind that Christmas is the most magical time of the year. I want to see the magic unfolding on the page before me as I read, and so do my readers.) Only stories that have a beginning, middle, and an end will be considered.

Payment: upon publication, $75 and a copy of the book (for each accepted story)
Deadline: November 15, 2007

Please include your full name, current address, email address, phone number,and a 50-word bio.


Girls' Life

This publication is for girls ages 10-15. Uses some romance fiction. Query only on nonfiction. They use The Associated Press Style book and Libel Manual.

Pays $150 to $500 on publication for 1st rights.
Wants briefs of 100-200 words; features of 1200-2500 words.
Has "Last Laugh" department, which uses quizzes and jokes.
Email queries and fiction to


Brew Your Own

Brew Your Own is designed to meet the needs of the more than one million home brewers in the U.S. Our mission is to provide practical information in an entertaining format. Pay scale ranges from $25 to $200 depending on the length and complexity of the article. We buy all rights and payment is made upon publication of the article.


2007 St. Martin's Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America Best First Crime Novel Competition

Description: Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story.Submission Guidelines: The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, who has never been the author of a published novel, as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Only one manuscript entry is permitted per writer.

Entries must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2007 and received by judges no later than January 15, 2008

Prizes: If a winner is selected, St. Martin's Minotaur will offer to enter into its standard form author's agreement with the entrant for publication of the winning manuscript. After execution of the standard form author's agreement by both parties, the winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000.


Dark Scribe Press

Dark Scribe Press is seeking short story submissions for an anthology of queer horror tales. We are looking for edgy, provocative dark genre fiction – horror and dark psychological suspense only. We are not interested in science fiction/fantasy, mystery, or splatter punk for this anthology. We’re looking for stories about those terrors that populate the closets of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. Terrors can be of any shape, size, and theme – supernatural, psychopaths and slashers, vampires, werewolves, zombies, urban legends, ghosts, witchcraft, demons, and original horrors of any kind.

Pays: .05 per word


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