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Monday, January 28, 2008


I hear from people regularly that my Monday Markets column has been useful to them. I am so glad to hear that. I try to pick out only those that pay professional rates. It's been my personal mission to encourage people not to give away their writing without good reason.

I am all for supporting groups and markets that give back to the writing community, but I draw the line at 4theLUV markets. If you have any respect for your own writing, never give your work away. If it's worth publishing, it's worth getting paid.

Our Mothers Who Art in Heaven

We are still accepting essays and poems to complete the Our Mothers Who Art In Heaven book. Please submit your stories and poems today. Our target date is May of 2008.

Guidelines: Did your Mother teach you an important lesson about leadership or life that you still use today? What advice did your Mother give you that you still treasure? If your Mother’s values have strengthened your life, then now is your chance to have your story or poem of the most important lesson she taught you and allowing her love and wisdom to teach others. Our Mothers Who Art in Heaven needs well-written motivational essays and poems that describe leadership and life lessons learned from Mothers who are now deceased, but whose messages are still very much needed in today’s world.

Payment: All authors whose essays are chosen for inclusion in the Our Mothers Who Art in Heaven book will receive $100 upon initial publication. Contributing author’s copies of the finished book will be available at a fifty percent discount, which the contributor is free to resell at the cover price through her or his own efforts.

How to Submit your essay: Send your best original work (please limit your word count to 2000 words or less) about your deceased Mother to:
Email an attached Word file to -


The Writer

Our mission is to inspire, instruct and inform writers at all levels." Welcomes new writers. Circ. 40K. Monthly. Pays on acceptance. Period between acceptance and publication varies. Buys FNASR. Accepts reprints. Generally responds 1-2 months.

Current Needs: "How-to 'Step by Step' articles and Writer at Work columns onspecific aspects of fiction writing by published fiction writers. Articles about the craft and business of freelancing. Articles on the craft and business of writing.

Payment varies depending on length and complexity of the material covered. In general, our rates for articles range from $50 for book reviews to $100-$400 for columns and $300-$500 for features for 2-4 pages. We are also looking for writing-related cartoons ($50)

Submit query, including brief description of your writing background. "When querying, don't keep us in suspense - if you propose, e.g., to provide 7 tips on some topic, tell us what all or most of your tips are."


Samhain Publishing

Call for submissions.

Two men focused on her pleasure. One night of indulgence with her best friend and her man. Three men…one love. What’s your fantasy? More than any other, we hear from our readers that the ménage and more is the fantasy they most love reading in erotic romance. In Fall 2008, Samhain Publishing will present three red hot ménage and more stories to our readers…your book could be one of them.

This anthology will consist of three novellas to be released individually as ebooks in September 2008 and combined into one print title for 2009 release.

I am open to any romance genre (historical, paranormal, contemporary, etc.) but the stories must involve a ménage (or more). Though the ménage does not need to be the central relationship in the story or end in a HEA for all three, I am looking for romances so there must be a happily ever after for at least two of the characters.

Submissions are open to all authors previously published with Samhain as well as authors aspiring to publish with Samhain. Submissions must be new material—previously published material will not be considered.

Additionally, we will not consider manuscripts previously submitted whether individually or for past anthologies. Please be aware that manuscripts submitted to this anthology cannot be resubmitted at a later date unless by invitation from an editor.

To submit, please include the full manuscript of 24,00–30,000 words with a 2–5 page synopsis. Also include a letter of introduction/query letter if you are an author not previously contracted with Samhain.

Submissions are open until May 17th, 2008, and the final decision will be made by June 1, 2008. Submissions should be sent to . Please put *Ménage Anthology Submission* in the subject line. If you receive an auto response, your submission has been received. Anthologies are special projects exempt to the general closing of submissions.


The Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Short Story Contest

Three prizes will be given for the best original short stories reflecting the spirit, ideas, and philosophies of Robert Anson Heinlein.

$5,000 first prize
$2,000 second prize
$1,000 third prize
Deadline: All entries must be received before 12:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time on June 1, 2008.

1. Entries must be submitted as an attachment to an email sent to the email address The entry so attached must be in .txt, .rtf, .pdf, or .doc format.

2. Entries shall be acknowledged by return email.

3. Each entry file must begin with the following header. Header information must only appear one time, and at the beginning of the file. Do not repeat on each "page".

· Title
· Author's name
· Email address
· Mailing address
· Telephone number
· Word count


rcloenen-ruiz said...

I must confess to having given away some of my best work to non-paying markets, mainly because I believed in the market and I believed in the vision behind it.

Maria Zannini said...

There are always good reasons to give away work. I donate some of my articles to non-profit organizations that help writers. They pay, but that money comes from coffers that could help writers in the future, so I opt to donate the work rather than get paid for it.

But in order to be taken seriously by a potential editor or agent, we stand a better chance of getting noticed when our work is published in well-paying markets.

It's a business move as much as a monetary one.