Saturday, July 15, 2017

Webinar: Secrets of Getting Published: Nonfiction

Jeanne Lyet-Gassman  Please join me and the Author Learning Center for a live webinar on July 18, 2017 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT:

Secrets of Getting Published: Part 2: Nonfiction

You love to do research and have great ideas for nonfiction articles, but how do you get them traditionally published? You have written personal essays about your life. Is there a market for stories like these? What about a nonfiction book where you have expertise? Do you need an agent? Your life experience is fascinating and unusual, and you've written a memoir. How do you find a traditional publisher for your memoir? This webinar will address the many paths to traditional publication for nonfiction, including short articles, essays, nonfiction books, and memoirs, and what you need to know to get your work traditionally published.

To sign up, go here.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jeanne Lyet Gassman's debut novel Blood of a Stone (Tuscany Press) received a Bronze 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award in the national category of religious fiction. Her short work has been nominated for Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize. Additional awards include fellowships from Ragdale and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Jeanne's writing has appeared in The Manifest Station, Queen Mob's Tea House, Hippocampus Magazine, Literary Mama, Barrelhouse, and Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, among many others. Her short story, "Sweet Dirty Love," was recently published in the anthology, Debris & Detritus: The Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok. Visit Jeanne at her website:

Writing Competition: The Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship Writing Contest

The Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship Writing Contest

Keeping his dream alive.

Jacob enjoyed writing Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy short stories. His homework always took precedence, but whenever he had free time, he wrote. He had plans for a series of Urban Fantasy books featuring a werewolf protagonist. Just as the scholarship is keeping Jacob's dream alive, his passion will live on through this contest.

Prompt/Theme: First responder or military. Use of the prompt will be scored.

§ The contest opens July 1, 2017 and closes October 31, 2017.

§ Submit your best Flash Fiction story, between 200 and 750 words, in any genre. The title is not included in your word count. MS Word will be used to verify the word count and it must be written in English.

§ The winner will receive $100, second place $50, and third place will win $20, along with other prizes. Plus, your entry fee will help support the Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship.

§ Anyone in the US can enter.

§ Ten finalists will be notified no later than November 20, 2017. The winners will be announced on or before December 5, 2017. The three winning stories will be published here by December 15. The remaining seven finalists' names and story titles will also be listed. Winners will be paid by money order. More prizes will be added later, including gift cards and autographed books.

The contest will close when 150 eligible entries are received. The link to Paypal will be removed when we have reached the limit.

Go here to submit your entry.

Please read the rules before sending your story. 




2016 Winners

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Whispers in the Dark

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Whispers in the Dark 

Short Stories appropriate for general audiences
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller (not horror)

Theme: Whispers
Each story in the upcoming anthology will include a whisper, whispers or whispering.

Poetry: 1-3 poems; typed.

Fiction/Non-fiction: 500-7,500 words; typed, double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman. Please submit all written work as WORD DOC file. Please let us know that you are submitting and give permission for SEZ to publish your work in our anthology. Authors receive copy.

Due on or before August 15, 2017

Submit to:

sezpublishingAThotmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
More Information here.

Call for Submissions: Survivor's Review

The Survivor’s Review is a not-for-profit online journal encouraging the creative expression of cancer survivors and caregivers. Our goal is to publish stories, essays, and poems that are powerful, poignant, and unflinchingly honest.
Each issue features 12-15 works (generally 100 to 1,000 word length) contributed by survivors and caregivers – along with an inspiring column by a guest contributor with expertise in the field of writing and healing.
Learn more about us at our website.
If you have written a piece that has the potential to touch another's soul, please consider submitting your work to us. Our guidelines and submission procedure can be accessed here.
Work submitted by August 4, 2017 will be considered for publication in our upcoming issue.

Call for Submissions: Blood Tree Literature

Blood Tree Literature is an up-and-coming online literary journal based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are currently looking for lyrical and resonant works of flash fiction, poetry, experimental and hybrids that take linguistic risks to push the boundaries of conventional language and genres. We welcome both published and emerging writers.

Please send submissions to:

bloodtreelitATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

to be considered for publication. All submissions must be submitted in a single Microsoft Word or PDF document. Please include a cover page stating your name, a brief bio, and your contact information.

More details:

  • Submissions are rolling.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted. Please include all pieces in a single document.
  • If two or more of your pieces are accepted, we ask that we may publish them intermittently and within the span of two months (at maximum) starting from the time that the first piece was published.

Feel free to email bloodtreelitATyahooDOTcom if you have any questions.

Scholarships: Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference

The Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference is now accepting applications for two scholarships for their inaugural conference this November 2-5, 2017. The Sag Harbor Conference is the only small and focused nonfiction writing conference in the US.

Located in Sag Harbor, the heart of the East end of Long Island, the conference features award-winning authors, editors, agents and marketing experts for a three day intensive focused on both the craft and the business of writing essays, biography, memoir, true crime and narrative nonfiction. Faculty includes Patrica McCormick, Roger Rosenblatt, Donna Kaz, Matt Pasca, Terri Muuss, Sandra Yin, Roohi Choudhry, Alex Hess, Michelle Blankenship and Judson Merrill.

The Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference accepts just 16 writers and our student/faculty ratio is 3 to 1. Two scholarships of $250 will be awarded.

Applications are accepted only through July 28, 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit our website.

Fellowship: The Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2018-2019 academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the "studious leisure" to undertake significant new work.

Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. An $81,000 stipend is provided for this 10-month appointment as a Visiting Fellow. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Applications must be submitted by September 19, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST online. The application form.

Composers, Performing Artists, and Visual Artists: Submit a resume, a project proposal of 500 words, and examples of ten minutes of performance through link(s) to sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Flicker, etc.

Visual artists should provide up to 20 still images organized into a single PDF file and submit as part of their online application. Composers may send 1-2 scores as a PDF file and submit as part of their online application and/or supply a link to a website.

Writers: Submit a resume, a 3,000-word writing sample of recent work, and a project proposal of 500 to 750 words.

We cannot confirm receipt of applications nor can we accept applications submitted after the deadline.

Limits on the statement size (500 words) and sample size (3,000 words) are strict. To learn more (including FAQ, profiles of past fellows, etc.), go here.