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Mini-Scoop! Writing Markets with Upcoming Deadlines

Here's a jumpstart on your resolution to submit your writing this year. You may have some writing ready to go, or you may be inspired enough to prepare something in time. These are examples of what comes in The Scoop, the monthly guide of 30-50 current paying writing markets and contests you get for FREE with your subscription the the Excuse Editor Newsletter.

The new edition of The Scoop will arrive in a few weeks. Until then, enjoy the current one (or sign up if you haven't yet) and Keep Writing!

Deadline: 1/7/10
Novellas/short story collection contest
26 to 150 double spaced pages
Carpe Articulum Novella Contest
$25 entry fee
Prize range--$200-$1000

Deadline: 1/15/10
Poetry (Group of Poems)
10 pages
"Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prizes
$10 Entry Fee
Prizes: Four prizes of $500 each and publication; winners also receive one night hotel stay in and transportation to and from New York City to read at the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center.

Short Story Prize
8000 word max
Literal Latte
$10 Entry Fee
Snail Mail Entry
Prizes: $1000/$300/$200

Short memoir
1000 word max
Leaf Books
Entry Fee: £4 per submission; 3 submissions for £10
Payment: £200 and free copy of anthology

Short fiction
2500 word max
Writer's Trust of Canada
See website: Entrants must be under 35, Canadian citizens or residents and more restrictions.
Prize Range-- $1000-$5000

10 pages max
Julia Peterkin Award
$15 Entry Fee
Snail Mail Submission Only
Prize: $1000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College

Creative Nonfiction
6500 words max
William Allen Creative Nonfiction Prize
$10 Entry Fee
Snail Mail Entry
Prize: $500/publication

Deadline: 1/30/10
Fiction Contest
5000 words max
Writer's Journal Fiction Contest
$15 Entry Fee
Snail Mail Entry
Prizes: $500/$200/$100

Good Luck! Please let me know if you have any success with any of the markets you find on Excuse Editor, or the Fan Page, or The Scoop. I will announce it here with a link to your blog or website!



Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Experience

The popularity of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books is beyond extraordinary. What started out as a multi- rejected book idea has turned into a multi-million dollar book empire. More than 110 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been sold. Many of the books have been translated to 40 different languages. I'm proud that my personal essays have been included in some of these books, and I hope to continue being a Chicken Soup contributor.
My Story
I thought I would share a bit about being published in these collections. I'm very happy with my Chicken Soup experiences, and part of that may be that I went into it with little expectations at first. I started with them because I had a few stories that seemed to fit what they were looking for, and I thought I had nothing to lose. Unlike some of the other markets and contests I was looking at, submitting to Chicken Soup could be done at no cost to me, and I didn't even need to worry about a postage stamp, because they had a…

All the Right Ingredients to Writing Advice

Last time, I talked about people in our lives that are pretty sure they know how to be successful writers, because they spent much of their time reading. Sometimes their advice can be a blessing, sometimes just the opposite. It is the same with the plethora of advice available from other writers. Have you checked out almost every book about the writing process from your local library at one time or another? Are your shelves lined with your own copies of "the-perfect-writing-advice-that-will-get-me-published-once-and-for-all"? Are you a member of multiple online writing communities? Do you hold your breath just a little bit when waiting from the critique from that "certain someone" in your writing group?

Yeah. Me too. And I don't think that gaining knowledge is a bad thing. We just have to be careful.

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Why Ghostwriting? Guest Post by Kelly James-Enger

Is it Time to Disappear?  Why I Became a Ghost--and Why you Should, Too
I never intended to become a ghostwriter. After all, why would I spend months of my life toiling away on someone else’s book? No thanks. I only wanted to write my own books, and that’s what I did.
I soon found, however, that the life of a book author wasn’t quite what I’d envisioned. I was working long hours, yet making less money than I had before, when I wrote only articles. The reason was simple—the time I spent promoting my books left me less time to write articles and other books, which cut into my income.
            Fortunately for me, I was approached by a nutrition expert about coauthoring her book. I found I enjoyed collaborating with her, but the real payoff came when we finished the manuscript. As the author, she now had to start promoting it—but I was all done!
That was enough for me. I decided to pursue coauthoring and ghostwriting, and “my” next book was ghostwritten for a client. (Typically a “coau…