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The Best of FundsforWriters From C. Hope Clark

Thirty-two essays and how-to strategies on topics like Essays, Quitting the Day Job, What to Do with Short Stories, and Braving the School Appearance. Practical pieces like Tactics & Tips Selling Your Books on Consignment, What to Do When Your Work is Stolen, and On Being a Travel Writer for AAA. Something for every writer….and something for you.

“FundsforWriters helps writers achieve more success with their writing by finding and sharing the information that writers need to fund their writing.” Robert Lee Brewer, Editor Writer’s Market.

FundsForWriters is the free version of Clark’s newsletter. Total FundsForWriters is the paid version that has more content. Contests, grants, higher-paying opportunities can be found in both issues, but the paid version takes it a step further with venues that pay at least 10 cents a word or $200 an article. The cost is $18.75 for issues that arrive every two weeks.

Creative Insider

Carrie Aulenbacher, romance writer, encourages writers to talk about difficult experiences. She challenges them to explore how it helped them evolve and grow as a method for resonating with readers.

She says “If you know of creatives working hard on a special project, let me know so I can cheer them on and share news about them here in the Creative Insider! Subscribers will get my Creative Resource Kit as a free gift; it will be full of freebies and online tools you can use now to help you polish your own creative blog or marketing campaign.”

Her latest fiction is a novella, The Place Between Places, available at Amazon for digital download at 99 cents.

Publishers and What They Want Now

Just Us Books
They want black interest books for young readers—chapter books and middle readers only. Snail mail submissions to Submissions Department, Just Us Books, PO Box 5306, East Orange, New Jersey 07019

Hatala Geroproducts 
Relationship books for seniors—with spouses, other seniors, lovers, family—all published in large print. Hatala Geroproducts, PO Box 42, Greentop, Missouri 63546

Lantern Books
Animal advocacy, vegetarianism, religion, environmentalism. Editor, Lantern Books, 128 2nd Place, Garden Suite, Brooklyn, New York 11231

Lark Books
Reference books and how-to books for creative people. Email or snail mail.

Lee & Low Books
Specializes in multicultural topics for ages 5–12. Interested in characters with disabilities or LGBTQ experiences. Submissions Editor, Lee & Low Books, 95 Madison Avenue, Suite 1205, New York, New York 10016

The Scoop on Glimmertrain Contests

Find Glimmer Train on Submittable

NOTE: contest deadlines are always followed by a one-week grace period.

Short Story Award for New Writers (1st place – $2,500):
Welcome in January/February, May/June, and September/October.

Open only to writers who haven’t had any fiction appear (or scheduled to appear) in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries must not have appeared in print, but previous online publication is fine.) Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any length up to 12,000 is welcome.

Very Short Fiction (1st place – $2,000):
Welcome in March/April and July/August.
Any length story from 300 to 3,000 words.

Fiction Open (1st place – $3,000):
Welcome in March/April and July/August.

Open to all subjects and themes. Most entries run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, but we invite stories from 3,000 to 20,000 words.

Family Matters (1st place – $2,500):
Welcome in November/December.
Calling for stories about families of all configurations. Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any length up to 12,000 is welcome.

Standard Category ($700):
Welcome in May and November.
Open to all. $2 processing fee. Maximum word count: 12,000. Any shorter length is welcome.

Formatting: They’re not fussy about that because when they read the story, they can change the font style and size if they need to. Double spacing is nice, but not necessary.

Contact info and page count: including that information at the top of your story is entirely optional; word count is helpful, but not required.

Pen name: If you use one, you’re welcome to list both your legal name and pen name, but that is not required.

Ventura County Writers Club 2017 Memoir Contest

The Ventura County Writers Club is accepting entries for its annual 2017 Memoir Contest. “We hope writers of all levels will submit their personal stories,” says contest chairwoman Shelba Cole-Robison. “It’s a great opportunity to write down those memories that you’ve always wanted to turn into a personal or family history.”

The club, founded in 1933, promotes the written word through free lectures, book fairs, workshops, and critique groups.

Deadline: August 15.

Contest place winners receive cash prizes ($150-1st Place, $75-2nd Place and $30-3rd Place) and are included in the club’s bi-annual hardbound anthology.

Entry Fee
VCWC members pay only $10 to enter and non-members pay $15.

Word Count
Stories are to be no more than 1,250 words.

Where to submit
Entries are accepted only through, an online contest site.

Go to for complete rules.

Call Sheli Ellsworth at 805.499.3490 for more information.