Event listings and opportunities of interest to writers, publishers, artists and illustrators

Niche Magazines

How can you turn a hobby into a money maker? Niche magazines. Think about it—magazines contain a half dozen or so articles in each issue. Multiply that by the number of years the magazine has been published and you’ll see why editors love pitches with a different angle. Here are some markets you might not have thought about. Continue reading

Writer’s Block Prize

One first-place winner will receive $500, an opportunity to read at the 2017 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, Kentucky on October 21, and publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low-residency MFA in writing program. Please submit an original piece of creative nonfiction, such as personal or lyric essay, personal narrative, memoir, or any other form that involves a creative treatment of a nonfiction subject. Entries must be 4,000 words or less.

$12 ENTRY FEE. Deadline August 15, 2017.

https://www.louisvilleliteraryarts.org/writersblockcontest

The BookLife Prize

$5,000 Grand Prize. Each entry receives a brief assessment by a Publishers Weekly Reviewer.

The BookLife Prize is an annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers Weekly. The prize seeks to support independent authors and discover great books in seven categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; Memoir/Autobiography; YA Fiction; and Middle-Grade Fiction. The prize is judged by PW reviewers, editors, acclaimed authors, and publishing veterans, and awards are given to finalists in each category, with a grand prize going to the most outstanding finalist.

The grand prize winner of the BookLife Prize in Fiction will receive $5,000 as well as an author profile in Publishers Weekly.

All finalists will receive a blurb from a best-selling/award-winning author or professional editor serving as a guest judge for the contest, as well as mention in Publishers Weekly.

All entrants will receive a critic’s report, which includes a score as well as a brief written critical assessment of their novel by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.

There is a $99 non-refundable entry fee.

For all the details, go here: https://booklife.com/about-us/the-booklife-prize.html

Three Calls for Fantasy Writers

The Fantasist
This is a magazine of fantasy novellas. They like stories in well-researched historical settings, with an interaction between magic and science, Napoleonic Era, faeries, dragons, and stories not set in Europe. They are particularly looking for urban fantasy. They welcome diversity in the stories’ viewpoints, and in their authors.
Deadline: August 25, 2017
Word count: 15,000-40,000
Pay: $100 and royalties
Details http://thefantasistmag.com/submissions-guidelines

Fantasia Divinity Magazine and Publishing: Autumn’s Harvest
They want fantasy and dark fantasy settings focusing on an autumn theme for this autumn fantasy anthology. They want the focus to be on the nature of autumn and magic/fantasy elements inspired by it; they will also consider modern/futuristic stories.
Deadline: August 25, 2017
Word count: 500-10,500
Pay: $5-$15; maximum $10 for reprints
Details (scroll down to the middle of the page) http://fantasiadivinitymagazine.myfreesites.net/anthology-submission-calls

Indie Shelves Publishing: Fantasy and Horror Anthologies
Submissions are open for two anthologies: fantasy and horror. Adult themes are allowed, but submissions relying too heavily on these will not be accepted.
Deadlines: August 31 for Fantasy, September 30 for Horror
Word count: 7,500-10,000 for each anthology
Pay: Royalties
Details http://www.indieshelves.com/opportunities.html

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 editor@geroproducts.com

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