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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

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 www.submittable.com, an online contest site.

Go to www.venturacountywriters.com for complete rules.

Call Sheli Ellsworth at 805.499.3490 for more information.

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