Monday, October 11, 2010

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World

Song of the Day: Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar

Hello All! Happy Monday (maybe?). Time for another round of opportunities! The first contest listed is AMAZING...the prize money for the winning story is...well...WOWZER! Check it out.


1. Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest

    Any original short story is eligible. They are looking for short stories, essays, of works of prose up to 5,000 words. Writers are allowed to submit work simultaneously to this contest or others, and can submit work that has been previously published or won prizes, as long as the author still has the online rights. The winning story will be awarded a cash prize of $3,000 (what did I tell you?....WOWZER!). Second place will be awarded $1,000, third place will be awarded $400, and the fourth place winner will be awarded $250. There will also be 6 "most highly commended" awards of $150 each.  The top 10 entries will be published on the Winning Writers website (over one million page views per year) and announced in Tom Howard Contest News and the Winning Writers Newsletter, a combined audience of over 30,000 readers. The contest has an entry fee of $15 and is open from July 15, 2010-March 31, 2011. Visit the link below for official details.

2. Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest

      This contest is the same as the one above, but for poetry. So, the prize money is the same! The only thing that's different is entry fee. It's $7 for every 25 lines of poetry submitted. Click the link below for official guidelines.


 1. 9th Annual Florida Writers Conference

    The Florida Writers Association presents its annual conference that will take place in Lake Mary, FL from October 22-October 24, 2010. I just found out about the contest, so I apologize for the short notice. The deadline to register online has passed, but writers wishing to attend can still sign up on-site. The cost for the entire conference is $329. You can also attend a specific day if you choose. The cost for Friday is, $150, Saturday costs $200, and Sunday costs $60 (Sunday is shorter than the other days). If you attend all three days the cost covers:  All workshops from Friday morning through Sunday morning, Friday Lunch, Dinner, Welcome Reception, Open Mic Night, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, Awards Banquet, and Sunday Breakfast. See the website for details on what is covered on individual days. They also have available for purchase: Interviews with an Agent, Publisher, or Acquisition Editor, Mentoring Sessions, Pitch practice sessions, and manuscript critiques. The only catch is that you have to be a Florida Writers Association member to attend the conference. The cost of membership is only $45 for a year. I will be making my way to the conference, it appears that there will be some quality workshops!


1. Freelance Tech Blogger/Journalist- CMSWIRE.COM

   Looking for an intelligent and driven freelance blogger/journalist with 2+ years covering enterprise software, enterprise collaboration, information management and/or web content management topics. For details:

2. Person needed to write tech articles to be published in magazines (VA, MD & DC)

    Looking to hire a skilled freelance writer with very good knowledge in technology and some expertise in business. **This work can be done from home**

Details of the position:
You will be writing magazine articles that are targeted for audiences ranging from SMB to mid-sized companies i.e Construction companies, Law firms, Doctor's etc. The articles will cover different topics ranging from networking, security, data storage, virtualization, etc.) to the more mainstream such as mobile phone OS's, Internet browsers, social media, and consumer electronics products. For more info:

3. MagazineWriter/ Liberty Ink Journal/ Fort Collins, CO

   Magazine writers wanted for headline, features, special features, columns and entertainment departments for local, state, national and international sections to write news and commentary on today's political scene told from a foundation in libertarian, conservative and constitutional understanding. Pay ranges from $45.00-$350.00 per article depending on the type of article written not by the word, and depending on the writer's experience. For details:

Also, don't forget about the fiction contest over at The Black Fox Literary Magazine. As always, Good Luck and Happy Writing!

P.S. I've noticed that I have 55 Followers! Woot Woot! I just want to thank everyone for your support. When I get to 100, there's going to be a CELEBRATION! ;)


  1. Hope you had a great weekend. See you tomorrow. Weezie

  2. Cool--you're going to a writers conference? You're going to love it. :) Quita and I are going to another one here in VA during that same weekend. We'll have to share notes!

  3. Thanks for all the info and links, Raquel! :-)