Sunday, May 18, 2008

Soul Shelter First-Person Essay Contest

Win a generous cash prize for your writing--and get a shot at publication- -in the Soul Shelter First-Person Essay Award.

Submit your best 400-1,500 word first-person essay on the subject of balancing fortune and fulfillment for a chance to win a grand prize of U.S. $1,000 and publication on the Soul Shelter blog. Cash prizes totaling an additional $1,000 will be awarded to seven runners-up.

Every entry will be considered for publication online. There are no entry fees, and with all submissions made online, you won't even have to pay for postage.

Interested? Visit Soul Shelter to review contest rules, read the FAQ, and upload your entry by July 1, 2008.

Here's how to get started:
1. Review the Award Rules at http://www.SoulShel
2. Write your entry (400-1,500 words in length).
3. Upload your entry using the form at SoulShelter. org

The Soul Shelter First-Person Essay Award will be judged by a team of published authors. This is not a vanity press, hence no entry fees--and no future solicitations for payments of any kind. Contact information provided by entrants will not be used in any way except to notify award winners, nor will it be shared with any third parties for any reason whatsoever.

Please do not contact the Soul Shelter authors regarding the contest; the Award is sponsored by Ideogram, LLC, an independent marketing resources firm in Portland, OR. Read the FAQ thoroughly before submitting your entry. Good luck! Ideogram LLC 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd. No. 322 Portland, OR 97214 USA

Saturday, May 10, 2008


I received this information today, and I thought it might be of interest to some writers reading this blog.


The Power of Story to Change Hearts and Minds about the Treatment of Horses

The pros and cons of horse racing are being hotly debated because of Eight Belles' tragic death after this year's Kentucky Derby. Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of a popular anthology series that includes Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of Hope (New World Library,2006), are looking for true stories about equines that inspire rather than outrage animal lovers.

Their Angel Animals Network ( is sponsoring the 2008 Angel Horse Contest to find the most thought-provoking horse stories and consider them for publication in their book, Angel Horses with a Mission (New World Library, Fall 2009). There are cash prizes and no entry fee. Complete contest rules and a downloadable entry form are at or write with SASE to 2008 Angel Horses Contest, POB 26354, Minneapolis, MN 55426.

Allen Anderson says, "By showing how the immense spirit, heart,and intelligence of horses enables them to fulfill a higher purpose, we hope the power of true stories will persuade people to challenge brutality and the practice of treating horses as disposable possessions. "

The Andersons suggest considering the following questions and entering the contest by writing about profound experiences: "Has a horse performed an act of compassion, protection, healing, or heroic courage? Have you had a miraculous or mystical experience with a horse? Did a horse lead you to finding your purpose in life? Do you know a horse who has taken on the mission of giving service?"

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School

I received this in my e-mail inbox today, and I thought I'd share!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk High School to be published Fall 2008.

We are looking for true stories and poems about your high school years. Weprefer stories written in the first person and no more than 1200 words. We would like to include stories and poems on the following topics, amongothers:
• Regrets (lessons learned from making bad choices)
• Sports (making the team, or not. Winning the game, or not. Social aspectsof sports).
• Clubs
• Music
• Religion and faith – its place in your life
• Dating and sex
• Embarrassing moments
• Humorous moments
• Issues, good and bad, with instant messaging, Facebook, texting, cellphones, emails, the web in general
• Self image, self acceptance – would include coming out, eating disorders,different body types
• College applications
• Grades, SATs, ACTs
• Military decision, trade school, or other non-college plans for after highschool
• Family relationships – siblings, parents, other family members
• Puberty – early, late, being a short boy, being a tall girl, etc.
• Friends – best friends, losing friends, cliques, support of friends
• Tough issues – divorce, cancer, suicide of friend, death, drunk drivingdeath, pregnancy
• Failures and rising above them

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will beprinted in the book. You will also receive a check for $200 and ten freecopies of your book, worth more than $100. If your story is published by us, we will copyright it in your name and youwill retain your rights to resell the story to another publication.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupf orthesoul. com/form. asp?cid=submit_ storyDEADLINE IS MAY 31, 2008 although we may accept stories after that date if we have room.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Anthologies looking for submissions

Here are three anthologies that are currently looking for submissions:

I am working on three projects and seeking content accordingly. 1. Shattered: Life After A Child's Death Stories of inspiration, strength and determination surrounding the challenging loss of a child. Pay for this project is $50-$200. Piece length 800-1400 words. Submissions, queries and questions can be directed to submissions. shattered@

2. Angels on Earth Stories of Angels found in everyday life. Pay for this project is $50-$100. No stipulations placed on length currently. Submissions, queries and questions can be directed to submissions. bythefire@

3. Everyday Heroes Stories of the ordinary doing something extraordinary. Pay for this project is $50-$100. No stipulations are placed on length. Submissions, queries and questions can be directed to submissions. bythefire@

Website development is currently underway for By The Fire and Shattered. Pieces accepted could appear online or in print. The preferred method of payment is through paypal. Other arrangements are welcomed.Link: http://www.absolute forums/showthrea d.php?t=98549

Monday, March 31, 2008

Freelance opportunity

I thought I'd pass this opportunity along...

OneNewsPlaza, a new interactive Web site that provides news analysis from a multi-cultural perspective is looking for freelancers of all experience levels who can contribute content about topics including politics, education, business, personal finance, health, entertainment and more.

All writers will work with editors in One News Plaza's Los Angeles office by phone and e-mail to produce compelling stories interpreting major news events and social trends for a diverse audience. Candidates must be able to report and write independently, meet deadlines and pitch their own story ideas. We expect all writers to provide links to primary documents and related websites with their stories. The ability to produce multimedia elements, such as video or photos, to go with stories, is a plus.

Send cover letter, resume and samples to Darrell Williams - Info@OneNewsPlaza. com