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Roger J Carlson
07-22-2006, 06:31 PM
This is the spot to post leads for good Christian writing, whether fiction or non-fiction. What are they looking for? Who are the contacts? And so forth.

Robin Bayne
07-22-2006, 10:11 PM
This is info I received as a previous contributor to Cup of Comfort books-- the group is legit and makes a nice product. The only problem I've had with them is the lack of communication-- I never got acceptance messages, but much later received a check and author's copy.




Adams Media has ordered up three new Cups of Comfort, and I wanted you to be among the first to know. I hope you will forgive me sending this to you as a group email, but it's the only way I can get word out to everyone quickly ... and when you see the deadlines, you'll understand that time is of the essence is my getting word out about this paid publishing opportunity with the popular Cup of Comfort book series.



I'm really jazzed about these new anthologies, as the themes are near and dear to my heart: dogs, single moms, and writers. And I hope you'll submit stories for all three.



Below, please find the call for submissions and guidelines for these books. Please feel free to share them with anyone you think might be interested in submitting stories for publication consideration in any, or all, of these books. I’m on a tight deadline with both the Dog Lovers and Writers volumes, so truly appreciate your assistance in spreading the word. And I look forward to reading your stories.



Thanks!



Warm regards,

Colleen Sell

Cup of Comfort editor

wordsinger@aol.com (direct)

cupofcomfort@adamsmedia.com (via publisher)





A Cup of Comfort Call for Submissions



A Cup of Comfort is a best-selling anthology (book) series featuring inspiring true stories about the extraordinary experiences of “ordinary” people. We're now actively seeking submissions for the following new volumes:



A Cup of Comfort for Dog Lovers



As any dog lover will attest, dogs are, indeed, our best friends… and so much more. They’re also our helpers, heroes, champions, teachers, and beloved family members. For this volume, we seek heartwarming true stories that speak to the amazing bond between dogs and the people who love them. Stories can focus on any experience/theme that demonstrates how a dog has inspired and/or enriched the life/lives of a human(s). Possible themes include but are not limited to a dog’s:

Devotion and loyalty
Courage
Amazing feats
Role as a member of a family or community
Companionship
Therapeutic effect on a human
Unique relationship with a person
Unique relationship with another pet or animal
Inspirational effect on one or more people
Amusing, endearing, exceptional ways
We do NOT want sad stories about a pet’s suffering or death. However, stories can be about the life of a dog that is now deceased and can include a fond farewell to a lost pet—provided the story isn’t solely about the pet’s death.



Please see writers’ and submission guidelines, below.



Submission Deadline: July 31, 2006*



A Cup of Comfort for Writers



Only another writer can truly understand what it’s like to aspire to become and to be a writer. For this anthology of true stories celebrating (and commiserating) the writing life, we seek compelling, insightful, and exceptionally well-written personal essays from writers of every persuasion and level of experience. Possible themes include but are not limited to:

Mentors or teachers
Overcoming challenges in becoming a writer, in your life as a writer, or in your writing process
Milestone(s) in your journey to become a writer or as a writer
Discovering and/or heeding the call to become a writer
Writers groups / the camaraderie of other writers
Why you write
Transcending self-doubt and fear
What writing has taught you about life
What life has taught you about writing
Your muse: what inspires your writing
Best or worst writing experience and what you learned/gained from it
Why you write
Please see writers’ and submission guidelines, below.



Submission Deadline: August 31, 2006*



A Cup of Comfort for Single Mothers



As Oprah Winfrey has often said, parenting is the most difficult and important job in the world. It can be even tougher for single mothers, who face all the usual parenting challenges plus another whole set of unique ones. But single motherhood also brings many untold rewards, for both moms and children. For this collection of personal essays celebrating single mothers, we seek uplifting true stories about the joys and the difficulties of single mothering. The majority of stories selected for publication will be written from the single mother’s point of view, but we will also consider stories written by the children of single mothers as well as by third parties with intimate knowledge of (and the permission of) the single mother and her child(ren). Possible themes include but are not limited to:

Juggling the myriad responsibilities of single motherhood
Raising sons or daughters without fathers
The support of family, friends, other mothers
Hard lessons learned
Busting myths about single mothering
Defying stereotypes about single moms and/or children of single moms
Overcoming adversity
Self-acceptance and self-respect in a society that sometimes disparages single mothers
Unconventional wisdoms gained
Blessings, joys, and rewards of being a single mother or the child of a single mother
The unique bond between a single mother and her child(ren)
The courage, resilience, ingenuity, devotion, accomplishments, and/or integrity of a single mom
Why you chose single motherhood (if applicable) and how you’ve made it work
The unexpected and/or under-recognized advantages, joys, and/or rewards of being a single mother or having a single mother
Please see writers’ and submission guidelines, below.



Submission Deadline: December 31, 2006*



*Because stories are reviewed and semifinalists are selected throughout the submission period, early submission is strongly encouraged.



Writers’ and Submission Guidelines



How to Create a Savory Cup of Comfort Story



A Cup of Comfort stories weave powerful life lessons into vividly told tales. They are nonfiction stories that read like fiction but always ring true. They are slice-of-life tales that reveal the positive aspects of humanity; that inspire, entertain, and enlighten the readers; and that bring tears of compassion and joy to our eyes, hope to our hearts, and comfort to our souls. Cup of Comfort stories are honest, original, and creative depictions of the most important and influential experiences and relationships in our lives.



Each Cup of Comfort anthology includes a balanced mix of stories of varied themes, such as:

Extraordinary achievements and experiences of “ordinary” people
Life-changing, life-affirming, or life-defining experiences and relationships
Epiphany, synchronicity, serendipity
Finding/giving comfort in difficult times
Triumph over tragedy or adversity
Life’s blessings and miracles, big and small
Finding the silver lining in a dark cloud; turning lemons into lemonade
Relationships and experiences that bring hope, understanding, healing
Catalysts for and examples of positive change; acts of kindness


Tips for Writing a Winning Cup of Comfort Story

Create an anecdotal story about an event or series of event(s) that had a profound and positive impact on you or on the person(s) you are writing about.
Write a personal story that embodies a universal truth.
Show, don’t tell. Color your story with action, imagery, dialog, and/or dramatic scenes. Minimize use of adjectives and adverbs. Make the reader experience the events and emotions portrayed.
Write from the heart. Tell your story honestly, fully, and succinctly. Make each scene as real for the readers as it was for the person who lived or witnessed it.
Begin with a strong lead that hooks the reader and that clearly and creatively introduces the main character(s), establishes the central theme of the story (plot), and sets the scene.
Create a rich middle that depicts compelling life experiences and human emotions. The mid-section should include at least one compelling plot point (pivotal moment) as well as transitional scenes or other transitional devices that continually move the story forward and toward the conclusion.
End with a satisfying conclusion that resolves the conflict/challenge in a positive way, leaves readers with an Aha! or Wow! or Yes! moment, and elicits tears or cheers or both.
Build your story around a distinctive, compelling, and believable premise that weaves together the story and drives the plot forward.
Use lively, descriptive language that is appropriate for the time, place, and people depicted in the story as well as for A Cup of Comfort readers (that is, mainstream adult).
Read your story out loud and then revise it to remove anything that is not essential to the story. Make sure that every word counts and that the story flows together seamlessly.
One of the best ways to discover the nature and flavor of Cup of Comfort stories is to read them. A Cup of Comfort books can be purchased at booksellers everywhere. Sample stories are also posted on this Website; just click on a “Selection” in the menu to the left of this window.
Terms & Conditions

Payment: $500 Grand Prize awarded to one story per volume; $100 (each) all other stories published in book. Plus complimentary copy of book. On publication.
Story Length: 1,000–2,000 words
Point of View: First-person or third-person (no second person)
Style: Narrative essay or creative nonfiction, dramatic or humorous, but it must be a story.
We do NOT publish vignettes, short-short pieces, fiction, poetry, prose, profiles, eulogies, sermons, testimonials, journal entries, letters, academic papers, commentary, articles, diatribes, memoir chapters, academic papers, confessionals, erotica, pornography, or experimental literature.
Tone: Stories must be uplifting and positive, and can be poignant, heartwarming, and/or humorous.
Stories must be original, true, positive, and in English.
Some previously published material is acceptable. We do not publish reprints of material that has been or will be published in a glossy magazine with a large circulation or in a book (with the exception of books comprised solely of the author’s original works).
A publishing agreement will be mailed to the Author of each story selected as a finalist.
Due to the large volume of submissions received, we cannot acknowledge receipt of submissions nor report on the status of individual submissions (with the exception of finalists, who are notified in writing). The grand-prize winning story and the list of contributors for each volume are posted on the website upon the book’s publication.
Manuscripts are not returned.
Authors may submit multiple stories for any volume of Cup of Comfort .
Entrants pay no entry or reading fees.
How to Submit Your Story

Electronic (emailed) submissions are preferred; mailed and faxed submissions are acceptable.
Typed submissions are preferred; neatly handwritten submissions are acceptable.
Each submission must include the following:
Your full and legal name

Your mailing address

Your phone number

Your email address, if applicable

Story title

Story word-count (approximate)

Choose ONE of these easy submission methods:
Email: In the subject line, cite the Cup of Comfort volume (i.e., Grandparents) or theme (i.e., Bereavement). If the story is being submitted for more than one theme, list all themes in the subject line and submit the story once. Copy and paste (or type) the story into the body of the email. No attachments. One story per email. Send to:

cupofcomfort@adamsmedia.com

-- or --

wordsinger@aol.com

Mail: You can send more than one story per envelope. Include one self-addressed, postage-paid envelope for each submission. Send only the paper copy of the story; do not send computer disks or CDs. Mail to:

Cup of Comfort

Adams Media

57 Littlefield St.

Avon, Massachusetts 02322, USA

Fax: On a cover sheet or at the top of the story’s first page, indicate the volume(s)/theme(s) for which you are submitting the story and the number of pages being submitted. If the story is being submitted for more than one volume/theme, send only one copy of the story. Fax to:

1-508-427-6790



Please direct questions and suggestions to: cupofcomfort@adamsmedia.com or wordsinger@aol.com. We cannot accept phone calls.

Robin Bayne
07-22-2006, 10:13 PM
I have no experience with this group, but it looks interesting for short works:



MoreThanNovellas is coming up on its 50th short story ... it will be
promoted through our newletter and banner as the 50th short story and have a
special graphic to go with it. (I know, I know, but we do what we can) :)
I have the 47 and 48th stories, and an option for 49 (though I'd be happy to
use other writers). So that leaves 50. This is so cool. Seven years
ago---well, even three, I thought 50 was a long way off!

So please consider submitting a short story. Let me know if you would
~only~ be interested if yours is the 50th, otherwise we would love to put it
online anyway if it fits with the MoreThanNovellas mission.
MoreThanNovellas is a library of online Christ-Centered fiction. Cut off
date for the 50th short story will be August 15th. The 50th will be
released online on September 1. Short stories can be up to three parts in
length. See MoreThanNovellas.com for more information. See guidelines
below or at MoreThanNovellas.com under how to submit. Please submit using
the cut and paste information on this page. Though this is not a paying
e-zine, we have people who come to the site from 6 of the 7 continents (not
Antarctica :)), including Muslim areas of the world. It's a great
opportunity.

Mission Statement: To promote and build a library of family friendly
fiction--with values that exemplify the teachings and walk of Christ--for
people to read on the web, by maintaining MoreThanNovellas and by promoting
the work of both authors and webmasters who are called to the same purpose.

Guidelines:

Look around the website and see what's going on. You should get a good feel
for it. Of course, you can always ask.

The story does not have to be distinctly Christian, but must represent
Christian values: clean, wholesome, fun ....

The story must have a plot~adventure, romance, friendship, etc. This means
character development, setting, rising action, climax and falling action.

Must follow True Love Waits and preferably Lady in Waiting (a book) values.
If you can't understand the meaning by the titles, again you can ask ;).
Please be aware of, an pray about, how love and affection is shown ...

It is important to remember that while most of the readers are adults, some
that come through might be children. I do ask you to consider the audience
and pray over anything that may be ... impressionable.

For the poets out there ... I have limited submissions to romantic poetry.
Why? Because there are ~so many~ poetry sites out there. By romantic it can
be romantic between man and woman or between us and God.

Please do not submit a story you have posted elsewhere on the web. If people
run across similar stories over and over they stop looking.

The author keeps the rights to all stories. I will place your e-mail,
website, etc along with your story and I will create a graphic for you. Just
look around the website and see what's going on.



---
www.morethannovellas.com: Free to read online Novel(la)s & Short Stories.
Holiday Stories up now ... check out Operation Noel ... a novella for the
holidays.

Challenge your writing skills and delight the writers that are
participating, by adding to the continuing sagas in the IF room ... what
happens IF ... there's always a cliffhanger waiting for you.

Currently Accepting Submissions: novels, novellas and short stories ... see
Submission Guidelines/How to Submit @ morethannovellas.com

Robin Bayne
07-22-2006, 10:15 PM
No experience with this guy either, but I've not found anything bad about him and I sent him a writing sample.



(Don't know much about this...but it was on faithwriters)

DATE: 7/18/2006

SUBJECT: Story Publishing

FROM: Carl Blunt

MESSAGE:

Website URL: www.CarlBlunt.com

Compensation: Royalties - Book Published and Marketed

Project Title: Seeking Writing Team of 12 for Short Fiction Books

Summary: We are beginning a new "change the world" project supported by
several financial donors designed to create 25 short fiction books (10,000 words
each) over the next year. We are looking to build a writing team. Team
members will possess the unique ability to communicate a compelling story. Writing
will be primarily by assignment. The books will receive significant marketing
and promotion. Authors will also be encouraged to market their books locally
and regionally. Author will receive royalties from book sales. If you are
chosen to be part of the writing team, you will spend some time on the
telephone with the story creator as he outlines the basics of the book you will be
assigned to write. These books will receive extensive marketing and promotion.
Our donors are planning for this to be a long-term project that results in
many, many books over the years. In other words, if you become part of the
writing team, you may be involved in many future books. We look forward to
receiving your work.

Category: Creative Writing

Project Details: PROJECT LENGTH - Please submit a sample chapter, preferably
the opening chapter of a fictional story of a main character retelling the
story of a crisis situation in his/her life (500 to 1,000 words). Remember the
entire book will be 10,000 words, so don't give away too much with the
opening chapter.

TARGET AUDIENCE - Teen or Adults. Each book will focus on one main character
and his/her relationship with God. Some will be focused on teens, others on
adults.

WRITING STYLE - compelling, suspenseful fiction full of passion and
emotional elements

DELIVERY FORMAT - final product will be 10,000 word fiction book

HOW WILL THE CONTENT BE USED - book

CONTENT OWNERSHIP - royalties to author

REPLY E-MAIL: _carl@carlblunt.com_ (mailto:carl@carlblunt.com)

PHONE: na

HoosierCowgirl
07-23-2006, 06:15 AM
Gracious sakes, where do you-all find all this stuff! :D

Thanks for sharing!

Ann

Robin Bayne
07-24-2006, 12:40 AM
Gracious sakes, where do you-all find all this stuff! :D

Thanks for sharing!

Ann
You're very welcome! I am on a ton of writer's lists, and as they come in, I will try to post them here.

Robin Bayne
07-28-2006, 09:26 PM
I forgot to mention--a great source for both Christian and general "G rated" markets is : www.anthologiesonline.com.

They list new anthology markets each month, plus, they have a featured writer each month. I just submitted a request to be featured and they did so one month.

HoosierCowgirl
07-29-2006, 02:34 AM
I sent the "Cup of Comfort" information to my mom, who's a pretty good essayist but does not consider herself a writer. Her dad died very young, leaving her older brother to run the farm and her mom widowed wtih three children.

Thanks for the heads up.

Ann

Robin Bayne
07-29-2006, 03:44 AM
Special Needs Children: New Collection

Are you the parent, caregiver, or relative of a special needs child? I am writing a one year meditative, devotional for parents and family of special needs children. It is designed to encourage, to offer ideas, help, and practical ways to relieve the stress of raising a child with special needs. I have included true stories from my adventures with my autistic son--and the saga continues. But I don't want to fill up all 52 weeks with just my stories. I would love to include the spectrum of parents and their children.

I can't offer any payment. All I can do is include your story in a book that will be published at some point in the new year. I can promise a copy of the book to all contributors and I can promise that if chosen, your story will be read. My hope is that it will help those who are facing the challenges of raising a child with extraordinary needs will feel a bit more understood by those who do not have special needs children.

I am looking for essays in first person about you child or children, when he or she was first born/diagnosed, what condition your child has, and your frustrations. Then, please include ways you deal with the ongoing challenges. You can choose one particular incident that sums up the whole of life with a special needs child. You could write out what a typical day is like. You can write whatever is pressing hardest against your heart and mind. In each chapter, there is a story with an encouraging message, a prayer, practical tips/advice, and an assignment that is geared toward helping parents to take care of themselves as people. Many parents of special needs children stop caring about themselves, their marriage, etc. Please be sure to include--if you are comfortable with it--if you are a single parent.

Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words. Please send to: Donna Conger, treszure7@aol.com. Thank you.

Robin Bayne
07-31-2006, 09:51 PM
TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature
CONTEST GUIDELINES

$750 Poetry Award
Alicia Ostriker, Judge

$750 Fiction Award
Elizabeth Cox, Judge

$750 Nonfiction Award
Bruce Chilton, Judge

RULES FOR ENTRY

All work submitted should be previously unpublished and further the mission
of TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature - to help reveal Spirit
through
the written word. TIFERET publishes authors from various traditions,
cultures,
faiths and beliefs – each bringing a unique perspective to our universal
theme. References to Spirit can be subtle or direct. If you are not familiar
with
our magazine, feel free to visit _www.tiferetjournal.com_
(http://www.tiferetjournal.com/) to view samples from
past issues.

Submissions must be received or postmarked by December 31, 2006.
A $20.00 entry fee must be included with each submission.
Each submission can consist of no more than six poems, or one story (up to 30
pages), or one essay (up to 30 pages).
Each entry should be double-spaced on plain white paper and paginated. The
title should appear on each page of the manuscript. The author’s name should
not
appear anywhere on the manuscript.
A separate cover sheet should include the author's name, the genre (poetry,
fiction, or nonfiction) title/s submitted, address, phone number and email
address. Please paper-clip, not staple, to attach this cover sheet to the
manuscr
ipt.
Entries may be submitted either by US Mail or by email. Send mailed
submissions to TIFERET “Contest” PO Box 659, Peapack, NJ 07977. By email,
send an MS
Word (or .rtf) attachment to _editors@tiferetjournal.com_
(mailto:editors@tiferetjournal.com) .
<editors(at)tiferetjournal.comeditors(at)tiferetjou r>

Emailed submissions should include CONTEST ENTRY in subject line and author's
name, phone number, and email address (in list form) into the body of the
email message (since this will act as the cover sheet) &#226;€“ as well as the
title(s)
submitted and the genre.
Entry fees may by paid by check made out to TIFERET or by credit card by
phoning our secure line: 908-781-2556.
Manuscripts will not be returned, so please don't send your only copy.

Robin Bayne
08-04-2006, 01:54 AM
We are in immediate need of funny, inspirational and heartfelt stories for our newest upcoming title "Chicken Soup for the Menopausal Soul." Yes, that's right, we're doing a book on menopause! And we're covering all facets of menopause, from peri-menopause to post-menopause, and everything in-between including the aging process as it relates to menopause (i.e., eye sight, weight gain, memory issues). We may even include a few funny female mid-life crisis stories!


Tentative chapter headings include:

What's Age Got to Do with It?: Menopause happens to all ages, especially peri-menopause and those dreaded aging symptoms (eye and memory problems, hair loss, weight gain, mid-life crisis, etc.).

The Next Generation: Stories on what mom or grandma never told you about "the change" and how a new generation is handling "the change" in their own way!

Mental-Pause: Funny stories about the funny side of menopause (is there such a thing?).

Perspectives: Stories from everyone else's point-of-view, except the person actually having the symptoms. Need stories from family members, friends and/or spouses.

Hormones, Schormones: Stories about hormones, hormone replace therapy, bio-identical hormone replacement, or just the "H" word in general, and how the lack of, or need for, hormones impacts women going through menopause.

Who Turned Up the Heat?: What's a menopause book without funny hot flash and night sweat stories?

Reflections: Stories about menopause and how it can impact a person's life in a positive manner.

Now that It's Finally Over!: Stories about women finally getting completely through menopause and rediscovering life!


Stories must be true (non-fiction), written in first person, and 1,000 words or less. Stories should make readers laugh, cry or sigh, and be positive, universal and non-controversial. Also, the "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please refer to other Chicken Soup books to better understand our story-telling style, or you can read some wonderful sample menopause stories at www.PublishingSyndicate.com.

You may submit more than one story. We accept previously published pieces, as long as you retained all rights to your story. For each story selected, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid. We also need menopause cartoons and poems; if accepted, payments of $100 and/or $50 respectfully will be paid upon publication. The submission deadline is November 1, 2006, but the sooner, the better!

You can submit stories one of three ways:
1) e-mail stories through the Chicken Soup for the Soul website at www.chickensoup.com. Be sure to select "Menopausal Soul" as the book title.
2) e-mail your story with your name, address and phone number to Story@PublishingSyndicate.com, and be sure to list "Menopausal Soul submission" in the subject line. Please note that we do not accept e-mail attachments; for specific submission information guidelines, please visit www.PublishingSyndicate.com.

3) You may mail your submission to:

Chicken Soup for the Menopausal Soul
c/o Publishing Syndicate
P.O. Box 607
Orangevale, CA 95662

We look forward to reading your story!

Jack Canfield
Mark Victor Hansen
Dahlynn McKowen

Robin Bayne
08-04-2006, 02:15 AM
Illustrated Chicken Soup Series for KIDS!!


Chicken Soup for the Soul will continue to inspire young kids through a series of character-building books. This unique series of short reads will feature colorful illustrations of popular animated characters while teaching kids ages 4-7 about positive character through real life stories. We are accepting TRUE stories for publishing consideration from adults written in first person about a childhood experience. Stories must be written for kids ages 4-7 and focus on character-building traits such as Friendship, Accepting Others, Accepting Yourself, Kindness, Honesty and Persistence. Authors of chosen stories will be paid upon publication! Send stories to Gina@lifewriters.com by November 1, 2006. Email Gina@lifewriters.com for details and writing guidelines.

Robin Bayne
08-23-2006, 02:57 AM
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, The Real Deal on SELF-ESTEEM

We are seeking Chicken Soup style stories (that make the readers laugh, cry happy tears or get goose bumps and leave the reader uplifted and inspired) related to teen life and self-esteem-especially on the following topics:

Creating safe space-special places you go for strength and renewal, or people who have shown up in your life as a safe haven for thinking things through and redirecting your choices.

Self-Talk-recognizing that what you say to yourself critically impacts how you feel. Have you learned when the voice in your head is helping you and when it is hurting you? Do you have a story that demonstrates your ability to choose whether or not to honor your self-talk? Or a funny story of suddenly realizing that the voice that is causing you so much angst (or encouraging you to go forth) is a voice that is coming from within your own head-and you don't have to believe it unless you choose to?

Self-esteem-how you feel about yourself. Do you have a story that illustrates that how you feel about yourself makes a difference in what you do? Do you have stories of people who supported your self-esteem OR uplifting stories of recognizing that who you hang around makes a big difference in your self-esteem? Sometimes the things we would do if we had more self-esteem are the very same things we need to do to build our self-esteem (speak in public, perform in a talent show, talk to your parents about an important issue). Do you have a story that illustrates how "just doing it" built your confidence so it was easier to do again?

Asking for what you need-Do you have a story about making a request for something you needed or telling someone something hard to tell them, that has a powerful uplifting ending?

The power of words.Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may hurt forever.do you have a story about overcoming something painful that was said to you, or apologizing for something painful that you said to someone else? Did someone share their expectations of you (either negative like "you'll never amount to anything" or positive like "someday you will be a lawyer") that you had to overcome in order to become yourself and fulfill your own expectations?

Taking responsibility: Do you have a powerful story that illustrates the importance of taking responsibility for something that you did, asking for forgiveness, or making amends for your actions? Do you have a story about recognizing that how you respond to a situation makes all the difference in how it turns out? Do you have a story about how you (your attitude, your thoughts, your actions) were your own worst enemy-and how by realizing that you were able to change your life?

The Truth shall set you free: Do you have an uplifting story about telling the truth, particularly the difficult truth? Or how learning the whole truth about a situation allowed you to have more compassion for someone else?

Behind the mask: Do you have stories about the "masks" you have worn-pretending to be something you are not, smiling when you didn't feel like smiling, being angry or scary just to keep people at a distance?

We are not alone: Do you have stories about realizing that your loneliness was really created by your choice not to reach out or connect with others? Do you have stories about the power of spending time alone?

Standing up for what you know right-even when everyone else doesn't seem to know it. Do you have positive, uplifting stories about overcoming peer pressure, doing the right thing, going against the crowd to stand up for something you believe in?

Intuition/conscience-how about stories where you trusted your intuition, or asked yourself what to do about something-and your self answered you with good advice? Or stories where your intuition was TRYING to guide you and you weren't listening?

Any empowering, uplifting stories related to the many aspects of self-esteem. PLEASE Email them to Eve Hogan: realdealstories@aol.com

Please either submit stories as an attached Word Doc WITH YOUR COMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION ON THE SAME PAGE AS THE STORY or submit your story in the body of an email WITH YOUR COMPLETE CONTACT INFORMATION IN THE EMAIL. Please DO NOT send your contact info separately from the story. To be considered, stories should not exceed 1200 words and must be inspiring while making the readers laugh, cry happy tears or give them goose bumps.

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING STORIES IS OCT. 15, 2006.

Robin Bayne
08-24-2006, 09:39 PM
Chicken Soup for the Red Hat Society Soul

Stories are immediately needed for Chicken Soup for the Red Hat Society Soul, due out in October 2007. The Red Hat Society (RHS) is a social organization that features "fun after fifty (and before)" for women of all walks of life. To learn more about RHS, please visit their website at www.RedHatSociety.com.

Submission information: all stories submitted for consideration must relate to RHS, be true and written in first-person. They must be 1,000 words or less and should touch the souls of our readers, making them laugh, cry, sigh or just say, "Wow!" Stories should be positive, hopeful, universal and non-controversial. The "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching; essays, eulogies, commentaries, tributes, sermons, philosophical or biographical pieces will not be accepted.

You may submit more than one story and previously published pieces are considered, as long as you still own all rights. For each story published in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story and $100 per poem will be paid. The submission deadline is November 1, 2006.

Submit stories through the Chicken Soup for the Soul website at www.chickensoup.com. Be sure to select "Red Hat Society" as the book title. To learn more about this title and to see a special offer, please visit www.PublishingSyndicate.com and click on the "Story Needs" link, then on Chicken Soup for the Red Hat Society Soul.

Robin Bayne
08-24-2006, 09:40 PM
Chicken Soup for the Working Mom's Soul
Share Your Favorite Story

Most working mothers are juggling so many balls they can barely keep them all in the air. Some days they feel like master-performers, and others they feel like bumbling clowns! Chicken Soup for the Working Mother's (Mom?) Soul will share the trials and tribulations, happiness and hilarities of being a working mom.

Topics will include but not be limited to:

Hi Ho Hi Ho, Off to Work I Go
Home Again, Home Again, Rigetty Jig
Mama Never Said it Would Be Easy
Sign Me Up!
Where Do I Resign?
I'm Trying to Balance! Where's My Umbrella?
If the Boss Only Knew.
A Mom First
When Can It Be About Me?
The Joys and Jocularity


We're looking for inspirational, true stories, 1000 words or less, that will make readers laugh, cry, or sigh. Stories should be positive, universal, and non-controversial. The "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted.

You may submit more than one story, whether original or a favorite from magazines, newspapers, or other sources. For each story selected in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story and $50.00 per poem will be paid. The submission deadline is July 31st, 2006.

Email submissions are strongly preferred. Please submit your story through our website at www.chickensoup.com. Be sure to select "working Mom" as the book title.

If unable to email, please send a hard copy (and on CD if possible) c/o Chicken Soup for the Working Mom;s Soul to
25321 Heather Vale St. Saugus CA 91350. Due to the volume of stories we receive, we are unable to respond to each contribution. Finalist, only, will be notified prior to publication via a permission request.

If you received this e-mail it is because you are a valued Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor. This list is only used for story call outs or to inform you of a new release hitting the bookstores.

Robin Bayne
08-24-2006, 09:42 PM
Dear Chicken Soup for the Soul Contributor,

Dear Friend of Chicken Soup for the Soul,

We owe most of our success to writers like you for the wonderful contributions of inspiration, hope, overcoming life's challenges and realized dreams.

We hope that this letter finds you well and sitting atop a plethora of stories that you just don't know what to do with. We welcome stories from contributors of any age.


Recipe for A Winning Chicken Soup for the Soul Story

A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple, inter-denominational, living art piece that touches the soul of the readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. They are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people.

Chicken Soup stories have a beginning, middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating emotion rather than simply talking about it. Chicken Soup for the Soul stories have heart, but also something extra.an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A story that causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination of these. A good story covers the range of human emotions.

The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.


Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul Story
1. Tell an exciting, sad or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Make sure that you introduce the character(s).

2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh or get goose bumps (the good kind!) Don't leave anything out - how did you feel?

3. The story should start with action; it should include a problem, issue or situation. It should include dialogue and the character should express their feelings though the conflict or situation. It should end in a result, such as a lesson learned, a positive change or pay-off.

4. Above all, let it come from your HEART! Your story is important!

What a Chicken Soup for the Soul story IS NOT:
1. A sermon, an essay or eulogy.
2. A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.
3. About politics or controversial issues.
4. A "My Grandma Just Died, and Let Me Tell You What A Wonderful Person She Was" or "Let Me Tell You About My Disease or Operation" or "I Gave a Bum Some Money, Aren't I Incredible?" or "Why My Mother Is the Best Mother" or a personal testimony that may mean nothing to the reader.

Story Specifications
1. It is preferred that all submissions are sent via our website at www.chickensoup.com. If you don't have access to the Internet, please submit your stories preferably typed on plain white 8 1/2" x 11" paper, in 12-point Times New Roman font.
2. Please be sure to type the author's name and contact information on the first page of the story.
3. Stories should be non-fiction, ranging in length between 300-1200 words.
4. Mail your submissions in a flat, 9x12 envelope if possible.
5. No anonymous or author unknown submissions please.
6. Send only one copy of each submission.
7. We do not return submissions, so please don't send the original.


Please be patient, as this is an important, yet time-consuming process. If your story is chosen for a future edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul or any other projects, you will be notified by mail and your permission to print it will be requested.
However, if your story is not chosen, you will not receive a rejection letter due to the fact that there are future books for which it will be considered.

Feel free to submit more than one story if you'd like. If you do not have a personal story of your own, but have a pre-published favorite or a story written by someone else, these stories are welcomed as well. Don't forget to include who the author is, source, etc.

Please submit your story through our website at www.chickensoup.com

Here Are Some of Our Up-Coming Titles:


Girl''s Soul II
Another collection of stories from preteen girls and others who haven''t forgotten what it''s like to be a preteen girl. No deadline date for submissions has been established.

Life Lessons on Relationships/Couples
Stories and lessons to help you reconnect with the things that are important in a relationship. No deadline date for submissions has been established. The deadline date for story submissions is August, 2006

Family Soul
Our families are so important to us. This collection of stories will cover all aspects of family life from the challenges to the humorous and silly moments. The deadline date for story submissions is September 2006

Children with Special Needs: Stories to give inspiration to all parents in their goals of helping special needs kids go from handicapped to handicapable. The deadline date for story submissions is October, 2006.

Red Hat Society
Stories about the women who belong to this unique group. These stories will make you feel good and will rekindle the warmth in your heart. The deadline date for story submissions is October 2006.

Stepfamily''s Soul
Stories to share the daily struggles, amazing triumphs and humorous moments that define the relationships of the members of the stepfamily. The deadline date for story submissions is December 2006.

Nurse''s Second Shift
A second collection of stories to celebrate the rewards and challenges of the nursing profession. No deadline date for submissions has been established. The deadline date for story submissions is December 2006.


Gift Pack books series
Tea Lover''s Soul
There is nothing like a wonderful cup of tea to soothe the soul. These stories will celebrate the special experiences of tea lovers. The deadline date for story submissions is December 2006.
Wine Lover''s Soul
Wine lovers have very definite tastes in wine. Whether you love a red wine, a white wine or a blush wine this collection of stories will cover it all. The deadline date for story submissions is December 2006.
Coffee Lover''s Soul
For a coffee lover, that first cup of coffee in the morning is what it''s all about! These stories, from and about coffee lovers will explain their passion. The deadline date for story submissions is December 2006.
Chocolate Lover''s Soul
Yummy!! Need we say more? For a chocolate lover there is nothing like the taste of chocolate. This collection of stories will be delicious! The deadline date for story submissions is December 2006.

Roger J Carlson
08-24-2006, 09:44 PM
Thanks, Robin, for these great resources!

Robin Bayne
08-24-2006, 09:50 PM
Thanks, Robin, for these great resources!

My pleasure!:)


God Allows U-Turns


SEND US YOUR TRUE SHORT STORY

GOD ALLOWS U-TURNS
The Choices We Make Book Series
P.O. Box 717, Faribault, MN 55021-0717
Phone/Fax (507) 334-6464
Submit stories via specific volume topic e-mail addresses as listed on web site.
Website: http://www.godallowsuturns.com (http://www.godallowsuturns.com/)
Multiple volumes in the original God Allows U-Turns book series are now being published by Bethany House Publishers (http://www.bethanyhouse.com/). Growing in popularity with every new volume, this is a Christian inspirational book series. Each book in the acclaimed series will contain from fifty to seventy-five uplifting, encouraging and inspirational true short stories written by contributors from all over the world. We are currently accepting true short stories for various volumes; see our web site for volume topics, specific deadlines and publisher announcements. 100% freelance. Pays $30 honorarium upon publication (plus 1 copy of book). By-line and short bio. Send complete manuscript with full contact information. We will respond only if your story is selected for submission. Accepts simultaneous submissions & reprints (tell when/where appeared). Prefers MS WORD attachments via specific volume topic e-mail addresses. Sample stories appear on web site. Read a current volume in the series to understand our needs and story format - this is imperative. Thoroughly review web site if possible.
SPECIAL NEEDS

Open to well written, personal inspirational pieces showing how faith in God can inspire, encourage and heal. Hope should prevail. We want human-interest stories with a spiritual application, affirming ways in which faith is expressed in daily life. When possible, show how the choice you made, either through a change of heart, attitude, thought, and/or behavior occurred that clearly describes moving closer toward God. Using a "u-turn" lesson/analogy within the story is a plus. "The choices we make change the story of our life," tell us how your choices have changed your life. These true stories MUST touch the emotions. Our contributors are a diverse group with no limits on age or denomination.
TIPS

Read a current volume, or see the sample story on our web site. Keep it real. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things with God's help. We publish the nitty-gritty issues of life - few subjects are taboo. Focus on timeless, universal themes like love, forgiveness, salvation, healing, hope, faith, etc. Be able to tell a good story with drama, description and dialogue. "Show" us, don't "tell" us. Avoid moralisms and preachy tones. The point of the story should be some practical spiritual help the reader receives from what the author learned through his experience. Remember our "choosing a u-turn toward God" theme. Again, we encourage you to read a volume before submitting.
DEADLINES

Deadlines vary and are open for future volumes, see our "Future Volumes" page on our website for specific niche titles and various deadlines. www.godallowsuturns.com (http://www.godallowsuturns.com/).
NOTE

We gladly accept multiple submissions. Please, send each story individually when submitting via email. Include your contact information with each story.
This book series is DIFFERENT from the God Answers Prayers book series published by Harvest House. We are currently NOT accepting stories in the God Answers Prayers series.
STORY FORMAT

Submissions must be from 500-1,500 words. No formatting needed if sent via web site or in the text body of an email.If submitting via an MS WORD ATTACHMENT send your story double-spaced, one-inch margins, and 12-point "Times" font - please, no fancy formatting with bold text or oversize headers. If submitting via snail mail, you must send your story on a PC formatted disk or CD, typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins, and 12 point "Times" font.
Sorry, but we cannot accept handwritten nor old-fashioned typed stories.
RIGHTS

One time non-exclusive rights. Reprint rights. We will reserve full editorial rights, including possible title changes. You will be sent a Permissions Form (contract) in the event your story is chosen for publication. This form must be signed and returned promptly. No returns - if your story is not selected, your story will not be returned - always keep a copy for your files.
TIMELINE

Due to the volume of material we are now receiving, we truly regret that we can no longer respond personally to every contributor. However, you can rest assured you will be contacted in the event your submission is selected for publication.
Feel free to submit your story elsewhere during this review process. In the event your work is chosen for inclusion in a future volume, you will be notified by phone or mail to see if your story is still available for our use.
SNAIL MAIL SUBMISSIONS

We no longer accept snail mail submissions
CONTACT INFORMATION TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR STORY

First and Last Name - Day and Evening Telephone & FAX
Mailing Address/City/State/Zip and Country
E-Mail Address
FUTURE VOLUMES

Visit web site for detailed future volume topics (http://www.godallowsuturns.com/futurevols.htm) and current specific deadlines. Future volume themes will be God Allows U-Turns for: Couples, Men, Moms, Families, Seniors, Teachers, Children, Financial Issues, Holiday Treasures, Weight and Self Esteem, Medical Miracles, Career Changes, etc. Identify theme topic in your submission.
TWO WAYS TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY


Via our Website at http://godallowsuturns.com/submitstory.htm (submit story directly from the site)
#2. Via email (as an MS WORD attachment) at submit2uturns@godallowsuturn (submit2uturns@godallowsuturns.com?subject=Story%2 0Submission)

Robin Bayne
08-30-2006, 12:37 AM
I've been asked privately so let me clarify-- I am not connected with Chicken Soup or any other market I post about. I just get lots of info and want to share it. ;)

Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for funny, inspirational and heartfelt stories for our newest upcoming title, "Chicken Soup for the Beach Lover''s Soul."

Tentative chapter headings include:
Under the Boardwalk-This is our chapter on love & learning to love, companionship, friendship, etc.

Day at the Beach- Memories or Insights and lessons

Surf's up
Fun, fun, fun (see the Beach Boy's on this one)

Playing on the Beach
Volleyball, sand castles, kite surfing, etc.

Beach Parties

Sunrise/Sunset

Creating Special Moments

We''re looking for inspirational, true stories (1,000 words or less) that will make readers laugh, cry or sigh. Stories should be positive, universal and non-controversial. The "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted.

For additional story guidelines, please visit our website at www.chickensoup.com.

You may submit more than one story and we accept previously published pieces. For each story selected in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid if your story is selected.

The submission deadline is October 1, 2006.

Please submit stories through the Chicken Soup for the Soul website at www.chickensoup.com. Be sure to select "Beach Lover" as the book title.

We look forward to reading your story!

Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen Patty Aubery

Robin Bayne
09-02-2006, 08:19 PM
Not necessarily Christian but looks interesting!

Production Company Seeking Feature Scripts



Feel free to forward. As always, you should only submit WGA Registered or Copyright Registered material.

Jeffrey R. Gund
INFOLIST.com
Jeffrey R. Gund Music & Sound Design
www.myspace. com/JeffGund
If you like the InfoList - Add a Comment on my Myspace page and let me know what you like about it!
____________ _________ _________

PRODUCTION COMPANY SEEKING SCRIPTS

Broken Halo Productions, an Independent feature production company is looking for projects for an award-winning director. Company will produce 3 high-concept, low-budget films with high production value over three years with a focus on international distribution as well as domestic.

We are looking for strong, character or concept driven horror, psychological thriller or suspense scripts with approximate budgets between $500K and $2 million. We are primarily looking for strong material that can be shot for a low budget, but have a big budget feel (ie Amityville Horror, When a Stranger Calls, etc).

Please, no comedy or drama scripts or scripts featuring high-cost special fx, etc.

TO SUBMIT:
Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at INFOLIST.com, and please email your loglines, script synopses as well as a writer's bio to:
rcurrelley@gmail. com

If approved, you will be sent a standard release form and an address to which to send the script and release form. Preference will be given to scripts or writers that have won awards or contests, but this is not mandatory.

__

Robin Bayne
09-08-2006, 04:35 AM
Announcing the 2nd Annual $50,000 John Templeton Foundation Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.

MOVIEGUIDE and the John Templeton Foundation have announced the 2nd Annual John Templeton Foundation Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays with prizes totally $50,000. The primary purpose of the prize is to further the influence of moral and spiritual values within the film and television industries. The prize will help inspire first-time screenwriters to produce compelling, entertaining, spiritually uplifting scripts.

Deadline for entries are:

November 3, 2006 [Early]
December 15, 2006 [Late]

All deadlines are postmark deadlines.

For more information on the prize - please visit: www.kairosprize.com (http://www.kairosprize.com/)

Please feel free to forward this to colleagues.

Blessings,

Tori McPetrie
John Templeton Foundation Kairos Prize
tori@kairosprize.com
www.kairosprize.com

Robin Bayne
09-14-2006, 10:02 PM
Deleted contest!!

Robin Bayne
09-14-2006, 10:04 PM
By Grace Publishing

www.bygracepublishing.com


Thank you for your interest in our company. If you are a writer with the desire to publish your Christian or tender romance, we would be happy to look at your work. We are also accepting Chick-lit, however we prefer Christian Chick-lit. Secular, but "chaste" Chick-Lit will also be acceptable.
We are a royalty paying publisher. Regrettably, we cannot pay an advance, but we do pay 50% of the net earnings to our authors.

We will provide you with cover art, and promotions. You will be expected to help promote your work.



Our Current Needs
As of June 13, 2006
Short stories (5,000 to 15,000 words) and novellas (20,000 to 25,000 words) for the Short and Sweet line up. Submit the full manuscript with your query. Historical or Contemporary welcome.
Inspirational Romance of all lengths.
Larger sized heroines welcomed.
Romantic Comedy
Chick-Lit
Romantic Suspense
Wedding centered novellas for the June Brides Anthology.
Christmas themed novels, novellas or short stories.*
*Christmas is a priority at this time. Submit TODAY! Tender or Inspirational.
What we do not want:


Stories that anthropomorphize God, or His angels.
Foul language. If you are unsure, be safe, and do not use the word.
Heroes that do not respect women. This includes stories in which the hero is redeemed.
Graphic violence.
Incomplete manuscripts. We have been known to request a full from a partial in one week.
Divorce that is not for Biblical reasons.
E-books will be published in PDF, LIT, and HTML formats on this site. Other electronic formats will be available through Fictionwise. Print on demand services will be outsourced. If 200 copies of your book are sold, it will go into general distribution. General distribution makes your book available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as available to any bookstore.

New submitters are strongly urged to read our tips page, and our sample query. You might also consider visiting author Mary Claymore's site for writing articles.


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Guidelines

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There are three main categories; Inspirational, Tender (secular,) and Chick-lit (Women's Fiction with a fun twist.) Our guidelines are simple:

Sexual tension should be kept to a minimum.
No doctrinal issues should be covered in your story.
No violence of any sort, unless it is integral to the story.
In Inspirational Romances, Christian characters, though not perfect, should not engage in alcohol consumption or cigarette smoking. Secondary non-Christian characters may engage in these activities, but they should not be viewed as positive.
Contemporary or Historical Romances will be considered. If you are submitting Historical Romance, include the period in your query.
Point of view can be first or third person, but only from the hero or heroine.
Sub-genres like mystery, suspense and comedy are encouraged. We want a mix of styles and stories.
No simultaneous submissions, please. If you want to submit to this company, do not submit the same story elsewhere.
Word counts and imprints are listed below. Word count is figured as 250 words per page for 25 lines per page in Courier New 12 pt. Please submit your query, first three chapters and brief synopsis by email (uniqueenterprisessubmit@yahoo.com). You may attach RTF files only. Your query should include the word count and category you wish to submit to. Please do not submit unfinished manuscripts. The subject of your email should be "BGP Query: The Title of Your Manuscript." Read our sample query for an example.

Gravity
09-14-2006, 10:52 PM
The Sobol contest is being discussed on the Bewares and Background Check header. It seems (seems being the operative word) to have some problems.

Just sayin'...

Robin Bayne
09-15-2006, 03:16 AM
The Sobol contest is being discussed on the Bewares and Background Check header. It seems (seems being the operative word) to have some problems.

Just sayin'...

I see what you mean, and to be honest, I didn't even notice the $85 entry free (found the info on the ACFW's loop). Yikes!
Deleted my post. Thanks!

Robin Bayne
09-22-2006, 03:30 AM
Great new paying market!!!

AVON INSPIRE!

Harper San Francisco Acquisitions Editor: Cynthia
DiTiberio :"The team at Avon will be consulting with the
team at HSF for HSFs knowledge of the Christian marketplace. We're
looking forward to a unique partnering of the Harper family.

They will take unagented submissions, and expect the first book out in May 2007. Word count to be 75,000-100,000. Interested in contemporary,
historical, romantic suspense, and romantic comedy subgenres. Try to have at least one main character be strong in his/her faith throughout the story.

Robin Bayne
10-07-2006, 01:43 AM
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal on Girl Stuff Story Call Out


Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal on Girl Stuff
Please send us your stories on "Girl Stuff"-friendship, moods, self-worth, body image, parent relationships, sweetheart relationships, fashion, fitting in, peer pressure, menstrual cycles-anything you want to share with the next generation of young women about what they really need to know, what is important-and what you have discovered is not.

Please note that this is not the typical "Chicken Soup" book in that in addition to stories, there is actual content that helps teenagers navigate through teen years. If you have suggestions on what you think needs to be included, anecdotes about what you wish you had known when you were a teen, please feel free to send you two cents. On the "advice" snippets (a paragraph or less) please specify whether you want credit by full name, first name or a fake name. There is no payment for the advice inserts if used, however, we do pay $200 for each Chicken Soup story selected, and $50 for
Selected poems.

Please submit to RealDealStories@aol.com either by email or by WORD attachments. BE SURE to include your contact information ON THE ACTUAL STORIE (not just in the email as when I download the story they get separated).

THANK YOU!

Eve Hogan

Robin Bayne
10-07-2006, 01:44 AM
Empty Nester's Stories Wanted


The "empty nest" experience tests the elasticity of both our house and our heart. Chicken Soup for the Empty Nester's Soul invites you to contribute a true story or anecdote that explores your losses and discoveries, rifts and rescues, pandemonium and silences - and the hope and humor that helped you survive it all.

Topics will include but not be limited to:

Leaving Already?
Broken Wings
Branching Out
Fledgling Flights
Boomerangs
Wings and Wisdom
Prodigals
Ruffled Feathers
Feathering Our Nests


We're looking for inspirational, true stories of 1000 words or less that will make readers laugh, cry, or sigh. Stories should be positive, universal, and non-controversial. The "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical, or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please refer to other Chicken Soup books to better understand our story-telling style or see sample stories at: www.emptynesterssoul.com.

You may submit more than one story, whether original or a favorite from magazines, newspapers, or other sources. For each original story published, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 will be paid.

Email submissions are strongly preferred. Please submit your story at www.chickensoup.com. Be sure to select "Empty Nester's Soul" as the book title.

Deadline is January 31, 2007.

Although we would like to respond to every contribution, the volume of stories we receive makes that impossible. Only finalists will be notified prior to publication. We appreciate your patience during this decision-making process.

Thank you for joining us in touching the hearts and rekindling the spirits of millions of empty nesters everywhere. We look forward to receiving your stories!


Jack Canfield
Mark Victor Hansen
Patricia Cena Evans
Carol McAdoo Rehme

Robin Bayne
10-09-2006, 06:43 PM
Contest for Students (EPIC is a very legit org that runs the Eppie Awards)


EPIC New Voices 2007 contest open for entries between August 1, 2006 and
November 1, 2006.

This is a writing contest for students attending public, private, or home
schools anywhere in the world. There is no entrance fee. Students should be
in junior high/middle school or high school in the US or the equivalent
level in the school system of their country. The student may write a story,
poem, or essay for the contest or enter something written for a school
assignment. For more information, visit the EPIC website
http://www.epicauthors.com/newvoices.html

Pat~
10-27-2006, 04:25 AM
Here is a recently updated list of many Christian writers markets:

http://www.utmostchristianwriters.com/markets/wrpubs.php

Robin Bayne
11-01-2006, 11:20 PM
From the CLASS website--

My Story as a Single MomI am looking for stories from single mothers to use as examples in a
book
that will illustrate how personalities affect the different ways we
handle difficulties.

This submission should tell of a situation that you found yourself in
as
a single mother. It should tell what you did and relate that to your
own
personality and temperament. In other words, why you did what you did
when another person of a different temperament probably would have done
it entirely differently given the same circumstances.

Include a 50 word preface explaining the situation. Please double space
and use Arial or other simple font. Write 200 words explaining how you
dealt with the situation. Include as much as possible about your
temperament or personality and how that affected the way you handled
it.
I am looking for stories that illustrate a lesson learned or a
spiritual
turning point. No preaching, please. This needs to appeal to secular as
well as Christian readers.

Email as an attached Word document to gail@seeinguthrough.com with
?Single Mom? in the subject box.

If I should choose to include your story in the manuscript you will be
notified and will be given the opportunity to review any edits that are
made. You may choose to have your name included or remain anonymous.

Here are some possible topics that I am looking for:

Holidays
Transitions
School and school teacher issues
Finances
Spiritual experiences
Humorous situations
Illness, either yours or your child's
Vacations
Moving
Difficulties with cars, plumbing, etc.
Disciplining children
Your social life
Coping with grief or loss

* * * * *

Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul 2

...is looking for stories that will touch the hearts and rekindle the
spirits of nurses. Submit inspirational true stories, articles, or
anecdotes (1000 words or less) at www.chickensoup.com (click submit a
story). See coauthor LeAnn Thieman's website at www.LeAnnThieman.com
for
details and sample stories. Deadline Nov 30, 2006.

Robin Bayne
11-02-2006, 02:44 AM
From Cynthia Sterling's newsletter today:

************ ********* ********* ********* ********* ********
Sourcebooks Publishing is a publisher out of Napierville, Illinois that began in the late 1980s as a publisher of financial and business books. They soon expanded into gift books, self-help books, humor and women's interest nonfiction. After much success with nonfiction, in 2001 Sourcebooks launched a fiction imprint, Sourcebooks Landmark. They've had much success of late with trade paper women's fiction and romance titles, including, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, and the Tuesday Erotica Club. They've also published thrillers and historical fiction. Sourcebooks accepts only agented manuscripts. Find out more at http://www.sourcebooks.com/content/home.asp

************ ********* ********* ********* ********* *******
Love Notes Press is seeking short stories of up to 25,000 words for its upcoming A Deserted Island anthology. Stories may be historical or contemporary romance, romantic suspense, or fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal romance, but the story must contain a deserted island. A one-time fee of $75 will be paid for each story. Authors must submit a synopsis for consideration prior to submitting their completed story. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2006. For all the details, visit Love Notes Press (http://lovenotespress.com/submissions.shtml).

Robin Bayne
11-06-2006, 01:01 AM
I have recently started contributing to the Associated Content website. They accept all kinds of material, and I noticed that they don't shy away from Christian articles!

I have sold them articles on writing, low-carb lifestyle and credit scoring. They don't pay much--usually between $3-20 per article, but they do pay and if you have articles you've already sold elsewhere, you can sell them here as a reprint and pick up a few bucks.

Check it out at www.associatedcontent.com

Robin Bayne
11-07-2006, 08:19 PM
Thanks to Writer's Gazette for these markets--


Parabola
PAY: $75 - $400
A quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as
it is expressed in the world's myths, symbols, and religious traditions, with
particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our
modern life. Each issue of Parabola is organized around a theme. Examples of
themes we have explored in the past include Rites of Passage, Sacred Space,
The Child, Ceremonies, Addiction, The Sense of Humor, Hospitality, The Hunter,
The Stranger, and Prayer & Meditation.
http://parabola. org/content/ view/14/39/ (http://parabola.org/content/view/14/39/)

* Common Ties
PAY: up to $1000/story
A new site that collects people's personal stories from all over the world.
There is a guideline payment of $200 per piece but writers can suggest
another price up to $1,000. Stories should be ideally be 1,000 words or less
although stories up to 2,000 words will be considered. For more information please
go to http://commonties. com/blog/ submit-a- story/ (http://commonties. com/blog/ submit-a- story/)



Becoming Family
PAY: varies
Dedicated to celebrating and strengthening family life in America. It will
do this principally by underscoring the joy and beauty of family. It will also
offer ideas, advice, and encouragement, together with inspiring stories of
families that are striving to grow stronger. Becoming Family's guiding ideal
is that the family is the origin of life, the most basic of human communities,
and society's principal teacher of values and virtues.
http://www.becoming family.com/ guidelines. html (http://www.becomingfamily.com/guidelines.html)

* Insight Magazine
PAY: not listed
Needs: true stories, profiles of Christian celebrities, profiles of
outstanding Seventh-day Adventist youth, and general articles. Insight doesn't need:
fiction, sermons, poems, puzzles, and parables.
http://www.insightm agazine.org/ guidelines/ (http://www.insightm agazine.org/ guidelines/)



* Ignite Your Faith
PAY: $.15 - $.20/word
Writers who understand and empathize with a Christian world view is a good
start, but that's not enough. Freelancers must be pros who understand our
unique style and editorial philosophy. Don't query until you've studied at least
one issue of Ignite Your Faith.
http://www.christia nitytoday. com/teens/ features/ guidelines. html (http://www.christianitytoday.com/teens/features/guidelines.html)

* P.S. Greetings
PAY: varies
Manufactures everyday greeting cards with an extensive Christmas program.
Our line includes primarily traditional design work, with some new release or
'alternative' designs annually.
http://www.psg- fpp.com/creative _guidelines. htm (http://www.psg-fpp.com/creative_guidelines.htm)

* Marriage Partnership
PAY: $.15 - $.25/word
Seeks to provide realistic, challenging, and practical insights into healthy
Christian marriage. We offer hope and help to our readers through practical
how-to pieces; interviews with experts; humorous articles; true-life,
dramatic stories of couples dealing with major life challenges; thoughtful essays;
and couple profiles.
http://www.christia nitytoday. com/marriage/ features/ info.html# writers (http://www.christianitytoday.com/marriage/features/info.html#writers)

* Preaching Magazine
PAY: $50
Includes three categories of editorial content: feature articles, sermon
manuscripts, and homiletical resources. Virtually all material is written by
active/retired pastors and college or seminary faculty. As a professional
journal for ministers, editorial content is written by and for vocational
ministers; articles by non-ministers are not typically accepted for publication.
Rights to publish in publication also include right to reprint on our web site.
http://www.preachin g.com/preaching/ guidelines. html (http://www.preaching.com/preaching/guidelines.html)

* Governing magazine
PAY: not listed
Publishes articles on subjects of interest to elected and appointed
government officials at the state, city and county levels. The magazine seeks lively,
comprehensive articles covering politics, personalities, issues and
management. Relatively few Governing articles focus on a single place, and those that
do must have some broader relevance that will interest the magazine's
diverse audience. Articles comparing how officials in a variety of places tackle a
problem or face a management issue are more likely to have broad appeal.
http://www.governin g.com/wrguide. htm (http://www.governing.com/wrguide.htm)

MORE LISTINGS:
http://www.writerga zette.com/ callforsubmissio ns.shtml (http://www.writergazette.com/callforsubmissions.shtml)
http://www.writerga zette.com/ jobf4m.shtml (http://www.writergazette.com/jobf4m.shtml)

Robin Bayne
11-08-2006, 03:45 AM
From a member of Christian Writer's Fellowship Intl:


I am in the process of writing an inspirational/devotional book for U.S. military families, "Secure the Fort." Part of my plan for the book is to include other military families' writings, children's patriotic drawings, etc.
I am extending an invitation to anyone who has loved ones in the service. If you would like to submit an encouraging/touching patriotic poem you've written, share a favorite scripture that helped sustain you, submit a portion of a letter from the field, offer tid bits of encouragement/advice to new military families,etc, please email me at Lucy@allgloryishis.com.
This book is intended to lift up and encourage our military families and help bring them closer to the Lord. All submissions will be considered, however I reserve rights to choose which ones will be included and would fit nicely with the existing content. All submissions are entered as a ministry to other military families. (No monetary compensation.) Note: You will be given credit as author of the material you submit! Let's make this an incredible venture in encouraging and supporting our troops and their families! (450 word max per submission please. Multiple submissions accepted for consideration.)
Thanks in advance!
Lucy Cain

LCain
http://www.allgloryishis.com

Edgarallenwannabe
11-15-2006, 07:20 PM
I have recently started contributing to the Associated Content website. They accept all kinds of material, and I noticed that they don't shy away from Christian articles!

I have sold them articles on writing, low-carb lifestyle and credit scoring. They don't pay much--usually between $3-20 per article, but they do pay and if you have articles you've already sold elsewhere, you can sell them here as a reprint and pick up a few bucks.

Check it out at www.associatedcontent.com (http://www.associatedcontent.com)

I've had some good success with them, too - they don't pay bundles, but if you're already writing articles for other sources, it's a nice way to pick up some extra cash.

Robin Bayne
11-15-2006, 08:23 PM
* The Wild Rose Press seeks Inspirational Romance

The Wild Rose Press, a New York based romance publisher, is openly seeking
submissions for their White Rose Line. Nicola Martinez, one of three editors
for the line, says, "We're looking for stories in any word length, so whether
it's a short story or a full-length novel, we'll take a look." The Wild Rose
Press publishes romance titles in a variety of lengths.Single Titles are
between 55,000 and 80,000 words. Rosebuds are between 20,000 and 55,000 words.
Miniature Roses are between 5, 000 and 20,000 words, and rosettes are under
5,000 words. "All books 55,000 and over go into print," said Martinez. The White
Rose Line is the inspirational imprint at Wild Rose Press, and an "element
of faith must be present in all White Rose books, without overtaking the
story. As in every romance, the
story's focus should be the conflict between the main characters," the
imprint guidelines say. "These books encompass protagonists who may or may not be
spiritual at the onset, but come to realize that faith is a cornerstone for
love. Faith should be one of the elements in these well-rounded stories. There
are no detailed love scenes in these accounts, but natural sexual tension is
encouraged. These stories can be a straight romance or include another
factor such as mystery, suspense or paranormal, etc. Please specify in the query
if the story includes elements beyond simple romance. White Rose
inspirationals should have an emotional rise and fall; however, the characters should not
make love unless they are married, and then it should be behind closed doors.
Feel free to delve into
sensitive topics, subjects that affect real people, but without profanity or
nudity. Protagonists should display layered characterization, people who
struggle with decisions on a regular basis, using their existent or growing
faith to augment their growth together and as Christians." "Authors are free to
submit to me directly at NMartinez@thewildro sepress.com, or they can submit to
one of the other White Rose editors," Martinez said. Further contact
information is available at the website. Wild Rose Press was launched in May 2006 by
partners Rhonda Penders and RJ Morris. The small electronic and print
publisher's titles span the romance sub-genre spectrum from sweet to sensually
erotic. Heralded as the "kinder, gentler publisher," no form letter rejections
are ever sent to authors who
submit, and response time is quicker than the market average. For more
information about The Wild Rose Press and its editorial needs, visit
http://www.thewildrosepress.com

Robin Bayne
11-15-2006, 08:25 PM
* Inspirational Newspaper Will Pay For Your Story Submissions

PAY: $25 - $50/story plus possible regular job offer

We just finalized our first edition of The Outlook: a newspaper dedicated to
providing our readers with motivational and inspiring news stories, and we
beginning to work on our second edition. We were thrilled to receive the
hundreds of stories of hope, courage, laughter, love, and joy from all oer the
world. As we begin the second issue of our paper, we once again look to our
communities, and those around the world, to find inspirational stories. Has
something happened that changed your life? Do you know a local hero? Do you have
something beautiful to share? Then write to us!!! As those people whose
stories appeared thr first time around will tell you, it€™s as easy as picking up
the phone, emailing, or writing us. Help us bring out the best in people by
providing our readers with good
news, and proving that happy news does in fact exist! Please contact us with
any and all stories that you feel will inspire, or amuse our readership.
Here are Some Story Suggestions:
€ Oercoming Adversity
€ Funny Stories
€ Random Acts of Kindness
€ Tribute to an Amazing Friend
€ Stories of success in life, health or love
€ Good deeds
€ Joyful Stories
€ Helping People
€ Great Students / Teachers
€ The funniest thing that eer happened to you
€ The best time of your life
€ Gratitude
€ Best Father or Mother
€ Children that inspire you or make you laugh
€ A positive moral
€ Informative animal & environmental stories
€ Unusual, funny, or cute pet stories
€ Tragedy turned positive
€ Your most embarrassing moment
€ What you're thankful for
€ Funny relative stories (includes children, grandchildren, etc.)....and
anything else you may find applicable! Send Your Story To:
The Outlook
Submissions
P.O. Box 299
Lake Huntington, NY 12752
Call: 845-932-8293 and ask for Tiffany or Email: mailto:outlookny@gmail. com
See you in the paper!

* Independent Rising Magazine
PAY: To be discussed with Applicant
Do you love Movies? Do you love writing? Why not combine the two!
Independent Rising Magazine is an online magazine covering the independent film
industry through interviews and articles with the filmmakers. Every month we feature
several different series of articles that span the entire film industry,
from directors to composers, make-up artists, special effects teams, and more.
We are currently seeking 10-15 writers with various levels of experience to
join our team. Anyone looking to build their resume with solid writing
experience is encouraged to apply. For more information, e-mail us now or check out
our website! Independent Rising Magazine
http://www.prmagazi ne.net Editors: mailto:admin@fromtheflames.com

Robin Bayne
11-15-2006, 08:40 PM
* Religion writer

Freelance position with Women's eNews covering our religion beat, that is,
the movements for change within major religions led by women for the benefit
of women. Writer will be given at least five assignments in the course of the
year, either ideas generated by the news desk or by the person in this
position. Qualifications include at least three years reporting and writing in
English for a daily or weekly news periodical or news service. The person
selected must also demonstrate through submitted writing samples the ability to
understand the implications of complex and nuanced religious and theological
discussions on social justice topics within organized religions. To apply, send
resume, writing sample and a cover letter explaining why this beat is for you
to
mailto:editors@womensenews .org

Robin Bayne
11-16-2006, 07:30 PM
From ACFW--

This magazine is having a Christmas story contest. Unfortunately the
deadline is November 19. (http://www.angelsonearth.com/). The contest
is to write the story of Jesus' birth using the POV of someone who was
actually there.

PURE INSPIRATION
http://www.pureinspirationmag.com
PURE INSPIRATION is a new magazine that lights the way to your
dreams with the advice and encouragement of wise souls from
millennia past along with insights from today's spiritual
teachers and motivational guides. In each issue, they feature
personal stories of inspiration. They invite you to share your
story.

People benefit from hearing about someone's life-changing
experience. If you have had an incident, encounter, or moment
of inspiration in your life that significantly affected you
(your health, family, spiritual life, happiness, beliefs) and
would like to share it, PURE INSPIRATION would love to hear from
you.

Send your story (approximately 1000 to 1500 words) to
Marie Arnold, Pure Inspiration, 7 Waterloo Road, Stanhope, NJ 07874 or by e-mail: marnold@lightstreampublishing.com
for consideration. Include photos if applicable (including one
of yourself). If your story is chosen for publication PURE
INSPIRATION will pay $100.00. If you would like your story
returned (whether or not it is chosen for publication), include
a stamped self-addressed envelope with your submission.

Robin Bayne
11-18-2006, 09:14 PM
Call for Papers

The Black Church:
Past, Present, Future

The Department of English at Texas Southern University invites you to
submit papers to be presented at the 2007 J. Marie McCleary Symposium on
"The Black Church: Past, Present, Future." The symposium runs March
29-30 at Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.

The 2007 McCleary Symposium will include presentations that incorporate
such various approaches as the black church as a social, cultural and
political transformational edifice; literary interpretations of the
church; music and song in and outside the church; architectural
interpretations; the church in painting; the role of the minister and
ministering; and other topics. You are encouraged to look beyond these
guidelines and to challenge traditional notions. This is the Eighth
Annual J. Marie McCleary Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Arts. The
conference will be held on the campus of Texas Southern University in
Houston, TX, March 29-30, 2007. Selected papers will also be eligible
for publication in an electronic edition of the conference's
proceedings.

Please submit your 200-500 word abstract by January 15, 2007, in either
electronic, fax, or mail form. Individual presentations are limited to
20 minutes. Panel organizers should explain their topics and state the
names of the panel members. Time allocations for panels will be decided
based on the submitted abstracts.
Location: TSU's University Museum, 3100 Cleburne, Houston=20

For more information, contact Dr. Shirley Walker Moore:
Email: _moore_sw@tsu. edu_ (mailto:moore_sw@tsu. edu)
Phone: 713-313-7652
Fax: 713-313-7538
Mail: Dr. Shirley Walker Moore, Chair
Department of English
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne=09 Houston, TX 77004 =20

Michael D. Sollars, Ph.D.
Texas Southern University
Department of English
3100 Cleburne Houston, TX 77004
713-313-7654
_sollars_md@ tsu.edu_ (mailto:sollars_md@tsu. edu)

Robin Bayne
11-22-2006, 03:03 AM
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SISTERS' AND BROTHER'S SOUL

We are in immediate need of funny, inspirational and heartfelt stories for our newest upcoming title "Chicken Soup for the Sisters' and Brothers' Soul." THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15, 2007. Publication is Fall 2007.

It's important that all stories submitted be about a relationship between a sister and a brother, not a sister-sister relationship or a brother-brother relationship. And we're including stories written by, and about, all age groups, from birth to childhood, the teen years to adulthood, the golden years to passing on.

And you don't necessarily need to be the sister or brother in the story; parents and grandparents are invited to share their stories, too, witnessing the interaction between their children and/or grandchildren as it relates to sister and brother relationships.

Tentative chapter headings include:
Growing Up Together - Fun and lighthearted sister/brother stories
She Did It! He Did It, First! - sibling rivalries and squabbles
Big Brothers and Big Sisters - special moments younger siblings have with their older brothers and sisters
Sons and Daughters - stories parents tell about rearing their daughters and sons
Step by Step - stepfamily brother/sister relationships
You Were Always the Favorite - coping with perceived or real parental favoritism
We Were Crazy Kids - the humorous times shared as brothers and sisters
Leader of the Pack - one child is often seen as a sibling leader, especially in adulthood
Golden Times! - sibling relationships that have passed the half-century mark
We Are Family - overall family-type stories

Stories must be true (non-fiction), written in first person, and 1,000 words or less. Stories should make readers laugh, cry or sigh, and be positive, universal and non-controversial. Also, the "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please read a few stories in other Chicken Soup books to better understand our story-telling style.

You may submit more than one story. We accept previously published pieces, as long as you retained all rights to your story. For each story published, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid. We also need sister and brother cartoons; if accepted for publication, payment will be $100 each. We do accept poems, although very few are used. Payment for poems is $50. All payments are paid within thirty days of publication. Again, the submission deadline is January 15, 2007, but the sooner, the better!

You can submit stories one of three ways: 1) e-mail stories through the Chicken Soup for the Soul website at www.chickensoup.com. Be sure to select "Sisters' and Brothers' Soul" as the book title; 2) e-mail your story along with your name, address and phone number to Story@PublishingSyndicate.com, and be sure to list "Sisters' and Brothers' Soul submission" in the e-mail subject line. Please note that we do not accept e-mail attachments, so type, copy or paste your story into the e-mail body. For specific submission information guidelines, please visit www.PublishingSyndicate.com; and 3) You may mail your submission to:

Chicken Soup for the Sisters' and Brothers' Soul
c/o Publishing Syndicate
P.O. Box 607
Orangevale, CA 95662

We look forward to reading your story!

Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen
Ken McKowen Dahlynn McKowen

Robin Bayne
11-23-2006, 03:55 AM
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Special Needs
101 Stories for the PARENTS of a Child with a Disability


Deleted-- call for subs already ended.

Robin Bayne
11-28-2006, 03:29 AM
Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Collection

Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for inspirational, warm, funny and heartfelt stories for the latest title in our wonderful holiday collection.

We invite you to share your favorite story with us for Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Collection. Tentative chapter headings include:

Christmas Traditions

The Joy of Giving

All I Want For Christmas

Deck The Halls - Decorating

The Spirit of the Season

Food, Food, Food!

Here We Come A-Caroling

Holiday Memories

We are looking for heartwarming, true stories (1,000 words or less) that will touch our readers and make them laugh, cry or sigh. Stories should be positive, universal and non-controversial. The "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted.

For additional story guidelines, please visit our website at www.chickensoup.com and select the "Story Guidelines" link on the left toolbar.

You may submit more than one story and we do accept previously published pieces. For each story selected to be in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid.

The submission deadline is March 31, 2007.

Please submit stories through the Chicken Soup for the Soul website at www.chickensoup.com. Be sure to select "Christmas Collection" as the book title.

We look forward to reading your story!

Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen

Robin Bayne
12-12-2006, 08:09 PM
Men of Integrity
PAY: $50


Typically, our writers are Christian men fairly established in their walk
with Christ. We look for stories that illustrate biblical principles, written
by men who draw from their everyday experiences and lives. Personal
experiences that caused you to grow in your faith, or stories about areas of struggle
where God has challenged your thinking and encouraged a change in behavior,
are the types of stories that fit best into the Men of Integrity format.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/men/features/guidelines.html

Robin Bayne
01-06-2007, 02:57 AM
Empty Nester's Stories Wanted


The "empty nest" experience tests the elasticity of both our house and our heart. Chicken Soup for the Empty Nester's Soul invites you to contribute a true story or anecdote that explores your losses and discoveries, rifts and rescues, pandemonium and silences - and the hope and humor that helped you survive it all.

Topics will include but not be limited to:

Leaving Already?
Broken Wings
Branching Out
Fledgling Flights
Boomerangs
Wings and Wisdom
Prodigals
Ruffled Feathers
Feathering Our Nests


We're looking for inspirational, true stories of 1000 words or less that will make readers laugh, cry, or sigh. Stories should be positive, universal, and non-controversial. The "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical, or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please refer to other Chicken Soup books to better understand our story-telling style or see sample stories at: www.emptynesterssoul.com.

You may submit more than one story, whether original or a favorite from magazines, newspapers, or other sources. For each original story published, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 will be paid.

Email submissions are strongly preferred. Please submit your story at www.chickensoup.com. Be sure to select "Empty Nester's Soul" as the book title.

Deadline is January 31, 2007.

Although we would like to respond to every contribution, the volume of stories we receive makes that impossible. Only finalists will be notified prior to publication. We appreciate your patience during this decision-making process.

Thank you for joining us in touching the hearts and rekindling the spirits of millions of empty nesters everywhere. We look forward to receiving your stories!


Jack Canfield
Mark Victor Hansen
Patricia Cena Evans
Carol McAdoo Rehme

Robin Bayne
01-08-2007, 03:00 AM
Attention Writers!Contributors Wanted for Bylines 2008


Details: http://www.bylines2004.com/guidelines.php

We are now accepting submissions for Bylines 2008 Writers Desk Calendar and
we invite dedicated, serious writers who have been published and paid for their
work to submit an entry. All genres and disciplines are welcome.

Submission Guidelines

We're looking for succinct personal stories about the writing life. The
oh-wow success tales, the naked truth about what motivates you, the heartache of
rejection, the toughest lessons, the joy and pain of freelancing. Humor is good,
so is pathos. Please avoid routine, trite, ordinary stories. Read the many
insightful submissions in the current Bylines and you'll see what we mean. We
strongly urge you to read these entries so you understand what we're looking
for.

Writer's Bio
A few sentences about yourself. You're not dry and boring, so your bio
shouldn't be either. Give us your accomplishments but round out your profile so our
readers feel like they'd like to meet you for coffee. Or a beer.

Submission Length
The combined word count of your writing paragraph and bio should not exceed
300 words. We want room for your photo. However, don't send your photo yet.
We'll let you know if your submission has been chosen and request your picture
then.

Writer's Photo
If your submission is accepted, we will require a high resolution photograph.
You may send a digital image as long as the resolution is 300 dpi or higher.
If you do not have a high resolution digital image, please send us a quality
snap shot that we may use. Please note, your photograph will not be returned.
Do not send us your photo until you are notified that your submission has been
accepted for the calendar.

Submission Method
Send your submission within the body of your email (NOT as an attachment) to:
info(at)bylinescalendar.com (replace (at) with @)

Include your full name, address, phone number, email address and website. Do
not mail hard copies.


Fine Print
We reserve the right to edit submissions and bios chosen for Bylines but you
will have the opportunity to approve any changes. Bylines has one-time use
rights. Submissions and photographs will not be returned. We will accept
previously published work; just let us know when and where it appeared. Writer agrees
that pull quotes from their submission may be used on the Bylines web page, or
in other marketing.

Writer Compensation
1. Exposure and promotion. Bylines is sold at bookstores nationwide and on
the Internet. Your website and email address are listed in the calendar (with
your permission), and we provide a link from our website to yours. If you're the
outgoing type, we help arrange book signings at your local bookstore and/or
interviews with your local media. We also send out hundreds of press releases.
2. You get one free calendar and discounts on additional purchases. 3. Money.
It's only $5, but at least you can count us as a paying market. This is the
first year we've been able to offer to pay writers anything. Remember, this is a
labor of love, a tribute to writers and a break-even project.

Deadline
Submissions must be received no later than February 1, 2007. Writers will be
notified by April 15.

Robin Bayne
01-17-2007, 03:29 AM
Chicken Soup for the American Idol Lover's Soul


Dear Fellow American Idol Fan-atics,

We know who we are - we're the ones who wouldn't miss an AI show even if the world were coming to an end. We're the ones who think that the vote between Clay and Ruben was one of the most important elections of the past decade. We're the ones who can't believe that there are people who have actually never heard of Bo Bice or Diana DeGarmo or even Taylor Hicks.

Now we have a chance to share how AI has impacted our lives. We are in immediate need of funny, inspirational and heartfelt true stories for our newest upcoming Chicken Soup title Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul.

The stories should be 1200 words or less, and should be positive and non-controversial. No tributes, philosophical, self-promoting or biographical pieces will be accepted.

The stories must be written in first person but you don't necessarily need to be the person that the story is about. It can be about a friend who auditioned for AI, your grandma who re-ignited her singing career after watching the show or your sister who began working with special needs kids having been inspired by Clay.

Tentative chapter headings include:

The Dream Begins (stories from the Idols of the childhood moment when they knew they were meant to sing)

Waiting in the Rain (contestant hopefuls'' stories of waiting)

America Got It Wrong (dealing with disappointment)

Simon Says (turning criticism into inspiration)

Success is a Journey (lessons/experiences along the road)

That's my Baby (stories from the Idol's parents and families)

The Idol's Idols (stories from the Idols about who was their mentor/inspiration)

Touched By an Idol (viewer's stories)

"And Tonight Our Next Idol Hopeful Will be Singing." (stories of the songs that moved you - stories can be from Idols or fans)

Behind the Scenes (stories of things the viewers never see..hopefully we''ll include stories from make-up and hair people and/or the Idol's voice coaches, etc.)

Life After American Idol (stories from the Idols of what their lives look like not and how the experience has changed them)

As you can see, many of the stories will be written by the contestants or their family members, but we also want to hear from you, the fans - especially for the chapters:

Touched By an Idol (viewer's stories)

Success is a Journey (lessons/experiences along the road - must relate to Idol)

"And Tonight Our Next Idol Hopeful Will be Singing." (stories of the songs that moved you)

You may submit more than one story. We accept previously published pieces, as long as you retained all rights to your story. For each story published, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid. We also need AI cartoons and if accepted for publication, payment will be $100 each. We accept poems, although very few are used. Payment for poems is $50. All payment s are paid within thirty days of publication. The submission deadline is April 15th, but the sooner the better!

Please submit stories through the Chicken Soup for the Soul website at www.chickensoup.com. Click on Submit a Story and be sure to select "American Idol Soul" as the book title.

We look forward to reading you story!! Here's to Season 6!!

Debra Poneman Marci Shimoff Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen

Robin Bayne
01-17-2007, 08:08 PM
The Spring 2007 issue of *Parabola* magazine, a quarterly journal "devoted
to the exploration of the
quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world's myths, symbols, and
religious traditions, with
particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our
modern life. This is a paying
market for articles, translations, retellings of traditional stories, and
reviews. Visit
_http://www.parabola http://www. pa_ (http://www.parabola .org/magazine) and
click "parabola magazine," then "Editorial Guidelines" for the
appropriate information. Check on theme




Deadline: 03/01/07
Submit to: Kaleidoscope. Gail Willmott, Editor-in-Chief. 701 South Main
Street, Akron, OH 44311-1019
Theme: Disability and Humor. MUST HAVE DISABILITY CONNECTION.
Type: Poetry, short stories, essays, and articles (5,000 words MAX).

March
Banyan Review (_www.BanyanReview. com_ (http://www.banyanre view.com/) ) has
appeared online since the spring of 2003. We now announce a call for
submissions for one in a series of special print issues.

The title of this issue will be Women Growing Older. The theme focuses on
nonfiction essays that address ideas, experiences and desires of women
approximately 40 and older. However, essays regarding issues facing women at younger
ages will be considered for possible inclusion if they are appropriate to the
overall theme and arc of the collection.

What happens in our lives as we age? Do we let go of some expectations, gain
others, shift priorities? What happens in careers, with our children, our
sexual experiences or in our solitude? How are we different in others' eyes or
our own?

Please submit original, previously unpublished nonfiction essays
approximately 3,500 words in length as an email attachment to:
editor(at)banyanrev iew.com
(replace (at) with @).

Editors are looking for carefully-crafted, insightful journalism-based
nonfiction and creative nonfiction. These essays should bring alive specific
experiences yet expand to be accessible to a large number of readers. They should
create an "Ah, yes, precisely!" response or inspire further rumination on the
topic.

The anticipated release date of this issue is the summer of 2007. It will be
an approximately 200 page perfect bound soft-cover book.

Submissions will be accepted from now until March 31, 2007. Payment is $100
and a contributor€™s copy for each story published.

Robin Bayne
01-18-2007, 02:08 AM
The Chicken Soup Family is preparing a serving especially for the Twenty-Something Soul and we are looking for stories. The twenty-something years are a time when of transition - out from under the security blanket of parents and college to face the "real world." This decade of life is full of changes and new experiences. The twenty-something years also involve decisions without clear answers, expectations and pressures, and self-doubts that make this rite of passage a bit of a bumpy ride.

Chicken Soup for the Twenty-Something Soul will cater to the soul of a twenty-something and ease readers of Chicken Soup for the College Years into their next phase of life. Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen are teaming up with life coach and author of Twenty Something, Twenty Everything Christine Hassler to serve up stories that resonate with the twenty-something journey.

We're looking for true stories that will touch the souls of the readers and make them laugh, cry, sigh or just say, "Wow!" Stories may be about any aspect of a twenty-something's life such as career, relationships, health, finances, family, and self identity. Stories of twenty-something's who have incredible lessons to share will inspire twenty-something's to learn how to lay the foundation of their own life with integrity, faith, and even a sense of humor.

Please share your inspirational, true experiences of 1000 words or less. You may submit as many stories as you would like. For each story selected to be published in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 will be paid. The submission deadline is September 2007.

Email submissions are strongly preferred. Send stories with your name, address, phone and email address on the manuscript through our website at www.chickensoup.com. Please select Twenty Something as the book title.

If unable to email, please send a hard copy (and on disk if possible) c/o Chicken Soup for the Twenty Something Soul to Barbara LoMonaco, 326 Junipero Plaza, Santa Barbara, Ca. 93105. Material will not be returned. Due to the volume of stories we receive, we are unable to respond to each contribution. Finalists, only, will be notified prior to publication and permission to print will be requested.

Robin Bayne
01-24-2007, 07:01 PM
Nelson Algren Awards

The Nelson Algren Awards are for short fiction. Submissions must be written
by an American and must be unpublished. One $5,000 prize and three runner-up
prizes of $1,500 are awarded. The award is given in memory of Chicago author
Nelson Algren.

Stories must be typed and double-spaced, between 2,500 and 10,000 words.
Manuscripts and e-mailed submissions will not be returned. Author's names
should
not appear on the manuscript. Authors are allowed to submit two entries.
Authors should enclose a cover sheet with name, address, phone, and title of
entry.
Authors should secure the pages of their manuscripts with a staple or paper
clip. There is no entry fee.

The competition will begin accepting entries November 1, 2006. Entries must
be postmarked by February 15, 2007.

Please send all submissions to:

Chicago Tribune
Nelson Algren Awards
435 N. Michigan Avenue, TT200
Chicago, IL 60611

The Chicago Tribune cannot discuss this competition by phone. Employees and
agents of the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Company, as well as their families
and members of their households are not eligible. Should an entry be
published
by another publication while it is still under consideration in the Nelson
Algren Awards competition, the author must notify the Chicago Tribune in
writing.

Winners of the Nelson Algren Awards are notified in September. The four
winning Nelson Algren Awards stories may, at the Chicago Tribune's sole
discretion,
be published in the Chicago Tribune (and it archival derivatives) and/or
posted on the Chicago Tribune's website. After the expiration of the initial
thirty days from the date on which the Tribune first publishes the material,
the
Tribune and its affiliates will retain the rights to republish these stories
in
their newspapers and on their websites, as well as their archival products,
on
a non-exclusive basis.

Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to use winner's names, addresses
and/or likeness, and the submitted essay in any form, for advertising purpose
or editorial purposes with further compensation or payment for use of essay.

Robin Bayne
01-24-2007, 07:15 PM
SUBJECT: SonicFaith.com, Inc.
FROM: Carl Obremski

MESSAGE:

Website URL: http://www.sonicfaith.com
Compensation: $5-20 per article

Project Title: SonicFaith Articles

Summary: SonicFaith is a young audiobook Internet retail company. We are
developing a collection of articles based on issues explored in the audiobook
content of SonicFaith, as well as technical articles on mp3 equipment and use.
Writers should have experience with Christian worldview issues and understand
SEO.

Category: Articles

PROJECT LENGTH: Indeterminate. ..could be hundreds of articles over many
months

TARGET AUDIENCE: Educated Christian men and women ages 35-60

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED: Must have good research and SEO writing skills. Must be
in tune with the teachings of Jesus and how they come to fruition in modern
culture. Should be able to take a keyword and work it into an easy-to-read and
attractive 300-500 word article.

WRITING STYLE: "Webspeak" personal, fresh, down-to-earth, without
preachiness or "Christianese" or abstract spiritual lingo

DELIVERY FORMAT: Word DOC or RTF format

HOW WILL THE CONTENT BE USED: Posted on Website

CONTENT OWNERSHIP: SonicFaith

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Writers, please send writing sample (under 400
words) and CV to bina@sonicfaith. com.

REPLY E-MAIL: _bina@sonicfaith. com_ (mailto:bina@sonicfaith. com)

Robin Bayne
01-24-2007, 07:16 PM
Looking for Christian Writers (Comp: varies) (Birmingham, AL)
job-267480965@craigslist.org :
(http://bham.craigslist.org/wri/267480965.html)
We are looking for Christian Writers for The TakeOver Magazine.You will be
conducting interviews with celebrity and writers articles about different
topics. If you are interested please email us your resume or respone to this
posting. (http://www.thetakeovermag.com)

Robin Bayne
01-27-2007, 04:24 AM
Chicken Soup for the Father and Son Soul:Stories of boys and men and the bond they share forever.

Co-authored by Ted Slawski and Dorothy Firman (coauthor of the New York Times #3 bestseller Chicken Soup for the Mother & Daughter Soul!)

Your son at five is your master, at ten your slave, at fifteen your double, and after that, your friend or your foe, depending on his bringing up.


Fathers & Sons: the relationship of a lifetime, rarely explored, always important. Fathers show their sons who they will become. Those sons make their own way. Through babyhood, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, marriage, grandchildren, aging dads, and every step in between fathers and sons carry each other within.

In this latest Chicken Soup, the powerful lineage of fathers to sons will be explored, through stories about fathers and their sons, step-sons, sons-in-law, as well as stories about fathers, fathers-in-law, step fathers, substitute fathers, grandfathers and grandsons.

Stories will be written from every point of view, including from the vantage point of those who watch the unfolding and timeless relationship: the women who love them, marry them, birth them.

Topics will include but not be limited to:

A Fathers Love The Love of a Son
When We were Young The Wisdom of Aging
Through Womens Eyes Father/Son Legacy
Tough Roads, Great Achievements The Call to Healing


Were looking for inspirational, true stories, 1000 words or less, that will make readers laugh, cry, jump for joy, find peace, or just say wow. Stories should be positive, universal, and non-controversial. The message should be evident without preaching. No essays, tributes, letters, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted.

Please submit as many stories as you have, whether original or a favorite from magazines, newspapers, or other sources. For each story selected in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story and $50.00 per poem will be paid. For questions or guidelines or to submit a story, please visit our website at www.chickensoup.com or contact Dorothy Firman at dfirman@comcast.net. Because of the volume of stories we receive, we are unable to respond to each contribution. Finalists, only, will be notified prior to publication. Thank you for helping to create another wonderful book! Deadline for submission is August 1, 2007.


Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.

Robin Bayne
01-30-2007, 03:18 AM
Chicken Soup for the Working Mom’s Soul
Share Your Favorite Story

Most working mothers are juggling so many balls they can barely keep them all in the air. Some days they feel like master-performers, and others they feel like bumbling clowns! Chicken Soup for the Working Mother’s (Mom?) Soul will share the trials and tribulations, happiness and hilarities of being a working mom, inside or outside the home.

Topics will include but not be limited to:

Hi Ho Hi Ho, Off to Work I Go
Home Again, Home Again, Rigetty Jig
Mama Never Said it Would Be Easy
Sign Me Up!
Where Do I Resign?
I’m Trying to Balance! Where’s My Umbrella?
If the Boss Only Knew…
A Mom First
When Can It Be About Me?
The Joys and Jocularity


We’re looking for inspirational, true stories, 1000 words or less, that
will make readers laugh, cry, or sigh. Stories should be positive,
universal, and non-controversial. The “point” or “message” should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes,
philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted.

You may submit more than one story, whether original or a favorite from magazines, newspapers, or other sources. For each story selected in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story and $50 per poem will be paid. The submission deadline is March 1, 2007.


Please submit your story through our website at www.chickensoup.com Be sure to select Working Mom as the book title.

Due to the volume of stories we
receive, we are unable to respond to each contribution.

Robin Bayne
01-31-2007, 07:09 PM
Columnists and Freelancer Writers Needed - Christian (comp: $10-50)
(online)


_editor@fitchristian.com (_editor@fitchristian.com)_ (mailto:editor@fitchristian.com (editor@fitchristian.com)) :
_http://www.writing-world.com (http://www.writing-world.com)

(http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/wantpay.shtml (http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/wantpay.shtml))


The Fit Christian is a Christian health & fitness magazine that has been
on-line for almost four years. We are now in the later stages of going into
print and are looking for some higher caliber writers to join our team with a
freelance contract. The print magazine will publish six times per year. Please contact via: Mail Email

Robin Bayne
02-12-2007, 12:14 AM
ANGELS ON EARTH

A typical Angels on Earth story is a first-person narrative written in dramatic style, with a spiritual point that the reader can "take away" and apply to his or her own life. It may be your own or someone else's story. PAYS up to $400 per Article.
Publishes true stories about God's messengers at work in today's world. The editors are interested in stories of heavenly angels and stories involving humans who have played angelic roles in daily life. The best stories are those where the narrator has been positively affected in some distinct way.


http://www.angelsmagazine.com (http://www.angelsmagazine.com/writers_Guidelines.asp)


Do not send essays, sermons or fiction or poetry. Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Send submissions to Colleen Hughes, editor-in-chief, Angels on Earth, 16 E. 34th Street, New York, NY 10016. Allow three months for reply. For any questions, contact angelsedtr@guideposts.org (angelsedtr@guideposts.org)

Robin Bayne
02-22-2007, 03:03 AM
Soup For the Soul: Life Lessons for Leaders-Story Call Out

Do you have a heart-warming, insightful, humorous and powerfully moving story you’ve written or experienced concerning the role of leadership in your organization and life? If so, we are currently seeking stories, quotations and other material appropriate for inclusion in our upcoming publication Chicken Soup For the Soul: Life Lessons for Leaders. Stories should be a maximum of 1200 words, typed and double-spaced in a Microsoft Word document.

What makes a good Life Lessons for Leaders story? It should be a true story that is inspirational and informative about ordinary people who have exhibited strong leadership characteristics and impact. It is simple, interdenominational, living art pieces that touches the soul of the readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. The stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images and connect the readers to the scene being described.

Life Lessons for Leaders stories have a beginning, middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating emotion rather than just talking about it. The stories have heart but also something extra…an element that helps us see and experience leadership in action, both from the head and the heart. The most powerful stories are about leaders who have extended themselves and touched the lives and hearts of those they lead.

Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Leaders story:

1. Tells an exciting, sad or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know in the context of leadership. Make sure that you introduce the character(s).

2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh or get goose bumps (the good kind!). Don’t leave anything out --- how did you feel?

3. The story should start with action; it should include a problem, issue or situation. It should include dialogue and the character should express their feelings through the conflict or situation. It should end in a result, such as a lesson learned, a positive change or pay-off.

4. Above all, let it come from your HEART! Your story is important.

What a Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Leaders story is not:

1. A sermon, an essay or eulogy
2. A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry
3. About politics or controversial issues
4. A personal testimony without point or outcome relevant to the reader.


Story Specifications

1. It is preferred that all submissions are sent via our website at www. lifelessonsforleaders.com. If you don’t have access to the Internet, please submit your stories typed on plain white 8 ” x 11” paper in 12-point, Times New Roman font.
2. Please be sure to type the author’s name and contact information on the first page of the story.
3. Stories should be non-fiction, ranging in length between 300 and 1200 words
4. Mail your submissions in a flat, 9x12 envelope if possible.
5. No anonymous or author unknown submissions will be accepted.
6. Send only one copy of each submission.
7. We do not return submissions so please do not send the original.

Chapters

While the structure of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Leaders may change in production, the following chapters will provide guidelines for your submission. Please let us know which chapter you feel is most appropriate for your story.

1. On Inspiration and Motivation: Strong leaders inspire others to great levels of performance and provide the environment for self-motivation.

2. On Coaching and Mentoring: Leaders that have a significant impact do so through their ability to make others successful through coaching and mentoring.

3. On Vision: Leaders have an idea of what can be accomplished and are able to communicate this concept of the future to others in a way that encourages success.

4. On Communication: While all leaders communicate, truly successful leaders are able to put their thoughts into words in a manner that is clear and understandable to followers. Leaders who communicate well also understand their audience, whether one or many, and listen with intensity to the input of others.

5. On Modeling: The alignment of words and actions is a trait that sets apart significant leaders from those who are mediocre. True leaders are role models for their teams.

6. On Empowerment and Execution: Leaders who inspire others have the ability to connect empowering followers with a focus on achieving objectives. Giving people the freedom to contribute with their strengths is a trait of leadership that creates better than average results.

7. On Respect: Leaders are those who respect their followers and earn the respect of those around them. True leaders do not need to use fear as a motivational tool, but inspire others to follow through their obvious respect and appreciation of each individual.

Also include a bio – a short paragraph (of about 50 words or less) about you, promoting your latest book, project, etc. It has been reported to us that those paragraphs have been great advertisements for sales of books and other endeavors. Dr. Cherie Carter Scott, author of If Life is a Game, These are the Rules, has sold hundreds of thousands of books as a result of people writing her after reading her bio in A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as a result of this!

If the story you wrote is published, you will be paid $200 upon publication of the story.

Once we receive your story, we will mail you an acknowledgement card. It can take up to three or four years to develop a book so please be patient as this is an important, yet time-consuming process. If your story is chosen for any other projects on which we are working, you will be notified and your permission to print it will be requested. However, if your story is not chosen, you will not receive a rejection letter due to the fact that there are future books for which it will be considered.

Feel free to submit more than one story. If you do not have a personal story of your own, but have a pre-published favorite or a story written by someone else, these stories are welcomed as well. Don’t forget to include who the author is, the source, etc.

For fastest results, if you have access to the Internet, we encourage you to submit stories to our website at www.chickensoupforthesoul.com.

You can submit your story through either postal mail or email:

Internet: www.chickensoupforthesoul.com

Mail: Life Lessons for Leaders
Attn: Submissions
28775 Stuart Avenue
Southfield, MI 48076

Respectfully,

Dr. Todd Thomas
Co-Author
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons for Leaders

Robin Bayne
02-25-2007, 07:31 PM
Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul
Share Your Stories

Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul is collecting true stories sharing the love, laughter, longing, and life events of adopted families. We are eager to read stories written by kids, parents, extended families and friends, recounting tales of becoming a family, growing up, special occasions, reunions, etc. Please share your heart-warming, insightful, humorous and powerfully moving stories that will make readers laugh, cry, or sigh:

The submission deadline is May 31, 2007, for release in March, 2008. Submit stories (1000 words or less) on line at www.ChickenSoup.com., Submit a Story. For sample stories or more information, see my website at www.LeAnnThieman.com. For each story selected, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 will be paid. Due to the volume of stories we receive, only finalists will be notified prior to publication.

Thank you for joining us in touching the hearts of millions of adoptive families everywhere. I can’t wait to read your stories!

Thank you,

Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and LeAnn Thieman

Robin Bayne
02-25-2007, 07:56 PM
The Spring issue of *Parabola* magazine, a quarterly journal "devoted to the
exploration of the
quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world's myths, symbols, and
religious traditions, with
particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our
modern life. This is a paying
market for articles, translations, retellings of traditional stories, and
reviews. Visit
http://www.parabola.org and
click "parabola magazine," then "Editorial Guidelines" for the
appropriate information.

Robin Bayne
03-08-2007, 06:23 PM
CONTEST: ARE YOU A WRITER MAMA (OR PAPA)?

Writing's hard; parenting's harder. Only the
strongest souls would consider doing them both at
the same time, and we applaud that spirit.

"Writer's Digest" wants to hear from you on the topic
of: "When Parenting and Writing Collide." Write your
best original, unpublished parenting-and- writing
story in a 500-word essay and e-mail it to
mailto:_publicity_ (mailto:publicity) (at)fwpubs.com
(replace (at) with @)
with "Writer Mama contest" in the subject line.
Christina Katz, author of
"Writer Mama," will select the top three entries. The
first-place entry will be published in an upcoming
issue of "Writer's Digest" magazine; second- and
third-place entries will be posted on
_thewritermama. com_ (http://thewritermam a.com/ (http://thewritermama.com/)) . All winners will receive a
signed
copy of "Writer Mama." All entries must be e-mailed
to <publicity(at) fwpubs.com> by March 31
(replace (at) with @).

The entry must be written in the body of the e-mail;
attachments will not be accepted or opened. Each
entry should include your name, address, telephone
number and e-mail address. Only the winning writers
will be contacted, and entries will not be returned.
"Writer's Digest" retains first-time rights to run the
winning entries in the magazine and/or on our
website or associated websites, after which all rights
return to the author. The decisions of the editors are
final.

Robin Bayne
03-10-2007, 10:44 PM
Hi there!

We're brewing up SIX new Cup of Comfort anthologies! And I wanted you to be among the first to know. The Call for Submissions follows. You are welcome to share these with others (please do). Within a week or so, these call-outs will be posted on the Cup of Comfort Web site and the online writers' guidelines will be updated (slightly) then as well: www.cupofcomfort.com.


Best wishes,

Colleen Sell

Cup of Comfort editor

wordsinger@aol.com (direct)

cupofcomfort@adamsmedia.com (via publisher)







Share Some Comfort



The bestselling Cup of Comfort book series is actively seeking inspiring true stories for six new volumes (see below). We seek narrative nonfiction stories that read like fiction. Stories must be uplifting, original, in English, typed, titled, and 1000-2000 words.



$500 grand prize; $100 ea. all other stories; copy of book. No entry fee.



Email submissions to wordsinger@aol.com. No attachments; one submission per email. Include full name, mailing address, email address, phone number.



For detailed writer’s guidelines: www.cupofcomfort.com.



A Cup of Comfort for Single Mothers



As Oprah Winfrey has often said, parenting is the most difficult and important job in the world. It can be even tougher for single mothers, who face all the usual parenting challenges plus a whole set of unique ones. But single motherhood also brings many untold rewards. For this anthology honoring single mothers, we seek inspiring personal stories that speak to the challenges, positive experiences, and extraordinary relationships of single mothers and their children. The majority of stories in this collection will be written from the single mother’s point of view, but the book will also include some stories written by children of single mothers as well as by third parties with intimate knowledge of the single mother and her children.

Submission Deadline: 3/20/07



A Cup of Comfort for Horse Lovers



This anthology celebrating the powerful, almost magical, bond between horses and humans will feature inspiring true stories that reveal the extraordinary impact these magnificent creatures have on the people who ride, own, raise, train, race, care for, and rescue them. We want stories that portray horses as companions, helpers, messengers, healers, teachers, heroes, and inspirational forces in people’s lives as well as stories about the incredible things that people do out of love for a horse or horses.

Submission Deadline: 5/15/07



A Cup of Comfort for Cat Lovers



Cats are among the most fascinating, entertaining, and endearing pets on earth. For this collection, we seek the best cat stories never told—original and compelling testaments to the deep connection between cats and the people who love them as well as heartwarming and humorous tales about truly amazing felines. Most of the stories in the book will be about domestic cats (pets), but we are also interested in stories about feral and exotic cats.

Submission Deadline: 7/01/07



A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors



It has been said that “stories are medicine” and that “one of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is to share our stories.” This volume gives the healing power of story to women (and men) who have survived breast cancer, enabling them to share their inspiring triumphs and courageous trials with others who have beat breast cancer as well as with those who are currently dealing with breast cancer. We want uplifting stories about the experiences and emotions involved in battling and surviving breast cancer. Possible story themes include but are not limited to: diagnosis, treatment, emotional impact, support systems, healing practices, coping mechanisms, effect on loved ones, effect on personal and/or professional life, life after recover, prognosis, positive post-cancer outcomes.

Submission Deadline: 8/15/07



A Cup of Comfort for Spouses & Children of People with Alzheimer’s



What happens when the person who raised you or the person with whom you raised your children slowly becomes a child who doesn’t know you? What if that loved one changes so drastically that he or she is virtually a stranger to you? What if that person is difficult to deal with and requires substantial assistance? How will the reality of having a spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s affect you and your family—emotionally, financially, physically, socially, personally, professionally? The inspiring stories in this collection will answer those questions and more—and will show how love prevails and how lives thrive when a spouse or parent has Alzheimer’s.

Submission Deadline: 10/15/07



A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women



Divorce in the 21st century should come with an instruction manual, a release valve, and a support system. This anthology will serve essentially those three purposes, in the form of comforting, insightful, and inspirational stories about surviving and thriving during and after divorce. We seek uplifting, contemporary stories on a wide range of topics of importance to divorced women—including but not limited to: dating, children, relationship with ex, in-laws, finances, friends, solitude, personal transformation, healing, revenge, mending fences, the ex’s new wife or lover. The majority of stories will be written by women who are or have been divorced. Stories can be poignant, irreverent, humorous, witty, or wise.

Submission Deadline: 12/31/2007

Robin Bayne
03-19-2007, 03:58 AM
Thanks to Terry Whalin (http://terrywhalin.blogspot.com/index.html)for this--

A Celebration of Mothers for Women Writers

It’s unusual since I don't usually write about contests but here's one you should know about--particularly if you are a woman. Christian Women Online in conjunction with Art Bookbindery is sponsoring the "Her Life Reflected," writing contest. They are looking for stories that illustrate how your mother, or a mother that you know has reflected the heart of God in her life.

Their panel of judges will choose only one winner, and that winner's name will be published along with her essay in the May 2007 issue of Christian Women Online.

The Prize Package:

--$200.00 U.S. from Art Bookbindery

--A photo of Candace Cameron Bure, star of the hit TV series "Full House," autographed to the winner

--An autographed copy of Barbara Cameron's book, A Full House of Growing Pains.

--Two autographed copies of Darlene Schacht's humorous book The Mom Complex ~ one for you, and one for Mom!

--A copy of Yvonne Parks music CD "Only One Love"

--One web page design or blog design (Blogspot only) by Yvonne Parks Design

--A selection of the following books from Allison Bottke: A Stitch in Time (fiction) I Can't Do it All (non-fiction) God Allows U-Turns for Women (anthology) God Allows U-Turns for Teens (anthology)

Eligibility

--The contest is open to women aged 18 years and older, who reside in Canada or the United States. Employees of Art Bookbindery and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word format via email by 11:59 pm central time April 14, 2007.

And if you are male and would like to participate there is always ghostwriting in the name of your wife. It looks like a worthwhile contest with an attractive prize.


he Official Guidelines

All entries must be 1000 words or less according to Microsoft word count.

We will not accept entries that have been previously published either in print or online--with the exception of personal blogs.

We limit one entry per person.

All submissions are final. We will not accept replacements or corrections to the original submissions.

All submissions must be written in English.

Christian Women Online reserves the right to print the winning submission online.

All entries must be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment via email to:

editor@christianwomenonline.net

The submissions must include the following:

* First and last name
* Email address
* Street address
* Postal code
* City
* State/Province
* Country
* Area code and phone number
* Title of submission
* A short bio about yourself
* A line reading, "I have read and understand the contest guidelines."

We will not accept submissions in paper form.

The contest is open to women aged 18 years and older.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm central standard time, April 14, 2007.

We do not require an entry fee.

Only one winner will be chosen.

_______________________

All information including email addresses
will be kept confidential by CWO

All applicants will receive a letter of confirmation within a few days of submission, confirming that CWO has received your submission.

Robin Bayne
03-20-2007, 05:02 PM
Use Your Writing to Nourish Souls

Would you like to help provide some nourishment for others' spirits?
Then consider writing for Soul Food, a new compilation I'm pulling
together for Tyndale Publishers.

* The Project.
We'll be working on two books immediately: Soul Food and Soul Food
for Women. We can use submissions that will fit either book. Each
book will include 40 stories. Each book will be released in Spring
2008. We'll start accepting submissions immediately for a May 1
submission deadline (after that date, until May 25, you can check to
see if we're still accepting submissions. )

* The Focus.
The goal is to entertain, encourage, and inspire.
Each story should be a positive, fun piece that will help other
Christians grow spiritually, encourage them in their faith, or
entertain with a point. Most stories will be first person or personal
experience, although we'll consider stories from a third person
angle. All stories should be true. While stories should have an
application for the reader, we don't want preachy stories or didactic
treatments.

*The Audience.
This will be a Christian audience, but may also be sold in mass
market to secular audiences through venues like WalMart, secular
bookstores, etc. This is a Tyndale product, so we do want a good
spiritual focus.

*The Submission
Stories should use drama well (without being melodramatic— and that
doesn't mean it has to be a dramatic story, just good writing).
Scripture can be used. If you quote scripture verses as part of your
story, please use the New Living Translation (available at
www.BibleGateway. com). Submissions can be 1200-2000 words. You can
submit as many stories as you'd like. Submissions must be e-mailed.
Attachment preferred. Make sure you put your name and contact
information on each manuscript instead of just in your e-mail, please.

*The Formal Details
Stories should not have been published before beyond a local or self-
published market. (So printed in church newsletters, small local
newspapers, and self-published books okay. Nothing that has been
circulated in a mass market). Tyndale will pay $50 per story for all
rights while this book is in print. They will only be using your
story in this book. When this book goes out of print, they will
return the rights to you.

I hope to hear from you. Send questions or submissions to Jeanette
Littleton at SoulFoodProject@ earthlink. net

Feel free to pass this along to your writing friends!


Jeanette Littleton, co-author/editor
Soul Food Inspirational Stories
Tyndale Publishers
soulfoodproject@ earthlink. net

Robin Bayne
03-20-2007, 06:07 PM
I don't really think the entry fee is worth it --but in case anyone is interested--

DIVINE INTERVENTION WRITING CONTEST

Everyone loves a great story about divine intervention in the
lives of ordinary people (such as those in Chicken Soup for the
Soul or Guideposts Magazine). Tharseo Publishing is launching
an exciting new series of books beginning with a writers contest
that seeks true stories from emerging writers for the following
categories:
* Divine Intervention: Travelers Tales
* Divine Intervention: Family Encounters with God
* Divine Intervention: Angels on Assignment
* Divine Intervention: Life-Changing Spiritual Experiences

All submissions must be received by April 30, 2007.
First place: $100. Second place: $50. Entry fee: $10.


For submission details on manuscripts and cover art please see:
_http://divineinterv entionbookshttp: //divine_
(http://divineinterv entionbooks. blogspot. com/)
_www.julialoren. net_ (http://www.julialor en.net/) or email:
_juliascribes@ yahoo.com_ (mailto:juliascribes@ yahoo.com

Robin Bayne
03-24-2007, 08:48 PM
CALL FOR STORIES

From Adams Media/F + M Publications, home of the bestselling series, A CUP OF COMFORT, and the bestselling 2006 holiday anthology, CLASSIC CHRISTMAS, comes CHRISTMAS MEMORIES, an anthology of true stories that touch the heart and renew the spirit.

Christmas is a time for making memories and sharing everything from visiting grandmother and grandfather’s house to opening presents, building snow forts, honoring the Christ Child, and enjoying a generous helping of plum pudding. All of the special holiday memories we've experienced in our lives have been forged in our minds and painted on the walls of our souls to be shared again and again with others. In keeping with that sentiment, we would be honored if you shared your best Christmas memories with us and with the world.

LENGTH: Word count should be between 800 and 1,200. Please send only complete stories that are inspirational as well as emotional, have a dramatic flair, pack a punch, and bring all of the senses into play. The best stories will invoke tears and/or laughter, or make the reader sigh. In a nutshell, make us feel as though we’re in the story with you.

EMAIL STORIES TO: hkpolaski@yahoo.com

Submissions should be sent in the body of an email. Include: name, address, phone number, email address, and 50-word bio. (Attachments will not be opened.) Only one submission per email.

RESPONSE: As you already know, because of the sheer numbers of submissions involved in a call for stories of this nature, it’s difficult to contact authors personally, however, upon receipt of submission an automatic response will be sent. This response will be your confirmation that your story arrived safely to my desk. (Please allow up to two days for a response. If/when time permits, I will do my best to contact authors personally.)

Authors of work that is selected to be in the book will be contacted prior to publication. Once selections have been made, entrants will be informed of the status of their work. (When in doubt, do not hesitate to contact me at the above email address.)

DEADLINE: May 30, 2007

COMPENSATION: $50 and a free book will be given to the author of each story that is accepted and published. Authors may submit more than one story for consideration. Authors will be limited to no more than three stories in the book.


Helen Kay Polaski
Book Editor: A Cup of Comfort for Weddings and Classic Christmas
http://www.gardenandhearth.com/Gift-Baskets.htm

Robin Bayne
03-25-2007, 07:41 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 19, 2007

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
WRITERS, ARTISTS, POETS AND THINKERS WANTED.
Three One Six: A Journal of Christian Thinking is searching for provocative
Christian writing and artwork.

Christian theology is a big part of many people's lives. Every day people
discuss and debate the topics and sub-topics of Christianity in hopes to learn
from each other and develop a better understanding of the Christian faith. These
people also express their thoughts by using such outlets as writing, poetry,
and artwork. If there is one person that expresses himself through creativity,
then there are twenty that admire that creativity.

Three One Six: A Journal of Christian Thinking is a new Christian theology
journal that is calling for submissions. Three One Six wants to provide
provocative Christian writing and artwork that ignites thought, discussion and a
deeper understanding of the Christian faith. We want works from all different
perspectives and perspectives from all walks of life. If you have something to say,
and the skill to say it, then we want to publish you!

Anyone interested in being published by Three One Six can visit our website
for submission guidelines and publishing and payment information.

Anyone interested in the magazine, as a contributor or just as a reader, can
visit our MySpace page. Join our friends to stay informed and spread the word
about Three One Six.

Bill Dowis
Founding Editor and Publisher

www.the316journal. com
www.myspace. com/the316journa l

Robin Bayne
03-28-2007, 07:05 PM
I can't recall if I've ever mentioned Spirit Led Writer (http://www.spiritledwriter.com/guidelines.html)here, but it's an ezine for writers and a paying market.

I have a new column there and have contributed articles for a long time, so I can recommend SLW.

Robin Bayne
04-04-2007, 07:21 PM
Calling all authors and people of faith

Hello Faith Walkers,

Butterfly Press is in the process of releasing the first of a 3-part
faith-based anthology which will be titled, "This Far by Faith."
Therefore, we are sending this call for submissions out to not just
authors but people of faith also.

God has stirred up in my spirit an anthology that is designed to
touch the very hearts of the intended readers. This anthology will be
filled with stories of HOPE, and VICTORY through Jesus Christ. I'm
looking for short stories that show how faith in God can bring you
through the storms of life and personal testimonies concerning
healing, deliverance, financial breakthroughs, marriage restoration,
walking through singleness with the help of the Lord. There are also
countless types of testimonies that YOU have personally witnessed
that I want to know about.

I am only accepting 39 submissions for this anthology:
€ 8 short stories (at least 3,500-4,000 words). The stories
must display Christian beliefs and faith in God to bring individuals
through the darkest storms.
€ 11 testimonials of faith (at least 1,500-2,500 words)
€ 20 testimonials of faith (no more than 1,000 words)

Who should participate:
€ Authors (with a faith-based testimony or short story)
interested in becoming published.
€ Authors (with a faith-based testimony) interested in gaining
more exposure for their work and adding other writing credits to
their resume.
€ Speakers wanting to have their testimony in a book, enabling
them to have a product to sell after workshops, seminars, etc.
€ Anyone with a faith-based testimony who feels that the Lord
would want you to share it, in order to encourage or uplift others
going through the same struggle.
€ Faith-based individuals interested in earning extra money
while being a blessing to others.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in contributing
to please email me at vmiller-01@earthlin k.net. The subject line of
your email should say "I am interested in the faith-based anthology".
Also, please state whether you will turn in a short story or a
personal testimony and I will send further information concerning
contributing in this anthology.

Butterfly Press, LLC
5523 Salem Ave. * PMB 257
Dayton, OH 45426
Vmiller-01@earthlin k.net

Robin Bayne
04-11-2007, 09:39 PM
Would you like to honor your mother and have a chance to win a seven-night cruise -- and a guest spot on The Early Show with Mitch Albom? Borders, CBS News' "The Early Show", Royal Caribbean International, and Mitch Albom are holding a "Times Mom Stood Up For Me" writing competition on Gather.com. Submit an original story that relays a childhood memory of a time your mother stood up for you. Entries should be submitted to Gather.com, where community members will read and rate the entries and choose ten finalists. Mitch Albom will select the grand prize winner, and the winner will be named on the May 10th episode of The Early Show. In addition to appearing with Albom on the show, the winner will receive a seven-night cruise vacation for two from Royal Caribbean International. Albom has posted a sample submission at http://mom.gather. com The Submission period is April 12 to April 25th.

The voting for finalists ends April 29th. More information and all the rules are available at http://mom.gather. com

Robin Bayne
04-18-2007, 08:45 PM
Author Cindi Myers included these in her newsletter-

This week I'm beginning a series of newsletters devoted to short story markets -- most of them in magazines you might not think of as fiction markets. A surprising number of special interest publications are interested in fiction, and some of them pay quite well. I'll look at six or seven markets each week for the next couple of months, so be sure to pass this information on to any short story writers you know.

A couple of things to keep in mind: some publications specify 'payment varies.' I translate this to 'however much you can talk them out of.' Also, some guidelines say 'length varies' -- in this case, shorter manuscripts probably have a better chance because of magazines' space limitations.

Adbusters http://www.adbuster s.org. This Canadian publication skewers consumer culture and is open to 500 to 2000 word fiction involving topics such as advertising, the media, communications and geopolitics. Humor is especially welcome here. Guidelines are posted at http://www.adbuster s.org/network/ submission_ guidelines. php

AgeWise http://www.agewisem agazine.com is a publication for those 55 and older, devoted to 'dispelling the myths of aging.' Editor Barbara White seeks stories of 1400 words -- adventure, Westerns, historical, humorous and inspirational. Submission information is available at http://www.agewisem agazine.com/ writers.htm. Payment is $25 - $75.

AIM Magazine http://www.aimmagaz ine.org America's Intercultural Magazine aims to purge racism from society and prove that people from different backgrounds are more alike than different. The editors are interested in stories of no more than 4000 words that explore these ideas. Stories may be inspirational, historical, ethnic, literary or humor. Submissions details are available at http://www.aimmagaz ine.org/submit. htm Pays $25.

The Bear Deluxe http://www.orlo. org is a magazine that explores environmental issues through the creative arts. Fiction to 4000 words is welcome. The editors would like to have more fiction submissions. Guidelines are posted at http://www.orlo. org/orlo. html Payment is 5 cents a word.

Bugle http://www.rmef. org/NewsandMedia /PubsTV/Bugle/ is a publication of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The editors seek 1500-4500 word fiction featuring elk. Payment is 20 cents a word.


************ ********* ********* ********* ******
Feel free to pass along this newsletter and to encourage others to sign up to receive it. If you reprint or forward the newsletter, all I ask is that I be given credit for it. Anyone can sign up by sending a blank email to cynthiasterling- subscribe@ yahoogroups. com


Cindi Myers
The Man Tamer Harlequin Blaze, May 2007
www.CindiMyers. com

Robin Bayne
04-18-2007, 10:09 PM
One more this week. If you're not familiar with CLASS
(www.classervices.com), check them out. It's worth it! And remember,
writing opportunities are collected from a variety of sources. While
CLASS tries to use discretion in the notices they post, they are not
able
to check each one for reliability. Use the contact information in the
opportunity for any questions or clarification.

**********
Dear Friends,

I am doing research for a book on the Christian and divorce. This will
be
a book of hope, encouragement, and direction for the person
experiencing
a divorce. For the pastor it will provide insight to better equip
himself
and his staff to work with divorced singles. This will assist family
members on how to better relate. It will show how those that go through
divorce can still be used in the Kingdom of God. Also, for those that
were divorced before they came to Christ, it will show that they
experience the same pain and rejection. For those that do not know God,
it will show His great love in time of trouble. This will not be a book
or dissertation for or against divorce. Divorce happens - even to
Christians.

I am looking for people interested in helping with the survey and
research for the book. Your participation and input will be very
important. No names will be used, only situations. This information
will
be kept confidential and not shared with anyone else, without your
permission. This will protect your privacy.

I know this may be hard to put down on paper, and it is for me, also.
But
if it will help one person to start walking with God or continue their
Christian walk and not give up, it will be worth it!

Feel free to forward this to others that you know that have experienced
divorce and have come through victorious.

Please email me for the survey and return your survey within one month,
so the data can be quickly processed.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me by fax, phone, or
email. Thank you for taking the time and for sharing your input.

Blessings,
Donna Hogue
Fax: (209) 333-5246
Phone: (209) 339-9351
DKTWIN@aol.com

Robin Bayne
04-19-2007, 08:20 PM
Discipleship Journal


CURRENT NEEDS: "Teaching articles on topics related to growing as a Christian." Pays $0.25/word for features of 1000-3000 words and DJ Plus articles of 150-450 words.

--courtesy of WritersWeekly

Robin Bayne
04-23-2007, 06:08 PM
Celebrate Life Magazine


_http://www.clmagazine.org/writersguidelines.html_
http://www.clmagazine.org/writersguidelines.html
Focus: To encourage and educate pro-life activists
Needs: Articles that deal with abortion and adoption. Themes include
chastity, euthanasia,, marraige, organ donation, parenting, profiles, sex education,
seasonal material

Pay: Paying market but rate not listed.
Email submissions to: _clmag@all.org_ (mailto:clmag@all.org)

Robin Bayne
05-08-2007, 04:16 AM
DATE: 5/6/2007

Heavenly Manna





Url: www.HeavenlyManna. net

Compensation: .015 U.S. cents per word

Title: Christian Articles Needed

Summary: For a limited time, we are offering a small compensation (.015 U.S.
cents per word) for Christian articles that we accept.

Category: Articles

PROJECT LENGTH - (700 - 2000 words)

TARGET AUDIENCE - Christian and general website visitors

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED - in depth biblical

WRITING STYLE - open

DELIVERY FORMAT - in body of email

HOW WILL THE CONTENT BE USED - on website of www.HeavenlyManna. net and in
publications by Heavenly Manna

CONTENT OWNERSHIP - Author retains all rights but grants Heavenly Manna the
right to freely use the article in print and electronic format.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Please read submission requirements carefully at
the homepage of www.HeavenlyManna. net

REPLY E-MAIL: _info@heavenlymanna .net_ (mailto:info@heavenlymanna. net)

PHONE: na

Robin Bayne
05-09-2007, 07:40 PM
Inspired Life Ministries Founder and CLASS Graduate (05), Wendy Stewart
Hamilton, and Charlene Andrews are teaming up to co-author a book for
recovering alcoholics tentatively titled "Fill My Cup: The Jesus
Journey
for Recovering Alcoholics" and are requesting fellow Christian authors
and especially recovering alcoholics to submit personal stories of
either
your experiences as a recovering alcoholic (or a supporter of the same)
who has found strength and hope through God and other believers. While
there is no financial compensation at this time, each person whose
story
is included will be given a copy of the book once it is published as an
expression of our thanks. Please forward your stories to Wendy Stewart
Hamilton at WStewartHamilton@tx.rr.com.

* * * * * * * *

We are officially accepting submissions for Celebrate Easter: Easter
Sketches & Plays for Your Church, Vol. 1. All submissions must be:
* In MS Word format
* An Easter sketch or play
* E-mailed to emily.white@randallhouse.com, subject line "Celebrate
Easter"
* Submitted by June 30, 2007

We will NOT accept Easter musicals or children's dramas.

Only 15 dramas will be chosen for publication.

If you have previously submitted Easter dramas to Randall House, you
must
resubmit to be considered.

Blessings,
Emily D. White
Acquisitions Editor
Randall House Publications

* * * * * * * * *

We are officially accepting submissions for Celebrate Christmas:
Christmas Sketches & Plays for Your Church, Vol. 2. All submissions
must
be:
* In MS Word format
* A Christmas sketch or play
* E-mailed to emily.white@randallhouse.com, subject line "Celebrate
Christmas"
* Submitted by September 1, 2007

We will NOT accept Christmas musicals or children's dramas.

Only 15 dramas will be chosen for publication.

If you have previously submitted Christmas dramas to Randall House, you
must resubmit to be considered.

Blessings,
Emily D. White
Acquisitions Editor
Randall House Publications

* * * * * * * * *

We are officially accepting submissions for Youth Dramas (title TBD).
All
submissions must be:
*In MS Word format
*Fit into one or more categories (see below)
*Suitable for one of the following age brackets: 7-9, 10- 12, 13-15,
16-18
*E-mailed to emily.white@randallhouse.com, subject line "Youth Drama"
*Submitted by June 30, 2007

Categories:
* Individual drama-dramatic reading or monologue, biblical/religious
context, costume/make-up ideas or instruction, limited or no props.
5-minute time limit
* Group drama-dramatic or comedy skits (no interpretive dance),
biblical/religious context, no limit on number of participants,
costume/make-up ideas or instruction, limited props, 10-minute time
limit

* Puppetry drama-dramatic or comedy skits, biblical/religious context,
stage/lighting/sound direction, 3 minute set-up, 10-minute time limit

We will NOT accept musicals.

Only 30 dramas will be chosen for publication.

If you have previously submitted youth dramas to Randall House, you
must
resubmit to be considered.

Blessings,
Emily D. White
Acquisitions Editor
Randall House Publications

Robin Bayne
05-11-2007, 09:24 PM
Courtesy of Writersweekly.com

Christian Home & School


CURRENT NEEDS: "All articles dealing with parenting children ages 5 through 18, marriage, and Christian education. Suggested topics are in our guidelines for writers. We also look for seasonal articles dealing with the beginning of the school year, Christmas, graduation, summer activities, and vacations." Pays $175-$250 depending on edited length for 1000-2000 words.

Robin Bayne
05-15-2007, 02:32 AM
Story Call Out--Chicken Soup for the Father and Son Soul

They’re our fathers, brothers, husbands, boyfriends, friends and sons. They are fathers and sons and we are their mothers and daughters, wives and sisters. Chicken Soup for the father & Son Soul is collecting stories on all aspects of the father son relationship, but we want to ask women to write about this relationship from their unique vantage point for our chapter, ’Through Women’s Eyes’ .

For more on the book visit www.fathersonsoul and submit any stories you have to dfirman@comcast.net.

Thanks for helping making this book a huge success! Dorothy Firman and Ted Slawski, co-authors.

Robin Bayne
05-18-2007, 05:41 PM
*Vintage Romance Publishing*, 107 Clearview Circle, Goose Creek, SC
29445. P(843)-225-9735.

Email editor - at - vrpublishing.com. Website
http://www.vrpublishing.com. Dawn Carrington, Editor-in-Chief.

"Publishing dedicated to historical romances." Welcomes new authors.
Publishes 1 new book/month. No advance offered. Usually publishes book
within a year after acceptance. Buys all rights, with the exception of
movie, audio, and second serial. Accepts reprints. Responds within two
months. Catalog online at http://www.vrpublishing.com/catalog.php.
Guidelines online at http://www.vrpublishing.com/submissions.php.
CURRENT NEEDS: "*More inspirational romances, historicals set in
Scotland, Ireland and England.*" *Pays 6% royalty on paperbacks.* Books
run 50K-90K words. Submit query letter with complete marketing plan by
email to submissions - at - vrpublishing.com.
PHOTOS/ART: N/A

HINTS: "New authors tend to approach our company with the belief that
the publisher is supposed to do all of the marketing and promoting for
their novel. When this misconception is clarified, most of the authors
are baffled. One thing that I've also seen is disregard for our
submission guidelines. The guidelines are there to save everyone time,
and yet, many authors, especially those well-established, will try to
circumvent the rules. We can't give special treatment to any author
submitting to our company as we like to maintain equality with all of
our authors. As far as advice for new writers, I would suggest that you
know your market before you submit to any publisher. Know your genre
and
know why you think your book will sell well compared to the other
novels
on the market. Do your research and be able to tell any potential
publisher that you can match or exceed the competition."

Roger J Carlson
05-18-2007, 06:15 PM
Christianity Today (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/help/guidelines.html)

I guess this should be a no-brainer, but I'm writing an article that I hope to sell to them, and I had a hard time finding their submissions guidelines.

So here they are:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/help/guidelines.html

Robin Bayne
05-21-2007, 01:55 AM
http://www.cwfi-online.org/crossquill.html


Cross & QuillThe Christian Writers Newsletter serves an audience of writers, speakers, editors, conference directors, group leaders, researchers, and agents involved in the Christian publishing industry. Please keep that in mind when submitting. Need more nuts and bolts (this is how to write it) articles. Rarely use personal experiences except for Writing Rainbows!

Our purpose is to inform, instruct, encourage, and equip Christians in publishing to produce writing of the highest biblical and professional standards.

OUR NEEDS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Meet the Pro: Assigned. Our front page features a member of the CWFI Family and their publishing accomplishments.

This Side of the Desk: Written in-house.

Writing Rainbows!: 500 to 600 word devotional thought including Scripture and prayer that comes from your writing experience. Give Bible translation. Immediate need for these right now.

Editor's Soapbox: Assigned. Dave Fessenden, Contributing Editor.

Writers Helping Writers: 200 to 800 words. More instructional and how-to articles, fewer personal experiences. Need articles directed to the veteran as well as the beginning writer.

Writing Internationally: 200 to 800 word articles exploring the unique challenges that come with writing for readers in other cultures such as content, expression, language, money exchange, and other issues. We especially encourage writers outside North America to educate us on these issues and others we have not mentioned here.

Tots, Teens & InBetweens: 200 to 800 word how-to and informational articles on writing for children, teenagers, and young adults. Special need for these right now.

Fabulous Fiction: 200-800 word articles on any aspect of writing fiction. Also profiles of fiction editors or successful fiction writers. Photos of editor or author improves chance of acceptance. Special need for these right now.

The Merry Heart: 200-800 word articles on how to write and market humor.

Editor's RoundTable: 200 to 800 word interviews with editors on current needs of the publication or publishing house. Ask questions that help writers understand the joys, frustrations, and challenges of editorial work. Find out what the editor has often wanted to tell writers to make the editor's and the writer's jobs easier, more productive, and more profitable. Professional quality B&W glossy of editor improves chances of acceptance.

ComputerWise: Assigned. Kay Hall, Contributing Editor.

BusinessWise: 200 to 800 how-to and informational articles on the business side of writing such as tax information, recordkeeping, and other related topics.

MarketWise: 200-800 word articles or fillers on effective ways to market manuscripts.

LegalEase: 200 to 800 words on various legalities in the writing profession: income taxes, contracts (book, agent, self-publisher, POD publisher), copyright, etc.

Connecting Points: 200 to 800 word how-to's and informational articles on leading and attending writers groups. Especially want articles on how to critique various kinds of writing such as nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and others. Also program ideas. We encourage writers international writers to explain the challenges of organizing, finding, and operating writers groups outside North America.

The Conference Circuit: Organizing and operating writers workshops and conferencessuccesses and learning experiences. 500-600 words. Also profiles and personal experiences at Christian writers conferences. State availability of photos.

Poetry: 1 to 8 line poems on helpful and inspirational about writers or the craft of writing. Limit 3 per submission.

Fillers: 25 to 100 word helpful hints, newsbreaks, tips, cartoons. Book and other product reviews for and about writers, editors, and publishers, 100 to 300 words. Special need for these right now.



Current Needs
Cross & Quill has an immediate need for 200-800 word articles on fiction writing, writing for young readers, and devotionals (Writing Rainbows!). Also fillers to 100 words on almost any writing topic. Submit them online to CQArticles@cwfi-online.org or CQArticles@aol.com. Or mail them to our address below. Honorarium + 3 contributors copies paid on publication based on the need for editing.

Submissions: Prefers complete manuscript. No simultaneous submissions. Please paste your article into an email form. Due to security concerns, we do not download attached files. All email submissions should be addressed to CQArticles@cwfi-online.org or CQArticles@aol.com. Articles submitted to any other address will not be acknowledged.

Rights: Buys first or reprint rights. If manuscript is a reprint, state when and where the piece has been used.

Payment: Honorarium on publication + 3 contributors copies.
All email submissions go to either CQArticles@cwfi-online.org or CQArticles@aol.com. Submissions to any other address will not be acknowledged.

Postal submissions not accompanied by a Self-Addressed-Stamped-Envelope (SASE) will not be acknowledged or returned.

Editor/ Publisher: Sandy Brooks
c/o Christian Writers Fellowship International
1624 Jefferson Davis Rd.
Clinton, SC 29325-6401
(864) 697-6035 between 9am and 5pm Eastern Time.

Online Addresses:
CWFI@cwfi-online.org

Robin Bayne
05-30-2007, 09:02 PM
We are looking for several Christian writers who can contribute to an
audio drama project scheduled to be released later this year. The
project will be released both in podcast format and on terrestrial
radio.

The script will be focused towards individuals ages 13 and up. Any
volunteers need to be able to think WAY outside the box, and must be
willing to adapt to a project already underway.

If interested, please send response to christianaudiodrama @yahoo.com,
and include a brief summary of relevant writing experience.

Robin Bayne
06-01-2007, 03:48 AM
We are in immediate need of funny, inspirational and heartfelt stories for our newest upcoming title “Chicken Soup for the Do-It-Yourselfer’s Soul: Home Improvement Stories from Decorating to Demolition.”

Owning your own home is the American Dream, but transforming a house into your own HOME—and doing it yourself—is what this book is all about. From decorating to demolition, painting to plumbing, pounding nails to pounding thumbnails, these stories will offer encouragement and entertainment to do-it-yourselfers, the novice and the experienced.

This book will be a collection of the best stories about those who love making their own home improvements—or at least attempting. These are personal stories that will bring laughter or tears from home improvement projects that have gone right, or gone awry.

Tentative chapter headings include:

Home Repairs 101
Honey I Did It Myself
Decorating Disasters
Making Grown Men Groan
Measure Twice—Cut Once
Oops! I Did It Again
Habitat Harmony
The Money Pit
Worth Every Penny
Built from Scratch
All in a Day’s Work
The Grand Design
Hardhats Required
The Handyman Can
The Handywoman Can

Stories must be true (non-fiction), written in first person, and 1,000 words or less. Stories should make readers laugh, cry or sigh, and be positive, universal and non-controversial. Also, the "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please refer to other Chicken Soup books to better understand our story-telling style.

You may submit more than one story. We accept previously published pieces, as long as you retained all rights to your story. For each story selected, a 50-word biography will be included about the contributor and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid within 30 days upon publication. We also need cartoons and poems; if accepted, payments of $100 and $50, respectfully, will be paid within 30 days of publication. The tentative submission deadline is September 30, 2007, but please note that this deadline may adjust, so the sooner, the better!



You can submit stories one of three ways:

1) E-mail stories through the Chicken Soup for the Soul website at www.chickensoup.com, under “Submit a Story.” Be sure to select “Do-It-Yourselfer’s Soul” as the book title.

2) E-mail your story with your name, address and phone number to Story@PublishingSyndicate.com. List “Do-It-Yourselfer’s Soul submission” in the subject line. Please note that we do not accept e-mail attachments; for specific submission information guidelines, please visit www.PublishingSyndicate.com.

3) You may mail your submission to:

Chicken Soup for the Do-It-Yourselfer’s Soul
c/o Publishing Syndicate
P.O. Box 607
Orangevale, CA 95662

We look forward to reading your story!

Jack Canfield
Mark Victor Hansen
Dahlynn McKowen
Ken McKowen

Robin Bayne
06-05-2007, 05:03 PM
Preaching magazine has launched a special section called InMinistry, which
will include brief articles about topics other than preaching and worship
leadership.

For example, the first InMinistry section in the July-August issue contains
articles on common mistakes in church construction projects, ways to build a
stronger chidlren's ministry, and opportunities for mission involvement.

If you would be interested in writing a future article for this special
section, please send a query letter to Preaching editor Michael Duduit and
include the following: the subject of your proposed article; a brief outline
and/or discussion of what the article will include; some rationale for why
this will be of value to pastors and church leaders. Be sure to also include
your name, church, your role at the church, and contact information (mailing
address, email address, and phone). Send your query to editor@preaching. com
and include in the subject line: "InMinistry Query."

We are also always glad to receive outstanding sermons to include in future
issues of Preaching On-Line, which is our primary publishing outlet for
sermons. If you'd like to submit a sermon manuscript for consideration, send
it to editor@preaching. com and attach the sermon as a Word (preferred) or
WordPerfect document. Please only send completed manuscripts, not outlines
or notes. Be sure to also include your name, church, your role at the
church, and contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone).
As you send your sermon, be sure to include in the subject line: "Sermon
Submission." And don't send an empty email with an attachment only; include
a note about who you are and what you are sending. (That tells us the
attachment is legitimate and not a nasty virus.)

Michael Duduit, Editor
michael@preaching. com
www.michaelduduit. com

Plot Device
06-05-2007, 08:07 PM
The Kairos Prize - $25K grand prize for best Christian screenplay

Wasn't sure if I should put this in the Screenwriter's forum or here. But with the strict guidelines of the contest, it seems like a better fit here.

http://www.filmmakers.com/contests/screenwriting/john_templeton_foundation_kairos_prize.htm

http://www.kairosprize.com/kps06/

Last year they got several hundred entrants, and only 31 of them successfully jumped through ALL the submission hoops (so a ton were disqualified it seems). And those Top 31 were given public accolades.

The Top 3 scripts won prizes of $25K, $15K, and $10K respective.

They haven't announced this year's contest yet, but since last year's was called "Second Annual" then I imagine this years will be the "Third Annual." And, as a comparison of what to expect this year, last year's submission deadline was November.




Here are the guidelines:

http://www.kairosprize.com/kps06/guidelines.html

Included in those guidelines is a stipulation of NO PROFANITY AT ALL! (Not even "What the hell?") Automatic disqualification for any instance of profanity.



One of the things that I find attractive about this contest is that the page-count stipulations are very generous. They said they PERFER that the pages be anywhere from 87 - 130 pages (which is 87 - 130 minutes of screen time), and a page-count disqualification won't happen unless the pages exceed 150 (150 minutes). I currently have a script that I painfully trimmed back from an unweildy 270 pages all the way down to 126 pages, and I am told I MUST get it below 120 before anyone in Hollywood will look at it. That last six pages is proving quite elusive. But with this contest, I can not only submit as-is, I can even put back a few of the more precious nuggets that I forced myself to cut. (And right now I just need to take out a few curse words.)




Is anyone here interested? As I mentioned above, last year the submission deadline was in November. They haven't annonced THIS year's deadline yet, but I suspect it will be about the same time of year. So if you're a sciptwriter, that should be plenty of time to come up with a new idea, and then finish your second or third draft with a polish.

And if you still don't have it done by November, they have a December "Late Submission" date with a much higher application fee.





And as one last pitch for this contest: take a look at the winner's circles and nominees lists for past prizes (called the Epiphany Prize) they have awarded for mainstream films released by the big studios.

http://www.kairosprize.com/kps06/resources.html

If those are the kinds of films that won their respect, then I think maybe they have an a-okay set of judges on their team.

Robin Bayne
06-14-2007, 05:28 PM
Gospel Today Magazine, USA

The publication of the Urban Christian Community. 8 issues per year. Focuses
on the holistic Christian lifestyle including health, fashion, fitness,
spirituality, music, entertainment and more. Pay: articles range from $150 to
$250.
Guidelines _http://www.gospelto day.com/store. php?crn=208_
(http://www.gospelto day.com/store. php?crn=208)

Robin Bayne
06-14-2007, 05:32 PM
I need material for future issues of SPIRIT-LED WRITER. Please feel
free to submit queries OFFLIST AND after checking our guidelines.
http://www.spiritle dwriter.com/ guidelines. html

Sample topics needed follow my name.

Thanks,

Lisa
www.SpiritLedWriter .com
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Robin Bayne
06-15-2007, 02:43 AM
This is not really a market, but a place for you to share a story about giving (http://www.spreadthesharing.com/StoriesofSharing/TellStory.aspx)and have the company sponsoring provide meals for those in need.

Plot Device
06-16-2007, 04:45 PM
Here's a festival in Arizona for stage play submissions:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=27341810&blogID=276684611

Now, this is NOT a "Christian" festival. They probably want stuff that's farcical, not proselytizing. But my experience is Christians have a spritual way of looking at things anyhow. So this is an opportunity to be creative. There also appears to be no pay. But still if you have something, give it a whirl.




[15 Jun 2007 | Friday]

Accepting Scripts for Festival

Insurrection Theater Company is currently accepting ten minute and one act (no longer than 45 minutes) plays dealing with the topic of religion...

Yes, religion.

Plays must be COMEDIES or ABSURD - nothing serious. We all deal with religion seriously too often, so save the drama for your mama.

Preference will be given to plays with small casts and minimal sets.

Plays MUST DEAL SPECIFICALLY DEAL WITH RELIGION!! Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Scientology, Hinduism, Taoism, Aetheism, Satanism, Catholicism... We ARE NOT looking for anything that superficially mentions a character's brief experience in Catholic School on page 22 in two sentences!! RELIGION is the theme of the festival, so only send it if your show fits the theme!!

Please email scripts to Theaterlady1@aol.com. Include a complete synopsis of the show. DEADLINE IS AUGUST 19th, 2007!!

Selected plays will receive a full production in Insurrection Theater's "Oh God!" one act play festival kicking off our 2007 - 2008 Season.

For more information on Insurrection Theater Company please visit www.insurrectiontheater.com.

www.insurrectiontheater.com

Robin Bayne
06-23-2007, 03:00 AM
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Bedtime Stories for Adults

We all lead such busy lives today. With the all of the hustle and bustle we need to slow down at the end of the day to soothe our souls and relax. Before we turn out the lights, we should take the time to read a story or two. The stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul Bedtime Stories for Adults will be just the book to keep next to your bed.

We are looking for inspirational, heart warming true stories of 1000 words or less that will make our readers laugh, cry, sigh and just relax. Stories should be positive, universal and none controversial. The "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted.
The chapters titles will include but not be limited to:

On Love

On Teaching and Learning

Live Your Dreams

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Attitude

On Giving

Overcoming Obstacles

Please feel free to submit more than one story to us. For each story selected for the book a 50 word biography about the author will be included. A $200 fee will be paid to the author upon publication. The submission deadline is August 1, 2007

E-mail submissions are strongly preferred through our website at www.chickensoup.com. Please be sure to select Bedtime Stories for Adults as the book title. If you are unable to e-mail your story please send a hard copy to Chicken Soup for the Soul, Attention Barbara LoMonaco, PO Box 30880, Santa Barbara, Ca. 93130

Due to the volume of stories we receive we are unable to respond to each submission. If your story is selected to be included in this book, you will be notified by mail and your permission to print it will be requested. Please know that we never publish anything without a signed permission form.

Good luck and we hope to receive your story submission soon. Thank You!

Roger J Carlson
06-27-2007, 05:59 PM
Third Order (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68329), a new webzine for short fiction that engages with issues of faith and religion.

Elwyn
06-27-2007, 09:34 PM
Inspiewriter -

So, do you have any contact info for Avon Inspire?

This is all the info I've found: http://noveljourney.blogspot.com/2007/05/acquisitions-editor-interview-cynthia.html

Thanks,
Elwyn

Robin Bayne
06-28-2007, 02:58 AM
Wveryone has a twenty-something story to tell. Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for yours!

Christine Hassler (www.christinehassler.com) is teaming up with Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen to co-author Chicken Soup for the Twenty Something Soul! You do NOT have to be a twenty-something to submit, stories can be from anyone of any age about a twenty-something experience. Reflect back on your own experience during this decade, share how you’ve been a part of someone else’s twenty-something experience, or tell a story about how a twenty-something has impacted you. There are multiple angles and types of stories to tell - a mother reflecting on her twenty-something’s daughter leaving the home, a 40-something telling the story of how he proposed to his bride of 20 years, a teacher reflecting on a twenty-something that taught her a lesson, and of course people still in there 20’s telling stories about how they have overcome obstacles or been inspired.

Chicken Soup for the Twenty-Something Soul will cater to the soul of a twenty-something and ease readers during this time of decisions and transitions. We’re looking for true stories that will touch the souls of the readers and make them laugh, cry, sigh or just say, “Wow!” Stories may be about any aspect of twenty-something life such as career, relationships, health, finances, family, and self identity. Stories of life lessons learned in the twenties will inspire twenty-something’s who are in need of positive role models. Heart-warming stories of simple acts of kindness or fate are also welcomed.

This is a great opportunity to touch another person’s life and have your story published in a national brand. For each story selected to be published in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 will be paid. Before submitting your story, please visit www.chickensoup.com and read the “Story Guidelines.” We are taking submissions NOW through August via the chickensoup.com website, click on “Submit a Story” and be sure to select Twenty Something as the book title.

Please contact Christine at christine@christinehassler.com with any questions or for more information.

Robin Bayne
06-28-2007, 02:58 AM
Everybody has a mother! They come in all sizes and shapes. They are young and old. They teach us and take care of us - even if we are already grown up. The connection between a mother and a child is timeless. We are looking for story submissions for our newest book - Chicken Soup for the Soul Celebrates Moms. These stories can be written by moms about the experience of being a mom or by children, both young and old, about their moms. Everyone has a story to tell.

We are looking for inspirational, heart warming true stories of 1000 words or less that will make our readers laugh, cry, sigh and just say wow! Stories should be positive, universal and none controversial. The "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted.

The chapter titles will include but not be limited to:

On Love
A Mother''s Guiding Hand
A Mother''s Courage
Learning and Teaching
Special Moments
Letting Go
Like a Mother
On Wisdom
Through the Generations (A Grandmother''s Love)
Thank you, Mom


Please feel free to submit more than one story to us. For each story selected for the book a 50 word biography about the author will be included. A $200 fee will be paid to the author upon publication. The submission deadline is July 15, 2007

E-mail submissions are strongly preferred through our website at www.chickensoup.com. Please be sure to select Celebrating Moms as the book title. If you are unable to e-mail your story please send a hard copy to Chicken Soup for the Soul, Attention Barbara LoMonaco, PO Box 30880, Santa Barbara, Ca. 93130

Due to the volume of stories we receive we are unable to respond to each submission. If your story is selected to be included in this book, you will be notified by mail and your permission to print it will be requested. Please know that we never publish anything without a signed permission form.

Good luck and we hope to receive your story submission soon. Thank You!

Robin Bayne
06-28-2007, 03:06 AM
Inspiewriter -

So, do you have any contact info for Avon Inspire?

This is all the info I've found: http://noveljourney.blogspot.com/2007/05/acquisitions-editor-interview-cynthia.html

Thanks,
Elwyn

I found this (http://www.harpercollins.com/footer/avonGuidelines.aspx)at the Avon site



This was from Cynthia Sterling's Market Guide:

Avon Inspire is a new line of inspirational romances from Avon books. Scheduled to launch in the summer of 2007, Avon Inspire will publish trade paperback books. The editors are looking for both contemporary and historical inspirational romance. Women's fiction with romantic elements, romantic suspense, and romantic comedies will also be considered. Query Cynthia DiTiberio, Acquisitions Editor, Avon Inspire.

Robin Bayne
06-28-2007, 05:16 PM
(beware--this one seems to take ownership of the material)

Have you ever dreamed of being a writer? Family Circle wants to help make
that dream come true with our 2007 fiction contest. Read below to find out how
to submit your story!

Contest begins March 1, 2007 and ends August 31, 2007. Entries must be
postmarked on or before August 31, 2007 and received by September 7, 2007. Entries
become the property of Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines,
Iowa ("Sponsor") and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor assumes no
responsibility for illegible, lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or stolen
entries or mail.

ENTRY: Submit an original, fiction short story of no more than 2,500 words,
typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Include your name, address, daytime telephone
number and e-mail address (optional) on each page and send to: Family Circle
Fiction Story Contest, c/o Family Circle Magazine, 375 Lexington Avenue, Ninth
Floor, New York, NY 10017. Entries must be original, unpublished and may not
have won any prize or award. LIMIT: Up to two entries from an individual will
be accepted, but each entry must be a unique short story. No group entries.

Potential winners will be notified by phone and/or mail and the prizes
delivered on or about November 30, 2007. Decisions of judges are final and
binding in all respects.

PRIZING: One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a grand prize package
including $750, a gift certificate to a mediabistro. com course of his or her
choice retail value ("RV") $610, a one year mediabistro. com AvantGuild
membership RV $49 and possible publication in Family Circle magazine. Total RV of
grand prize package is $1,409. Gift certificate subject to issuer restrictions.
Two (2) runners-up will each receive a runners-up prize package including
$250, a one year mediabistro. com AvantGuild membership RV $49, and stories may
appear on familycircle. com. Total RV of runners-up prize package is $299.

Robin Bayne
07-03-2007, 02:45 AM
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE REPUBLICAN’S SOUL

We are in immediate need of funny and inspirational stories for our newest upcoming title “Chicken Soup for the Republican’s Soul.” THE FIRM SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2007. Publication is June 2008.

Following are eight chapter titles that we may use in the final book. They were created in order to provide you with ideas about the kinds of stories we are seeking, but they also are subject to change as the book is developed:

1. First Time Republican: Stories about the first time you became politically active, from deciding to register to vote with the Republican Party to casting that first ballot.

2. Making a Difference: Stories about rallies, protests, fundraising, working the phones, or walking precincts for your favorite candidates—and for whom you made a difference.

3. Donkeys and Elephants in Love: Stories about dating, love, and marriage with someone in the other political party.

4. All in the Family: Stories about political cohesiveness in a family, even if you don’t always agree on candidates or support the same platforms.

5. Political Funnies and Faux Pas: Funny stories about politics that make you laugh out loud!

6. Running for Office: Stories about you, your family, or friends running for office.

7. On the Fence: What happens when you can’t decide which side of the fence to dangle your feet? Stories about “doing the right thing,” even when the right thing is something the “other” party is promoting and yours isn’t.

8. Atop the Soapbox: Stories about how a speech changed your political outlook. Be sure to submit a Chicken Soup-style story, not an essay.

Important: We are not looking for essays about your personal political philosophy, nor will we use essays or stories that primarily "bash" the Democratic Party. We want to know how you as a Republican have helped make the United States a better place to live,
and humor certainly helps.

Stories must be true (non-fiction), written in first person, and 1,000 words or less. Stories should make readers laugh, cry or sigh, and be positive, universal and non-controversial. Also, the “point” or “message” should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please read a few stories in other Chicken Soup books to better understand our story-telling style.

You may submit more than one story. We accept previously published pieces, as long as you retained all rights to your story. For each story published, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid. We also need cartoons; if accepted for publication, payment will be $150 each. We do accept poems, although very few are used. Payment for poems is $50. All payments are paid within thirty days of publication. Again, the FIRM submission deadline is September 30, 2007, but the sooner, the better!

You can submit stories one of three ways:
1) e-mail stories through the Chicken Soup for the Soul website at www.chickensoup.com. Be sure to select “Republican’s Soul” as the book title.
2) e-mail your story along with your name, address and phone number to Story@PublishingSyndicate.com, and be sure to list “Republican’s Soul Submission” in the e-mail subject line. Please note that we do not accept e-mail attachments, so type, copy or paste your story into the e-mail body. For specific submission information guidelines, please visit www.PublishingSyndicate.com.
3) You may mail your submission to:

Chicken Soup for the Republican’s Soul
c/o Publishing Syndicate
P.O. Box 607
Orangevale, CA 95662

We look forward to reading your story!

Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen

and

Ken McKowen Dahlynn McKowen

(also doing a book for Democrats--see website!)

Robin Bayne
07-03-2007, 02:50 AM
Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression http://www.reliefjournal.com -- a market for poetry, creative nonfiction, and short stories.


We're putting out a call for submissions as we enter our second year of publication. Please visit our website if you haven't already, and pass on our call to submissions to your fellow writers in the Pen-Souls group. I'll paste in the information at the bottom of this email, rather than plunking on an attachment.


Thank you!


Lisa Ohlen Harris
Creative Nonfiction Editor


***


To all interested writers:


We are currently accepting submissions for Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression. This new literary journal is designed for authors who want to write seriously but struggle to find an outlet for work that has a faithful slant. Our goal is to publish poems, creative nonfiction, and short stories that push the envelope beyond stereotypically "fluffy" Christian writing, so please feel free to stand out on the edge.


We are seeking short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for the fifth issue, due out in November 2007. The submission period for November's issue ends August 1st, 2007. The submission period for the second issue will begin August 2nd, 2007.


Please view our website for submission guidelines and more:


http://www.reliefjournal.com
* Cash prizes will be awarded to "Editor's Choice" for each genre.
* Submissions will only be accepted through our online submission process.


Thank you,


Relief editorial staff

Robin Bayne
07-04-2007, 07:23 PM
The Most Wanted Stories List

( First Half: Chapters 1 14 )

Be part of our exciting new project and get your story published in our upcoming book, The Success Principles for Teens!

(See Jacks original Success Principles book to the right)

Below is a brief outline of the chapters in the book. Under each heading is a summary of what the chapter is about as well as a short list of stories we need. Many are very similar so please read each request carefully. Feel free to print this document out and share it with your friends and family.

If you see a story description that reminds you of a real-life example appropriate for this book, please write an outline of your story (about 200 400 words) with the main moral/lesson. Even if you dont consider yourself a brilliant writer, we still want to hear your story! Just focus on getting the main events, ideas, and lessons written down and send them to: kent@coolstuffmedia.com

Contributors whose stories are used will be contacted. We may not have time to get back to all submissions, so we thank you in advance for your time, creativity, and stories. We really look forward to hearing from you!

Cheers,

- Kent and Jack

www.coolstuffmedia.com
www.thesuccessprinciples.com


Chapter 1: Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life
Summary: Ultimately, you are the person in control of the quality of your lifeno one else. If you dont like the way something is, its up to you to take charge and improve the situation. As long as we blame, complain, or avoid the facts/truth, we will never have the quality of life we want or deserve.

Young person who was making poor decisions (E.g.: lying, cheating, using drugs, cutting school, missing practice, not trying their best) but ignored how it was affecting them. The situation worsened until they were forced to face the truth and make changes in their life. Lesson: Sooner or later, you will have to face the consequences of your actionsor lack of actionso you may as well confront things before they get worse.

Someone who blamed other people (their friends, parents, teachers, coach, boyfriend, girlfriend, neighbor) for why they werent getting what they wanted in life. Possibly blamed other people or circumstances not realizing that they created the problem by making poor decisions. E.g.: My friends made me My parents ruined my life because they grounded me before prom


Chapter 2: Be Clear Why Youre Here
Summary: Every person is born with a purpose, but its up to us to discover it so we dont end up focusing our time, energy, and attention on things that dont fulfill us.

How a young person found their purpose/mission that has since really shaped their life

Story about person who found their purpose because they did what they really enjoyed doing. Their passion led them to discover their life purpose.

Young person who wrote down/create their own unique mission/ statement. Explain how their purpose helped them make the best decisions and how it guided them to success and happiness

How a young person stayed on purpose or redefined their purpose over the years to best suit their talents and abilities


Chapter 3: Decide What You Want
Summary: The number one reason people dont get the life they want is because they are not crystal clear about what they want in life.

Person who only focused on what they didnt want and problems they wanted to avoid. But since they only focused on the negative, they continued to attract and experience it

Young person who was told by his or her parents what they should grow up to be or what they should strive work for in life. The person was not motivated to achieve these things because it wasnt something he or she really wanted. However, once he or she wrote a list of what they really wanted in life, they found a new sense of motivation and drive to work hard.

Person who one day decided to make a list of goals describing what they wanted to do or accomplish in their lifetime. How has that list shaped your life? What satisfaction has come as a result.


Chapter 4: Believe its Possible
Summary: Rarely do we accomplish more than what we believe is possible. The real limits to our potential are our beliefs about what we can and cannot do.

Person who believed in his or her dream even when no one else did. This drove them to persevere.

Person who believed in their dream or goal so much that they won the support of those around them, who in turn, helped them accomplish their goal.


Chapter 5: Believe in Yourself
Summary: Its not so much skill that makes someone the best at what they do. Its often a solid belief that they can do something that drives them to excellence. Believing in yourself instantly increases your ability to get the results you want.

Young person who made the conscious decision to believe in themselves. The initial belief allowed them to take action. They didnt wait for someone to say, I believe in you. As a result of believing in themselves they achieved results beyond what they initially expected.

Person who didnt believe in themselves but someone else did. This belief and support helped pushed this person to succeed. Eventually they built their own self-confidence and learned to believe in themselves.


Chapter 6: See The Best to Be The Best
Summary: Pessimists see difficulty in every opportunity, but peak performers recognize opportunity in every difficulty. Instead of getting discouraged by challenging or difficult circumstances, look for the opportunities that offer new possibilities.

How a disaster or challenge turned out to be a blessing in disguise because they looked at the situation and searched for a positive meaning or lesson to pull from it.


Chapter 7: Unleash the Power Of Goal Setting
Summary: To be truly fulfilled and to get the most out of ourselves, we need something that inspires us to take action, work hard, and persevere during tough times. Specific and measurable goals provide motivation and direction so we dont drift aimlessly through life.

Any powerful/inspirational story about how goal-setting transformed someones life

How a young person set some simple goals accomplished them then decided to set some more challenging goals. In the process, this person realized they were capable of much more than they originally thought.

Young person who had casually set goals a long time ago, but did not continue to look at them until they drifted off course and forgot about them. They then learned from the situation and wrote the goals down and put them in places to constantly remind them of their goals. Also developed a way to hold themselves accountable to do something each day that moved them closer to their goal.

Section: Mastery is the goal. Person who sets a goal to get a specific outcome, but in the process (or at the end) they realize that the skills they have developed, or the lives they have changed is far more important. Who we become is what matters most.


Chapter 8: Chunk it Down
Summary: Even the biggest dreams and goals can be achieved by breaking the process down into manageable bite-size chunks.

How a person accomplished a big goal by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable steps.

Person who never got started on their goal because they were overwhelmed by the first step. They eventually decided to get going without overanalyzing. Once they tackled the biggest (first) step of the process, the rest was much easier. (Based on this idea: One of the best ways to build momentum and keep it is to do the most important thing first.)


Chapter 9: Success Leaves Clues
Summary: Success is a science. There are specific things you can do to reproduce similar results. Learn from other people and take advantage of all the information we have at our fingertips.

How a young person learned how to achieve a specific result/goal by learning from other people. This person discovered how learning from other people is extremely valuable in becoming successful in todays world. (What resources were used to gain knowledge? Internet, library, magazines, interviews, seminars, mentors, coach, teacher how did they help?)


Chapter 10: Release The Brakes
Summary: Many people drive through life with their psychological emergency brake on. They hold themselves back by holding negative thoughts and images of themselves struggling, messing things up, or failing to reach their goals. This chapter explores how to reprogram ourselves for success by training our brain to see constructive images and think positively about what we do want to have happen in our lives.

Story about how a young person stepped out of his or her comfort zone to achieve her goals.

In this chapter, we talk about affirmations. An affirmation is statement that describes a goal in its already completed state. For example: I am a hardworking student who has earned a 4.0 GPA. Simply put, its positive self-talk. When said regularly, this helps build confidence, self-esteem, and also improves performance. Have you used this technique before? If so, how has it helped you achieve remarkable results.


Chapter 11: See What You Want, Get What You See
Summary: One of the most effective but underused tools for success is the power of visualization. The clearer we envision things the way we want them, the more we tap into our potential and increase our chances of having things turn out the way we want them to.

How a young person used visualization to achieve a specific result or goal. What did they do? How did it help them?


Chapter 12: Act As If
Summary: Nobody is born successful. This means we must be willing to put ourselves in situations that cause us to learn and grow. Sometimes we wont have all the required information and fine-tuned skills to reach our next goal, but we must learn to act as if we are the type of person who can accomplish the goals we setno matter how big they may be.

How a young person did not necessarily have the experience or the existing ability to do something, but they took action toward their goal anyway. They acted as though they had the ability necessary until they did finally develop the actual skills. In other words, they faked it until they made it.


Chapter 13: Just Lean Into It
Summary: Even though life is uncertain, the future is not out of our control. Those who became super-successful didnt know exactly what the outcome was going to be when they started following their dream; but they did commit to giving their best efforteven when there is no promise of success. This commitment and leap of faith is also known as leaning into it.

Young person who faced challenges, but persevered by continuing to have faith in their dream or goal. They took a chance to follow their dream even when the desired reward/result was uncertain. In the end, they achieved their goal, but not in the exact way he or she originally expected.

Young person who was very passionate about achieving their goal/dream. In pursuit of their dream, they faced challenges that caused them to discover a new passion that led them to a new goal/dream/destination.

Someone who had an idea of what they were interested in doing, but instead of just thinking or daydreaming about it, they take action and tried it out. E.g.: Ive always thought about acting Well, try out for the school play and see what you think. Lean into it. I think Id like to be a chef. Well, lean into it and become an intern at a restaurant to see if you like it. How did leaning into it help you make a decision or shape your life?


Chapter 14: Feel the Fear, but Do It Anyway
Summary: Even though we all face different circumstances, situations, and challenges, we all have to deal with the paralyzing power of fear. In this chapter, we discuss how to effectively handle our fear so it doesnt hold us back from living our dreams.

Person who faced their fears and took a risk to follow his or her dream. What was the risk? Why did they take it? How did it work out in the end?

Story about someone who turned their fear into a driving force. For example: They were afraid they would not make it in the talent contest so they decided to work even harder instead of giving up. As a result, they became a better athlete, singer, student, etc.

Someone who used to think, Ill do it when Im not scared anymore but later realized that fear never fully disappears. They learned that fear is natural and took action towards their goals in spite of their fear. Could be something basic such as asking someone out for a date trying out for a team, asking a teacher for support, etc. How have you learned to live with your fear?

Robin Bayne
07-04-2007, 07:48 PM
(this is all the info I have, provided thanks to Sally Stuart)

Power Publishing is a Midwest publisher of books that make a positive
difference in the lives of our readers. We are CURRENTLY SOLICITING MANUSCRIPTS FOR
OUR TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING PROGRAM. We seek inspiring/motivatin g and
instructional/ reference manuscripts across a variety of genres including nonfiction,
fiction, children€™s books, and textbooks.

Please visit us online at _www.powerpublishin ginc.com_
(http://www.powerpub lishinginc. com/) for our easy submission guidelines and more information about
us and what we publish.

Robin Bayne
07-06-2007, 06:41 PM
Seeking Christian Freelance Writers (Comp: TBD. Send your per-word rate)
(Dallas)
_editorttl@sbcgloba l.net_ (mailto:editorttl@sbcglobal .net) :
_http://dallas. craigslist. orghttp:/ /dallas.craig_
(http://dallas. craigslist. org/wri/36572214 5.html)
Date: 2007-07-03, 10:53AM CDT New monthly online Christian magazine seeks
talented freelance writers. This is a great opportunity for those who want to
use their God-given writing abilities in articles that will help others.
Previously published is not a requirement. Experience in interviewing people for
article content preferred but not required. Ministers also welcome. If
interested, reply to _editorttl@sbcgloba l.net_ (mailto:editorttl@sbcglobal .net)
and send all of the following pasted into your e-mail (do not send attachments) :
resume, 1-3 clips of Christian articles (do not send poetry), cover letter
describing you (include one paragraph on the impact of faith in your life, one
paragraph on your church, one paragraph on why we should select you as one
of our writers, and anything else you would like to share about yourself), and
your per-word rate.

Robin Bayne
07-06-2007, 06:45 PM
I have been reading the blog as this company has developed--shows real promise!

J. M. Hochstetler, author of the American Patriot Series, has built a
new publishing house, Sheaf House.

You can check out her blog here.

http://publishingdream.blogspot.com/

She has said she'll be putting together her publishing list for 2008
shortly, so you might want to subscribe to her blog to catch the
earliest calls for submission.

Robin Bayne
07-10-2007, 06:26 PM
SUBJECT: SNS Ministries

FROM: Scott Smith

MESSAGE:

Url: www.snsministries. org

Compensation: $500-$1000

Title: Victorious Christian Living Workbook Study

Summary: This project is a workbook/interactiv e study which would accompany
and be based on a message series dealing with this same subject. I have about
2 hours of audio/video that can be transcribed (message series from Romans
6:1-14). I need someone to expand and apply the ideas into a workbook format
for personal study.

Category: Creative Writing

Deadline: 25 September 2007

PROJECT LENGTH
To be determined.

TARGET AUDIENCE
Believers who are struggling with repeated cycles of sin and want a greater
degree of victory in their lives.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Anyone desiring to complete this project would be well-served to have a good
understanding of the believer's identity in Christ, "the exchanged life", or
the "Christ-life" as it is often referred to. If you like Neil Anderson,
Watchman Nee, Bill Gillham then you'll follow my thought-process here.

We may also incorporate a series I've done on Walking in the Spirit from
Galatians 5:19ff.

WRITING STYLE
Teaching, explanation, study questions, word pictures

DELIVERY FORMAT
Workbook with fill-in-the- blank sections.

CONTENT OWNERSHIP
SNS Ministries, Inc. will own the content but author will be named in
material.

REPLY E-MAIL: _scott@snsministrie s.org_ (mailto:scott@snsministries .org)

PHONE: na

Robin Bayne
07-11-2007, 12:08 AM
* God Allows U-Turns Parents Setting Boundaries
PAY: $30 plus book

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 31, 2007
Seeking stories primarily about overcoming challenges with adult
children who overstep boundaries. Have you been victorious in
overcoming enabling patterns? How has parenting (or grand-parenting) a
difficult adult child brought you closer to God?
http://www.writergazette.com/ sendstudio/ users/link. php?UserID= 1160&Newsletter=
129&List=1&LinkType =Send&LinkID= 4340

* God Allows U-Turns Boomer Babes Rock!
PAY: $30 plus book

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 31, 2007
True faith-filled stories by, for and about baby boomer women. From
empty nesting to menopause, no subject is taboo. Have you stopped
sweating the small stuff? How is God changing your perception of the
world in your boomer years? What new path has he led you on?
http://www.writergazette.com/ sendstudio/ users/link. php?UserID= 1160&Newsletter=
129&List=1&LinkType =Send&LinkID= 4340

*God Allows U-Turns Writing from the Heart and Soul
PAY: $30 plus book
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 31, 2007
Do you have a passion for the written word? Perhaps you write on your
lunch hour at work, or journal every day, or maybe you make a living as
a writer, it doesn€™t matter. If you view your world from the eyes of
someone who writes, share your true faith-filled story with us now. How
has God blessed you in your journey as someone who writes?
http://www.writergazette.com/ sendstudio/ users/link. php?UserID= 1160&Newsletter=
129&List=1&LinkType =Send&LinkID= 4340

Robin Bayne
07-11-2007, 12:11 AM
Not specifically Christian--but looks funny!


The Bad Seafood Story Contest
Deadline: July 31st, 2007
Entry Fee: none

The Bad Seafood Story Contest is hosted by
http://www.writergazette.com/ sendstudio/ users/link. php?UserID= 1160&Newsletter= 129&List= 1&LinkType= Send&LinkID= 43
26, a place to
share all those disaster stories you can laugh about later in life. The
winner receives $400 and is decided by a two round community vote. In
the first round, the most popular and entertaining stories (decided by
me and based partially on the number of unique readers, so be sure to
forward your entry to all your friends) quality for the category poll,
where all registered members get to vote on which 3 entries in each
category is the best. All category winners are then entered into the
final round, and again, all registered winners can vote. The entry with
the most votes wins, and the author gets $400.
http://www.writergazette.com/ sendstudio/ users/link. php?UserID= 1160&Newsletter=
129&List=1&LinkType =Send&LinkID= 4325

Robin Bayne
07-11-2007, 12:13 AM
* I Love - Little Goody Two Shoes - Writing Contest
Deadline: December 31st, 2007
Entry Fee: None


Since the year 1934 until the present-day the name; Little Goody Two
Shoes, has been maligned, slurred and misused. It was one of the most
famous, popular and influential children's/adults books of the
eighteenth century. It had an unparalleled status for over two hundred
years. Now Point of Life publishers have published a new, revised and
renewed edition written by inspirational author Michael Levy. The title
of the new book is - The Inspiring Story of Little Goody Two Shoes.
TheRules are simple ... The prize is $500.00. The contest is free to
enter and no purchase is required. Write an accurate and inspirational
review of - The Inspiring Story of Little Goody Two Shoes - many
beneficial deeds for humanity. Submit the review to Point of Life Inc.
Also, as an added plus, the more places you get your review published,
the better the chances of winning. You can submit your review to as
many web sites, blogs, journals, magazines, newspapers, online
booksellers and any media outlet anywhere in the world that will
publish your book review. The quality of the review is the premier
consideration for winning and no other submissions are necessary,
however, the person who publishes the largest number of reviews in
other publications and on other web sites has a better chance to win
the contest and Five Hundred dollars ... Because they have used sound
initiatives and wise enterprise along with a great review. The best
affirmative and inspirational book review of - The Inspiring Story
Little Goody Two Shoes - will be published on the Point of Life website
along with several runners up. The contest starts on the 4th of July
2007 and will end midnight on the 31st December 2007. The results will
be posted on The Point of Life website on the 15th January 2008.
Contestants should send the dates and places where their Goody Two
Shoes book reviews are published along with their book review to: Point
of Life publishers by regular mail or email to mailto:mikmikl@aol. com.
In the event of a tie, a question will be asked ... The first to reply
will be the winner. The results will be conclusive and no disputes to
the result will be considered.
http://www.writergazette.com/sendstudio/ users/link. php?UserID= 1160&Newsletter=129&List=1&LinkType =Send&LinkID= 4314

Robin Bayne
07-12-2007, 02:24 AM
Storygiver (this appears to be a paying ghost-writing market)


We are recruiting a writing team who will provide regular short stories to impact the lives of teens.



http://www.storygiver.com/writingteam.html



Compensation is $100 per short story.



If you would like to be involved in this world-changing mission, please submit a story according the guidelines found at this link where you will also find stories we have used in the past.



http://www.storygiver.com/writingteam.html



Submission deadline is July 30th. Stories will be reviewed in the order they are received, so it is important to respond quickly.



We look forward to hearing from you very soon,

StoryGiver Editorial Staff

Robin Bayne
07-19-2007, 10:24 PM
The working title is */ Adventures in Mothering: Teachable Moments for
Moms. /*

* Description and Purpose: *

It is ironic and wondrously true that while we're helping our young
ones
grow up, God is using them to grow us up in unique ways that make life
and motherhood a continual adventure.

Mothering is an adventure in personal growth. We tend to think of the
challenge simply being what to teach our children; but it is often what
they teach us, reveal to us about ourselves that astonishes and
admonishes us to grow and change. God uses these little ones to
continue
his plan for our growth, and if you ask any mom, there's nothing like a
little one to grow our patience, our love, our ability to see our
weaknesses as well as our strengths. As well as our children, God may
use other challenges during the parenting years. We'll open a mom's
eyes
to see what God is doing in her life, not just the life of her child.
To
see that God's parenting of us goes on in our parenting of our
children.
Often in the daily grind of diapers and baby food, we neglect our souls
and personal growth. But the two don't have to be exclusive, they're
hand in hand if we're attentive to what our wee ones are telling us
about ourselves. It's an extraordinary opportunity for growth.

* Our purpose is to challenge moms to embrace the adventure of
discovering who they are becoming in the midst of their mothering
years.
* * That their "growing up" is ongoing. We want them to discover the
richness - and the surprising insights - that mothering is bringing to
their lives; how the experience of mothering is shaping who they are. *

This is not another discipline book, not another "this is what you need
to do," but rather "what are my reactions telling me about me"? It's
reflective. Where's the adventure in mothering and how can we learn
from
and appreciate it? Please familiarize yourself with other MOPS books to
see the MOPS tone. We want to address the mom who doesn't know Jesus as
well as the mom who does, and moms in their early 20's as well as those
in their 40's.

The book will be approximately 7" wide by 9" tall and roughly 200
pages.
It will include a variety of fun, helpful and inspiring side-bars, and
we have contracted a writer to provide the supplemental side-bar
material.

The sections of the book will follow the six needs of moms that have
been identified by MOPS International and form the basis of the MOPS
flagship book / What Every Mom Needs / by Elisa Morgan and Carol
Kuykendall. The six needs will be re-titled to fit the "adventures"
theme (working sub-titles):

* Owning my Adventure (Identity) *
* Stretching and Training (Growth) *
* Climbing Partners (Relationship) *
* Guidebooks and Gear (Help) *
* View from the Summit (Perspective) *
* Expanding My Limits (Hope) *

* The Plan *

We would love to receive at least one story from you for inclusion in
this book that will be vigorously promoted to the MOPS mom audience
(105,000 mothers of preschoolers) by MOPS, and to the "outside world"
via marketing by our publisher, Revell/Baker Publishing Group. We are
looking for first person narratives, of 300 to 1,500 words, that tell
an
unforgettable story with a heart-grabbing point with which most any mom
can identify. Tell about a time you became vividly aware of how you
were
growing, changing, becoming as a person during your years of mothering.
A time when, because of an interaction or circumstance with your child
you realized new truths about yourself. The story need not be confined
to the preschool years of mothering, although most of the stories
selected will deal with those years.

MOPS International will pay $200 per story included in the book, as
well
as include an author biography and website if applicable. We are
seeking
original content. Please do not send previously published pieces that
are not spot-on written to this request. * The submission deadline is
Friday, August 3, 2007. Please submit entries to Adventures@MOPS.org
and
include your name, address, phone
number, email address, and the section into which your story fits best.
* Please also send your questions to this address (rather than my email
address). Jackie Alvarez, editorial coordinator, and I will watch this
mailbox carefully.

We will respond within 60 days as to whether your story(s) will be
included in the book.

Thank you so much for considering this adventure!

Sincerely,

Beth Lagerborg
Publishing Manager
MOPS International
2370 So. Trenton Way
Denver, CO 80231-3822
(303) 733-5353 x2714

Robin Bayne
07-19-2007, 10:24 PM
ATTENTION WRITERS
GOD ALLOWS U-TURNS WANTS YOU
SEND YOUR TRUE SHORT STORIES NOW!

God Allows U-Turns is the acclaimed Christian inspirational book series
with 23 books under the recognized God Allows U-Turns "brand." The
editors have just announced a new CALL FOR TRUE SHORT STORIES and are
compiling stories for THREE new volumes to release in 2008, 2009, and
2010. Submit true short stories for God Allows U-Turns - Parents
Setting Boundaries, God Allows U-Turns - Boomer Babes Rock, and God
Allows U-Turns - Writing from the Heart and Soul. For complete writer's
guidelines, visit the web site at: www.godallowsuturns.com Submit
stories to: stories @ godallowsuturns.com [delete spacing in email
addresse]

mamawriter
07-24-2007, 01:19 AM
Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression http://www.reliefjournal.com -- a market for poetry, creative nonfiction, and short stories.

I just read the following on their website: "Submissions for Issue 5 will be closing at Midnight on August 1st, so get your submissions in now! We're currently experiencing a bit of a summer lull for this submissions period, so get your work in! We can't publish it if it's sitting on your hard drive."

So it might be a good time to submit!

Of course, this "summer lull" bit was posted after I sent my submission in; don't know that that bodes well for me....

Robin Bayne
08-01-2007, 02:27 AM
I just read the following on their website: "Submissions for Issue 5 will be closing at Midnight on August 1st, so get your submissions in now! We're currently experiencing a bit of a summer lull for this submissions period, so get your work in! We can't publish it if it's sitting on your hard drive."

So it might be a good time to submit!

Of course, this "summer lull" bit was posted after I sent my submission in; don't know that that bodes well for me....


Hope it goes well!! Some of these have really quick deadlines, which makes me think there is more room for my submision!

Robin Bayne
08-01-2007, 02:28 AM
~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~
SPIRIT-LED WRITER
Update
July 2007
~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~

A QUICK NOTE

Summer is a time for slowing down and spending
time with family and friends, and that's what
we've been doing here at SPIRIT-LED WRITER.
But, I didn't want anyone to think we've
forgotten about our readers! Our next issue
will be coming out within the next week.

While you wait, take time to relax and
regroup. Make plans to break into some new
markets before the end of the year. Ask God
where He wants your work to be published,
and then submit your best writing.

Perhaps God is directing you to SPIRIT-LED
WRITER. If so, what are you waiting for?!
SPIRIT-LED WRITER needs writing-related articles
and fillers (including book reviews, conference
reports and devotionals) . We also seek how-to
articles on the business side of writing, and
writing for children. Check out our Wish List:
http://www.spiritledwriter.com/wishlist.html
And then check out the guidelines:
http://www.spiritledwriter.com/guidelines.html
Query today!

Yes, we're a paying market, and we accept
reprints.

May your work glorify God,
Kelly H.

Robin Bayne
08-09-2007, 06:59 PM
Deadlines Approach for First Novel, First Book Contests

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Unpublished authors have less than two months
to submit entries to the Christian Writers Guild's 2007 "Operation
First Novel" and "Operation First Book" (nonfiction) contests. The
entry deadline is September 19 for Operation First Book; the deadline
is October 3 for Operation First Novel.

The fiction contest, co-sponsored by Tyndale House Publishers, offers
unpublished authors the opportunity to have a first novel published
by Tyndale, plus receive a $20,000 advance. Entries must be original
works of fiction between 75,000 and 100,000 words.

New for 2007 is Operation First Book (nonfiction) , co-sponsored by
Harvest House Publishers. Rather than a complete manuscript, this
contest calls for a detailed nonfiction book proposal. The winner
will receive $10,000, and Harvest House will consider the book for
publication.

The contest is open to Christian Writers Guild students or annual
members who have not yet had a book (fiction or nonfiction) published
by a royalty publishing house. Those who have used a subsidy
publisher or print-on-demand company are not considered "published."

Winners of the 2007 contests will be announced January 31, 2008
during the opening session of the Guild's annual Writing for the Soul
conference in Colorado Springs at the luxurious Broadmoor hotel. The
prizes will be awarded by Christian Writers Guild owner Jerry B.
Jenkins, author of the best-selling Left Behind series.

Previous Operation First Novel winners are (2004) Jan Watson of
Lexington, KY, for Troublesome Creek; (2005) Terry Barnes of
Tonganoxie, KS, for In Everything Give Thanks; and (2006) Tom Pawlik
of Paddock Lake, WI, for Vanish.

Rules and contest details — including how to join the Guild as an
annual member — are available at
www.christianwriter sguild.com/ contest.asp.

For more than 40 years, the Christian Writers Guild has helped
aspiring writers develop and sharpen their skills. Now under the
leadership of best-selling writer Jerry B. Jenkins, the Guild offers
students 21st century correspondence courses — for adults and youth

with practical instruction under the mentoring of a distinguished,
seasoned professional.

Information is available at www.ChristianWriter sGuild.com or toll-
free at 1-866-495-5177.

Robin Bayne
08-10-2007, 06:03 PM
The Chicken Soup family is preparing a serving especially for the middle school through high school student, and we are looking for stories. It is often taken for granted—by parents, teachers, and students themselves—that students know the best study strategies appropriate for them as they progress through school. Many do not understand that we all learn differently and that different strategies are appropriate for different learning styles. Students also vary in their strengths, such as being “book smart,” “people smart,” or strong in logical skills. Many students do not realize the importance of “feeding” their brains, having a regular daily routine, the benefits of writing down one’s goals, having an organized locker, or having a proper study area. Students need to learn various note taking strategies that fit the subject/topic or their learning style. Different memory strategies can help students retain information short term and long term. Learning how to develop good study habits for daily work and assessments as well as learning how to handle stress are equally important. Students who feel empowered about their abilities and future success can attain their educational goals.

The Chicken Soup for the Soul Study Guide (working title) will cater to the soul of ten to sixteen-year-olds, their parents, and their teachers. Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen are teaming up with educators and authors of Study Skills Tool Kit LuAnn Warner-Prokos, Tami Pleasanton, and Elizabeth Mulligan to serve up stories and advice that help make the learning experience easier for students every day of the school year. Their advice can be referred to throughout the school year and revisited subsequent years.

We are looking for true stories that will touch the souls of the reader and help them improve their grades at school or reinforce that they are doing something right with their studies. Stories of students of this age group or from parents and teachers who have incredible lessons to share will inspire students to learn better strategies appropriate for them, motivate them to be the best student they could be, or instill a sense of faith in themselves.

Topics will include, but not limited to:
Learning style Summarizing
How you are smart Thinking skills and memory techniques
Your learning profile (where/how you like to study) Concentration
Setting goals
Time and stress management
Organization skills
Test and exam preparation
How to find success in the classroom Computers, research, and writing
Note taking

Please share your inspirational, true experiences of 1000 words or less. You may submit as many stories as you would like. For each story selected to be published in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 will be paid. The submission deadline is September 30th 2007.

Email submissions are strongly preferred. Send stories with your home, address, phone number, and email address on the manuscript through our website at www.chickensoup.com. Please select The Chicken Soup for the Soul Study Guide as the book title.

Material will not be returned. Due to the volume of stories we receive, we are unable to respond to each contribution. Finalists, only, will be notified prior to publication and permission to print will be requested.

Robin Bayne
08-22-2007, 08:22 PM
Subject: [CynthiaSterling] Market News for week of August 19, 2007

This week I began my look at all the publisher Spotlights from the RWA National Conference in Dallas last month. So if you have friends that are interested, let them know they can sign up for the newsletter. And as always, the archives are available at Yahoogroups. com if you miss anything.

First up, Sourcebooks.
The Spotlight on Sourcebooks was an energetic presentation by President and CEO Dominique Raccah and Editor Deb Werksman. Ms. Raccah spoke first, and gave some background on Sourcebooks. She founded the company in 1987 in an upstairs bedroom of her home in Napierville, Illinois. Sourcebooks currently publishes 250 titles a year and has 75 employees. It is one of the top ten independent publishers in the company and the largest woman-owned publisher in America. Sourcebooks has had ten New York Times bestselling titles.

Ms. Raccah spoke at length about what she feels separates Sourcebooks from other publishers. She said they publish careers and authors, not just books, and have a long-term focus. They also put together a marketing plan for every author. She gave the example of an author Sourcebooks took on, Ted Fisk. He€™s the author of the Fisk Guide to Colleges, which was published by Random House. The book was the number four college guide in the country when Fisk came to Sourcebooks. Through repackaging and a promotional push, Sourcebooks took the guide to number one. They also came up with a plan for Fisk to produce a number of complimentary materials that could be marketed with the guide to increase his market share.

Ms. Raccah also spoke about a Sourcebooks fiction author, Michael Malone. He€™s a southern novelist who has been previously published by Knopf and Harper. When he came to Sourcebooks they bought out his backlist and reprinted it. They developed a five-year marketing plan for his new books and sent him on a pre-launch book tour to meet book buyers before the book was even available. His first new book for Sourcebooks was a New York Times bestseller. €œWe€™re known by our customers for innovation and marketing,€ she said. Thirty percent of the company is devoted to sales and marketing. They also have an active sub-rights department.

Ms. Raccah said that whenever Sourcebooks enters a new category, they go into it with the intention of being at the top of the category. She cited their experience entering the crowded calendar market and becoming one of the top sellers, as well as their successful foray into children€™s book publishing. Now they are making the same commitment to being a top seller of romance fiction.

In 1997, Sourcebooks bought a company called Casablanca, which had published a bestselling book, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic. Today Sourcebooks Casablanca is the largest nonfiction romance publisher in the world, with books that are especially popular at Valentine€™s day. In 2004, Sourcebooks published Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, by Linda Berdoll. This very sexy sequel to Pride and Prejudice has been very successful. That success led Sourcebooks to target the romance fiction market.

Editor Deb Werksman spoke next. Sourcebooks Casablanca is launching its romance fiction list this fall with a mixture of reprints and original fiction by both new and familiar authors. They€™ll publish two Georgette Heyer reprints, a new Regency by a debut author, and a time travel romance by an established author. In the Spring they€™ll release two more Georgette Heyers, a women€™s fiction novel and a collection of erotica that was previously a bestseller overseas, a paranormal by a previously unpublished author and one by an established author, a historical romance reprint, and a contemporary romance with a Navy Seal hero by a debut author.

Sourcebooks is looking for single title romance fiction between 85,000 and 120,000 words €“ contemporary, historical (any time period to 1900), romantic suspense, humor, erotic romance, paranormal and women€™s fiction. Ms. Werksman said she wants to fall in love with the story€™s hero, or, alternatively, fall more in love with her husband because of the story. She wants to relate to the heroine. She likes heroines who are realistic and even a bit unusual €“ no perfect twenty-two year olds. She wants to be taken to another world, €œa wholly conceived environment for the characters.€ She said authors should be able to sum up their book in a couple of sentences so that the sales people and account buyers can quickly grasp the story.

Sourcebooks accepts submissions from both agented and unagented authors. She prefers email submissions and would like either a simple query or a synopsis with the full manuscript. Authors should receive confirmation of their submission within 21 days and her goal is to reply in 12-18 weeks. Detailed guidelines are available at http://www.sourcebooks.com/content/ authors_romance_ submission_ guidelines. asp



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Pat~
08-22-2007, 08:38 PM
Robin, this is for you, for being so generous with your time and your market tips:

http://bestsmileys.com/hugging/4.gif

Thanks for inspiring us all!

Robin Bayne
08-22-2007, 08:49 PM
Robin, this is for you, for being so generous with your time and your market tips:

http://bestsmileys.com/hugging/4.gif

Thanks for inspiring us all!

Aww, thanks Pat! :Hug2:



Chicken Soup for the Catholic Soul
Share Your Stories

Chicken Soup for the Catholic Soul is collecting true stories sharing the power and promise, hope and happiness of being Catholic. Please share your heart-warming, humorous and powerfully moving stories that will make readers laugh, cry, or sigh. Chapter titles may include:
Growing Up Catholic
Fathers and Sisters
Miracles
Confess! Mass Moments The Power of Prayer
Mother Mary Sacramental Moments
Catechism Class
The Profession of Faith
The Angels and the Saints
Holy Days Missions The Greatest of These Is Love

The submission deadline is November 30, 2007. Submit stories (1000 words or less) on line at www.ChickenSoup.com., Submit a Story. For each story selected, a 50-word biography will be included and a permission fee of $200 paid. Due to the volume of stories we receive, only finalists will be notified prior to publication.

Thank you for joining us in touching the hearts of millions of Catholics all over the world!

Jack Canfield Mark Victor Hansen LeAnn Thieman

Robin Bayne
08-25-2007, 06:01 PM
Looks like this is a group compiling a self-pub book---


Background and Guidelines for DAILY DEVOTIONS FOR WRITERS:
Needed by December 1st, 2007

Daily Devotions for Writers , a 365-day devotional book, written by writers for writers about writing. Each devotion must be about writing: the stresses, problems, joys, frustrations, blessings of the writing life. Please submit one or more 250-word devotions, must include a short prayer, and a quote or Bible verse.

The members of The Writing Academy, a small group of dedicated Christian writers from all over the country, meet once a year in Minnesota. Now, with members living in twenty-two states and Canada, they will write and self-publish the Writer’s Devotion book, all the proceeds will support The Writing Academy. I am donating my services as collector and editor of all the devotions for this book as well.
Submissions must be a true, first-person story with a takeaway message. Similar to Daily Guideposts. No preaching or sermons, please. No pay. This book will be sold by all the members of the Writing Academy, your words will inspire thousands. All contributors will receive a byline and a short bio in the back of the book, and can purchase a copy at a 40-50% discount. (We do ask that if you sell the books at profit that you donate a portion of your proceeds to The Writing Academy.) Please send your devotions to me as soon as possible at patricialorenz@ juno.com

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES
1. Make sure every devotion is about writing or being a writer. Do not go over 250 words including prayer and quote.
2. No title.
2. Single space text. Do not send in color; please use Times New Roman font size 12.
3. Paragraphs, indent five spaces; do not double space between paragraphs.
4. Italicize prayer, don’t place in quotation marks. Place at end of devotion.
5. Bible verse, don’t place in quotation marks: Matthew 3:31, KJV, NIV (etc)
Person’s quote; don’t place in quotation marks. Include person's name who originated the quote. Only one quote or Bible verse per devotion. Feel free to select quotes from many different authors, (in addition to those verses you use from the Bible) but be sure to credit the author.
6.Your name, as you want it to appear, after the quote or Bible verse, on the bottom right.
Write in the first person only. Tell a story. Please do not preach or deliver a sermon. Use dialog, create a scene, show us your vulnerability. What did you have to learn? As a writer how did you screw up? How did frustration, struggle, pain, fear get you down? How did you pull yourself back up? Readers identify with people who have struggles and pain.

Please include a 30-50 word bio for the back of the book. Please send to patricialorenz@ juno.com


Here are a few idea starters for devotions about writing: HOW I BECAME A WRITER,
LIVING MY DREAM; DEFINING MOMENTS; FINDING MY VOICE; WRITING MENTORS; MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD; OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
A WRITER'S LIFE[ THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE; INSIGHTS AND LESSONS; HOW I OVERCAME WRITER'S BLOCK; FIGHTING REJECTION SLIPS; HOW TO KEEP GOING WHEN EDITORS KEEP SAYING NO; THE JOYS I'VE RECEIVED AS A WRITER;
SETTING UP MY OFFICE ; BEGINNING THE TASK OF WRITING; THE MANY DIFFERENT FORMS OF WRITING; LEARNING TO SHARE MY WRITTEN WORDS; HOW I FIND TIME TO WRITE; WHY IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY; WAYS TO TOUCH OTHERS; WHAT TO DO WHEN OUR FAMILIES DON'T APPRECIATE OUR WORK;
THE BLESSINGS I'VE RECEIVED AS A WRITER; THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF BEING A WRITER

Feel free to pass this on to your writer friends.
Warm regards, Patricia Lorenz
patricialorenz@ juno.com , www.PatriciaLorenz. com

Robin Bayne
08-28-2007, 05:24 PM
Have you ever dreamed of being a writer? Family Circle wants to help make
that dream come true with our 2007 fiction contest. Read below to find out how
to submit your story!

Contest begins March 1, 2007 and ends August 31, 2007. Entries must be
postmarked on or before August 31, 2007 and received by September 7, 2007. Entries
become the property of Meredith Corporation, 1716 Locust St., Des Moines,
Iowa (“Sponsor”) and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor assumes no
responsibility for illegible, lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or stolen
entries or mail.

ENTRY: Submit an original, fiction short story of no more than 2,500 words,
typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Include your name, address, daytime telephone
number and e-mail address (optional) on each page and send to: Family Circle
Fiction Story Contest, c/o Family Circle Magazine, 375 Lexington Avenue, Ninth
Floor, New York, NY 10017. Entries must be original, unpublished and may not
have won any prize or award. LIMIT: Up to two entries from an individual will
be accepted, but each entry must be a unique short story. No group entries.

Potential winners will be notified by phone and/or mail and the prizes
delivered on or about November 30, 2007. Decisions of judges are final and
binding in all respects.

PRIZING: One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a grand prize package
including $750, a gift certificate to a _mediabistro. com_
(http://mediabistro. com/ (http://mediabistro.com/)) course of his or her choice retail value (“RV”) $610, a one year
_mediabistro. com_ (http://mediabistro. com/ (http://mediabistro.com/)) AvantGuild membership RV $49 and
possible publication in Family Circle magazine. Total RV of grand prize package is
$1,409. Gift certificate subject to issuer restrictions. Two (2) runners-up
will each receive a runners-up prize package including $250, a one year
_mediabistro. com_ (http://mediabistro. com/ (http://mediabistro.com/)) AvantGuild membership RV $49, and
stories may appear on _familycircle. com_ (http://familycircle .com/ (http://familycircle.com/)) . Total RV of
runners-up prize package is $299.

Taxes on prizes are sole responsibility of winners. Grand prize winner will
be issued a 1099 tax form. For winners’ names, available after December 15,
2007, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Winners’
List/Fiction Writing Contest, Family Circle magazine, 375 Lexington Avenue, New York,
NY 10017. VT residents may omit return postage.

We will continue to respond to submissions as quickly as possible, but you
may not hear from us until after the submission deadline. You may submit up to
five works to a combined word limit of 6,000 words for this anthology.
(I.e., if you have one 6,000-word story, that's your limit. If you have five
100-word stories, that's also your limit.)

Robin Bayne
08-31-2007, 05:13 PM
What€™s YOUR Craziest Breakup or Wedding Story?


We know you got 'em - stories about breakups and weddings that are so
outrageous, so completely off the wall that you refuse to tell people because you
know that NO ONE would believe you. Well, ChickLitGurrl and SisterDivas WILL
believe you, and not only that, we are going to pick the two craziest stories
and give the winners of said stories an autograph copy of Brenda Janowitz's
hilarious debut novel, SCOT ON THE ROCKS (ChickLitGurrl' s review of SOTR is
below).

We will be accepting stories until Friday, September 21, 2007, and we will
be announcing our winners and posting their stories (if they give us the okay)
on Friday, September 28, 2007!

Submit all stories to us at _sdb6812@hotmail. com_
(mailto:sdb6812@hotmail. com) with the subject CRAZIEST BREAKUP (or WEDDING) STORY!

Release the insanity of your stories, and submit TODAY!

Then said I, "Here am I. Send me."

Robin Bayne
09-13-2007, 02:07 AM
From Cynthia's newsletter:

Cindi Myers
Marriage on Her Mind, Harlequin American, Oct. 2007
Wild Child, Harlequin Blaze, Nov. 2007
A Perfect Marriage?, Mediterranean Nights miniseries, Dec. 2007
www.CindiMyers. com





This week I'm continuing my look at Publisher Spotlights from the
Romance Writers of America convention with a look at Steeple
Hill/Love Inspired. The spotlight on Steeple Hill and Love Inspired
was presented by Associate Senior Editor Krista Stroever and Editor
Melissa Endlich. 2007 is the 10th anniversary of the program. In 2008
they'll publish 10 category books a month, in addition to multiple
single titles each month. Many Steeple Hill authors are CBA
bestsellers and have garnered numerous awards.

Melissa spoke first about Love Inspired Historical, Steeple Hill's
newest line, launching in 2008. LI Historicals will publish two books
a month – one western and one non-western setting each month.
Inspirational readers seem to be more open to reading many different
time periods. In addition to western settings, the editors are
interested in all kinds of American settings – colonial, Civil War
and post Civil War, all the way up through World War II. They're also
interested in European settings and Biblical Fiction. Stories
featuring missionaries in exotic locations are welcome. Stories may
be dramatic and emotional, light-hearted, or suspenseful. But no
matter the setting or story, there can be no explicit sensuality,
graphic violence or language. Send submissions to Melissa or to
assistant editor Jessica Alvarez. They are both actively acquiring
for the line. 70,000 - 75,000 words.

Krista spoke about the Steeple Hill single title program. Like all
Steeple Hill books, these stories are based on Christian values. They
publish a wide variety of books – both contemporary and historical
romance and women's fiction, romantic suspense and thrillers and
relationship novels. They publish up to three titles each month. They
look more for established authors for this line. First time authors
usually start in Love Inspired and then move to the single title
books.

Steeple Hill Caf is Christian Chick Lit. The editors are not really
looking for new authors here, as they have a full inventory. They
prefer established authors for this line.

Love Inspired category does four books a month. These are strong,
character-driven inspirational romance, 55,000-60,000 words. They
range from funny to heart-wrenching and feature men and women who
find true love in a Christ-centered relationship. They're looking for
stories set in smaller towns and cities, family-focused. Children are
welcome in these stories. They're interested in complex stories with
real conflicts. Situations may be dark and gritty. Characters may not
start out as Christians but are by the end of the book. Love Inspired
has published some chick-lit within the line, but these are only be
established LI authors. New authors should focus on romance stories.
Things that don't work as well: Hollywood settings, big city
settings, sports, dancers.

Love Inspired Suspense expanded from two books a month to four books
a month in February 2007. They are "very eagerly" looking for
inventory. This is a great opportunity for new authors. Readers here
are looking for "strong, highly dramatic, high-octane reads." There
are very few things you can't do in these books – though violence is
mostly off-screen. They'd love to see more CSI-type and legal-
thriller type stories. The stories are 50 percent romance and 50
percent suspense. Both must be fully developed. 55,000 - 60,000 words

As part of Harlequin, Steeple Hill books are available all over the
world in many languages. They're available in both Christian book
stores, grocery stores, mass merchandisers, online, and through book
clubs. They're also available as ebooks.

Turnaround time for unagented, unsolicited manuscripts is
approximately three months. They do not accept complete unsolicited
manuscripts. Query by mail or send the first three chapters and a
synopsis of 5-8 pages. Guidelines are available
http://tinyurl. com/yvaqsua -- or go to http://www.eharlequ in.com and
click on the link to Writer's Guidelines at the bottom of the page.
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Cindi Myers

Robin Bayne
09-19-2007, 01:16 AM
Chicken Soup for the Stay At Home Mom's Soul
Share Your Favorite Story

What a busy life a Stay At Home Mom leads! She has so many different jobs that it is difficult to keep track of them all: cook, housekeeper, teacher, laundress, facilities manager, chauffeur, psychologist and nurse are just some of the many jobs that she is required to perform. And she is on call twenty four hours a day. Some days she seems to get everything done and feels like a master-performer, and other days, well, she feels like a bumbling clown!

Chicken Soup for the Stay At Home Mom's Soul will share the trials and tribulations, the happiness and laughs, and the heartwarming and touching moments of being a Stay At Home Mom.

Topics will include but not be limited to:

A Mother's Love
Insight and Lessons
On Gratitude
On Sharing and Giving
Through the Eyes of a Child
Overcoming Obstacles
Letting Go
Time for Me



We're looking for inspirational, true stories, 1000 words or less, that will make our readers laugh, cry, or sigh. Stories should be positive, universal and non-controversial. The "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted.

You may submit more than one story, whether original or a favorite from a magazine, newspaper, or other source. For each story selected in the book, a 50-word biography will be included about the author and a permission fee of $200 per story and $50 per poem will be paid. The submission deadline for this title is February 29, 2008.

Please submit your story through our website at www.chickensoup.com. Be sure to select Stay At Home Moms as the book title.

Due to the volume of stories we receive, we are unable to respond to each contribution. Finalist, only, will be notified prior to publication. Please know we never publish anything without written permission from the author.

Pat~
10-09-2007, 07:28 PM
*bump*

Robin Bayne
10-18-2007, 06:42 PM
Boomer Women Speak OCTOBER-NOVEMBER Writing Contest
Your Favorite Thanksgiving Memory

Deadline: November 30, 2007
Entry Fee: NONE - Great prizes including $50.00 and New Membership
or Renewal to NABBW!

PRIZES:

The winner's story is placed in the Our Voices section at Boomer
Women Speak, and they will receive the following:

$50.00 CASH!

FREE membership or renewal for the National Association of Baby
Boomer Women, NABBW, the only association devoted to addressing
issues concerning 38 million of the healthiest, wealthiest, and best
educated generation of women to ever hit midlife, baby boomer women.

Defying Gravity: A Celebration of Late Blooming Women, , by Prill
Boyle

What Happens Next, by Chloe JonPaul

Boom: Marketing to the Ultimate Power Consumer - The Baby Boomer
Woman, by Mary Brown and Carol Orsborn, Ph.D.

Boomer Women Speak October-November Writing Contest

My Favorite Thanksgiving Memory

Ah, remember the smells of Thanksgiving? Those pumpkin pies baking
in the oven, the turkey and dressing, the DESSERTS! Or maybe your
favorite memory isn't food at all. Does it include lively "after
dinner" conversations and stories that seem to take on a life of
their own? Do they seem to grow with each passing year?

Let yourself wander back to the tradition of family dinners and tall
tales. Give us your favorite Thanksgiving memory. Paint us a picture
with words that will have our mouths watering and hearts full of
family, friends, and fun. Send us your story by entering our contest
and win prizes!

Please read and follow the guidelines below and good luck!

GUIDELINES:

Please pay attention to these simple but important guidelines:

Submit an essay in a WORD document as an attachment. NOT in the body
of email.

Your submission must have a TITLE.

Edit your work. If edits are needed, the entry will be deleted. SEND
YOUR BEST AND FINAL!

Word count should be below 800. Use 1.5 spacing between LINES. Put
ONE space between the each sentence. (This means when you end a
sentence, put ONE space after the period before you begin the next
sentence)

Make sure to include your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, and SHORT BIO at the
TOP of the essay, not in the email message.

In the Subject line, write "OCT-NOV Writing Contest."

Submit entries to Georgia at georgia@boomerwomen speak.com. ONE entry
per person, please.

Winner of the AUG-SEPT contest will be announced soon!!

For more information, please visit: http://www.boomerwo menspeak. com

Contact Information:
Dotsie Bregel
877-226-6637
dots@boomerwomenspe ak.com

http://www.boomerwo menspeak. com/display_ news.php? nid=8

Robin Bayne
10-21-2007, 06:46 PM
_http://werthefuture.com/WordPress1/?page_id= 4_
(http://werthefuture.com/WordPress1/ ?page_id= 4)
Essay Contest

Paul Barrow, publisher of WeRtheFuture. com along with HotMedia, has just
formally announced the existence of an essay contest which is set to begin
October 5 and lasts through November 30, 2007. $1,000 will be given to the
winner.

Essays must address one issue: why a peaceful solution to differences such
as those between Middle Eastern theocracies and Western democracies is
possible, why it is a better solution than the armed conflict we now engage
in in Iraq
and Afghanistan, and both how and why America must follow such a peaceful
course in its foreign policy in order to establish useful and productive
relations with Middle Eastern countries. It must also suggest a workable
solution to
American involvement in Iraq.

Contestants should submit their copy to one of the Dennis Kucinich Meetup
Groups on the list of cooperating Groups for judging (the list is available
to
the right in the sidebar on WeRtheFuture. coms website). They must join the
meetup group (free), log in, and email a copy of the essay to the group
through
the group message system. Each Meetup group will then select from among
those
essays submitted to them the one which best addresses the points described
above. The winning submission in each group will be published on the website
of
WeRtheFuture. com along with similar winning submissions provided by all
other
Dennis Kucinich Meetup Groups. When all submissions are in, Dennis Kucinich
and
his staff will be asked to make a judgment about which essay among the final
winning collection is the best. That winner will be given $1,000 by
WeRtheFuture. com to do with as he or she wishes. The amount of the cash
prize may be
raised as well.

Important: Each submission must be accompanied by a fee of $10. The entry
fee will be made on the WeRtheFuture website via its Paypal link, along with
two
copies of the essay: one copy will be emailed to _essay@WeRtheFuture .com_
(mailto:essay@WeRtheFuture. com) and a
second copy of the essay submission will be submitted simultaneously to the
email address of a participating Meetup Group. This protects the writer with
substantial means of verifying the authenticity of his claim to a prize
should
disputes occur. The final selection of participating groups will be
identified
for WeRtheFuture. com and published on the WeRtheFuture. com website.

Members of each group submitting essays may not participate in the judging
but may participate in discussions about submissions. When all submissions
are
in, net proceeds collected from such submissions will be turned over to the
Dennis Kucinich Campaign. "Net proceeds" means all funds collected minus
the
prize award and a small Paypal transaction fee charged with each payment. If
submissions do not total the full award, the award will be paid anyway by
WeRtheFuture out of its own funds.

The contest will begin October 5, 2007, and the final date for submissions
will be November 30, 2007. Essays submitted must be no more than 600 words.

Robin Bayne
10-28-2007, 04:27 AM
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Christmas Traditions: True Stories of Holiday Celebration

Send submissions to: Helen Kay Polaski (Szymanski) at hkpolaski@yahoo.com

Christmas Traditions: True Stories of Holiday Celebration will be filled with stories that touch the mind as well as the soul as they take the reader on a magical journey through Christmas—past and present—while giving the reader ideas for traditions they might be interesting in adapting in the future. Each story will focus on either a well-known holiday tradition or a unique tradition known only to a particular family or community, as well as a touching story that circulates around each individual tradition. (I love traditions and can’t wait to see how your family celebrates Christmas!)

Stories must be first person, true accountings of either shared or unique traditions celebrated by families, communities, and/or groups during the Christmas holiday season, and all must be based on strong individual family/community dynamics, specific geographical location, and/or different cultures and religion. Approximately 70-80 stories (700-1,200 words) will be gathered. (When writing your story please keep in mind that Christmas is the most magical time of the year. I want to see the magic unfolding on the page before me as I read, and so do my readers.)

Payment: upon publication, $75 and a copy of the book (for each accepted story)


Helen Kay Polaski
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Christmas Traditions
Editor: A Cup of Comfort for Weddings, Rocking Chair Reader book series, Classic Christmas, Christmas Through a Child's Eyes
http://www.gardenandhearth.com/Gift-Baskets.htm
http://www.gardenandhearth.com/Handmade-by-Helen.htm

Robin Bayne
10-28-2007, 04:28 AM
Angel Face, a poetry publication, seeks strong visual poetry of the human experience for the 4th issue. Poems selected are arranged according to the rosary mysteries, but submitting poets need not be Catholic or Christian to submit.

Editor prefers secular/spiritual poems over overtly religious works. Prefers poems from the poet’s life that somehow bring a particular mystery “into life.” But will also consider poems written from the biblical source material for the mysteries.

Some Christian content is inevitable. The goal with each issue is to bring the rosary “into life.” Do not want to see works that merely repeat the biblical information. No rhyme, first drafts, didactic, erotica, or experimental.

This is a unique publication. Most poems published in Angel Face were not written with the rosary in mind. Sample copies are $7.00 each. For sample poems, rosary information links, and full submission guidelines, go to --

www.maryanka.com

The editor does not consider e-mailed submissions for various reasons (see Editor’s Notes). To submit, send up to 5 typed poems, plus SASE, to --

Angel Face
c/o MaryAnka Press
P.O. Box 102
Huffman, Texas 77336

Best wishes -

Mary Agnes Dalrymple, editor.

Robin Bayne
10-28-2007, 04:29 AM
Calling all Bloggers! Stories Needed for new book proposal(s):
Posted by: "Tricia Goyer" triciagoyer@yahoo.com triciagoyer
Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:58 am (PST)
Calling Bloggers!
Stories Needed for new book proposal(s):

Book titles:
Bloggable: Fifty of the best MOMMY chronicles found on-line
Bloggable: Fifty of the best MARRIAGE chronicles found on-line
Bloggable: Fifty of the best FRIENDSHIP chronicles found on-line
Bloggable: Fifty of the best HUMOR chronicles found on-line

Concept: The best blogs now in a book!

Submissions should be inspiring, faith-filled, and based on true experiences—no fiction, please. Think of comment-worthy blogs readers forward to their friends.

Blogs must be submitted by the author. If you have a favorite blog you've read, pass on these guidelines and encourage the blogger to submit!

1. Send submissions to tricia@thegoyers. com as an attached WORD document in 12-point Times new Roman font. (Up to three submission per blogger.)
2. Please include the author’s name, your blog address, and contact information on the first page of every submission.
3. Blog submissions should be non-fiction, ranging in length between 300-1200 words.
4. If your blog is published in this book, you will be paid $50 upon publication and two free copies of the book.
5. Please include a link to your story published on the Internet.
6. When you submit, you will be asked to sign a release form, giving me permission to use your blog. Submissions will not be considered until the release form is signed and returned.

Just think of all the new readers to YOUR blog!

Exciting, eh?

Tricia Goyer
www.triciagoyer. com

Robin Bayne
10-31-2007, 07:45 PM
Black Lyon Publishing (http://www.blacklyo npublishing. com) is a new publisher (established January 2007) publishing romance in ebook and trade paper formats. Black Lyon seems to be aiming to fill a niche other publishers aren't. They're interested in acquiring 'sweet' romance. Sexual tension is a must, but no swearing and no graphic sex. Contemporary romance may have an urban or rural setting. Manuscripts should be 40,000 - 60,000 words. On the historical romance side, the editors prefer European set stories that take place between 1000 and 1600 AD. 60,000 - 90,000 words. Paranormal romance may be steamier -- in fact, these books should have a "dark, sensuously gothic feel." 60,000 -90,000 words. The editors are also actively seeking historical romances set prior to 1000 AD for a new Ancient Times Romance line. 60,000 - 90,000 words. The editors prefer email submissions. Guidelines are available at their website.

Feel free to pass along this newsletter and to encourage others to sign up to receive it. If you reprint or forward the newsletter, all I ask is that I be given credit for it. Anyone can sign up by sending a blank email to cynthiasterling- subscribe@ yahoogroups. com

Cindi Myers
Marriage On Her Mind, Harlequin American, Oct. 2007
Wild Child, Harlequin Blaze, Nov. 2007
A Perfect Marriage? #7 in Mediterranean Nights miniseries
www.CindiMyers. com

Robin Bayne
11-01-2007, 07:27 PM
Attention Ladies!

We are compiling stories to be included in a ministry book entitled "Women
of Passions" in which we focus on the three primary passions in our lives -
God, family, and ministry. These are the topics we teach on in our
conferences/ seminars. Providing a book with personal testimonies or stories
will be an added blessing and ministry outreach to women struggling with
maintaining proper balance in life or feeling inadequate, something familiar
to us all.

We are looking for women's personal true stories/testimonies using the
following topics.

1. Passion for God ~ A woman's passion for God grows from relationship
with Him through worship, through instruction in the Word, through prayer,
and through obedience. For instance .

a. How has your passion for God grown in these areas?
b. Has seeking God first according to Matthew 6:33 changed your life?
If so, how?


2. Passion for Family ~ A woman's passion for her family grows from her
relationship with God, learning to walk in her role as a wife and mother
and/or daughter from sound Biblical instruction. For instance .

. How has keeping family priorities in order has impacted your
life?

a. How have you as a younger woman been mentored or trained by an older
woman according to Titus 2:4-5, or the other way around - you as an older
woman training/mentoring a younger woman?
b. How have your proper priorities impacted your family


3. Passion for Ministry ~ We are all called to a ministry of
reconciliation, according to 2 Corinthians 5:18, to passionately share the
love of Christ to others so they, too, may be reconciled to God through
Jesus Christ. A woman's passion for ministry exudes from a heart that is in
right relationship with God. For instance .

. Share a testimony of the circumstances of your calling to
ministry.

a. How has God used your life to lead others to Christ?
b. How have you learned to balance your life to not allow ministry to
consume you?

We believe God takes the ordinary and performs the extraordinary through
them. All He requires is a yielded vessel. God has given gifts to us that
lie dormant because we become so distracted in our imbalanced lives. The
key to unlocking these gifts is pursuing a balanced life with priorities in
line. And, in so doing, we will become more effective Christians fulfilling
our calling to build and strengthen the Kingdom of God.

Please keep your submission around 1,000 words or less, although the limit
is not absolutely firm. We are also looking for well-crafted poetry that
fits the topics listed above. Please be sure your article is proofread and
checked for spelling and grammar errors.

Please send your submission to jan@janross. org. The deadline for submissions
is November 15th.

By submitting your article, you give us the right to publish your article.
If your submission is chosen to become part of this publication, you will
receive a free copy of the book and the right to purchase a limited number
of additional copies at cost. There will be no other compensation. If you
wish, we will be pleased to include a short paragraph with your personal
info/other writing credits/education/ training/ awards in the back.

Please only submit original content. Although we encourage you to submit
new work, feel free to use your own previously published content to which
you hold the rights with the understanding that you release to us the rights
to use your submission even if you have it copyrighted.

We are excited to include you in this project and look forward to reading
your submissions. Feel free to submit more than one article. Also feel
free to share this opportunity with other Christian writers.

Serving Him Passionately,

Jan Ross

Heart of God <http://heartofgodin ternational. com/> International Ministries

Robin Bayne
11-01-2007, 07:31 PM
This is a "Call for Stories" for a new anthology called "My Mom Is My
Hero" (please see details below).


For the writers who submitted stories for "My Teacher Is My Hero," the
finalists have been selected and the writers whose stories were
submitted for final approval were notified and sent an Agreement
Letter. If you have not heard anything from me since you submitted
your story, unfortunately, your story was not selected. Due to the
volume of stories received, I won't have an opportunity to send
personal assessments, for which I apologize. Your story may have been
good, however, those who thoroughly read and abided by the guidelines,
avoided stereotypical or overdone subjects (death, illness, writer
slant), focused on the hero more than themselves, or provided
substantial beginning/middle/end stories won out. Some choices were
made for diversity so it helps to reach for, and convey, what makes
your hero unique. Also, make the hero come to life on the page, and
honor what it is/was that made them special. The hero's deeds don't
have to be extraordinary, but the story has to be told extraordinarily
well.

So, on to the next! For the second book in Adams Media's new Hero
series, we seek fifty 850-1400 word true stories no later than
NOVEMBER 30, 2007.
We pay $100 per story (one per volume), plus a copy of the book, and
we will also award three prizes $100, $75, and $50 for the top three
stories. I look very much forward to working with you!

A summary of what we want, formatting requirements, and story tips
follows. Please follow them carefully. Also, please click on
www.literarycottage.com and carefully review all the text under: "Hero
Series Guidelines" where you will also find new sample stories.

My Mom Is My Hero

Being a mother often proves the most difficult, and the most
important, job in the world; one that includes conflict but also
brings rich—albeit often unspoken—rewards. In this anthology, we
seek
to honor real-life mothers and, therefore, want inspiring, true,
personal stories that speak to the challenges, ultimately positive
experiences, and extraordinary relationships between mothers and their
children (mothers of all ages, i.e., grandmothers count). The majority
of stories in this collection will be written from the adult child's
point of view, but it is also acceptable to submit third person
stories by authors who have intimate knowledge of the mother and her
children. Also a woman who served as a mother figure, who played a
significant role, or who performed a heroic deed may also be honored.
Heroic deeds range from rescuing a child from physical peril to
holding down a steady job and raising children with exceptional values
or work ethics. As we will print very few stories focused on illness
or dying, we encourage authors to choose another time that illustrates
your mother's unique character, drive, strength, dedication,
tenderness, generosity, intelligence, humor, etc. Bring your mother to
life on the page and show the world why she is worthy of accolades.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2007

Please e-mail entries to sreynolds@literarycottage.com as a separate
Word attachment. If you don't have Word available, embed the copy in
your e-mail message (Times New Roman, no special formatting, please).

BASICS: 850-1400 WORDS, tightly written, focused, true, uplifting

Formatting Requirements:

Send all stories as a separate WORD document. If you don't have Word,
embed the story into the body of the e-mail.
Single-space all contact info (name, address, phone, e-mail) at the
top left of the document.
No headers or footers; No page numbers.
Use 12 pt. Times New Roman; single or 1.5 spacing.
Make Paragraphs flush left with one extra space between them. No
indentations.
Only use ONE space after a period.
Do not put titles in all CAPS; Do not include byline.
Do not put "The End" or anything else at the end.
At the bottom of your document, please provide a tightly focused
three-sentence bio. Bios may include selected writing credits, but
limit self-promotion to mention of a website. Humor is good. Link it
to the story if relevant.

Story Tips:

Story must be true and uplifting. We are honoring mothers.
Tell a story—utilizing classic story structure, i.e.,
beginning/middle/end
If you write an essay or profile, they must include dynamic
characterization
Keep the focus on your mother/mother-figure; she's the heroine of the
story!
Use description, characterization, action, and dialogue to bring your
mother to life on the page
Focus on a momentous event that illustrates your mother's heroic
character
SHOW us why your mother is/was unique, exceptional, colorful, dramatic,
heroic
Cut right to the chase, open with a scene; do not open with "My mom is
my hero because…."
Come up with a snappy, evocative title; avoid "My Mom, My Hero," etc.
Avoid death and illness stories (we'll get way too many)
Strive for unique, fascinating, entertaining, distinctive tales
Make all the characters in the story dimensional, memorable
Please use active voice and strong verbs. Avoid "It was" and "There
was" sentences.
Use potent, succinct modifiers.
Employ a strong voice
Humor is WELCOME

THANK YOU, and I look forward to receiving your stories!

All best regards,

Susan

Susan Reynolds
Literary Cottage Agency

Robin Bayne
11-12-2007, 08:00 PM
Submission guidelines for Infinite Space, Infinite God II

With the literary success of Infinite Space, Infinite God and in
anticipation of its success in sales, Karina and Robert Fabian, in
conjunction with Twilight Times Books, are taking a leap of faith by
compiling Infinite Space, Infinite God II.

Submissions begin January 1 unless you have already received a special
invitation to submit early.

ISIG II will again feature the best of science fiction with a Catholic
world view. The guidelines are similar to ISIG I.

1. Stories should be 3,000-10,000 words. We'd like 12-15 stories,
plus introductions, so we're looking for variety of lengths.

2. Science Fiction stories only. We're not looking for fantasy.
While we're glad to look at the usual plot conventions of SF--time
travel, faster-than- light travel, etc.--we do not want Star Trek-type
technobabble where real science is available. In all cases, the
science should be believable within the story's universe; projections
of current science are encouraged. Do not break the laws of physics
without a reasonable explanation, or we'll have to call the logic police.

3. Catholic stories only. You don't need to be Catholic, but your
stories do! Characters and/or settings must be genuinely Catholic.
Catholic theology and practices must conform to the Magesterium- -or
have an incredibly good reason to veer! (We'll be tougher about it
this time.) This is especially true for any doctrine that is ex
cathedra. This does not mean all your characters need to be saints or
even Catholic, but that the Church itself is portrayed with the same
steadfast morals and doctrine that it has maintained throughout
history. Please research any questions: check with a reputable
Catholic site online, the Catechism of the Catholic Church or a
Catholic priest or deacon. Don't rely on what you remember the nuns
telling you in grade school back in 1972.

4. No re-runs. Please read Infinite Space, Infinite God to avoid
repeating a story idea/treatment. (You can purchase ISIG at
www.twilighttimesbo oks.com, www.amazon.com, or from your favorite
bookstore; ask your library to order it (Baker and Taylor and Ingrams
distribute it), or at least read the synopsis of stories at
http://isigsf. com.)

5. Tell a good story. Write well. 'Nuff said.

Here are some of the things we rejected for ISIG I or are wary of for
ISIG II:

--Lectures disguised as stories. Purpose Number One of ISIG is to
entertain.
--Long sermon/discussion sandwiched between a plot. This includes
political as well as religious diatribes. We want to reach a wide
audience and while we hope some folks will be touched by the stories,
we're not out to evangelize with them.
--Jesus is cloned. Not against it per se, but no one yet has made it
work, story-wise.
--Generic Christian with a crucifix. No nuns praying someone will
"accept Jesus as his personal savior."
--Telling, not showing. This goes for faith characteristics as well
as plot.
--Deus ex machina or Deus ex Deum. If you're going to use a miracle
of technology or a regular miracle to resolve your plot complications
(as opposed to being part of your plot complications… ), you'd better
write a really compelling story!
--Black-and- white absolutes. Catholics are good; others are bad. The
world has gone to hell--except for the Church. Evil scientists versus
good believers. We're trying to break those stereotypes.
--Apocalyptic fiction. Please make sure you know the Catholic
understanding of Revelations.
--Re-runs. Please read Infinite Space, Infinite God to avoid
repeating a story idea/treatment. (ISIG authors: You are welcome to
use the same characters or universe as your former stories.)

5. Reprints OK, but we are going to try to avoid them this time, if
possible. Please include proof that you have the rights.

6. You may submit more than one story.

How to submit: Send stories to Karina at karina@fabianspace. com.
Send it as a Word or .rtf attachment. Type ISIG II in the subject line.

Format: House Style for Twilight Times
Title should be in 24-point type and centered.
Author's name should be ten lines below the title 18-point type and
centered.
Chapter Headings should be in 14-point type, bold and centered.
Body text should be Times New 12-point type and single-spaced. Only
one space between sentences, not two spaces.
Do not create a table of contents.
Set margins to 1.25 inches - top, bottom, left and right.
Do not use five spaces for indentation - this causes uneven lines
when the text is formatted to full justification. If you use tabs in
some chapters and five spaces in others, then this also causes uneven
lines when the text is formatted to full justification.
Tabs should be set at .3 and not .5. Please ensure that your tabs are
consistent throughout.
Do not use indent. The indent option will throw the asterisks
separating scenes and the chapter headings off center. Paragraph
format - select first line indention, single spacing, left justification.
No line breaks between paragraphs. No blank lines between paragraphs.
Insert a hard page break at the end of the text on the last page of
each chapter, before the beginning of the next chapter.
No headers/footers, no page numbers and no hidden values.
Denote scene breaks with a triple asterisk, centered on page.
In general, a double-dash is preferred to an em-dash (required for
Fictionwise) .
Some of our books have spaces around the double-dashes so feel free
to keep the spaces around the double-dash for now. Instead of an
ellipsis (or em-dash) at the end of a sentence in quotes, I prefer
ellipsis followed by a period, even if it is not a complete sentence.
No spaces within the ellipsis marks. More tips on the use of an ellipsis.
http://www.grammarb ook.com/punctuat ion/perEllip. html
Use plain text for thoughts when a tag is used.
Example: I am working on a million-dollar best seller, he thought. Do
not place quotation marks around thoughts. For direct thoughts without
a tag, use Italic type, not underlines. Example: I wonder who will buy
the movie rights to my new book.
Use hyphenation sparingly. Better yet, try to avoid using it at all.

Compensation: We will pay $50 per story and a copy of the book per
author. You will be allowed to purchase the anthology for a reduced
price for promotions or to sell on your own if you so choose.
In addition, your bio and website will be on the ISIG website.
You'll also be invited to share news of any promotional events,
contribute an interview to the site and take part in other promotional
opportunities that can help your publicity overall.

If you are accepted: We are considering including a Study Guide and
Research Appendix. If so, we'll be asking for a bibliography of any
books, articles, etc. you used in your research and a few questions
about the religious, moral and scientific issues raised in your story.
You do not need to send those in with your submission, but keep notes
so you'll be ready to create and submit them if you are accepted.

james1611
11-30-2007, 10:40 AM
I didn't see this covered - might have missed it, but...

There are a number of Christian Publishers who are currently accepting novel queries for fiction including fantasy.

Look for submission guidelines at these publishers:

Moody Press
Tsaba House
Bethany House
Barbour Publishing
AMG Publishing

Sorry I don't have the links, but they are quickly found in a search. All of these are reputable and market and distribute into chain bookstores including Barnes and Noble and Borders along with Christian bookstores. NONE of these are vanity or print on demand publishers.

Blessings,
James

Calla Lily
11-30-2007, 04:45 PM
Don't Bethany, Barbour, and Moody only talk to agents?

III
11-30-2007, 09:00 PM
Don't Bethany, Barbour, and Moody only talk to agents?

They certainly weren't interested in my queries a year ago. :cry: Which makes me question the salvation of everyone who works for them or has ever read any of their books. But I'm not bitter.

Robin Bayne
12-02-2007, 03:16 AM
Extended Deadline!

My Mom is My Hero
http://www.literarycottage.com/heroseries.html


Being a mother often proves the most difficult, and the most important, job in the world; one that includes conflict but also brings rich — albeit often unspoken — rewards. In this anthology, we seek to honor real-life mothers and, therefore, want inspiring, true, personal stories that speak to the challenges, ultimately positive experiences, and extraordinary relationships between mothers and their children (mothers of all ages, i.e., grandmothers count). The majority of stories in this collection will be written from the adult child's point of view, but it is also acceptable to submit third person stories by authors who have intimate knowledge of the mother and her children. Also a woman who served as a mother figure, who played a significant role, or who performed a heroic deed may also be honored. Heroic deeds range from rescuing a child from physical peril to holding down a steady job and raising children with exceptional values or work ethics. As we will print very few stories focused on illness or dying, we encourage authors to choose another time that illustrates your mother’s unique character, drive, strength, dedication, tenderness, generosity, intelligence, humor, etc. Bring your mother to life on the page and show the world why she is worthy of accolades.
Submission Deadline
December 15, 2007

$100 per published story, plus one copy of the book.*
Early birds may indeed catch the worm!

Robin Bayne
12-06-2007, 11:38 PM
Cup of Comfort

Hello,

I am the project director for a new book with Adams Media in their
best-selling Cup of Comfort series. Cup of Comfort books have
provided inspiration, encouragement, hope, and instruction for well
over a million readers. I have spearheaded the Christian category
within the series and have compiled A Cup of Comfort Devotional, A
Cup of Comfort Devotional for Women, A Cup of Comfort for Christians,
and A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers, and A Cup of Comfort
Book of Prayer. You may have submitted selections to a number of the
above, especially the last volume mentioned.

I am writing to you today to ask for your participation in a new Cup
of Comfort project. It is called A Cup of Comfort Devotional for
Mothers and Daughters. The manuscript will consist of a short, one-
page thought of between 125 and 175 words related to a spiritual
principle or concept learned in your everyday, ongoing relationship
with your daughter.

The tone and content should be positive – your growth as a Christian
mother, the goodness and power of God in your life and the lives of
your daughters, how you have both grown closer in good times and bad,
etc. Wherever possible, focus on interaction in real life, rather
than mere thoughts or abstractions about your daughter(s). The brief
story or vignette can mention more than one daughter.

We want to avoid too many stories related to illness and so we are
discouraging them, but if you have one without too many details under
positive parameters we will consider it. Each devotional must have a
crisp and creative title, a short passage of Scripture (New Living
Translation, 2004) including book chapter and verse that relates to
the content, main content related to word count above, and a brief
one sentence concluding thought.

We will issue you a permission contract surrendering the rights of
this devotional to sole use by the publisher. It also may not be
previously reprinted by any major publication. If accepted, based on
the short word count, we are offering a $20 dollar one-time fee for
this devotional to be paid upon publication. We will accept up to a
total 10 devotionals but encourage you to submit only your best
work. One is fine! If you do more than one each one must relate to
a different aspect of your relationship to your daughter. Please
don't submit them in batches, but only when you're sure you've done
them all. That way they won't trickle in.

I am hoping for a quick turnaround on your part after informing us of
your acceptance. These are short pieces and don't take the time of
larger stories. We would like final submissions by January 15 but
are willing to go a few more weeks if you let us know in advance.
Please let us know one way or another of your interest overall.
Also, feel free to share this call fro submissions with your fellow
writers who have past experience.

Thank you so much for being part of this exciting and groundbreaking
project. Please direct all inquiries, acceptances, and refusals to
my assistant Susan Townsend at monitor@visi.net. I will not be
answering any emails directly. She will handle your contracts and
the editing of your devotionals as well. Please send her all updated
information related to payment: including street address, email
address, social security number, the name as it should appear on the
check, and bio update.

You will find below a sample of both format and content for what a
typical devotional would look like in our book.

Blessings to you and yours,

James Stuart Bell





A Place of Refuge

"But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful
praises forever. Protect them, so all who love your name may be
filled with joy."
Psalm 5:11

Maria definitely didn't approve of everything her daughter did.
Seventeen-year- old Lucy was living with an abusive boyfriend. "I'd
like to beat him up myself, but that wouldn't help any," Maria
commented crisply.
Instead, Maria encouraged Lucy to come to the house frequently. And
she made sure she didn't scold Lucy about her lifestyle. "The rest of
the world beats her up emotionally, " Maria said. "I want home to be
the place of refuge, where she can always feel love and acceptance."
As a result, Lucy spent a lot of time at home. And one day, when the
boyfriend abused her, she thought, "I'm treated way better than this
at home" and returned home.
While we still have kids at home, sure, we need to give them
instruction and guidance. But we can still make our homes centers of
love, and acceptance—a refuge in the middle of a crazy world.

We can be a refuge for our children, just as God is for us.

Jeanette Gardner Littleton

Robin Bayne
01-04-2008, 04:41 AM
For romance writers:

Rules and entry forms for the OCC 2008 Orange Rose Contest for
Unpublished Writers are available on our Web site: www.OCCRWA.com
Click on Contests and scroll down to download the forms.

DEADLINE: April 12, 2008
FEE: $25.00 for OCC/RWA members; $30.00 for other RWA members.
Must not have published or been contracted in book-length fiction in
the last five years.

ENTRIES: Maximum 55 pages total including synopsis.

CATEGORIES: Contemporary Category Romance, Historical, Inspirational,
Mainstream w/Romantic Elements, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy,
Romantic Suspense, Single Title Romance (over 70,000 words).

JUDGING: First round is judged by published authors. Final round is
judged by TWO acquiring EDITORS.

FINALISTS announced July 12, 2008 at regular chapter meeting.

For information contact Charlotte Lobb, Contest Coordinator,
CharMaclay@aol.com

james1611
01-04-2008, 05:30 AM
They certainly weren't interested in my queries a year ago. :cry: Which makes me question the salvation of everyone who works for them or has ever read any of their books. But I'm not bitter.


Jay...you so funny! :tongue

Anyway...they do accept queries, but it doesn't mean they'll respond if they don't like your idea. I submitted to Barbour recently and they "form-rejected" me...At least it was a reply, right? Okay...anyway, I need therapy now.

James

Robin Bayne
01-25-2008, 09:47 PM
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS


"Mennonites on the edge" - Fall, 2008 issue of Rhubarb magazine
Deadline: April 30, 2008

Rhubarb magazine is seeking submissions of writing (poetry, fiction,
creative nonfiction,
and reviews) and artwork for its second West Coast-themed issue to be
published
in the Fall of 2008. All submitted works should relate or respond to
the theme of
"Mennonites on the edge" in some way, ideally more than just in terms
of geography.
Feel free to interpret that theme as you see fit.


Guest Editors for West Coast Issue: Joe Wiebe, Vancouver (fiction,
creative non-fiction)
Carla Funk & Melanie Siebert, Victoria (poetry)


Submission Guidelines:
Please submit electronic files in DOC, RTF or PDF format as email
attachments to
westcoast@rhubarbmag.com. We may be printing them out on our end, so
please doublespace
them and include your contact info, word count, title, etc. Also,
please provide us
with a short writing bio in the body of your email. If you've been
published in Rhubarb
or elsewhere before, be sure to mention it.


Fiction: short stories up to 3,500 words will be considered, but keep
in mind that we
have a limited amount of space set aside for fiction so shorter stories
will probably be the
most attractive.


Creative Non-Fiction: pieces up to 3,500 words will be considered, but
as with fiction,
the shorter the better.


Reviews: we would love to print some reviews of writing, art, film, you
name it as long
as it relates to the theme, but keep the reviews short: under 600
words, please.


Poetry: maximum 5 poems or 10 pages, whatever comes first


Artwork: submit artwork in JPEG format to westcoast@rhubarbmag.com.
Keep the files
small, but make sure the image quality is good enough for us to judge
the artwork
properly. We are looking for colour and/or black-and-white artwork for
the cover as well
as the interior of the magazine.




Armin Wiebe
803 Jessie Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3M 0Z6
(204) 488-0441
(204)949-8316 (work)
Armin Wiebe's Wiebe Site
http://www.arminwiebe.ca


Member:
The Writers' Union of Canada
Manitoba Writers' Guild
Manitoba Association of Playwrights


Novels in print:
Tatsea (Winner: McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award & Margaret
Laurence Award for Fiction)
The Salvation of Yasch Siemens
Murder in Gutenthal: A Schneppa Kjnals Mystery
The Second Coming of Yeeat Shpanst


Subscribe to Rhubarb Magazine at http://www.mennolit.com/ for lively
new writing from the Mennonite community.

Robin Bayne
01-31-2008, 02:54 AM
Story Call Out

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Getting In…to College

Release Date: October 2008

There are over 3 million graduating high school seniors each year and more than half of them apply to college. These days, colleges are deluged with applications and the college application process has become the most traumatic thing that most of theses students and their parents have ever experienced. There are many books published on how to get into college. Our book will be one of the only ones out there that provides emotional, not tactical, support.

Our market for this book is 10th, 11th, and 12th graders and their parents, meaning a target audience of more than five million kids and at least that many parents the day we publish.

Chapters will include the following topics:

• Do I Want to Go to College?

• Parental Pressure

• Self Image

• Competing with Friends

• Regrets over Past Grades/Performance

• SATs and ACTs – Living through Them

• Sports and Coaches

• Great Essays

• Waiting

• Waitlisted and Deferred

• Disappointments

• Preparing to Leave the Nest

Stories must be true (non-fiction), written in first person, and 1,000 words or less. Stories should make readers laugh, cry or sigh, and be positive, universal and non-controversial. Also, the "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please refer to other Chicken Soup books to better understand our story-telling style.

You may submit more than one story. For each story selected, a 50-word biography will be included about the contributor and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid within 30 days upon publication

Please submit stories through our website at www.chickensoup.com. The tentative submission deadline is April 30, 2008, but please note that this deadline may adjust, so the sooner, the better!

Robin Bayne
02-02-2008, 10:50 PM
Story Call Out

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Resolution Stories

Release Date: December 2008

Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for stories from people about their past New Year’s resolutions and how they worked out – their failures and successes, what they learned.

Tentative chapter topics include:

• Trying to lose weight
• Getting fit (The weight loss and getting fit stories could tie into our self-esteem, accept-who-you-are theme for girls and women)
• Getting more organized
• Making more money
• Giving away money
• Restoring a relationship with someone
• Changing one’s behavior
• Stopping bad habits such as smoking, biting fingernails
• Going green
• Eating healthy
• Serious stuff such as substance abuse withdrawal, seeking treatment for mental health issues
• Self acceptance – realizing the resolution wasn’t necessary and you are great the way you are


Stories must be true (non-fiction), written in first person, and 1,000 words or less. Stories should make readers laugh, cry or sigh, and be positive, universal and non-controversial. Also, the "point" or "message" should be evident without preaching. No essays, commentaries, tributes, philosophical or biographical pieces will be accepted. Please refer to other Chicken Soup books to better understand our story-telling style.

You may submit more than one story. For each story selected, a 50-word biography will be included about the contributor and a permission fee of $200 per story will be paid within 30 days upon publication

Please submit stories through our website at www.chickensoup.com. The tentative submission deadline is August 30, 2008, please note that this deadline may adjust, so the sooner, the better!

Jenny
02-04-2008, 04:27 AM
New Year resolutions - now that's a good one! I'm always curious what people resolve to do. Thanks, Robin :) I'll have a think whether any of my attempts at self-imporvement in the new year are funny (funny amusing, not strange!)

Robin Bayne
02-20-2008, 07:41 PM
THE EDGE OF BELIEF will be an anthology of speculative fiction with a
Christian focus/worldview. It is open to submissions of Science Fiction,
Fantasy and Horror, as long as the stories abide by the established
standards. If you are interested in submitting a story for
consideration for this anthology, please read the following carefully!

• The word count must be between 2,000 and 4,000. (We are aiming for
a word count total of about 50,000 for the whole book.)
• A "happy ending" is not necessary, but the story does need a
satisfactory resolution of some sort.
• No onstage sex.
• No foul language.
• No glorification of evil. (We realize that a story may have a
denouement where it appears that evil has won, but individual battles
are not the war.)
• No gore/violence strictly for shock value (The Editor is the only
judge of this, and his word is final.)
• No fan-fiction or overly-derivative works (i.e., no Narnia
read-alikes, no Star Wars Holy Clones, etc.)
• Previously published works may not have been published within one
year of submission to the publisher, and the author must have all rights
to the story, in writing.

Submissions are open until July 1, 2008. The publisher reserves the
right to cancel the project without recourse, should he determine that
there are not enough suitable submissions by August 1, 2008.

The projected release date for THE EDGE OF BELIEF is October 2008.

For full details, including formatting, compensation, distribution,
etc., go to
http://www.honeylocustpress.com/Anthology_callout.htm

sdent1
03-01-2008, 06:52 PM
"Ultimately, however, we wish to create a new standard for secular books by closely scrutinizing the books we select for publication, and only publishing those books which, although exciting and compelling, do not drag the reader's mind through the muck. We do not seek to censor other publishers or presses. We only wish to provide a place for authors to publish books which other presses may see as too "sweet" or not "edgy" enough, as well as a place for discerning readers to find such literature."

As a writer who is a Christian I like to point out when I can that it's important to do your homework. The above comes straight from the Honey Locust site. It's admirable that unlike the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) that they mention they are reaching for a niche market and say so.

My work, though written from my own views as a Christian, would probably never meet their standards. Yours might though. Again, I do appreciate them coming out and saying what they are and even posting guidelines. Some other Christian "niche" markets might do well to do the same.

Robin Bayne
03-12-2008, 05:23 PM
Subject: ENCOUNTER theme list

Dear authors,

Happy almost-spring to you! I am going to enjoy the early daylight
savings change this Sunday! :) I like my sunny days to last as long as
possible!

I must tell you that I've intended to send out this theme list for a
couple of weeks now. I've been delayed because I've been afforded the
opportunity to share my input and editorial skills on some other teen
projects upcoming at Standard Publishing. That is exciting but threw me
off my usual routine!

Now I'm back at the task at hand and ready to share with you the great
topics we have lined up for Spring 2009. We have issues about
friendship, ways to meet God, and trusting God in difficult
circumstances.

The theme list is attached and pasted below. Please note that all
manuscripts will be due by May 1. I will send a short response via
email within a week's time of you sending your work. If you DON'T hear
back from me in that time, please contact me again. It may mean that
your manuscript did not reach my inbox for some reason.

One bit of technology issue to share: please note that if you have the
new Microsoft Word 2007, the documents you create will end in .docx and
are unopenable and unreadable for our computers. The conversion
programs offered don't appear to help right now either. To alleviate
the matter, please look at the options you have as you save the
document and save them as an older version. We appreciate it.

I do have some notes and thoughts to share with you as you write this
quarter and in the future:

If you are submitting a manuscript that you originally wrote several
years ago, read through it again before submitting and adjust some
details as needed to make sure that things are up-to-date. For example,
if your teen characters are on the phone, they would probably need to
talk on cell phones as most teens do these days. And if they are
listening to music, CDs are still hanging around but teens are more
often listening to MP3s on their computers or devices such as iPods.
Details such as these show relevance to teen readers. Details that are
out of date are red flags to me as I consider pieces.

You might want to check out some sites online to keep up with teen
culture and make sure that the characters in your stories are talking
and acting like modern-day teens. One blog I like to read is
YPulse.com. It's not a Christian site, but many youth leaders as well
as others read its content. It's a site with the purpose of helping
people who are trying to reach teens find out about the current trends
and news items that involve adolescents. There is a lot of information
there, but looking at some discussions and news items may spark a story
idea for you.

If you are able to keep informed about what's going on in the world of
students, you will find out what they face and can make sure that your
writing is addressing those needs from God's perspective. We want them
to continue hearing God's stance on topics so that they are equipped to
make good choices in their actions. Putting a love for God above all
will help all of us approach the difficult choices in life with a heart
of obedience and peace.

If you have ideas of how to work a current event or topic you've read
about in the news into something listed on our theme list, I'd love to
read it. Each quarter we need a variety of articles, from nonfiction
tips to realistic fiction to testimonies to teen interviews to quizzes
and fun items. If there's a way that we can also bring a biblical
approach to help teens face a current topic, we want to do that as well.

Thank you for your continued desire to use your writing to connect
students with Jesus. We desire that at ENCOUNTER and enjoy your heart
for doing so as well.

Sincerely,
Kelly

Kelly Carr
Editor
ENCOUNTER--The Magazine
Youth Ministry Resources
Standard Publishing
8805 Governor's Hill Drive, Suite 400
Cincinnati, OH 45249
513-728-6846
www.encounterface2f ace.com

If you'd like to subscribe from ENCOUNTER--The Magazine's email list,
please email encounter@standardp ub.com with the word "unsubscribe in
the subject line.

ENCOUNTER--The Magazine
Spring 2009 quarter
All submissions due: May 1, 2008

All about us: ENCOUNTER--The Magazine encourages students in junior
high and high school in their relationships with Jesus. ENCOUNTER
corresponds to the topics used in the Young Teen and High School
curriculum by Standard Publishing. Students using this curriculum will
be studying the themes and Scriptures listed below. ENCOUNTER is
designed to further apply these topics to teens' lives.

How to use this theme list: Please read the Scriptures and points
listed for each issue so you know what the students will be learning in
class. But it's not required to mention the Scriptures in your
manuscripts.

How to submit your manuscript: Send each manuscript via e-mail to
encounter@standardp ub.com. Send it as a Microsoft Word attachment or
paste it directly into the body of the e-mail. In your e-mail subject
line, please put the issue number for which your manuscript is intended.

Make the connection: We accept both fiction and nonfiction, including
quizzes, testimonies, and interviews. Teens look for authenticity- -all
types of manuscripts should speak directly to teens using dialogue,
situations, and illustrations that relate to them. The bottom line: be
real.

Unit One: Friendship
Issue 1 Peer Pressure
Mar 8 Scripture: Exodus 32:1-9, 35; Proverbs 29:25; Romans
12:2
The point: Look at the types of peer pressure people face and biblical
strategies to resist
ungodly pressures.

Issue 2 Loneliness
Mar 15 Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-18; Psalm 73:21-26
The point: Loneliness can cause us to neglect our basic needs and to
separate ourselves
from people who can help us. God will help us conquer loneliness-- He
loves us when no
one else will, He takes us where no one else can, and He gives us what
no one else can.

Issue 3 Close Christian Friends
Mar 22 Scripture: 1 Samuel 18:1-4; 1 Samuel 19:1-3; 1 Samuel
20:16, 17, 42;
Philemon 8-16; Hebrews 10:24
The point: True Christian friends are invaluable. Christian friends are
committed to one
another, warn one another of danger, and include God in their
relationship. Evaluate your
current friendships and your own performance as a true friend.

Issue 4 Cliques
Mar 29 Scripture: Acts 9:26-28; Romans 15:5-7
The point: God can bless us through new and unexpected friendships. Add
someone new
to your circle of friends.

Unit Two: Meeting God
Issue 5 Meeting God Through Prayer
Apr 5 Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13; Matthew 7:7-12
The point: Prayer connects us to God. Jesus told us that in prayer we
need to
acknowledge God for who He is, admit to God our struggles with sin, and
ask God for
what we need (not just want!). Connect to God in prayer each day.

Issue 6 Meeting God Through the Lord's Supper
Apr 12 Scripture: Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 17; 1
Corinthians 11:17-29
The point: When we take the Lord's Supper, we are proclaiming our most
important
beliefs. Through the Lord's Supper, we remember that Jesus died to take
our guilt, we
proclaim the unity of all Christians, and we look ahead to the
completion of God's work.
Do something to make communion more meaningful to you.

Issue 7 Meeting God Through Fasting
Apr 19 Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14, 15; Luke 2:36, 37
The point: We can show our hunger for God by fasting.
Fasting is placing total faith in
God for sustenance. Fasting is done in secret when we
need God's presence. Fasting
shows that we desire God above all other needs. Plan to
fast sometime in the near future.

Issue 8 Meeting God Through Worship
Apr 26 Scripture: Psalm 95:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9
The point: In worship we proclaim God's greatness, reflect upon God's
work, and give ourselves more fully to God. Take steps to make worship
more meaningful.

Issue 9 Meeting God Through Fellowship
May 3 Scripture: Philippians 1:3-11; 1 John 1:3-7
The point: Fellowship is about sharing a common goal with our brothers
and sisters and
striving toward maturity together. In fellowship we thank God for His
grace through
Jesus and revere His holiness. Strive to make your fellowship with
Christians deeper.

Unit Three: Trusting God
Issue 10 Trusting God When I Feel Anxious
May 10 Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:22-31; Philippians
4:6
The point: Faith in God can overcome worry. Release a worrisome
situation into
God's hands.

Issue 11 Trusting God When I Feel Like a Failure
May 17 Scripture: Judges 6:11-16; Judges 7:1-22; 1 Samuel
30:1-15
The point: We can learn to overcome setbacks. Decide to tackle a task
that once had
defeated you.

Issue 12 Trusting God When I Feel Hurt and Used
May 24 Scripture: 2 Samuel 16:5-14; Romans 15:1-7
The point: To overcome our own hurt, we can encourage others who are
hurting. To
continue on after we feel used by others, we can perform acts of
selfless service.

Issue 13 Trusting God When I Feel Rejected
May 31 Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:1-6; 1 Samuel 8:1-22
The point: When we are rejected, we can do these things: recognize our
limitations;
separate our personal feelings from the issue at hand; seek God's
perspective on the
issue; and allow the Lord to work through others if He chooses them
instead.

sdent1
03-12-2008, 08:54 PM
There are a number of Christian Publishers who are currently accepting novel queries for fiction including fantasy.

Look for submission guidelines at these publishers:

Moody Press
Tsaba House
Bethany House
Barbour Publishing
AMG Publishing

Sorry I don't have the links, but they are quickly found in a search. All of these are reputable and market and distribute into chain bookstores including Barnes and Noble and Borders along with Christian bookstores. NONE of these are vanity or print on demand publishers.

Blessings,
James

Yes but what any of these publishing houses fail to re-iterate is that each and every one of them are affiliated with the ECPA and CBA which means they write for a large yet conservative evangelical nich market that has guidelines a writer should know about before submitting and thusly being rejected forewith. To learn of the conventions just go to their writer's guidelines. Each one say they are affiliated here and some even go as far as to say if your MS isn't written from a conservative evangelical worldview, it will be rejected at once. Here's a helpful link that explains what CBA and ECPA affiliations expect from publishers affiliated with them. link (http://www.usask.ca/relst/jrpc/art6-xianfiction.html)

Most of these publishers use the ECPA's Manuscript service to get their MS's ensuring what they receive is from a conservative evangelical worldview. The odd thing is when these publishers solicit for manuscripts, as they're doing now, they never mention they serve this market which only leaves authors to wonder why they were turned down.

How sad! :(

The houses listed above serve a niche market but they won't say so unless asked. It is listed on their sites though so make sure and check it out.

And yes, they can get in any bookstore. Specifically CBA and ECPA affiliated Christian bookstores. They have distributors too. My goodness they're one of the biggest niche markets out there. Just know that if you get rejected, it wasn't because your work wasn't Christian or even poorly written or a bad story. It was because it didn't fit their niche. Read the guidelines. Most of them post them on their site.

Robin Bayne
03-13-2008, 05:38 PM
Kelly Mortimer made this announcement--

Wanted to remind you we have two unbelievable opportunities available thru eBay auctions to get your work edited by an agent, or read by an editor!!! Auction ends soon!!!!



To bid, go to http://www.ebay.com/
.


(Tamela is my agent and works for Hartline Literary)

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To bid, go to http://www.ebay.com/

In the "search" box type:

Literary Agent Tamela Hancock Murray 1st Chapter Edit



All proceeds go to the Robin Miller Mortgage Fund (minus fees).



The auctions say "PayPal Only." I couldn't change it, but a check in the mail is preferred, as PayPal charges fees.



If you'd like to help a fellow Christian writer who's in dire circumstances, all one-time gifts are appreciated. I'm also looking for monthly donors. At this time, there are 9 ACFW members who've pledged monthly for 8 more months. The total is only $319.00. C'mon people. Is that really the best we can do? Nine out of how many members? Sheesh! Win my undying gratitude, and let God bless you for being a cheerful giver.



Please distribute this info to every loop you can!



Thanks to all who've donated to the cause, and a special thanks to Deb and Tamela. You gals rock!



Smiles,

FrankCreed
03-14-2008, 05:02 AM
Yes but what any of these publishing houses fail to re-iterate is that each and every one of them are affiliated with the ECPA and CBA which means they write for a large yet conservative evangelical nich market that has guidelines a writer should know about before submitting and thusly being rejected forewith. To learn of the conventions just go to their writer's guidelines. Each one say they are affiliated here and some even go as far as to say if your MS isn't written from a conservative evangelical worldview, it will be rejected at once. Here's a helpful link that explains what CBA and ECPA affiliations expect from publishers affiliated with them. link (http://www.usask.ca/relst/jrpc/art6-xianfiction.html)

Absolutely. This is a great list for those who are called to write within the guidelines of the evangelical Christian publishers -- however, for those who write for the rest of the Christian market, these publishers likely will not look at your work -- extremely unlikely.

Robin Bayne
03-30-2008, 03:57 AM
SPIRIT-LED WRITER
Volume 7, Issue 2
March/April 2008
~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~

Welcome to the latest issue of SPIRIT-LED WRITER
Magazine!

This issue can also be viewed at
http://www.spiritledwriter.com

WELCOME!

As springtime slowly emerges around the USA, it
brings with it the familiar signs of road
construction. Flashing arrows, detour signs,
and roadblocks are popping up all over town. A
few weeks ago I attended the Mount Hermon
Christian Writers Conference in California and
experienced a few roadblocks physically,
mentally, and spiritually.

Prior to the conference, materials that I
needed to complete a writing project were
delayed in shipping. Then unexpected company
arrived, distracting me from writing. During
the confrence I struggled to hear God's voice.
Why was I there? What did He want me to learn?
After the conference my flight was canceled due
to heavy rains--a blessing, really, since it
gave me a whole day to process what I learned
at Mount Hermon, and quiet time alone with God.

What kind of roadblocks are you struggling with
today? Lisa Christine reminds us that faith is
a key part of any writer's life in her article
based on Hebrews 11. Or perhaps your roadblock
is fear--fear of writing about a controversial
subject (such as mental health--see Laura
Farrar's article on how to tackle this subject),
of reliving strong emotions (check out Ruth
Schiffmann's article on emotions, even if you
are not targeting teens), or lacking creativity.
Whatever your roadblock, God can get you past
it. God will provide!

Write those stories, articles, and poems,
submit them to critique groups, contests,
editors, and agents, and watch God work! (We'd
love to receive your queries for writing
related articles!) You *will* be blessed,
SPIRIT-LED WRITER!

Kelly H.

~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~










SPIRIT-LED WRITER MAGAZINE is celebrating our
SIXTH year online! Do you have an idea for an
article? Check our guidelines, submit your
query, and become a part of our ever-growing
magazine geared toward Christians who write!
http://www.spiritle dwriter.com/ guidelines. html

Do you have a reprint that would fit well in
SPIRIT-LED WRITER? Submit your query! Do you
have a question about writing that you'd like to
see an article address? Send us your suggestions!
suggestions@ spiritledwriter. com

And remember: We're a paying market!

Robin Bayne
03-31-2008, 07:41 PM
PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR OTHER WRITING LOOPS...

It's finally here: The Heart of the West Romance Wrtiing Contest.
This year, you can get your material in front of industry
professionals, many of whom rarily judge! And don't forget we have a
PUBLISHED category!

Final Round Judges are:
Mystery/Suspense - Natashya Wilson, Editor, Harlequin/Silhouett e
Contemporary – Tessa Woodward, Editor, Avon Books/Harper Collins
Paranormal – Jacky Sach, Agent, Book Ends, LLC
PUBLISHED – Elaine Spencer, Agent, The Knight Agency
Inspirational (new category this year)– Rachelle Gardner, Agent, WordServe Literary
Historical – Caren Johnson, Agent, Caren Johnson Literary
Golden Pen – Margaret Esch, Editor, Tiger Publications

Entries are now being accepted so get those first twenty pages
polished. Everyone knows how great a contest win looks on a query
letter, let alone having your wip perused by an editor or agent just
for finaling.

So, if you are only going to enter one contest this year, make it the
HOW Contest. The winners will be announced at our annual conference
being held in Park City this year.

Please check the website for entry forms and more
information http://www.utahrwa. com

Robin Bayne
04-03-2008, 04:11 AM
The Wild Rose Press Announces the Easter Lilies Short Story Contest,
sponsored by the White Rose inspirational line. We invite you to
enter for your chance to win one of three publication slots.

Rules for Entry:
The defining Scripture is Solomon 2:2 "Like a lily among thorns is my
darling among the maidens."

Stories should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Authors may enter
more than one story, but each should be original and never-before-
published. Current TWRP authors are eligible to enter.

You may incorporate both the hero's and heroine's points of view,
however, as the Scripture is a man speaking of his lady, ideally,
these stories should focus on your hero's love developing for his
heroine. These stories may be historical or contemporary, but they
must be set around the Easter holiday.

In addition to using this Scripture as the reference, some symbol of
the Easter Lily must also be incorporated. Easter lilies have long
been a symbol of purity, motherhood, the trumpet herald of the Angel
Gabriel as he visited the Virgin Mary, of resurrection, and more.
(Feel free to research and use different symbols. These are listed as
example only).

How you incorporate any of the symbols is up to you. Whether it's an
actual flower that the hero gives to the heroine (or vice versa), or
a piece of jewelry, or a spiritual experience. The use is up to you.
Perhaps your hero is a Christian musician who plays the trumpet.
Perhaps your heroine has lily earrings that have been passed through
her family. Perhaps your hero had a "resurrection" of his faith
through some experience past or present, or maybe your heroine is a
mother. How you incorporate the Easter lily symbolism is up to you.
It can be subtle or overt, but it has to be there.

Three stories will be chosen, and winners will receive a publishing
contract from The Wild Rose Press. Stories will be released in
electronic format one per day on the three days preceding Easter 2009.

Entries must be received via email on or before July 1, 2008. Winners
will be announced no later than October 3, 2008.

The subject line of all entries must read: TWRP Easter Lilies: [title
of entry] [last name of author]
Entries that do not have this subject line will be disqualified and
deleted.

In the body of the email include:
Title:
Author Name (and pseudonym, if applicable):
One-word description of symbolism used:
(eg. "trumpet" "resurrection" "purity" "herald")

Your story should be typed in standard manuscript format and be
attached to your entry email as a Word .doc or .rtf file.
Entitle your entry file: TWRP_EL_[name of story]
Send entries to: NMartinez@thewildro sepress.. com

You will receive a receipt confirmation email in return

Jenny
04-28-2008, 04:09 AM
I would suspect this link has been posted before and I've missed it. Just in case others did, too -- Sally Stuart writes the Christian Writer's Marketplace (or something like that) and this is her blog. http://stuartmarket.blogspot.com/ Discusses writing for Christian markets as well as market news.

Roger J Carlson
05-06-2008, 07:00 PM
Plain Truth Online (Pays: $.15-.25/word)

"Plain Truth proclaims authentic Christianity without the religion. We center our teaching on Jesus Christ and Gods amazing grace. We give hope to those burned out by religious legalism. We point out religious devices and detours that lead away from God as we seek to reach those who have given up on him.

"Readership of the PT is approximately 100,000 in the United States and Canada. Our average reader is 55 years of age. The female-male ratio is 52-48.

"If you are interested in writing for us, we suggest you first read several recent issues (you
may do so at www.ptm.org). Discover the style and flavor of articles we print."
http://www.ptm.org/guidelines.htm

Robin Bayne
05-21-2008, 10:03 PM
Reader's Eden is proud to announce that our monthly newsletter is being
ramped up into an actual ezine.

Our new editor is Sean MacLachlan, who has kindly put together this
call for submissions. ..

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Reader's Eden Ezine is now open to short stories of up to 8,000 words
in all genres except erotica. We are also looking for cover art..
Please read the submission guidelines carefully.

ABOUT US:

Reader's Eden Ezine is a free electronic publication coming out at the
beginning of every month from Reader's Eden (www.readerseden. com),
distributor of some of the best electronic and small press publications
available. It developed from the Reader's Eden newsletter, expanded to
include not only the old newsletter's author interviews, but also a
regular editorial and up to three short stories every month. For back
issues of the old Reader's Eden newsletter, go to
http://www.readerse den.com/pages. php?pageid= 10.

Subscription is free. Go to www.readerseden. com and on the left column
you will be a place to enter your email. Your email address will not be
sold. Back issues will be available on the website.

WHAT WE WANT:

Short stories up to 8,000 words. Flash fiction is also accepted.

Each issue is either a themed issue or an open theme. All genres are
accepted for both. For information on the themed issues, see below.

We will also consider well-researched nonfiction articles on the state
of electronic and/or small press publishing, or the state of any
specific genre or subgenre. We are not interested in how-to-write
articles or news briefs. These are already well covered in many other
publications.

Reprints of previously published stories and articles are welcome as
long as you own the rights. Please inform us if it is a reprint.

We are looking for stories that break out of genre stereotypes. Too
many stories today, especially from the big publishing houses, use the
same old ingredients over and over again. For more on my ideas of the
role of the small and electronic press, and for insights on how to get
a story past me, read my essay here:

http://midlistwrite r.blogspot. com/2008/ 05/which- way-for-electron ic-press. html

We will be accepting one work of art for the cover for each issue. Any
medium, style, or subject is fine as long as it's something you
wouldn't mind your teenager seeing. Art must be sent in .jpg format.

WHAT WE DON'T WANT:

Erotica, explicit sex scenes (PG rated, please), fan fiction, and
gratuitous gore. We are also not considering poetry, screenplays, or
memoir.

HOW WE WANT IT:

Send all stories, articles, and artwork to Sean McLachlan, editor of
Reader's Eden Ezine: readersedenezine (at) yahoo.co.uk I have another
email address on my personal blogs and website, but the above address
is for the ezine. Please do not send emails related to the ezine to my
other account.

All submissions should be sent in the text of the email. EMAILS WITH
ATTACHMENTS WILL BE DELETED UNREAD. On the subject line, put either
"OPEN THEME: your story title" or "THEME NAME: your story title." Note
that cutting and pasting text into the body of an email often destroys
the paragraphs. Don't worry about indentation, but make sure there's a
space between each paragraph. If we want the story, we'll ask you then
and only then to send it as an attachment. You may send artwork as an
attachment.

Please do a thorough copyedit of your story before submission. It helps
to have several people look at it. Please mark your scene breaks.
Include a brief bio along with links to your website or blog.

COMPENSATION:

Since we are just starting out we are not able to pay contributors at
this time. I know you deserve better and I apologize. However, there
will be a reader's poll every issue and the story, article, or artwork
that is voted the favorite will earn the creator a $10 gift certificate
to Reader's Eden. The prizes will increase as we grow, and we plan to
eventually pay all our contributors.

Reader's Eden Ezine asks for 12 months nonexclusive electronic rights,
meaning that once it's up, you are free to sell it elsewhere. After 12
months, you may request to have it removed from the website.

PUBLISHING SCHEDULE AND THEMED ISSUES:

June 2008: open theme. Deadline: closed.

July 2008: open theme. Deadline: June 1.

August 2008: Theme: "Adventurous Journeys". Write a story set on
modern-day Earth, but in a country not usually covered in fiction. No
stories set in North America (including Mexico), Western Europe, or any
English-speaking country. Stories should give us the feel of what it's
like to be in that place. Alternate versions of real countries are
acceptable for fantasy and science fiction stories. Now's the chance to
turn that exotic vacation into a story! Deadline: July 1.

September 2008: open theme. Deadline: August 1.

October 2008: Theme: "Forgotten Histories". Write a story set in a
historical period usually overlooked in fiction. No stories set in
ancient Rome, Greece, medieval or Renaissance Western Europe,
Elizabethan/ Regency/Victoria n England, colonial America, the Wild West,
the American Civil War, World War II, or the Vietnam War. Historical
accuracy is important, but feel free to throw in fantastic or science
fictional elements Deadline: September 1.

November 2008: open theme. Deadline: October 1.

December 2008: Theme: "Hometown Heroics". Set a story in your hometown.
Stories should give us a feel for what it's like to live in that town,
city, or region. Historical stories accepted. Once again, feel free to
throw in fantastic or science fictional elements, but the town must
remain recognizable. Deadline: November 1.

Robin Bayne
06-02-2008, 02:12 AM
http://www.anthologiesonline.com/index.html

Many opportunites listed here monthly. They also feature a writer every month, and you can apply to be featured.

Pat~
06-21-2008, 03:40 AM
Robyn, I don't know if you've posted these already, but here are some websites I just found for paying markets:

http://www.christianwritingmarkets.com/

http://www.worldwidefreelance.com/100Christian.htm

Robin Bayne
06-29-2008, 04:44 AM
From: Love Lessons, James S. Bell To: LoveLessons@earthlink.net Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 6:27 PMSubject: New Writing Project with Dr. Gary Chapman

Dear Writer,

Would you like to be part of an exciting writing venture with Dr. Gary Chapman, best-selling author of The Five Love Languages? Dr. Chapman and I are pulling together a new book and wed like to invite you to be a part of it.You may be familiar with me as the editor of the Christian segment of A Cup of Comfort series of inspirational stories published by Adams Media. Or you may connect me with the Life Savors series published by Tyndale House. Whether youre one of the wonderful writers who has inspired and encouraged others through these compilations, or whether youre new to my projects, Id like to hear your story.A number of Dr. Chapmans books have dealt with the theme of love in relationships not only how to effectively communicate love but also learning to become a loving person. Now Dr. Chapman would like to give others an opportunity to share the lessons theyve learned on their love journeys. We are compiling a collection of these stories in a volume entitled, Love Lessons: Everyday Acts of Love That Change Lives, which Bethany House will publish in Spring, 2009. We will accept 40-50 stories at 1,200 to 2,000 words each.The stories should demonstrate a progression in your learning to love authentically and how you learned to become a more loving person. Most of the stories should focus on growth in relationships, including: married couples, family members, parenting, friendships, and work relationships. But they may also relate to a neighbor, or even a homeless person.The story should include descriptive character development, especially related to the soul; how emotions, perspective, and quality of life changed based on the interactions between people. We prefer stories to be in first person, based on your personal experience of growth. But as-told-to stories will be considered. These stories do not have to include God in them and, if they do, God should not be the focus. We will be appealing to both the Christian and secular markets with the message of how to love others from a human perspective, so please eliminate Christian jargon.If your story is selected you will receive a one-time fee of $100 upon publication. We would like to receive all submissions by August 31, but would hope that most will be in by the beginning of that month. We will also judge what we consider to be the three best stories with awards of $500, $300, and $200, respectively. The selection and editorial process will take a considerable amount of time and we will not be able to let you know if your story is chosen until mid November, so we ask for your patience. We will let you know as soon as we know.Also, include all relevant contact information on the actual manuscript, which may be attached in an email: names, full address, email address, social security number and phone number, and brief bio. Your social security number can be received by regular mail if you prefer, but it will only be used for payment purposes. Please address all queries and manuscripts to my associate, Jeanette Littleton, at lovelessons@earthlink.net. Please feel free to pass this letter along to others you think might be interested in submitting to this book. Thank you so much for considering participating in this exciting and groundbreaking project.

Blessings to you and yours,

James Stuart BellEditor for Dr. Gary Chapman

Robin Bayne
07-14-2008, 03:55 AM
Thanks to Sally Stuart's blog (http://stuartmarket.blogspot.com/) for this:


CHRISTIAN SMALL PUBLISHER BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
Press Release

Contact: Sarah Bolme, Christian Small Publishers Association
cspa@christianpublishers.net
704-277-7194

Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors books produced by small publishers each year for outstanding contribution to Christian life. Nominations are accepted in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction: General, Nonfiction: Biography, and Children’s. Nominations must be received by November 15, 2008.

Books must be published in 2007 or 2008 by a small publisher with annual revenues of $350,000 or less. Nominated books must be Christian in nature and intended for the Christian marketplace. All nominated books must be printed in English and for sale in the United States. Any small publisher can nominate titles for the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award.

CSPA will invite Christian retailers to vote on the nominated titles in February and March 2009. The winners of the award will be the books that receive the most votes from Christian retailers. Christian retailers are encouraged to highlight the books they vote for in their stores during Small Press Month of March.

Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) is the sponsor of this book award. CSPA was established in 2004 to represent and promote small publishers in the Christian marketplace. The organization has over 60 member publishers producing materials for the Christian marketplace. CSPA is a supplier member of CBA.

For more information on the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award including guidelines, eligibility, and nomination form, visit Christian Small Publishers Association’s website at www.christianpublishers.net.

Robin Bayne
07-15-2008, 02:52 AM
Chicken Soup for the Soul and Golf Digest are excited to announce a new book for golfers, edited by Max Adler of Golf Digest:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Golf Book

Subtitle: 101 Great Stories from the Course and the Clubhouse

Golf is a sport of passion and obsession like none other. We are looking for true personal stories that reflect what the game means to you. Think of the best stories you've told at the 19th hole, and how you've told them, and share them with our readers. Stories should be written in the first person, should not be previously published, and should not exceed 1,200 words. Any stories are welcomed, including those on the following topics:

Career rounds: your first time breaking 100/90/80/70
Dealing with pressure or frustration
Sneaking in Practice
Holes-in-one: humorous or bizarre anecdotes
Teaching a child/grandchild/spouse to play
The person who inspired you to play
Your first set of clubs
Your first tournament experience
An interesting lifelong member or employee at a golf club
Playing golf as a kid
A memorable golf vacation
A golf shot or scene that startled or amazed you
An unusual rules predicament
Incidents of gamesmanship on the course
The most romantic time you've ever had on a golf course
An embarrassing faux pas at a private country club
Experiences attending a professional tournament
Working at a golf course; as a caddy, grounds crew, kitchen staff
The players in your regular foursome
Experiences meeting or playing with famous people

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book. You will also receive a check for $200 and ten free copies of the book, worth more than $100. Your story will be copyrighted in your name and you will retain your rights to resell the story to another publication after it is published by Chicken Soup.

DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2008. SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.

Submissions to our web site receive faster attention and are more likely to be published, but if you do not have Internet access, please submit your story by mail or by facsimile.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
P.O. Box 700
Cos Cob, CT 06807-0700
Fax 203-861-7194

Robin Bayne
07-28-2008, 12:56 AM
Thanks to Sally Stuart for this:

Retreat to Advance Presents Worship in the Redwoods:
Christian Songwriters Conference August 25 -28, 2008

Join Paul Baloche, Don Moen, Phil Wickham, Sara Groves, Derek Webb, Joy Williams, as well as producers and songwriters Charlie Peacock and Bob Kauflin, and many other world-renown songwriters and instructors for this completely unique, intimate retreat among the majestic California redwoods in the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains. Experience fellowship, instruction, and times of deep refreshing worship with artists and songwriters who are shaping the contour of Christian music. Plus, have your songs evaluated by professionals and share your work with fellow attendees.

The Christian Songwriters Conference is for all songwriters interested in honing their craft in a creative, constructive, and inspiring setting. In addition to times of corporate worship and instruction, the conference offers two major workshop tracks: the Art of Songwriting and the Business of Songwriting. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend either track throughout the day along with plenary sessions in the mornings and evenings featuring worship, artist performances, and reflections on songwriting from our distinguished group of artists and songwriters.

The Art of Songwriting will be taught by our world-class faculty of experienced songwriters who have written worship standards such as "Open the Eyes of My Heart", "God is Good All the Time", "Above All", as well as #1 radio hits such as "Divine Romance" (Phil Wickham) and "Hide" (Joy Williams).

The Business of Songwriting will be taught by a faculty of leading industry professionals including music publishers, A & R representatives, and booking agencies that have real world experience and advice to share.

The Christian Songwriters Conference is for those who want to:

Interact with some of the most successful songwriters in the Christian music industry today.

Learn from industry professionals on how to navigate the business of songwriting
Network with other high potential songwriters and musicians
Have their work reviewed by professionals

Be challenged spiritually to capture the heart of God in a song
visit mounthermon.org for more information.

Robin Bayne
08-21-2008, 03:38 AM
My Resolution
101 Heartwarming, Healthful, and Humorous Resolutions... and how they turned out!

Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for stories about your future resolutions or your past resolutions and how they worked out - your failures and successes, what you learned. Stories should be written in the first person, should not be previously published, and should not exceed 1,200 words.

Do you have a great story that you would like to share? We are looking for stories on:

Going "green"
Adjusting to the new economic reality - gas and food prices, losing a job etc.
Downsizing and simplifying your life
Improving your health
Getting more organized
Changing your behavior
Restoring a relationship with someone
Spending more time with family and friends
Kicking bad habits
Realizing that you are just fine the way you are!
Any other resolutions.
We pay $200 plus ten free copies of the book for each story published. Your story will be copyrighted in your name and you will retain your rights to resell the story to another publication after it is published by Chicken Soup. We will publish a 50 word bio for you as well if desired.

Deadline is September 15th. Please submit your story to: http://www.chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.

Robin Bayne
08-25-2008, 03:03 AM
Thanks to Robin Lee Hatcher (http://robinlee.typepad.com/i_was_just_thinking_/) for this one!

The creative force behind WhereTheMapEnds.com, one of the Web’s premier sources of interviews and content related to Christian fantasy and science fiction, is pleased to announce the creation of a new independent publishing company, Marcher Lord Press.

Marcher Lord Press immediately becomes the leading indie publisher of Christian speculative fiction.

The Marcher Lord Press Web site (www.marcherlordpress.com) went live on October 1, 2007, and the company’s first original novels will release on October 1, 2008.

After more than 13 years working in the Christian publishing industry as a published novelist and professional editor on staff with three Christian publishing companies, Marcher Lord Press founder Jeff Gerke has created his own publishing venture to specialize in the kind of Christian fiction he says is lacking in the current marketplace.

“I’ve always loved Christian speculative fiction,” Gerke says. “Christian fantasy, science fiction, time travel, supernatural thrillers, the works. My own first novels were near-future technothrillers. But I was always frustrated that these novels seemed to get short shrift in the industry. So I decided to do something about it.”

The first lineup of Marcher Lord Press titles includes Hero, Second Class, a comic fantasy in the tradition of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, by first-time novelist Mitchell Bonds; The Personifid Invasion, a futuristic spiritual warfare thriller by R. E. Bartlett; and Summa Elvetica by Theodore Beale, an exploration of what would happen if something very much like the Catholic church existed in a fantasy world and decided to explore whether or not elves have souls.

Going forward, Marcher Lord Press will release six original novels a year in two release cycles: April and October. Marcher Lord Press will then begin augmenting its original releases with the re-release of Christian speculative novels that have gone out of print—all with new covers and bonus content like lost chapters or original short stories by the author.

“I’m shooting for a specific readership,” Gerke says. “I like to call them ‘Christian who love Battlestar Galactica’ or ‘Christians who love Heroes’ or—my favorite—‘Christians who would go to Comic-CON if given the chance.’ I want to give them the kind of fiction that is currently all but absent in today’s publishing climate.”

Calla Lily
08-25-2008, 03:17 AM
Jeff's had my full for awhile...

*dreams publication dreams*

Aarrgghh... the waiting...

Calla Lily
09-10-2008, 03:57 PM
Cross-posting because it's applicable to this forum, O Great and Powerful Mods. :Hail:

My review of The Personifid Invasion, one of Marcher Lord's 3 debut novels, is up at BuddyHollywood.

Linky. (http://www.buddyhollywood.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=595&Itemid=1)

I'm hoping to get ARCs of the other two, as well. Well, ARpdfs. :D

Deb Kinnard
09-30-2008, 06:05 AM
Regret to inform y'all that ByGrace Publishing is folding. They won't pub anything new but will continue to sell previous releases through December '09.

I hate to see this happen but the economy is...well, as it is. They are a nice bunch of people and I wish them Godspeed in any new endeavor they undertake.

matdonna
11-09-2008, 07:35 AM
not sure if this is the right spot, but here is a list of agents who represent Christian Authors, from Michael Hyatt, president and CEO of Thomas Nelson, who has a great blog. Note he suggests checking agents out on Absolute Write!

http://www.michaelhyatt.com/fromwhereisit/2007/11/literary-agents.html

Deb Kinnard
11-10-2008, 05:36 AM
Good review, Calla. I bought THE PERSONIFID INVASION for my husband's b-day and it hasn't arrived yet, so I hope he'll enjoy it as much as you did.

Robin Bayne
11-16-2008, 01:27 AM
http://christmasmiraclesbook.com/submit.htm


Christmas Miracles is a book project we have contracted with St. Martin's Press for late 2009 release. We seek true stories of miracles that took place at Christmas. They must revolve around that special time of year.

We prefer first-person narratives.

This is an excellent opportunity to see your writing in a book with other outstanding authors.

You must follow these guidelines:

• Deadline for stories is December 24, 2008.
• All entries must be double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, Word document.
• Stories may run from 900 to 1,300 words. We will not consider longer pieces.
• We will edit all stories we accept so that they have a unified voice.
• Your name will be listed with your story and you'll have a four-line information/resume paragraph at the end of the book.
• Every story must have a positive solution that results from a miracle through events or timing at the Christmas season.
• Every story must have a positive application. That is, you must tell us what you learned from that miracle or how it changed your life.
• You may send an original or a reprint. (If a reprint, please tell us where it was published and assure us that you own the reprint rights.)

If we accept your story, you will retain rights. You'll also receive a $50 honorarium and a free copy of the book when it is released in October 2009.

We will offer special discounts for contributors who wish to buy additional books.
(We will send that information to you)

Robin Bayne
12-02-2008, 02:54 AM
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People
101 Stories about Overcoming the Economic Crisis and Other Challenges


Most of us have lost money and many are losing their jobs, homes, or at least making cutbacks. Many of us have also faced life-changing natural disasters such as hurricanes and fires, as well as health and family challenges. We are all going through difficult times, some with more dire consequences than others.

Tough times won't last but tough people will. What is your story of tough times? Are you making changes in your life that reflect the times? Are you downsizing, making do with less, discovering new joy in a simpler life? Are you recovering from other challenges such as natural disasters, health problems, or the loss of a loved one?

We are looking for true stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:


Financial problems and solutions
Losing homes and jobs
Putting off retirement
Silver linings
Downsizing, simplification, "staycations" versus vacations
Families pulling together
Challenges of death, disease, and disability
Stories of courage from victims of crime, terrorism, and other abuses
Recovering from disasters such as fire, hurricanes, floods
Inspirational stories of overcoming obstacles and challenges
Putting things in perspective
Examples from nature - pets and other animals overcoming adversity
... Anything else that you think is interesting and inspirational and will help other readers going through tough times and make them realize they are not alone


If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. We will copyright your story in your name and you will retain the rights to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.

DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2009. Book is tentatively scheduled for publication in summer 2009.



CONTACT US

Please do not reply or send questions to this address. For any further questions or correspondence, contact webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com or visit our website at http://www.chickensoup.com.

TO UNSUBSCRIBE please send an e-mail to webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line or mail your request to:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 700
Cos Cob, CT 06807-0700

Robin Bayne
12-11-2008, 04:39 AM
Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family
101 True Stories Exploring the Fine Line between Comedy and Tragedy in Our Dysfunctional Families


How are your holidays going? Almost everyone thinks their own family is dysfunctional, or at least has a dysfunctional member or two.

We are looking for true stories and poems about your family. Stories can be serious or hilarious, or both, and should help readers understand that their families are not so different from those of other people. Many of us have the same in-laws, siblings, parents, etc.

Submit under your real name, but rest assured we expect most of you to use pen names for publication and change the names of family members to protect the innocent (or guilty!). We prefer stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more, since there is no way we can think of all the ways that families can be dysfunctional:


Wedding woes
Compulsions
Holiday meltdowns
Mean or controlling family members
Crazy but lovable
Interventions and family meetings
Abandoning a family member, sometimes to preserve the rest
Funny foibles
Serious family issues such as abuse, mental illness, substance abuse
Reconciliations
Funeral flare-ups and estate issues
Acceptance
... Anything else that you think is interesting about your dysfunctional relatives


We are not looking for stories about divorce or the normal trials and tribulations of raising children and teenagers.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.

DEADLINE IS JUNE 30, 2009. Book is tentatively scheduled for publication in fall 2009, in time for the next holiday season!



CONTACT US

Please do not reply or send questions to this address. For any further questions or correspondence, contact webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com or visit our website at http://www.chickensoup.com.

TO UNSUBSCRIBE please send an e-mail to webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line or mail your request to:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 700
Cos Cob, CT 06807-0700

Robin Bayne
12-11-2008, 06:21 PM
CHRISTIANSCRIPTS WANTED WITH INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

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NewWorld Entertainment - Christian Scripts
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We are lookingfor completed feature-length, inspirational Christian scripts that deal withthe End Times and/or the Rapture. We are interested in stories in the vein of "TheNativity Story," "Left Behind" or "Bella (2006)."Submissions should be for stories that take place in no more than 5 locations,and which have no more than 5 main characters.

Only non-WGAwriters may submit. Budget will not exceed $150K.

Our creditsinclude "Blood Predator."

TOSUBMIT:
1.Please go to (http://www.InkTippr o.com/leads) www.InkTippro. com/leads
2.Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip's newsletter -FREE!)
3. Copy/Pastethis code: u471xkmva2
4.You will be submitting a logline and synopsis only, and youwill be contacted to submit the full script only if there is interest from theproduction company.

IMPORTANT:Please ONLY submit your work if it fits what the lead is looking forEXACTLY.

If you aren'tsure if your submission fits, please ask InkTip first.Please mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at (http://www.InfoList .com) INFOLIST.com andplease email any questions to: jerrol@inktip. com Subject: SCRIPT INQUIRY Referred by Jeff Gund

Robin Bayne
01-13-2009, 04:02 AM
Update on listing above:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People
101 Stories about Overcoming the Economic Crisis and Other Challenges




In response to the economic crisis and the numerous requests we are getting for this book, the DEADLINE HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO FEBRUARY 28, 2009, for publication in June.

Robin Bayne
01-20-2009, 10:14 PM
Christian Devotions (http://www.christiandevotions.us/write.html)


ChristianDevotions.us welcomes submissions from published authors, seasoned writers and aspiring writers.

Below you will find the guidelines. We adhere strictly to these guidelines and ask that your work be submitted appropriately.

www.ChristianDevotions.us - Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles, Editors

1) Pray about your devotion. Pray for the ministry.

2) Make it from the heart. Make it personal but relatable to life experiences

3) Use one scripture; try to keep it short.

4) Your devotion should be 300-400 words using the Hook, Book, Look, Took method.

Hook- Catch the reader's interest with a brief story or shocking statement
Book - Declare your key point or theme and your interpretation of the passage
Look - Present the big picture, then offer a practical application
Took - Lead to a decision, offer an action statement. Challenge the reader to change.

Visit the site to see the format and what we look for in a devotion

5) Avoid controversial subject matter. We want the reader to develop two things:

A) A relationship with the Father
B) A habit of daily study


Doctrinal issues can cause divisions. We don’t have the resources to cover theological issues on our site. Our ministry is to introduce the readers to Christ, teach them through personal experiences, and show them how to groom a life with Christ. It’s okay for readers to see that life as a Christian can be both full of pain and joy. Humor is okay, provided it’s tasteful.

6) Don't preach.

7) We reserve the right to edit any devotions that we receive but we try to work with the writer to make the work their words and voice. Most rewrites result from too many words and too little clarity.

8) You will be notified in advance of publication. When your devotion posts, please send an email to your friends and family, encouraging them read your work. This is how we spread the word of the ministry. Your devotion will post to www.ChristianDevotions.us, to www.mountainbreezedevotions.blogspot.com and will be delivered via email to subscribers of Christian Devotions.

*Please submit your devotion in a Word doc (we do have Word 2007 and .docx files are not a problem.) Submit them as follows:


A) Single spaced
B) Add a brief bio on the bottom of your devotion and attach a .jpeg photo if available.
C) Save each item as a file and label them as such.
For example: photo: Cindy Sproles.jpg or Devotion: Cindy Sproles.doc, etc
D) Upon acceptance – please send us your home address and phone numbers. There are times we must speak to you personally.



What about the rights to your devotion? No worries. You remain in control of all rights to your work. Our site is copyrighted.

If you are published and have a book, we are happy, upon publication of your devotion, to list your book as well. This is our way of encouraging and helping writers share their written works with readers. ChristianDevotions.us is not a commerce site, so all books should link to your personal site or Amazon.com.

At this time there is no monetary compensation for devotions. We do, however, offer you an opportunity to build a platform for your devotional writing. We also know that editors and agents occasionally visit the site. In all cases, your motivation should be to bless others through your writing and treat each devotion as a tithe of your talents. That said, we will do all we can to help promote you and your work.

You may contact us at or email to: cindy@christiandevotions.us or
eddie@christiandevotions.us

We look forward to reading your work.


Eddie Jones and Cindy Sproles

Robin Bayne
01-22-2009, 03:07 AM
Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Book of Miracles


Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Book of Miracles, with co-author LeAnn Thieman, is looking for true stories showing signs and wonders God is performing today. We invite people of all faiths to share their stories of ordinary people whose lives are transformed by wondrous events. Whether a "Divine coincidence," an appearance of God, or answered prayers, this book will show God's miracle power in action, alive and very active in the world today!

Please share your heart-warming, humorous and powerfully moving stories of no more than 1,200 words.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:


"Divine coincidence"
Healing
Angels
Everyday miracles
Safety and Protection
Visions and Voices
Heavenly Connections
Overcoming Obstacles
Intercession of Saints
Power of Prayer
Holy Spirit
Signs from Above



If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of the book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright and the rights to your story.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.

DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2009. Book is scheduled for publication in 2010



CONTACT US

Please do not reply or send questions to this address. For any further questions or correspondence, contact webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com or visit our website at http://www.chickensoup.com.

Robin Bayne
01-22-2009, 08:43 PM
Christian Fiction Online Magazine

Michelle Sutton (michelle@michellesu tton.net
<mailto:michelle@michellesu tton.net> )

Christian Fiction Online Magazine is a brand new fiction e-zine that is
for both writers and readers of fiction. While there are not many spots
available, CFOM is still seeking short stories for the magazine.
Requirements are between 800 -1000 words. Please do not exceed this.

Submissions must be sent to michelle@michellesu tton.net
<mailto:michelle@michellesu tton.net> and please put short story
submission in the subject line of your e-mail. It may take up to 30 days
to hear back regarding your submission but it is a publishing credit and
a great way to get your name out there and showcase your writing. Plus,
you retain all rights to your story. Thank you.

Gravity
01-22-2009, 08:58 PM
Just to add, CFOM is a terrific magazine, jam-packed with goodies each month, and Michelle is a great editor.

Robin Bayne
01-28-2009, 03:40 AM
Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned From the Cat
101 Stories about Life, Love, and Lessons

Cats have always been wonderful companions and playmates that brighten and enrich our lives but they are also amazing teachers. We want cat lovers, both lifelong and reluctant, to share the lessons they have learned about life from their furry companions. The stories in this book will delight readers with the often humorous, heartwarming, poignant and always inspiring lessons taught to us by our feline friends and family members.

We are looking for true stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. Remember, these stories should be about lessons learned from your cat rather than general stories about your cat.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:


Learning to heal
Learning to forgive
Learning to know who is really in charge
Learning how to not take yourself so seriously
Learning to put things in perspective
Learning about unconditional love
Learning to overcome adversity
Learning about loyalty
Learning to be kinder
Learning to say goodbye
Learning about family
Learning to have courage
Learning about humor
Learning that beauty is in the eye of the beholder
... Anything else you think is interesting and inspirational about our feline teachers



If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, for publication in September 2009.



CONTACT US

Please do not reply or send questions to this address. For any further questions or correspondence, contact webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com or visit our website at http://www.chickensoup.com.

TO UNSUBSCRIBE please send an e-mail to webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line or mail your request to:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 700
Cos Cob, CT 06807-0700

Robin Bayne
02-14-2009, 08:52 PM
Happy Valentine's Day!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love
101 Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about Dating, Romance, Love and Marriage

Everyone loves a good love story. And we all love stories about how the love started and blossomed.

Join us in a fun new book about dating, romance, love, and marriage, scheduled for publication in January 2010, just in time for Valentine's Day.

We are looking for true stories and poems about your soulmate, your true love, the one that got away, and all the ups and downs of your love life. Stories can be serious or hilarious, or both.

We prefer stories and poems written in the first person of 600-1,200 words. Stories should not be pre-published unless in very small publications.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:


Dating adventures - the good and the bad
How you met
Internet searching and dating
Speed dating and other strategies
When did you know?
Proposals
Wedding stories
Parental pressure and support
Pressure and support from children
Senior dating and love at a certain age
Making marriage work
Second chances



If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.

DEADLINE IS May 31, 2009.

Teen relationships will be covered in a future book, so please do not submit them for this book.



CONTACT US

Please do not reply or send questions to this address. For any further questions or correspondence, contact webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com or visit our website at http://www.chickensoup.com.

TO UNSUBSCRIBE please send an e-mail to webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line or mail your request to:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 700
Cos Cob, CT 06807-0700

Robin Bayne
02-20-2009, 09:45 PM
Share Your Story

Get ready, get set, and start your writing engines! We are now accepting submissions for two new Cup of Comfort anthologies!

A Cup of Comfort for Mothers: Stories that celebrate the women who gave us everything
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2009

A Cup of Comfort for a Better World:
Stories that celebrate generosity, compassion, and volunteerism Submission Deadline: June 15, 2009

Please see the online Call for Submissions for details on these two new books as well as on A Cup of Comfort for Fathers (Submission Deadline: April 1, 2009).

Submit Your Story Now!

Before submitting a story, please take a few minutes to review the Writers Guidelines.

Important Note: For those of you who have submitted stories in the past, we will continue to accept emailed and mailed submissions for a while, but eventually we will accept submissions only via the online Submission Form. To submit a story online, you must be a member (Register Now) and must be logged on to the site. Make sure to specify for which book you are submitting your story.
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Something to Talk About
Each Cup of Comfort anthology includes a short bio of each author who has contributed a story to that book. If you've read these mini-vitas, you have no doubt noticed that some of our contributors have published books of their own.

As the editor of thirty-plus Cup of Comfort books, I'm always pleased and proud to learn that one of our contributing authors has published a book of her or his own. In fact, I've bought several of them for myself and for family and friends.

One of the things I love about the Cup of Comfort community is that we are genuinely interested in and supportive of one another. So I thought it would be great to provide a way for Cup of Comfort authors to tell us about their books. To that end, I started a new thread in the Cuppa Clatche forum, called Toot Your Literary Horn. I invite you to stop in for a visit and to add your books and check out the books of your fellow Cup of Comforters.

Remember: To post to the forums, you must be registered for the site and logged on.


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Cup of Comfort Author Appearances
Cup of Comfort contributing authors will be reading stories, signing books, and discussing their work at the following bookstores and other venues. If you're in the neighborhood, please stop by and lend your support. It's fun, free, inspiring, and a great way to connect with other members of the Cup of Comfort community. You can bring your family and friends too!

Saturday, February 21, 1:00 PM
Book Passage / Corte Madera , CA
Street Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Featured Book: A Cup of Comfort for Families Touched by Alzheimer's
Featured Authors: Sherry Matthews and Anne-Christine Strugnell

Saturday, April 4, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Author's Fair / Barbourville, KY
Street Address: Union College, 219 Lexington St.
Featured Book: A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors
Featured Author: Beth Dotson Brown

Saturday, May 30, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Books-A-Million / Texarkana, TX
Street Address: 3418 Main St.
Featured Book: A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Featured Author: Mona Rigdon

www.cupofcomfort.com

Robin Bayne
03-07-2009, 02:12 AM
A Cup of Comfort for Fathers

The connection between father and child can be as deep as the ocean, as strong as a mountain, and as uplifting as fresh air. For all its rewards, though, fatherhood is not without its challenges. And for all the gifts dads bring to their kids' lives, dads sometimes falter and fumble. Yet, the father-child bond forms, holds, and grows. A Cup of Comfort for Fathers will feature inspiring and insight true stories about the life-defining and life-enriching relationships and experiences shared by fathers and their children. These personal essays will be of varying topics and tones (heartwarming, humorous, poignant, provocative, etc.); about fathers and children of all ages and varying circumstances; and written by fathers, daughters, and sons. Story length: 1000–2000 words.

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2009 Submit Your Story Now
Finalist Notification: April 15, 2009



A Cup of Comfort for a Better World:
Stories that celebrate generosity, compassion, and volunteerism

To coin a phrase of President Barack Obama, Yes, we can! make a positive difference in the world. And this Cup of Comfort anthology will feature living examples of good Samaritans whose good deeds inspire others to do their part to make the world a better place or to just make life a little bit easier—for loved ones, neighbors, strangers, future generations, or any of God's creatures, great and small. Potential themes include (but are not limited to) charitable work, random acts of kindness, paying it forward, or lending a helping hand, a port in a storm, or a shoulder to lean on. Stories must be uplifting and personal, preferably narrative essays; we are not interested in journalistic articles or thinly disguised PR pieces for charitable organizations. Story length: 1000–2000 words.

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2009 Submit Your Story Now
Finalist Notification: July 1, 2009

A Cup of Comfort for Couples:
Stories that celebrate what it means to be in love

It is said that love works in mysterious ways. And this anthology will reveal the many mysteries as well as the inner workings of true love. Of course, being a "happy couple" involves more than being in love, and making a romantic relationship work takes more than romance. So this book will feature uplifting true stories with a balanced mix of tones—romantic, poignant, humorous—and on a wide range of topics: From falling in love to the secrets of lasting love. From celebrating special moments between you to overcoming bumps in your relationship. From experiences that brought you closer together to experiences that threatened to tear you apart. From endearing rituals to challenging changes. From sparkling new love to glorious golden love. Or any other topic that speaks to the joys, the challenges, and/or the nature of a romantic partnership that works for you. Narrative essays preferred. Story Length: 1000–2000 words.

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2009 Submit Your Story Now
Finalist Notification: October 15, 2009

A Cup of Comfort for Golfers:
Stories that celebrate the follies, the triumphs, and the joy of the game

This anthology will feature upbeat, insightful, inspiring, and humorous true stories about learning, playing, and enjoying the uniquely challenging and satisfying game of golf. The book will include stories about golfers of every age and of every persuasion—amateur, pro, casual, recreational, hard-core, newbie. Most of the stories will be written by golfers, but the book will likely include stories written by golf "widows" (or widowers) or other loved ones of "golf nuts." Stories must be about personal experiences. We are not interested in articles on how to play the game, profiles/bios of professional golfers, etc. Narrative essays preferred. Story Length: 1000–2000 words.

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2009 Submit Your Story Now
Finalist Notification: December 31, 2009


http://www.cupofcomfort.com/CallForSubmissions/

Robin Bayne
03-07-2009, 02:16 AM
Christian Writing Contest 2009
Are you the next Tolkien? CS Lewis? Dorothy Sayers? GK Chesterton? Get discovered!

Athanatos Christian Ministries (ACM) wants to inspire young Christians to take up the pen and promote the Christian world view through fiction. ACM believes that the the secular world is constantly promoting itself through the arts and that Christians should be prepared to fight back. Thus, the Gospel of Christ should be communicated through music, movies, plays, art … and literature. The purpose of this writing contest is to create a culture of quality writing reflecting a Christian world view.

Enter Contest (http://christianwritingcontest.com/entry/)

Awards:

College (19 thru 90+) Category:

1st Prize: $500
2nd Prize: $250
Three Runner Ups: $100 each.
Publication in Contest Anthology
High School (13 thru 18) Category:

1st Prize: $500
2nd Prize: $250
Three Runner Ups: $100 each.
Publication in Contest Anthology
EVERY entrant will receive a copy of the Contest Anthology at no additional cost- it is included in their entry fee!

Other Details:

Cost: $10.
Genre: Fiction- Short Story
Length: 3,000 to 7,500 words
Content: implicitly or explicitly reflecting the orthodox Christian world view.
Time: Accepting Entries Dec. 1st, 2008 thru May 15th, 2009. Winners Announced August 1st, 2009. Anthologies and Awards disbursed beginning September 1st, 2009.

Deb Kinnard
05-13-2009, 02:04 AM
Desert Breeze Publishing is looking to flesh out their inspirational romance list. Seek and find at www.desertbreezepublishing.com.

Deb Kinnard
05-21-2009, 02:57 AM
Here's the Official Version:

Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc (http://www.DesertBr eezePublishing. com) is actively seeking submissions in the following romance sub-genres for publication in the next few months:

* Romantic Suspense
* Historical Romance (Pre-20th Century & 20th Century settings)
* Paranormal Romance
* Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance
* Modern Cowboy Romance

We are seeking to fill future months in all genres listed in addition to contemporary romance and inspirational romance. Series concepts are welcome as long as a minimum as the first book has been completed and can be reviewed.

We are also actively seeking novel length manuscripts (50k-75k words) with a holiday theme to fill our end of the year publication slots in all sub-genres excluding paranormal and suspense. Stories can be intricately tied to the holiday season, or can just have a holiday feel.

We are an ebook publisher of romance in multiple sub-genres with ratings from ‘Sweet’ to ‘Sensual’ with the exclusion of erotica or erotic romance. We invite anyone interested in possibly submitting to us to check our submission guidelines, rating system and FAQ at our website – http://www.DesertBr eezePublishing. com

To submit a manuscript, please send an email to Submissions@ DesertBreezePubl ishing.com

Please include a cover letter in the body of the email, providing a brief synopsis of the novel – including genre and word count. Attach the first 3 and last 2 chapters, as well as a detailed synopsis of up to 5 pages.

Any questions regarding submissions or Desert Breeze Publishing, please email Submissionquestions @DesertBreezePub lishing.com

All Desert Breeze Publishing releases are available at Amazon.com for the Kindle as well as All Romance ebooks and our store front.

Robin Bayne
06-25-2009, 01:28 AM
Call for submissions



Posted by: "Donna Wright"


For many years now, I have had a dream and recently was challenged to make that dream a reality. Therefore, I would like to introduce you to:
Always Keepers Press

Our mission is to produce and promote audio books of fine quality and in doing so serving the authors whose books we accept.

Our first release, BETWEEN A CLUTCH AND A HARDPLACE, by successful author GAYLE TRENT, will be released in October of this year.

777 PRODUCTIONS, which has been in the video-audio business for well over 20 years, will be producing our books.

SHERRY BIGLER-DONOVAN, an award winning voice talent in Knoxville, TN, is our first "reader."

After hearing the first chapter, Gayle was amazed at how Sherry had captured her characters and is excited about us also producing her second book in the series, WHEN GOOD BRAS GO BAD.

Now on to why you have received this email.

This is a call for submissions!

I am looking for 2 very different types of proposals.

1. I need short stories, of 5,000 words or less. These are freebie stories for our website. You will receive compensation, and if you wish, after the story has been on the site for one month, you can sign on to keep the story-for sale-on the site.

2. I am looking for cozy mysteries and sweet or inspirational romances. If you cant read it aloud in church, Im not interested. Sweet refers only to the language and sexual content. Other than that it can be a comedy or drama or anything in between. Word count is not an issue. And, we love romantic suspense.


So there you have it. If you wish to submit, please follow the guidelines below:

1. As a new venture and small press, we are looking for marketeers! Authors who know how to work the Internet to their best advantage are always going to catch my eye.
In the subject line, please put: PRE-SUBMISSION/ BOOK TITLE.
Please send me your name and the title of your book along with no more than a one-page synopsis of the story in the body of an email. Also, a list of your email/internet sites, such as Myspace/Homepage, etc.

2. After reviewing the above information, I will send you an email with further procedures.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Send the above to:
AlwaysKeepersPress@ yahoo.com

And, join us in October for our first release!

We will be up and running on ALWAYSKEEPERSPRESS. COM.

Robin Bayne
07-02-2009, 05:10 PM
Announcing ARe's 28 Days of Heart Campaign - Authors Wanted!

Submissions Call for Charity Project

Please feel free to repost to loops, blogs, websites, etc. Help us make this project a huge success!

Open Submissions Call!

All RomanceTM Needs You for the 28 Days of Heart Campaign to Benefit the American Heart Association

During the month of love, when everyone's attention is focused on matters of the heart, we at All Romance (www.allromance. com) want to help fight the number one killer of women, heart disease, and we need your help and your submissions.

Beginning February 1, 2010, we will release one new short story per day for the entire month. All proceeds from the sale of these shorts, which will be offered exclusively on AllRomance.com as individual eBooks and also bundled into 4 eBook anthologies, will be donated to the American Heart Association (www.americanheart. org).

The 28 stories will be chosen from submissions received between July 1 and October 31, 2009. Any author who has an eBook available on ARe, or whose publisher lists eBooks with us, is eligible to submit. Submissions must be 10,000 to 20,000 words.

The preferred heat rating is 4 or 5 flames, though stories rated a hard 3 flames will also be considered. An explanation of the flame rating system can be found on our site. We are looking for a wide variety of themes and sub-genres, as long as the story is a romance.

The stories selected will be reviewed by an editor and provided with cover art, but please make sure submissions are as polished as you can make them before submitting. Previously published stories will be considered only if all rights have reverted back to the author and the story is no longer available for download elsewhere. Backlist and contact info for the authors whose work is chosen will be listed in the back of their story.

Submission details can be found at the link on the All Romance Home Page that reads "Publishers/ Authors"

Questions should be emailed to cat.johnson@ allromanceebooks. com. Final selection of participants will be made and announced in November 2009.

http://www.allroman ceebooks. com/publishers. html

Robin Bayne
07-19-2009, 06:32 PM
Original Message -----
From: Incredible Prayers, A James S. Bell Project
To: A James S. Bell Project Incredible Prayers
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009 3:12 AM
Subject: Seeking Manuscripts


Dear Valued Writer,

We are now in phase two of the Incredible Power of Prayer series and I welcome you to join us. Guideposts is launching a series of 12 books on various aspects of prayer and how people from every walk of life have been transformed through Gods response to their prayers. These books will be available by mail only, sent monthly as part of a book series promotion.
You may have contributed to the first three titles in this series (Praying from the Heart, The Healing Touch, and Expecting Miracles) or perhaps to my Cup of Comfort, Life Savors, or Love Is a Verb brands. Or perhaps Im contacting you for the first time. Whatever the case, I eagerly seek your participation in this next phase of prayer volumes.

Book four, From Tragedy to Triumph, deals with the pervasive issues related to our trials, hardships, and suffering in life, whether physical, emotional, relational, financial, etc. The focus should not be so much on the trials or the stress they cause, but on how the power of prayer eliminated or helped you deal with these trials. What lessons did prayer teach you through these ordeals and how did God use them for good for your life or others?
Book five, Refreshed by the Spirit, focuses on prayers we send to God when we are spiritually dry; when situations might be okay but we dont feel His presence; or during a dark night of the soul when life is difficult. The fault may be our own because were not walking with the Lord, or He may seem distant because of struggles in our lives. As we continually pray for His presence, suddenly things change and we are refreshed and filled with his reassurance, peace, and joy. How did God visit you in a new way that caused praise and thanksgiving and may have even changed your life?
Book six, Love and Forgiveness, deals with relationships that have been strained or broken due to offenses against us, or our own faults. When we pray for love for those who mistreat us and pray for the willingness to seek restitution and restoration we regain our families and friends and change the hearts of our enemies. How was prayer the determining factor in a renewed love, forgiveness, and eventual restoration of relationships?

We would be pleased to consider as many stories for these three volumes as you wish to submit. Well look at stories of up to 2,000 words and prefer that they be at least 1,000 words. The stories should have a creative title, an attention-grabbing introduction, main body with a conflict or challenge, and a clear, satisfying resolution. They need to be descriptive, rooted in time and place, compelling personal experience stories with a realistic portrayal of the people involved. They need to be stories rather than testimonies, Christian living articles, and shouldnt focus on mere feelings or mental states.
Most important, they need to revolve around prayer itself and not the circumstances of the story. These are themed books but the purpose is to convince the reader of the power of prayer in these situations.

We prefer original stories but you may also submit previously published stories that you have full rights for and are not currently in print with a major publisher. We pay $25 fo stories under 1200 words, and $50 for stories over 1200 words. You may retain the right to publish the stories in magazines and in books with less than national distribution and not carried in nationwide bookstores.

We are accepting manuscripts for all three volumes until December 15, but the sooner you submit the better your chance of acceptance. We will notify you by February and send you a permission form if your story is a finalist for any of these volumes.
Please send your manuscript attached to the e-mail rather than pasting text in the email
Window. Feel free to send your manuscript in normal manuscript formatting, with your full contact informationname, address, phone number, email addressand whether youre offering First Rights or Reprint Rights at the top of each manuscript. Please include a biography of 30 words or less at the end of each manuscript.

Please direct all inquiries and manuscript submissions to my colleague, Jeanette Littleton, at incredibleprayers@earthlink.net. If this email has been forwarded to you and you cant submit to this call, but would like to hear about other editorial needs as they arise, please send us your email address and well add you to our notification list. Also please pass this along to any writing or praying friends who might be interested.
Blessing to you and yours,
Jim
James Stuart Bell
Compiler, Guideposts Incredible Prayer series

Incredible Prayers
A Guideposts Series
with James Stuart Bell

Robin Bayne
07-22-2009, 03:41 AM
VERY QUICK STORY CALL OUT FOR NEW TITLE!
TWO WEEK DEADLINE!!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings
101 Stories of Gratitude, Fortitude, and Silver Linings


This follow-on book to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People continues Chicken Soup for the Soul's focus on inspiration and hope in these difficult times. These inspirational stories remind us that each day holds something to be thankful for -- whether it is having the sun shine or having food on the table. Power outages and storms, health scares and illnesses, job woes and financial insecurities, housing challenges and family worries test us all. But there is always a silver lining. The simple pleasures of family, home, health, and inexpensive good times are described.

We are looking for true stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1,200 words. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both. They should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major publications.

Here are a few suggested topics:


How you count your blessings or express your gratitude
What made you realize that your life is good and that you are grateful
Silver linings that you have discovered in the midst of challenging events
What is really valuable in your life
Major life changes or events for which you are grateful
How you spread the message of gratitude to your family and friends
The joy of simple pleasures
The unexpected benefits of health challenges or other life changes



This book is in the process of being completed and will go to the printer in September for publication in October! It is a featured Chicken Soup for the Soul title for Christmas 2009. The deadline for submissions is soon, so if you can submit quickly you have a better chance than normal of being chosen.
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupforthesoul.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story.

DEADLINE IS MONDAY AUGUST 3rd. THANK YOU!




CONTACT US

Please do not reply or send questions to this address. For any further questions or correspondence, contact webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com or visit our website at http://www.chickensoup.com.

TO UNSUBSCRIBE please send an e-mail to webmaster@chickensoupforthesoul.com with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line or mail your request to:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 700
Cos Cob, CT 06807-0700

Robin Bayne
07-23-2009, 05:38 PM
This call is not for a Christian publication, but was made by a friend of mine and I thought someone here might be interested.


We need cheeky writers who don't necessarily know about photography but who have such an amazing writing style that readers are entertained. We need people who can perform an interview, transcribe and turn out about 3000 words of decent writing in maybe 4-6 weeks.

We are a largely visual magazine, but we want the writing to match the very forward style, so I liken it to Rolling Stone meets an art magazine meets Rangefinder.

If anyone is interested, they can contact me with a writing sample showing their personality at jamie@designaglow.com. We pay $300 for an article for our magazine's beginners and publish online, and pay increases with our experience with writers.

TornVeilBooks
08-13-2009, 09:15 AM
We just posted in the Paying Markets section of this forum. Please see our guidelines there.

Robin Bayne
08-25-2009, 05:29 PM
Our annual fund raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation starts one
week from today. Will you help us spread the word by
forwarding the following message to any reader or writer loops you
belong to? Thanks so much for your support!

_*PERMISSION TO FORWARD*_

/Unleash Your Story: Make a Difference/ brings readers and writers
together to raise awareness and funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
(CFF). Cystic Fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease in the
U.S. Thirty years ago life expectancy for a child born with CF was only
five years, but through the efforts of the CFF and others, life
expectancy and quality of life has increased dramatically. We hope
through our fund-raiser to help the CFF continue these efforts and to
someday soon find a cure!

The /Unleash Your Story: Make a Difference /event will feature fun
contests and prizes to challenge readers and writers to rack up the
highest word counts, pages read and funds raised. Writers can strive to
keep pace with prolific, award-winning author Lori Wilde while readers
can try to match avid reader Michelle Buonfiglio of Romance: B(u)y the Book.

To participate you can:

Start your own team. Work with other readers or writers to raise
money, complete WIPs, read books, and win prizes together.

Donate individually, and ask others to support you. Through the CFF
web site every participant will get their own personal web page where
people can donate in that participants name. (All donations are tax
deductable.)

The event will run Augusts 31-September 28, but registration is
available now at: http://madison. cff.org/unleashy ourstory (http://madison.cff.org/unleashyourstory)
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Robin Bayne
12-18-2009, 09:33 PM
http://www.christmasspiritbook.com/


The Christmas Spirit is the sequel to the wildly successful "Christmas Miracles" book. This new project is a book that we have contracted with St. Martins Press for the fall of 2011. However, the completed manuscript is due in the spring of 2010. Bestselling author, Debbie Macomber, has agreed to write the foreword. We seek true stories that emphasize the significance of the Christmas season. So often, we get caught up in the busy-ness of the seasonthe shopping, the family drama, and the event planningthat we lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Sometimes, through God's grace or what some call a twist of fate, we're able to step back and grasp the real meaning of Christmas and our lives are enriched. These are the kind of stories we are seeking.

Please know, if we select your story, we will edit it to ensure that the book flows with a single, unified voice. Well change only the writing voice or style and not the factual information of the story. If you are unwilling to allow us to edit your story, please DO NOT submit.
This is an excellent opportunity to see your writing in a book with other outstanding authors.
You must follow these guidelines:

Deadline for stories is February 1, 2010.
All entries must be double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, Word document.
Stories may run from 900 to 1,300 words. We will not consider longer pieces.
We prefer first-person narratives.
Your name will be listed with your story and you'll have a fifty-word information/resume paragraph at the end of the book.
Every story must have a positive solution that results from events or timing at the Christmas season.
Every story must have a positive application. That is, you must tell us what you learned about Christmas or how it changed your life.
You may send an original or a reprint. (If a reprint, please tell us where it was published and assure us that you own the reprint rights.)
If we accept your story, you will retain rights. You'll receive a $50 honorarium and at least one free copy of the book when it is released in October 2011.
We'll notify you of the results of your submission by March 31, 2010.
We will offer special discounts for contributors who wish to buy additional books. (We will send that information later.)

If you accept these terms, please fill out the form, attach the document, and submit it for review.
Thank You,

Cecil Murphey & Marley Gibson

Robin Bayne
01-20-2010, 09:28 PM
2010 Christian Writing Contest Promotes Evangelizing through Story

Athanatos Christian Ministry's 2010 Christian writing contest is taking applications through February 15th. This is the second of their annual contest and with the addition of a poetry category is set to disburse more than $2,000 in awards, plus publishing the winners in an anthology. Every entrant receives a copy of the anthology for the price of their entry as part of ACM's effort to spur writers on to excellence.

The website for entering and more information is www.christianwritingcontest.com.

Athanatos Christian Ministry is an apologetics organization with a unique emphasis. Rather than only defending the faith through conventional arguments about philosophy, theology, and evidence, ACM understands the role of 'soft' apologetics in touching the human heart.

"Many intellectual objections at bottom are emotional objections," Executive Director Anthony Horvath explains, "but that isn't to say that just because they are emotional they are meritless. For example, Christians are the first to feel sick to their stomachs about the idea that so many people will perish eternally. Like Job, it is easy to say that it is better to have never been born. There are intellectual responses to this but those of us who are parents have already confronted such realities: we have children, knowing for certain that grief and suffering awaits either us or our children on account of the reality of death. We do not conclude there is no point in having children. We see instead that the joy of having them outweighs someone's inevitable sorrow. So, in apologetics we can tap into these experiences that most of us have gone through to help overcome our intellectual objections."

To that end, ACM pursues other avenues to defend the Gospel, like for example through the arts, and literature in particular.

"It is a simple reality that we resonate with a good story and that we are willing to consider new ideas in the course of receiving that story. A Christian author doesn't even have to explicitly present the Gospel in order to advance aspects of the Christian world view or tackle objections," Horvath says.

ACM's 2010 Christian writing contest is accepting entries through February 15th and will announce this year's winners in April. There is a category for high school students, another for those 19 and up, and a newly added one for poetry.


(thanks to Sally Stuart's blog)

Robin Bayne
02-03-2010, 10:09 PM
GUIDEPOSTS INCREDIBLE PRAYER SERIES (http://stuartmarket.blogspot.com/2010/02/guideposts-incredible-prayer-series.html)


We are working on the next volumes of the Guideposts series Extraordinary Answers to Prayer (formerly Incredible Power of Prayer) series and I welcome you to join us. Guideposts has launched a series of 12 compilation books on various aspects of prayer and how people from every walk of life have been transformed through Gods response to their prayers. These books will be available by mail only, sent monthly as part of a book series promotion.

You may have contributed to the first four titles in this series (Praying from the Heart, The Healing Touch, Expecting Miracles, and From Tragedy to Triumph) or perhaps to my Cup of Comfort, Life Savors, or Love Is a Verb brands. Or perhaps Im contacting you for the first time. Whatever the case, I eagerly seek your participation in this next phase of prayer volumes.

Right now we need stories for book five, Refreshed by the Spirit. This topic focuses on prayers we send to God when we are spiritually dry; and we just dont feel His presence; or during a dark night of the soul when life is difficult. The fault may be your own because youre not walking with the Lord, or He may seem distant because of struggles in your life.

This has led to telltale signs of spiritual dryness: fear, doubt, depression, bitterness, and so on. The circumstances behind these feelings are widespread: finances, marriage or parenting issues, illness, spiritual attack, loneliness, job issues, or maybe your own lack of moving on to maturity by neglecting church, prayer, or scripture reading. As you continually pray for His presence and change your behaviors and attitudes, suddenly things change and you are refreshed and filled with his reassurance, peace, and joy.

How did God visit you in a new way that caused praise and thanksgiving and may have even changed your life? Perhaps a very concrete answer to prayer in times of need led to this refreshment, or maybe it was a Scripture verse, advice from a friend, or spiritual sign from God, or maybe just an overwhelming sense of his love that picks you up and encourages to grow deeper with Him.

Book six, Love and Forgiveness, deals with relationships that have been strained or broken due to offenses against us, or our own faults. When we pray for love for those who mistreat us and pray for the willingness to seek restitution and restoration we regain our families and friends and change the hearts of our enemies. How was prayer the determining factor in a renewed love, forgiveness, and eventual restoration of relationships?

Were pleased to consider as many stories for these three volumes as you wish to submit. Well look at stories of up to 2,000 words and prefer that they be at least 1,000 words. The stories should have a creative title, an attention-grabbing introduction, main body with a conflict or challenge, and a clear, satisfying resolution. They need to be descriptive, rooted in time and place, compelling personal experience stories with a realistic portrayal of the people involved. They need to be stories rather than testimonies, Christian living articles, and shouldnt focus on mere feelings or mental states.

Most important, they need to revolve around prayer itself and not the circumstances of the story. These are themed books but the purpose is to convince the reader of the power of prayer in these situations.

We prefer original stories but you may also submit previously published stories that you have full rights for and are not currently in print with a major publisher. We pay $25 for stories under 1200 words, and $50 for stories over 1200 words. You may retain the right to publish the stories in magazines and in books with less than national distribution and not carried in nationwide bookstores.

We are accepting manuscripts for Refreshed by the Spirit until February 10 and Love and Forgiveness until March 1, but the sooner you submit the better your chance of acceptance. We will send you a permission form by April if your story is a finalist for any of these volumes.

Please send your manuscript attached to the e-mail rather than pasting text in the email
Window. Feel free to send your manuscript in normal manuscript formatting, with your full contact information on the manuscriptname, address, phone number, email addressand whether youre offering First Rights or Reprint Rights at the top of each manuscript. Please include a biography of 30 words or less at the end of each manuscript.

Please direct all inquiries and manuscript submissions to my colleague, Jeanette Littleton, at incredibleprayers@earthlink.net. If this email has been forwarded to you and you cant submit to this call, but would like to hear about other editorial needs as they arise, please send us your email address and well add you to our notification list. Also please pass this along to any writing or praying friends who might be interested.

Blessing to you and yours,

Jim
James Stuart Bell

(thanks to Sally Stuart's blog)

Robin Bayne
02-08-2010, 01:46 AM
I thought this was interesting-- White Rose Pub starting a gothic line--

www.whiterosepublishing.com

Submission Guide: Christian Gothic Romance
Announcing a new subgenre in to White Rose Publishing: Christian Gothic Romance™



What is Christian Gothic Romance™?




These stories resemble the genre of such authors as Victoria Holt, Barbara Michaels, Mary Stewart, Isabelle Holland and Phyllis A. Whitney, but with mainstream Christian theology intact. Stories can be contemporary or historical. There must be a supernatural element, there must be a Christian theme, and there must be a happily-ever-after ending. (See our standard guidelines for general information and story length requirements.)




These are romances surrounded by an atmosphere of mystique in which some or all of the aspects are:




A brooding hero with a tragic past

A heroine completely out of her comfort zone and in peril (whether real or imagined)

A villain who is not as he appears

A lonely mansion, eerie castle or other formidable setting

A limited number of secretive secondary characters who may or may not help or endanger the heroine/hero

A "mad woman in the attic" or similar secondary character who threatens the happy outcome of the story and is attached to a mystery to be solved. (Mystery must be 50% of the story, romance the other 50%.)

An ancient prophecy

Omens or portents of things to come (ultimately orchestrated by God for the good of the protagonists.)

A supernatural element

o The supernatural aspect can encompass:

Angel Intervention within the confines of mainstream Christian teachings

Demonic activity within the confines of mainstream Christian teachings

The gifts of the Spirit according to 1 Corinthians 12:1-14 (Wisdom, Knowledge, Discerning of spirits (human, angelic, demonic), Speaking in tongues, Interpretation of tongues, Prophecy, Faith, Working of miracles, Healing)

Apparitions or visions sent by God with an important message


If you’re familiar with the traditional gothic romances “of old,” you’ll remember the tortured, yet completely loveable, hero. He has a tragic past that often includes one or more of the elements listed below

(more at website)

redflame
07-07-2010, 09:17 PM
Were Looking for Stories!
We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul books in development and are adding new titles all of the time. We are always looking for new stories and poems and hope you have some for us to consider. Take a look at the list of our future book topics to see if you have a story or poem on a subject we are looking for and then please submit it to us.
If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but we are not collecting for that topic at this time, please save it and check back with us soon. Our list of Possible Books Topics is added to frequently and hopefully, in the near future, we will add a topic that will be a perfect fit for your story or poem.
We prefer that you submit your stories only once, but if you believe your story fits in more than one book topic, please indicate which other topics you have submitted it for in the Comments line on the submission form. You can submit your story by going to the link at the bottom of the page. Thanks!
Here Are Our Future Topics:

***SELECT YOUR TITLE***

Extra Christmas Stories
For a possible second Christmas book, we are looking for additional Christmas stories. We have already completed our Christmas Magic book, so if you submitted a story for that book, please do not resubmit as your story is already under consideration. New stories on all aspects of Christmas are welcomed. Please make sure that your stories are "Santa Safe" as we do not want to spoil the magic for anyone. The deadline date for story submissions is July 13, 2010.
Grandmothers
Everyone has a great story about the unconditional love between grandmothers and their grandchildren. We are looking for wonderful stories celebrating grandmothers and grandchildren, written by grandmothers about being a grandmother, and by grandchildren about their grandmothers. Stories about stepgrandmothers and honorary grandmothers are welcomed also. We are not looking for stories from children so please save those for a future book. The deadline date for story submissions is August 31, 2010.
Mothers and Daughters
Mothers and daughters they are, at the same time, very similar and also completely unique. Mothers show daughters who they will become. Daughters live out mothers dreams. Through birth, childhood, teen years, adulthood, grandchildren, aging, and every step in between, this relationship can be the best, the hardest, and the sweetest. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2010. This title will not publish until 2012.
New Moms
Becoming a new mom is the most amazing experience, unique and unlike any other. From the moment that baby is placed in your arms, there is an incredible feeling only a new mother can know. This book celebrates the physical, emotional, and spiritual experience of having a child and creating a family. We are looking for heartwarming, insightful, and humorous stories about raising babies and toddlers that share with our readers the wonders of early motherhood. We are also looking for stories about pregnancy and infertility issues. The deadline for story submissions is July 31, 2010.
Preteens
The preteen years those years from nine to twelve can be rough from both a physical and emotional perspective. You are not a kid anymore but you are not yet a teen. There are so many issues to deal with and sometimes it feels like you are all alone. You are not! The stories in this book almost all of them written by preteens just like you will prove that to you. We are looking for stories that will inspire you, make you laugh, make you think and let you know that life is not as bad as it might seem. The deadline date for story submissions is August 31, 2010.
Teens
A completely new book on one of our most requested topics TEENS. The stories in this book, written almost entirely by teens, will be stories that you will want to read again and again. They will serve as your guide on topics such as the daily pressures of life, love, school, friendships, parents and much more. We are looking for stories that will encourage you, inspire you, make you laugh, make you cry and show you that, as tough as things can get, you are not alone. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2010. Young at Heart
So, youve crossed that magic age and you are ready to retire or start a second career. But youre not ready to stop living! You feel energetic and young and there is still so much to see and do and enjoy. We are looking for stories that will share with our readers humorous and fun adventures from those who are actively enjoying their "senior years!" Tell us about your new careers, your volunteer work, your sports and sports cars, your new love interest, your travels, your families and all of those things you always wanted to do that you are finally doing now that you have the time. The deadline date for story submissions is December 31, 2010.
Thank you!

Robin Bayne
08-12-2010, 12:07 AM
http://www.anthologiesonline.com/Markets(2)/writers_wanted%20July.htm


Antholgies Online provides all types of writing opportunities every month.

Robin Bayne
02-10-2011, 06:00 PM
PERMISSION TO FORWARD

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: WHITE ROSE PUBLISHING

White Rose Publishing is seeking manuscripts to fill a special 2011
holiday release extravaganza. We are currently seeking novelette to
novella length stories (between 15,000 and 25,000 words) to fill
twenty-four special slots. Stories must have a Christmas theme and
submissions must be received on or before 1 May 2011.

Stories must be Christian romance, may be contemporary or historical,
and may fall under any subgenre (e.g. romantic suspense) To submit,
please use the submission form found on our website.
(http://www.whiteros epublishing. com/pages/ Submission- Form (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/pages/Submission-Form)) Be sure to
include: CHRISTMAS SUBMISSION: Title of Story in the subject line of
your submission.

In addition, White Rose is always open to general submissions. Full
submission guidelines may be found at
http://www.whiteros epublishing. com/pages/ Submission- Guidelines (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/pages/Submission-Guidelines)

For more information about White Rose Publishing please visit our
website at http://www.whiteros epublishing. com (http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/) or read some of our
titles. Our books are available local and online retailers such as
Amazon, ARe, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Distributors, Sony.

eustacegirl
05-02-2011, 12:27 AM
Well, my book looks to be more of a novella.. Hopefully I can submit it when I'm done. How much dose it cost for White Rose Publishing?

Robin Bayne
05-08-2011, 05:05 PM
Well, my book looks to be more of a novella.. Hopefully I can submit it when I'm done. How much dose it cost for White Rose Publishing?


White Rose is a small press but not a vanity/subsidy pub! You don't pay a penny, they pay you! The money should always flow to the writer, not from. Good luck!

Robin Bayne
07-26-2011, 01:50 AM
Sad news I just heard--though I have no confirmation yet. It seems Heartsong will be closing its book club. Not sure how it will be handling its contracted romances.

Deb Kinnard
07-26-2011, 02:04 AM
I'm told it's only the book club piece of it that will be folding. They'll still be doing the state-themed novella collections and the repackaging of earlier titles. How much they'll be acquiring, going forward, is anyone's guess. This makes me sad for those authors who are currently (were?) under consideration for the Presents line. Change is ever-present!

I subbed to them, once. Never again. Not what I'd call a happy experiment.

Gravity
07-26-2011, 02:32 AM
Deb, were they the folks that have the hideously-restrictive taboos on their writers' guides?

CBrothers
08-25-2011, 11:44 PM
Does anyone know of a place to find more current opportunities? Maybe even a Christian writers board or something.

Calla Lily
08-25-2011, 11:46 PM
It depends on what you write, CBrothers.

And that is...? :)

CBrothers
08-25-2011, 11:54 PM
Romance or women's fiction.

(with a Christian theme, in case that wasn't obvious).

Calla Lily
08-26-2011, 12:01 AM
*shines the Bat Signal (romance version--:heart:) onto the clouds*

Calling Deb Kinnard!

Deb writes romance and is pubbed by at least 2 Christian houses. She has the knowledge. :) You may want to PM her, too.

Deb Kinnard
08-26-2011, 01:40 AM
I hear that Bat Signal and raise you the Sign of the Squonk Woman.

To answer John's question first -- yes, they do have very restrictive guidelines on the web site for all to see, and also (IMO) a swackload of non-public guidelines that you can violate in a myriad of different ways. When they do send you an "R", they don't say anything but "no", at least not in my experience.


Romance houses in our market who still take unagented subs -- well, you can use the fingers of one hand. E-presses who will embrace newer authors include: Desert Breeze; WhiteFire Publishing; White Rose; OakTara; Sheaf House; Mountain View (although they only accept subs at certain times of the year); Port Yonder Press. My mind can't come up with others at this point.

Harlequin Love Inspired has recently gone to agented-only unless you already work with them. The other Big Guys you probably already know about, and they are surpassingly tough to break into.

I wish the market would open up. I'm mulling self-pubbing one of my older titles. We'll see what I do with it. Who knows, self-pub might be the total opening of the Christian market as a whole, and we won't have to sweat these hyper-restrictive guidelines anymore.

Calla -- I love the way you talk.

Calla Lily
08-26-2011, 01:43 AM
:e2arms: Thanks, Deb.

Um... Squonk woman?

Robin Bayne
08-27-2011, 09:11 PM
Romance or women's fiction.

(with a Christian theme, in case that wasn't obvious).



Here's a list of publishers recognized by ACFW.
http://www.acfw.com/about/recognized_publishers

Deb Kinnard
09-07-2011, 04:45 AM
Bear in mind, though, that ACFW just de-listed a number of legit small presses because they declined to break out their C-fic into a separate line. This sort of backward thinking just makes me see red.

Apparently it's better to have a Christian "line" of books, even if the house's other lines include smut, than to publish clean, G rated romantic fiction and exclude smut, with the C-fic not published in its own special, sequestered line. I can't understand why this is the case. What, are Christians too stupid to click on a button marked "Inspirational" to find what they want to buy and read?

I've talked to the leadership about rules that change for arbitrary reasons, to no avail as yet. I remain hopeful of influencing these folks for the better.

Robin Bayne
09-10-2011, 09:27 PM
Did not know that Deb!

Kersten
09-11-2011, 12:49 AM
The ACFW drives me crazy. I have run into extreme prejudice from them because I am a Christian writer who publishes Christian fantasy (MacDonaldesque) in the secular market.

I take comfort from the fact that they would have had nothing to do with C.S. Lewis either. He was published by HarperCollins.

Kersten

Deb Kinnard
09-11-2011, 03:25 AM
Kersten, welcome to the fusstrated club. I'm still in that phase where I want to work for constructive change in ACFW from within. However, I went through that phase with the RWA a few years back, and couldn't see it within the realm of possibility to stay, much less work for improvement.

As far as Christian fantasy, there is a growing market in Christian publishing. Check out Marcher Lord (who, other than Sheaf House, is the only publisher in my database that will even look at it) and possibly David C. Cook. They published a book called TALKING TO THE DEAD, and if that doesn't signal a tendency to think out of the box, I'm not sure what does. I don't know anything about that particular book other than its title, though.

Have I mentioned I wish this market would loosen its corsets a bit?

Kersten
09-11-2011, 03:54 AM
Deb, I must admit I gave up on them and moved to the general market about five years ago. I tried for *years* to make a difference in Christian publishings mindset—to change it from the inside out. About twenty years, in fact. I don't know if I will ever go back. Christian writing should be the best. Not the most limited and fearful.

Talking to the Dead looks like a pretty standard demon-pretending-to-be-dead relative story to me. Not really pushing the envelop for adult Christian fiction. (Though it could be a brilliant book and well written)

I don't think there is a Christian publisher out there today who would publish Phantastes, much less Lillith.

Kersten

Fabor
10-06-2011, 05:44 PM
?



As far as Christian fantasy, there is a growing market in Christian publishing. Check out Marcher Lord (who, other than Sheaf House, is the only publisher in my database that will even look at it) and possibly David C. Cook. They published a book called TALKING TO THE DEAD, and if that doesn't signal a tendency to think out of the box, I'm not sure what does. I don't know anything about that particular book other than its title, though.


Hello, I'm fairly new to this forum. I am writing my first novel. It is a SF/F. I'm exploring some of the interactions of religion from a Christian perspective with change. In this case contact with aliens and a substance coming into our solar system, that causes people to do and be able to do things unexplainable by our science. Hence in our perspective, magic. Even the aliens can't explain it all.

I'm not at all sure how I will try to publish it at his point.

Deb Kinnard
10-07-2011, 02:32 AM
I neglected to mention on this thread, though I recall posting it elsewhere, that Jeff Gerke, Marcher Lord Press publisher in chief, wore chain mail, a (plastic) weapon and a bright red tabard to the ACFW banquet last month. We all loved it...the guy has a sense of humor.

Who publishes Dekker? They'd probably be open to spec-fic projects, though I don't know if you have to be agented to sub a package there.

Gravity
10-07-2011, 06:13 AM
After four novels pubbed in the CBA--and with decent sales--I still couldn't get any love there for my SF novel, The Radiance.

I finally took it to the general market, and a house there accepted it; it'll be out this coming February. My agent now plans to shop my new suspense/thriller series (very dark, with a damaged but tenacious hero) to the general market as well.

Some of us will never fit into CBA guidelines; I guess I finally realized I'm one.

Fabor
10-07-2011, 09:20 PM
I neglected to mention on this thread, though I recall posting it elsewhere, that Jeff Gerke, Marcher Lord Press publisher in chief, wore chain mail, a (plastic) weapon and a bright red tabard to the ACFW banquet last month. We all loved it...the guy has a sense of humor.

Who publishes Dekker? They'd probably be open to spec-fic projects, though I don't know if you have to be agented to sub a package there.

Thanks for the information.

Deb Kinnard
10-08-2011, 01:17 AM
John, do you have a cover yet? 'Cause when you do, I hope you'll post it for us all to see. You've had some real honies.

Robin Bayne
01-29-2012, 02:10 AM
PERMISSION TO FORWARD

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: WHITE ROSE PUBLISHING & HARBOURLIGHT BOOKS

Pelican Book Group is seeking manuscripts to fill a special 2012 holiday
release extravaganza. We are currently seeking novelette to novella
length stories (between 15,000 and 25,000 words) to fill twenty-four
special slots. Stories may fit either the White Rose Publishing
(romance) or the Harbourlight Books (general fiction) imprint, but must
have a Christmas theme. Submissions must be received on or before 1 May
2012.

Stories must be Christian fiction, may be contemporary or historical,
and may fall under any subgenre (e.g. romantic suspense, sci-fi,) To
submit, please use the submission form found on our website. (
http://www.pelicanb ookgroup. com/ec/submissio n-form (http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/submission-form) ) Be sure to include:
CHRISTMAS SUBMISSION in the additional notes section.

In addition, Pelican Book Group is always open to general submissions.
Full submission guidelines may be found at
http://www.pelicanb ookgroup. com/ec/write- for-us (http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/write-for-us)

For more information about White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books
please visit our website at http://www.pelicanb ookgroup. com (http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/) or read some
of our titles. Our books are available local and online retailers such
as Amazon, ARe, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Distributors, Sony.

Pat~
02-12-2012, 11:28 PM
I received a request for submissions yesterday in the mail that I think would be okay to share in here. It was from the publishers of The Lutheran Journal and The Lutheran Message, both publications to Lutheran churches across the US, that I've written for frequently. Circulation for each magazine is presently about 350 million annually, and they are a paying market. Here is what they've requested:

"We are currently looking for material for both of our publications. Short stories (both fiction and non-fiction) and a small amount of poetry. We prefer articles that are inspirational and uplifting. The articles should generally fall into one of the following categories: Historical, Personal Experiences, Profiles, or Faith and Values.

If you or a colleague would like to submit a story, prayer, or poem, we pay $75 to $300, depending on length and topic...."

Contact info:

Roger S. Jensen, Editor
P.O. Box 28158
Oakdale, MN 55128

I've had excellent experience with this publisher and can recommend them highly. Feel free to message me if you have any more questions. (I've not been writing/subbing these past couple years, but plan to prod my muse and send them some subs, too.)

Calla Lily
02-12-2012, 11:56 PM
Pat! *tacklehug*

Pat~
02-12-2012, 11:58 PM
;D Hugs back atcha, lady.

Deb Kinnard
02-14-2012, 12:22 AM
Pat, hey babe! We haven't seen ya for too long.

Another possible market, though I don't know beans about it other than a familiar name or two, may be Written World Publishing. They are a start-up, so approach (IMO) with caution. Unless they're very well capitalized and know exactly what they will do as far as distribution, etc., I plan on waiting & seeing.

Anyone with additional info about Written World, I'd love to hear it.

Helen Taft
02-24-2012, 11:36 PM
Kersten, welcome to the fusstrated club. I'm still in that phase where I want to work for constructive change in ACFW from within. However, I went through that phase with the RWA a few years back, and couldn't see it within the realm of possibility to stay, much less work for improvement.

As far as Christian fantasy, there is a growing market in Christian publishing. Check out Marcher Lord (who, other than Sheaf House, is the only publisher in my database that will even look at it) and possibly David C. Cook. They published a book called TALKING TO THE DEAD, and if that doesn't signal a tendency to think out of the box, I'm not sure what does. I don't know anything about that particular book other than its title, though.

Have I mentioned I wish this market would loosen its corsets a bit?

Hello all,:)

I just thought I'd add an update on Marcher Lord Press and say (according to the website) if you submit them it will be 12-18months before it will be looked at as they're so busy. Pity!

Robin Bayne
03-25-2012, 08:27 PM
PAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Robin Bayne
04-03-2012, 07:51 PM
http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/watershed-books


New young adult Christian fiction imprint

Deb Kinnard
05-11-2012, 06:09 PM
http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com

Up and coming e-press will soon open to submissions (this summer). They're full for 2012 but are searching for both Christian and non-erotic romantic fic, including YA, speculative and historical romance up to WWII. Gail, the publisher, would also love a terrific steampunk project or two.

They are a delight to work with. Check out the site and see if you don't agree their covers are first-rate.

Robin Bayne
05-30-2012, 04:45 AM
They look great Deb!

ohthatmomagain
05-30-2012, 06:08 AM
http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/watershed-books


New young adult Christian fiction imprint

Thanks for posting this... just sent my query :)

*fingers crossed*

Dancre
05-30-2012, 09:19 PM
I think they're actually closed now for the next few years.



Hello all,:)

I just thought I'd add an update on Marcher Lord Press and say (according to the website) if you submit them it will be 12-18months before it will be looked at as they're so busy. Pity!

Dancre
06-01-2012, 04:15 AM
I'm looking for a fantasy publisher. I'm thinking of just going to the secular area b/c all the christian fantasy publishers are closed for the next 3 years. So I'm not for sure what to do now. I was thinking about just self-publishing it. I know folks who have had success with it.

Robin Bayne
06-06-2012, 04:50 AM
Thanks for posting this... just sent my query :)

*fingers crossed*


Let us know!!:D

Robin Bayne
06-06-2012, 04:53 AM
I'm looking for a fantasy publisher. I'm thinking of just going to the secular area b/c all the christian fantasy publishers are closed for the next 3 years. So I'm not for sure what to do now. I was thinking about just self-publishing it. I know folks who have had success with it.


Check out this article (http://http://litreactor.com/columns/six-tough-truths-about-self-publishing-that-the-advocates-like-to-avoid-discussing)on self-pubbing before you go forward. Will post if I hear of any fantasy pubs open to subs!

http://litreactor.com/columns/six-tough-truths-about-self-publishing-that-the-advocates-like-to-avoid-discussing

ohthatmomagain
06-21-2012, 08:54 PM
Let us know!!:D

Got a request for a full last night from them (Watershed/White Rose/Harbourlight). Sent it this morning. Nervous and excited at the same time.

*fingers crossed*

Calla Lily
06-21-2012, 09:53 PM
*crosses everything*

ohthatmomagain
06-21-2012, 09:55 PM
Thanks :)

heyjude
06-21-2012, 11:45 PM
Good luck, ohthatmom!!

ohthatmomagain
06-22-2012, 12:38 AM
Thank you. :)

K. Victoria Chase
06-24-2012, 04:29 PM
Got a request for a full last night from them (Watershed/White Rose/Harbourlight). Sent it this morning. Nervous and excited at the same time.

*fingers crossed*

AWESOME!!!!! Here's hoping for a sale!

Is there an actual Beware's thread for them? Just submitted to White Rose (third time's a charm??)

ohthatmomagain
06-24-2012, 04:37 PM
AWESOME!!!!! Here's hoping for a sale!

Is there an actual Beware's thread for them? Just submitted to White Rose (third time's a charm??)

No, I don't think there is. I can't really find anything on them anywhere.

ohthatmomagain
07-04-2012, 02:32 AM
Just an update: I signed with Astraea Press today :)

Fabor
07-04-2012, 03:15 AM
Congratulations.

Calla Lily
07-04-2012, 03:41 AM
Congtatulations!

Robin Bayne
07-13-2012, 01:53 AM
Just an update: I signed with Astraea Press today :)


Congrats!

Robin Bayne
07-13-2012, 01:54 AM
No, I don't think there is. I can't really find anything on them anywhere.


I don't think there is a thread here on White Rose (part of Pelican Book Group.)

K. Victoria Chase
07-19-2012, 05:51 PM
Looks like Zondervan is jumping on the e-book only(sort of) bandwagon and has created 'Zondervan First.' Submit your manuscript online (no agent!) as a way to reach new authors and midlist authors who don't necessarily have an agent.

www.zondervanfirst.com

http://zondervan.com/first/faq

25% royalties??? 50% after 10k copies. If you don't here in 3 months then it's a pass. Print books will be available.

Steve Laube's post

http://stevelaube.com/ebook-originals-the-next-step-in-traditional-publishing-strategy/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SteveLaube+%28Steve+Laube%29

Calla Lily
07-19-2012, 06:07 PM
That was... odd.

Why will books get to market faster? Why do they emphasize that their e-only books will get a chance to be edited professionally? Why the emphasis on the ability to "jump on the bandwagon" of trends?

It seems, to my cynical mind, that they're going to rush these books into the market by taking less care and less time than they would with their NF.

IIRC, Zondervan had shifted its emphases to NF and Bibles (the latter being their big sellers). Are they seeing a bigger than expected revenue drop with the phasing out of fiction?

The positive here is that Zondervan is a Big Name in the CBA. So it may be a better choice than self-pubbing.

If I get a chance, I'll start a BR&BC thread about this.

ohthatmomagain
07-19-2012, 06:15 PM
That's very tempting bc I've always wanted a book published by Zondervan... but 25% royalties seems so little. And I'm sure it will be flooded with authors... plus no opportunity for print.

Still... it's Zondervan.