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Writing News, Issue #001 -- Be a Better Writer
October 04, 2009

Writing News October 2009

Important Announcement:

I am cleaning my email list and I'd like to know if you want to hear from me!

If you wish to receive updates from me about my books and appearances, about the web page, new markets, calls for submissions, etc. please use the OPT IN form on the home page of my web site located just below the new Google Search button.


Iíve placed a Google Search button on every page of the web site. It searches my site exclusively, so if you just know you saw a writing quote by Edith Wharton, but you canít find it, the search button will help.

New Short Stories:

I published seven new original short stories in September, by a variety of authors, and Iím very proud of each of them. I encourage you to read them here.

Higher Payments for Short Stories:

I also increased the payment rate for short stories, so the best stories now receive $75 on acceptance, and despite an increasing number of submissions, Iím still able to respond within one week.


You can also follow me on Twitter here and I post all sorts of interesting tidbits there. Most recently, prize lists, a link to the only known voice recording of Virginia Woolf, and the best new book blog I came across this month.

Writerís Resources:

If you have not yet checked out the new Writing Resources page on my web site, please do. Youíll find links to Canadian Universities and Writing Programs, Online Libraries, Book Reviews, Authors, Literary Magazines, Conferences, and much more.

Writing Contests:

Iíve listed numerous new Writing Contests, many of them with prize money in the $3000 to $5000 range. Deadline for the CBC Literary Prize of $6000 is November 1, so there is still time to enter.

Emergency Money for Writers:

If you or someone you know is struggling to finish a book but are unable to because of financial need, the Writersí Trust of Canada can help. The Woodcock Fund was established in 1989 to provide emergency financial assistance to professional Canadian writers. Grants are normally in the $5000 to $10000 range and are administered quickly and efficiently by the Writersí Trust of Canada. Often recipients will receive the grant money within two weeks of applying for it. See PDF guidelines at the bottom of this page.


Descant As well as an open call for unthemed submissions, Descant is looking for special submissions for themed issues. Submission guidelines. $100 honorarium

Event Event looks for short stories with readability, style, well-handled characters and a strong, effective point of view. They have eclectic tastes and are open to content with a strong narrative that invites involvement. Submission guidelines. $22/page

Ploughshares Look primarily for short stories, but occasionally publish personal essays/memoirs. Novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Seeking work of the highest literary quality, but otherwise do not have any specific guidelines for style or subject matter. On occasion, they publish issues that feature emerging writers. Submission guidelines $25/page + subscription

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