This week there are more competitions and markets, as well as advice about writing for overseas markets and a great (free) site to access photos.
Whether you’re a new or established writer I hope that you’ll find something of interest in these weekly round-ups of hints, tips, markets and competitions. As always, it’s advisable to check all the small print before submitting an entry or pitch.
Regular readers will know that I include competitions and freelance writer requirements from overseas. I’ve had features published in the USA and Canada; e-mail and Paypal make queries, submissions and payments easy - just remember to change your default Set Language to English (United States). But don’t just take my word for it – successful American writer Hope Clark (www.chopeclark.com and www.fundsforwriters.com) shares her thoughts and explains that what once was difficult is now easy – and offers some great advice. Check out her websites!
Competitions Longworth Short Story Competition Entry fee £10 The theme is ’Journey’ with a word limit of 3,000 words. First prize of £250, with two runners up each receiving £100. Deadline December 31, 2011. Please send your entry as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your payPal reference. http://www.longwortheditors.com/wordpress/?page_id=10
Markets UK Cicerone Cicerone publishes award-winning guidebooks for outdooor activities including trekking, climbing and cycle touring. See below for writers’ guidelines. http://www.cicerone.co.uk/static.cfm/cid/50/content/prospective-authors
The Green Parent The Green Parent is a bi-monthly green lifestyle and natural parenting magazine. Each issue features regular columns on Organic Gardening, Seasonal Food and Drink, Green Travel, Ethical Fashion and lots more. Pays £75 per 1000 words. http://www.thegreenparent.co.uk/about/contact/
USA American Snowmobiler USA They are interested in Travel stories on new areas where readers can snowmobile. http://bit.ly/rQ4CDg
The Alpinist This magazine publishes information on “world alpinism and adventure climbing”. http://www.alpinist.com/p/mag/contribute_mag
Ellery Queen Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine welcomes submissions from both new and established writers and publishes every kind of mystery short story. http://www.themysteryplace.com/eqmm/guidelines/
And finally…..Stuck for an image to accompany your feature? There are lots of sites out there and this one looks easy to use – and is free. You are only asked to register and acknowledge them if you use any of their images. There’s a tutorial to help you get the best out of the site, plus design tips and you can also return the favour by uploading your own photos. A Google search using ‘free stock photos’ will provide some more options. http://www.freeimages.co.uk/