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Call for Papers

journal2001_100.jpgI received the following call for papers from a friend at the Women’s Policy Journal at Harvard. Definitely for those of you used to working in academic format. Plus I don’t see any word about payment. But, you could do worse than to have a Harvard Journal on your CV. See the details below the break. Your deadlineis January 15, 2007.

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Mediabistro Course

Social Media 201

Social Media 201Starting October 13Social Media 201 picks up where Social Media 101 left off, to provide you with hands-on instruction for gaining likes, followers, retweets, favorites, pins, and engagement. Social media experts will teach you how to make social media marketing work for your bottom line and achieving your business goals. Register now!

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b_shore.jpgA few things coming up and some gigs and such:
PopMatters needs a new columnist. I used to write for PopMatters. I had a good experience with it. I didn’t get paid although did get free books (I was a book critic.)
Do you work for an alternative newsweekly (or have interest in them?) The east and west coast training conferences are coming up.
The Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards is now accepting entries. Deadline is 12/20.
Shore Magazine Accepting Entries for Short Story Contest With Grand Prize of $1,200 (full instructions below the break.)

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Choosing a Writing Contest

image_mini.jpgNew writers want to get their name out in the public eye, but also don’t want to waste money on scam contests or competitions unlikely to get them noticed. I posted the question on Ask Metafilter: How do you choose a writing contest? Some of the advice:

Entering contests actually takes a lot of logistical effort and money, so I think you should think about four things: (1) difficult of contest (i.e., chance that you’ll win); (2) the degree to which the contest is worthwhile (here, look at award money or prestige); (3) the cost of entering (most poetry book contests require you to pay $15-35); and (4) fit. Categories 1 and 2 are contradictory: prestigious contests are generally recognized to be lotteries. If you don’t have very much experience, you might want to just try middle tier contests that few people will be entering. I think the publisher is important: there are a lot of prestigious contests with fat purses that I think are not worth entering: when’s the last time you’ve seen any of the winner’s in bookstores? I usually only enter “prestigious” contests if I’ve heard of people who’ve won it before.
Fit – This is very important. For lower level contests, it means that you are a black skateboarding doctor and that’s what the contest is asking for. For higher level contests, it means that you google the publishing house, journal, judge, and past winners and see how close you come to their aesthetic. If you don’t like the stuff they publish, don’t enter.

I didn’t get tons of responses so if you have your own two cents on how you know what type of competition to enter (and this is open to all kinds of writers: fiction, non, screenwriting, poetry, etc), please share.

Contests, Anthologies and Residencies

band_top_icon.jpgI received the following list of deadlines from a teacher of mine, Sandi Wisenberg, who noted that she received it from author Ellen Bass. Almost all writers can find something in here, but be sure to forward this to any poets, nature lovers or queer femmes who might be interested.

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Call for Submissions: Chicken Soup for the Sisters’ and Brothers’ Soul

…and it pays! Erika Dreifus has some of the details (including the important NB’s) here.

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puertovallara.jpgIf you have any events or deadlines that you think our readers could find useful, please send them in!
Those of you in the Boston area, keep an eye on Erika Dreifus’ blog, which has events that might be of interest to you.
Mark your calendar for sexy mb contributor Rachel Kramer Bussel‘s ongoing reading series–this one featuring holiday erotica!
The BelleCora Press Writer’s Residency in Puerto Vallarta Application Deadline is January 1
It’s time to prepare entries for the 30th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism and the Chicago Healdine Club Ethics Award. The deadline for entries is Feb. 6, and details on entries can be found at the Chicago Headline Cub Web site. Winners will be named at the annual Lisagor Awards banquet April 27.
ASJA members in New York and Northern California: you have a shindig coming up!
The Writers Digest ongoing contest list.
And as usual, you can find more by checking the main site.

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8_2_vs.jpgMBToolBox from here on out is going to strive to bring you more information on upcoming contests and events that might be of reader interest–but I need said readers to keep me in the know! If you’ve heard of a cool reception, conference, reading, talk, tour–anything that one of your fellow writers or editors might be interested in–please drop me a line, as I’ll be looking for events every week. A few things coming up in the near and distant future:

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Actual Paying Blog Job

circle_j.pngJaunted.com is looking for a few good travel bloggers–and they’re willing to pay! (a little.) This is a great opportunity for those of you looking to hone your travel writing skills, get a little more exposure and practice the fine art of blogging. This particular blogger knows–I worked with Jaunted for a bit before some other commitments forced me to bow out, but working with them was a very enjoyable experience.

One Love. One Blood. One Life. One Sentence.

For those of you who can’t stand writing for free, look away.
For those of you who like neat creative writing conceits or a way to get yourself out a rut, check out One Sentence–it’s “about telling your story, briefly. Insignificant stories, everyday stories, or turning-point-in-your-life stories, boiled down to their bare essentials.” Tell your own or let someone else’s inpsire you.

Court TV’s Search for the Next Great Crime Writer

Hi. I’m Claire Zulkey! Do you have what it takes to write great crime fiction? Don’t mind cheesey website promos? Check out the Court TV contest!

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