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2011 Writers Market

Written by writers for writers and backed by 90 years of authority, Writers Market is the #1 resource for helping writers sell their work.

Quick update: The next newsletter will not be delivered until September 17, which is why I'm highlighting three upcoming October writing contests at the end of August instead of the beginning of September.


If you'd like to discuss publishing and writing on the next two Fridays, please meet me on Twitter at the #pubtalk hashtag between 1-3 p.m. Atlanta, Georgia, time. For updates leading up to those two talks and other publishing advice, please follow me on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


Here's a quick weekend assignment: If you don't have a Twitter account, create one. They are free, fast and easy to set up. This site can be over-hyped at times, but there's no denying it's one more social media tool that allows you to connect with other writers and publishing professionals. (Click here if to read my Twitter cheat sheet.)


Until next we meet, keep writing and marketing what you write.


Robert Lee Brewer
Senior Content Editor
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THREE OCTOBER WRITING CONTESTS lists hundreds of writing contests for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and other subjects. Here are three with October deadlines:


The Sherwood Anderson Short Fiction Award is offered by the Mid-American Review for short fiction of 6,000 words or less. The deadline is October 1, and there's a $10 entry fee. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in Mid-American Review.


The Fall Poetry Chapbook Contest offered by White Eagle Coffee Store Press is for poetry chapbook manuscripts of 20-24 pages. The postmark deadline is October 30, and there's a $15 entry fee. The winner receives $500 and 25 copies of the chapbook. All entrants (win or lose) receive a copy of the chapbook.


Wick Open Poetry Chapbook Competition is offered by Kent State University Press for Ohio residents with poetry chapbook manuscripts of 15-25 pages. The postmark deadline is October 30 with a $15 reading fee. Winning manuscripts (usually 2 to 4 winners) will be published by Kent State University Press.


(NOTE: If you're unable to access the listing, it means you either need to log in or sign up for WritersMarket.comfirst.) lists more than 8,000 publishing opportunities, including listings for contests, magazines, book publishers, literary agents, conferences, and more. Log in or sign up today to start submitting your work.




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While they're not as easy to search as, contest listings are available for free on's Paid Services site. For instance, here are the three listings mentioned earlier in the newsletter:
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Follow the latest publishing news you can use, updated daily, on our exclusive Market Watch feature, by columnist Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Recent headlines include:
  • Northeast Flavor: Culinary Magazine to Launch: Targeting readers in the Northeastern region of the U.S.,Northeast Flavor will cover culinary and wine-related topics. The new quarterly publication is scheduled to launch in November. Editor-in-chief: Jean Kerr.
  • People Magazine iPad App Free to Subscribers: People magazine has made its iPad version free for subscribers, and other magazine publishers are expected to do the same now that Apple has made the pricing structure possible for one title. Up to this point, subscribers had to pay the same for the iPad app even if they were also paying for the print version.
  • Hardcover Children's/YA Books Junes Sales Up 19.6 Percent: According to stats from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), hardcover sales for the Children's/YA category rose nearly 20 percent in June compared to the same period last year.
Keep checking Market Watch for all your publishing news. Missed a Market Watch item? Subscribers can access a three-month archive of Debbie Ridpath Ohi's Market Watch news.



Twitter is changing the way people communicate and share information about themselves. It should come as no surprise that entrepreneurial minds (including freelance writers) are harnessing this new tool to boost their bank accounts.


In "Using Twitter to Boost Your Writing Income"—an OnDemand webinar—Tim Beyers teaches writers:
  • The importance of participating and building a community you want to be involved with (e.g., journalists, editors, agents)
  • How to meaningfully engage other people and be a resource
  • How to land an assignment for a major publication by following editors on Twitter
  • Case studies of freelancers who have scored jobs on Twitter
  • Specific and valuable Twitter chats you'll want to participate in
This webinar is not a get rich quick scheme. It's a career building crash course on how to use Twitter to improve your freelance quality of living.


I'm making assignments for the 2012 Writer's Market and 2012 Poet's Market. The deadlines are fast approaching, so read over the guidelines and make a pitch now (click the links to view the full submission guidelines):
While I may be interested in very high profile interviews for both books, I'm mostly looking for business-related pieces that will appeal to writers. For instance, reaching and building audiences, negotiating contracts, handling taxes, arranging and managing readings and book signings, etc. Think about what information writers need to find more success. 


And read the submission guidelines!

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