Reflect upon your present blessings –
of which every man has many-
not on your past misfortunes,
of which all men have some.
I’ve overhauled my website. Please let me know if you find any broken links or images gone missing. Also, if you’re interested, I’ve posted a very short excerpt from my February release, Shadow Touch.
Jennifer Jackson, literary agent, has an interesting list of what makes the perfect literary agent. She’s also written an article on the agent/client relationship. In case you’re wondering, my agent is Lucienne Diver of the Spectrum Literary Agency, and I feel very fortunate to be working with her.
Finally, the following markets were found on the FundsforWriters newsletter, which I highly recommend signing up for if you’re interested in discovering unusual writing opportunities.
FIND THE FUNNY
$40 early submission by October 31, 2005 or
$50 final submission by December 31, 2005.
Find the Funny is proud to announce the start of its Second Annual Comedy Screenplay Contest—the only contest that seeks out fresh new comedy screenwriting talent, then honors and promotes the winners. All sub-genres of comedy are eligible. If you are one of the top three winners, you will receive cash ($2,000, $1,000 and $500 respectively) and other great prizes; the Osgood, Find the Funny’s custom-designed bobblehead award; a VIP invitation to attend the Find the Funny Awards on April Fool’s Day 2006; and of course, a chance to take that next step in your writing career.
CHARLOTTE MARTIN FOUNDATION
Currently interested in projects where youth are interactively engaged in the production of some art form or event. Programs where youth are producing cultural programs for others. Grants can range from $1,000 to $100,000, and over. The larger grants are usually projects that have been solicited or developed by Board members. Most grants are in the $5,000 to $50,000 range. All applications for funding are received electronically. The Board accepts applications, reviews proposals and makes funding decisions on an ongoing basis for the fiscal year, April 1 to March 31. They process applications on a continuous basis with no grant deadlines.
NOTE: These grants are designated to go through schools and nonprofit entities. However, partnering with one, or asking one to act as fiscal agent for the grant can open a door for you to access funds for your grant idea in this arena which could encompass compensation to you for your services. Think outside the box, friends. ~Hope
NEW JERSEY ARTS COUNCIL
Artists Residencies, over 175 short- and long-term residencies, are established annually in schools throughout the state. Long- term residencies are offered in several different arts disciplines and are applied for by the school or other sponsoring agency. Short-term residencies concentrate on prose, poetry and play writing with Council funds providing the artist’s fee. Artists also may apply to become eligible to conduct residencies. Special artist residency initiatives are in place for the greater Newark and greater Camden schools.
The deadline for individual artist fellowships is July of each year. This year, recipients received on the average of $7,800 each. In the next cycle, (For 2007 Awards) the following categories will be offered:
� Interdisciplinary Performance
Paradigm Communications Group
2701 First Ave., Suite 250
Seattle WA 98121
This magazine is an inflight magazine for Horizon Air in the Pacific Northwest. It prefers articles, essays, interviews, travel pieces and business stories about that region. You may receive a free sample copy along with the guidelines upon request and SASE. Takes lengthy time to give feedback, and usually publishes within a year of acceptance. Pays up to $700 for lengthy articlces of 1,500 to 3,000 words. 700-word personal essays are compensated at $250.
4 Times Square
New York NY 10036
A self-confidence magazine for women 20-45. This is an inexpensive magazine and you need to get a copy to grasp the feel of it. Pays great – $1 – $2/word whether lengthy features of 5,000 words or short columns of up to 1,000 words on health, fitness, nutrition, money, jobs, sex, happiness, and travel. They will send you detailed writer’s guidelines upon snail mail request only. Note, this is a Conde Nast publication which means your query needs to glisten with perfection.
125 Park Ave.
New York NY 10017
Pays from $600 to $1,200 for articles. Accepts reprints paying 50% of original compensation. Suggest photos to go with piece. This is a magazine that covers health, medical and childcare concerns for expectant and new parents. Offers a free sample copy upon request and full-sized SASE. Guidelines only available via snail mail with SASE.
I hope some of those opportunities pan out for you!