“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”
~ Robert Lewis Stevenson (1850 � 1894)
The marathon continues. My fingers are just tap-tap-tapping. This is Soul Song I’m working on, by the way. Kit Bell, Dela’s best friend from Tiger Eye is the heroine. All the boys will be showing up soon. Life is good.
From Funds for Writers:
WIN A TRIP TO 2007 ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION
Must be 21 years old. Have never been published in Romantic fiction. The form must be completed in full and postmarked no later than February 1, 2007. Email applications will not be accepted. Only one application per person. The winning applicant (1) will be selected on March 2, 2007. The applicant will receive notification prior to their name being announced on http://www.Sandyblair.net and/or in Romantic Times BOOKReviews Magazine.
The scholarship includes:
One roundtrip coach airfare from any major city in the contiguous United States to Houston, TX, site of the 2007 Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. The 2007 RT Booklovers Convention registration fee. Those classes, meals and functions included in your registration fee. A five-night, standard, single occupancy stay at the convention hotel in Houston. Dinner with Sandy Blair and a surprise author or two. **All other miscellaneous expenses such as secondary-connecting airfares, food and beverage not covered by registration fee, taxi fares, in-room charges, taxes and gratuities are the sole responsibility of the winner.
BLACK ORCHID NOVELLA AWARD
NO ENTRY FEE
Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and submitted by the deadline – postmarked by May 31, 2007.The winner will be announced at The Wolfe Pack�s AnnualBlack Orchid Banquet in New York City, December 1, 2007.Prize $1,000 from Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine�plus, of course, publication in the magazine.
The ISLE OF JURA WRITER RETREAT PROGRAM
Scottish Book Trust is delighted to be working with Isle of Jura to create this Scottish, UK-wide and international writer�s retreat programme on Jura, which underlines Scotland�s unique position internationally as a literary and creative nation. A yearly publication of the work developed by the writers whilst on their retreat will be produced. The publication will be used by Whyte & Mackay as a promotional item for the Isle of Jura malt whisky brand and by Scottish Book Trust. When chosen to take part in this wonderful writer retreat opportunity you will receive a bursary, travel costs, accommodation in lodge (which is self catering), the option to bring family/partner (but travel costs covered only for writer), a hire car (if suitable) and 3 � 4 uninterrupted weeks to write and explore the island. The international writer chosen will also benefit from an event at EIBF, the world’s premier Book Festival, a commission to write a short story for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 during 2008, and a collaboration with a top Scottish artist to create a limited edition print. Deadline February 2, 2007.
FISCAL SPONSORSHIP FOR FILM MAKING – SEATTLE
Need to raise funds for your short film or documentary? Fiscal sponsorship may be available through IFP/Seattle. Provided your project fits with IFP/Seattle’s mission as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supporters of your project may qualify for a tax deduction as well as be assured that contributions are being handled professionally and responsibly. Fiscal sponsorship is available to active members. IFP/Seattle retains a modest administrative fee. Another way IFP/Seattle helps you make your film. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: If you are uncertain about fiscal sponsorship, go to http://www.fdncenter.org and study their self-tutorial about fiscalsponsors. It’s a way for individuals to obtain grant money usually designated for only nonprofits. This organization isoffering to be that nonprofit sponsor of your endeavor.
DOUBLE NOTE: This fiscal sponsor program is also available via IFP in Minneapolis and New York.
KENTUCKY FELLOWSHIP AWARDS
Fellowship Awards recognize and encourage the artistic excellence of individual Kentucky artists. Annually awarded, the fellowships alternate between two discipline groupings: visual artists and media artists in one year and writers, composers, choreographers, and interdisciplinary artists in the next. Deadline: March 15, 2007.