<![CDATA[Erica Verrillo - Blog]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:03:51 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[13 Outdoor and Environmental Magazines that Pay Writers]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:52:13 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/13-outdoor-and-environmental-magazines-that-pay-writers
If you love the great outdoors and are passionate about conservation, you can get paid for writing about it! Hiking and climbing enthusiasts are welcome to share their adventures, as are those who are dedicated to preserving wild habitats and the creatures that live in them.

Magazines focusing on the environment have a dedicated readership, and some pay quite well for a thoroughly researched feature. But even if your only interest is writing about your hiking adventures, there is plenty of opportunity to get published.

NOTEFor more paying markets, including markets for humor, poetry, speculative fiction, personal essays, parenting, and more seePaying Markets.

Alpinist Magazine is committed to "celebrating world alpinism and adventure climbing in the simplest, most beautiful manner possible. The heart of Alpinist lies in first-person accounts of long routes from around the world, investigative reports of subjects compelling to climbing aficionados, and documentary pieces that capture the spirit of ascent in any of its myriad forms. We welcome queries on article ideas from our readers, and encourage contact prior to the submission of articles." Payment is $.25 per word for feature articles.

Alternative Journal is Canada's environmental voice. They invite proposals for investigative features, shorter reports and notes, interviews and profiles, resource guides, research findings, cultural commentary and compelling photography, illustration and graphics. Payment 10 cents/word.

AMC Outdoors is the publication of the Appalachian Mountain Club. "In each issue of AMC Outdoors, two compelling features tell stories about people and places that stimulate readers' curiosity and engage their passion for the outdoors. Features typically are assigned to professional writers six months to a year in advance and are due four months before publication date. We are always on the lookout for stories that showcase an outdoor activity in a new and exciting way, offer a tangible sense of place and meaning, or profile individuals with unique approaches to conservation in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. We are interested in stories that lend themselves to stunning imagery and that feature people of diverse backgrounds and ages sharing their connections to the outdoors and recreation. Departments are designed to be short, in-depth articles that provide readers with news and advice on a variety of outdoor recreation and conservation topics." Features range from 2,000 to 2,500 words. Payment: "We generally pay $750 for features and $150 to $350 for departments."

Anthropocene is looking for stories that "investigate novel and innovative solutions to longstanding environmental and sustainability problems. Solutions journalism is a craft unto itself—it requires more than adding a “wait, there’s hope” paragraph at the end of a story." Payment is negotiated.

Backcountry Magazine wants "researched, original ideas with a strong backcountry hook, from current events to prolific characters to unique destinations. We are always looking for Feature ideas, as well as Destination stories for our Route Finding Department. Pitch us Profiles and Newsworthy items, Mountain Skills pieces, and Accounts of avalanches and other mountain mishaps as well." Payment is 35 cents/word.

BirdWatching magazine is all about, um, watching birds. It’s a good idea to send a query or story proposal before you go to the trouble of finishing a manuscript. Payment is not specified.

Mother Earth Living is a magazine that strives to be "entertaining and informative for readers interested in living a healthy, environmentally conscious lifestyle." Various sections of the magazine have different requirements. Articles in the four departments—Home, Health, Food and Garden—should be succinct and shorter than features. Features are longer and frequently require vendor resources—information on where you can buy certain products. Payment is negotiated.

Earth Island Journal is always looking for compelling and distinctive stories that anticipate environmental concerns before they become pressing problems, stories that scan the horizon for the next big issue. "We want stories that will surprise, provoke, and entertain our readers and that explore new territory overlooked by other publications. We cover the entire spectrum of environmental issues, including, wildlife and lands conservation; innovations in science and technology; public policy and the politics of environmental protection; climate and energy; animal rights; public health; environmental justice and cultural survival; and environmentally related film, music, and books." Payment is 25 cents/word for print stories. You can expect to earn about $750-$1000 for an in-depth feature story (about 4,000 words). For online reports, the fee ranges from $50 to $100. "Online reports are a great way to get into the Journal, especially if you are new to reporting and writing. We publish online five days a week and are always looking for fresh ideas."

Outside is a monthly national magazine "dedicated to covering the people, sports and activities, politics, art, literature, and hardware of the outdoors." They are looking for articles on outdoor events, regions, and activities; informative seasonal service pieces; sports and adventure travel pieces; profiles of engaging outdoor characters; and investigative stories on environmental issues. Payment is not specified.

Sierra is the storytelling arm of the Sierra Club, the United States’ oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental group. "We are a national print and digital magazine publishing award-winning journalism and cutting-edge photography, art, and video dedicated to protecting the natural world. Combining features on green living and outdoor adventure with reporting about threats to the environment, Sierra brings together leading journalists, photographers, and filmmakers to convey the ideals at the heart of the Sierra Club’s mission." Payment is not specified.

Northern Woodlands’ audience consists of conservation-minded people with an interest in all aspects of the forests of the Northeast. "Our articles and columns range in scope, and may include subjects such as woodlot management, wildlife species, scat, chainsaw maintenance, woodworking, and reflections on natural landscapes. We like to surprise our readers with stories they won't find anywhere else. We are not a trade magazine for the forest products industry or an advocacy magazine for preservationists." Payment varies.

Fiction and nonfiction

Bear Deluxe. The Bear Deluxe Magazine is the flagship project of Orlo and is published semi-annually from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon. "The magazine aims to enrich the cultural dialogue about the environment through creative nonfiction, interviews, reportage, essays, reviews, poetry, fiction and visual art published in the soy-based inky, recycled pages of the magazine and online." Payment is negotiated.

The Future Fire publishes "beautiful and useful fiction and poetry that focuses on the social-political elements of imaginary, futuristic, fantastic, horrifying, surreal or otherwise speculative universes. We are particularly interested in feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological themes, writing by under-represented voices, and stories from outside the Anglophone world." Payment not specified.
<![CDATA[10 Mystery and Thriller Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:12:29 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/10-mystery-and-thriller-publishers-accepting-unagented-manuscriptsPicture
Mysteries and thrillers have enjoyed widespread popularity ever since the advent of Sherlock Holmes. Perhaps it is a holdover from our days as hunter-gatherers, but the hunt - something that lies at the heart of every mystery story - has an appeal that is deeply ingrained in us.

If you write mysteries, crime novels, or thrillers, there are a number of respected publishing houses that are willing to accept manuscripts without an agent. All of the publishers on this list offer royalties and do not charge authors anything for editing, cover design, or distribution.

Be sure to read their submission guidelines carefully, and follow them to the letter. Don't give anyone an excuse to throw out your submission.

NOTE: For more than 150 publishers accepting unagented books in all genres go HERE.



Alibi is Random House's digital mystery and thriller imprint. Alibi books are edited by a Random House editor, and have a marketer and publicist assigned to them. (But Random House assumes the author will contribute to social media marketing.) They are interested in full-length works (40,000 words or more), and will accept previously published books as long as the author has full rights. Read submission guidelines here.

Brash Books

Brash Books was founded by Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman, both Edgar-Award nominated, bestselling authors. Lee is the writer/producer of many successful TV series (including Diagnosis Murder and Monk) and is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 books. Joel traded his career as a practicing trial attorney to write the hugely successful and award-winning Lou Mason, Jack Davis, and Alex Stone thriller series. Brash Books publishes crime novels, psychological thrillers, murder mysteries, international espionage, and police procedurals from established authors as well as premiere books from new voices. If your book has been previously published, but is now out of print, they are willing to consider it. Read submission guidelines here.

Endeavour Press

Endeavour Press is a UK publisher looking for works of at least 25,000 words in length, as well as full length books, in the following genres: Crime Fiction and Thrillers, History and Historical Fiction, Romance and popular Women's Fiction. Read submission guidelines here.

Felony & Mayhem

Felony and Mayhem was launched in 2005, and now has more than 100 titles in print. Their focus is on literary mystery fiction. "We love wit, we love elegance, we love distinctive narrative voices. And while we may sound a little snotty, the truth is that we would love nothing more than to find your witty, elegant, distinctive manuscript in our inbox."  The minimum length is roughly 75,000 words. Read submission guidelines here.

Hard Case Crime

Hard Case Crime publishes old-fashioned, hard-boiled crime novels with "bare-knuckled" prose. They are unabashedly dedicated to "reviving the vigor and excitement, the suspense and thrills—the sheer entertainment—of the golden age of paperback crime novels, both by bringing back into print the best work of the pulp era and by introducing readers to new work by some of today's most powerful writers and artists. Determined detectives and dangerous women...fortune hunters and vengeance seekers...ingenious criminals and men on the run..." Read submission guidelines here.

Henery Press

Henery Press publishes mysteries with a splash of chick lit. They focus on the cozier side of life: cozies with a hook, cozies with an edge, cozies with humor, cozies with adventure. Several of their books have hit the USA TODAY bestseller list, and many have won industry awards and garnered nominations for the Agatha, Macavity, Daphne, Anthony, and Golden Heart. All books are available in ebooks, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers. They pay royalties and offer editorial guidance, cover artwork, and a structured social media strategy. Read submission guidelines here.

Joffe Books

Joffe Books is one of the UK’s leading independent publishers of crime and mystery novels. Many of their authors have topped the best-seller lists. They accept submissions from published authors and new writers, as well as authors who wish to relaunch their back-list titles. They are seeking mysteries, crime fiction, psychological thrillers, detective, thrillers, and suspense. Read submission guidelines here.

Lyrical Press

Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington, publishes suspense fiction, thrillers, and cozy mysteries. They have a penchant for romance. Submit to one editor only. (The list of editors includes the genres they are receiving.) Response time is three months. Read submission guidelines here.

Level Best Books

Level Best, a publisher of anthologies, has recently opened its doors to full-length manuscript submissions. They are seeking crime fiction novels in the following categories: mystery, thriller, suspense, historical, traditional, and contemporary. No works of erotica or science fiction at this time. Read submission guidelines here. If you write crime short stories set in New England, you will want to check out their anthology guidelines here.

Seventh Street Books

Seventh Street Books--where fiction is a crime—is devoted to publishing quality mystery, thriller, and crime fiction. It is an imprint of Prometheus Books, an independent publisher of progressive nonfiction. A number of their debut titles have won prestigious awards, including the Edgar Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Anthony Award. Read submission guidelines here.

<![CDATA[36 Parenting and Family Magazines That Pay Writers]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:53:37 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/36-parenting-and-family-magazines-that-pay-writersPicture
Writers who have taken the leap into parenthood have access to great material. (Yup. Your kids are material.) You can write about your successes, the mistakes you made, the mistakes they made, the joy, the laughter, the tears, the heartbreak, the interventions.

Magazines that are geared to families tend to have significant circulations. Many are local, which means they are eager for stories about regional family events and places to go that are family-friendly. Some publish fiction and poetry, and nearly all accept personal essays.

For more magazines that pay writers for fiction, personal essays, poetry, tech articles, and more go HERE.


Mother Always Write. "We publish literary essays and poetry that are intended to honor parenting as one of life’s greatest callings. MAW reads the way motherhood is, not as someone is telling you it should be. Our pieces fall into three categories: (1) Early Years: mothering the younger years (from birth to age 12), (2) Middle Years: mothering the middle school and teenage years, and (3) Adult Children: mothers facing the empty nest." Payment: $25 for essays published in our once per month big issue released on the third Monday of the month. Blog pieces (pieces published on days other than our monthly issue release date), columns, and poems are not paid. Themed issues.

ADDitude Magazine is happy to receive first-person articles by parents, employers, teachers, etc. with personal experience with ADHD or LD and insights that might be helpful to ADDitude‘s readers. Payment: Not specified. Pays kill fees.

BabyFit articles generally fall into the broad categories of Nutrition, Fitness, Pregnancy or Post-partum (parenting). "BabyFit articles are written by experts or well-researched writers. They should appeal to our average member, who is seeking healthy living, family-oriented information. The voice of BabyFit is helpful, encouraging, entertaining, easy to follow and/or relatable. Generally, articles are between 500 and 1200 words in length. " Payment: $25 to $90 per piece, based on experience, credentials, and writing ability.

Adoptive Families is a resource for parents before, during, and after adoption, providing independent, authoritative adoption parenting advice and real families’ stories. Every aspect of adoption is considered, from deciding to adopt, to tips and guidelines, to personal stories. Payment: Varies.

PTO Today magazine is a resource for leaders of parent groups (often called parent-teacher organizations) at the 80,000 elementary and middle schools across the United States. "Articles focus on helping the volunteer leaders of these groups run their organizations more efficiently and support their schools more effectively. Features run roughly 1,200 to 2,200 words, and the average assignment is 1,500 words. Department pieces run 600 to 1,200 words." Payment: "We pay by the assignment, not by the word; our pay scale ranges from $200 to $700 for features and $150 to $400 for departments. We occasionally pay more for high-impact stories and highly experienced writers. We buy all rights, and we pay on acceptance (within 30 days of invoice)."

FreelanceMom is "a community for moms who believe that women can still be who they are after becoming a mom. We believe the landscape has completely changed and that there is no better time for parents to be a freelancer or solopreneur." Payment: $75 to $100 via PayPal.

Brain Child is an award-winning literary magazine for mothers. "We focus on long form essays that range from 1,500 – 4,500 words. We are excited by great writing – and by both new and established writers. It makes our day when we hear from an established writer or publish an author for the first time. We believe our writers are the lifeblood of our publication and strive to publicize and promote their work through our website, Facebook (240,000+ fans), Twitter, and Pinterest platforms." Payment: "We pay all of our writers for published online and print pieces."

Parents Magazine is interested in stories that appeal to a wide variety of parents. "Developmental service ideas for specific age groups are always welcome. In addition, we're always looking for compelling human-interest stories, so you may want to check your local newspaper for ideas. Keep in mind that we can't pursue stories that have appeared in competing national publications." Payment: Not specified.

FamilyFun is a long-standing national magazine for families with children ages 3 to 12. "On every page, we give parents the information and inspiration they need to create unforgettable family moments. We’re the trusted experts on family cooking, vacations, parties, holidays, crafts, and learning—all the essentials that enrich the precious time families share. To our two million subscribers, FamilyFun is where they can find a community of parents and discover ways to build strong, healthy families." Length: 850 to 3,000 words. Payment: $1.25 per word upon acceptance.

JustParents provides information for parents and pregnant couples, many of whom are first time parents. "Typically our articles will either be informational pieces on a certain topic of pregnancy or parenting, or a light-hearted opinion piece on an aspect of parenthood." Payment: £40 ($50 for US contributors) per article published on JustParents.co.uk. Payment is made via PayPal.

Working Mother publishes articles related to the working mother's work, family, and lifestyle. "Our readers and followers include full-time, part-time and sidelined moms who work at public and private companies of all types and sizes; who are entrepreneurs; and who are self-employed." Payment is negotiated.

The Green Parent. "Our main objective is to provide information that empowers readers and supports them in being their own experts. We like to publish articles that have a strong point of view and are written from the heart." Payment: £75 per 1000 words.

Local and Regional Publications

Alaska Parent magazine is looking for freelance writers who demonstrate a fresh, engaging writing style and a keen sense of the topics that matter to local parents. "As Alaska’s exclusive, all-in-one parenting resource, our readers include parents with children ages newborn through teens, as well as expectant moms. We publish several stories in each issue, from hard-hitting articles on serious topics to pieces designed for fun and entertainment. Our writing tone is easy-to-read and conversational, yet packed with plenty of punch. Through our pages, we want our readers to feel understood, supported and empowered to make healthy parenting and life choices." Payment: "For original articles, we generally pay $40-$200. For reprints, we generally pay $25-$40; however, authors willing to localize their reprints with interviews with local parents and experts can expect more. If your submission is accepted, you should submit an invoice (within an email is fine) that includes name, address, phone number, name of story and payment amount. Payment shall be due within 30 days after the print date of the publication."

Atlanta Parent Magazine is a locally-owned print and online magazine. They accept personal essays, practical articles, and features. "Practical articles (400 to 600 words) address a compelling issue in parenting. Practical articles can also be activity-based; writers for these types of articles keep the information short and to the point. Larger feature articles cover a wide range of important issues including childcare, education, adolescence, motherhood, family travel, kids’ products and navigating the joys and challenges of parenting. These articles often include quotes from experts in the field, while also bringing in the voices of local families." Payment: "Short articles are 300-600 words in length, and payment is $25-$50, depending on the reporting. The average feature story is 800 to 1,200 words in length. Payment varies depending on the writer’s experience and the relationship with Atlanta Parent, but begins at $100 for a one-page story. We pay upon publication. The editors have unrestricted editing rights."

Carolina Parent is a monthly parenting magazine with a Triangle-wide print circulation of 35,000 in Wake, Durham and Orange counties in North Carolina. "Issues typically reflect a theme, and include regular features and columns. Our audience consists of parents, teachers, child care providers and other advocates for newborns through teenagers." Payment: "Fees vary depending on the length and depth of the story. Original, feature-length manuscripts written on assignment generally pay $75-$300 depending on the word count and publication the content is being written for. Reprint rates vary."

Charlotte Parent is a monthly publication with a circulation of 40,000 that provides useful advice and local resources for parents raising children in the Charlotte area. "As Charlotte's leading parenting resource, our readers include parents, teachers, child-care providers and other advocates for children ages newborn through teens." Payment: Fees vary depending on the length, depth and use of story. Assigned articles generally pay $50-$150, and reprints pay $30-$45. Writers are paid upon publication.

Chesapeake Family Life is a monthly parenting magazine covering Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, Howard County, Bowie and Upper Marlboro areas of Prince George’s County, and the Kent Island area in Queen Anne’s County in Maryland. Payment: "For assigned articles, our pay range is $75-200, with articles that require more research at the higher rate. We pay around $35 for reprints but note that we try not to overlap coverage with other parenting publications in the region and don't often use reprints."

Chicago Parent is a parenting news magazine. "We offer a lively editorial mix with a distinctly local focus and a "we're all in this together" spirit. We seek to include new voices, but we use only local writers. Articles submitted by writers who have not previously written for Chicago Parent are on speculation." Payment: Short articles are 300-400 words in length, payment is $25-$50, depending on the reporting. Reader essays pay $50-$100 depending on published length. The average feature story is 800 to 1,500 words in length. Payment varies depending on the writer's experience and the relationship with Chicago Parent, but begins at $100 for a one-page story.

Cincinnati Parent. "Our magazine is dedicated to being a local resource for our community, so we are interested in what Cincinnati area experts and parents have to say. On occasion we will use material that is meant for a national audience, but our primary goal is to provide our readers with a local angle that is pertinent to them." Payment: Writers are paid based on the assigned word count for articles.

Georgia Family regularly accepts freelance articles. They have a variety of regular departments: GO: Calendar of Events, Travel, Family Mouse, Children’s Health Bulletin, Women’s Health, Ages and Stages (0–15) and more. "Features require careful research, independent reporting, and well-developed story lines. We prefer articles which can be localized to parenting in Central Georgia. However, we do consider general articles which relate to the family. We rarely print articles over 700 words." Payment: $20-$80 for first publication rights to feature stories. "We will ask you to sign a contract warranting that the work submitted is your original work and agreeing that you will not submit work to any other publication within Central Georgia. There is a different fee schedule for reprints of articles that will be or have been published elsewhere."

Gulf Coast Parents & Kids publishes stories with a local slant (quote local experts, local kids, local parents). Issues are themed. Payment: $25 per article and up.

Hudson Valley Parent. "Our mission is to serve parents by providing reliable LOCAL information of interest to our readers. The magazines are free and available at more than 950 sites in Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan counties...the mid-Hudson Valley of New York. We publish 25,000 magazines each month with a readership of more than 55,000 people. Our readers are primarily middle- and-upper-income mothers whose children range in age from infants to 14 years. We categorize our articles based on the age of the children: newborns and kids under 5; grade school kids up to the age of 9 years old; tweens up to age of 14 years old. Topic areas include camps, schools, health, family life, enrichment program and places to go." Payment: $80 for locally-slanted, assigned one-page story of 700-800 words, $90-$120 for 1,200 word or more features. Fees for reprints are between $25-$35 depending on the word count.

Indy's Child. (Indiana) "Our magazine is dedicated to being a local resource for our community, so we are interested in what Indy area experts and parents have to say. On occasion we will use material that is meant for a national audience, but our primary goal is to provide our readers with a local angle that is pertinent to them." Payment: Writers are paid based on the assigned word count for articles.

MetroParent serves southeast Michigan. They are looking for short pieces on trends, local people, products, etc. of interest to parents/kids, child development/behavior topics for little ones, big kids, and tweens and teens, travel articles on family fun destination, and features. Payment: Features 1,000-2,500 words: $150-$350, depending on complexity of topic and number of sources required to do the story justice. Department columns: $50-75. Parent Pipeline pieces: $35-50. Reprints: $3.

Minnesota Parent is looking for lively, on-trend stories packed with relevant information for passionate, involved parents. "We cover maternity, childbirth, kid health and development, child care, education, toys and technology. But we’re also seeking fresh places-to-go, things-to-do stories to inspire parents to get out and have fun with their kids — ideally for free — in the great state of Minnesota. We’re talking travel and outdoor activities, near and far. And don’t forget summer camps: We’re a top source for planning a kid-friendly summer, including day camps and overnight camps, too." Authors must reside in Minnesota. Payment: Fixed rate per story (not per word), negotiated with the editor when the assignment is made.

Nashville Parent articles are geared towards parents and families with children ages 0 – 14. Payment: Negotiated.

New Jersey Family is always looking for experienced freelance writers and bloggers to contribute to the magazine, ancillary publications, and website. "Our mission is to help New Jersey parents (of babies through teens) be the best parents they can be; we strive for a good mix of fun and substantive stories." Payment: Features 600–1,000 words: variable, but approx. 10 cents per word. Reprints: $25–$50 depending on length. Web-only articles/blogs: $5 to $15 per post.

North State Parent serves families in Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Tehama & Siskiyou Counties in northern CA. "Our goal is to provide positive editorial of interest to parents, grandparents, educators and others who work with children. We have an opportunity to nurture the bonds of “family” and community, and are especially interested in editorial that promotes healthy and developmentally appropriate environments for children." Payment: Not specified.

Orlando Family Magazine is a free, monthly publication designed to inform, serve and enrich families throughout the Central Florida area with parenting ideas, fun family activities and a wide variety of invaluable resource guides. The magazine is mailed directly to 24,000 families with children living in the home in the Central Florida market (including, but not limited to, the Southwest, Central and Metro Orlando areas). Payment: Fees vary depending on length and depth of the story. Original manuscripts for feature articles generally pay $50-$75.

Portland Family Magazine is a bi-monthly regional publication which focuses on the positive accomplishments of those involved in the arts, politics, environment, healthcare, technology, religion and ethics, housing, and culture. Payment: Variable scale depending on length/complexity of the article based on a contract between the editor and the writer.

Raising Arizona Kids magazine is a place for sharing ideas and local resources that support the experience of raising children in Arizona. "Its emphasis is on providing many viewpoints and ideas and encouraging parents to pick methods that work best for them." They accept articles from Arizona-based writers only. Payment: $250 and up for feature submissions that are accepted for publication. $50 and up for departmental submissions that are accepted for publication. $50 and up for web-exclusive posts.

Sacramento Parent publishes timely, entertaining, and compelling articles of interest to parents in the Sacramento area. Payment: $25 to $45 for reprints to around $50 to $200 for original articles.

Simply Family Magazine is a popular, monthly family lifestyle magazine designed to be a free resource for parents and families in Billings, Montana and the surrounding areas. "We are interested in well-researched, non-fiction articles covering all stages of parenting. We look for pieces covering local interests, health, finance, education, travel, hands-on activities, recipes, seasonal interests, parental involvement, family fun, informational articles, humorous articles as well as “how-to” articles that will make family life easier." Payment: Payment is made upon publication. Fees vary upon length, depth of piece and whether it’s an original manuscript, submitted, assigned, or if it is a reprint.

San Diego Family is a free, monthly parenting publication with circulation of 100,000 print issues throughout San Diego County and a free online digital magazine. "We are the local authority on kid-friendly activities and family life in San Diego. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for San Diego County families by providing information and resources that support the importance and pleasure of parenting. Our readers are parents and caregivers of children ages 0–18." Payment: Not specified.

WestCoast Families Magazine is a free, full-colour, full-gloss family and parenting magazine, published eight times per year in British Columbia, Canada. "Our publication promotes the unique, vibrant West Coast lifestyle popular among today’s parents. Our readers are generally well-educated, affluent families with children ranging in age from birth to early teens. They are free thinkers, socially conscious, environmentally aware and eager for the best in everything, be it the latest non-plastic baby bottles and toys, organic products and foods, high quality children’s wear, or outdoor activities that take advantage of BC’s natural beauty." Payment is negotiated.

Western New York Family Magazine addresses current parenting issues with a Western New York tie-in whenever possible. Strong emphasis is placed on how and where to find family-oriented events, as well as goods and services for children, in Western New York (the Buffalo metro area). Payment: $40-$150 depending on type of article, length of article, and whether it is a reprint or an original, or assigned piece. (For example, narrative and humor articles rate less on the pay scale than pieces, which necessitate factual research and quotes from experts.) Pays $40 for up to 950 word articles or humorous pieces. Pays $40-$60 for up to 1500 word non-fiction, informational or creative idea pieces. Pays up to $100-150 for in-depth, non-fiction main theme articles of approximately 2,500 words.

<![CDATA[2 New Agents Seeking Adult Fiction, Kidlit, Nonfiction]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:37:49 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/2-new-agents-seeking-adult-fiction-kidlit-nonfictionHere are two new agents seeking writers. Connor Eck (Lucinda Literary) is actively looking for middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as nonfiction. Carolyn Savarese (Kneerim & Williams) is interested in health, food, arts, culture, lifestyle and design.

Note: For a comprehensive list of new and established writers actively seeking writers see: Agents Seeking Clients.

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements frequently change, and agents may close their lists or switch agencies.
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Connor Eck of Lucinda Literary

About Connor: Prior to finding a home at Lucinda Literary in 2016, Connor began his career at The Weinstein Company and then as a production assistant for CBS Television Studios. He majored in English at Union College, where he was quarterback and captain of the football team and wrote a screenplay for his thesis that became a finalist selection at the Woods Hole Film Festival. Westchester, NY, born and bred, Connor makes the most of his daily commute, reading queries and editing manuscripts on the train, though he doesn’t quite fit in amongst the throng of bankers. When he is not reading or writing, he most enjoys playing with his dog, Cash, an Aussiedoodle with one blue eye. In addition to working at Lucinda Literary, Connor is a freelance writer for golf.com, where you can catch him moderating live major championship blogs.

What he is seeking: Connor is actively looking for middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as nonfiction. His interests are diverse, though he is particularly drawn to stories with emotional resonance and vivid characters. More than anything he is looking for authors with whom he can build lasting relationships.

How to submit: Please send your brief query letter—ideally less than 300 words—and the first 50 pages of your manuscript to connor@lucindaliterary.com, with the word QUERY in the subject line. For book proposals, feel free to attach the entire proposal.


Carolyn Savarese of Kneerim & Williams

Carolyn Savarese joined Kneerim & Williams as an Affiliated Agent in June 2017 after 18 years at The Perseus Book Group, where she was Group Vice President for Global Licensing, International Sales and Marketing, Contracts and Legal Affairs. After beginning her career at Mondadori, she worked for the international literary scout Maria Campbell, then sold foriegn and domestic rights at HarperCollins, Basic Books, Pearson, and PublicAffairs. She has earned a reputation as a skilled negotiator on behalf of authors including Elizabeth Warren, George Soros, Samantha Power, Niall Ferguson, Sherry Turkle, Steven Pinker, Henry Louis Gates, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Feynman, Zbigniew and Mika Brzezinski, and Rick Steves. With deep knowledge of the publishing process, both domestic and international, electronic and print, and with contacts throughout the industry, Carolyn is a fierce and strategic advocate for clients.

What she is seeking: She's looking for writers who can tell a great story on subjects that matter, whether personal or political, historical or scientific, cultural or culinary. She is also keen to develop branded content in health, food, arts, culture, lifestyle and design.

How to submit: Please send a query and include a synopsis, a brief bio, and no more than twenty pages of initial sample materials to carolyn@kwlit.com

<![CDATA[18 Paying Markets for Tech Articles]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:54:08 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/18-paying-markets-for-tech-articlesPicture
The whole world is looking for techies, which means if your area of expertise is web development, website design, and/or all those things with confusing initials, you can write about it and make money!

Here is a list of publications that are hungry for your knowledge, and quite willing to offer you a decent amount of money for your articles, blog posts, and tutorials.

For more paying markets go HERE.

A List Apart explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices. Length: 1,500 - 2,000 words. Payment: $200 per article. Read their submission guidelines.

SitePoint publishes articles about HTML, CSS, and Sass. Payment: $150 for articles and $200 for tutorials. A tutorial is generally any in-depth article that has either a demo or code download link or that is very code-heavy in general, even if it doesn’t have an actual demo. Payment: $300 or more for articles and tutorials that are lengthier. Read their submission guidelines.

Word Candy provides content on a variety of topics relating to WordPress, online marketing and entrepreneurship. Payment: 6 cents/word. Read their submission guidelines.

The Layout features how-to articles on WordPress geared to business. They are looking for article from experts in the field, whether you're a designer, developer, or just a knowledgeable writer. Length: 700 - 1,200 words. Payment: Up to $150. Read their submission guidelines.

Tutorials Point publishes all kinds of tech-related tutorials. They are specifically looking for people having sufficient domain knowledge in the following areas: Information Technology, Software Quality management, Java technologies, Mainframe technologies, Web development technologies, Project Management, Accounting and Finance, Telecommunication, Big Data, Microsoft Technologies, Business Intelligence, SAP Modules, Open Sources, Soft Skills, Academic Subjects from Engineering and Management Syllabus. Payment: $250 - $500. Read their submission guidelines.

WPHUB - "all things WordPress." WPHUB focuses on the WordPress development community, specifically toward theme developers, plugin authors and customization specialists. They are looking for writers with some development background. Payment: $100 - $200 per article. Read their  submission guidelines.

PhotoshopTutorials.ws publishes articles and tutorials on Photoshop. Payment: $25 - $50 for articles, $50 for quick tips, and $150 - $300 for full tutorials. Read their submission guidelines.

Vector Diary publishes tutorials about Illustrator. "If you have anything interesting and new to share about illustrator, you are welcomed to write for Vectordiary. It can be a technique you have for your projects or it can be a step by step to draw an illustration. Anything readers are keen to know can be submitted." Payment: $150. Read their submission guidelines.

Linode includes a community of authors who contribute to Linode Guides and Tutorials. "We are always looking for guides on popular, trending topics, and updates to existing guides." Payment: $250. Read their submission guidelines

The Write Stuff publishes articles about database development and management. Payment: $200 in cash and $200 in Compose database credits. Read their submission guidelines

Indeni publishes articles about IT operations. "If you’re really good with firewalls, load balancers, routers, switches or severs, we’d like to work with you." Payment: $200. Read their submission guidelines.

The Graphic Design School Blog is looking for writers skilled enough with software to write a beginner tutorial in either Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, or open source design or utility software for designers. Payment: $100 - $200. Read their submission guidelines.

AppStorm caters to software users. Payment: Around $60, but the rate varies depending upon the type of article you choose to write. Read their Writer’s Guide before you submit your pitch.

Make Tech Easier is a tech tutorial site that teaches people the easier way to handle complicated tech. "We cover tutorials for various operating systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux, Mobile OS (iOS and Android), popular web app like Browsers (Firefox/Chrome), WordPress, and gadgets reviews. We are always looking for more writers to help us turn this site into something bigger and better." Payment: Amount not specified. Read their submission guidelines.

WorldStart is looking tips for their e-mail newsletter, WorldStart’s Computer Tips. This is published daily to 300,000 readers and focuses on tips and tricks the average computer user can utilize. "We are also seeking feature articles for our website covering any and all aspects of computing." Payment: $15 - $35. Read their submission guidelines.

Labmice is a site for serious techies. They are looking for Field Notes, Best Practices, lessons learned, white papers, written material, guidelines, how-to's, technical explanations, etc. about almost any It topic including Windows 2000 Administration, Computer Security, Technical Project Management, etc. "Obviously we want "real world" documents, and not things that are easily found in any textbooks. You must be the original author/creator of the document and most declare that all of the content of the submitted work is original, unless referenced with permission from the original author." Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words. Payment: Negotiated. Read their submission guidelines.

Tutorial Board is looking for tutorials in graphics by writers who are skilled with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effect, Autodesk Maya or any other industry standard CG software.  Payment: Up to $150 p/tutorial. Read their submission guidelines.

Smashing Magazine publishes articles about Web development and design. "We aim for exciting, creative articles that also cover recent developments within the industry. Writing does take time, but substance is more important than length." Payment: Not Specified. Read their submission guidelines.

<![CDATA[3 New Agents Actively Seeking YA Fiction, Scifi, Fantasy, Nonfiction and more]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:27:26 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/3-new-agents-actively-seeking-ya-fiction-scifi-fantasy-nonfiction-and-moreHere are three new agents actively seeking clients. Greta Moran (The Beth Vesel Literary Agency) is looking for literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. Samantha Wekstein (Writers House) is interested in YA fiction, as well as historical, romance, women’s fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi. Lauren Bieker (Fineprint) is looking for commercial and upmarket women’s fiction.

Note: For a comprehensive list of new and established writers actively seeking writers see: Agents Seeking Clients.

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements frequently change, and agents may close their lists or switch agencies.
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Samantha Wekstein of Writers House
I graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English. I began my career at Writers House in 2013 with an internship. Before becoming an Agent, I was the assistant to CEO, Amy Berkower and then to founder, Al Zuckerman. I also briefly worked as an assistant at The Agency Group. I've been lucky enough to work with a variety of best-selling and award winning authors across all genres. I am now in the process of actively building my client list.

What she is seeking: My passion is YA fiction. I love creative and epic fantasies in the vein of Sarah J. Maas or Leigh Bardugo. But I am also drawn to contemporary YA with multi-dimensional female characters like those of Rainbow Rowell, Julie Murphy and Melina Marchetta.

I also love middle grade of any kind, but especially books that deal with themes of friendship, adventure, or encountering tragedy for the first time. My favorites are Sharon Creech and Gail Carson Levine.

In adult fiction, I am looking for historical, romance, women’s fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi.

How to submit: Please send a query letter in the body of your email and the first chapter as an attachment to swekstein@writershouse.com.

Lauren Bieker of Fineprint

After a brief career in the fashion industry, Lauren made her move to publishing as an intern for agent Paige Wheeler. She moved to FinePrint to assist with day-to-day administrative tasks, but is now developing her client list and is open to queries.

What she is seeking: Lauren is looking for commercial and upmarket women’s fiction and some well-crafted and differentiated YA novels. She is also open to select dystopian science fiction, as well as high concept and literary fiction works. She appreciates great storytelling and is a “sucker” for outstanding writing and convincing characters. While primarily interested in fiction, she will consider non-fiction proposals related to the world of fashion.

Please note: Lauren is NOT looking for religious fiction, horror, fantasy, or political/military fiction.

How to submit: Send a query letter with a synopsis of your book, your bio, and the first two chapters (no more than 30 pages) embedded in the body of your email — DO NOT SEND AN ATTACHMENT WITHOUT A REQUEST TO DO SO otherwise your submission attachment will simply be discarded. If interested, your manuscript will be requested. email to: lauren@fineprintlit.com.

Greta Moran of Beth Vesel Literary Agency

Prior to joining the Beth Vesel Literary Agency, Greta Moran worked as an assistant at The Irene Goodman Agency and an editorial intern at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and W.W. Norton. She earned her smarts at Reed College where she studied English Literature and Creative Writing. Greta also writes and has been published in The Atlantic, Mcsweeney's Internet Tendency, Lumina, and elsewhere.

What she is seeking: "I'm excited about advocating for new, diverse voices, especially nonfiction and literary fiction writers."

How to submit: Email queries to queries@bvlit.com. For fiction submissions, please submit a cover letter, an informative synopsis, and the first 15 pages of your manuscript. For nonfiction submissions, please submit a cover letter detailing your idea, a complete outline, and the first 5 pages of your manuscript.

<![CDATA[32 Calls for Submissions in June 2017 - Paying Markets]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:36:07 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/32-calls-for-submissions-in-june-2017-paying-markets
There are nearly three dozen calls for submissions in June.

Every genre and every form is welcome! All are paying markets. There are no submission fees.

Many of these journals have recurring calls for submissions, so if you miss this window, you can always submit during the next reading period.

For more literary journals seeking submissions and to get a jump on next month's open calls see: Paying Markets.

The Head & The HandGenre: Short stories, creative nonfiction, poetry. "Our new Shockwire Chapbook Series recognizes the need to raise the storytelling stakes in response to intimidation, fear, and isolation. We are interested in works of literary and speculative short fiction and creative nonfiction up to 7,500 words in length and collections of between 5 and 10 poems." Payment: Not specified. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

ContraryGenre: Original commentary, fiction, and poetry. Payment: $20. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Onyx Neon ShortsGenre: Poetry on the theme of American Upheaval. "The world is reacting to a drastic shift in administration—and those reactions are raw, loud, and critical. We want poems that add to the political conversation." Payment: A percentage of the final product based on how many poems are in the collection. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Eternal Haunted SummerGenre: Original poetry and short fiction about the Gods and Goddesses and heroes of the world’s many Pagan traditions. Also reviews, interviews, and essays. Payment: $5. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

SliceGenres: Short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Theme is "Borders." Payment: $250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Goblin Fruit. Genre: Poetry that treats mythic, surreal, fantasy and folkloric themes, or approaches other themes in a fantastical way. Payment: $15.00. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Helen: A Literary JournalGenre: Flash fiction, essays, CNF, poetry focusing on Southern Nevada. Payment:Token to semi-professional. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Corporate Cthulhu is a Lovecraftian horror anthology about the intersection of the Cthulhu Mythos and corporations or other large bureaucracies. Genre: Horror. Payment: 3 cents per word for original, previously unpublished fiction. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Splickety: Spark Anthology. Theme: Out of my League. "There is nothing better than winning the heart of the one you love. Sometimes it’s a tough call and sometimes it’s an out-of-the-park homerun. This issue we want stories that take us out to the ballgame, keep us on the edge of our seat, and delight us with an unexpected winning play." Genre: Any. Short stories. Payment: 2 cents/word. Deadline: June 2, 2017.

Fantasia Divinity. Goddesses of the Sea Anthology: Mermaids and Sea Maidens AnthologyGenre: Sci-fi/fantasy. "The sea is a dark and mysterious place. What lurks within the deepest caverns, unseen by those above? A haunting melody drifts across the waves, a beautiful figure floats in the shallows. Do you follow? Do you answer the sea's hypnotic call? An anthology for mermaids, sea goddesses, sirens, and other mysterious creatures of the deep." Word Count: 500-15,000. Payment: One half-cent per word, with a minimum payment of $5.00 and a maximum of $15.00. Deadline: June 5, 2017. Reprints accepted.

Salomé is an online and in-print literary magazine for emerging female writers. Genres: Poetry and fiction. Theme: The Body. Payment: £50. Deadline: June 9, 2017.

Riddled with ArrowsGenre: "Meta- and writing-related-writing in keeping with our editorial focus. However, we are especially interested in work with a seasonal bent; give us heatstroke words, flavor words, words that stick to the skin like sand and salt. Give us skinny dipping words, tequila and lime words. Give us meta-sex and blooms and literary joie-de-vivre." Payment: 3¢/word, minimum $5, maximum $25 for previously unpublished poetry or prose and a $5 flat payment for reprints. Deadline: June 10, 2017. Reprints accepted.

A Murder of StorytellersGenre: Short stories. Theme: "The Misbehaving Dead is an anthology about rebels--the dead that won't stay down. Maybe their business isn't finished, or maybe Hell spat them back out, but no matter how strong the grave, they just refuse to stay in it. These are the misfits of biology, abominations that aren't alive but don't care. They'll get shit done anyway. They'll get what they want." Payment: $15 and contributor’s copy. Deadline: June 13, 2017. Reprints accepted.

Eye to the Telescope: GarbageGenre: Poetry that addresses all aspects of garbage in the speculative realm. Payment: US 3¢/word. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

UnderstoreyRestrictions: Open to writers in Canada who identify as women or non-binary. Genre: Fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction on theme of "Service." Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

ArsenikaGenres: Flash fiction (up to 1,000 words), poetry. Payment: $60 USD for fiction and $30 USD for poetry. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

The Chromatic Court: Tales of the Lovecraftian ArtsGenre: Horror. "Fresh takes on the Cthulhu Mythos, Chambers’ mythology (the Yellow Mythos), and Cosmic Horror. This isn’t the place for Lovecraftian clichés. The more it feels like a “lost” Lovecraft story, or relies on the clichés of the genre, the less interested we are. Creativity is the watchword." Payment: 5% of the gross profit will be paid for each accepted story. These payments will be issued to you at quarterly intervals. Stories under 1,500 words will only receive 4% of the gross profit. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Black RabbitGenre: Short story, 1,000-1,500 words (that word limit being pretty flexible) "with a literary tone and weird tendencies," poetry. Payment: $25. Deadline: June 21, 2017.

The PuritanGenres; Essays, Interviews, Fiction, Poetry. Payment: $100 Per Interview, $100 Per Essay, $100 Per Review, $50 Per Work Of Fiction, And $15 Per Poem (OR Page, Capped At $60 For Poems Running Four Pages Or More). Deadline: June 25, 2017.

Chicken Soup for the SoulGenre: True stories and poems on theme of My Crazy Family! "We do love our families but they can also drive us crazy! It’s fun to read about all those wacky relatives and compare them to our own. These true stories, either serious or hilarious, will touch your heart or make you laugh… or both. They will make you see that other families are not that different from your own, and that when push comes to shove, we all need our crazy families. Please submit using your real name. We will let you use a pen name if necessary when it comes time to publish your story." Payment: $200. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Alban Lake: The Mad Visions of al-HazredGenre: Horror. "About 730 AD, an Arab named Abdul Al-Hazred wrote the Al-Azif, a grimoire and memorial to the Old Ones. For this crime, he was driven insane and eventually devoured by a vengeful god in full view of horrified onlookers. What drove him to write this loathsome tome? What terrible visions haunted him so badly he felt he had to risk his soul to put them down on paper?" Payment: $25. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

The Threepenny Review.  Genres: Fiction, poetry. Payment: $200/poem, $400/story. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

The Binge Watching Cure 2Genre: Horror: Payment: $200 for stories under 5,000 words and $500 for stories 5,000 words and longer. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Accepts reprints.

LadybugGenre: Stories and poems for children ages 3 - 6. Theme: Animal Kingdom - "retellings of folktales, creative nonfiction, poems, action rhymes, and proposals for short comics about our scaly, feathered, and furry friends. Send us your lively writing about wild creatures, pets, and animals seen only in your imagination. Our readers like simple yet strong plots, memorable characters, and humor. We prefer short work for young children (stories may be up to 800 words, poetry up to 20 lines)." Payment: Stories and articles: up to 25¢ per word. Poems: up to $3.00 per line; $25.00 minimum. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Inklings Perception Anthology: BulliesGenres: Short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children. This series is focused on helping educators and parents discuss tough topics with children. The theme for this volume is the difficult yet important topic of Bullies. Payment: $20 per story, $3 per poem. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Downstate StoryGenre: Short stories. Payment: $50. Deadline: June 30, 2017. (Snail mail only.)

EVENTGenres: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment: $25/page. Deadline: June 30, 2017. (May not be open to submissions by then. Check site for details.)

The WyrdGenre: Speculative fiction. "We’re looking for works that cross, combine or redefine traditional genre boundaries. We enjoy stories that come with a heavy dose of the uncanny, the strange, and blend literary, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery and horror tropes." Length: 1000-5000 words. Payment: $10. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Reprints accepted.

Broken Eye BooksGenre: Speculative fiction. "We want weird fiction set in a modern-day Miskatonic University. Stories should be set within or be inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos. We want to see the Mythos continue to grow and evolve, to expand as a shared literary world and not be tied to outdated and limiting sensibilities. We are not interested in stories with bigoted views on race and gender." Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Subprimal Poetry Art "looks for poetry and flash fiction that is crafted, urgent, lyrical, compelling, mythical, concerned with spiritual revelation, uses rhythmic sensual, vivid imagery and deals with fundamental truths. We're looking for work that enables the reader / listener to experience something that they might not otherwise in their regular life and causes them to think. We like pieces that use language in new ways. We have a special fondness for prose poems. Voices outside of the status quo keep us awake at night." Genres: Short prose, poetry. Payment: $20. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Accepts reprints.

The Well ReviewGenres: Poetry. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

AlyssGenres: Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and art, by female identifying writers/artists. Payment: $5. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
<![CDATA[34 Writing Contests in June 2017 - No entry fees!]]>Tue, 30 May 2017 11:55:33 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/34-writing-contests-in-june-2017-no-entry-fees
There are nearly three dozen free contests in June. They cover the full range of topics, styles and genres, from essays, to poetry, to full-length works.

In addition to the prestige of winning a contest, some of the monetary prizes this month are substantial.

Be sure to check the submission requirements carefully, as some have age and geographical restrictions.

Many contests are offered annually, so if you miss a contest you may be able to catch it next year. For a full month-by-month listing of contests see: Free Contests.


Amy Awards. Poets & Writers presents the Amy Award each year to recognize promising women poets, age 30 and under, living in the New York City metropolitan area or on Long Island. Winners receive a modest honorarium and give a reading in New York City. The award was established in 1995 by Paula Trachtman and Edward Butscher of East Hampton, New York, in memory of Ms. Trachtman's daughter, Amy Rothholz, an actor and poet. Prize: "Modest", but an award from Poets & Writers is prestigious. Genre: Poetry. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology Fiction CompetitionGenre: Stories that relate to the four fields of anthropology. Restrictions: Stories should not exceed 20 pages typed double-spaced. There is a limit of one story submission per applicant. Prize: The first place story will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The first place winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100. Deadline: June 1, 2017. Read guidelines HERE. (Scroll down the page.)

Singapore Poetry ContestGenre: Poetry. The poem may be about any aspect of Singapore. Prize: 1st Prize $100. 2nd Prize $50, 3rd Prize $20; all winners will be published online. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Governor General's Literary Awards. Restrictions: Books must have been written by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. They do not need to be residing in Canada. Genre: The Governor General’s Literary Awards are given annually to the best English-language book in each of the seven categories of Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People’s Literature (Text), Young People’s Literature (Illustrated Books). Prize: $25,000. Deadline: June 1, 2017. 

Fraser Student Essay ContestRestrictions: Open to high school, undergraduate and graduate students. International. Genre: Essay. Topic: Regulating the Sharing Economy: Do the Costs Outweigh the Benefits? Prizes: $500 - $1500. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. Created by the Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation's history. Genres: Poetry, Short Fiction, Essay, Photography, Interview with a Warrior. Prize: $250 and publication. Deadline: June 1, 2017 (postmarked).

Texas Book Festival Youth Fiction Writing Contest. Hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at the University of Texas at Austin. Restrictions: Junior and high school Texas students. Genre: Original fiction, no more than 2,000 words in length on theme of “Funny Running Into You Here.” Prize: Winners receive a cash prize: $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. In addition, winners are awarded a plaque, have their stories published on the TBF website, and are invited to participate on a panel during the Texas Book Festival weekend. Deadline: June 1, 2017.

“When I think of My Dad…” Essay ContestGenre: Essay "We want to know what your father means to you and how he has made your life better. What has he done to lift you up and keep you on the right track? How has he influenced you? How has he helped you stay on the path towards healing?" Prize: $200. Deadline: June 5, 2017.

The Pandeism Collegiate Writing CompetitionRestrictions: Open to undergraduate and graduate collegiate students of philosophy, theology, religious studies, social sciences, arts, literature, applied sciences, or comparable disciplines. Genre: Article presenting original thought in exploring implications of the modern theological theory of Pandeism (pantheistic Deism, belief in a Creator wholly becoming our Universe, proposed to be discernible by application of logic and reason). Papers written for course credit are acceptable. Submissions do not need to take a position in favor of or opposed to Pandeism as a theory, but must present original thought about its relative possibility, relation to other areas of theology, or implications for areas such as epistemology, ethics and morality, or science. Submissions must be a minimum of 3,000 words and a maximum of 6,000 words. Only one (1) article may be submitted by each student. Prize: $250 Amazon gift card and publication. Deadline: June 9, 2017.

Peter Blazey Fellowship.  Restrictions: Applicants must either be an Australian citizen or have Australian residency. Genre: Non-fiction in the fields of autobiography, biography or life writing. Prize: $15, 000, and a one-month writer-in-residency at The Australia Centre. Deadline: June 12, 2017.

IUPUI Poetry ContestRestrictions: High school age students. Genre: Poetry. Prize: $300. 2nd Prize $200, 3rd Prize $100. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. Sponsored by Sisters in Crime. Restrictions: Open to emerging writers of color. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant. Prize: $1,500. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Bard Fiction PrizeGenre: Published fiction book. Prize: $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Scotiabank Giller PrizeRestrictions: Open to books published in Canada in English. Must  be nominated by publisher. Genre: Fiction. Full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English, either originally, or in translation. Prize: $100,000 to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists. Deadline: Books published between May 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017 must be received on or before June 15, 2017.

Norton Writer's Prize. Sponsored by W.W. Norton & Company. "The Norton Writer’s Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered." Genres: Creative Nonfiction, Scholarly Essay. Prize: $1,500. Two runner-up prizes of $1,000. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation PrizesGenre: English translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose originally written in Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish by a Scandinavian author born after 1800. Prize: $2,500. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Fred Otto Prize for Oz Fiction/Warren Hollister Prize for Oz NonfictionGenre: Short Fiction, Art & Creative Nonfiction. All work must be related to the world of Oz. Prize: $100 in each genre. 2nd Prize $50 in each genre. Deadline: June 15, 2017 (electronic submissions only).

Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Contest for Young PeopleRestrictions: Open to people 25 years of age or less. Genre: Essay (max 700 words). Theme: "Education to Build a Better Future for All." Prize: 1st US$840, 2nd US$420. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Vermont Studio Center – Full Fellowship Awards. The Vermont Studio Center offers 54 fellowships; open to anyone in the world. Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Towson University Prize for LiteratureRestrictions: Open to Maryland writers. Genre: Book-length manuscript of fiction, poetry, drama or imaginative non-fiction. The work must have been published within the three years prior to the year of nomination or must be scheduled for publication
within the year in which nominated. Self-published works will not be considered. Prize: $1,000.  Deadline: June 15, 2017.

Baltimore Science Fiction Society Amateur Writing ContestRestrictions: Author must be a Maryland resident or a student at a Maryland 2- or 4-year college. Genre: Speculative fiction short story. Prize: 1st place is $250, 2nd place is $100, 3rd place is $50. Deadline: June 16, 2017.

Linda Flowers Literary AwardRestrictions: Entrants must live in North Carolina. "The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Submissions should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures, bringing to light real men and women having to make their way in the face of change, loss, triumph, and disappointments." Prize: $1,500. Deadline: June 16, 2017.

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing ContestTheme: Summer Love. Length: 1,000 words minimum; 5,000 words maximum. Prize: $35 - $50 Amazon gift card. Deadline: June 21, 2017.

Ocean Awareness Youth ContestRestrictions: Open to students in grades 6 - 12. Genre: Art, poetry, prose, film. "We want your submission to make viewers reflect on the impact of ocean pollution, inspire them to consider possible solutions, and challenge them to take action."  Prizes: $100 - $1,500 Deadline: June 19, 2017.

Utah Division of Arts and Museums Original Writing CompetitionRestrictions: Utah writers. Genres: Poetry and prose. Prize: $1,000 top prizes for book-length manuscripts of novels, creative nonfiction & history, collection of poetry or short stories, and juvenile book; $300 top prizes for individual poems, short stories, and personal essays. 2nd Prize $500 for the book-length categories, $150 for poetry. Deadline: June 23, 2017.

Blue Mountain Poetry Card Contest. "Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better. We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write." Prize: First prize $300. Second prize $150. Third prize $30. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Drue Heinz Literature PrizeRestrictions: The award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of national distribution. Online and self-publication does not count toward this requirement. Genre: A manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. Prize: $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Oregon Literary Fellowships. Fellowships of $3,000 each are given annually to Oregon writers to initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. One Women Writers Fellowship and one Writer of Color Fellowship of $3,000 each are also given annually. Submit three copies of up to 15 pages of poetry or 25 pages of prose with the required entry from. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future ContestRestrictions: Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment and at least 5,000 copies (or 5,000 hits for online publication). Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Horror.  17,000 words max. Prize: $1,000 1st Prize awarded each quarter; one of those winners also receives the $5,000 annual "Golden Pen Award" grand prize. 2nd Prize $750, 3rd Prize $500. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Best New Writing (Gover Story Prize)Genre: Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction. Works of short prose must be less than 10,000 words, previously unpublished. Prize: $250.00. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Costa Book AwardsRestrictions: Prize is for books first published in the UK or Ireland by authors who have lived in the UK or Ireland for at least six months of each of the preceding three years. Books must be published between November 1 of the previous year and October 31 of the current year. Self-published works not allowed. Genre: Five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book. Prize: £30,000.00 across all genres. 5,000 pounds in each category (poetry, novel, first novel, biography, children's book). Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Ekphrasis: A Journal of Transformative VerseGenre: Poem. Prize is awarded to the best poem submitted to Ekphrasis during the year. Each poem must address a work of art. Prize: $500. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Snail mail only.

Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, Griffin Poetry PrizeRestrictions: One prize goes to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a living poet or translator from any country, which may include Canada. Genre: Poetry. Books must have been published in English during the calendar year preceding the year of the award. Prize: C$200,000, is awarded annually in two categories – International and Canadian. Each prize is worth C$65,000. Deadline: June 30, 2017.

Words and BrushesGenre: Short story inspired by artwork. Prize: $350 top prize. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
<![CDATA[61 Fabulous Writing Conferences in June 2017!]]>Tue, 30 May 2017 11:51:24 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/61-fabulous-writing-conferences-in-june-2017
June is a great month for writing conferences. It's vacation time for anyone attending school, and with the warm weather and free time, conferences proliferate. (Keep an eye on July!)

I've said it before, and I will say it again - conferences are not only the best way to meet agents, get tips from other writers, and learn about the publishing industry, they make you feel like a writer. We all need community, and this is how we, as writers, get the necessary incentive to keep writing.

If you miss your perfect conference this year, you may be able to catch it next year. Many conferences are annual events. Planning ahead may also lower the cost, as quite a few conferences offer scholarships and discounts for early bird registrations. (Note: I include conferences that are sold out so you can plan ahead for next year!)

To see a full list of conferences organized by month, as well as links for finding conferences in your area see: Writing Conferences.


Iowa Summer Writing Festival. June- July, 2017, Iowa City. Featuring 138 workshops with 60 instructors. Registrations for weeklong and weekend workshops are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Class size is limited to twelve. It is a good idea to register early.

Bear River Writers’ Conference. June 1 - June 5, 2017: Camp Michigania on Walloon Lake, near Petoskey, Michigan. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, discussions, nature walks, and time to write. The faculty includes Laura Kasischke, Jamaal May, and Richard Tillinghast; fiction writers Nami Mun, Antonya Nelson, and Thisbe Nissen; and creative nonfiction writers Jerry Dennis, Thomas Lynch, and Sue William Silverman.

Clarksville Writers Conference. June 2 - 3, 2017, Clarksville, TN. Two days of writing workshops and presentations, a keynote banquet with the authors, and manuscript consultations.

Sundress Academy for the Arts Summer Fiction Writing Retreat. June 2 - 4, 2017: Knoxville, Tennessee. This year's retreat will focus on generative fiction writing and include two break-out sessions "Transmogrification: Magic and the Body" and "The Most Weird and Practical Dream: Advice on How to Communicate With Strangers, or, Everything I've Learned in the Last 20 Years Cut Down to 2 Hours," plus discussions on kicking writer's block, publishing, and more.

Spring Writing Intensive. June 3, 2017, Annapolis MD. "In this one-day writing intensive, participants will have the opportunity to join other writers for a day devoted to writing instruction, discovery, and inspiration. Working under the guidance of award-winning authors, attendees may select four workshops from seven choices. By choosing from a menu of craft options that will include memoir, fiction, nonfiction, and publishing advice, participants will select the subjects that address their most challenging writing issues and will leave armed with new skills, understanding, and motivation. All levels are welcome." Tuition: $175.

Indiana University Writers’ Conference. June 3 - 7, 2017, Indiana University in Bloomington. The conference features workshops in poetry and fiction, as well as craft classes, readings, and panels for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. The cost of the conference is $375, or $625 with a workshop. Lodging and meals are not included; lodging is available in campus dormitories and in the campus hotel. The registration fee is $30; general registration is first come, first served. To attend a workshop, submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry or 15 to 25 pages of prose; admissions are made on a rolling basis.

Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference. June 3 - 9, 2017: Ripton, VT. The Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers' Conference is a week-long writers’ conference designed to hone the skills of people interested in producing literary writing about the environment and the natural world. The conference is co-sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Orion magazine, and Middlebury College’s Environmental Studies Program. Application deadline: February 15, 2017.

Bread Loaf Translators' Conference. June 3 - 9, 2017: Ripton, VT. The Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference includes workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures, craft classes, meetings with editors and agents, and readings by faculty and guests. Application deadline: February 15, 2017.
Yale Writers' Conference. June 3 - 13, 2017: New Haven, CT. Visiting Faculty: Amy Bloom, Michael Cunningham, Lev Grossman, Claudia Rankine, Edmund White, MG Lord, Sarah Darer Littman Resident Faculty: Kirsten Bakis, Je Banach, Sybil Baker, Marc Fitten, Trey Ellis, and more. Director: Terence Hawkins. Application deadline: April 30, 2017.
Odyssey Writing Workshop. June 5 - July 14, 2017: Manchester, NH. Since its inception in 1996, Odyssey has become one of the most highly respected workshops for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Top authors, editors and agents serve as guests, and 59% of graduates go on to professional publication. Application deadline: April 8, 2017.
West Chester University Poetry Conference. June 7 - 11, 2017: West Chester, PA. The conference offers poetry workshops and features a keynote speaker, critical seminars, panel discussions, faculty readings, and an opportunity for participants to have conferences with workshop leaders and resident poets.

Writers @Work Conference. June 7 - 11, 2017, Alta, Utah. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft lectures, panel discussions, hikes, and time to write. Choose one of three intensive workshops, conducted by our award-winning faculty, and held at Alta Lodge, an intimate setting in the breath-taking Wasatch Mountains, where writers of all backgrounds gather to share ideas, craft, and fine writing. The cost of the conference is $730, which includes tuition and all meals. Individual consultations with an agent or editor are available for an additional $50. Lodging is available at the Alta Lodge, and ranges from a total of $115 for a shared dorm to $285 for a private room. Registration deadline is May 31.

Books-in-Progress Writers Conference, June 8 - 10, 2017, Lexington, KY. The conference will offer craft & business workshops.  Enjoy small break-out sessions & personal attention. Topics include place, character, revision, marketing your book, children’s literature, and more. The Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference also offers participants the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch their book ideas to literary agents from New York City. Other optional add-ons include a pre-conference retreat on June 2 and one-on-one mini-sessions with bibliotherapist Alison Courtney.

Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium. June 9 - 10, 2017 Richlands, Virginia. Focus: Autobiography/Memoir, Children's, Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing. Cost: Before May 22, 2016, $60/2 days includes continental breakfasts, Saturday luncheon. Optional college credit available. After May 22, 2016, $70.
Annual Philadelphia Writers' Conference. June 9 - 11, 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Features workshops, contests and awards, critique and feedback sessions, and agent and editor speed dates. Autobiography/Memoir, Fiction, Horror, Journalism, Marketing, Non-fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Screenwriting, Young Adult.

West Virginia Writers Conference. June 9 - 11, 2017, Ripley, West Virginia. Author readings, contests and sharing your love of writing with others.

Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. June 9 - 11, 2017, Cumberland Gap, TN. Events include workshops, panels, readings, concerts, lectures, open mic, and more. Some of the 2017 guest authors include Mark Powell, Pamela Duncan, Marie Manilla, Jim Minick, Pauletta Hansel, William Wollfitt, Sonja Livingston, and Amy Wright, among others. Wild Ponies, Telisha and Doug Williams, will be our musical keynote. Interesting presentations, panels, readings, music and more.

Idea to Script: Omega Institute. June 9 - 11, 2017, Rhinebeck, NY. "Whether you’re starting with a new idea or working on an adaptation, this screenwriting intensive with Pilar Alessandra takes you from the premise to the page. Learn the nuts and bolts of scriptwriting for features and television with the author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter." Cost: $330.

Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. June 9 - 12, 2017, Truchas, New Mexico. The conference features evaluation and discussion of book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts with poets, editors, and publishers. The cost of the conference is $1,425, which includes lodging and meals. Using the online submission system, submit a brief bio and three to four poems.

Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference. June 9 - 13, 2017, Homer, Alaska. Daily workshops, panel presentations, readings and craft talks. Costs: $375 ($325 early bird by 5/2). Includes luncheons, opening dinner; manuscript review $65. Post-conference workshop $400.

Get Published Conference. June 10, 2017, Bozeman, Montana. This conference is devoted to book writing, marketing and getting published. Faculty includes experienced writers who share their methods for planning, writing and finishing their books, along with practical marketing and promotional information.

California Crime Writers Conference. June 10 - 11, 2017: Culver City, California. Faculty: William Kent Krueger: Keynote Speaker. Hallie Ephron: Keynote Speaker. "Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and SoCal Mystery Writers of America invite emerging and established mystery writers for a weekend of invaluable guidance, insight, and community at the 2017 California Crime Writers Conference. Whether your novel is brewing in your imagination, ready to publish, or you already have several published books under your belt, our workshops, presented by agents, editors, award-winning authors, and crime investigation professionals, are geared to elevate your mystery writing skills and foster relationships on your path to publication and beyond."

Colgate Writers’ Conference. June 11-17, 2017, Hamilton, New York. Morning craft talks & workshops. Individual consultation with workshop instructor in the afternoon. Late afternoon participant readings and talks on publishing, storytelling. Evening readings by instructors & guests. Late night social events. "Bring a story, a book in progress, some poems, or a novel, and work with us on developing narrative strategies, verse techniques, and methods of research. Members of the publishing profession will also be here to discuss marketplace tactics." Application Deadline: April 21, 2017.

Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop. June 11- 16, 2017, Roanoke, Virginia. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft seminars, individual conferences with faculty members, and readings. The faculty includes Fred Leebron (director), Laura Benedict, Pinckney Benedict, Sara Johnson, Barbara Jones, Jeff Kleinman, James McKean, Thorpe Moeckel, Daniel Mueller, and Martin Seay. Cost: $795.

Summer Writing Program 2017: The New Weathers. June 11 - July 1, 2017: Boulder, CO. This is the 43rd Summer Writing Program of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. "These are urgent days, and a new world is possible––and this world is yet worth struggling for. To face facts with creative and spirited resolve; to see through webs of ignorance and power; to witness and study, and bring a new enlivening energy to being writer and citizen; to work collaboratively; to break open categories of resistance, and creation; to write, and think rhizomatically; to keep your weather eye open, and sing out every time–––these are just some of the modes and tactics we imagine The New Weathers will require. As our beloved friend and co-founder of the Kerouac School, Allen Ginsberg says: “Well, while I’m here I’ll / do the work–– / and what’s the Work? / To ease the pain of living. Everything else, drunken / dumbshow.”

Interlochen Writer’s Retreat. June 12 - 15, 2017, Interlochen, Michigan. The retreat features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft talks, readings, time to write, one-on-one manuscript consultations, and a dinner. The retreat also offers a practicum on June 17 that includes additional consultations, lectures, and panel discussions on publishing. The faculty includes Faculty: Novel: Mary Kay Zuravleff, Short Story: Desiree Cooper, Memoir: Mardi Jo Link, Personal Essay: Robert Vivian, Poetry: Baron Wormser, Artistic Director: Katey Schultz, Writer-in-Residence: Anne-Marie Ooman, Writer-in-Residence: Teresa Scollon. The cost of the conference is $520. There is an additional practicum. Lodging and meals are not included; lodging on campus is available for discounted rates. Registration is first come, first served.

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. June 12 - 16, 2017, Sandy, Utah. Offers one-, two-, three- and five-day workshops. Morning workshops devoted to individual work; afternoon talks on market, craft, publication; chats w/ editors and agents; keynote; book signing. For those interested, specialized workshops--Boot Camp and Full-Novel classes. Single day programs as well.

Minneapolis Young Writers Workshop. June 13 - 15, 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota. For young writers ages 13-19. "Not only will you have the opportunity to learn from successful authors, you'll have the chance to receive feedback on your work.  We believe that young adults have important stories to tell-so important that we'll place selected manuscripts on the desks of editors from major publishing houses.  Does your story sparkle? Imagine an acquisitions editor from HarperCollins reading your chapters. That’s how book contracts are born."  Cost: $110 - $545 per workshop. Evening keynote addresses are free and open to the public. Please see deadlines for individual workshops.

The Algonkian Writer Retreat and Novel Workshop, June 14 - 18, 2017. Algonkian Park, Virginia. "You can show us your manuscript, improve your skills, clear your head, have your work read by our writer mentors, whatever works for you, whatever helps you grow and discover your vision as a writer. You discuss with us ahead of time via the Algonkian Writer Retreat Application the goals you wish to accomplish, and we'll work with you to make it happen. Do you desire a review? A line edit? Do you wish to discuss the reality of the current fiction market, your novel project, plot and characters, or perhaps get feedback on the opening hook or a few sample chapters? Or would you simply like a relaxed and productive dialogue about your goals as a writer?"

Wesleyan Writers Conference. June 15 - 19, 2016, Middletown, CT. The conference offers workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as master classes, craft sessions, panel discussions, readings, lectures, and manuscript consultations with agents and editors. The program includes a choice of daily seminars focused on the novel, short story, poetry, and nonfiction (memoir, short- and long-form nonfiction, and journalism). In the afternoon and evening, speakers and panelists include novelists Amy Bloom, Rivka Galchen, Steve Almond, Honor Moore, Lis Harris, Salvatore Scibona, Hirsh Sawhney, Rob Spillman, Elissa Schappell, Sarah B. Moon, Lisa Weinert, and many others. You will meet publishers and editors from large and small presses --from Random House to Akashic, Sarabande, and Europa Editions--as well as literary agents who will offer advice and read manuscripts. Tuition is $850. The conference also offers a one-day program on June 18 for $225, which includes lunch and dinner. Lodging is available on and off campus; on-campus housing is $50 per night or $170 for four nights. A meal plan for the full conference is available for $275. Scholarships and teaching fellowships are available; submit a writing sample of any length, a letter of interest, and résumé by March 24. For general registration, submit a nonrefundable $100 deposit. Deadline: May 26, 2017.

Chautauqua Writers’ Festival. June 15 - 18, 2017, Chautauqua, New York. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, panel discussions, individual conferences with faculty members, open mics, and time to write.  The cost of tuition is $475. The fee for lodging in the nearby Athenaeum Hotel, which includes meals, ranges from $343 for college students to $537 for a private room. Registration deadline is May 31.

Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Residency Writers Conference. June 15 - 25, 2017: Forest Grove, Oregon. Writers seeking to deepen their craft and expand their professional community are invited to attend the Residency Writers Conference together with MFA students, faculty and guest speakers. Join us for 10 full days of craft talks, workshops, panels, classes, readings and more featuring some of the best minds of the literary world. This residency is a rare opportunity to engage in sustained and meaningful conversation with others who share your passion for the art of writing.

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, June 16 - 18, 2017, West Coast Writers Conferences presents a full weekend of panels, workshops and presentations by educators, noted speakers, and industry professionals focused on the craft and business of writing.
Gateway to Publishing Conference and Convention. June 16 - 18, 2017: St. Louis, Missouri. Faculty: Jennifer Geist, Stephanie Hansen, Eileen Dryer, Angie Fox, Cynthia Graham, Ann Leckie, and still adding literary agents, publishers, and authors. Cost: Writer’s Conference: SLWG Member $210; Students/Affiliated Organizations $230; Regular Registration $250; Gateway Con Masterclass $50 per class; Author Hall Rates: SLWG Members $125; Affiliated Organizations $145; Regular Registration $175.

Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. June 16 - 18, 2017: Rockaway, New Jersey. Guest of Honor: Vicki Delany,Toastmaster: Mary Jane Maffini, Fan Guest of Honor: David Manfre. Other authors: Jack Getze, Kate Gallison, Ilene Schneider, E. F. Watkins, Roberta Rogow and more. Cost ranges from $75.00 to $250.00.

Poetry at the Frost Farm. June 16 - 18, 2017, Derry, New Hampshire. The retreat offers workshops, readings, and one-on-one consultations for formalist poets. "Join a small community of people at the historic Robert Frost Farm learning, reading and writing formal poetry with contemporary award-winning poets. Choose your focus from a series of offerings designed to provide tools for beginning poets as well as perfect the mastery of published poets."

Kenyon Review Writers Workshops. June 17 - July 15, 2017, Gambier, Ohio. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction led by an accomplished faculty. Genre workshops (Fiction, Literary Nonfiction, and Poetry) are held for three hours each morning. (See individual workshops for dates.)

Institute for Young Writers. June 17 - 25, 2017, Amherst, MA. For high school students. Daily workshops in poetry, fiction, & nonfiction; interactive craft sessions that include discussions & writing exercises; evening readings by faculty & writers-in-residence. Faculty: Nathan Hill, Rachel Glaser, Harryette Mullen, Paul Lisicky, Timothy Donnelly, Dara Wier, Joy Williams, Stephen Graham Jones, Sam Michel, and Dorothea Lasky. Costs: Adults: $1,550; Young Writers: $1,700; Young Writers includes 3 meals/day. Adult includes lunches, welcome & farewell dinners. Scholarships available.

The Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 18 – 23, 2017, Santa Barbara, Calif. "Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals."

Aspen Summer Words. June 18 - 23, 2017, Aspen, Colorado. Workshops, panels, and readings in fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as opportunities to meet with agents and editors. "Aspen Summer Words is the Rocky Mountain gateway to the literary world. Recognized as one of the country’s pre-eminent literary conferences, Summer Words welcomes visitors and locals alike to celebrate writing and writers in Aspen for a week each June. The exceptional faculty and awe-inspiring mountain scenery combine to make this a writing retreat like no other."

Facing It: The Poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa. June 18 - 24, 2017: Harrisonburg, Virginia. This Furious Flower Legacy Seminar celebrates and investigates the work of Yusef Komunyakaa, whose career has been marked by creative distinction and critical acclaim. We take its title from his most famous poem, “Facing It,” which is emblematic of Komunyakaa’s style and known for its musicality, muscularity, and fine attention to craft. Featured Writers Include: Lauren K. Alleyne, Michael Collins, Joanne Gabbin, Erica Hunt, Meta DuEwa Jones, Ed Pavlic, Hermine Pinson, Flavia Rocha, Angela Salas. Featured poet is Yusef Komunyakaa, who will perform a public reading on June 23, 2017.
Chesapeake Writers' Conference at St. Mary's College of Maryland. June 18 - 24, 2017: St. Mary's City, Maryland. Intensive workshops in three genres for serious writers at all levels of experience, as well as a multi-genre workshop for high schoolers. Featured Writers Include: Patricia Henley, Matt Burgess, Elizabeth Arnold, Angela Pelster-Wiebe, Matthew Henry Hall, Jerry Gabriel (director).
Clarion West Speculative Fiction Writers Workshop. June 18 - July 18, 2017: Seattle, Washington. Every summer, Clarion West holds an intensive six-week workshop in Seattle’s University District, geared to help you prepare for a professional career as a writer of speculative fiction. Each workshop is limited to 18 students, and each week features a different instructor, a highly regarded author or editor offering their unique perspective on the field. Short fiction is the workshop’s focus, with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Come prepared to write several new stories, to experiment and take artistic risks, and to give and receive constructive criticism. FULL

Fine Arts Work Center Summer Workshops (poetry, fiction, art, and creative nonfiction). June 18 - August 11, 2017, Provincetown, Massachusetts. The faculty includes Mark Adams, Dean Albarelli, Amy Arbus, Richard Baker, Donald Beal, Jill Bialosky, Sophie Cabot Black, Amy Bloom, Linda Bond, Paul Bowen, Elizabeth Bradfield, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Tina Chang, Martha Collins, Garrard Conley, Adam Davies, Natalie Diaz, Joanne Dugan, Stephen Elliott, Lauren Ewing, Melissa Febos, Maria Flook, Angela Flournoy, Nick Flynn, Julia Glass, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Kimiko Hahn and many more. Tuition ranges from $600 to $725.

Manhattanville College Summer Writers' Week. June 19-23, 2017: Purchase, New York. Each day begins with a workshop, then afternoons feature craft panels and events. Evenings feature faculty readings and a keynote reader, and these evening readings are free and open to the public. For an immersive experience, housing is available on campus for workshop participants.

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference. June 19 - 25, 2017, Bemidji, Minnesota. Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing. Faculty: Tracy K. Smith - Distinguished Visiting Writer. Elizabeth Bradfield - Poetry. Janice N. Harrington - Poetry. Ravi Howard - Fiction. Ernestine Hayes - Creative Nonfiction. Ander Monson - Creative Nonfiction. Registration deadline: May 1.
Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery, 2017 ASLE Biennial Conference. June 20-24, 2017: Detroit, Michigan. A conference for environmental literature. Special panels and presentations, including one on water + activism in Detroit, a special ASLE-Grant funded walking tour panel, “Articulating Detroit,” and a presentation by the 2015 and 2016 Community Grant winners on their projects.
Western Writers of America Convention. June 21-24, 2017, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Children's, Fiction, Marketing, Non-fiction, Publishing, Young Adult. History presentations at the convention include Cats in the Old West, Border Wars/Law and Order, Mark Twain Literary Contributions, and more. Other sessions will take place related to the craft of writing, book marketing, and research sources and techniques.
Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 22 - 24, 2017, Jackson Hole, WY. You will have ample opportunity to share your work with a distinguished faculty as well as writers from Massachusetts to Florida, from Texas to Washington.Serious writers pour into Jackson Hole each June looking for a fresh, but critical eye on their work. This event usually has at least 4 agents to pitch.
David R. Collins Writers' Conference. June 22 - 24, 2017: Davenport, Iowa. Develop your writing working with award-winning authors in a variety of genres, and get publishing tips, one-on-one critiques, and pitch a manuscript. "Each workshop is 4.5 hours over three days, 1.5 hours per day. We will be offering five workshops in 2017, including: poetry; nonfiction/memoir; short fiction; the novel; and finding and keeping an agent. We also have a faculty reading followed by an open mic for participants; pitch sessions for writers to present manuscripts to an agent and an independent press; one-on-one manuscript critiques; an author luncheon; and a featured speaker TBA."
7th Historical Novel Society North American Conference. June 22 - 24, 2017: Portland, Oregon. Guests of Honor: Geraldine Brooks, David Ebershoff Pre-Conference Presenters: Gillian Bagwell, David Blixt, Gordon E. Fry, Kate Forsyth, Heather Webb. Registration $475 (members), $550 (nonmembers) includes welcome reception, two breakfasts and lunches, and Saturday evening banquet.

DRC Conference Faculty & Workshops. June 22 - 24, 2017, Davenport, Iowa. Daily workshops, critiques, pitches, evening events, keynote. With five three-day workshops, book pitches with a publisher and an agent, author luncheon, concluding luncheon, free evening faculty reading and keynote address, there’s something for everyone! Register before June 15th to receive the early bird discount.

Algonkian Writer Conference–New York City Pitch. June 22 - 25, 2017, Ripley-Grier Studios in New York City. The conference offers workshops on writing and selling fiction and creative nonfiction manuscripts, as well as agent pitch sessions. The faculty includes Brendan Deneen, Robert Olen Butler, Kimberley Cameron, Lyssa Keusch, Robert Bausch, Michael Neff, Tina Wexler, Jackie Cantor, Susan Breen, Caitlin Alexander, Michael Braff, Paula Munier and more. The registration fee until June 15, 2017 is $795.00, and $895.00 after that date. This fee covers all conference pitch sessions and workshops.
In Your Write Mind Workshop. June 22 - 25, 2016, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Workshops on writing, editing & pitching; guest speaker presentations. "The 2017 In Your Write Mind workshop is hosted by the Writing Popular Fiction program alumni at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. The genre fiction workshop is a unique opportunity for writers to gather together on the beautiful campus in southwestern Pennsylvania and learn from publishing industry professionals and participate in fiction-writing craft sessions. The publishing industry guests will be available for pitch sessions, lead workshops and participate in a panel discussion for Q&A about the publishing world. The workshop planners are hosting social events after the daily program, including a book signing and reading event at the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, and a costume ball where workshop attendees are free to dress up in “International Persons of Mystery”-themed costumes."

Chuckanut Writers Conference. June 23 - 24, 2017. Bellingham, Washington. Writers conference that includes speakers, panels, breakout sessions, authors' readings, reception with authors, pitch sessions with literary agents, book signings, open mic for attendees. Autobiography/Memoir, Children's, Fiction, Nature, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing. 
Annual Conference on Creative Writing at Pacific. June 23 –25, 2017, Stockton, California. Autobiography/Memoir, Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Marketing, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy. Agents and editors will be available for pitchsessions.

Cascade Writers Critique and Pitches. June 23 –25, 2017, Tacoma, WA. Milford-Style critiques, agent pitches and query information, panels on writing, editing, self-publishing, and more. "Join us for our three-day event this June with editors and/or publishers Neil Clarke, Patrick Swenson, and Jaym Gates, agent Michael Carr, and authors Carol Berg, Eva Elasigue, John (J.A.) Pitts, Spencer Ellsworth, Liz Coleman, and Ken Scholes!"

Chicago Writing Workshop. June 24, 2017, Chicago, IL. "This is a special one-day “How to Get Published” writing workshop on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the historic Congress Plaza Hotel, just south of the downtown area. In other words, it’s one day full of classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. We’ll discuss your publishing opportunities today, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. No matter what you’re writing — fiction or nonfiction — the day’s classes will help point you in the right direction. Writers of all genres are welcome." Features over two dozen attending agents.

Publish & Promote Your Book Conference. June 24, 2017, Bronxville, New York. "If you’re ready to find an agent and present your book to the marketplace, come join our community of educators, writers, agents, editors, and publishers at a one day conference designed to help you succeed in your publishing ventures."

Shore Thing Writing Getaway: A One Day Retreat for Poets and Writers. June 24, 2017, Atlantic City, NJ. "Join us for this boardwalk-inspired getaway, designed for writers of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Trigger your imagination and compose new work that will surprise and please you. Spend the day immersed in the literary life: discussing writing, doing your own writing and sharing some of your new drafts." Faculty: Peter E. Murphy. Cost: $80.

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley: Poetry Workshop. June 24 - July 1, 2017: Olympic Valley, California. "We work together to create an atmosphere in which everyone might feel free to try anything. In the mornings we meet in workshops to read to each other the work of the previous twenty-four hours; each participant also has an opportunity to work with each staff poet. In the late afternoons we gather for a conversation about some aspect of craft. On several afternoons staff poets hold brief individual conferences." Registration deadline: March 28, 2017.

The Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference. June 30 – July 2, 2017, Austin, Tex. The conference features panels, lectures, networking opportunities, and receptions. Individual manuscript consultations with agents or editors are available. Confirmed Agencies for 2017: Abrams Artists Agency, Aevitas Creative Management, Ayeshe Pande Literary, Curtis Brown Ltd, Empire Literary, Falkin Literary, Folio Literary Management, Fuse Literary, ICM Partners, Pippin Properties, The Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency, Regal Hoffman and Associates, Tessler Literary Agency, Serendipity Literary Services, Trident Media Group, and Wolf Literary Services. The cost of the conference is $399/WLT Members, $459/Non-Members.
<![CDATA[4 New Agents Actively Seeking Clients]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 12:58:02 GMThttp://ericaverrillo.com/blog/4-new-agents-actively-seeking-clients
These four agents are actively seeking clients. John Bowers (Bent Agency) is looking for literary fiction and serious nonfiction. Jocquelle S. Caiby (Serendipity) specializes in fiction for young adults and adults. Katelyn Hales (Robin Straus Agency) in interested in literary fiction, speculative fiction, and nonfiction. Larissa Helena (Pippin Properties) wants picture books, MG, and YA books.

Note: For a comprehensive list of new and established writers actively seeking writers see: Agents Seeking Clients.

IMPORTANT: You should NEVER query an agent without checking the agency website first. Submission requirements change, and agents may close their lists, or switch agencies.

Katelyn Hales of Robin Straus Agency

About Katelyn: Katelyn Hales is a Junior Agent at the Robin Straus Agency. She joined the agency in 2015 after internships at Writers House, and W. W. Norton & Company. Katelyn works alongside Robin and is also actively building her own list of authors. Prior to working in publishing, Katelyn was a modern dancer in NYC for a number of years. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she lives in Brooklyn

What she is seeking: She is acquiring both adult fiction and nonfiction. Katelyn is interested in literary and character driven science fiction and speculative fiction, upmarket and literary fiction, as well as books on pop culture, current affairs, and narrative non-fiction or memoirs with unusual and fresh perspectives. She is always drawn to the taboo, comedy/satire, and women in space.

How to submit: Please send a query letter to info@robinstrausagency.com with contact information, an autobiographical summary, a brief synopsis or description of your book project, submission history, and information on competition. If you wish, you may also include the opening chapter of your manuscript.


John Bowers of Bent Agency

About John: Before joining the Bent Agency, John worked in literary scouting, where he read fiction and non-fiction and recommended titles for foreign publishing and film/TV adaptation. He now helps handle the Bent Agency’s foreign rights and is also building a list of literary fiction and serious non-fiction for adults.

He is seeking: Southern Gothic and Southern-influenced literary fiction along the lines of Ron Rash, Cormac McCarthy and anything in the tradition of titans like Flannery O’Connor. I would also love to see idea-driven science fiction such as Ursula K. Le Guin's THE DISPOSSESSED, dystopian fiction such as Nick Harkaway's THE GONE-AWAY WORLD and stories that make the world feel dystopian, like Kurt Vonnegut's classic, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-5.

For non-fiction, I’m interested in narrative non-fiction in the vein of Beth Macy’s FACTORY MAN and sweeping historical non-fiction like RIVER OF DOUBT and KING LEOPOLD’S GHOST. I’m open to projects that engagingly distill topics regarding culture, media theory, finance, and popular science much in the way of Michael Lewis and Malcolm Gladwell’s acclaimed works. I’m deeply intrigued by stories that help us better understand our world and anything that sets forth strong characters, edgy and expansive themes, and new perspectives.

How to submit: Email bowersqueries@thebentagency.com Tell him briefly who you are, about your book, and why you're the one to write it. Include the title of your project in the subject line of your email. Then paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email (not as an attachment, please).


Jocquelle S. Caiby of Serendipity

About Jocquelle: Jocquelle is a Junior Agent and Literary Assistant. With degrees in both English literature and sociology, her specialties are project management and editorial development. She is currently looking to acquire her own projects with the goal of championing creativity and diversity, and building fresh, new voices into commercial and literary powerhouses.

What she is seeking: Jocquelle specializes in young adult fiction, gravitating mostly towards the subgenres of fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and horror. She loves stories that take her on an adventure with vividly imagined and well developed characters, and is particularly struck by stories that surprise her with shocking plot twists and gasp-inducing revelations. For adult fiction, she is primarily interested in literary and historical fiction, as well as novels with an anthropological bent. Her interests in nonfiction include mind/body/spirit titles, professional wrestling, and mental health projects.

How to submit: Use Serendipity's online form.


Larissa Helena of Pippin Properties

About Larissa: Larissa has held positions at Fantástica Rocco and Hachette Livre. She has worked on translation projects for books by Laura Ruby, Derek Landy, and Maureen Johnson.

What she is seeking: Picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. "We are always on the lookout for writers and illustrators who take the challenge of creating books seriously and are willing to give the publishing world nothing less than their very best."

How to submit: Send the first chapter of your novel with a short synopsis of the work to lhelena@pippinproperties.com