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Scribe & Quill

Linda Formichelli, co-author with Diana Burrell of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventaional Guide To Freelance Writing, is offering a copy of their new book to give away as a New Year's gift. Send Scribe And Quill a 200-300 word article on the most unconventional way you have networked with another writer, editor or publisher to promote your writing (either articles or books). One winner, others may be published. Include name, e-mail address and your writing genre. Winner in the February issue. Deadline: midnight, February 5.

Cowboy Up!

Torquere Press is looking for a few special stories for their newest anthology of erotic lit, to be released in September. Stories submitted for Cowboy Up! should reflect all that's good about the great outdoors, about the hard working men and women that keep things going back at the ranch, or about the guys and gals that get your heart pumping at the rodeo. Gay and lesbian, please. Also looking for just a few, maybe four to six really good tales from 10,000 to 15,000 words in length. Payment: $40 for unpublished stories, (no reprints, please) plus contributor's copies and contracting for two years exclusive electronic only. Edited by Rob Knight. Deadline: May 15, publication date September 15.

The Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest

It's all about poetry that should make the reader cackle with mischievous glee. Poems that are: 1) inspired nonsense 2) spectacularly awful and/or 3) intended to make fun of vanity contests. Prizes of $1190, $169, $60 and 5 honorable mentions of $38 each. No fee to enter. We seek the best parody poem that has been sent to a 'vanity poetry contest' as a joke. Judge: Jendi Reiter. Deadline: April 1.

BBC America Short Story Competition

BBC America is launching a short story competition to encourage people to discover and develop their creative writing skills by writing a 2,000 word short story inspired by the themes of the Canterbury Tales (BBC America versions or Chaucer's originals). The competition is open to emerging writers 18 years of age or older and an Apple iBook will be awarded to the writer of the best short story. The competition opens on January 8, (the premiere of the first Tale) Deadline: February 21.

Montana Magazine

Montana Magazine is published bimonthly, in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Please read our publication so you have a good grasp of our style and content. We are noted for excellent photographs and entertaining, informative writing about Montana. The magazine contains about five feature articles of 1,800 to 2,500 words, and four to six departments of 800 to 2,500 words.
Payment: Basic rate 20¢ per published word. Higher payment for assignments involving extra expenses may be arranged before publication.

Poets & Writers Call

Poets & Writers Magazine is looking for creative nonfiction. Each issue features profiles of and essays by writers, both emerging and established; articles of practical interest to writers, on such topics as book contracts, royalties, agents, and editors; and reports on writers' colonies, small presses, and literary activities around the United States. Our news section updates readers on literary current events and industry news. Poets & Writers Magazine is written mostly by freelancers.
Payment: Varies
Deadline: Open

Cemetery Dance Magazine Call

Horror, dark mystery, and suspense short stories up to 5,000 words. Query for longer material. We want tales that are powerful and emotional — creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. Suspense/mystery/crime tales with a horror element are always welcome.
Payment: professional rates of three to five cents per word, plus two contributor copies. Payable within 30 days of publication. Up to 5,000 words; maximum payment of $150. All rights revert to the author upon publication.
Deadline: Open

Century Magazine

Century publishes stories in a broad spectrum of styles, subjects, and lengths (anywhere from 1,000 to 20,000 words). It's impossible for us to describe the kinds of fiction that appeals to us here — for a clear sense of that, you'll have to read an issue or two — but all the stories we print do share an element of the speculative or fantastic, something tangible or intangible that separates them from most mainstream fiction (à la The New Yorker).
Payment: 4 cents per word for First World English and non-exclusive reprint rights.
Deadline: Open

Open Spaces Magazine

Open Spaces is a quarterly which gives voice to the Northwest on issues that are regional, national and international in scope, seek thoughtful, well-researched articles and insightful fiction, reviews and poetry on a variety of subjects from a number of different viewpoints. Although we take ourselves seriously, we appreciate humor as well.
Payment: Varies
Deadline: Open

PCPhoto Magazine Call

PCPhoto is a national magazine published 8 times per year (6 bimonthly regular issues plus 2 special issues) for people who want to explore and expand their application of photography by making good use of the computer. Editorial is intended to demystify the use of modern equipment by emphasizing practical use of the camera and the computer, highlighting the technique rather than the technical.
Payment: Query
Deadline: Open

Trend Magazine Call

Trend accepts and encourages submissions! We seek quality writing and art about trends across the globe and their impacts on people and accept work in all media transmittable through the Web technology.
Payment: Query
Deadline: Open

Eclectica Magazine Call

Eclectica is a quarterly World Wide Web journal devoted to showcasing the best writing on the web, regardless of genre. "Literary" and "genre" work appear side-by-side in each issue, along with pieces that blur the distinctions between such categories. Pushcart Prize, National Poetry Series, and Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as Nebula Award nominees, have shared issues with previously unpublished authors.
Payment: Do not currently pay contributors
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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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