contest winners and new magazine
This month, firstwriter.com
has announced the winner, runners-up, and special commendations
of its Fourth International Poetry Competition, as well
as releasing Issue 8 of firstwriter.magazine, Turning
Roland Bastien, of Vancouver,
Canada, was announced as the winner of the competition for his
poem "Mother", and wins £500. Marisha Huber,
of Kansas, wins $150 for submitting the best entry from the
United States with her poem "To the Victor", and John
Powell of Southampton wins £100 for entering the best runner-up
poem from the United Kingdom, "Lekker". The winning
poems can be read online at https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/poetry_competition/previous_winners/4thpoetry.shtml.
All the winners will also be
published in a future issue of firstwriter.magazine, and
receive vouchers worth £20 / $30 – as will the ten Special
Laura Andrews, United Kingdom, "rag-doll
Helen Belgian, United Kingdom, "Dead
Therese Down, United Kingdom, "Healing";
Nikki Dudley, United Kingdom, "Infiltration";
Raanan Hershberg, United States,
"still jerking off";
Dimitris P. Kraniotis, Greece, "Fictitious
Anna Meryt, United Kingdom, "Cutting
Thomas Norris, United Arab Emirates,
"Winterís Day, March 1992, Cork, Ireland";
Kirsten Rudolph, United Kingdom,
Clare Walker, United Kingdom, "A
Thing, Brand New".
The Fifth International Poetry
Competition is currently underway. To submit your work for
the chance of winning £500 (that's over $750) click
Issue 8: Turning Leaves
The latest issue of firstwriter.magazine has also
just been released, featuring quality fiction and poetry
submitted from around the world, plus your first chance to see
not just the winning story from our First International Short
Story Contest, but also all ten Special Commendations. To
view the magazine click
here. To enter your work in our Second International
Short Story Contest click
All those whose
work has been included in issue 8 have now been notified, so if
you submitted work for issue 8 and have not received
notification of inclusion then, regretfully, on this occasion
your submission was not successful. Please do feel free to try
again, however, through www.firstwriter.com/Magazine
calling for submissions
This month at fwn we've received so many news items calling for
submissions to magazines that we've compiled them into a special section, below:
Ballyhoo Stories call for submissions
Ballyhoo Stories is a biannual magazine dedicated to publishing quality fiction
and nonfiction both in the print edition and the online-only 50 States Project.
For the online anthology, the editors seek stories with each of the 50 states as
either the subject of the setting.
For more information, visit
The deadline for the next print edition, "Sin and
Redemption", is June 30, 2006.
Parthenon West Review call for submissions
Parthenon West Review seeks poetry and translation of all styles.
Simultaneous submissions accepted with notification. Send 3–7 poems with name
and email address on each page as an attached Word document to:
or send to: Parthenon West Review, 15 Littlefield Terrace, San Francisco, CA
For more information, visit
www.parthenonwestreview.com. Submissions are
accepted year-round on a rolling basis.
The Oklahoma Review call for submissions
The Oklahoma Review is an electronic literary magazine published through the
Department of English at Cameron University. The magazine features fiction,
poetry, and creative nonfiction. Submit up to three prose fiction pieces (max
30 pages), up to five poems, or up to three nonfiction prose pieces (max 30
pages). Provide a cover paragraph and a short biography. All works must be
For more information, visit
Deadlines: For the Spring issue and consideration for a $500 award for Best
Submission, submit by March 1, 2006.
Offshore, Unregulated and Unregistered Investment, Wealth Creation and Privacy
Secrets Club and Online Magazine
A new magazine is to be launched covering offshore and unregulated and
unregistered finance and investment, wealth creation, asset protection, offshore
services, privacy, second passports, visas, residency and citizenship, permanent
travellers, and the global lifestyle.
The publishers are seeking talented writers to contribute to their quarterly
publication in this general area of interest. The magazine will follow
contemporary formats, including features, regular sections, columns and
Initially, the publishers would like to see one original piece of any length,
which is composed within accepted conventional contemporary magazine formats, as
an example of your previously published work,
preferably something which is also consistent with their themes.
Alternatively, you can write an original feature or column based on your own
choice of topic within the interest area, or by assignment from the publishers,
and if selected for the first issue you will be paid the standard rate.
Writers chosen for assignment and publication in the first issue will be paid
$75–$500 for a feature piece or smaller column article.
There will also be regular ongoing work in specialty areas of the magazine for
For ongoing work there will be a combination of your own suggestions by approval
and assignments, and rates of pay will be variable for different applications
and areas of the magazine, however typically prose will pay a standard US$0.30
Send your examples of previous work, or sample piece to
where you may also request further info about the interest area, assignment of a
topic, the membership program, the magazine generally and any further questions
you may have about the jobs available or the general offer of employment, or
write in to discuss your aptitudes and objectives in this field, or with the
Ascent Aspirations call for submissions
Online magazine Ascent Aspirations has just published its first print issue. It
is now seeking submissions for its May 2006 online issue. See
author's experience of POD
interview with author, Beate Goodall
fwn: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us
about your book, Beate. What is it called, and what is it about?
BG: The title of my book is Written in Sand.
It's a fiction / romance / suspense book. The story starts in Australia, then
continues in Egypt, and involves the heroine's search for her missing twin
brother. She is accompanied by her brother's best friend, who hides his love
from her. Their journey through the desert, pyramids and historical sites is
fraught with danger and ends in a horrid ordeal. Along the way, a Bedouin, son
of a Sheikh, modern and well-educated, comes to their aid. Love is in the air,
but tradition and cultures trap both in their own world. There will never be a
future for the heroine and Bedouin. Will fate play a hand?
fwn: Where did you get your idea inspiration
BG: Just a lot of imagination and interest in
fwn: Did you have to do a lot of research into
BG: I did a lot of research into pharaonic and
Egypt's history and archaeological sites. I like to get my facts as right and
truthful as possible. It took several weeks of research, then about six month to
perfect the novel, re-writing, correcting it three times. I always find
something new or different to add, correct or omit (especially as English is my
fwn: What's your primary language?
BG: My native tongue is German, but I write in
English because I live in Australia. It still presents plenty of challenges –
grammar, similar sounding words and meanings, after 47 years learning and
fwn: Is this your first attempt at writing?
BG: Written in Sand is my third
book. My first one, a family saga (quite large) entitled In Destiny's Path, has
been published in the United States by iUniverse Inc. in 2003 and can also be
found on the net at Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.
My second book, Chance Meeting, is also a
film script, but both are unpublished as yet. Presently, I am writing another
fiction, involving a female journalist having a precarious relationship with an
Intelligence Agent, though his real profession is unknown to her. Their
rollercoaster life brings danger, heartbreak and eventually the end. In the
background lingers a Foreign Correspondent, who also loves the journalist.
Different circumstance and assignments bring them closer, but what will the
future hold? Her heart still belongs to the Undercover Agent.
fwn: A lot of people would accuse companies like
iUniverse of being "vanity publishers". What made you follow this route, rather
than approaching traditional publishers? Was it "vanity"? Practical
considerations? Part of a larger strategy?
BG: I sent several manuscripts off to Harlequin,
Rocky Road Romance, Reader's Digest, magazines, but I was rejected because some
of my stories didn't fit their criteria. Hence, POD publishing seems the better
fwn: What in particular attracted you to POD?
BG: Mostly costs and my storyline was accepted as
I wrote it. I found Australian publishers way too expensive and unreliable, so,
possessing only limited funds, I chose iUniverse.
fwn: Have your booksales been encouraging? Or are
you not really in it for selling large volumes of books?
BG: I am in it to sell lots of my books to get
some of my money back, to get royalties and have the titles advertised on the
internet, but the results are negative. I've sold five books through iUniverse,
received a few dollars royalties, only by telling people myself about it. The
rest of my books are being sold privately.
fwn: Do you have any regrets about publishing
your book through iUniverse?
BG: No regrets! The service was good and helpful,
though cost a lot more in the long run. Mainly because of currency changes,
shipping and import duty.
When I first started trying to get my book
published I contacted several Australian Publishers. They were either too
expensive or wanted to split my book in half. Then I searched the internet and
found iUniverse Inc. Their initial cost was much less than the Australian
publishers, but later became a high cost for me. Mainly through ordering copies
of my book from America, the shipping, import duty in Australia of which I was
totally unaware, and then the currency exchange rates.
For my new book I only approached this one
Australian Publisher, as I did not want to experience the same overseas problems
fwn: Which publisher is releasing your new book?
BG: Andrew Byrne, Author & Publisher of Carpe
Diem – Shamino's Realm. I have already recommended this publisher to
other aspiring concerns, as I am satisfied with the progress of my book and he
asked me for my testimonials.
fwn: Is this also a POD publisher?
BG: It is POD, but the cost is very reasonable.
Besides that, Andrew is friendly and professional.
fwn: How has having a publisher helped you?
BG: It instils confidence, which one can loose
by receiving too many rejections.
fwn: What are your hopes and expectations for
your new book?
BG: To have more success with this book, as it
has already created much interest. Several electronic copies are already in
fwn: Do you think you will ever try and promote
your books to traditional publishers, or do you feel you are more suited to POD
BG: I am definitely going to try again with
future manuscripts, now that I know the difference between POD and traditional
publishing. I am also more experienced in writing suitable, interesting stories.
I might approach some literary agents as well.
fwn: What do you see as the benefits and
drawbacks of POD publishing, as compared to traditional publishing?
BG: POD is more accessible, but costs money and
an author remains unknown. Selling and advertising the books is left to the
author. I think, traditional publishers will pay and / or contract the author and
publicise the writer's name.
fwn: What are your plans for the future of your
BG: I will submit my next book # 4, to Carpe Diem
again, as we are working well together and see what happens then. Time will
fwn: Best of luck. Thank you for taking
the time to talk to us!
writers at firstwriter.com
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agency news round-up
Rachel Vater joins Lowenstein-Yost Associates as a literary agent where she'll be handling fiction and nonfiction, leaving her position at the
Donald Maass Literary
Agency. She is actively looking for commercial fiction, literary fiction, fantasy, mysteries, thrillers and chick-lit, as well as business, personal finance, career books, women's issues, social issues, spirituality, psychology, health, and narrative nonfiction by well-credentialed authors with a strong platform.
Joseph S. Ajlouny has terminated his agency business as of January 1, 2006. His current clients will stay with him for two years, but he is not accepting any new clients.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Running Water Literary Agency has closed. All manuscript originals and file copies are being shipped to the authors, including a second copy of the Letter of Release, on or before February 21 by first class mail. All original files and copies of manuscripts have now been destroyed.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions, until March 31, 2006.
600 other agencies, click
New service to help get you published
Shoshana Lepon, published author, editor, writing teacher and coach, is offering a new service to writers.
Shoshana will accept publishable book-length manuscripts with potential to see well, and work with the author to help them improve their work and secure an agent. Payment for this service will be 25% of any royalties the book then earns.
Interested parties should send a one-page cover letter with synopsis and outline, or first five pages, to email@example.com. No explicit or violent material, science fiction, poetry, essays, short stories, or children books.
Contest open for entries
The Asla Spring 2006 Writing Competition is now accepting entries of short stories up to 2,500 words for its Romantic Theme and Open Theme categories, as well as Open Poetry up to 36 lines and Mother Theme Poetry up to 36 lines. Prizes are £250 and runners up for each category. Closing date is 31st March 2006. Entry forms are available from
publications.com, or by post with SAE from Searle Publications Ltd, PO Box 52,
Welshpool, Powys SY21 8WQ, United Kingdom.
The first pound of every entry we receive will be donated to SEED Africa. To find out more visit
more writing competitions click
Free course on promoting
A free course has been published on how to build an online book campaign without having to spend any money, using a free website builder.
The course has been developed in response to the surge in the numbers of self-published authors, and aims to give writers free exposure by managing their site's content for high search engine ranking.
For more details, click
StorySouth 2006 Million Writers Award
The purpose of the Million Writers Award is to honour and promote the best fiction published in online literary journals and magazines during 2005. Most of the major literary prizes for short fiction (such as the Best American Short Stories series and the O. Henry Awards) have ignored web-published fiction. This award aims to show that world-class fiction is being published online and to promote this fiction to the larger reading and literary community.
Any story over 1,000 words can be nominated, provided it was selected by an editorial process and published in an online magazine in 2005. For more information go to
here or email Jason Sanford at storysouth
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