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  Wisconsin Cheeseman    

Do You Have A St. Jude Story?






We would love to hear it!  Currently, we are seeking submissions for a new short-story anthology about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Also, gathering stories about Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald House, and Muscular Dystrophy Assn. for future books. As a patient, no matter what age, and as a parent, share with us how your life has been changed forever by the acts of kindness shown to you. Volunteers and donors, we need your stories, too. Published stories will be compensated, however at this time, rate has not been decided.


A gay moon rising ... submissions are invited for an anthology of gay werewolf tales in a contemporary, urban setting centering on a community of gay werewolves.

Call for Submissions
Queer Wolf
A gay moon rising …

An anthology of gay werewolf tales for publication early 2009. 
We're looking for contemporary, urban fantasy set within a fictional city (unnamed and not location specific) centering on a community of gay werewolves. Your submission should be a short story between 4,000 and 10,000 words. We are seeking sensual fiction with positive images of gay characters. We're not looking for clichés. 

We do not want horror or science fiction. We do not want reprints. We are seeking first world rights for this anthology which will be published as an ebook and/or potentially as a print softcover. 

Your submission (or query) should be via email to with Queer Wolf submission in the subject line. Please embed your short story within the body of the email and provide a brief author bio. Payment will be through a 50% royalty split between contributors. Submission period opens 1st September 2008 and closes 30th November 2008 (or until the anthology is full). 

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For a first book of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Houghton
Mifflin will publish winning manuscripts and winning authors will
receive a fellowship to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Judges for the competition are Francine Prose, fiction; Philip Levine,
poetry; Edward Hoagland, creative nonfiction. Submissions accepted
October 1, and must be postmarked by November 15. A $10 entry fee is

Travelers' Tales


Find multiple open calls and specific guidelines of stories of with & wisdom from around the world.

An Investment That Paid Off

Karyn Martin was cautious about launching her freelance career online, but she soon got results:

"I remember the days when I dreamed of being a freelancer," she says. "The word seemed magical to me somehow. Romantic, almost. Now, after having actually been a freelancer for a while, the scales have been lifted from my eyes and I have seen the light. You pay for being able to manipulate your time. You pay by working more, working harder, and - hopefully - working smarter. But what you get in return is priceless. Now I can call the shots about when I work, for whom I work, and how much I make."

One day, Karyn decided she was no longer willing to commute in smog-laden traffic to sit in a cubicle for eight hours, come home, eat, sleep, wake up, and then do it all over again. Going through the same routine, day after day, week after week , only to wake up one day old and tired - wondering how life might have been if she'd had the guts to go it alone.

So she decided to become a freelancer - but how would she find work? She had spent endless hours surfing the 'net, signing up with one freelance site after another. Yet there was an incredible amount of competition. She never seemed to win any bids, and was adamant about not lowering her hourly rate. 

"Then I discovered Freelance Work Exchange," she says. "I had heard "don't pay to work!" repeatedly, and I was too poor to risk getting scammed, but I took a chance one day when I was flush and sent twenty bucks to gain access to the Freelance Work Exchange Professional Edition.

"Since then, I've edited a sales letter, a follow-up letter, an 11-page Web site, and a brochure. I'm 'on call' to do pinch-hit proofreading for a medical newsletter editor in Florida while he's on vacation, sick, etc. And I've landed a gig editing a new Canadian magazine coming out this fall. All this from taking a $20 chance on Freelance Work Exchange."

Of course, it helped to send prospects a few previous work samples she'd had the presence of mind to scan and save on disk. Also, since she has been 'in the business' for more than five years, she has a fairly good résumé with some experience to back up the claims, along with a strong list of references.

"For every one of you out there feeling a little discouraged, and especially for those of you on the verge of throwing in the towel, I'm here to tell you this. There may not be a Santa Claus, but there is a place to find work without paying some ridiculous "transaction fee" or never knowing whether or not the projects are 'fresh' - and even the name is easy to remember - Freelance Work Exchange."

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Chicken Soup for the Soul


Accepting submissions for dozens of different planned and possible titles.

The Apple Valley Review, a semiannual online literary journal, will be accepting submissions of poetry, short fiction, and essays for its Spring 2009 issue


Submissions are accepted year-round via e-mail. We prefer work that has both mainstream and literary appeal. All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English. Please do not submit genre fiction, explicit work, or anything particularly violent or depressing. Also, please note that we do not accept simultaneous submissions. All published work is considered for our annual editor's prize. 

The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines for the Apple Valley Review are available

Deadline: February 15th, 2009

Announcing the  Annual

 *note: reading fee


We are seeking selections of fine poetry, essays, and short stories (3,000 words or less). Book will be beautifully produced with full color cover.

EARN CASH ROYALTIES. Author will receive a 10% royalty on all sales that he or she generates.

There is no purchase required and nothing is required of the author for publication. Publication will be fall 2010 (in time for Christmas gifts).

 Deadline for submissions is Feb. 28, 2009.

Submit a clean-typed copy and if possible a disk (Word file)
Reading fee: $1.00 per page
SASE for notification and possible return
Author's name & address at top right of each page

Submit to:
Goose River Anthology

3400 Friendship Road
Waldoboro, ME 04572-6337
Telephone: (207) 832-6665
Fax: (775)244-8371

Narrative Magazine


Accepting submissions through electronic submission system only. No submissions through postal services or email. You may send us manuscripts for the following submission categories: General Submissions, Narrative Prize, Story of the Week, Readers’ Narrative, or a specific Contest.


Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra : Breast Anthology


InkSpotter Publishing is looking for submissions for an anthology celebrating the most female of body parts, the breasts. From light-hearted memories of the first buds of puberty to heart wrenching accounts of breast cancer, these stories will run the gamut of experiences and emotions.

  Unpublished submissions are welcome from both women and men. Maximum 3,000 words for both fiction and non-fiction. Poems are also welcome, though a limited number will be used (no specific length requirements, but please, no epics).

NOT looking for salacious material. Please keep your submissions tasteful. Think in terms of what you would want your young daughter (or niece) to be able to read.

Send your submissions in the body of an email (absolutely no attachments) to with “Submission for Wait a Minute” in the subject line. You may also submit via postal mail to: 

InkSpotter Publishing, 163 Main Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada B3M 1B3

ATTN: Betty Dobson & Darcelle Adams, Editors

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest


Visit for details and to enter!


Open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Postmark deadline: December 31, 2009

All winners will be announced on January 31, 2010


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees: $10 per short story/$5 per poem

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest

P.O. Box 3141

Chicago, IL 60654


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