5 Essay writing contests Available for 2017 writing competition

 Below is a list of five essay writing competition available this year. What you need to do is to visit their website for details on how to submit your work. Some of this contest charged a reading fee but, they are genuine and scam free. To do this, just search for the contest review. All of them have a very positive website reviews. Note that these contest accept only online submission and through email.

Steinberg Essay Contest

This contest is named after and in honor of Fourth Genre’s founding editor Michael J. Steinberg.  It accepts only unpublished, non-fiction essays of about 6,000 words.  The author needs to familiarize with submission guideline. The winning essay will be published in the spring issue of Fourth Genre the following year.

Deadline March 15th, 2017

Entry fee $ 22

Genre: essay and non-fiction

Winter 2017 Narrative Magazine story contest

Winter Contest is open to all non-fiction and fiction authors. What they are looking for short shorts story. They have varied categories of this, for exam general submission, iStory, six-word stories or iPoem.  They also receive memoirs, personal essays, graphic stories, and photo essays. Reading fee differs, it depends on most what category you wish to do a submission.  They are looking for all kinds of literary nonfiction.  They do publish longer excerpts, from works of both non-fiction, and fiction.  The entry should be unpublished original work of no longer than 15000 words. It must not have been published before either in print or electronic or used in any contest as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention prior.

Deadline March 31th, 2017

Entry fee $ 25

Genre: essay, non-fiction, fiction, Memoir, short stories.

 

Essay collection contest

Cleveland State University’s Essay Collection contest welcomes the submission of all essays regardless of the author’s previous publications and Manuscripts approximately 100-300 pages in length. The winner will receive the publication, plus the cash prize of $1000, and together with a standard royalty contract. For details, go through their submission guidelines.

Deadline March 31th, 2017

Entry fee $ 28

Genre: essay, non-fiction

C.G Jung society of St. Louis Writing contest

The receive work for competition through email. The theme in 2017 Writing Contest is Dreams, Memories, and Sensualities.  Your work should be up to 3500 words in length. All submissions must be original and not previously published. The first winner will go home with a cash prize of $1000, second best $500 and third will pocket $250. Please note the deadline.

Deadline March 31th, 2017

Entry fee $10

Genre: essay, non-fiction and fiction

                     

 

Arizona Literary contest 2017

They accept previously published works. They receive submission in the following categories: Nonfiction, fiction, and Children’s Literature. Publishing date for previously published work must be 2016 or 2017. Submission of Unpublished work may include work of Poetry, New Drama, Essay, Short Story, Article, True Story, or Unpublished Novel.

Top four finalists in all categories except New Drama, maybe be published and featured in the Arizona Literary Magazine 2018 and the winning New Drama script is published in its entirety.

To qualify for an award, entry must remain unpublished until literary award is announced in each category. This communication will be made on November 4, 2017. Entering the 2017 Arizona Literary Contest, all unpublished contestants do agree to consign first serial rights to Arizona Authors’ Association

Deadline July 1st, 2017

Entry fee $FREE

Genre: essay, non-fiction, humor, short story, fiction, memoir, and poetry

 

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5 magazines and websites that publish articles on “theme” education

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5 magazines and websites that publish articles on “theme” education

If you love writing about education, and all that associated with it, this post is for you. To benefit from this post, first read what kind of articles they publish, and their submission guidelines.. Some of these magazines and website accept unsolicited submission; some want a query letter or pitch. Payment is between $50 and $1000. Submit your work to any of them, or if you can all them.

PTO Today

This is a magazine for leaders of parent-teacher organizations; for example PTO, PTC, and PTA. They publish articles every after one month. That means six times in a year. They publish articles discussing parental involvement in school leadership, working with school staff and school funding or fundraising. They run how-to pieces, profiles of people, programs, and expertise articles. The tone of the article is informational, and informal, not really news. According to PTO today website, they don’t talk down to readers; instead they use PTO-specific examples to express concepts.  They do prefer writers who use the language of parent groups in their writings.  It is a well-paying publication, from $200 to $700 for a feature article. For more read their submission guidelines.

Back to College

This publication accepts and receives unsolicited articles submission discussing information for adult back to college students to pursue advance degrees. The article is to discuss re-entry experiences from getting a scholarship, on campus life to mastering online education option. They feature articles addressing issues of importance of adult students according to their website. Length of articles is from 1000 words to 1500 words plus. Payment per articles is $55 plus for original articles and for reprint $27.  Notification for acceptance is 30 days minimum and 90 days maximum. For more go through their submission guidelines.

American Educator

 It is a quarterly publication, which means four times a year. They prefer queries to manuscripts.

It is run by the American Federation of Teachers. It mostly addresses the state of education in whole the country. It covers new trends in education, labor issues, and politics.  Article length is typically runs from 1000 to 5000 words. Payment is up to $300 for articles. For more, go through submission guidelines.

Teaching Tolerance

It provides several opportunities for freelancers to contribute articles and lessons. It is simple, what they require is lively and concise writing. Note their audience of preK-12 educators, are interested in diversity, anti-bias, multiculturalism, and social justice themes. Be familiar with Teaching Tolerance’s style of writing and content prior contacting them to publish your article.  They accept freelance submissions for articles, lessons and blog posts that reflect their viewpoint. Payment up to $1 a word for features article. This means an article up to 800 words, you are paid $800.  To earn more write more words up to 1600 words maximum. For more go through their submission guidelines.

  Education Forum

It is the official magazine of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. They serve as a progressive voice on public education. That is, on all issues affecting people working in public education. They have a reach of 60000 public education workers in Ontario, Canada. Payment is up to $500 for every feature articles. This can be someone monthly salary some place in Africa. For more read their submission guidelines.

 

 

 

18 steps to writing a book proposal for a writing grant scholarship

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Having a book idea is not enough. You need more than just being audacious. Winning a writer grant scholarship or contract to write needs a well communicated selling point, and the message is send right through a well drafted book proposal. It is not just a matter of lifting a pen, and landing it on a page to publication. Even before having a well written and polished manuscript whether it is for a fiction or nonfiction, as a writer you need to think about a book proposal.

Below are eighteen steps to writing a selling book proposal.

First is Title page

It is the simplest but every important. It contains the title and subtitle, separated by colon. It can also be separated by a new line, and then a by-line. For example: A Proposal by, then name of the author.

Second is Contents

It contains a list of chapters and…

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18 steps to writing a book proposal for a writing grant scholarship

Having a book idea is not enough. You need more than just being audacious. Winning a writer grant scholarship or contract to write needs a well communicated selling point, and the message is send r…

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18 steps to writing a book proposal for a writing grant scholarship

Having a book idea is not enough. You need more than just being audacious. Winning a writer grant scholarship or contract to write needs a well communicated selling point, and the message is send right through a well drafted book proposal. It is not just a matter of lifting a pen, and landing it on a page to publication. Even before having a well written and polished manuscript whether it is for a fiction or nonfiction, as a writer you need to think about a book proposal.

Below are eighteen steps to writing a selling book proposal.

First is Title page

It is the simplest but every important. It contains the title and subtitle, separated by colon. It can also be separated by a new line, and then a by-line. For example: A Proposal by, then name of the author.

Second is Contents

It contains a list of chapters and pages, called it a table of content, with parts and page numbers of the document. Every forthcoming section of the proposal has to have its own dedicated page(s)

Third is proposed title

It has to be followed by sub-title if any, but be a different one from the Title Page section a book proposal. Here you are at liberty to use an alternative title and subtitle.

Fourth is Author(s) name

The author(s) name(s) of the book proposed to be listed here, but titles of authors are not included, for example Dr, Mr or Miss.

Fifth a description

To be captured in a single sentence tagline. It is a hook kind of approach. What the book is entirely about. It is emphasis on qualification of the Author(s) as an educators or storytellers by nature. It is all about the book and in single sentence to be precise.

Sixth is Categories sections

For example the book falls in which category and subcategory. It is personal development, motivational, psychology, Romance historical, Romance Mystery and Suspense
Literature and Fiction, Action Adventure Mystery, Thriller Suspense or philosophy.

Seventh is Quotes

These are framing quotes. Quotes are inspirational and it will appear on every page of the book as readers open pages to read. If it is a book about leadership, it will contain quotes by Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, or David Cameroon. For business books it might have a quote by Donald J Trump or Warren Buffet. It might also be a poem. What is important is inspiration to the person reading the book.

Eight is Audience

Before writing a book you must have demographic(s) in mind. Tell the read of your book proposal briefly in a paragraph or two about your target audience. Prove it by giving a testament of the public’s needs, is listed in this page.

Ninth is Purpose and necessity

It tells why readers need to read this book. Readers have a problem, define it, and then prove that by reading your book, their problems will be solved significantly. You have to prove the book fulfills the readers and its purpose.  Explain it in a page or two.

Tenth is angle: Uniqueness

How unique is your book and how it will penetrate the already flooded market with similar books. It is good to give it in a listed format or point bullet format. For easy grasp.

Eleventh is benefits to the Reader

Highlight what the reader gain from reading your book. Will the reader be entertained, be educated, or be informed?  Think of your book being attached to the reader and explain vividly.

Twelfth: what are your Potential Endorsers

This section contains a list of people to give first hand praise, and blur of the book. These are people who are willing to write a preface or an introduction of the book. For example academicians, book reviewers or media people like renowned magazine.

Thirteen is your Book format overview

This could be word count, page count, and intended date of completion, publisher and lastly a signed contract if any.

Fourteenth is author(s) Short Bio

Describe in one paragraph and in simplicity, your writing experience, previous publications credentials, awards, links to author websites and social media pages, and contact information are put in this section.

Fifteenth is Sales history of previous publications.

Many publishers will want to know your previous publications, and how it performed before considering publishing your book. If you were previous published, then give titles and date of publication with name of the publisher, in this section.

Sixteenth is Chapter outlines

In this section break down each chapter by name, and number, into a single sentence description. Then bullet point chapter contents with a short description.

Seventeenth is Marketing plan

In this section is a list of what the author and publisher will do for marketing and publicity behind publication of the book.

Lastly and not the least, is Sample chapters

Up to three minimum, and five maximum complete, well written and edited sample chapters from the upcoming manuscript is to be included in the book proposal.  Nonfiction book proposals are between 50-80 pages sample chapters excluded.

 

 

Online Magazine, websites, and blogs that publish short stories

Sometimes back someone describes stealing a gun from a police station was easier than getting published in Kenya. I don’t think is true for now, because of charging technology, where even traditional…

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