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Ready to make your passion for writing pay off? Check out this current list of writing contests, grants, and jobs.


We are currently accepting short stories for our first issue to be published in October 2011. At this time we are only accepting fiction, although in the future we hope to expand the extent of our publication to include non-fictional accounts as well as essays, reviews, and other genres. We accept short fiction submissions that are up to 10,000 words. Please do not submit novel excerpts unless they are self contained as works of fiction. We are especially interested in stories that focus on character development, perception of self, and interpersonal relationships that reflect the nature and of the human experience. All genres are accepted. Pays$50 for one-time World-Wide-Web publication rights.


C/O Rosebud Magazine, N3310 Asje Rd., Cambridge WI 53523 Contest for original works of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, or horror, 4000w or less. Entries welcome any time. Deadline: September 1 in odd years. GRAND PRIZE: $1,000, 4 runners-up receive $100. All winners published in the magazine.


$5 or $20 ENTRY FEE
The Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story writing contest for 2011 is entering its third year. First place prize of $1,000, second place prize of $500 and third place prize of $250 will be awarded this year for the best original, previously unpublished ghost stories 5000 words or less that are submitted. For younger writers, The Junior Scare The Dickens Out of Us ghost story contest, which follows the same rules, offers $250 for first place for writers aged 12-18. This contest is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas. The main contest requires a $20 entry fee and the Junior contest a $5 entry fee. The contest is privately funded. All entry fee money goes directly to the Friends where it is donated to the library for library projects. Entries are accepted beginning July 1. The contest postmark deadline is October 1, 2011. No publication is involved. Writers retain full rights to their stories. The contest is open to published and unpublished writers, and to local, national and international writers as well. The only rules are that you write an original, unpublished ghost story and that it be 5,000 words or less in length.


Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 10,000 words in length. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. All that fits under the broader science fiction umbrella. We have a special and growing need for flash fiction, stories of 1,000 or fewer words. We pay 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and for nonexclusive reprint rights. Additionally, we reserve the right to pay you more money for additional reprinting in themed Daily Science Fiction anthologies.


The 2011 Gemini Magazine FLASH FICTION Contest

Grand Prize: $1,000
Second Place: $100
Four Honorable Mentions
Entry fee: $4
($3 for each additional entry)
Deadline: August 31, 2011
Maximum length: 1,000 words
All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the October 2011 Issue of Gemini. Absolutely no restrictions on content, style or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful work.



Judged by Steve Almond. Short fiction contest. The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, plus travel expenses to an awards dinner in Philadelphia in October. Deadline June 15, 2011. Previously unpublished works of fiction up to 8,000 words.


Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world’s myths, symbols, and religious traditions, with particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our modern life. Each issue of Parabola is organized around a theme.
Parabola welcomes original essays and translations. We look for lively, penetrating material unencumbered by jargon or academic argument. We prefer well-researched, objective, and unsentimental pieces that are grounded in one or more religious or cultural tradition; articles that focus on dreams, visions, or other very personal experiences are unlikely to be accepted. All articles must be directly related to the theme of an issue.
Articles run 1000-3000 words
Book Reviews run approximately 500 words
Retellings of traditional stories run 500-1500 words

Article payment generally ranges from $150 to $400. The payment for epicycles and book reviews is $75.



Location Los Angeles, CA
Creators Syndicate is an international content syndicate. We sign writers and artists who produce columns, comic strips and editorial cartoons; we then edit the content and sell and distribute it to newspapers and digital outlets worldwide. We are seeking a humble, hardworking individual to fill a hybrid editorial/creative position. We are looking for “brains” (commitment to excellence) and “heart” (motivation and a positive attitude).

Brief job description:

  • Editing columns
  • Editing comic strips
  • Evaluating potential writers and artists
  • Answering the phones
  • Working efficiently to meet deadlines
  • Writing ad copy
  • Creating, editing and working with PowerPoint presentations
    for Business Development team
  • Helping design layout and interface for websites and
    mobile/tablet apps


Issue Three: “Cinderella” theme, submission window opens at 12 a.m., EST, June 27, and closes at 11:59 p.m., June 30, 2011.

Issue Four: “Little Red Riding Hood” theme, submission window opens at 12 a.m., EST , Sept. 27, and closes at 11:59, Sept. 30, 2011 EST.

Only stories and poems based on the chosen theme story or its variants will be accepted. But any aspect or character can be the focus of stories or poems. Pay isten cents/word and flat rate of $50 for poems. Enchanted Conversation is for lovers of fairy tales all over the world. We hope to entertain and enlighten our readers, and give opportunities to writers and poets to have their work published.



Buzzy Mag is looking for original science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories up to 10,000 words. Thriller, suspense and paranormal tales that cross into traditional speculative fiction are welcome.We are interested in pieces that may be able to be developed into full length novels for publication by Buzzy Multimedia at a future date. Buzzy accepts submissions from both authors and literary agents. We do not accept e-mailed submissions. All submissions must be sent via regular mail.


ENTRY FEE: $5 for one poem or 4 poems for $15. Most poets write about love, flowers and puppy dogs. Midnight Black isn’t interested in that. We want you to express your dark side. We want death, war, hopelessness, dementia whatever your twisted mind can come up with. Poetry from around the world is accepted but fees are to be paid in US funds. There is no limit to the length of the poems as long as they are dark natured. The deadline is the Autumn Equinox – 5:00 AM on September 23, 2011. Prizes: $100 US for first place, $50 US for second. Top 50 poems will be published in the Midnight Black Anthology – poets will share the royalties.

by Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent
The Observer, Sunday 12 June 2011

Salman Rushdie is to make a sci-fi television series in the belief that quality TV drama has taken over from film and the novel as the best way of widely communicating ideas and stories.

“It’s like the best of both worlds,” said the novelist in an interview with the Observer. “You can work in movie style productions, but have proper control.”

The new work, to be called The Next People is being made for Showtime, a US cable TV network. The plot will be based in factual science, Rushdie said, but will contain elements of the supernatural or extra-terrestrial. Although filming is yet to begin, a pilot has been commissioned and written. It will have what Rushdie described as “an almost feature-film budget”.

Showtime has announced that the hour-long drama will deal with the fast pace of change in modern life, covering the areas of politics, religion, science, technology and sexuality. “It’s a sort of paranoid science-fiction series, people disappearing and being replaced by other people,” said Rushdie, 63, best known for Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses. “It’s not exactly sci-fi, in that there is not an awful lot of science behind it, but there are certainly elements which are not naturalistic,” he said in the interview, which will appear in full in the Observer later this month.

The idea that Rushdie might create a television show came from his US agents who suggested that he would have more creative influence than with a feature-film script.

“They said to me that what I should really think about is a TV series, because what has happened in America is that the quality – or the writing quality – of movies has gone down the plughole.

“If you want to make a $300m special effects movie from a comic book, then fine. But if you want to make a more serious movie… I mean you have no idea how hard it was to raise the money for Midnight’s Children.”

continue reading this article here: Salman Rushdie says TV drama series have taken the place of novels | Books | The Observer.

By DOMINIQUE PERKINS, For the Daily Facts

REDLANDS – Superbad Action Figures is opening in Redlands on June 11, and the grand opening celebration will feature contests, prizes, and appearances by professional costume organizations.

Guest appearances so far will include the 501s Southern California Garrison, Cobra 3rd Night Watch, Forbidden Panel, Character Masters, Stranger Things Studios, and comic book artist Nathaniel Osollo.

“All these different characters are going to be there taking pictures with all the customers,” said Superbad Action Figures owner Tim Samra. “It’s just going to be a lot of fun.”

Guests are encouraged to dress up like their favorite villain, superhero, actor or character, Samra said. There will be a costume contest, games, food and drinks, and raffles and giveaways from the store and product manufacturers.




Superbad is one of only a few stores of its kind, Samra said. Most action figure collectibles are sold through comic book chains, he said.

Superbad specializes in action figurines and props from comics, movies, television and anime. The figures vary in size and quality, ranging from small children’s toys to full-size, limited-edition designer figures.

“It’s a very unique business,” said Samra, who also owns Tribal Reptile in the same complex on Indiana Court.

Samra, who owned Hollywood Cinema, a movie collectibles business on Orange Street, said there has been a push in the collector market for character figures of the highest quality. Many of the store’s limited-edition figures are created by the special effects company that designed them for the original film. Other figures are made by private companies who have purchased the original film designs and molds, Samra said.

“It’s basically an art form, bringing these characters to life,” he said. “It’s almost like being able to go into a movie studio’s art department and literally own something that was used in the film.”

Because of the growing  popularity of collectible action figures, buying and selling the limited-edition items has become a lucrative investment, Samra said. Some items can double or even triple their value within two years of their release. A collector can often fund their collecting hobby by buying one extra piece, Samra said.

“Instead of buying one, they buy two, and then wait and sell it a year later,” he said.

“It’s just very mind-blowing to see stuff like this,” he said. “The quality, the likeness, the craftsmanship, things that collectors used to only dream about owning.”

Superbad Action Figures

1235 Indiana Court, Suite 111, Redlands


Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Grand opening: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11.

Event commercial:

Superbad can also be found on Facebook

via Action Figure store to celebrate opening with costumes, prizes – Redlands Daily Facts.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

by Karen Chu

SINGAPORE – Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions is set to produce a six-season, open-ended series, American Gods, for HBO, based on Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel, while the company’s next project, Major Matt Mason, is in talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct in 3D, Playtone partner Gary Goetzman told The Hollywood Reporter.

The series-in-development, revolving around the question “are you a god if no one believes in you?” is executive produced by Goetzman and Hanks, with Bob Richardson, and Gaiman on board as executive producer and writer.


Each of the six seasons will be of 10-12, hour-long episodes with a budget of around $35-40 million per season, targeted to debut on the cable powerhouse in 2013 at the earliest.

Rich in religious folklore that spanned millennia and featuring deities from Greek and Nordic mythology, and even the Judeo-Christian monotheistic God making an appearance, in the contemporary U.S., American Gods will be effects-heavy to do justice to the awe-inspiring power of the divine beings. “There are some crazy things in there. We’ll probably be doing more effects in there than it’s been done on a television series,” said Goetzman.

via Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions Announces Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods,’ Mattel’s ‘Major Matt Mason,’ Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter.

You know it’s gotta be bad if even the artistic, weird-shit-loving Brits are like hell no!

The Human Centipede II Rejected By BBFC | Movie News | Empire.

I was just skimming through Comic Book Resources and found this cry for help for a fellow comic book artist who completely lost his home in a tornado on April 27 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. All of us comic geeks are a family, so I had to pass the link along. They’ve created a Facebook page and a Paypal page for donations. So help a fellow geek out and clicky here!

February 8, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios’ bestselling Eisner & Harvey Award-nominated IRREDEEMABLE gets sensational father/son team Eduardo & Diego Barreto to take over art duties for fan-favorite artist Peter Krause beginning with IRREDEEMABLE #29!

“A true visionary that brought the amazing world of IRREDEEMABLE to life, Peter Krause will definitely be a hard act to follow, but I know this series is in great hands with the extremely talented Eduardo & Diego Barreto team!” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Combining Eduardo’s veteran skill with Diego’s know how of the IRREDEEMABLE universe, fans will be happy to see this series maintain the highest level of artistic quality set by the great Peter Krause.”

“This is a classic bad news, good news scenario,” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “Peter Krause, a pioneer of the IRREDEEMABLE world and all-around upstanding guy, no longer joining us is the bad news. The good news? We couldn’t have asked for a more amazing artist team than Eduardo & Diego Barreto! Decades of experience and talent accompany these two men and we could not be more elated about them taking over for Peter!”

Eduardo Barreto’s storied history in comics began in the 80’s contributing to such DC series as THE NEW TEEN TITANS, SUPERMAN, STAR WARS, MARTIAN MANHUNTER and BATMAN. Eduardo also worked with Marvel on MARVEL KNIGHTS and Dark Horse on ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, INDIANA JONES, and THE ESCAPIST, and even on such seminal BOOM! Studios titles as ZOMBIE TALES. In 2006 Eduardo also took over the popular newspaper strip JUDGE PARKER from Harold LeDoux and continued on the series until February 2010. Diego Barreto began teaming up with his father in the 90’s with such titles as DC’s XER0, later working on his own art in SUPER GIRL. Beginning in January 2010 Diego accompanied Peter Krause as a fill-in artist on issues of IRREDEEMABLE and continues to do so today.

When it debuted in April 2009, IRREDEEMABLE quickly became BOOM! Studios’ all-time bestselling book to date. Since its release IRREDEEMABLE has garnered much critical acclaim including three Eisner Award nominations for such categories as Best Continuing Series and Best Writer, Mark Waid, as well as two Harvey Award nominations for Best New Series and Best Writer Mark Waid. Now into its second year IRREDEEMABLE continues to be one of BOOM! Studios’ top selling titles.

IRREDEEMABLE #29 ships this September and is written by Mark Waid and drawn by Eduardo Barreto & Diego Barreto.



Hey Gang,

Top Shelf is proud to announce two all-new, all-ages graphic novel series in the current April Diamond Previews (for books shipping in June): OKIE DOKIE DONUTS and PIRATE PENGUIN VS. NINJA CHICKEN. We’re also excited about the new releases of OWLY & WORMY IN FRIENDS ALL AFLUTTER, as well as INCREDIBLE CHANGE BOTS TWO. Check out all the details below!


Owly & Wormy in Friends All Aflutter

Hot Off The Press! by Andy Runton

–$15.99 (US)

–ISBN 9781416957744

–Diamond Code: DEC10-1051

— 40-page full-color HC picture book w/dust jacket

Owly and Wormy want butterflies! But when they come home from Mrs. Raccoon’s nursery with a milkweed plant that’s supposed to attract some fluttering friends, what they get instead are chubby, green bugs! But green bugs are not butterflies! Will butterflies ever come to the forest? Only time will tell! — Published by Simon & Schuster under license from Top Shelf.



For this TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB MONTH, we have two all-new, all-ages graphic novels available for pre-ordering in the April Diamond Previews Catalog (for books shipping in June). Pre-order now with your favorite retailer!


Okie Dokie Donuts (Story 1): Open for Business!

by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos

— $9.95 (US)
— ISBN 978-1-60309-068-1
— Diamond: APR11-1155
— a 48-page full-color hardcover graphic novel, 5″ x 7.5″

Good morning! Welcome to Okie Dokie Donuts. Run by pastry pioneer and cunning culinarian, Big Mama! Okie Dokie Donuts is the best little donut shop in town! What’s her secret? Big Mama rolls in a heaping serving of love into each of her hand made creations!




Incredible Change Bots Two!

Hot Off The Press by Jeffrey Brown

— $14.95 (US)
— ISBN 978-1-60309-067-4
— Diamond: JAN11-1337
— 140-page full-color softcover with french flaps, 5″x 6.5″

Four years ago, an alien race of shape-changing robots came to Earth, fired ray guns at each other for a while, then gave up and flew away. But they left behind one thing: Shootertron, the semi-cunning leader of the evil Fantasticons! Fortunately for Earth, Shootertron’s memory is a little fuzzy. Unfortunately for Earth, the rest of the Incredible Change-Bots seem to be on their way back… It’s all-new action, drama, and comedy as Shootertron struggles to find an identity on Earth and the rest of the Change-Bots struggle to accomplish much of anything.

And CLICK HERE to check out the special hardcover edition!


Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken (Book 1): Troublems with Frenemies

by Ray Friesen

— $9.95 (US)
— ISBN 978-1-60309-071-1
— Diamond: APR11-1165
— a 96-page full color hardcover, 6.5″ x 8.5″

So what is this book about? It’s about a Pirate Penguin named Pirate Penguin and a Ninja Chicken who isn’t. They are the bestest of friends and also the worstest of enemies, all at the same time (just like in real life! Only more cartoony of course). We think you’ll like this book, as there are about a bajillion jokes inside, and it’s filled with action, adventure and arguments.



From our friends at Top Shelf Comics









March 30, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Claudio Sanchez and THE AMORY WARS fans prepare for a release of gigantic proportions as today, Wednesday, March 30, 2011, three fantastic titles take you back to Heaven’s Fence with THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION, THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 Vol. 2 and THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #9. Start, catch up and continue the epic sci-fi saga written by musical mastermind Claudio Sanchez with comics legend Peter David , and featuring sensational art by BATMAN & ROBIN’s Chris Burnham, Kyle Strahm and Aaron Kuder!

For anyone who’s never experienced Claudio Sanchez’ intergalactic 12-issue tour de force, THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION is an amazing way to jump straight into the action for $1. That’s right! For only one dollar, begin Claudio Kilgannon’s adventure of war and rebirth against the evil forces of galactic dictator Wilhelm Ryan!

Enjoy the series but not sure if you’re reading the whole story? THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 Vol. 2 collects issues #5-8 and drops you right in the middle of the greatest war Heaven’s Fence has ever known! It’s heart-stopping action as Inferno leads his rebel forces against the sinister Wilhelm Ryan and Mayo Deftinwolf’s Red Army. But when the dust settles, the war is far from over.

Once you’re caught up, continue the unfolding space opera with the latest release THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #9! The grand victory of Inferno and the rest of the Rebellion soon gives rise to their biggest fear. When an evil figure reappears…Heaven’s Fence faces its darkest hour. Claudio Kilgannon must step up and be the hero the universe needs — but will he answer the call?

THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION is written by Claudio Sanchez and Peter David with art Chris Burnham. This issue carries Diamond Code of JAN111024 and a price point of only $1. THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 Vol. 2 collects issues #5-8 and is written by Claudio Sanchez and Peter David with art by Chris Burnham with Kyle Strahm and Aaron Kuder. This issue carries Diamond Code of JAN111022 and a price point of $14.99. THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #9 is written by Claudio Sanchez and Peter David with art by Aaron Kuder. This issue carries a Diamond Code of JAN111021 and a price point of $3.99.

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