The Tennessee Williams Festival welcomes LGBTQ+ entrants for the Sinners and Saints Poetry Contest; finalists will be published in the 2022 festival’s chapbook, and cash prizes will be awarded to the winner and two runners-up. This year’s theme is “Rain.” Please submit two to four poems. $15 entry fee; deadline October 16.
The WOW! Women on Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest seeks essays on any topic and in any style, as long as they are brave and true, thoughtful and engaging. They’re casting an international net but capping entries at 300, so if you’ve got something great to share with them, send it over right away! $12 entry fee; deadline October 31.
Hoof Beats Magazine seeks new and exciting story ideas pertaining exclusively to Standardbreds and harness racing. Could be a great opportunity for Kentucky writers! Photographs are also encouraged. Topics of interest include unique horse stories, veterinary care, tips on equipment or feed innovations, historical perspectives, unique first-person perspectives, and stories on issues or trends. Payment is made upon publication and ranges from $100 (departments) to $500 (features).
Regular readers of this site know I love cookbooks—not just cooking from them but reading them! If you feel the same way, submit a pitch to Stained Page News, which is all about cookbooks: news, recipes, details on new releases, personal recommendations, and other cookbook-related content, including deep dives into obscure subgenres, long-forgotten titles, and interviews with some of the brightest minds in the cookbook world. This popular site has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR. They prefer submissions of around 800 words, but definitely under 1,400 words, and they pay $200-300 per piece. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with “SPN PITCH: <subject>” as the subject line.
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