2010: The question is… Where to focus our energy?

If you’re like me, the “shoulds” and “wants” of your life are often in conflict, and Saturday is one day we all feel we can get an extra hour or two to focus on what has value for us. Odds are, it has nothing to do with laundry or a vacuum cleaner.  If you want a way to focus on your writing agenda, find leads, read industry news and track your submissions all in one place, treat yourself to a Writer’s Market subscription. This is the electronic version of the Writer’s Market book, but its also much, much more. Take a tour at WritersMarket.com and see for yourself.

Until January 31, they are offering a one-year subscriptiin at the same price they had ten years ago, when I first joined. So at less than $30/year, you may have just found your happy second home, home on the web.

As a bonus, their newsletter listed three contests of interest:

THREE FEBRUARY WRITING CONTESTS

WritersMarket.com lists more than 1,000 contests and awards for a range of writing genres, including fiction, nonfiction, journalism, poetry, writing for children, scriptwriting, and more. Here are four with February deadlines: one journalism, one novella, one children’s project. What are we waiting for? Let’s get clicking…

Investigative Journalism Grants are offered three times a year with deadlines on the first of February, June and October. The grants, which range from $500 to $10,000, are offered for original investigative newspaper and magazine stories.

The Malahat Review Novella Prize is a biennial contest offered for unpublished novellas. With a February 1 postmark deadline, this Canadian contest open to writers around the world has a first prize of $500 (Canadian), plus $40 (Canadian) per printed page and, of course, publication.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators offers a Work in Progress Grant from no earlier than February 15 to no later than March 15 (postmark deadline) to help with the completion of a range of book projects written for children. There are multiple grants available for $500 and $1,500.

WritersMarket.com lists more than 8,000 publishing opportunities, including listings for other magazines, contests, book publishers, literary agents, conferences, and more. Log in (or sign up) today to start submitting your work.

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