Yes, it’s true. Just got to know about two new writing opportunities!
Call for Asian short stories.
This one came to me from writer Dipika Mukherji who edited the previous collection (The Merlionand the Hibiscus) along with Prof. Mohammad A. Quayum. This is a call for Asian short stories to be published in a volume by Marshall Cavendish an International publisher in Malaysia. The details are all here in Sharon Bakar’s blog Bibliobibuli.
Just to make it even easier for you I am quoting from Sharon Bakar’s blog word for word: “Asian and Asian diasporic writers, new or established, are invited to send short stories in English for a volume of NEW ASIAN SHORT STORIES to be published by Marshall Cavendish (Malaysia). The book will be edited by Prof. Mohammad A. Quayum whose details are given below. We invite short stories not exceeding 6000 words and NOT published or submitted for publication elsewhere to be submitted to the editor electronically at email@example.com, by 15 February 2010. The book will be released in September 2010, and all successful contributors will be sent a complimentary copy of the book upon publication.” Nevertheless, please visit Sharon’s blog as you can interact with her there in case you have doubts/queries and also read the comments.
Call for Chicken Soup for the Romantic Indian Soul.
This one is from Raksha Bharadia, who is the author of ‘Me’ – A Handbook for Life (Rupa & Co), ‘Roots and Wings’ – A Handbook for Parents (Rupa & Co) and Chicken soup for the India Soul (Westland). She will be compiling individual experiences for “Chicken Soup for the Indian Romantic Soul” to be brought out by Westland Publishers.
Contributors will get their bylines and a 3 – 4 line profile in the book. Westland pays Rs 1000 per story and two copies of the book. Bloggedand published work are acceptable. Stories and poems should be non-fiction, ranging in length between 300-1200 words. Authors retain their copyrights. Please send your stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 30th September 2009. For more information or queries please contact her at the mentioned email.
Guidelines for a Chicken Soup for the Soul Story
1. Tell an exciting, sad or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Make sure that you introduce the character(s).
2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh or get goose bumps (the good kind!) Don’t leave anything out — how did you feel?
3. The story should start with action; it should include a problem, issue or situation. It should include dialogue and the character should express their feelings though the conflict or situation. It should end in a result, such as a lesson learned, a positive change or pay-off.
What a Chicken Soup for the Soul story IS NOT
1. A sermon, an essay or eulogy.
2. A term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry.
3. About politics or controversial issues.
4. A biography or testimonial.
Stories and poems should be non-fiction, ranging in length between 300-1200 words.
If the story or poem you wrote is published by us, you will be paid Rs 1000 per contribution.
You will also get two copies of the book.
Feel free to submit more than one story or poem.
Finding True Love
Love and Romance
Romance and Marriage
Memories of Love
Lessons in Love
For Better or for Worse
The Flame still Burns
:) HAPPY WRITING FOLKS! :)