Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul

The deadline’s approaching fast (February 28) for submissions to Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul. Writers of (nonfiction) stories accepted for final publication may choose between a $200 payment or 16 complimentary copies of the volume (per story published). Payment for published poems will be $50, on publication. For more terms and submission instructions, see the announcement.

Call for Essays: Greece, A Love Story

This call just arrived in my e-mailbox yesterday from Camille Cusumano. She’s editing a new volume titled Greece, A Love Story: Women Write About the Greek Experience. Like preceding volumes (on France, Italy, and Mexico), this one will be published by Seal Press. Here’s the info (which you can also find here):

Women Write About the Greek Experience

Slated for Spring 2007

Greece evokes a richly embroidered tapestry of images, from old monuments rife with history to idyllic isles of glass-blue sea and blinding white stucco dwellings. The ancient Greeks, as well as the contemporary, permeate our Western culture with the unparalleled gifts of beauty and wisdom they left behind: classical literature, mythology, philosophy, rhetoric; a mind-stirring history and civilization; and a language that is musical and expressive of emotions/ideas not reflected in other languages. Vestiges of their artistic genius are huge and imposing: Greek temples, marvels of architecture such as Athens’s Parthenon and Acropolis, gracefully sculptured statues, delicate pottery. Greece, it is said, is where “art became inseparable from life.”

We are looking for twenty to thirty essays to fill this collection on the Greece that lies behind postcards. We would like personal stories that go beyond the practical travel guide and that embrace more “literary” travel writing, from writers who have been deeply affected by the country. Writers will demonstrate that they have had some kind of love affair with the country, whether with its people, cities, islands, food, history, art, or culture.

For examples of the various styles of writing that will work for this collection, see essays in the books already published in the “Love Story” series—on France, Italy, and Mexico. As with these anthologies, Greece, A Love Story will embrace every angle of love—whether of place, people, food, culture, or art—and the stories will capture the experience that changes, teaches, enlightens the author-and by extension the reader.

We are looking for strong narratives, excellent first-person writing, good storytelling, and diverse voices. Personal style and humor are encouraged.

EDITOR: Camille Cusumano was an editor at VIA Magazine in San Francisco for 17 years. She is the author of many food and travel articles and several books and the editor of France, A Love Story, Italy, A Love Story, and Mexico, A Love Story.

PUBLISHER: Seal Press, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group, Inc.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2006

LENGTH: 2,500 to 5,000 words

FORMAT: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated. Please include your address, phone number, email address, and a short bio on the last page.

SUBMITTING: Electronic submissions are preferred. Send essay electronically as a Word or Rich Text Format file (with .doc or .rtf extension) to CAMILLE CUSUMANO at [email protected] Put GREECE A LOVE STORY in the subject line. If email is not possible, mail the essay to CAMILLE CUSUMANO, Seal Press, c/o Denise Silva, 1400 65th Street, Suite 250, Emeryville, CA 94608. Please direct any inquiries to [email protected]


REPLY: Editor cannot reply to every submission personally. Please allow until July 31, 2006, for a response. If you haven’t received a response by then, please assume your essay has not been selected.

Go (Write) Wild!

You have until March 15, 2006, to submit a (previously unpublished) essay to the Second Annual Wild Iowa Essay Project, which “encourages thoughtful, effective writing about the wild in Iowa. The Project is not a contest so much as an organized opportunity to inspire people of all ages to think and write about what the wild is and could be in Iowa.”

According to the essay and submission guidelines (which you of course need to read in full), entries should address “one or more of the following questions. Authors are encouraged to use specific examples and personal experiences.

*What does/should ‘wildness’ mean to Iowans?
*How have we moved away from the wild in Iowa, and what harm has that caused?
*Where does the wild still exist in Iowa now?
*How can Iowans ‘rewild’?
*What would a ‘wilder Iowa’ look like?”

Note that there are two submission categories, “Youth” and “Adult.” Entries “may be in any prose essay form, ranging from expository to creative nonfiction.” Word limit: 3,000 words.

Selected essays will win cash awards “of up to $300.” Winning essays that are submitted electronically will be published on the Wild Iowa Essay Project website. There’s no entry fee.

How to Write an Op-Ed (and Where to Send It)

If you’re writing opinion essays (and want to be publishing them), you might want to check out this Op-Ed Resource from the DeWitt Wallace Center at Duke University. The good news is that it offers plenty of tips for writing a good piece (and representative op-eds with explanations of why they’re effective). And you’ll also find plenty of information about newspapers, magazines, and websites that publish op-eds.

The not-so-good news is that the site doesn’t seem to have been updated very recently, so you’ll definitely need to double-check (and maybe “Google” to find new links for) the market information provided.

(Of course, if you’re seeking potential homes for your essays you can also consult our own Directory of Paying Essay Markets.)

A Change in the (Submission) Seasons

NEWN (formerly New England Writers’ Network) publishes on a quarterly basis and describes itself as “devoted to helping writers around the world to get published and to teaching through content and example.” And its submission period has very recently changed. Regular submissions will now be welcome from January 1 through March 31. This is a low-paying market for fiction, essays, and poetry (but a paying market nonetheless). Read more about it and check the guidelines here.