Paying Essay Markets E-book Giveaway Results

Congratulations to our giveaway winners:

Delia Lloyd, who wrote: “I have published personal essays in a wide variety of markets but have never managed to crack Slate. I think this is the best e-zine going and it takes loads of personal essays, albeit usually more newsy or culturally relevant than I tend to write. I vow to keep on trying! Meanwhile, thanks for your great website, publishing leads and resources.”

Kate Baggott, who wrote: “The market I am proudest of breaking into is the Home Forum at the Christian Science Monitor because it is such a fair publication./The market I have had the most success with is the Facts & Arguments column at the Globe and Mail. I know the style, the length and it’s raison d’etre like the back of my hand./The two markets I would most like to break into now are the “Meanwhile” column at the International Herald Tribune, but it’s so ecclectic that I am having trouble pinning down it’s essence, and the ‘Your Turn’ column at Maclean’s magazine because almost everyone I know reads it.”

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Marian, who wrote: “Sounds like a great book! I will keep my fingers crossed that I win a copy. :)/My favorite genre of personal essay to write is spiritual. I don’t know if that is an officially recognized genre, but I write about my own experiences on my spiritual journey and about the experiences of others whom I interview or just happen to meet./Good luck to everyone in the drawing!”

Congratulations to these lucky winners, and thanks to everyone for participating (and for offering so many kind words about the blog). (Winners, please e-mail me to claim your prizes!)

Paying Essay Markets–E-book Giveaways!

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that almost every day I’m reading about yet another magazine going out of business and/or a new set of media job layoffs. I thought it might be time for some good news–and some giveaways.

Here’s the news: This week I completed the latest semiannual update of our popular Directory of Paying Essay Markets. Although I did, sadly, have to remove a few listings, I also managed to add quite a few. So this e-directory now profiles more than 150 print, online, and anthology markets that publish their guidelines–AND PAY RATES–online. (You can read a preview with sample listings here.)

Moreover, to cheer us all up and inject a dose of financial optimism into the lives of the practicing essayists reading this blog, I’ll be giving away THREE copies of the new edition. Here’s how it will happen:

THREE Practicing Writing readers will win complimentary copies of our just-revised and updated Directory of Paying Essay Markets. Here are the giveaway rules:

1) To enter, please comment on THIS post (click on “comments” below). You might (but are not required to) share with us the essay market you would most love to crack, the one you’re proudest of appearing in, or the one you simply most enjoy reading.
2) Post your comment by 5 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday, November 17. One entry per person, please. Please note that comments on this blog are moderated and therefore will not appear instantly.
3) Three winners will be chosen with the help of a random number generator (or by asking my favorite human random number generator–my five-year-old niece) and announced on Tuesday morning, November 18.
4) NOTE: If you wish to be contacted by e-mail if you win, please include your e-mail address in your comment (example to help avoid having your address “harvested”: writer(at)yahoo(dot)com). Otherwise, you must check back on Tuesday to see if you won. Unclaimed prizes are forfeited after 48 hours.

Good luck!

Friday Find: We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Linda, who wrote, “I’ll also love to be entered! I’ve been amazing things about it so I’m positive that it’ll be an awesome read.” Linda has won a custom-inscribed copy of Joshua Henkin’s novel, Matrimony. Linda, I will be in touch shortly with both you and Josh. Thanks to everyone for participating, and thanks to my five-year-old niece for serving as a live “random number generator” (while I was babysitting last night, I asked her to come up with a number between 1 and 24). I hope we can offer more giveaways in the future, so please do check back (and if you’re an author who’d like to provide a giveaway, please contact me).

Meantime, here’s to a good weekend for all.

Promised Paperback Giveaway: Joshua Henkin’s MATRIMONY

As promised, Practicing Writing has the pleasure of offering a wonderful giveaway this week: a custom-inscribed copy of Joshua Henkin’s novel, Matrimony, which is now available in paperback. (Even better, Josh has indicated that he’ll be happy to send the book anywhere in the world, so you need not be a U.S. resident to win this one.)

Hopefully, you remember Josh and his book from this interview with us. But you can learn more about him and Matrimony at Josh’s Web site, too.

Here’s how the giveaway will work (thanks to my sister, a.k.a. the giveaway goddess, for the basic outline):

One Practicing Writer reader will win a paperback copy of Matrimony, custom-inscribed by author Joshua Henkin. Here are the giveaway rules:

1) To enter, please comment on THIS post (click on “comments” below).
2) Post your comment by 6pm (Eastern time) Thursday, September 4. One entry per person, please. Please note that comments on this blog are moderated and therefore will not appear instantly.
3) One winner will be chosen with the help of a random number generator and announced on Friday morning, September 5.
4) NOTE: If you wish to be contacted by e-mail if you win, please include your e-mail address in your comment (example to help avoid having your address “harvested”: writer(at)yahoo(dot)com). Otherwise, you must check back on Friday to see if you won. Unclaimed prizes are forfeited after 48 hours.

Good luck!