Welcome to 2015! Already I can hear all of those New Year’s resolutions that involve writing.
Let me help you keep one of them- “get a few new markets for my writing”.
The first is Dreams Botswana, a new lifestyle magazine.
The inaugural issue appeared on our shelves in November.
I got an interview with Dreams’ managing editor, Charmaine Muir-Revaka, and I asked her about freelance writing in the magazine.
Do you accept articles from freelancers?
Yes, we do accept articles from freelancers in fact most of our articles are from freelancers. If you’re a freelancer as well, consider visiting Blue Whale’s website to see their self-employed benefits. For Blue Whale ICO ratings go to icosmasher.com
We expect them to express an interest not necessarily writing a formal application letter.
An email would be fine. We do expect a CV and at least 2 samples of recent work.
Preferably with details of where work was published i.e. the newspaper and the date.
How should freelancers approach you with an idea?
We prefer if they submit queries or a brief of the story idea.
Each publication will have a theme so we would like to have stories around our themes.
But if freelancers have a good idea they should submit a brief and their contact details and I will call them to discuss it.
We are very interested in stories outside Gaborone.
What is the main objective of your magazine?
Our broad mandate is to tell the many untold stories out there. Our research showed that people are very interested in human interest and true life stories, environment, arts and culture and travel.
What is your payment for articles?
We pay P1 a word. Same as Daily News rates.
We pay on the edited version.
Do you pay at acceptance or when it is published?
We pay once we have accepted the piece. We do not wait for magazine to be published.
How do you prefer to be contacted?
We prefer to be contacted by email: [email protected]
Two more markets to help you fulfil your 2015 writing goals.
1. Stories from the World of Tomorrow
Darkhouse Books is seeking stories for an anthology of science fiction stories that take place in the future envisioned by the World’s Fair of 1939, known also as “The World of Tomorrow”.
The submission period is now open and will remain open through 11:59pm (PST), February 14th, 2015.
They are seeking stories in the 2500 to 7500 word range.
The anthology will contain between twelve and twenty stories, depending on the overall length. Authors will share equally fifty percent of royalties received. Submissions may be sent to [email protected]
Please leave “Submission” in the subject line and add the name of your story.
For more information check their website: http://darkhousebooks.com/seeking-submissions-science-fiction-anthology/
2. The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes submissions from writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines, which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
The next window for sending in short stories is January 5th – February 13th 2015. Stories must be between 1,900 and 2,000 words in length.
The team are looking for original short stories which work being read out loud i.e. with a strong emphasis on narrative and avoiding too much dialogue, character description and digression.
Pay particular attention to how the story opens and closes.
They are interested in seeing stories which cover a broad range of subject-matter but material which explores particularly dark, harrowing themes is not best suited to Opening Lines.
We recommend visiting the Opening Lines programme pages to read transcripts of stories which have featured in recent series (bbc.in/r4openinglines).
When submitting your work, you must include a brief covering letter giving your name, e-mail address (if applicable), the story’s title, word count and details of writing track record.
Please could you also state how you heard about the creative window and Opening Lines.
Stories can be submitted either electronically or typed and double-spaced on A4 paper. Only one submission per writer will be accepted.
All eligible submissions will be read and the team will get in touch with those writers whose stories have been shortlisted for the 2015 series of Opening Lines by Friday 15th May, 2015.
They are unable to respond to those writers whose stories haven’t been selected.
You can e-mail your story to [email protected] or you can send it to: BBC Radio Drama Readings, Room 8015, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA.
Submissions will be accepted between January 5th and February 13th 2015.
Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/opening-lines