Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Writers Anyone?

$15 ENTRY FEE. Deadline October 1, 2018. Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Short fiction limited to 8,000 words. Creative nonfiction limited to 6,500 words. Poetry limit three poems. 

$30 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 31, 2018. The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished short story collection. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author is a resident of the United States or one of its territories. The winner of this contest will receive publication by Press 53 under a standard publishing contract, a $1,000 cash advance, and 50 copies of the book; all prizes will be awarded upon publication.

$30 ENTRY FEE. Deadline November 1, 2018. Award: $2,000 and publication by Southeast Missouri State University Press. Submissions must be previously unpublished novels, novellas, or collections of closely linked short stories. Manuscripts that have been self-published or published online will not be accepted.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Links to Success


Deadline October 16, 2018. The program will provide finishing grants for film, television, digital projects and theatrical productions. In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female director; and/or include a meaningful female producer credit; and/or include a meaningful female writing credit; and/or include a female protagonist(s). Projects must also meet the "Made in NY" criteria as described in the program guidelines. Grants will be given in the following categories (amounts listed are the maximum potential grant):

  1. Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - $50,000
  2. Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000
  3. Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) - $20,000
  4. Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - $50,000
  5. Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000
  6. Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) - $20,000
  7. Theatre Production - grant amounts up to $50,000
  8. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2020


The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Funding is available in three categories:

CDP NEXT GEN Grants up to $15,000. Deadline September 14, 2018. 
Research and Development Grants up to $10,000. Deadline November 1, 2018. 
Production Grants up to $50,000. Deadline November 1, 2018.


Through the program, grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded in support of humanities-based civic conversations; public lectures, conferences, and panel discussions; reading and discussion programs; film and discussion programs; museum exhibitions and related programming; theatrical productions with post- or pre-performance discussions; oral history projects; walking tours; audio projects; film pre-production and distribution; websites; or content-based professional development workshops for teachers. Letters of Intent must be received no later than September 17. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by October 29, 2018.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Links to Success

Go Figure
An app that dramatically reduces the time to provide a construction proposal to a customer, from over 3 hours to just minutes.  

A publishing and monetization platform that allows podcasters to host, distribute, and monetize content by connecting them with relevant advertisers through their programmatic marketplace.   

Off the Cuff, 
A YouTube channel providing a refreshing look at many of the financial issues facing the United States and the rest of the world.  

idoolocal.coman adventure company that works with local businesses only (no chains!) to create out-of-the-ordinary experiences.  

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Target Marketing Terms Explained

Midtown Marketing Group performs target marketing concentrating on the consumers the organization has the strongest potential to satisfy. MMG performs effective target marketing by:
1.     Identifying and profiling different consumer groups with differing wants and needs (market segmentation).
2.     Choosing one or multiple segments to target (market targeting).
3.     Communicate and establish the unique product/service offerings of the organization in the mind of the consumer (positioning).
Midtown Marketing markets to a niche target audience effectively using market segmentation, market targeting, and positioning continuing to build on its strong brand focused on products exclusively in that particular niche’s segment.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

PR Lead from HARO for Entrepreneur Parents

Summary: Looking for entrepreneur moms and dads to feature 

Name: Jennifer Parris Celebrity Parents Magazine
Category: Entertainment and Media 


Media Outlet: Celebrity Parents Magazine

Deadline: 7:00 PM EST - 12 June 


Celebrity Parents Magazine is looking for new moms and dads to
feature in our popular Moms We Love & Dads We Love column.
Please email to with the
subject line Entrepreneur Mom or Entrepreneur Dad. Please
include a brief description of your company/product/service,
along with a link to your site and 2-3 LO RES images of you,
your family, and your product. Thank you! 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

More Crowdfunding Sites for Creatives to Add to Your List

Over the years I have posted many a crowdfunding site for a particular kind of small business.  Here are a few more to add to the list

Fundraising originally designed for charitable projects, but Fundly also can be used for creative projects. Very mobile and Facebook friendly with integral tools to broadcast on more than the website itself.

Only has credit card processing fees. No admin fees. Designed by real people who began in the wedding registry business and understood crowd gifting. Plumfund crowdfunding site can help you raise money to start a new business, fund a creative project, or support any initiative. Bands, writers, visual artists, and entrepreneurs can use Plumfund to fund their visions.

An international crowdfunding platform funds mostly creative projects, and they’ve helped more than 16,000 artists and entrepreneurs in 198 countries. Don’t let their international focus frighten you, though. They’re headquartered in Paris, with offices in Barcelona, Rome, Antwerp and Montreal.

Crowdfunding platform for movie makers around the world. Whether it’s documentaries, dramatic films, or offbeat comedies, you can get funding for your movie and even watch others’ contributions. You can also watch the movies that are produced on their website or your Apple TV.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

PR Lead from HARO for Eco Friendly Products on Syndicated Radio Show/Podcast Show

Summary: Eco Friendly Products 

Name: Shawna May Syndicated Radio Show/Podcast Show
Category: General 


Media Outlet: Syndicated Radio Show/Podcast Show

Deadline: 4:00 PM EST - 10 April 


With Earth day coming up Shawna and Lala are looking to feature
Eco-Friendly/plastic free products and anything pertaining to
"Going Green" and helping our planet on their show. They will be
featuring the Eco-Friendly products and companies that are
focused on helping the environment. Some examples they are
looking for are reusable tote bags (shopping bags), Plastic Free
items, Solar Items, Paper Free, Eco Friendly appliances, All
Natural items, Recycled items, Beeswax items, etc. Product
Reviews will be filmed and also on-air. The shows estimated
listenership is 800,000, not including podcast downloads or
video views. For more information visit

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Startup Awards to Consider

You know when a friend or competitor wins an award. Big or small, when someone wins an award, they make sure everyone knows it.
Most companies want to win awards but the process of knowing which awards exist, when to apply and how to apply are where people get held up.  But this company did the research for you.

Friday, March 9, 2018

HARO PR Lead for Oprah Winfrey Network

Summary: Seeking FEMALE Angel Investors / VCs to be featured in Reality Show 

Name: Carly Grose Oprah Winfrey Network
Category: Business and Finance 


Media Outlet: Oprah Winfrey Network

Deadline: 11:00 PM PST - 9 March 


Seeking female Angel Investors and venture capitalists to be
featured in a Los Angeles based reality TV show. This will be a
Shark Tank style pitch segment. Angel Investors must be willing
to invest in the women's fashion space.

Will require one day of filming in the LA area end of
March/early April. Must provide own transportation to and from

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Top 10 Screenplay Competitions:

It is the time of year ways to make it happen.  Here are Screenplay competitions with the focus on craftsmanship. A coherent three-act story structure coupled with compelling characters, clever plotlines and crisp dialogue will catapult the right screenplay into the quarter- or even semi-finalist stage. 
Reaching this level is all but guaranteed to generate reader requests which help you win 
and maybe even some phone calls from interested parties.

Top 10 screenplay competitions:

1.    Academy Nicholl Fellowship

2.    Sundance Screenwriters Lab

3.    Final Draft Big Break Contest

4.    TrackingB

5.    Launch Pad

6.    Slamdance

7.    Scriptapalooza

8.    PAGE International

9.    BlueCat

10.    Austin Film Festival