Write about reaching for the stars.
Write about what money can’t buy.
“The Verge covers the way technology and science are changing the way we live.” — Writer’s Digest. “Positioned at the ultra-relevant intersection of technology and culture, The Verge affords writers an opportunity to explore unique stories in longform that fit its editorial interests, such as an unexpected side effect of an app, a surveillance program people aren’t aware of, the inside story of a product’s development, a cutting-edge research programmer, an online community or trend that’s escaped notice. With numerous Webby Awards to its name, reach to an expansive audience, and respectable pay, this market holds solid potential for freelance tech-heads.” —Tyler Moss, interim editor, Writer’s Digest How to submit: Email a clear, concise pitch detailing your story idea and why it’s a good fit for The Verge, as well as a short bio and links to previous work, to the appropriate section editor.
Guest Blogger Alison Luterman writes about going deep with your writing. Originally posted in her May 1 newsletter. Many years ago, in Hawaii, I got a chance to go “scuba diving.” I’m putting the words in quotes because it was really pretend scuba diving for tourists. There was no training involved other than the most basic instructions on how to breathe through a tube connected to the oxygen tank that was strapped to each person’s back. I think we had to sign a waiver saying we would not sue the company if we drowned. Then a group of us waded out, submerged, and voila! We were “scuba diving.” Well, not quite. My man-friend, S., had heavy bones and big muscles and he descended like a stone to the ocean floor. I could see him fifteen feet below me picking up beautiful shells while I floated directly above him. I couldn’t…
I like the sound of . . . Write about the sounds you like. Photo by Christina Gleason Or, write about sounds you don’t like.
Write about how different your life . . . or your fictional character’s life would be . . . if that one thing didn’t happen.
The smell of childhood. Write about smells from your childhood, or smells from your alter ego’s childhood. I immediately think of food: Fresh peaches, just picked strawberries with that earthy smell, piping hot chicken potpie fresh from the oven, just-baked chocolate chip cookies, hot buttery popcorn, s’mores = toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate, crisp graham crackers. Yum! Outdoor smells: Freshly mown grass, river, diesel, ocean, fog, smog, campfire, burning leaves, snow.
“A publisher of ‘best-in-class journalism about hidden places, incredible history, scientific marvels and gastronomical wonders,’ Atlas Obscura spotlights the weird and wonderful from around the globe.” July/August 2018, Writer’s Digest. How to Pitch Atlas Obscura There are two main sections on Atlas Obscura: the Places database (a.k.a. “The Atlas”) and Stories, which is the home for reported articles. If you are pitching us a write-up of a place that you have visited or heard about, it is probably most suited to be an entry in the Places database. These are crowd-sourced submissions that go through an editorial process before being published. You can read more on how to submit a Place entry here. We generally do not pay for place submissions. For the Stories section, we are seeking original journalism. Stories that will surprise us and article ideas that would never have occurred to us but that we won’t be…
Describe your alter ego: Looks, personality quirks, how does he/she come across? For example, if she/he were speaking on a stage, what would people think of her/him? What did he/she like to do as a child?
❉ The 2018 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest ❉ The theme for the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest is: “The Magic of ‘If . . .’ Through the Power of Poetry.” There are five categories: If I Could See The Future If I Could Travel Back In Time If I Had A Robot That Knew Everything If I Believed Anything Was Possible If Money Grew On Trees You may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories. Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. Entry Forms and Contest Rule can be downloaded: www.libraryatlincoln.org Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 21, 2008 Questions—contact Alan Lowe…