WVU This Week October 28, 2011
Quote of the Week
"Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody."
Mark Twain (1835-1910) submitted by: Scott Mallory
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*** A Birdie Told Me - Writing Markets
YES! Magazine documents how people are creating a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. They welcome submissions that relate directly to this focus.
Each issue of YES! includes a series of articles focused on a theme—about solutions to a significant challenge facing our world—and a number of timely, non-theme articles. Their non-theme section provides ongoing coverage of issues like health, climate change, globalization, media reform, faith, democracy, economy and labor, social and racial justice, and peace building. For past examples, please see their back issues page.
YES! is not interested in simply bemoaning the problems that face our society. Instead, they highlight solutions in action that address the roots of our deepest ecological, social, and political problems. They emphasize engaging storytelling and factual accuracy. They are especially interested in authentic stories of positive change from the grassroots that can serve as models and inspiration for others. They also publish essays that frame or re-envision societal trends—and how these could bring about transformation and progress.
They do not accept unsolicited poetry or fiction. Personal essays are sometimes considered if they illuminate a relevant cultural, political, or environmental topic. They do not endorse any candidate, party, or legislation, although they cover legislation and political races as news items, to the degree that they relate to their core mission. They do not adhere to any particular spiritual tradition, although they welcome articles that are explicitly founded in any faith (or in secularism).
Pay rates for articles vary and are negotiated based on the circumstances of the writer and the assignment. YES! pays higher rates for original reporting and deeply researched stories that break new ground. YES! is a nonprofit publication and accepts no advertisements. Articles written solely for the website are generally unpaid.
In order to engage as many people as possible in creating a more just, sustainable, and compassionate society, they make their articles available under the Creative Commons license. They generally include in their contracts permission to allow reprinting of authors’ work, with the provision that any reprint acknowledge that the article first appeared in YES! and include the author byline. Reprints and repostings may include translations. If any fee is involved, they request payment be made directly to their authors, and if the publication plans any modifications of the article, they also request that they contact the author. Authors may also reprint their articles elsewhere with credit to YES!
They greatly prefer electronic submissions. They recommend that you send queries and proposals rather than completed submissions. Please accompany queries with published clips or a writing sample.
Features are generally 1,000-2,500 words in length, and sidebars usually 100-250. They also accept queries for Signs of Life (100-450 words), the Commentary section (500 words), and In Review (200-1000 words). Photos are encouraged.
Send electronic submissions to submissions [at] yesmagazine.org. Please send all attachments in either text or PDF format. If you are querying about a time-sensitive news story, please put the word "timely" in the subject line.
Allow at least three months for a response.
***Upcoming MFA Courses
MFA Courses are always free to annual, 3-year, and lifetime members.
Classes starting October 27 Registration ends October 29
MFA 103 Creativity and the Cumulative Sentence
Classes starting November 3 Registration ends November 5
MFA 105 Sentences: Tough, Sweet, and Stuffy
Classes starting November 10 Registration ends November 12
MFA 201 Discovering the Rose in the Rubble
Classes starting November 17 Registration ends November 19
MFA 202 Finding Triggers
Classes starting November 24 Registration ends November 26
MFA 203 The Masks of Fiction
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***Upcoming WVU Classes
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Classes Starting October 26 Registration ends October 29
B128 Opening Hooks
F126 Story Structures
F178 Writing Boosters - Recipe #2 facilitated by Joni Zipp
N124 Writing for a Living
P172 Poetry Triggers - Using Music as an Inspiration to Write Poetry facilitated by Joni Zipp
Classes Starting November 2 Registration ends November 5
B154 Finding Your Voice
C102 Comedy Writing Part 2, Prerequisite Part 1
B136 Introduction to Fiction Writing
F160 Lightness and Weight in Fiction
B107 Writers Way Part 1 facilitated by Janet Smith
Classes Starting November 9 Registration ends November 12
B122 Libel and Permission
F148 Other Worlds in Science Fiction and Fantasy
F236 Romancing the Plot Doctor
N116 Writing for Magazines Part 3, Prerequisite Part 2
Classes Starting November 16 Registration ends November 19
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by MelissaAnne
B134 Proper Intertwining of Plot and Character
C118 Comedy Workshop: Working With Analyzation
F108 Creativity In A Box
F102 Romance Writing Part B
Classes Starting November 23 Registration ends November 26
B114 Point of View & Related Topics
B132 Complex and Believable Characters
F146 Let's Make A Scene
F162 Character Driven Plots - The Big 5
Classes Starting November 30 Registration ends December 3
F220 Writing Boosters - Brainstorming for Characters,
facilitated by Joni Zipp
N122 News Writing Part 2, Prerequisite N120
F164 The Single Effect Theory by Poe
N102 Writing for the Web Part 2, Prerequisite Part 1
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