by Gina Gareri-Watkins   He knew what he was doing when He gave her to me.  If not for her smile, my feet would be under the earth instead of on it.   Each morning she scales the rails on her crib, swings her slender legs over, dismounts, and pads across the hall to the edge of my mattress.               “Good morning, Mama!” she chirps.              I lay still and take inventory.              Stomach nauseous?  Heart racing?  Skin crawling?              All three, but her powder scent pulls me to shore.    I take three breaths and dive up.   … Continue reading Innocence

JOBS WEEK 9/15/2008

TECHNICAL WRITER Location Research Triangle Park, NC — Deadline September 19, 2008. Employing Agency: National Institutes of Health. You will serve as a copy editor and proof reader for Environmental Health Perspectives, a monthly scientific journal. ===== ONLINE EDITOR/WRITER Location New York, NY — Planned Parenthood Action Program seeks a dynamic, experienced, web writer to research, develop, write, and edit content for Planned Parenthood’s online presence, on its own websites and on external online media, with a focus on political and other non-health subject areas. ===== COPYWRITER Location Atlanta, GA — 80% marketing, advertising and customer communications … Continue reading JOBS WEEK 9/15/2008


JUNIOR BASEBALL — Addresses the needs and interests of the youth baseball player, parent, and coach. Covering the 7 to 17-year-old age range (with emphasis on the 10-14 year old experience), Junior Baseball is the magazine for the kids who play the game. The standard rate for text is 20 cents/word, unless other arrangements are made. For reprinted articles, or work that requires extensive re-editing, the payment is half standard rate. “In The Spotlight” articles accompanied by photos (when applicable) pay $25 – $50. ‘Player’s Story’ pays $50. Coaches’ Clinic pays from $50 to $100. ===== SHARPINGTON AND COMPANY … Continue reading FREELANCE MARKETS WEEK 9/15/2008

GRANTS WEEK 9/15/2008

ARROWHEAD REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL — McKnight/ARAC Individual Artist Career Development Grant program provides developing and established regional artists with funds of up to $1,000 to take advantage of an impending or artist generated, concrete opportunity. The project must represent a unique, short-term opportunity that will have a significant impact on the applicant’s career. These grants are not meant to support the completion of ongoing work or to develop commercial venues for an artist’s art. Artists working in the visual, literary, or performing arts are eligible to apply to this program. Deadline November 28, 2008. The Council serves the art … Continue reading GRANTS WEEK 9/15/2008


BLACK CAUCUS OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION — NO ENTRY FEE The Committee will present three prizes of $500 each for adult books written by African American authors: a First Novelist Award, a Fiction Award and a Nonfiction Award. The First Novelist Award is given to recognize an outstanding work by a first time African American fiction writer. Honor Book citations are also awarded in fiction and nonfiction without any accompanying monetary remuneration. Additionally, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing citation is provided to an author and/or publishing company for unique books that offer a positive depiction of African Americans. … Continue reading COMPETITIONS WEEK 9/15/2008


GIBSON GIRLS PUBLISHING — Gibson Girl Publishing Company, a royalty paying e-publishing company, is accepting fiction and nonfiction multicultural books. It is open to all fiction genres except for children’s, erotica, and poetry. Nonfiction is limited to inspirational and “how to” books. ===== MIDWEST LIVING — If you remember a special event or experience — from the past or only yesterday — that’s particularly related to living in the Heartland, we’d like to hear about it. Tell us your story about a happening that typifies life in the Midwest. If we publish your essay (750 words or less, … Continue reading JOBS/MARKETS WEEK 9/15/08