Volume 1 - Issue 1

Where your dreams take flight...

Ever notice that all the REALLY good information is shared at The Water Cooler?  This one is no different.  Stop, chat and drink in the plethora of markets for African-American Writers on offer and a few that aren't specifically geared to African-American writers but are good opportunities...

Subscribers: 27

Jay's Mansion  
by Tonya Blount

ISBN: 0972455310
Release date: May 2004

With two strikes and batting at the bottom of the ninth Jay chooses a life that ends in death...

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Editor's Quill

Welcome to the first issue of ATWC (At The Water Cooler) an Ezine for African American Writers.

The aim of ATWC is to establish its presence as a valid resource for ethnic writers.

What this Ezine is NOT:

  • A How-to write Ezine 
  • A review and critique Ezine

ATWC is an opt-in newsletter here at your leisure. Unsubscribe instructions are at the end of the newsletter.

Use of this information is at your own risk. Aside from the verification of URLs, ATWC makes no warranty as to accuracy or suitability for your purpose. Use of common sense and normal precautions is advised in the use of information provided.

In addition, our subscriber list is not made available to others.


That being said, crank up that printer, replenish that supply of hi-liters and get busy!.



We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. 

          --Romans 8:28 Amplified Version

(IN OTHER WORDS: See your adversity as an opportunity to fine tune your character.  We are more than conquerors.)

In this issue:
1. Whet Your Whistle
2. Questions and Answers
3. Thirst Quencher (Freelance Markets)
4. Water Break (Brag Section/Warnings about markets)
5. Tips from the Experts
6. Awards/Calls for Submissions/Contests
7. Events & Opportunities
8. Ads for Writers

Whet Your Whistle

A Drink...Anyone?
(c) 2004 by D.S. White

This Ezine is a water cooler of sorts for African-American writers who haven’t found or don’t have time to find avenues to market their dreams for compensation.

I’m constantly searching the net, joining lists, groups, entering contests etc. to put food on the table (figuratively, I’ve got an 8-5). In the search, surprise, surprise, guess which group was under represented? You guessed it. Minorities.

Although being a woman seems not to be a minority issue (on the web), being an African-American Christian female has posed a challenge. Not an insurmountable one, mind you, or this Ezine would be a waste of time.

Being the hoarder that I am, every time I came across a relevant website, I would put it into a file.

During a long overdue cleaning binge last Saturday, I came across my file of printouts. Upon noticing the magnitude of material I’d amassed, I realized that I had a product that others would want.

I’d already spent the time sifting through a slew of markets to find those geared towards me, it’s just a step further to organize that material into an ongoing Ezine.

Why would I give away all that hard earned, time-consuming information for free? Simple, because along the way, someone else took the time to stop and show me the way. I’ve learned that wisdom is the correct application and sharing of knowledge.

I've said all that to say, come on in, use what you can, nix what you can't, or share the whole thing.  And when that acceptance letter, email or phone call comes, walk on over to the water cooler to give us a shout out!

*Popping a bottle of sparkling cider* (the champagne of many Christians)…and we’re off!

Authors/writers/poets/freelancers...need a web presence?  Get  a  simple yet professionally designed banner-free and ad-free author/writer web page right here at ATWC hosted for as low as $0.75 per month!  For more information email webpage@atwc1.com

Questions and Answers

Q. Why The Water Cooler?

A. Two reasons:

1. Water; refreshing, thirst quencher, forceful, life sustaining, symbolic of Jesus the Christ.  

2. The Water Cooler; a casual place, usually located at work, a park, a library.  Ever notice how it's hard to be stuck up with water squirting up your nose?  (Don't act like that's only happened to me).  With your guard down, you feel comfortable to share.  Information, juicy gossip and a cautionary word or two.  

I can't promise you juicy gossip, but I can promise paying freelance markets, marketing tips and a cautionary word or three.

© 2004 D.S. White

D.S. White is the author of "Age is Just a Number" Serial Memoir.  Email your questions to questions@atwc1.com and, as space allows, they will be answered in this column.

Let's  Talk  Honestly.---- http://www.letstalkhonestly.com

A website of African American commentary, comics, poetry as well as a weekly poetry contest.  For adults open to honest talk on black issues. Come check it out and chill for awhile.


Thirst Quencher - Freelance Markets!

Our company seeks someone to create the content for e-cards for the African-American market. We require a person or persons with imagination to create tag lines and/or slogans that will evoke the right sentiments.

The writing has to be original. The contract would be for between 10 -25 cards to start and on an adhoc basis thereafter.

Also, we would like the person or persons to develop the slogan for the E-card collection.  Please let us know the rate per card.

Email: soulsyster2000@yahoo.ca


American Legacy Magazine
Audrey Peterson, Editor. 85% - 100% freelance. Pays on acceptance. Publishes ms 1 - 12 months after acceptance. Rights purchased not specified. Accepts reprints "if writer will tailor to our style and needs." Responds 1 - 8 weeks.  Sample articles at website. Subscription $9.95. Guidelines by email. Paying Market.  Submit query with cover letter and bio (a few clips help) or complete ms by mail with SASE.


Atlanta Tribune:
Black Atlanta's #1 resource for business, careers, technology and wealth building. Welcomes new writers.  Monthly. Publishes ms 2-6 months after acceptance. Buys all rights (including electronic rights). No reprints. Responds 4-6 weeks. Sample free with written, mailed request, or see website.  Paying market. Submit query by email to:  frobinson@atlantatribune.com.


Black Berry Speak
BlackBerrySpeak.com Urban Magazine. It's Time and Newsweek with flava. A real magazine, not just a web site, that includes news, commentary, business, sports, entertainment, spiritualities, and much much more.  Welcomes new writers.  Accepts books for reviews, poetry and short stories.  Small compensation and byline credit.  Email submission only:  bbs@iebbmedia.com ATTN: Book or Short Story or Poetry Submission.

Children's Writer
A 12-page monthly newsletter in two sections reporting on the marketplace for children's writing--books, articles, stories, plays, activities, and more. Current news, trends, tips, how to write to publish. Pays up to $300.


Common Ground Magazine
We pay 10 cents per word. Articles of 600 to 1,500 words are accepted. We will consider longer articles, up to 2,500 words, but will probably ask you to edit them to a shorter length once they are accepted, but please query first. Most articles are enhanced by a high contrast, compelling photo, line drawing or graphic. Western Canada's biggest and best-loved monthly magazine dedicated to health, wellness, ecology and personal growth.


Expresso Fiction
We are ALWAYS looking for entertaining stories between 1,000 and 3,500 words to email our subscribers. Pays $30 flat rate.


Vortical Magazine

VorticalMag.com works at being a quarterly online literary site. We welcome submissions of short fiction, memoir, or self-contained novel excerpts in traditional and experimental styles. We buy online rights for 90 days, with one-time non-exclusive print anthology rights. We pay up to $300 for featured writers. We pay an honorarium of $25 to all other writers we accept.


Woman's Day Essays

These essays are always based on the writer's personal experience and written in the first person. We like to cover significant issues that concern a large number of women and families, rather than subjects that impact only a few. The sentiments expressed should strike a chord with readers. Essays run about 650 words.  Woman's Day pays $2000 on acceptance.

Subscription email: 54803-subscribe@zinester.com
website: http://exhale.atwc1.com

Water Break - Brag Section/Cautionary Words

Well, let's see.

I've got a new project in the works:
KIC Print Magazine
Someone discovered my inability to keep a secret and correctly labeled me marketing and advertising for the upcoming PRINT issue of KIC Magazine.  Launch date will be Valentine's day February 2005.  I'll also be covering reviews of publishers, traditional and non-traditional, so stay tuned for our progress.

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Tips from the Expert

Stay tuned for tips in upcoming issues by Tonya Blount...
Self Published Author, Tonya Blount will join us for her column on making it as a self-published author.  
She is the author of "Leaving the Wilderness" and most recently "Jay's Mansion"

Tonya Blount is a writer, poet, lecturer and advocate against domestic violence.  As a child, Tonya has always been fascinated with the free-spirited world of creativity. Whether it was singing her favorite songs to the delight of her paternal grandparents, or writing poems for her parents.  She has always had a passion for music, and the written word--read more of her inspiring bio at http://www.tonyablount.net/bio.htm

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Awards/Calls for Submissions/Contests


Ta'Shia Asanti-Karade is excited to announce the biannual 2004 Urban Spectrum Black Book Awards. Winners will be announced in the December issue of the Urban Spectrum Newspaper.

About the Urban Spectrum

Presented with multiple awards by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists, the Burger King Foundation and many others, the Urban Spectrum Newspaper, which was founded by Rosalind B. Harris in Denver, Colorado over 16 years ago, remains committed to providing uncensored, unbiased, politically conscious and community centered local and national news, local and national community leader profiles, book, film and theater reviews and much, much more on a monthly basis. The Urban Spectrum is now on-line and can be enjoyed by millions of readers around the world.  Go to http://www.urbanspectrum.net to enjoy.

FYI: The Urban Spectrum is also a great source for advertising or getting the word out about your event. Reach thousands of African-Americans nationwide in the blink of an eye! Support urban news and urban newspapers by advertising with the Spectrum!

The Urban Spectrum Black Book Awards

In keeping with Urban Spectrum's commitment to literacy, US writer and book reviewer Ta'Shia Asanti-Karade submitted the idea for the U.S. Black Book Awards in 2002. Publisher B. Harris and editor Rosanne Makinen supported the idea 100% and thus came the first awards. This year, Ta'Shia Asanti-Karade is again seeking submissions for book awards.  

Eligibility criteria is as follows: 

1. The book must be written and/or edited by an African-American or person of African descent and the book must have been published between 2002-2004

2. Erotica is fine but no pornographic material will be accepted.

3. A review copy of the book along with cover art must be received by November 1, 2004. If you would like to submit a book, please write to Ta'Shia Asanti at allthewords@att.net for mailing information. All books remain the property of the Urban Spectrum Newspaper. Art and photos will be returned with proper information.

4. Writers can be local (in Colorado) or national from anywhere in the United States.

Black Book Award Categories

The categories for the 2004 awards are as follows:

Colorado-Based Writers Only

Best Fiction (Short Stories or Novel) by a Colorado Writer
Best Non-Fiction by a Colorado Writer
Best Poetry Book by a Colorado Writer
Best Prose Book by a Colorado Writer
Best Biography/Memoir by a Colorado Writer
Best Poetry Anthology by a Colorado Writer
Best Fiction Anthology by a Colorado Writer
Best Non-Fiction Anthology by a Colorado Writer/Editor
Best Poetry CD by a Colorado Poet

National Black Writers

National Best Fiction
National Best Non-Fiction
National Best Book of Prose
National Best Biography/Memoir
National Best Anthology-Non-Fiction
National Best Anthology-Fiction
National Best Anthology-Poetry

National Best Poetry Book

National Best Poetry CD

Colorado &/or Nationally-Based Black Writers

National Best Fiction by Black Gay Male Writer
National Best Fiction by Black Lesbian Writer
National Best Poetry Book by Black Gay Male Writer
National Best Poetry Book by Black Lesbian Writer
National Best Non-Fiction by Black Gay Male Writer
National Best Non-Fiction by Black Lesbian Writer
National Best Biography/Memoir by Black Lesbian and/or Gay
Male Writer
National Best Anthology Edited by a Black Lesbian and/or
Gay Male Writer

(Used by permission)


White Eagle Coffee Store Press invites poets to submit manuscripts to a contest for chapbook publication.

Open Competition:  No restrictions on style or subject matter.

Prize:  Winner receives $300. and 25 copies.  40 copies sent free to major poets/poetry organizations.  10 copies for press kits.  All entrants receive the winning book.

Deadline: October 31, 2004 - Postmark

Manuscript of 20 to 24 pages, easy to read printing.  No names on MS.
- Cover Title Page with Title, Name, Address, Phone, and brief Biography.
- Second Title Page.  No Name. 125 word Statement about your work to be included in book.  (materials,    methods, work habits, vision--whatever would introduce a new reader to your work.)
- Paginated Table of Contents.
- $10. Reading Fee.  Check to WECSP.  U.S. funds.
- Winner announced   late Winter 2005.
- SASE for contest results.  MSS recycled. #10 envelope.
- Simultaneous submissions OK, but please tell us should you publish elsewhere.
- List of credits for previously published poems.

Fall 2004 Judge: Allen C. West, author of The Time of Ripe Figs

Send MSS to:

Poetry Chapbook Contest
White Eagle Coffee Store Press
P.O. Box 383
Fox River Grove  IL  60021


Word of Mind
WOM announces its first annual contest for 2004! Entries are now being accepted in four categories; poetry, short stories, articles and photography. All entries must be postmarked no later than November 1st, 2004. One winner per category.

First Prize -- $30
Second Prize -- $20
Third Prize -- $10
Fourth Prize --$5


N.E.B. Publishing invites you to participate in the 3rd Annual One-Page Story Contest

"If I had more time, I would have written a shorter Story."- Mark Twain

How tight can you write? Create a story of 300 words or less, on any subject, with a discernible beginning, middle and end. No entry fee.

First Prize: $100
Second Prize: $50
Third Prize: $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

Deadline: January 15, 2005

Visit http://nebpublishing.com for full contest rules and guidelines.


SPONSORED BY Science Fiction Writers of Earth
Entry Fee:
$5.00 -- The fee includes a one-year membership in SFWoE.*
Each additional submittal requires a fee of $2.00.

Deadline -- postmarked on or before 30 October 2004

$200 First Prize -- $100 Second Prize -- $50 Third Prize (Prize money on deposit at Omni American FCU in Fort Worth, Texas.)

The First Place story is eligible for placement on the FWoE Website for 180 days -- paid $75USD.


P.O. Box 121293
Fort Worth, TX 76121


BLACK AMERICAN CULTURE/LITERARY PRIZE Seeking books published in 2004 dealing with studies of black American culture and literature. Contact or send 4 copies to: 
William Sanders Scarborough

Prize, Modern Language Assn, 26 Broadway 3rd Fl, New York NY 10004


646-576-5141 OR awards@mla.org

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Events & Opportunities


Summer 2005 Black Enterprise-Internship/Freelance Writers

Job Information
Job Title:  Summer 2005 Internship/Freelance Writers
Job Category:  News Writing - Editorial / Magazine
Work Location:  Texas-Dallas
Type:  Internship
Job Posting Date:   10-01-2004


Black Enterprise 2005 Summer Internship Program BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine seeks talented and motivated college Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students to participate in our 2005 Summer Internship Program. Interested students are expected to have demonstrated an interest in publishing and have a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Internships are normally available in any department in the Company, however students interested in internships in the Editorial department should provide published writing samples as part of their application materials. Our 2005 Summer Internship Program begins on June 6, 2005 and continues through August 12, 2005.

Interested students should forward their résumés, cover letters and writing samples (if applicable). We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age or handicap. It is our intention
that all applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.
Résumés with cover letters and writing samples (if applicable) should be mailed to:

Ms. Natalie M. Hibbert
Employment & Benefits Manager
130 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10011.

The deadline for internship application materials is Monday, January 31, 2005.

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Information & Credits

At The Water Cooler Ezine (ATWC) is published by D.S. White, Editor & Contributing Author. Every month, Mondays.

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