Norad Calls for Concept for Concept paper for funding


Norad is seeking submission of proposals for its “Strategic Partnership for Strengthening Framework Conditions for the Private Sector” that is geared to stimulate to business climate, and promotes private sector development PSD. Application for funding is now open to the following countries: Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Myanmar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Colombia.
Area of project priority to include: agriculture, for example agro-processing, fishing and marine incomes, decentralized off-grid solution, and skills scarcities in renewable energy, and lastly, Information and Communication Technology ICT

The call for concept papers could be funded up to NOK 50 million maximum, and NOK 5 million minimum.
Eligible activities for this fund could be for training of skilled labor for an industry. It could be a group of companies with real documented needs.

The project could be at the vocational level, higher technical or managerial levels. Industry associations, chambers of commerce and industry, would be lead applicants for this fund.

Institutions that hope to improve access to SME-finance can apply but not microfinance and rural finance. Initiatives within quality improvement and certification for a sector, qualify to apply for funding. Non-profit institutions are main application for the funds.

Some of the programs funded by Norad includes: Rights of Minority of faith and beliefs, women, peace, and security, job creation, Private sector development, technical and vocational Education and training, Civil society education among others, according to their website.
Application is via website only. For more information go to:
“Norad Call for Concept Notes”

About Norad
Norad is the Norwegian Agency For Development Cooperation that do quality assurance of Norwegian Development Cooperation. This Agency is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Norad is charged with 5 main tasks, These includes: Quality assurance and monitoring, Aid advisory service, Grants Programs, Evaluation and Communication.handful-of-cash-1140x641

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Calls for free submissions for a pay



The Puritan is a literary magazine journal. It is one of the Canada’s Premier online literary magazines. It is based in Toronto, and it was founded in late 2006. The magazine is dedicated to publishing the best essays, poetry, fiction, interviews, and reviews. It is now open, and seeks, to receive submission from both local writers, and writers around the world. It has recently published many finest literary talents, both at home and aboard, you too can make to a by-line.

But before you submit your work please take sometimes to read their past issue online.

They pay high bounties for quality work, and their current publication rates are as follows:
$100 per Essay they publish
$50 per published work of fiction
$100 Per Interviews they accept
$100 For a review they use
$15 per a poem they received and accept to published
$60 for poems running for four pages and above.

Puritan’s regular submissions for Fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews free of charge.

For contests entry fee is charged for the Thomas Morton Prize, which is $20. The Winner in fiction or poetry will receive $1000 in cash prizes. Runners-up will pocket $200, and, a generous prize pack of books, plus a magazine subscription.
Submissions received in March 25 are considered for the spring issue. You are already later for this, published in May. Now focus on August issue, and submissions are received by June 25, to be considered for the summer issue. The work they received in September 25 to be considered for the fall issue published in November, 2017. For February issue it is received by December 25. It is the quarterly publication.

About The Puritan
It began in 2007 as an independently funded print journal, dedicated to publishing, essays, fiction, and interviews in Ottawa, Ontario. It was sold in bookstores across the city. In its early times, it was Ottawa’s only quarterly prose journal. The magazine resumed publishing, and now in the form of an online magazine operating from Toronto. Its mandate is poetry and reviews. Now it seeks to publish the best in all forms of writing from all corners of the world.

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Call for paper submission


The international journal of humanities and social studies (IJHSS) is receiving papers for publishing, for their May. 2017 issue. They receive original works in form of empirical studies, case studies, theoretical articles, and meta-analysis, from professors, research scholars, and higher archivers.

The deadline is on 25th of May, 2017.
Publication date is 31st of May, 2017 for May, 2017 issue.
Publication fee is charged, and this fee is to be deposited 3 days after payment is made.

Corporate professionals to pay $80, this will includes publication fee, digital certification, and life time archiving.

For Professors, scholars, and, student they will have to pay $65.

For information on how to submit your paper, go to The International Journal of Humanities and social studies website. They received submission through email only.
What they require most from your paper is originality, and they quality of your work. They love publish work of high quality work, they receive.

About The IJHSS
It is a monthly publication, and review of international journal of humanities and social sciences.

The IJHSS acronyms according to their website, stands for The International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies.

It is a voyage across the world as an academic Journal, and it is distinct in its experimental area. It is wide range of a broad range of leading schools of thoughts, its results, and interdisciplinary.
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IJHSS is independent of its kind. It inspires latest research endeavor from research territory.
They encourage all categories of learners, and learned ones from different levels of literary, and social studies to contribute their talent and innovation of social science subjects.


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Calls for lucrative grants funding proposals


The UN Department of Public Information is receiving applications from young journalists, for the 2017 Reham Al-Farra RAF, Memorial Journalists fellow program. The last day of receiving appli…

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     The UN Department of Public Information is receiving applications from young journalists, for the 2017 Reham Al-Farra RAF, Memorial Journalists fellow program. The last day of receiving application is 21, May 2017.

UN General Assembly Resolution 35/201, paragraph III-9, mandated in December 1980. In September 2003 it was renamed, to be called now, Reham Al Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Program”.

This program helps young journalists to gain first-hand experience working in the United Nations. It is an opportunity for journalists from different countries to meet, and exchange ideas with United Nations communication professionals.

The program is open to junior and mid-level media professionals from developing economies and in transition economies.

This fellowship covers roundtrip airfare from applicant country of residence to New York. It provides a daily allowance of about $385.  This is be used for accommodation and daily meals. The allowance is adequate to cover a standard hotel, and food rates in New York.

Applicant for this program must meet the following criteria: be between 22 and 35 years old, a fulltime working journalist, and proficient in English, with a passport valid for at least six month, time beyond the beginning of the program in September, 2017 and be a national of a developing country.

Application is online via website:

Google search:  Reham Al Farra Memorial Journalists Fellowship Program.

BioInnovate Africa Programme is set to give out $5 million grant funding to support researchers, scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs in eastern Africa. The deadline for application is 2 June, 2017 its purpose is to link bio-based research ideas, technologies to businesses, and the market. BioInnovate Africa Program is a regional initiative supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

The goal of BioInnovate Africa Programme is to improve the productivity, and living standards of smallholder farming communities in eastern Africa. The purpose is to make agro and bio processing competitive and environmentally maintainable enterprise.

The main objectives are to generate bioscience innovations. This is meant to address the needs of smallholder farmers, and agro processors in the eastern Africa region. To be involved in policy making and evaluate applicable policy options to support bioscience innovations.

Areas to focus includes: value addition to agro produce, and making of agribusiness opportunities. Agro and bio waste adaptation is meant to support of climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability and development of policies to foster bioscience innovations in the east African region.

This funding available is up to $ 5 million for three years. This fund is to be allocated in two categories as follows: First grant is up to $3.75 million, meant to develop and do piloting economically viable bio based technologies and products. The second category is about $1.25 million for Biobased technology business incubation.

Application requirement

Applicants are eligible to apply for these grants must a researcher, a scientist innovator or entrepreneur who is a permanent resident in any of the Eastern African countries, which includes: Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda,

Applicants must be formally associated with a university, private firm, or public research organization as a full-time employee.

Private Firms must be legally registered smallholder farmer based, community based organization or a group. Students already admitted in local universities within the region for PhD or Master’s Degree will benefit from funds to support their tuition fees.  These students have to attach to applicant’s project team, and should not be as co-applicants. Postgraduate Students can be supported only through operational costs. They have to do their research within applicant project.

Applicant can apply online via website. Visit BioInnovate Africa Programme


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A call for artists worldwide to enter online exhibition


nature-art-wallpaper-1If you are an artist and you are looking for places to submit you creative work, The National Association of Women Artists and The Cube Art Project, are looking for you and your art, for consideration as well as exhibitions. Please apply before deadline. You can submit your work, or share this post with someone you know, who is an artist, and she or he is looking for audience to their art work.

 The National Association of Women Artists’ has announced a worldwide online exhibition for innovative crafts. Deadline is May 14, 2017. The show will run from June 1, 2017 through to August 1, 2017.

People eligible for this art exhibition

It is open to all The National Association of Women Artist members. Non-members women can also submit their work so long as they are 18 years and above. All applied arts will be considered. These will include: book arts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, tapestry, mosaics needle-point, metal work, quilting, wood work, origami, basket weaving and papier-mâché.

Awards and benefits

They only want one winner, who will be featured on, and her own page. The page will include biography of artist’s statement. There will be several images of her works, plus links to her own website. Links to exhibition on the home page will be shown.

Pay entry fee

Members of the National Associations of Women Artists’ will have to pay $35 entry fee. And non-members will have pay $45 for two entries. For every additional entry up to 5 entries, you will to pay $10.

How to apply

Application is only done online. Every participating artist is allowed to submit up to five artworks. It must be artist original work. All communication will be handled The National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA).

The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) is the oldest women’s fine art organization in USA, founded in 1889. It is a exciting community of professional women artists. It strives to support its members and women artists in general, through exhibitions and educational programs.  NAWA members represent all areas of the visual arts. It includes photography, painting, print-making, video art, installations, en-caustic, mixed media and sculpture.

The Cube Art Project

They are seeking, animations, video art, motion graphics, video-mapping and sound visualization projects for screening on their large three dimensional monitor the Cube. This screen is seen by a larger audience, hundreds of people in day. It could reach tens of thousands people in weeks. This submission is open to amateur and as well as professional artists worldwide. It is a curated competition of artwork.  It good for a public art audience, extensive latitude in genre and in style will be considered.  Consideration is given to artworks that are of a formal, and visual appeal.

Awards to presented to winners
1st prize = $500
2nd prize = $250
3rd prize = $10

participants submitting special project are given a stipend up to $1600 to cover expenses.

How to apply

You apply online only. Just type of Google search “The Cube Art Project” and click on apply online link. $5 entry fee is payable.

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6 magazines and website that publish articles about family, children, and Parenting


For those who specifically love to write about family trends, parenting styles, children up bring, unique family composition; the list bellow gives you, as a writer an opportunity to publish with them your professionally crafted writings. What you need to know is the need of their target audience. For example to inform, educate and entertain their target audience, this is actually what every publisher want get from your writing. Is your writing of benefit to their target audience? It is question in mind of a publisher before using your work.

Simply Family Magazine

It is a monthly publication. It is designed as a free resource for families in areas around Montana region. As the name suggests, Simply Family Magazine, it covers every aspect of parenting steps starting from newborns through college freshmen-and-women. They allow room for plenty of humorous stories. They reserve rights to edit for length and clarity. They publish also how-to pieces are of non-locals origin. Payment is made after publication, and payment differs, depending depth, and length of the work Submitted. For more information access and read writers guideline and editorial calendar.

They run print, columns and online. They do assign features to established freelancers. Pitches must be specifically related to the working moms. It can be geared to her, personal life style, work, family and well-being. It can also be a blend all mentioned above. The length of work they need is about (1000-2000) words for print. They assign Columns to their staff to write, but if one has an idea for their humor back page, they wish to see your pitch. They do assign short features to freelancers and the length online assignment is from 500 – 1,000 words. Payment is about $150. For more information read their submission guidelines.

Metro Parent

Metro parent media is always looking for talent to contribute to their regional parenting magazine, which covers Southwest Michigan. It is a monthly publication. The aim is to have entertaining, educative, informative and interesting stories about parents. They offer to pay $350 for feature articles and $35 for other articles. They boast of over 60 000 verified circulation and a readership of about 300 000 readers. Work length range from 100 words to about 2500 words, according to their website. For more about what they publish, read their submission guidelines.

Alaska Parent Magazine

They generally seek articles on parenting styles and family’s life .It also publishes a helpful editorial calendar, and they pay up to $200 for every article they use. Alaska Parent magazine is always looking for talented freelance writers with a fresh, engaging writing style and a keen sense of the topics that matter to parents. They recommend you read more about their publication. This so for writers to get a feel for the type of articles they value and promote. They pay $40-$200 for original articles, and $25-$40 for reprints. For more information read their
submission guidelines.

Lies about Parenting
It publishes articles that provoke thoughts on all aspects of being a parent. They accept pitches for articles that offer advice and share surprises, a personal story, and self-disclosure. Payment is $50 for every post used. For more information read their submission guidelines.

Adoptive Family Magazine
It is an award-winning resource for adoptive parents. It is also for people who wish to navigate the adoption process; Adoptive Families gives information, and support through expertly crafted articles, personal essays, and advice. They need a query Letter and payment is not disclosed. They have specified for “parents writers only”. “I am thinking if I am not a parent writer”. I just change now and I become one and send my work to them. For information on how to submit your work read submission guidelines.

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11 magazines and blogs that publish work of Art and Design


For writers seeking to make money writing, I have compiled below, a list of eleven magazines and blogs, you can submit your work for a pay. Some pay as high as $800 per article. It is good for authors who love to write about the beauty in the art, and design, and the people behind this beauty. You may not be writing about these themes, but you know of a friend or a network who does write about it, please share

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5 Essay writing contests Available for 2017 writing competition


 Below is a list of five essay writing competition available this year. What you need to do is to visit their website for details on how to submit your work. Some of this contest charged a reading fee but, they are genuine and scam free. To do this, just search for the contest review. All of them have a very positive website reviews. Note that these contest accept only online submission and through email.

Steinberg Essay Contest

This contest is named after and in honor of Fourth Genre’s founding editor Michael J. Steinberg.  It accepts only unpublished, non-fiction essays of about 6,000 words.  The author needs to familiarize with submission guideline. The winning essay will be published in the spring issue of Fourth Genre the following year.

Deadline March 15th, 2017

Entry fee $ 22

Genre: essay and non-fiction

Winter 2017 Narrative Magazine story contest

Winter Contest is open to all non-fiction and fiction authors. What they are looking for short shorts story. They have varied categories of this, for exam general submission, iStory, six-word stories or iPoem.  They also receive memoirs, personal essays, graphic stories, and photo essays. Reading fee differs, it depends on most what category you wish to do a submission.  They are looking for all kinds of literary nonfiction.  They do publish longer excerpts, from works of both non-fiction, and fiction.  The entry should be unpublished original work of no longer than 15000 words. It must not have been published before either in print or electronic or used in any contest as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention prior.

Deadline March 31th, 2017

Entry fee $ 25

Genre: essay, non-fiction, fiction, Memoir, short stories.


Essay collection contest

Cleveland State University’s Essay Collection contest welcomes the submission of all essays regardless of the author’s previous publications and Manuscripts approximately 100-300 pages in length. The winner will receive the publication, plus the cash prize of $1000, and together with a standard royalty contract. For details, go through their submission guidelines.

Deadline March 31th, 2017

Entry fee $ 28

Genre: essay, non-fiction

C.G Jung society of St. Louis Writing contest

The receive work for competition through email. The theme in 2017 Writing Contest is Dreams, Memories, and Sensualities.  Your work should be up to 3500 words in length. All submissions must be original and not previously published. The first winner will go home with a cash prize of $1000, second best $500 and third will pocket $250. Please note the deadline.

Deadline March 31th, 2017

Entry fee $10

Genre: essay, non-fiction and fiction



Arizona Literary contest 2017

They accept previously published works. They receive submission in the following categories: Nonfiction, fiction, and Children’s Literature. Publishing date for previously published work must be 2016 or 2017. Submission of Unpublished work may include work of Poetry, New Drama, Essay, Short Story, Article, True Story, or Unpublished Novel.

Top four finalists in all categories except New Drama, maybe be published and featured in the Arizona Literary Magazine 2018 and the winning New Drama script is published in its entirety.

To qualify for an award, entry must remain unpublished until literary award is announced in each category. This communication will be made on November 4, 2017. Entering the 2017 Arizona Literary Contest, all unpublished contestants do agree to consign first serial rights to Arizona Authors’ Association

Deadline July 1st, 2017

Entry fee $FREE

Genre: essay, non-fiction, humor, short story, fiction, memoir, and poetry


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5 magazines and websites that publish articles on “theme” education


If you love writing about education, and all that associated with it, this post is for you. To benefit from this post, first read what kind of articles they publish, and their submission guidelines…

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5 magazines and websites that publish articles on “theme” education


If you love writing about education, and all that associated with it, this post is for you. To benefit from this post, first read what kind of articles they publish, and their submission guidelines.. Some of these magazines and website accept unsolicited submission; some want a query letter or pitch. Payment is between $50 and $1000. Submit your work to any of them, or if you can all them.

PTO Today

This is a magazine for leaders of parent-teacher organizations; for example PTO, PTC, and PTA. They publish articles every after one month. That means six times in a year. They publish articles discussing parental involvement in school leadership, working with school staff and school funding or fundraising. They run how-to pieces, profiles of people, programs, and expertise articles. The tone of the article is informational, and informal, not really news. According to PTO today website, they don’t talk down to readers; instead they use PTO-specific examples to express concepts.  They do prefer writers who use the language of parent groups in their writings.  It is a well-paying publication, from $200 to $700 for a feature article. For more read their submission guidelines.

Back to College

This publication accepts and receives unsolicited articles submission discussing information for adult back to college students to pursue advance degrees. The article is to discuss re-entry experiences from getting a scholarship, on campus life to mastering online education option. They feature articles addressing issues of importance of adult students according to their website. Length of articles is from 1000 words to 1500 words plus. Payment per articles is $55 plus for original articles and for reprint $27.  Notification for acceptance is 30 days minimum and 90 days maximum. For more go through their submission guidelines.

American Educator

 It is a quarterly publication, which means four times a year. They prefer queries to manuscripts.

It is run by the American Federation of Teachers. It mostly addresses the state of education in whole the country. It covers new trends in education, labor issues, and politics.  Article length is typically runs from 1000 to 5000 words. Payment is up to $300 for articles. For more, go through submission guidelines.

Teaching Tolerance

It provides several opportunities for freelancers to contribute articles and lessons. It is simple, what they require is lively and concise writing. Note their audience of preK-12 educators, are interested in diversity, anti-bias, multiculturalism, and social justice themes. Be familiar with Teaching Tolerance’s style of writing and content prior contacting them to publish your article.  They accept freelance submissions for articles, lessons and blog posts that reflect their viewpoint. Payment up to $1 a word for features article. This means an article up to 800 words, you are paid $800.  To earn more write more words up to 1600 words maximum. For more go through their submission guidelines.

  Education Forum

It is the official magazine of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. They serve as a progressive voice on public education. That is, on all issues affecting people working in public education. They have a reach of 60000 public education workers in Ontario, Canada. Payment is up to $500 for every feature articles. This can be someone monthly salary some place in Africa. For more read their submission guidelines.




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18 steps to writing a book proposal for a writing grant scholarship


Having a book idea is not enough. You need more than just being audacious. Winning a writer grant scholarship or contract to write needs a well communicated selling point, and the message is send r…

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18 steps to writing a book proposal for a writing grant scholarship


Having a book idea is not enough. You need more than just being audacious. Winning a writer grant scholarship or contract to write needs a well communicated selling point, and the message is send right through a well drafted book proposal. It is not just a matter of lifting a pen, and landing it on a page to publication. Even before having a well written and polished manuscript whether it is for a fiction or nonfiction, as a writer you need to think about a book proposal.

Below are eighteen steps to writing a selling book proposal.

First is Title page

It is the simplest but every important. It contains the title and subtitle, separated by colon. It can also be separated by a new line, and then a by-line. For example: A Proposal by, then name of the author.

Second is Contents

It contains a list of chapters and pages, called it a table of content, with parts and page numbers of the document. Every forthcoming section of the proposal has to have its own dedicated page(s)

Third is proposed title

It has to be followed by sub-title if any, but be a different one from the Title Page section a book proposal. Here you are at liberty to use an alternative title and subtitle.

Fourth is Author(s) name

The author(s) name(s) of the book proposed to be listed here, but titles of authors are not included, for example Dr, Mr or Miss.

Fifth a description

To be captured in a single sentence tagline. It is a hook kind of approach. What the book is entirely about. It is emphasis on qualification of the Author(s) as an educators or storytellers by nature. It is all about the book and in single sentence to be precise.

Sixth is Categories sections

For example the book falls in which category and subcategory. It is personal development, motivational, psychology, Romance historical, Romance Mystery and Suspense
Literature and Fiction, Action Adventure Mystery, Thriller Suspense or philosophy.

Seventh is Quotes

These are framing quotes. Quotes are inspirational and it will appear on every page of the book as readers open pages to read. If it is a book about leadership, it will contain quotes by Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, or David Cameroon. For business books it might have a quote by Donald J Trump or Warren Buffet. It might also be a poem. What is important is inspiration to the person reading the book.

Eight is Audience

Before writing a book you must have demographic(s) in mind. Tell the read of your book proposal briefly in a paragraph or two about your target audience. Prove it by giving a testament of the public’s needs, is listed in this page.

Ninth is Purpose and necessity

It tells why readers need to read this book. Readers have a problem, define it, and then prove that by reading your book, their problems will be solved significantly. You have to prove the book fulfills the readers and its purpose.  Explain it in a page or two.

Tenth is angle: Uniqueness

How unique is your book and how it will penetrate the already flooded market with similar books. It is good to give it in a listed format or point bullet format. For easy grasp.

Eleventh is benefits to the Reader

Highlight what the reader gain from reading your book. Will the reader be entertained, be educated, or be informed?  Think of your book being attached to the reader and explain vividly.

Twelfth: what are your Potential Endorsers

This section contains a list of people to give first hand praise, and blur of the book. These are people who are willing to write a preface or an introduction of the book. For example academicians, book reviewers or media people like renowned magazine.

Thirteen is your Book format overview

This could be word count, page count, and intended date of completion, publisher and lastly a signed contract if any.

Fourteenth is author(s) Short Bio

Describe in one paragraph and in simplicity, your writing experience, previous publications credentials, awards, links to author websites and social media pages, and contact information are put in this section.

Fifteenth is Sales history of previous publications.

Many publishers will want to know your previous publications, and how it performed before considering publishing your book. If you were previous published, then give titles and date of publication with name of the publisher, in this section.

Sixteenth is Chapter outlines

In this section break down each chapter by name, and number, into a single sentence description. Then bullet point chapter contents with a short description.

Seventeenth is Marketing plan

In this section is a list of what the author and publisher will do for marketing and publicity behind publication of the book.

Lastly and not the least, is Sample chapters

Up to three minimum, and five maximum complete, well written and edited sample chapters from the upcoming manuscript is to be included in the book proposal.  Nonfiction book proposals are between 50-80 pages sample chapters excluded.



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