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Issue 1:05              4200 subscribers            May 3, 2001
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       CONTENTS:
       From the Editor's Desk
       New on Writing-World.com
       News from the World of Writing
       The Write Sites
       COLUMN: The Writing Desk: How to Submit an Invoice
       FEATURE: Six Tips on Writing and Selling List Articles
                by Kathryn Lay
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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First, the Good News!
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Writing World just got a great review from "List-a-Day", which
noted (among other high praise) that "Each issue features...
advice from writers who clearly know what they're talking about
and deliver fresh content, the kind you won't see in every other
writing ezine." To read the entire review, visit List-a-Day at
http://list-a-day.com/bizarchives/20010423.shtml

Second, a Plea...
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If you'd like to ask a question or respond to this newsletter,
PLEASE don't "reply" to the newsletter itself. It reaches me
eventually, but with a huge amount of gobbledygook as it
"bounces" off the listbox address. Send correspondence to me
directly at Moira Allen.  (To subscribe or
unsubscribe, see the instructions at the end of the newsletter.)

Speaking of Bounces
-------------------
Are you getting your newsletter? I often receive messages from
Hotmail accounts that say "transaction failed" -- but the users
have, on several occasions, still received the newsletter. If
you DON'T receive an issue, please contact me!

More on Themestream
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Oops, my bad -- looks like there is just about no way a writer
can claim amounts owed by Themestream as a "bad debt."  First,
one must use the accrual system of accounting to do so (yes, I
did know that) -- but apparently one must also have already
claimed the amount owed as "income" (didn't know THAT!).  Since
Themestream is defaulting on amounts owed in 2001, it's unlikely
that even those writers who DO use the accrual system would have
declared such amounts as income -- so that avenue seems pretty
thoroughly closed.

However, should Themestream declare bankruptcy, you CAN submit
a claim for amounts owed, like any other creditor.  Angela
Adair-Hoy of WritersWeekly.com has provided an address to which
claims can be submitted:

William Turpin
Agent for Service of Process for Themestream, Inc.
5201 Great American Parkway, Suite 320
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Include this information in your letter:

Themestream, Inc., a Delaware Corp.(Jurisdiction)
Registered in CA on Sept. 9, 1999
Corp. No. C2177708
Status: Active as of this date (4/20/01)

Send your claim by certified mail, return receipt requested. Be
sure to include some form of PROOF of your claim -- similar to
the type of evidence you might submit if an ordinary publishing
company had failed to make payment to you.  Since most of us have
never "invoiced" Themestream, probably the best proof any of us
would have is (a) a copy of the most recent "balance" statement
from your Themestream account, plus information on amounts
already paid against that balance in previous quarters. If you've
had any correspondence with Themestream about your account and
amounts due, include that as well. Note that if your claim IS
considered in a bankruptcy proceeding, you are likely to receive
only pennies on the dollar -- but that could be better than
nothing!

Withering on the Vines
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It appears that TheVines, another content network promising to
share profits with writers, may be following in Themestream's
wake.  Here are some excerpts from a recent letter to Vines
contributors: "Cybersites launched TheVinesNetwork
last August as a next- generation 'self-organizing' content
site... However, Internet companies are struggling for their
very survival these days and CyberSites is no different. The
operator of the Vines Network currently faces tremendous
financial challenges that require it to pursue a dramatic
financial restructuring or sale of the Company, the outcome of
which is uncertain... For the foreseeable future, CyberSites
will discontinue syndicating content, making payments to authors
and member referrers for their efforts, providing customer
service and distributing newsletters. We intend to perform some
major site maintenance in the immediate future that could result
in some site downtime... If we are successful in selling or
restructuring the company, it is our intent to resume all of the
discontinued activities described above...  If any of you know
of anyone that may be interested in investing in CyberSites, we
would be delighted to discuss the possibility and conditions of
such an investment, please contact us at
CyberSites[at]recognitionGroup.net."

Correction
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The e-mail address to request a sample copy of Working Writers
Newsletter is actually workingwriters[at]aol.com. Also, the offer
of a free sample is available only to U.S. mailing addresses.

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
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May's ADVICE FROM A CATERPILLAR column covers writing rebus
stories, writing for young adults, and whether to submit more
than one manuscript at a time to an agent.
     http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/May01.html

Understanding Fair Use, by John Savage
     http://www.writing-world.com/rights/fair.html

A Basic Guide to Horror, by Paula Guran
     http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/horror.html

Bat Woman: An Interview with Ann Cooper, by Peggy Tibbetts
     http://www.writing-world.com/children/cooper.html

Five Reasons to Write Children's Nonfiction, by Rita Milios
     http://www.writing-world.com/children/nonfiction.html

How to Write a Novel Synopsis, by Marg Gilks
     http://www.writing-world.com/publish/synopsis.html

Plus, check out the newly revamped "Author Services Guide" (http://www.writing-world.com/services/index.html), where you
can find an editor for your manuscript, products for your
website, classes, e-book publishing services, and more...

If YOU have a product or service for writers (or a writing
service), this is a great place to let people know; you can post
a directory listing for $10 a month or $100 a year.
Writing-World.com's display advertising rates have also been
revamped (read "reduced") -- for details, see
http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/adrates.html

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                  NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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AOL Time Warner Launches iPublish.com
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Calling it "the most ambitious digital publishing venture from
any American book publisher," AOL Time Warner provides a
"community" approach to electronic publishing. After reading
three pieces submitted by others, participants can upload their
own manuscripts, which will be read and rated by randomly
selected members. If a submission proves popular, it may be
considered for publication as an e-book or POD title. iPublish
will also sell titles from Time Warner Books authors.

Rocket Library Vanishes
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In March, Gemstar shut down eBookNet; now it appears to have
taken Rocket-Library.com offline. Rocket-Library.com offered free
e-books in the Rocket Edition format, and members were able to
convert texts to that format and post them on the site. Gemstar
has given no explanation for the shut-down; one rumor is that
copyrighted materials appeared on the site. The Rocket/e-book
newsgroup at http://www.news.nuvomedia.com has also disappeared.

DejaView Back Online
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Google has restored access to the entire Deja.com's Usenet
Discussion Service archives. Google purchased Deja.com in
February, and took much of the archive offline while designing a
speedier search interface. The archive is now accessible again
-- and offers some 650 million Usenet messages dating back to
1995. The archive is an interesting place to conduct research if
you're looking for personal quotes and anecdotes on a topic --
or to find out what is being said about a particular company or
organization.

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                         THE WRITE SITES
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Comparison of POD and e-Book Service Providers
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Dan Poynter offers an excerpt from his book, U-Publish.com,
comparing production time, costs, submission requirements, etc.,
of a number of e-publishers and POD providers.
     http://www.up-publish.com/compare.htm

US Newspaper Links.com
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This appears to be a huge collection of links to U.S. newspapers
and radio stations, searchable by state. I clicked on one paper
at random and was quickly able to locate e-mail addresses for the
editors.
     http://www.usnewspaperlinks.com/ncnews.html

The Write Way to Sell Photos
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This article for photographers, by Kimberly Baldwin Radford,
offers a useful selection of links to writing sites. (Guess who
was listed in the #1 slot?)
     http://www.apogeephoto.com/apr2001/Sell_Photos.html

Know Better.com
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What began as a site for the Rocket eBook (and still host of the
Officially Unofficial Rocket eBook FAQ) is now a source of
information on e-book news (all formats and platforms),
commentary, e-book reviews, information on freebies, and "E-Book
Informer," which scours the web for new releases.
     http://knowbetter.com

Badosa
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The first Spanish publisher to deliver content for the MS reader.
(In Spanish.)
     http://www.badosa.com

Daily Grammar
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Sign up for an e-mailed grammar lesson each day for five days of
the week, with a quiz on the sixth.
     http://www.dailygrammar.com

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THE WRITING DESK
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                        by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Do I Submit an Invoice?
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Q: I am new to freelance writing and I've recently been contacted
via e-mail concerning a  piece I submitted to a publication. The
editor liked it and would like me to submit another article. My
question is, what is an invoice? Is it the same thing as a cover
letter? She asked me to submit an invoice with this next
submission, but I'm not sure what she's asking for.

A: An "invoice" is a bill. Often, publishers want a writer to
submit a bill for their work (even though you may already have
signed a contract) because it provides a vital piece of paper for
the accounting department.

Your invoice can be very simple. It needs to contain the following
information:

     INVOICE
     (Put the word "invoice" at the top so that the recipient
      knows exactly what it is.)

     FROM:
       Your name
       Address
       Telephone
       Other contact (e.g., fax, e-mail)
       Social Security Number (in the U.S.; see below)

     DATE:

     TO:
       Name of publication
       Attn: (editor's name)
       Address of publication

     FOR: (title of article)

     AMOUNT: (The amount you agreed upon with the editor)

And that's it!

You can create your invoice to look like a letter, or you can
design an easy form using spreadsheet software. Such software
may even include an invoice template. Another option is to
purchase a package of blank invoice forms at an office supply
store. You can get these in a variety of sizes, and they come
with multiple carbons. These make it easy for you to see what
information is required. (Most include a space for "purchase
order," but this is rarely relevant to writers.) Be sure to
keep a copy for yourself!

The social security number is important (if you're a U.S. citizen
invoicing a U.S. publication) because the publication will send
a form (form 1066) to the IRS declaring any monies paid to you,
if they are over a certain amount. (Some send in the form no
matter how little is paid, but I believe that it's only required
if the amount is over $600 within one year). You'll receive a copy
of that form for your own records. Many publications won't pay a
writer if they don't receive the social security number.  If you
are NOT a U.S. citizen, make sure the publication knows this. If
you are invoicing a non-U.S. publication, you generally won't be
asked to provide this information, as the company won't be
required to submit that information to the IRS.

Now here is my question to you: Has the editor agreed to purchase
your first article? What agreements have you entered into
regarding the first piece, before submitting the second? While
being asked to submit another article is great, be sure that
you've worked out all the necessary details regarding rights,
payment, etc., on piece #1 before you commit to piece #2. (If you
need information on issues of rights and contracts, check
Writing-World.com's Rights and Contracts section at
http://www.writing-world.com/rights/index.html. Also, find out
if the editor wants to be invoiced for the first article as well
-- you may be able to do that on the same invoice, or you might
want to submit two separate invoices.

Does the editor want you to e-mail the invoice? In that case,
you'd use a very simple format like I've shown above. My
preference, however, is to fax invoices whenever possible, as
this gives both sides a better quality copy than e-mail. (I
reserve e-mail invoicing and negotiations for publications that
I already know and trust.)

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

Moira Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years.
If you have a question for "The Writing Desk," please e-mail it
to Moira Allen.
Copyright (c) 2001 Moira Allen

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SIX TIPS ON WRITING AND SELLING LIST ARTICLES
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                                 by Kathryn Lay (rlay15[at]aol.com)

The next time you are in a grocery store line or staring at a
rack of magazines at the bookstore, do a quick study of the
covers. How many list articles do you see?

Why do we love lists? What is it that captures our interest when
someone promises to give us "15 Different Ways to Decorate an
RV", even if we don't have one?

There is a sense of accomplishment in checking off items on a
list. It keeps us in control of our lives. In reading others'
lists in magazines, we gain many ideas to change or improve our
lives. List articles give us many ways to do something -- whether
that something is physical, emotional, spiritual, or relational.
A small list can give a reader hope that only a few steps are
necessary to reach their goal. A large list provides the reader
with plenty of options.

There are opportunities in all areas of writing for list articles.
In keeping with the list theme, here is a list of ways to write
and sell these popular pieces:

Make a List
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List the things you are good at, knowledgeable about, or able to
research. What have you been praised for? Your kitchen
organization? Your knowledge of great family vacation sites? Your
job skills? Have you found the best 5 ways to do, accomplish, or
make a project easier? Could you give 10 ways to help children
understand the value of money or how to avoid a bully?

Look through a wide variety of magazines for list articles. Many
magazines will have at least one, often more, listed on the front
page. This gives a good indication of the importance of such
articles for their publication.

Take your time to think about the possibilities. You may want to
carry your "List" list around with you as you consider what you
know or discover areas that you are interested in writing about.

On your job, have you found better ways to do something that work
and could help others? Maybe there is a publication read by other
insurance agents, physicians, painters, or amusement park
managers who would be helped by your knowledge. At the grocery
store, are there groups of healthy foods that can be made fun and
interesting for children? Parenting magazines are read by parents
often desperate for new ideas.

Once you've made your list, divide it into areas of: What I do,
What I know, What I can learn about, or What I need to talk with
an expert about.

Check It Twice
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Now go through your list with a critical eye. Would this interest
or help others? Do you have enough information to expand on a few
areas or enough ideas to give a little information on a lot of
ideas? Should it be a filler or a full-length article? Could you
write it in a humorous way? Do you need statistics to back up
your claims?

What type of publication would be interested in these ideas?
Parenting, women's, men's, children's, trade? Study various
magazines and find out which buy the most list articles. The
covers of magazines such as Woman's Day or Family Circle are full
of list articles. By looking at magazine covers in the bookstore
or the library, you may also find other ideas for articles.

After many years of working with various refugee groups in
different situations, I knew that an article titled, "5 Ways To
Be a Missionary in Your Own Backyard" wouldn't sell to Reader's
Digest or a woman's slick, but it did sell twice to two different
religious publications.

Are there ideas on the list that sounded great at first, but on
second glance have been overdone or don't seem interesting even
to you? Cross them off; keep only the best ideas.

Craft a Query
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Once you've chosen a few ideas, begin working on an eye-catching
query that will cause the editor to be intrigued enough to want
to see the finished article. Tell them how many items are on your
list and why readers would be interested or benefit from those
ideas. Give short examples of three or four of your best ideas.

For some publications you may want to send the completed article.
Most of the smaller religious magazines prefer the full
manuscript, while slicks of all types often prefer queries.

I was relieved that I queried first for an article idea for "20
Ooey Gooey Kid's Party Ideas". In the end, Woman's Day only
asked to see eight ideas and chose four from that list. Although
I had dreams of a long article at $1 a word, I was paid well for
the size of the piece and now feel comfortable querying this
editor on other ideas.

If your list will be humorous, make sure the query reflects this.
If your list could save a life or prevent an accident, let the
editor know. If you have personal experience, photographs, or are
including expert information, make sure to mention this in your
query.

Most importantly, give the editor the sense that they cannot turn
down your list idea because it is too interesting, helpful,
humorous, or important.

Be Flexible
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Don't be disappointed if an editor's interest is for a small
portion of your list rather than a lengthy article. Some of the
best ways to break into a magazine is through columns and fillers.
Perhaps you can use your extra ideas to create a different list
for a different type of publication.

Don't forget the possibilities of reselling your piece once it is
published. You may have to rewrite to target a different audience,
but your article on "50 Ways to Cure the Winter Blahs" that sold
to a woman's magazine may also be helpful with a few changes as
"I Love Winter in 25 Ways" for a children's or family magazine.

Be Prepared
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Of the 20 ideas I had planned for the Woman's Day piece, the four
that were chosen were not my favorites, and one was created later,
to complement the fact that they were using the article in their
July Fourth edition.

If you want to sell 5 ideas or 15 or 99 or 365, always have more
handy in case the editor dislikes a few and wants them replaced.
When I sold "77 Safe and Fun Family Internet Sites" to
Christianity Online, I found that the editor felt uncomfortable
about putting 16 of the original 77 in the conservative
publication. I spent many hours one weekend searching for and
replacing those 16 rejected ideas. By being prepared with extra
items in advance, you can quickly respond to a request for
changes or additions, and show the editor that you are reliable
and quick to respond.

Another way of being prepared is to think of all possible
problems with your piece ahead of time. With the Christianity
Online piece, I hadn't considered that, although the sites I
included were all "safe", some had gray areas that might not be
appreciated by a largely conservative audience.  And would I have
sold the Ooey Gooey ideas if I'd have sent them first without
querying? After all, I hadn't considered the need for giving
parents cleanup tips. Thanks to the editor's request for this
information, I was able to come up with those helpful hints and
send them in with the samples.

Craft the Article
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Once you are ready to write your list article, you will need to
decide on the format. Should it be a straight list? A humorous
list, such as David Letterman's "Top 10" may be a series of one-
liners. Does it need to be broken into sections? In "30 Ways to
Amaze Mom on Mother's Day" (Straight, April 2000), I broke the
ideas into sections: Create, Do, Say.

Always make sure your facts are correct, especially if it's a
list of how-to's or a service list (12 Ways to Tornado-Proof Your
Home). Check with experts when necessary. You may even learn
enough information about one of your areas to give you enough
material for a full-length article later.
List articles are a great way to break into a publication. By
using what you already know or can easily research, your own
"list" of bylines and checks will grow.

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

Kathryn Lay recently made her 500th writing sale. She has written
for Woman's Day, Guideposts, Parenting, Home Life, Grit, Boys'
Life, Cricket, Woman's World, Writer's Digest, The Writer,
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE MOTHER'S SOUL, and hundreds more. Her
59-page booklet, THE ORGANIZED WRITER IS A SELLING WRITER, can be
ordered from her at rlay15[at]aol.com.

Copyright (c) 2001 Kathryn Lay

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                          MARKET ROUNDUP
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FREELANCE SUCCESS
Diane Benson Harrington, Managing Editor
http://www.freelancesuccess.com
E-mail: GetItWrite[at]aol.com

FREELANCE SUCCESS provides market tips, reviews, interviews,
advice, and more for "serious" writers; rarely will it cover a
market that pays less than $1/word. "Right now we are only
buying market guides, and mostly only from subscribers, although
if somebody is able to understand exactly what we want and track
it down, we'll happily throw some work their way. Market guides
are in-depth interviews with assigning editors of publications
that pay at least $1 a word. In order to do one that we want to
buy, you have to be familiar with the format and have the kind of
persistence required to get an editor on the phone and persuade
him or her to answer ALL the tough questions. Market guides are
written to a pretty strict format... it requires more reporting
than writing skills." In other words, do not attempt to send
this market an unsolicited submission; be sure to contact the
editor with your idea first.

LENGTH:  Around 1,000 words
RIGHTS:  First rights for one-time publication (in print) and
         web rights indefinitely for marketing purposes.
PAYMENT: $125 on acceptance

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life: thoughts Project for Young Women
Call for Entries
Kate Etue, Associate Editor
life: thoughts entries, Thomas Nelson, Inc., P.O. Box 141000,
Nashville, TN 37214-1000

Would you like to be published in a book? I am collecting essays,
poetry, journal entries, artwork, short stories, or other
creative expressions by young women for an upcoming book, life:
thoughts. This book will be published by Thomas Nelson
Publishers, a major publisher based in Nashville, TN.

We have a unique perspective on the events that happen in our
lives. We have the same daily struggles as the rest of the world
-- eating disorders, depression, family problems, sexual
temptations, drugs, and so much more. Yet we have a hope, an
understanding, and a longing for the eternal. If you desire to
share the experiences of your life through creative works, we
want you to contribute. We are looking for brutally honest
entries about any aspect of your teen experience: image,
friendships, sex, dating, drugs, faith, cultural issues, or any
other issue that's important to you. The thing to remember is
this: I am looking for words and art that are deeply personal,
incredibly real, and important. Be honest about life. Please
send contributions as soon as possible, but no later than July
10, 2001. I would love to be able to include every entry, but
that is simply not possible. The most creative, honest, specific,
and powerful entries will be included. Special consideration
will be given to entries received before July 10. The top ten
entries (judged on quality of writing, creativity, and relevant
subject) will be awarded $100 upon publication. I look forward
to reading every entry. Please include your name, age, return
address, phone number, email, and any other specific
identification you wish. If you wish for your entry to be
published anonymously, please note as such. (Authors of winning
entries will be asked to sign a written release before release
of award and/or inclusion in book.)

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

MOVIEBYTES.COM
Frederick Mensch, Editor
http://www.moviebytes.com
E-mail: fmensch[at]moviebytes.com

MOVIEBYTES.COM offers screen industry news, contest announcements,
job listings, a free newsletter, and more.  It seeks writers to
provide Q&A interviews with first-time screenwriters. "We focus
exclusively on marketing issues for aspiring screenwriters: what
to do with your script AFTER it's written. We do NOT publish
articles on the craft of screenwriting." Query first; submit
articles or queries in body of e-mail, not as attachments.

LENGTH:  Approximately 1,000 words
RIGHTS:  Exclusive rights (print and electronic) for one year,
         plus nonexclusive electronic rights in perpetuity.
PAYMENT: 5c/word to maximum of $50

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

TEENWIRE.COM
Kim Jack Riley, Content Editor
http://www.teenwire.com
E-mail: kim.jack.riley[at]ppfa.org

TEENWIRE.COM is an online magazine for teens produced by Planned
Parenthood Federation of America. It is "a safe place in
cyberspace [for teens to learn about] sexual health and
relationships... In real life, real teens need real answers.
teenwire.com will be the one place where teens can get honest
answers and accurate information from a source they and their
parents can trust..." Sections open to freelancers include:

World Views - covering international teen issues. The goal of
World Views is to shed a "slice of life" light on teens in
different parts of the world.

In Focus - covering pop culture, news, current events, and
issues of social impact to young people.

Hothouse - a "teenzine" written for, by and about teens.

Taking Action - about grass roots. "These are stories about
everyday teens in communities around the country who are involved
with direct service, volunteerism, peer counseling or activism.
It also includes profiles of young people who have turned their
lives around."

Submit story ideas to Content Editor; specify in your e-mail
which section you are querying. If the article is assigned,
include phone numbers for all persons, organizations, or groups
mentioned in the article, plus a list of all reference material,
articles or reports used as research.  Due to "the lengthy
period from draft to publishing, books are generally not
accepted as reliable references." Submit articles by e-mail
whenever possible.

LENGTH:  600 words maximum
RIGHTS:  "Basic"
PAYMENT: $250 on publication

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
self-addressed, stamped envelope, "simsubs": simultaneous
submissions, "mss": manuscript, "RT": response time, "GL":
guidelines, "cc": contributors' copies.

Please send market news to Moira Allen.

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                        WRITING CONTESTS
=================================================================

This section lists U.S.-based contests that are open to all
writers (around the world) and charge no entry fees (unless
otherwise noted). Unless otherwise noted, subject matter/theme
is open, and contests accept electronic entries (check contest
website for details).  For information on international contests.
see http://www.writing-world.com/international/contests.html

    >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

           THE JACQUES DE LAROSIERE ESSAY COMPETITION

DEADLINE: May 15 2001
GENRE/S: Essay
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 3,500 words maximum + 150 word synopsis
THEME: "On a topic of current interest to practitioners in global
finance, such as emerging markets, global markets, and financial
regulation and supervision"
PRIZES: 1st $10,000, 2nd $5,000
ONLINE ENTRY: No, but entry form is online; essays may be
submitted in hard copy or on diskette [Microsoft Word or
WordPerfect formats]
CONTACT: Jacques de Larosiere Essay Competition, Institute of
International Finance, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Suite 8500,
Washington DC 20006, Ph. (202) 857-3600, FAX: (202) 775-1430
URL: http://www.iif.com

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                  INSCRIPTIONS BLINDNESS CONTEST

DEADLINE: May 25
GENRE: Short fiction
THEME: Close your eyes and picture a world of darkness. Imagine
never being able to watch the full moon rise, or peer at the
greatest works of art. How would you take a train? Access the
Internet? Edit your work? Tell us a story from the point of a
view of a blind person. Really focus on using your other senses
to describe surroundings, feelings and events. LENGTH: Under 1,000 words
PRIZES: 1st $50 Amazon.com or cash equivalent; 2nd $20 cert/cash;
3rd $10 cert/cash; winners will be published in Inscriptions.
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes. Paste your entry directly into the body of an
e-mail and send to Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com with the
subject heading "Blindness Contest." At the end of your e-mail,
include your real name, pen name (if applicable), mailing
address, e-mail address and word count.
URL: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Blindness.html
E-MAIL: Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

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               WRITER'S DIGEST WRITING COMPETITION

DEADLINE: May 31 2001
GENRE/S: 10 categories: Inspirational Writing [Spiritual/
Religious]; Article Categories: Memoirs/Personal Essay, Feature
Article; Short Story Categories: Genre, Mainstream/Literary;
Poetry Categories: Rhyming, Non-Rhyming; Script Categories:
Stage Play, Television/Movie Script; Children's Fiction
OPEN TO: All
FEE: Poems $10 for first entry; $5 for each thereafter. All
other entries $10 per manuscript. [Add $2 to Entry Fee(s) for
entries postmarked after May 15].
LENGTH: Refer to website for criteria in each category
THEME: Open but refer to website for criteria in each category
PRIZES: Grand Prize: $1,500 cash, plus your choice of a trip to
New York City to meet with editors and agents or a trip to the
2002 Maui Writers Conference. Category prizes: 1st $750 + $100
in WD Books + "manuscript critique & advice from Writer's Digest
editor or advisory board member" [+ ancillary prizes for lower
placings], 2nd $350 + $100 in WD Books, 3rd $250 + $100 in WD
Books [See Website for other prizes]
ONLINE ENTRY: No but entry forms are online
ADDRESS: Writer's Digest 2001 Writing Competition, 1507 Dana
Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207
URL: http://www.writersdigest.com

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