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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: Tips on Clips
       FEATURE: Five Flaws that Can Lead to Rejection
                by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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I Stand Corrected...
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First, the correct URL for the comparisons of e-publishers and
PODs listed in the previous issue is:
     http://www.u-publish.com/compare.htm

Second, OK, so I was watching "History of Britain" -- the form I
mentioned in last issue's "Writing Desk" is not a 1066, it's a
1099. If you are paid more than $599 by a company, such as a
publisher that buys your freelance work or a firm that uses you
as a contractor, that company will submit a 1099 to the IRS
declaring the amount of income paid to you.  Some companies will
submit the form regardless of how little you earn, and most
publishers insist that you provide your Social Security number
(if you are a U.S. citizen/resident/taxpayer) before they will
pay you. You'll receive copies of any 1099's filed by your
payees -- you don't have to do anything with those, except to
make sure that you're declaring at least that amount of income
on your taxes.  If you're NOT a U.S. citizen or taxpayer, and
a publisher requests a Social Security number from you, make
sure the publisher understands that this does not apply to you.

You Are the Strongest Link!
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If you find a broken link on Writing-World.com, please tell me!
While I have web-tracking software that lets me know if internal
links aren't working, I don't check it as often as I should. I
was mortified to find that about 80 people had tried (and failed)
to find a particular article last month!

I also wondered why nearly 600 people were apparently searching
my site for something called "favicon.ico".  How, I wondered,
could I have a broken link to something that I was quite sure
I'd never linked to in the first place?  Turns out, this is an
icon that Explorer looks for whenever someone bookmarks the site
(so I must be getting a fair number of bookmarks!) I'm still
"exploring" how to set up such an icon; sounds like a fun frill.
Unfortunately, I'm a Maccie in a PC world here... For information
on this icon and how to set it up on your own site, visit
     http://www.wdvl.com/Authoring/Design/Images/Favicon/

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
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May's BOOK PROMOTION ON A BUDGET column gives a host of reasons
why you might want to "give it away."
     http://www.writing-world.com/promo/May01.html

The Art of Writing Grant Proposals, by Penny Ehrenkranz
     http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/grants.html

Avoiding Reader Confusion, Part I: Off with the Talking Heads!
by Marg Gilks
     http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/confusion1.html

Avoiding Reader Confusion, Part II: What, Where, When and Why
by Marg Gilks
     http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/confusion2.html

Breaking into the Spanish-Language Greeting Card Market -
A Talk with Susana Baughman
     http://www.writing-world.com/international/cards.html

E-Publishing Contracts: Checking the Fine Print
by Terje Johansen
     http://www.writing-world.com/publish/contracts.html

Six Tips on Selling Lists Articles, by Kathryn Lay
     http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/lists.html

Some Thoughts on the Sestina, by Lawrence Schimel
     http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/schimel4.html

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
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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
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                  NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Science Fiction Winners
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Winners of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
2000 Nebula Awards were:

* Best Novel: "Darwin's Radio" by Greg Bear
* Best Novella: "Goddesses" by Linda Nagata
* Best Novelette: "Daddy's World" by Walter Jon Williams
* Best Short Story: "macs" by Terry Bisson
* Best Script: "Galaxy Quest" by Robert Gordon and David Howard
* Grand Master Award: Philip Jose Farmer
* Author Emeritus Award: Robert Sheckley
* Bradbury Award for 2000: Yuri Rasovsky and Harlan Ellison

Winners of the 2001 Aurora Awards, honoring Canadian SF, were:

* Best Long-Form Work in English: "The Snow Queen" by Eileen
  Kernaghan
* Best Long-Form Work in French: "Demain, les etoiles" by
  Jean-Louis Trudel
* Best Short-Form Work in English: "Surrendering the Blade" by
  Marcie Tentchoff
* Best Short-Form Work in French: "La Danse des esprits" by
  Douglas Smith, translated by Benoit Domis
* Best Work in English (Other): "Science Fiction: The Play" by
  David Widdicombe
* Best Work in French (Other): "Solaris," edited by Joel
  Champetier
* Artistic Achievement: Jean-Pierre Normand
* Fan Achievement (Fanzine): Voyageur, edited by Karen Bennett

Enemies of the Press
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According to The Committee to Protect Journalists, the "Ten
Worst Enemies of the Press" for 2001 are:

* Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran, whose regime has banned more
  than 30 newspapers
* Liberian President Charles Taylor, who has jailed at least
  eight journalists, and caused the staffs of several papers
  to flee the country
* President Jiang Zemin of China, whose campaign to strengthen
  "ideological conformity" includes attempts to police the
  Internet, and has led to the jailing of 22 journalists -- the
  most for any country on the list
* Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, whose secret service screens
  journalists' e-mail, and whose tactics include torture and
  bombings
* Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has silenced critics by
  shutting down or taking over independent media sources
* Colombian leader Carlos Castano, whose regime is considered
  responsible for the murder of at least four journalists
* Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, responsible for censorship
  and possibly murder
* Cuban President Fidel Castro, who "routinely" places
  journalists under house arrests, or releases them hundreds of
  miles from their homes
* Tunisian President Zine Al-Abdine Ben Ali, who has produced
  "one of the most heavily self-censored presses in the region"
* Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is considering
  legislation to regulate the Internet in his country

For more information, visit
http://www.cpj.org/enemies/enemies_01.html

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                         THE WRITE SITES
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Here are five fascinating sites from the same host:

American Authors on the Web
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Links to home pages and websites about nearly 800 American
authors, beginning with Nathaniel Ward (1578-1652).
     http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/AmLit.html#Authors

British and Irish Authors on the Web
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Links on this section of the site range from Beowulf (ca. 520)
to the present day, with a special section on 19th century
authors.
     http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/UK-authors.html

Victorian Web Sites
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More than 300 links to Victorian topics, with a focus on arts
and literature, arranged alphabetically.
     http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/Victorian.html

English Literature on the Web
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The title is misleading; this section actually links to sites
covering "literature in English," including Canadian literature,
electronic poetry, bookstores, women's literature and more.
     http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/EngLit.html

United Kingdom Web
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It may not be related to writing or literature per se, but it's
a fabulous resource for anything British, including yellow pages,
lifestyle, business, travel, maps, recreation and academia.
     http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/UK.html

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THE WRITING DESK
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                        by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Some Questions on Clips
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Q: Are clips photocopies of the article? Do they need to include
the cover of the periodical? I have some that have no
identification on the pages of the article at all. I would think
there would need to be some way for an editor to check.

A: Yes, clips are photocopies of the article. Generally they do
not need to include the cover. If the pages themselves do NOT
have any identification, it's perfectly acceptable to type the
name and date of the magazine on the first page of the clip. If
you are concerned, however, you might include a copy of the
publication's table of contents, listing your article.

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

Q: I saw your list of recommended mailing materials and had some
questions about the way I mail my queries. Here's a run-down of
a typical query I'd send out:

1. Query Letter printed on 24lb cotton paper (resume paper)
2. 3 or 4 clips, color copies printed on 24lb paper (I'm
   considering switching to a glossier paper for clips)
3. A 9x12 SASE with plenty of postage
4. A cardboard backing to keep the contents from getting bent
5. All enclosed in a manila 9x12 envelope

Also, should I send a postcard instead of a SASE?

A: Sounds to me like you're overdoing it a bit on the query
packages. Keep in mind that a LOT of editors don't have any time
to actually read clips, even though they request them.  So going
to this much trouble to send them really isn't cost-effective.

Here's what I'd send:

1) Query letter printed on resume paper -- I like to use something
other than white, just to ensure that the query doesn't look like
every other piece of paper in the package AND on the editor's
desk. Be careful, though -- some resume papers don't take print
as well as others.

2) Clips -- photocopied on plain ordinary 20-lb. copy paper. Color
isn't necessary, and is expensive.

3) #10 SASE, as you really don't need your (cheap) photocopied
clips back, just a response to your query.

4) Cardboard backing -- I wouldn't bother.  Lightweight manila
envelopes generally go through the mail OK; the heavier the
package, the more likely it's going to receive damage.  Use a
9x12 envelope if the whole collection is more than, say, six
pages.  Otherwise, you can fold it once and use a smaller manila
envelope; and if it's around three pages, you can put the whole
thing in a #10 envelope. However, a 9x12 envelope DOES ensure
that everything will arrive smooth and flat, which is nice.

In my opinion, postcards are  useful only for rejections, because
when an editor wants to accept something, s/he usually wants to
include additional information that can't be put on a postcard.
On the other hand, when an editor DOES accept something, quite
often s/he will use a company envelope, rather than yours -- so
maybe this is a moot point.  However, given that the difference in
postage is around 12c, I don't think one is saving much using a
postcard -- plus, you have to go to the trouble of typing your
"accept/reject" message on each one, or pay to have it printed in
bulk, whereas you only have to put a label on the SASE.

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

Q: I have a lot of clips, but they are 8 to 12 years old -- my
most recent clips are from 1993. In my query letters I put a line
in that states "I have written for newspapers, corporate
newsletters and magazines." Which is true, except I don't mention
that I did that from 1988 - 1993. I have not been including
clips, but have indicated they are available upon request. Should
I include them?

A: I think your solution is excellent. I'd say to go on doing
what you're doing -- don't include clips unless the publisher's
guidelines absolutely insists on them. Get some new articles
published as soon as possible, so that you will then have at
least a handful of more recent publications to offer. Another
option is to try to sell some of your older materials as
reprints.  Then, you can use the more recent publication date
(and clip) on your publication list.

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

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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FIVE FATAL FLAWS THAT CAN LEAD TO REJECTION
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                        by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)


Most editors will tell you that the best way to avoid rejection
is to research the market, proofread your manuscript, and avoid
grammatical errors.  But what if you've done all that, and your
submissions still bounce back?

Articles with excellent ideas and information can still be
"marginalized" by underlying structural flaws that knock your
article into the "good but not good enough" category.  The good
news is that these flaws are usually easy to correct, once you
learn how to spot them.  Following are five flaws I often see in
otherwise well-written manuscripts:

1. Rambling Introductions
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If your introduction wanders on for three, four, or even five
paragraphs, you have a problem.  Such introductions often fall
into one of these categories:

* The personal introduction, in which the writer introduces
  herself, her background, her credentials, or a personal
  experience that "sets the stage" for the article itself (such
  as "how I discovered the solution to this problem").
* The analogy, in which the writer compares what she is about to
  discuss with some other process -- perhaps in an effort to find
  "common ground" with the reader. For example, I've received many
  articles that compare writing to, say, gardening ("learn to
  prune") or cooking ("choose the right ingredients").
* The "setting-the-stage" introduction, in which the writer takes
  several paragraphs to explain the background of the problem.

If 500 words of your 1500-word article is "introduction," you're
cheating the reader -- and quite possibly yourself.  The reader
loses because he or she gets only 1000 words of "real" information
-- and you lose, because if the editor cuts the introduction,
you'll only get paid for 1000 words instead of the 1500 you
actually wrote.

SOLUTION: Limit your introduction to a single paragraph, or two
at most.  That should be enough to establish the topic. Generally,
you don't need to spend a lot of time describing how you found
out about a problem, or how you talked to five people to get your
information, etc.  Cut to the chase as quickly as possible, and
pack the body of your article with information too useful to cut!

2.  Explaining "Why" but not "How"
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Another common flaw is the tendency to write about the importance
of doing something -- without explaining HOW to do it.  For
example, a writer may offer a 1000-word explanation of why one
needs to develop believable characters, or evoke emotions of the
reader -- but not one word about HOW one can actually do that. Such
an article leaves one thinking, "Yes, you've convinced me --
but now what?"

SOLUTION: Limit the "why" part of your article to the
introduction -- e.g., a single paragraph on why believable
characters are important.  Then use the rest of your article to
show the reader exactly how to solve whatever problem you've
established. Instead of giving the reader "ten reasons why
characterization is important," offer "ten steps toward building
stronger characters."

3. Not Asking the Right Questions
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Even experienced writers can fall short of a reader's
expectations by failing to ask (and answer) the right questions
-- specifically, the questions a reader is most likely to ask
about a subject.  Often, this is due to the writer's own
closeness to the subject: It's easy to forget what it was like to
be a beginner, and to know nothing about a topic.  It's not
enough to simply write about what you know; sometimes you also
have to spend some time figuring out what the reader DOESN'T
know -- and what that reader wants and needs to know.

SOLUTION: Put yourself in the reader's shoes.  If necessary, find
someone who knows less about the subject that you do, and ask
that person what he or she would want to learn from your article.
Common "reader" questions include:

* What is it?  (Background, history, overview).

* Why should I be interested?  (What does it mean to the reader,
  or offer to the reader?)

* How can I get involved?

* What do I need to know/learn/buy/obtain to get started?

* What are some of the perils and pitfalls, if any?

* Where do I get more information?  Whom do I contact?

An article that answers all of these questions, on any subject,
is likely to please readers AND editors.

4. Lack of Organization
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An article that asks all the right questions can still fail if
the answers aren't presented in a logical order.  Some articles
appear to have been jotted down as ideas and information came to
the author, without any subsequent reordering.  Even if an article
contains good information, most editors don't have time to
reorganize it paragraph by paragraph.  If a piece has to be
rewritten for it to make sense or to read well, it is likely to
be rejected.

SOLUTION: One approach is to "think in subheads." Most articles
(like this one) are broken into three to five subtopics.  By
identifying the likely subtopics (and subheads) for your article,
you'll find it easier to organize your information under those
headings.

For example, the list of questions in the previous section might
make an excellent set of subtopics, giving you the perfect
structure for an article that answers those questions.  Another
approach is to organize your material into a list, such as "Five
Ways to Create Memorable Characters" or "Ten Ways to Housetrain
Your Dog."  Creating a list of steps is also a good way to
organize an article.  If your material isn't "how-to," consider
whether it might be organized chronologically, or in order of
occurrence.  A travel article, for example, might be organized
in terms of places visited on day one, day two, etc. -- or in a
logical sequence based on the route one would follow.  If an
article is too short for subheads, consider presenting it as a
bullet list.

Once you've established your basic subcategories, you can look at
each paragraph or idea and determine where it belongs -- or
whether it belongs at all.  Quite possibly, you'll find yourself
with material that doesn't "fit" into your logical structure.  If
that happens, consider creating a sidebar -- or save it for
another article.

5. No Conclusion
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A surprising trend in articles crossing my desk is the lack of
endings.  All too often, when an author runs out of information,
the article just stops.

Like that.

While I've never rejected an article for lack of a conclusion, I
have sent them back to for a rewrite.  Endings are important:
They bring closure to a piece, wrap up the loose ends, and help
the reader make sense of what has gone before.

SOLUTION: Always provide a conclusion to your material, even if
it's just a couple of sentences.  One way to conclude an article
is to summarize what you've already said.  Another is to refer
back to the introduction: If you opened with an anecdote or
analogy, consider closing with a related anecdote or analogy. If
you asked a question in the introduction, recap the answer in the
conclusion.  If your article describes a process that will
benefit the reader, recap those benefits in the final paragraph.
But do something; don't leave the reader wondering whether the
typesetter somehow lost the last paragraph of your article!

While these five flaws aren't the only reasons for rejection,
they offer a useful checklist to keep in mind the next time your
article comes back with a polite "no thank you."  And by
avoiding them in the first place, you'll greatly increase your
chances of getting an acceptance letter the first time around!

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

Moira Allen has edited a variety of publications, including
Writing-World.com and Writing World, Inklings and Inkspot, and
Dog Fancy magazine. She is the author of Writing.com: Creative
Internet Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career, and the
forthcoming Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals.

Copyright (c) 2001 Moira Allen

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                          MARKET ROUNDUP
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BALLOON LIFE
Tom Hamilton, Editor
2336 47th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116-2331, (206) 935-3649, fax
(206) 935-3326
E-MAIL: Tom[at]balloonlife.com
URL: http://www.balloonlife.com

BALLOON LIFE is a 4-color monthly print magazine (with an
electronic edition) dedicated to the sport of hot air ballooning.
"We are a specialty, niche magazine. I am looking for articles
that people involved in the sport can use for education and
safety. I do not want articles about somebody's first ride." Types
of articles considered for publication:

Balloon events/rallies: Short articles (around 300 words)
accepted for the Logbook section, which deals with recent events.
Articles should be submitted as soon as possible after the
completion of the event. Include the event's name, its history,
its organizers, participating balloonists, other attractions in
the area (famous restaurants, river raft trips, shopping, etc.),
value of the event to the community, etc.

Safety seminars: The article should be written as an educational
piece that can be used by readers to further their knowledge. If
not written by the presenter, you must secure his/her permission
to use the information.

Balloon clubs/organizations: Tell us the history of the
organization, what they do, meetings, events, projects,
activities, etc.; how the club helps to promote the sport of
ballooning and handles public relations.

General interest stories: Can be interviews or biographies of
people that have made a contribution to the sport of hot air
ballooning, or other general interest items.

Crew Quarters: A regular column devoted to some aspect of crewing.
May be educational, told as a story of a crew experience, or
sharing some other aspect of the sport. 900 words preferred.

Articles should be 1,000 to 1,500 words. Shorter articles in the
300 to 500 word range will be considered. Longer articles may be
submitted, but are generally reserved for more technical or
historical subjects. In addition, the writer may wish to present
additional information as a separate item for use as a sidebar to
the article. Contributions should include pictures (color and
black & white) with captions, or charts, maps, or additional
information that would be helpful in conveying the story to the
readers. All material reviewed on speculation only. No reprints.
Those individuals who are interested in writing on a specific,
technical topic may contact the editor to discuss subject areas,
deadlines, and needs of the magazine. For these topics BALLOON
LIFE will pay $100-200 for article(s) used on a specific subject,
and provide assistance in researching the subject.

LENGTH: 1,000-1,500 words for features; shorter articles of
300-500 words also considered.
RIGHTS: FNASR
PAYMENT: $50 for features; $20 for LogBook items.  $100-$200 for
articles on specific assignment. Photos: $15 for inside use, $50
for cover (color transparencies, or color or B/W prints).

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

C/OASIS
David Eide, Editor
E-MAIL: eide491[at]earthlink.net
URL: http://www.sunoasis.com
GL:  http://www.sunoasis.com/submit.html

C/OASIS seeks both literary and informative articles about
e-publishing and the writing profession, including:

Literary work: "Mostly poems and stories, since those are the
appropriate forms for the web... The editors respond to artful
poems that have some consciousness of the poetry written in the
20th century. For short stories, interesting twists are more
valuable than character analysis."

Personal essays: "Evocative, personalist, complex, wise
observations, etc. Think Thoreau."

Writing for writers: "Articles that deal with problems writers
encounter in the electronic publishing age."

Commentary: "Take on something in the real world and deal with it,
enhance it with resources, and keep it under 2000 words."

Submit material in the body of an e-mail; no attachments. Put
"submission/oasis" in the subject line.

LENGTH:  500-1000 words
RIGHTS:  One-time and reprint rights
PAYMENT: $15 to $20, on publication. Poems usually paid $10 and
         features $20, "but it's not a hard and fast thing."

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

COMPUTOREDGE/COMPUTERSCENE
Patricia Smith, Editor
ComputorEdge Magazine, 3655 Ruffin Rd Suite 100, San Diego, CA
92123, (858) 573-0315
E-MAIL: editor[at]computoredge.com
URL: http://www.computoredge.com
GL: http://www.computoredge.com/sandiego/Writer%27sGuidelines.htm

COMPUTOREDGE is the nation's largest regional computer weekly,
with editions in Southern California and Colorado. Articles
published in ComputorEdge are sometimes concurrently published in
its sister publication, ComputerScene, in New Mexico. These three
regional magazines provide nontechnical, entertaining articles on
all aspects of computer hardware and software, including
productivity, advice, personal experience and an occasional piece
of computer-related fiction. While our writing style is easily
understood by novice and intermediate computer users, our well-
educated readers also include experts. Our writers are clear and
conversational. They share their technical expertise in a relaxed,
personable manner without unnecessary techno-jargon.  We want
writers with flawless accuracy, new angles, interesting solutions
and real wit. We don't want forced humor, flowery wordiness and
10-year-old concepts. Don't be condescending; instead, write as if
you're talking to a friend who's intelligent, but not a computer
expert. We prefer a goal-oriented, problem-solving approach
evaluating several solutions. Our issues have themes, but we're
looking for more than just articles that fit the issue subject.
Freelance writers contribute to most sections of the magazine.
No unsolicited submissions accepted. Before querying, request the
current editorial calender from editor[at]computoredge.com. Send
queries to submissions[at]computoredge.com. Your query must state
the upcoming issue number the article would best fit in, and
should indicate the following:

* The problem, technique, profile, event, or products you wish
  to cover.

* Why ComputorEdge readers would be interested in your story.

* Specific solutions and/or conclusions you've found.

* Why you should be the writer covering this story.

* Whether the proposed story has a regional angle, or is of
  general interest.

If we accept an article or want to discuss a query, we'll contact
you -- please provide an e-mail address and day/evening phone
numbers. Assigned articles and columns must be e-mailed to
assigned[at]computoredge.com. Sample issue available online or by
mail -- send a catalog-size envelope with 7 first-class stamps.

LENGTH: Features approx. 1,000 words; shorter pieces (between 500
and 800 words) accepted for Beyond Personal Computing section;
pieces of 750-900 words accepted for Mac Madness and I Don't Do
Windows columns.
RIGHTS: FNASR and subsequent electronic publishing rights.

PAYMENT: Feature articles: $100 for publication in one magazine;
$150 for two; and $200 if it appears in all three. BPC pays $50
for one; $75 for two; and $100 for three. Columns pay $75 for one
magazine; $100 for two; and $145 for three.  Payment issued 30
days after publication.

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LITERARY TRAVELER
Francis and Linda McGovern, Editors
E-MAIL: francis[at]literarytraveler.com
URL: http://www.literarytraveler.com
GL:  http://www.literarytraveler.com/sub.htm

LITERARY TRAVELER seeks articles that capture the literary
imagination. Our audience is made up of people who love to read
and travel and who are interested in literature and the arts.
Is there an artist that has inspired you? Have you taken a
journey or pilgrimage that was inspired by a work of literature?
We focus mainly on literary artists but we welcome articles about
other artists: composers, painters, songwriters, story-tellers,
etc. Subject matter can be anything artistic or creative. Each of
our articles, in some way, is about someone who creates. Some of
our articles are subjective first person travel pieces. Some take
a meditative slant on a visit somewhere, and reflect on a theme.
Others are objective articles about places or writers, or artists.
Please read some of our articles to see if your article is right
for us. You do not need to send clips or even be previously
published. If you write well and can find the story behind a place
or a writer then we are interested in hearing it. We welcome
illustrations and photographs on their own or along with any
query or submission. We do not currently publish fiction or
poetry. Send your ideas and suggestions for articles to
francis[at]literarytraveler.com. Include material in text of e-mail;
no attachments.

LENGTH:  Features 500-1,500 words; reviews 300-500 words; tours
and events 300-500 words
RIGHTS:  Exclusive web rights for six months; nonexclusive
archival rights thereafter.  Prefers original material but will
consider reprints.
PAYMENT: $25 per feature article; $5 for short pieces, on
publication.

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MARKET NEWS: The estate of author C.S. Lewis has decided to
commission new books based on the author's Narnia characters.
HarperCollins and the CS Lewis Company are looking for
established children's writers who'd like to create new story
lines within the world that began with "The Lion, The Witch and
the Wardrobe."

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"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
self-addressed, stamped envelope, "simsubs": simultaneous
submissions, "mss": manuscript, "RT": response time, "GL":
guidelines, "cc": contributors' copies. (If you have questions
about rights, please see our article on this subject at
http://www.writing-world.com/rights/rights.html)

Please send market news to Moira Allen.

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                        WRITING CONTESTS
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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

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                   COAST GUARD ESSAY CONTEST

DEADLINE: June 1, 2001
GENRE/S: Essay
OPEN TO: All
FEE: None
LENGTH: 3,000 words maximum
THEME: Essays must discuss current issues and new directions for
the Coast Guard.
PRIZES: 1st $1,000, 2nd $750, 3rd $500, plus publication
ONLINE ENTRY: No
ADDRESS: Coast Guard Essay Contest/International Navies Essay
Contest, US Naval Institute, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD
21402-5034; PH: 410-268-6110; FAX: 410-269-7940
URL: http://www.usni.org/Membership/CONTESTS.htm
E-MAIL: kclarke[at]usni.org

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                   NATIONAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

DEADLINE: June 1, 2001
GENRE/S: Screenplay
OPEN TO: All
FEE: $50 per script (payable to Maui Writers Conference)
LENGTH: Feature-length screenplay. Screenplays may not have been
sold or optioned prior to or at the time of submission.
THEME: Open
PRIZES: 1st $2,500 + fully paid admission to the 2001 Maui
Writers Conference, 2nd $1,000 + fully paid admission to the Maui
Writers Conference, 3rd $500 + admission to Maui Writers
Conference
ONLINE ENTRY: No
ADDRESS: Maui Writers Conference Screenwriting Competition, Attn:
Shawn Guthrie, 4821 Lankershim Blvd., Suite F, #241, North
Hollywood, CA  91601
URL: http://www.maui.net/~writers
E-MAIL: mauiscript[at]aol.com

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           27TH ANNUAL CHICANO/LATINO LITERARY CONTEST

DEADLINE: June 2, 2001
GENRE/S: Poetry
OPEN TO: US writers/permanent residents
FEE: None
LENGTH: 3,000 words maximum
THEME: Open
PRIZES: 1st $1,000 plus publication; 2nd $500, 3rd $250
ONLINE ENTRY: No
ADDRESS: Director, Irvine Chicano/Latino Literary Prize, Dept.
of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, 322
Humanities Hall, Irvine, CA 92697-5275; PH: 949-824-5443
URL: http://www.hnet.uci.edu/spanishandportuguese/contest.html

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