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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: Agent Exclusives, and Why Not
               to Post Your MS Online
       FEATURE: Finding Inspiration, by Rachel Newcombe
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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The Author's Bookshelf
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Since launching Writing-World.com, I've received many requests
from authors seeking to publicize their books. As a result,
Writing-World.com now features a section titled "The Author's
Bookshelf," where authors can promote any type of book --
fiction, nonfiction, paper, electronic, self-published, whatever.
Rates for author listings are $10 per month, $50 for six months
or $100 for a year (half that for additional titles). Authors
can also obtain additional pages for excerpts, reviews, etc.
     http://www.writing-world.com/books/index.html

I Stand Corrected...
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I think I'll just make this a regular feature! Corrections for
the previous issue:

American Authors on the Web
     http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/AmeLit.html

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

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
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The Author's Bookshelf
Find great books to read, or promote your own!
     http://www.writing-world.com/books/index.html

British vs. American Punctuation, by Janis Holm
     http://www.writing-world.com/international/punctuation.html

Christian Markets Online, by Lisa Beamer
     http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/christian.html

E-Publishing Acceptance Rates, by Karen Wiesner
     http://www.writing-world.com/epublish/wiesner.html

Five Fatal Flaws that Can Lead to Rejection, by Moira Allen
     http://www.writing-world.com/skills/flaws.html

Grammar Gaffes and How to Avoid Them, by Marg Gilks
     http://www.writing-world.com/skills/gaffes.html

When Is a Lady a Lady?  A Brief Explanation of British Titles,
by Tami Cowden
     http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/titles.html

Be sure to check the "Writers Wanted" section of the Author
Services Guide; new listings are added regularly.
     http://www.writing-world.com/services/wanted.html

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                  NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Author's Guild Warns Against iPublish
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The Author's Guild describes Time Warner's iPublish author's
contract to be "exploitative" and "the worst contract we had ever
seen."  According to a Guild release, the contract contains
several unusual provisions that could prove costly to unwary
writers.  Key is the broad grant of rights involved: Time Warner
claims the exclusive rights to any means of delivering digital
content, regardless of whether those means have yet been
invented, as well as audio book rights and rights to digitally
printed books, such as print-on-demand books. The writer also
grants an option on print rights. Royalties are 25% of net sales,
no advance is offered, and if a print book is optioned, the
advance is locked in at $5,000 (and the author is effectively
prevented from negotiating a better deal from another publisher).
Time Warner will also control the author's NEXT work, regardless
of whether it publishes the first. In addition, according to the
Guild, authors "grant" these rights to iPublish simply by
submitting a manuscript for review. iPublish representatives
have commented that Time Warner is "disappointed that the Authors
Guild chose to misrepresent iPublish's relationship with writers"
(though they don't claim that the Guild has misrepresented the
contract!) and argue that iPublish is "making a major investment
in the untested world of digital books" and simply asking that
writers "should share some risks."

For more information:
     http://www.authorsguild.org/pripublish051701.html
The iPublish contract can be accessed at
     http://www.ipublish.com/iwrite/submit_main.asp
It appears in a pop-up window that does not enable printing 
(though you can copy-and-paste it into a separate file).  An
"explanation" of the contract terms is also available.

The Wind Done Come Back
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The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta lifted the
injunction against publication of Alice Randall's The Wind Done
Gone, and Houghton-Mifflin plans to issue 25,000 copies as
quickly as possible. The panel ruled that the injunction was a
"drastic remedy" and "an  unlawful prior restraint" of the first
amendment. The lawyer for the Mitchell estate considers the
decision "erroneous" and "a profound misunderstanding of
copyright law," and will appeal the decision.

eBookconnections Changes Rules
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eBookconnections has changed the rules by which it lists its
bestsellers: Authors must provide royalty statements to confirm
the sales figures offered by publishers. As a result, Leta Nolan
Childers' titles "Best Laid Plans" and "Valentine's Victim" have
been dropped from the top two positions, "at the request of the
author," who stated that she wished to keep her earnings
confidential. At the top of the current list are Nancy Kress's
Beggars in Spain (originally published in print) and Lynn
Thomas's How to Make Gel Candles that Sell Like Wildfire, from
Booklocker.com. For more information, visit
http://www.ebookconnections.com

SCBWI 30th Summer Conference
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The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will
host its 30th conference from August 10-13 at the Century
Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Over 60 workshops will be offered,
ranging from traditional topics such as writing fiction,
nonfiction and magazine articles, to sessions on launching a
series, multicultural publishing, contract negotiation
role-plays, school presentations, on-line author chats, preparing
a press packet, writing opportunities on the web, developing
story ideas from your own life, creating emotion and mood in
your illustration, working with an artist's agent, illustrating
book covers that sell, record keeping for writers, creating great
first pages and making the most from the mid-list book. The
workshops will have one track geared toward the professional,
published author and many special sessions aimed exclusively at
illustrators.  For more information, visit http://www.scbwi.org.

ELO Announces First Award Winners
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The Electronic Literature Organization, which specializes in
facilitating and promoting literature in electronic media, issued
its first annual awards on May 18. The $10,000 fiction prize was
awarded to Caitlin Fisher for Waves of Girls, a web-based
hypermedia novella exploring memory, girlhood, childhood and
sexuality. The poetry prize went to John Cayley for Windsound, a
CD-ROM “text-movie with algorithmically generated text.

Books-a-Million Offers Subsidy Publishing
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Books-a-Million has joined with iUniverse to offer several self-
publishing options: Writers Club Press, for previously
unpublished authors; Authors Choice, for new works from
established authors, and Authors Choice Out-of-Print Books.
Unpublished authors pay $99 for online submissions and $299 for
mail subs, while published authors pay $100 more for each.
Authors get 20% royalties and one free book.

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                         THE WRITE SITES
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Here are four places to find book clubs, which can be excellent
places to promote YOUR book:

BookClubDeals.com - http://www.bookclubdeals.com

Book Clubs - http://www.book-clubs.net
     (offers categorized and alphabetical listings)

Book Clubs UK - http://www.bookclubsuk.com

Comprehensive Collection of Book Clubs by Interest -
     http://www.book-clubs.com

Mammal [Names]
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Whether you're looking for a sloth of bears, a shrewdness of
apes, or a mute of hounds, you'll find all you need to know
about terms for animal groups and young'uns at this site.  (A
baby echidna is a puggle; who knew?)
     http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/uamz.hp/MamName.html

The Guys, the Gals -- Who's On First?
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Hard-boiled detectives are as likely to be named "Bubbles" as
"Sam" these days, according to a Publishers Weekly article on
male and female mystery authors and protagonists.
     http://www.publishersweekly.com/articles/20010409_95141.asp

Writer Wellness
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Tips on how to eat right, relax, exercise, and make changes to
your lifestyle that will improve your health -- and your writing.
     http://www.writerwellness.com

Editorial Photo: Contract Reviews
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While this site is designed for photographers, its analyses of
a variety of freelance contracts are also useful to writers.
     http://www.editorialphoto.com/contracts/

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THE WRITING DESK
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                        by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Giving Agents "Exclusives"
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Q: Recently, I sent out a multiple submission query. The first
positive response was from a very reputable agency. They asked
for an exclusive look at my entire manuscript. I sent it to them
promptly with a request that they get back to me within two
months. However, I have received other requests for sample
chapters and an outline. Since I gave the first agency an
exclusive on the entire manuscript, does that mean I must
withhold my fiction proposals until that period is over? Or can
I send the proposals out, but refuse to furnish the rest of the
manuscript until I have heard from the first agency?

A: Since you have promised the first agency an "exclusive look,"
you're bound by that promise. I don't know whether they would
consider submitting proposals to other agencies (but not the
manuscript itself) as a violation of exclusivity, but they
might.

Your best bet would be to call the agency and ask them how to
handle the issue. You could mention simply that a couple of
other agencies have expressed "interest" in the project, and
that while you have no intention of submitting your manuscript
until Agency #1 has made a decision (or until your two-month
deadline has passed), would it be a problem to submit a proposal
and sample chapter? Agency #1 may consider "exclusive" to apply
not simply to the "entire" manuscript but to all sections of the
manuscript (e.g., no sample chapters).

This would also give you a way to find out how close the first
agency is to making a decision -- and may even prompt the agency
to be a bit quicker in their evaluation process.

You can also write back to the other agencies and let them know
that your manuscript is currently under "exclusive" review by
Agency #1, but that as soon as you have a response, you will send
the requested materials. Since agencies know how things "work" in
the business, this should not be a problem.

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Should I Post My Children's Book Online?
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Q: I work in a bookstore and seem to spend more time and money on
the wonderful children's books than anything else.  I am also an
artist and am interested in illustrating.  I have heard that one
can place one's book on a particular showcase website for
publication.  Does that mean you can put your book on your own
site and have other beginners and hopefully well-known writers
give you guidelines and critiques?

A: I don't know anything about the site you mention, but what you
describe sounds like an "author's market place" site. These are
sites where hopeful authors post portions of their manuscripts
online in the hopes that editors have nothing better to do than
cruise by looking for prospects. I have not heard much positive
news about the success rate of such sites. However, it is
unlikely that this would be the place to post your book if you
are looking for feedback and critiques.

If you are looking for guidance from other writers, including
professionals, you'll need to find an appropriate critique group
and become a member. There are a number of good groups online.
Check with some of the children's literature sites for references
to groups and workshops that deal specifically with children's
literature. Also, check some of the writing classes and workshops
online; you may find opportunities for professional criticism
there.

You aren't likely to get the kind of feedback you are looking for
by simply posting your book on your site, however. Worse, there
is a chance that you may "forfeit" certain publication rights
(such as first rights or electronic rights) by doing so, and
thereby compromise your chances of getting accepted by a
publisher. It's far better to go through a critique group (or
find an offline, "real-time" group) than to post unpublished
works on your website.

For more resources on children's literature, see:
     http://www.writing-world.com/children/index.html
     http://www.writing-world.com/links/children.html

For more information:
     http://www.writing-world.com/links/critique.html
     http://www.writing-world.com/links/classes.html

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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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FINDING INSPIRATION
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                      by Rachel Newcombe (rachel[at]newcombe.co.uk)

Inspiration -- the sudden acquisition of brilliant ideas -- is
something that writers of all genres seek at some point.
Unexpected ideas can aid one's writing, provide totally new
story lines or unusual angles for articles. They can help spark
further thoughts, make writing flow and provide writers with a
new sense of direction.

Unfortunately the act of gaining inspiration can at times prove
to be difficult or seem like an elusive factor that you just
can't quite grasp. Finding oneself without a stack of fresh new
ideas can happen to anyone. All writers -- both professionals
and beginners -- are likely to require inspiration at some point
in their writing lives, whether merely as a refresher after a
taxing assignment or to totally kick-start new work. So, if
you're stuck for ideas and desperately seeking inspiration,
don't despair. Use these suggestions to help put some life back
into your writing!

Creative Daydreaming
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Forget what anyone ever told you when you were young --
daydreaming is excellent and is definitely something you should
be doing! Not only is it enjoyable to be able to spend some time
letting your thoughts wander aimlessly, but it is also a highly
useful tool for writers. Daydreaming creatively offers the
opportunity to explore possibilities and develop new ideas. Used
effectively, it is a positive process that can further one's
writing and help inspiration flow. Try incorporating a creative
daydreaming session into your writing routine and let your mind
roam!

Relax
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When you're stuck for ideas, it's easy to feel stressed and tense
about it, but being in such a state just doesn't offer any help.
It's important to relax both your body and mind, so don't spend
hours anxiously sitting at your computer. Instead, go and relax
and do something you enjoy. This could be your favourite sport,
a gentle stroll, a quick doze if you're tired, listening to music
or even having a relaxing bath. Whatever you do, ensure that you
are relaxed; forget about your writing and leave your worries
behind!

Inspiration most often strikes when you least expect it, and this
is even more likely when you're in a calm and relaxed state. Be
ready to make use of any ideas you get. Keep a notebook with you,
as it's surprisingly easy to forget important points and you
don't want to lose those great new thoughts!

Be Open to Ideas
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Being unable to gain inspiration can often be due to the fact
that you've become stagnated and are somehow unable to pick up
on ideas even if they do exist. Although it's easy to take the
'that's not me' stance and be unable to spot the signs, why not
try and spend some time deliberately being open to all potential
ideas? New ideas and sources of inspiration can be found in all
areas of life, from people we know, things we hear, our
surroundings and environment, places we visit, things we read in
books or magazines or at work.

Spend some time actively seeking ideas -- it's surprising how
many new thoughts can occur. Don't expect sudden awe-inspiring
revelations -- often little things or minor points can trigger
further trains of thought. This method works well for all
writers -- those seeking new characterizations or plot ideas for
fiction projects, poetry writers seeking inspiration for their
next masterpiece, and nonfiction writers seeking new and
interesting angles for articles.

Take Time to Write
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Inspiration doesn't always occur suddenly and dramatically.
It can take time for ideas to spring to mind. A good way of
encouraging new thoughts, and of aiding your own writing
practice, is to create a specific writing time each day,
preferably when there are likely to be few disturbances. It
doesn't matter what time of day, or even night, you decide on,
as long as it is best for you. The main thing to remember is
that you don't have to write anything amazing or of high quality
-- a list of random words, names of potential characters or your
current thoughts are fine! Don't feel that you have to write
each day if you don't feel like it, and try not to feel annoyed
at yourself if you just can't think of anything to write; this is
perfectly normal. In the long run, the act of establishing a
regular writing session, and of actually getting down to writing
something, can help to encourage inspiration and new ideas to
emerge.

Get Some Air!
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There are many times when the best thing to do is go outside and
get some air! Not only is it pointless to spend hours desperately
sitting at your desk waiting for inspiration to strike, but it's
also exhausting and can eventually wear you out completely.

A great way to stimulate the mind, create that much-needed
motivation and spark off some inspirational thoughts, is to go
outside, blow away the cobwebs and breathe in some nice fresh
air. This can be in whatever form you most enjoy or is most
practical -- walking, sitting in a garden, being beside the sea,
in the countryside or even sitting on a bench in the middle of a
busy shopping area!

So relax, enjoy, take time to NOT write -- and you may find your
inspirations as refreshed as you are!

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Rachel Newcombe is a UK-based writer and researcher for online
and print media. She writes features, news, website and book
reviews for a range of publications including iCircle, UK Plus,
Health Media, Freelance Market News, Freepint, Home and School,
and Handbag.com. She can be found on the web at:
http://www.newcombe.co.uk/media.

Copyright (c) 2001 Rachel Newcombe

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                          MARKET ROUNDUP
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: A CUP OF COMFORT FOR FRIENDS
Colleen Sell, Editor
Adams Media Corporation, P.O. Box 863, Eugene, OR 97440
URL: http://www.cupofcomfort.com (coming soon)
E-MAIL: wordsinger[at]aol.com

ADAMS MEDIA CORPORATION seeks true stories of remarkable friends
and extraordinary friendships for publication in A CUP OF COMFORT
FOR FRIENDS, the second book in an exciting new series. We're
looking for true stories that evoke emotion, insight,
inspiration, compassion, memories, laughter, and tears.
Compelling stories that touch your heart, make you think, and
soothe your soul. Well-written stories that weave lessons of
humanity into vividly told tales. Aspiring, new, and experienced
writers welcome. The audience is adult female and male mainstream;
the genre is short, original nonfiction. NO fiction, adaptations
of other authors' works, or unauthorized use of other people's
experiences/stories.

ACCEPTABLE THEMES: Unique relationships; inspiring/soulful acts
of friendship; powerful moments/experiences shared between
friends; kindred spirits; friendship lost and found; celebration/
recognition of special friend; best times with best friends;
friends as family. The story can focus on friendships between
men, between women, between men and women, between people and
pets (only very limited number will be published, however) and
among different cultures and ages.

ACCEPTABLE STYLE/STRUCTURE: First-person or third-person --
narrative, essay, humor, or creative nonfiction. NO news
articles, journalistic features or profiles, poems, opinion
pieces, academic papers, biographies, dogmatic treatises, or
"alternative" nonfiction. Creativity is encouraged and welcomed,
but please remember that the audience is mainstream.

Author must be 18 years or older. Stories must be based on real
people and true experiences. Submission must be original work of
author.  Unpublished material is preferred, but submissions may
be previously published, provided author owns all rights. Authors
may submit as many stories as they like.  Submissions must be in
English. All manuscripts must include: Author name, mailing
address, phone number, e-mail, word-count, copyright date (date
you completed story), submission date, rights retained by author,
and details of any previous publication of the material.
Submissions may be submitted by surface mail or e-mail. If
submitting by mail, include a formatted printed copy and a text
file on a 3x5 diskette. If submitting by e-mail, include
submission in the text of the e-mail; no attachments. Type "Cup
of Comfort Submission" in the subject line of the e-mail.
Manuscripts will not be returned, and only finalists will be
notified of the status of their submissions (in October 2001).
A Cup of Comfort for Friends is scheduled for release in Spring
2002. (E-mail editor at Wordsinger[at]aol.com for complete
guidelines.)

LENGTH:  1,000 to 2,000 words
DEADLINE: July 10, 2001
RIGHTS: The Publisher will likely reserve one-time book and
electronic rights for a specified period (usually two years),
after which rights revert to Author. Publisher reserves the right
to fact-check, modify, abridge, edit, rewrite, and re-title any
material for which it has purchased rights.
PAYMENT: $100 to $200 per story, upon acceptance; byline; one
complimentary copy of book.

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ELEMENT K JOURNALS
Contact: Editor of specific journal
URL: http://www.elementkjournals.com/contrib.htm

ELEMENT K JOURNALS is a collection of 32 technical/computer
publications, and is always on the lookout for good contributing
writers. We're interested in articles that save our readers time
and provide techniques they can immediately put to use in their
work. If tips are more your speed, we can use those, too. We're
always looking for great tips to share with our Tips subscribers.
If you aren't familiar with our publications, be sure to read
some of the articles posted on the Web site to get a feel for the
structure and tone. Before you send us a complete article, please
e-mail the appropriate journal editor (see the list of journal
email links on the website), describing your proposed topic.
Please include an outline and estimated word count.

Every Element K Journals publication provides 16 pages of ad-free
content each month. We like to include several articles in each
issue to guarantee that there's something of interest to all of
our readers. Our writing style is casual first person, so you'll
notice we use contractions and pronouns, such as "you" and "we."
In addition, we write in direct, active voice. For instance, we'd
use "After you place the control on the form" rather than "After
the control is placed on the form." When applicable, please send
a sample application that demonstrates your technique. We use
these samples to test your technique, and we upload them to the
publication's FTP site for readers to download. Before submitting
an article, download the article template; it's also advisable to
download the general style guidelines.

Tips Guidelines: Each tip you submit should contain no more than
200 words. We use the same writing style for Tips that we use in
our journals: Casual, first person, direct, active voice. Please
do not include figures.

LENGTH: Four pages (2000 words) maximum
RIGHTS: Complete and sole usage
PAYMENT: $125 per printed page
SUBMISSION: By e-mail only; submit as Word attachments with
figures provided as separate TIFF images.

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KAFENIO
Roberta Beach Jacobsen, Editor
essay[at]kafenio.com
URL: http://www.kafeniocom.com
GL:  http://www.kafeniocom.com/guidelines.html

KAFENIO is a dynamic monthly e-zine offering intelligent
features, photos, columns and insider tips on European life and
culture. "Kafenio means "coffee house" in Greek, and our Kafenio
is a place to visit and relax.  Humor is always welcome." The
e-zine was selected by Writer's Digest magazine (Jan. 01) as one
of the "50 Best Places to Write Online." Writers worldwide are
invited to submit columns for Speakers' Table, a regular
department of Kafenio. Each issue uses three or four columns.
Never preachy, they offer an informative, sometimes humorous,
approach to the surprises of life in Europe. Word count should
be under 600 (if possible) and a conversational, first-person
style is preferred. Don't get hung up about British vs. American
style or spelling. Kafenio is a place to be yourself, so use
whatever best suits you. No queries please! Simply e-mail your
finished piece (reprints accepted) in the body of an e-mail.
"Remember Kafenio is about Europe and nothing but! We have a
shortage of material about Eastern Europe. Be different. We get
Paris and Rome articles almost daily and don't need more of
these." Submissions should be directed to the editor at
essay[at]kafeniocom.com.

LENGTH: Under 600 words
RIGHTS: One-time, one-month electronic rights. Articles are not
archived.
PAYMENT: $100 US or euro 100, on acceptance

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"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
self-addressed, stamped envelope, "GL":guidelines.
(If you have questions about rights, please see "Rights: What
They Mean and Why They're Important, by Marg Gilks, 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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CORRECTION: The deadline for the National Screenwriting
Competition (Maui Writer's Conference) has been moved to June 15.
First place award is $2500 and fully paid entry to the 2002
conference (not the 2001 conference as listed previously); second
and third prizes (of $1000 and $500, respectively) do not include
conference admission. For details, visit
     http://www.maui.net/~writers/swrules.htm.

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  THE SEVENTH CHIAROSCURO SHORT STORY CONTEST

DEADLINE: June 15
GENRE: Short fiction
THEME: Dark, horror
LENGTH: 5,000 words maximum
PRIZES: Publication in Chiaroscuro: Treatments of Light and Shade
in Words at 3c/word, plus a selection of horror titles.
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes; send in body of e-mail or as RTF file to
brett.savory[at]chizine.com
URL: http://thechiaroscuro.com, in conjunction with Leisure Books
(http://www.dorchesterpub.com). Chiaroscuro is online at
http://chizine.com.
E-MAIL:  brett.savory[at]chizine.com

*Source: Chiaroscuro

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              SECOND ANNUAL S. MARIELLA GABLE PRIZE

DEADLINE: June 15
GENRE: Previously unpublished literary novel
THEME: Our editors are looking for quality literary fiction that
combines a distinct voice with a distinct vision. We are
interested in novels that in some way take on the social and
cultural challenges of contemporary life. We do not publish
children's literature, nor do we publish genre fiction such as
romance, science fiction, thrillers, detective fiction, horror
stories, westerns, historical fiction, etc.
LENGTH: Complete book manuscript
PRIZES: $15,000 advance, publication by Graywolf Press in 2002
ONLINE ENTRY: No
CONTACT: S. Mariella Gable Prize, Graywolf Press, 2402 University
Ave., Ste. 203, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Entry form must be
included; send SASE to this address marked "Gable Prize
Guidelines", or download Acrobat file from website.
http://www.graywolfpress.org/mainpages/gable2001guidelines.html

*Source: Graywolf Press

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          ILIAD PRESS QUARTERLY POETRY & ESSAY CONTEST

DEADLINE: June 30
GENRE: Poetry, Essay
THEME: "Suitable for family reading"
LENGTH: Up to two poems, 30 lines maximum; essay 300 words
maximum
FEE: 1st two submissions free, $2 thereafter
PRIZES: Four [at] $1,000, and 396 other annual prizes
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes; see website
CONTACT: Iliad Press, 36923 Ryan Road, Suite W, Sterling Heights,
Michigan 48310
URL: http://www.cader.com
E-MAIL: info[at]cader.com

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         L. RON HUBBARD'S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST

DEADLINE: June 30
GENRE: Short fiction, novelette
OPEN TO: All who have not professionally published (more than
5,000 copies) a novel or short novel, or more than three short
stories, or more than one novelette, in any medium.
THEME: "All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror with
fantastic elements are welcome [but]... we regret we cannot
consider poetry or works intended for children. Excessive
violence or sex will result in disqualification."
LENGTH: 17,000 words maximum
PRIZES: Quarterly prizes: 1st $1,000, 2nd $750, 3rd $500; $4,000
annual grand prize.
CONTACT: L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of The Future Contest,
PO Box 1630, Los Angeles, CA 90078
URL: http://www.writersofthefuture.com
E-MAIL: contests[at]authorservicesinc.com

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                  DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE

DEADLINE: June 30
GENRE: Previously published stories/novellas
OPEN TO: Writers who have published a book-length collection of
fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in
commercial magazines or literary journals of national
distribution. Manuscripts may be under consideration for
publication elsewhere, but if accepted, notify competition.
THEME: Open
LENGTH: A manuscript of short stories; one or more novellas (of
up to 150 double-spaced pages), or a combination of one or more
novellas and short stories. Manuscripts may be no less than 150
and no more than 300 typed double-spaced pages. Include a list
of published works with entries.
PRIZES: $10,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh
Press
CONTACT: Drue Heinz Literature Prize, University of Pittsburgh
Press, 3347 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15261
URL: http://www.pitt.edu/~press/series/DrueHeinz.html

*Source: University of Pittsburgh Press

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