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Issue 1:08              4650 subscribers            June 14, 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: Publication Rights are not Distribution Rights
       FEATURE: The Untraveled Travel Writer, by Isabel Viana
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
       Author's Bookshelf: New Listings
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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A Sad Announcement
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Many of you may be familiar with the work of Bev Walton-Porter,
Inkspot's book review columnist and now a writer for Coffeehouse
for Writers and Suite101.com. Bev's husband recently died in an
accident in their home, and Bev and her two children (ages 8 and
11) are trying to cope with the loss, in addition to moving to a
new home. Bev had been trying to go "full-time" as a freelancer,
but has now gone back to work, though she plans to continue
writing in her "spare" time. To help her and her children through
this tough time, a memorial has been set up.  If anyone would
like to contribute, funds can be sent to: The Porter Children's
Memorial Fund, in care of Bank One, 4405 Centennial Blvd.,
Colorado Springs, CO 80907.

I Stand Corrected...
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A reader wrote to warn about the "Iliad Press" poetry and essay
contest listed in the previous issue, noting that this group
asks you to buy the book in which your "entry" appears. Check
out the warning at:
     http://windpub.org/literary.scams/cader.iliad.htm

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
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NEW SECTIONS:

Contests - A section for new contest announcements, links to
other online sources of contest information, and articles on
entering writing contests (including what to watch out for).
     http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.html

Science Fiction - http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/sf.html

Romance - http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/romance.html

COLUMNS:

June's "Advice from a Caterpillar" covers crossword puzzles,
finding reviewers, and whether to use an animal's POV.
     http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/current.html

June's "Book Promotion on a Budget" says "Ask and Ye Shall
Receive" -- be bold and ask for booksignings, chats, money, more!
     http://www.writing-world.com/promo/current.html

ARTICLES:

Critiquing Poetry (Including Your Own), by Gwyneth Box
     http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/crit.html

Picture Perfect: Using Photos to Sell Your Articles
by Christine Ridout
     http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/ridout.html

Selling Your Book to the Spanish-Language Market
by Monica DiSanti
     http://www.writing-world.com/international/spanish.html

Tips and Tricks for Booksignings, by Kim Headlee
     http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/booksigning.html

Writing Soft SF, by Penny Ehrenkranz
     http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/softsf.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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TerraShare Bites the Dust
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On May 31, TerraShare sent a notice to its contributors that it
would be closing, due to lack of advertising funds and an
inability to find a buyer. Contributors have been given time to
move their files to other locations; money owed will be "paid
out on a pro rata basis with our other unsecured creditors." For
details, see http://www.terrashare.com/about/pr/may_31.html.

Content Recycling?
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Joseph Hayes of the Burry Man Writers Center tells us that:
"Gordon Brothers has developed a company called the Recycling
Company. It doesn't deal in paper or aluminum cans -- it recycles
the intellectual property of failed dot-coms... If you had
articles or stories on a website that suddenly folded, I'm sure
you naturally assume the work is either lost or the rights are
once again yours. Think again. If you're in that situation, take
another look at the old contract (you did have a contract, yes?),
and then do some serious research... When websites and the content
therein are treated as a single, sellable commodity, you can be
pretty sure that the niceties of individual contracts may fall
by the wayside. I'm not suggesting that the Recycling Company is
reselling people's work, I'm merely suggesting that it may
happen. Look on the Recycling Company's website to see what
sites they are offering for sale and make sure you weren't
involved in one of them."  For the complete article, visit
     http://www.burryman.com/struggle.html

National Book Awards Accepts E-Books -- in Print!
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The National Book Foundation will consider e-books for its
annual National Book Awards, beginning in 2001.  E-books will
be judged right alongside print books for literary merit. But
there's a catch: Books must be submitted in PRINT format,
not only printed out but also bound. "In this way, e-books will
be judged on quality of the text only, and not on their bells
and whistles," said Meg Kearney, associate director of the
Foundation. But aren't "bells and whistles" -- the ability to
offer something beyond text alone -- often what sets an e-book
apart? For example, These Waves of Girls, mentioned in the last
issue as the winner of the $10,000 Electronic Literature
Organization award, is a hyperlinked text with 3-D images,
photos, animated images and more. E-books may be entered in
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature;
there is a $100 entry fee.

ASPCA offers Children's Book Award
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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has
established the Henry Bergh Book Award to honor children's books
"that promote the humane ethic of compassion and respect for all
living things." Books must be published between January 1 and
December 31, 2001, and may be submitted as finished proofs,
bound galleys or manuscripts. Deadline for submissions is
October 31. Contact The ASPCA, Education Department: Book Award,
424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY, or e-mail education[at]aspca.org.

U.S. Copyright Office Pilots New Search Program
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The Copyright Office is testing a new web-based search method
that will allow users to find copyright information on more than
14 million works registered since 1978. To test the interface,
visit http://www.loc.gov/copyright/search - report problems or
suggestions to copyweb[at]loc.gov.

atRandom Becomes Less Random?
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atRandom's e-publishing line is growing a bit more conservative
than its initial publicity indicated. Books published by the
e-book arm of Random House will be issued simultaneously as
e-books and trade paperbacks (instead of having an early release
of e-editions), and shorter works (50 to 100 pages) are giving
way to more traditional lengths of 200 pages or more. Mary Barr,
the new editorial director for atRandom, explained that "We're
not a magazine publisher, we're a book publisher. A title that's
50 pages long is not a book." Nor will the imprint offer quite
the range of big names that it originally promised, and instead
of offering up to 100 new titles a year, the imprint may now
offer 20.

Maybe They're Smart...
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A survey conducted by Ipsos-NPD and the NPD group, reported
in eMarketer's Quick eStats Newsletter, indicates that less than
25% of US internet users say they are likely to buy an e-book.
Twenty percent said they were "somewhat likely," while only 3%
said they were "very likely" to do so. Nearly a third of the
respondents had not heard of e-books, and 77% felt that e-books
should be less expensive than print books.

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                         THE WRITE SITES
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Criticas
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Subtitled "An English Speaker's Guide to the Latest Spanish
Language Titles," this new publication covers Spanish-language
publishing news and trends. Free sample copy available.
     http://www.criticasmagazine.com

WritersWeekly.com Warnings
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This is a great place to check on websites and publishers that
(a) have a reputation for slow or non-payment, or (b) are going
out of business or are rumored to be having troubles.
     http://www.writersweekly.com/warnings.html

eBookWeb
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In the April 5 issue, we reported on Gemstar's shut-down of
eBookNet.com. Its founders, Glenn Sanders and Wade Roush, have
now launched eBookWeb, with a pledge to keep it "independent".
Find out exactly what happened between Gemstar and eBookNet.com
in "The Inside Story of eBookNet's Demise."
     http://www.ebookweb.com

State and Jurisdictional Arts Agencies
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Looking for a grant? Here's a good list of arts councils that
may offer funds to writers.
     http://www.pixi.com/~cpac/saas.htm

Writers Manual
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This relatively new site for writers offers a huge archive of
articles and columns; worth a look!
     http://www.writersmanual.com/

Summer Reading Contest
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Surf nine book-related websites to find contest words, then put
the words together in a grammatically correct sentence for a
chance at prizes that include a $500 Amazon.com gift certificate,
books and more.
     http://www.bookreporter.com/summerreading/

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THE WRITING DESK
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Can a Publisher Distribute My Work to Other Publications?
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Q: Someone told me that by buying electronic rights to my work,
a website would have the right to sell or place that work on
other sites.  Is that true?

A: OK, this is really a bogus question; I made it up to provide
an opportunity to discuss this important rights issue.  I was
recently contacted by another website host who wanted to "share"
my content -- and who believed that because I bought "electronic
rights" to material posted on Writing-World.com, that gave me
the right to offer it to other sites, without obtaining any
additional permission from the author.

Not so! Electronic publication rights are NOT "distribution"
rights. If you sell "first" or "one-time" electronic rights to
a publication or website, you are not authorizing that site to
resell your material, or allow it to be used on any other site.
This is no different from selling "first serial rights" to a
print periodical -- such a sale would certainly not authorize
that publication to share your material with some other print
magazine!

However, if you were to sell "all" electronic rights, the
purchaser of those rights could indeed resell the material,
or allow it to be posted on some other site. Another clause to
watch out for is "nonexclusive right to distribute," which also
grants a publication the right to sell or distribute your
material (and receive payment for it), without giving you a
single penny from the proceeds. The "nonexclusive" part of the
clause is sneaky: It doesn't prevent YOU from reselling your
work. What it does do is open the door for a publication to
offer your material to, say, electronic databases, or places
like Contentville, where someone else gets the royalties.

What's scary here is the realization that we may be dealing
with editors and publishers who do not know this.  We can
never assume that the publications we work with are accurately
informed about what certain rights "mean" -- or what they can
actually do with our material.  The bottom line is this: We
cannot afford to be ignorant about rights, because we never
know when we may be dealing with someone who IS.

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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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THE UNTRAVELED TRAVEL WRITER
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                           by Isabel Viana (miviana[at]frontier.net)

I broke into travel writing when an editor for whom I had written
several articles e-mailed me about a new magazine she was
launching. It was going to feature a travel section and she asked
me whether I wanted to propose an article. Since the "struggling
artist" hat fits my head, I couldn't let the opportunity to earn
some extra cash pass me by, so I suggested an article on the
area where I lived. Until then, I had never written anything
remotely related to travel. Even though travel writing was a
category I had always been interested in, I thought it was beyond
my abilities because I wasn't well traveled. The right
opportunity changed my thinking, and here's what I learned:

1. Write about what you know
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I haven't always agreed with this adage so often repeated by
veteran writers -- but in this case, I do. The only place I
felt I could write about when asked was the town where I lived
and its surrounding area. I didn't know any other location as
well and didn't have the budget to travel. At first, I thought
the idea might not sell because I live in a small, remote town
deep in the Colorado Rockies and four hours away from a major
airport. But as I put together a list of reasons why a vacation
in that kind of setting would be appealing to some, my confidence
grew. I used the list to write my proposal and offered to include
a five-day sample itinerary and photos. By focusing on the
positive details of my target destination, I sold my first
travel article.

2. Cash in on historical facts
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I've found an array of publications interested in historical
articles, and one truism is that every place has a history. Find
out the facts that make up your hometown or region, research
appropriate markets and make your sale. Chambers of commerce and
visitor's bureaus print brochures and promotional magazines to
attract tourists. Although these markets may not pay much, they
will be good starting places for your travel pieces. Offer to
provide your clients with several short historical tidbits about
the area they're trying to promote so they can refresh their
brochures seasonally and appear more attractive to travelers in
search of little-known facts.

For example, ghost towns and abandoned mining camps abound in the
West, where I live. My town happens to have a magazine that's
distributed to hotel guests to promote the area's businesses.
While the magazine has mostly local ads, it also makes room for
short items that give visitors suggestions on what to do during
their stay. This winter, I sent the editor an idea for a piece on
the most accessible ghost towns within fifty miles of downtown. I
also proposed to write the article for the magazine's summer/fall
issue, making the connection between Halloween and ghost towns.
Within two weeks, I received a positive response and saw my
second travel article in print a few months later.

3. Have fun and write about it
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Make a list of activities available where you live, such as
biking or skiing, and weave them into a story that will have
tourists wanting to try the adventures you describe. If you live
in a so-called sleepy town, no problem! Quiet places that seem to
have nothing to offer are usually perfect resting spots for one
to unwind from a busy or stressful lifestyle. The first travel
article I wrote gave me the idea to break down the sample
itinerary I created into separate activity articles for different
markets. For instance, based on what's available in my hometown,
visitors can bike, ski, go canoeing and kayaking, mountain and
rock climb, and take a trip on an authentic narrow-gauge steam
engine. With good research, I know I can transform each of these
entertainments into individual articles.

4. Take advantage of your community calendar
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Special events make for great travel articles, though, in most
cases, they will also require perfect timing on your part to make
the sale. If the area where you live is the site of a bluegrass
festival or a garlic fiesta, don't let these story opportunities
go to waste. If the happening is annual, you'll have plenty of
time to plan your story ahead and send in your query letter well
before the event. Markets for this type of travel piece include
your own region's publications, as their readers will be more
likely to attend the events than someone who lives more than a
car ride away. But don't overlook the national markets. If you're
writing a bigger story about the Four Corners Area, for instance,
add a calendar of annual events for the whole region as a sidebar
to spruce up the article.

5. Highlight the uniqueness of your home
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What peculiarities make your town worth visiting? Many travel
publications accept first-person essays and this could be just
the right material for one. If a happening is quirky enough, the
story may just appeal to a market wider than your regional
readership. My town has a winter festival that, because of its
odd list of scheduled events (during the three days of
celebration, you can hire a hit man to stalk and throw a cream
pie on anyone you choose), has become well known outside of our
community. This year, a friend from Atlanta said that she saw a
segment about it on national television. Not bad publicity for a
cow town of 16,000 and a very smart move on the part of the news
writer who decided the rest of the nation just might be
interested in how a small portion of the West has fun in the
winter.

Now, is that a twitch that I see in your fingers? Are they
itching to go write a travel article? Here are some Web sites to
help them along:

Tips for Aspiring Travel Writers
Tips by Lois Peterson, who has written not only about the places
she's traveled to but also about the towns she's lived in.
     http://mindlink.net/summit/travel.htm

Travelwriters.com
Market news and marketing tools for travel writers, including
information on press trips and syndication.
     http://main.travelwriters.com/

Travel Writing (Suite101.com)
A collection of Internet links and articles of interest to travel
writers. You can also subscribe to a free electronic newsletter.
     http://www.i5ive.com/welcome.cfm/4433

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Isabel Viana has sold articles to Writer's Digest, Inklings and
Inkspot among other publications. In addition, she was the winner
of the May 2001 Chronicle essay competition sponsored by Writer's
Digest.

Copyright (c) 2001 Isabel Viana

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                          MARKET ROUNDUP
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SANDS PUBLISHING
Sandy Scoville and Diana Saenger, Publishers
SANDS Publishing, LLC, P.O. Box 92, Alpine, CA 91903
URL: http://www.sandspublishing.com/submit.html
E-MAIL: editor[at]sandspublishing.com, ssnetbookbiz[at]aol.com

SANDS PUBLISHING is accepting book-length and short-fiction
submissions.  The publishers expect a well-written manuscript
edited for content and grammar and adhering to the general format
for the genre  submitted. "We are looking for good books that
deserve to be published."

Fiction - General: We expect to find larger-than-life
protagonists and interesting secondary characters with defining
external and internal goals and conflicts. For these bigger books
you must build a narrative and have rich subplots.

Historical: Writer must paint an accurate portrait of place and
time, manners, politics, dress, language, etc. Be prepared to
document historical facts. No sagging middles.

Inspirational: A strong Christian theme and clearly stated
biblical values should weave this story together. Be consistent
in beliefs and conflicts and don't preach.

Fantasy: A keen imagination with good creative flow will be your
key to success to a winning story in this genre. Open the doors
to imaginary worlds and take your readers on the journey with you.

Mystery: A solid grounding in the elements of the craft of
mystery writing is essential to make the story work. Don't
mislead readers with awkward unexplained resolutions.

Romance: Long or short stories need defined heroes and heroines.
Sexual content can be erotic, explicit, sensual, or nonexistent.
Conflicts must be clearly portrayed and resolved, happily or
unhappily.

Short stories: Must engage the reader immediately with a
fascinating plot and absorbing characters. Must be a page-turner.

Suspense: Extraordinary characters and an ability to make scenes
come alive is the success to a good suspense.

Time travel: Clear and direct stories with an understanding for
the contrivances of this genre are a must. Paint a picture with
your words.

Young adult: Conceivable plots and believable characters are keys
to writing for young adults. Don't write down to this age group,
and remember children's books require the same professionalism as
adult books. Recapture your youth.

Nonfiction: We are looking for books that inspire, entertain,
enlighten, and instruct. If it's been done, you must do it
better. If it hasn't, tell us why you're the person to write this
book and who will read it. We do not accept pornography or
material that furthers the cause of hate groups or condones child
abuse (unless referenced as back-story).

Submissions - Fiction: Submit a three- to five-page synopsis and
the first three chapters of your manuscript. Short story
submissions should be 50 pages or less. Hints: Passive voice in
contemporary writing will bore us. Give your characters life.
Just write a great story. Nonfiction: Submit an outline, target
market for your book, and first chapter. In all submissions send
a brief (one page) cover letter introducing yourself and your
writing background. Include in the letter a brief (one paragraph)
description of your project including genre and word count.
Send e-mail submissions as attachments to: ssnetbookbiz[at]aol.com.
Mail paper submissions to address above, with #10 SASE; paper
submissions will not be returned. Response time is 45 to 90 days,
at which time we may ask for the completed manuscript on paper or
PC formatted floppy disk.

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CAREER-INTELLIGENCE.COM
Annette Richmond, Editor
P.O. Box 234, Rowayton, CT 06853, fax (203) 855-7684
URL: http://www.career-intelligence.com,
http://www.career-intelligence.com/about/writers_guidelines.html
E-MAIL: editor[at]career-intelligence.com

Career-Intelligence.com is interested in short nonfiction
articles covering all aspects of the career woman's professional
life. Topics can range from, but are not limited to, changing
careers, balancing work and family, starting a business, getting
ahead on the job, stress management or anything related to
starting your own business. They are open to working with new
writers and/or print writers who want to transition into new
media. "We are a new site seeking to develop long-term
relationships with solid writers." However, they also advise
that "Our content is 90% staff written." Query with clips. Submit
via mail or e-mail.

LENGTH: 750 to 1,000 words
RIGHTS: Electronic Rights (exclusive rights for 60 days and
permission to keep article on site).  Author retains copyright.
PAYMENT: Pays $25 -$50 for unsolicited articles.  May pay more
for writers on assignment.

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WRITER ONLINE
Jenna Glatzer, Editor
21 Water Street, Amesbury, MA 01913
URL: http://www.novalearn.com/wol/
GL:  http://www.novalearn.com/wol/guidelines.htm
E-MAIL: support[at]writeread.com

WRITER ONLINE is an e-zine for writers covering a broad spectrum
of topics.  It seeks nonfiction, fiction, poetry and reprints.

Non-Fiction: Articles should address the craft, marketing, or
publishing of writing.  Writer Online strongly prefers articles
that offer examples and use direct quotes from credible sources
such as books, papers, addresses, and URLs where readers can obtain
further information.

Fiction: Writer Online is looking for quality fiction, in all
genres, up to 1200 words. We do accept "flash fiction" (50 to
200 words), though this is probably the toughest area for new
writers to break into. Occasional feature: Short excerpts from
novels in progress, by both published and unpublished writers,
but the excerpts must be self-contained (that is, they should have
a beginning, middle, and end.)

Poetry: Writer Online is looking for poetry of all kinds -- from
sonnets to the prosepoem. Poetry can be experimental,
traditional, blank verse, free verse, etc., though no longer than
40 lines. We prefer poems that tell a story, rather than obscure,
"abstract" poetry. This is not a market for tributes to your
grandmother or details of the last woman who broke your heart...
unless, of course, you can "wow" us with your originality in
these areas.

Reprints: Writer Online is ESPECIALLY seeking reprints of
writing-related articles (and fiction and poetry) that have NOT
appeared widely across other writers' publications. In the case
of reprints, we prefer to see the entire manuscript, but we'll
also look at queries.

Submit queries or complete manuscripts by e-mail; no
attachments.

LENGTH: Features: 600 words minimum, no maximum. Fiction: 1200
words maximum.
RIGHTS: First electronic rights (exclusive for three months;
non-exclusive archive rights thereafter.
PAYMENT: Articles and interviews related to writing - $50-80;
Short fiction - $40; Poems - $10-$20; Reprints - $20

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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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           INSCRIPTIONS SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE CONTEST

DEADLINE: June 22
GENRE: Short Story
THEME: Write a short story telling us a futuristic, science
fiction romance story, entirely formatted in e-mail. Combine all
of the e-mails into a single story. Single space the e-mails, and
place a double space between paragraphs.
LENGTH: Under 1,000 words
PRIZES: 1st: $50 Amazon.com gift certificate (or cash equivalent);
2nd $20 certificate; 3rd $10 certificate; plus publication in
Inscriptions. Inscriptions asks for one-time electronic rights
for winning entries.
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes; paste entry into e-mail to
contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com. At the end of the e-mail,
include your real name, pen name (if applicable), mailing address,
e-mail address, and word count. Put "Science Fiction Romance
Contest" in the subject heading. (Entries that don't follow these
guidelines will be disqualified.)
URL: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/SciFi.html
E-MAIL: contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

*Source: Inscriptions

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                 HAPPY TALES "LITERARY" CONTEST

DEADLINE: July 1
GENRE: Short literary parody
THEME: Take any literary work with a sad, disturbing, or negative
ending and supply a happy, affirmative, or uplifting ending. The
new ending must more or less parody the idiom, style, atmosphere,
and so on, of the original. Entries will be judged on the bases
of humor, insight, and quality of parody. (For more information,
go to http://www.writing-world.com/contests/happy.html)
LENGTH: Any, "but judges are more likely to read shorter ones."
No limit to number of entries.
PRIZES: Award: finalists for the contest will be invited to
attend the Montana Festival of the Book, September 7-8, 2001, in
Missoula, Montana. Their entries will be read and praised and/or
ridiculed by contest judges in a public session. The grand prize
winner of the contest, and guest, will be transported (roundtrip)
from any point in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska,
to Missoula, MT, to attend the 2002 Montana Festival of the Book,
there to be honored, read, fed, and possibly ridiculed. Winning
entries will be weblished at the Festival website or published in
other media. Entries become the property of the Montana Festival
of the Book.
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes
CONTACT: Happy Tales, Montana Festival of the Book, Montana
Center for the Book, 311 Brantly Hall, The University of
Montana, Missoula, MT 59812-7848
URL: http://www.bookfest-mt.org
E-MAIL: lastbest[at]selway.umt.edu

*Source: Montana Center for the Book

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              NEW VISIONS FILMMAKING FELLOWSHIP

DEADLINE: July 1
GENRE: Screenplay
THEME: Submitted screenplays should be edgy and character-driven,
including parts for no more than fifteen actors (preferably fewer)
and no special effects.
LENGTH: 90-110 pages, one location
PRIZES: $1500 to write, $1500 to direct.
ONLINE ENTRY: No.
CONTACT: New Visions Filmmaking Fellowship, 6404 Hollywood Blvd.,
Ste. 327, Los Angeles, CA 90028, (323) 465-1994; send SASE for
standard release form to submit with screenplay.
E-MAIL: newvisfellow[at]aol.com

*Source: New Visions Filmmaking Fellowship

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             ORCHARD PRESS 2001 SHORT MYSTERY CONTEST

DEADLINE: July 31
GENRE: Mystery short fiction
THEME: Crime, mystery, suspense and detective stories, including
capers. Setting may be anywhere; try something different. We take
a dim view of excessive violence, gore or obscenity, and do not
want pornography or horror stories.
LENGTH: 2000-5000 words; one entry per contestant.
PRIZES: 1st $250, 2nd $100, honorable mentions $25, plus
publication on website
ONLINE ENTRY: Required; stories should be submitted in manuscript
format in MS Word or WordPerfect (Windows only), and sent as
e-mail attachments. Application form must be submitted first, by
fax; see website for details.
CONTACT: Orchard Press
URL: http://www.orchardpressmysteries.com/contest2001.html
E-mail: editor[at]orchardpressmysteries.net

*Source: Orchard Press

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NOTE: If you're an actor based in the Los Angeles area, contact
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