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                    W R I T I N G  W O R L D

                             PART 1

  A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World

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Issue 1:11-1           5250 subscribers            July 26, 2001
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                            CONTENTS
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PART I:
       From the Editor's Desk
       New on Writing-World.com
       News from the World of Writing
       FEATURE: Cover Me - I'm Going In! (on cover letters)
            by John Floyd
PART II:
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Using Real People in Nonfiction,
            by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Congratulations to Subscriber #5000!
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On July 14, Kim Johnston of Northern Ireland became the 5000th
subscriber to Writing World.  Her copy of "The Writer's Guide to
Queries, Pitches and Proposals" is already winging across the
Atlantic to her door, because...

They're Here!
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I've just received my author's copies of "The Writer's Guide to
Queries, Pitches and Proposals."  It looks great, if I do say so
myself.  I don't know if it's actually "on the market" yet, but
it should be available soon. I'll be announcing a drawing for
five free copies in the next issue of the newsletter.

Sniffle, Snort...
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I've spent the past two weeks dealing with a truly nasty flu bug,
complicated with a sinus infection.  Now my husband has it (the
doctor said it was "nice of me to share"). So writing has slowed
down a bit at the Allen household.  I've noticed something about
being sick, though: It reminds one of priorities. I haven't been
lying about moaning, "Oh, I wish I could be HTML'ing an article,"
or "Oh, how I'd like to be checking e-mail." Instead, I've been
thinking, "Gee, it's been a while since I've written anything
exciting!" So I'm going to take steps to ensure that I spend
more time on the creative side of the writing business... I'll
keep you posted as to how that turns out.

Are Self-Publishing Sites Dead?
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Has the death of sites like Themestream and the Vines spelled the
end of "self-publishing" sites?  If a new "Themestream"-type site
were to arise, would you join? Do sites like these help writers,
or harm them? I'd like to know what you think of self-publishing
(or "post it and they will come") websites, for an article I'm
preparing for another publication. If you'd like to share your
views, please send me an e-mail with "Self-Publishing Sites" in
the subject header, to Moira Allen.

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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                  NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Quick Correction on Postal Rates
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As an alert reader from Canada pointed out, the new postage
increases in the U.S. do NOT affect international rates from the
U.S. to Canada. (In fact, they don't affect "international" rates
at all.) If you are submitting a query or manuscript to a U.S.
publisher and want to include a SASE back to Canada or Mexico,
the cost is only 60. Postcard rates increased by 1, which will
affect anyone who uses a return postcard instead of a SASE.

Inkspot Finally Vanishes
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Apparently Inkspot is no longer on "temporary hiatus," as Xlibris
originally declared in its shut-down message. The site has now
completely disappeared from the web; anyone visiting Inkspot.com
is rerouted to the Xlibris home page.

Free Erma Bombeck Screensaver
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As part of the 2002 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the
University of Dayton has created an Erma Bombeck screen saver
especially for writers. The screen saver, which comes in both PC
and Mac formats, is packed with motivational quotes from Erma,
including "Writers do not have a market on procrastination. Even
brain surgeons take a coffee break" and "I was thirty-seven when
I went to work writing the column. I was too old for a paper route,
too young for Social Security, and too tired for an affair." Erma
Bombeck, who graduated from the University of Dayton in 1949,
credited Brother Tom Price, an English professor, with saying
three little words that changed her life -- "you can write!" The
screen saver continues the University's encouragement of aspiring
writers. Writers can get their free copy of the screen saver by
signing up to receive the free Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop
e-mail newsletter. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail message to
ermabombeck-subscribe[at]yahoogroups.com; you'll receive information
on how to download the screensaver. For more information, visit
http://erma.udayton.edu.

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                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM
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Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Classifying your manuscript; submitting picture books; creating
children's puzzles
     http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/Aug01.html

Book Promotion on a Budget, by MaryJanice Davidson
Some Inspiration to Keep Up Those Promotional Efforts
     http://www.writing-world.com/promo/Aug01.html

Checking the Quality of Your Translated Book, by Monica diSanti
     http://www.writing-world.com/international/booktrans.html

Online Marketplaces: Moneymakers or Madhouses? by Loralei Walker
     http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/walker.html

Some Thoughts on Free Verse, Part I: The Line, by Lawrence Schimel
     http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/schimel5.html

Some Thoughts on Free Verse, Part II: The Shape of the Poem,
by Lawrence Schimel
     http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/schimel6.html

Writing for ESL Markets, by Amy Chavez
     http://www.writing-world.com/international/ESL.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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COVER ME - I'M GOING IN!
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                              by John Floyd (jfloyd[at]teclink.net)

So you've finally written that short story. You've written it,
you've polished it, and you're ready to send it out to an editor.
But wait -- don't send it yet. There's one more piece of writing
you might want to do first.

A cover letter, or covering letter as it's sometimes called, is a
way to "introduce" your manuscript -- and yourself -- to a
prospective editor. It can showcase your writing, announce your
credentials, and demonstrate your professionalism -- even before
the editor starts to read your story.

But be careful not to confuse a COVER letter with a QUERY letter.
Though they are similar in many ways, a query letter's main
purpose is to "sell" an idea, usually to an agent or an editor.
It contains a detailed description of the manuscript or project,
and is intended to convince the recipient to ask to see the
manuscript itself. A query letter is almost never used with
short fiction; a cover letter is almost always used.

What Does It Look Like?
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What does a cover letter look like? It's a simple, brief business
letter, addressed to a specific editor and mailed in the same
envelope with your story. In fact, it should usually be paper-
clipped in front of the first page of your manuscript. The letter
should be single-spaced, with either standard block or semiblock
format and double-spacing between paragraphs, on plain white
8 1/2" by 11" paper or tasteful, pastel stationery.

My cover letters generally consist of two or three short
paragraphs, followed by one or two closing sentences. The first
paragraph includes the story title, information about previous
publications of this story (if any), and a reference to any
requests the editor might have made to see my work. The second
paragraph mentions publishing credits, significant writing awards,
and any personal background related to the story. The third
paragraph, if included at all, informs the editor that an SASE is
enclosed and that the manuscript is disposable. I sometimes close
the letter with a short sentence like "Thank you for your time"
or "Please contact me if you have any questions," followed by
"Sincerely," or "Cordially," and my full name.

Here's an example of what I typically say in a cover letter
accompanying an unsolicited short story manuscript:


Dear [Editor's Name]:

Please consider the enclosed story, "Silent Partner." I hope
you'll want to use it in a future issue.

My publication credits include more than 300 short stories and
fillers in magazines like Grit, Woman's World, Alfred Hitchcock's
Mystery Magazine, and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Two of my
stories were recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and another
for the Derringer Award (by the Short Mystery Fiction Society).

I've also enclosed an SASE for your reply. If my story doesn't
interest you, there is no need to return the manuscript itself.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

John Floyd


Be careful NOT to include a detailed description of your
manuscript. A very brief description is sometimes appropriate
"a short story set in rural Mississippi," etc.), but don't overdo
it. The cover letter should never be a blatant sales pitch. Let
your story stand on its own.

A Word on Credentials
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Here's a good rule to follow regarding previous publication
credits: If you have them, say so, but don't make a long list.
Mention a few of the more impressive credits and leave it at that.
It's sometimes a good idea to customize those a bit, depending on
what type of magazine you're submitting to. The editor at The
Atlantic Monthly might be more impressed to know you've been
published in The New Yorker than in Asimov's Science Fiction
Magazine. If you've not yet acquired any credits, don't apologize
for it -- in fact, don't mention it at all. According to Laurie
Henry in the Handbook of Short Story Writing, Volume II, "If you
have no previous publications, it's still a good idea to
personalize your submission with a brief (one or two sentence)
truthful statement of some kind." When I first started submitting
stories, I just said, "I am a former Air Force captain, and spent
26 years with IBM Corporation."

It's also perfectly acceptable to put in a few words about
personal experiences, IF that has a bearing on the story itself.
If you're submitting a tale about life in the Arizona desert, it
would certainly be appropriate to mention your three hikes into
the Grand Canyon, and if your story is a police procedural, the
editor might like to know that you spent a year as Assistant
District Attorney. Again, keep it brief.

Tips on the Perfect Cover Letter
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Here are some guidelines to follow when you prepare a cover
letter:

* KEEP IT SHORT. Cover letters should NEVER be more than one page
in length. Half a page is about right. Do NOT include a
photocopied list of credits or history of your life.

* SEND IT TO THE RIGHT PERSON. Always address your letter to a
specific individual when possible, not just "Dear Editor." Use
market listings or the Internet or the masthead of the publication
itself to find the appropriate editor's name, and spell it
correctly in your letter. If you're not sure of the gender, put
in the entire name ("Dear Pat Cartwright," or "Dear Editor
Cartwright"), and never address the editor by her first name
UNLESS she has used YOUR first name or signed her first name in
previous correspondence.

* BE POSITIVE. Never say your story might need a little more work,
or that you would welcome the editor's criticism or advice. Also
never mention any previous rejection of this story, by anyone.

* BE TRUTHFUL. Stick to the facts. This does not, however, keep
you from putting the best possible spin on those facts. For
example, if your only publication credits are two poems in small
literary magazines and a short essay in The Paris Review, say
something like, "My previous work has appeared in several
publications, including The Paris Review." Refer to any work that
has been accepted but not yet published as "forthcoming."

* BE PROFESSIONAL. Never try to be witty in your cover letter,
and especially avoid looking cocky or presumptuous. Editors hate
seeing something like "I know your word limit is 2,000 and my
story runs 4,000, but it's so good I'm sure you'll make an
exception." Also, don't use fancy stationery, and double-check
your grammar and spelling. This will probably be the editor's
first opportunity to judge your skill as a writer; you don't
want your first impression to be a negative one.

So, you might ask, is a cover letter always necessary? In my
opinion it is, unless a specific editor's guidelines (or market
listing) tell you not to send one. "After all," says Scott
Edelstein in Manuscript Submission, "you are not merely a writing
machine sending a product to an editing machine; you are a human
being making contact with another human being. A cover letter
establishes a person-to-person relationship... between you and
the recipient of the manuscript." There is no other way, to my
knowledge, for a relatively unknown writer to do that. Why not
take advantage of it?

One final thought: the greatest cover letter in the world won't
help a substandard manuscript. The real deal, the star of the show,
and the reason for your submission is the story itself. The cover
letter only introduces it. But a good introduction never hurts.

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

Mississippi writer John Floyd's stories and fillers have
appeared in more than 100 different publications, including The
Strand, Writer's Digest, Woman's World, and Alfred Hitchcock's
Mystery Magazine. Two of his short stories were recently
nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Copyright (c) 2001 John Floyd

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PART II:
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Using Real People in Nonfiction,
            by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                         THE WRITE SITES
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Horror Stories Sites
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Looking for horror? HorrorFind.com can help you find horror
stories and more.
     http://www.horrorfind.com/Horror-Stories/

NewPages Guide to Review Sources
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Extensive list of book reviewers for a variety of genres and
media.
     http://www.newpages.com/NPGuides/reviews.htm

Travel Talk
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A new newsletter for travel writers, covering excursions, deals,
travel information, and tips just for writers. To subscribe, send
an e-mail to: ItsNews2Me[at]aol.com.

Writers Contests
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Great collection of contest announcements, plus news about
grants and fellowships.
     http://www.freelancewriting.com/contests.html

Garbl's Grammar Guides Online
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"Everything you'll ever want to know about sentence structure
and using the parts of speech correctly."
     http://members.home.net/garbl/writing/

Writers Know-How
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This site, and weekly e-mail newsletter, focus on tech tips
for writers: how to get the most of out Word, how to solve
bugs, etc. Editor Terry Freedman also offers a newsletter on
"best websites" (dangerous -- a real temptation to surf!)
     http://www.writersknowhow.com

Author Links
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Looking for information about an author?  This is a good place
to start.
     http://www.wessexbooks.com:80/authors.htm

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THE WRITING DESK
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Can you use the names of real people in a nonfiction account?
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Q: When one writes a nonfiction story, and things happen between
people, can the names be used? That is, if someone writes an
account of an event, can they safely use a real person's name? Do
you have to get some sort of release? What if you're interviewing
someone?  Can you use those comments to show that person
negatively?

A: I'm not a lawyer, but... Here's my understanding of some of
the basics of this issue. DO NOT MISTAKE THIS FOR LEGAL ADVICE!

1) Private individuals (i.e., people who are not public figures
and/or celebrities) have a "right to privacy," which means that
it can be very tricky to use their names. Thus, you probably
should NOT use the name of your next-door neighbor or the
proprietor of your local cafe.

2) Right-to-privacy can be temporarily suspended if a person is
in the news. For example, remember Baby Jessica in the well? For
a period of time, she was NEWS, her family was NEWS, and just
about anyone would have had the right to write about her. BUT,
the catch is, this right extended only to material that was
"news." You could have written a news story about Baby Jessica
without incurring any problems of violating her right to privacy,
but you could NOT have written, say, a short story about Baby
Jessica and her family that was based on those events and likely
to run in a magazine months later. By that time, the "news"
factor would no longer be present, and you would be writing
something about "private individuals" once again.

3) You could certainly refer later to the Baby Jessica case, or
any case that was in the news, but primarily in passing. (I.e.,
"It reminded me of the Baby Jessica case.") That does not mean
that you can write the STORY of this event without permission.
Keep in mind that people OWN the rights to their own stories,
which means that in order to make the Baby Jessica movie, you
would have to buy the rights from the family to "tell" that story.

4) I believe it is legal to write about events that are covered
in public court documents, e.g., transcripts of a murder trial.
However, if these are NOT public documents, the writer would be
better off leaving this material out or changing the identity
sufficiently to obscure that identity. If the material is not
"public information," but just something you "happen to know,"
you can get sued.

5) When using the "stories" of real, private individuals, and
using them in any meaningful way (i.e., actually retelling that
story), yes, you do need permission. Again, individuals are
covered by the "right to privacy" (which is considered "waived"
by becoming a public figure), and material does not have to be
libelous or slanderous to be considered a violation of that right.

6) With respect to conducting interviews, when an individual
grants an interview, that is considered to be granting the rights
to use the information provided in the interview.

7) You can use interview information to portray a person
"negatively," but do so with care. It's not uncommon for a
journalist to allow an interviewee to appear in a negative light
BASED ON WHAT THE INTERVIEWEE SAYS. However, if you appear in
any way to have manipulated or twisted the interviewee's words
to create a negative impression, or if you add your own
"interpretation" to paint a person in a negative light, you could
be liable. For example, if your story is about someone that you
believe is guilty of a murder, and that person claims innocence,
and you "editorialize" by saying something to the effect of "So-
and-so claims innocence despite her obvious guilt," you could be
sued for defamation and libel.

A good book to check on this topic is Ellen Kozak's Every Writer's
Guide to Copyright and Publishing Law. It covers the issues of
"right to privacy," slander, libel, etc.

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

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 by Moira Allen

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                          MARKET ROUNDUP
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NEXUSTEQ PUBLICATIONS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Nancy Rose, Acquisitions Editor
NexusTeq Publications
3822 45th St. SW, Calgary, AB T3E 3V6, Canada
URL: http://ebooks.nexusteq.com/submissionguidelines.html
E-MAIL: Submission guidelines - guidelines[at]nexusteq.com
        Submissions: acquisitions[at]nexusteq.com
        Information: info[at]nexusteq.com

NexusTeq Publications is a royalty-paying publisher of works for
sale in electronic format. We are actively seeking novel-length
manuscripts in the following genres: science fiction and fantasy,
mystery, suspense, mainstream, romance, women's fiction, horror,
nonfiction and short stories (collected works only). We do not
accept poetry, westerns, screenplays, children's books or erotica.
We will not accept gay/lesbian romances, excessive violence and
hate. MANUSCRIPTS MUST BE COMPLETED! All materials must be
polished to the best of the author's ability. We do edit, but not
to the point where it ceases to resemble, in any form or fashion,
the author's original content. We do not accept works-in-progress
or projects that are deemed unworthy for public viewing. We will
not accept material either with, or under consideration by,
another publisher. Our authors are dedicated to the craft of
writing. We are looking for unique storylines told from original
perspectives; authors who write from the heart. There is no story
that hasn't already been told. What differentiates a great author
from a mediocre one is in the way the story is told. The greatest
authors can take that same story and put their own unique stamp on
it. The greatest authors write for themselves first, not their
public.

PAYMENT: 40% royalties on retail price; no advance.
RIGHTS: Author retains copyright.
SUBMISSION: Fiction: Query with short synopsis (2-4 pages) in the
body of an e-mail, and first three chapters in MS Word RTF format.
Include legal name, pen name (if applicable), title, word and page
length, genre/subgenre, writing experience and contact information.
Nonfiction: Query with brief description (2-4 paragraphs) in the
body of an e-mail, plus information listed above. Response time is
2-3 days for queries, 2-3 weeks for partials, 6-8 weeks for full
manuscripts.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE TEACHER'S SOUL (Deadline August 1, 2001)
CHICKEN SOUP CHRISTMAS TREASURY
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE GRIEVING SOUL
Chicken Soup for the Soul Story Submission, P.O. Box 30880, Santa
Barbara, CA 93130, (805) 563-2935, fax (805) 563-2945
URL: http://www.chickensoup.com
GL: Click on "Submit a Story" and then on "Story Guidelines"

The best-selling compilation of inspirational and uplifting
stories has spawned CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE TEACHER'S SOUL: 101
Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirits of Teachers.
Chicken Soup's acquisition editor, Nancy Autio, is seeking
stories that focus on the following themes: the power of love in
the classroom, successes with challenging students, insights and
lessons learned, overcoming obstacles, honoring teachers, making
a difference, humor in the classroom, living your dreams,
attitude and anything else that opens the heart and touches the
soul. Stories can be original or clipped from newspapers and
magazines and can range from one paragraph to 1500 words. Authors
whose submissions are chosen receive $300, a biography in the
book and a personally autographed copy upon publication. A
portion of the proceeds from the book's sales is donated to
support several educational charities. Deadline for submissions
is August 1, 2001. Submissions may be sent to Nancy Autio, P.O.
Box 30880, Santa Barbara, CA 93130, downloaded to the web site,
or e-mailed to nautio[at]chickensoup.com. Submissions will not be
returned.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL (www.chickensoup.com) is seeking
stories for CHRISTMAS TREASURY edition. These stories should be
along the same lines as our other Chicken Soup for the Soul
stories, i.e.: uplifting, inspirational, etc., and should include
a Christmas theme. They are also seeking stories for the GRIEVING
SOUL edition, which will be a book to encourage those who are
going through the grieving process and help readers cope with
their loss. For further questions, contact Nancy Mitchell-Autio
at nautio[at]chickensoup.com.

GENERAL GUIDELINES: A Chicken Soup for the Soul story is an
inspirational, true story about ordinary people doing
extraordinary things. It is a story that opens the heart and
rekindles the spirit. It is a simple, inter-denominational,
living art piece that touches the soul of the readers and helps
them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives.
Stories are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They
are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses.
In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the
scene with the people. Chicken Soup stories have a beginning,
middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating
emotion rather than simply talking about it. Chicken Soup for the
Soul stories have heart, but also something extra -- an element
that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more
thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A
story that causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination
of these. A good story covers the range of human emotions. The
most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or
performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.

1. Tell an exciting, sad, or funny story about something that has
happened to you or someone you know. Make sure that you introduce
the character(s). (NOTE: Stories are NONFICTION.)

2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh
or get goose bumps (the good kind!) Don't leave anything out --
how did you feel?

3. The story should start with action; it should include a
problem, issue or situation. It should include dialogue and the
character should express feelings though the conflict or
situation. It should end in a result, such as a lesson learned, a
positive change or pay-off.

4. Above all, let it come from your HEART! Your story is important!

What a Chicken Soup for the Soul story IS NOT:  A sermon, essay
or eulogy; a term paper, thesis, letter or journal entry; about
politics or controversial issues; a "My Grandma Just Died, and
Let Me Tell You What A Wonderful Person She Was" or "Let Me Tell
You About My Disease or Operation" or "I Gave a Bum Some Money,
Aren't I Incredible?" or "Why My Mother Is the Best Mother" or a
personal testimony that may mean nothing to the reader.

Every book is divided into topic chapters with the following as a
guideline for typical chapters. (NOTE: These are not necessarily
the chapters that will appear in the books listed above.)

1. On Love: This chapter contains stories that describe acts of
love and kindness; the healing power of love; acts of tenderness
and compassion; acts of generosity; and events that transcend
racism, sexism, ageism and nationalism.

2. On Parenting: This chapter contains stories that demonstrate
love and caring in the act of parenting and grandparenting.

3. On Teaching and Learning: This chapter contains stories that
demonstrate caring, compassion and creativity in the art of
teaching -- both in the classroom and outside the classroom.

4. Overcoming Obstacles: This chapter contains stories that
demonstrate how we have triumphed over our own personal obstacles
or supported one over theirs, and how individually each should be
celebrated.

5. A Matter of Perspective: This chapter contains stories that
demonstrate how our experience of all events is effected by our
point of view, that there is more than one way to see and
interpret the same event, and that as we change our point of view,
we actually change our experience. These stories may be humorous.

6. A Matter of Attitude: This chapter, like the previous one,
will contain stories that demonstrate how our attitudes and
beliefs control our perception of reality and our behavior.

7. On Death and Dying: This chapter will contain stories about
the power of the human spirit to confront the loss of loved ones
through spiritual understanding, healing acts of love and
kindness, and through humor.

8. On Aging: This chapter will contain stories about people over
60 years old who are making remarkable contributions to society,
who are challenging the stereotypes of aging, and who are living
without limitations.

9. On Living Your Dream: This chapter will contain stories that
demonstrate the power of believing in your dream, the power of
goal setting, the wisdom of trusting and following your heart,
the power of giving encouragement and the importance of asking for
and being open to receiving assistance from both other people and
God.

10. Eclectic Wisdom: This chapter contains stories that don't fit
into any other chapters. The stories are what about any aspect of
life that is emotionally moving, touching, inspiring and
insightful.

Include a short bio (50 words or less) about you, promoting your
latest book, project, etc. It has been reported to us that those
paragraphs have been great advertisements for sales of books and
other endeavors. Once we receive your story, we will mail you an
acknowledgment card. It can take up to three or four years for a
Chicken Soup for the Soul book to develop. Please be patient, as
this is an important, yet time-consuming process. If your story
is chosen for a future edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul or any
other projects, you will be notified by mail and your permission
to print it will be requested. If your story is not chosen, you
will not receive a rejection letter due to the fact that there are
future books for which it will be considered. Feel free to submit
more than one story if you'd like. If you do not have a personal
story of your own, but have a pre-published favorite or a story
written by someone else, these stories are welcomed as well. Don't
forget to include who the author is, source, etc.

Other forthcoming Chicken Soup for the XXXX Soul titles (Note:
new editions of titles are brought out regularly): Boy's Soul,
Canadian Soul, Celtic Soul, Christian Kid, Christian Teen Soul,
Christmas Treasury, Coach's Soul, Divorced Soul, Entrepreneur's
Soul, Fishing Soul, Global Soul, Grandparent's Soul, Grieving
Soul, Jewish Soul, Latino Soul, Man's Soul, Mother-Daughter Soul,
Nurse's Soul, Ocean-Lover's Soul, Sisters' Soul, Teacher's Soul,
Volunteer Soul

NOTE: A writer contacted Chicken Soup regarding the length
of time required for a response, after having rewritten a piece
as requested by an editor. The writer was informed that stories
that go on the "short list" (out of thousands submitted) may go
through several rewrites, but that this does not guarantee that
the story will be included in the book. Shortlisted pieces are
then brought to a panel of readers, and a second shortlist of
150 pieces is assembled. These pieces are read by another panel
of 40 readers, and from here the 100+ pieces that will be
included in the final book are chosen. The publisher still has
the right to add or delete stories after this final list is
prepared. This should help explain why one may have to wait a
LONG time to learn whether a story has been accepted for
publication.

PAYMENT: $300/story
LENGTH: 300 to 1500 words
SUBMISSION: Submit stories by surface mail, fax, or online (see
instructions at website - online submissions preferred)

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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)

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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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         2001 AAAS Science Journalism Awards Competition

DEADLINE: August 1, 2001
GENRE: Nonfiction: science writing
OPEN TO: All
THEME: The awards confer a prize of $2,500 to reporters for
excellence in science writing in each of the following categories:
large newspaper (over 100,000 daily circulation), small newspaper
(under 100,000 circulation), magazine, radio, television, and
online. Online entries can come from a variety of digital sources:
newspaper, radio, television, and online-only online sites.
LENGTH: 2,500 words
PRIZES: $2,500 in several categories
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes; entry forms online
CONTACT: American Association for the Advancement of Science,
Office of News and Information, 1200 New York Ave., NW
Washington DC 20005, 202-326-6656
URL: http://www.aaas.org/news/jawards.html
EMAIL: egrammer[at]aaas.org, webmaster[at]aaas.org
NOTE: Read the online guidelines CAREFULLY - guidelines are very
specific on how many copies of a piece must be submitted, etc.

*Source: AAAS

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             Cornerstone Creative Writing Contest

DEADLINE: July 28
GENRE: Any
OPEN TO: Writer who have not have been published anywhere, in
any media, for pay within the past three years.
THEME: Open
LENGTH: 25 - 2,500 words
PRIZES: If selected, writers will be notified by email and may
participate in a one month intensive course designed to teach
beginning writers who show talent to write saleable material.
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes; paste entry into e-mail (no attachments)
URL: http://homepages.about.com/cburch4ahr/cornerstonecreativewriting
E-MAIL: cburch4hr[at]netscape.net

*Source: Carolyn Burch

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on AT&T Broadband/Time Warner. Ongoing deadlines. Information:
http://www.zenopierremediaworks.com
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