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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

                   http://www.writing-world.com

Issue 1:12-1            5400 subscribers          August 9, 2001
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                            CONTENTS
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PART I:
       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: Before You Sign that POD Contract...
            by Sue Fagalde Lick
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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five entrants received electronic copies of "Writing.com:
Creative Internet Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career,"
and "1200 Online Resources for Writers".

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Disappearing E-Books
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RosettaBooks has launched the first-ever "timed" e-book -- an
e-book with a self-destruct date!  Yes, folks, if you buy Agatha
Christie's classic "And Then There Were None" from RosettaBooks,
you have exactly 10 hours in which to read it ("more than ample
time to read the 275-page mystery"), after which it will
self-destruct.  (One envisions a Mission Impossible-type puff of
smoke...) The timed e-book, being offered for one month, is being
hailed as "a demonstration of technology that could revolutionize
the publishing industry and help jumpstart the nascent e-book
market." It costs $1; when the ten hours have expired, you have a
choice of buying more time (for an additional fee) or buying the
"permanent" e-book (for an additional fee).  It doesn't seem that
you can turn the timer on and off (i.e., read for one hour, go do
something else, and come back and read for another hour), and of
course you have to read it on your computer or other e-reader
device, as it can't be printed.

In this editor's opinion, far from being a technology that will
"jumpstart" e-book sales, this appears to be a technology that
will send readers scurrying back in droves to good old print
books.  Hey!  Did you know that you can buy a copy of "And Then
There Were None" (and thousands of other great books) at your
local bookstore for about $5 or $6 -- or at your local used
bookstore for as little as $1? (Since Agatha Christie is
dead, and quite possibly rolling in her grave, one needn't worry
about "robbing" her of royalties by buying used.) That used book
may have a bit of wear on the edges, but you can read it for an
hour today, put it down, pick it up again tomorrow, sneak a few
pages at the office, take it to the beach... Plus, when you're
finished, you can put it on your bookshelf and pick it up again a
year later, and the "data" will be just as "uncorrupted" as ever!

I do think e-books have a future, but I don't think this is it. I
like to read books on MY schedule, not on a schedule imposed by
the publisher. Seems to me, RosettaBooks needs to take a step
back and try to remember what "reading" is all about.

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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                  NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Scribes Who Make a Difference
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NOMINATIONS WANTED: The Writer (http://www.writermag.com) is
looking for scribes who make a difference. Simply nominate
writers you feel have made a difference in one of the following
ways:

* Who have helped and influenced other writers either through
  their writing or teaching
* Who have been instrumental in bringing about changes in the
  publishing field that benefit all writers
* Who have increased awareness of issues of concern to writers
* Who have used their writing to help communities or humanitarian
  causes
* Who have been innovative, introducing new forms, subject matter
  or perspectives

The Writer is looking for writers in all areas: fiction,
nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, copywriting, business writing,
etc. E-mail your nominations to (nominations[at]writermag.com).
Include the name of the writer, the type of writing he/she does,
the works he/she has published and where, your reasons for
nominating the writer, a note on how the writer has made a
difference, the writer's publishing affiliation (name of
publisher, publication or organization), and your name and e-mail
address. Deadline is Aug. 25.

Times and Authors Guild Reach Agreement
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Attorneys representing the more than 8,000 members of the Authors
Guild and other freelancers in their class-action suit against
The New York Times have reached agreement with The Times
regarding its campaign to remove freelance articles from
electronic databases unless the authors of those articles agree
to waive their rights to compensation. The Times had been running
print ads encouraging writers to waive their rights. The Guild
views the campaign as coercive and an improper communication of
settlement offers to the freelancers represented in the class
action. Under the agreement, which was finalized early last week,
The Times has ceased its ad campaign. It is also providing
information for freelancers about the class-action lawsuit on New
York Times Web pages and in written materials that are being made
available by mail through The Times. In return, attorneys for the
Guild and other freelancers agreed to withhold a motion for a
temporary restraining order requiring The Times to drop its ads
and take down its freelance article "restoration request" Web
page, which provides a form for authors to waive their rights to
compensation for their contributions to the New York Times
database. That Web page now contains a hyperlink to an Authors
Guild Web page that gives freelancers detailed information about
their rights.

New York Times freelance article "restoration request" page:
     http://www.nytimes.com/freelance
Authors Guild freelance rights information page:
     http://www.authorsguild.org/nytclassaction.html

Random to Appeal Rosetta Ruling
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Random House plans to appeal the recent court decision denying a
preliminary injunction against Rosetta Books for selling Random
House backlist titles as e-books. The federal district court
ruling of July 11 denied the request for an injunction, stating
that the contracts issued by Random House for the books in
question did not grant Random House the right to publish those
books in electronic form. A Random House senior vice president
noted that "Random House believes that the District Court
misconstrued the prior cases dealing with 'new technological
uses' by emphasizing the mode of delivery as opposed to the
content. The e-book contains the exact same text as the print
book."

Think You're Underpaid?  You're Right!
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The National Writers Union recently released a report that
indicates that freelance pay rates have been going steadily
downward -- having declined by as much as 50% since the 1960's.
Rates at top magazines have declined by 66% or more since 1966,
when inflation is taken into consideration.  For example,
Cosmopolitan paid 60 cents a word in 1966, and $1 per word in
1998 -- but the buying power of that dollar has decreased by a
factor of five in the interim. (I'm not going to try to do the
math here -- just try to remember the cost of a gallon of gas
[around 30 cents] or a first class stamp in 1966!) More
significantly, Good Housekeeping hasn't raised its rates at all
since 1966; it offered $1/word then and offers $1/word now.
According to NWU, that 1966 dollar should be worth $5 at today's
prices. NWU also discovered that many publications pay writers
less than 1% of their total revenue (compared to the 7% to 15%
average royalties paid by book publishers). NWU estimated that
publications like Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day actually earn
about $500 per word in advertising revenue, but still pay writers
$1 for that same word. Newspapers also pay an average of 30 cents
to $1 per word. (Editor's Note: This matches an informal review
of rates I recently conducted for science fiction publications,
where the news is even worse.  In the 1930's, when such
publications first became popular, payment was usually 1-2 cents
per word; today, the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers Association
specifies the "professional" rate as 3 cents/word.) For more
information on the report, visit http://www.nwu.org.


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BEFORE YOU SIGN THAT PRINT-ON-DEMAND CONTRACT...
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                          by Sue Fagalde Lick (suelick[at]casco.net)


The new "baby" is here, but I am reluctant to show her off for
fear the neighbors will find something wrong with her because she
was conceived in a test tube and delivered by cesarean section.
At least, that's how it feels with my book "Azorean Dreams,"
published by a popular print-on-demand company. The book is
beautiful, with a stunning cover, elegant type and the heft of
serious literature.

My writer friends can't wait to publish their own books via
print-on-demand dot.coms. The prices are so low anybody can
publish, without suffering through years of rejections. We can
finally take charge of our publishing lives, right? Well, yes and
no. Before you follow me into POD publication, please consider
the following:

1) Research the company. How long has it been in business? Does
it appear stable enough to still be around printing your books
for years to come or will it go out of business, leaving you
where you started? "Print on demand" means the company only
prints a book when somebody orders one. If they go out of
business, there are no more books.

2) What books has this company published and how have they fared
on the market? Buy or borrow copies of a few titles. Do they have
all the facets of a regular book, i.e., copyright notices, page
numbers, ISBN number, author's name, readable type? Are the
covers merely titles printed on generic backgrounds, or has a
designer created covers specifically for these books? Would you
be proud to sell them if they were yours? If not, move on.

3) Study the contract. Do you keep the rights to your book or
sell them to the publisher? How long does the contract last, and
is there a way out of it if the company does not meet its
obligations, or if a mainstream publisher wants to pick up your
book? Where will people be able to buy your book? Since not
everyone is comfortable shopping online, can they get it through
their local bookstores?

4) Double-check the financial provisions. Does this publisher pay
royalties? How much and how often? Do they supply free or
discounted author copies? Many companies charge little or nothing
to publish, but require extra money for proofs, artwork,
marketing kits, and other items.

5) How much control do you have over cover design, typefaces,
inside art and other facets of the book? Is there anything you
can do if you hate what they come up with?

6) How do you submit your book? My publisher's computerized
manuscript template proved to be confusing and frustrating. My
Windows 95 browser was too slow for the company's system, so I
wound up borrowing a computer to send my manuscript. The
publisher promptly lost it, and I had to resubmit. I was also
required to send my cover art "suggestions only" on a disk, and I
had trouble getting my slides properly formatted. If computer
technology boggles your mind, think twice before getting into
print-on-demand.

7) What are the provisions for proofing your manuscript? Will the
company provide a hard copy? How many free corrections are
allowed? What happens if you go over that number? In my case, I
exceeded the permitted 25 corrections by a few and wound up
starting the whole process over again, including paying another
$99.

8) How well has your book been edited? Your mother may think it's
the best book she ever read, but be aware that POD companies
simply take your computer files and print them. They do not edit
or proofread your book. Most POD companies recommend that authors
hire a professional editor to smooth out the rough edges. Do it.
Once the book is printed, every flaw will become another blot on
your reputation.

9) Do you know where and how you will sell this book? If you are
not certain there is a market for it, don't go ahead with
print-on-demand. Unlike traditional self-publishing, you will not
wind up with a garage full of unsold books. But you will spend
time, money and heartache for nothing unless you can sell the
finished book. Do you have a ready-made connection through your
business or special interest groups? Have you already put
together a mailing list from previous publishing ventures? Read
about marketing in self-publishing manuals such as the ones by
Dan Poynter and Marilyn and Tom Ross. Are you up to it? Be
honest.

10) Are you aware that print-on-demand books are tainted in the
eyes of most reviewers and many bookstore owners? If anyone can
publish anything, what guarantee is there that these books are
any good or that they will sell? Publishing insiders know that
traditional bestsellers have survived the winnowing process
though agents, editors and marketing directors. Some books
published on demand are garbage, which casts a negative light on
the good ones, like yours and mine. Bookstores are also reluctant
to take POD books because they tend to be priced higher than
mass-produced books and cannot be returned if they don't sell.
With the proliferation of computer publishing outlets, the image
may be changing, but today in some markets, your book will not be
considered on the same level as traditionally published books.

All forms of publishing are more complicated than they appear on
the surface. If you believe in your book and are ready for it to
be born, if you want to take your career into your own hands, if
you are up for the challenge, by all means consider
print-on-demand publishing. The possibilities are amazing. After
all, a book in the hand is worth 10 manuscripts stored in boxes
under your desk.

For more information:

The Self-Publishing Manual, How to Write, Print & Sell Your Own
Book, by Dan Poynter - http://www.parapublishing.com/

The Complete Guide to Self Publishing, by Tom and Marilyn Ross

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Sue Fagalde Lick has published articles in Writer's Digest,
Byline and Writer's Journal, among others. In addition to nearly
30 years writing for newspapers and magazines, she has published
three nonfiction books and recently self-published a novel,
"Azorean Dreams," on iuniverse.com. She lives with her husband Fred
and dog Sadie on the Oregon Coast.  This article previously
appeared in the Willamette Writers Newsletter.

Copyright (c) 2001 Sue Fagalde Lick

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                            CONTENTS
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PART II:
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: How Do I Get Started?/International Postage
            by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                         THE WRITE SITES
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Young Writer's Nook
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A good selection of articles and grammar/style tips, useful not
only for young writers but for us old folks...
     http://www.youngwritersnook.com/index.html

Writing Activities for Beginning Writers
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Get your creative juices flowing with this selection of exercises.
     http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/7640/75956

Index of Writing Communities
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Extensive list of writing groups, most online, some offline.
     http://www.writingandpublishing.com/ac-forum/index.htm

True Crime
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Markets, tips and articles for true crime writers (and fanatics).
     http://www.truecrimefanatic.com

NonfictionReviews.com
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At last, someone who realizes that "nonfiction" does not need to
be hyphenated... This may be a good place to submit your
nonfiction book for review.
     http://www.nonfictionreviews.com

Jobs for Copy Editors
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Looking for work?  This site offers quite a selection of copy-
editing positions.
     http://www.copyeditorjobs.com/

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THE WRITING DESK
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Do I Get Started?
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Q: I am 22 years old and want so badly to leap into the art of
writing. I have a passion to write but find myself simply unable
to get started. A large restrictive force is my day job. I prefer
to write late at night and into the early morning but my present
job doesn't allow for late night sessions. I have so many ideas I
would like to get down on paper. I feel inspired but not
supported. Do you have any personal advice for someone in my
predicament?

A: It sounds as if the issue you're facing is that of setting
priorities.  You want to write, but you find it difficult to make
time to do so.  That's a dilemma faced by practically every
writer -- at least by every writer who hasn't reached a point
where s/he can actually devote "full-time" to writing.  Even
those who CAN often find that they must spend more time on
"assignments" than on the more creative pieces that they prefer.

Most of us don't have the luxury of writing when we "prefer."
Instead, we must make time where we can.  Your first step,
therefore, should probably be to evaluate your time demands and
constraints, and determine when you CAN carve out a period of
time to write.  (My article, "Time and the Writer," may be
helpful, at http://www.writing-world.com/basics/time.html).

Writing is a discipline.  Only those who are willing and able to
discipline themselves ever really get anywhere in this art OR
business.  Writing skill IS a gift -- but gifts must be trained,
and the decision must be made to use them.  If writing is your
goal and dream, and something you truly care about, you'll find
the self-discipline to write even at times that aren't your
"best" from the standpoint of personal preference.  It's true
that we all have times when we're feeling more creative or more
willing to tackle a creative project -- but if those times are
closed to us, we must make a decision: Do I want to WRITE, or do
I only want to write on MY time?

As for support, there are probably hundreds of support groups,
discussion lists, critique groups, etc. online that can help you
feel included in a community of writers who share your goals and
frustrations.  Try searching on Yahoo! Groups or Topica for
"writing" or "writers," or go to Deja Vu and search on the same
terms.  You'll find support a-plenty.  But the bottom line still
gets back to the isolated "you," alone with your computer --
finding a way to follow your dreams.

Yahoo! Groups - http://groups.yahoo.com
Topica - http://www.topica.com
Deja Vu - http://groups.google.com/googlegroups/deja_announcement.html

Calculating International Postage
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Q: I live in Perth, Western Australia. I have recently entered
the market, but have come across a problem, which I feel is
relevant to those writers from outside the USA wishing to submit
articles to newspapers and magazines in your country. When a SASE
is required, how does one from the land of Oz gauge the postage?
After all, here in Oz they don't sell USA postage stamps!.

A: The easiest way to figure return postage for a SASE from the
U.S. to another country (such as Australia) is first to limit
that SASE to one ounce.  That is usually sufficient for an
envelope and two to three sheets of paper -- more than enough to
respond to a query or submission.  (Never try to have your
manuscript returned!)

The rates from the U.S. to all countries EXCEPT Canada and Mexico
is 80 cents for one ounce.  (Canada and Mexico are 60 cents).
Thus, you'll know that as long as you're just expecting a single
letter in response to your submission, the rate will be 80 cents.
You won't have to weigh anything to figure it out.

You can order U.S. postage stamps at http://www.stampsonline.com.
That will put you through to the U.S. Post Office page. Last time
I checked, it cost $5 (U.S.) to have postage mailed to another
country.

When you visit the website, click on the "Stamps" link on the
left side of the page.  That will expand the menu. "International
Rates" are about halfway down the menu.  Click on that, and
you'll see a selection of international postage stamps.

The trouble is, this menu is outdated; it still shows $1 stamps
as being the "international 1 oz rate".  However, the bottom row
offers 80-cent stamps; that's what you want to order.  That
should be all you need to have a SASE sent back to you from the
U.S.

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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 by Moira Allen

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                          MARKET ROUNDUP
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WRITERS' WEB DESIGNS
Elaine Allen, Editor/Webmaster
URL: http://www.writerswebdesigns.com
E-MAIL: elaine[at]writerswebdesigns.com

WRITERS' WEB DESIGNS is aimed at offering tips for writers to
promote their books. I prefer articles that are written by
authors who have a published book and are speaking from
experience. Self-published, e-book and POD book authors are
especially welcome because they have to work harder than most to
get the word out about their books and may have a few more tricks
up their sleeves. I also offer the opportunity for these authors
to put a link to their website at the foot of the article along
with a brief bio. This way authors can promote their book while
educating my viewers at the same time. I would like to see more
articles about promoting a first book, making public appearances,
how to advertise your book on a budget, how to get bookstores to
stock your books, and e-book promotion. I don't want to see
articles on how to get published, how to write a book, etc.
Reprints are fine, even encouraged because it means I don't have
to do any editing. I prefer between 800 and 1000 words, although
I don't mind if it goes over.

PAYMENT: $20 on publication
LENGTH: 800-1000 words
RIGHTS: One-month exclusive electronic rights; article will be
archived thereafter.
SUBMISSION: Prefers full article in body of e-mail message;
queries also accepted.

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PHANTASTES
Staci Dumoski, Editor
URL: http://www.phantastes.com
E-MAIL: editor[at]phantastes.com

PHANTASTES offers nonfiction articles about the field of fantasy
writing.  It does not accept fiction, excerpts or poetry.  It is
currently accepting submissions for publication in upcoming
issues. We welcome articles on all aspects of fantasy literature,
but are particularly interested in subjects that relate to the
nature and techniques used by writers in this unique genre.

Articles: Articles on craft and technique can be of a technical,
how-to nature (think Writer's Digest), or from a more personal
"this is how I..." approach. They don't necessarily need to be
fantasy-related, but we are more interested in those that are.
Scholarly articles dealing with theoretical subjects are also
welcome. The academic world has its own perceptions of fantastic
literature, and no doubt writers would benefit in learning what
some of them are.

Author Interviews: The author should, of course, have published
at least one fantasy novel. We also like to see interviews that
focus on craft, rather than how the author got started or what
the next book is.

Author Profiles: An overview of a single author's contributions
to fantasy, including a bibliography.

World Building Source Material: Share your knowledge of medieval
France, geology, Native American ritual, alchemy or any of the
multitude of sources that fantasists dive into for research.
Articles should include references and bibliographies for further
research.

Reviews: At this time, Phantastes is not publishing reviews of
current releases. There are many other places for reviews online,
and we feel we do not have the resources to do equal justice to
the many fine works of fiction being released. However, we will
consider critical reviews of significant, classic works of
fantasy fiction, and of relevant nonfiction books. Critical
reviews should go beyond whether you liked or disliked a book,
and provide a thorough overview of a work and its significance
to the genre. Query before submitting critical reviews, including
the title and author and a brief statement of its significance.

Upcoming Issues -- Each issue of Phantastes has a guiding theme,
but we will accept articles that fall outside the theme, so long
as they fall within the general guidelines.

Fall 2001: "Special All-Tolkien Issue". Submission Deadline: Aug.
15, 2001. Whether you love "The Lord of the Rings" or despise it,
it's hard to deny the debt the genre owes this monumental work.
Before the new movie is released, we want to step back and
consider the original. What can we as writers learn from
Tolkien's grand work? How has "The Lord of the Rings" influenced
the genre? Submissions need not be reverential -- those critical
of Tolkien and his influence will be considered as well.

Winter 2002: "Fantasy in Film". Submission Deadline: Nov. 15, 2001.
In this issue, we'll look at fantasy as depicted on the screen.
From "Conan" to "Shrek," we will consider any article dealing
with bringing fantasy to film and television. Interviews with
screenwriters and directors are welcome. Reviews of films
released after the submission deadline ("The Fellowship of the
Ring," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone") will be considered
up until the publication date (Jan. 15).

Assignments: If you would like to be considered for future
assignments from Phantastes, send your interests, publication
credits (if any) and a sample of your writing to the editor.

PAYMENT: $.01/word ($20 maximum)
LENGTH: No limits, but 2,000 words maximum preferred
RIGHTS: Three-month exclusive online rights
SUBMISSION: E-mail submissions; MS Word or text attachments
accepted.

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WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL NET (WIN) MAGAZINE
Judith Colp Rubin, Editor-In-Chief
URL: http://www.winmagazine.org
GL: http://www.winmagazine.org/writerguide.htm
E-MAIL: editor[at]winmagazine.org

WIN MAGAZINE welcomes new writers and wants articles on a wide
variety of subjects of interest to women. The writing style must
be accessible to a general, intellectually-informed audience. WIN
is not an academic publication. Authors should keep in mind that
our readers come from 95 countries so all terms that are not
universal must be explained. The following are examples of topics
on which WIN would like to receive articles: Culture - Education
- Feminism - Fiction  - Family - Finance - Health - Military -
Mothering - Politics - Personalities - Psychology - Sexuality.
Articles can be written in the following styles: 1) Reportage: A
detailed report -- from interviews and observations -- on an
issue, person or event. The author may take a point of view. 2)
Personal account: An article written in the first person, usually
a personal memoir. Such an account can be blended with reportage.
3) Interview with one or more interesting women, which may be
focused on a specific topic. 4) Short stories. Advice from the
Editor: "I can't stand e-mails that show the person hasn't
bothered to look up our website or have any idea what we're
about. Please, no more letters that state: 'Can you send me
information about writing for you,' or endless questions about
the author's rights before it's even clear they have something
suitable to suggest, let alone send me. I like requests with
specific article ideas suitable for us."

PAYMENT: $100 on publication
LENGTH: 1,000 - 2,800 words
RIGHTS: Author may keep copyright
SUBMISSIONS: em-ail only (editor[at]winmagazine.org)

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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 Dorothy Parker Writer's Block Contest

DEADLINE: August 24, 2001
GENRE: Short Fiction
OPEN TO: All
THEME: Dorothy Parker, noted author and member of the famous
Algonquin Round Table (an informal group of writers that included
Robert Benchley, Robert Sherwood, Ring Lardner and James Thurber)
once suffered from writer's block. "Not too long ago I tried to
write a story. I got my name and address on the sheet; a title,
which stank; and the first sentence: 'The stranger appeared in
the doorway.' Then I had to lie down with a wet cloth on my face"
Parker said. Well here's your chance to finish her tale. Take the
sentence, "The stranger appeared in the doorway..." and turn it
into a short story. Any genre is allowed.
LENGTH: Under 1,000 words
PRIZES: 1st place -- $50 gift certificate from Amazon.Com (or
cash equivalent), a 1-year subscription to Writer's Digest and
publication in Inscriptions
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes; paste your entry directly into the body of an
e-mail and send to Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com with the
subject heading "Dorothy Parker Writer's Block Contest." At the
end of your e-mail, include your real name, pen name (if
applicable), mailing address, e-mail address and word count.
Enter as often as you like. Single space your entry, but place a
double space between paragraphs. Do not indent.
CONTACT: Inscriptions Magazine
URL: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Dorothy.html
EMAIL: Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

*Source: Inscriptions

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                  Sandeen/Richard Sullivan Prizes

DEADLINE: August 31, 2001
GENRE: Poetry, Short Fiction
OPEN TO: Writers who've published at least 1 poetry book/1 volume
of short stories/novel [exc. self-publishing]
THEME: Open
LENGTH: Book length poetry/short fiction MS
PRIZES: 1st $500 + publication
ONLINE ENTRY: No
CONTACT: Sandeen/Sullivan Prizes, University of Notre Dame Press,
Notre Dame, IN 46556, (219) 631-7526, fax (219) 631-4268
URL: http://www.undpress.nd.edu/undpsansull.htm
EMAIL: undpress.1[at]nd.edu

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                   The Harrow Murder Contest

DEADLINE: September 1, 2001
GENRE: Short Fiction: Mystery/Crime
OPEN TO: All
THEME: Life's a bitch. Sometimes you just want to kick back...
relax... have a cold one... and blow someone's brains out. Or you
hold that butcher knife... feel the weight in your hand, feel the
cold steel resting against your fingers as you slowly pull the
blade across your palm... and you wonder how it would feel to
plunge it into someone's back. Dead bodies litter the streets
like discarded Kleenex. Did YOU do it? Revenge. Passion.
Psychosis. Homicide. Or just plain, old-fashioned Murder. Are you
getting the idea here? Stories about murder, any angle, any
theme, preferably with a horror slant -- supernatural,
psychological, traditional, doesn't matter. Just kill someone
off. Make it as bloody and disgusting as you like. And have fun
doing it. Just make sure it's 4,000 words, tops. Horror, fantasy,
sci-fi, mystery, noir... I'm not picky. Cross genres, if that's
what turns you on. Just make it good.
LENGTH: 4,000 words maximum
PRIZES: 1st $50 plus publication; 2nd $25 plus publication; 3rd
$10 plus publication
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes
URL: http://www.theHarrow.com
E-MAIL: contesteditor[at]theharrow.com

*Source: The Harrow

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        Fiction Factor: The Interesting Eyeball Challenge

DEADLINE: September 15, 2001
GENRE: Short Fiction
OPEN TO: All
THEME: Eyes are amazing. In written works, they do unbelievable
things. Some drop to the floor (leaving the owner sightless),
some dance upon voluptuous curves (did they tango?) and some
perform amazing feats of strength (His steely eyes stopped her in
her tracks). How creative can you be with your eyes?
LENGTH: None listed
PRIZES: The winner will receive a gift package that includes a
signed copy of "Rumors of War" by Peggy Tibbetts, a signed copy
of "Sisterwife" by Natalie R. Collins, a twenty dollar gift
certificate to Amazon.com and more! The best entry will be posted
on Fiction Factor's Web site, along with two runners-up.
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes
CONTACT: Fiction Factor
URL: http://www.fictionfactor.com, The-Write-List[at]yahoogroups.com
EMAIL: interestingeyes[at]aol.com

*Source: Fiction Factor

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