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       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: What Do Agents Want? by Natalie Collins
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Using a Pseudonym to Avoid Hurting Feelings;
            Understanding Editorial Lead Time, by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests

                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Call for Columnists
I will be adding several new columns to Writing-World.com over
the next few months, and am looking for potential columnists in
the following areas:

Writing Romance
Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writing Mysteries

Columns on romance, sf/fantasy, and mysteries will be offered on
a rotating basis, with the likelihood of becoming monthly when my
budget permits.  The self-publishing column will be monthly.

If you are interested in proposing a column in any of these
Proposals that don't meet the criteria set forth below will be


To apply for a columnist position, send me a proposal that
includes the following information:

1) The subject area you wish to cover.

2) How you would approach the subject. In the fiction categories,
for example, I am interested in strong how-to material (e.g.,
"how to create a believable alien world"), as well as important
background material ("the sub genres of romance").  Describe the
type of column you'd like to write, and how it would benefit
writers in that genre (both amateur and advanced).

3) A list of four to six potential column topics, with a brief
(one-paragraph) outline of each.

4) At least one sample column. (If I don't accept your proposal,
there's always a chance I'll buy the sample as a stand alone

Please make sure your material is spellchecked and proofread.
Poor grammar and faulty punctuation will be an instant turn-off.
Please turn off "smart quotes" in your word processing program,
use a double hyphen (--) for a dash, and use three periods (...)
for ellipses, instead of using "keyboard shortcuts" for these
symbols; these characters create problems in e-mail and HTML.

Submit proposals either as text within an e-mail, or as an MS
Word attachment.  Please put "column proposal" (and the column
topic, e.g., "Romance") in the subject header of your e-mail.
Send your proposal to Moira Allen.

Payment is $50 per published column, for six months' exclusive
electronic rights and the nonexclusive right to archive the
column indefinitely thereafter.

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
Allen, puts all the "pitch" information you need in one handy
reference: How to query magazines, e-zines and newspapers; how
to sell (or syndicate) a column; how to write a book proposal or
novel synopsis; how to approach an agent; how to find corporate
freelancing jobs; how to find a teaching or speaking position;
how to get writing grants; more. For more details, see


More Bad Press for E-Books
A New York Times article of August 28 states that "almost no one"
is buying e-books, and that, with the exception of a few best-
sellers, most e-books sell fewer than 1000 copies. One reason for
slow sales may be high prices (electronic editions are often more
expensive than the paperback edition of the same book) rather
than an unwillingness to read e-books; at the University of
Virginia Library Electronic Technology Center, users downloaded 3
million copies of 1600 free titles in less than 9 months.
Publishers and booksellers also blame "clumsy" and expensive
technology; e-readers are selling slowly, and some cost upwards
of $300 (which could buy a lot of books!).

In Spite of Which, Yahoo Jumps on the E-Book Bandwagon...
Even though (again quoting the New York Times) "almost no one is
buying electronic books today," Yahoo! has launched an online
clearinghouse that will offer e-books directly to readers,
bypassing Barnes&Noble.com (which pays to be the main bookseller
featured on Yahoo!). Four major publishers -- Random House (which
owns 40% of barnesandnoble.com), Simon & Schuster, Penguin Putnam
and Harpercollins -- are participating. Yahoo! will receive
commissions, plus fees for promoting authors and books.

Freelancers Losing in Slowing Economy
The marketplace is getting tougher for freelancers, according to
a recent article in Inside.com.  Many major publications are
reducing the number of pages devoted to editorial content, and
turning to existing staff to provide material that would formerly
have been farmed out to freelancers.  Texas Monthly has
established a 6-month moratorium on new freelance assignments;
its percentage of freelance content had already dropped from
around 35% to 5%. Other publications are reducing pay rates.
House Beautiful (Hearst Magazines), for example, has dropped its
fees; a feature that once paid $1500 now pays only $1000. The
National Writers Union job board reports fewer job listings
overall and many more writers seeking positions.

Bowker Products Sold
R.R. Bowker, source of ISBNs and more, has been sold to Cambridge
Scientific Abstracts, which has since sold many of its reference
titles -- including the Literary Market Place, the American Book
Trade Directory, etc. -- to Information Today, Inc. Books in
Print and the ISBN service will remain at their existing address;
ISBN information is still available on the Bowker website at

"Who Owns What" Conference
The Twin Cities chapter of the National Writers Union is
cosponsoring a conference on electronic rights, to be held in
Minneapolis on October 20.  Issues will include electronic
databases, fair use, tracking downloads and payments, the
"anti-democratic" effect of consolidations and mergers,
intellectual property theft, and more. The conference will be
held at The Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, from
9 am to 5 pm. Admission is $75 for the general public and $40 for
members of sponsoring organizations. For more information, visit
http://www.nwu-tc.org, or call 612-879-5572. (The site also
offers an excellent overview of intellectual property rights, at


                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM


Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Finding a degree program in children's literature; writing cover
letters; getting out of a sticky contract.

Book Promotion on a Budget, by MaryJanice Davidson
"Writing Contests: Are They Worth the Time and Money?"


Her Prose Sparkles and Her Poetry Sings: An Interview with
Marilyn Singer, by Peggy Tibbetts

How to Self-Syndicate Your Column, by Moira Allen

Writing Confessions: An Interview with Bea Sheftel,
by Moira Allen

Writing for the Electronic Greeting Card Market: An Interview
with Nadia Ali, by Moira Allen

Why Do I Need an Outline? by Cheryl Sloan Wray


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                    by Natalie R. Collins (Nataliewrites[at]aol.com)

"I wish I knew what agents are looking for," a writing friend of
mine said the other day. "If I could only read their minds, I'd
be in!"

In today's tough publishing climate, most big commercial presses
will not accept unsolicited manuscripts or queries from authors,
and instead use agents to sort through the slush pile and bring
them the best work around.

This means the most important contact a writer can or will have
is with his/her agent. There are many things to consider when
choosing an agent, including their sales record, affiliations,
reputation, and client list. As you query the agents that meet
your criteria, you will undoubtedly meet with much rejection.

Once you have an agent, don't imagine you're on easy street. Most
agents will tell you to put aside that dream of instant success
and royalties that pour in unchecked, and prepare to go to work.
New writers must be willing to actively market their work, a job
that is both time consuming and tedious. No agent wants a client
who thinks once the book is written, the job is done.

Since I'm seriously short on psychic skills, I decided to do the
next best thing and ask a few successful agents some questions. I
asked four questions of three agents: Jeff Kleinman of Graybill
and English, LLC [JK]; Liza Dawson [LD]; and Felicia Eth [FE].
All three are successful non-fee chargers with proven track
records and good reputations. One fact came out loud and clear:
Writers are making the same mistakes over and over again. Here's
your opportunity to learn what an agent is looking for, directly
from the source.

1. What is the worst thing a writer can do in a query letter?

JK: Hmm, that's a tough one. How about three things: ramble for
more than a page and a half; sound desperate; and make
grammatical, punctuation, or spelling mistakes.

LD: Here are two worst things. One, write the letter like it's a
promo piece for Publishers Clearinghouse, i.e. "Dear Ms. Dawson:
I'd like to offer you the opportunity at a sure bestseller. I've
heard you're brilliant and so successful and that's why I'm
sending you and the other fifty agents on this e-mail submission
this letter." Two, beg me in hysterical language to pay attention
because you've never written a letter to an agent and you're
really scared and you know that no one will ever listen to you.

FE: Bore me. If the letter does, probably the manuscript will
too. Boast about it -- tell me it's sure to be a bestseller,
tell me I'll make lots of money. Send it to me, but address it to
another agent. You'd be amazed how often this happens. Make it
clear it's a form letter, where my name is hand-written in. It
makes me think it's been to a million other agents.

2. What catches your eye and makes you want to read someone's

JK: A tightly-crafted letter with a great single- or two-sentence
description of the work, and an author with very good credentials
-- published in national magazines, or with a national platform;
winning awards, and so forth.

LD: One, a recommendation; two, a clear description of the work
with few superfluous sentences; three, previous publications

FE: Pizzazz in the query letter. Good, maybe great credentials --
either on the person's expertise, or publishing background. An
original approach without being overly corny; sometimes writers
cross the line in making something way too cute. It's strong,
original writing that catches my eye.

3. As writers, we hear stories of the "good old days" where
agents and editors would nurture a promising writer with two or
three books until they reached top form. In your opinion, was
this ever the case, and if so, what changed it?

JK: I think that's still the case with agents and editors. It's
all about nurturing and building up a brand name.

LD: It was true a long time ago. Agents will nurture for longer
than editors will. Editors now must justify their salaries in a
way that they never had to before. Unless that writer gets
fabulous reviews and there's a whiff of a Nobel prize in the air,
then that editor has to maintain a wall between himself or
herself and the writer -- or else the editor will end up standing
next to the writer, looking at the publishing house from the
outside rather than the inside.

FE: I've been around for a while, and though things were never
'great' still there are definite differences today. People used
to buy a book they loved but didn't think would be a great
commercial success, for small money, publish it well and hope
that it would help establish a writer for his/her next book.
Today no one (of the major houses at least) wants to spend small
money on a book with small expectations. They just can't buy
those books; they need to meet minimums in terms of the number of
copies they can get out. Also, previously if someone was a good
writer, credentials and platform weren't nearly as important as
they are today. Now, without that, it's a long, difficult, uphill
battle and most editors aren't willing to fight that fight. So
yes, things are different.

4. If you could give a new author one piece of advice to help
advance his/her career, what would it be?

JK: BUILD UP YOUR CREDENTIALS! By that I mean: One, learn to make
your writing as solid, tight, and wonderful as possible; and two,
become an "authority" on your subject, with some kind of very
strong regional, or national, platform.

LD: Cultivate a following on National Public Radio. Come up with
a high concept gimmick.

FE: Build credentials -- short stories or magazine and newspaper
pieces. Contests, supportive quotes from any major name you know.
Build up a good case for why your work needs to be taken
seriously, and then, amazingly enough, it will be. That's no
guarantee it will be bought, but at least it will be read and
that's an important first step.

I also asked one final question, half-jokingly: "When you become
a literary agent, are you automatically required to use the word
'subjective' in your rejections?" Liza Dawson says yes: "Every
time we send out a rejection notice we're afraid that we're going
to spark a suicide, or reject a fabulously successful novel and
the author will then make merciless fun of the agents who
rejected the book and post the pompous rejections on his web

Felicia Eth had this response: "You know, I do use 'subjective'
myself, because it is. In fact, I don't love 'commercial' novels,
with all that implies, and probably reject a fair number of them
that are good and likely to sell. But that's not what I do, not
what I like, and though other agents probably think I'm nuts,
that's my criteria. Authors should know that. I told someone this
week that I don't do Mob novels -- and said, 'yes I probably
would have rejected the Godfather.' So that's how subjective it

An important thing to remember is that this ruthless business is
also difficult from the agent's perspective. The goal of an agent
is not to crush the spirit of a new writer, who often has great
potential but simply is not ready to seek publication. The only
way to succeed is to write, rewrite, edit and write again, until
your work is perfectly polished. At that point, remember the
business of publishing is, indeed, subjective. What one agent
hates, another may love.

For more information on finding a good agent, visit these pages:

Preditors and Editors

Association of Authors' Representatives Listing


Natalie R. Collins is a published author and journalist with over
twenty years writing experience. She has written three books,
including "Sisterwife," available from Booklocker.com
(http://www.booklocker.com), and is currently hard at work on her
fourth. She also works as an editor for the Sundance Film
Festival, is a full-time mom, and writes poetry and
short-fiction. Visit her website at

Copyright (c) 2001 Natalie R. Collins

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       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Using a Pseudonym to Avoid Hurting Feelings;
            Understanding Editorial Lead Time, by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests

                         THE WRITE SITES

Internet Search FAQ
This lengthy FAQ goes well beyond "how to use search engines" and
provides tips on a variety of ways to conduct research more
effectively online.

How to Write a Press Release
Useful instructions, plus an example of a release.

Don't be put off by the front page, which seems to be mostly an
ad; this site offers links to free e-books and a wealth of useful
articles for writers and e-book authors/publishers.

Freelance and Contract Writer's Rates, Summer 1999
It may be a little outdated, but this page is still a good
reference if you're trying to decide how much to charge for a
particular type of job.

Is Your Work on the Web?
This article by Sarah Wernick will help you find out whether your
work is being used online (or your magazine articles sold by
databases) without your permission.

Children's Writers Marketplace
Margaret Shauers' Children's Writers Marketplace, formerly
hosted on Inkspot, is now back online at Write4Kids.com.

Want more writing links? 1200 ONLINE RESOURCES FOR WRITERS, by
Moira Allen, offers the obsessive-compulsive's guide to the
absolute best on the web -- and it's free with the electronic
edition of Writing.com! For details, see

                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Should I use a pen name to avoid hurting some feelings?

Q: I am a new writer, as yet unpublished. For two years I led an
interesting and humorous life as a bar and restaurant owner. I
have quite an array of funny and sad stories about the bar
business. I simply could not, however, write this book without
hurting some feelings and perhaps ruining some relationships.
Would a pseudonym be justified in this case?

A: The short answer is "yes." The longer answer is "however..."

Many people do use pseudonyms to conceal their identity when
writing about real-life experiences. However, if your goal is to
make sure you don't hurt feelings or ruin relationships, this
alone may not be enough. The people closest to you will know that
you wrote the book; are these the same people who might be hurt
by the book? In that case, changing your name alone is not

If the people who might be hurt are those who are unlikely to
read the book (unless it came out under your name), you're a
little safer. However, the problem you face is not so much how to
disguise your identity, but how to disguise the identities of the
characters in your book. If you were to write something that a
person might consider libelous or defamatory (even if that was
not your intent), that person might sue you, not because YOUR
name is on the book but because they recognize themselves. Unless
you have permission to write about the people you've met, you'll
definitely want to invent fictitious names for those people, AND
you need to take steps to ensure that someone couldn't pick up
the book and say, "Hey, I know who that is, that's SO-AND-SO."

Since you will need to take steps to adequately "disguise" your
characters, you might do better to write the book in your own
name, as autobiographical, and work on making sure you've done
enough to ensure that no one who is covered in the book will have
reason to get mad at you.

Understanding Editorial Lead Time
Q: What does the term "editorial lead time" mean?

A: Editorial lead time refers to the length of time prior to a
particular issue by which articles must be received.  It can also
refer to the length of time between the acceptance of an article
and the possible publication of that article.

For example, most magazines in the U.S. work at least three to
four months ahead, and some work five to six months ahead; a few
of the larger ones may even work six to eight months ahead. This
means that an editor may be working on the December issue of a
magazine in August, or July, or even as early as June. This is
the "editorial lead time" required to submit an article that
would be appropriate for the December issue. If you wanted to
submit a piece to that publication on Christmas, you would need
to get it to the editor by August (or July or June) -- i.e., by
whatever is stated as the "editorial lead time." If the
"editorial lead time" is six months, you need to submit material
AT LEAST six months prior to the targeted issue for it to be
considered.  This is most applicable to the submission of
seasonal material -- you should be thinking about your holiday
articles no later than June, your spring articles NOW, your
summer articles in December.

If your material could go in "any" issue (that is, you're not
targeting a particular event or season), editorial lead time
isn't as important. You can submit "timeless" material at any
time. However, you need to be aware that if a magazine has an
editorial lead time of, say, six months, it will be AT LEAST six
months between the time you submit (and are accepted) and the
time the material might appear. In reality, however, most editors
are buying well in advance of their lead time. In September, an
editor may be working on the December or January issue of a
publication -- but may be buying material for the following
spring or even summer. Some magazines buy material as much as a
year ahead of an issue. Others work more closely to schedule; for
example, I've just received a response to a query from an editor
who's working on the November issue.


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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learn online research secrets, get the most from networking
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includes FREE bonus book, "1200 Online Resources for Writers."
For details, see http://www.booklocker.com/bookpages/writing.html

                          MARKET ROUNDUP

Born in My Heart: International Adoption Stories (working title)
Stephen D. Rogers and Christine M. Johnson, Editors
Stephen D. Rogers, P.O. Box 576, Onset, MA 02558
E-mail: christine[at]stephendrogers.com

Editors (and adoptive parents) Stephen D. Rogers and Christine M.
Johnson seek submissions for a new anthology on international
adoption. We are looking for honest, personal stories of
1,000-5,000 words. We welcome submissions from anyone touched by
international adoption including adoptive parents, adoptees,
friends, relatives, and adoption professionals. If you have
previously written your story for your family and friends, or for
publication elsewhere (including on a web page), you are halfway
there, but please add additional original material as we cannot
accept straight reprints. Details help make a story vibrant. Do
not be intimidated by lack of formal writing experience -
editorial assistance is available. Just tell your own story as if
to an interested friend. No one goes through an international
adoption unchanged. What moved and surprised you? How did it
affect your view of yourself and the world? All topics welcome
and we seek a variety of viewpoints. Topics: any related to
international adoption - preparation, travel, decision-making,
naming, culture, friendship, courage, difficulties, bureaucracy,
"forever day", alternative families, siblings, racism,
attachment, education, health, and so on. Please, no anonymous
submissions (if we don't know who you are, we can't pay you!).
Upon publication, writers may use pseudonyms or omit last names
for privacy. We reserve the right to disguise agency and/or
orphanage names as we deem appropriate.

LENGTH: 1,000-5,000 words preferred; stores may be edited for
PAYMENT: $10 stipend upon acceptance, 40% net royalties split
between authors upon publication.
SUBMISSIONS: Send by e-mail (no attachments) or surface mail;
include your full name, address, phone and email address.
DEADLINE: December 1, 2001; notification April 1, 2002


David Wheatley, Editor
Arrow Publishing, P.O. Box 120, Lowood, Queensland 4311,
URL: http://www.arrowbooksales.com
E-mail: arrow[at]hypermax.net.au

This is an opportunity to have your work included in an anthology
planned for release next year. Contributors selected for
inclusion in the anthology will share in the royalties from book
sales. The anthology will be a collection of light hearted verse
and essays, centred around domestic themes, designed to appeal to
female readers. Your essays should be around 650 to 750 words.
Poems may be any length, but remember, it's very hard to be funny
for an extended length, so shorter works are likely to be more
successful. There is likely to be a greater need for essays for
this collection than for poems, since I will be going back to the
two anthologies produced for our annual poetry awards and
selecting some of the poems from these publications to be
included in the collection. This is also an opportunity for you
to look back over previously published work. Provided you still
own the copyright, there is no reason that you cannot submit it
for consideration. Make sure your work contains your name and
address on a cover page. As a general guideline, if you can make
me smile, that's great. If I grin, it's even better. If I laugh
out loud, I'm really going to be happy with your work. I need to
have the material to hand no later than December 31, 2001.
However, if you can get your work in before that, so much the
better. Because of the large number of manuscripts I handle, I
cannot return work, so please keep a duplicate copy. Send by
surface mail to the address above, or by e-mail to
arrow[at]hypermax.net.au. Either submit your entry as the text of
your e-mail, or if you are working in Microsoft Word, send it as
a text attachment. Arrow Publishing runs a number of competitions
each year, as well as special projects such as this one. If you
would like to receive details of these, please send a blank email
to projects[at]writersnewsletter.com and they will be forwarded to
you as they come to hand. If you would like to check out one of
our previous projects, go to http://www.arrowbooksales.com.

LENGTH: Essays 650-750 words; poems of any length
PAYMENT: Share of anthology royalties
SUBMISSIONS: Send manuscript by surface mail or e-mail; send in
text of e-mail or as MS Word text attachment.
DEADLINE: December 31, 2001


Michael Fulks, Editor
Apogee Photo Submissions, 12794 S Hwy 285, Conifer, CO 80433
URL: http://www.apogeephoto.com
GL: http://www.apogeephoto.com/writers.shtml
SUBMISSION FORM: http://www.apogeephoto.com/mag1-6/guidelines.html
E-mail: submissions[at]apogeephoto.com, mfulks[at]apogeephoto.com

APOGEE PHOTO provides an electronic forum for high quality work
from photographic writers and photographers. We will accept
articles up to 2500 words on any photographic subject geared
towards the beginning to advanced photographer. Articles must
have at least two photograph accompanying them. We presently are
looking for articles on the following subjects, appealing to the
beginning to expert photographer:

* Digital Photography
* Color Management
* How-to's on printing, such as using archival inks, special
  papers, etc.
* Digital Cameras: How to use, what to look for when buying.
* Technical articles on composition, exposure, darkroom tips and
  tricks, lighting, how to use special films (such as Scala or
  Technical Pan)
* Product reviews (limit 1000 words) - If you've recently bought
  a piece of equipment and would like to write about it, this is
  the place.
* Business and Marketing: Tips on the business end of photography
* Wildlife Photography: How-to's and tips and tricks

We strongly suggest you initiate contact with Apogee Photo by
first mailing us a query letter with details of your proposed
photographic article or photographic project. All submissions
MUST be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope bearing
sufficient postage for the return of your materials. Photographs
submitted shall be no larger than 8x10 inches and shall be packed
with cardboard inserts for protection. We will NOT accept nor
bear any responsibility for original negatives, slides or
transparencies. All slides or transparencies must be marked
"Duplicate" on the slide mount. Apogee Photo will make every
effort to protect your photographs, duplicate slides, and
manuscripts but you agree not to hold us responsible for any loss
or damage which may occur. If Apogee Photo accepts a submission
for electronic publication, the author and/or photographers shall
continue to hold copyright ownership. Submissions must be
accompanied by submission form. You must hold the copyright, and
you must have signed model releases for any identifiable person
or persons which appear in your photographs.

LENGTH: 1,000-2,500 words
PAYMENT: 10c/word (up to $150); 3c/word for reprints (includes
RIGHTS: The author and/or photographer agrees to grant Apogee
Photo a royalty free non-exclusive license to electronically
publish the article and/or photograph(s) in Apogee Photo Online
Magazine; to archive back issues of Apogee Photo Online Magazine
containing the article and/or photographs(s) and to publish such
back issues on the World Wide Web; and to reduce back issues of
Apogee Photo Online Magazine containing the article and/or
photographs(s) onto a fixed electronic medium such as CD-ROM or
diskette for distribution to readers.
SUBMISSION: Query by e-mail or surface mail; submit material and
photographs by mail; see guidelines above.


"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

Please send market news to Moira Allen.


                        WRITING CONTESTS

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 more contest listings (including
international contests), see


                  Inscriptions Interview Contest

DEADLINE: September 21, 2001
GENRE: Short fiction (interview)
THEME: Here's your chance to interview someone from history (dead
folks only please), and fictionalize his/her answers. Begin your
interview with a short introduction (two to three paragraphs) and
then jump right into your ultimate Q&A. Each interview must have
a headline, and contain less than 1,000 words.
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; e-mail entries only. Paste your entry directly
into the body of an e-mail and send to
Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com with the subject heading
"Inscriptions Interview 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
URL: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Interview.html
EMAIL: Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

*Source: Inscriptions


                   Dream Realm Awards 2001
    To Recognize Excellence in Electronically Published Books

DEADLINE: October 1, 2001
GENRE: E-books (Categories: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror,
Action/Adventure, Anthology, Spec. Fiction-Romance, Young Adult
and Cover Art)
THEME: Every original eBook in the English language published
before October 1, 2001 is eligible. This includes self-published
and subsidy published. The exceptions are fan fiction and those
originally published on paper. We do not consider a few copies
printed out or xeroxed as print published. Books must be a
minimum of 40,000 words, except Young Adult books. No award will
be given in any category that has less than six entries.
LENGTH: 40,000 words minimum (except Young Adult books); submit
only first 11,000 words with entry.
FEE: $12 per entry
PRIZES: Not listed
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes; see website for online entry form and details;
submit first chapters (no more than 11,000 words) in RTF format
by e-mail.
CONTACT: Samandi Adams, Coordinator, Dream Realm Awards, 419 N.
Sabre Dr., Fresno, CA 93727-3441
URL: http://www.dream-realm-awards.com
E-MAIL: submission[at]dream-realm-awards.com

*Source: Dream Realm


           3rd Annual Coffeehouse Short Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: October 15, 2001
GENRE: Short Fiction
THEME: Submit your very best--a story that has all the right
elements, including memorable characters, provocative drama,
dazzling imagery, and a strong underlying sense of theme or
purpose. Stories should have a resonant, literary quality. Those
rich in theme and dressed in layers of meaning are most likely to
take this year's prize. (Stories must be original and
LENGTH: 2,000 words maximum; one entry per contestant
PRIZES: 1st $200, 2nd $100, 3rd $50
ONLINE ENTRY: All entries must be submitted via email to
story[at]coffeehouseforwriters.com. Please send your entry as a file
attachment using either PLAIN TEXT (.txt) or RICH TEXT FORMAT
CONTACT: Contest Guidelines, Coffeehouse for Writers, W242-A
Madison Avenue, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
URL: http://www.coffeehouseforwriters.com/fictioncontest.html
EMAIL: story[at]coffeehouseforwriters.com

*Source: Coffeehouse


                   Yournovel.com Romance Contest

DEADLINE: October 15, 2001
GENRE: Romance Novel
OPEN TO: U.S. and Canadian writers over 21
THEME: Ten entrants' original, romantic short stories will be
selected as winners to be published in one book that can then be
personalized so that any couple can star as its hero and heroine.
Yournovel.com currently offers nine romance novels that can be
personalized. Those ordering answer 23 questions about the
couple, like names, eye and hair color, pet names they call one
another, their careers, hometown, best friends, favorite perfume
and favorite music. Contest entrants will need to do the same
thing: use all 23 personal bits of information in a 3,000-word
story set in a romantic location while employing all the
techniques of romance writing, including those titillating yet
tasteful love scenes.
LENGTH: 3,000 words
PRIZES: Grand Prize: Seven-day Caribbean cruise for two (valued
at $3495); First prize: Two nights at Grove Park Inn Resort and
Spa, Asheville, NC (valued at $1250); Second Prize: $150.
(Yournovel.com retains all rights to winning entries.)
ONLINE ENTRY: Yes; entries accepted only by e-mail.
URL: http://www.yournovel.com
E-MAIL: contest[at]yournovel.com

*Source: Yournovel.com

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