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                             PART 1

  A World of Writing Information - For Writers Around the World


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       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: E-mail Queries and Submissions: How to Keep
            Editors Happy, by Moira Allen
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Exclusive vs. Nonexclusive Rights
            by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests

                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Tickled Pink...
It was a definite treat to receive my latest Writer's Digest Book
Club mailing last week -- and to see my book's title displayed on
the front of the envelope! The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches
and Proposals has been selected by WD Book Club as a "featured
alternate" -- Woo-Hoo!  You can also "browse" through the book
on Amazon.com; Chapter One is included in Amazon.com's "look
inside" program (along with the table of contents and index).

Sign Up for Writing-World.com's First Online Class!
Beginning January 15, I'll be offering an 8-week course titled
"Breaking into the Magazine and Periodical Market."  If you've
been trying to market your work to magazines or other
periodicals without success, or if you're just getting started
as a freelance writer, this is the class for you.  I'll walk
you through the process of developing marketable topics and
ideas, preparing a query, and outlining, researching, and
developing the article itself.  By the end of the class, you
should have an article "ready to go" and a selection of markets
to choose from. The class includes e-mail lectures and one-on-
one critiquing of your query and article.

Session 1: Understanding the Marketplace
Session 2: Developing Your Article Ideas
Session 3: Identifying Markets; Slants & Angles; Outlining
Session 4: Query Letters
Session 5: Gathering Information: Research & Interviews
Session 6: Starting Your First Draft
Session 7: Preparing for Submission; The "Timetables" of
Session 8: Rights, Contracts, & Negotiations; Overview of
           the Business of Writing; Challenges & Obstacles
           in the Writing Life

Fee: $72 if you enroll before December 15; $80 thereafter.
Enrollment is limited to 20 students, so sign up early!  For
more information, visit

New Book Drawing
Allworth Press is giving away five copies of Tad Crawford's
Business & Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers.
To enter the drawing, please visit

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                        -- 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


Will Anthrax Scares Hurt Slush-Pile Authors?
According to Publisher's Weekly, "some in the industry" will not
be opening "packages from unknown sources" -- i.e., unsolicited
manuscript submissions.  One agent has asked employees to wear
gloves when opening mail; another publisher has stopped opening
such packages altogether, at least temporarily.  Writers Digest
attempted to pin down some solid numbers through a survey, and
found that most magazines were not changing their policies, while
only a handful of book publishers seemed to be refusing to open
unsolicited packages.  Literary agents were also, for the most
part, handling things "in a cautious but productive manner."
Most editors and publishers did not feel that the industry itself
was being directly targeted -- but fears also exist about
accidental contamination of mail (not just unsolicited mail).
According to the Writers Digest report, the effect on writers may
not be severe -- but writers should be prepared for longer
response times, due not only to publisher precautions but to
delays in the postal system.  In the meantime, many publishers
(magazine and book) are becoming more open to e-mail submissions.
Check a publisher's online guidelines for the latest submission
policies -- and if a publisher doesn't specify whether e-mail
submissions are acceptable, send a polite e-mail inquiry to ask.
Meanwhile, make sure that your hard-copy submissions are as
professional as possible -- use new, clean envelopes, include a
return address, and take larger packages to the post office for
a metered postage strip rather than affixing a bunch of stamps
at home.
         (search on "anthrax"; sign-in required)

Bowker Releases Statistics on E-Books
According to R.R. Bowker, publisher of Books in Print, over
46,000 full-length e-book titles are currently available, 30
percent of which are priced at $10 or less. More than two-thirds
are categorized as fiction, literature or juvenile. Bowker also
estimates that there are probably an additional 10,000 e-books
that are either not full-length, or are sold through personal
websites and do not have an ISBN.  (Reported in Wired.)

Xlibris Asks Agents, Editors for Referrals, then Recants
"Your slush pile can actually become a source of revenue,"
declared a letter sent by Xlibris to more than 20,000 agents and
editors last month.  The goal was to encourage agents and editors
to refer unpublished (and possibly "unpublishable") writers to
Xlibris, who would then encourage those writers to pay for
Xlibris's print-on-demand services.  Agents and editors would
receive a referral fee of $500 for every referred author who
signed up; according to the letter, such authors typically paid
$1000 or more for Xlibris's services.  "The idea is simple," says
the letter.  "You send Xlibris your slush pile -- the authors
you've rejected. These are authors whom you've deemed aren't yet
ready for mass market. Xlibris introduces them to print-on-demand
self-publishing as a viable alternative."  Authors and author
advocates were quick to point out the striking similarity between
the Xlibris letter and letters sent by the notorious "EditInk"
group (which was convicted of fraud) -- and Xlibris subsequently
rescinded the offer.  To read the entire letter, visit
          (go to Topic #2248)

Chat with Peter Bowerman
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                    NEW ON WRITING-WORLD.COM


Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
How To Gain an Edge in the Competitive Children's Book Market:
An overview of publications for children's writers.

Book Promotion on a Budget, by MaryJanice Davidson
Required Reading for Book Promotion (an overview of useful books
for authors and self-publishers)

Murder Ink, by Stephen D. Rogers (NEW COLUMN!)
Don't Just Drop Clues -- Plant Them Carefully!


How to Make Sure You Get Your Check, by Felicia Hodges

Indexing Technical Documents: An Interview with Lori Lathrop,
by Barbara Yanez

Making the Most of Your Inventory, by Dana Cassell

The Scene of the Crime, by Shane P. Carr


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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

As fears of anthrax in the postal system increase, chances are
that more and more publishers are going to begin requesting
electronic queries and submissions. This can be a blessing for
writers: E-mail submissions save money, and often result in
faster responses.

Sending a query or manuscript electronically, however, isn't
simply a matter of copying your material from a wordprocessing
file (such as MS Word) and pasting it into an e-mail.  All too
often, a straight cut-and-paste results in a message that looks
something like this:

   %Please don,t reject my manuscript,[at] the author cried,
   pleading ? but to no avail, as the editor wasn&t in the
   mood for such %gibberish[at]!

Even a single line of this can be annoying; having to wade
through an entire query -- or worse, a manuscript -- of this
nature is beyond the patience of most editors.  Kind-hearted
editors will send such a submission back and ask you to fix it;
less-understanding editors will simply send a rejection.

How Does This Happen?
Gibberish and "nonsense symbols" are the result of transferring a
word-processed document directly to e-mail without "undoing" many
of the special characters and commands that such a program (like
Word) automatically embeds in your file.  Unless instructed
otherwise, for example, Microsoft Word will automatically convert
dashes (--) into a special dash-symbol, turn all apostrophes and
quotes into "smart quotes," transform ellipses (...) into yet
another special character, and superscript the ending of words
like "1st" or "7th".

These special characters look nice on the printed page, but are
the result of hidden codes in your electronic file that do not
"translate" when copied into an e-mail document.  Instead, those
codes are converted into various symbols and odd characters.  Any
formatting codes in your document (e.g., bold, underline, italic)
will be similarly transformed.  Converting your document to "RTF"
format, or even "text," does not always remove all embedded
codes.  (While it usually removes formatting codes, it may not
remove "special character" codes, such as dashes or smart

Removing the Gibberish
To prevent these and other e-mail problems in your submissions,
be sure to take the following steps before submitting a query or
manuscript electronically:

1) Turn off all special-character commands.  In MS Word, you can
do this by going into the "AutoCorrect" menu under "Tools."  In
the "Autoformat as you type" and "Autoformat" menus, uncheck
everything under "Replace as you type."  In the "Autocorrect"
submenu, look at the list of automatic corrections, and delete
the correction that replaces an ellipses with a special

2) Replace special-character commands in existing documents.  If
you're submitting a document that you prepared BEFORE turning off
these "replace" commands, you'll need to do a search-and-replace
on the problem characters.  For smart quotes, simply enter a
single quote in the "find" and "replace" box and do a "replace
all"; this will correct all apostrophes and single quotes.  Do
the same for double quotes.  To replace a dash, use the keyboard
combination [option hyphen] to enter the dash in the "find" box;
replace it with [ -- ].  To replace ellipses, use the keyboard
combination [option ;] in the "find" box, and replace with [...].

3) Double-space between paragraphs.  E-mail wipes out tabs, which
means that a manuscript that relies on tabs to indicate new
paragraphs will end up as a nearly solid block of text.
If you don't want to double-space manually, simply do a
search-and-replace on the "paragraph" character.  (In Word, click
on "More" in the find-and-replace menu.  The paragraph command is
the first item under "Special" -- hit this option once for the
"find" box and twice for the "replace" box.

More Do's and Don'ts
Editors will be even happier with your electronic submissions
if you follow these guidelines:

DON'T use HTML formatting in your e-mail.  Turn off any commands
that automatically convert your e-mail to an HTML document.

DON'T use colors. Just as you wouldn't type a query in yellow ink,
don't send an e-mail query in any font color other than black.

DO use a large, readable font.  Sometimes I feel the urge to send
a query back simply because it seems to be written in electronic
micro-print.  Make sure your font size is set to "normal" -- or
to a minimum of 12 points.  If you're not sure how "large" your
type looks (it may look fine on your own screen), ask someone
else how your e-mails look.

DO include an appropriate subject header.  A header such as
"QUERY: (article title/subject)" or "ARTICLE SUBMISSION: Title"
always works well.

DO keep e-mail queries as short as possible.  While paper queries
should be kept to a single page (if possible) because that's
easiest for an editor to read, keep in mind that an e-mail "page"
often translates to the size of an editor's screen.  Try to
present your query succinctly enough to minimize (or eliminate)
the need to scroll through your message.

DON'T send any "involuntary" attachments.  If your e-mail program
is set up to send a "vcard" attachment, turn off that option.
Editors have been worried about electronic viruses long before
they began to worry about surface-mail viruses, and many will
delete a message that is flagged with an attachment without even
reading the e-mail itself.

DON'T send "clips" as attachments.  It's always difficult to send
clips with electronic queries.  One option is to state the
availability of clips, to be sent by e-mail or surface mail on
request; another is to provide links to online clips.  (It's
perfectly acceptable to set up a website of your own where you
can place scanned or HTML'd copies of your previously published
articles, to use as a "clip portfolio" -- even if you don't
make the material "publicly available.")

DON'T send a submission as an attachment unless a publication's
guidelines specifically state that this is acceptable, or unless
you have authorization from the editor.

DON'T expect an editor to respond to an e-mail submission
"instantly." Although some editors do respond more quickly to
e-mail submissions than to surface mail, assume that a
publication's published response time still applies, no matter
how you submit material. Nothing irritates an editor like a
writer who asks after a submission only days after sending it in.

DO keep a copy of all correspondence with editors.  This will
make it much easier for you to send a copy of your original query
if you need to follow up.  One way to handle this is to create a
folder in your e-mail directory for "queries and submissions"
that are still awaiting response, and another for queries and
submissions that have received a reply.  By checking your
"awaiting response" file, you can easily determine, by the dates
of your e-mails, when a submission should be followed up.

The ability to contact editors electronically has made life much
easier for writers around the world.  To retain this ability,
however, we must make sure that we make life as easy as possible
for our editors as well!

For more information about e-mail queries, see;


Moira Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years.
She is the author of The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and
Proposals (Allworth Press, 2001) and Writing.com: Creative
Internet Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career (1999).  Allen
is the editor of Writing-World.com; for more information about
her books, visit http://www.writing-world.com/moira/index.shtml

Copyright (c) 2001 Moira Allen

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       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Exclusive vs. Nonexclusive Rights
            by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests

                         THE WRITE SITES

Book Distributors
If you're a self-published author looking for a distributor,
check this list from Ingram (which no longer accepts books from
self-published authors who have fewer than 10 published titles).

Spammer FAQ
Find out how spammers get e-mail addresses and how to protect
yourself; lots of links to useful anti-spam sites.

WordWeaving Archive
You'll find a ton of useful articles in this archived collection.

Abika.com Magazine Directory
Search for magazines and other media around the world.

Tips on becoming a successful copywriter.

Merriam-Webster Online: Language Center
If your dictionary isn't handy, look up words on this site -- and
find out when a word first (officially) entered the English

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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Exclusive vs. Nonexclusive Rights

Q: I am very new to the writing scene and have a question that
has been puzzling me for a while: Could you explain what is meant
by "exclusive rights" and "non-exclusive rights", please?

A: "Exclusive" rights means that the person or publisher who buys
those rights is the ONLY person who can use the material, at
least for the duration specified in the contract. For example,
when I say "exclusive electronic rights for three months," I'm
saying that I'm the ONLY publisher who can use that piece of
material electronically -- for three months. After that, however,
the writer has the right to sell electronic rights to that same
material to someone else.

"Nonexclusive rights" means that while one publisher has the
right to use the piece, so may another publisher --
simultaneously. You could sell nonexclusive rights to ten,
fifteen, twenty different publications at once. Nonexclusive
rights are often used for selling something like a column that is
going to appear in many different newspapers. It is also commonly
used for reprints, where, again, you may sell the same piece to
many different markets at once.

When I say, for example, that I'm asking for NONEXCLUSIVE
electronic rights after three months, I'm saying that even though
I will still be using the article (in the sense of keeping it
online or in an archive), the author can now resell that article
anywhere else. I don't care if it is published in some other
publication, website, etc. I have the right to use it -- but so
does another publisher.

Note, too, that you can apply exclusivity to a specific SUBSET of
rights. When I say that I want exclusive ELECTRONIC rights, those
are the only rights to which I have a claim. The writer could
sell PRINT rights to the same material at any time, without
conflicting with the rights that I have purchased.

Some rights are exclusive by definition. "First rights," for
example, are exclusive, simply because only one publication can
be the "first" to use a piece. "All rights" are also exclusive by
definition, because you're saying that no one else can use the
piece, period.

Some rights are generally considered "non-exclusive" by
definition. For example, if someone asks for "one-time" rights,
this generally means "non-exclusive," because that publication is
only obtaining the right to use the material "once". There's no
determining factor that says the material must be new, or
original, or that the publication gets the right to use it
"before" anyone else does. However, to be clear, many contracts
will specify "one-time nonexclusive rights".

When you sell nonexclusive rights to one publisher, it means that
you have the right to sell the same material again, even while
the first publisher is still using it. One thing to be cautious
about, however, is if a publisher is asking for the nonexclusive
right to DISTRIBUTE your material. This can look good, at first
glance, because you still have the right to sell it yourself,
right? Yes -- but so does the publisher. If someone buys the
nonexclusive right to DISTRIBUTE your material, it means that
THEY can sell it to other people or publications (such as
databases), and keep all the profit from those sales. (This has
happened to me, and it's very annoying!) Always be sure to watch
for the difference between "right to publish" and "right to


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

New monthly online publication is seeking submissions: personal
essays from around the globe. Please check out
http://www.sevenseasmagazine.com or e-mail:
SEEKING SUBMISSIONS: Parenting For One, an e-zine for single
parents set to launch January 1, 2002, is seeking submissions.
For a list of topics and complete guidelines, please visit

                          MARKET ROUNDUP

Black October Magazine.
John DiDomenico, Editor
P.O.Box 332, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
URL: http://www.blackoctobermagazine.com
E-mail: editor[at]blackoctobermagazine.com

BLACK OCTOBER is looking for Gothic Fiction and Poetry -- but
Gothic pushed to its limits. We want Gothic, Surreal, Urban,
Nasty, Monsters, Sexual, Anti-Organized Religion -- a combination
of all is most welcome. We want the best of your best. No
gratuitous sex and gore. Be well plotted. Be well characterized.
Be well written. Be professional!!! Fiction: Submissions should
be strongly plotted, have good characterization, be
thought-provoking, and keep within the scope of the magazine.
Essays: Should fit scope of magazine. Essays can deal with theory
(What makes Gothic Gothic?), Criticism (Feminism in
Frankenstein), Biography (The effects of Edgar Allen Poe's life
on his work). Other topics will be considered on a case-by-case
basis. Poetry: Gothic to urban. Only length requirement is that
it not be of epic proportion. Any style considered. Flash Movie:
Weird, creepy, bizarre. Anything unusual. Artwork: Anything
abstract, impressionistic, and/or obscure is prefect. We accept
any media from photography to pen and ink to oils. We accept any
style from Abstract to Biomechanics to Comics. (Don't send
your originals.) All Artists and Writers: When submitting work,
please send a short piece on your own background of recent work
and the piece being submitted. Artist, tell us the medium of your
work. Also tell us if you have been shown/are being shown/or will
be shown and where and when. Writers, tell us where our readers
can find more of your work.

LENGTH: Fiction, essays: 100-4000 words.
PAYMENT: Fiction: 3c/word up.  Poetry: $15+.  Flash movie: $15+.
Artwork: $15.
RIGHTS: All rights revert to the Artist/Writer after publication
of issue
SUBMISSIONS: E-mail preferred; send attachments as WordPerfect,
Works or Word; surface mail (print or disk) also accepted.
Response time: 2-4 weeks.


Catholic Digest
Articles Editor
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105-1081
GL: http://www.catholicdigest.org/stops/info/writers.html
E-mail: cdigest[at]stthomas.edu

CATHOLIC DIGEST PUBLICATIONS includes Catholic Digest, Catholic
Digest Reader Large Print, and the website Hello Heaven. Each
publishes nonfiction articles of 1,000-3,500 words on almost any
topic. Our readers have a wide range of interests - religion,
family, science, health, human relationships, nostalgia, good
works, and more. A variety of fillers (send to "Filler Editor")
are also used each month, in the following categories:

1. Open Door - Statements of true incidents through which people
are brought into the Church or return to the faith. (200-500

2. People Are Like That - Original accounts of true incidents that
illustrate the instinctive goodness of human nature. (200-500

3. Perfect Assist - Spotlighting the good works of volunteers and
organizations that contribute to community well-being. Please
include information to contact the organization. (200-500 words)

4. Other fillers: amusing signs, jokes, short anecdotes, quizzes,
and informational paragraphs. (one-liners to 500 words)

Contributors may also submit material published elsewhere, for
which a finder's fee is paid ($5-$15, depending on length).
Before you submit a manuscript, study Catholic Digest stories
online for tone and style. We favor the anecdotal approach.
Stories submitted must be strongly focused on a definitive topic.
This topic is to be illustrated for the reader by way of a
well-developed series of true-life, interconnected vignettes.
Most articles we use are reprinted - they have appeared in
another periodical or newspaper. But we also consider original
submissions. We don't consider fiction, poetry, or submissions
simultaneously sent to other publications. Don't query. Send the
article itself. If you are submitting an article for reprint
consideration, you must include the name, address, and editor of
the original publication source, the copyright line from the
original source, and the page number and date of the original

LENGTH: Articles 1000-3500 words; fillers 200-500 words;
PAYMENT: $100 for reprints, $200-$400 for originals. For re-use
in electronic form, we pay half of all traceable revenue derived
from use to owner/author. Online-only articles receive $100, plus
half of any traceable revenue from electronic use. Fillers: $2
per published line.
SUBMISSIONS: By surface mail or e-mail; no attachments.


URL: http://www.folksonline.com
GL: http://www.folksonline.com/folks/sd/contrib.htm
E-mail: editor[at]folksonline.com

There are numerous ways to contribute your creative content to
FolksOnline.com and receive a $50-$100 thank you if your
contribution is published.

True Stories - Personal stories of how computers or the net have
enhanced your life or opened a whole new world to you. Tell about
how the use of computers or the web has benefited your life. You
might want to include some of the following ideas but please
don't limit your imagination to these areas: What inspired you to
use computers and the web? How did you overcome any barrier you
might have felt about technology? How has it changed or improved
your life? What advice would you offer to others? Length:
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"Look Ma, I did something useful on the web today" - Column about
a broad range of subjects related to learning exploration,
creative discovery or using the web as a resource for a personal
or professional project. Write an advice article on how to go
about using the web for a practical project that would be of
interest to the general consumer public. Have you ever used the
web as a resource for a major project that would be helpful for
others to know? You might want to include the following points
but write about anything that you think would be informative. Why
is the use of the web practical for this topic area? What are the
specific benefits over the conventional means in terms of time,
money savings, breadth of information, etc.? How does someone go
about doing this on the web? What are the appropriate web sites
on this topic ? (FolksOnline will create a link to each site)
What, if any, pitfalls or disadvantages should a person be aware
of?  Length: 900-1,200 words; pays $100.

Promoting My Business/Interest on the Web - Column about how
folks have developed a web site to market their products or
services on the web. Help others learn from your experience of
how you market your product or service on the web. We welcome
your guidance regardless of whether your product/service is
house-sitting, pet snakes or selling restored mainframe computers.
Here are some general guidelines; please develop your own theme
just as long as the article is a useful how-to for someone
considering or starting to market their product on the web Why
did you think the web would be useful to market your specific
product/service? What did it involve to get your page/site up and
approximately how much did it cost? How has the site worked for
you? What advice would you offer to others about what to do and
what to avoid on the web? Length: 900-1,200 words; pays $100.

Cyberfolks web tours - Host a web site tour featuring a theme
around your favorite subject areas. Compile a list of recommended
sites revolving around one or two of your favorite subject areas.
The general guidelines are: All sites should be G or PG rated.
List between 6-12 web sites for each hosted theme tour. Write a
2-5 line description about each site. Be as personal, funny or
outrageous as you like, just as long as it is G rated. Include a
brief introductory paragraph about yourself. Again, feel free to
be as personal or idiosyncratic as you wish, as long as it is G
rated. Length: 600-700 words; pays $50.

Folks Family Trees - Share your tips and experience with other
genealogy enthusiasts or write a story about your personal
journey of exploration. Features how people and families have
successfully used computers, email or the worldwide web to trace
their genealogical roots. Stories should run between 800-1000
words, and should also include some of the following elements:
photographs, vintage documents (i.e., marriage licenses, birth
certificates); scanned pertinent newsclips; relevant maps.
Length: 900-1,200 words; pays $100.

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contribution if it is chosen for publication. We prefer stories
and articles  between 400-1,200 words. Once a piece is selected
for publication, we welcome pictures and graphics to be featured
with your contribution. After you become a contributing writer
on FolksOnline, you are invited to become a "virtual editor",
which means we will offer additional thank-you money for
submitting other writers' materials or writing up others'

LENGTH: 600-1,200 words
PAYMENT: $50 to $100
SUBMISSION: by e-mail


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                        WRITING CONTESTS

This section lists contests open to all writers and that charge
no entry fees (unless otherwise noted). For dozens of additional
contest listings from around the world, visit


                 2001 Lord Acton Essay Contest

DEADLINE: November 16, 2001
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: All students "interested in religious themes"
LENGTH: 1,750-2,500 words; see website for complete details
THEME: "The Changing Relationship of Education and the State:
Promise or Peril?"
PRIZES: 1st $2,000, 2nd $1,000, 3rd $500
ADDRESS: Acton Institute Essay Contest, 161 Ottawa Ave NW, Suite
301, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; (616) 454-3080
URL: http://www.acton.org/programs/students/academics/essay/essay_req.html
E-MAIL: awards[at]acton.org


                  Inscriptions Criminal Intent Contest

DEADLINE: November 16, 2001
GENRE: Short fiction
THEME: What would it take for you to commit a crime? Greed? The
thrill of danger? Fame? Desperation? In the film "Bandits," the
two bank robbers in the film are doing it all to achieve Paradise
-- a resort near Acapulco where every day would be filled with
drinking margaritas and wearing tuxedoes. For this contest, write
a short story where the lead character opts to change from a
law-abiding person to one willing to commit a felony.
LENGTH: Under 1,500 words
PRIZES: 1st $50 gift certificate from Amazon.com; 2nd $25
certificate; 3rd $10 certificate; or cash equivalent.
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 "Inscriptions Criminal Intent 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.
URL: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Criminal.html
E-MAIL: Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

*Source: Inscriptions


     Karen Besecker Memorial Competition for Mystery Writers

DEADLINE: November 30, 2001
GENRE: Short Fiction
OPEN TO: Novice mystery writers. For purposes of this
competition, a novice is defined as a writer who is not published
in novel-length mystery or subgenre form and has no more than
three mystery or subgenre short stories published.
THEME: Mystery
LENGTH: 3,000 words (unpublished)
PRIZES: $200 plus publication
CONTACT: FUTURES' Karen Besecker Memorial Award Competition, c/o
M. Welk, 6127 N. Ozark Ave., Chicago, IL 60631. Send three
copies. Include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail
address on a separate sheet of paper along with a word count and
a one-paragraph bio followed by your writing credits.
URL: http://www.futuresforstorylovers.com/contests.htm
E-MAIL: Kelworks[at]aol.com

*Source: Futures


     Kathey Cleary Memorial Competition for Mystery Writers

DEADLINE: November 30, 2001
GENRE: Novel
THEME: Mystery/mystery subgenre
LENGTH: First chapter of novel
PRIZES: $200 plus publication
CONTACT: Send three copies of your first chapter in manuscript
format to: FUTURES' Kathey Cleary Memorial Award Competition, c/o
M. Welk, 6127 N. Ozark Ave., Chicago, IL. 60631. Include your
name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address on a separate
sheet of paper along with a word count and a one-paragraph bio
followed by your writing credits.
URL: http://www.futuresforstorylovers.com/contests.htm
E-MAIL: Kelworks[at]aol.com

*Source: Futures

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