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Issue 2:02            7750 subscribers           January 24, 2002
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       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: Finding Sample Magazines - Without Breaking the
            Bank, by Moira Allen
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: How Do I Know a Publisher Is Legit?
            by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests

                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Four new classes are now available on Writing-World.com,
beginning in March 2002.  See the link at the end of each
description for complete details on the course, a week-by-week
synopsis, instructor bio, and enrollment information.

Freelancing for Newspapers - Sue Fagalde Lick
Although magazines are wonderful markets, many freelance
opportunities also exist in the newspaper field. Local papers are
a great place for new writers to break in and accumulate some
clips. Also, because newspapers come out daily or weekly, they
need more articles more often, and they publish and pay more
quickly. Plus, nearly everyone reads the newspaper, so far more
people will read and respond to your work. It is also possible to
resell your articles to other non-competing newspapers or expand
the same information into magazine articles. Participants in this
class will develop a list of freelance opportunities at their
local newspapers, brainstorm ideas for the kinds of articles
newspaper editors want and pursue one or more of those ideas all
the way from a query to a completed article. They will also
develop a plan for future newspaper freelancing, including
possibilities for more article assignments, resale opportunities
and becoming a regular contributor.

Techniques of Poetry - Conrad Geller
Are you one of the estimated two million poets throughout the
English-speaking world? If so, how much do you know about the
technical aspects of your craft? Whether you write formal,
measured poetry or the freest of free verse, you will benefit
from a knowledge of the forms, structures, and devices that are
the art of poetry. All participant, newbies or grizzled veterans,
will achieve a deeper understanding of prosody, tropes, forms,
and related items.  Each lesson will include an assignment (one
or more poems, of course) to be completed and returned before the
next lesson. The completed assignment may be shared with other
students, at the poet's choice. The instructor will respond in
depth to the material presented, and it is hoped that dialogues
may also occur between students through e-mail exchanges.

Writing a Synopsis that Sells - MaryJanice Davidson
If you've finally finished your book and are starting the
submission process, or if you've never been quite able to catch
an editor's attention, this is the class for you.  Writing a
synopsis is a necessary part of the submission process.  Rare is
the editor or agent who will look at a manuscript without first
asking for a synopsis:  a 2-4 page summary of your book. It's as
vital as a concise, well-written query letter, and a great
synopsis will often prompt a contract offer (as has happened to
the instructor more than once). In this course, the instructor
will take you from your concept to at least one completed
synopsis, one you can feel confident in sending to an editor or
agent the day the class is over.  Davidson will present and
dissect synopses that led directly to a publishing contract,
teach you how to grab an editor's attention in the first
paragraph, and, most important, help you fully understand the
Less Is More concept.  Classes include personal editing and
critiques of the synopses through every stage of creation.

Writing for Television: The Spec Script - Laura Brennan
Do you have a secret -- or not-so-secret -- longing to write for
the small screen?  To have your words beamed into a million or
more households every week?  If you want to break into
television, or just try your hand at the form to see if it's for
you, this is the class to take.  The "spec script" is the calling
card of the entertainment industry.  A great one can help you
break through to agents, win competitions, and impress show
runners.  The class will include an overview of the television
industry, finding your unique voice, and the special requirements
and challenges of writing for television.  Brennan will take you
through the process of choosing a show to spec, developing your
ideas, "breaking" the story, and writing a killer opening.  At
the end of the course you will: 1) have completed a detailed
outline of your spec script; 2) have written the first ten pages
of your script; 3) have received notes and rewritten at least
your opening scene.  Class includes one-on-one critiquing of your
pitches, outlines, and scenes.

For general questions about these courses or enrollment options,
please e-mail Moira Allen

What Issue Is This?
Someone correctly noted that I had a typo in the number of the
last issue; it should have been Issue 1:23, not 1:22.  Or should
it?  To make issue-tracking simpler, I've decided to start each
new volume in January, so (typos aside), this is now Issue 2:02.

Congratulations to Our Drawing Winners
The following writers will receive a free copy of Moira Allen's
"The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals" (from
Allworth Press).

Hend Alwan, Auckland, New Zealand
Jeannine Connors, Tasmania, Australia
Melissa Marsh, Nebraska
Tabitha Webber, Missouri
Linda Martin, California

Don't miss our current drawings for:

The Complete Guide to Book Publicity, by Jodee Blanco

A free EbookoMatic membership ($97 value)

New Design to Author's Bookshelf
The Author's Bookshelf, where authors can announce and promote
their books on Writing-World.com, has been redesigned.  Now, each
book receives its own page (which means no one has to scroll to
find your book listing.)  Check out the new listings at
http://www.writing-world.com/books/index.html - or find out how
to list your book on the Bookshelf for $10 a month or less at

                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals

Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to Advance Your
     Writing Career

1200 Online Resources for Writers

For details, see: http://www.writing-world.com/moira/index.shtml


Canadian Test of Print-on-Demand Machine Shows Low Demand
The InstaBook Canada instant "print on demand" machine made its
debut in the Book Express shop in Cambridge, Ontario, in November
2001 -- but since then only 10 "print on demand" books have sold.
Nevertheless, InstaBook will be installing machines in other
test markets, including a college bookstore in Ottawa and a
second store in Toronto.  The machines cost $35,000 apiece, and
are licensed or leased to the stores. InstaBook is also working
with publishers to get more titles into the system, and is
developing a fulfillment system for books that cannot be produced
in the stores.

Tips on Filtering Spam
According to Dan Snow of http://www.u-publish.com, a study
conducted to determine how to filter spam e-mail more effectively
determined that the phrase that appeared most often in spam was
"This is not spam."  So -- enter this phrase in your filtering
system, and you may be able to reduce the clutter in your inbox!

Third Annual Dolce Vita Writers Holiday
If you are a professional writer/journalist/photographer, or have
ever dreamed of becoming one, and enjoy wonderful Italian food
and culture, put aside six days in March or October to visit and
study in the rural setting of Tuscany. According to host Michael
Sedge, "We'll be covering global marketing of articles and books,
in an intense week of seminars, as well as fiction development
and, if there is interest, even screenplays. It's also an
opportunity to escape to the picture-postcard setting of rural
Italy, participate in excursions, and enjoy the art of Tuscan
cooking." The "holiday" will be held at the 16th century rural
bed-and-breakfast lodging Palazzo Bandino, and will include five
sessions of writing and marketing, two afternoons of cooking
classes, and two excursion to nearby towns such as Siena.
Complete details of the lodging can be found at
http://www.valerianigroup.com/bandino.html Cost for the seven-day
holiday, including writing and marketing sessions, cooking
classes, area tour, lodging, meals, and transportation to and
from Rome, is $2,200, with special discounted rates for friends
or spouses. Registration is limited to 10 students.  For details,
contact Michael Sedge, msedge[at]thesedgegroup.com



Breaking into the Greeting Card Market, by Shery Ma Bell Arrieta

Death by Revision, by Kristin Camiolo

How to Market Your Ghostwriting Services, by Claudia Suzanne

Promoting and Profiting by Re-Packaging Your Book Content,
by Julie Duffy

Writing Captivating Dialogue for Children, by Mary Emma Allen

PLUS, 51 new contests have just been added to the contests section
at http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.html


New listings added regularly to the "Writers Wanted" section:

BREAK WRITER'S BLOCK FOREVER! Jerry Mundis, author of 40+ books,
Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Guild, One Spirit Book Club
selections, will show you how. End paralysis, avoidance behavior,
last-minute crisis writing, and inability to finish. Praised and
endorsed by bestselling authors Lawrence Block, Judith McNaught,
Suzannah Lessard, and others. **GUARANTEED**

                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

I'm always amused by magazine guidelines that ask a writer to
read "five or six back issues before submitting."  Such requests
must be issued by editors who are desperate to fob off their back
issues, at $3 to $5 apiece.  Unfortunately, trying to obtain even
ONE sample issue of every magazine you'd like to write for, or
would like to learn more about, can be prohibitively expensive.
Many publications charge more for a sample copy than you'd pay
for the same magazine on the newsstand, and even those that ask
only for postage may require you to shell out $2 or $3 in stamps.

There are alternatives, however.  Here are some ways that you can
locate sample copies without paying a penny (and some ways that
will cost you a little, but not a lot).

1) Go through your Writer's Market and pick out all the
publications that offer a FREE sample copy.  You may be surprised
at how many charge nothing at all (not even postage).  If
possible, request these samples via e-mail.

2) Visit the library.  Most libraries have extensive magazine
sections, and you can either browse back issues there or check
them out and take them home.  Many libraries can also order other
publications for you through interlibrary loan, though this can
often take weeks.

3) Check your library for a "magazine exchange" corner.  Many
libraries allow patrons to drop off unwanted magazines, and on
some days you can find lots of interesting titles.  Check the
dates, though; a pile of magazines from the 1980's is not going
to help you determine what a publication is covering today.

4) Visit magazine websites.  Many publications archive older
articles online, which will give you an excellent idea of the
type of material that is published.  You may also be able to find
the magazine's guidelines online; if you don't see a button that
says "submission guidelines" (or "authors" or "contributors"),
look under "About Us" or "Contact Us."

5) Check the magazine piles at your doctor's or dentist's office.
If you find something that interests you, ask the receptionist
if you can "borrow" it -- or bring along some unwanted magazines
of your own to exchange.  (Some offices also offer free
publications; I've found free regional baby magazines at women's

6) Keep your eyes open when visiting bookstores or specialty
stores.  I've just sold an article to several editions of a
country crafts/collectibles magazine I found in a craft boutique.
I've also found interesting free tabloids in the "free" bins of
the Barnes and Noble foyer.

7) Respond to "free issue" offers.  Many publications solicit
subscribers by sending out offers for a free issue.  (I've just
received offers for a free issue of Britain's "Realm" magazine
and Scottish Life; needless to say, I've said "yes" to both.)  If
you don't want the subscription, just write "cancel" on the
invoice when it arrives.

8) Look for trial offers online.  Many magazine sites have "free
trial offers" on their websites (though they can be hard to find
-- I found Southern Living's offer for two free issues only after
clicking on their "free newsletter" link).

9) Look for free trial offers through magazine subscription
sites.  Enews.com, for example, offers a trial period of up to
three issues on all its subscriptions.  However, to place the
order in the first place, you'll have to provide credit card
information; you then have 90 days to cancel the subscription
through the online customer service section before your card is

10) Look for magazines on sites that offer "free stuff".  One
such site is FreeSiteX -- however, every link that I clicked on
led to something OTHER than the magazine being advertised.
Another is Free2Try.  Try searching on "free magazines" for more
free sites. MagsNow.com, for example, offers three free "promo"
copies of various publications for any paid subscription.

11) Sign up for free subscriptions through Half.com.  If you buy
more than $15 in merchandise on Half.com, you'll be presented
with an offer for a free trial period for a variety of magazines.
Again, to sign up, you'll have to provide your credit card
information, then cancel your subscription later.

12) Use airline mileage credits to pay for subscriptions.  If you
tend to accumulate only small amounts of frequent flyer miles
(not enough to add up to free travel), find out if your program
offers magazine subscriptions.  Many do, and it's a great way to
use up a few hundred miles here and there.  Your program will
often send out such an offer when your miles are about to expire.

13) Contact individual magazines and find out if they provide a
free sample copy, even if they don't have one advertised.
Approach them as if you were a would-be subscriber, not a writer!

14) Exchange magazines with friends, relatives, and writing

15) Ask for gift subscriptions to magazines that particularly
interest you.

16) Once you've begun to write for a publication (even if you've
just sold them a single article), ask to be added to their
complimentary copy list.

And now some not-quite-free methods:

1) Sign up for a "gift subscription" to a publication that
interests you.  Often, gift subscriptions are less expensive than
regular subscriptions; I've found them at 2/3 to 1/2 the cost.
If necessary, have your subscription mailed to someone else, as
the publication may not fill a gift order that is to be sent to
the payee's own address.

2) Go through the Writer's Market again, this time looking for
publications that will send a sample copy for the cost of
postage.  Note the number of stamps required, and figure out
exactly how much they add up to; otherwise, you might be
unpleasantly surprised.

3) Search newsstands and stores like Barnes and Noble for
interesting publications that you haven't found elsewhere.  It's
generally less expensive to buy a copy in a store than to request
it by mail.

Finally, don't hesitate to order a sample copy of a publication
that looks like a valuable potential market.  There is no
substitute for actually being able to see a publication before
you write for it -- so if you have to pay, do so.  Remember that
the cost of sample copies is a business expense, and can be
deducted from your taxes.

Now all you need to do is figure out where to store all those
sample magazines...


Enews - http://newsstand.enews.com/

FreeSiteX - http://www.freesitex.com/magazine.html

Free2Try - http://www.free2try.com

MagsNow.com - http://www.magsnow.com/?source=overture

ArkRoyal.com - http://www.100-free-magazines.com/list-all.html
     List of sites that offer free magazine trials.  Or, type
     a magazine title into the search box and you'll find the
     offers made by several different subscription sites.

FreeWell.com - http://www.freewell.com/free/Free_Magazines/
     Lists many free magazine offers, but when you follow the
     link, it's often not obvious how you get them.

ABaseforMagazines.com - http://www.abaseformagazines.com/
     Another site where you can sign up for a 90-day free
     trial of various publications.


Moira Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years.
She is currently teaching the "Breaking into Magazine and
Periodical Markets" course on Writing-World.com.

Copyright (c) 2002 Moira Allen

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Fighting Piracy and Infringement
Extensive article explaining how to determine whether your work
has been pirated or infringed, how to identify the website owner
and/or ISP on which the piracy has occurred, and what steps to

Copyright Terms and Expirations
When does a copyright expire?  It depends -- and this chart
explains what it depends upon.

Copyright Books
A review of books on legal and copyright issues for writers.

Put it in Ink
Lots of interesting articles and resources on this site for

Fiction Factor
As the name implies, this site focuses on resources for fiction
writers, including an extensive market section and a free

De Re Militari
If you're looking for information on military history, this is a
great place to start.

Editing, critiques, mentoring by multi-published author and
editor. We work with nationally known writers as well as
first-time authors, and while we can't guarantee your book will
sell, we can promise some of the best advice available.
http://www.bookpartners.net  consult[at]bookpartners.net

                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Do I Know a Publisher Is Legit?

Q: I might publish a book using an electronic and print (small
press) publisher. Is there a way to find out what the company's
credentials are and if they are a legit company? I could ask them
if they belong to any writing groups but I don't want to be too
forward. How can an author be sure they are working with a
respectable company? Also, does an e-book book contract usually
contain a clause in which the author can change his mind and
cancel the contract at any time or once you sign up do you have
to wait out till the contract term expires?

A: First, read the company's contract carefully. If they don't
post their terms online, or have a contract readily available, be
concerned. Most "legit" subsidy publishers post their contract;
those that ask you to send for it may have something to hide.

If the company doesn't have a contract online (most commercial
e-publishers, as opposed to subsidy publishers, do not), ask for
a copy. Again, review it carefully.

Run a search on Google's groups
(http://www.google.com/googlegroups/) to see if the publisher has
been discussed (positively or negatively) on any discussion
lists. If a publisher has a bad reputation, it will get around.
Similarly, if people have had good experiences with a publisher,
they'll usually mention it whenever a question comes up in a
group such as "where should I get my book e-published"?

ASK the company about its credentials. Ask how long it has been
in business, how many authors it has published, what its record
of sales is. Beware of hype that doesn't really answer your

Check the company's "sales" page (where it lists its current
titles) and see if you can locate any of the authors that are
currently published by the company. Contact them and ask them
what their experience has been. Also, take a good look at the
TYPE of books being published by the company -- do they appear to
be of good quality, or are they publishing just about any garbage
that comes their way?

Most e-publishing contracts have a specific term to them -- e.g.,
one year. Some enable an author to cancel the contract at any
time. If a contract does NOT allow you to cancel at the end of a
year, or if it asks for certain rights to remain with the company
even after the contract is cancelled, be cautious. There are
companies that allow you to "cancel" the contract but still claim
the right to go on selling your book or keep certain revenues
from the book.


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) 2002 by Moira Allen

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God Allows U-Turns - "Historic Moments in Time"
URL: http://www.godallowsuturns.com/writersguide.htm
GL: godallows_request4submissions[at]getresponse.com

Have you been touched by an historic moment in our nation's
history? Has God spoken to you in a special way, or have you made
a U-turn closer to God as a result of a national tragedy? Our
world is a volatile place -- every day we are confronted by
tragedy -- how have these tragedies brought you closer to God?
How did the events of September 11 touch your life? What about
the Oklahoma bombing, did that touch you in some inexplicable
way? Did you live through the Viet Nam war? How about Pearl
Harbor or other historic military events? Are you a child of the
Great Depression? If so, what can you tell us about that era? Has
an "Act of God" touched your life, such as an earthquake,
tornado, fire or flood? What about events like the Columbine
shootings, or other school shootings? The assassination of Martin
Luther King stunned the world, as did the assassination of
President Kennedy, and the tragic death of his son and his young
wife in a plane crash. Have other major airline crashes or freak
accidents changed your life? Did the Challenger spacecraft
explosion touch you in some way? It seems a day does not go by
that our world is not rocked by an event the likes of which leave
us speechless. Please share those historic moments in time with
us -- those moments that profoundly affect us and often bring us
closer to God and instill in us a desire to turn toward Him as
never before. (Release date: Fall 2002)


Each book in the series will contain approximately one hundred
uplifting, encouraging and inspirational true short stories
written by contributors from all over the world. Pays $50
Honorarium per story upon publication (plus 1 copy of book). Open
to well-written, personal inspirational pieces showing how faith
in God can inspire, encourage and heal. Hope should prevail.
Human-interest stories with a spiritual application, affirming
ways in which faith is expressed in daily life. These true
stories MUST touch the emotions. Our contributors are a diverse
group with no limits on age or denomination.  TIPS: Read current
volume(s). See the web site for a sample story. Keep it real.
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things with God's help. Focus
on timeless, universal themes like love, forgiveness, salvation,
healing, hope, etc. Be able to tell a good story with drama,
description and dialogue. Avoid moralisms and preachy tone. The
point of the story should be some practical spiritual help the
reader receives from what the author learned through his
experience. Future volumes will focus on specific markets such
as: U-Turns for Women, U-Turns for Men, U-Turns for Young People,
U-Turns for Seniors, U-Turns for Veterans, U-Turns for Single
Parents, etc. Visit website for information on other forthcoming

LENGTH: 500-2,500 words
PAYMENT: $50 honorarium on publication, plus 1 copy of book
RIGHTS: One-time and reprint rights
SUBMISSIONS: By e-mail or via submission page on website


Greeting Card Guidelines
E-mail: kateharp[at]aol.com
URL: http://hometown.aol.com/kateharp/myhomepage/profile.html

Kate Harper Designs is a greeting card company that sells cards
to over 2,000 stores throughout the country. We are a
hand-assembled, calligraphic "Quotation" card line that takes a
lighthearted look at life. It is introspective and humorous.
Unlike other publishers, we purchase non-exclusive rights from
writers, so that the writer retains full ownership of their work
for life. The emphasis of our business is to support and promote
writers, and to express the written word as an art form.  We have
different themed card lines. See specific website for detailed
guidelines on each theme:

* Every Cards - Subjects and topics with humor; also seasonal.
GL: http://hometown.aol.com/kateharp/myhomepage/poetry.html

*  Cardz with an Attitude - For a younger 20-something crowd.
GL: http://hometown.aol.com/kha1781344/myhomepage/writing.html

*  Kids Card line - Quotes by children.
GL: http://hometown.aol.com/kateharp/myhomepage/business.html


Quote must be less than 20 words. The shorter the better. We
often buy quotes that are 10 words long. Please do not send more
than 10 quotes at a time per author. Quote should be for the
FRONT of the greeting card only (we do not buy text for the
"inside" of the card). Sorry, we do not use nor buy artistic
images.  All work must be original, and written by you/author.
TIPS: Please eliminate 99% of all adjectives. Instead, write like
people speak. Please AVOID: rhymes, similes, quotes about PMS,
chocolate, sex, or anything that might be insulting to the
recipient such as being old or overweight. TEST: Imagine how you
would feel if someone sent YOU this quote. When submitting
birthday themes, please avoid making fun of or insulting the card
recipient. Do not send cliched themes of old age, forgetfulness,
wrinkles etc. Try to think outside of the traditional birthday
card. Here are some quotes we've purchased in the past: "Happy
Birthday. With age comes wisdom, self confidence and the ability
to tell people to get lost," and "Happy Birthday. You're not over
the hill, You're on top of the world," and "If you are old enough
to know better, you probably don't even care. Happy Birthday."
For other tips on "How To Write Good Card Text", see

Submit quotes by e-mail to kateharp[at]aol.com.  Include the theme
you are submitting for in the subject line:

"Quote Submission-Birthday" (we review in January and September)
"Quote Submission-Thank You" (we review in January and September)
"Quote Submission-Attitude Line" (we review in January and September)
"Quote Submission-Kid Quotes" (we review in January and September)
"Quote Submission-Christmas" (we review in December and January)
"Quote Submission-Love/Valentines" (we review in April and May)
"Quote Submission-Everyday quote" (we review in January and September)
(Everyday quotes are quotes you can send to a friend year around.)

Please limit each e-mail to only one theme.  Send submissions in
the text of e-mail; no attachments. Include full contact
information. If your quote is chosen we will contact you
immediately after the month of review. During this time period,
the submissions are voted on by staff, sales representatives and
bookstore owners. Unfortunately, we cannot give updates on the
status of any particular submission.

LENGTH: Quotes of 20 words or less
PAYMENT: $25 per quote plus byline and six copies of card
RIGHTS: Nonexclusive rights
SUBMISSIONS: By e-mail, in text of e-mail; no attachments; see
instructions above for subject line information.


6404 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90048
E-MAIL: editor[at]marspub.com
URL: http://www.marspub.com/

Mars Publishing/Parent's Guide Press is searching for authors for
the following potential titles:

A Parent's Guide to First Aid - Author must be a qualified expert
in the field.
A Parent's Guide to New Orleans - Local resident/writers strongly
A New Father's Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Young Babies.
A Parent's Guide to Minneapolis - MN residents strongly preferred
A Parent's Guide to St Louis - St Louis, MO area residents
strongly preferred
A Parent's Guide to Toronto - Toronto, ON area residents strongly
A Parent's Guide to Children & Money - Authors with expertise in
money/financial matters strongly preferred.
A (Grand) Parent's Guide to Grandparenting.
A Parent's Guide to Raising Bilingual Children
A Parent's Guide to Children's Health & Fitness
A Parent's Guide to Summer Camps.

We are looking for book length works (200-300 pages, 40-70k
words) that easily fit our 'A Parent's Guide...' series. Current
and upcoming titles in the series include Parent's Guides to NY,
Chicago, LA, Seattle, Boston (please do not suggest additional
travel guides), Children's Videos, Video Games, Homeschooling,
School Projects, the Internet. The series informs parents and
families about issues and opportunities facing them in a
non-judgmental, non-biased manner; alarmists and ostriches need
not apply. For Fall 2002 and Spring 2003 publication. Send us a
proposal, a chapter by chapter outline and 2-3 sample chapters.
Include in your proposal the following:

Author's background/credentials. Market/Audience information:
What makes your book different from similar books? How many
similar books are already in the market? Does the book have any
special markets outside regular trade book channels (bookstores)?
If you have developed any marketing plans or ideas for the book,
tell us about them. Number of photos/illustrations. Target
completion date. Word count/Number of pages. If the book contains
artwork or illustrations, please send photocopies. Your name,
address, and the title of the project should be clearly written
on the back of the artwork.

LENGTH: 200-300 pages (40-70K words); submit chapter-by-chapter
outline and 2-3 sample chapters in proposal
PAYMENT: Advance and royalties
SUBMISSIONS: By surface mail or e-mail (no attachments)


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               Arrow Publishing Anecdotes Contest:
                      Out of the Mouths Of

DEADLINE: January 31, 2002
GENRE: Anecdotes
LENGTH: Maximum 150 words; shorter lengths preferred

THEME: A collection of cute things that kids say. They may be
funny, thoughtful or poignant. The aim is to give the reader a
glimpse into that very different world that is seen from a
child's viewpoint.

PRIZES: (Australian dollars) 1st $50, 2nd $20, 3rd $10, plus
publication in an anthology and payment of $5 when published.


MAIL: Arrow Publishing, PO Box 120, Lowood, Qld, 4311 Australia.
Make sure you mark on the envelope which contest it is for. DO
NOT send entries for more than one contest in one envelope

WEBSITE: http://www.writersnewsletter.com/Anecdotes/anecdotes.html
E-MAIL: arrowbooks[at]hypermax.net.au


              Potpourri Short Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: February 10, 2002
GENRE: Short short fiction
LENGTH: 1000 words maximum

THEME: No religious, confessional, racial, political, erotic,
abusive, or sexual preference materials will be accepted unless
fictional and necessary to plot or characterization. Please
identify your submission as an entry to the Short Short Story
Contest. Include name, address, city, state, zip and phone

PRIZES: Winning story to be published on Potpourri site.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes; entries accepted by e-mail only; no

URL: http://www.potpourri.org/contests.html
E-MAIL: editor[at]potpourri.org




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