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                            CONTENTS
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       From the Editor's Desk
       News from the World of Writing
       New on Writing-World.com
       FEATURE: Writing the Prize-Winning Script,
           	by Laura Brennan
       The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
       WRITING DESK: Can I use a real event in fiction?
            by Moira Allen
       Market Roundup/Writing Contests
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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Writing-World.com was born as a labor of love; the love
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* When it's OK to use real names, places, and products in your
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* What your rights are if you don't have a contract
* The dangers of posting unpublished material on your website
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Instructors Wanted
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The Survey Is Coming, The Survey Is Coming!
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I told you in the last issue that I would be sending out a survey
to find out what you'd like to see more of on Writing-World.com
-- and also to learn more about my readers.  I didn't forget; the
survey will be sent out directly following THIS issue.  Your
participation is greatly appreciated!


LAST CALL for March Classes
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February 25 is absolutely the LAST sign-up day for our current
classes.  Don't miss your chance to participate in one of these
great courses; visit Writing-World.com to register TODAY!

Freelancing for Newspapers, by Sue Fagalde Lick
8 weeks - $120 (starts March 1)
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Techniques of Poetry, by Conrad Geller
6 weeks - $105 (starts March 4)
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Writing for Television: The Spec Script, by Laura Brennan
8 weeks - $120 (starts March 4)
     http://www.writing-world.com/classes/script.html
     Read an article by Laura Brennan below!


Congratulations to Our Drawing Winners
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The following writers received a free copy of Jodee Blanco's
"The Complete Guide to Book Publicity" (Allworth Press).

Laura Emerson, Biloxi, MS
Carmel Vivier, New Brunswick, Canada
Karen Briggs, Ontario, Canada
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                        -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)
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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Writing-World.com Wins Two Engraver Awards!
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Writing-World.com won the 2001 Inscriptions Engraver Award for
"favorite e-zine or newsletter," and Moira Allen won the award
for "favorite online editor."  Other winners included:

Favorite Writing-Related Site: Writer's Market
     http://www.writersmarket.com
Favorite E-Book Publisher -- Writers Exchange E-Publishing
     http://www.writers-exchange.com/epublishing/
Favorite E-Book Author -- Angela Adair-Hoy
     http://www.writersweekly.com/
Favorite Online Columnist -- Karen Wiesner
     http://www.eclectics.com/karenwiesner/
For a complete list of winners, see the Inscriptions website:
     http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Engravers.html


Bev Walton-Porter Takes the Reins at Inscriptions
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Jade Walker is stepping down as the editor of Inscriptions
(http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com), the weekly e-zine for
professional writers that she founded four and a half years ago.
Walker explained that she had been holding down two full-time
jobs for several years, and that "The time has come to clear my
schedule and refocus my energies on some new projects." She has
named Bev Walton-Porter as the new editor, effective March 1.
Walton-Porter is a Colorado-based professional freelancer who
previously worked as an editor for NBCi.com, CyberTips.com, Eye
on the Web, Inkspot, Scribe & Quill, and Scribes of the Goddess.
Walton-Porter is also the Colorado state rep for ByLine Magazine
and has served as a delegate and grievance officer/contract
adviser for the National Writers Union.

Yes, You Can Still Post Author Comments on Amazon.com
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It used to be simple to find the "I am the author and I would
like to comment on this book" link on Amazon.com.  Then it
disappeared.  But the option is still there.  To find it, you
must go to the Publisher's Guide, then click on the Content Form,
and ignore the fact that it appears to be only for the use of
publishers.  Go to http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/
catalog-updates/content-books.html/102-4049972-5176927
(Note that you will have to copy and paste this link into your
browser in two parts; it's too long to fit as a "clickable" link
in the newsletter.)

Class Action Suit Filed Against HarperCollins
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Ken Englade and Patricia Simpson have filed a class action suit
against publisher HarperCollins, charging that "authors were not
treated fairly when Harper sold copies of its U.S. works to
foreign affiliates for resale." According to the plaintiffs,
Harper sold books at "improperly high discounts of up to 75%,
leading to low author royalties for those sales."  If you had a
book in print with HarperCollins between January 1993 and April
2001, you could be a class member of the suit.  For more
information, call Robert Lax, an attorney for the plaintiffs, at
(212) 818-9150.

SwapSmarts Offers Authors Micropayments
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SwapSmarts (http://swapsmarts.com/about/) announced that it is
adding pay articles to its suite of services allowing experts to
charge micropayments to view their works. SwapSmarts allows
experts to offer their counseling services over the Internet for
a fee; now, authors can post articles and charge micropayments of
10 cents or more per reader. "With the demise of other popular
services such as Themestream and MightyWords, we felt that there
was a need to continue to serve these audiences," said Steve
Brown, COO of SwapSmarts.  Articles can be on any topic, in any
category, fiction or nonfiction. Readers are provided with a
synopsis which helps them to decide whether or not the article is
worth purchasing.

New Copyright Case to Go Before Supreme Court
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The Supreme Court has agreed to intervene in a copyright case
that focuses on the issue of when (or whether) thousands of
books, songs, and movies will become freely available on the
Internet.  Plaintiffs in the case (Eldred v. Ashcroft) contest
that Congress's latest 20-year extension to copyright is
"ill-timed and unconstitutional."  The plaintiffs contest that
copies of old books, movies and sound recordings are being lost
before they can be archived, and if not for current copyright
laws, "digital archives could inexpensively make the other 9,853
books published in 1930 available to the reading public starting
in 2005." Otherwise, "we must continue to wait, perhaps
eternally, while works disappear and opportunities vanish."

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Newspapers: A Great Source of Freelance Opportunities,
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Three Bad Reasons to Write Poetry - and One Great One!,
by Conrad Geller
     http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/reasons.html

Writing for the Pet Market, by Moira Allen
     http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/pets.html

E-mail Queries and Submissions: How to Keep Editors Happy,
by Moira Allen
     http://www.writing-world.com/basics/email.html

25 Great Places to Find Markets on the Web, by Moira Allen
     http://www.writing-world.com/basics/markets.html

PLUS, 19 new contests have just been added at
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New listings added regularly to the "Writers Wanted" section:
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WRITING THE PRIZE-WINNING SCRIPT
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                 by Laura Brennan (LauraBrennan[at]worldnet.att.net)


Script competitions are mushrooming in terms of sheer number,
prizes offered, and (unfortunately) entry fees charged.  So how
can you make sure they're worth the time, money and emotional
investment?

First, of course, have a prize-winning script to enter.  There
are no shortcuts here: write and rewrite, have other writers read
your work and give you feedback, proofread and polish until it
shines.  Beyond that, my years of entering and judging writing
competitions have shown me there are certain rules the top
scripts all follow:

Write a story with heart
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Prize-winning scripts have something to say about our world and
our lives.  This doesn't mean you can't write, say, a thriller
about a cop whose partner is murdered.  It just means that within
this well-worn formula, you need to find an underlying theme
worth exploring.  Guilt, redemption, racism, good vs. evil, the
transformation of a corrupt cop into a good man (or woman)... Any
of these will lift an ordinary plot into an above-ordinary
experience.

The same is true if you're writing a TV script.  Many
competitions now welcome television spec scripts, but you need to
pick your series carefully.  Ideally, choose something critically
acclaimed and well-watched ("NYPD Blue," "Everybody Loves
Raymond," almost anything on HBO).  Within their structure, there
should be room for poignancy, even in a sitcom.  The stories that
stand out present difficult, intensely human moments where
characters are forced to reveal -- and sometimes transcend --
their own limitations.

Create rich, complex relationships
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Plot may be the skeleton of your story, but great characters are
the spark of life.  Your main character will grow and change not
just because of events, but also in response to other characters.
Relationships engage us; we live and love vicariously.

In television, you're not allowed to permanently change basic
dynamics between recurring characters, but you can tweak them.
Creating a bond, however temporary, between two characters who
normally don't get along can make your script memorable long
after the judge has reached "The End."

Knock 'em dead in the first ten pages
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Open with a bang.  In television, the first scene is often known
as the Teaser, and whether you're writing for the big screen or
the small, that's what the first few pages must do: tease the
reader with just enough information to capture their interest,
and enough surprises to keep them turning the pages.  The classic
example is "Raiders of the Lost Ark."  Even the delayed shot of
Indiana Jones' face is part of a strategy of suspense and
surprise that signals an extraordinary movie experience.

Make the ending memorable
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If you've gotten them to read 120 pages (industry max), you want
to make sure they leave with an indelible image in their minds.
You don't need the hero and heroine to ride off into the sunset,
but you shouldn't have them trampled underneath horses' hooves
either.  You want an ending that surprises, yet at the same time
fulfills the promise -- the soul -- of the movie.  "Thelma and
Louise" is a great example: not a happy ending, yet a victorious
one all the same.  And utterly unforgettable.

Be outrageous
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Be inventive.  Take some risks.  Be bold with character, plot,
and execution.  Tell your story in the most interesting manner
possible.  You don't have to go as far as "Memento" or "Pulp
Fiction," but the tried-and-true is only a step removed from the
truly boring.  Ideally, you want HOW you tell your story to
reflect what your story actually is.  Something set in the music
world can use music and lyrics to great effect; a thriller with a
ticking clock could play with time in an unexpected way.  Don't
be afraid to experiment.

Do your homework
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Check out the contest before you send them your check.  A great
website is http://www.moviebytes.com -- full of information about
competitions and even feedback from past entrants.  Also, decide
what you want from the contest: to win, of course, but beyond
that, do you want a contest that gives you written feedback?
Cash prizes?  Industry reads?  A fellowship where you have to
move to Los Angeles or New York?  If the prize isn't something
you want, don't enter.

Make the most of your win
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Be prepared to toot your own horn once a win comes your way.
Have a list of agents you'd like to work with and producers who
might want to buy your script.  Put your win (or top-ten finish)
prominently in your query letter, or follow up a query with a
postcard announcing your latest achievement.  On the phone, the
first thing you want to do is establish your credibility, so be
prepared to list the contests where you did well (winner,
finalist, or semi-finalist), in order of prestige (national beats
out local).

If your prize is an industry read, touch base with the reader to
make sure they have a clean copy (you can always say you've done
a polish since the contest and would like to send them the latest
draft), and then follow up about six weeks later to see if
they've had a chance to read it.  This is a terrific opportunity
to get feedback from someone in the trenches.  Never take a "no"
personally; instead, ask them if they could let you know why they
passed on the project, any advice they might have for you, and
what other types of scripts they're looking for.  The
entertainment industry is built on relationships; if you can get
an open-door invitation from a judge or reader to come back with
your next script, that's a prize that can pay off for years to
come.

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

Laura Brennan's TV credits include "The Invisible Man,"
"Highlander: The Raven," and "The Lost World."  She's recently
gone over to the other side -- feature films -- with her romantic
comedy "First Kiss."

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Copyright (c) 2002 Laura Brennan

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THE WRITE SITES
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Voluntary Lawyers for the Arts
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This organization can help with legal issues relating to art and
intellectual property; check this site to find a branch in your
area.
     http://www.vlaa.org/resources.asp

Writers Wanted - A Parody
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I don't usually post links to purely humorous articles, but this
essay on "Sweat101.com" is definitely good for a chuckle!
     http://www.writersweekly.com/articles/022002-01.html

"Everything I Needed to Know About Writing...
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...I learned from editing (and vice versa)" - a good look at the
business from both sides of the desk.
     http://www.mediabistro.com/content/archives/02/02/19/

Characters.Journey.com
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An "archetypal" approach to developing different types of
characters.
     http://www.charactersjourney.com/Characters.htm

Do We Need to Copyright Our Works?
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A succinct, readable summary of the benefits of registering a
copyright.
     http://www.spawn.org/marketing/copyright.htm

Canadian eAuthors
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Resources for Canadian authors who have been e-published.
     http://www.ceauthors.com

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THE WRITING DESK
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Can I Use a Real Event in Fiction?
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Q: I'd like to include a real event -- a Kentucky Derby -- in my
story.  Do I have to get permission to do so?  The events were
covered in the newspaper.


A: Generally speaking, there are no laws against referencing
actual events in a work of fiction.  In fact, a great deal of
fiction references actual events, historical events, etc.
Accuracy is important, but you do not have to have "permission"
to make such a reference.  If the names of the horses and of the
jockeys are on public record, you can use them as well.

The question is how you intend to use them.  If you intend to use
this information in the "background" of your story, then you have
no problems.  For example, let's say that your novel is about a
couple who attend a race at Churchill Downs on a particular day.
The story is about the couple -- let's call them Mary and Joe --
and what they're doing.  Maybe they're initiating a romance,
maybe they're solving a murder; it doesn't matter.  On that day,
they go to the races, where certain horses are running, ridden by
certain jockeys. It's a historical detail that lends realism to
your story.  However, the story isn't about the horses, jockeys,
race, etc. -- it's about whatever is going on with your
characters, who just happen to be there.

On the other hand, if you're trying to include elements of the
race in your story -- e.g., one of the jockeys becomes an actual
character -- then you have problems.  There are laws about
writing about living people -- most people are protected by
privacy laws and cannot be written about without their
permission.  So it would be unwise to incorporate one of those
actual jockeys into your story by, say, having Mary or Jo enter
into a fictional conversation with this person.  If you're
writing a murder mystery, I certainly wouldn't make one of the
real-life jockeys a suspect!  If the story actually involves the
race, or jockeys at the race, invent a fictional jockey who
happens to be on the scene for any necessary conversations.

Note the difference here -- one example is using the Derby as a
historical background to a fictional scenario.  Since anyone
could look up that historical event and get the same information,
it's "public record" and you can certainly write something like
"Mary cheered until she was hoarse as Jockey So-and-So swept to
the finish on Faster-than-Light."  You can describe the horses,
the jockeys, the race, whatever.  Mary could even walk through
the stables before the race, admiring the horses, nodding to the
jockeys.  You can include known details that might have appeared
in other historical accounts -- maybe one of the jockeys has a
well-known habit of spitting, or carrying something for luck, and
Mary happens to see him putting his good-luck charm into his
pocket.  Just don't bring them into the fictional side of your
story, by turning them into characters that directly interact
with your fictional characters.

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

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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MARKET ROUNDUP
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
CeLEBRATIONS Book Series
Paul Andrew Dawkins, Editor
URL: http://www.thedawkinsproject.com
E-MAIL: paulandrewdawkins[at]yahoo.com

The publisher of the CeLEBRATIONS series is interested in
receiving heartfelt, positive and detailed letters written to,
and celebrating loved ones (and other special individuals) from
people of all ages from across the USA (and other countries
around the world), for inclusion in this series of inspirational
books. With 35 titles in the series, most traditional family
relationships will be covered. Other relationships the publisher
is interested in focusing on in these books include those with
friends, valentines, teachers, self, pets and God.  Current
titles in the works include "Notes to my Mother," "Notes to my
Father," "Notes to my Sister," and "Notes to God."

The publisher is looking for letters that are written directly to
individuals (alive or deceased) that writers wish to celebrate.
Each letter should be written, however, with the thought in mind
that there will be a third party to this communication between
writer and the subject of the letter: the reader. The writer
should therefore provide as much detail as possible in
celebrating the impact the subject has had on his or her life.

For example, instead of merely saying: "You've been with me
through the good times and the bad times," the writer should
provide one or more examples of these "good and bad times," while
avoiding any potentially embarrassing details that could
compromise the safety and/or dignity of the writer and/or subject
of the letter.

The books will be divided into 3 sections, where appropriate.
They will be as follows: [1] Section One will feature letters
written by adults 18 years old and older; [2] Section Two will
feature letters written by teens 13 through 17; and [3] Section
Three will feature letters written by those 12 and younger.
Exceptions to this will be titles like CeLEBRATIONS-notes to my
wife and CeLEBRATIONS- notes to my husband.

Except for CeLEBRATIONS-notes to God, all letters that are
accepted for inclusion in this series will be published only if
accompanied by a photograph of the person to whom the letter is
written, and a photograph of the letter writer. A single
photograph showing both persons will also be accepted. There will
be no exceptions since this is a vital part of the concept of the
series. Copyright protected photos (i.e., those taken by a studio
and especially with a studio logo displayed on the photo) should
not be sent.

Writing is a process, so if the publisher sees some strong
potential in a letter, questions will be included with the
reviewed letter designed to make the letter richer in the
information it provides to the readers. In other words, letters
do not have to be absolutely perfect (when initially submitted)
to be considered for possible inclusion in this series of books.
In such a situation the letter writer can choose to simply answer
the questions in the space provided at the end of the reviewed
and edited letter, or incorporate the answers into the letter and
return the letter to the publisher for further consideration.

Profits from the sale of these 35 books (to be sold nationally,
and internationally) will benefit ten terrific projects of my
not-for-profit organization, The Dawkins Project. This is a
fledgling, nationally and internationally oriented organization
that seeks to help children, and those who help children, on a
number of levels. See website for full list of titles, sample
letters, overview of project, biography form, permission to
publish form, etc.

LENGTH: No limit
RIGHTS: Writer grants permission to publish the letter
PAYMENT: $25 on publication
SUBMISSIONS: Mail, fax, or e-mail

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Anthology
Imaginings, PO Box 4976, New York, NY 10185-4976
Deadline: June 15, 2002
GL: http://www.albeshiloh.com/imaginings/guide.htm
E-MAIL: imaginings[at]albeshiloh.com

Imaginings is, like Patrick Nielsen Hayden's Starlight, a return
to the anthology like Terry Carr's old Universe
series--anthologies whose only "theme" is that they have the best
stories the genre has to offer. This web site includes author
submission guidelines and a FAQ. For more information, you can
e-mail us, but please, read the FAQ and the guidelines first!
Edited by respected editor and best-selling author Keith R.A.
DeCandido, Imaginings will feature the best in long short
fiction. The objective is to create a home for stories of a
length that is in many ways ideal for the genre, but also hard
for most anthologies and magazines to accommodate. Some of the
most important and influential stories in the field are
novelette-length--"Slow Sculpture" by Theodore Sturgeon, "The
Screwfly Solution" by Raccoona Sheldon, "The Bicentennial Man" by
Isaac Asimov, "Sandkings" by George R.R. Martin, "Blood Music" by
Greg Bear--but they're very difficult to place. Stories must fall
into the genre category of science fiction or fantasy. (Horror
stories will be looked at, but only if they have SF and/or
fantasy elements.) Stories must be original. Acceptances and
rejections: Only ten stories will be accepted for the book. No
story will be accepted for publication prior to 1 July 2002.
(Rejections, however, may come at any time.)

LENGTH: Minimum 8,000 words; maximum 15,000 words
PAYMENT: $950 plus 10% of royalties (only ten contributors will
be accepted)
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By surface mail or e-mail (no attachments)

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CALL FOR PROFILES
Inscriptions
Bev Walton-Porter, Editor (as of March 1)
URL: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/Profile.html
E-MAIL: editor[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

Inscriptions is a weekly e-zine for professional writers. Each
month, we profile a famous author on our Web site, and we're
looking to fill future profile slots. Profiles should give
general biographical information, highlight publishing
accomplishments and include examples of the author's writing.
Profiles must be less than 800 words, and include links to
related author Web sites. All Web site links must be formatted
with the name of the site, then the URL in parentheses. Ex.
Inscriptions (http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com). All Web sites
mentioned in articles must be relevant to the topic and available
for the public to view. Future authors we'd like to profile
include: Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Twain, Harlan
Ellison, Isaac Asimov, Robert Jordan, Neil Gaiman, Nora Roberts
and Mary Higgins Clark. However, feel free to pitch an author not
included on this list. Past profiles have included Dr. Seuss,
Edgar Allen Poe, Ernest Hemingway and Langston Hughes.

LENGTH: Under 800 words
REPRINTS: Yes
PAYMENT: $25, on publication, or advertising (50 words of text in
the e-zine or a 7k banner ad on the website, for up to three
weeks)
RIGHTS: One-time electronic rights for publication on website.
SUBMISSIONS: Send in body of e-mail, with "Writer Profile" in
subject header.

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               Christian Reader Writing Contest

DEADLINE: March 1, 2002
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO: U.S. Residents
LENGTH: Maximum 1,250 words; one submission per writer

THEME: Divine Laughter: It has happened to most of us at one time
or another. You're at work, at home, at school, at church, alone
or with others -- when things don't turn out exactly the way you
expected or planned. Instead, the results are laughable. Can you
recall a specific moment when God made you or someone you know
laugh? Christian Reader would like to hear how a true episode
made you appreciate God's divine sense of humor. Tell us about a
case of mistaken identity, a challenging witnessing experience,
an unusual missions trip, or a prayer that was answered in a way
you would never have imagined. Whether you're laughing at your
own expense or in good company, we invite you to tell the story
in the 2002 Christian Reader Writing Contest.

PRIZES: 1st $1,000; 2nd $500; 3rd $250

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes; see website

MAIL: 2002 Writing Contest, Christian Reader, 465 Gundersen Drive,
Carol Stream, IL 60188
WEBSITE: http://www.christianitytoday.com/cr/2001/006/14.1.html
E-MAIL: CReditor[at]ChristianReader.net

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         L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest

DEADLINE: March 31, 2002 (Quarterly competition)
GENRE: Short fiction, novelette
OPEN TO: All who have not professionally published [more than
5,000 copies] a novel or short novel, or more than 3 short
stories, or more than 1 novelette in any medium.
LENGTH: 17,000 words maximum

THEME: All types of science-fiction, fantasy and horror with
fantastic elements are welcome [but]... we regret we cannot
consider poetry or works intended for children. Excessive
violence or sex will result in disqualification.

PRIZES: Quarterly prizes - 1st $1,000; 2nd $750; 3rd $500; annual
grand prize of $4,000; all winners published in annual anthology.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

MAIL: L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of The Future Contest, PO Box
1630, Los Angeles, CA 90078
URL: http://www.writersofthefuture.com
E-MAIL: contests[at]authorservicesinc.com

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