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Issue 2:07           9000 subscribers              April 4, 2002
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                          CONTENTS
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	From the Editor's Desk
	From the Managing Editor's Mind
	CLASSES! CLASSES! CLASSES!
	News from the World of Writing
	FEATURE: The Top 10 Mistakes New Fiction Authors Make
		by Sally Zigmond
	The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
	WRITING DESK:  Can I write a screenplay of someone's book?
		by Laura Brennan
	What's New at Writing World
	Market Roundup/Writing Contests

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	             FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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We Have a New Managing Editor
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Thanks to your generous support of Writing-World.com, I've taken
on a new managing editor for the newsletter: Peggy Tibbetts. I've
been working with Peggy since Inkspot days; she is our children's
writing columnist, and will also be teaching the "How to Make
Your Children's Picture Book SPARKLE" course on Writing-World.com
(see CLASSES, below, for details).  Peggy has extensive editorial
experience, and will be taking over the day-to-day tasks of
putting the newsletter together. This will give me more freedom
to handle content, my regular column, the occasional article,
etc. -- in short, it will give me more time to WRITE!

How You Made This Possible
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Our readers' generous donations have made this possible. If YOU
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Moira Allen for details.

As a thank-you gift, everyone who contributes to
Writing-World.com will receive a free copy of my new e-book, "The
Writer's Guide to Rights, Contracts, Copyright and Permissions."
Find out what to watch out for in writing contracts, how to
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Almost a Winner...
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Writing World (the newsletter) received a "Certificate of Merit"
from the Writer's Digest "Best Zine" competition!  It will be
listed on the web site; more information about the finalists will
appear in the July issue of Writer's Digest.

And a Personal Brag...
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Since I've asked readers to share their success stories, I feel
it's only fair to share one of my own...  My fantasy story,
"Truthseeker," won second place in the High Fantasy Contest
sponsored by SpecFicWorld (http://www.specficworld.com), and will
appear in a future issue of Rogue Worlds!

New Column
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Your intrepid editor has been appointed as the new "Net//Working"
columnist for The Writer magazine.  Each month, I'll be covering
various aspects of writing and the Web.  The column launches in
the June issue, and will be archived on The Writer's website
(http://www.writermag.com); I'll be providing links from
Writing-World.com.

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	        FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR'S MIND
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I've been part of Writing World.com since the beginning, so
becoming Managing Editor feels like a natural next step. When
Moira first approached me about the position, I told her I could
put together a newsletter with one hand tied behind my back.
After working with her on this issue, I discovered she can do
this newsletter with one hand, while the other hand is working on
another project. Now all I have to do is figure out how she does
that! To be able to continue working with Moira and expand my
responsibilities at Writing-World.com is indeed an honor and a
privilege. Between the two of us, we've made certain this change
is seamless for you, the reader.

                           -- Peggy Tibbetts (peggyt[at]siltnet.net)
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                CLASSES!  CLASSES!  CLASSES!
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BREAKING INTO THE MAGAZINE AND PERIODICAL MARKET

Instructor: Moira Allen
8 weeks - $80
Start Date: April 17
*** Sign up Now!  Enrollment ends April 15! ***

If you've been trying to market your articles to magazines and
other periodicals without success, or if you just need to know
how to get started, this is the class for you.  Find out how to
develop marketable topics, research markets, outline your idea,
write an attention-getting query, and develop the article itself.
By the end of the course, you should have an article "ready to
go" and a selection of markets to choose from. Plus, you'll get
expert editorial feedback on your topics, query, and article.
Full synopsis and registration info at:
     http://www.writing-world.com/classes/magazines.html

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK SPARKLE!

Instructor: Peggy Tibbetts
8 weeks - $95
Start Date: June 4

Peggy Tibbetts, Writing-World.com's children's writing columnist
and an experienced editor of children's books, is offering an
intensive course on children's picture books, covering:

* Understanding the Picture Book Market
* Creating a Dummy: How picture books are produced
* How to Define "Sparkle"
* Story: Elements of story, plot, conflict
* Character and Emotion
* Humor, Imagination and Word Play
* Line-By-Line: Going over your story to make it "sparkle"
* Submitting Your Picture Book Manuscript

The course is conducted via e-mail, with personal feedback
every step of the way.  For synopsis and registration, visit
     http://www.writing-world.com/classes/children.html

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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"Firehouse" magazine publishes 9/11 issue
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The April issue of "Firehouse" magazine, a fire service
publication, is dedicated to the 343 Fallen Heroes of 9/11.
Included are photos of damage at Ground Zero and interviews with
workers on the site. Companion coverage, plus interviews with
victims family members can be found at their web site,
http://Firehouse.com.

"Teen" Magazine suspends regular publication
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"Teen," the 44-year-old title with a circulation that dropped
from two million to 1.2 million, will suspend publication in May.
The title may reappear on newsstands as special issues with
specific themes. The title had been purchased by Primedia seven
months ago as part of the Emap acquisition.

Wall Street Journal Books to publish Pearl's articles
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Early this summer Wall Street Journal Books, an imprint of The
Free Press, will publish a hardcover collection of WSJ articles
by Daniel Pearl, who was killed while on assignment in Pakistan
in last February. Pearl's widow, Mariane will write the foreword
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Mariane Pearl and their child.

About.com Guides seek lawsuit
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Lawyers for About.com Guides are building a class-action lawsuit
against Primedia, which purchased About.com in 1999. The Guides,
who create and maintain individual sites at About.com, allege
that Primedia engaged in fraudulent accounting practices, paid
bonuses in stock options instead of cash, and didn't properly
record page views. About.com Guides are paid according to number
of page views for their individual sites.

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THE TOP 10 MISTAKES NEW FICTION AUTHORS MAKE
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                      by Sally Zigmond (sallyzigmond[at]hotmail.com)

Are you wondering why your short stories keep coming back with
polite rejection letters?  It could be that one of these ten
"fatal errors" is standing between you and publication!

Lack of Editing
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The best writers re-write and re-write. New writers tend to think
that editing merely means a brief read through for typos and
spelling errors. That's the very last thing to do. The first
draft of a short story is like a lump of wood. Removing
unnecessary waffle, sharpening up images and choosing the exact
word will reveal the beauty of the grain.

Dull Writing
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Too many new writers don't give their imagination full rein. They
seem afraid look beyond and beneath the surface. Their characters
are dull and lead dull lives. Above all, fiction must intrigue
and entertain. Avoid stereotyped characters and situations. Why
can't a rich business man be kind and compassionate? Why are
unemployed men always lazy and sit around in their vests swigging
out of cans? Why can't one or two learn Latin or take up
line-dancing?

Too Much Irrelevant Detail
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In short fiction especially, include information only if it
furthers the plot, aids characterization and provides a sense of
place and time. Too much background information makes a story all
tell and no show. Don't go into detail about characters if they
have no significant part to play in the fiction. Never give bit
part players a name. If all a postman has to do is deliver the
all-important letter, don't say he's Stan, the postman whose wife
nags him and has a bad back after falling off his bike in 1976.
His function is just to be a postman. Don't lead up to an event.
Jump in straight away. Drip-feed vital information subtly.
Don't drop in heavy indigestible chunks of history or
description. Make it a central part of the current action.

No Attention to Language
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Too many writers are so busy "telling a story" that they fail to
choose their words carefully enough. All writers should try to
increase their vocabulary; not by using fancy words just for the
sake of it -- writing should always be clear -- but by using
intriguing language in new ways. Wind doesn't only blow. It can
rip, roar, strangle, whip. Be imaginative. It's not only what you
say but the way you say it.

Absence of Imagery and Reliance on Cliches
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Too much fiction is flat because it lacks vibrant images. Cliches
are similes and metaphors that have been so overworked they cease
to mean anything and sound limp and stale, like as cold as ice,
as black as coal. Don't say, "she sighed with relief"; think of
another way someone might show relief. Match your imagery to the
story and character. If your main character is always rushing
about, use imagery relating to speed. Send him to the greyhound
track to act out his scenes or place him by a railway line where
express trains thunder past. If your character is depressed then
send her into tunnels, underpasses, cellars and basements.
Reinforce the prevailing mood, but avoid the obvious. Don't draw
the reader's attention to what you're doing. Just do it.

No Sense of Place
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People are not only the result of their genes, but are shaped by
their environment. Show the readers where your characters live
and work. If it's the sprawling suburbs, then show us. What does
a suburban avenue, sound and smell like? How does the light shine
on it? Show us its life -- a man delivering charity bags from
door to door, wheelie bins standing by gates. If someone lives in
a filthy hovel behind the gasworks, let's see, hear and touch it.
Too many writers let their characters float around in a vacuum.
Don't forget to engage all the senses. Most writers describe how
things look, but how does fear taste? How does anger smell? What
does beauty sound like? Be adventurous.

No Shape or Structure
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All fiction, but especially the short story, works best when it
concentrates on one person in one situation that takes place in a
reasonably short space of time. A short story expresses a moment
of change and charts the journey through this change and shows
what happens at the far end. Begin the story as close as possible
to the moment of change. Don't waffle on once the change and its
aftermath has happened. Don't allow yourself to be sidetracked.
Learn how to pace a story, when to give and when to withhold
information, when and how to create tension, speed things up,
slow things down. This is done by carefully choosing words, not
only for the sound they make but the length of syllables etc.
Writing is a craft as much as an art. If a writer needs to
introduce flashback, it should be carefully sign-posted in and
out, to avoid confusion. Shifts in viewpoint should also be
carefully introduced.

Poor Dialogue Skills
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Dialogue in fiction isn't real but it must sound real. Keep it
sharp. Don't allow your characters to make long confessional
speeches or engage in too much cozy chit-chat. Use it to provide
essential information and above all to show character.

Lack of Technical Knowledge
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All writers should learn or brush up their grammar by learning
why things are so. The most common mistakes, such as confusion of
"it's" and "its," "your" and "you're" mark you as a beginner.
Learn the reasons behind the rules and you can't possibly get it
wrong. Only when you know the rules inside out can you be brave
enough to break them. The best way to learn how to do it is to read
as much published fiction as you can. If you read plenty by a
variety of authors you cannot possibly "pick up" their style. It
will, on the contrary, help develop your own.

My Top Tip
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When you think your story is the best you can make it, put it
aside and leave it for as long as possible -- minimum one week.
Then read it out aloud. Your errors will leap up at you like
snarling dogs! Now rewrite it.

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Sally Zigmond has had nonfiction and fiction published in several
magazines, as well as anthologies, and has won several major
short story competitions. She is a joint assistant editor of QWF
magazine, and editor of The Historical Novels Review. She writes
articles and reviews for the Society and also reviews for the
Virginia Woolf Society. Zigmond is a member of The Society of
Authors, and lives in North Yorkshire, England.

Copyright 2002 Sally Zigmond

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A Brief Introduction to Narrative Nonfiction
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The "Standard" Book Contract
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Spirit-Led Writer
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A very nice, growing site on Christian writing and communications;
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Literary Agents: Hard to Find Addresses
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A list of agents that ARE recommended (at least by one author).
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SFF Net People Pages
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Looking for the website of your favorite genre fiction author?
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Science Fiction Romance
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A look at what sci-fi romance is, and a list of related events
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THE WRITING DESK - Guest Column
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                  by Laura Brennan (ScriptWitch[at]worldnet.att.net)

Can I Write a Screenplay of Someone's Book?
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Q: Can I write a screenplay of a book written by someone else?
What rights, if any, do I need to get?  I've seen lots of movie
adaptations written by people who weren't the book's author.

A: The short answer is, you need to control the rights to
anything you're trying to sell.  If it's an adaptation, that
means you need to control the rights to the source material.

If the book is in public domain (which usually means that the
writer died more than 75 years ago), no one owns it, and you can
freely adapt anything you'd like. If the book is more recent than
that, you need to get permission to write the screenplay.

That's called an "option" -- you pay the writer a certain
amount of money in exchange for the right to adapt their story,
for a certain amount of time.  For instance, you might pay them
$1000 for the right to write and market a screenplay of their book
over the next three years.  Both you, as the screenwriter, and the
author would be paid by the production company who, in turn,
options the project from you. An option is always a written
agreement, and one you're going to want a lawyer to help you with;
you don't want any dispute over who controls the rights when a
production deal is in the works.

If, in our example, you don't sell the project within 3 years,
the screen rights revert back to the author, you're out $1000,
and the author can option the screenplay rights to someone else
-- meaning "your" script can't be legally sold.

The likelihood of your actually getting an option depends on how
popular the book is and how well you can convince the author that
you're the one to translate their vision to the be screen and get
it sold.  Most options are for only $1 (these are usually
referred to as "free options," although I think technically $1
has to change hands).  If you know the author, or if the book
came out years and years ago and has been all but forgotten, or
is out of print -- those all mean the author might be more likely
to take a flyer with you, even if you don't have any produced
credits.

Now, if you're just looking to write the script as an exercise --
if, for instance, this would be your first script -- go for it.
Just realize you won't be able to market or sell it without
optioning the rights.

Finally, you mentioned you see a lot of movies where the script
has been written by someone other than the book's author -- in
most of those cases, the producers optioned the script, then
hired a writer whose work they admired to write the adaptation.

Good luck and happy writing!

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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."  Laura Brennan will be offering a
screenwriting Q&A column bimonthly on Writing-World.com,
beginning in June; if you have screenwriting questions, send them
to ScriptWitch[at]worldnet.att.net

Copyright (c) 2002 by Laura Brennan

If you have a question for "The Writing Desk," please e-mail it
to Moira Allen

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APRIL COLUMNS:

Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Handling a Story Collection; Submitting Children's Picture Books
and Illustrations
     http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/cat15.html

Imagination's Edge, by Paula Fleming
Finessing the Infodump: How to make sure "worldbuilding"
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Self-Publishing Success, by Brian Jud
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NEW ARTICLES:

Launching a Translation Career, by Maya Mirsky
     http://www.writing-world.com/international/mirsky.html

Make Your Picture Book Sparkle! by Peggy Tibbetts
     http://www.writing-world.com/children/sparkle.html

Throw Obstacles at Your Characters, by Laura Backes
     http://www.writing-world.com/children/obstacles.html

LINKS:

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new links from past issues of Writing World have been added. We
now have nearly 700 links in 29 categories.  Check it out at
     http://www.writing-world.com/links/index.html

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	MARKET ROUNDUP
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Leaps of Faith
Karina and Rob Fabian, Editors
Email: francisisidore[at]hrtide.com
URL: http://home.earthlink.net/~mklively/fiepress/index.html

A Christian Science-Fiction Anthology to be published by
FrancisIsidore Electronic Press, early 2003.

How will the Christian/Catholic faith grow as science opens new
horizons in time, space and technology? What does the future hold
for Christianity, the Church, and her faithful? FrancisIsidore
Electronic Press, publisher of Christian cross-genre books in
electronic format, seeks to ponder these questions with an
upcoming anthology of science fiction stories.  Deadline for all
submissions is June 30, 2002. Final selections will be made in
September, 2002 with a targeted publication date in January,
2003. Please visit the website for detailed submission
guidelines.

Ideal submissions will highlight a coexistence of science and the
Christian faith (any denomination), with any conflicts resolved
in a manner that leaves both realms intact. Science should not
negate the need for religion, nor should it be the root of all
evil, and vice versa. Stories may examine the technicalities of
religious practice (e.g. broadcasting religious services to Alpha
Centauri, or holding Mass in zero gravity); how technology may
affect doctrine (Do clones need baptism? Can they be saved?) or
how religion may temper scientific research. Whatever the plot,
science and/or technology should play an integral role.

Stories may be set in any time, though an ideal story set in the
near-future should contain plausible principles. Likewise, be
sure use of religion is doctrinally correct or changes are
explained (e.g. hypothesizing that the Catholic Church may allow
a priest to marry if it's the only way he would be allowed on a
colony ship, etc.)

Submissions must be the original work of the author; authors may
submit more than one story for consideration.

LENGTH: 3000 to 10,000 words
PAYMENT: Royalties
DEADLINE:  June 30, 2002
RIGHTS: Author retains rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: By e-mail with attachments

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Awe-Struck E-Books, Inc.
Kathryn Struk, Editor
E-mail: kathryn[at]awestruckebooks.net
URL: http://www.awe-struck.net

Awe-Struck is presently calling for full-length Regencies,
English historical romances not of the Regency period (can be
earlier or later), and for Western Historical romances. Around
May 15 we'll open to other genres: SF, paranormal romance,
vampire romance, romantic suspense, mainstream, Ennoble Line
Fiction (central character has a disability) and contemporary
romances. The teen fiction submissions and inspirational romance
submissions will open around June 15. We are hoping to select
manuscripts for publication as ebooks and possible print  books
for early 2004. We may have an opening or two in 2003, but
there's no guarantee on that. Submissions need to be in Word only
(97/98 preferred). I like 3 chapters and a synopsis. Please,
authors, label the submission, query letter, and synopsis with
your email address in case they get separated in my electronic
files. Also make sure the work is edited and proofread. We are a
legitimate publisher. We don't take all manuscripts--in fact,
when we are open we take about ten percent of all submissions. So
blow us away with your style, originality, and fine writing!

LENGTH: No word limit
PAYMENT: 40% commission, paid quarterly
RIGHTS: Electronic rights
SUBMISSIONS: Email queries only

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Lee & Low Books
Louise May, Executive Editor
95 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Email: lmay[at]leeandlow.com
GL: http://www.leeandlow.com/editorial/wguidenonfic.html

Award-winning publisher of multicultural literature for children
has an interest in high-quality multicultural nonfiction picture
book projects. The topic or content of the story should feature
children/people of color, have a distinct voice or new approach,
and have trade as well as institutional appeal. New topics and
unique treatments of popular topics for ages 2-5 and 6-10 are of
interest. Books will be fully illustrated with photographs or
illustrations, but the author need not provide photos or
illustrations. Manuscripts should be no more than 3000 words and
should be for individual titles or for a stand-alone first title
in a possible series. Sports, adventure, science, social science,
biography, and history are all of interest. Send submissions by
mail to: "Submissions Editor." Mark the envelope: "Attn:
Nonfiction Submission."

LENGTH:  No more than 3000 words
PAYMENT: Pays royalties and advances.
RIGHTS: Exclusive rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only with SASE, no email or queries please;
submit entire manuscript

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This section lists contests open to all writers and that charge
no entry fees (unless otherwise noted). For dozens of additional
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               Inscriptions April Fool Contest

DEADLINE: April 22, 2002
GENRE: Humor
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH:  Less than 1,000 words

THEME: Write a story about a particularly humorous incident
you've encountered in your life -- play the fool (or resident
jester) as you regale us with witty rhetoric that guarantees
you'll leave our contest judges guffawing, smirking or busting a
gut over your wonderfully wacky tale. Tickle our funny bone the
most and you may be the winner!

PRIZES: Grand Prize -- $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com or
cash equivalent) and publication in Inscriptions.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Paste each entry directly into the body of an
e-mail with the subject heading "Inscriptions April Fool
Contest." At the end of your e-mail, include your real name, pen
name (if applicable), mailing address and e-mail address. Enter
as often as you like.

URL: http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com/AprilFool.html
EMAIL: Contest[at]inscriptionsmagazine.com

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	The Second Annual "Tales of Gloomveil" Contest

DEADLINE: April 30, 2002
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO: 18 and older
LENGTH: 300 to 1500 words

THEME: Write a winning journal entry penned by a known Gloomveil
character. We're looking for journal entries by the people of
Gloomveil about the places, people, creatures, and situations of
Gloomveil. Established characters should be used as the
fictitious author. Established characters are those mentioned in
the People section of the site as well as known members of
factions in the world, such as Rust Dragon's warband or the
Peacekeepers. In order to maximize your chances of winning, you
may want to familiarize yourself with the Library of Lore as well
as the in-character postings of the Discussion Area. We're
looking for tales that are truly inspired by the mysterious realm
of Gloomveil. Tales that focus on other gaming worlds, locations,
or ideas will rank far lower than those that are directly based
on the world of Gloomveil.

PRIZES: 1st Place - $225.00; 2nd Place - $100.00; 3rd Place -
$50.00; 1st Runner Up - $25.00; 2nd Runner Up -$15.00; 3rd Runner
Up - $10.00

ELECTRONIC ENTRY:  Send RTF, Word, or plain text documents with
the subject heading "Gloomveil Contest 2002" to:
submissions[at]gloomveil.com

URL: http://www.gloomveil.com/contests
E-MAIL: submissions[at]gloomveil.com

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    Hyperion Books New Voices, New Worlds First Novel Award

DEADLINE: April 30, 2002
GENRE: Children's Fiction
OPEN TO: 18 and older, unpublished writers
LENGTH: No shorter than 100 typewritten pages and no longer
than 240 typewritten pages

THEME: The award will be given annually to the winner(s) of a
competition for a work of contemporary or historical fiction set
in the United States that reflects the diverse ethnic and
cultural heritage of our country.

PRIZES: Book contract with an advance against royalties of $7,500
and a $1,500 cash prize

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Send manuscripts to: New Voices, New Worlds First
Novel Award, PO Box 6000, Manhasset, NY 11030-6000.
URL: http://disney.go.com/disneybooks/hyperionbooks/rules.html

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	         Modern Rhymes for Modern Times

DEADLINE: April 30, 2002
GENRE: Poetry in nursery rhyme, no free verse
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: no longer than 16 lines

THEME: Rhymes should be reminiscent of a nursery rhyme, and
should have a relevance to modern life. Please do not send us
general style poetry. Many of the nursery rhymes that we have
known since childhood came as a result of comment on aspects of
current life, be it social or political, and here's a chance to
try your skill at writing a simple rhyme that relates to life in
our current times. It may be humorous, bringing in to play irony,
satire, or even a hint of slapstick. It may be deadly serious. It
may be black and sombre - the scope for topics is endless.

PRIZES: $300 (Aust) for the best rhyme, with six $50 runner-up
prizes

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Submit your rhymes by e-mail to:
submissions[at]writersnewsletter.com.  Please make sure you state
clearly which competition you are entering. Also be sure to
include your postal address. Please send your entry as text in
the body of an email. Because of virus problems we will not open
attachments.

ADDRESS: Modern Rhymes, Arrow Publishing, PO Box 120,
Lowood, Qld, 4311, Australia
http://www.writersnewsletter.com/Australia/Modern_Rhymes/modern_rhymes.html
E-MAIL: submissions[at]writersnewsletter.com

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