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Issue 2:11           9450 subscribers                May 30, 2002
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         CLASSES! CLASSES! CLASSES!
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: In Search of the Perfect Clip, by Isabel Viana
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How to Develop a Topic into an Article,
	          by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Publishing Paranoia, by Felice Prager
         From the Managing Editor's Mind
         What's New at Writing World
         NEW SECTION!  Writing Events
         Market Roundup/Writing Contests

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                      FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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A Moving Experience...
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Your intrepid editor is "on the move again," relocating from
Chesapeake to Chantilly (VA).  Since I've been a bit preoccupied
with packing, I haven't finished collating the survey results yet
-- and probably won't have them in the next issue either (since
I'll be preoccupied with UNpacking).  I should only be offline
for a brief period, but don't be surprised if e-mails aren't
answered quite as promptly as usual.  Now, time to tackle packing
those 40 boxes of books, not to mention files... Whatever
happened to the "paperless office"?

New Column
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I'm delighted to introduce another new column this month:  Laura
Brennan's "The Screening Room," which will cover screenwriting
for movies and television.  This is a Q&A column, so if you have
screenwriting questions, send them to Laura at
ScriptWitch[at]worldnet.att.net. You'll find the column at
http://www.writing-world.com/screen/current.html

Now You Can Search Writing-World.com!
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It's now possible to search Writing-World.com, through "Pico
Search."  You'll find a search box on the main index page
(http://www.writing-world.com).  I've tested it and it seems
to work pretty well.  Thanks to Debbie Ridpath Ohi for
letting me know about this one!

New Prize Drawings
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Win one of three copies of Karen Ann Moore's "You Can Write
Greeting Cards" - http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/drawing.html

Win one of two copies of Kimberly Ripley's "Freelancing Later in
Life" - http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/drawing2.html

Viruses and Virus Hoaxes
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Every time I mail out the newsletter, I brace myself for the
flood of virus attachments that hits my inbox.  These are the
viruses that are lurking in subscribers' mail programs,
responding with their nasty little packet to every incoming
message.  Thankfully, I have a Mac, so generally all I need to do
is clean out my attachment folder of all the .pifs and .bats and
such that come my way.  However, some of your other friends and
correspondents probably aren't so lucky.  If you haven't run a
virus check on your system lately (or updated your virus
protection software), I urge you to do so.

And speaking of viruses, in the last two weeks I got several
messages from folks earnestly instructing me to delete a
particular "virus" file from my system -- followed, generally, by
apologetic and embarrassed messages from those same folks who
realized that this was a hoax.  Folks, if someone sends you an
e-mail telling you to delete a file from your system, DON'T DO
IT.  You can check out virus hoaxes at http://www.vmyths.com -
and it's always a good idea to check ANY warning before passing
it on.  A good way to tell that something is a hoax is when it
has about six miles of forwarded addresses at the top of the
e-mail; the other sure indicator is the phrase, "please send this
to everyone on your address list."

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

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                   CLASSES!  CLASSES!  CLASSES!
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NEW CLASS:

INTRODUCTION TO SPECULATIVE FICTION
Instructor: Bruce Boston
Starts: July 8

Bruce Boston, author of 30 books and chapbooks and hundreds of
short stories and poems (which have appeared in Asimov's SF
Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, Amazing Stories, Science Fiction
Age, and other publications), offers individual attention to your
writing in this 8-week course.  This class has an "inclusive"
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work of writers such as Italo Calvino and Donald Barthelme to the
science fiction and fantasy of writers such as Alfred Bester,
Angela Carter, and Kim Stanley Robinson. The workshop will cover
world-building, developing characters, choosing POV, avoiding
anachronisms, developing ideas and themes, and choosing form and
structure.  It will look at both the novel and the short story.
Students will have the choice of assignments or of having their
own writing critiqued. Possible markets for student work will be
suggested on an individual basis.

$100 - 8 weeks - maximum enrollment is 12 students

To enroll, visit http://www.writing-world.com/classes/boston.html

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STILL OPEN - ONLY FOUR DAYS LEFT TO ENROLL!

FUNDAMENTALS OF FICTION
Instructor: Marg Gilks
Starts June 3

Fiction editors reject more than 90% of the stories they receive
- but you can beat those odds by learning the tricks of the trade
from an experienced fiction editor.  Marg Gilks will walk you
through the steps involved in crafting a memorable, marketable
story -- including tips on developing plot, understanding POV,
creating believable characters, handling dialogue, building
conflict, and more.  Learn how to hook the reader with your
opening (which, editors say, can be the most important part of
your story), and bring your tale to a satisfying conclusion.
Hands-on exercises help you learn the craft.

$125 - 8 weeks - no maximum enrollment

To enroll, visit http://www.writing-world.com/classes/fiction.html

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STILL OPEN:

WRITING (AND SELLING!) GENRE POETRY
Instructor: Stephen D. Rogers
Starts June 12

Would you like to earn more than recognition for your poetry?
Then try your hand at writing for the genre magazines -- mystery,
horror, science fiction and fantasy.  Publications such as
Asimov's, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ellery Queen pay good money for
genre poetry, and dozens of smaller publications are eager for
contributions from new writers.  Find out how to break in,
structure a poem, and deal with editors.  Stephen Rogers has
written genre poetry for more than a dozen print and electronic
publications.

$75 - 6 weeks

To enroll, visit http://www.writing-world.com/classes/rogers.html

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STILL OPEN:

WRITING THE HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Instructor: Linda Shertzer
Starts June 17

There's more to writing a popular historical romance than just
heroines in long skirts, heroes on horseback, and fiery embraces.
This course will show you how to give your plot, characters,
dialogue, and narration the special touches that put the
historical romance in its own, significant genre.  Each lesson
helps you to discover your own writing strengths, and how to
overcome any weaknesses to improve your writing, and your
manuscript.  Shertzer will also review up to 50 pages of your
work-in-progress.

$125 - 8 weeks - maximum enrollment is 25 students

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Congress addresses anti-trust issues for freelance writers
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Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-Michigan) and Rep. Chris Cannon
(R-Utah) have co-sponsored a bill, "Freelance Writers and Artists
Protection Act of 2002," to grant freelance authors an exemption
from anti-trust law, which means they could continue to negotiate
fees and contract stipulations from publishers on their own or
collectively bargain if they so desired. In a press release, Rep.
Conyers stated, "This bill addresses the problem of the theft of
creative works that have not been released. The criminal
copyright law penalizes those who infringe works having a retail
value of $1,000 or more, but works that have not been released
are not protected because they have no retail value. They are,
however, valuable to their creators, and we need to close the
loophole in the law that allows the theft of these unreleased or
unpublished works. For that reason, the bill amends the law to
say that the theft of unpublished works also can be a criminal
offense." The bill's text and Rep. Conyers' statement are
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http://www.nwu.org

CTEA is a Mickey Mouse law
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Less than five years ago, Disney's copyright on Mickey Mouse was
set to expire. Rather than let Mickey go free and enter the public
domain, Disney campaigned with other Hollywood studios and major
record labels to press Congress to pass the 1998 Sonny Bono
Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA), which extended copyright
protection another 20 years. Critics say such laws are too
restrictive, leaving fewer creative works in the public domain.
Legal scholars and web publishers are launching a non-profit
intellectual property conservancy to help artists, writers,
musicians, and scientists share their intellectual works on
generous terms. Instead of contacting individual authors to ask
for permission, users who want to copy or reuse a copyright
holder's work can go to the Creative Commons web site to search for
the terms under which they can use both digital and physical
materials. For more information: http://www.creativecommons.org

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IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT CLIP
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                                by Isabel Viana (iviana[at]sisna.com)

When I started writing professionally, I didn't have a clip
dilemma. With only one published article, I didn't have to decide
which clip to send with my query letters. But soon I had an array
of clips, from 450-word fillers to 1,500-word features on topics
ranging from home building to assistance dogs for the disabled.
It took me twice as long to get a query out as I agonized over
which clips to send. Everywhere I turned I got the obvious, but
unsatisfactory suggestion to send in my best. But how did editors
look at word count, style, and content of clips? How did veteran
writers select their clips? I decided to ask.

Does Topic Matter?
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My preference has always been to submit clips that match the
content of the new article I'm asking to write. Topic isn't the
only way to "match" a publication's content, however. Freelancer
Terra Hangen says, "When I don't have a clip on a similar
subject, I select one from a magazine that may have an audience
similar to the magazine I am querying."

Most editors seem open to reviewing clips on any subject as long
as they show competent writing. For instance, when asked whether
he'd prefer to see an unpublished writing sample covering a topic
that matched his publication's editorial content or an unrelated
published article, Ron Kovach, senior editor of The Writer
magazine, answered, "Send along a few samples of what you feel is
your best published material regardless of subject. Go for
quality. Even if the published samples are unrelated to our
magazine's material, we'll still get a general impression of the
person's writing ability." Bev Walton-Porter, editor of
Inscriptions Magazine, agrees. When she studies clips, she says,
"I can get a 'feel' for who they are as a writer -- no matter
what subject matter they've written about!"

This attitude is especially helpful if a writer is trying to
break into a subject new to her writing. When I decided to dive
into new waters, I looked for similarities in areas other than
content between my clips and the articles I pitched. For
instance, if I was proposing a story that would include quotes
from experts, I might include a copy of an article I'd written
for a home publication for which I'd interviewed home inspectors.
Hilda J. Brucker, an Atlanta-based home and garden freelance
writer, also looks for this type of connection. For example, when
a national bridal magazine needed somebody to write a local
buying guide for her area, she explains, "I sent a clip from
Atlanta magazine: a buying guide for outdoor living. In my cover
letter, I pointed out that I was great at the kind of
consumer-oriented research/reviewing that goes into buying guides
in general."

Freelance writer and instructor Carol Celeste's approach is to
include "clips that match the style and format rather than the
content." When Celeste applied for a job writing encyclopedic
entries, she used "clips that condense a lot of information into
few words; biographies for a book that range from 75 to 250
words, travel content that condenses the history of nations into
500 words, business communications topics for university classes,
including assignment suggestions, in under 400 words."

I noticed that after one of my articles appeared in a national
magazine, I started getting more attention from editors. To me
this indicates that where a story appears carries some weight.
Arline Zatz, a writer and photographer who primarily writes
travel pieces, used the following strategy to get assignments on
new topics: "I sent the travel articles that appeared in the most
prestigious magazines/newspapers and wrote a short note stating
that I was a professional writer with excellent research
abilities, and therefore could tackle this new subject matter."

Grammar and Style
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Durango Magazine Editor Julie Schultz says, "When I get a clip, I
am looking to see if the person can write." So, if it isn't well
written, keep it off the editor's desk! Unfortunately, sometimes
even the big glossies misspell or leave a word out of published
articles. If that happens, it may be better not to use that
article as a clip.

Emily K. Bivens, editor-in chief-for The Toy Box, a parenting
e-zine (also in print), says that "If someone sends me a query
letter and/or clips with typos, lower case letters, or just a
general 'hey I have this idea, are you interested?' it really
sets the tone for that writer. In my opinion if a writer can't
take the time to present him/herself in a social yet businesslike
manner, it's not worth my time." In addition, how a writer
presents information catches an editor's attention.
Walton-Porter, for example, uses clips to tell "how well the
writer's style comes through and how thorough they have been in
delivering the information/content of the article in a concise,
understandable way."

Published Articles vs. Unpublished Samples
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I submitted the first article I ever sold as a complete
manuscript. At that time, I was only targeting markets that
accepted complete works and didn't require query letters. But
this kind of speculative writing isn't for everyone. Fortunately
some editors are open to reviewing unpublished writing samples
that accompany query letters. Bivens is one of them, saying, "It's
a representation of the person's style, whether it's been
published or not."

Tina L. Miller, editor-in-chief of Obadiah Magazine, a Christian
quarterly, even prefers an unpublished sample since "We can judge
for ourselves what we like and don't rely on prior publication as
proof that a writer's work is worthy of our review and
consideration." A writing sample may also be the way to go for
someone trying to break into a new field. Schultz would rather
receive a writing sample similar to her magazine's editorial
content than an unrelated clip. As she puts it, "I have no
interest in their ability to write about a subject I would never
use."

While this advice doesn't offer a straightforward formula to
match query with clip, it represents what has worked for
successful writers and it also gives an idea of what editors look
for when they review a writer's clip.

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Isabel Viana has sold articles to Writer's Digest, Inklings and
Inkspot among other publications. In addition, she was the winner
of the May 2001 Chronicle essay competition sponsored by Writer's
Digest.

Copyright (c) 2002 by Isabel Viana

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Dave Barry on the International Library of Poetry
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Dave Barry's hilarious column about submitting a poem to
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Calendar Zone
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You should be able to find lots of article or story ideas by
perusing this collection of calendars (geographic, historic,
holidays, cultural, etc.)
       http://www.calendarzone.com

Technical Writing
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An article by Doug Nickerson on techniques of technical writing.
Subtitled "It's not as easy as it looks."
http://www.computerbits.com/archive/2002/0400/technicalwriting.html

CopyLaw.com
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A new e-zine covering a variety of copyright issues.
      http://www.copylaw.com

Web Resources that Help You Identify Scams
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The title says it all!
      http://www.winningwriters.com/scambustingsites.htm

Libel Law in the United States
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THE WRITING DESK
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                          by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Can I Develop a Topic into a Workable Article Idea?
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Q: I am a nonfiction freelance writer and have had several
articles published. My problem is that every now and then I get
stuck with breaking down a topic idea.  I would like to write an
article for an at-home mothers magazine about how to help mothers
boost their self esteem but I am not sure how to break this idea
up into a suitable article topic. Could you give me any
suggestions to help me get started?

A: The problem you describe is far from unusual. It's often much
easier to think of the "big picture" than to figure out how to
focus in on an angle that's appropriate for a specific
publication.

One way to do this is to brainstorm ideas. Take a pad of paper
and jot down every idea that comes to mind when you think of
"self-esteem" and "at-home mothers." What are some of the
possible sources of low self-esteem? What would some of the
symptoms be? For example, an at-home mother might not think she
has low self-esteem, but you might be able to come up with a list
of "symptoms" that this reader would recognize, whereupon you'd
(presumably) present some possible solutions to the problem.

Another part of the approach is to ask yourself how the audience
you're targeting "thinks." Again, an at-home mother probably
isn't going to think of herself as having low self-esteem. An
editor of such a publication is going to regard this type of
lifestyle in a positive, rather than negative, sense. So, what
would your readers want to hear? How could you identify the
problem without making the lifestyle sound negative? What
questions would your readers ask? How can you put a positive spin
("things you can do") to a potentially negative topic?

Where does low self-esteem come from if one is an at-home mother?
Are women who choose to stay at home to raise their children more
likely than any other women to have low self-esteem? If so, why?
Does the lack of self-esteem contribute to the lifestyle choice,
or vice versa? Does it come from external sources -- people who
don't respect such parents' choices, or who think that
"mothering" isn't as important as a career? These questions will
also help you define what your audience will want to hear.

Who can you talk to about the issue? Are you going to interview
mothers, experts, or both? By identifying the types of people
you'd like to quote in your article, you may also be able to help
identify the types of topics you'd want to cover.

Try "clustering" -- by grouping ideas on a piece of paper
according to how they relate to one another. You can start by
putting "mothers" in the center of your paper and then writing
down ideas that come to mind, clustering together those that seem
to relate to one another. Do the same with "self-esteem." See
what patterns emerge. The larger an "idea cluster," the more
likely this is to be a topic that holds some energy for you, or
has enough to write about.

Consider using the "list" approach; for example, "Ten Ways to
Beat the Stay-at-Home Blues." Your list may not be exactly ten,
but by thinking in this "framework," it can help you focus on
finding information that fits your article focus.

Picking an "angle" is an important part of focusing your article.
Be sure that your angle matches the "attitude" of your target
audience.

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Moira Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years,
and 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 (Allworth
Press, 1999).  For more information, visit
http://www.writing-world.com/moira/index.shtml
Send questions for "The Writing Desk" to Moira Allen

Copyright (c) 2002 by Moira Allen

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JUST FOR FUN:  Publishing Paranoia
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                       by Felice Prager (webmaster[at]writefunny.com)

If you send your manuscript to an editor, it'll be opened by the
janitor, who'll take it home to read and leave it in the
bathroom. When his wife cleans the bathroom, she'll throw it out
because she'll think her husband is reading porn again.

If you get an agent, she'll decide to leave the publishing
business and become a folk singer. When your agent-turned-folk
singer gets her big break and becomes successful, she'll publish
a book about why she left publishing and use an excerpt from your
novel as an example of the second rate authors she was forced to
represent. Then she'll talk about you on Leno and Letterman.

If you print a final copy of your manuscript, you'll make a
mistake in your header and have to reprint the whole thing. Your
printer will run out of ink midway, but continue to print
unreadable copy, forcing you to print again. Then a power surge
will cause printer failure.

If you use an Arial font, the agent reading your manuscript will
prefer Times New Roman. If you use Times New Roman, she'll prefer
Arial. If you use a 10-point font, she'll want a 12-point font,
and if you use 12-point, she'll prefer 10-point.

If you include a SASE, you'll think you forgot the postage and
ruin the outer envelope as you open it. When you get the whole
package together again, you'll seal the outer envelope, only to
worry that you didn't address the SASE.

If you're hired as a monthly columnist for an ezine, it'll go out
of business and disappear from the Internet before you're paid
for three published columns.

If you send a humorous manuscript to an agent, you'll get this
reply, "If anyone knows what funny is, I do. Your manuscript
isn't funny."

If you send your manuscript at the agent's request, four months
later, you'll get it back full of coffee stains and lipstick
smudges with a note: "I gave this to my assistant and she sort of
made a mess of the editing notes she took it upon herself to do.
She's been fired, but now we can't read it. Will you send us
another copy?" You notice pages out of order and spelling
corrections made on words spelled correctly.

If you upgrade your computer to a state-of-the-art machine and
transfer all your files, you'll click on your novel's file and
get the following message: "This file is corrupted. Continuing to
work on it will corrupt any other files." You deleted your backup
on the old computer and the floppy disk is missing. You'll call
your mother and she'll say, "Well, it is a silly hobby, this
writing of yours."

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Felice Prager is a freelance writer from Scottsdale, Arizona. Her
writing has appeared in local, national, and international
publications, plus a variety of Simon & Schuster anthologies. Her
web site is Write Funny! at http://www.writefunny.com

Copyright (c) 2002 by Felice Prager

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FROM THE MANAGING EDITOR'S MIND
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On May 17th, Vanessa Leggett received the Washington Independent
Writers President's Award for her stand in support of the First
Amendment. From July 20, 2001 to January 4, 2002, Leggett was
held in a Texas federal detention center, the longest jail term
in US history, for refusing to reveal confidential sources for a
book she's writing. Her ferocious battle is not yet won. Serious
legal issues remain unresolved.

To what extent are journalists entitled to protect confidential
sources in stories related to criminal proceedings? That depends
on what state you're in. The Shield Law protecting journalists
varies among states. Some states, like Texas, don't have Shield
protections. There is no federal Shield protection, and US
Circuit Courts vary in interpretation of protections.

Does the government have the right to define who is and who is
not a journalist? Freelance writer Paul Trummel has been in jail
since February 27, 2002. King County Superior Court Judge James
Doerty says Trummel is not a legitimate investigative reporter
because he edits and publishes his own work, and charged him with
contempt until he takes down a web site where he accuses management
of a HUD-subsidized senior housing project of improprieties.
Recently Massachusetts reporter, Patricia Demarest went to court
after a public access cable company suspended her for airing a
broadcast where she grilled local officials about conflicts of
interest. On March 5th, a federal judge ruled that freelance
journalists have the same rights as those employed by news outlets.

Such court challenges to a free press are unsettling. Journalists
are forced to make incredible sacrifices too frequently these days.
For more information: http://www.freeexpression.org

                         -- Peggy Tibbetts (peggyt[at]siltnet.net)

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Imagination's Edge, by Paula Fleming
"Mixing Science and Magic: A Recipe for Disaster?"
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Press Kit, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
"Author Web Sites"
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The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
"How Can I Sell a Script to a Show I Love?"
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Self-Publishing Success, by Brian Jud
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MARKET ROUNDUP
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WOMEN'S FICTION DEVOTIONAL BIBLE
Stephanie Perry Moore, Editor
EMAIL: dsssmoore[at]aol.com
URL: http://heart2heartstories.com

World Bible Publishers is interested in publishing a Women's Fiction
Devotional Bible, featuring stories that teach God's Word. This
book will include 52 short stories, each accompanied by a
devotional, written by Christian fiction authors. Each
contributor will submit one story written in third person,
related to one of the topic suggestions listed in the submission
guidelines. The accompanying devotional should also be on a
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LENGTH: Story: 1500-2000 words; Devotional: 500-1000 words
PAYMENT: Contributing authors will receive an honorarium between
$100 and $300, plus two copies.
DEADLINE: August 20, 2002
RIGHTS: Non-exclusive print rights for all versions, translations,
ancillary materials (such as study guides).
REPRINTS: No
GUIDELINES: Do not send submissions. Request a list of topic
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Stephanie Perry Moore, Editor: dsssmoore[at]aol.com
or Kathy Ide, Editorial Director: kayide[at]pacbell.net
"Fiction Bible" in the subject line.

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CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE ATHLETE'S SOUL
James Malinchak, Editor
PO Box 530061, Henderson, NV 89012; fax (702) 568-9412
EMAIL: JamesMal[at]aol.com

We're looking for inspirational stories about athletes. Our goal
is to empower athletes of all ages to overcome challenges and
pursue their dreams. Some of the chapters include: Overcoming
Obstacles, Going for Dreams, Special Moments, Athletes Wisdom,
Sportmanship, Family & Friends, and Relationships Developed
through Athletics. Submit as many stories as you like. Stories
written by someone else are also welcome. If pre-published,
include the source, authors name, date of publication, and the
page numbers on which it appears.

LENGTH: 300 - 1200 words
PAYMENT: $300
DEADLINE: August 1, 2002
RIGHTS: Author retains rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: By e-mail, fax or surface mail

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HOPE: TRUE STORIES OF ANSWERED PRAYERS
Ilene Barth, Creative Director
Suite 114, 459 Columbus Avenue, NY NY 10024
EMAIL: RedRockPrs[at]aol.com
URL: http://www.VirtueVictorious.com

We seek vivid, original essays for upcoming book, "Hope: True
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finding a real home, holiday (Easter, Thanksgiving, etc.) hopes.

LENGTH: 1000 - 1800 words
PAYMENT: $20 plus free copy of book
DEADLINE: July 1, 2002
RIGHTS: All rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By email to: RedRockPrs[at]aol.com
"Attn: Sophie" in the subject line. Include postal and email
addressess, plus telephone number. No attachments, submission must
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                    Toward the Livable City

DEADLINE: June 15, 2002
GENRE: Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 1,400 - 7,000 words

THEME: Where and how do urban habitats intersect with and shape
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PRIZES: $50 for web site publication; $500 for print publication

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes. "Toward the Livable City" in subject line.
EMAIL: editor[at]milkweed.org

ADDRESS: Include SASE. Send to: Editor, Milkweed Editions,
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URL: http://www.worldashome.org

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               Deathlings.com Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: June 15, 2002
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: Up to 4,000 words

THEME: The 70's were hell and we didn't even know it. Your story
should contain at least a few references to those distinctly 70's
phenomena like consciousness-raising groups, drugs-sex-and-rock-
and-roll, bell bottoms, parents divorcing, etc. We want stories
drenched in atmosphere where the setting plays an integral role.
Stories that are character, not plot-driven. No present tense.
Avoid stream-of-consciousness, and whole pages without dialogue.
No fantasy. Dark fiction encompasses everything from scare-the-
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in women's magazines.

PRIZES: 3 cents/word and web site publication

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes. Send attachment in RTF only.
EMAIL: editor[at]deathlings.com

ADDRESS: Include SASE. Send to: Deathlings.com,
c/o 130 E. Willamette Ave., Colorado Springs, CO. 80903-1112

URL: http://www.deathlings.com

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          1st Annual "Brains on Parade" Essay Contest

DEADLINE: June 20, 2002
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 500 words

THEME: The subject is "Compare/Contrast: Your life, my life."
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PRIZES: 1st place: $50 in cash; two 2nd place prizes: $10 each

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes. Must include title, author's name, address,
and email. Send as attachment: plain text, Word document, HTML
file, or Adobe PDF
E-MAIL: essay_contest[at]dementropy.com

ADDRESS: Dementropy Essay Contest, PO Box 390, Ghent, NY 12075

URL: http://www.dementropy.com/essay_contest.html

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May 30 - June 1 - San Juan Writing Workshops:
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