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Issue 2:18           10,700 subscribers         September 5, 2002

         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: 25 Unique Places to Find Story Ideas
            by Michelle Giles
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do I prepare for a talk?
            by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Editor Artemus and His Collection
            by Stephanie Scarborough
         From the Managing Editor's Mind
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World/Prize Drawings
         Writing Events
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Procrastination and the Writer
Psychologists tell us that if we want something badly enough,
we'll do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.  If we want it,
we'll do it.  Conversely, if we're not doing it, by the same
logic, that means we must not want it badly enough.

As a writer, I believe that's a bit oversimplified.  If it were
true, then it would imply that far too many of us don't REALLY
want to be writers -- at least, not that badly.  Not when many of
us would rather do almost anything than face that keyboard!

Granted, there are plenty of would-be writers who will never
progress beyond "would be."  You know them.  They'll talk about
writing, and the great book that they're going to produce.
They'll ask everyone they know (and, thanks to the Internet,
quite a few people they don't know) about what they need to do to
"become" a writer.  But they won't actually do it.  Perhaps it is
because the dream always burns brighter than the not-so-glowing
reality of what it takes to actually BE a writer.

But what about the rest of us?  The ones who know that the only
way to write is to actually apply the butt to the chair and the
fingers to the keyboard?  Why is it that, when we face that
keyboard, we'd often rather do just about anything else -- vacuum
the floors, do the laundry, hey, maybe do the laundry the
old-fashioned way by hauling it to a river 30 miles away and
pounding it with rocks...  For example, I postponed setting up my
"fiction" computer for two weeks on the excuse that the room
needed painting and this would be easier if the computer weren't
set up.  (Fortunately, the urge to write finally overcame the
urge to paint.)

I found a great deal of comfort in an article in The New York
Times by Ann Patchett, winner of the 30,000 Orange Prize for her
fourth novel, Bel Canto.  Surely an award-winning novelist
needn't dread the keyboard like the rest of us, right?  Wrong!

"The thing I really don't want to do is start my fifth novel, and
the rest of my life is little more than a series of stalling
techniques to help me achieve my goal," writes Patchett.  She
admits having restored her oven to "showroom cleanliness," having
cleaned her sister's and her mother's closets, and having walked
the dog "to the point of the dog's collapse."

It would enough be to know that even writers who have won critical
acclaim and rather large awards are not immune to the bedevilment
of procrastination.  But, happily, Patchett tells us one thing
more -- WHY.  "In these early pre-text days my story has more
promise, more beauty, than I have ever seen in any novel ever
written, because, sadly, this novel is not written.  Then the
time comes when I have to begin to translate ideas into words....
 It is there that the lovely thing in my head dies."

And there, I believe, lies the root of our demon.  It isn't
because we don't WANT to write.  It is because none of us, not
even those who HAVE won fame and fortune, have ever found a way
to fully capture the words that sing in our mind.  We dread the
gap that lies between dream and reality -- and the effort that we
must expend to bridge even a part of that gap.

The reason writers have the cleanest ovens and shiniest floors in
town is not because we don't WANT to write.  It's because we've
learned that no matter how many years we practice, writing never
gets any easier.  Fortunately, it does get BETTER.

Psychologists will understand when they start their own books!

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

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                  CLASSES!  CLASSES!  CLASSES!

Instructor: Natalie Collins
Starts: September 9 (6 weeks, $100)

Tired of floundering hopelessly in the quest for the perfect
agent, only to be struck down time and time again? While there is
no surefire way to impress an agent, there are things you can do
that will stack the deck in your favor. This workshop will
include the three basic ingredients to selling your work to an
agent: 1. Killer Query, 2. Superb Synopsis, and 3. Meticulous
Manuscript. Workshop participants will receive a critique of
their query and synopsis, plus a listing of legitimate literary
agents with good reputations and a track record of sales.


Instructor: Karen Moore
Starts: September 23 (6 weeks, $120)

Learn the basics of greeting card writing that will give you the
professional edge in this highly competitive field. Moore will
you insider tips and help you craft your writing style into
saleable greeting cards. With the help of her book, You Can Write
Greeting Cards (required text), students will be ready to meet
the publishers face to face. Karen has designed the final lesson
so that each student can personally polish pieces to be submitted
to publishing houses.


Instructor: Mary Emma Allen
STARTS: September 23 (4 weeks, $75)

Have you thought you'd like to write a column but haven't know
where to start? Writing columns for newspapers, magazines, and
online publications can be some of the most rewarding work of
your writing career. Learn from a writer with more than 30 years
of experience in this field. She'll get you ready to query
editors and use column writing as a springboard for other writing


Instructor: Peggy Tibbetts
Starts: September 24 (8 weeks, $105)

Understanding the picture book market; creating a dummy;
developing characters; defining "sparkle"; building story, plot
and conflict; including humor, imagination and wordplay;
going over your story line-by-line to make it sparkle; submitting
your manuscript. "Peggy Tibbetts' workshop gives worlds of good
solid advice and individual guidance at the critical stages of
picture book writing -- the beginning, middle, and end. I know my
work is much stronger because of her assistance." -- Katharine
Boling, author of A New Year Be Coming: A Gullah Year 2002


Instructor: Pamelyn Casto
Starts: October 1 (4 weeks, $75; maximum 15 students)

In this hard-hitting, fast-paced course, Pam Casto will introduce
you to the history of flash fiction, acquaint you with some of
the best writers in the genre, and give you an overview of the
variety of forms of flash fiction.  You'll receive weekly
lessons, reading assignments, and writing exercises. You'll also
work on story analysis and critiquing. You'll receive several
markets for flash fiction along with a workable marketing
strategy.  You'll also learn about other possibilities for your
flash fiction work.


Instructor: Sue Fagalde Lick
Starts: October 7 (8 Weeks, $120; maximum 20 students)

Participants 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.

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The Book Sage will edit your novel, short story, article or
poetry. We specialize in science fiction, fantasy, romance and
cross-genre. Check us out at http://www.thebooksage.com.


PW expands number of reviews
Publishers Weekly, the premier pre-publication reviewer, will
increase its review coverage of adult nonfiction books. Areas to
be expanded include illustrated books,self-help and reference.
The additional reviews will be posted at PublishersWeekly.com in
a new section titled The Review Annex. Reviews will also appear
at Amazon.com and B&N.com. For more information on reviews:

Copyright Office updates mail delivery disruption
US Postal Service mail delivery to the Copyright Office was
suspended between October 17, 2001, and March 4, 2002, due to
concerns about anthrax. In April they started receiving held
mail, delivered in no particular order. Private carrier express
shipments generally arrive without delay. A list of recommended
carriers is available at the web site. They also provide a table
for determining the effective date of registration for packages
mailed. For more information: http://www.copyright.gov/mail.html

Stamps honor women in journalism
On September 14, during the national convention of the Society of
Professional Journalists, the US Postal Service will issue a set
of four 37-cent postage stamps honoring female journalists. The
pane of 20 stamps pays tribute to four accomplished women: Nellie
Bly, Ida M. Tarbell, Marguerite Higgins and Ethel L. Payne. For
each stamp, artist Fred Otnes created a collage featuring a
black-and-white photograph combined with memorabilia such as
publication nameplates and story headlines. Photos of the stamp
can be viewed at the Postal Service web site:

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                            by Michelle Giles (mg12[at]gateway.net)

Writers always say they get their ideas from "everywhere." You
may ask, what exactly is everywhere?

Stories can be created from a simple thought, a word, a headline;
even a line from a song can inspire your creativity and motivate
you to write. The little things from life's daily events can also
provide dozens of ideas. Anything you do or anywhere you go
could supply fodder for your next story. You simply need to keep
your mind open.

If you're having trouble coming up with that perfect story idea,
here's a list of 25 unusual places that can spark your

Market research
Read through market listings and guidelines, even in areas you
don't normally write. Make note of what the editors are looking
for. Many times an editor's request will set off a new idea for a
story or article. Even if an editor is looking for a nonfiction
article about cloning, that may spark an idea for a science
fiction story.

The TV Guide Channel
Everyone watches TV. Check out the channel that lists TV and
cable movies along with a one-sentence summary. Use it as a
study of what's been done, and what's been successful. Then
create a new plot with a unique twist. Your story could be the
next Movie-of-the-Week.

Greeting cards
People buy greeting cards as a way of expressing their feelings.
Browse through your local card store and seek out the section
that best matches your writing. For example, if you're blocked on
a romance idea, read through the relationship section. If you
need some humor to get you going, check out the funny cards. Then
use a card's theme as your starting point.

Yellow pages
Believe it or not, the telephone book is full of creativity. Often,
a catchy name for a company or service can stimulate ideas for a
title or story. The telephone book is also a great resource for
character names.

Newspaper articles
Read through your local weekly papers, as well as the freebies,
and think of ways to develop the news into your writing. Real
life stories are also good starting points for fiction. They show
the drama, motivation and feelings of the characters of life. Court
trials also offer details on characterization. In addition,
headlines, especially those of the tabloids, make great titles.

Listen to the radio for inspiration. A line from a song or poem
can provide the germ of a story. Relaxing to music also allows
you to release your worries and helps to open up your creative

Other people
Non-writers are especially good for playing "what if?" Try
probing your family and friends for plot points, titles, and
ideas; you may be pleasantly surprised.

The Bible
Nowhere else can you find more plot, characterization, setting
and voice. The story of all stories provides the basic plot for
any type of writing. It can also be used as a basis for
inspirational writing, which continues to run on a strong
publishing trend.

Science and technology magazines
Read these for the latest discoveries and technological advances.
They are particularly helpful when plotting science fiction and
futuristic stories.

Comedy sketch shows
Watch shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "Tracey Takes On..."
They are prime examples of characterization. Study the characters
and note which attributes make them humorous and memorable to
you, as well as what makes them popular. This will help you
create likeable characters your readers will remember.

Great writing always inspires the mind. Even if you write
commercially, a good literary read will help you improve the
quality of your writing and language.

A search on any subject can yield hundreds of ideas. Surfing the
Net for fun can often start you thinking about your next project.
The Internet will also allow you to see what's been done before,
especially in nonfiction.

A photo of a place can stimulate an idea for a setting, while a
photo of a person can spark an idea for a character. If a picture
moves you, but you can't immediately think of a story idea, file
it away. You never know when it may come in handy. You can also
jump start the creative process by finding an intriguing photo
and creating a story about it.

Psychology books
Introduction to psychology and abnormal psychology textbooks
provide a wealth of information on character. Psychology books
provide background, motivation, and deep insight into human
behavior. Similarly, the Diagnostic Statistic Manual (DSM) lists
various character traits, which can be used for profiles. The DSM
and psychology books can usually been found at the reference desk
of the library.

These mini-stories often hint at what's hot with consumers. Many
commercials even present a short story with a punch-line or twist
ending in just a minute. Try using the same format to create your
own short piece. This can be very effective in contest writing,
where judges are looking for writers to present information in a
unique way.

Life events
Take an incident in your daily life and bring it to an extreme.
For example, suppose you go to the doctor for a routine checkup
and find you're healthy. Why not go home and write a story about
a doctor telling your character she will die?

Consumer products
Current products represent life today. If you're writing
contemporary stories or articles, people want to read about
things they know or use. Even the back of a cereal box can start
you off.

Each contest forces you to write about a specific subject or
theme by a certain deadline. This gets your mind going in several
directions for different types of writing, in addition to the
contest entry. And even if you don't win, you have a manuscript
you can sell elsewhere.

Stupid criminal books
These books list all the dumb mistakes average criminals make.
Although criminals in fiction must be clever and smart, these
books will teach you a lot about human nature. They can also
spark crime and humor story ideas.

TV story lines
Watch a television show, then add a new twist, new character, or
new plot. The themes of most TV shows, particularly prime-time
dramas, often work with cutting-edge trends in fiction and
nonfiction. Remember, the better the market for your story, the
better chance it will sell.

Children's books
Children's books offer basic themes that can be adapted and
expanded in any story. They also offer an easy and clear way of
explaining technical information, which can be useful in
nonfiction articles.

Senior citizens
Our elders have fantastic stories and touching memories. Talk to
your grandmother, great-grandfather, parents, an uncle, a friend.
The possibilities of creating powerful stories from their
memories are endless. Their tales could set off an historical
novel, a nonfiction book, even a murder mystery.

Magazine ads
Advertisements tell a story in a few short words. Use the idea,
then expand it. Again, the ads show the current trends. Read a
variety of magazines, because you never know what may hit you.

People in a crowd
Pick out a person, imagine yourself in his shoes and start from

Writing formats
Stories and articles don't always have to be written in the
expected form. Letters, press releases, business reports, memos,
even recipes can serve as a format for fiction or nonfiction.

Remember, it doesn't matter how you find your story idea, only
that you find it. The best way is to pay attention -- all the
time and everywhere. Look at your surroundings, listen to the
nearby voices, smell, touch, and taste. Never limit yourself.
Then, when someone asks you where you get your story ideas,
you'll be able to say "everywhere."


Michelle Giles has published 60 short stories in national
magazines, including Woman's World and Star Magazine. She is the
publicity director for Sisters in Crime/Central Jersey.

Copyright (c) 2002 by Michelle Giles

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A resource for all things literary on the web. Find hundreds of
presses, journals, organizations, online journals and other
recommended sites.

Writer Alerts!
A list of problem markets, posted by the National Writers Union.

Editorial Photographers
Information on how to price and sell your photos, plus market
information, trade groups and more.

Youth Wire
A news web site by and for teens, covering a wide range of global
news topics.

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If you're a self-publisher looking for a fulfillment house to
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                         by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Do I Prepare for a Talk?

Q: I've been invited to give a workshop on writing. I haven't
done this before; any tips?

A: There's a lot of hype about how "terrifying" public speaking
is, but it doesn't have to be. If you know your subject, you'll
find that it can be great fun to share what you know with others
-- and have others actually seek you out for that knowledge! Here
are some steps you can take to streamline the experience:

1) Develop an outline of your talk, the items you want to cover.
Have high-priority and low-priority items. You may find that you
cover all your material faster than you expected (that never
happens to me), so you'll want to have things that you can "fill
in." Or, things you can drop if things go more slowly than you

2) Do a rehearsal of your talk with your spouse, significant
other, or a friend. Time it. Then figure that it's going to take
LONGER in the classroom, because you'll have to answer questions.

3) When you get to the talk, determine as quickly as possible
what "level" your audience is. Are they newbies or experienced
writers? Will you be able to use advanced concepts or are you
going to have to explain everything from scratch? You may find
that you have to make some fast changes to your prepared talk
once you've evaluated your audience -- so prepare both an
"advanced" version and a very "basic" version before you go.

4) When you're talking, make eye contact. Move around. Make sure
that you make "contact" with different parts of the room rather
than just one person. Watch to see how people are responding to
what you say. If they look interested, you're on the right track.
But what will you do if they look confused, or bored? Be ready to
"change track" if you find that your planned talk isn't "working"
the way you hoped.

5) Build in LOTS of time for questions and answers. How you
handle these depends on your preference. Some people do it
"ongoing," with questions coming up as you talk. Others prefer to
postpone questions until the end of the session. I prefer to
take questions at any time, because sometimes it leads to an
area that needs further explanation at that particular point in my
presentation. It would be more difficult to go back to that point
later, so I answer the question then and there. Other questions I
ask people to "hold" and I'll get to them at the end of the
session. Be sure you have at LEAST 15 minutes at the end for
question and answer, if not more.

6) Don't let one particular questioner control the discussion.
Sometimes a person will ask one question after another, so that
you never really get "on track" with your own presentation. If
this  happens, tell the group that you will answer questions after
the talk.

7) Encourage discussion and feedback. Often, participants have
experiences and "tricks" that are useful to the group. It's also
much more fun and lively if you aren't the only one talking.

8) Provide handouts as "take-home" material. Most people won't
read them during the session, and it's hard to discuss handouts
on the spot because people have such different reading speeds.

9) Relax. Think of it as a conversation with friends rather than
a presentation to strangers. Remember that you automatically have
a "respect factor" built into your audience because they've come
to listen to you. Don't worry about "appearing" nervous. Everyone
is. Once you get into your "stuff," you won't feel nervous
because you're talking about things you know well. Let the
content be your "support" in the talk -- you KNOW what you're
talking about, so you have nothing to worry about.

10) Wear COMFORTABLE clothes. If you're a woman, do NOT wear a
non-breathing polyester blouse with a scarf around your neck.
Don't wear anything that's going to make you hot, sweaty, etc.
Wear comfortable, reasonably respectable trousers and a nice
shirt that will keep you cool, won't wrinkle or show sweat
stains. Wear shoes you can "stand" to stand in for three hours.

11) Eat properly before you go in. There's nothing worse than not
eating, and then getting an attack of the empties in the middle
of your talk. Make sure you're nourished.

12) Bring a water bottle with you, and sip from it regularly.
You'll be surprised how quickly you dry out.

13) Have a relaxation break planned after your talk, somewhere
where you can go and "unwind" before mixing with others.

14) Provide handouts that include your URL and e-mail address, so
people can contact you later for more information.

15) Have FUN with it. If it's not fun for you, it's not worth


Moira Allen has been writing and editing for more than 20 years,
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Copyright (c) 2002 by Moira Allen

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JUST FOR FUN: Editor Artemus and His Collection
                   by Stephanie Scarborough (the_cube82[at]mac.com)

Editor Artemus has a collection
Which grows and grows with every rejection
Letter he sends to unfortunate souls,
That fills up his cabinets, tea cups, and bowls.

Innocent paper clips Artemus snatched
That writers enclosed to keep things attached.
Pity the soul whose SASE he ripped
Open to find his poems unpaper-clipped.

But Editor Artemus put them to use--
With a myriad of colors from pink to chartreuse--
Arty constructed a paper clip vest
And makes paper clip bunnies whenever he's stressed.

"How thrifty and strangely creative!"  you say,
"His trend will be bigger than papier-mch!"
But for a poor writer it's lots to invest
Just so Arty can have a pink paper clip vest.


Stephanie Scarborough has had poetry published in Bovine Free
Wyoming!, Love Words, Whistling Shade, Bathtub Gin, The Next
Voice You Hear, and others. Her fiction is published in Planet
Relish and Rant-O-Rama.

Copyright (c) 2002 by Stephanie Scarborough

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"Let Freedom Read: Read a Banned Book" is the theme for Banned
Books Week, September 21-28. Special events, promotions and
read-outs, featuring local celebrities and community members
reading from their favorite banned book will be held nationwide.

According to the American Library Association's Office of
Intellectual Freedom, Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" was the
second most challenged book of 2001, after the Harry Potter
series. A total of 448 book challenges were recorded last year.

"We hope the read-outs will help remind Americans of the
importance of our freedom at a time when freedoms are being
eroded in the United States," said ALA Director Judith Krug.
"Now, more than ever, we must let freedom read."

American classics, including "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Lord of
the Flies," are among the most frequently challenged books of the
past 12 years. "Steinbeck's books have been deemed 'filthy' and
'profane,' while Maurice Sendak's popular 'In the Night Kitchen'
has been challenged for nudity," said Chris Finan, president of
American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. "I hope
families will pick up a banned book and read it and discuss it

Contact your local librarian to find out how you can participate
in Banned Books Week.

For more information: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/#readout

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

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September Columns
NEW COLUMN!  Ask an Agent, by Natalie Collins

We're delighted to announce a new bimonthly column by Natalie
Collins. In each installment of "Ask an Agent," Collins will
interview top literary agents with YOUR questions about how to
find an agent and get published. (Collins is also offering a
course on how to find an agent; for details, see

Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
     Making a picture book dummy; finding spiritual publishers
     finding publishers who accept e-mail submissions.

Murder Ink, by Stephen Rogers
   Making your characters talk...

Press Kit, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
   The Art of Getting and Giving Interviews, Part II

Romancing the Keyboard, by Anne Marble
   Writing Time-Travel Romances

Self-Publishing Success, by Brian Jud
   Press Releases that Turn Publicity into Profit!

New Articles
Exploring Sparkle: An Interview with Peggy Tibbetts,
by Moira Allen

Getting Your Greeting Card Line to Market, by Karen Moore

Win one of three copies of Julie Duffy's new "21st Century
Publishing" (all about print-on-demand)

Win one of three copies of Rusty Fischer's new book," BEYOND THE
BOOKSTORE: 101 (Other) Places to Sell Your Self-Published Book!"



Richard Barfoot, Senior Editor
St Michael's High School, Throne Road, Warley, West Midlands
B65 9LD, UK
EMAIL: asmag[at]alternatespecies.com
URL: http://www.alternatespecies.com

Following the success of Issue One of the Alternate Species Print
Magazine (ASmag), we are calling for submissions to be printed in
Issue Two. This is a quarterly science fiction, fantasy, and
horror magazine. Stories not considered suitable for the ASmag may
still be considered for publication on the site or in our monthly
newsletter, Dangerous Creatures. Once submitted, you should not
offer your story to any other publication until it has been
rejected or for two months following the date of publication.
Please read the submission guidelines at the web site.

LENGTH: Stories 4-6K; longer fiction 10-15K; flash fiction under
1K. Articles 1-2K.
PAYMENT: Short stories $30; longer fiction $60; flash fiction
and articles $15.
RIGHTS: First publication and limited period of exclusivity.
SUBMISSIONS: By e-mail as text-only ASCII files; no MS Word.
GUIDELINES: http://www.alternatespecies.com (submissions)


Richard Peterson, Editor
Food Issue, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Department
of English, Carbondale, IL 62901-4503
URL: http://www.siu.edu/~crborchd/index.html

Crab Orchard Review is seeking submissions for our Spring/Summer
2003 issue focusing on writing inspired by the experiences,
observations, and/or cultural possibilities of the topic: "Taste
the World: Writers on Food." We hope writers will explore in
their work the wide variety of influences food has upon family
and cultural life, and sensory experiences in memory and
imagination -- the individual's definitions of need, desire,
flavor, excess, waste, hunger and gluttony. We are open to work
that covers any of the multitude of ways that our world and
ourselves are shaped by what we have to eat, what we don't, what
we crave, and what we dread.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2002
PAYMENT: $15 per page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for
prose), 2 copies of the issue, and a year's subscription
RIGHTS: One time rights
SUBMISSIONS: By surface mail only, with SASE
GUIDELINES: http://www.siu.edu/~crborchd/guid2.html


Cassell Network of Writers (CNW) Publishing, PO Box A, North
Stratford, NH 03590
EMAIL: submission[at]writers-editors.com
URL: http://www.writers-editors.com/index.html

FWR's main purpose is to help serious, professional freelance
writers improve earnings and profits. The bulk of our content is
market news and information: how to build a writing/editing
business, how to maximize income. Our target readers are
established writers. Many of them have published hundreds of
magazine articles, several books, and/or worked for dozens of
business clients. We are interested only in information these
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PAYMENT: 10 cents/word
RIGHTS: One time rights
SUBMISSIONS: Queries okay, prefer email with full article
GUIDELINES: http://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/News_Items/


Market News
"Chicken Soup for the Music Lover's Soul" will accept submissions
beyond the September 1st deadline, for about a year.
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Christmas In The Country Writing Contest! 50% OF ALL ROYALTIES
DONATED TO EASTER SEALS. See http://www.christmasinthecountry.net

This section lists contests that charge no entry fees.  For more
contests (23 new listings added this week), visit:


                  United Planet Writing Contest

DEADLINE: September 15, 2002
GENRE: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: Calling for the voices of every nation to submit original
poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction addressing cultural
understanding, friendship, world unity, and peace. Submit in
native tongue and English.

PRIZE: $500 and publication
EMAIL: Voices[at]UnitedPlanet.org
URL: http://www.unitedplanet.org/initiatives/index.htm
(Click on "Community," click on "Writing Contest")


   Rainy Day Corner Publishing's 3rd Annual Summer Essay Contest

DEADLINE: September 15, 2002
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: 8 - 21 year olds
LENGTH: 1200 words

THEME: Write an essay on something special you've done this summer.
Make the judges see, feel and taste what you're writing about.

PRIZES: $15 and publication

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, in body of e-mail; no attachments. Subject
line should read "Summer Essay Contest." Include name, age,
address and e-mail in top left corner of essay; provide title
and word count.

E-MAIL: ldupie[at]rainydaycorner.com

URL: http://www.rainydaycorner.com/contests.htm

WRITING  THE BREAKOUT NOVEL, with NY literary agent Donald Maass
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September 8-14 - The Complete Writer - Intensive Writers' Camp,
Ocracoke Island, NC

September 12-15 - "Marry Your Muse" Facilitator Workshop,
Santa Fe, NM

September 14 - The Well-Fed Writer Seminar (with Peter Bowerman),
Seattle, WA

September 21 - Northwest News Writing Conference, Vancouver,

September 25 - Booksigning by Kimberly Ripley (author of
"Freelancing Later in Life", Newington, NH

September 28 - Penticton Writers' Conference, Penticton, British
Columbia, Canada

September 28 - 29 - Free Expressions Seminars - Writing Success
Series, Seattle, WA


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