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Issue 3:02           12,200 subscribers          January 23, 2003

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         From the Editor's Desk
         FEATURE: Building PR for Your Print-on-Demand Book,
            by Sue Fagalde Lick
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: The Travel Writer's Toolkit, by Kathleen Walls
         The Write Sites - Online Resources for Writers
         FEATURE: Opportunities for Christian Writers,
            by Lisa Beamer
         From the Managing Editor's Mind
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World/Prize Drawings
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

That Feeling of Panic...
I tend to feel a bit smug about viruses.  While everyone else
frets about the latest Klez or Elkern variant circulating on the
Web, I work away unconcerned, calmly deleting the dozen or so
virus attachments that land in my attachment folder every time I
download my e-mail.  Hey, I'm safe, I tell myself; I use a MAC!

Then it happened.  First my e-mail program (Eudora) began acting
strangely.  New blank messages suddenly began popping up on the
screen, filling my out box.  I downloaded the latest Norton
antivirus updates and checked my system; nothing.  Then other
programs began to act odd as well -- my cursor would suddenly
jump to a different location on the page.  Another virus check;
still nothing!

Abruptly the problem went from "worrisome" to "devastating."
Eudora went out of control, popping up blank messages by the
dozen; I had to switch off the computer to get it to stop.  When
I restarted, the folders on my screen began to flash as if a
cursor were racing around my desktop, attempting to open files.
This time I unplugged the computer and hauled it to the repair
shop, expecting the worst.  After all, there ARE Mac viruses out
there (just not very many of them) -- and it seemed that my time
had come. Hopefully my data would be spared...

A few hours later I got a rather puzzled call from the repair
shop.  WHAT, exactly, was Eudora doing?  How did my screen
behave?  When did this happen?  It seemed that they couldn't
replicate the problem; everything was behaving perfectly.  They'd
scanned my disk and found no trace of any virus, nor had they
heard of anything attacking Macs.  Then came the punchline:
"It could be your keyboard..."

Yep, the problem was as simple as a broken keyboard. Apparently a
key (or several) had stuck and was sending electronic signals
that were wreaking havoc on the screen.  Dimly, I remembered that
when I crawled under my desk to hook up a new USB hub, I'd
knocked the keyboard to the floor.  When I shook it, sure enough,
something rattled.

So I added the cost of a new keyboard ($28) to the cost of having
someone tell me it was broken ($120), brought my machine home,
hooked it up -- and found that everything worked fine.  My prayer
was answered -- no damage to my data! But once again, my lesson
was learned...

Back up! Back up!  Back up!

I now have synchronized the settings on my laptop so that if
anything happens to the "main" computer, I can still log on,
check e-mail, and so forth.  I've backed up everything to CD-ROM
and to the laptop -- and I now have a daily "backup" folder where
I copy any file that I create or modify during the day.  Before I
shut down the computer, I simply drag the folder onto a floppy.

Back in the days when business records meant piles of paper, we
feared fire and flood -- but not much else.  Today, computers
make business easier but also far more vulnerable.  Something as
simple as dropping a keyboard can shut your business down for a
day, and a computer virus can do far worse.  If you're not
backing up your materials regularly, don't wait for "a day of
panic."  Do it now!

                         -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

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                          by Sue Fagalde Lick (suelick[at]casco.net)

Your print-on-demand book is coming out soon. You have
successfully made your way through the computer maze, formatting
your manuscript and your covers, writing the front and back
matter, and composing information for your listing on the
publisher's web site. You have seen a proof copy of your book
online and you can't wait to hold it in your hands. Now there's
nothing else to do but wait, right? Wrong.

As the author of a self-published book, whether by print on
demand or any other method, you are responsible for selling your
own book. The number of copies you sell is directly related to
the effort you put into publicity and sales, and it's important
to get the word out when the book is -- literally -- hot off the

Readers will be able to buy your books online through the
publisher's web site or other retailers such as Amazon.com. They
will also be able to buy them through their local bookstores. In
both cases, the sale will cost you nothing and you will receive
royalties. You can buy copies of the book at a discounted rate
and sell them yourself. Although you don't earn royalties on the
books you purchase, in some cases when you factor in your author
discount, you can make more money on the sale. At talks, book
signings, or workshops, you will want to have copies on hand to
sell. Also, there's a tremendous amount of satisfaction in
autographing a book, handing it directly to the buyer, and
collecting the money in exchange.

Whether you sell the books personally or direct customers to the
bookstores and online sites, no one will even consider buying a
copy unless they know about it. You need to get the word out
through press releases, flyers, book signings, readings and
whatever other methods you can think of.

Tell the press
Begin with a media mailing list. List newspapers, magazines, and
other media that might be interested in reviewing your book,
interviewing you, or at least putting in a notice that your book
has been published. Start local and branch out. Write down the
names, addresses, and contacts at the daily and weekly newspapers
you receive at home. If there is a book section, the editor's
name and contact information will be listed in that section. For
smaller papers, you can usually find the editor's name and
address on the editorial page or in the staff box.

What other newspapers and magazines published in the county or
the region might publicize a book by a local resident? Write
those down, too. If your book would appeal to readers across the
country, you'll want to send press releases to newspapers in
every state. For lists of newspapers and how to contact them,
check Editor and Publisher's Yearbook at the library or look
online at: http://www.newsd.com.

Is your book about a specialized subject, such as education or
wood-carving, or do you belong to a particular group that might
be interested in a members' success? Every group has a
publication. Do a web search, check the Encyclopedia of
Associations, and browse through the specialized publications at
your library for newspapers and magazines where you can send
information about your book.

Don't overlook newsletters for the various organizations to which
you belong. Writing groups are always looking for member news.
College alumni associations print member achievements in their
newsletters. Churches and clubs love to boast about their
members' accomplishments.

Depending on the subject matter for your book, you may also want
to contact radio and television stations in the hope that they
will interview you on the air, or do a piece about your book.
Radio interviews can be conducted long-distance by telephone.
Before contacting television stations outside your local area,
decide how much you want to travel. Remember that you will have
to pay your own expenses for whatever travel you do.

Send press releases to every media outlet that might possibly be
interested. Your press release need not be long or elaborate. In
most cases, one page that gives the important facts will do the
job. Below your letterhead, type the date. On the second line,
type Media Release, and on the third line give your name and
telephone number. Give your release a headline, then briefly
describe the book and what it contains. Note when and where it is
being published and how copies can be obtained.

Include a paragraph on your background as author. Plug any
connection that may increase interest in you or your book. For
example, when I send releases to the local paper, I always
mention that I used to be a reporter there. For papers in San
Jose, I mention that I was born and raised there and graduated
from San Jose State University.

Finally, state that you are available for book signings, readings
and talks, and ask the editor if he/she would like to see a
review copy. Print your release on good white paper and triple
check your spelling and grammar. If you have a photograph that
you like and can afford to make multiple copies, include it.
Otherwise assume if the editor is interested, he/she will arrange
to have a picture taken.

Ultimately you may want to put together a complete press kit with
information about the book, a photograph of yourself, a page of
praise-filled blurbs about your work, and a bookmark or postcard
with information about your book. For now a one-page release is
more economical and more likely to get published. Mail or fax the
release to the editor. Unless a publication specifically invites
e-mail press releases, avoid e-mail because most editors are
inundated with messages and may dismiss yours as unwanted

Should you send out review copies with every press release?
No. With print-on-demand publishing, you have to pay for copies
of the book. In some cases, authors receive only a 20 percent
discount. If you self-published through another method and had a
box of books to give away or if you published with a traditional
publisher who would take care of review copies, it would make
sense to distribute copies to as many places as you could.
However, with POD, you're footing the bill and it can grow
quickly. Also, some publications will not review POD books.
Therefore, only send review copies to editors who express an

Try to time your press releases so that the stories are published
right after the book comes out. For monthly publications, that
means at least two months in advance, often longer. Weekly
newspapers work at least two weeks ahead. The same applies to
daily newspapers that publish a weekly book section. If your book
is already in production, it's time to mail your press releases.

Now can you relax? No way. More chores await, including
publicizing your book online, setting up signings, readings, and
talks, and making the rounds of local bookstores.


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Sue Fagalde Lick has published four books, two as works for hire,
one with a traditional publisher, and one through print on
demand. Her novel, "Azorean Dreams", was published by
iUniverse.com in 2000. Over the past 30 years, she has been a
staff writer and editor for newspapers and magazines in
California and Oregon, and has published hundreds of freelance
articles. She also teaches freelance article writing courses for
Oregon Coast Community College. She earned her BA in journalism
at San Jose State University and will receive her MFA in creative
writing from Antioch University in June 2003.

Copyright (c) 2003 by Sue Fagalde Lick

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Supreme Court upholds copyright extension
On January 16, in a 7-2 ruling the Supreme Court upheld the Sonny
Bono copyright extension law, which extended the duration of
copyrights for works created within a certain time-frame.  Works
created within a 20-year window are protected for the life of the
creator plus 20 years.  Copyrights owned by corporations are
protected for 95 years.  The law, passed in 1998, prevented the
release of several thousand books, movies and songs into public
domain -- including many classic films owned by Disney and AOL
Time Warner (the primary proponents and beneficiaries of the Bono
copyright extension).  The law had been challenged by Eric
Eldred, who argued that the extension prevented the public from
accessing material that was effectively out of print and thus
unavailable -- but that could not be released or reprinted until
it entered public domain.  The Court's decision represents a blow
for public domain advocates. For the complete text of the Court
ruling go to: http://laws.findlaw.com/us/000/01-618.html (or see
the article in PC Magazine at

Independent publishing is growing
But is it thriving? According to RR Bowker, 10,653 new companies
applied for ISBN numbers, up from 9,786 in 2000, but that also
includes other media. While it's technically easier to publish,
it's harder than ever to get noticed. Distribution is a major
problem. The decrease in independent bookstores means
overwhelming competition for shelf space in chain stores, which
are more interested in bestsellers. Publishers Weekly reports
that 77.4% of the books on their 2002 hardcover bestseller list
were from the top five: Random House, Penguin Putnam, Simon &
Schuster, Time Warner, HarperCollins. Jason Epstein, former
editorial director at Random House and author of "Book Business",
says new technologies "will change the business profoundly and
make it much more interesting and varied and will restore to
small publishers the kind of autonomy that Random House and
others used to have in the old days when they consisted mainly of
groups of like-minded editors working on their own." Maybe!

Digitized children's classics circulate in cyberspace
Several children's authors have become available online as part
of the International Children's Digital Library Cross Cultural
Programme, designed to develop new technology for young readers.
"There are places in the world where you're going to find a
computer way before you find a library or a book store," said
project director Jane White. The 181 digitized books, written
from 1543 to 2001, span 27 cultures and will grow to 10,000 books
from 100 cultures. Books can be easily accessed and viewed with a
variety of readers. According to a 9-year old reader: "It's more
fun because you get to zoom through the books. And I like doing
stuff on the computer. The book is never checked out." Creating
digital books from international classics is part of a global
initiative funded by the National Science Foundation Information
Technology Research, with additional support from the US Library
of Congress, Octavo, the Markle Foundation and Adobe Systems Inc.

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                           by Kathleen Walls (katyrw[at]hotmail.com)

A travel writer needs certain tools; some make the job a lot
easier and some are just nice to have. Before you take the trip
you need to think about photographs. Convention and visitors
bureaus can usually provide you with pictures of the area.
Tourist attractions can also provide photos. Some of these are
available online as downloads. Others are in slide or print
format and will be mailed to you upon request. However, it's best
not to have to count on anyone else for your photographs.

Take your own photos
Unless you have an absolute aversion to cameras, the best thing
to do is learn to take passable photos. Travel writing and
photography go together like bread and butter. It will increase
your chances of selling an article if you can provide photos. In
many cases, you will receive an additional payment for your
photos. You don't have to be John Muir to sell travel photographs
to most publications. If you can produce a clean image of an
interesting subject, you can provide your own photography. Almost
all print and online publications want pictures to illustrate the

Digital or 35MM?
You are now faced with some choices -- digital or 35MM camera?
Most publications will accept either. Some want only slides. If
you can only afford one, go for the 35MM. Very few print
publications will refuse to use slides. If you plan to sell
mostly online, then go for the digital.

I'm not going into the workings of cameras here, but with a
digital, be sure you have at least enough resolution to print a
5X7 picture at 300 pixels. Use software to save your images in
JPG and TIF format, which are commonly used by print

If you want to create slides, buy a 35MM model with
interchangeable lens, like the professionals use. If you know
nothing about cameras, many manufacturers offer helpful
information online. Practice with a roll of cheap film first. For
your travel pictures use a good brand of film. A few publications
(mostly newspapers) still use black-and-white prints, but the
vast majority want high quality slides. The lower the speed
number on the film (e.g., 60 vs. 100 vs. 200), the better the
color and detail, but the harder it will be to take pictures of
objects in motion or in dim light. The higher number provides
good pictures of moving objects and low light images, but less
color saturation. If possible buy and use both on every trip.
Always pack plenty of film (or extra media cards in the case of
the digital). Carry batteries to fit all the gadgets you bring.

Other handy tools
If you have slides or even prints, a scanner is nice even if you
have a digital camera. It allows you to send that perfect slide
to an online publication, or to send all your slides to a print
publication that only wants digital images.

A CD writer is another handy tool for sending TIFs that are too
large to be sent via email and must be put on a CD.

Other tools are far more simple. You need a notebook. Not
necessarily the computer kind, just the simple, old-fashioned
kind with paper and an ink pen. I am assuming that all of you
have a computer. While I do know a husband and wife team who
doesn't have a computer and are successful travel writers, I
would not recommend you try it without a computer and Internet
service. Incidentally, they do have a secretary. The computer is
cheaper and doesn't talk back or demand a raise. Of course, it
can quit in the middle of a job, too.

Make sure you use the correct spelling of all names. It's also a
good idea to keep a file of business cards you collect on the
trip. If you need to contact the person for some additional
information, it's at your fingertips.

I like to use a tape recorder. A micro cassette recorder is
small, but the quality is not as good as a standard cassette. In
either case, taping information rather than writing has
advantages. It allows you to look at your surroundings instead of
the note pad. It also captures the exact words of a quote. Some
writers, however, don't like recorders because they don't want to
search through the tape to find what they're looking for. Another
downside is when you go back to check your tape and find nothing
on it. That's a nightmare. Hopefully you have a good memory and a
contact address!

Some writers like to use a Palm Organizer. These come with
varying amounts of memory and can be downloaded to the computer.
I have never used one, but if it works for you, go for it.

A laptop is a nice extra. You can write up notes for the day
while everything is fresh in your mind.

After you get a few clips, a web site is an important tool. You
can refer an editor to look at samples of your work instead of
mailing them. It also looks professional. You don't need to pay
someone to build one; you can use a free host and build your own
with the tools they provide if you are not a techno whiz.
Register your domain name, so if you move the site, the URL on
your business card will always be accurate.

Other tools you need include: a good dictionary, a thesaurus, a
grammar handbook, and Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style."
(Many publication consider this the handbook for correct usage.)
A postage scale is also helpful. In the US, use a 23 cent stamp
for each additional ounce. The difference between 37 and 23 cents
doesn't sound like much, but adds up when you're mailing slides.

If you want to be successful as a travel writer, you need one
more thing. Not talent. Not literary flair. The thing you need
most is persistence. Keep writing. Set aside one day a week for
hunting markets and sending out queries. If you wait for an
answer before you send out any others, you're not going to
succeed. If you get a rejection, turn it around and send it to
another publication the same day. Make a list of places to write
about. Think of the possible angles for each place. Look for
markets. Write and send until you achieve success.


Sign up now for Kathleen Walls' class, Travel Writing for Fun and
Profit, beginning March 3 at Writing-World.com!


Kathleen Walls is a travel writer/photographer who has been
published in numerous publications including Woodall's
Publications, Family Motor Coaching, Amateur Chef, Georgia
Magazine, North Georgia Journal, Georgia Backroads and others.
She currently publishes her own online travel magazine, American
Roads (http://www.americanroads.net) She is the author of
"Georgia's Ghostly Getaways," "Last Step," "By Any Other Name,"
and "Tax Sale Tactics." She produces and maintains two web sites,
American Roads and Kathleen's World (http://www.katywalls.com),
which promotes her books and travel writing. Kathleen has worked
as a reporter for a local paper and had her own TV show on a
local station.

Copyright (c) 2003 by Kathleen Walls

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                            by Lisa Beamer (lisab[at]lisabeamer.com)

When you think about writing for Christian publications, chances
are that the first thing you think about is feature articles.
However, Christian publications offer a host of other
opportunities as well -- some easier to break into than the
feature section.

One of the biggest opportunities for Christian writers is sharing
personal experiences, usually in the form of essays. Always
written in the first person, personal essays are a favorite
article form for many writers because they require little
research other than one's own history. Essays work at an
emotional level more than any other form of writing. Unless you
are sharing your story for the sole purpose of telling it to
others, you can improve your essay by relating the experience so
the reader will find it personally meaningful.

While personal essays are a staple of many Christian publications
and a respectable component of many mainstream magazines, it is
important to realize that editors are often bombarded with them.
Everyone has a story to tell, and editors are in a position of
choosing a small percentage of them and declining the rest. The
editor of one regional parenting publication recently confided,
"Everyone wants to write essays. I have enough essays to last me
for the next 100 years."

That said, don't think your chances with essay publication are
limited. Bear in mind that your essay, like any other work you
produce, needs to stand out from the crowd. It needs a special
twist to draw an editor's attention.

While essays can certainly be inspirational, inspirational pieces
are not always essays. As the editor of a Christian online
magazine, I define an inspirational piece as one that takes a
biblical principle and relates it to real life in a way that will
encourage the reader. Christian magazine content is thought to be
highbrow, academic, and generally hard to connect with on a
personal level. People who are seeking inspiration want to read
material that speaks to them at a level they understand while
including the truth of God's word to back it up.

Inspirational pieces can be written in the first or third person.
The key is, they need to meet the reader where they are and
encourage them to go a step further.

Similar in nature to the inspirational article, devotionals have
the specific purpose of teaching the reader about a specific
spiritual concept. The most effective devotionals are generally
short in length, and concentrated in message. Effective use of
scripture is essential to the devotional, whether it is one key
verse that either sets the stage or ties the piece together, or
several verses that build upon one another to support the key
point. While you want to support your message with scripture, you
want to avoid preaching.

Devotionals can be written in first or third person, and they
take many forms. It behooves the writer to examine past issues of
the target magazine to determine the preferred devotional format
before submitting. Target readers abound -- women, men, teens,
family -- making the possibilities for devotion writing virtually

Many Christian publications feature book, movie, software, and
other reviews. These can be a way to break in. Be sure to confirm
that the publication accepts these submissions from freelancers.
PR people are usually very good about providing review copies of
recently released titles, as long as you can state for whom you
will be writing the review. Again, read past issues of your
target publication to see what review format they prefer, and
what type of information they include.

Some magazines feature profiles of both prominent and everyday
personalities. Giving readers the inside scoop on someone who has
done something impressive or encouraging with his life is usually
a big hit with editors and readers. Consider the profiles your
target magazines publish, then keep your eyes and ears open for

Profiles come in different lengths, from short "mini-profiles" to
longer features. All profiles rely on interviews, but the length
of the profile will generally dictate how many interviews you'll
need to do. If you're doing a mini-profile, chances are you will
be able to interview only the profile subject and possibly one or
two other people close to the person. For longer, in-depth
profiles, you will be interviewing people from many different
aspects of your subject's life, as well as the subject himself
(if the profile subject is a living person).

Most magazines make use of filler material -- humorous anecdotes,
trivia, new product information, quotes, etc. Again, check to be
sure the magazine accepts fillers from freelancers. If so, it can
be a foot in the door.


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beginning March 3 at Writing-World.com!


Lisa Beamer is a freelance writer whose work -- which focuses on
parenting, education, writing, and Christian issues -- has
appeared in national and regional publications such as ePregnancy
Magazine, FamilyFun, Christian Home & School and Pittsburgh
Parent. Her work has also been published online at Spirit Led
Writer, Writers Weekly, Writing-World.com and Parenting Today's
Teen. Additionally, Lisa offers a variety of writer's mentoring
services through her web site: http://lisabeamer.com

Copyright (c) 2003 by Lisa Beamer

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to: http://www.freelancewriters.com/writers_faqs.cfm


In keeping with my last column, I have more information about how
librarians are responding to the Patriot Act.

According to a survey of 906 libraries by the Library Research
Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in the
year following the 9/11 attacks, federal and local law
enforcement agents requested patrons' records at 545 libraries.
About half the librarians cooperated without asking for a subpoena
or court order. Some admitted to policy changes, such as
withdrawing materials that might be used to plan terrorist
attacks, and asking patrons to show identification before using
Internet terminals.

The Patriot Act prohibits librarians from disclosing requests for
information. However, 60% of the librarians surveyed believe this
is an abridgement of First Amendment rights.

Librarians are not only divided on this issue, but also
conflicted. While they have cooperated with law enforcement
requests, they don't necessarily think it's the right thing to
do. Evidently they don't believe they have any choice. But what
do they really think? One clue can be found in their response to
the question of whether removing information from web sites that
could be useful to terrorists hinders them or makes no
difference. More than 75% expressed doubts about the
effectiveness of restricting information on web sites. Apply that
same degree of doubt to law enforcement's request for
information, and it might indicate most librarians don't think
it's a very effective tool for uncovering terrorist activity.

Read all the survey results:

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

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Chalkdust-Online was created in conjunction with the
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Both the book series and web site aim to remind teachers of the
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continue touching lives. If you are a teacher, were a teacher, or
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and written in English.

DEADLINE: March 31, 2003
LENGTH: 500-1200 words
PAYMENT: $100 for stories chosen for print anthology; $5 for
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RIGHTS: First rights and anthology rights
SUBMISSIONS: Text in body of e-mail, or snail-mail; send
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budget travelers, and the majority are college educated. Our
mission is to help individuals gain understanding, acquire
knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally
interdependent and multi-culturally diverse world. Content should
be geared toward a youthful or budget traveler. Articles should
be factual and appeal to a broad audience. Submissions should
focus on specific destinations, restaurants, shops, local
currency, or attractions. Political commentary should be avoided.

LENGTH: 500-1,500 words
PAYMENT: $50/500 words; $10/each additional 100 words;
RIGHTS: Exclusive rights for 6 months
SUBMISSIONS: By e-mail (text only) or surface mail to Council
Travel Customer Contact Center, Attn: Editor. Written submissions
and photos will not be returned.
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EMAIL: editor[at]writeronline.us
URL: http://www.writeronline.us/main/index.htm

We want fiction, nonfiction (including essays on whatever topic
interests you, memoir, and book reviews), poetry, novel excerpts.
As long as you've put your heart and talent into what you send
us, and as long as you think it's good, and as long as you read
extensively in the discipline in which you write, then we want to
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LENGTH: Fiction: 100-5000 words; Poetry: 2-200 lines;
Essays/memoir: 100-4,000 words; Book reviews: 1000-1500 words.
PAYMENT: Up to $50 for certain original feature articles,
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RIGHTS: 90 days publication rights, and archival rights
SUBMISSIONS: Submit by email to the appropriate editor.
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Market News
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submissions has been extended to March 31, 2003. For more
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                  Julie Trent Writing Competition

DEADLINE: January 31, 2003
GENRE: Short story
LENGTH: 3,000 words or less

THEME: Write a story with one of the following themes: "The
Children of Earth" picks up where Julie Trent and the Lightning
finishes. It should be a continuation of the novel. "Life back on
Earth" should be a story based on events on planet Earth which
take place while Julie and her friends are having their big
adventure. "My Julie Trent Story" can be any story based on the
characters and events mentioned in the novel. Please read the
terms and conditions on our web site before submitting an entry.

PRIZE: 1st Prize: 500; 2nd Prize: 250; 3rd Prize: 125

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, as attachment or in body of e-mail

EMAIL: trent[at]donardpublishing.com
URL: http://www.donardpublishing.com/jtwrite.html


                         Amy Writing Awards

DEADLINE: January 31, 2003
GENRE: Religious nonfiction
OPEN TO: Articles published in a secular, nonreligious
publication between January 1 and December 31, 2002.
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: God's word must be quoted directly from an accepted and
popular edition of the Bible, such as the New International
Version, The Living Bible, the King James, or the Revised
Standard Version. The article must present the biblical position
on an issue as relevant, timely and deserving of thoughtful
consideration. Examples of issues for consideration (but not
limited to): family life, divorce, value trends, media and
entertainment character, pornography, political morality, US
national interests, abortion, religion, and addiction. The
biblical impact on individual character and outlook are also
appropriate issues. The need for obedience through biblical truth
should be evident.

In addition to content, qualified articles will be judged on the
following primary considerations: persuasive power; author's
skill in relating God's word to current issues; author's
sensitivity in presenting a biblical response to the intensified
search for meaning in life. The entry must be in the form of the
actual full page(s) or tear sheet(s) containing the publication
name and date. Authors may submit up to ten articles. Entries
cannot be returned.

PRIZE: 1st Prize: $10,000; 2nd Prize: $5,000; 3rd Prize: $4,000;
4th Prize: $3,000; 5th Prize: $2,000; and ten $1,000 prizes


ADDRESS: The Amy Foundation Writing Awards, PO Box 16091,
Lansing, MI 48901-6091

EMAIL: amyfoundtn[at]aol.com
URL: http://www.amyfound.org/awa.html


        PARSEC/Confluence Science Fiction & Fantasy Contest

DEADLINE: February 1, 2003
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: Non-professional writers who have not met eligibility
requirements for SFWA or equivalent
LENGTH: 3,500 words or less

THEME: "The Alien Wore Fish-Net Stockings." We think you can have
some fun with this one. This could range from inter-galactic
farce to a semiotic exposition of the misinterpretation of
signifiers between de-contextualized beings and the effect of
same on characters. Fantasy writers are free to interpret the
"alien" somewhat loosely. Definitely an opportunity to create a
Sapphire Award winning story, if you're so inclined. Please
remember, this is a family convention, and the story will be
printed in the program book. Please see web site for entry

PRIZES: 1st prize: $200 and publication; 2nd prize: $100; 3rd
prize: $50


ADDRESS: Timons Esaias, PARSEC/Confluence Short Story Contest,
6659 Woodwell Street, Pittsburgh PA 15217-1320

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URL: http://trfn.clpgh.org/parsec/annex/contest.html

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