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Issue 3:11          12,500 subscribers              May 29, 2003

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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: How to Get Rejected, by Chris Gavaler
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do I create a portfolio?
            by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Needed: Your Book Promo Tips
What methods have you used (successfully) to promote your book on
the Web?  I need promo tips (tips that WORK!) for my next
"Net//Working" column for The Writer.  If you have a Internet
book-promotion tip to share (whether related to the Web or
e-mail), please send it to Moira Allen.

Good News, Bad News
The good news is, my latest book is now published! The second
edition of "Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to Advance
Your Writing Career" is hot off the (Allworth) Press.  It's a
great book, if I do say so myself -- tons of new material and
updates from the previous edition.  In addition to the chapters
by yours truly, this book also has chapters or sections by Debbie
Ridpath Ohi, MaryJanice Davidson, Charles Petit, Shery Ma Bell
Arrieta, and several other authors whose work has appeared on
Writing-World.com and elsewhere.  Look for new chapters on
electronic piracy, scams and warnings, how to launch an e-zine,
updates on e-publishing, how to create your own e-book, and lots
more.  (Watch for an excerpt in an upcoming issue of the

The bad news is, it's hard to get.  Fortunately, it is now listed
on BarnesandNoble.com (search under "Moira Allen" or by the ISBN
- 1581152701).  It isn't listed on Amazon.com yet, and for some
mysterious reason, it's not even on the publisher's website.
I've been told it will be in bookstores "soon," which could mean
anytime in the next millenium.

For more information, see

Summer's Here -- It's Time for Class!
No, we're not mixed up -- much.  We've just posted our
late-summer line-up of classes -- fifteen in all, including my
own "Breaking into the Magazine and Periodical Market."  All
classes begin on August 4; see below for complete details!  Each
course has a link to either a lecture excerpt or a related
article by the author.  There's something for everyone, but
classes fill up fast, so sign up early!

                 -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

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                  CLASSES! CLASSES! CLASSES!

Announcing our summer course line-up! All classes begin August 4.
(To enroll via PayPal, please click the link after each class. To
enroll with a check or money order, please download our "check
payment" form at http://www.writing-world.com/classes/check.pdf).


Instructor: Moira Allen
Eight Weeks - $100

Have you been trying to market your work to magazines with no
success? Are you just getting started, or trying to change your
freelance field? Find out how to develop marketable topics and
ideas, prepare a query, and outline and develop the article
itself. By the end of the class, you'll have an article "ready to
go" and a selection of markets to approach.

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Mary Emma Allen
Four Weeks - $75

Want to write a column but don't know where to start? Learn from
a writer with more than 30 years' experience. She'll help you
query editors and use columns as a springboard for other

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Tami Cowden
Six Weeks - $80

If you've been struggling to create characters that connect with
your readers, this is the class for you. Cowden will explain the
16 heroic and 16 villainous archetypes, guide you in creation of
dynamic, well-motivated characters, and show you how to convey
their personality to your readers.

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Pamelyn Casto
Four Weeks - $80 (textbook required)

These powerful and memorable short-shorts look simple to write --
but appearances are deceiving. This course will be a virtual
workshop where instructor and students interact and work with
each other. After completing this course, you'll be creating
"infinite riches in small rooms".

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Sue Fagalde Lick
Eight Weeks - $120

Many freelance opportunities exist in the newspaper field. Local
papers are a great place for new writers to break in and
accumulate clips. Fecause newspapers come out daily or weekly,
they need more articles more often, and publish and pay more
quickly. Participants will develop a list of freelance
opportunities, brainstorm ideas for articles, and pursue an idea
from query to completion.

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Peggy Tibbetts
Eight Weeks - $120

Whether you have a brilliant idea for a children's story or a
finished manuscript you want to submit, Tibbetts will help you
determine whether your story is strong enough for the picture
book market. Learn how to make your story "sparkle" as you write
your manuscript.

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Kathleen Walls
Four Weeks - $100

Whether you just want to share your history with your
grandchildren, or whether you feel you have the next "Roots,"
this class will show you how to turn your memoirs into a book.

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Charles E. Petit, Esq.
Eight Weeks (seven sessions) - $100 (textbook required)

This course covers issues of rights, copyright, fair use,
contracts, collaboration and co-authorship, permissions, wills
and more. Student responses to problems will be posted for
discussion in a protected electronic forum.

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Karen Moore
Six Weeks - $120 (textbook required)

Karen has published over 5000 greeting cards and many licensed
property lines. Learn the basics that will give you the
professional edge in this highly competitive field. Karen will
give you insider tips and help you craft your writing style into
saleable greeting cards.

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: John Floyd
Seven Weeks - $100

Wondering whodunnit, or how, or why?  Or just "how to do it?" If
the art of the mystery story is a mystery to you, don't miss this
introductory course, offered by a writer who has sold more than
400 short stories.  Perfect for beginners and for established
writers who want to hone their skill.

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Paula Fleming
Eight Weeks - $120

We'll be focusing on story structure -- on beginnings, middles,
and ends and how to pull them all together. We'll work on the
challenges of speculative fiction, such as orienting the reader
to strange or magical worlds, developing believable alien
characters, the role of research, writing from alien points of
view, and using fiction to ask questions without clear answers.
Each student receives feedback on at least one story.

Read Paula Fleming's "Imagination's Edge" column!


Instructor: Mark Lamendola
Eight Weeks - $120

Freelance opportunities in trade magazines have never been better
-- for the freelancer who uses the correct approach. But trade
magazines are hard to break into! This course shows you how to
get those plum assignments.

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Patricia Fry
Four Weeks - $60

History writing can be a lucrative and enjoyable pastime.
Patricia Fry guides writers in locating article and book markets,
identifies possible research sources, and teaches techniques of
research, interview and fact-checking. Finally, she instructs the
writer in creating a query letter and ultimately the article or

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Sally Zigmond
Six Weeks - $80

Have you always wanted to try a short story but didn't know how
to start? Are you confused by the jargon, such as viewpoint and
narrative structure? And what the heck do they mean when they
tell you to "show and not tell"? Then sign up for this
user-friendly course. Sally will show you how to develop your
ideas, create memorable characters, and construct a piece of
short fiction.

Read a lecture excerpt!


Instructor: Linda Shertzer
Eight Weeks - $125

There's more to historical romance than 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 improve your manuscript.

Read a lecture excerpt!


*NOTE* These courses will only be offered once in 2003; our
next semester will be in spring 2004.

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Advocates for the disabled say DMCA is unconstitutional
Easy access to ebooks would be "like water in the desert" for the
blind community, says Paul Schroeder, head of government affairs
at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Schroeder, who is
blind, recently testified before the Copyright Office, urging an
exemption to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). His
organization and others want a way around the digital rights
locks that prevent text-to-speech software from working.
"Congress did not intend to undo fair use, but until the industry
figures out how to support fair use, the DMCA should not apply,"
says Janina Sajka, a technology director at the AFB. Congress
only intended the DMCA to prevent digital piracy, but the law is
behind the technological curve and didn't anticipate the
practical uses of digital content, she says. If the ebooks
weren't locked, text-to-speech software could easily and quickly
make the works available to sightless readers. "It just is a
tragedy," says George Kerscher, a senior officer at Recording for
the Blind & Dyslexic. "How stupid are we when the information
exists in a digital form and we've got to go through the
time-consuming, laborious, expensive, error-prone process of
having somebody scan it or re-key it?"

Libraries launch expanded e-book selections
King County Library System (KCLS), one of the largest library
systems in the US, has partnered with OverDrive, Inc., to develop
an ebook collection that will allow patrons to checkout and
download titles to their personal PCs, Tablet PCs, and PDA
handheld devices 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "We have been
waiting for years to add ebooks to our collection and now they
are finally here," said Bill Ptacek, KCLS Director. "Ebooks are
another alternative to provide stories, information and content
to our patrons in a way that best fits their needs." Through
technology from Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Inc. and Palm Digital
Media, patrons will have access to thousands of best-selling
ebooks on the system's web site. The eBook collection will
contain popular titles in a variety of subjects and genres.
Another library to offer "self-serve e-books" is the CLEVNET
online lending library, which circulates e-books among patrons.
Every time a lending period expires or a patron returns an ebook
early, a programmed email notice is instantly sent to the patron
next on a waiting list. The web site manages the circulation of
the ebook collection based upon the rules established by the
librarians at the Cleveland Public Library. For more
information, visit http://dlc.clevnet.org

More writers succeed in writing programs
Students now have 330 graduate writing programs to choose from,
which enroll 4,000 students a year. In the last five years,
graduates of the fiction writing program at the University of
California at Irvine have published 10 first novels, two short
story collections and one memoir, and have had six screenplays
optioned by Hollywood studios. "The growth of these programs is a
function of the amazing number of first-book contracts and film
options that are making some young writers rich," said Tamara
Strauss, editor of "Zoetrope: All-Story," a magazine that
publishes stories with the goal of turning them into films.
"About 40 percent of the 600 to 1,000 manuscripts we receive each
quarter come from students in these programs."

OhmyNews.com is an experiment in citizen journalism
"With OhmyNews, we wanted to say goodbye to 20th-century
journalism where people only saw things through the eyes of the
mainstream, conservative media," said Oh Yeon-ho, editor and
founder of the Korean news site. "Our main concept is every
citizen can be a reporter. We put everything out there and people
judge the truth for themselves." Anyone who registers with the
site can become a paid reporter. Launched three years ago,
OhmyNews has grown from a staff of four to more than 40 editors
and reporters who publish about 200 stories a day. The majority
of the news is written by more than 26,000 registered citizen
journalists, who come from all walks of life, from chambermaids
to professional writers. The site attracts an estimated 2 million
daily readers. Copyright is shared between the site and the
reporter, who is free to republish the material elsewhere. The
pay ranges from nothing to about $16, depending on how a story is
ranked by the editors: basic, bonus, or special.

iUniverse adds conventional discount option
iUniverse has finally answered one of the long-running issues in
making author-driven POD books acceptable to conventional retail
channels by modifying their discount options. Under their
Bookseller Discount Program, authors can elect to discount their
books up to 50 percent. Authors receive a reduced royalty, but
iUniverse says that they reduce their profit margin as well.

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                            by Chris Gavaler (chris[at]gavaler.com)

Rejections are good. They are a necessary and productive part of
getting published. I learned more from my rejections than I did
from any book, course, or professional advice. I have hundreds of
rejection letters. Some are personal responses on letterhead with
original signatures. Most are faded copies of form letters,
scraps of paper, or rubber stamped at the top of returned query

My first novel, a romantic suspense titled "Pretend I'm Not
Here," was released in July 2002, from HarperCollins. If I had I
not accumulated those rejections, I would never have reached this
point of success. Had I suffered personally from each negative
response, had I taken each as a reflection of my ability and
worth, I would have given up years ago, long before finding
publication. The onslaught would have been too much to bear.

Rejections are not personal. They're not even evaluations of your
writing. They are agents' assessments of their own ability to
market your project based on their prior commitments and
publishing contacts. My agent was able to place my manuscript
because she's experienced with books marketed primarily to female
readers and has a positive, long-term relationship with my
editor, an expert in romantic suspense. Conversely, my earlier
manuscripts, ones not in the same genre for the same audience,
don't interest her. That's not a rejection; it's a sound business
choice for both of us.

Agents receive roughly 50 queries a day. That's an enormous
professional burden. Imagine making room in your current work
schedule to read 250 additional pieces of mail every week, each
letter unsolicited and generically targeted. Miss a week from
being out of town or over-extended, and you have 500 letters
waiting for your attention. Just the mechanical task of opening
envelopes and inserting rejection slips into SASEs would be
overwhelming. Imagine the temptation of dumping the whole pile
into the trash, especially if your client list is already full.

One of the dangers in the submission process for aspiring authors
is the embittered antagonism that repeated rejection can foster.
It's very easy to complain about the system, how agents are
crooks barring the doors to publishers and extorting 15%
commission from your hard-written labor. Writers bemoan the state
of the industry, the consolidation of publishing houses, the
increasingly less editorial-oriented role of editors, the output
of "crap" blatantly inferior to the quality of work they are
writing themselves.

If you can't get your foot in the door, then the system must be
arbitrary and corrupt. This assessment is a natural coping
strategy against rejection. It's also an obstacle to getting
published. Understand the nature of the system and work the best
way within it. Bemoaning its existence wastes your energy.
Whatever your literary skill and ambition, you are simultaneously
crafting a consumer product that must compete against rival
products for potential buyers. At the moment your potential
buyers are agents; later they will be editors; then, if you're
lucky, readers.

Publishing is a business. Think of it in business terms. People
selling their homes do not expect everyone who breezes through
their house to like what they see, let alone make an offer.
Store owners do not insult pedestrians for walking past their
store without coming in; they do not harangue browsers for
leaving without purchasing anything. Agents are, at best, window
shoppers. You catch them mid-stride in the middle of their work
day as they are moving from one task to the next. The majority
will continue walking. That's normal. Any other expectation would
be unreasonable and counter-productive.

Your goal is to pull one or two in from the crowd, and even then
the most likely outcome of any single encounter is still a
rejection letter. Every individual shot is a long shot. Know
that. Write it down and pin it somewhere for when you forget.
Think in terms of an accumulative process. When I was still
querying agents, I regarded my returned envelopes as advancements
through a clearly mapped step-by-step procedure. I mailed about
ten queries at a time. When I got enough back, I could send out
the next batch.

Barring an extraordinary act of luck, multiple batches are a
given. I hoped for one or two "hits," an agent instructing me to
send the first 50 or 100 pages of the novel, each round. Frankly,
it annoyed me when an agent skipped the sample and requested the
entire novel because it was usually a waste of my postage and
printer cartridge. The same average applies to each stage. If
you're lucky enough to get ten agents to read sample chapters,
only a couple are then likely to want to see the entire

It's a long, hard process; plan accordingly. Emotional distance
is a necessity. If you know you're prone to taking rejections to
heart, then research and prepare the next batch of queries before
the current batch comes back. The less you have to do, the more
likely you will be to do it. Plus you will learn something each
round. Each version of your query will include a slightly
different approach to be field tested. You'll keep what works and
keep experimenting with the rest.

If you keep at it long enough, the odds shift in your favor. Each
individual shot remains a long shot, but the chances of
eventually landing an agent increase. The only guaranteed way of
not getting an agent is giving up in the face of negative
responses. Don't misconstrue the nature of your rejections. They
are good for you. Use them as the productive tools that they are.


Chris Gavaler is the author of "Pretend I'm Not Here,"
(HarperCollins) a romantic suspense. Visit his web site at:

Copyright (c) 2003 by Chris Gavaler

UNDER THE VOLCANO 2003-2004 Join Magda Bogin, Nancy Milford,
Jessica Hagedorn, Russell Banks and Abigail Thomas for master
classes, nonfiction retreats and beginners fiction intensives in
the legendary Mexican village of Tepoztlan.   Next workshops:
August, 2003; January 2004.  http://www.underthevolcano.org


Making of America
This is a huge collection of 19th-century magazines and other
documents, including Scientific American (1846-1869), The
Atlantic Monthly (1857-1901), The American Whig Review, and more.

Bob's Print Guide Glossary
Glossary of printing terms.

Blood at the Source: Research Tips for Mystery Writers
Tips on using libraries and the Internet.

Citation Styles
How to cite print and electronic documents using various standard
styles (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago).

Frequently Asked Questions About Amazon.com
What Amazon.com sales rankings mean, and how to change
information on your book page.

Information on new books, including author interviews, reviews,
and more.

"The Easy Way to Write a Novel". This popular writer's resource
shows you, step by step, how to achieve your dream of writing a
great novel in the shortest possible time. Suitable for any level
of expertise. Free writing courses. http://www.easywaytowrite.com

                   by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Do I Create a Portfolio?

Q: I have my first published column and I was wondering if you
could tell me how to start a professional portfolio. Any tips
would be appreciated.

A: What I've done from the very beginning -- and that still works
well -- is to keep my clips in an attractive leather binder. I
bought an expensive binder YEARS ago -- you find them in the
briefcase and portfolio section of an office supply, not the
regular "binder" section. It has held up beautifully; I can't
even remember when I first bought it.

I then use clear plastic sheet protectors, which you can also
find in or around the binder section of an office supply store. Get
the ones that have the holes in a strip along the side, so that
you don't have to punch holes in your articles themselves. A box
of 50 sheet protectors will last a long time.

I arrange articles so that you can see each page. If an article
is printed on both sides of a page, I put that page into a
protector by itself.  If it is printed on only one side, I put
two pages into the protector, often with a sheet of plain paper
between them.  (If you end up with a blank page at the end, use a
single-page article to fill the gap!)  You might also want to
start your article with the cover of the magazine itself.

I ask publications to send me TWO comp copies of any magazine in
which my work appears. That way, I have one to cut up for
tearsheets, and another to preserve whole.

When something appears in a newspaper, I recommend making a
photocopy. (Don't hesitate to cut up the article and rearrange
it so that it copies better.) Newspaper clippings don't tend to
"age" well, whereas a photocopy can be preserved for much longer.


Moira Allen is the author of "The Writer's Guide to Queries,
Pitches and Proposals," "Writing.com: Creative Internet
Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career" (Second Edition), and
"1500 Online Resources for Writers." For details, please visit:

Copyright (c) 2003 by Moira Allen

your MS.  Critiquing, Line Editing, Submission Assistance.
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What Is a Mystery Short Story? (And How Do You Write One?),
by John Floyd

Writing Opportunities on the Road, by Susan Miles

Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Successful Self-Published Children's Books; What to Expect in an
Advance; Formatting a Book for Publication

Imagination's Edge, by Paula Fleming
When Writing about Shapeshifters, Shift the Story's Shape

Press Kit, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Guide to Compiling Contact Lists

The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
Pitch, Outline, Synopsis or Treatment?

Self-Publishing Success, by Brian Jud
To Get on the Air, Sail These Seven Cs!

Be more prolific!  Increase your income! Write your book
faster than you ever thought possible.  Learn to create your
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Bill Weygandt, Editor
PO Box 213, Rockaway, New Jersey 07866-0213
EMAIL: info[at]exhilaratemagazine.com
URL: http://www.exhilaratemagazine.com

Exhilarate Magazine promotes an exhilarating, physically active,
mentally challenging lifestyle by providing substantive
information about the training and preparation for sports and
recreational activities, as well as the athletes, coaches,
trainers, and weekend participants involved in them. Proposals
are welcome for nonfiction feature articles on the training
routines and nutrition plans that are used or recommended by
athletes, sports figures, coaches, personal trainers, and other
sources, for physical development and injury prevention.
Practical suggestions on exercises and nutrition geared toward
the busy lives of working families should be presented in an
easy-to-understand format. Articles should cover important issues
in physical development and family health in a light,
exhilarating, and positive style, to provide encouraging and
helpful information and advice, but we are not interested in
fluff or filler. Interviews with athletes, coaches and trainers
that substantiate the training routines are a plus.

LENGTH: 750-1,500 words
RIGHTS: First North American print and electronic righhts
SUBMISSIONS: Please send proposals first, including outline of
the article, as well as a brief description of photographs or
supporting artwork. Electronic images should be in Tiff format at
300 dpi (4x6") or higher resolution, delivered on a CD. We can
accept photographs by email, but please check with us first.
Please do not send originals.
GUIDELINES: E-mail for more information and list of themed issues.


Susan Phillips, Executive Editor
1625 K Street NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20006
EMAIL: susan[at]connectforkids.org
URL: http://www.connectforkids.org

This weekly, online publication is looking for "freelance writers
to do solutions-oriented coverage of critical issues for children
and families." We seek to provide regional success stories, good
information, and profiles of people who are making a difference
in the lives of kids in their communities. The idea is to inspire
and provide solutions people in other areas can apply locally.
Readers are adults who want to help kids. Subjects of interest
include: foster care, children's mental health, early learning,
after-school programs, environmental solutions, literacy and
safety programs and other issues affecting kids and families.

LENGTH: 800-1,200 words
PAYMENT: $700-$1,000
RIGHTS: Buys all rights, but only for a 3-month period of
exclusivity after publication on web site.
SUBMISSIONS: Send a professional query via email and be sure to
include clips and/or links. The editor would like to see strong
queries that outline how you will get the story.


James Lowder, Editor
15120 West Mayflower Court, New Berlin, WI 53151
EMAIL: gawain[at]execpc.com
URL: http://www.guardiansorder.com

James Lowder is seeking superhero fiction submissions for "Path
of the Bold." The book will be published by Guardians of Order as
a follow-up to the anthology "Path of the Just," with a projected
release date of January 2004. This collection will feature
stories set in the universe of the Silver Age Sentinels
role-playing game, tales of heroes and villains that explore the
game's central concepts of heroism, humility, and hope. The
Silver Age Sentinels (SAS) game world assumes that heroic
individual action is possible. Stories that mock this premise,
outside of an individual character's clearly defined point of
view, will not be considered. Stories that demonstrate the
complexities of the hero's path are welcome. Feel free to raise
doubts about the efficacy of the "Path of the Bold" -- the notion
that someone can have strong values or beliefs and attempt to put
them into action in a positive fashion -- within any character's
mind. But stories should not seek to prove that this path is
universally false.

Stories that focus on how non-powered individuals live and
interact in a world that includes such heroes are also welcome,
though the majority of stories selected will likely be about the
super-powered. Tales that explore non-Western cultures, heroes
outside of America, and untraditional heroes and powers are also
welcome. All stories should offer strong characters and
interesting, well-structured themes, rather than endless fight
scenes or gratuitous displays of power. Action should serve the
story, not be a disproportionate focus.

Authors submitting stories to this collection must be familiar
with the setting for the Silver Age Sentinels game. The core rule
book, "Tri-Stat Standard Edition" is available from Guardians of

DEADLINE: August 15, 2003
LENGTH: 3,000-6,000 words
PAYMENT: 3-5 cents/word
RIGHTS: First World rights in English, republication rights for
anthology as whole (with additional payments made for such use).
SUBMISSIONS: Queries by email; all submissions by mail. Please
send only one submission.
GUIDELINES: Request by email to: gawain[at]execpc.com


The Carus Magazine Group has announced more flexibility in
acquisition of rights for new stories and poems. The revised
policy can be found on the Cricket Magazine submission guidelines
web page: http://www.cricketmag.com/pages_content.asp?page_id=25

Effective March 31, 2003, Cricket Books announced a moratorium on
unsolicited manuscripts. Manuscripts received before that date
will be read. Updates for manuscript submission will be posted at
their web site: http://www.cricketbooks.net

Please send Market News to: peggyt[at]siltnet.net


"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
self-addressed, stamped envelope, "GL": guidelines. If you have
questions about rights, please see "Rights: What They Mean and
Why They're Important"


This section lists contests that charge no entry fees.  Send new
contest information to Jose Aniceto (jeb_aniceto[at]mail2me.com.au).
For more contests, check our online contests section (170 new
contests added this month!)


             3rd Annual S Mariella Gable Prize

DEADLINE: June 15, 2003
GENRE: Previously unpublished literary novel
OPEN TO: All manuscripts submitted to Graywolf
LENGTH: Full-length novel

THEME: Our editors are looking for quality literary fiction that
combines a distinct voice with a distinct vision. We are
interested in novels that in some way take on the social and
cultural challenges of contemporary life. No children's or genre

PRIZES: $15,000 advance, publication by Graywolf Press in 2003


ADDRESS: S. Mariella Gable Prize, Graywolf Press, 2402 University
Avenue, Suite 203, St Paul, MN 55114

URL: http://www.graywolfpress.org/mainpages/gableguidelines.html


                 The Writing Parent Twist Contest

DEADLINE: June 20, 2003
GENRE: Any genre
LENGTH: 1,000 words or less

THEME: Can you tell us a story that twists at the end? Can you
fool us? Can you stun us when what we thought was going to happen
doesn't? If so, you could be our winner! Your entry can be
fiction or nonfiction. Essays, horror, romance, sci-fi, all are
welcome if it has a twist at the end. We will not consider
erotic, pornographic, or foul language entries, as the winning
entry will be published in our ezine and on our web site. Entries
should be unpublished.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $50; 2nd Prize: $20 Amazon gift certificate
translator, and book publication in bilingual edition

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, subject line: The Twist Contest Entry.
No attachments. Submit in plain text ONLY.

EMAIL: thetwist[at]thewritingparent.com

URL: http://www.thewritingparent.com/contests/thetwist.shtml


                  Iliad Awards Program

DEADLINE: June 30, 2003
GENRE: Poetry, Essay, Prose
OPEN TO: 2 categories: Adult and youth under 21
LENGTH: Poetry: 30 lines; Prose/Essay: 300 words or less

THEME: Poems and essays of any style on family-reading subjects
are acceptable.

PRIZE: Adult Grand Prize: $1000: Youth: 1st Prize: $200; 2nd
Prize: $100; 3rd Prize: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, text in body of email, no attachments.
Subject line: Poetry Contest. Type "Iliad Literary Awards
Program" in the upper left-hand corner of page. Provide name, age
(if youth entry), and address.

ADDRESS: Iliad Press, 36923 Ryan Road, Suite W, Sterling Heights,
Michigan 48310.

EMAIL: info[at]cader.com

URL: http://www.cader.com/enter.htm


                2003 Poetry Card Contest

DEADLINE: June 30, 2003
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: All, except SPS Studios employees and families
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: Sponsored by Blue Mountain Arts, SPS Studios. Poems can be
rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry
reads better. We suggest that you write about real emotions and
feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in
mind as you write. Poems are judged on the basis of originality
and uniqueness. English-language entries only, please. Enter as
often as you like! All entries must be the original creation of
the submitting author. All rights to the entries must be owned by
the author and shall remain the property of the author.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $300; 2nd Prize: $150; 3rd Prize: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, use online submission form.

ADDRESS: SPS Studios Poetry Card Contest, PO Box 1007, Dept. E,
Boulder, CO 80306

URL: http://www.sps.com/b/poetry/contest/poetrycontest.htm


              12th Annual Marguerite de Angeli Contest

DEADLINE: June 30, 2003
GENRE: Children's fiction
OPEN TO: US and Canadian writers who have not previously published
a novel for middle-grade readers
LENGTH: 144 pages or less

THEME: The contest is named for Marguerite de Angeli (1889-1987),
award winning children's author and illustrator. She told simple
stories about the lives and dreams of active, impulsive, and
inquisitive children, whose adventures often brought them into
contact with persons of other races and cultures. Her books
helped children of many cultures understand and appreciate each
other, and showed all children that they are important parts of a
diverse, larger society.

PRIZES: $1,500 in cash and a $7,500 advance against royalties,
with a contract for hardcover and paperback editions.


ADDRESS: Marguerite de Angeli Contest, Delacorte Press/Random
House, Inc., 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

URL: http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/games/marguerite.html



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