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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         CLASSES! CLASSES! CLASSES!
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Procedures, Perks, and Pitfalls of Profile
            Writing, by Shirley Byers Lalonde
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Should You Go Digital? by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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The Readers of the Future
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On Saturday, I -- along with, apparently, one million other
people -- got a nice package from Amazon.com: The new Harry
Potter book.  (By the way, for the record, I'm not just a Harry
Potter fan, I'm a born-again Christian Harry Potter fan.)  For a
couple of days, it sat on my dining-room table, and I admit I
was a little daunted by the heft of those 800+ pages.

That started me thinking about the fact that, around the country
and the world, children are diving into that massive volume
without a moment's hesitation.  Far from being intimidated,
they're willing to tackle an 800-page book and ask for more.
They'd be even happier if it were a thousand pages, or two
thousand.  And THAT started me thinking about what J.K. Rowling
has managed to do for the state of reading -- and for WRITERS.

If you've been following the statistics on reading -- how many
people read books, buy books, etc. -- you've probably noticed
that they're pretty dismal.  For example, according to a news
item we ran in October (issue 2:21), the American Booksellers
Association reported that 80% of U.S. families had not bought or
read a book in the past year, 70% hadn't been in a bookstore in
the last five years, 58% hadn't read a book since high school,
and 42% of college graduates hadn't read a book since graduation.
Those are pretty grim numbers for folks who make their living by
writing.

It's also generally believed that reading is a habit that begins
in childhood, or not at all.  If a person doesn't fall in love
with books as a child, that person isn't likely to become an avid
reader as an adult.  Over the past several decades, we've all
seen report after report about the decline in literacy in
children -- articles endlessly discussing the question of "Why
Johnny Can't Read."  Most of those articles have placed the blame
on television, poor schools, and (more recently) video and
computer games.  Johnny can't (or won't) read, we're told,
because Johnny is distracted by other, more mindless forms of
quick, interactive entertainment.

At the same time, for several decades those of us who subscribe
to writing publications have been reading articles on writing for
children that declared that children no longer want to read
fantasy. I can't think how many articles I've read that have
assured writers that today's children are too "sophisticated" for
the type of fantasy stories that enthralled many of us when WE
were young. Today's children, we were told, didn't want talking
animals, or magic, or stories of other worlds.  They want stories
that are "relevant" to THEIR world, stories that explore the
gritty issues that today's children face.  Children's fiction
should explore, not magical realms, but social realities: drugs,
divorce, pregnancy, school problems, bullies, and such.

When I read these articles, I shook my head and resolved that I
would never become a children's author, as I had no interest in
writing about the topics that supposedly "interested" today's
young reader.  I also felt a deep pity for these so-sophisticated
children who no longer had time for fantasy, or found magic and
imagination "relevant" to their lives.

It didn't occur to me to put these two data points together:
Maybe Johnny couldn't (or wouldn't) read because writers weren't
giving him anything he WANTED to read! Then J.K. Rowling burst
upon the scene with the first Harry Potter novel, and bookstores
found themselves beseiged with children.  It must have been,
pardon the pun, a novel experience!  Publishers (and pundits)
must have been truly shocked to discover that the market was
filled with hordes of "unsophisticated" children starving for
works of fantasy and imagination. When those children finished
Harry and started looking around for something else to enjoy,
booksellers and librarians had to point them to books that were
classics when I was a child -- books like C.S. Lewis's Narnia
series, or Lloyd Alexander's Prydain series, or the Oz books --
because so few children's fantasies have been published in recent
years.

As I write this, practically every magazine on the newsstand has
something to say about the "Harry Potter" craze. Most, however,
are just interested in a hot news item -- a chance to write about
today's latest trend.  But what struck me when I looked at that
800-page tome (you were wondering if I'd get back to the point,
weren't you?) is what this means for TOMORROW.  Today, millions
of children are getting "turned on" to reading thanks to J.K.
Rowling and Harry Potter.  They're finding out that books aren't
dull, gloomy things that are either educational or "good for
you."  They're fun, full of adventure, full of -- yes -- magic.
They're willing to read not just short, easy stories, but volumes
that have to be held in both hands and propped in your lap.

This phenomenon isn't going to end when the Harry Potter series
reaches its seventh and final volume.  Those children have become
book lovers -- and they're going to grow into book-loving adults.
And that means that right now, today, we're seeing a huge growth
in the future market for OUR books, OUR stories.  Thanks largely
to one author, those grim bookseller statistics of 2002 may, in
another ten years, be history -- and that's no idle fantasy!

Hold the E-mails...
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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Net-access tax may be banned forever
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The government's temporary moratorium on Internet-access taxes
could become permanent. A Congressional Committee is considering
a proposal that would bar states from imposing levies on Internet
service, but would not affect their ability to collect sales
taxes. The Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act, introduced by Rep.
Christopher Cox (R-CA), would make permanent a moratorium
introduced in 1998. The current ban is set to expire in November.
Cox urged support for the measure, backed by more than 30 other
representatives, on the grounds that taxes would make it harder
for lower-income Americans to afford Internet service. "The
average American does not need new taxes, especially on their
Internet access," he said, citing a recent Commerce Department
report that found families making less than $25,000 per year
represent the fastest-growing segment of the Internet population.
In addition to the House bill, two senators, Ron Wyden (D-OR) and
George Allen (R-VA), also proposed legislation with the same
title in the Senate, to make the Net-access tax ban permanent.

New, improved International Children's Digital Library
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The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL), a collection
of digitized picture books from 27 of the world's cultures, has
launched a new version of its software that makes it easier for
visitors with dial-up connections and older computers to use its
collection. When ICDL's web site premiered in November 2002,
librarians and teachers criticized it as being slow and difficult
to navigate. The revised site no longer requires users to
download software, and its images of pages from books from Japan,
Argentina, the US, and other countries load quickly. It's also
easier to navigate the site and find the books young readers
want. ICDL contains about 300 books in 15 languages. By 2007,
ICDL plans to make 10,000 children's books in 100 languages
available free to readers worldwide. For more information:
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Ebook sales are improving -- a little
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According to figures just released by the Association of American
Publishers (AAP), sales of ebooks rose 268.3 percent in April,
with sales of $900,000. The category is up 160.8 percent for the
year. Although the ebook market is growing, it is still a small
part of the publishing industry with low sales figures compared
to all other book categories in the AAP domestic sales report.

Supreme Court upholds CIPA
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On June 23, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the
Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the 2000 law that
requires libraries to attach filters to their web connections as
a condition for receiving federal funds, ruling against the
American Library Association (ALA), whose lawyers had argued that
the law was unconstitutional. The statute does not, Chief Justice
Rehnquist wrote, constitute a free-speech violation because it is
easy enough for the filters to be disabled. Justice Stevens,
writing for the minority, said the law falls prey to the trend
toward "overblocking" and was a threat to free-speech. The ALA
denounced the ruling, with CIPA opponents noting that filters
themselves continue not to follow legal guidelines in choosing
what to block. The group had previously won a verdict overturning
the law on appeal. ALA Director of the Office for Intellectual
Freedom, Judith Krug said, "In light of this, we expect libraries
that decide they must accept filters to inform their patrons how
easily the filters can be turned off."

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PROCEDURES, PERKS, AND PITFALLS OF PROFILE WRITING
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                by Shirley Byers Lalonde (sbyers[at]sk.sympatico.ca)

"A profile?" Are you saying you want to draw a picture of me?"
The knife maker was puzzled. "I thought you were a writer."

He wasn't wrong. I did want to draw a picture of him. A word
picture. Just as the artist's profile shows one view of the
subject's face, the writer's profile shows one view of the
subject's life.

A profile can be as short as 500 words and rarely exceeds 3,000
words, with 800 to 1,000 probably being the most popular length.

Subjects for profiles are everywhere. And so are the markets. A
cursory perusal of a recent "Writers Market" reveals twenty-three
types of magazines that accept profiles -- everything from
retirement to religious to regional, from historical to hobby to
humor. You'll find markets for profiles in in-flight, nature,
photography, literary, and little magazines. There's even a
fingernail magazine clamoring for profiles.

Procedure
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Check out all the facts. If your subject tells you she's the only
tree surgeon in the city, you'd better make sure that's true or
you and your editor could spend the next month reading and
responding to indignant letters from slighted tree surgeons. Bear
in mind that while facts are facts, they are almost always open
to interpretation. The tree surgeon says she can "operate" on
twelve trees in an eight-hour day. You're impressed. But before
you inject that awe into a sentence or a headline, you'd better
ask around. Is twelve trees a day an astounding amount? I don't
know. (I don't even know if they call it operating.) But if
you're going to write the profile, it's your business to find
out.

A profile is the story of one person, sometimes two, or even a
group who are engaged in a common endeavor. Besides interviewing
the people you're profiling, consider talking to others, and do
all the background reading that you can. For example, I wrote a
profile on two women in what until recently has been a primarily
male-dominated field. They are funeral directors.

Besides interviewing Sally and Rosemarie, I talked to several
other people, including the president of the provincial
association for funeral directors, a woman who belonged to a
religion in which preparation for burial is carried out chiefly
by the women of the congregation, Sally's boss, and various
people who had dealt personally with Sally and Rosemarie. I also
spent some time at the library researching the history of the
profession. While the experiences and feelings of Sally and
Rosemarie provided the main thrust of the story, the profile
wouldn't have been complete without the background and texture
provided by the other interviews and research.

When you've gathered all your information, you can begin to write
the profile. Use the 5 W's of news: Who, What, Where, When and
Why. It's not imperative that you get it all into the first
sentence, but try to let the reader know fairly early on who this
person is, what they do, where they do it, how long they've been
doing it, and why. Listen for the feelings behind the facts and
watch for the quotable quotes. Let people tell their own story,
with you as the gentle editor.

Perks
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Payment for profiles varies from around $25 in the small town
weeklies to four figures in a very few, very exclusive markets.
While I will never be one to underrate the importance of payment,
however -- I am trying to make a living at this game, after all
-- there are other pluses to profile writing.  Perhaps the best
is that you get to meet interesting people. For example, when I
was a little girl there was a perfect swimming hole within a
couple of miles of our home, a river with a shale bottom. Years
later I was astounded to learn that prehistoric sharks,
crocodiles, and Loch Ness look-alikes had once frolicked in that
same swimming hole 93 million years ago when the it was all part
of a huge, inland sea. A local farmer, a gentleman I'd known all
my life, had made the first fossil discoveries -- prehistoric
shark teeth. I had a lovely chat with Dickson, the retired
farmer, and the profile "And on His Farm he Had Some Sharks'
Teeth" was born.

Some of your profile subjects will be saleable in more than one
market. I sold profiles on a young mom who wrote and published a
farm safety coloring book to a daily newspaper, a weekly
newspaper, a regional magazine, and a national farm newspaper.

I've also used material gleaned from profile interviews in my
fiction writing. Remember that knife maker? What an interesting
occupation for a cameo character in a novel. A silk screen artist
gave me enough material on her craft to create a setting I might
someday use in a short story. Material from the funeral directors
might end up in a mystery, and so on. It's all grist for the
mill.

But there are pitfalls to profile writing. For example, be
careful of accepting gratuities. Profiles can be helpful to the
subject's career, business, or self-estteem, and they may want to
thank you.  Sometimes they'll want to pay you. You can't let that
happen. On the other hand, if the profilee sees you downtown and
wants to buy you coffee, I see nothing wrong with that. When in
doubt, I ask myself how I would feel if the "thank you" appeared
in tomorrow's headlines. "Grateful Tree Surgeon Buys Profiler
Large Decaf and Blueberry Muffin" doesn't sound too corrupt.

Also, while it's important to keep an open eye and an open mind,
be careful not to let yourself be led where you don't want to go.
This happened to me recently.

I had landed an assignment to do an interview with a well known
politician. I was fairly impressed with her but thought I could
produce an unbiased profile. What I didn't realize was that I was
dealing with a person skilled in "media management." She had her
own agenda, her own causes to advance. Since they were causes I
believed in and she was a skilled communicator, it was difficult
for me to steer her away from those topics. I did the interview,
I wrote the profile and it was acceptable, but not the best it
could have been. Left to may own devices, without the questions
my editor had specifically asked me to cover, I would have come
out of that interview with little more than a public relations
piece.

Yes, profiles are fairly easy to write. Yes, there are tons of
markets. Yes, they can even be pleasantly profitable. But always,
always be prepared.

For more information, see also "Writing Mini-Profiles for Fun and
Profit," by Lisa Beamer, at
http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/profiles.shtml

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Shirley Byers Lalonde is a contributing editor for "With"
magazine. She has written two books and her work appears in two
anthologies. One of her earliest publications was a profile piece
and they continue to comprise a large chunk of her work.

Copyright (c) 2003 by Shirley Byers Lalonde

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The Crime Library
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Tara K. Harper FAQ: Contracts
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Detailed discussion of the meaning of various contract terms,
and how to negotiate them.
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Dan Heller Photography: Photo Techniques and Suggestions
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Excellent collection of tutorials on all aspects of photography.
     http://www.danheller.com/techfaq.html

Why and How to Register Your Articles (ASJA)
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Read a recommendation from the American Society of Journalists
and Authors about why you should copyright your articles.
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Netlingo: The Coloring Book
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Easy way to test font and background color combinations.
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15 Exercises for Writers
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Writing exercises to increase your skill as a writer and generate
new ideas for future work.
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THE WRITING DESK
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                   by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Should You Go Digital?
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Q: Can you provide guidance on buying a camera for magazine
photos? Is a digital is best or a film camera? I have a scanner.

A: I used to say that digital cameras could not match the quality
of film cameras.  However, that is changing; a high-quality
digital camera now produces images that are very, very close to
the quality of film.  However, the real question is whether you
can SELL digital photos.  Most print publications still prefer to
receive film rather than digital.  Those that DO accept digital
will want images at 300 dpi, so be sure, if you use a digital
camera, to have it set on the highest quality of photo.

If I were going into travel freelancing for high-quality print
pubs, for example, I would definitely get a good-quality film
camera -- and I'd learn how to use the manual settings as well as
the automatic features.  However, if I planned to market material
to smaller publications that didn't require absolutely
top-of-the-line photos, or to primarily online publications that
want digital files, then I would use a high-end digital camera.
One advantage of a digital camera is that you don't "waste film"
-- you can see the results of your shots immediately, and if you
don't like them, you can erase them and try again.  You don't
have to pay for a roll of film that has maybe five good pictures
out of 24.  (If you print your photos on a photo-quality inkjet
printer, though, you'll find that the cost of photo paper and ink
cartridges may quickly catch up to the cost of film printing.)

Here are some things to look for when shopping for a digital
camera:

1) How easy is the camera to hold and operate?  I love the idea
of miniaturization, and wanted to find a camera that would fit in
my purse.  However, I found that the smallest ones are awkward to
use: The controls are so small, and so close together, that your
fingers can miss or hit the wrong ones.  A camera that is closer
to the size of a film camera is actually a bit easier to use (and
still fits in your purse!).

2) Choose a high level of "optical" zoom rather than "digital"
zoom.  Digital zoom means that the camera simply electronically
enlarges the photo, which decreases resolution.  Optical zoom is
the equivalent of a regular zoom lens, giving no loss of clarity.

3) Look for a camera that is intuitively easy to use.  Some have
so many buttons and doodads that you'll spend more time trying to
learn how it works than actually taking pictures.  Take a look at
how the menus and instructions are arranged.  My camera offers
fairly logical menu structures; my sister recently purchased a
different model, and I found her menus absolutely baffling (and
managed to erase her memory stick while experimenting with them).

4) Shop for a camera at a real-world store, so that you can look
at different models, compare how they function, how they look
through the viewing lens, how the menus work, etc.  Then, go
online and shop for the best PRICE.  I was able to shave $100 off
the cost of my Nikon Coolpix by going online.  If your goal is to
produce marketable photos, you may still need to pay from $300 to
$400.


For more information, see "Have Digicam, Will Travel," by Terry
Freedman, at: http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/digicam.shtml

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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:
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MARKET ROUNDUP
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ONE STORY
Maribeth Batcha, Publisher
PO Box 1326, New York, NY 10156
EMAIL: questions[at]one-story.com
URL: http://www.one-story.com

One Story is a literary magazine that contains, simply, one
story. Approximately every three weeks, subscribers are sent One
Story in the mail. This story will be an amazing read. We're
seeking literary fiction. They can be any style and on any
subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that
leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand
alone.

LENGTH: 3,000-8,000 words
PAYMENT: $100, plus 15 contributor copies
RIGHTS: FNASR
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Use online submission form:
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ANTHOLOGY: THE MANY FACES OF VAN HELSING
Jeanne Cavelos, Editor
PO Box 75, Mont Vernon, NH 03057
EMAIL: jcavelos[at]sff.net
URL: http://www.sff.net/people/jcavelos/index.htp

Abraham Van Helsing, from Bram Stoker's Dracula, is arguably one
of the most well-known yet least explored characters in
literature. Stoker provides us with an intriguing character
outline, but neither Stoker nor any of the authors who have built
upon his work have filled in that outline. In the many
adaptations of Dracula, we've seen hints of different Van
Helsings. He may be selfless, ruthless, brilliant, foolish,
fanatical, vulnerable, or neurotic. He may be an intellectual or
a man of action; a loner or the leader of a team. The opportunity
to explore the mysterious and undefined depths of Van Helsing's
many faces remains for this anthology. Looking for original short
stories. Edgy, intense, literary works are welcome. Standard
vampire stories are not. No pornography. No poetry. Works that
cross genres are okay, but the majority of the book will focus on
horror. No multiple submissions.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2003
LENGTH: 8,000 words or less
PAYMENT: 8-10 cents/word, plus pro rata share of 50% of royalties
RIGHTS: Exclusive first publication world rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only.
GUIDELINES: http://www.sff.net/people/jcavelos/guide.htp

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LIVING LIGHT NEWS
Jeff Caporale, Editor
#200, 5306 - 89 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6E 5P9
EMAIL: shine[at]livinglightnews.org
URL: http://www.livinglightnews.org

Our mission is to glorify God and spread the Good News of Jesus
Christ in a positive and non-threatening way. Our readers are
both Christians and those who have not yet made a commitment to
Christ. We print stories that encourage Christians to live a
Christian life, and provide news about helpful resources. We also
print positive, uplifting, and helpful stories that show
Christianity as a preferable option to a life without Christ.
Writers need to be sensitive to the needs of our non-believing
readers. Stories should be seeker-sensitive, free of Christian
jargon, scriptural references, and sermonizing. Our paper goes to
print the last week of February, April, June, August, October,
November (our Special Christmas Issue), and December. Your copy
needs to be in our hands, at the very latest, by the 12th day of
those months. Please see our online writing guidelines for
specific content and word length requirements for each
department.

LENGTH: 150-1,800 words, according to specific department word
requirements
PAYMENT & RIGHTS: Articles and news stories: 10 cents/word for
FNASR; 5 cents/word for subsequent rights, payable on publication.
Rates for US writers range from 5-8 cents/word. Photographs: $20
for first, $10 for subsequent photos.
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: E-mail us or send your query by regular mail
(enclose SASE, international postage coupons if you're in the US).
Tell us briefly what kind of a story you want to write, why our
readers will enjoy it, the number of words, whether you can
provide photos, and your anticipated time-line on it. Please
enclose samples of your other work; we'll keep it on file.
Email submission as text rather than an attachment. Or send hard
copy by mail along with 3.5" floppy disc saved as RTF (Rich Text
Format). Or fax hard copy (this is our least-preferred method).
GUIDELINES: http://www.livinglightnews.org/writing.htm

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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"
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WRITING CONTESTS
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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 (112 new
contests added this month!)
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          2003 AAAS Science Journalism Awards

DEADLINE: August 1, 2003
GENRE: Nonfiction; science
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: The AAAS Science Journalism Awards are presented to
reporters for excellence in science writing in each of the
following categories: large newspaper (over 100,000 daily
circulation), small newspaper (under 100,000 circulation),
magazine, radio, television, and online. Online entries can come
from a variety of digital sources: newspaper, radio, television,
and online-only online sites.

PRIZES: $2,500 award to the winner in each category

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, use online entry form:
http://www.aaas.org/SJAwards/SJA_EntryForm.shtml

ADDRESS: AAAS, Office of Public Programs, 1200 New York Avenue
NW, Washington, DC 20005

EMAIL: media[at]aaas.org
URL: http://www.aaas.org/SJAwards/index.shtml

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          2003 Pockets Fiction Writing Contest

DEADLINE: August 15, 2003
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 1,000 to 1,600 words

THEME: There are no pre-selected themes for the fiction contest.
Contest guidelines are essentially the same as for regularly
submitted material. Designed for 6- to 12-year-olds, Pockets
magazine offers wholesome devotional readings that teach about
God's love and presence in life. Each page of Pockets affirms a
child's self-worth. The purpose is to open up the fullness of the
gospel of Jesus Christ to children. It is written and produced
for children and designed to help children pray and be in
relationship with God.

PRIZES: $1000, and publication in Pockets magazine

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Upper Room/Pockets, Lynn W. Gilliam, 1908 Grand Avenue,
PO Box 340004, Nashville, TN 37203-0004

URL: http://courtyard.upperroom.org/pockets/contest.html

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