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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         CLASSES! CLASSES! CLASSES!
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Writing Contests: When Winners Are Losers
            by Moira Allen
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Sending Manuscripts from Overseas
            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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I'm Back!
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Yep, I'm back at the keyboard again, trying to adjust to Virginia
temperatures after the cool skies of England.  Actually, the
skies weren't THAT cool; it was warm and muggy for most of the
two weeks of our trip.  But not QUITE as warm and muggy as
here...  The sun even peeked out for a few days, though not very
often.  I began to understand why all the ads in the UK travel
shops said "Escape to the SUN!"

The trip was wonderful.  We spent most of our time in Salisbury,
with a side trip to Bath and a short stay in London.  I'm still
working on a "report" and will have that online, with selected
photos, by next issue.  When I say "selected," I mean just that:
Thanks to the joys of digital photography, I came back with about
900 photos.  The positive side of a digital camera is "Hey, I'm
not paying for film, I can take all the shots I want!"  The
negative side is, "Hey, I'm not paying for film, I can take all
the shots I want!"  Fascinating as Stonehenge is, for example, it
pretty much looks the same from any angle, whether you take ten
pictures or fifty.  On the other hand, I came back with about 200
spectacular shots of stained glass windows from various abbeys
and cathedrals; watch for my "stained glass gallery!"

When I wasn't snapping photos, I was shopping -- in bookstores!
It probably won't surprise anyone who reads my editorials to
learn that we managed to come home with 33 books, carefully
divided between various suitcases so that no single bag would
exceed the weight limit.  I picked up a few knickknacks, but
there was no question where my "heart" was when it came to
stores.

And, of course, there was the sheer joy of going for two weeks
without e-mail.  I did have my laptop (otherwise I could never
have brought home 900 photos), but didn't do a lick of "real"
work.  The downside of THAT, of course, was coming home to no
fewer than 650 e-mails...

Best of all, though, I've rediscovered the meaning of the word
"vacation."  I may have to try this more often!

                 -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

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                  CLASSES! CLASSES! CLASSES!
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LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CLASSES!  These are the last
classes we'll offer in 2003, so don't miss out!  All classes
begin August 4. To enroll via PayPal, please click the link after
each class. To enroll with a check or money order, download our
"check" form at http://www.writing-world.com/classes/check.pdf.

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BREAKING INTO THE MAGAZINE AND PERIODICAL MARKET
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/magazines.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/moira.shtml

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COLUMN-WRITING WORKSHOP
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
ventures.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/columns.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/allen.shtml

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HEROES, HEROINES & VILLAINS: USING ARCHETYPES TO CREATE
DYNAMIC CHARACTERS
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/heroes.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/cowden.shtml

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FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP
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".

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/flash.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/casto.shtml

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FREELANCING FOR NEWSPAPERS
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/newspapers.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/lick.shtml

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR PICTURE BOOK SPARKLE!
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/children.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/children/sparkle.shtml

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PUBLISHING YOUR MEMOIRS
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/memoirs.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/walls.shtml

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UNDERSTANDING COPYRIGHT LAW: AN OVERVIEW FOR WRITERS
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/copyright.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/rights/pirates.shtml

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WRITING AND SELLING GREETING CARDS
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/cards.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/poetry/moore.shtml

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WRITING AND SELLING MYSTERY SHORT STORIES
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/mystery.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/floyd.shtml

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WRITING AND SELLING SPECULATIVE FICTION SHORT STORIES
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/specfic.shtml
     Read Paula Fleming's "Imagination's Edge" column!
http://www.writing-world.com/sf/edge/current.shtml

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WRITING FOR TRADE PUBLICATIONS
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/trade.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/lamendola.shtml

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WRITING LOCAL HISTORY
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
book.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/history.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/freelance/localhistory.shtml

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WRITING SHORT STORIES: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/shorts.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/zigmond.shtml

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WRITING THE HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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.

http://www.writing-world.com/classes/romance.shtml
     Read a lecture excerpt!
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/excerpts/shertzer.shtml

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Call for nominations
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The Writer Magazine is accepting nominations for the 2003 Writer
Awards, recognizing writers who have made a difference in the
writing community. Nominees should be writers who, through their
writing activities, have helped their peers, brought about
changes that benefit their vocation, increased awareness of
issues important to writers, influenced other writers through
their teaching or writing, or helped create space for new voices.
Nominees can work in any area of writing but must be active.
Include the nominee's name, works published and a brief
description of how the writer made a difference, as well as your
name, address, and email address. Send your nominations to The
Writer by email: nomination[at]writermag.com or by mail: The Writer,
PO Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612.

Print-on-demand author survey
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Alex McPhadden, Project Coordinator for Word Editing Services is
directing a 12-month research survey of the print-on-demand
industry. Answers to this survey will be used to make positive
changes in the self-publishing and print-on-demand industry. This
is a private study with no funding or corporate financial
backing. The single motivation is to study recent publishing,
marketing and promotional trends, and to evaluate the level of
author satisfaction. The goal is to improve author satisfaction,
encourage clear communication with POD publishers, and to raise
the standard on acceptable and ethical publishing standards.
Survey information is available by email: WordEditing[at]aol.com

Microsoft ebook giveaway
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"Summer 2003 is here! What better way to celebrate than to relax
with a good book?"  So says Microsoft -- and to promote their
reader software, over the next five months they'll allow users to
download three free ebooks per week. The offer includes a number
of new titles including "Candy & Me" by Hillary Liftin and "A
Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson, and backlist
hits like "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
and "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan. Titles are not archived, so
you must visit the site weekly to pick up new books:
http://www.microsoft.com/reader/promotions/free_shop.asp

Amazon plans searchable text database
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Executives at Amazon.com are negotiating with several book
publishers to assemble a searchable online archive with the texts
of tens of thousands of nonfiction books. Amazon plans to limit
how much of any given book a user can read, and is telling
publishers that the plan will help sell more books while better
serving its own customers. The program, dubbed "Look Inside the
Book II," would be an expansion of the existing "Look Inside the
Book" feature that offers screenshots of a handful of pages from
a book. "Look Inside the Book II" would allow users to do a
keyword search and pull up titles that contain the keyword in its
text. The user will then be able to read the appropriate page, as
well as a few pages surrounding it.

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WRITING CONTESTS: WHEN WINNERS ARE LOSERS
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                   by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)


[Ed. note: Excerpted from "Writing.com: Creative Internet
Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career," Second Edition
For details, see http://www.writing-world.com/moira/wc.shtml]

If you like entering contests, the Web offers a wealth of
opportunities. You'll find hundreds of competitions posted
online, offering prizes for books, short stories, poetry,
screenplays, and nonfiction. Many writing e-zines offer
information on upcoming contests, and several sites offer
extensive contest listings, including Writing-World
(http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml).

Unfortunately, the Web also makes it easy for predators to take
advantage of writers who yearn for prizes and recognition.  While
there have been few cases of outright "scams" (contests that take
a writer's money and refuse to provide the promised prizes or
publication), there are others that aren't quite what they claim
to be. Fortunately, the Web also offers several excellent
"warning" sites that can help alert you to potential problems.

When a Contest Isn't a Contest
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Recognizing the difference between a legitimate contest and a
more shady operation isn't always easy. For example, many writers
are concerned about entry fees -- but the presence of a fee does
not mean that a contest is a "rip-off", and the absence of a
fee doesn't guarantee that a contest is legitimate. Many literary
organizations, for example, support themselves in part through
contest entries, while other competitions use entry fees to fund
their prize purses.

A more important question to ask, therefore, is "what is the
fundamental purpose of this contest?" Is it to recognize and
reward literary merit, or is does the contest serve another
function? For example, a number of publishers host "contests" for
which the "award" is an advance and a publication contract. This
type of contest is really just a thinly veiled means of getting
writers to pay a "reading fee" to have their manuscript
considered for publication. Other competitions are hosted by
individuals (such as book doctors or writing "coaches") as a
means of promoting their services.

One type of contest that has generated considerable controversy
and criticism is the "vanity anthology" contest. These
competitions generally charge no entry fees and offer extravagant
prizes. Their primary purpose, however, is to persuade entrants
to buy the anthology in which their "winning entry" appears.

Perhaps the best-known vanity anthology publisher is Watermark
Press, which sponsors a variety of contests under the names
"International Library of Poetry," "Poetry.com," "National
Library of Poetry," "Birthwrites," and others. Watermark Press is
listed by the Greater Maryland Better Business Bureau as "a
publisher of hardbound anthologies which feature amateur poets."
The company also offers a subsidy-publishing service for
individual poets.

The controversy lies in the company's claim to select poems (and
poets) on the basis of "literary merit." The company's standard
acceptance letter, for example, states that poems selected as
"semi-finalists" in the ongoing competition are chosen "solely on
the basis of merit." The letter also states that "We receive
thousands of poems each year, and we choose only a very few for
publication."

A number of writing organizations, authors, and investigators
dispute this claim. According to Victoria Strauss, vice-chair of
the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's committee on
writing scams (and host of the Writer Beware web site), "Everyone
who submits is declared a semi-finalist, no matter how dreadful
their poem." This contention has been tested by a number of
writers and poets, who have submitted "bad" poetry to determine
whether it would be rejected by the ILP. (You can read some of
these "test" poems, all of which were declared semifinalists, on
the sites listed below.)

Information on the Poetry.com site itself would also appear to
contradict the claim that only "a few" semifinalists are chosen.
The online contest entry page includes this line: "All poets who
enter this contest will receive correspondence concerning their
artistry within seven weeks including a copy of their poem for
proofing purposes". Note that there is no statement here to the
effect that one's poem will be prepared for publication only if
it meets certain "literary standards;" this page specifically
states that page-proofs will be sent to ALL entrants.

In 2001, the Jacksonville (Florida) Times-Union reported that the
Greater Maryland BBB had received 390 complaints about Watermark
Press over a three-year period. It also noted, however, that the
Bureau regards Watermark as a "legitimate business" that is "in
the business to sell books." That, perhaps, is the point would-be
entrants should take to heart: The company has a specific
purpose, and that purpose is not necessarily to recognize and
reward "literary merit."  There is no indication that the company
does not, in fact, provide the prizes promised in its ads. As
Strauss and others point out, there is nothing illegal about the
operation. The problem, in their eyes (and in the eyes of many
other writing organizations) is that this type of competition
misleads hopeful writers into believing that their work has been
"chosen" on the basis of merit -- when, in fact, no such
selection has taken place. Strauss also points out "because of
the poor quality of most of the poems, anthology credits are not
respected by publishing professionals."

Warning Signs
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Following are some indications that a contest is less than
legitimate:

1. Everyone wins. By definition, a contest isn't really a contest
if every entry wins, regardless of quality. Make sure that
entries are actually judged; be cautious if the sponsor won't
provide information on who the judges are. If no one loses,
winning means nothing.

2. The entry fee is exorbitant. Fees for poetry, short fiction
and nonfiction contests typically range from $5 to $15, while
fees for novel and screenplay competitions range from $25 to $50.
Be wary of contests that charge significantly higher fees. Also,
check the ratio of the fee to the prize: Stay away from
competitions that ask you to pay $20 for a prize of $50.

3. All entries are considered for publication. Make sure that a
contest's "entry fee" isn't actually a "reading fee" -- for
example, when a book publisher hosts a contest in which the
"prize" is a contract and an advance. Many publications also host
"contests" in which all entries (not just the ones that win cash
prizes) are "considered" for publication; this is just an easy
way to get content without having to pay for it. Make sure that
you'll receive some form of payment if your entry is "accepted"
for publication, even if you're not actually a "winner."

4. The contest claims rights to your entry. Stay away from any
contest that claims any rights to entries -- whether those
entries win or not. In particular, avoid contests that claim all
rights. Again, these are generally mechanisms to gain free
content. I also recommend avoiding competitions that claim all
rights to winning entries, unless the publication is highly
reputable.

5. The prize is "publication" in a low-quality periodical. The
appeal of "getting published" draws many writers to competitions,
but there is no value in being published in a periodical that has
no respect in the writing or literary community. Find out where
and how winning entries will actually be published. Does the
publication go out to paying subscribers? Is it available in
libraries or bookstores? Or will your entry simply be published
on an obscure web site?

6. You have to pay for a copy of the publication. Most legitimate
competitions will send you a copy of the publication in which
your winning entry appears. If you have to pay to receive a copy,
chances are that you're dealing with some type of vanity
publisher. For example, one Australian publisher was criticized
for offering a flat fee of $5 (Australian) for published entries.
Since that fee was too small to be claimed by entrants outside of
Australia because of exchange rates, "winners" were encouraged to
apply it to the cost of buying the anthology.

7. The prize depends on the number of entries. Some competitions
offer extravagant prizes, but explain in the fine print that
these awards depend on the number of entries. In reality, the
total "purse" is usually far less than what has been promised.
This type of competition is commonly offered by an individual or
business that uses the contest as a means of attracting clients.

8. The competition is run by a private individual. Most reputable
competitions are run by organizations: literary groups,
magazines, and publishers. Be wary of contests that are offered
(and often judged) by a single individual. While such a
competition isn't necessarily "illegitimate," neither is it
likely to be a worthwhile writing credit, and it can be much more
difficult to claim your prize if the individual decides not to
pay up.

The good news is that the vast majority of the hundreds of
writing competitions listed online are legitimate -- and some can
be an important boost to your career if you win. With a little
common sense, you can easily filter out the contests that are
"too good to be true."

Scam-Busting Sites
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13 Warning Signs of a Bad Poetry Contest
What to watch out for before sending that poem -- or that check.
     http://www.winningwriters.com/warningsigns.htm

Web Resources that Help You Identify Scams
     http://www.winningwriters.com/scambustingsites.htm

Poetry Awards: Frequently Asked Questions
Tips on determining whether a contest is a scam.
     http://www.poets.org/awards/faq.cfm

Poetry Contest Scams
     http://windpub.org/literary.scams/ilp.htm

International Library of Poetry Award Letter
Copy of the ILP's letter to semifinalists. This site also has a
number of "winning" poems that the author wrote in a deliberate
attempt to determine what, if anything, the ILP would reject.
     http://wockyjivvy.com/poetry/shame/letter.html

Writer Beware: Contests and Vanity Anthologies
More information on what to watch out for in a competition.
     http://www.sfwa.org/beware/contests.html

"For Some Artists, Success Comes with a Price"
The Jacksonville Times-Union's investigation of the International
Library of Poetry.
http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/040301/met_5813722.html

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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:
     http://www.writing-world.com/moira/index.shtml

Copyright (c) 2003 by Moira Allen

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THE WRITING DESK
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                   by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

Sending Manuscripts from Overseas
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Q: Due to my international location, should I send courier
submissions on CDs or diskettes? Can I convert my submissions
from Word to PDF files? (This would guard against viruses.) Also,
what dictionary and thesaurus do you recommend?

A: The problem with sending diskettes or CDs is that different
publications have different requirements about what they will and
won't take -- and they're picky. I'm finding that fewer magazines
want material on disk, now that the option of sending things by
e-mail is available. I don't think that anyone would want a
CD-ROM, as those that are made by one's home computer can often
have compatibility issues.

I'd look into markets that will accept submissions and queries by
e-mail.  That will be your least expensive option. The wonderful
thing about e-mail is that it really levels the playing field for
international writers -- it doesn't matter WHERE you are if you
have access.

You'll also find some markets that accept queries by e-mail, but
won't take manuscripts. When that happens, explain to the editor
where you live and the difficulties in actually mailing a
submission; I think you'll find that most are understanding and
will make an exception for you.

Another issue you'll probably find difficult is getting PAID --
exchange fees can eat up smaller sums very quickly. Or are you
able to maintain a US bank account?

On converting to PDF -- no. An editor won't be able to use a PDF
file to create a publication file. It has to be a Word file (or
another "writable" file, such as text, ASCII, Wordperfect, etc.)
so that the editor can put it into the system, edit it, use it
for typesetting, and all that.

My favorite dictionary is the Webster's Ninth New Collegiate.
I've looked at newer editions, and found that they don't give the
same detail. I like the fact that this one gives information on
when a word originated (a range of dates). I find this useful for
fiction -- I would know not to use a particular term in a
historical story, for example, if it wasn't "around" by that
time.

I haven't found a thesaurus I like better than "Roget's College
Thesaurus in Dictionary Form." It's small and easy to use. I
don't use it that often, but when I need it, it's always helpful.

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MARKET ROUNDUP
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ARGOSY MAGAZINE
Lou Anders, Editor
PO Box 43099, Birmingham, AL 35243
URL: http://www.louanders.com (official website coming soon)

Argosy is a literary magazine with a fantastical/surrealistic
bent. We publish fiction and nonfiction, genre and non-genre. We
are looking for science fiction, fantasy, mystery, crime,
suspense, magical realism, slipstream, and interesting/edgy
mainstream fiction. Regarding nonfiction, we are looking for
"essays not articles," by which we mean, pieces that are not tied
directly into current events. We are not interested in single
book reviews or other time-sensitive topics, but are looking for
essays which will be as interesting to read five years from now
as they are today. We do not consider poetry.

LENGTH: Fiction: 40K words or less; Nonfiction 10K words or less
PAYMENT: 10 cents/word
RIGHTS: First World English Rights and non-exclusive anthology
rights.
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: One submission at a time; no simultaneous
submissions. Submit by mail; include contact info; indicate if
you wish ms to be returned. No fax or e-mail submissions.

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THE WRITTEN WORD
Angelic Cole, Founder & Editorial Director
c/o Sister Circle Publishing House, Inc., 11220 W. Florissant
Avenue #233, Florissant, MO 63033
EMAIL: WrittenWordMag[at]aol.com
URL: http://www.creativeon-line.com/thewrittenword.html

The Written Word is a literary magazine designed to promote the
new and established writer, primarily those living in the
Midwest. We invite all writers to submit their finest literary
works for publication. We accept: short stories and novel
excerpts (send complete manuscripts); poetry (submit maximum of 6
poems); and nonfiction including book excerpts, literary/personal
essays, interview/profile, and book reviews.

LENGTH: No word length requirements
PAYMENT: Fiction to $300; poetry to $75; nonfiction to $250
RIGHTS: First rights for unsolicited submissions; all rights for
assigned features or reviews
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only. Multiple subs OK.
GUIDELINES: http://www.creativeon-line.com/wwsubmit.html

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ARABELLA ROMANCES MAGAZINE
Sharon Lloyd, Managing Editor
1735 Market Street, Suite A-523, Philadelphia, PA 19103
EMAIL: submissions[at]arabellamagazine.com
URL: http://www.arabellamagazine.com/index.html

Superb short romantic fiction in the entire range of romance
genres, including suspense, historical, contemporary, paranormal,
time travel, inspirational. We will occasionally serialize longer
fiction. Query first. Must include: Strong, well-developed
characters. Happy resolution or, in the hands of a very skillful
writer, an ending that may not be considered the traditional, but
one that is emotionally transcending/empowering. Sensual, but not
graphic or gratuitous sex. And, naturally, lively dialogue.
Romantic tension between the hero and heroine is all-important.
The read should be entertaining and/or cathartic. Violence and
abuse are not romantic: if included, must be integral to the
story and the perpetrator must be punished.

We also seek tantalizing recipes for a romantic dinner or brunch
for two. Set the stage: tell us about the table settings, the
candlelight, the music, the recipes and the presentation. If you
have room to add a happy-ever-after ending, go for it. Also
considering romantic travel features, our needs will vary
depending upon other content.

We will be accepting credentials/resumes/clips for those who have
non-fiction feature-writing experience. We are open to queries for
feature articles, interviews, etc.

LENGTH: Fiction: 1,000-5,000 words; Recipes: 500-750 words
PAYMENT: 10 cents/word
RIGHTS: Non-exclusive rights
REPRINTS: Occasionally
SUBMISSIONS: Query first. No more than two subs to be submitted
at one time without prior approval. Single-spaced electronic
submissions preferred, either as Word attachments or in e-mail.
GUIDELINES: http://www.arabellamagazine.com/authors/guidelines.htm

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MARKET NEWS
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Atriad Press has sent word that there are no deadlines for
Haunted Encounters. The next book to be released will be "Haunted
Encounters, Real-Life Stories of Departed Pets." If a story is
too late for one edition, it may make the next one.

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

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"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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            Papermite's Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: August 10, 2003
GENRE: Short story (unpublished)
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 100-1,500 words

THEME: "Body Image 2003" -- the catch: Don't use the phrase "body
image." Please include a one-paragraph introduction letter
explaining why your work is perfect for Papermite and a two-
sentence bio showing off your proudest accomplishments. Papermite
is a short story ezine publishing contemporary fiction of a
confessional, individual nature.

PRIZES: First Prize: $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com, first
review on Papermite's home page, and Page 1 placement on
Papermite's autumn issue.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, in text of e-mail

EMAIL: editor[at]papermite.com

URL: http://www.papermite.com/writing_contest_guidelines.html

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            Enlisted Essay Contest

DEADLINE: September 1, 2003
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: Active, reserve, retired, and former enlisted personnel
of all service branches and countries
LENGTH: 2,500 words or less

THEME: Any subject relevant to military service.

PRIZES: First Prize: $1,500; Second Prize: $1,000; Third Prize:
$500. All winners receive one-year membership in the Naval
Institute and publication in "Proceedings."

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes

EMAIL: essays[at]navalinstitute.org

URL: http://www.usni.org/Membership/CONTESTS.htm#enlisted

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            The Carter V. Cooper Memorial Prize

DEADLINE: September 1, 2003
GENRE: Short fiction
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 30 pages or less

THEME: None

PRIZES: Grand prize: $1,000, plus publication.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No.  Include SASE for prize notification.

URL: http://www.ontarioreviewpress.com/review/prize/prize_index.html

     >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

            Damage Deposit Competition

DEADLINE: September 1, 2003
GENRE: Memoir
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 250-3,000 words

THEME: "Damage Deposit: Stories from the Roommate Realm" is a
forthcoming book about the world's worst roommates. If you've
ever lived with Satan, re-live that experience just long enough
to tell us all the gory details. The story of your incredibly
ridiculous roommate could be made into a chapter in "Damage
Deposit." Remember: The more detail-rich, brutally absurd and
crazily unbearable your roommate story is, the more likely it is
to be selected.

PRIZES: Grand prize: $500 and publication

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, use online entry form

URL: http://www.damagedeposit.com

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