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Issue 3:18          12,500 subscribers          September 4, 2003
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Essay Writing: When It's Just Too Personal
            by Heather Haapoja
         FEATURE: Personal Essays: The Hurt Factor
            by Mridu Khullar
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How should I sign books? What's the Best
            Way to Request Guidelines?
            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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Writing-World.com's 2000 Markets: A Now-or-Never Sale
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When I announced Writing-World.com's new series of market guides,
I expected that my inbox would be flooded.  It was -- with Sobig
viruses.  But not, unfortunately, with orders!

Therefore, I've decided to hold a "now-or-never" sale on the
guides.  The reason is simple: Without a certain number of
guaranteed sales, I won't be able to complete the series.  Each
guide takes between 10 and 20 hours of work to assemble (not
counting the time invested in hunting up the guidelines in the
first place).  It's simply not worth the effort if it turns out
that only three or four people are interested in a particular
guide -- a rate of sales that translates into about $1 an hour!

When I say "sale," however, I do mean SALE.  For the next two
weeks, you can order the entire series of 13 guides for $25.  Or,
order any six guides for $12.50.  (Individual guides are still
$5.)  Furthermore, rather than stringing out publication of the
guides over a six-month period, I will undertake to complete them
in about six weeks -- no later than the end of October.

If, however, at the end of two weeks, I still don't have
sufficient orders to proceed, I'll have to cancel the project
(and, of course, send everyone their money back!).  So don't
wait; if you'd like information about hundreds of markets that
you WON'T find in that OTHER market guide that's coming out in
the next six weeks, place your order now!

The first guide, to Hobby, Collectible and Special Interest
Magazines, is available now.  Additional guides will cover the
following topics:

* Arts, Entertainment and Writing
* Business, Computers, Finance
* Culture, History, Ethnic, & Misc.
* General, Current Events, Environment
* Homes, Health, Animals & Pets
* Literary Magazines
* Regional
* Religion
* Sports and Outdoor Recreation (+ Auto & Aviation)
* Trade
* Travel
* Women and Parenting

Feedback on the first guide:
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"I'm stunned by the sheer volume of references you've provided.
Wow.  This would be worth the price in spades, and knowing this
is a series, all having this amount of research and references,
makes it even more valuable.  Layout and content of each entry is
excellent.  Just having all of this in once place is such a boon
to those who use this kind of information regularly."

-- Karen Wiesner, author of Electronic Publishing: The Definitive
Guide


"This is an impressive list of markets! The guidelines are
specific and provide plenty of information for the freelancer.
The introduction is excellent because you included the payments,
rights and how to submit information; no need to look it up
separately. The summaries are especially helpful since they tell
you about the magazine's content, which makes it possible to
decide ahead of time if you even want to send for a sample copy
or pick one up at the newsstand."

-- Peggy Tibbetts, author of Carly's Ghost and Rumors of War
(Yes, she's my managing editor; no, I didn't pay her to say this!)


"Your opening essays cover the ground a freelancer really needs
to know in a remarkably succinct, straightforward way.  The
format of each market page is very clear.  The relevant
information practically jumps at me.  I can quickly decide if
it's worth my while to explore a market further.  The embedded
links to websites are great. The focus on just a certain type of
market really is a strength.  For people like me who like things
tidy and streamlined, this is a much more useful tool than the
ton of information available in other sources, even when they're
equipped with search engines."

-- Paula Fleming, columnist


"In less than five minutes of reviewing the listings I found a
market for an idea that has lain dormant for more than a year,
largely because neither Writer's Market nor regular newsstand
visits suggested a market.  I plan to buy most if not all of the
guidelines that you're planning for the future."

-- FDB, Customer


For more information or to order:
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For a table of contents of the Hobbies guide:
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For a sample entry:
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My personal, and obviously biased, opinion is that in these tough
economic times, writers need better tools to help them locate and
break into new markets (and find those markets that offer the
best rates and terms).  So don't miss this opportunity; this is
indeed a LIMITED offer.  Order by September 18 -- or your chance
to get these great guides may be gone!

                 -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Banned Books Weeks is coming
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September 20-27, 2003, the American Booksellers Foundation for
Free Expression (ABFFE) is sponsoring Banned Books Week, the only
national celebration of First Amendment rights. In 2002, over
1,000 independent booksellers and 2,500 libraries participated.
Booksellers report that Banned Books Week is one of their
customers' favorite promotions. The ABFFE kit includes three
posters and a list of books that were challenged last year, and
may be ordered from the American Library Association for $29.
For more information: http://www.abffe.com/banned.htm

New documentary features Tattered Cover case
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This fall, a documentary on the court case in which Denver's
Tattered Cover Book Store fought to protect its customers' right
to privacy will be shown on regional PBS stations and will be
shown during regional trade shows. The Just Media Fund, a social
justice in the media organization, produced the 27-minute film,
"Reading Your Rights." In the case, Denver's North Metro Drug
Task Force had sought a suspect's book purchase records from the
Tattered Cover after finding the bookstore's mailing envelope in
a trash bin outside a methamphetamine lab. Store owner Joyce
Meskis refused to turn over customer records, and the case went
to court. On April 8, 2002, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in
the bookstore's favor. The film is a "very dramatic portrayal of
issues in the case as seen from the point-of-view of Joyce Meskis
and Lori Moriarity, the officer who sought the bookstore
records," said Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers
Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE). Booksellers will be able
to buy a video of the documentary from ABFFE, though a price has
not yet been confirmed.

Online readers still won't pay for content
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Analyst Peter Krasilovsky, a senior partner at Borrell
Associates, spoke in August to a group of Knight media fellows
about how the "disruptive technology" known as the Internet is
encroaching on newspapers' bottom line, and what media companies
can do to protect their revenue turf, and cash in on new revenue
streams. "The Online Publishers Association came out with some
interesting research that 10 per cent of online users are paying
for some type of content," said Krasilovsky. "I've heard that has
gone up since this was done, we might assume that's higher -- 13
or 14 percent. Paid content is a great way to make more money,
but the real money is in advertising and marketing, don't ever
forget it." For the short term, Krasilovsky advised that paid
sites are at their infancy right now, and it's more important to
register web users rather than focus on how to charge them.

Magazine readership declining
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A broad range of US magazines -- including those that cover
homemaking, investing, entertainment, fashion -- have become
less popular with readers in recent months, according to a
report released in August. The Audit Bureau of Circulations
reported a 6-month decline in newsstand sales, considered the
best barometer of a periodical's popularity. Titles experiencing
a dip in sales include Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan,
Maxim, Inc. and Vanity Fair. Experts blamed the falling
circulation on competition from the Internet, and price increases
for copies purchased at newsstands. Also, the current magazine
business is bloated. In 1980, there were 2,000 magazine titles;
now there are more than 6,000. Among the largest magazines, those
most often described as "general interest" such as Reader's
Digest and Family Circle, had double-digit percentage declines in
single-copy sales. Even though the economy is weak, business
publications are selling poorly.

Chinese court rules against Chinese publisher
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A Beijing court cracked down on a Chinese publisher for selling
unauthorized copies of the original Peter Rabbit series. The
ruling by the Beijing Xicheng District Administration of Industry
and Commerce affirms that Social Science Press of Beijing
violated the trademarks of Peter Rabbit publisher Frederick Warne
& Co., a subsidiary of Penguin Books, which owns global rights to
the Peter Rabbit books and has been licensing the World of
Beatrix Potter merchandise in China for the past four years.
Frederick Warne managing director Sally Floyer said, "We
appreciate the Chinese government's commitment to the protection
of international intellectual property rights."

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ESSAY WRITING: WHEN IT'S JUST TOO PERSONAL
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                    by Heather Haapoja (HeatherMHaapoja[at]juno.com)

Humorous and touching slices of life are the livelihood of many
writers, but are some things just too personal to share?

Shortly after I started freelancing, I was faced with an
interesting dilemma. I had a story I felt strongly about telling
that might help parents with the challenge of raising teenagers.
It might also raise awareness of a community program that was
helping teens maneuver the rocky path of life. I had even found
the perfect market for such a story, and it paid well.

Now, surely there's nothing better than being paid to do
something you love and helping others in the process. So, what
was the dilemma? I was personally involved. One of my children
made a very poor choice, and we all had to face the consequences.
I felt compelled to put the whole experience down on paper. But
did I really want to share it with the world?

For a writer, it's next to impossible to go through a major life
situation without writing about it -- even the most heart-
wrenching situations. Besides the fact that it's second nature to
us, writing is excellent therapy for working through emotional
upheaval. But would you want to share such personal material with
strangers? Perhaps, if you thought it might help someone else.

If you feel compelled to tell your story but are concerned that
it's just too personal, don't give up hope. There are ways to
share what you've learned from your situation and still protect
your privacy:

* Write anonymously or use a pen name. If you leave out
identifying details in the piece, such as changing or omitting
names, only your byline is revealing. Consider using a pen name
or requesting no byline at all. This may not help further your
writing career, but it does allow you to speak honestly from your
heart about what you've been through. If you do opt to change
names within the story, be sure to add a disclaimer such as,
"Names have been changed to protect the family's privacy."

* Change your perspective. Writing the story in the third person
point of view will distance you from the story. No one will know
(except for your editor) that the tumultuous life of Jane Doe is
actually your life. It's a bit more difficult to express your
true feelings with this option, but it is an alternative to
consider. Again, remember to include a disclaimer.

* Be journalistic. If you're goal is simply to offer advice and
solutions to others in your situation, write a journalistic
article about the specific problem. With your close proximity to
the situation, you'll undoubtedly have access to many experts and
others in your situation for interviews. Assure your contacts
that their names will be changed, if desired.

* Give it some time. If your family has been rocked by a crisis
situation, such as teenage pregnancy, substance abuse or mental
illness, you may need some time to adjust. Journal about your
day-to-day life, as you work through the situation. You'll never
forget such a life-changing event and you'll have your journals
to fill in the details at a later date. It may be years before
you're truly ready to tell your story to the world, and you may
gain a new perspective over time. Conversely, you may eventually
decide that some things are better left unsaid.

Ultimately, I chose to share my experience in an essay. It was no
easy decision. I was filled with doubt and questions. What would
be the far-reaching effects? Would it really benefit anyone?
Would it be embarrassing or hurtful to my child or family? I
debated these issues for quite some time, discussed the idea with
everyone involved and finally decided to pursue publication with
the appropriate market - under one condition. It would be
published anonymously.

When I read the published piece, I knew without a doubt that I
had made the right decision. Tears came to my eyes, as if I was
reading it for the first time. I could see it from the point of
view of a parent like myself, just trying to get their child
safely to adulthood. My words offered troubled parents
reassurance and new options to explore. They provided an inside
look at community programs in action and supported a worthy
ause. I had reached an audience that might benefit from my
experience.

And my personal life remained just that -- personal.

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Heather Haapoja is a freelance writer for children and families.
Her work has been published in various print and online markets
including ePregnancy, Travelwise Online, and Rainy Day Corner for
Writing Families. Visit her web site:
http://www.angelfire.com/my/haapojaworks

Copyright (c) 2003 by Heather Haapoja

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PERSONAL ESSAYS: THE HURT FACTOR
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                     by Mridu Khullar (mridu[at]writerscrossing.com)

My boyfriend often jokingly accuses me of "selling" our love. The
reason for this is simple: I write and sell personal essays.

Every writer, at one point of time or the other has either
contemplated or actually written about a specific incident in his
or her life. As writers, we're able to express our raw emotions
through words, and heal ourselves by writing about things that
have traumatized us.

That's the beauty of personal essays. They're personal. The
writer writes them from the depth of his heart, and readers read
just as intently. It's no mystery then that when family members
come across themselves in essays which portray them as wrong,
less than perfect or downright mean, they don't take kindly to
it.

Whether it's a humorous anecdote or a deep-set revelation, a
personal essay revolves around real people and real feelings. How
then, do we write the truth about our parents, spouses and
children without hurting them? Should we stick to writing the
happy, carefree stories or should we give in to the truth, at the
risk of losing the people we really love?

The answer to this question is not simple. It revolves around
personal preferences and priorities. But if you're struggling
with words that have to come out and a need to protect your
family and friends from the exposure they risk, here's what you
can do:


USE A PSEUDONYM

Almost every writer I know has written under a pseudonym at least
once in her writing career. Pseudonyms are a great way of writing
material you wouldn't want your family to lay eyes on, venturing
into unknown territory while protecting your reputation or simply
using another identity for a different kind of work.

When writing about sensitive subjects, you've got to take into
consideration, how hurt the person could be after your
revelation. Will your essay break or hamper your relationship? Is
it something you can talk out or would it be better if it remains
unseen by all concerned?

As Alyssa Shapiro admits, "I've written a couple of things my
parents have never seen and never will. Sometimes you're more
revealing than you need to be."

If there's high potential for broken hearts (or broken bones!),
it's in your best interest to pick out a catchy name for
yourself.


WRITE IT AS FICTION

Some stories are more important to us than others. Being writers,
we simply can't rest until they're out of our souls and onto our
pages or computer screens.

If that's the case with your story, put in some make-believe
elements, twist it around a bit and send it out as fiction. Craig
Bolland gives excellent advice when he says, "In writing fiction,
we do not ever need to appropriate incidents from 'real' life. We
can take an incident, strip it to the core, reclothe it and send
it back out the door. In writing fiction, you can speak the truth
without directly describing real-life incidents and risking
offence. Change genders, ages, details-everything but the
spirit."

Annie Lamott says it all in her book Bird by Bird, "If you're
worried about libel, then make your character male and give him
an itty bitty penis and no one will see themselves in that
character."


GET PERMISSION

I know. If you could get the permission, you wouldn't be reading
this in the first place. However, as Barbara E. points out, "Most
people like to be written about no matter what you write about
them. Family members usually understand that what you write may
not be the exact truth. As long as it ends well, they usually don
't care as much as you'd think they might."

Sometimes people surprise you. One essay that I was particularly
fond of, had a high probability of hurting my boyfriend. When I
finally showed it to him, he absolutely loved it! He knew I had
written the truth, and admired me for doing so. I ended up giving
him a copy of the anthology on Valentine's Day.

It's not always that easy though. Sometimes what you write may
actually end up hurting someone. So, instead of giving them a
copy when the whole world gets one, get their approval
beforehand.  In fact, if you've exposed something that's been on
your mind, now could be a perfect time to bring it up and mend
those strained relationships.


DON'T AIM FOR PUBLICATION

Vanessa admits, "I've written numerous times about incidents in
my life that are better left unread by family and friends, but
that's why they're still on my computer, and not on an editor's
desk."

While that works for some of us, many of us write for a living.
If every heart-wrenching moment or embarrassing memory were to be
kept as healing aids, not meant for publication, we'd end up
writing about the humongous debts!

Another solution is to write it, lay off it for a while, and then
get back to it when emotions have cooled down. If you still want
to get it published, at least do so when the time is right.

Frank McCourt, the author of "Angela's Ashes" published his book
after his mother's death. That's how the book got its name. He
knew it couldn't be published until his mother Angela, was ashes.


GO FOR IT

Many writers advocate the bold decision-just go ahead and do it.
Writers who're true to their calling have to sacrifice a few
relationships along the way. That's what writers do-they write.

If you're the kind of writer who wouldn't mind writing the truth,
then for what it's worth, go ahead and do it. There ain't no
right and wrong!

Jessica Jacobson gives us a reader's perspective. She says, "If a
writer doesn't want to sacrifice a relationship in order to tell
a story, I respect that decision. But then I'd prefer they didn't
publish it. If it doesn't represent the full truth about what
they've lived and experienced, it's just not worth reading."


Whether you decide to go for the direct approach and publish what
you've written or pick another, more subtle stance, the verdict
is unanimous. Write whatever there is to write. Don't let the
fear of publication or hurt feelings hold back your creativity.
Sometimes, it's more than just about money or fame. It's about
living through your words again.


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

Mridu is the Editor-in-Chief of
http://www.WritersCrossing.com and her work has been accepted in
numerous national and international publications including Gurlz,
Living Digital, Senior Connection, India Post, College Bound,
Metro Seven and the anthology Life's Little Lessons among others.
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Taking the Mystery out of Press Kits, by Lisa M. Dellwo
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THE WRITING DESK
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                   by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

How Should I Sign Books?
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Q: My first children's book is being published. My questions are:
When signing my book, should I only use the "Autographed By
Author" stickers and then sign my name? Or should I write a
personal message, then sign my name?

A: If you're having a booksigning at a bookstore, you can do a
couple of things. You can pre-sign a few books if you wish,
simply signing your name, and put the "autographed by author"
stickers on them. If the books aren't sold at the booksigning,
the bookstore can still (presumably) sell them on the shelves.

When you are actually approached by someone for a signing,
however, it's best to "go with the flow." Some readers may only
want your signature, while others may want a personal message.
Ask if you should sign the book "to" anyone. When I sign a book,
I usually write something like, "Best Wishes, Moira Allen."

You'll find a couple of helpful articles on booksignings at:

   http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/james.shtml

   http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/booksigning.shtml


What's the Best Way to Request Guidelines?
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Q: Is there a format for writing for guidelines?  I sent a #10
SASE with a post-it on it saying "Request for guidelines"  and
folded it into another #10 envelope. On the outside I wrote
"Guidelines" in a corner of the envelope. Was that OK? Or does it
require personalized stationery, with a formal typed request?

A: I have a form letter on my computer for guideline requests.
It says simply,

Dear Editor,

I would like to receive writers' guidelines for (magazine name).
A SASE is enclosed.  Thanks for your assistance!

Sincerely,
Moira Allen

You can also print out a bunch of these and just write in the
magazine name, but I think printing out each one separately makes
it look more professional.

Believe it or not, there are some magazines that do not know what
a request for guidelines is.  I sent a request once and couldn't
figure out why the magazine started CALLING me -- turns out they
thought I was asking for advertising guidelines and that I wanted
to buy an ad. Believe me, THAT gets a response in a hurry!

(Little known secret -- you can usually get sample copies of a
magazine by requesting its ad guidelines.  You didn't hear it
from me...)

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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:
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Copyright (c) 2003 by Moira Allen

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SEPTEMBER COLUMNS:
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Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Writing the CV; Submitting to Greenwillow; What to Include with a
Submission
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Murder Ink, by Stephen Rogers
If You Don't Submit...
http://www.writing-world.com/mystery/murder11.shtml

Press Kit, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Working with Bookstores for Promotion, Part II;
Plus, Working with Publicists
http://www.writing-world.com/press/press14.shtml

Romancing the Keyboard, by Anne Marble
Story-Starters: Ten Ways to Jump-Start Your Plot
http://www.writing-world.com/romance/marble/marble11.shtml

Self-Publishing Success, by Brian Jud
Promoting Your Book Through Telephone Interviews
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MARKET ROUNDUP
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: POLYPHONY 4
Deborah Layne, Publisher and Fiction Editor
Jay Lake, Fiction Co-Editor
Wheatland Press, PO Box 1818, Wilsonville, OR 97070
EMAIL: inquiries[at]wheatlandpress.com
URL: http://www.wheatlandpress.com

Wheatland Press announces an open reading period for Polyphony 4,
the fourth volume in the critically-acclaimed Polyphony anthology
series. The publisher and editors are committed to finding
outstanding cutting edge fiction from new writers as well as from
established writers. We will be looking for stories that stretch
(or break) the boundaries of traditional genres. Send us your
magic realism, surrealism, literary stories with a genre
sensibility, and other hard-to-classify stories with strong
literary values, compelling characters, engaging tone and unique
voice. If you really want to know what we are looking for, check
out the previous volumes of Polyphony, available directly from
Wheatland Press, genre booksellers or online booksellers.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2003
LENGTH: 4,000-10,000 words
PAYMENT: 6 cents/word, maximum $600, plus 2 copies
RIGHTS: First print and electronic world anthology rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Submissions by mail only at our PO Box. Please
follow standard manuscript formatting and submission conventions,
especially no simultaneous or multiple submissions.
GUIDELINES:
http://www.wheatlandpress.com/polyphony/submissions.html

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES FROM THE HEART
Jessica Crooks, Editor
PO Box 460, Old Harbour, St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies
EMAIL: childhoodmemory2002[at]yahoo.com
URL: http://www.caribbeaninfozone.com/index.html

We are looking for true, heart-warming stories from childhood for
a new anthology. They can make you laugh or cry, but they must be
true. Tell us about the day your brother dared you to jump from
the roof. Tell us about the kind old lady from across the street
who used to bake the best cookies.  If you have stories that will
move the reader, please share them with us. Must be in English.
Stories must be true and unpublished. No poetry. Each selected
author will be required to sign a publishing agreement.

DEADLINE: October 2003
LENGTH: 800-1,200 words (will consider longer works up to 2,000
words)
PAYMENT: $50 to top story, all other accepted contributors will
receive $10, plus one copy
RIGHTS: First time rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By email only
GUIDELINES: http://www.caribbeaninfozone.com/WRITERS%20PAGE.htm

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TRAVELERS' TALES
330 Townsend Street, Suite 208, San Francisco, CA 94107
EMAIL: submit[at]travelerstales.com
URL: http://www.travelerstales.com

We're looking for personal nonfiction stories and anecdotes --
funny, illuminating, adventurous, frightening, or grim. Stories
should reflect that unique alchemy that occurs when you enter
unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a
result. Please see our online guidelines for specific topics and
deadlines.

LENGTH: No word length requirements, shorter is better
PAYMENT: $100, plus free copy and 50% discount on all Travelers'
Tales books
RIGHTS: Non-exclusive rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: By mail or email. Attachments must be in MS Word or
RTF format. Please put the book title that you are submitting for
in the subject line, and make sure that your name and contact
information is in the attachment, not just in your email.
Submissions will not be returned.
GUIDELINES: http://www.travelerstales.com/guidelines/

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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 Judy Griggs (writeupsetc[at]yahoo.com).
For more contests, check our online contests section.
      http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

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        The Preservation Foundation 2003 Writing Contests

DEADLINE: September 30, 2003
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO: Unpublished writers
LENGTH: 1,500-5,000 words

THEME: The Preservation Foundation's sixth annual competition for
unpublished writers will again be for two categories of
nonfiction stories. For purposes of this contest, unpublished
writers are defined as those whose works have not produced
revenues of over $500 in any single year.

General Nonfiction: Any appropriate nonfiction topic is eligible.
Nonfiction stories entered in previous general nonfiction contests
will not be eligible for the 2003 contest unless they have been
extensively revised.

Travel Nonfiction: Stories should be true accounts of a trip taken
by the author or someone known personally by the author. Stories
that were entered in the 2002 travel story contest are ineligible
unless they have been extensively revised. Stories previously
entered in one of our general nonfiction contests are eligible
for the 2003 travel story contest if they are otherwise qualified.

PRIZES: $100 prize in each category

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, send as email attachment

EMAIL: preserve[at]storyhouse.org

ADDRESS: The Preservation Foundation, Inc., Attn: Richard Loller,
3102 West End Avenue, Suite 200, Nashville, TN 37203

URL: http://www.storyhouse.org/contest.html

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            The Lincoln Prizes

DEADLINE: October 1, 2003
GENRE: Historical scholarship (American Civil War) as book,
articles, CD-ROM/DVD/Website/other Electronic Media
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: The Lincoln Prize at Gettysburg College shall be awarded
annually for the finest scholarly work in English on the era of
the American Civil War. The Prize will generally go to a book but
in rare instances an important article or essay might be honored.
When studies competing for the Prize show similar scholarly
merit, preference will be given to work on Abraham Lincoln or the
Civil War soldier, or work aimed at the literate general public.
In harmony with the last preference, in rare instances the Prize
may go to a work or works of fiction, poetry, the theatre, the
arts, or a film -- provided they are true to history. In rare
instances, the Prize may go to an historical project, such as an
inspired conference or an editing project. In rare instances, the
trustees may grant the award to a work or service related to
Lincoln, or the Civil War soldier or their era, not included in
the foregoing description.

PRIZES: Up to two $50,000 Prizes

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

EMAIL: lincolnprize[at]gettysburg.edu

ADDRESS: The Lincoln Prizes, c/o Gettysburg College, Campus Box
435, 233 N. Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325

URL: http://www.gettysburg.edu/academics/cwi/lincoln_prize/

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  John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism

DEADLINE: October 6, 2003
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO: Newspaper and magazine journalists
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: The Award will go to the author(s) of an article or
single-topic series on an environmental issue initially published
between October 1, 2002, and September 30, 2003. A series must be
designated as such by the publication when it is printed. A
regular column may also be submitted as a series. Only newspaper
and magazine articles are eligible. If photos and/or
illustrations substantially strengthen the winning piece, the
judges may divide the award among the writer and the photographer
or illustrator. Fiction cannot be considered. Two reprints or
originals of each article must be submitted with every entry.
Every copy must have an entry form. No more than two entries by
the same writer may be submitted. A translation must be supplied
for any article not written in English.

PRIZES: $5,000

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No. Entry form must accompany submission:

http://www.oakesaward.org/pdf/entryform2002.pdf

EMAIL: info[at]oakesaward.org

ADDRESS: Oakes Award Committee, 40 West 20th Street, New York,
NY 10011

URL: http://www.oakesaward.org/rulesentry.html

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