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Issue 3:21          12,500 subscribers           October 16, 2003

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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: The Outline Demystified, by Moira Allen
	   (Excepted from
           "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer")
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: What kind of writing job should I get?
            by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Book Retorts, by Dan Seidman
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

I'm upgrading computer systems and have the following for sale:

* Apple G4 12-inch laptop, BRAND NEW, 0SX with 9.2 "classic",
  Superdrive (CD and DVD R/W), 40GB, 256MH, $1350 (REDUCED -
  since Apple just dropped its prices on new models!)

* Dell Pentium 8200 with Windows ME and XP, EXCELLENT CONDITION,
  $500; monitor, keyboard and printer available for extra $50
  (Yep, that's reduced too)

* Lexmark Z705 and Z65 printers, $35 each

Contact Moira Allen for details; reasonable
offers will be considered!  (Prices include shipping.)

In this issue and the next, I'll be running excerpts from my
just-released book, "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer."
If YOU edit a writing newsletter, and would like a free excerpt
from this book, let me know!  I'll be happy to trade excerpts for
advertising.  Just e-mail me and let me know which publication
you edit.

Then send us your short humor -- jokes, light verse, "lists,"
etc., for our newsletter "Just for Fun" section!  We pay $10
for writing-related humor (note: It MUST be related to writing!).
Please, no "this really funny thing happened to me and taught
me a warm, meaningful lesson about writing/life" stories.  And
I have to warn you -- I am VERY picky about humor submissions.
If you're willing to brave the "rejection button," send your
humor (up to 500 words) to Moira Allen.

To say that the response to my call for guide editors was
overwhelming would be an understatement!  More than 100 people
offered their assistance -- and many expressed willingness to
edit the guides for free!  (It was a temptation, but I do believe
the laborer is worthy of his/her hire.)  I tried to screen out
contenders by pointing out how incredibly boring the work is --
that whittled the field down to around 85.  I then sent out a
"test" -- which brought the total down to about 40.  From those,
I somehow managed to select a mere eight "finalists" -- no easy
task, I can assure you.  But the "overwhelming" part wasn't the
challenges of picking eight editors from such many applicants --
it was the outpouring of offers that came in.  All I can say is
-- thank you!

With my editors chosen, the process should be streamlined
considerably.  While I don't guarantee to meet the October 31
target for finishing all the guides, it should be close.  At this
point, however, I am no longer making any predictions about which
guides will be finished first -- it will simply be a matter of
the order in which they come back from the editors.  Which leads
to the following announcement:

The guide to Arts, Entertainment, and Writing publications is now
available.  This guide covers publications dealing the arts,
including the performing arts (dance, music, theater, etc.), and
also publications that accept articles on topics relating to
writing or writers (including author interviews). See the full
table of contents at

Some folks who have ordered guides have already "vanished" --
i.e., their e-mails are bouncing or coming back as undeliverable.
If you've ordered guides in advance, and your e-mail changes,
you are responsible for getting me the correct e-mail; I'm not
going to hunt you down!  (That's right, I'm just going to keep
your money.)  Similarly, if your inbox is over quota and the
guides start bouncing back, I will send you ONE notice -- and if
that bounces, I won't send any more.  Another problem that I'm
encountering is folks whose ISPs have been set to screen out
attachments.   When this happens, you'll usually get my cover
e-mail but no guide, in which case you'll need to provide an
alternate e-mail for delivery.  (I will probably set up a page
for downloading guides to bypass this particular problem, which
is often caused by an ISP and something over which the customer
has absolutely no control.)  But the bottom line is: Keeping your
address current and "available" is up to you!

My editorial on library book sales in the last issue referred
incorrectly to the "Seattle/King County" library system.  It is
only the King County library system that has switched to
Amazon.com to sell its books; the Seattle library system is

                 -- Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

THE WELL-FED WRITER by Peter Bowerman - Learn how you can make
$50-100 an hour as a freelance writer and easily earn $1000 a
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Management resigns as Palm Digital Media changes strategy
On September 3, Tennessee-based independent retailer PalmGear
acquired the assets of Palm Digital Media, a subsidiary of their
software unit PalmSource, as part of a larger "strategic
alliance" to drive online sales of Palm-related software and
merchandise. Within days of the closing of that transaction, Dave
Strobel, Mike Segroves, and Dave Pasco, (longtime managers who
built the ebook component of Palm Digital Media), left the
company. In the meantime, publishers were surprised to discover
that some of their titles had disappeared from the Palm Digital
Media online store, along with entire category headers directing
purchasers to erotica and gay and lesbian titles. Deleted titles
include a bestselling collection of letters to Penthouse magazine
from Time Warner. Other titles were made harder to find on the
system. A supplier who asked why some of his titles were pulled
was told by a company official that they were seeking to maintain
a "family friendly site." Epublishers are concerned that more
titles will be removed, along with larger changes in the
company's marketing strategy.

First Lady attended Moscow book festival
On October 1, First Lady Laura Bush spent several hours in Moscow
speaking at and touring the first book festival hosted by Russian
first lady Lyudmila Putin. Mrs. Putin modeled the event, which is
focused on children's literature and school libraries, after
annual book-fest Mrs. Bush holds in the United States. Included
in Mrs. Bush's entourage of US writers were: R.L. Stine, author
of the Goosebumps series; teen thriller writer Peter Lerangis,
who wrote some of the Baby-Sitters Club books; and Marc Brown,
who writes and illustrates the Arthur the Aardvark series.
Speaking at the opening session of the festival Mrs. Bush said
such events "celebrate books and reading and great writers. This
festival is also a celebration of freedom -- the freedom to write
what we want to write and to read the books we want to read."

New royalty rates for iUniverse/Backinprint.com authors
Under the new contract between iUniverse and The Author's Guild,
writers who bring their out-of-print books back into the market
through the Guild's Backinprint.com web site will make less money
per copy sold than under the old agreement. But, it is hoped,
they will sell more copies. With the new agreement, an author's
royalties fall from 25% of net sales (30% after the first 100
copies sold) to 20%. At the same time, book prices will be
lowered to bring them more in line with market standards. For
example, a 350-page trade paperback that would have been priced
at $19.95 to $22.95 under the old scale, would now list at $15.95
to $17.95. John Merchant, Author's Guild director of web
services, says higher prices were a barrier to people buying
midlist novels and other non-essential books: "The idea is the
end purchaser of the books will not have any pause that it's a
print-on-demand book." The new terms will not apply to books
already listed on the site, unless authors choose to adopt the
new pricing and royalty scale.

Study reveals used book buying habits
The recently released 2002 Consumer Research Study on Book
Purchasing, conducted by Ipsos BookTrends and published by the
Book Industry Study Group (BISG), revealed interesting patterns
in the used book market. The study reported that the typical used
book buyer is similar to a new book buyer, although a larger
number of low-income consumers purchase used books. The dominant
age of a used-book buyer is also the same as a new book buyer:
40-60 plus years. The price of a used book is about 50-60% less
than a new book. Overall, used bookstores captured a 5% market
share in 2002, almost double from 2001. Consumers purchased 110
million book units and spent nearly $400 million in 2002. Leisure
reading (fiction) is the most popular used book followed by
mystery, romance, and science fiction. There are four key retail
channels for used books: used bookstores, independent bookstores,
the Internet, and "charity" sales events. Also, approximately
two-thirds of used book purchases are impulse buys.

Tell Book Buyers Why They Need Your Book! Putting It On Paper:
The Ground Rules for Creating Promotional Pieces that Sell Books
shows you how to create a book press kit that gets results.
http://www.cameopublications.com or
http://www.booklocker.com/books/1307.html *****************************************************************

The Outline Demystified
                   by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

(Excerpted from "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer,"
now available from Allworth Press.  For more information, see

I don't know any writer who likes the prospect of creating an
outline. That's probably because we all remember being taught
that horrible "1,2,3 -- A,B,C" format in high school. (Hands up,
everyone who used to get around those exercises by writing a
paper first, and then creating the outline after the paper was
done?) Relax -- I'm not going to "teach" that kind of outline.

An outline is simply a way to construct a road map of where you
want to go with your article. Another way to look at an outline
is to think of it as a filing cabinet. When you research your
article, you're going to gather a lot of information. How will
you know what to put in and what to leave out? By creating an
"outline" that, in a sense, places "headers" on the files in your
cabinet, you'll know whether the information you've gathered fits
into the "files" that you have -- or whether it doesn't. If you
don't have a "file" for that information, chances are that the
information doesn't belong in your article.

For example, when I decided to go "full-time" as a freelancer in
1996, one of the first articles I pitched was a piece on "cancer
in cats." I chose to write the article because my own cat had
recently died of cancer. When I got the assignment, I roughed out
the areas I planned to cover:

* Types of cancer
* Breed-specific cancers
* How to detect cancer
* My experience with a cat with cancer
* Preventing cancer
* Treatments
* Hope for the future
* Hi-tech treatments
* Diagnostic techniques

A quick look at this list showed me that some ideas were actually
sub-categories of others. "Breed-specific cancers" fit under
"types of cancer," while "diagnostic techniques" fit under "how
to detect." "Hope for the future" fit under "treatments." One
category also stood out as not fitting with the rest: "My own
experience." I ended up with four "file folders" to work with:

* Types of Cancer
* Detecting Cancer
* Treating Cancer
* Preventing Cancer

This, by the way, is an outline. It can be as simple as that.
Besides serving as a framework for my article, it provided a
framework for my research: I knew what types of questions I had
to ask, based on the information I wanted to include. I
researched the article on the Web and by interviewing experts,
asking questions based on my four topic areas -- and "filing"
that information in the appropriate place. If information came in
that didn't fit into one of these four areas, I knew that it
probably didn't belong in my article.

I also had a slant or "core concept" -- "What you need to know
about cancer in cats." (Note how a slant can make a great title:
"Is your cat at risk of cancer?" or "How you can reduce your
cat's risk of cancer.")

Having that core concept or slant is essential.  It tells you
what is vital to your article -- what is at the center of your
idea -- and what isn't. If you have information or thoughts that
don't relate directly to the core concept, then that information
probably doesn't belong in the article.

Five Ways to Approach the Outline
I'm no fan of the "1,2,3 -- A,B,C" approach to outlines. This
approach tends to get one bogged down in the mechanics -- Is
this a subset of #2? Should I move this section here? There are
easier ways to put your ideas and information in order.

1) Ask yourself what questions a reader would ask. What would a
reader want to know about this subject? Make a list of those
questions. For example, a reader interested in cancer in cats
might want to know:

* How common is cancer in cats?
* What kinds of cancer affect cats?
* What cats are at greatest risk?
* How can I tell if my cat has cancer?
* What can I do if my cat has cancer?
* What kinds of treatments are available to me?
* What are their success rates?
* What are their risks to my cat?
* How long will my cat live if it has cancer?
* Can I prevent my cat from getting cancer?
* Where do I go to get more help?

Sometimes, simply jotting down a list of questions is all you
need to define the basic areas your article will cover, and even
the order in which you might wish to cover them.

2) Think in "subheads." Most published articles are divided into
sections with subheads. This is a good way to organize your
information (and putting in your own subheads always pleases an
editor). The four "file folders" that I developed for my feline
cancer piece would also serve very nicely as subheads:

* Is your cat at risk?
* Protecting your cat from cancer
* Detecting the signs of cancer
* Choosing a treatment plan

Subheads help you organize your information logically. You'll
also be able to determine whether your article is "in balance."
If you have 250 words under one subhead and 1000 under another,
chances are you need to reorganize the article.

3) List events or concepts chronologically. What happened first?
What happened next? What happened after that? What happened last?
This approach works well for an article that focuses on events
that occurred over time -- e.g., a historical piece, a personal
profile, etc. For example, women's magazines often publish
stories of how a family coped with a child's illness. A
chronological outline of such an article might look like this:

* Family notices something isn't right with the child
* Family goes to traditional doctor
* Family gets reassurances, goes home
* Child gets worse
* Family seeks more help; gets more reassurances
* Child gets worse
* Family gets desperate; seeks more information
* Family finds special doctor/support group/information on line
* Family locates specialist/special treatment/new cure
* Family is warned of risks of treatment
* Family goes ahead with treatment
* Child gets better

4) List points in logical order. Many how-to articles have an
obvious logical order: Do this first, do this next, do this next,
and do this last. Your outline here may consist simply of a list
of things to do, and the order in which the reader should do
them. This works well for a how-to article, for example.

A travel article might also have a logical order, based on the
order in which one would see or visit a location. If, for
example, you'd start at Point A and travel to Point X, a logical
way to present your information is in the order in which the
traveler following your route would encounter it. This works even
for a single location: Trace the route a traveler would take if
walking through a site, such as a castle or museum.

5) Make a list. List all the pieces of information that you'd
like to include in the article. Then, go over that list and
assign numbers to each item based on its importance or priority.
For example, if you're writing a piece on ways to improve
communication between spouses, jot down a list of all the
suggestions you want to cover. Which tips are most important?
Which are less important? Which could be omitted without any real
harm to your article? You may find, when you're done, that you
have a selection of key points, and perhaps a few "leftovers"
that aren't as useful. In some cases, your list may become the
actual structure of your finished article ("Five ways to improve
communication with your spouse"); in others, it may become the
"hidden" structure that underlies your piece, even though you
aren't numbering the points in the final article.

Once you've mastered a few alternatives to the classic, hated
approach to outlines, you'll find that organizing your material
-- and your article -- is even easier than A,B,C!


Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for
more than 20 years.  A columnist for The Writer, she is also
the author of "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer"
(just released!), "The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and
Proposals," and "Writing.com".  For more details, visit

Copyright (c) 2003 by Moira Allen

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


Chronos: The Future of Time Travel
Billed as "the ultimate guide to time travel, teleportation,
temporal phasing, and other applications of nine-dimensional
theory," this site apparently takes itself seriously -- but does
offer a wealth of information on time travel theory.

Ghostwriting: Is it For You?
Good information on getting started, setting fees, dealing with
clients, etc.

Fifteen Craft Exercises for Writers
Stretch your writing muscles and learn new skills.

Authors and Experts
A site that links authors and speaking opportunities.

Pen Names
Information on the legal and copyright issues involved in using a

Invite an Author to Your School
Information for schools, educators, and librarians on children's
book authors who visit schools.

http://www.thewriterslife.com/a72j If yes, you could be in big
demand, earning big money, writing just a few hours a day from
anywhere in the world. Take a risk-free look now and learn the
secrets of this little-known, lucrative writer's market.

                   by Moira Allen (Moira Allen)

What Kind Of Writing Job Should I Get?

Q: I am unemployed at the moment, and live in Adelaide Australia.
I have written a young adult novel which I have entered into a
competition, and I am working on other novels. But I have no idea
where to look for writing positions that may be suitable and that
I can earn some sort of income from.

A: The first question you'll need to answer for yourself is what
type of writing position you are looking for. You are currently
writing fiction -- but there are no "jobs," really, for fiction
writers. That's something you have to do on your own. However,
the fact that you enjoy fiction doesn't mean that you'd
necessarily enjoy the type of writing for which you CAN find a
paid position.

For example, do you think you'd enjoy technical writing? There
are many job opportunities in this field, but would you really
like to write about how a computer is put together, or perhaps
how to operate a VCR? Or, do you think that you would enjoy
writing nonfiction -- such as articles for a local newspaper?

Another thing to consider when seeking WORK as a writer is that
when you write for a living, you may find that you have very
little time or inclination to pursue the kind of writing you
love. When you get home from a job where you've been writing all
day, your "writing urge" is pretty much used up, and the last
thing you want to do is sit down at your own computer and do
still more writing at night. For that reason, I don't always
recommend that someone who loves to write actually seek a writing

Finding such a position in Australia may be a little more
complicated than in the US -- you'll probably have to rely more
on local, offline resources such as newspaper classifieds, or
contacting potential companies directly. However, I do have a
listing of online job sites, including several that offer
international information, at:


Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for
more than 20 years.  A columnist for The Writer, she is also
the author of "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer"
(just released!), "The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and
Proposals," and "Writing.com".  For more details, visit

Copyright (c) 2003 by Moira Allen

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

JUST FOR FUN: Book Retorts
                           by Dan Seidman (dan[at]salesautopsy.com)

Did you read that book on echoes?
Book on echoes? Book on echoes?

Did you read that book on modesty?
Read it? I wrote it!

Did you read that book on insomnia?
Finished it at 5 a.m.

Did you read that book on paranoia?
Why do you ask?

Did you read that book on memory improvement?
I think so.

On levitation?
Couldn't put it down.

On milk?
Skimmed it (or the condensed version).

On suicide?
No, dying to.

On the Waterfront?
No, at home.

On palindromes?
Did I? I did.

On procrastination?
Not yet.

On the sex life of the pygmy ants of Krakatoa?
Which one?

On the anatomy of waterfowl?
Does a duck have lips?

On manners?
Yes, so kind of you to ask.

On how to get children to eat?
Yes, but it didn't explain how to cook them.

On phobias?
No, I'm afraid not.

On squirrels?
No, I put it away somewhere and can't find it.

On exhibitionism?
Yes, I have it here under my raincoat.

On how to say no?

On identity problems?
Who, me?

On banking?
I started to, but I lost interest.

On decision-making?
No. Should I?


Dan Seidman has been involved in high-impact sales and marketing
for privately run companies since 1980. He uses humor to motivate
others. Visit his web site: http://www.salesautopsy.com

Copyright (c) 2003 by Dan Seidman




A Writer in Motion: Newtonian Laws for the Modern Author,
by Jim C. Hines

What's the Magic Word: Defining the Sources, Effects and Costs
of Magic, by Lital Talmor

What's a Press Trip? A Travel Writing FAQ, by Kathryn Lemmon

Murder or Suicide?  How You (and Your Detective) Can Tell the
Difference, by Michelle Acker



Kate Harper, Publisher
EMAIL: kateharp[at]aol.com
URL: http://hometown.aol.com/kateharp/myhomepage/profile.html

Kate Harper Designs is looking for slogans and original quotes
for our greeting card line, both from adults and children. We
sell to over 2,000 accounts throughout the United States,
including the Whole Foods Markets, and Papyrus chain stores. We
look for "quotations" that are humorous, and "talk straight"
about modern day life. We like edgy humor. Don't be shy, be
direct. Tell us about the weirdness of everyday life. What do you
say to your friends? Or what do you wish you could say to the
world? See web site for advice on writing greeting cards.

Examples of quotes we've published:
* Cats have the right attitude: Serve me, Pet me, and get out of
  my chair.
* Prince charming does not exist. Neither does his stupid horse.
* You're trouble. I like that.
* You can't buy happiness. But you can bid for it on Ebay.

We always need birthday quotes. Avoid cliches such as making fun
of the person's age, or insulting them, instead, be on their
side: "Happy Birthday. From one Goddess to another."

We also want submissions by children for our "kid quotes" line
(see web site for guidelines).

LENGTH: 20 words or less per quote
PAYMENT: $25, plus 6 greeting cards
RIGHTS: Non-exclusive, author retains all rights
SUBMISSIONS: Send submission in "body of email," Subject: Quote
submission. Up to 10 quotes per email. Please separate each quote
by 1-2 lines of blank spaces and ideally large fonts. Include
contact information.


Matt Weir, President
Voice Account, Inc., 14183 S Minuteman Drive, Suite 101, Salt
Lake City, UT 84020
EMAIL: greetings[at]voiceaccount.com
URL: http://www.voiceaccount.com/greetings.html

Voice Account, Inc. has developed a new and unique method for
sending greetings via the telephone. Greeting Calls are
pre-recorded audio greetings you can send from any phone, to any
phone, at any time. Senders can include a personalized voice
message and send the greeting immediately or schedule it for
future delivery. Greeting Calls provide a truly unique way to
say, "I love you", "Happy Birthday" or just send a laugh. We are
looking for creative greeting text that will work well in an
audio only format. To hear a Greeting Call sample visit our web
site. We are currently accepting submissions for the following
categories: Christmas, Valentines Day, Birthday, Anniversary,
Love and Dating

LENGTH: No word length requirements
PAYMENT: $30, plus 3 greetings
RIGHTS: All rights
SUBMISSIONS: Submit text only by email, include contact
information. If your idea is chosen we will contact you within
8-12 weeks.


Jill Brennan, Editor
EMAIL: editor[at]espressofiction.com
URL: http://www.espressofiction.com

Can you write a great short story? Something that will captivate
our busy subscribers? If so, we'd love to hear from you. We want
stories that challenge, intrigue, provoke, stimulate and
resonate. Our subscribers enjoy reading fiction but rarely find
time to read a novel or go looking for interesting short stories.
If the story that we send them is the only bit of fiction they
read all week, it has to be a great read -- satisfying,
refreshing, just like a good cup of coffee. We will consider any
genre (except science fiction or fantasy) as long as it is well
written and engaging. You can submit up to 3 stories at any one
time. We want to publish something different each week -- we
don't want all stories about relationships or all about children
or all set in one particular country -- a bit of everything is
the idea. To get a feel for the quality we want, register with us
and we will email you two stories that have already been

LENGTH: 3,500 words or less
PAYMENT: $30, plus annual subscription to Espresso Fiction
RIGHTS: You agree to grant Espresso Fiction exclusive worldwide
online rights to publish, distribute, and sell your work on
Espresso Fiction's web site(s) and for Promotional Purposes as
defined below for a period of two years from the date of
REPRINTS: Excerpts are considered
SUBMISSIONS: Writers must register (free) online and use online
submission form.
GUIDELINES: http://www.espressofiction.com/information_writers.php


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

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


This section lists contests that charge no entry fees.  Send new
contest information to Judy Griggs (writeupsetc[at]yahoo.com).
For more contests, check our online contests section.


        Gordon W. Dillon/Richard C. Peterson Essay Prize

DEADLINE: November 28, 2003
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: All, except American Orchid Society employees and their
immediate families
LENGTH: 5,000 words or less

THEME: The Dillon/Peterson Essay Prize is an annual writing
contest named in memory of two former editors of Orchids, Gordon
Dillon and Richard Peterson. The winning entry is printed in the
May issue. This year's theme is Family and Friends with Orchids.
For more information on the theme and guidelines send an email to
Jane Mengel at the address below.

PRIZES: Unspecified cash award; check with contest administrator
for details


ADDRESS: American Orchid Society, 16800 AOS Lane, Delray Beach,
FL 33446-4351

EMAIL: jmengel[at]aos.org
URL: http://www.theaos.org/publications/bulletin/guidelines.html


             Christian Essay Writing Contest

DEADLINE: November 30, 2003
GENRE: Essay
LENGTH: No word length requirement

THEME: This contest begins October 17, 2003. At the web site, you
will find five quoted scriptures which form the basis of the
subject matter for which you will be writing. You are asked to
choose a scripture and write an essay explaining the scripture's
meaning.  If you would like to address more than one scripture,
then please submit more than one essay -- one essay per scripture
please.  The writing style for this Contest is liberal. However,
to avoid plagiarism, please provide clear citations to any
reference books or Bibles that you use. Otherwise, feel free to
be creative with your writing style. The five quoted scriptures
are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

PRIZES: Five $50 prizes

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No; once you've decided upon the scripture(s)
you would like to write about, please email us at the below
address and request an "Essay Entry Number." Be sure to use your
Entry Number on your outer mailing envelope, and on each page of
your writings. Please include a cover page telling us your name,
your Essay Entry Number, the scripture you chose to write about,
and your email or mailing address.

EMAIL: KJVLuke1721[at]aol.com
URL: http://www.visionpage.info/id2.html


        2004 IRA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award

DEADLINE: December 1, 2003
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: Published children's poetry
LENGTH: Book length

THEME: The IRA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award will be
given every three years to a promising new poet of children's
poetry (for children and young adults up to grade 12) who has
published no more than two books of children's poetry. A
book-length single poem may be submitted. "Children's Poetry" is
defined as poetry, rather than light verse. The award is for
published works only. Poetry in any language may be submitted;
non-English poetry must be accompanied by an English translation.
Poetry copyrighted from 2001 to 2003 may be submitted. Poetry
will be judged on: literary merit, appeal to children, and
evidence of a fresh, insightful voice.

Publishers submitting books for committee review must send 12
copies of each entry, plus the nomination form, to the selection
committee members listed on the web pages at the URL below.

PRIZES: $500


URL: http://www.reading.org/pdf/ag_hopkins.pdf


               Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

DEADLINE: December 1, 2001
GENRE: Essay
LENGTH: 3,500 words or less

THEME: Any subject relating to the goal of the Naval Institute:
"to provide an open forum for those who dare to read, think,
speak, and write in order to advance professional, literary, and
scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical
to national security."

PRIZES: 1st: $3,000; 2nd: $2,000; 3rd: $1,000; all prizes include
medals, publication in "Proceedings", and one-year membership in
the Naval Institute.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, include the name of the essay contest in
the subject line of your email and your essay as an attachment.
Because essays are judged without knowing the author's identity,
your attached essay's cover page must consist of a motto instead
of your name, the essay's title, and the word count (excluding
text within graphic elements or footnotes).

ADDRESS: Arleigh Burke Essay Contest, US Naval Institute, 291
Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402-5034

EMAIL: essays[at]navalinstitute.org
URL: http://www.usni.org/membership/contests.htm


            The Humanist Essay Contest

DEADLINE: December 1, 2003
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: Under 25 years old
LENGTH: 2,500 words or less

THEME: Humanistic essays applying head and heart to any subject
or field of endeavor are welcome.  Entrants should express their
views based on the interpretation of humanism that appears on the
inside front cover of the Humanist Magazine. See web site for the
statement and a list of possible topics.

PRIZES: 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $400; 3rd: $100


ADDRESS: The Humanist Essay Contest, 1777 T St, NW, Washington,
DC 20009-7125

URL: http://www.thehumanist.org/essaycontest.html



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