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Issue 3:23          12,500 subscribers          November 13, 2003
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Ten Tips on Beating the Blues, by Lynn Alfino
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do I know if I have talent?
            by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Poet's Progress, by Barbara J. Petoskey
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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GUIDE UPDATE
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I really, really wanted to be able to declare "they're done!" in
this editorial -- but it is not to be.  Actually, most of the
guides have only just come back from the editors as of Monday
(and one still hasn't shown up).  However, I'm confident that if
I give up little things like eating, sleeping, chatting with
hubby and petting cats (well, no, I have to draw the line
somewhere), they'll be finished some time next week.  (Hmm, maybe
if I gave up E-MAIL...)  Meanwhile, I appreciate everyone's
patience.  The editors are doing a fabulous job; it wouldn't be
happening (well, not before Christmas, at this rate!) without
them!


JENNA GLATZER AIMS FOR AMAZON'S TOP 10 LIST
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I don't normally run this sort of announcement, but given the
amount of "free stuff" involved, I decided to go with it...

Jenna Glazter, editor of AbsoluteWrite, is trying to hit the
Amazon.com Top 10 list with her new book, "Outwitting Writer's
Block and Other Problems of the Pen."  Her goal is to prove to
bookstores that her book is in demand (and thus convince more of
them to stock it!).  Therefore, she's offering more than
$70-worth of free goodies to anyone who purchases the book on
Wednesday, November 19.

Most of the freebies are e-books, including:
* Freebies for Writers
* Sell the Fun Stuff: Writers' and Artists Market Guidelines for
  Greeting Cards, Posters, Rubber Stamps, T-Shirts, Aprons, Bumper
  Stickers, Doormats and More!
* Dig Into Your Dreams: A Starter Course for the Especially
  Scared
* Ezines 101
* A free subscription to the Premium edition of the Absolute
  Markets Newsletter (this newsletter is packed with markets --
  that's coming from me, not from Jenna's promo)

To qualify for the freebies, order the book from Amazon.com at
the link below any time on November 19th.  Then forward your
receipt to Jenna at outwitting[at]sendfree.com and you'll receive
your bonuses, "not to mention Jenna's eternal gratitude."  For
more information, see http://www.absolutewrite.com/outwitting.htm

Order link:
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Remember, this offer is ONLY good on November 19, so DON'T order
today!


THAT'S ALL, FOLKS...
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Life has not been particularly interesting over the last two
weeks, since I've spent most of it doing market guides.  And in
the interest of getting BACK to those guides (I'm editing "trade
magazines" now, and you can imagine how exciting that is), I'm
going to cut this editorial short and get back to work!


                 -- Moira Allen 

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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BookZone shuts down
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BookZone, a Web hosting and digital publishing services vendor
that targeted independent publishers, is selling off its assets
and will shut down operations this month. Launched in Scottsdale,
Arizona, in 1994, by founder and chairman Mary Westheimer,
BookZone started as an early online book retailer before adding a
full range of electronic publishing, e-commerce, and back-office
software services. Westheimer blamed personal health problems for
her decision to shut the business. She said she was selling major
assets of the firm, including its Web hosting services, to Aesir
Networks of Longview, Texas. According to Westheimer, BookZone
executive managers have already left the company and only
technical staff remained.

The mystery of the disappearing print function
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Amazon.com's book-searching feature, "Search Inside the Book," no
longer allows users to print pages from within books. The move is
interpreted by the Authors Guild as a response to authors who
feared the tool could give users too much free content at the
expense of book sales. The new feature allows users to search the
complete text of books for words and phrases. According to
Authors Guild Executive Director Paul Aiken, authors were
concerned that readers might print pages from cookbooks, travel
guides, and other reference books, instead of buying the book.
Steve Kessel, VP for Amazon.com, refused to confirm that Amazon
changed the feature or whether users have the ability to print
pages from books. He did say that 15 authors requested that their
books be removed from the database, but added he did not know of
any other authors' complaints. Aiken said the search feature is
promising, especially in helping boost lesser known titles,
adding: "we just think it needs a little work."

Amazon opens up Canadian Marketplace
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Amazon.ca has launched a Marketplace feature, which allows the
company to sell used books to the Canadian market. The program
works the same way as Amazon.com Marketplace in the U.S., allowing
individuals or businesses to list items for sale on Amazon.ca's
site and fulfill the orders themselves. The Marketplace feature
accounts for 22% of the company's unit sales and a significant
amount of Amazon.com's annual growth. Marven Krug, general
manager of Amazon.ca, said, "Amazon Marketplace connects buyers
and sellers in a whole new way, and creates real value for
customers by offering them more choices when making a purchase.
It's a new layer on top of our existing retail."

Wisconsin law will make libraries report to parents
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The Wisconsin State Assembly has given preliminary approval to
(and the State Senate has already passed) legislation that will
force libraries to provide parents with records of materials
borrowed by children 16 and under upon request. State
Representative Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids) used
parliamentary rules to try and stop the bill. "It's a major
invasion of the right of privacy of children," he said. "Children
need to understand their rights are protected, and if government
won't protect their rights, nobody will." The state bar has
opposed the bill, while the Dept. of Public Instruction has
recommended changing the ceiling age to 14. The issue was first
raised when a couple was told by library staff that they couldn't
tell them the title of their child's overdue book. State Senator
Fred Risser (D-Madison) said children should be encouraged to use
public libraries to learn more about any subject they're
interested in, including some issues they may be unable or
unwilling to discuss with their parents, saying, "I don't know
why we should have the public libraries be an investigative arm
for parents."

National Newspaper Week
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November 9-15 is National Newspaper Week, which began in 1940
when there were 1,878 daily newspapers in the US. Today, there
are 1,457. Readership has also been on a steady decline with
circulation of all dailies slipping by almost 8 million over the
past 20 years. Newspaper publishers acknowledge they haven't
attracted the younger TV and Internet generations.

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TEN TIPS ON BEATING THE BLUES
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                        by Lynn Alfino 

The writing lifestyle isn't exactly a communal enterprise. While
we need to immerse ourselves in our work, sitting glued to the
keyboard for days with no social interaction can wreak havoc on
our physical and emotional health. Being sedentary and socially
isolated can contribute to depression, weight gain, and poor
productivity.

I learned the hard way. Early writing success and regular
assignments soon led to 18-hour stretches at the computer with
few breaks and little outside contact. Exercise was a foreign
concept and to compound the problem, I was living and working in
the same small room (which had taken on the ambience of a prison
cell). Within six months, a 30-pound weight gain, increasing
depression, and lack of contact with friends made me realize how
unbalanced my life had become. I knew I had to do something.

Online writers' groups provided much needed camaraderie and
professional writing advice. The eclectic mix included
well-established full-time writers, part-timers holding down
outside jobs, and those in the throes of shopping articles around
for their first sales. Many were successfully juggling writing,
work and family responsibilities. So I set out to discover their
secrets for keeping mind, body and soul together.

I posted an online invitation for interested writers to share
details of their health and work habits. More than 20 writers
responded within one week. Using these writers' responses, I've
developed 10 tips writers can use to be healthier and happier.

Schedule regular breaks
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The importance of taking breaks throughout the day was cited by
three-quarters of the respondents. One third said they eat dinner
outside their work area to give themselves a break.

Move those bones
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About half of the respondents admitted to weight gains, ranging
from a few to more than fifty pounds, since they began writing in
earnest. Exercise can help ward off lethargy and depression, and
jump-start your thought process through increased blood
circulation. Whether you choose to walk your dog or run on a
treadmill at a local gym, physical activity can make you feel
better and increase your productivity.

Try different work areas
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Varying your workspace might provide new visual and sensory
stimulation. Editing or writing drafts in your family room can be
a good way to be with others while still working on your latest
project. A trek to the local library can also provide social
interaction, albeit peripheral, and remind us we're part of the
living. If noise is a problem, try wearing foam earplugs.

Make a writing schedule
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Some writers hold other jobs and must carve out a special time in
the evenings or weekends to pursue their craft. Scheduling your
writing, even jotting the time in your calendar, can help ensure
a balance between solitude and time with others.

Get dressed
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For some writers, staying in their bathrobes may subconsciously
encourage slacking off, while getting showered and dressed may
give their brains the message that it is time for business.

Keep communicating
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If you are a sociable type, giving up an outside job to write
full-time from home can come as a big shock. Gone are the
opportunities for water cooler interaction with co-workers. If
you are committed to working from home, participating in a
writers' group can help provide a sense of community. Calling
friends or even chatting with local storekeepers can provide the
human voice you occasionally need to hear while you're working.

Create an open workspace
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Even if your workspace is a windowless closet, a favorite
painting, plant, or cut flowers can remind you that there's a
world out there. Natural beauty can provide the visual
inspiration so necessary to refresh the soul and ready the mind
of the work period ahead.

Clue in to fatigue
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Sleep disorders such as insomnia or oversleeping plague many of
us, and may be symptoms of anxiety, stress and imbalance.
Immersing yourself in a character for a novel or intensive
research for nonfiction can mean you are tired for a long period
and not really present to the moment. It's hard to produce
brilliant work when you're nodding off at the keyboard, so get
the sleep you need.

Watch out for depression
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By its very nature, writing is intensely introspective work.
Writers and poets are four times more likely than others to
suffer from depression, according to the American Association for
the Prevention of Suicide. Dickinson, Eliot, Poe, Emerson,
Faulkner, and Fitzgerald -- all suffered depressive illnesses.
For Hemingway, Woolf, and Plath, suicide followed.

Happily, gone are the days when self-destructive habits were
acceptable parts of a writer's romantic mystique. Today's writer
faces stiff competition, and it is the clear-eyed pro who meets
editorial deadlines and circulates a steady stream of queries. As
one published writer, who asked to remain anonymous, admitted in
the survey, "I've learned what every writer has to learn.
Drinking does not produce good stuff. Oh sure, it looks good at
the time, but the next morning -- it sucketh!"

Watch for signs of depression, such as feelings of unending
sadness and hopelessness; ignoring your personal hygiene;
overindulging in food, alcohol or other substances; and
withdrawing from friends and family. If you feel you are losing
your grip, don't hesitate to talk to a professional. You may have
issues to sort out before regaining your equilibrium.

Don't dismiss laughter
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The bottom line is, while the writing lifestyle invites and
requires reflection and solitude, we must make efforts to reach
out and include friends, family and community. Get out of your
chair and away from your computer, and get face-to-face with
people on a regular basis. Such fun interactions may even provide
new writing ideas!

[Originally published in Writer's Digest, April 2002]

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Lynn Alfino is a veteran freelancer whose work has appeared in
newspapers and magazines across North America. She regularly
contributes to Writer's Digest and The Writer among others, and
is currently working on her first book about the annual 1049 mile
Alaskan Iditarod Dog Sled Race. Originally from Toronto, Canada,
she now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Copyright (c) 2003 by Lynn Alfino

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THE WRITE SITES
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Shaw Guide to Writers Conferences & Workshops in December
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Or, enter any month into the search feature at the top of the
page and find an upcoming conference or workshop near you.
      http://writing.shawguides.com/search?t=December

Writers Shopping Place
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A catalogue of book listings in most genres and information about
books on writing, links to writing classes, and articles.
     http://www.writersshoppingplace.com

Writer's Cabaret
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A book review magazine designed to bring talented authors
together in one place.
     http://www.writerscabaret.com

The Book of Cliches
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This list of "phrases to say in times of trouble" has grown into
a classic cliche-site and won numerous Internet awards.
     http://utopia.knoware.nl/users/sybev/cliche/

Writing for Multimedia: A Guide
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Covering the ins and outs of writing for computer-based media
since 1996, and still 100% free.
     http://home.earthlink.net/~atomic_rom/contents.htm

Trivial Pursuit
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Play Trivial Pursuit online and sign up for the free Trivia
Question of the Day.
     http://www.trivialpursuit.com

NOTE: The "Invite an Author to Your School" site
(http://www.snowcrest.net/kidpower/authors.html), listed in the
October 16 issue, is no longer accepting new authors.

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great novel in the shortest possible time. Suitable for any level
of expertise. Free writing courses. http://www.easywaytowrite.com
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THE WRITING DESK
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                   by Moira Allen 

How Do I Know if I Have Talent?
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Q: I would like to find out how one knows whether one has a
talent for writing. Is there a certain guideline or structure
type that one can measure whether there is any talent? I only
recently discovered my passion for writing but, unfortunately,
have no idea whether I have talent and whether it is something I
should pursue as a sideline or to keep as a hobby.

A: "Talent" is a vague concept. I prefer to address the issue of
"skill" -- because skill is something you acquire with practice.
If you have a desire to write, you will have the motivation to
develop the skill needed to write WELL. I know of very few people
who are instantly, innately "good" writers -- but I know many who
became good writers through practice and dedication.

So, if you have the desire to write, the question you should be
asking is whether you have the desire to stick to it long enough
to write WELL. This does NOT happen overnight, and it often
doesn't happen easily. It can be a long, sweating, uphill process
full of frustration and rejection.

Think of it as being similar to wanting to be a doctor -- perhaps
because you have a profound desire to heal, to minister to
others, to ease suffering. That DESIRE would be the motivation
that persuades you to enter medical school -- but you'll still
require many years of training before you actually BECOME a
doctor. And, along the way, you'd learn whether you really have
what it takes, or whether this is really what you want to do. But
you wouldn't question the need for the training!

I think if there were some "test" for talent, it would prove
false far too often. Writers who, at the time of taking the test,
may exhibit absolutely no talent whatsoever would be discouraged
and assume they "don't have what it takes" -- and fail to develop
their potential. Writers who have SOME talent would probably be
led to believe that they don't need to "work" because their
talent is "innate."

So -- the real answer is -- start writing. Don't quit your day
job; it's going to take time before you can pursue writing full
time under any circumstances. But the only way to get there is to
start. Then, join an online critique group or two, and share your
work with others, so that you can get some feedback. Take a class
or two, where you can get feedback from an experienced
instructor. Find out where your weaknesses are and work on those.
But keep writing, because it is only through the act of writing
that the SKILL in writing can be developed. Ray Bradbury said
that one becomes a good writer after writing one million words,
and I'm inclined to think he was right. So get started on your
million!

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

Copyright (c) 2003 by Moira Allen

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JUST FOR FUN: Poet's Progress
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                  by Barbara J. Petoskey

The other night I dreamed I died and stood at Heaven's gate,
before that last great Editor with space to allocate.

"This is the Final Deadline. To Judgment now submit.
How did you spend your gift of time?" "As a writer, I admit."

"A writer. Ah, then tell me why I should accept you here."
"Do unto me as I did to the words I've long held dear.

I hung no helpless participles, nor flagrantly abused
the grammar rules, and I freed tangled tenses that confused

the reader.  Never would I toss polysyllables around
to make fat pages, as if I were paid by the pound.

Regarding payment, let me offer this in clarification:
the wealth earned from my writing posed my soul no great
temptation.

Famous? No, but honest. Every tempered thought rang true.
And revision made each piece the best that I could do."

As always, waiting for response created great frustration.
He spoke at last. "We'll hold this one for more consideration."

I woke at dawn in my own bed. To my robe was pinned a note:
"Overstocked -- but try again," was all St. Peter wrote.

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Barbara J. Petoskey's prose and poetry have appeared in small
publications across the country, as well as the humor collections
"The Bride of Funnyside", "The Cats' Meow!", and "The Best
Contemporary Women's Humor". She is also a contributing editor
for ByLine magazine.

Copyright (c) 2003 by Barbara J. Petoskey

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WHAT'S NEW AT WRITING-WORLD.COM
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NEW ARTICLES:
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Facing the First Draft, by Moira Allen
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/draft.shtml

The Outline Demystified, by Moira Allen
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MARKET ROUNDUP
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ANTHOLOGY: LIVING STUPID: DUMB THINGS SMART PEOPLE DO
Stephanie Marston, Editor
PO Box 31453, Santa Fe, NM 87594-1453
EMAIL: samarston[at]earthlink.net
URL: http://www.stephaniemarston.com

A Living Stupid story is a humorous, true story, that tickles
your funny bone or makes you laugh out loud. It's a story about
something you've done that later makes you smack your head and
laugh at yourself. It can even be a funny story about someone
else. Chapter headings will include dumb things people have done
At Work, Around the House, At Play, In Love, Outdoors, On
Vacation, In Friendship, With Children, With Your Parents, With
Your Pets, By Yourself, During Sex. Anecdotes should be
fun-loving -- the more outrageous the better, but keep it clean
and "printable."

DEADLINE: March 15, 2004
LENGTH: 1,200 words or less
PAYMENT: $100
RIGHTS: Anthology rights, author retains all other rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: Prefer email, will accept mailed copies
GUIDELINES: For more information send email to:
samarston[at]earthlink.net

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ANTHOLOGY:
FRANCE, A LOVE STORY: WOMEN WRITE ABOUT THE FRENCH EXPERIENCE
Camille Cusumano, Editor
1270 D Storey Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129
EMAIL: Camille_cusumano[at]csaa.com
URL: http://www.sealpress.com

Women who love France often seem united by an almost mystical
bond. This anthology will gather the essays by women who have
stories to tell about their firsthand experiences in a country
that has had an outsized influence on the world -- historically,
politically, artistically, gastronomically, and culturally. Send
your finest nonfiction writing. Whether traditional or creative
personal essays, I'm looking for more than memoir and travelogue,
though these both may lend stories appeal. I'm looking for the
strong narrative arc -- stories that build toward that satisfying
denouement -- something changed, learned, seen more clearly.
Strong character development is helpful. A good sense of humor is
desirable, though tragic accounts are welcome. Stories may be
rooted in some aspect of traveling there, the joy and/or
difficulty of living in France, an insightful moment of culture
shock, the agony and ecstasy of immersion, loves lost or gained
with French men or women. I'm looking for substance, but style is
encouraged. Send an email to Editor for a list of possible topics
to jog your imagination.

DEADLINE: December 1, 2003
LENGTH: 1,000-5,000 words
PAYMENT: $100, plus 2 copies
RIGHTS: One time anthology rights, author retains rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only, double-spaced. Please include your
name, address, phone number, email address, and a brief bio or
resume.
GUIDELINES: http://www.sealpress.com (Click on "Submission
Guidelines")

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ANTHOLOGIES:
HEARTBEATS III, JEWISH WRITERS AT THEIR BEST
HEARTBEATS ON WOMEN'S HEALTH AND PERSONAL ISSUES
Shoshana Lepon, Editor
EMAIL: lepon[at]zahav.net.il

I need stories, essays, fiction, nonfiction, humor, poems, etc.
You are welcome to send as much material as you want.

Jewish Writers at Their Best:  Any subject (Jewish or not) or
style. Not political, not didactic, not dry reportage, not
derivations of the Torah unless in creative writing style. I'm
looking for depth of emotion, whether funny, poignant, sad,
moving, or thought provoking. I'm also looking for excellence in
writing.

Women's Health and Personal Issues: Any subject such as:
pregnancy & childbirth, infertility, mikveh, women's illnesses,
growing old, beauty issues, weight, husband-wife relationships,
etc. The readers of Heartbeats span the entire spectrum of Jewish
affiliation plus non-Jews interested in Jewish writing.

LENGTH: No word length requirements
RIGHTS: One time anthology rights, author retains rights
PAYMENT: Original work: $10/printed page plus copy; Reprints:
$5/printed page plus copy
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: By email, please copy and paste in body of message.
GUIDELINES: For more information send email to: lepon[at]zahav.net.il

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Please send Market News to: 

"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"
      http://www.writing-world.com/rights/rights.shtml

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WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.
      http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

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        Half Price Books' 10th Annual Bedtime Story Contest

DEADLINE: December 1, 2003
GENRE: Children's fiction and poetry
OPEN TO: All, except employees of Half Price Books and The Texas
Bookman, or any agents or affiliates thereof.
LENGTH: Stories: up to 300 words; Poems: up to 50 lines

THEME: To promote literacy and encourage people to read, Half
Price Books will publish a book featuring the winning stories.
All proceeds from the sale of the book fund literacy and
education projects. All entries should be appropriate to be read
to and by children, ages 8 and under. We do not require our
authors to illustrate their own stories. However, if you are an
artist and would like to submit your artwork along with your
story or poem, we encourage you to do so. All entries must be
typed and include your name, address, phone number and email
address. Entries, whether mailed or emailed, that do not include
contact information will be disqualified. See our online contest
guidelines for more information.

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $200 gift card from Half Price Books;
2nd Prize: $100 gift card; 3rd Prize: $50 gift card;
Finalists: $20 gift card

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, must be in MS Word or rich text formats.

ADDRESS: Half Price Books, ATTN: Bedtime Story Contest, 5803 E
Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75231

EMAIL: saygoodnight[at]halfpricebooks.com
URL: http://www.halfpricebooks.com (Click on "Enter our Bedtime
Story Contest")

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           Koret Young Writer on Jewish Themes Award

DEADLINE: December 1, 2003
GENRE: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
OPEN TO: Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger and have
published no more than one book at the time of application.
LENGTH: 2-page description

THEME: The Koret Foundation invites applications for the 2nd
Annual Koret Young Writer on Jewish Themes Award. One writer
whose work contains Jewish themes will be awarded $25,000 and
will spend three months in residence at Stanford University. The
residency allows time for writing, teaching one course at
Stanford, and giving several workshops in collaboration with
Jewish community organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The winner will be honored at the 6th annual Koret Jewish Book
Awards ceremony in New York City on March 29, 2004.

To apply, please submit: a description of your work in progress
not exceeding two pages; a c.v. not exceeding three pages; and an
application coversheet printed from our website.

PRIZES: $25,000 Award, and three-month residency at Stanford
University.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Koret Young Writer on Jewish Themes Award, The Koret
Foundation, 33 New Montgomery Street, Suite 1090, San Francisco,
CA 94105-4526

EMAIL: koretinstitute[at]koretfoundation.org
URL: http://www.koretfoundation.org/initiatives/young_writer.shtml

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             Marion Brewington Essay Prize

DEADLINE: December 31, 2003
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: No more than 30 double-spaced typewritten pages, including
endnotes

THEME: The MdHS Maritime Committee announces the establishment of
an annual Marion Brewington Essay Prize to encourage research in
all aspects of maritime activities in Chesapeake Bay and its
tributaries. The prize is named for Marion Brewington to honor
his dedication in preserving, documenting, and recording the
maritime history of Chesapeake Bay. The committee will award the
best qualifying manuscript on an aspect of the history of
seafaring, fisheries, commerce, warfare, or recreation on
Chesapeake Bay or its tributaries. By prior arrangement, the
winning essay will be published in The American Neptune and will
be reprinted in Maryland Historical Magazine. The winning
author's name and essay title will be announced in national
maritime journals and magazines. See web page for detailed
submission guidelines.

PRIZES: $1,000 Award

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Maritime Curator, Maryland Historical Society, 201 West
Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

EMAIL: education[at]MdHS.org
URL: http://www.mdhs.org/learn_school_essay.html#maritime

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            The Griffin Poetry Prize

DEADLINE: December 31, 2003
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: Poetry books must have been published in English during
2003.
LENGTH: 48 pages or more

THEME: In each category, the prize is for the best collection of
poetry in English published during the preceding year. One prize
goes to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a
living poet or translator from any country, which may include
Canada. To be eligible for the International prize, a book of
poetry must be a first-edition collection (i.e. not previously
published in any country), written or translated in English, by a
poet/translator from any part of the world, including Canada. To
be eligible for the Canadian prize, a book of poetry must be a
first-edition collection, in English. Submissions must come from
publishers, who may enter an unlimited number of titles.

PRIZES: International Prize: $40,000 (Canadian); Canadian Prize:
$40,000 (Canadian)

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Mrs. Ruth Smith, Manager, The Griffin Trust For
Excellence In Poetry, 6610 Edwards Boulevard, Mississauga,
ON L5T 2V6, Canada

EMAIL: info[at]griffinpoetryprize.com
URL: http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/frame-rules.html

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