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Issue 3:25          12,800 subscribers          December 11, 2003

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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Looking Beyond the Obvious, by Karen Luna Ray
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Should you query for photos?
            by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Are You Addicted to Books? by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Goodbye to 2003!
This is our last newsletter of the year (we all take a
much-deserved break over Christmas), and as Peggy said, it just
doesn't seem possible!  This year seems to have flown by -- I'm
still trying to remember to put 2003 on my checks!  Perhaps it's
a function of "getting old(er)" -- each year seems to pass more
quickly than the last.  But everyone I've talked to says the
same, including folks who seem (to me) too young to be feeling
the passage of time quite the same way as us older fogies.

Maybe it's not a function of getting older.  Maybe it's a
function of life getting progressively faster.  The down-side of
being able to work at lightning speed is that one seems to ALWAYS
be working at lightning speed.  All our wonderful labor-saving
devices seem to simply provide time for more labor.

I recall, as a child, being reminded that "time flies when you're
having fun."  Today, it seems to fly pretty darn fast when you're
not having fun!  I'm beginning to wonder if the reason time no
longer passes at such a leisurely pace as it did, say, twenty
years ago is simply because we no longer pass time in a leisurely
way.  The holidays always seem to bring this unleisurely
lifestyle into focus -- the time of year that should be the most
reflective always manages to become the most frantic.

I suspect this is particularly true for those of us who are
freelancers.  The gainfully employed have official (paid)
holidays; the self-employed have to grant THEMSELVES permission
to take a vacation.  And all too often, all we can think about is
the next deadline or the next bill that needs to be paid -- and
we decide to bring leisure and balance back into our lives NEXT
year. Maybe.

I'll save the New Year's resolutions for our next issue.  For
now, if you feel like the holidays are passing you by (or maybe
wish they would), may I suggest taking a moment to try to
recapture those leisurely feelings of yore?  Take a cocoa break.
Put on some carols or whatever soothes your spirit.  Watch your
favorite holiday video.  Nibble your favorite holiday snack, even
if it's NOT approved by South Beach or Atkins or whatever.
Deadlines will always be with us, but the holidays only come once
a year -- and it is a pity to wish that they didn't!

Finished at Last...
You probably wondered if I'd ever say this!  But it's true --
almost!  The guides are 90% finished -- to the point that, if you
have purchased guides, you will be receiving an e-mail today,
yes, TODAY, telling you where to download your copies.  I'm still
wrapping up the travel guide, and by extension, the sports and
recreation guide, as these two have a bit of overlap -- but
they'll be done by the weekend.  All the others are finished,
PDF'd, and posted -- and if I do say so myself, they provide an
impressive selection of markets!  (I'll give you the final market
count in the January 8 issue.)  Thank you all for your patience!
(And if you haven't bought your guides yet, what a wonderful
holiday present to yourself that would be!  Find out more at

A Desperate Cry for HELP!!!
I am still in desperate need of market information for my
upcoming article for The Writer.  The purpose of the article is
to let writers share their favorite markets -- i.e., the best
markets from writers' perspective.  So if you have a favorite
publication that you enjoy writing for -- whether because it pays
well, or is particularly responsive, or is just easy to work for
-- PLEASE let me know!  Markets must be paying and U.S.-based;
I'm looking for print publications AND online markets.  And when
I say "market," I mean "a publication," not a generic market
area.  I.e., I need to know that your favorite market is "Woman's
Day," not "women's magazines."  All I need is the name of the
market and a brief paragraph explaining why you like to write for
it.  My deadline is looming, so if you can help, please help

Half-Price Bookshelf (Advertising) Sale
Do you have a new book out?  Want to spread the word to visitors
to Writing-World.com?  For a very limited time, I'm offering a
half-off sale on Author's Bookshelf advertising.  This sale
applies to one-year ads beginning in January 2004.  The regular
rate for a one-year Bookshelf ad is $100, but anyone who signs up
(or renews) between now and December 31 can get one full year on
the Bookshelf for $50.  If you already have an ad running that
isn't due for renewal yet, you can still take advantage of this
offer -- I'll just add the year to your current advertising term.
Again, this offer expires on December 31.  (The half-price offer
also applies to multiple books -- additional books will cost $25
for one year instead of the usual $50.) A listing on the Author's
Bookshelf consists of a picture of your book and the title on the
main bookshelf page, with a link to either your own website (or
site of your choice) or to your own "book" page on
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And Finally, The Perfect Holiday Gift...
Yep, it's still available -- my Apple G3 ibook Laptop.  It has a
12.1-inch screen, 10GB of memory, 256 Mh, read-only CD-ROM drive,
OS X and 9.1, with all the original software.  Perfect condition;
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out before Christmas, so let me know if you're interested!

And that's all for 2003, folks!  Our next issue will be January
8, 2004.  I'll be out of town (and away from my e-mail from
December 22-27), so from everyone at Writing-World.com, Merry
Christmas, Happy New Year, and/or "Seasonal Greeting of Your

                 -- Moira Allen (moirakallen"at"writing-world.com)

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Editor & Publisher goes monthly in 2004
Editor & Publisher magazine will go from weekly to monthly in
January 2004. The enlarged print edition will focus on industry
trends, commentary and feature profiles, while news stories and
other timely reports will be posted on E&P's web site as they
happen. "This shift will enable us to keep pace with the changes
in the news industry which, thanks to the Internet, wants
information now, not next week," said Michael Parker, president
of the Marketing/Media & Arts Group of E&P parent VNU. "E&P,
essentially, will be changing to an hourly frequency while
maintaining its print presence."

Canada Post will raise rates in January
The cost of mailing a letter in Canada is going up in the new
year. Canada Post has announced the price of sending someone a
letter or paying a bill is going to cost a pretty penny in 2004
-- they're raising rates on domestic postage by one cent, to 49
cents. A letter to the US will cost 80 cents; the current rate is
65 cents for a standard letter. Mailing a letter to an
international destination will also increase from $1.25 to $1.40.
Canada Post blames inflation for the rise, but points out the
country's mailing costs compare "favourably" with what residents
in other countries currently pay. The new rates go into effect
January 12, 2004. For more information: http://www.canadapost.ca

Amazon.com and Borders renew ecommerce alliance
Amazon.com, Inc. and Borders Group, Inc. have announced a
multi-year extension of their ecommerce alliance. Under their
agreement, Amazon.com provides Borders Group with ecommerce
solutions in the form of technology services, site content,
product selection, and customer service for the "Borders teamed
with Amazon.com" (Borders.com) and "Waldenbooks teamed with
Amazon.com" (Waldenbooks.com) websites. Sales through the sites
are recorded by Amazon.com with Borders Group receiving a
percentage of sales. The Amazon.com-powered Borders and
Waldenbooks web sites offer books, music, video and DVDs, plus
editorial reviews, personalization and recommendations, 1-Click
ordering, and other shopping technology tools available to
Amazon.com customers.

College and alumni publication market thriving
According to the 16th Edition of the National Directory of
Magazines, college student and alumni publications outnumber any
other category, with more than 1,000 different magazines. Today
there are more than 500 college student and 500 alumni magazines,
but only 237 women's magazines. Other top magazine categories
are: Medicine, 937; Religion and Theology, 711 and Regional
Interest with 616 magazines. "The college and alumni publication
market is thriving because of their loyal subscription base, and
their affordable advertising rates," said Deborah Striplin,
Editorial Director for the National Directory of Magazines.

Magnetic Poetry launches kids poetry anthology online
Kids have already started logging onto Magnetic Poetry, a
Minneapolis-based company popular for its magnetic poetry tool,
to create and post poetry. "We've always thought that Magnetic
Poetry was a great tool for helping kids learn," says Dave
Kapell, founder and creator of Magnetic Poetry. "This online
application is beautiful because kids view it not as educational,
but just plain fun. It's also a great for educators and parents
to teach kids a bit about poetry and expressing oneself." The
site features five different word lists including Magnetic
Poetry's Kid's Kit, First Words, Storymaker, Best Friends, and
Dog Lover. To use the anthology kids choose a word kit, a
background or "word playground" (a fridge, locker or clipboard)
and begin clicking and dragging words to instantly create poetry.
When kids create something they are especially proud of, they can
send it to three of their friends and post it to the Kids Poetry
Collection. Or if they'd like to start over, they just click
reset and try again. Magnetic Poetry online is recommended for
kids ages 4 and up: http://www.magneticpoetry.com

iReadNet launches PubBuzz
iReadNet has launched a video news service exclusively for people
who read. The launch was announced by company president and
founder, Kurt Aldag. The new web-based video news service, called
PubBuzz, recently began streaming 60 videos of author news and
book events, which can be accessed for free from the iReadNet
homepage or directly at: http://www.pubbuzz.com

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                        by Karen Luna Ray (karenray"at"1starnet.com)

What constitutes thoroughly researching a publication before
submitting a query, in your opinion? If you have obtained the
writer's guidelines and read an issue or two of the publication,
you are headed in the right direction. On the other hand, if
you've stopped there, you have not completed your homework.

Take the study of your prospective audience one step further.
Delve a little deeper into what the publication is all about.
What is the magazine's statement of purpose? Perhaps you have a
travel article in mind that you would like to submit to a
magazine whose focus is on families spending more time together.
You have found two prospective targets for your article. One
magazine's mission is helping families spend time together, but
with an emphasis on education. The other magazine's purpose is to
provide information and inspiration for families to spend time
together with an emphasis on fun. If your article is about
visiting Washington, Arkansas, one time Confederate Capital, you
would target the first publication, whereas you would target the
second if you were planning to write about a fun weekend of
canoeing and horseback riding at a dude ranch or spending the day
at a theme park.

Learn more by reading the letter from the editor located in the
front of most magazines. The goal is to get your finger on the
pulse of the readership.

Find out who is most likely to be reading the publication. Where
do they live? If the readership is spread out across the US, try
to pinpoint where the highest percentage of readers is located.
Some subjects are universal, of course, but as I once learned
from a co-worker, if you are writing about travels in Oklahoma
and providing a list of great restaurants, with recommendations
on foods one might order, and your readership is mostly in Maine,
then you had best be clarifying what chicken fried steak is.

What age is the average reader of the publication? Are there
children in the household?  What is the age span of those
children? For obvious reasons the answers to these questions will
make a difference in your article submissions.

What is the average number of children per household? If you are
writing for readers who, on the average, have several children,
as opposed to a single child family, their outlook will vary on
many matters. Even though they may both be interested in subjects
concerning children, those subjects will not be applied in their
every day life in just the same way. The more information you
have about your reader, the better you can address their

The average income of the readership also holds a key to what
subjects they will find of interest. The higher income reader
with one child probably will not be as interested in tips on
frugality as the lower income reader with three children. Are you
writing for stay-at-home moms, or for moms who work outside the
home? One audience may be interested in cooking from scratch and
tips for cleaning her home more efficiently, while the other
finds it more interesting to read about what qualities to look
for when hiring a cleaning service and recipes for quick and
nutritious meals she can serve her family after a day of working
outside the home, with an emphasis on quick.

Is your article directed toward women who are married, or women
who are single? Some things will always be the same in dealing
with children, but a single parent has an entirely different set
of problems than a married parent. What is the average reader's
level of education?

All these things matter in the overall picture. Finishing your
homework by doing a complete research on the publication you wish
to write for will make it easier to find the pulse of the
readership. The more you do, the more likely you are to gain a
sale. While you may not find all of this information in a print
magazine, most, if not all, magazines now have a website. Some
offer more information about their market than others. Check out
the links to "Advertising Information" on a magazine's website to
find reader and circulation profiles, as well as the primary
location of readers. "About Us" will provide you with the
magazine's mission or statement of purpose. A perfect example of
what information one can find regarding their prospective
audience can be found on the website of Mothering:

Look beyond the obvious. Finish your homework and you will be
better prepared to target the reader of the publication you
choose to submit to.


Karen Luna Ray is a freelance writer living in southeastern
Oklahoma with her husband and two children. Her writing interests
include nonfiction, parenting, and humor. Karen's work has been
published in Reunions Magazine, North American Manx Association
Bulletin, and various newspapers.

Copyright (c) 2003 by Karen Luna Ray

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                   by Moira Allen (moirakallen"at"writing-world.com)

Should You Query For Photos?

Q: Is there a similar query format that photographers can use
(like the way you mentioned about the writers), when sending a
query to have photos sold or to get other work? I know what you
mean about discussing credentials. Usually, I have noticed that a
resume, or brochure be enclosed. Is it still wise to mention them
with brevity? How long should the query be?

A: When it comes to submitting photos, I have to draw on my
experience as an editor -- i.e., what the packages looked like
that came to my office. Generally, I think they contained a very
brief cover letter, as you can't really "sell" your images
through a letter the way you can sell an article. When querying
for an article, your letter is going to reflect your writing
style, so the editor can get an impression of how well the
article might be written or organized. However, no amount of good
writing can sell a photo; you could be a wonderful writer and a
lousy photographer.

I don't recall ever getting a "query" regarding photos. Instead,
photographers would simply submit a package of samples. If you
want to approach magazines, the first thing you ought to do is
contact some appropriate publications for their photo guidelines.
Keep in mind that magazines aren't going to give you
"assignments" until they know your work, which means that you'll
need to start submitting actual photo packages related to the
content of a particular publication.

For example, I worked for a dog magazine. So, naturally, we'd get
lots of photos of dogs. The more professional photographers would
send a selection of three or four plastic sleeve-pages of 35mm
slides. Those who were not submitting material specifically
targeting something we'd requested in our guidelines would just
send a lot of really nice dog shots, which would be enough  to
give us an idea of whether we wanted to work with the
photographer in the future. Sometimes we'd find something we
could buy on the spot; more often, we'd send back our photo
needs, which would list the types of articles coming up over the
next six months. The photographers would then generally send in
packages targeting those needs -- e.g., photos of particular
breeds to go with our monthly breed profiles, or photos of
specific subjects like "dogs eating" or "dogs hiking".

Out of all the folks who would send photos, we only had three or
four photographers that we would actually give assignments to --
i.e., the absolute "top of the line" folks. Keep in mind that in
giving an assignment, we might be asking a photographer to set up
a fairly complex photo shoot (for example, in one case we were
asking a photographer to set up a shoot of a Newfoundland doing
water retrieval work -- NOT your average, everyday subject!).

Thus, the majority of photos, as far as I know, are sold more on
a "stock" photo basis -- you send a selection of images and hope
that the publication can use something you have. Sending a
resume, brochure, cover letter, etc., isn't nearly as likely to
make an impression.

If you haven't done so already, I'd recommend getting a copy of
"The Photographer's Market," which is put out by Writers Digest
Books. It will give you a lot of basic information on how to make
contact, along with an excellent guide to markets.

For more information, see the "Taking and Selling Photos" section
under "Freelancing Tips" 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

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JUST FOR FUN: Are You Addicted to Books?
                   by Moira Allen (moirakallen"at"writing-world.com)

Are you addicted to books?  Use this handy "addiction checklist"
to determine whether you can "give up books any time you want" --
or whether you need serious help!

__ I frequently (once or twice a day) find that my conversation
centers on a book I have read.

__ I read to deal with tension or stress.

__ Most of my friends and acquaintances also read books.

__ I have lost days of school or work due to getting "absorbed"
in a book.

__ I  have had the shakes when I have to go for a prolonged
period of time without reading (e.g., waiting for an appointment,
standing in line).

__ I regularly read a book upon awakening, before eating, or
while at work.

__ I have been arrested for driving while reading (or for braking
too abruptly at "book sale" signs)

__ I have periods of time that can't be remembered -- e.g., I
picked up a book and when I put it down, found that several hours
had unaccountably elapsed. (This condition is known medically as

__ Family members think reading and buying books is a problem for

__ I have tried to stop buying books, but cannot. (A good test is
going for six weeks without entering a book store or visiting
Amazon.com online without experiencing physical or emotional

__ I often double up on buying books and/or "gulp" books or buy
more books than other people.

__ I often read books to "get ready" for a social occasion.

__ I hide books so that my family won't know how many I have

__ I often read books by myself.

__ I often read more than one book a day, or more than one book
at a time (e.g., one at home, one in the office).

__ My reading has led to conflict with friends or family members
(e.g., "Isn't dinner ready?" or "Come to dinner before it gets
cold" or "Come to bed" or "Put the light out and go to sleep!")

If you scored 0-8 on this checklist, it's amazing that you're
reading this at all.  If you scored 8-12, you should probably
plan your errand routes to avoid Barnes and Noble and other
sources of temptation.  If you scored 12-16 -- you need help!
Fortunately, there are LOTS of self-help books out there...


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




Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Sending Simultaneous Submissions; Submitting Two Books to the
Same Publisher; Submitting a Series Synopsis

Imagination's Edge, by Paula Fleming
Writing for Themed Anthologies

The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
Should You Pay an Agent to Rewrite a Script?  Will Studios Steal
Your Ideas?


Creating an Expert File, by Kathryn Lay



Victoria Brooks, Editor-in-Chief
Suite 310, 318 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2V2, Canada
EMAIL: editor"at"greatestescapes.com
URL: http://greatestescapes.com

GreatestEscapes.com, now in its third year, is the Internet
webzine for sophisticated world travelers seeking adventure. It
may be the soft adventure of discovery for those who want an
intellectual challenge, or the hard-edged exploits of those who
prefer to conquer remote destinations. Greatest Escapes is
dedicated to the world's greatest and most unusual escapes.

We prefer stories set in offbeat, exotic locations, but popular
tourists' destinations presented with fresh perspective are also
acceptable. We look for vivid description based on meticulous
observation. Every article must be written with a personal voice
and point-of-view and with enough detail that readers can
discover (or rediscover) a place through the writer's eyes.
Typically, this means stories are written in the first person,
though we are open to other styles. We look for humor, action,
quotes and conversations that show interaction with local people,
other travelers, tour guides or travel companions.

We publish features, departments, short anecdotes, photo essays
with short, creative text and even short briefs that illuminate a
particular destination or its people. See web site for detailed

LENGTH: 1,000-1,300 words
PAYMENT: Features: $100; On Location Dept: $50
RIGHTS: First Internet rights and re-publishing rights
SUBMISSIONS: Send queries or manuscripts to both Victoria Brooks
(editor"at"greatestescapes.com) and to the assistant to the editor
(assist"at"home.com) by email, as an attachment or in the body of
GUIDELINES: http://greatestescapes.com/writersguidelines.html


William H. Thompson, III, Editor
PO Box 110, Marietta, OH 45750
URL: http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com

Bird Watcher's Digest's audience ranges from the backyard bird
watcher to the knowledgeable field birder. In each issue, we
include material that will appeal to the novice birder as well as
the experienced bird watcher. We strive for a good geographical
spread, with material from every part of North America. We leave
technical matters to others, but we want facts and accuracy,
depth and quality, in thoroughly researched articles that
emphasize the joys and pleasures of bird watching. We are
especially interested in fresh, engaging accounts of closely
observed bird behavior and of bird watching experiences and
expeditions. Regular features include birding travel articles
(Far Afield), species profiles, and articles on attracting,
feeding, and housing backyard birds (The Backyard); backyard
how-to projects for birds (My Way); and how to improve birding

LENGTH: 700-3,000 words
RIGHTS: First or second rights
PAYMENT: First rights: $100; Second (reprint) rights: $50; plus a
nominal fee is paid for additional editorial use, such as on our
web site
SUBMISSIONS: We prefer to receive submissions by regular mail
rather than by fax or email. Please see detailed submission
guidelines at web site.


Patricia Smith, Editor
3655 Ruffin Road, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123
EMAIL:  submissions"at"computoredge.com
URL: http://www.computoredge.com

ComputorEdge is the nation's largest regional computer weekly
magazine, with editions in Southern California and Colorado.
Become familiar with the magazine. Each issue has a specific
theme. You'll find the current issue and archived copies of both
magazines, and access the Editorial Calendar at the web site.
Freelance writers contribute to most sections of the magazine. CE
writers use a style that is easily understood by novice and
intermediate computer users, as well as educated readers and
experts. Our writers are clear and conversational. They share
their technical expertise in a relaxed, personable manner without
unnecessary techno-jargon. This is a rare combination of talents.

LENGTH: Feature articles: 1,000-1,200 words; Beyond Personal
Computing (BPC) section: 800-1,000 words; Mac Madness and I Don't
Do Windows columns (open to freelancers): 800-900 words PAYMENT:
Feature articles: $100 for publication in one magazine and $150
for publication in San Diego and Colorado magazines; BPC: $50 for
one and $75 for two; Columns: $75 for one and $110 for two.
RIGHTS: FNASR and electronic rights
HOW TO SUBMIT: Submit an email query first. Do not include
attachments. Put the issue number for which you wish to write in
the subject line of your email message. See complete guidelines
at web site.


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. For more
contests, check our online contests section.


     2nd Annual Firebrand Fiction/SFReader.com Story Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2003
GENRE: Fiction with speculative element
LENGTH: 1,000-6,000 words

THEME: SFReader.com is rapidly gaining acclaim for its commitment
to promoting both established authors and new writers and
publishers, as well as its no-holds-barred reviews. If you're an
unpublished writer, or a writer with only a few credits under
your byline, the annual fiction contest could be your chance to
step into the spotlight -- and gain a few bucks in the bargain.
What kind of fiction are we looking for? We're looking for
stories where the speculative element is integral to the story,
whether it be horror, slipstream, fantasy, science fiction,
steampunk, or alternate history or any other sub-genre.

PRIZES: 1st: $200, and an author's interview to be posted in our
interview section; 2nd: $100, and publication; 3rd: $50, and
publication; Up to 3 honorable mentions will be considered for
publication at $20.00 per story

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, as Rich Text Format (.rtf) attachments or
as text embedded in the body of an email.

ADDRESS: Daniel E. Blackston, 3232 S 1st St., Springfield, IL

EMAIL: editor"at"sfreader.com
URL: http://www.sfreader.com/story_contest.asp


              Flash Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2003
GENRE: Flash fiction
LENGTH: 1,000 words or less

THEME: No specific theme. Write a good story. Attention to
spelling and punctuation will also be a determining factor in the
editor's choice. See web site for Flash Fiction story samples:

PRIZE: $50 and publication in Storyteller Magazine

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, send in the body of message, Times New
Roman 12 pt, single-spaced, extra space between paragraphs. No

EMAIL: ancient12"at"linkamerica.net
URL: http://www.geocities.com/rickywrites/contest.html


        Desdmona's Erotic Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: January 1, 2004
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: 18 years and older
LENGTH: 1,500-3,500 words

THEME: We anticipate a lot of well-developed erotic stories that
pull us in, make us hot, and deliver satisfaction. Heterosexual
stories are a mainstay in erotic fiction, and we love them. But
we also encourage gay and lesbian authors to participate. Be
creative and original. Seduce us with your words! Our provider
does not permit child pornography; please, no underage sex.

PRIZES: 1st: $200; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $50 Third prize; Honorable
Mention prizes of $20 may be awarded

Copy and paste "Entry Text" posted at web site into body of

EMAIL: contest"at"desdmona.com
URL: http://www.desdmona.com/contestsubmit.asp


              Levis Reading Prize

DEADLINE: January 15, 2004
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: Book of poetry published in 2003
LENGTH: 48 pages or more

THEME: In memory of distinguished poet Larry Levis, the English
Department at Virginia Commonwealth University aims to encourage
poets early in their careers by sponsoring an award for the best
first or second book of poetry. Entries may be submitted by
either author or publisher, and must include a copy of the book,
a cover letter, and a brief biography of the author including
previous publications. Entries from vanity presses are not

PRIZE: $1,000 and expenses paid to Richmond, VA to present a
public reading in September 2004.


ADDRESS: Levis Reading Prize, VCU Department of English, PO Box
842005, Richmond, VA 23284-2005

EMAIL: eng_grad"at"vcu.edu
URL: http://www.has.vcu.edu/eng/resources/levis_prize.htm


        2003 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize

DEADLINE: January 15, 2004
GENRE: Louisiana history
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: Since 1974, the Historic New Orleans Collection and the
Louisiana Historical Association have offered prizes to encourage
excellence in research and writing about Louisiana history. The
Kemper and Leila Williams Prize is named for the founders of the
Historic New Orleans Collection. During the past two decades, the
book prize has honored a distinguished list of titles in American
and Southern history. Submit 4 copies of work and 4 copies of
nomination form printed from web site:

PRIZE: $1,500 and engraved plaque


ADDRESS: Chair, Kemper and Leila Williams Prize, Historic New
Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179

URL: http://www.hnoc.org


             Summerfield G. Roberts Award

DEADLINE: January 15, 2004
OPEN TO: Creative writing written or published in 2003
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: The purpose of this award is to encourage literary effort
and research about historical events and personalities during the
days of the Republic of Texas,1836-1846, and to stimulate
interest in this period. The judges determine which entry best
portrays the spirit, character, strength, and deeds of those who
lived in the Republic of Texas.

PRIZE: $2,500


ADDRESS: SRT Headquarters, 1717 Eighth Street, Bay City,
Texas 77414

EMAIL: srttexas"at"srttexas.org
URL: http://www.srttexas.org/sumfield.html



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