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Issue 4:01          12,800 subscribers            January 8, 2004

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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Top 10 Questions About Copyright Permissions
            by David Taylor
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do I organize my reprint sales?
            by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Happy New Year!
Are you remembering to write 2004 on your checks yet?  I'm not!
I'm still scratching my head and trying to figure out what
happened to 2003.  I promised myself I'd "slow down" in 2004, but
so far, I seem to have hit the ground running and not stopped
since the ball dropped in Times Square.  (I keep reminding myself
that these are "catch-up" projects that fell behind while I was
working on the guides, and once they're done...  Yeah, sure.)

The danger, of course, is that without a plan, the next year can
flit by just as quickly as the last, and leave us scratching our
heads just as hard at the end of it.  So I encourage every writer
to carve out a few days this month to sit down and take stock.
Take a look at what you did last year -- and what you didn't do.
Are there accomplishments that you'd like to repeat?  Successes
that you'd like to expand upon?  Are there things that you didn't
get to that you would like to achieve this year?  Are there
things you keep putting off, such as that novel you always wanted
to write?  Are there things you keep doing out of habit, or out
of loyalty to an old employer or customer, or because you're just
not sure what you'd do if you quit -- even though you don't want
to do them any more? Are there projects you've longed to tackle
but just haven't figured out how to start?

Without a plan, it's far too easy to fall back into the same old
rut, doing the same old things we did the year before, and the
year before that.  If those are the things we really WANT to do,
great.  But if you're constantly feeling a nagging sense that you
could be doing more, or better, or simply having more FUN, then
this is the best possible time to step back and take stock.

For more tips, see "Building a Writer's Business Plan," at

1700 Markets!
OK, I admit it -- I'm deliberately running my promo for the
Market Guides after my editorial on "planning for 2004."  Part of
my plan for 2004 is to go back over those guides myself and pick
out some markets that I want to submit to! And I have plenty to
choose from: The final tally is just over 1700 markets.  This
includes more general, consumer publications than you'll find in
The Writer's Market!

There are now fourteen themed market guides.  (The guide
originally designated as "Sports, Recreation, Auto and Aviation"
got too big, so I split out "Auto and Aviation" and combined it
with "Animals and Pets" into a new guide.)  You can still get all
14 guides for just $25 -- or pay only $5 for a single guide, or
$15 for seven guides.

Here's what customers are saying about the guides:

"The parenting and Christian publication guides are phenomenal!
I'm sure I will be referring to it as often as I refer to your
book! Thank you so much!"

"Looks amazing. I know what I'll be reading tomorrow. :)"

"Thank you so much for the literary guide.  It is outstanding!  I
have already recommended it to a friend."

"I had NO idea they would be so long."

"I must admit I'm very impressed. I opened the file expecting it
be 40 or maybe 60 pages max - 122 pages far exceeded my
expectations! Also, with each market on a new page, I found it
easy to scan through to find the ones that suit what I'm looking
for. It's a fantastic guide! I'm looking forward to receiving the
other ones."

These guides will never be more "fresher" than they are today --
so if you are looking for more places to sell your writing, check
out the list at http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml

The Contests Database is Up and Running!
The contests database is finally a reality!  It's an actual
database -- or more accurately, a series of monthly databases, as
this enables us to keep only the most current information online.
Each month can be searched by contest category (books, short
fiction, short nonfiction, poetry, scripts/screenplays, and
contests for young writers), by contest title, by deadline, or
for contests that charge no entry fee.  Our goal is to ultimately
have four months of contests online at a time; at the moment,
January, February and March are up.  (March is still "in
progress" -- I plan to finish off the last entries just as soon
as I e-mail the newsletter.)  To search for writing contests,
visit http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

Sleepless in Chantilly
Before I crawl into bed at night, I like to spend a bit of time
with a good book. And so, the other night, I picked up my
Christmas present from our esteemed managing editor, Peggy
Tibbetts -- an autographed copy of her new book, "The Road to
Weird." It was about 11 p.m., so I thought I'd just read a
chapter or three, then turn off the light.

Around midnight, I stopped kidding myself about "putting the book
down." It was about 1 a.m. when I turned the last page, having
gulped the whole book in a single sitting. The next day, I
wished I hadn't -- so that I might still have a little "Weird"
reading to look forward to!

I don't usually use this space for book reviews, but I figure
Peggy is entitled to a few perks! (Being managing editor can be a
grueling and often thankless task.) What can I say? "Weird" is
wonderful! It has earned a permanent spot on my bookshelf, and I
highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult novels with
a touch of the paranormal. For more details, visit


BTW, thanks for the toffee, too, Peggy!

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

[Managing Editor responds: What a thrill to receive this ringing
endorsement from my boss in the new year! And no, the toffee was
NOT a bribe. But, um, the best job on the Internet is "grueling
and often thankless"? Not on your life! I look forward to another
year working side-by-side with everyone's favorite editor at the
best web site for writers. To nominate Writing World.com for the
6th annual Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers, send an
email with the subject line "Best Site" to: writersdig "at" fwpubs.com
-- Peggy Tibbetts]

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Adobe opens online e-bookstore
The Adobe Digital Media Store offers books from major publishers
such as HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Random House, plus
links to electronic versions of publications such as Popular
Science and The New York Times. All are published in Adobe's
Portable Document Format (PDF), the company's widespread standard
for the electronic presentation and exchange of documents. James
Heeger, Adobe senior VP, said the store "showcases the huge
amount of compelling content now available in Adobe PDF format
and provides publishers and producers of digital content with a
vital, innovative new distribution channel, through Adobe
Reader." The new store is operated in conjunction with Content
Reserve, an electronic publishing specialist. Besides working
with major publishers, Adobe is encouraging independent
submissions of content ranging from technical reports to maps.
For more information: http://www.digitalmediastore.adobe.com

Authors wanted for interview
If you are an author and would like to be interviewed in the
Pacific Northwest, contact host Donna Seebo of "The Donna Seebo
Show." Donna's daily program is on KLAY radio, 1180 AM, (3:00
p.m. PST). The primary focus of the program is "personal
empowerment." Seebo reviews all material before booking an
interview. Send a review copy and press kit to: "The Donna Seebo
Show", PO Box 97272, Tacoma, WA 98497-0272. Contact number:
253-582-5604. For more information:

Google follows Amazon's lead with book excerpts
Google has begun an experiment with book publishers in which the
contents of the first chapters of books, reviews, or other
bibliographic information is indexed and made available to web
surfers. Google executives consider the service a test, or "beta"
version, and it is not generating revenue from either the search
information or from ads or other related information that appear
on the retrieved pages. "Google Print is consistent with what
we've been doing since Google first started," said Susan
Wojcicki, the company's director of product management. The
company is still reviewing how the service might generate
revenue. While the service does not index or provide the full
text of books, the company said it was talking about the idea of
being the host of electronic texts for publishers. "Google has a
partnership with Amazon for Web search," Wojcicki said. "The
general idea behind Google Print comes from our company mission,
which is to provide access to all the world's information and
make it universally useful and accessible." For more information:

Chinese e-ink
In December 2003, researchers with the Southwest China Normal
University announced success in building the country's first
e-paper prototype, which combined organic transistors with e-ink
that could be sprayed at very low cost on virtually any material:
plastic, metal, cloth and conventional paper. E-paper, a small,
ultra-thin, radiation-free screen that consumes little power, was
designed to imitate conventional paper and ink: flexibility, low
cost and the ability to be read using ambient light. E-paper
could be used widely in publication and advertising. "By
replacing conventional paper with e-paper, we can protect our
ecological environment by cutting less trees and minimizing
pollution brought by the traditional paper mills," said Prof. Fu
Xiangkai with the university's Applied Chemistry Institute. "You
can bring a library with you all the time when newspapers,
magazines, textbooks and novels are 'printed' on a portable
little screen." E-paper technology was first developed by the
US-based Xerox Corp. in the 1970s. In 2000, the American E-Ink
Corp. worked out the world's first e-paper prototype in
collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nonfiction author? DON'T WRITE your book-write your book proposal.
Also, learn the 1st 3 steps to getting published.  Loads of
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                          by David Taylor (info "at" peakwriting.com)

When I first attended a Rodale Press workshop on legal issues for
editors, I was stunned by how much I didn't know, and by the fact
that there weren't more editors and writers serving time in our
nation's fine penitentiaries. Then I realized that if, as a
freelancer, I hadn't known this stuff, then gosh, maybe the
freelancers wanting to write for me didn't know it either. And if
they made a mistake that caused trouble, I was responsible.

The bedrock of a freelancer's relationship with an editor is
trust. Anything that softens that trust is bad. Anything that
builds trust, like say, your expert knowledge of the law
regarding copyright permissions, will make an editor smile --
with confidence in you.

Top 10 Questions
Want a good reason to be well versed in copyright permission
codes? As a freelancer, it's your job to get permissions. And the
editor's rear end if you don't. Editors do not like getting calls
from lawyers. Makes their stomach drop and skin prickle. Lawyers
never call with good news. Only when there's trouble, the kind
that gets you noticed by people with "Senior Vice President" and
other such scary titles after their name. If you, the freelancer,
are the cause of that trouble, you will be made to pay, one way
or another. So, do not let an editor hear you ask any of the
following questions:

1. Does giving full credit in the text substitute for permission?

Not at all: The law says that copyright infringement is the
"unauthorized use." To be authorized, you must have permission
before using it, not thanks afterwards.

2. I plan to write an adaptation of a copyrighted work, do I need

Definitely: Adding a layer of copyrighted material (yours) to an
original work does not negate that original work's copyright
protection. This is especially important for screenwriters. An
option on a previously published book or life story is essential
before adapting it for the screen; otherwise, you could waste a
lot of time. Agents and producers usually will not consider or
commission a screen adaptation without a signed option agreement.

3. Do works in the public domain require permission?

Sometimes: A work may still have legal protection once its
copyright expires. The character of Sherlock Holmes is
trademarked; ideas may be protected under contract law;
information may constitute a trade secret; and human beings have
the right to control how their likeness and name are used. Make
sure the public domain work is not protected in any of those

4. Should I wait to get permission until after the manuscript is
done and I'm sure that the work is being used?

Definitely not: A copyright owner is never obligated to give you
permission, or may charge whatever he or she wishes. Your work
could become hostage to copyright permission. You could miss a
deadline. You could get chewed.

5. Do I need permission even if my work is for nonprofit,
educational purposes?

Yes: In deciding copyright infringement, courts focus on what
harm has been done to the value of the copyrighted work, not your
motives. Harm can be done by a not-for-profit publication as well
as a for-profit one. Unless you are certain that your use falls
under the "fair use" provision of copyright law, you should
acquire permission. Be conservative: it's better to know than not
know that an author disapproves of your use.

6. Do I need to get permission since the work I'm using is now
out of print?

Yes. Out-of-print does not mean out-of-copyright. Out-of-print
could be a temporary condition.

7. Since I'm using only a small portion, am I covered under the
"fair use" provision?

Not necessarily: The courts have no mathematical formula for
determining what is and isn't fair use. However, the courts have
ruled, "you cannot escape liability by showing how much of [the]
work you did not take." The prevailing issue is harm caused by
your use, not the amount. Did your use cause commercial harm to
the copyright holder? That's the bottom line.

8. The work I'm using is a U.S. government publication. Do I
still need to get permission?

No: US government publications are not copyrightable. However,
you must provide a full and accurate citation using your
publication's preferred style guide.

9. If the work doesn't contain a copyright notice, do I still
need permission to use material from it?

More than likely: For works created after 1978, statutory
copyright automatically exists when the author first expresses
his creation in "tangible form." Before 1978, works published
without a copyright notice did indeed risk losing their
protection. But not today.

10. Do anonymous works posted on the Internet require permission
for use?

Not likely but make sure: Copyright law specifically protects
anonymous and pseudonymous works, but posting anonymously in
hopes that others will share it is common on the Internet.

The need for copyright permission can be summarized thusly --
when in doubt, don't do without.

Writer's Resources
   "Top Ten Copyright Permission Myths" by Lloyd J. Jassin
   "The Copyright Permission and Libel Handbook"
   by Lloyd J. Jassin, Steve C. Schecter.
   "Every Writer's Guide to Copyright and Publishing Law"
   by Ellen M. Kozak

Excerpted from The Freelance Success Book (2003) by David Taylor

For more information about rights and copyright, visit


David Taylor served as an executive editor for nine years at
Rodale Press, where he worked on magazines such as Prevention,
Men's Health, Runner's World and Scuba Diving. Prior to Rodale he
was a professor of English and journalism.  Find out more about
his new book, "The Freelance Success Book," at

Copyright (c) 2004 by David Taylor

Imagine sliding out of bed and knowing your "work" for the day is
to scuba dive along the Great Barrier Reef.... Mountain climb in
the Andes... Or Kayak around the remote islands of the San
Juans... If you ever dreamed about the romantic life of a travel
writer, here's an unusual opportunity to actually live it!


2004 Writer's eCalendar
Download this free calendar to plan your writing schedule in the
new year.

If your new year's resolution is to get organized, here's help.

To Market
A catalog of FAQs for children's writers based on Susan Raab's
column for the SCBWI Bulletin.

Apollo's Lyre
A writers ezine written by writers, for writers of all genres.

Tips for Book Reviews
Suggestions on how to contact reviewers, plus some things not to

Online Guide to Writing and Research
An entire online book about how to write effectively; aimed
primarily toward academic writing, but useful for all writers.

The correct link for "Stop, You're Killing Me!" posted in the
December 11, 2003 (3:25) issue:

LITERARY LAW GUIDE FOR AUTHORS: Copyright, Trademark, and
Contracts in Plain Language (w/ forms CD-ROM) by attorneys Tonya
Evans and Susan Evans foreword by Dan Poynter -- A Writer's
Digest Selection! ONLY $19.95 BUY NOW
LITERARY LAW BOOT CAMP POWER & PRO PACKS info "at" fyos.com Complete
set of materials, publications, and audio or video presentation.
Visit http://www.LiteraryLawGuide.com for more information about
these and other products, services, and legal resources for
writers & publishers

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

How Do I Organize My Reprint Sales?

Q: I've been struggling with how to resell my pieces and make
better use of my research and interviews for multiple pieces. I'm
struggling with how to think, plan and act in different ways
about the same material. Do you know of any methods/checklists,
or something that help me get a handle on this dilemma. I feel
like a lot of potential income is just slipping through my

A: I have to confess that this is an area in which I haven't been
able to get well organized either. Part of my problem is that the
majority of my articles have been written for markets in which
there aren't a lot of likely opportunities for reprints. But the
main problem, as you say, is figuring out a plan to organize
reprint sales that doesn't take more time than it's worth.

I noticed that the new edition of The Writer's Market makes clear
what markets do and don't accept reprints. I think my own
approach will be to sit down with the WM, and do a search for
markets that I think MIGHT be relevant for the reprintable
articles in my inventory. (I still find the book edition of WM
easier to work with than the online edition, especially for this
kind of research.) I would probably make a list of possible
markets for each TYPE of reprint (e.g., business articles, pet
articles, etc.)

I would then simply start mailing reprints to each market on the
list, either sequentially or, if they're not competing markets,
all at the same time. Since one would be offering nonexclusive
one-time rights, simsubs aren't a real problem here. You don't
need to worry about QUERYING on reprints -- you've already put in
the work on the article, and it's just a question of whether
they'll take a reprint or not.

I say that I'm going to do this every year, and so far, I
haven't. I read with some envy those writers who talk about
making thousands of dollars reselling their articles; I'm usually
"too busy" to sit down and take the steps needed.

I don't think I'd spend a lot of time "tracking" reprint
submissions. I would probably use that master list I just spoke
of as my tracker -- jot down the date that I sent reprints out to
the different magazines, and then mark down any responses. I
would expect that a large number of magazines won't bother to
respond, even with a rejection, and for this type of marketing, I
wouldn't worry about it. My feeling on selling reprints is that
it's "gravy" -- if you can make extra money on a piece, that's
great, but if you can't, don't spend a LOT of time hassling with

There's a good article on using your interview and research
material for other projects by Dana Cassell, titled "Making the
Most of Your Inventory."


See also my article on "Selling Reprints" 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) 2004 by Moira Allen

THE EASY WAY TO WRITE: Online communities, ebooks, & courses.
From inspiration, self motivation and fast writing - all the way
to getting published and successfully marketing your work. Free
writing lessons always running. http://www.easywaytowrite.com


Press Kit, by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Author Showcases and Syndication Services, Part I of II

Romancing the Keyboard, by Anne Marble
Conflicted About Conflict

Murder Ink, by Stephen Rogers
White Collar Crime

Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
What to Charge for Writing a Book; Chapter Books for Early
Readers; Getting Your Child's Book Published

Researching Markets: Looking Beyond the Obvious,
by Karen Luna Ray



Steve Zikman, Editor
EMAIL: doinggoodsubmissions "at" GOscape.com
URL: http://www.goscape.com

We are seeking submissions for inclusion in a new collection of
heartwarming true stories about ordinary people making a
difference in the everyday lives of others. A "Doing Good for
Goodness' Sake" story is an inspirational, true story with a
beginning, middle and an end. The story should illustrate how
each of us can reach out and help someone else unconditionally.

Chapter headings and topics include: Good Samaritans, Causes
Close to the Heart, Daring Rescues, A Sense of Community,
Reaching Out to Those in Far-Off Places, Through the Eyes of a
Child and It's Our World.

DEADLINE: January 31, 2004
LENGTH: 1,200 words or less
RIGHTS: Non-exclusive World Rights
SUBMISSIONS: Submissions should be sent in the body of the email
(not as an attachment). Send a separate email message for each
submission. Subject line: Doing Good Submission


David Moles, Editor
3518 Fremont Ave. N #523, Seattle, WA 98103-8814
EMAIL: zeppelin "at" allstarstories.com
URL: http://www.allstarstories.com

This being a themed anthology, we're looking for Zeppelins.
Stories that do not include at least one Zeppelin, dirigible,
blimp, aerostat, or similar lighter-than-air vessel will be
rejected out of hand. While a sense of humor is always welcome,
we're not looking for parody -- particularly self-parody. We're
not looking for pastiche. (We're especially not, it should be
noted, looking for Led Zeppelin stories.) We're looking for pulp
stories with a literary sensibility and literary stories with a
pulp sensibility. We're looking for stories with self-respect.
We're looking for your best work.

DEADLINE: February 16, 2004
LENGTH: 2,000-8,000 words
PAYMENT: 5 cents/word, up to maximum $400
RIGHTS: First Print and Electronic World Anthology Rights
SUBMISSIONS: Electronic submissions will be deleted unread. If
you are submitting from outside the US and would like us to make
an exception to this rule, please send a query first. Send
manuscript by mail only. Consult Vonda N. McIntyre's manuscript
preparation guidelines: http://www.allstarstories.com/mssprep.pdf
GUIDELINES: http://www.allstarstories.com/Guidelines.pdf


Jennie S. Bev, Editor-in-Chief
151 Eastmoor Avenue Suite 309, Daly City, CA 94015
EMAIL: jsbev "at" prodigy.net
URL: http://www.writinggigs.com

Each volume of Mint Candy for the Spirit series is filled with
fresh, uplifting and inspiring true stories from people from all
walks of life. Each story is written in an up-beat, humorous and
anecdotal tone. If you can make us smile and feel uplifted (Aha!
Wow! Awesome!) after reading your story, then send it to us.
Substance, originality, clarity and creativity are crucial. We
are not looking for jokes, remember that. We are looking for
"minty" fresh stories about life to inspire and motivate the
readers that it's not the end of the world even though the world
is not kind to them.

Mint Candy for the Spirit is an anthology that includes stories
about: Serendipity, epiphany, synchronicity; Life-changing,
affirming and defining experiences and attitudes; Victory over
adversity; Unexpected blessings, miracles, or acts of kindness
received or given; "Being enlightened" by a "coincidence" or
sudden change of behavior inspired by anything or anybody.

Hints: Watch Mentos commercials to grasp the concept.
Read popular "chick lit" books.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2004
LENGTH: 1,000-2,000 words
RIGHTS: We reserve limited use rights for a specified period of
time. Authors retain the right to publish the story in a book
comprised solely of her/his original works.
SUBMISSIONS: By mail or fax, no email submissions.
GUIDELINES: http://www.writinggigs.com


Market News
Publisher Mark Pearson reports that "Europe From a Backpack",
featured in the November 27, 2003 (3:24) newsletter, does accept


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.


            Amy Writing Awards

DEADLINE: January 31, 2004
GENRE: Biblical nonfiction
OPEN TO: To be eligible, the article must have been published in
a secular, non-religious publication, as determined by the Awards
Panel, between January 1 and December 31, 2003
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: The Amy Foundation Writing Awards program is designed to
recognize creative, skillful writing that presents in a
sensitive, thought-provoking manner the biblical position on
issues affecting the world today. To be eligible, submitted
articles must be published in a secular, non-religious
publication and must be reinforced with at least one passage of
scripture. For more information, please see online guidelines.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $10,000; 2nd Prize: $5,000; 3rd Prize: $4,000;
4th Prize: $3,000; 5th Prize: $2,000; 10 Finalist Prizes: $1,000


ADDRESS: The Amy Foundation Writing Awards, PO Box 16091, Lansing,
MI 48901-6091

EMAIL: Online inquiries: http://www.amyfound.org/order.html
URL: http://www.amyfound.org/awa.html


          Goldrush Writing Contest

DEADLINE: January 31, 2004
GENRE: First person stories
LENGTH: 2,500 words or less

THEME: Published author and editor Shoshana Lepon wants to hear
first person stories, either moving or humorous. High-level
writing a must -- any style, any subject. Looking for personal
stories, not newspaper articles. Must have beginning, middle, and
end. Stay away from topics of illness, abuse, and other horrible
things. Looking for upbeat submissions. Please no "poor me!"
stories. Must be G-rated, clean, and, while spiritual is welcome,
try to keep things non-sectarian so all readers can relate. All
submissions will be considered for publication in a new
anthology: GoldRush, A Fortune of Stories to Enrich your Life!

PRIZE: $250

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, no attachments please

EMAIL: lepon "at" zahav.net.il


          Candid Cancer Writing Contest

DEADLINE: January 31, 2004
GENRE: Short story, poetry, or essay
LENGTH: No word length requirement

THEME: Please send in your humorous stories or poems or articles
regarding serious illnesses, for Shoshana Lepon's new anthology:
Candid Cancer (the Lighter Side of Malignancy and Other Serious
Illnesses and Afflictions). We want to help people laugh their
way to health. Black humor is welcome. Only G-rated material,

PRIZE: $200

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, no attachments please

EMAIL: lepon "at" zahav.net.il


      Oregon Quarterly's Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest

DEADLINE: January 31, 2004
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: Adult competition and student competition
LENGTH: Adult: 2,500 words or less; Student: 2,000 words or less

THEME: Oregon Quarterly, the magazine of the University of
Oregon, invites submissions to its fifth annual Northwest
Perspectives Essay Contest, this year judged by Portland author
and editor Brian Doyle. Entries should address ideas that affect
the Northwest, should be nonfiction, should not have been
previously published. For more information, please see online

ADULT PRIZES: 1st Prize: $500 and publication; 2nd Prize: $150;
3rd Prize: $50 gift certificate

STUDENT PRIZES: 1st Prize: $250 and publication; 2nd Prize: $75
gift certificate


ADDRESS: Oregon Quarterly Essay Contest, 5228 University of
Oregon, 130 Chapman Hall, Eugene, OR 97403-5228

URL: http://www.uoregon.edu/~oq/html/essay_contest.htm


              My Favorite Rejection Letter Contest

DEADLINE: January 31, 2004
GENRE: Letters
OPEN TO: Children's writers
LENGTH: No word length requirement

THEME: Are you a children's writer? Do you have a stack of
rejection letters? Have these letters made you laugh, sob, moan,
or pound the floor? Send your best/worst (real) rejection letter
on a publisher's letterhead stationery to Ellen Jackson. Entries
may be funny, disheartening, or completely off-the-wall. Extra
points will be given for humor and/or uniqueness of editor's
response. Letters must be from legitimate publishers of
children's magazines or books and addressed to the entrant.

PRIZE: $50 gift certificate from the bookstore of your choice


ADDRESS: Ellen Jackson, Suite No. 213, 2026 Cliff Drive, Santa
Barbara, CA 93109

EMAIL: ellenj "at" west.net

URL: http://www.ellenjackson.net/index.2ts?page=1018


              Papermite Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: February 1, 2004
GENRE: Short story
LENGTH: 100-1,000 words

THEME: "Open-Minded" Hint: Think EVERYDAY nontraditional
relationships, expanding gender roles, and breaking social norms;
expose COMMON alternative lifestyles and make them more
acceptable to the masses with a killer short story. (Extra hint:
keywords are in caps.) Follow our online guidelines and submit
your best.

PRIZE: $50 plus first review on Papermite's home page on spring

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, no attachments please

EMAIL: editor "at" Papermite.com
URL: http://www.papermite.com/writing_contest_guidelines.html


        Paul A. Witty Outstanding Literature Award

DEADLINE: February 2, 2004
GENRE: Prose or poetry
OPEN TO: Elementary and secondary school students

LENGTH: Elementary students' prose: 1,000 words or less;
Secondary students' prose: may exceed 1,000 words. Poetry for
both levels: must submit set of 5 poems, no word limit.

THEME: In recognition of qualitative excellence in original prose
or poetry of individual writing by elementary and secondary
students. Online application form must accompany each entry. The
award was initiated, in part, as a memorial to the late Paul A.
Witty, one of the International Reading Association founders. As
author and educator, Witty pioneered the application of
psychological principles to education. His work focused
specifically upon gifted children, and served to dispel old myths
about the gifted child and focus on challenging intellectual
curiosity and creativity. He was the editor of Reading for the
Gifted and the Creative Student, published by IRA.

PRIZE: $25 and a certificate of merit


ADDRESS: Dr. Cathy Collins Block, Professor of Education, Texas
Christian University, TCU Box 297900, Fort Worth, TX 76129

EMAIL: c.block "at" tcu.edu
URL: http://www.reading.org/awards/wittylitaward.html



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