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Issue 4:02          12,800 subscribers           January 22, 2004

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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: How Writing Every Day Will Keep You Writing
            Every Day, by Dana Mitchells
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do I charge for grant writing?
            by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: The 7 Habits of Potentially Successful
            Authors, by Christine Francis
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

A Strange Feeling...
I've been wandering around the house for the past week with a
very strange, unfamiliar feeling.  No, it's not the feeling of
COLD COLD COLD -- our "highs" have been around 25 degrees and I
won't even talk about the lows.  It's not the feeling of "Ouch
my sinuses are starting to look like Death Valley because the
heater is running 24/7."  It's an even more unfamiliar feeling
than that...

It's the feeling that I'm ALL CAUGHT UP!  The market guides --
my all-consuming project for almost the entire year of 2003 --
are done.  The Contests Database -- which I kept promising and
putting off -- is formatted, filled and online.  My big markets
article for The Writer (a roundup of 80 markets) is submitted,
and I don't even have another column due until the end of next
week.  My desk has even gotten cleared of the various little
"catch up on this when you can" detritus that stacks up faster
than a writer can blink.

It's not that I have nothing to do.  It's that I can actually
choose what I WANT to do!  There's nothing on my desk that
should have been finished yesterday, or last week, or
"tomorrow at the latest."  I can pick and choose my projects.
I can even take a bit of time and work on the needlepoint I
brought back from England last summer!

It's an amazing feeling, and one I highly recommend.  If you're
feeling like you'll never get caught up, I suggest making
"catching up" a priority for the beginning of 2004.  By "catching
up," I mean actually finishing off and disposing of your pile of
current projects, not taking on a dozen new ones.  It's only when
you get rid of the backlog on your desk that you can take a
moment to sit back and really think about what you want to do
next.  Where do you want to go in your career?  How many of the
projects in that neverending pile actually contributed to getting
you there, and how many were just "work"?  How many of those
projects are tasks you'd actually like to tackle again, if you
had a choice?  How many brought the results you hoped for?

My resolution for 2004 is to "choose, and choose wisely."  My
goal is to start saying "yes" to projects that I really, really
want to do -- and "no" to projects that don't offer some genuine
value, whether that value is emotional, promotional, or
financial.  (Note that I'm not suggesting that we all stop trying
to earn money just to follow our dreams -- it would be nice, but
most of us can't afford to chuck ALL our income-earning projects
just yet!)

Of course, I realize that in another two or three months, chances
are good that I'll be just as snowed under again, and wondering
if I'll ever be able to dig myself out.  But for now, I'm
enjoying the breathing space.  Too bad I can't celebrate by
kicking back with a nice, steaming cup of cocoa on my deck... Did
I mention the temperature was 25 degrees?  Maybe I'll just have
that cocoa indoors!

Tickle My Funnybone!
Once again, we're getting low on "Just for Fun" items for the
newsletter.  So if you have a short, humorous poem on the
business of writing, or a collection of "you know you're a writer
when" tips, or even some writer lightbulb jokes, send them along!

Note that the humor MUST relate to the business or craft of
writing.  Whenever I post this announcement, my inbox always
fills up with "humorous poems" that have nothing to do with
writing (other than, I suppose, the fact that they were WRITTEN).
I am also far more interested in generic "jokes" (e.g., how many
editors it takes to...) than in personal "funny stories" about
amusing things that have happened to you as a writer.  Please, no
funny/inspirational tales about incidents that taught you a
valuable lesson about writing or life!

We pay $5 for short verse and $10 for short prose; items should
be in the 500-word range. For an idea of what we publish,
please check the "Just for Fun" section of our back issues

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


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Author horror stories wanted
Are you a nonfiction author? Have you had a horrible experience
with your publisher? Roger C. Parker is interested in hearing
your worst author horror stories -- low or missing royalties,
hourly wages far less than minimum wage, impossible revision
schedules, uninformed editors, "missing" royalties, etc., for a
nonfiction book about writing nonfiction. Send email to:
authorprofit "at" aol.com

Looking for a few good editors
Think your editor is top notch? Has your editor gone above and
beyond the call of duty on your behalf? Nominate your editor for
PASIC's 2nd Annual Editor of the Year Award. PASIC is the
Published Authors Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of
America. Nominators must be RWA members and authors, published
with an RWA-recognized publisher. Deadline for nominations is May
1, 2004. To nominate your editor, send SASE to: Linda O'Brien,
121 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383. Send your questions to:
LindaStyle "at" lindastyle.com. For more information:

Books for rent
In Japan, where renting bestsellers and popular comic books is
commonplace, the government is looking at requiring rental shops
to pay royalties to authors, according to the Japan Times. There
are between 200 and 250 book-rental shops in Japan. One store
cited in the article rents 25,000 to 30,000 books a month,
charging 80 yen (about 75 cents) for three nights.

Will freelancers have to pay it back?
According to the Authors Guild a number of writers and
proofreaders who freelanced for the now defunct Lingua Franca
magazine are being sued in Bankruptcy Court by the magazine's
bankruptcy trustee for reimbursement of amounts paid for articles
published or services rendered before the magazine filed for
bankruptcy. The trustee brought these lawsuits under a section of
the Bankruptcy Code which provides that payments made to
creditors within 90 days of a bankruptcy filing that are deemed
outside the regular course of business may be voided and the
creditors required to repay the money. However, during a
preliminary conference on several of these suits yesterday, the
presiding judge reportedly expressed some doubts about the merits
of the trustee's case. For more information:

Nancy Drew gets a makeover
Simon & Schuster hopes the release of six new Nancy Drew books a
year will appeal to a core target group: 8 to 12 year-olds now
devouring Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket books. The new Nancy
drives a hybrid car and networks on the computer. About 150,000
copies of the first mystery, "The Secret of the Old Clock", sold
in 2002, good enough for a top-50 ranking among kids' books, says
Publishers Weekly children's books editor Diane Roback. "Clearly,
she still has a musty appeal." The latest paperbacks will still
be written under the Keene pseudonym, but in the first person,
with fresh covers and pop-culture references, making "her a
little more empowered and relevant to today's readers," says S&S
spokeswoman Tracy van Straaten. A feature film -- the first since
the release of four 1930s-era movies -- is in development at
Warner Bros.

Press-Tige Rights Revert to Authors
In a December 18, 2003 decision in the ongoing bankruptcy case
involving Martha Ivery and Press-Tige Publishing, the judge ruled
that all authors' rights were to be returned to them.  According
to Writer Beware, "All Press-Tige authors are fully released from
any and all contracts, and may freely resubmit their work
elsewhere."  The fate of authors' manuscripts is less clear; some
may be able to retrieve their manuscripts and materials directly
from the Press-Tige former office location in New York, but it is
not certain when or whether materials will be mailed back to
authors who cannot physically come and retrieve them.  For more
details, visit http://www.sfwa.org/beware/general.html#Alert

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

                    by Dana Mitchells (DMCWriter "at" mail2desert.com)

"Write every day."  It's common advice among writers.  Yet some
writers may wonder if it's really worth the effort.  Factors such
as writer's block or hectic schedules can make it difficult for
one to find time to write every day.

Writing every day, however, does more than simply instill the
discipline to write at will, rather than just when inspiration
strikes.  It offers several other very important benefits:

It Boosts Your Creativity

After writing every day for a week or two, you will find  your
creativity beginning to flourish. Ideas will pop up from out of
nowhere. Anything from a newspaper article to a picture will
inspire you. Your creative self will feel more comfortable in
being allowed to churn out any idea, no matter how small or
obscure. Exercising your creative muscle will allow it to be
stronger than ever before.

It Increases Your Confidence

Many writers struggle with the effort of writing down a single
word. Fear of rejection, poor writing and perfectionism can be
numbing. Instead of dealing with these fears, some writers elect
not to write at all. Some only write when they are inspired.  But
good writers do not rely on inspiration to help them overcome
these fears. They rely on themselves.

Writing something every day, no matter how little, will help you
overcome these fears. It will cause your confidence to escalate,
because each day that you actually write something is a day when
you have faced your fears. Each day that you write helps you
prove to yourself that you don't need inspiration to get you
started.  It helps give you the confidence that you are a writer
who can write anything you want, any time you want.

It enables you to experiment with your writing ability

Most writers usually pursue just one form of writing: fiction,
nonfiction, songwriting, scriptwriting, children's writing or
business writing. Writing every day gives you the opportunity to
stretch your writing muscles by trying something different.  If
your time is limited, try writing a poem or a song.  If you
usually write magazine articles, try writing a short story or
essay, which will usually require less research than you're used
to.  If you write novels, take a break from your work-in-progress
and test your skills on a technical article, greeting card verse,
or short-short story.  If you're waiting for an answer to a
query, spend that time writing research logs or practice

It Helps Overcome Perfectionism

Don't fall into the trap of thinking that, with only a little
time available to write each day, you should make the "most" of
it and write only your best work.  No writer can write something
worthy of a Pulitzer Prize every single day.  Rest assured, there
will be days when all you write are jumbles of confusing words
and short stories that lack every single necessary element of
fiction.  These episodes of "poor writing" are not wasted
moments.  Instead, the very fact that you are writing anything at
all is a reminder that you are willing to write even when your
creativity is at its lowest.  You are WRITING, even if what you
write will remain hidden in your desk drawer or is headed
straight for the trash.  Don't let perfectionism get in the way
of your desire to write something!  While perfectionism helps
push you to write well, it can also hinder your desire to create
by convincing you that everything you create must be of "value."
In reality, every single thing you write is of value, because
it's yours, and is your testament of overcoming your fears.

It Combats Writer's Block

Writer's block is another reason why a writer may neglect to
write each day.  While this problem can be crippling, it's not
impossible to cure.  I've heard many tips on beating writer's
block, and here are a few that I've found most helpful:

 Read articles on writing.  I typically read one article on
writing every day, usually on the Internet.  I then write down my
own version of the article, my thoughts on it, or a letter to the
editor about how the article helped me.  For example, I read an
article about five things an entrepreneur can do to have a
stronger presence on the Web.  I turned this into five ways
writing has helped my life, five ways to beat writer's block,
five pieces of writing advice that have helped me the most, etc.

 Freewrite.  Just sit down and write anything that comes to mind.
Describe the room you are in, the building, the clothes you are
wearing, today's weather.  Make a list of things you like, books
you've read, or a jumble of rhyming words.  Try timed sessions of

 Keep a Journal.  You can use a journal for anything at all:
Writing, tracking freelance work, recording daily life, writing
down your thoughts, ideas on parenting, etc.  I keep a notebook
handy to write down my ideas and another to keep track of my
freelance work.

Writing every day instills in the writer the discipline to write
at will.  It helps build creativity and skil.  It helps writers
overcome their fear of writing poorly (and therefore "wasting
time").  The more you flex your writing muscles and strengthen
your vocabulary, the stronger your writing will be, and the
stronger your confidence in your writing will become!


Dana Mitchells is the Internet pen name of the writer Dawn
Colclasure. She is a former weekly writer for the former e-zine,
Griper, and she has a poetry chapbook, "Take My Hand." Her work
can also be found on Ten Thousand Monkeys, E-Fido, Write From
Home, Absolute Write, and The Writer Within. Visit her web site:

Copyright (c) 2004 by Dana Mitchells

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!


Blogs About Writing and Publishing
Pneuma Books has just launched a blog on writing, editing,
pubilshing, marketing, promotion, etc.  I can't resist promoting
Brian Taylor's January 20 blog on the sale of Bookzone, a bit of
history on the loss of Inkspot -- and a great plug for us!

The Reading Tub
A small group of parents and kids reviews all types of children's

Blue Oasis Online Support Teams is a large, email-based critique
organization for children's writers. Motto: Kindness first,
solution second, criticism never.

Offers a "dictionary, thesaurus, literature reference library
and search engine all in one." Also offers a script that enables
you to include a dictionary search box on your own web site.

A critique site with exercises, articles and links

PR Press Network
Links to a variety of PR sites and press release posting
services. UK-based, so many resources focus on UK publicity.

A teen site where teens can post stories and poems.

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
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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 Charge for Grant Writing?

Q: I am going to be doing some grant writing for grants that will
be proposed to yield 25k, 50k, 75k, and 100k. How much should I
charge starting out? The not-for-profit organization suggested a
percent of the grant, but I noticed your website recommends
hourly or per project. How much do you recommend I charge for
each project level listed above and what if the grant is not

A: I never recommend basing your payment on "whether the grant
gets funded." Grants are rejected for a great many reasons that
have nothing to do with the writing skill; the practice of paying
the writer only if the grant succeeds is a way of trying to say,
"If you could write well enough, we'd get the money." That's
simply not true.

If you are going to write grants, you're doing so as a
professional, and you have the right to set the compensation
amount you feel is appropriate. You'll find some links to
information on "setting fees" at:
http://www.writing-world.com/links/business.shtml You'll also
find some good information on rates in the introductory pages of
The Writer's Market.

Rates for this type of work range from $25 to $75 per hour, based
on the writer's experience. If you're just starting out, you'll
probably need to set rates at the lower end of the scale. When
you build up some credentials (e.g., successful grant proposals),
you'll be able to increase that fee. I can't "tell you" how much
you should charge, because only you know what your time and
circumstances are. I also don't know what the organization you're
working with will be willing to pay, and that's certainly
something to consider.

You can also set a FLAT rate, rather than an hourly rate -- but
keep in mind that, from your own perspective, that rate should be
BASED on your preferred hourly rate. Thus, if you want to earn
$35 per hour, and you think the grant will take 20 hours to
write, you would charge a flat fee of $700. If it takes longer,
you won't get any extra; but if it takes less time, you pocket
the difference.

You might also want to do a search on "grant writers" to see if
you can find anyone who is more experienced in this field who
can help you set rates.


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, and courses.
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JUST FOR FUN: The 7 Habits of Potentially Successful Authors
                     by Christine Francis (FrancisWrites "at" aol.com)

Contrary to what you may have heard, it's not all that tough to
become a potentially successful writer. There's really nothing to
it. By simply following these 7 easy steps established by proven
Potentially Successful Authors, you'll soon be enjoying all the
benefits of a Potentially Successful Author's life. In no time
you'll be lounging at home in your pajamas, staring out the
window with a cup of coffee in your hand, willing the telephone
to ring with a call from an agent, editor or publisher. Sound
good? Read on!

1. Be Passive

Never set the alarm clock. Characters and plots may appear to
you in dreams. The jarring sound of the alarm will interrupt your
visions. Be sure to take extra naps to allow for these

2. Have Nothing Specific In Mind

Do not set regular working hours. This inhibits bursts of
spontaneous inspiration. Keep your mind open for that huge
best-selling idea. Try watching TV, checking your email, or
surfing the net until something comes to you.

3. Keep It All In Your Head

Putting ideas on paper occupies valuable time better spent in
creative contemplation. Wait for all your ideas to fall into
place in an orderly fashion before wasting your time actually
sitting down to write.

4. Keep Expectations Low

Remember, there are millions of writers out there. Most of them
are probably better than you. Your best bet is to hang out at
cocktail parties and cafes where you will have a chance to run
into an editor who will fall in love with your story idea and pay
you a large advance to write it.

5. Seek To Confuse

Plan to use a lot of big words so everyone will think you possess
superior intelligence. Don't organize your ideas in a cohesive
sequence. Let the editors figure it out. Readers who understand
your ideas too quickly might think your writing is shallow and
lose interest.

6. Save Your Energy

Work in isolation. Avoid taking writing classes, reading books on
writing or attending workshops to enhance your writing craft. The
other students might try to steal your ideas. Use the time
instead to decide what you will wear to your book signings.

7. Sharpen Your Pencils

Even if you plan to use a computer for writing, it never hurts to
have a few dozen Number 2s on hand. They will enhance to
professional look of your desk and will look impressive on your
book flap photo biography.

If you follow these simple guidelines, and adhere to them
faithfully, you will be well on your way to becoming a
Potentially Successfully Author -- and remaining so for many
years to come!


Christine Francis is a former full-time teacher turned writer and
creativity coach. Following extensive travel in Ireland, Denmark,
France and Italy, she returned home to San Francisco, California
where her poetry and non-fiction have earned recognition in
Byline Magazine and her work has appeared in Eric Maisel's
Creativity Newsletter. Visit her web site at:

Copyright (c) 2004 by Christine Francis

NAWW 3rd Annual "Discover Your Creative Power" Writer's Conf.,
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Affordable Market Resources for International Writers, by Hasmita Chander

A Guide to Scottish and Irish Literary Journals, by Rab Fulton

Top Ten Questions About Copyright Permissions - David Taylor

Writing Comic Books, by Barry Lyga



Eve Eschner Hogan, Co-Author
Chicken Soup for the Music Lover's Soul, PO Box 613,
Puunene, HI 96784
EMAIL: MusicLoversSoul "at" aol.com
URL: http://www.musicloverssoul.com

We are collecting non-fiction heart-warming and inspiring short
stories related to music for this upcoming book, which will be
distributed nationwide and worldwide. We are in the third phase
of collecting stories, and this is the time to get yours in for
consideration. Any direct contacts to musical celebrities is also
much appreciated. Major celebrities may be listed on the book's
cover and this is a great positive publicity opportunity for
everyone. Currently we have received wonderful stories from Pat
Simmons, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Paul Rodgers, Graham
Nash and more. Please see our web site for specific guidelines.

LENGTH: 300-1,200 words
PAYMENT: Stories: $300; Poems: $150
RIGHTS: One time anthology rights
SUBMISSIONS: Please submit your story via email, with attached
Word document. Include all contact information at the bottom of
your story (name, address, phone, email). Submissions may be
mailed, please see web site for details.
GUIDELINES: http://www.musicloverssoul.com


Eve Eschner Hogan, Senior Editor
EMAIL: AfAmSoul "at" aol.com
URL: http://www.africanamericansoul.com

We are collecting heart-warming, inspiring, short, true stories
related to the African American experience that will celebrate
our culture, our people, our resilience, our strength --
honoring our laughter and our tears -- through our stories.
Please see our web site for specific guidelines.

LENGTH: 300-1,200 words
PAYMENT: Stories: $300; Poems: $150
RIGHTS: One time anthology rights
SUBMISSIONS: Please submit your story in the body of an email, or
as attached Word document. Include all contact information at the
bottom of your story (name, address, phone, email).
GUIDELINES: http://www.africanamericansoul.com


PO Box 227, Bluffton, OH 45817-0227
URL: http://www.boysquest.com

A magazine created for boys from 6 to 13 years, with youngsters
8, 9, and 10 the specific target age. Our point of view is that
every young boy deserves the right to be a young boy for a number
of years before he becomes a young adult. We look for articles,
fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that deal with timeless topics,
such as pets, nature, hobbies, science, games, sports, careers,
simple cooking, and anything else likely to interest a young boy.
Each issue revolves around a theme. We are looking for lively
writing, most of it from a young boy's point of view, with the
boy or boys directly involved in an activity that is both
wholesome and unusual. We need nonfiction with photos and fiction
stories, puzzles, poems, cooking, carpentry projects, jokes, and
riddles. Nonfiction pieces that are accompanied by black and
white photos are far more likely to be accepted than those that
need illustrations.

LENGTH: 500 words
PAYMENT: Fiction/nonfiction: 5 cents/word; Poetry or puzzles: $10
RIGHTS: First American serial rights
SUBMISSIONS: We will entertain simultaneous submissions if
noted on the manuscript. We prefer complete manuscripts with
cover letters, although we do not rule out query letters. We do
not answer submissions sent in by fax or email.
GUIDELINES: http://www.boysquest.com/contact/guidelines.htm


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.


            Writers' Reward Essay Contest

DEADLINE: January 31, 2004
GENRE: Essay
LENGTH: 250-1,000 words

THEME: Write a true, first-person account of your first sale as
an author, and what that first successful sale achieved (even if
only self-satisfaction). The piece you "sold" may have been a
novel, a short story, a poem, an article, an interview, even a
"filler". And you may not have sold your work for hard cash or
even complimentary copies but simply exposure.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $100; 2nd Prize: $75; 3rd Prize: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, no attachments

EMAIL: tomhoward "at" myrealbox.com
URL: http://writenews.exactpages.com/


          The Squid Contest

DEADLINE: February 14, 2004
GENRE: Short Story
OPEN TO: 11-18 year-olds
LENGTH: 999 words or less

THEME: Longer, slow-simmering stories are lot of fun, but
sometimes all you want is a quick read that leaves you reeling.
In the words of Todd Shartle, "A good short story is like a punch
in the face." We agree. And this time, we're looking for six-inch
punches with plenty of impact. What kind of stories? Doesn't
matter. Sci-fi, fantasy, horror, humor ... we're wide open.
Stories should have definite impact, whether that impact comes in
the form of laughter, chills, emotion, or awe. For examples, read
some of the shorter stories we've published here at The Squid.

PRIZE: $30 and publication in The Squid


ADDRESS: John Dixon, Springton Lake Middle School, 1900 North
Providence Road, Media, PA 19063

EMAIL: submissions "at" the-squid.com
URL: http://www.the-squid.com/issue6/news/shortcontest.htm


          Jane Chambers Playwriting Award

DEADLINE: February 15, 2004
GENRE: Playwriting
OPEN TO: Women only: Adult and student categories
LENGTH: No word length requirement

THEME: This is an annual award, given in the memory of the late,
lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who became a major feminist
voice in American theatre through her plays "A Late Snow," "Last
Summer at Bluefish Cove," "My Blue Heaven," "Kudzu," and "The
Quintessential Image".

We seek plays and performance texts created by women which
reflect a feminist perspective and contain significant
opportunities for women performers. We encourage submissions by
and about women from a diversity of positions in respect to race,
class, sexual preference, physical ability, age, and geographical
region. We strongly encourage experimentation with the dramatic
form. Scripts may be produced or unproduced. There is no
limitation on length, style, or subject. Playwrights may be from
any country.

ADULT PRIZE: $1000, AND free registration to attend the
conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in
late July, hotel and travel costs, and a rehearsed reading of the
winning piece at the ATHE conference. The winner should be
available to attend the conference.

STUDENT PRIZE: $250, and a reading at the Women and Theatre
pre-conference in late July.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No. Application form available online:

EMAIL: gesmith "at" mail.smu.edu


          Erma Bombeck Writing Competition

DEADLINE: February 20, 2004
GENRE: Two categories: Humor; Human Interest
OPEN TO: Personal essay that is previously unpublished, or has
only been published since January 1, 2003
LENGTH: 450 words or less

THEME: Erma Bombeck inspired people worldwide with her columns
and books about life's trials and tribulations.  Her memory lives
on in this competition hosted annually by Washington-Centerville
Public Library and the University of Dayton. Visit our web site
for details.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $100 in each category:
Humor-National/International; Humor-Dayton, Ohio-area; Human
Interest-National/International; Human Interest-Dayton, Ohio-area

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, online entry only:

URL: http://www.wcpl.lib.oh.us/adults/erma.html


        Somewhere in America Short, Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: February 28, 2004
GENRE: Short story
LENGTH: 100 words or less

THEME: The story must have a beginning, middle, and an ending. No
poetry. Any subject accepted. See web site for past winning

PRIZE: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, no attachments please

EMAIL: sydney "at" somewhereinamerica.net
URL: http://www.somewhereinamerica.net/page4.html


        City Theatre Summer Shorts Festival Competition

DEADLINE: February 28, 2004
GENRE: Short plays
LENGTH: 12 pages or less

THEME: City Theatre is now in its 9th Season of producing and
premiering short plays in its annual Summer Shorts Festival.
Typically we produce 14-16 short plays per festival, each play
running 3-12 minutes. These are fully produced, Equity
productions. For our 10th Anniversary Festival (June-July 2005),
we are looking for world premiers only -- comedies, dramas, and
musicals. We will accept 2 submissions per playwright. Plays with
strong women characters and Spanish/English plays are encouraged.
No prior submissions. We have a record of all previous
submissions. Do not resubmit. No plays requiring children. No
skits or sketch comedy. No monologues. Please include a bio and
resume. Do not include a synopsis, history, or SASE. If
submitting a musical, no more than 4 characters. Please include a
tape or CD.

PRIZE: Royalties will be paid


ADDRESS: Gail Garrisan, Festival Artistic Director, "10th
Anniversary," City Theatre, 444 Brickell Avenue, Suite 229,
Miami, FL 33149

EMAIL: gail "at" citytheatre.com
URL: http://www.citytheatre.com


          Highlights for Children Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: February 29, 2004
GENRE: Children's story
OPEN TO: 16 years and older
LENGTH: 800 words or less; 500 words or less for beginning

THEME: Stories that begin with the words "I have a problem." We
can't wait to see what kind of story you'll come up with.
Mystery? Adventure? Humor? Sports? It's up to you! No crime,
violence, or derogatory humor. All submissions must be previously

PRIZE: Three prizes of $1,000 each


ADDRESS: Fiction Contest, Highlights for Children, 803 Church
Street, Honesdale, PA 18431

Click on "About Us"; "Contributor Guidelines"; "Fiction Contest"



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