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Issue 4:03          12,800 subscribers           February 5, 2004

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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Five Steps to Developing Your Writing Brand
            by Sonya Carmichael Jones
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do I set up an author website?
            by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

February 2004 marks Writing-World.com's third year of existence!
Actually, we launched around Valentine's Day in 2001 -- but I
think this is close enough to the mark to wish ourselves "Happy

And how we've grown!  We launched with about 100 articles (of
which around 75 were mine, imported from Inkspot and from my
original "Tips for Writers" site).  We now have more than 400
articles on the site, along with six regular columns (one
monthly, two bimonthly).  Our newsletter began with a circulation
of 2500, and now has nearly 13,000 subscribers.  Our website
attracts nearly 50,000 visitors per month (depending on which
web-tracking system one chooses to believe), and around 300 sites
link to us.

We've also earned our name.  Writing-World.com really is read by
writers around the world; every month, I get e-mails from every
part of the globe.  We have readers in India, Australia, New
Zealand, England, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, even Russia.

Celebrating our anniversary, however, also means mourning a loss.
Many of you remember that Writing-World.com literally rose from
the ashes of another great site -- Inkspot, which was THE writing
site on the Web for more than six years.  Founded by Debbie
Ridpath Ohi (who is now our "promotions" columnist), Inkspot was
purchased by Xlibris, which decided to pull the plug on the site
in less than a year.  Many of our original readers and
subscribers came from Inkspot, as did much of our original

It's not easy "making it" on the Web, and this year we've seen
the loss of several other great writing sites and newsletters.
Painted Rock closed after the death of its owner; Coffeehouse for
Writers and Bookzone have both been sold to new owners;
Inscriptions shut down (though, fortunately, Bev Walton-Porter
was then able to revive "Scribe and Quill"), and
Freelancing4Money seems to have vanished without a trace (and
without sending any refunds to its subscribers).

In the face of all this, Writing-World.com is a rarity: a
successful dot-com! Granted, its "success" isn't going to get
Bill Gates worried any time soon, but we're alive and thriving,
thanks to all of you.  Now if you'll excuse me, this sounds like
a great excuse to go have some cake...

Our 2004 class schedule is now up!  This year, we're offering a
total of 24 classes, divided into three sessions.  The first
session begins in April; the next sessions begin in June and
August, respectively.  We have a great roster of old favorites
and new goodies.  If you're looking for a way to expand your
writing business (and income), break into a new writing field, or
just get started on the writing goals of your dreams, a class
from Writing-World.com is an excellent way to start.  See below
for our list of April classes, or check out the complete list at

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


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The following courses begin April 5, 2004 -- so sign up soon!

Instructor: Moira Allen (8 weeks, $100)

If you've been trying to market your work to magazines or other
periodicals with no success, or if you're just getting started as
a freelance writer, this is the class for you. Allen will walk
you through the process of developing topics and ideas, preparing
a query, and outlining and developing the article itself. By the
end of the class, you'll have an article "ready to go" and a
selection of markets to approach. Class includes one-on-one
editing and critiquing of your query and manuscript.


Instructor: Kathleen Walls (4 weeks, $75)

This course will present a framework for a writer to create a
believable killer. There are certain traits and procedures you
must understand if you are to provide your readers with a
realistic killer. This course will provide this understanding
through a composite of real life criminals and fictional ones. I
will also include a dictionary of terminology and a study of
accepted police procedures. Developing your killer's motivation
is a necessity, so I am also going to look in depth at motivation.
By the end of the course, you should be able to craft a
believable and fascinating killer!


Instructor: Tami Cowden (6 weeks, $80)

If you've been struggling to create characters that connect with
your readers, this is the class for you. Cowden will explain the
16 heroic and 16 villainous archetypes to you, guide you in
creation of dynamic, well-motivated characters, and show you how
you can convey the personality of the people in your stories
to readers. By the end of the class, you'll understand the driving
force behind characters that evoke emotion from readers.


Instructor: Bruce Boston (8 weeks, $100)

A creative writing workshop with an emphasis on speculative
fiction. Our definition of speculative fiction will be inclusive
rather than exclusive, ranging from the experimental work of
writers such as Italo Calvino and Donald Barthelme to the science
fiction and fantasy of writers such as Alfred Bester, Tanith Lee,
and Kim Stanley Robinson. Attention will be given to the special
concerns and aspects of craft that are relevant to the writer of
speculative fiction versus the writer of mainstream fiction.
Students may participate in group discussion, have their work
critiqued, and receive suggestions for specific markets.


Instructor: Sue Fagalde Lick (6 weeks, $90)

If you ever had an urge to share your opinion with the world,
then consider writing reviews and/or editorials. Magazines,
newspapers and web sites of all sorts publish reviews not only of
books, but movies, CDs, DVDs, computer programs, plays, operas,
dance recitals, new camera gear, cruises, bed and breakfast inns,
and almost anything else you can think of. Or maybe you just like
to spout off on a variety of topics. Op-ed pieces, commentaries
and editorials offer a place to say what you think, backing it up
with facts to convince readers to change their minds.
Participants in this class will find out where they can publish
reviews and opinion pieces and learn how to write them.


Instructor: Troon Harrison (6 weeks, $115)

Do you wish to write a story that children would snuggle up to
hear? Or perhaps one that older children would devour under the
blankets at night? Come and learn about genre and style, how to
write for different age groups, how to market to publishers.
Explore ways to develop ideas into plots that incorporate your
life experiences but use the perspective of a child. This course
uses both practical and theoretical information to impart the
knowledge necessary for turning ideas into manuscripts and
manuscripts into published books.


Instructor: Bea Sheftel (8 weeks, $75)

Learn all the elements of what it takes to write and sell a
successful confession story and then do it again, and again.


Instructor: Chris Gavaler (6 weeks, $100)

Keep your readers on the edge of their seats as danger stalks
your characters -- and romance finds them! Learn how to weave
together the elements of romance, mystery and suspense; create
dynamic heroines and villains; and use the elements of dialogue,
background, plot and description to the best (chilling) effect.


Instructor: Laura Brennan (8 weeks, $120)

Do you have a secret -- or not-so-secret -- longing to write for
the small screen? To have your words beamed into a million or
more households every week? The "spec script" is the calling card
of the entertainment industry. A great one can help you break
through to agents, win competitions, and impress show runners.
The class will include an overview of the television industry,
finding your unique voice, and the special requirements and
challenges of writing for television. Brennan will take you
through the process of choosing a show to spec, developing your
ideas, "breaking" the story, and writing a killer opening. Class
includes one-on-one critiquing of your pitches, outlines, and


We're offering three class sessions in 2004, beginning in April,
June and August.  For the full list of our 24 classes offered in
2004, visit http://www.writing-world.com/classes/index.shtml

WRITERS shows how you can become more confident in yourself as a
writer. "A sometimes wry, sometimes funny but always insightful
and refreshing how-to for the novice or the experienced writer"
(E. M. Rees).  Visit http://www.writingcats.com
Inkspiration.net is an expanding community aiming to provide
constructive help for both novice and professional writers.  We
try to provide an area for all forms of writing.
Visit http://www.inkspiration.net and join us free today!


POD self-publishing stories wanted
Did you have a great experience with a POD self-publisher? Or did
you have a bad experience? An editor is looking for stories to
include in "The Down & Dirty Guide to: Print-on-Demand
Self-Publishing." The intention is to teach authors what to do,
and not do, when POD'ing it by learning from those who have gone
before. Editor needs author experiences in two categories:
"Heaven" and "Hell". Please send a summary (50 words or less) of
your story and we will reply with writer guidelines:
publish "at" quixnet.net

Penguin sells books online
As of January 13, Penguin became the first major US publisher to
offer all of its titles for sale directly from its web site.
Buyers are charged full price plus shipping and handling,
although CEO David Shanks said discounts may soon be offered.
Customers can read excerpts from some titles. Shanks said, "It's
become more difficult for bricks-and-mortar retailers to carry
our entire backlist. There are fewer and fewer spaces for our
titles in the retail marketplace," adding, "We need to find a way
to display and sell all the books we publish. It's always
bothered me that we spend a lot of money on the site, get people
excited about a book, but we couldn't ask for the order. Now we
can. We know how many people come to the site. Now we want to
learn how many will buy." For more information:

Illinois proposes book-a-month club for kids
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is proposing that the state
provide each child with a book every month from birth to age
five. The Governor said, "I'd much rather see us spend money on
books for kids and encouraging parents to read to their kids than
some of the things that we waste money on." Under the proposal
infants would get their first book at the hospitals where they're
born, and parents would then have to register to receive
age-appropriate books each month for kids through age 5. Families
would choose books from a list compiled by educators and
early-childhood experts. Some librarians are upset that none of
the proposed $26 million budget would be going to the children's
public library collections.

Digital books reach around the world
Three times a week a vehicle pulls up to a school in rural
Uganda, sets up a few tables and chairs, and starts printing
books. This is the Uganda Digital Bookmobile, a project inspired
by the work of the San Francisco-based Internet Archive and
implemented by a spin-off nonprofit, Anywhere Books. The Uganda
bookmobile, and others like it in Egypt, India, and the US, uses
office computers, printers, and paper cutters to create books
from public domain ebooks hosted on the Internet Archive. The
bookmobile helps families, schools, and communities build
libraries. The books come from the Internet Archive's online
repository of 20,000 books -- most of which come from the Million
Book Project, a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University,
the Internet Archive, and the governments of India and China.
The Million Book Project expects to have 100,000 books digitized
and online by the end of 2004. For more information about Digital
Bookmobile: http://www.anywherebooks.org

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
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!

                  by Sonya Carmichael Jones (sonya "at" writeface.com)

If you're wondering about an alternative solution for
revitalizing your writing business, consider branding. It's a
popular concept that you're most likely familiar with, but
probably think of as a marketing strategy used only for the true
brick and mortars. If so, think again. At the most basic level,
branding is what associates services and products with a
particular image, service promise, and quality. It can also be
what distinguishes your business from others. From the sole
practitioner to large corporations branding is more than just a
marketing strategy but also the way business is done. And as a
writer who produces copy as a product, you can bet branding
applies to you, too.

If you're interested in getting more writing opportunities, want
to learn easy ways to enhance your business image, and would
definitely like to make more money, then try the branding
approach. Following are five simple starter tips that will give
you a jump start.

Recognize your writing strengths
This simply means taking inventory of your best writing assets --
getting to know what you write well. Think about your individual
writing talents. Do you have a keen sense for accuracy and a
craving to uncover the minute details? Does research intrigue
you? You could parlay these skills into grant writing. Use the
Internet to locate writing projects with nonprofit organizations,
new business start-ups, and special interest groups. Are you able
to turn meticulous details into easy, even fun-to-read how-tos?
Consider specializing in creating training materials or
instruction booklets. Find these writing assignments by
contacting training, communication, technical, human resource,
and benefits departments in large corporations or labor unions.

If you're news-savvy and have a knack for interviewing, contact
surrounding colleges, trade, business schools, and universities.
More than likely they produce publications and could use your
help with newsletters and catalogs. Inquire about opportunities
to write alumni profiles, career, and educational pieces.

And if you're the next Roger Ebert-in-waiting, gear your market
toward review writing. Query the arts or entertainment editor at
your local newspaper to write movie, theater, video, and book
reviews. Or go direct and contact theater and concert centers in
your area. You can locate this information through your local
Chamber of Commerce. By taking the time to assess your writing
strengths (and don't forget about your writing passions) you'll
be able to easily pinpoint markets that are a natural fit for
you, and also increase your writing opportunities.

Identify your unique selling points
An easy way to do this is to think about two household products
you've used in the past. Something made you decide to buy one
over the other and continue to purchase it on a regular basis.
Make a list of characteristics that are unique to your writing
style by naming ten descriptive adjectives or phrases that best
describe your writing skills. Are you a seasoned writer who can
deliver clean, memorable, and clever copy? Are you a strategic
thinker? Do you use an interactive voice? These unique features,
commonly referred to as your "unique selling points", become
essential selling features for marketing your writing services.
They not only make you stand out from other writers, but describe
the specific advantages of why a client should hire you. Refer to
this list whenever you begin a writing project. You'll stay
focused on your target market and have a much easier time
speaking to your audience.

Create messages and materials that reflect the best you
Once you've determined where you'll get your writing projects,
your next step is to create marketing pieces. Inspire your
imagination by paying attention to catchy phrases and images that
in TV commercials, billboards, magazines, and newspaper ads.
Assemble materials to create a package that will showcase your
best work. Whether you choose to design or purchase letterhead
and business cards, make sure that all of your materials have the
same look and feel. Your written messages should be clear and
describe exactly what you do. Create an attention-grabbing tag
line (a unique selling point that accompanies your signature) and
include it wherever you sign your name. This includes your
website, fax cover sheets, even your voice mail greeting.

Regardless of how much you already know about your writing topic,
it is important that you get out and meet your audience. Attend
functions that cater to your writing interest or market. Check
for events in business journals or the business section of your
newspaper. Next, prepare an elevator speech. Practice it and be
ready to give an impressive introduction. Make your introduction
memorable by stating something unique about your writing service,
such as an added benefit, and then give your name. For example,
instead of giving the typical, "My name is Frank Bishop, I am a
copywriter", begin by stating your unique selling points up
front. Saying, "HiTop Communications features hip design and
sassy copy for the urban retail industry. I'm Frank" is more of
an attention-getter than the customary introduction.

Don't leave home without plenty of business cards and brochures
for the event's display tables. This is where vendors leave their
product information and also a place where they can find yours.
Another option is to create leave-behinds for face-to-face
meetings with clients. These are booklets or file folders that
you leave with your client after your meeting. It makes it easy
for your clients to locate you when they have a writing project
to assign. Check for bargains and ideas in the back-to-school
sections at department stores, or stock up on deals from office
and art supply stores. Include items like business cards, resume,
reference letters, testimonials, and your best writing samples.
Make sure they have a professional appearance and you'll create
an impressive reminder.

Remember that small things matter, too. Be courteous and return
messages. Avoid alienating customers (and potential customers) by
making every effort to return calls and emails the same day.
Acknowledging a call with a brief message is far better than
ignoring one completely. When you can't provide a detailed answer
give your clients a quick call to let them know that you'll be
back in touch with more detailed information at a later date.
Another option is to leave a voice mail greeting or automatic
email responder that will let clients know when they can expect
to hear from you.

Become the knowledge expert
When you approach your prospects, make sure you're aware of
current trends and industry news. Know background data and
identify other experts who can provide additional information.
Boost your editor's confidence by making appropriate references
to let them know you have other knowledgeable experts on your
side. Include these references in your query letter and explain
how you plan to fill in the gaps. When you prove that you are
capable of satisfying your client's needs, he or she will
automatically see the value in assigning you to a project. This
makes you a valuable resource for future projects, too.

Go beyond your promise
Make it a habit to give more than what is expected. Turn in your
assignments a day before the deadline. Automatically include a
sidebar, puzzle, or fun fact along with the regular assigned
content. Write a thank-you letter to your editor, client, and
also to any experts. Another good practice is to be open to
feedback. Ask your editor or clients how you can serve them
better. If you invoice for your services, include useful
promotional items that remind them of your special rate, quality,
or other outstanding services that you provide. These extra
considerations show how much you appreciate your client's
business and will make it easier for your client to remember you
when they have another project to assign.

Finally, as you make enhancements to your writing business
remember the real key to branding success is to have your clients
feel a connection with you through the products and services you
deliver. It takes practice to get into the habit of doing
something different. Set a timeline for when you expect to see
improved results. Figure a way to determine if you're getting the
best returns for your effort. If you don't get the results you
want, then don't be afraid to try a different approach.


Sonya Carmichael Jones is an independent business writer and
consultant based in Seattle, WA. Her specialty is creating
newsletters and other marketing collateral for women's
organizations and other special interest groups. She is a
frequent contributor to The King County Journal and has written
for HomeBusiness Magazine. Her current writing endeavor is a
how-to for women in the workplace. She enjoys mentoring new
writers. Visit her web site at http://writeface.com

Copyright (c) 2004 by Sonya Carmichael Jones

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A new word is posted every day. You have 60 seconds to write
about it. Plus you get to see what others have written. Excellent
writing exercise!

Elite Skills
A poetry site with a growing collection of how-to articles and

Writers Crossing
Columns, markets, articles and more for freelance writers.

The London House: Life in Victorian London
A glimpse of Victorian social and family life.

So You Want to Start a Magazine
An article focusing primarily on starting a fiction zine (or

Bethany Roberts' Writing for Children Workshop
Writer quotes, tips, FAQs, resources, book recommendations, and a
directory of children's authors and illustrators.

THE EASY WAY TO WRITE: Online communities, ebooks, and 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

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

How Do I Set Up An Author Website?

Q: I am just getting my first book published and I am wondering
about getting a website, something that will not cost a great
deal of money. What would you suggest for such a website, such as
how much money should I pay for one to be set up, what should be
on the site, and basically how do I go about it?

A: You can usually get web space for around $10 per month; I've
attached some links, below, that can help you find an ISP to host
your site. That's the first step. The second is determining
whether you want your own domain name (around $25 to $35 per
year) -- usually hosting your own domain costs a little more than
buying GENERIC web space (i.e., maybe $15 rather than $10 per
month). You can register your domain with Network Solutions, but
they are really difficult to work with when you want to change
anything, so I recommend looking at other registries (I use
Caddbase at: https://www.secure.caddbase.com/).

You can host a site at Homestead (http://www.homestead.com) and
design it yourself with their tools. However, a lot of people
find that Homestead sites don't always display properly with
certain machines or browsers. Yahoo/Geocities also offers free
web space; I don't know if they have design templates.

I don't know how much it costs to have your site designed by
someone else; however, learning HTML and doing it yourself is
really not at all difficult. I have some links to good HTML sites
at: http://www.writing-world.com/links/website.shtml

If you want to find a designer, I'd recommend doing a search on
"website design". I know that this CAN be expensive (from
hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on complexity), which
is why I really do advise learning some basic HTML.

Here are two articles on website content:

The Nuts and Bolts of an Author Website, by Chris Gavaler

Do You Need an Author Website? by Moira Allen


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

NAWW 3rd Annual "Discover Your Creative Power" Writer's Conf.,
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and click on 2004 Annual Conference; naww "at" onebox.com
http://www.naww.org/generic10.html - 1-866-832-5829


Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Where to Find Children's Book Reviewers; How Long to Let Your
Publisher Consider Your Next Book; Average Advances for Young
Adult Novels

Imagination's Edge: Writing SF and Fantasy, by Paula Fleming
Learning from Theater: Props, Dialog, and Scene Structure

The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
Pitching an Educational Reality Show

How Writing Every Day Can Keep You Writing... Every Day!
by Dana Mitchells

Children's Book Reviewers, compiled by Peggy Tibbetts
More than 20 reviewers including six new additions!



Travel Outdoor Adventure Destinations Magazine
AAA Adventure Outdoors, 110 E Main Street, Oak Hill, WV 25901
EMAIL: Carlos "at" the-toad.com
URL: http://www.the-toad.com

The TOAD highlights and features outdoor activities and tourist
attractions in West Virginia. We occasionally print articles
about outdoor activities such as climbing, rafting, kayaking,
horseback riding, etc., that take place in Chile, Ecuador, Peru,
Mexico, Costa Rica, Tahiti, Russia, and Fiji. The website prints
articles and information about these locations as well. We do not
consider poetry or political articles but sometimes will print
humor and/or fiction. Please sent material two months in advance
of the season being considered, e.g. send summer rafting articles
in April and May, or Gauley Season articles in June and July.
FAM/Media Trips are available to writers wanting to write about
West Virginia outdoor activities for publication in their home
state or regional/national magazines. All activities, lodging,
and meals are free but no writing fee or transportation is

LENGTH: 500-1,500 words
PAYMENT: 10 cents/word
RIGHTS: FNASR, one-time rights, or electronic rights
SUBMISSIONS: Submit by email or snail mail. If mailed, include
SASE. If possible, include photos. We prefer electronic
submissions with low resolution images for consideration, with
verification that high resolution images are available on
GUIDELINES: For questions, send email to: Carlos "at" the-toad.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


Susan Tierney, Editor
93 Long Ridge Road, West Redding, CT 06896-0811
EMAIL: informationservices "at" childrenswriter.com
URL: http://www.childrenswriter.com

A 12-page monthly newsletter in two sections reporting on the
marketplace for children's writing -- books, articles, stories,
plays, activities, and more. Current news, trends, tips, how to
write to publish for beginning to well-established professional
writers interested in learning more and keeping up-to-date on
writing for children, selling their writing, and the juvenile
publishing industry.

Lead articles: Wide range of features on market trends in books
and magazines: market segments, approaching editors, editorial
needs, writing with audience in mind, practical/business
considerations, and more. Features: Articles on the many aspects
of the writing process and a writing career with a strong
publishing-world voice. Each issue also includes three columns.
See online guidelines for topics.

LENGTH: Lead articles and features: 1,700-2,000 words; Columns:
750 words
PAYMENT: Lead articles and features: $300; Columns: $200
RIGHTS: First-time rights
SUBMISSIONS: Email submissions preferred. Disk submissions with
hard copy are accepted. We use Quark XPress and Word. Originals
and photocopies are accepted, but must be clearly legible. Do not
single space. For manuscripts to be returned, include SASE.
GUIDELINES: http://www.childrenswriter.com/guidelines.htm


Please send Market News to: peggyt "at" siltnet.net

"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
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        		    Universal Personality Contests

DEADLINE FOR THIS MONTH: February 15, 2004
GENRE: Creative writing
LENGTH: 200 words or less

THEME: Each month, Universal will present a creative writing
challenge for writing development, fun, and prizes.

February Assignment: Animal Magnetism! Somehow you metamorphose
into an animal. What is your first day like? What do you notice?
How has your world changed? What do you do?

PRIZES: $25-$50. Honorable mentions will be posted on our web

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, please type only "YOUR ASSIGNMENT #" on
the subject line, then place your entry in the body of the email.

ADDRESS: Universal P&P, Assignment #, 20885 Redwood Road, Suite
224, Castro Valley, CA 94546

EMAIL: assignments "at" upandp.net
URL: http://www.upandp.net/assignments.html


            4th Annual Chistell Writing Contest

DEADLINE: February 28, 2004
GENRE: Poetry, Short Story
OPEN TO: 18 years and older

THEME: Theme of poem/s (and/or) short story must center around
"Courage". Writers who have had poems or short stories published
in major publications and writers who have won a prior Chistell
Writing Contest are not eligible to enter.

SHORT STORY PRIZES: 1st Prize: $200; 2nd Prize: $50

POETRY PRIZES: 1st Prize: $100; 2nd Prize: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, submit 1-2 poems (or/and) 1 short story to
the contest to soulfar "at" aol.com with the subject line: 2004
Chistell Writing Contest Submission. No attachments accepted.

ADDRESS: Chistell Publishing, 2500 Knights Road, Suite 19-01,
Bensalem, PA 19020

EMAIL: soulfar "at" aol.com
URL: http://www.chistell.com


        Barbara Savage Miles from Nowhere Memorial Award

DEADLINE: March 1, 2004
GENRE: Nonfiction book
OPEN TO: Original works, previously unpublished in the English
language. The author must hold all rights to the work submitted.
LENGTH: 30K-70K words

THEME: Initiated in 1990, this ongoing award program commemorates
the late Barbara Savage, author of the book Miles from Nowhere,
published by The Mountaineers Books in 1983. See web site for

PRIZE: $3,000 award, a $12,000 guaranteed advance against
royalties, and publication by The Mountaineers Books.


ADDRESS: The Barbara Savage Miles from Nowhere Memorial Award,
The Mountaineers Book, 1001 SW Klickitat Way, Suite 201, Seattle,
WA 98134

EMAIL: mbooks "at" mountaineersbooks.org
URL: http://www.mountaineersbooks.org/mtn_b_savage_award.cfm


       The Faux Faulkner and Imitation Hemingway Contests

DEADLINE: March 1, 2004
GENRE: Humorous parody
LENGTH: 500 words or less

THEME: William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway knew just how to
write a clean, well-lighted sentence or a paragraph full of sound
and fury and it seems that there are plenty of other folks who do,
too. And they proved themselves by submitting entries to
Hemispheres' renowned literary parody contests, the Faux Faulkner
and Imitation Hemingway competitions. Write in August (and
September and October) and keep writing until you have the words,
the good words, the words that make the judges laugh.

PRIZE: Prize for Imitation Hemingway: Free trip for two to Europe.
Prize for Faux Faulkner: Free trip to Memphis for the Faulkner and
Yoknapatawpha Conference.


ADDRESS: Faux Faulkner: Yoknapatawpha Press, PO Box 248, Oxford,
MS 38655, Fax: 662-234-0909
Imitation Hemingway: Hemispheres, 1301 Carolina Street, Greensboro,
NC 27401, Fax: 336-378-8265

EMAIL: Faux Faulkner: faulkner "at" watervalley.net
Imitation Hemingway: hemiedit "at" aol.com
URL: http://www.hemispheresmagazine.com/home.htm (follow the
"fiction" links to information about the contests)



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