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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: 10 Tips to Reach Financial Success as a
           Freelance Writer, by Bev Bachel and Jennifer Lawler
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How to estimate word counts
            by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Words, by Harriet Cooper
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Tax Time Cometh
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If you're a U.S. reader, you know that April 15th is not far
away.  So this seems a good time to address some common questions
and misperceptions writers have about writing, money, and taxes.
(BTW, if you're not a U.S. reader, you might want to skip this
editorial, as it applies only to U.S. tax issues!)

Misperception #1:
You Can't Deduct Expenses Unless You've Earned Income
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Let's say that you made a decision late in 2003 to quit your day
job and become a writer.  The first thing you did was buy a new
computer and some peripherals and software, so that you wouldn't
have to fight the kids for writing time on the "family" computer.
Then you went a bit crazy at the office supply store (we ALL do),
buying paper, envelopes, pens, pencils, maybe some fancy
stationery for your letterhead, printer cartridges, etc.  Perhaps
you bought a postage scale so that you could weigh your
manuscripts, then went to the post office for an assortment of
stamps.  You set up a new e-mail account for your business, or
perhaps a high-speed connection.  You bought some writing books,
such as Moira Allen's invaluable "Starting Your Career as a
Freelance Writer" and "The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and
Proposals."  You bought some market guides, or the 2004 Writer's
Market.  You took a writing class or two, online or at your
community college.  In short, you spent a BUNCH of money.

You also sent out a bunch of queries and articles, and netted
some assignments and a sale or two.  But by the end of 2003, you
hadn't seen a DIME of income.  Does that mean you're stuck with
all those start-up expenses?

Not at all.  Now that you've made the decision to "write for
money," you're entitled to file a Schedule C (for self-employment
income and expenses) even if you haven't made a penny of income,
let alone profit.  Actually, you have two choices.

One option is to deduct those expenses for 2003, and claim a
business loss for the year.  Chances are, this will result in a
refund, particularly if you've been employed (or are still
employed) and have had taxes deducted from your paycheck.  As an
"individual," your business LOSS will be deducted from your total
tax debt, which could mean that you'd get a nice check this
spring.

A second option is to POSTPONE those expenses.  If you expect to
earn a significantly higher income as a writer in 2004, you could
postpone your 2003 expenses and deduct them from your 2004 taxes,
thus offsetting that higher income.  This often makes sense when
you have a number of start-up expenses that aren't likely to be
repeated the next year.  Note that you can do this even if adding
your 2003 expenses to your 2004 expenses would result in a "loss"
for 2004.

If you decide to claim your deductions in 2003, you should be
able to claim the cost of your office supplies, postage, and
classes as straight deductions.  However, with no actual income
for that year, you won't be able to "expense" your computer
equipment (see below); you'll have to depreciate it.  You also
will have to "amortize" the cost of books and software, unless
those items aren't retained (see below).

Misperception #2:
Computer Equipment and Other Expensive Items Must Be Depreciated
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Many writers don't realize that computer equipment, office
equipment (such as a new desk or chair), and other durable items
don't have to be depreciated.  They can be "expensed" (Form 179),
which means that you can deduct the entire amount of their
purchase in the year that you bought them.

Items can be expensed only if doing so does not create a "loss"
for your business.  For example, if you earned $20,000 in income
and bought $25,000 in computer equipment, you could not deduct
that $25,000 (plus all your other business expenses).  To
determine if you can expense your equipment, first add up all
your regular deductions, and subtract them from your income.  For
example, if you have $10,000 in standard deductions (office
supplies, utilities, phone expenses, classes, etc.), you could
then "expense" up to $10,000 of your computer equipment; the rest
would have to be depreciated.  If you have $25,000 in standard
deductions, you can deduct it all for a $5000 loss -- but you
won't be able to expense ANY of your computer equipment.

Most writers, however, don't spend $25,000 on computer equipment
(or office furniture) in a year!  Thus, rarely do we need to
worry about having "too much" equipment to "expense."  The
problem of depreciation arises only when we don't have enough
income to offset those purchases.  Thus, if you bought your
equipment in your "start-up" year (when you had very little or no
income), you won't be able to expense it that year -- but you may
be able to postpone the deduction and expense it the next year.
(Check with an accountant to be sure!)

The exception to "expensing" is books and software.  Because
these items are not "consumable" supplies (like paper), but are
often retained for long periods (like equipment), they must
generally be amortized over a period of several years.
Amortization is similar to depreciation.  If, however, you
purchase books or software that you do not retain, or that you
expect to replace annually (such as annual market guides or tax
software), you can usually deduct these as ordinary expenses.

Next issue:
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Writing Off Things You Write ABOUT - and -
The Home Office Deduction


For more information, see:

Handling Writing Income and Expenses, by Moira Allen
http://www.writing-world.com/basics/expenses.shtml

The Writer's Pocket Tax Guide, by Darlene Cypser
http://www.foolscap-quill.com/wptg2004.html


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

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

BREAKING INTO THE MAGAZINE AND PERIODICAL MARKET
Instructor: Moira Allen (8 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/magazines.shtml

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.

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CREATING THE "KILLER" CRIMINAL
Instructor: Kathleen Walls (4 weeks, $75)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/criminal.shtml

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
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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!

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HEROES, HEROINES AND VILLAINS:
USING ARCHETYPES TO CREATE DYNAMIC CHARACTERS
Instructor: Tami Cowden (6 weeks, $80)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/heroes.shtml

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.

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INTRODUCTION TO SPECULATIVE FICTION WORKSHOP
Instructor: Bruce Boston (8 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/boston.shtml

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.

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WRITING AND SELLING REVIEWS AND OPINION PIECES
Instructor: Sue Fagalde Lick (6 weeks, $90)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/reviews.shtml

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.

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WRITING FOR THE CONFESSION MARKET
Instructor: Bea Sheftel (8 weeks, $75)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/confessions.shtml

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

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WRITING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Instructor: Chris Gavaler (6 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/suspense.shtml

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.

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WRITING THE TV SPEC SCRIPT
Instructor: Laura Brennan (8 weeks, $120)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/script.shtml

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
scenes.

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Controversial database legislation moves forward
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On January 21, the House Judiciary Committee approved
controversial legislation that extends protection for facts
within databases that are not currently eligible for copyright
protection. Opponents to the bill claim it amounts to special
interest legislation that will ultimately make it more difficult
and costly to access public information. The Database and
Collections of Information Misappropriation Act (HR 3261) allows
database owners to sue in civil court for damages arising from
the theft of the information in the database. "Without the
minimal protection afforded by this legislation, we run the risk
that new databases will not be created and made available to the
public, thereby depriving the public of one more information
source," said Howard Coble (R-NC). However, Rep. Rick Boucher
(D-VA) said he would work to divert the bill from floor
consideration back to the Energy and Commerce Committee in hopes
of either burying the legislation or improving it. There is no
similar legislation in the Senate. "It's clearly not needed,"
Boucher said. "There are other traditional remedies available
such as copyright law and misappropriation laws." Mark Erickson,
director of federal policy for the public policy group
NetCoalition, said the bill creates a new property right for
database owners. He said the legislation will "inevitably lead to
the growing monopolization of the marketplace of ideas," where
the ability to use facts is increasingly controlled by a small
number of international publishing houses, such as Reed Elsevier,
the Dutch-Anglo company that publishes Lexis-Nexis. "This bill is
testament to the power that one company can muster," said Boucher.

Campaign for Reader Privacy launched this week
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On February 17, the Campaign for Reader Privacy was launched to
obtain one million signatures in support of legislation to
protect the privacy of bookstore and library records by amending
Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. The effort is sponsored by
the American Booksellers Association, the American Library
Association, and Pen American Center and aims to collect
signatures in bookstores, libraries and on a new web site. In
connection with the campaign, some 40 organizations and 81
companies have issued a joint statement of support for proposed
legislation to amend Section 215. The statement reads, in part:
"Our society places the highest value on the ability to speak
freely on any subject. But freedom of speech depends on the
freedom to explore ideas privately. Bookstore customers and
library patrons must feel free to seek out books on health,
religion, politics, the law, or any subject they choose, without
fear that the government is looking over their shoulder. Without
the assurance that their reading choices will remain private,
they will be reluctant to fully exercise their right to read
freely." For more information: http://www.readerprivacy.com

Booksellers speak out about Penguin's online sales
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Last month Penguin became the first major US publisher to sell
online to consumers via its web site. In a statement, the Penguin
Group said the move was meant to be "complementary rather than
competitive." Now booksellers are voicing their concerns. "It's
one more thing that's going to make it harder for independent
booksellers to grow their sales," said Stuart Lamson of Bank
Square Books in Mystic, Connecticut. Chris Livingston of The Book
Shelf in Winona, Minnesota, said that he believed this is
"something you don't want to see publishers do en masse.
Personally, I think this is a cause for concern if that's where
the industry is going." Dave Zimmer, spokesperson for Penguin
responded by saying, "We value all of our relationships with
wholesalers and retailers. But because bricks and mortar stores
have a plethora of inventory it's not possible for them to
display our entire backlist. In no way do we want this to be
construed as a competitive move. This is a way to be more visible
and offer better access to our entire line."

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10 TIPS TO REACH FINANCIAL SUCCESS AS A FREELANCE WRITER
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                  by By Bev Bachel (bev.bachel "at" ideagirls.com) and
                    Jennifer Lawler (jennifer "at" jenniferlawler.com)

1. Be a business owner.

You're more than a writer, you're a business owner. You're a
manager, a marketer, a negotiator, a technology guru and more.
Decide how much you need to charge for your services in order to
cover your expenses and pay yourself fairly (even generously).
Taking this attitude means that you won't be doing work for free
or low pay. (You wouldn't expect the local electrician to work for
free. Why should you?) Think about what you do best and what you
can cost-effectively hire others to do for you: bookkeeping,
errands, house cleaning, perhaps even proofreading or editing.
Start thinking about yourself as a business, and you'll be
surprised by what happens to your bottom line.

2. Know your competition.

Find out what other writers charge for the work they do, and
think about your own rates in comparison. Do some writers have
higher hourly rates or earn more income? If so, learn why. Is it
because they specialize? Because they're more productive? Because
they know how to manage projects from concept to completion? Once
you have a sense of what's going on in the marketplace, develop a
pricing strategy that includes asking clients to pay you what
you're worth and turning down opportunities to work for a lot
less.

3. Go for your goals.

Set specific goals: to land three new clients, sell a book to a
publisher, place three magazine articles, bill $10,000 a month,
learn a new skill. Then develop a step-by-step action plan for
achieving your goals. Concentrate on process, not outcome. You
can control whether you make three new business calls, even if
you can't control whether they result in new business. Finally,
start tracking your progress. Bonus tip: Recruit a "goal buddy."
You and your goal buddy are a mutual accountability team,
reporting to each other about the progress you're making towards
achieving your goals.

4. Measure what you want to improve.

We get better at what we measure: turnaround time, billable
hours, profit margin. If you're not already doing so, start
tracking how you spend your time. (Hint: It shouldn't be playing
solitaire on your computer.) Also start tracking other things
that matter: what type of work you get hired to do, which clients
are most profitable, who refers business to you, etc.

5. Be a planner.

10 minutes of planning on the front end will save you up to 90
minutes once you're working. That means spending 10-15 minutes at
the start of your day or at the beginning of a project can save
you up to two hours each day. If you're looking for a way to
jumpstart your productivity, begin each day by making a list of
what you need to get done. Start with what's most important, not
with what's easiest.

6. Deliver delight.

All writers ought to be able to deliver the basics: grammatically
correct sentences with no typos, correct facts, projects that are
arrive on time and within budget, etc. To keep clients coming
back, maintain a positive attitude, be available when you say you
will be, and return phone calls and emails promptly. But what can
you do to set yourself apart from every other writer? Delight
your clients by delivering extras. Make copies so your client
doesn't have to. Take a class to learn how to develop the
PowerPoint charts your client is so fond of. Join a professional
association that can help you understand the challenges your
client's industry faces. Bonus Tip: Think WOW!

7. Follow the 80/20 rule.

This rule says that 80 percent of your income will come from 20
percent of your clients or projects. As a result, you don't need
a lot of clients or projects to make a lot of money. Go for two
or three big, long-term clients or long-term projects (like
writing a book), and then take on other projects (such as
articles) as your schedule allows.

8. Learn to love self-promotion.

Writers write because they love to. But if you want to make money
as a writer, you also have to learn to love self-promotion and
marketing. While you aren't likely to buy an ad in a national
magazine, there are plenty of other ways you can get visibility
(and even some notoriety). Write an article, give a speech,
introduce yourself in a memorable way that helps people truly
understand what you do. Put others to work on your behalf as
well. Find "buzzers," those people who are willing to tell others
about you and the work you do. After all, word of mouth is one of
the best (and least expensive) ways of getting attention.

9. Be a know-it-all.

Information really is power, especially in the writing world.
Attend seminars, subscribe to writing publications, read
bestsellers and learn what issues affect you (and your clients).
If you specialize, subscribe to appropriate publications for that
specialty and belong to organizations that promote it. For the
most part, specialists get paid more than generalists, but being
knowledgeable about what's happening in the world gives you a
definite advantage.

10. Build a network that works for you.

Looking to build your business? You don't always have to go it
alone. Think about people you admire and respect with whom you
might be able to form a mutually beneficial partnership. For
instance, graphic designers often sell their services to the same
people who hire writers. Find one you can partner with, and agree
to share business. Or find a group of writers and agree to pass
along resources and projects you can't take on yourself. You'll
get their resources and the projects they can't take on. Working
with like-minded people offers a slew of benefits. Helpful hint:
Be sure to stay in touch with people in your network even when
you're not actively working together. And remember to say "thank
you" to those who help you along the way. It's surprising how
many people forget the importance of those two little words.

     >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

Bev Bachel is an employee and marketing communications
consultant, and the owner of Idea Girls
(http://www.ideagirls.com), which publishes a series of Idea
Girls Guides to help women develop their ideas.

Jennifer Lawler is a veteran book author and martial arts expert.
Her Dojo Wisdom series, including the forthcoming Dojo Wisdom for
Writers, shows how you can use the principles of martial arts to
get what you want from life.

Bev and Jennifer also teach an e-course on writing: "Write It and
Reap: How to Make a Six Figure Income Doing What You Love." For
more information and to sign up for the e-course, visit:
http://www.jenniferlawler.com

Copyright (c) 2004 by Bev Bachel and Jennifer Lawler

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THE WRITE SITES
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Scribe and Quill
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Bev Walton-Porter's monthly email newsletter for writers, with
articles, markets and more.
    http://www.scribequill.com

Resources for Literary Journals
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Links to literary journals, journal response times, statistics,
ranking and more.
    http://www.jefferybahr.com/Publications/default.htm

Odyssey: The Fantasy Writing Workshop
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Real-world workshop for SF and fantasy, held annually in New
Hampshire.
    http://www.sff.net/odyssey/

Credits, Permissions, Releases and Consents
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Information and forms for obtaining author releases and
permissions for use of copyrighted material.
    http://www.ucpress.edu/press/authors/perms.html

Irish Poetic Forms
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Links to sites and resources on medieval Irish poetry.
    http://www.dnaco.net/~mobrien/irishptr/drchpoem/

Omniglot: A Guide to Writing Systems
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Fascinating stuff on alphabets, various writing systems,
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THE WRITING DESK
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                   by Moira Allen (moirakallen "at" writing-world.com)

How To Estimate Word Counts
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Q: How can you quickly estimate the number of words in an
article? Any tricks?

A: Depends on what you're trying to do. Are you trying to guess
how long an article will be before you've written it? If you want
to do this for a query, don't. Just take a look at the magazine's
word count parameters and state that your article will fall
within that range. For example, if you are submitting to a
magazine that wants articles between 2,000 and 2,500 words, you
could state that your article will be 2,200 words (or anywhere
between the two figures). If you are pretty sure it will be a
LONG article, use the longest figure allowed.

Then, when you actually WRITE the article, you already know that
it can go no longer than the number of words you've specified.
Don't sweat this while you're writing; just get the article
written. Then use your word-processing word count function to
find out how long the article is. If you're under the count you
promised, you need more information. If you're over, you need to
cut.

If you're only 100 words over the count, don't worry about it. If
you're 200 words over or more, you will need to start reviewing
your prose and trimming. I find that after I've let an article
sit for four or five days, it's a lot easier to go back and trim
extra words -- e.g., by rewriting sentences to make them shorter
and crisper, etc. When I've JUST written a piece, I still have
this sense that every word is absolutely necessary.

If you're 500 words or more over the count, you may need to look
at entire paragraphs -- "chunks" of information -- that can be
dropped. Again, let it sit for a few days. Then, you may find
that a particular tidbit of info that you found interesting can
be removed without damaging the integrity of the article.

Another way to "estimate" is to determine how many points you
plan to cover in your article. Figure that if you're writing a
relatively "in-depth" piece, every point that you plan to cover
is going to require AT LEAST 300 to 500 words. So if you have a
limit of 2000 words, you will only be able to cover between three
and five major points or "subheads" in your article. This is a
good way to estimate whether you're trying to cover too much (or
too little). If you want to cover 10 points in a 1000-word
article, the best you can do is a bullet list -- you won't be
able to cover each of them "in depth."

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Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for
more than 20 years.  A columnist for The Writer, she is also
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JUST FOR FUN: Words
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                          by Harriet Cooper (harcoop "at" hotmail.com)

Five Little Words
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Even more than "We accept"
Be it query, piece or spec,
The words that gladden every heart:
"Enclosed please find your cheque."

Words, Words, Words
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Synonyms are much beloved
Of those of us who write,
We pick and choose among our words
To dazzle and delight.

Another reason why we use
A synonym as well,
Is 'cause the word we really want
Is one we cannot spell.

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Harriet Cooper is a freelance humorist and essayist living in
Toronto, Canada. Her humor, essays, articles, short stories and
poetry have appeared in newspapers, magazines, web sites,
anthologies, radio and a coffee can. She specializes in writing
about family, relationships, cats, yoga, psychology, writing and
being the anti-Martha Stewart of household hints.

Copyright (c) 2004 by Harriet Cooper

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MARKET ROUNDUP
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CAPPER'S is a nationally distributed biweekly tabloid publication
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nostalgic, family-oriented, travel and human-interest stories;
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Free verse and light verse, traditional, nature and inspirational
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and concise; full of detail and color, writing and reporting at
its best. Our readers are intelligent and discriminating, our
standards are high. This is not a market for beginners; send only
your most professional work. No fiction, nostalgia, or poetry.
Coverage of people and places must be enlightening and
instructional, and have a broad regional or national relevance.
We also cover health, food, gardening, home projects, nature, and
finances. Articles should be topical, but have a long shelf life.

LENGTH: 450-1,200 words
PAYMENT: 25 cents-$1.00/word
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REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Send a one-paragraph query with clips and SASE. No
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GUIDELINES: http://www.americanprofile.com/aboutus/writers.asp

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SPECULATIONS
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our readers sell their fiction. If you are a professional writer
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hear from you.

LENGTH: No word length requirements
PAYMENT: 3 cents/word
RIGHTS: Nonexclusive electronic rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: If you wish to submit your work, please use the Zap
the Publisher form to send a query to editor Kent Brewster:
http://www.speculations.com/zap.php
GUIDELINES: http://www.speculations.com/guidelines.htm

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

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          Paterson Prize for Books for Young People

DEADLINE: March 15, 2004
GENRE: Poetry book
OPEN TO: Poetry books for young people published in 2003
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: One book will be selected in each category: Pre-K-Grade 3;
Grades 4-6; Grades 7-12. Each book submitted must be accompanied
by an application form, which can be printed from the web site.

PRIZES: $500 Award in each category

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Maria Maziotti Gillan, Executive Director, Poetry
Center, Pasaic County Community College, One College Boulevard,
Paterson, NJ 07505-1179

URL: http://www.pccc.cc.nj.us/poetry/Prize/Young2004.html

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          WriteCraft Spring 2004 Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: March 15, 2004
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 1,500-5,000 words

THEME: The story must be based on the photo prompt displayed at
contest web page.

PRIZE: $25 cash or Amazon gift certificate

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes

EMAIL: shortstorycontest "at" writecraftweb.com
URL: http://www.writecraftweb.com/wcSScontestguidelines.html

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            Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers

DEADLINE: March 31, 2004
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: All writers of poetry with only one published book in
that genre
LENGTH: Up to 5 unpublished poems

THEME: The Glasgow Endowment was established by the late Arthur
G. Glasgow for the "promotion of the expression of art through
pen and tongue." This year's award is for poetry.

PRIZE: $2,500 award

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: R.T. Smith, The Glasgow Prize, Shenandoah Mattingly
House, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450-0303

URL: http://shenandoah.wlu.edu/glasgow.html

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