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Issue 4:09          13,500 subscribers             April 29, 2004

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         From the Editor's Desk
         CLASSES on Writing-World.com
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: RSI: A Warning To Chronic Computer Users,
            by Radhika Meganathan
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Do editors "fix" grammatical problems?
            One space or two? by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Mission Accomplished!
I'm back -- and I'm happy to say that our visit to Washington was
actually a positive experience, despite the circumstances.  My
mother-in-law is doing very well, all things considered, though
she was a bit worried about dealing with the silence that was
bound to follow our whirlwind visit.

"Whirlwind" was the word she used to describe us as we sorted
through papers in my father-in-law's computer room.  What began
as a search for necessary documents (such as military discharge
papers) turned into something of a slash-and-burn operation.  We
ended up throwing out nearly ten file boxes of papers.  (My FIL
had never mastered the art of saving files on the computer, so
he printed out all his e-mails, which ended up in stacks around
the room.) We finally did find the military papers, neatly filed
in a box at the very BOTTOM of the closet, under all the other
papers.  The result was a wonderfully clean room that will now
serve as a guest room -- something my mother-in-law had yearned
for but had not been able to achieve.  She has already claimed
the territory by putting her rocking chair and new potted plant
in the newly opened space.

It's amazing how many business issues must be handled when one's
spouse dies; my husband spent most of the trip escorting his
mother to the army base, the Social Security office, the lawyer,
the financial counselor, and so forth.  Everyone, of course,
needs a different set of papers.  Meanwhile, I managed to crack
the "code" and figure out how to access my father-in-law's
e-mail system (fortunately he had his password written down in
several places).  I logged in to discover that he had something
like 500 spam messages; he got more spam than I do!

We left with a feeling of accomplishment -- of having done
everything that needed to be done at the time.  It's good to be
home -- but now I think we need a vacation!

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

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All classes begin on June 1, 2004. Please note that some of our
April classes have been postponed to the June session, so if you
missed them, you have another chance! (For details on our August
courses, visit http://www.writing-world.com/classes/index.shtml)

Instructor: Mary Emma Allen (4 weeks, $75)

Writing columns for newspapers, magazines, and online
publications can be some of the most rewarding work of your
writing career. Learn from a writer with more than 30 years of
experience in this field. She'll give you information and
assignments to get you ready to query editors and use column
writing as a springboard for other writing ventures.


Instructor: Elizabeth Peake (6 weeks, $120)

It takes a special breed of writer to deliver a finished product
so horrific it stays with the reader long after the story has
been read. The horror writer must learn to go deep within and
grasp those inner most fears and bring them to light. This course
is intended for writers who already have the basic writing skills
but need to learn the fundamentals of writing horror. By the end
of this course, the student will have written their horror story
and possess confidence to submit to a paying market.


Instructor: Patricia Fry (8 weeks, $100)

Here's your opportunity to learn how to write a successful book
proposal now and in the future. Fry will teach you a formula that
you can use for nearly any book you plan. While our focus will be
on the more detailed nonfiction book proposal, students with
novels and other fiction materials will also learn how to prepare
a book proposal for their projects.


Instructor: Tracy Cooper-Posey (5/6 weeks, $80, includes chat)

This course is intended to give the student an in-depth study of
plotting a novel as it applies to the romance genre. The course
is designed to cater to both beginning writers and the more
experienced writer who is considering writing romance for the
first time. Assignments will be given each week for feedback.


Instructor: Kathryn Lay (4 weeks, $75)

What is a Personal Experience? What types of magazines publish
them and how can you turn your personal experiences into writing
sales? This class will answer these questions and more, sharing
the writer's years of experience writing AND selling personal
experience articles and essays.


Instructor: Kathleen Walls (4 weeks, $60)

If you enjoy seeing new places and can write a letter home to
tell your friends, you could be a travel writer. This class
offers all the tips I wish someone had told me when I first
started travel writing. You will learn how to research markets,
how to approach the editors, how to maximize your income and how
to take advantage of all the available comps when you travel.


Instructor: Catherine Lundoff (6 weeks, $90)

For centuries, writers have portrayed sensuality and sexuality in
words to captivate, titillate and amuse their readers. Learn to
write convincingly about erotic activity and to incorporate the
erotic into the everyday to capture what is perhaps the greatest
intimacy their characters will experience. This course is
intended for both new and experienced writers who want to explore
this genre.  NOTE: This class has a maximum enrollment of 10 and
is already half-full, so please enroll soon to reserve a place.


(Postponed from previous session)
Instructor: Bea Sheftel (8 weeks, $60 - REDUCED!)

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


(Postponed from previous session)
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: Sally Zigmond (6 weeks, $80)

Have you always wanted to try a short story but didn't know how
to start? Are you confused by all the jargon, such as viewpoint
and narrative structure? Then sign up for this user-friendly
course. Sally will show you how to get going, how to develop your
ideas, how to create memorable characters, how to construct a
piece of short fiction. By the end of the course you will not
only have the confidence to write your own short stories but to
send them out to magazines and competitions.

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NEA program encourages war stories
On April 20, the National Endowment for the Arts announced a
program called, Operation Homecoming. US troops returning from
duty will be encouraged to write about their wartime experiences.
The program will provide writing workshops led by distinguished
authors such as Mark Bowden, author of "Black Hawk Down"; Tom
Clancy, author of "The Hunt for Red October"; Bobbie Ann Mason,
author of "In Country"; and James McBride, author of "The Color
of Water". Operation Homecoming will also include a CD containing
interviews and readings by military writers, an online writing
tutorial, and an anthology of new wartime writing contributed by
the military and their families. The project is being presented
in partnership with the Department of Defense and the Southern
Arts Federation, and is made possible by The Boeing Company.
"Operation Homecoming will preserve personal accounts of the
wartime experiences of our troops and their loved ones," said
NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. For more information:

1st Books changes name to AuthorHouse
Print-on-demand (POD) publisher 1stBooks has changed its name to
AuthorHouse, which competes with other POD services including
iUniverse, Trafford and Xlibris. "We're a publishing house built
around the needs and goals of today's authors," said AuthorHouse
president Robert McCormack. "We have proven there is tremendous
demand for our services among authors and at the same time, a
large market for the books we publish." AuthorHouse claims it
published close to 8,000 manuscripts in 2003, with more than
20,000 titles in print, and more than 600 new titles added
monthly. Since 2001, the company reports that it doubled its
title count, tripled its employee count and printed and sold 1.65
million books.

Clinton will be BEA keynote speaker
BookExpo America (BEA) announced this week that former President
Bill Clinton will present this year's BEA Opening Night Keynote
Address on June 3. President Clinton will speak about his
upcoming memoir "My Life", to be published by Knopf at the end of
June. It will be President Clinton's first appearance on behalf
of the book. "Speaking before our audience gives testament to the
value President Clinton places on the importance of books, and
the book community is eager to hear him speak at their
convention," noted Greg Topalian, vice president and show
director for BEA. "We're honored that the President has chosen
BEA as his first public appearance on behalf of his forthcoming
work, and we welcome him to our stage."

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                      by Radhika Meganathan (jwaala"at"graffiti.net)

If the object you touch most often during a day is the mouse, you
face the risk of getting Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

RSI is a non-medical term that describes disorders related to
performing repetitive tasks continuously, especially in an
awkward or incorrect posture. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when
tendons in the wrist become inflamed after being aggravated.
Inflammation of tendons due to repetitious movement of the
fingers causes tendonitis, mostly because of repetitive and
forceful movements of the wrist and fingers during work.

In both cases, the victim feels extreme pain even at the
slightest movement of her hand. All writers should look out for
signs. It usually begins with numbness or aching in the wrist,
hand or arm. In extreme cases, the neck and shoulders are

RSI is not an infection, nor is it a communicable disease. It can
happen to anyone, with women three times more likely to develop
CTS than men. The risk highly increases with age (people between
the ages of 40 and 60 are more commonly affected).

Signs and causes
Cassandra Ward, records clerk for a major university hospital in
Detroit, says: "My job was to file lab results into charts. I
averaged 300 reports an hour, five nights a week. I started the
job in May 1990. By the end of July, I was having mild tingling
in my wrist and slight weakness when I tried to grip small things
with my right (dominant) hand. I ignored it."

A 42-year old single mother of two toddlers at the time,
Cassandra took some over-the-counter painkillers to keep going.
By the beginning of November, she could no longer hold anything
in her right hand and was in constant pain. Cassandra was finally
diagnosed in February 1991 with DeQuervains Tendonitis. "I was on
workers' compensation for three years until I could functionally
use my hand again," she said.

Ward's case is not unique. Every chronic computer user with bad
working practices is extremely susceptible to RSI. The irony is
that RSI is easy to prevent, but very hard to cure, since
remedial measures are unreliable and expensive.

The first step toward prevention is to accept that the threat of
RSI is real. Try some simple and cost preventive effective
measures to keep RSI at bay.

Ergonomic intelligence
According to a survey, about 76% of the writers in North America
work in an uncomfortable environment, because they don't
understand the risks. Computer-related Repetitive Strain Injury
dominates injury compensation claims and is now termed as one of
the top five occupational diseases.

To avoid becoming a statistic, opt for ergonomically designed
equipment. The Dvorak keyboard and Microsoft's Natural Keyboard
are designed to reduce pain. Check whether your keyboard hand
height is comfortable. Investing in voice recognition software
and using a trackball, instead of a mouse, can also be

Take frequent breaks
Even with the best ergonomic workstation design, a user with bad
working practices can develop RSI. Take regular breaks from your
work schedule. Frequent, short breaks are more effective than
sporadic, long ones. Spend at least 10 to 15 minutes every hour
away from the mouse and the keyboard. Use that time to stretch
your arms or even go for a short walk around the office.

Save your hands
You're more likely to develop tendonitis in a cold environment.
Fingerless gloves will keep your hands and wrists warm. Every 15
to 20 minutes, give your hands and wrists a break by gently
stretching and bending them. Consider learning Indian classical
dance such as Bharathanatiyam or Odissi, which have a lot of
moves with expressive fingers. The more you stretch your fingers,
the better your chances of preventing RSI.

A nutritious, RSI-resistant diet can also help you prevent RSI.
Vitamin B6 (found in chicken, beef, wheat germ, fish, peas,
spinach and eggs) will keep your tendons lubricated. And as
always, consult with your physician or health care professional
before trying new exercises or diets.

Moral of the story
More than a decade later, Cassandra Ward still suffers
sporadically from tendonitis. "If you do not become aware of it,
or ignore it as I did, you can drive yourself to the point of
intense, constant pain and have your hand become completely
useless. While there is surgery for this condition, I did not
qualify for it. The doctors assure me that I will have this
condition for the remainder of my life and I am now legally
disabled under the ADA laws," she said.

Do not wait for the pain to disappear by magic. Talk to a doctor,
physiotherapist, or specialist. The pain may disappear when you
stop using the computer, giving you a false sense of security.
Understand that once started, it takes more than a therapeutic
break from the computer to cure it. Stopping medication and
resuming work will only make it worse.

If your livelihood depends on the computer, be sure to take all
necessary precautions. Ignoring the warning signs can lead to
unnecessary suffering, frequent medical visits, and high bills
for treatment. Even if it's not RSI, the pain might be an
indication of some other condition. Instead of repenting at
leisure while in pain, nip it in the bud.


Computer Work Stations
Living with a computer? Design your workstation with help from
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.

A free, web-based ergonomic exercise program especially designed
for computer users, combining a simple reminder program with over
one hundred short animations of simple, ergonomically correct
stretches and strengthening exercises.

The Typing Injury FAQ
Provides a wide variety of information about repetitive strain
injuries, resources for dealing with it, and description of
products to reduce injury risk and symptoms.

* Disclaimer: This article in no way intends to serve as an
expert diagnosis or to suggest specific avenues of treatment. If
you have questions or doubts, check with your health care


Hopping between business writing and freelancing for magazines,
Radhika Meganathan, an architect based in India, has been
published in several magazines and ezines, both local and
international. She is currently busy ghostwriting a series of six
books on holistic health and alternative medicine and teaching
email workshops about the freelancing business to budding
writers. To get a special discount, free ebooks and mentoring
services, visit http://pages.ivillage.com/jwaala/wordsworth

Copyright (c) 2004 by Radhika Meganathan

http://www.writingusa.com/power.html Discover the secrets of
using your creativity to promote yourself, manage your writing
career and increase your income.


Right Writing
W. Terry Whalin, best-selling author and a long-time editor, has
launched this new web site to help anyone with their written
communication. Features tips, articles and much more.

The ultimate dictionary combines more than 26 online
dictionaries. Features a "reverse lookup" feature to search for a
word by definition.

The Mysterious Home Page
A streamlined, "just the links, ma'am" jumping off site for the
mystery world online.

Writers Hood.com
A professional site dedicated to assisting amateur writers of
different genres by providing a place to present their talent.
Authors can send their work, poetry or prose, along with a bio.

The BBC's online resource for writing for television, radio and

Investigators Guide to Sources of Information
Huge collection of information resources, including government
agencies, directories, electronic database, and the
"Investigator's Guide to the Internet."

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

Do Editors "Fix" Grammatical Problems?

Q: I want to start writing, but have a question: Does an editor
"edit" your work? Meaning would they "help" with punctuation and
repetitive wording. Or is there some software I should look into?

A: The sad news is that editors are less and less likely to have
the time or inclination to correct a writer's spelling, grammar
and punctuation. The competition is becoming so fierce that a
writer really needs to be able to master these skills. On the
other hand, I see nothing in your e-mail that suggests to me that
you HAVEN'T mastered them -- it looked perfectly well written to

An occasional spelling or punctuation error isn't going to get
your work rejected. When someone has "grammar problems," they're
usually large, obvious grammar problems -- e.g., someone doesn't
know how to punctuate dialogue, or doesn't know the difference
between "its" and "it's", etc.

I wouldn't worry about that issue at the moment -- if you want to
get started in short fiction, just start writing! Don't let
worries about the mechanics slow you down. Join an online
discussion group and/or critique group so that you can get some
feedback on your work, and some support for what you're doing.
And start getting your work out there on the market!

One Space Or Two?

Q: My question is about spacing after a period (between
sentences). I've always double-spaced but another writer says her
editor is telling her to use only a single space. Some of my
reference material on formatting and style may be out of date so
I'd appreciate your input.

A: The current style IS one space. You are probably like me --
you were raised in the "typewriter" generation and taught to use
two spaces.

The easiest thing to do is just do a "search and replace" on your
manuscript, when it is finished, replacing two spaces with one.
That's a lot easier than trying to remember as you type, or
constantly trying to correct yourself.

It's also NOT something that is going to influence the acceptance
or rejection of your manuscript. If an editor wants to accept it,
and then would like you to make the change, s/he will let you
know when it comes time to submit a final, electronic file of the


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



Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Finding Information on Ancient History; Accepting an Editor's
Suggestions; Sending a Contract or Invoice for Illustrations

Murder Ink, by Stephen Rogers
"Reading to Write"

Romancing the Keyboard, by Anne Marble
"Suspense and Foreshadowing"


PLEASE NOTE that the URLs for our columns, except for "Advice
from a Caterpillar," have changed.  The URLs for our regular
columns are now:

Advice from a Caterpillar (Peggy Tibbetts) -

Imagination's Edge (Paula Fleming) -

Murder Ink (Stephen Rogers) -

Press Kit (Debbie Ridpath Ohi) -

Romancing the Keyboard (Anne Marble) -

The Screening Room (Laura Brennan) -

Don't Reach for Any Old Quote, by John Rains



Colleen Sell, Editor
PO Box 863, Eugene, Oregon 97440
EMAIL: cupofcomfort"at"adamsmedia.com
URL: http://www.cupofcomfort.com

We are seeking submissions for the following anthologies:

Inspirational stories of personal experiences with and
testimonials of religious faith. Possible themes: the power of
prayer; evidence of God's holy grace; miracles; divine
intervention; enlightening "messages" and "calls to action" from
God; affirmation of religious teachings/scriptures in daily life;
finding or reclaiming or embracing one's faith; communion among
brethren; good works of God's servants. Traditional formal
religions only (i.e. Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism).
DEADLINE: June 1, 2004

Romantic stories for and about couples, lovers, soul mates.
Possible themes: puppy love; true love; new love; enduring love;
first love; unrequited love; the love of one's life; mature love;
rekindled love; friends to lovers; unforgettable engagement,
wedding, or anniversary experiences; turning points and
milestones in a marriage/partnership; defining and "aha" moments
that spark, shape, or strengthen a love relationship.
DEADLINE: July 15, 2004

Soulful stories of enlightening, enriching spiritual experiences
and relationships. Possible themes: gifts of spiritual
teachers/mentors; soul-nurturing spiritual practices and rituals;
discovering a spiritual path, a divine truth, or a kindred
spirit; actualizing (putting into positive action) a spiritual
lesson; epiphany/deep understanding; fate/karma/serendipity;
divine intervention/direction; evidence of a higher spirit;
awakening and/or deepening of one's inner spirit; enlightening or
life-changing spiritual experiences. All benevolent religions and
spiritual paths.
DEADLINE: December 31, 2004

LENGTH: 1000-2000 words
PAYMENT: $500 Grand Prize will be awarded to one story per
volume; $100 will be paid for each story published. Payment on
RIGHTS: The publisher (Adams Media Corporation) reserves limited
use rights for a specified period of time. Rights retained by the
author include serial (periodical) rights, live performance, and
film right. Authors also retain the right to publish the story in
a book comprised solely of her/his original works.
SUBMISSIONS: By email: In the subject line, cite the volume (for
example, Courage). Copy and paste the story (from your word
processing program) or type the story into the body of the email.
No attachments. One story per email. Send to:
By mail: Send a computer disk or CD and a printed copy of the
story to: A Cup of Comfort, Adams Media Corporation and F+W
Publications Company, 57 Littlefield St., Avon, MA 02322
By Fax: Include a cover sheet addressed to A Cup of Comfort and
citing your story title(s), the number of pages being submitted,
and the volume(s) for which the (each) story is being submitted.
Fax to: 1-508-427-6790.
GUIDELINES: http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm


Leelila Strogov, Editor
244 Fifth Ave. #2722, New York, NY 10001
EMAIL: submissions"at"swinkmag.com
URL: http://www.swinkmag.com

We consider fiction, essays and poetry that have not been
previously published in English. Please submit only one
manuscript at a time. We make every effort to respond within 12
weeks. There are no set guidelines as to content or length.
Submissions must contain your name, address and a telephone
number where you can be reached, and must be accompanied by SASE.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted provided you notify us
immediately, either in writing or by email, if your work is
accepted elsewhere. Please note that we do not accept submissions
for the print magazine via email or fax.

LENGTH: No word length requirements
PAYMENT: Fiction & essays: $100; Poetry: $25
RIGHTS: FNASR, non-exclusive, one-time anthology rights, and
online serial rights
SUBMISSIONS: By mail to above address. Mail poetry to: 5042
Wilshire Blvd. #628, Los Angeles, CA 90036. By email (for online
issues only) send in MS Word attachment or body of email.
GUIDELINES: http://www.swinkmag.com/guidelines.html


Faith Conlon, Gail Hudson, Co-Editors
811 West Armour Street, Seattle, WA 98119
EMAIL: faithconlon"at"comcast.net
URL: http://www.sealpress.com

We are seeking original, first person essays from mothers and
fathers that speak to the challenging, crucial and occasionally
mind-blowing task of parenting today's teenagers. "I Wanna Be
Sedated" will not be a how-to book of advice, but a collection of
true-life stories that shine a light on the profound experience
of parenting through the teen years (we'll stretch them from ages
12-20). We want stories with a strong narrative arc that might
reveal an insight, offer a hard-won truth, provide comic relief.
Ideally, your essay should bring a sense of perspective to the
task of parenting. We don't expect you to provide the answers
(we'd be amazed if you did); we want the stories of what you
lived and learned, told with a slice of wisdom or a spark of
humor, or maybe both. Think shocking, hilarious, and everything
in between.

In addition to standard-length essays, we are seeking short
essays, which will be interspersed throughout the book. Think of
these short essays as a contest where the winner is the writer
who comes up with the all-time most hideous and hilarious
nightmare scene of parenting a teenager. This is your chance to
compete in the 'I-can-top-that-one' contest. Let us know how bad
it can get, but spin it with your best storyteller voice and some
threads of humor.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2004
LENGTH: Essays: 1,500-5,000 words; Short vignettes: 400-750 words
PAYMENT: $100, plus 2 copies
SUBMISSIONS: Submissions should be mailed, not emailed. Please
include your name, email address, address, phone number, and a
brief bio.
GUIDELINES: http://www.sealpress.com (Click on "Click here to
read the guidelines.")


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.


          Wee Ones Fiction Writing Contest

DEADLINE: May 31, 2004
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO: Adults and children ages 6-10
LENGTH: Mystery fiction by adults for ages 6-10: 750 words or
less; Stories by children ages 6-10: 300 words or less

THEME: Adults: Write a mystery for children ages 6-10. Not only
will we be looking for a good plot that children will enjoy, we
will be looking for good writing: punctuation, spelling and
grammar, strong main character, strong conflict and a solid
resolution. Must be original and unpublished.

Children ages 6-10: Write a story. It can be about anything you'd
like. You must have a main character and conflict. If you are not
sure what these are, ask a parent or a teacher to help you. All
works must be original. Parents may help their child type the

PRIZES: Adults: $50, publication in Wee Ones: Children: $20, and

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, paste into the body of the email, no

EMAIL: contest"at"weeonesmag.com
URL: http://www.weeonesmag.com/contest.html


             Power of Purpose Awards

DEADLINE: May 31, 2004
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: 18 and older
LENGTH: 3,500 words or less

THEME: Essays may be writings such as articles, sermons, short
stories, opinion pieces, speeches, presentations, scientific
papers, and profiles of individuals whose purposeful acts or
humanitarian works have made a difference in the world. Poetry,
scripts, song lyrics, and screenplays are not eligible. Themes
for Essays may include personal reflection, journalistic report,
scientific analysis, fiction, and other related subjects. Essays
emphasizing noble or spiritual purposes are encouraged. For more
information, please see our online guidelines.

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $100,000, 4 Awards: $50,000; 4 Awards:
$25,000; 10 Awards: $10,000

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, use online entry form:

URL: http://www.powerofpurpose.org/howtoenter.html


              Bordighera Poetry Prize

DEADLINE: May 31, 2004
GENRE: Poetry book
OPEN TO: Poet must be US citizen, translator may be an Italian
native speaker, not necessarily US citizen. Poet may translate
his/her own work if bilingually qualified.
LENGTH: 48 pages or less

THEME: The prize (consisting of book publication in bilingual
edition by Bordighera, Inc.) is dedicated to finding the best
manuscripts of poetry in English by an American poet of Italian
descent, to be translated upon selection by the judges into
quality translations of modern Italian, for the benefit of
American poets of Italian ancestry and the preservation of the
Italian language. Quality poetry in any style is sought.
Universal themes are welcome. To give the translator time to
complete the work, the entire winning manuscript will not be due
for at least 6 months after selection of the winner. Submit 2
copies of 10 sample pages of poetry in English on any theme.

PRIZE: $2,000 ($1,000 to winning poet; $1,000 for commissioned


ADDRESS: Daniela Gioseffi & Alfredo de Palchi, Founders, Box 8G,
57 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201-3356

URL: http://www.italianamericanwriters.com/prize.html


            Tell Us Your Favorite Dog Story

DEADLINE: June 1, 2004
GENRE: Nonfiction
LENGTH: 2,000 or less

THEME: Sponsored by Doghero.com to celebrate dog stories and the
human-dog bond, the contest is for nonfiction stories of dog
heroes, favorite dogs, and interesting or funny dog stories.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $100; 2nd Prize: $50; 3rd Prize: $25


EMAIL: storycontest"at"doghero.com
URL: http://doghero.com/features/contest.htm


* Managing Editor's Note: Please be advised that the online
guidelines for Writers Contest, included in the last issue
(4:08), contain the following language: "Wherever and whenever
possible you will be named as the author but all submissions will
be owned by The Hughes Trustco Group Ltd."



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