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Issue 4:10          13,500 subscribers             May 13, 2004

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         From the Editor's Desk
         CLASSES on Writing-World.com
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Ten Tips on Beating the Blues, by Lynn Alfino
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do collaborators share royalties?
            by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Jokes, by Carol L. Skolnick
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

I have several announcements this issue, most of them blatantly
self-promotional, so here goes:

2000 Resources for Writers Now Available!
I've just finished revising, cleaning and expanding the good old
"1500 Online Resources for Writers" e-book -- and as you can tell
by the title, it's GROWN!  It now offers 2000 fabulous online
writing resources, including a list of paying electronic markets.
But the price is still a modest $5.  (Let's see, that breaks down
to a quarter of a cent per resource... that saves you a LOT of
surfing time!)  The new edition is available via the Amazon.com
honor system or PayPal; for more information, visit

Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals goes electronic!
An electronic edition of my print book, "The Writer's Guide to
Queries, Pitches and Proposals" (Allworth Press, 2001) is now
available.  The electronic edition is faithful to the print
version, with one exception: The resource sections have been
COMPLETELY updated.  (I've also removed the index, since it was
impossible to keep it in sync with the new version.)  The e-book
sells for $8.95, which is $5 off the print book price (which is
usually discounted to $13.95).  For more info or to order,
visit http://www.writing-world.com/books/queries.shtml

Sign Up for a Class, Get a Bonus!
I have a special bonus for anyone who signs up for a class: A
free set of Market Guides, worth $25!  Sign up for ANY
Writing-World.com class (June or August session), and you'll get
all fourteen of our themed market guides -- which adds up to more
than 1700 markets for your work. You'll receive information on
where to download your guides after the second week of class
(i.e., after the "drop date" has passed).

Digital Camera for Sale
I'm looking for a good home for a brand new Nikon Coolpix 3200
digital camera.  It's in perfect condition, with all the manuals,
peripherals, etc.  (I got it for my husband, who then decided he
preferred my own model, since he already knew how it worked.)
Just $200 -- and the price includes a FREE 128-MB memory stick
(worth $80 by itself).  Price includes shipping within the U.S.

I apologize if this issue comes through with carets (>) or other
strange characters in the left margin.  For some reason it keeps
picking them up this time around; I've cleaned them out and
resent the newsletter to myself about five times and they just
keep coming back (in different places!)

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

I didn't think it was possible to get rich as a freelance writer
Problem was, I was in the wrong writing business. Instead of
making a few hundred dollars a week writing articles for magazines,
I now pull in, $2,500 per week writing simple letters. Here's how…
PROMOTE YOUR BOOK! Get your book media exposure & in bookstores &
distribution houses. New publication reveals how. Putting It On
Paper: The Ground Rules for Creating Promotional Pieces that Sell
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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.

READY TO PUBLISH? Book packager SP Press provides services to the
writing community seeking options to traditional publishing.
Considering self-publishing, but don't know where to begin? Send
email to: info"at"sppress.com or visit http://www.sppress.com.
SUNPIPER LITERARY & CONSULTING, P.C. is looking for authors
possessing creativity and vision in fiction and nonfiction
genres. Agency fees are on a strict contingency basis. You don't
profit, we don't profit. Visit http://www.sunpiper.com/ for more
info. "In the business of representing ideas!"


Nonfiction books wanted
This June, the Dallas Morning News is launching a new opinion and
commentary section in their Sunday edition called Points,
covering politics, foreign affairs, pop culture, religion, the
arts, science and technology. Section editor Ron Dreher says he
is "eager to receive pitches from publicists for nonfiction
titles which might merit attention in our pages." Email queries
are preferred; unsolicited telephone pitches apparently are not.
For more information send email to: rdreher"at"dallasnews.com

New online book club
In April, Bookspan (home of BOMC and Literary Guild) launched a
new, non-traditional book club. Zooba.com resembles the DVD
rental business NetFlix. For $9.95/month members choose from the
latest bestsellers and other selections, and pay no shipping and
handling charges. Bookspan spokesman Kevin Goldman says the
program is just one of many "test concepts" underway, and does
not represent a wholesale change in how the club expects to
conduct business. "Publishers have been encouraging us to come up
with book club models that rely less on heavy introductory offers
of free books. Zooba is a club model that makes no use of such
introductory offers." Currently, the concept is being promoted
online only. For more information: http://www.zooba.com

About.com relaunches site
Owned by Primedia, About.com has relaunched their web site with
behavioral targeting. The new About.com retains the "guide
system" design, featuring 23 content channels populated with
material from approximately 475 topical advisors or "Guides." The
site's redesign utilizes behavioral targeting technologies. Users
are now targeted with ads in the content channels and in their
profiles. About.com CEO Peter Horan said: "More folks are coming
to the site via search and via links to articles. Our mission is
to make every article page a front door for the site. It
shouldn't matter to a user how they came or where they land; they
should immediately feel in control." About.com is the 14th most
visited web site on the Internet, according to Nielsen/NetRatings.
For more information: http://www.about.com

Indie bookstore offers POD services
On May 6, the Ridgewood, New Jersey bookstore, Bookends launched
BooksByBookends, which utilizes the InstaBook machine to print
and perfect-bind 10 copies of a book, including cover, in the
bookstore in less than an hour. Multiple copies of original
manuscripts can be printed, as well as single copies of thousands
of classics available from BooksByBookends. Bookends' co-owner
Walter Boyer said: "We see it as a great way to differentiate
ourselves. Chains have their own labels and printing facilities.
By offering thousands of classics POD, we are greatly expanding
our selection without physically stocking all that inventory. And
we can offer the service at a far lower cost and in much smaller
print runs than the other self-publishing options."
BooksByBookends charges $15 per book with a minimum of 10 books.
Additional copies, cover design, and other services are available
for additional fees. Boyer plans to dedicate shelf space in the
store to sell the POD books. For more information:

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                        by Lynn Alfino (lynn.alfino"at"sympatico.ca)

The writing lifestyle isn't exactly a communal enterprise. While
we need to immerse ourselves in our work, sitting glued to the
keyboard for days with no social interaction can wreak havoc on
our physical and emotional health. Being sedentary and socially
isolated can contribute to depression, weight gain, and poor

I learned the hard way. Early writing success and regular
assignments soon led to 18-hour stretches at the computer with
few breaks and little outside contact. Exercise was a foreign
concept and to compound the problem, I was living and working in
the same small room (which had taken on the ambience of a prison
cell). Within six months, a 30-pound weight gain, increasing
depression, and lack of contact with friends made me realize how
unbalanced my life had become. I knew I had to do something.

Online writers' groups provided much needed camaraderie and
professional writing advice. The eclectic mix included
well-established full-time writers, part-timers holding down
outside jobs, and those in the throes of shopping articles around
for their first sales. Many were successfully juggling writing,
work and family responsibilities. So I set out to discover their
secrets for keeping mind, body and soul together.

I posted an online invitation for interested writers to share
details of their health and work habits. More than 20 writers
responded within one week. Using these writers' responses, I've
developed 10 tips writers can use to be healthier and happier.

Schedule regular breaks
The importance of taking breaks throughout the day was cited by
three-quarters of the respondents. One third said they eat dinner
outside their work area to give themselves a break.

Move those bones
About half of the respondents admitted to weight gains, ranging
from a few to more than fifty pounds, since they began writing in
earnest. Exercise can help ward off lethargy and depression, and
jump-start your thought process through increased blood
circulation. Whether you choose to walk your dog or run on a
treadmill at a local gym, physical activity can make you feel
better and increase your productivity.

Try different work areas
Varying your workspace might provide new visual and sensory
stimulation. Editing or writing drafts in your family room can be
a good way to be with others while still working on your latest
project. A trek to the local library can also provide social
interaction, albeit peripheral, and remind us we're part of the
living. If noise is a problem, try wearing foam earplugs.

Make a writing schedule
Some writers hold other jobs and must carve out a special time in
the evenings or weekends to pursue their craft. Scheduling your
writing, even jotting the time in your calendar, can help ensure
a balance between solitude and time with others.

Get dressed
For some writers, staying in their bathrobes may subconsciously
encourage slacking off, while getting showered and dressed may
give their brains the message that it is time for business.

Keep communicating
If you are a sociable type, giving up an outside job to write
full-time from home can come as a big shock. Gone are the
opportunities for water cooler interaction with co-workers. If
you are committed to working from home, participating in a
writers' group can help provide a sense of community. Calling
friends or even chatting with local storekeepers can provide the
human voice you occasionally need to hear while you're working.

Create an open workspace
Even if your workspace is a windowless closet, a favorite
painting, plant, or cut flowers can remind you that there's a
world out there. Natural beauty can provide the visual
inspiration so necessary to refresh the soul and ready the mind
of the work period ahead.

Clue in to fatigue
Sleep disorders such as insomnia or oversleeping plague many of
us, and may be symptoms of anxiety, stress and imbalance.
Immersing yourself in a character for a novel or intensive
research for nonfiction can mean you are tired for a long period
and not really present to the moment. It's hard to produce
brilliant work when you're nodding off at the keyboard, so get
the sleep you need.

Watch out for depression
By its very nature, writing is intensely introspective work.
Writers and poets are four times more likely than others to
suffer from depression, according to the American Association for
the Prevention of Suicide. Dickinson, Eliot, Poe, Emerson,
Faulkner, and Fitzgerald -- all suffered depressive illnesses.
For Hemingway, Woolf, and Plath, suicide followed.

Happily, gone are the days when self-destructive habits were
acceptable parts of a writer's romantic mystique. Today's writer
faces stiff competition, and it is the clear-eyed pro who meets
editorial deadlines and circulates a steady stream of queries. As
one published writer, who asked to remain anonymous, admitted in
the survey, "I've learned what every writer has to learn.
Drinking does not produce good stuff. Oh sure, it looks good at
the time, but the next morning -- it sucketh!"

Watch for signs of depression, such as feelings of unending
sadness and hopelessness; ignoring your personal hygiene;
overindulging in food, alcohol or other substances; and
withdrawing from friends and family. If you feel you are losing
your grip, don't hesitate to talk to a professional. You may have
issues to sort out before regaining your equilibrium.

Don't dismiss laughter
The bottom line is, while the writing lifestyle invites and
requires reflection and solitude, we must make efforts to reach
out and include friends, family and community. Get out of your
chair and away from your computer, and get face-to-face with
people on a regular basis. Such fun interactions may even provide
new writing ideas!


Lynn Alfino is a veteran freelancer whose work has appeared in
newspapers and magazines across North America. She regularly
contributes to "Writer's Digest" and "The Writer" among others,
and is currently working on her first book, about the annual
1049-mile Alaskan Iditarod Dog Sled Race. Originally from
Toronto, Canada, she now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Copyright (c) 2004 by Lynn Alfino

http://www.writingusa.com/power.html Discover the secrets of
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Absolute Markets Newsletter
Offers a free monthly markets newsletter, and a paid biweekly
"premium" newsletter; the latter is packed with magazine and book
markets, international markets, job listings and more.

Featuring book and movie reviews, pays 50 cents per new book or
movie review, subject to the rules posted on the site.

Rules for Using a Comma
If you're wondering whether to put that, comma, in or leave it,
out, check out this page!

How to Write
A selection of articles and workshops by Robert Sawyer, focusing
primarily on fantasy and science fiction.

The Writers Home
Articles, resources, and humor about the writer's life.

Pronunciation Guide
Look up not only the meaning and spelling of international words,
but how they are pronounced.

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
Chamberlain.  "An indispensable companion to the Self-Publishing
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or http://www.atlasbooks.com/marketplc/01123.htm / 800-247-6553

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

How Do Collaborators Share Royalties?

Q: I am currently starting negotiations with a reputable author
who wishes to write a book on the life of my father. He will be
writing, I will be relaying the story and doing some research. We
already have a publisher interested. I wondered if you could give
me some idea of the percentage of royalties I would expect to
receive. I understand that this is at the discretion of the
writer and myself, but is there a sort of benchmark figure I
should be looking at?

A: This is something that you'll need to work out with the
author, well in advance of actually starting the work. It sounds
as if you will be doing very little of the actual authoring, but
acting more as a source of information and advice. I would
definitely recommend that you establish a contract with the
author before proceeding that specifies percentages, whose name
goes first, what happens if the author pulls out of the project,
etc. You'll find some information on questions to ask/establish
in a collaboration at:

The issue of royalties depends on the royalties you can hope to
get from a publisher. The first question, therefore, is the rate
of royalties that the "interested publisher" pays. Typically, a
publisher will pay anywhere from 5% to 10% for a nonfiction book,
with the average being around 7.5%. This may be on the actual
cover price of the book, OR on "net receipts" (the discounted
price). If your book sells for, say, $16.95, and the royalties
are 7.5% of cover price, that means the two of you combined would
receive $1.27 per book sale.

You must then determine, between yourselves, what percentage of
those royalties will go to each of you. Does the author expect a
higher share, being the primary writer? Would you be looking at a
60/40 split, or 70/30? There is no "standard" -- you have to work
that out between you, and again, I recommend that you put this in
writing, in a contract. If you split the royalties 60/40, then of
the figure I just quoted, you'd be receiving 40% of $1.27, or 50
cents per book.

Also, is the publisher offering an advance for the book? Advances
run anywhere from $3000 to $10,000, typically, for a nonfiction
book (more if the author is very well known). Again, you'll need
to decide with the author what percentage of this advance you
will receive -- and also establish a delivery date for that
percentage. Most likely, the money will come directly to the
author, who must then pay you your share. Usually, 50% of an
advance is sent before the book is written and 50% when the
manuscript is delivered. I'd include contract terms in your
agreement along the lines of your percentage being due "within XX
days of receipt by the primary author".

Don't be shy about talking to the author about these issues. You
need to work out an iron-clad business agreement before
proceeding. Best of luck with the book!


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", "The Writer's
Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals" (now available as an
e-book) and "Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to
Advance Your Writing Career". For more details, visit:

Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen


                             by Carol L. Skolnick (sput6"at"aol.com)

Q: How many direct-response copywriters does it take to change a
light bulb?

A: It only takes you. Yes, YOU, ___Insert Name Here___, can be
the first on your block to have FRESH new light where you need it
most. Call our toll-free number to receive your FREE Light Bulb
Installation Guide, or visit us on the web at
www.NoMoreDimBulbs.com. Do it TODAY!

Q: How many editorial assistants does it take to change a
light bulb?

A: "Well, I'm the first one to see everything, but I'm hardly the
final authority. The best I can do is review the bulb and make a
recommendation to the editor, and frankly we get so many requests
for bulb replacements that very few of them ever get changed, and
it may take up to a year just to hear back from us, unless you
have an agent. It's frustrating because there are so many worthy
lamps out there that deserve to be lit ..."

Q: How many members of the Accounts Payable department at a
deadbeat publication does it take to change a light bulb?

A: None, it's their job to keep you in the dark.


Carol L. Skolnick is a New York-based humorist, essayist,
sometime poet and playwright whose work has appeared in a variety
of print and online media, including The English Journal;
Glamour; DM News; The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas; AKC Gazette;
Paraview.com; and Writer Online. Her essay, "My Friend Sophia and
the Boom-Boom-Boom" appears in Kay Allenbaugh's collection,
"Chocolate for a Woman's Dreams." Visit her web site:

Copyright (c) 2004 by Carol L. Skolnick



BulletProof Your Short Mysteries: Editors Tell You How!
by Michael Bracken

Creating an Ebook in Word and PDF, by Moira Allen

In the Beginning: Evaluating Your Movie Idea, by Laura Brennan

RSI: A Danger to Chronic Computer Users, by Radhika Meganathan



Daphne Gottlieb, Editor
EMAIL: homewreckerlit"at"earthlink.net
URL: http://www.sfgoth.com/~sherilyn/homewrecker.html

We're looking for fiction, nonfiction and poetry by and about
homewreckers, the homewrecked, and the society that creates them:
- that illuminates uneasy topics with artful, edgy literature;
- that explores the emotional terrain and impact of infidelity
without cheap moralizing;
- that breaks the institutional silence around affairs;
- that contradicts popular culture's one-dimensional
representations of homewreckers, philanderers and clueless
spouses, as well as the flat excuses of boredom and midlife
- that interrogates the social policing of and pandering to
- that destabilizes the constructed opposition of loyalty and
desire as it is socially manifested; that mines the revolutionary
and utopian possibilities of transgressive desire.

Basically, we want work about all the different, forbidden ways
your heart has been broken or breaks for the people forbidden to
it. If you're brave enough to give it up, we might be brave
enough to publish it.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2004
LENGTH: Fiction/Nonfiction: 7,500 words or less; Poetry: No more
than 10 pages or 5 poems
PAYMENT: Fiction/Nonfiction: $100; Poetry: $35, plus copy of
RIGHTS: Non-exclusive world rights, all languages
SUBMISSIONS: By email (rich text/jpeg/pdf), must include your
name, brief bio, address, telephone, and email. Queries are
welcome. No simultaneous submissions.
GUIDELINES: http://www.sfgoth.com/~sherilyn/homewrecker.html


Andy Nash, Publisher
The Front Porch Syndicate, PO Box 6759, Lincoln, NE 68506
EMAIL: submissions"at"porchsyndicate.com
URL: http://www.porchsyndicate.com

We welcome nonfiction manuscripts that bring out the best in
people and that contain the following elements: authenticity,
community, simplicity, and warmth. Please target your submissions
for the following categories: American Tales; Family Ties;
Growing Up American; We, the People; Life 101; The Days; Planet
Earth; Late at Night; Imagine; Four Seasons. Please see online
submission guidelines for more details about each category and
online submission forms.

LENGTH: Four Seasons: 200-400 words; All other categories:
500-800 words
PAYMENT: Four Seasons: $50; All other categories: $75
SUBMISSIONS: Use online submission form for each category. Or
manuscripts may be emailed or mailed. Please include category,
address and phone number. No queries, please.
GUIDELINES: http://www.porchsyndicate.com/contributors.htm


Kevin and Kiersten Marek, Co-Publishers
EMAIL: kmarek"at"kmareka.com
URL: http://kmareka.com

We are interested in good writing of all kinds. For a sense of
what we are about, peruse some of the work at our web site. We
are interested in old timers as well as newcomers. We are
interested in work with social ramifications. We do not believe
in taboo topics. We welcome queries.

LENGTH: No word length requirements
PAYMENT: $50-$200
RIGHTS: First electronic rights for one year
SUBMISSIONS: Send queries or full manuscripts in the body of an
GUIDELINES: http://kmareka.com/guidelines.htm


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

"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
self-addressed, stamped envelope, "GL": guidelines. If you have
questions about rights, please see "Rights: What They Mean and
Why They're Important"


This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.


          30th Annual Chicano/Latino Literary Contest

DEADLINE: June 1, 2004
GENRES: Short story collection
OPEN TO: US citizens, or permanent residents
LENGTH: Minimum 175 manuscript pages

THEME: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University
of California, Irvine invites submissions of unpublished short
story collections in Spanish or English.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $1,000 plus publication; 2nd Prize: $500, 3rd
Prize: $250

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, on a diskette or as an attachment

ADDRESS: Irvine Chicano/Latino Literary Prize, Dept. of Spanish
and Portuguese, University of California, 322 Humanities Hall,
Irvine, CA 92697-5275

EMAIL: cllp"at"uci.edu
URL: http://www.hnet.uci.edu/spanishandportuguese/contest.html


          Deathlings.com Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: June 1, 2004
GENRE: Short story
LENGTH: 4,000 words or less

THEME: Outrageous Acts: We've all been guilty at some time in our
lives ... guilty of what, you might ask? Guilty of an outrageous
act. They can be sexual outrageous acts, illegal outrageous acts,
evil outrageous acts or just plain outrageous outrageous acts ...
but we want to hear about them. Surprise us, frighten us, make us

PRIZE: 3 cents/word and web site publication

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, send a cover letter with your submission
attached in rich text format only.

ADDRESS: Include SASE. Send to: deathlings.com, c/o 130 E
Willamette Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-1112

EMAIL: editor"at"deathlings.com
URL: http://www.deathlings.com/contests.html


           10th Chiaroscuro Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: June 15, 2004
GENRE: Short story
LENGTH: 4,000 words or less

THEME: Dark, well-written horror. No reprints. No simultaneous
submissions. No multiple submissions.

PRIZES: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Prizes: Publication in Chiaroscuro:
Treatments of Light and Shade in Words (http://chizine.com) at
five (5) cents per word (USD), plus the winner's choice from a
selection of Leisure horror titles.

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, RTF or MS Word attachment

EMAIL: contest"at"chizine.com
URL: http://thechiaroscuro.com/contest_pre.htm


     Intergeneration Foundation's Annual Storytelling Contest

DEADLINE: June 30, 2004
GENRE: Story: fiction, nonfiction, or combination
OPEN TO: Two age categories: 18 and under; over 18
LENGTH: 750 words or less

THEME: The goal is to recognize storytelling as a way to connect
different generations. Write a story that you think will increase
intergenerational unity and understanding. Feature characters
from at least two different generations. See online guidelines
for a list of ideas.

PRIZES: In each category: 1st Prize: $200; 2nd Prize: $100;
3rd Prize: $50; plus 10 honorable mention award certificates


ADDRESS: Intergeneration Foundation, 5265 Lanagan Street,
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

EMAIL: contest"at"intergenerationday.org
URL: http://www.intergenerationday.org/contest.html


             SPS Studios Poetry Card Contest

DEADLINE: June 30, 2004
GENRE: Poetry
LENGTH: No requirements

THEME: Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that
non-rhyming poetry reads better.  We suggest that you write about
real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or
occasion in mind as you write.  Poems are judged on the basis of
originality and uniqueness.  English-language entries only, please.
Enter as often as you like!

PRIZES: 1st $300, 2nd $150, 3rd $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, use online submission form

ADDRESS:  SPS Studios Poetry Card Contest, P.O. Box 1007, Dept. E,
Boulder, CO  80306

URL: http://www.sps.com/b/poetry/contest/poetrycontest.htm



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