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Issue 4:11          13,500 subscribers             May 27, 2004
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         CLASSES on Writing-World.com
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Creating an Expert File, by Kathryn Lay
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How does one distribute a POD book?
            by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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The Martians Have Landed!
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At least, that's what it sounds like...  The woods are filled
with an eerie "whirr... whirr... whirr..." that sounds JUST like
Martians in "War of the Worlds."  The makers of the noise look
pretty alien as well, with their bulging eyes, oddly unbalanced
chitinous bodies, and transparent wings...

Anyone living in Northern Virginia knows what I'm talking about:
The cicada invasion!  Apparently every 17 years a horde of these
large, loud "bug-eyed monsters" crawls up out of the ground to
mate, lay eggs and die.  All that whirring is cicada-speak for
"Pick me!  Pick me!"  I had expected the more typical, raucous
cicada buzz that we hear every year, only amplified; the whirr is
weird!

Fortunately our own yard has been spared from the invasion.  I
suspect our development is less than 17 years old, which means
that the ground hereabouts undoubtedly got bulldozed and the
cicada grubs destroyed.  Having visited other neighborhoods where
the "aliens" are hopping, flying, crawling and buzzing, I can't
say I'm sorry to have missed the firsthand experience of this
particular example of nature's glory.

We're told that in a couple of months, the whirring should stop
as the satisfied cicadas crawl out to the leafy tips of the trees
to lay their eggs.  These, in turn, will hatch and let the cicada
larvae drop back to the ground, where they'll borrow in and crawl
about for the next seventeen years.  Which will, no doubt, give
me fuel for another editorial!

Last Chance for June Classes
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The deadline for June enrollments is technically this weekend,
though most instructors have agreed to hold their classes open to
new students through the end of next week.  Remember, if you sign
up for a June or August course, you'll receive a free set of
Writing-World.com Market Guides (a $25 value) after your course
begins.  To enroll, click one of the links below or go to
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/index.shtml


                 -- Moira Allen (moirakallen@writing-world.com)

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JUNE CLASSES - TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
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Enroll for any course (June or August) on Writing-World.com and
receive a set of Writing-World.com Market Guides FREE (a $25
value).  Guides will be delivered after the class has begun.

Enrollments are being accepted through June 6 for the classes
below, with the exception of "Writing Short Stories." Enrollments
for "Writing Short Stories" must be received by May 30.


COLUMN-WRITING WORKSHOP
Instructor: Mary Emma Allen (4 weeks, $75)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/columns.shtml

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.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF WRITING HORROR
Instructor: Elizabeth Peake (6 weeks, $120)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/horror.shtml

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.

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HOW TO WRITE A SUCCESSFUL BOOK PROPOSAL
Instructor: Patricia Fry (8 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/fry.shtml

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.

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PLOTTING THE ROMANCE NOVEL (WORKSHOP) - Cancelled

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SELLING PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
Instructor: Kathryn Lay (4 weeks, $75)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/lay.shtml

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.

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TRAVEL WRITING FOR FUN AND PROFIT
Instructor: Kathleen Walls (4 weeks, $60)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/travel.shtml

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.

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WRITING AND SELLING EROTIC FICTION
Instructor: Catherine Lundoff (6 weeks, $90)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/erotica.shtml

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 is almost full, so if you still want
a place, sign up NOW!

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WRITING FOR THE CONFESSION MARKET
(Postponed from previous session)
Instructor: Bea Sheftel (8 weeks, $60 - REDUCED!)
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 - Cancelled

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WRITING SHORT STORIES: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE
Instructor: Sally Zigmond (6 weeks, $80)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/shorts.shtml

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.

(Enrollments for this course must be received by May 30.)

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Authors Guild seeks to end interminable agency clause
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On May 11, the Authors Guild sent an advisory to members
recommending that the often-standard "interminable agency clause",
in which a literary agent retains representation rights for the
life of copyright, should be limited to a work's life in print.
Also mentioned is "agency coupled with an interest" language,
which the Guild calls "Apparently an attempt to secure similar
interminable rights to represent works." The Guild advises: "The
minimal prospective benefit the clause provides is far outweighed
by the inconvenience it causes authors and their estates and by
the responsibilities that accompany the clause." The notice is a
response in part to requests from Guild members and writers'
groups, many of whom have named the William Morris Agency in
particular, though Guild executive director Paul Aiken says use
of the clause "is not limited to William Morris by any means."
For more information: http://snipurl.com/6n1l

Study shows big drop in book sales
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According to a report issued May 12 by the Book Industry Study
Group, a non-for-profit research organization, 23 million fewer
books were sold in 2003 than in 2002. The decline was in both
hardcovers and paperbacks, in children's books and general trade
releases. Even sales of religious titles were flat. "We believe
this is due to a variety of factors, the biggest being the used
book market," said Albert Greco, industry consultant and a
professor of business at the graduate school of Fordham
University. "People are looking for bargains, especially in
college textbooks, where we believe millions of used books are
being bought. Also, books are competing with magazines, cable,
radio, music, and movies." Thanks to higher prices, net revenues
rose to $27.8 billion in 2003, a 2.5% increase. But the 2003
figures show a continued trend of increasing production and
declining demand.

Librarians go for world record
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On June 7, a team of five librarians from the North Liberty
Community Library (Iowa) will attempt to break a world record for
non-stop reading aloud. Team Title Wave will camp out in a corner
of the library and attempt to read for 80 consecutive hours to
get into the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record
holder is a 6-member team at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Library (San Jose, CA) with 74:49 hours of continuous reading.
"It's a chance to promote the library," said Elaine Reitz,
assistant teen librarian and organizer of the event. "There have
been reports in the news in the last year that with all the
budget cuts, libraries across the country are being threatened
with closings and staff reductions. This draws attention to the
good things a library can do."

New Zealand introduces interactive books
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New Zealand researchers have developed a way to overlay detailed
animations and images on textbooks, children's picture books and
any other title that uses illustrations. The 3D images are seen
via a handheld viewer that watches where a reader is looking. The
combined book and reader system, called the Magic Book, has been
developed by Dr. Mark Billinghurst and colleagues at New
Zealand's Human Interface Technology Lab (HIT Lab). The viewer
resembles a pair of hi-tech opera glasses and is held in front of
the eyes while a book is read or paged through. One of the early
uses of the system has been to turn "Giant Jimmy Jones" by
writer/illustrator Gavin Bishop into an animated work. The lab
has also prepared a human anatomy textbook where readers can look
at a 3D model of the heart. The Magic Book has already been used
in some museums and public spaces in New Zealand. "The technology
is slowly getting out into the world," said Dr. Billinghurst. For
more information: http://snipurl.com/6ng5

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CREATING AN EXPERT FILE
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                                  by Kathryn Lay (rlay15"at"aol.com)

I had a great idea for a cave story. It was about a boy with
claustrophobia and the creative way he dealt with it while
spelunking. As I'm afraid of all things creepy and crawly, I've
been in very few caves and knew next to nothing about caving.

But the father of one of my daughter's friends did. He'd traipsed
through nearly every cave in and around Texas. He was more than
willing to answer my "what if" and "how" questions. I wrote the
short story and sold it to "Spider" with only a few changes.

When working on a short story about a girl who decided to run
away from the circus, I went back to an interview I'd done with a
circus family years ago. Their information helped me delve into
the feelings of my character and the realities of circus life.
The story sold to "Hopscotch".

I was thrilled to be given the go-ahead to do an article for
"Woman's Day" about a variety of safety issues, and spent a
summer researching and interviewing experts. Many of those same
interviews, or later interviews with the same experts,
subsequently netted me other safety articles that were sold to
"Kiwanis", "Healthy Childcare", and regional parenting magazines.

Like many writers, I don't enjoy spending hours searching for one
fact that is necessary to make a 900-word story believable. When
an idea comes, I just want to get it down on the computer. And
when I'm working on a nonfiction piece that requires information
or quotes from an expert on the subject, I don't want to spend
weeks finding the right person to interview.

To handle these research challenges, therefore, I began creating
an expert file.  This "Expert Box" has helped me many times in
both fiction and nonfiction writing.  My experts come from many
places; by putting that contact information in one place, I can
easily find them when I need them.  My expert file also gives me
new ideas for articles and stories.

You know experts too!  Here's how you can turn your contacts into
your own "Expert Box."

Who do you know?
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First, I made lists of experts I knew:  family, friends,
co-workers, family of my friends, friends of my family, my
husband's co-workers, parents of my daughter's friends. I was
surprised at how many different experts I came up with and the
variety of information they could provide.

On 3 X 5 cards I wrote down their names and contact information,
and what they were experts at, whether it was their job, hobby,
or interest. My brother is a mail carrier. My sister-in-law is a
travel agent. A friend of a friend raises horses. A fellow writer
raises bees in her spare time. Sometimes, they became
multi-experts, such as a computer technician who is also a storm
chaser. He has come in handy with tornado information and loves
to talk about storms.

If those experts have other contacts, add those to their cards.
My storm chaser friend knows expert meteorologists whom I can
contact by using his name. Because of their hobbies or fields of
expertise, your experts may also know of publications that cater
specifically to readers of that topic, which can help you find
additional markets.

Read the newspaper
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My next resource is the newspaper. I watch for stories on local
people who are profiled because of their hobby, ability,
interest, job, or area of expertise. A small story of a man who
collected civil war memorabilia became the perfect subject for an
article for an antique magazine. If I need information pertaining
to that era, he will be a good expert contact as well. I often
cut out stories of possible experts and tape them to a 3 X 5
card, ready for that article or idea for which they'll be the
perfect contact.

A network of professionals
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For nonfiction articles, I am often in need of an expert quote or
source of information. One of my best sources has been ProfNet
(http://www.profnet.com). Here a writer can ask for help on a
specific topic, such as "I am writing an article on swimming
safety" or "My article topic concerns children and bullies."
Every day topics are sent out to the many experts and PR people
subscribing to this resource. These experts will be happy to
grant you an interview for a chance to promote their own book,
cause or organization.

I usually end up with a dozen or more responses and am only able
to use one or two. The other names and their areas of expertise
are added to my expert files. Once I've interviewed the ones I
choose to use at that moment, I ask if I can use them or their
information again. If they agree, they also become a part of my
Expert Box. A safety expert from the Red Cross or National Safety
Council, for example, will be a big help for information that
involves bicycle, swimming, or other safety issues children
encounter.

Back to college
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Writer Rebecca Rohan turns to the PR/Marketing department of a
nearby university to see if there are any appropriate experts on
staff. "The nice thing about using college professors is that
they are easily reachable by email." Nor do you need to limit
yourself to local colleges or universities; through the Internet,
you can contact experts at colleges throughout the country.

Your local community college may also offer a continuing
education course in a topic that you need to know more about.
For example, if you are writing about a character who is a
professional photographer or cook, it could be helpful (and fun)
to take a course on the subject and become an "expert" yourself!

Read a good book
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Another way to find an expert is by searching Amazon.com by
subject for a book on your needed topic. You can check for the
author's website or contact the publisher to set up an interview.
The author will love having the book mentioned in your article
and you will obtain up-to-date, helpful information.

A party of experts
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Try having an expert party with your writers' group. Bring
information on your experts to share with your friends. Make a
note on the card where you got the information, and if it's
through a friend or another expert, make sure to mention their
name when contacting the expert. Imagine how many experts you can
include in your Expert Box if you get together with six writers who
have twenty experts each!

Don't become a pest with your experts. When you have a question
on a topic, plan ahead so that you won't take much of their time.
If you're not in a hurry, they may prefer to have the questions
mailed or emailed so they can have time to think about the
answers.

By having experts lined up ahead of time, you have ammunition for
your queries. Editors are delighted to receive queries that
specifically list the expert sources that will be used for your
article. By creating an expert file, you don't always have to
spend hours searching through stacks of dusty tomes to find your
information. Just pick a card.

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Kathryn Lay is the author of 825 short stories and articles for
children and adults, including nonfiction in "Chicken Soup for
the Mother's Soul" and fiction in "A Glory of Unicorns". Her
first children's novel, "King of Fifth Grage, will be published
by Holiday House Books. She has recently self-published the book
"The Organized is a Selling Writer."

Copyright (c) 2004 by Kathryn Lay

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Critters Workshop
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An online workshop/critique group for serious writers of science
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    http://www.critters.org

Green Tentacles
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Information for people in the speculative fiction industries that
range from web design to business development.
    http://www.greententacles.com

Write From Home
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For the stay-at-home parent struggling to juggle home life with a
writing career, this site offers a collection of articles
"helping writers manage kids & clips under one roof."
    http://writefromhome.com

BookWeb Bookstores in the World
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Links to bookstores that are members of the American Booksellers
Association.
    http://www.bookweb.org/bookstores/browse.html

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
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Everything you could possibly want to know about Shakespeare, his
plays, etc.
    http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/

Dictionary of Slang
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English slang and colloquialisms used in the United Kingdom.
    http://www.peevish.co.uk/slang/

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

How Does One Distribute a POD Book?
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Q: I've had an inquiry from a client on how he goes about setting
up distribution of his book after it's published. Apparently
whomever he's dealing with distributes only as far as his house.
From what the author tells me, he is looking at print-on-demand
publishers. He's looking for some direction on where to go and
how to go about getting the book out because he doesn't want "a
thousand of them sitting in my garage."

A: If he is using a print-on-demand publisher, he shouldn't have
to worry about having a thousand books in his garage (been there,
done that!) -- simply because the whole point of POD is NOT to
pre-print 1000 books. Thus, he will only be having books printed
as they are ordered.

However, that's only part of the story. Distributors, like Baker
and Taylor, Ingram, etc., will not, so far as I know, handle
print-on-demand books. The reason is that POD books are
non-returnable. For the same reason, bookstores will generally
not order them, except by customer request. Bookstores and
distributors expect to be able to return books to the publisher
if they don't sell. Since POD books are produced in a completely
different way, returns are not accepted -- so they just don't get
distributed through the normal channels.

It is still extremely difficult for a print-on-demand author to
get his or her books into mainstream channels such as bookstores,
libraries, etc. Another problem here is that the AUTHOR is not
the actual owner of the product; the publisher is. The author
needs to understand that POD is not "self-publishing" in the full
sense; it is subsidy publishing. Therefore, the author can't make
a deal with, say, a group (such as a library distributor) to
offer a quantity of books at a discount price. Though many POD
publishers do offer quantity discounts, these are rarely as high
as the discounts offered by ordinary publishers, which makes them
less economical for bookstores or for other types of quantity orders.

This also makes it tough to send out copies to reviewers. Again,
if one self-publishes through a regular book printer, one has
boxes of books in the garage -- and those books probably cost
somewhere between $2 and $5, depending on the order quantity.
Those books are YOURS to do as you want with (including making
the boxes into end-tables, which is one way to get them out of
the way). So if you want to send out 50 copies to reviewers, it
may only cost you $2 a book, plus shipping.

However, if you're using POD, you usually have to buy the books
yourself if you want to send them to reviewers. Even if you're
given a discount -- say, 40% -- you're still paying a LOT more.
If your book is priced at $14.95 (and it's probably more), that
means you're going to have to BUY each book you send to a
reviewer at a cost of $8.97, PLUS pay for the shipping. Sending
your books to 50 reviewers would thus cost you a hefty $448.50.

Though actual self-publishing CAN mean that you'll have boxes and
boxes of books in your garage, if your client's goal is to be
able to set his own prices, get his book into the hands of
distributors (and libraries and bookstores), and send out copies
to reviewers, he may wish to reconsider this approach.  It's
better to have a few boxes of books in the garage than to have NO
books in the hands of your customers.

Note: I still define "self-publishing" the old-fashioned way: A
self-publisher is one who owns his or her product outright, has
complete control over that product, receives 100% of the sales
revenues (instead of royalties), and is the entity listed as the
"owner" of the book's ISBN.  A self-publisher can set any price
he or she desires on a book, or even give it away.  If your ISBN
points to another publisher, if you don't own your books
outright, and if you receive only a percentage of revenue, I
still define this form of publishing as "subsidy."  It is "doing
it yourself" -- but it is not, technically, "self-publishing," a
term that has legal and business ramifications.  See
"Self-Publishing vs. Subsidy Publishing: What's the Difference?"
at http://www.writing-world.com/publish/subsidy.shtml

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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 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:
http://www.writing-world.com/moira/moira.shtml

Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen

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NEW ARTICLES:
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Historical Research for Fiction Writers, by Catherine Lundoff
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How Long Should Your Story Be? by Lee Masterson
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"I'm So Happy for You!" How to Deal with Envy, by Jim Hines
http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/envy.shtml

Ten Tips on Beating the Writing Blues, by Lynn Alfino
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ADVENTURE CYCLIST
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150 East Pine Street, PO Box 8308, Missoula, MT 59802
EMAIL: editor"at"adventurecycling.org
URL: http://www.adventurecycling.org/mag/

Adventure Cyclist is a magazine published nine times yearly by
the Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit service
organization for bicyclists. Some specific types of material we
use: Tour Account-US: Share your bicycle trip with our readers;
Tour Account-Foreign: Foreign tour accounts should include the
same basics as US tour accounts with an important addition --
tell our readers what's unique about the countries you traveled
through; Profile; and Humor. Please see our specific and detailed
guidelines at our web site.

LENGTH: 800-2,500 words
PAYMENT: $250-$1200
RIGHTS: First rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only, printed manuscript plus electronic
disk file, please see web site guidelines for more instructions.
GUIDELINES: http://www.adventurecycling.org/mag/submissions.cfm

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ONE STORY
Hannah Tinti, Editor
PO Box 1326, New York, NY 10156
EMAIL: hannah"at"one-story.com
URL: http://www.one-story.com

One Story is seeking literary fiction. Stories can be any style
and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for
stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong
enough to stand alone.

LENGTH: 3,000-8,000 words
PAYMENT: $100, plus 15 contributor copies
RIGHTS: FNASR
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Use online automated submission form at web site.
GUIDELINES: http://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=guidelines

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QUINTESSENCE-ENCOURAGING GREAT WRITING
Antonia Lantz Inman, Managing Editor
EMAIL: antoniaedits"at"aol.com
URL: http://litzine.com

We are looking for vivid new fiction, flash fiction, essays,
creative non-fiction, and poetry. We want to be known as a
premier Internet literary magazine. We publish stories and poems
that present tightly drawn characters. Stories should be
memorable. They must be vivid. Don't submit us pieces adhering to
the status quo. Do something different. Push the envelope. Write
something that resonates with the reader. If we remember your
characters for days after reading your story, you've probably
written a Quintessence story. If a writer doesn't create a strong
lead that compels us to keep reading, their work, no matter how
well done, won't be selected. Take time to sharpen your lead.

LENGTH: Stories: 10,000 words or less; Flash fiction: 1,000 words
or less; Poetry: 250 lines or less; Essays/creative non-fiction:
5,000 words or less
PAYMENT: Fiction/nonfiction: $20; Poetry: $10
RIGHTS: First electronic rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Send text in body of email, no attachments please
GUIDELINES:
http://quintessence-encouraginggreatwriting.com/guidelines.html

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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.
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          Drue Heinz Literature Prize

DEADLINE: June 30, 2004
GENRE: Short fiction, novellas
OPEN TO: Writers who have published a book-length collection of
fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in
commercial magazines or literary journals of national
distribution.
LENGTH: 150-300 typed pages

THEME: For more than 20 years the Drue Heinz Literature Prize has
recognized and supported writers of short fiction and made their
work available to readers around the world.

PRIZE: $15,000, plus publication by the University of Pittsburgh
Press under its standard contract

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Drue Heinz Literature Prize, University of Pittsburgh
Press, Eureka Building, Fifth Floor, 3400 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

URL: http://www.pitt.edu/~press/BIP/DrueHeinz.html

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        13th Annual Contest for a First Middle-Grade Novel

DEADLINE: June 30, 2004
GENRE: Children's fiction
OPEN TO: US and Canadian writers who have not previously
published a novel for middle grade readers
LENGTH: 96-160 manuscript pages

THEME: Formerly the Marguerite de Angeli Contest sponsored by
Delacorte Dell Yearling for children's middle-grade fiction.

PRIZE: $1,500 in cash and a $3,500 advance against royalties,
with a contract (on the Publisher's standard form) for hard-cover
and paperback editions

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Delacorte Dell Yearling Contest, Random House, Inc.,
1745 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10019

URL: http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/games/dellyearling.html

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           Lit.Org Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: June 30, 2004
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 20 lines or less

THEME: Summer, not just the season but anything to do with
summer. This could range from anywhere to cutting the lawn, going
to the beach, hanging at the pool, flowers, bees. You get the
point. Be creative; the more creative the better your chances.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $50, plus a Lit.Org Journal, 2nd Prize: $25,
plus Journal: 3rd Prize: Lit.Org Journal

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, text in body of email

EMAIL: jessica"at"lit.org
URL: http://www.lit.org/random.php?catid=39

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       Siena College International Playwrights Competition

DEADLINE: June 30, 2004
GENRE: Playwriting
OPEN TO: Writers of unproduced, unpublished scripts
LENGTH: No requirements

THEME: Sponsored by the Siena College Department of Creative Arts
Theatre Program, seeking submissions of scripts for production
during the 2004-2005 academic year. Scripts must be full-length,
require a unit set or minimal set changes, and feature an
ensemble cast of 3-10 actors. The age range of the ensemble
should be suitable for undergraduate performers. See online
guidelines for more information.

PRIZE: $2,000, plus production and 4-6 week residency

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Siena International Playwrights Competition, Siena
College, 515 Loudon Rd., Loundonville, NY 12211-1462

URL: http://www.siena.edu/theatre/playwrights.htm

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