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Issue 4:12          13,500 subscribers              June 10, 2004

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         From the Editor's Desk
         CLASSES on Writing-World.com
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Creating an E-mail Newsletter, Part I: Before
            You Start, by Moira Allen
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do manuscript pages translate to
            printed pages? by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: The Ravin', by Beverly McLoughland
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

A Senior (Editor) Moment?
Some time last week, I remember discussing something with my
husband, and saying, "That would make a perfect editorial for the
newsletter!"  This morning I woke up and realized I had
absolutely no recollection of what that "perfect" editorial was.
It has vanished, rather like one of those dreams where you get
the idea for the ideal short story that you just KNOW is going to
sell, but of course when you wake up you can't remember it.  Oh,
well...  As I inch closer and closer toward eligibility in the
Red Hat Club, I suppose these moments are going to come more

Or maybe I should just stop working quite so hard...

Market Guides Reduced!
The price for individual Market Guides has been reduced, from $5
to $2.50.  I've also set up a shopping cart page, where you can
purchase multiple guides and other e-books all in one transaction
http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml).  When you use
the shopping cart, you'll receive a confirmation e-mail, and will
receive instructions on where and how to download your e-book(s)
within 48 hours.

And there's good news from PayPal: You no longer have to become a
member to purchase items through PayPal.  As far as I can
determine, anyone with a credit card can now make purchases
through PayPal.  I tried it the other night, and it seems to work
very easily.  I believe this means that non-U.S. buyers will have
a much easier time using PayPal, to which I can only say -- it's
about time!

Post Your Own Writing Contest!
If your writer's group, website, publication or other
organization is sponsoring a writing contest, you can now post it
directly to Writing-World.com's contest database.  Visit
http://www.writing-world.com/contests/submit.shtml for details
and instructions.  You'll need to register, receive an
"activation code" by e-mail and log in; then return to the
"submit" page and click "post/modify/delete" to add your contest.

Please note the guidelines and restrictions on the types of
contest listings we accept; no "send me $500 and an essay for a
chance to win my cabin in Montana which I obviously can't sell at
any price or I wouldn't be offering this contest" listings!  We
also prefer not to list contests that are open only to a limited
geographic area (e.g., "writers in Texas"), that do not offer
cash awards (or in which the award is disproportionately small
compared to the entry fee), or for which entrants must purchase a
product (such as the sponsor's book) before entering.

Check Out the August Course Line-Up!
If, like so many writers, you're just sitting around with loads
of time on your hands and wondering how you'll get through the
long, dull summer months, why not sign up for an August writing
class?  This is our last session of the year (no cheers, please),
and we do have some great courses available.  Just check the list
below or visit http://www.writing-world.com/classes/index.shtml
And remember, anyone who enrolls will receive a complete set of
Writing-World.com market guides FREE (a $25 value).  Your guides
will be delivered after the final "drop" deadline (the second
week of classes).

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

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Enroll for any course 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.

All classes begin on August 2, 2004. Please note that some of our
April classes have been postponed to the August session, so if
you missed them, you have another chance!


Creating the "Killer" Criminal (Postponed from April)
Kathleen Walls (4 weeks, $75)

Create a believable killer by learning the traits and procedures
that characterize a killer's personality.  Learn to understand a
killer the same way the police build profiles: By studying the
killer's crimes.  This course will help you develop any type of
criminal, but will focus on the more spectacular types of
killers, including real-life case studies as examples.


Freelancing for Newspapers
Sue Fagalde Lick (8 weeks, $120)

Newspapers provide an excellent opportunity to break into
freelancing: More plentiful than magazines, they require more
material, more often.  Discover the opportunities at your local
paper, and how to expand to national publications.  Learn how to
develop the kind of ideas newspapers are hungry for, and pursue
them through the query to the completed article.  Finally,
discover how to expand your newspaper career with additional
article assignments, resale opportunities, and by becoming a
regular contributor.


Heroes, Heroines & Villains: Using Archetypes to Create Dynamic
Characters (Postponed from April session)
Tami Cowden (6 weeks, $80)

Create dynamic, well-motivated characters that "connect" with
your readers by exploring the sixteen heroic and sixteen
villainous "archetypes." These archetypes will help you convey
the personalities of your characters, and understand the driving
forces behind those characters that evoke emotion from the


Releasing the Book Within
Jo Parfitt (8 weeks, $120)

Thinking about writing your life story?  Or perhaps you want to
develop a business book, a handbook, or an anthology?  This
course will help you overcome your fears, unlock your potential,
and develop a nonfiction book that sells.


Worldbuilding in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Paula Fleming (4 weeks, $50)

Can you imagine Lord of the Rings set anywhere other than Middle
Earth?  Settings are an integral part of science fiction and
fantasy stories.  This class will help you create rich,
believable worlds -- and make those worlds real to your readers.
Get individual feedback on your concerns and questions.


Writing and Selling Mystery Short Stories
John Floyd (7 weeks, $100)

Whether you're a beginner or a well-established writer, this
class will help you develop and hone your mystery-writing skills.
 Find out how to write mystery and suspense stories and get them
published, from an author who has written and published more than
400 stories and fillers in over 100 magazines, including the top
mystery and suspense publications.


Writing and Selling Personal Essays
Isabel Viana (4 weeks, $60)

To write a personal essay is to embark on a journey toward
self-knowledge.  To sell that essay, one must be able to express
that knowledge in ways that enable the reader to identify with
the writer's experience.  Find out how to develop ideas, write
the first draft and revise it until it expresses your thoughts
in a way that is meaningful to others.  You'll also learn the
business side of essay-writing, including how to write a cover
letter, format a manuscript, and find markets for your essays.


Writing for Anthologies
Stephen Rogers (6 weeks, $75)

During this course, you'll learn how to write and sell to the
growing anthology market. Whether you prefer memoir, fiction, or
poetry, by the end of the class you should have a completed
manuscript to send to an appropriate editor.


Writing the Historical Romance
Linda Shertzer (8 weeks, $100)

There's more to historical romance than heroines in long skirts,
heroes on horseback, and fiery embraces. Find out how to give
your plot, characters, dialogue and narration the special touches
that make historical romance its own, unique genre.  The course
includes a review of up to 50 pages of your romance novel.


Writing Speculative Fiction
Bruce Boston (8 weeks, $100) - new syllabus to come

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

Romantic Interludes is looking for romance reviewers, article
writers, and columnists. For the first 3-4 months, there is no
pay and then it will be a pay job. Please contact Gabrielle at
contact"at"rominterludes.com for more information!  No need to be
an expert at it to get the job. http://www.rominterludes.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!"


Ingram wants to interview authors
Do you have a book coming out between September and December
2004? Ingram Book Group is currently planning author interviews
and book features for fall 2004 catalogs. If you have an author
or book (publishing between September and December), that would
make an interesting feature, please send an Advance Reading Copy
to: Amy Williams, Ingram Book Group, 14 Ingram Boulevard, Mail
Stop 698, La Vergne, TN 37086.

Seattle's Northwest Bookfest cancelled
Bookfest's board of directors has decided to discontinue
Seattle's fall festival of books and authors. The festival's
office will close June 30, and its two remaining staff members
will be let go. Danielle Bennett, the festival's director since
February, said, "As one of Bookfest's strongest supporters over
the last ten years, I feel it's a great loss to the community.
But it's important to remember that Seattle is a very vibrant
literary town, full of outstanding programs." Many factors
contributed to the festival's demise, but the final blow was the
requirement to come up with the $220,000 needed to mount this
year's festival, which would have been the 10th annual.
Bookfest's perils were magnified when the 2003 festival saw a
sharp drop in attendance due to the first ever admission fee of
$10. Attendance slid to 9,000 people, down from previous figures
of 20,000, and The Seattle Times withdrew as its primary sponsor
only weeks afterward.

Bookstore Tourism keeps on truckin'
Larry Portzline created Bookstore Tourism last year to support
independent bookstores by marketing them as travel and tourist
destinations. New York will be the destination for June and
October trips. In November, Portzline will take a group to
Charlottesville, VA. "It's not just educational and fun," said
Portzline. "It also has the potential to become a major economic
development tool -- for the bookselling industry as well as for
communities that want to promote themselves and their
bookstores." Portzline is also working with "Phase", a literary
and arts magazine, to create a "Harrisburg Area Bookstore
Adventure." In the fall, he will publish "Bookstore Tourism: The
Book Addict's Guide to Planning and Promoting Bookstore Road
Trips". For more information: http://www.bookstoretourism.com

Survey shows editorial jobs are opening up
The results of the Folio: 2004 Editorial Salary Survey showed
that editorsā salaries climbed back to 2000 levels, the all-time
high for the industry. Salaries for editors-in-chief averaged
$93,561, or $232 (.25%) more than in 2000. During 2001 and 2002,
salaries fell in most categories: senior, managing, executive
editor and editorial director. Top editors' pay fell by 9.6% in
2001, and 1.2% in 2002. After three years of slashing headcounts,
freezing salaries, and unfilled positions, publishers are again
budgeting raises. Editorial want ads have increased, and the
market for editors is opening up. One sign of an improving job
market is that job jumping -- the most common way to move up the
ladder -- is back in fashion. Still, after years of cuts and job
insecurity, editorial employees have lowered their expectations.
Many survey respondents said they're working harder with little
or no pay, but feel lucky to still be in journalism. "I took over
some managing editor and production/layout duties when positions
were eliminated," wrote one editor-in-chief. "Compensation? I
still have my job." For more information:

and ideas for that next project at Profitable Pen's newest
forums! Register for free at http://www.profitable-pen.com.

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

Writers have experimented with a variety of forms of
"self-publication" on the Web, and one of the most popular types
of publication to emerge from online technology is the e-mail
newsletter. There are literally thousands of e-mail newsletters
online, on every subject you can imagine (and many you probably
never dreamed of).

E-mail newsletters appeal to writers who dream of launching their
own periodical, without the costs of print, paper and postage.
Unlike a Web site, they have the advantage of requiring no design
or HTML skills. All you need is an e-mail program; sites like
Yahoo Groups and Topica will host your newsletter at no cost.

Before yielding to the temptation of the "paperless periodical,"
however, you need to ask yourself a few questions -- the most
important being "Why?"

Determining Your Purpose
There are actually many good reasons for a writer to launch an
e-mail newsletter. One of the most common is to provide a vehicle
through which to promote your books or other writings. An e-mail
newsletter can be a great way to stay in touch with fans, and to
build a larger audience for your work.

Newsletters are particularly effective if you've written a
nonfiction book, as you can use it to target an audience hungry
for information on your subject. By creating a newsletter that
offers worthwhile articles, news and updates, and links to useful
sites, you're likely to attract a broader readership for your
work. Such a newsletter is also likely to attract links from Web
sites related to your topic.

Fiction authors often use an e-mail newsletter to keep fans
informed of new releases, speaking and booksigning engagements,
and other events in the author's life. Such newsletters may also
include short book excerpts, or perhaps nonfiction material (such
as background information or writing tips) that are related to
the author's fiction work.

Another reason to launch a newsletter may simply be your desire
to provide information about a topic that is close to your heart.
Whether you write about parenting or pets, children or computers,
chances are you have lots of information to share that won't fit
into a traditional magazine article.

Whatever your reason for launching a newsletter, your second
question should be, "Who?"

Determining Your Audience
Who will read your newsletter, and why? Unless you can answer
these questions, your newsletter's circulation will remain
discouragingly limited. As you develop your newsletter topic, you
must also develop a mental picture of the "typical" reader for
whom the newsletter is designed.

If, for example, you wanted to launch a newsletter about
"writing," you need to determine what type of writer you want to
reach. Do you want to provide information for beginners, or for
more experienced writers? Based on your specific area of
expertise, should you target writers in a particular genre or
subject area, such as mystery writers or tech writers? Perhaps
you might choose to target writers in a particular demographic
group, such as "writing parents," or "working writers." By
defining your audience, you will be able to define the content
that is most appropriate for your publication.  You'll also have
a better idea where to find that audience (i.e., by promoting
through Web sites that appeal to that audience).

If your goal is to promote your work to existing and future fans,
you need to know a little bit about who your fans are and what
appeals to them about your work. Are your readers drawn to your
books by the characters, or for your accurate depiction of a
period in history? Do they enjoy the romance or the flashing
swords? Are they interested in your personal life, or would they
rather hear your tips on becoming a successful author?

Keep in mind that you can never please all the people, all the
time. For every letter that I get telling me that the "Writing
World" newsletter has too much "beginner" material, I'll get
another saying that the articles are too advanced. For every
person who complains that the newsletter is too long, another
will say that it is too short. One will ask why I never cover a
particular topic; another will ask why I wasted so much space
covering that same topic. Having a firm "vision" of what you want
to accomplish and whom you're trying to reach is the best way to
keep this sort of conflicting feedback in perspective.

But "how" will you reach that audience and accomplish that goal?
That's the third and final question you need to ask yourself
before launching a newsletter!

Determining Your Approach
It's very easy to get caught up in the excitement of launching a
publication, to imagine the thrill of having hundreds or even
thousands of readers signing up to read your words every month,
or even every week. Then the reality sets in: Those readers
expect something from you every month, or twice a month, or every
week. How do you intend to deliver?

* Do you have enough material to produce a regular publication?
Does your subject area lend itself to regular coverage? Does it
offer enough "fuel" for regular monthly, bimonthly or weekly
articles? Is enough happening in your field to provide regular
"news updates?" Will you be able to fill those pages week after
week, month after month, year after year?

* Do you intend to write all the material yourself? This is the
least expensive way to produce a newsletter, but also the most
time-consuming. Coming up with something new for your readers
week after week can be a tremendous burden. Nor can you afford to
"slack off" -- even a single mediocre issue will cost readers.

* Do you need help? Many, if not most, e-mail newsletters rely on
contributions from outside writers. Many also have a small
"staff" to help gather news items, hunt up useful links, and
manage subscribers. It's often possible to find volunteers for
all of these tasks, but when your help is unpaid, it can be more
difficult to control the quality of your newsletter. (It's hard
to be critical of the performance of those who are donating their
time or work out of the goodness of their hearts.) Which brings
us to the final question...

* Do you want your newsletter to be a source of income?  Many
e-mail newsletters began as labors of love -- and evolved into
income-producers. Often, this transition is a matter of
necessity, such as the need to generate enough income to pay for
contributions to the publication. Many editors suddenly realize
that their "labor of love" is cutting into paying writing time
-- and to justify its continued existence, it must start paying
for itself.

Next Issue: In "The Mechanics," we'll look at ways to make a
newsletter profitable, as well as how to design and format your
newsletter, and how to attract and manage subscribers.

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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:

Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen

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


Indispensable Writing Resource
A complete collection of essentials for all writers. Particularly
strong in leading visitors to top research sites.

First Line Stories
Contest and ezine with submissions based on given first line.

Writer's Shopping Place
Offers a catalogue of book listings in most genres, also
information about writing books, classes, and articles.

Police Body Language and Behavior: You Gotta Walk the Walk
Written by a police officer, this article will help a writer
bring police characters to life.

Monthly Short Stories
The little magazine with something for everyone, and a paying
market, too.

Book Reviewers
Links to sites and publications that review books.

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
Manual," says Dan Poynter. Visit http://www.gracepublishing.org
or http://www.atlasbooks.com/marketplc/01123.htm / 800-247-6553

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

How Do Manuscript Pages Translate To Printed Pages?

Q: A manuscript of 100,000 words could become a book of how many
pages? I've no idea how to convert.

A: There is no absolute conversion rule; however, if you're
sending a book to a publisher, you don't need to worry about how
many "finished" pages it will be. You simply need to pay
attention to the publisher's listed word limits. Publishers will
indicate how long they expect a manuscript to be (i.e., no longer
than, or no shorter than...)

I think a printed page is typically around 300 words. A good way
to determine this is to simply count the words on the page of a
book about the size you expect yours to be (in terms of
measurements -- e.g., a regular paperback, or a trade paperback,
or something different). That will tell you how many words are on
a typical page -- and you can simply divide your word-count by

Q: How do we translate our story length to figure out how long it
will be when it is printed in novel form?

A: That really isn't something you need to worry about, assuming
that you're planning to publish with a commercial publisher. What
you need to know is the publisher's preferred word lengths for
novels. A novel generally ranges from a minimum of 60,000 words
(fairly short) to 100,000 to 200,000 words. Novels of 500,000
words are considered LONG -- those would make big, hefty,
750-page books. However, your job isn't to worry about how many
printed pages your novel will add up to -- just try to keep to
the preferred length specified by the publisher.

If you are self-publishing, then the easiest way to determine
this is to format your book according to the specifications of
the printer or publishing house you are using, and you'll be able
to determine the ratio between manuscript pages and formatted


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 Beverly McLoughland (BMcloughla"at"aol.com)

Once upon a morning early, while I pondered sour and surly,
Over many a quaint and curious carton of rejections, sore
While I cursed them, clearly crumbling,
Suddenly there came a rumbling,
As of someone queerly fumbling, fumbling at my hallway door.
"Tis the dread mailman," I muttered, "fumbling at my hallway door
Only this and nothing more."

Ah, distinctly, like a night tomb, I remember ebonite gloom,
And a letter like a white doom that the mailman gravely bore.
Dismally, with sore heart breaking,
To the core my soul was aching,
Every bone betook to quaking, quaking as I moaned: "No more!"
Clasped I then the cursed letter, whereupon the flap I tore,
Quoth I ravin': "Sold! Send more!"


Beverly McLoughland's poems have been published in anthologies
and magazines for young readers. They have also appeared in many
educational publications and textbooks. She also has a book of
poems published. She is a member of the Society of Children's
Book Writers and Illustrators.

Copyright (c) 2004 by Beverly McLoughland



Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
How to Publish a Granddaughter's Illustrations; Submitting a
Picture Book Dummy; Materials to Send with a Manuscript

Imagination's Edge, by Paula Fleming
Blending Fiction and History: What Works?  What Doesn't?

The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
Turning a Short Story into an Animated Film; Paying a Writer
for a Treatment

Creating an Expert File, by Kathryn Lay

FIND 1700 MARKETS FOR YOUR WRITING! Writing-World.com's market
guides offer DETAILED listings of over 1700 markets, with contact
information, pay rates, needs and more.  Fourteen themed guides
are available for $2.50 apiece or $25 for the set.  For details,
see http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml


Richard Freeborn, Editor
PO Box #908, Delray Beach, FL 33447-0908
EMAIL: submissions"at"trantorpublications.com
URL: http://www.trantorpublications.com

Oceans of the Mind is a science and future fiction magazine
published in the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall of each year. It
is distributed in Adobe PDF format via email and concentrates on
the best fiction we can find. We publish all forms of Science
Fiction. The science is up to you. The point is to tell a story
whether your characters are making first contact on an unexplored
planet or solving a mystery here on Earth. Submissions should
match the theme of the issue. Fall issue theme is: Science
Fiction Mysteries. Robbery, murder, piracy, locked room. See
online guidelines for future issue themes and deadlines.

DEADLINE: Fall issue: August 1, 2004
LENGTH: 8,000 words or less
PAYMENT: We pay from 6 cents/word
RIGHTS: FNASR, non-exclusive audio rights and the rights of first
offer on anthology rights, first foreign serial rights,
non-exclusive reprint rights, and electronic rights
SUBMISSIONS: We prefer to receive manuscripts by email, as
attachment. The manuscript must be in a format readable by MS
Word or Adobe Acrobat, or it will be returned unread.
GUIDELINES: http://www.trantorpublications.com/guidelines.htm


J.D. Owen, Editor-in-Chief
1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane, PO Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079
URL: http://www.scoutingmagazine.org

The magazine is published by the Boy Scouts of America six times
a year. Articles are mainly about successful program activities
conducted by or for Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and
Venturing crews. We include features on winning leadership
techniques and styles, profiles of outstanding individual
leaders, and inspirational accounts (usually first person) of
Scouting's impact on an individual, either as a youth or while
serving as a volunteer adult leader. We also publish material we
feel will help parents in strengthening families. We also feature
an occasional general-interest article geared to our adult
audience. These include subjects such as nature, social issues
and trends, historical topics, and humor. Send query first.

LENGTH: Short features: 500-700 words; Longer features: 1,200
words or less
PAYMENT: Short features: $300-$500; Longer features: $650-$800
RIGHTS: First rights
SUBMISSIONS: A query with a synopsis or outline of a proposed
story is essential, by mail only. Include SASE to insure reply.
We respond to queries within 3 weeks.


Ricardo Poupada, Editor-in-Chief
EMAIL: iwanttowrite"at"askmen.com
URL: http://www.askmen.com

AskMen.com's average reader is a working professional between the
ages of 18 and 45, with an advanced education. It is therefore
important that you provide editorial style and content that
reflects a relaxed and pragmatic approach. Familiarize yourself
with the web site content. Your article must be exclusively
written for AskMen.com and must be UPE: Useful, Practical &
Entertaining. Although you don't have to be a professional
writer, you must be knowledgeable and articulate. Unpublished
authors are welcome. No short stories or poetry.

LENGTH: 500-700 words
RIGHTS: First electronic rights
SUBMISSIONS: Only email submissions will be accepted; attachments
might not be considered.


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.


          1st Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award

DEADLINE: July 1, 2004
GENRE: First mystery novel
OPEN TO: Writers who have not published a book, short story, or
dramatic work in the mystery field, either in print, electronic,
or audio form.
LENGTH: Plot synopsis of no more than 300 words and two
consecutive chapters of the manuscript

THEME: This award will honor the beloved Mysterious Press editor
Sara Ann Freed, who passed away in June 2003. Submissions can be
straight mysteries, noir, police procedurals, or historicals.
They should have a male or female protagonist who is an amateur
or professional detective. We are not looking for international
thrillers, horror, supernatural, true crime, or mysteries with
science fiction elements. Online entry form must accompany

PRIZE: Contract with a $10,000 advance for hard/soft publication
through Mysterious Press. This contract will follow the standard
Mysterious Press boilerplate and will include world rights,
audio, book club, first serial, and standard industry royalties.


ADDRESS: Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award, Mysterious Press, 1271
Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

EMAIL: editor"at"mysteriouspress.com
URL: http://www.twbookmark.com/mystery/saraannfreed.html


           Richard J. Margolis Award

DEADLINE: July 1, 2004
GENRE: Journalism/Essay
LENGTH: Two examples of the writer's work, published or
unpublished, 30 pages maximum

THEME: The Richard J. Margolis Award of Blue Mountain Center is
given annually to a promising new journalist or essayist whose
work combines warmth, humor, wisdom and concern with social
justice. The award was established in honor of Richard J.
Margolis, a journalist, essayist and poet who gave eloquent voice
to the hardships of the rural poor, migrant farm workers, the
elderly, Native Americans and others whose voices are seldom
heard. He was also the author of a number of books for children.

PRIZE: $5,000, plus 1-month residency at the Blue Mountain Center,
a writers and artists colony in the Adirondacks in Blue Mountain
Lake, NY


ADDRESS: Richard J. Margolis Award, c/o Margolis & Associates LLP,
137 Newbury Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02116

EMAIL: harry"at"margolis.com
URL: http://www.margolis.com/award/index.html


           Science-in-Society Journalism Awards

DEADLINE: July 1, 2004
GENRE: Journalism/Science
OPEN TO: Material published or broadcast between June 1, 2003
through May 31, 2004. Book entries must have 2003 copyright date.
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: Sponsored by the National Association of Science Writers,
Inc (NASW) for outstanding writing about science and its impact
on the quality of life. Established to provide recognition --
without subsidy from any professional or commercial interest --
for investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences
and their impact for good and bad. NASW especially wants to
encourage the kind of critical, probing article that would not
receive an award from an interest group. Beginning with the first
award in 1972, previous winners have demonstrated innovative
reporting well beyond the science itself and into its ethical
problems and social effects. These 6 awards are considered
especially prestigious because they are judged by accomplished
peers. Online entry form must accompany submissions.

PRIZES: $1000 awards in each of 6 categories: Newspaper,
Magazine, Television, Radio, Book, Web


ADDRESS: NASW, PO Box 890, Hedgesville, WV 25427

EMAIL: diane"at"nasw.org
URL: http://www.nasw.org/society.htm



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