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Issue 4:22         14,500 subscribers            October 28, 2004

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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Writing fillers to boost your income
            by Sara Wilson
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK:  Do I need to check before using a
            pseudonym? by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

It's About Time...
I've stood people up at restaurants.  I've arrived at events and
fumed because things don't "start on time."  Last year, I stood
in line for the doors to open for the "$3-a-box" clearance at the
library booksale -- and they didn't open!  Why?  Because I

So, for those American readers who are as absent-minded as I am,
please post a big stickie-note for yourself, somewhere where you
can't miss it, to remind yourself that Daylight Saving Time ends
on Sunday morning, October 31.  I post mine on the TV, both as
a reminder to set my clocks AND to set my VCR.  (And yes, I know,
if you're in Indiana, Arizona, or Hawaii, this doesn't apply!)
See http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/ to learn more.

Meet the Book Doctor!
Writing-World.com welcomes a new columnist to the site : Bobbie
Christmas, whose Q&A column "Ask the Book Doctor" covers a wide
range of topics.  Her first column, for November, discusses first
drafts, travel-writing courses, fiction outlines, and
copy-editing.  Her December column will discuss point-of-view,
idiosyncracies of AOL e-mail, ghostwriters, and writing programs.

Bobbie Christmas has been an editor and author for more than 30
years. Her most recent book, Write In Style: Using Your Word
Processor and Other Techniques to Improve Your Writing (Union
Square Publishing of New York, Simon & Schuster, distributor) is
available in bookstores and through Internet retailers. She is
also the author of Purge Your Prose of Problems, a desk reference
book for editors and writers. With Parliament Member Dale Butler,
she coauthored The Legend of Codfish and Potatoes, a children's
book available in Bermuda. Since 1992, she has owned and operated
Zebra Communications, an Atlanta-based literary services firm
that edits books for publishers, agents and authors. She leads
The Writers Network and publishes an e-zine called The Writers
Network News. Her Web site is http://www.ZebraEditor.com.

Resources for Young Writers
We've just added a new page of links to our "links" section:
Resources for Young Writers!  This page offers links to more than
40 online resources for young writers (primarily teens),
including several markets and a list of discussion and critique
groups.  So if you're a young writer, or you have a young writer
in the family, check out these resources at

                                          -- Moira Allen, Editor

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Author interview contact info
Managing Ed. note: When we ran this item in the last issue we
omitted the name and email address of the contact person.
First Voice is an author interview show on the web, looking for
authors willing to do phone interviews for their nonfiction book.
Authors can email a query to see if their book would be something
of interest. Send email to Terry Porter, Marketing Assistant:
firstvoice2004"at"yahoo.com. More information: http://www.7to7.net

Children's Book Week
Children's Book Week 2004 is November 15-21. The Children's Book
Council (CBC) encourages young people and their caregivers to
discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience
through books. The theme for this 85th annual observance is Let's
Book. The CBC also produces an extensive list of online resources
for celebrating Children's Book Week, including In What Book: A
Classroom Battle of the Books, and a collection of Children's Book
Week puzzles and story starters. For more ideas and information,
plus a free poster, go to: http://www.cbcbooks.org/cbw/

Who is your favorite children's bookseller?
The Women's National Book Association (WNBA) wants to know about
bookstores in the US that excel at creatively bringing books and
children together and inspiring children's interest in books and
reading. WNBA will present the Lucile Micheels Pannell Award to
two bookstores (one general and one children's bookstore) at Book
Expo America. Each recipient will receive a check for $1000 plus
a framed piece of original art by a children's book illustrator.
To nominate your favorite US bookstore that inspires children to
read, provide the name of the store, address and phone number, a
contact person at the store, and email address along with a brief
reason why you believe they are worthy of the Award. Please send
your nomination to: eidh"at"yahoo.com, or by mail to Pannell Award
Nomination, 5200 South 6th Place, Arlington, VA 22204. Deadline
for nominations is January 31, 2005. Please include your name and
industry affiliation. For more information:

Abebooks expands into Spanish market
On October 26, Abebooks announced the acquisition of
Iberlibro.com, the largest online resource for used and
antiquarian books in the global Spanish-speaking community. The
acquisition increases the online retailer's current inventory of
60 million books by two million. Iberlibro's network of 296
booksellers from 15 countries will gain access to the Abebooks
customer base, which numbers in the millions. "Iberlibro has a
very broad selection of Spanish-language books from a large group
of experienced and specialized booksellers," says Abebooks CEO
Hannes Blum. "This is an exciting opportunity for our customers
who read and collect used, rare and out-of-print Spanish books,
and we are proud to welcome these respected booksellers to our
global seller community." Iberlibro will operate as a partner web
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                    by Sara Wilson (Sara"at"wilso78.freeserve.co.uk)

Writing fillers is an excellent way for beginners to break into
print with the minimum of outlay and equipment, and the market --
especially in women's magazines -- is buoyant. It is possible to
make, if not a fortune, then good pin money selling letters,
jokes, tips, anecdotes and recipes to magazines. Even established
writers can boost their income by writing a (very) few extra
words every week, and since many magazines these days accept
fillers by email, there is no need to take a trip to the post

It is all too easy to scorn fillers for not being "proper"
writing, but anyone who wants to either achieve a first sale or
increase their earning power would be foolish to do so. After
all, magazine editors have a healthy appetite for this type of
writing and are willing to pay good money for it. Of the hundreds
of magazines found on newsstands today the majority are happy to
accept fillers, especially weekly women's magazines.

Letters to the Editor, household hints and tips, recipes,
anecdotes, jokes and puzzles all have good income potential.
Average payment for a letter or tip of less than 50 words is 10,
which equates to 200 per 1000 words. Enough said.

Obviously the first step for a potential contributor is to
identify which magazines pay for fillers. Sometimes editors
prefer to offer valuable prizes instead of money and these should
not be ignored. An unexpected parcel can be a wonderful boost to
the spirits during otherwise fallow periods.

Editors are keen to encourage reader participation, hence the
profusion of Letters Pages. These are useful for gauging audience
reaction, encouraging participation and fostering a friendly
"club" atmosphere, all of which nurture reader loyalty.

Bearing these facts in mind during your initial scrutiny will
help you to tailor the content, length and style of your letter.
Some editors prefer letters to refer to features in past issues,
or ones that are likely to prompt responses from other readers.
In these cases personal opinions matter and being provocative can
pay dividends. Get your research spot on and you may hit the Star
Letter jackpot, which often attracts an even greater reward.

Others are happy to print stand-alone anecdotes and jokes.
Learning to use funny everyday experiences or overheard
conversations as raw material is invaluable, since humor is
nearly always welcome.

Nearly all UK women's weekly magazines, and some specialist
publications, also print household tips. Think about your own
lifestyle and jot down any time- or money-saving ideas you use --
the more quirky or offbeat the better. Then be discriminating
about targeting them.

As with longer articles, an accurate assessment of the typical
reader is necessary. No matter how innovative your tip about
cleaning crystal chandeliers is, a magazine aimed at low-income
families will not want it. On the other hand, your hint about
removing felt tip pen marks from wallpaper would probably be just
the ticket.

Never ignore the value of a good photo either. Admittedly it
doesn't make financial sense to dedicate 24 or 36 exposures just
to this market, but that spare few frames at the end of the roll
could be used up snapping people, or objects, as illustrations
for your letters and tips. That's Life is willing to pay 5
extra for photos accompanying letters and a huge 30 more for
tips with a photo showing how it works. Cute pictures of children
and pets, with comical captions, are also very saleable.

Most UK women's magazines also accept other types of fillers.
Woman's Weekly Fiction Special now offers 10 for 60-word stories
sent in by readers. These should be complete stories with a
definite plot and a strong -- often twist -- conclusion.

Writers are usually prolific readers and this can also be
capitalized on. Best usually prints a couple of very brief book
reviews a week for which they pay 15. Once again remember the
key principle and choose a novel with the magazine's readership
in mind.

Of course there are more opportunities than can be listed here,
but a quick flick through a recent issue of Take a Break, for
example, highlights payment for letters, photos, tips, car boot
sale stories, beauty hints, and horoscope anecdotes.

Obviously in an ever-changing market no advice can remain current
forever. The usual writing rule of frequent reappraisal applies
to ensure that your snippets will still be acceptable.

When it comes to presentation, forget everything you have been
told about double spacing, cover sheets and return postage. None
are necessary because magazines want letters and fillers from
ordinary readers, not professional writers. This is the one
instance when contributions can even be hand written, as long as
they are legible.

One quick word of warning: Do not send the same filler to more
than one market at the same time. Magazines usually request
original, unpublished material. If, after at least eight months,
your work has not been used feel free to send it elsewhere. This
may sound like a long time but in fact I once received a 50
cheque a full eighteen months after posting an anecdote to Bella.

Established writers shouldn't turn their noses up at filler
writing either. At the very least it provides a worthwhile
exercise in tight writing. Ideas need to be expressed concisely
and precisely -- every word must be made to count.

Even seasoned writers have days when their brains seem unwilling
to grind into gear. Crafting a short piece, one with little time
or emotional investment, can be a more effective kick-start than
a large slug of caffeine.

It doesn't take a mathematician to work out that selling just two
10 fillers per month will generate an annual income of 240. Not
bad for a few minutes extra work a day. Best of all, writing
fillers can sometimes spark off ideas for longer articles too --
rather like this one.


UK Filler Markets:

Westover House, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1JG;
EMAIL: amateur_gardening"at"ipcmedia.com
Postbag letters: 5 garden gift token; Star letter: 20; Tip of
the Week: 10; Photo plus caption: 10

24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT
EMAIL: bella.letters"at"bauer.co.uk
We've Got Mail: 25; Star Letter 50; Blush with Bella (max 150
words, embarrassing anecdotes): 50; Rat of the Week (max 150
words, nominations w/photo): 150

197 Marsh Wall, London, E14 9SG
EMAIL: best"at"natmags.co.uk
Tips: 15; Lara's Letters (beauty questions): 15, plus goodie
bag; You Tell Us: 25; Letter of the Week: 50; Star Pic (photo &
caption): 50; Books (max 80 words, book reviews): 15

King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London, SE1 9LS
EMAIL: chat_magazine"at"ipcmedia.com
Blimey! That's Clever! (tips): 15, w/photo: 25; Star tip: 35;
Naughty Jokes: 15; Spooky Stories (max 250 words, "true" ghost
stories): 50; Short But Sweet (60-word fiction): 25; Chat To Us
letters: 20, letters w/photo: 25; The Letter We Loved: 50; The
Blokes Page (humorous photo & letter): 25

HERITAGE TODAY (magazine for English Heritage members)
Vinery Court, 50 Banner Street, London, EC1Y 8QE
EMAIL: Heritage.Today"at"citruspublishing.com
Star Letter: 150 fountain pen.

17-18 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LN
EMAIL: soapbox"at"insidesoap.co.uk
Soap Box (soap opera related letters): 10; Star Letter 30;
Snapped with a Star (celebrity photo w/letter): 20; Looky-Likey
(celebrity lookalike photo w/letter): 20

39-40 Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ER
EMAIL: period.living"at"emap.com
Your Viewpoint (350-450 word opinion piece, no religion or
politics: 25

185 Fleet Street, London, EC4 2HS
EMAIL: myweekly"at"dcthomson.co.uk
We Love Your Letters (100 words): 5; Star Letter (200-300
words): 25; Meet My Pet (pet photos): 5

Endeavour House, 189 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JG
EMAIL: period.living"at"emap.com
Star Letter: prize (e.g. three charger plates worth 225)

80 Wood Lane, London, W12 0TT
EMAIL: radio.times"at"bbc.co.uk
Letter of the Week (max 150 words): prize (varies weekly)

11 Westferry Circus, London, E14 4HE
EMAIL: excerpts"at"readersdigest.co.uk
Life's Like That (max 100 words, humorous anecdotes about
everyday life): 200; All in a Day's Work (workplace humor):
200; Just Kidding (max 100 words, humorous anecdotes involving
children): 200; Laughter, the Best Medicine (jokes): 125

374 Euston Road, London, NW1 3BL
EMAIL: real.homes"at"cabalcomm.com
Over To You Star Letter: prize (e.g. a rose and jasmine planter
worth 35)

7-10 Chandos Street, London, W1G 9AD
EMAIL: rwletters"at"rodale.co.uk
Star Letter: prize (e.g. trainers worth 79.99)

24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT
Take a Break St. (short life stories & photos): 50 min;
Brainwaves (tips, preferably w/photo, the wackier the better):
50, without photo: 20; Boot Sale Tales (bargain finds & other
stories, preferably with photo): 30; Biz with Liz (beauty
questions, w/photo of you looking your best, or worst): 20, plus
20 for photos; Dena's Life Stars (letter w/photo describing how
Dena's predictions came true for you): 30; Letters Sensible &
Barmy: 20; Letter of the Week: 50, plus 25/photos; On the
Throne/In the Stocks (nominations w/photo for friends/family to
go on the throne/in the stocks): 75

24-28 Oval Road, London, NW1 7DT
EMAIL: thatslife.readers"at"bauer.co.uk
Look Who's Talking (photos of children, w/caption): 25; Aren't
Men Daft (humorous photos & letters about men): 25; Soft Lad of
the Week: 50; That's Your Life letter: 20; Star Letter: 50,
plus 5/photo; Tightwad Tips: 20, tip plus photo: 50; Rude
Jokes of the Week: 15

Emap Active Ltd, Bretton Court, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DZ
EMAIL: trail"at"emap.com
Trail Mail Best Letter: valuable prize, all other letters
receive small prize; I've Climbed It (mountain stories w/photo,
check current issue to discover which mountains feature next):
prize worth 140, runner-up prize worth 75

King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London, SE99 0BB
You Tell Us letters: 15; Star letter: 25

IPC Media, King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London, SE1 9LS
EMAIL: Letters_own"at"ipcmedia.com
Your Letters: 20; Star Letter: 50; Picture of the Week (photo
w/caption): 25

IPC Connect Ltd, King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London,
Lovely to Hear From You letter: 10; Letter of the Week: 25;
Your Top Tip: 10; Snapped (humorous photo w/caption): 15;
Celebrations (good news stories w/photo): 10

Bushfield House, Orton Centre, Peterborough, PE2 5UW
Meeting Place letters: 3; Star Letter: 10; Garden Tips: 20
seed voucher; Titbits: 3; Readers' Tips: 3; Readers' Poems
(traditional, though not necessarily rhyming): 10; Leaving You
Smiling (max 100 words, humorous anecdotes): 3; The Things Kids
Say: 3


Copyright (c) 2004 by Sara Wilson

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Resources for Teen Writers
Specifically geared for teens interested in sci-fi and fantasy,
including contests, markets, workshops and more.

Glossary of Grammatical Terms
Just what it says!

The Nonverbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs & Body Language Cues
Subtitled "From Adam's Apple Jump to Zygomatic Smile," this site
offers a wealth of information on body language.

NaNoMoWrite Experts
The site that brings you the "write a novel in a month"
challenge also offers a list of experts who can help you with
your research questions.

Little Magazines
A list of British and Irish "little" (literary) publications.

A shareware Mac printer driver that enables one to create PDF

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
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EMBARRASSING MOMENT for use in an upcoming book. Must be a
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                                                   by Moira Allen

A: Do I need to check before using a pseudonym?

I was recently published in a women's magazine, and several
people I knew spotted my name and made comments (good and bad) on
the piece.  I realized then and there that I didn't like having
my real name in a magazine.  I'm about to submit an essay to
another publication, but I don't want to use my real name or the
names of my nephews.  I also don't want other relatives to get
upset because I'm not writing about them. Is there a website
where I can check to see if the name I want to use is being used
by someone else?  Also, do I have to tell the editors why I'm
changing the kids' names?

A: It is not uncommon to use a pseudonym in writing personal
essays or articles.  One of the most common reasons to do so is
to protect or conceal the identities of family members, or
others, that you are writing about.  In fact, you'll find that
many articles and essays in women's publications and other
magazines include the note that "names have been changed to
protect the privacy of the individuals" or something to that
effect.  Therefore, no editor is going to be surprised that you
changed the names of your kids in an article.

Nor is it necessary to "check" on whether someone else is using a
particular pseudonym, any more than it's necessary to check
whether another author has the same name that you have.  I would
recommend avoiding a pseudonym like Stephen King or Mary Higgins
Clark -- but otherwise, you're free to choose pretty much
anything you like. Since you are trying to prevent family and
friends from recognizing your work, I'd also avoid using any
family names that people who know you might be familiar with --
e.g., your maiden name, or your middle name.  I'd also recommend
avoiding using a name that has your exact initials (e.g., "Karen

It sounds as if you are primarily interested in using a pseudonym
as a byline, which means that you won't have to get into any
difficult legal issues, such as how to cash a check under that
name.  All you need to do is inform the publisher of your REAL
name (and social security number) so that you can get paid.  Let
your editor know that you wish to have your work published under
your pseudonym.  That's really all there is to it!

Of course, the down side is that you can't share your writing
triumphs with those who are close to you.  Something you're going
to need to consider along the way is how to function as a writer
without having to worry about "slighting" your in-laws.  Most
people really DON'T expect you to write about their kids or their
lives just because you're written about your own.  On the other
hand, if you have the sort of family who thinks that any writer
would be thrilled to use their lives as the basis for the
writer's next novel, I can see your problem!

For more information, see my article on pseudonyms at


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

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Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Two Questions on Contracts; Teen Writing Resources

NEW!!!  Ask the Book Doctor, by Bobbie Christmas
Drafts, Travel-Writing Courses, Fiction Outlines and Copy Editing

Murder Ink, by Stephen Rogers
Once Upon a Crime

Lights, Camera, Action! How to Get Paid to
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Julia and RJ Sevin, Co-Editors
Box 2243, Harvey, LA 70059
EMAIL: submit"at"corpseblossoms.com
URL: http://www.corpseblossoms.com/index2.html

There are no solid rules, aside from: Scare us. Scare yourself.
Do it with style. Do it with elegance. Do it with brutality. Do
it with subtlety. Most importantly: do it well. Show us your very
best. Ghosts? Vampires? Zombies? Serial killers? Simply put,
unless you've got something really original or important to say
on those subjects, no. The supernatural? Oh, indeed. But
remember: the real world is often far more terrifying than
anything that ever slouched and crept, glistening tentacles
trailing, across the printed page. That said, we do love our
otherworldly monsters -- especially when they tell us something
about ourselves. Great characterization is a must. In short:
Scary, original, and well-written. Reading period: October 31st,
2004, until full.

LENGTH: 5,000 words or less
PAYMENT: 8-10 cents/word
RIGHTS: First North American Serial/Anthology, exclusive for a
period of one year after publication
SUBMISSIONS: Prefer email submissions, as attachment in MS Word
or RTF file
GUIDELINES: http://www.corpseblossoms.com/index2.html


Glenda Winders, Editorial Director
PO Box 120190 San Diego, CA 92112
EMAIL: glenda.winders"at"copleynews.com
URL: https://www.copleynews.com

Copley News Service syndicates columns on finance, travel, food,
arts, lifestyle and opinion, as well as editorial cartoons and
comic strips. We look for writers who are well known as experts
in their fields and for cartoonists whose wit and artistic talent
combine to create fresh new perspectives. In addition to
syndicated columns, we buy destination travel pieces.If you feel
your work fits this description, please follow the online
submission guidelines.

LENGTH: 1,500 words or less
RIGHTS: Rights revert to author after six months
SUBMISSIONS: Preferred in the body of an email.


Miriam Arond, Editor-in-Chief
Submissions, Child Editorial Department, 375 Lexington Avenue,
9th floor, New York, NY 10017
EMAIL: childmail"at"child.com
URL: http://www.child.com

Freelance writers are invited to submit query letters only, on
the following topics: children's health; parenting and marital
relationship issues; child behavior and development; personal
essays pertaining to family life.

LENGTH: Length varies, depending on article
PAYMENT: Fees vary according to article; pays $1/word for up to
2,000 words on personal experiences in parenting
SUBMISSIONS: Query by mail only


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.


          Felix Morley Journalism Competition

DEADLINE: December 1, 2004
GENRE: Journalism
OPEN TO: Young writers (25-years old or younger as of December 1,
2004) and full-time students
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: Applicants must submit clippings or legible copies of
three to five separate items published between July 1, 2003, and
December 1, 2004. Publications qualifying for consideration
include editorials, op-eds, articles, essays, and reviews.
Applicants are encouraged to submit news and feature pieces. Each
item must include the publication's name and date of publication.
At least two of the submitted items should explore or apply
classical liberal principles (such as individual rights and free
markets); the balance may, if an applicant chooses, be qualifying
publications that do not take up classical liberal themes but
indicate the applicant's range and quality of writing. All
publications much be in English.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $2,500; 2nd Prize: $1,000; 3rd Prize: $750;
Runners-up: $250

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No, download entry form at web site

EMAIL: IHS"at"gmu.edu

ADDRESS: Felix Morley Journalism Competition, Institute for
Humane Studies, 3301 N Fairfax Dr., Ste. 440 Arlington VA 22201

URL: http://www.theihs.org/subcategory.php/41.html


          Arleigh Burke Essay Contest

DEADLINE: December 1, 2004
GENRE: Essay
LENGTH: 3,500 words or less

THEME: Any subject relating to the goal of the Naval Institute:
"to provide an open forum for those who dare to read, think,
speak, and write in order to advance professional, literary, and
scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical
to national defense."

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $3,000; 2nd Prize: $2,000; 3rd Prize: $1,000


EMAIL: essays"at"navalinstitute.org

ADDRESS: Naval Institute Essay & Photo Contests, 291 Wood Road,
Annapolis, MD 21402-5034

URL: http://www.fundsforwriters.com/annualcontest.htm


         Writing on the Run Writing Tips & Ideas Contest

DEADLINE: December 15, 2004
GENRE: Tips and ideas
LENGTH: 100 words or less

THEME: We at Writing on the Run are dedicated to sharing easy,
practical, inspiring ideas and tips for making time and space to
write during your busy life. Judging will be based on the
exceptional, unique, and practical application of the idea for
those who are working to find time and space for writing. Each
submission must be accompanied with an official entry form
available at the web site.

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $250; Five 2nd Place Prizes: $25 each


EMAIL: writingontherun"at"aol.com

ADDRESS: Writing on the Run, Attn: Writing on the Run Contest, PO
Box 26354, Minneapolis, MN 55426

URL: http://www.writingontherun.com/contest.html


          The McKitterick Prize 2005

DEADLINE: December 20, 2004
GENRE: Fiction novel
OPEN TO: Authors 40 years and older (as of December 31, 2004)
LENGTH: No word length requirement

THEME: The author must not have had any other novel published
(excluding works for children). The novel must be a full length
work in the English language by one author (not a translation,
and not a work for children). The work must be a work of fiction
or imagination or substantially of fiction or imagination. The
work must either have been first published in the UK in 2004 (and
not first published abroad), or be unpublished.

PRIZE: 4,000


EMAIL: info"at"societyofauthors.org

ADDRESS: Dorothy Sym, Awards Secretary, The Society of Authors,
84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB,

URL: http://www.societyofauthors.net/prizes/mckitterick.doc



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