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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: International Grants, by C. Hope Clark
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK:  Help! I'm Rewriting my Novel to Death!
            by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Advice to a Young Writer,
            by Patrick Joseph McNamara
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Where did it go?
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Am I just getting old(er), or did 2004 go awfully quickly?  The
malls already have their Christmas decorations up, and I suppose
it's a sign of that advancing elderliness that makes me want to
point out, a bit grumpily, that we haven't even gotten through
Thanksgiving yet...  Of course, in another couple of years, I'll
be pointing out grumpily that we haven't passed Halloween, and
I suppose before long I'll be a bit annoyed that the Christmas
decorations go up right after Easter.

Yet this year still seems to have flitted by faster than ever.
I do remember, as a child, thinking that Christmas would never
come, and being told by my mother that when I grew up, I'd
think differently.  I didn't believe her then...

Every year about this time I make a resolution: I'm going to
"relax" and enjoy the holidays.  I swear I'm going to find time
to do the things I used to enjoy: baking cookies, decorating,
making and wrapping presents, and just "being" with the season.
This year, I may even manage to keep that resolution!  I don't
have a book deadline to meet (and since I always procrastinate,
I'm always finishing a book at the last minute).  In fact, this
year I can chuckle, as it's my sister who is scrambling to get
a book done before Thanksgiving!

Even without book deadlines (or perhaps especially without
deadlines), this IS my favorite time of year.  It's time for
pumpkin pie, and chestnuts, and apples, and fires in the
fireplace (even if the fireplace is gas).  Most of all, it's
time for sparkle -- I'm not so old that I don't love things
that glitter!  So perhaps I CAN understand those malls that
are putting up their wreaths and banners; I'm itching to haul
out the Christmas boxes myself.  But I WILL wait until
Thanksgiving is over...

Speaking of Thanksgiving, that's the date of our next issue.
Since we actually plan to be out of town VACATIONING during
Thanksgiving, you definitely won't be receiving the newsletter
on Thursday.  You'll probably see it on Tuesday or Wednesday,
but if not, you'll have it on Saturday.

And then I can start decorating!

                                          -- Moira Allen, Editor

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Writers' voices on the air
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Writer's Voice Radio is a weekly program produced by Science
Interchange in cooperation with A Clean Well-Lighted Place for
Books and KALW-FM Radio, both of San Francisco. Launched in
mid-April, the 30-minute program, now on KALW on Sunday and
Wednesday evenings, features guest authors reading and discussing
their latest books; a literary calendar highlighting upcoming
author appearances in the Bay Area; and a brief interview with a
bookseller from a local independent bookstore, who recommends new
titles. Neal Sofman, owner of A Clean Well-Lighted Place for
Books, is the host. "The focus is on emerging authors," he said.
"Occasionally we throw in an established author, but ideally we
are helping to promote authors who deserve a larger audience."
For more information: http://writersvoiceradio.com

Nobel Laureate sues for rights to publish memoirs
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Shirin Ebadi, a 2003 Nobel Prize-winning author from Iran, is
suing the US government over restrictions that could block the
publication of her memoirs in the US. On November 1, a federal
judge agreed to add the lawsuit to similar litigation brought in
September by other publishing groups and authors. A hearing date
has not been set. According to Treasury Department regulations,
US companies are forbidden to publish the works of authors in
Iran, Cuba and Sudan unless the works have already been completed
without US involvement. They are also forbidden from promoting or
marketing works from the three countries unless they obtain a
license from the department's Office of Foreign Asset Control.
Ebadi, a Muslim lawyer and human rights activist, said she wants
to write a book about her life and career and publish it in the
US, rather than Iran, where it would be subject to state
approval. Her lawsuit alleges that blocking her memoirs would be
a "critical missed opportunity both for Americans to learn more
about my country and its people from a variety of Iranian voices
and for a better understanding to be achieved between our two
countries."

Project Gutenberg Consortia Center open to public
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In celebration of their "one-third of a century" anniversary,
Project Gutenberg opened the Consortia Center for the exchange of
entire ebook collections. Their mission is to help people legally
exchange ebook collections under the various new copyright laws.
Different countries have had copyright law changes during the
past few years, and more changes are expected at the end of this
year. Project Gutenberg is making this effort to help those
affected by copyright extensions and to insure their ability to
provide free ebooks within rules of the new copyright laws. For
more information: http://www.pgcc.net

Looming layoffs and job losses plague newspapers
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According to Stuart Wilk, President of the Associated Press
Managing Editors (APME), newspapers have become a cross between
"Fear Factor," "Survivor" and "Extreme Makeover." "Year after
year, budgets are cut, openings go unfilled, and the news hole
gets smaller," said Wilk, who is also vice president and
associate editor of The Dallas Morning News. "Layoffs loom and,
in some places, they abound. In the past two and a half years,
77,000 editorial and business-side jobs have been cut from news
organizations." Speaking at last month's APME annual conference,
Wilk said today's journalists need to rekindle the fire of their
predecessors and boldly cover the news despite those adversities:
"If we feel we're too timid and too lazy, if we feel we're going
down the wrong road, maybe it's time that we go back to the
beginning of the path. The people in this room, like the
generations before us, can effect social change. Are we making
waves, or are we going with the flow?"

NYC Libraries Offer E-books
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The New York Public Library has launched a website offering over
3,000 e-books for "lending," on a variety of platforms.  You must
have a NYPL card to "borrow" e-books; the card is free if you are
a resident of the area, but costs $100 if you are not.  For more
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INTERNATIONAL GRANTS
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                            by C. Hope Clark (HopeClark1"at"aol.com)

Grants are the candy income that writers dream of. We envision a
fellowship that pays all of our obligations for at least a year,
while we write, write, write. Not a week passes by that
FundsforWriters does not get an email asking how to pluck one of
those babies from the money tree.

Alas, the money tree is not very big and its branches are way,
way over most peoples' heads. It takes long arms to reach them
and that usually means a publication history. But grants are a
superb goal to strive for down the road.

Grants, however, tend to gravitate to the affluent countries with
the greatest concentration in English-speaking nations. What
about those writers in Europe, Asia, Africa, the East, and South
America?

Grants do exist for the international population. They focus on
health, community development, education, and other social causes
with a few available for cultural development. With the Internet
you would think the information readily available, but few sites
carry these opportunities except the sponsors themselves, who have
no need to advertise. You need diligence and motivation, but with
a little of each, you will find your financial sponsor. Let's
start with the Internet resources that cater to international
grant seekers:

European Foundation Centre
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Updated regularly, this site lists European foundations that
offer grant assistance. Each foundation has specific purposes for
its funds, so expect to spend some time reading each grant site
thoroughly. Read the actual grants already distributed to learn
what entices the grantors to write the checks.

What may surprise you is that these foundations often do not
limit themselves to the country in which they physically reside.
The King Baudouin Foundation has a Belgium address, yet they
distribute funds internationally. This foundation has a current
interest in social causes, governance, civil justice and
philanthropy development. To some that means no writing grants.
But if you can wrap the subject of your writing into one of these
topics, you just might land a grant to not only get your work
written but also to assist in improving conditions somewhere in
the world. Your words might be the tools others need to reach an
end. Thing wide, think deep, and think outside the box.
http://www.efc.be/

FundersOnline
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FundersOnline touts itself as Europe's online source of
philanthropic communities. However, once you delve into its
database, you'll find foundations and funding sources from all
over the world and on all continents. The search and find feature
is decent in that you do not have to waste your time reading all
information on all foundations to find what you need.
http://www.fundersonline.org

The Synergos Institute
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Find grant opportunities in Latin America, Central America and
the Caribbean. You will find American foundations as well, but
they are internationally connected with grant reaches outside the
United States.
http://www.synergos.org/globalphilanthropy/database/index.htm

Southeast Asia is relatively new in philanthropy and grant
making. The Synergos Institute lists these entities as Civil
Society Resource Organizations or CSROs. Find these listings at:
http://snipurl.com/adis

From this site, you go to databases for Thailand, Indonesia and
the Philippines.

The Philippine Foundation Center
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This center is thirty years old and represents 134 non-government
organizations (NGOs) and foundations: http://www.pfconline.org

Consider this foundation center the Southeastern equivalent of
the US Foundation Center. It provides an excellent starting
point for grant seekers in that part of the world and receives
part of its own funding from the Ford Foundation.
http://www.fdncenter.org

The Japan Foundation Center
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Consider this extensive grant listing in Japan.
http://www.jfc.or.jp/eibun/e-links.html

F&P Funding Center
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This site focuses on grants made to scholars and students in
Russia and NIS.
http://www.friends-partners.org/friends/funding/index.html

The Foundation Center
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United States-based, the Foundation Center keeps its finger on
the pulse of global philanthropy and has some resources of its
own. Its international data is located at:
http://fdncenter.org/learn/faqs/html/foreign.html

Anyone who has written grants understands the wealth of
information and accuracy of data from this organization, which
serves as the heart of the philanthropic world.
http://www.fdncenter.org

FundsNet
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This site has the greatest database of international grant makers
known. The main site has wonderful information on grants --
anywhere. But this particular location on global grantors gives a
brief description of each one including whether or not they lean
toward cultural funding, which saves you time in your research.
http://www.fundsnetservices.com

The Grantsmanship Center
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Another well respected website, the Grantsmanship Center carries
a database that includes all continents and countries. This page
takes you to the general vicinities and you take it from there.
The foundations and organizations are listed alphabetically but
do not list focus or mission. You have to click on each one to
learn the grantmaking direction.
http://www.tgci.com/intl/index.asp

Welcome Europe
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Welcome Europe gives you access to grant makers not just in
Europe but on fringe countries as well.
http://www.welcomeurope.com

Arts International
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Although headquartered in the United States, Arts International
focuses on cultural exchange and global interchange in the arts.
Note: it does lean toward the visual arts.
http://www.artsinternational.org/index2.htm

Please note that many grants go to groups, not individuals. As we
preach at FundsforWriters, just because a grant restricts
applicants to groups does not mean that you cannot reach the
funds. Actually, many of the individuals that receive writing
grants acquire them through a fiscal agent or group sponsor. They
apply to a group to sponsor them in order to complete a project,
book or other career endeavor. Obtaining a fiscal agent is a
common practice and quite successful for many writers. Make sure
that your writing project or goals somehow partner with the
vision of the group, and you just might land that dream grant.

Grants do exist at the international level. Use them to travel,
to research or, occasionally, to support uninterrupted writing
time. With a little sweat and research, you might find the entity
that likes what you are trying to accomplish. The world is a
global community, and if a grant does not exist in your home
country, you still have options. Remember than many grant makers
reach around the world and want to help you make a difference.

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C. Hope Clark is editor of Fundsforwriters, a family of funding
newsletters for writers ranging from kids to serious career
scribes: http://www.fundsforwriters.com. She recently authored
"The Shy Writer: An Introvert's Guide to Writing Success":
http://www.theshywriter.com

Copyright (c) 2004 by C. Hope Clark

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THE WRITE SITES
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Romance Divas
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Articles, column, book reviews, forum, critique group, free
online workshops, and more. (Many of the articles are in PDF
format.)
     http://www.romancedivas.com

The Why Files
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Uses news and current events as springboards to explore science,
health, environment and technology.
    http://whyfiles.org

Who What When
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An interactive time line database extending from 1000 AD to
present.
    http://www.sbrowning.com/whowhatwhen/index.php

Directory of Publishers and Vendors
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Search for publishers' web sites using this handy subject
directory.
    http://acqweb.library.vanderbilt.edu/pubr.html#subj

WordSmitten
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Snappy patter and exclusive interviews for the book publishing
industry; covering the people, the books, and the business of
writing.
    http://www.wordsmitten.com

Popular Names
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Links to the US Census Bureau web site lists of male and female
first names and last names.
    http://www.craigcentral.com/names.asp

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THE WRITING DESK
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                                                   by Moira Allen

Help! I'm Rewriting my Novel to Death!
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Q: Here's the situation, and it had caused the novel I'm working
on to grind to a halt. I have worked on this novel for almost two
years. The book is basically my child, and I am perfectionist
when I write in it, which causes me a lot of trouble. Around a
month ago I decided to go back to the begining, to fix some of
the storyline that was now obsolete from a major story change in
chapter fifteen. This didn't seem like it was going to be hard,
but now I'm utterly stuck, because I feel like I'm robbing the
book of the freshness it had when I first wrote it. I can't leave
it as it is, and I have the fear that it will be ruined if I try
to rewrite it. I know this sounds stupid, but I am stuck. Any
advice?

A: This is far from an unusual problem!  One of the reasons for
this is that we "grow" as writers -- so we have a tendency to go
back over and over our work in progress, improving it each time.
And suddenly we realize that we have "improved" it to the point
that it has lost what made it fresh and interesting when we first
wrote it.  Often, we first wrote it from the heart, from
inspiration.  When we go back with an eye to the quality of the
writing, we're no longer working from the same motivation.  We're
coming to it as editors, not writers. And lest you wonder, this
happens to me all the time...

One thing that may be causing you problems as well is that
subconsciously, you may be recognizing that the major story
change that you made later in the story could be affecting a
great many things in the earlier story -- things that, perhaps,
were very important to the flow and the way that original story
was written.  I don't know what the change was, but let's say
that you wrote "out" a character who might have been minor (and
you decided that s/he just wasn't needed).  But throughout the
earlier part of the book, let's say that this character had a lot
of minor, but engaging, interactions with the main characters --
good dialogue, observations, etc.  In your revision, all of this
material must suddenly go, but perhaps it was some of the really
"good" stuff that made your book come alive.  This is just a
hypothetical example, but what it tends to do is cause one's
subconscious writing mind to recognize that "we have a big
problem here!" and this often leads to a block on progress.

If it's just a matter of looking at your rewritten material and
finding that it no longer has the freshness and "music" of your
first draft, though, what you are going to need to do is, first
of all, step away from the rewrite for a period of time.  STOP
rewriting entirely.  Give your mind a chance to "clear" of the
changes that you wanted to make. Then, pick up your original
draft and start reading it again.  Try to pinpoint those things
that DO make it fresh -- and at the same time, watch your
"editorial" self and see what sort of automatic editorial changes
you're tempted to make to those passages.

One of the things I find happens most often when I rewrite and
edit my fiction is that I lose "pacing."  I may end up with
better words, but the material loses its rhythm.  When you read a
good novel or story, you'll notice that when you hit a section of
fast-paced action, if it's written correctly, you'll actually
feel your heart rate increase, your attention focus, etc.  This
is a very difficult "pace" to achieve -- in an action scene, for
example, you can't make the paragraphs and sentences too LONG, or
it slows it down.  But if you make the sequence too SHORT, the
events are over before the reader has a chance to be fully
engaged.  Often, this sort of pacing is exactly what one gets
RIGHT in the first draft -- because this is when you, as the
writer, are "engaged" in the action.  But when you come back as
an editor and start to focus on words and sentences rather than
the "big picture" of the scene, pacing often gets lost when you
begin fixing "other things."

You CAN strike a balance between fixing what has to be fixed, and
preserving what made the story work in the first place.  But it
does require very careful attention to that first draft.  It
means avoiding the temptation to dismiss it as an "early" work,
when you were not as "good" a writer as you may be now.  It also
means that editing is going to have to be a slower and more
cautious process than you might have thought.  Your goal is to
fix what absolutely MUST be fixed -- but not to destroy what you
had in the process.  And no, it's definitely not easy.  All I can
say is, never EVER delete those original drafts!

     >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

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
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Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen

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JUST FOR FUN: Advice to a Young Writer
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             by Patrick Joseph McNamara (writerpatrick"at"yahoo.com)

Pen names can be useful, especially when the pen is filled with
poison.

When writing poetry, study the masters extensively. Make note of
their use of rhyme and meter, then forget everything you have
learned.

Learn how to spend long hours ignoring others so you can get some
work done. They are jealous of your talent and will try to keep
you from your work to justify their artistic failure.

Learn how to carefully steal material so as not to get caught
plagiarizing. Make note of the inferior or obsolete nature of
other writer's works and try not to repeat their mistakes.

Read extensively. If you don't have time to read then watch
television, especially those shows where someone else has spent
the time reading and studying the material for you. Every good
fiction book becomes a movie. Every bad fiction book becomes a
mini-series.

Good nonfiction books become documentaries. Bad nonfiction books
become school texts. If you're not really interested in the
latest book, save your money until it becomes available second
hand. Of course by then everyone will have forgotten about it and
you won't need to read it.

Don't waste good money on a Bachelor of Arts. By the time you get
your degree you could have put in the same amount of time writing
material you wanted to. If you must go to university make sure
you spend extensive time partying and socializing. These are good
sources for material and future publishing contacts.

Most creative writing courses are taught by writers who haven't
figured out a way to make a living from writing -- except by
teaching creative writing courses. Most high school English
teachers want to be writers but very few take the time to write.
They use school as an excuse -- even during the summer.

Those of great talent are often misunderstood by those of lesser
talent. That is probably why you got a D in English. English
marks are irrelevant to the published author.

Every author who has published a book is at least one step ahead
of every teacher who hasn't. The two foremost skills of being a
writer are the ability to read and the ability to write.
Therefore, any elementary school student can be a writer.

If a songwriter or university professor claims they make a living
as a poet, ignore them. It is virtually impossible to make a
living as a poet -- but it is possible to make a living as a
songwriter or university professor.

Never underestimate the power of sloth. That's what makes you a
writer and others not. Don't let others dissuade you from your
writing. You'll discover your incompetence on your own.

It helps to have an agent if you want to get a book published. If
you want to get an agent, it helps if you have a book published.
Likewise, if you want to get a book published, it helps to have
published some short stories. If you want to get your short
stories published, it helps to have published a book.

Many writer's groups consist of people who spend more time at
writers' groups than at writing. Although it is difficult to be a
good writer if you don't read, a good reader doesn't necessarily
make for a good writer. It is also difficult to be good writer if
you don't write.

     >>-----------------------------------------------------<<

Patrick McNamara holds three diplomas in the fields of computers,
business and accounting. His poem appears in the premiere issue
of the St. Linus Review. His seven-part series about local
Internet sites appeared in Oshawa Life. Visit his web site at:
http://www.geocities.com/writerpatrick

Copyright (c) 2004 by Patrick Joseph McNamara

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OUTDOOR AMERICA MAGAZINE
Jason McGarvey, Editor
IWLA, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg MD 20878-2983
EMAIL: oa"at"iwla.org
URL: http://www.iwla.org/oa/

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GUIDELINES: http://www.iwla.org/oa/guidelines.html

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DISCOVER THE OUTDOORS.COM
Walt Tegtmeier, Content Editor
7015 College Blvd., Suite 560, Overland Park, KS 66211
EMAIL: wtegtmeier"at"dto.com
URL: http://www.dto.com

Whether it's hunting, fishing, camping or any outdoor activity
under the sun, each one has its own world of unique wisdom,
skills and experiences behind it. DTO.com is a place where active
and future outdoor enthusiasts can: get in touch with our outdoor
heritage; make the most of time spent outdoors; discover or
enhance the fascination and lifelong benefits of outdoor
activities. Articles cover a broad array of subjects for a
variety of interests and experience levels. Unless the topic or
the assignment demands otherwise, feature articles should be as
detailed but concise as possible. All articles require
photographic or other art to support the feature.

LENGTH: 800-1,200 words
PAYMENT: Original articles: $250-$300; Reprints: $175;
Photographs & other art: $25
RIGHTS: Original articles: FNASR for 6 months; Reprints:
Non-exclusive rights
REPRINTS: Yes
SUBMISSIONS: By email, as attached MS Word 6.0 (or better) file.
For documents created in WordPerfect, Word for Macintosh or other
word processing applications, please attempt to "Save As" a Word
for Windows file with the ".doc" file extension. Articles may
also be sent on floppy disk in the same format(s), though email
is preferred.
GUIDELINES: http://www.dto.com/dto/about/writers.jsp

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MUSHING MAGAZINE
Deirdre Helfferich, Managing Editor
PO Box 149, Ester, AK 99725-0149
EMAIL: editor"at"mushing.com
URL: http://www.mushing.com

Each issue includes a mix of information, features and columns.
We consider articles on canine health and nutrition, sled dog
behavior and training, musher profiles and interviews, equipment
how-to's, trail tips, expedition and race accounts, innovations,
sled dog history, current issues, and humor, including cartoons.
We consider personal experience articles only when the experience
illustrates information that is useful to mushers and generally
do not when the focus is the personal experience itself. See
Editorial Schedule at our web site for current special issue
focuses.

LENGTH: Features: 1,000-2,500 words; Columns & departments:
500-1,000 words; Short news pieces: 150-500 words
PAYMENT: 9 cents/word, plus $20 if also published at web site;
Photographs & artwork: $15-$165
REPRINTS: Yes
RIGHTS: We purchase first serial rights and second (reprint)
rights
SUBMISSIONS: By email or mail, see online guidelines for further
instructions
GUIDELINES: http://www.mushing.com/editor.html

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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
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WRITING CONTESTS
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contests, check our online contests section.
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      Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction

DEADLINE: December 31, 2004
GENRE: Civil War fiction
OPEN TO: Authors or publishers of Civil War novels
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: This award is named after Jeff Shaara's father, Pulitzer
prize-winning author of the Civil War novel, The Killer Angels,
basis for the movie Gettysburg. The United States Civil War
Center encourages fresh approaches to Civil War fiction. The
Killer Angels and Gods and Generals are examples of Civil War
novels that take an unusual approach to the war: both are
psychological studies and both evenhandedly deal with both sides
of the conflict. Because of the balanced expression of Northern
and Southern perspectives by both authors, this award perfectly
mirrors the Center's mission. This award is made to the best
Civil War novel published each year. Publisher nominations are
preferred, but authors, critics, etc. may also nominate. Send 5
copies of the nominated work to the address below.

PRIZE: $2,500

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: United States Civil War Center, attention Leah W.
Jewett, Director, Louisiana State University, Raphael Semmes
Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70803

URL: http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/cwc/mshaara.htm

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          5th Annual Family History Writing Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2004
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: Category 1: 1,000-2,000 words; Category 2: 1,000-2,000
words; Category 3: 1,000 words or less

THEME: Sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society
(SCGS). Category 1: Unpublished family or local history articles,
character sketches or memoirs. Category 2: Previously published
family or local history articles, character sketches or memoirs.
Category 3: Articles of 1,000 words or less, published or
unpublished. All previously published entries must be accompanied
by the written permission of the publisher allowing article to be
reprinted by SCGS.

PRIZES: Category 1 & 2: 1st Prize: $250; 2nd Prize: $150; 3rd
Prize: $100
Category 3: 1st Prize: $150; 2nd Prize: $100; 3rd Prize: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

EMAIL: scgs"at"scgsgenealogy.com

ADDRESS: Southern California Genealogical Society, Attention:
Writing Contest, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, California 91504-2408

URL: http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/5thWC.htm

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            3L Short Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2004
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 5,000 words or less

THEME: Entries must be original, unpublished stories, any genre.
Since there is no entry fee for this contest, only one entry is
allowed per author.

PRIZE: $100

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes

EMAIL: sterling3l"at"yahoo.com

ADDRESS: Short Fiction Contest, c/o Jon and Steve, 429 Sterling
Place #3L, Brooklyn, NY 11238

URL: http://www.geocities.com/sterling3l/

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