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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Organizing and Maintaining Your Market Notes
            by Hasmita Chander
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Is Work Posted for Critique Considered
            "Published"? by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: How to Get Rejected in Five Simple Steps
            by Jill McDougall
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Say It Isn't So...
Is it possible that the year is nearly over?  That Christmas is
nearly upon us?  That this is, in fact, our last issue of 2004?
I won't ask where the time went.  I'm too busy wondering how to
cram the last tasks of the year into its remaining weeks -- and
whether I can find a way to make 2005 seem just a little less

This will be an interesting Christmas, as it will be our first
year without Pat's father.  But he will be with us in memory --
particularly as I keep reminding myself of his words nearly 20
years ago, the FIRST time I played "host" to the family: "Don't
overdo it!"  Somehow he guessed that, as the new bride in the
family, I would be trying to get everything just right, and
stressing myself out in the process.  My mother-in-law remembers
him pacing around the house, and finally stopping in the kitchen
doorway to tell her, "I'm going to call them..."  It was a much-
needed reminder that while cookies and decorations and gifts and
great food are nice, they aren't why we gather together for the
holidays.  They're just the trimmings, the "gravy" -- and if we
go crazy focusing on the gravy, it's easy to be too stressed to
enjoy the important things.

Don't get me wrong; I love the gravy.  I love things that glitter
and sparkle and twinkle.  I love the smells of Christmas
(artificial trees just aren't the same...).  I love seeing a pile
of tempting packages under the tree (and one way I avoid holiday
stress is to get my shopping done EARLY!).  And I have long since
learned that Atkins and holidays just do NOT go together; I am
not giving up my traditional molasses cookies and home-baked
pumpkin pie for the sake of a few carbs.  I just have to remember
to find time to just sit down, with a plate of those cookies in
hand, and ENJOY the sparkle and glitter!

So this year, my wish is that you will all find time to focus on
whatever (and whoever) is most important to YOU during the
holidays.  Whatever your reason for the season, may you feel
enriched by that reason, rather than stressed and drained by all
the "trimmings."

Moving on to 2005...
While you're relaxing with your cookies and cocoa, we'd like to
ask you to take a moment to cast your mind ahead to 2005.  What
"New Year's Resolutions" are you contemplating as a writer?  What
steps would you like to take to improve your writing, your sales,
or the quality of your life as a writer?  If you have a "Writer's
Resolution" to share, send it to us by January 2, and we'll
publish the best, most inspiring, most interesting, most...
whatever... in our first issue of the New Year.  Please e-mail
your resolutions to editors"at"writing-world.com, with the word
"RESOLUTIONS" in the subject line.  (To get a glimpse of what
I'll be up to in 2005, see the "Call for Submissions" in the
Markets section!)

See you in 2005!

                                          -- Moira Allen, Editor


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Writers Guild members approve contract
On November 23, members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA)
approved their new industry contract, endorsing a strategy that
emphasized the health plan over the issue of DVD residuals. The
membership of the WGA West and WGA East voted 74% in favor to
accept the 3-year Minimum Basic Agreement with the Alliance of
Motion Picture & Television Producers, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. The
contract, estimated to be worth $58 million, took effect
retroactively November 1. "We were able to get a very good deal
that addresses all of our health care needs in spite of the
spiral of inflation," WGA West president Daniel Petrie Jr. said.
"Members recognized that in spite of things like DVD residuals --
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Audiobook sales on the rise
According to an Audio Publishers Association sales survey of its
members, the audiobook industry has seen significant growth in
retail, wholesale, and library sales. Data included statistics
for 2001-2003, and showed a 14% increase in both retail and
wholesale sales and a 7% increase for library sales. Overall
sales growth from 2002 to 2003, was up 5.1%. Factoring in sales
from non-reporting members and non-members, the APA estimates the
size of the audiobook market at $800 million. Issues of note in
the survey include the rise of the CD format and the explosion of
sales for digital downloads.

Blog is word of the year
According to Merriam-Webster, blog is the word of the year.
Contrary to popular belief, some of the most popular blogs are
not written by Jane or John Doe, but by experts, insiders,
journalists and top writers. Tom Watson, "at"NY co-founder and
blogger, told InternetNews.com: "There is one myth I'd like to
debunk -- that blogs are somehow pure citizens' media, a bunch of
average Joes posting their hopes and dreams. That's a crock. The
best-trafficked blogs are written by pros -- journalists,
political operatives, consultants and the like -- not by Jane Q.

Blogs are effective book marketing strategy
According to Kelly Leonard, Executive Director of Online
Marketing at Time Warner Book Group: "A positive review or
mention posted by a trusted, reputable blogger can be just as
valuable in creating word-of-mouth for a book as traditional
media. Since book publishers have much smaller marketing budgets
than the music and motion picture industry, we have to be
especially creative in finding ways to communicate news of a new
book or author that cuts through the noise of competing for
consumers' attention. Establishing relationships with bloggers
who are mavens, who reach yet more mavens online, can be an
especially fruitful endeavor."


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                                               by Hasmita Chander

Are you a freelance writer? Then you must admit you're also a
juggler. As busy freelance writers, we juggle several tasks --
writing, rewriting, editing, re-slanting, reading the latest news
and information from writing-related magazines and newsletters,
checking out new markets, updating our files, and more.

It's easy to get confused or lost in this throng of activity --
especially about market information. If you're not satisfied with
your present filing system, maybe you could find something you
could adapt from other writers' methods.

Maintenance factor
One important thing to keep in mind while organizing your files
is the time involved. One new freelancer said, '[I keep] each
market as a separate folder in which I keep the guidelines and
some sample stories (I download samples from Web sites and then
copy-paste them into a Word file, adding on top of each, a word
count). In that market folder, I also keep a .doc file with a
"profile"--where I put in my comments on the language style, the
target audience, etc.' She maintains a paper file for print
publications with similar personal comments.

A few others, too, had such involved techniques to keep their
market files in order. While these are good methods, they demand
a lot of time and manual work. You may not be able to afford this
kind of time later when you're more established and busy with
deadlines and assignments, leading such a file system to become
disorderly. So think of a system that needs minimum effort from
you while giving you what you need at once.

Categorize into folders
Of all the methods that writers mentioned they used, this seems
to be one of the most convenient and efficient ones. Create
folders and sub-folders on your computer along these lines:

Markets --> Non-fiction --> Animals, Art, Business, Children's,
Computers, Essays, Family, General, Health, Humor, In-flight,
Travel, Women's

Similarly for fiction under the same Markets folder:

Markets --> Fiction --> Juvenile, Fantasy, General, Horror,
Mystery, Science fiction, Flash fiction, Twist-in-the-tail

Into each folder in the writing categories save the guidelines,
market notes, sample articles, stories, poetry or whatever you
would like to write for the publication.

You could make further sub-folders within the ones you work most
with. For example, if you specialize in Health topics, your
Health folder could have sub-folders for Diabetes, Heart,
Weight-loss, and so on.

Apart from the guidelines of the market, we also want to be able
to quickly know what kind of pay it offers. Some writers divide
each category folder into three -- High pay, Medium Pay, Low Pay,
and arrange the markets into these.

Others have sub-folders for the kind of rights they can sell:
First, Electronic, and Reprints.

I maintain one folder in each category called "Dead/No Response"
where I move any markets that go out of publication, don't
respond, or those that have been warned about (for non-payment,
misuse of rights, etc.). Instead of deleting these markets, I
keep them so that I don't waste time re-acquiring guidelines or
looking up the Web site when the publication is mentioned in a
newsletter or magazine.

Computer and paper combinations
You could use a combination of paper and computer, like many
writers do. Alfred PM, a technical writer from Bangalore, India,
said, "I have 3x5 index cards and I write the market name on the
top, market type (fiction, non-fiction) in brackets and then the
guidelines, contact info, payment etc. in the body of the card.
Most of them fit on the card if you write the important stuff."
He transfers most markets that he receives via e-mail to the
index cards as well.

Quite a few freelance writers use Microsoft Outlook Express to
organize their markets. Sharon Wren, a humor writer from
Illinois said, "I keep a separate folder in Outlook Express
labeled 'markets'. When I receive a market that looks promising,
I put it in the folder. I keep a hard copy folder of markets that
come from my writing lists and my hard copy market books are on
my desk."

Some writers use punch files or folders, labeled and
color-tabbed, to arrange the guidelines they receive on paper, or
print out the ones they get by e-mail. One of the advantages of
this type of filing system is that you can make notes on the
paper or jot down story ideas on a Post-it note and stick it on
the appropriate page. Marking the payment or rights purchased
information with a highlighter does away with the need for
further sub-categories.

Make a note, organize better
To reduce confusion in my markets folder on the computer, I type
the date and the name of the source from which I get a market
below the listing. It's a quick thing to do, and helps avoid the
waste of time involved in rechecking facts when I have two files
for the same market with contradictory information. It also helps
identify which resources provide the most useful, accurate and
updated information. Most of us subscribe to several free
newsletters that actually offer the same set of markets with a
few changes in the arrangement of facts. Save the repeated
reading time by eliminating a few of those subscriptions and
keeping only the most useful ones that you've thus identified.

Determining when we got a piece of market information is not
difficult -- right-click on the file and you see the Created and
Modified dates. However, writing down the date along with the
listing is useful in case of system crashes or other computer

Online databases
If you're subscribed to an online database like Wooden Horse
Publishing or Writersmarket.com, you may feel that you always
have the latest version of market information to refer to, but
this need not be the ultimate reference either. You may come
across a market listing once in a while that does not match the
guidelines in the database because of a delay in updating it. For
example, Writersmarket.com said (at the time of writing this
article) that Highlights for Children pays $100 and up for
fiction, but I received the latest guidelines card from the
magazine saying that they pay a minimum of $150 for fiction.

While these sites are valuable references for writers, it's
always better to have your own set of market files alongside, and
at least one good market book that you can refer to without
straining your eyes in front of a monitor. Just before sending
out a submission or query, verify the guidelines and contact
person's name from the publication itself.

You need to choose a method of filing that suits your way of
working. As Moira Allen, Editor of Writing-World.com, says,
"Organization isn't about neatness; it's about whatever works
best for the individual."

Paid market resources:
Absolute Markets
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with more than 20 pages of American and international markets.

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writers. Subscription $26 per year (Current special offer: $15).

Freelance Market News, UK
Monthly print newsletter. British and international markets,
contests and articles. Subscription 29 per year.

Freelance Writers' Report
Monthly print newsletter for established writers. Markets, tips,
short articles. Subscription $39 per year.

Wooden Horse Publishing
Online database with free newsletter on updates for established
writers. Subscription $0.42/day for a year, other options
available. Detailed markets, editorial calendars, reader

Total FundsforWriters
Biweekly electronic newsletter. Grants, fellowships, jobs,
markets, agents per issue. Subscription $12 per year.

Writelink, UK
Online newsletter and Web site with market information, articles,
competitions and more. Membership (15) lets you contribute work
and get paid for it.

Online database of market notes, agents, syndicates, articles,
writers' encyclopedia, submission tracking software. Subscription
$2.99 per month or $29.99 per year.

Writing World Market Guides
Collection of markets on various topics, $2.50 per guide.

Free market Resources:
Absolute Markets
Biweekly electronic newsletter. American and international.

Children's Writers Marketplace
Online monthly updates on markets for children's writers.

Fiction Factor - Fiction markets

Weekly electronic newsletter. Grants, fellowships, contests,
jobs, markets, agents.

Worldwide Freelance Writer, Hong Kong
Biweekly newsletter, site. Articles, international markets.

Writers Weekly
Weekly newsletter with jobs, markets, articles, warnings.

Writing Etc.
Biweekly newsletter with markets, articles.

Writing for Dollars
Biweekly electronic newsletter. Articles, markets.

Writing World
Biweekly electronic newsletter with articles, markets and more.


Hasmita Chander is a freelance writer from Bangalore, India. She
has had more than 100 articles and a dozen children's stories
published so far, in India and other countries. She has been a
contributing writer for Computers"at"Home magazine since 1999. She
runs a list for writers called Writing in India:

Copyright (c) 2004 by Hasmita Chander


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                                                   by Moira Allen

Is Work Posted for Critique Considered "Published"?

Q: I, and other visitors to a particular forum, would like to
know if written work posted for critique on the forum is
considered published.  We have heard that it is considered
published, and thus would present problems if submitted for
publication.  Please clarify this, as some of us are very
hesitant to post our work for critique because of this

A: The general "wisdom" is that work that is presented in a
critique forum or writer's workshop, whether handled by e-mail or
posted online, is NOT considered published.  Generally, such a
forum is not considered a "publication" in the sense that it is
being made available to an audience of the general public.  It is
understood that the purpose of a critique forum is to gather
feedback on a work in progress, and that the material presented
thereon is not necessarily considered "finished" and is not being
posted for the entertainment of the general public.

I know there is a lot of concern about the idea that ANYTHING
posted ANYWHERE on the Web can be considered "published," but
again, most editors understand the distinction between a critique
group and an actual publication, such as an ezine.  However, this
distinction may NOT apply to work that you publish on your
personal website -- many editors WILL treat this as "published"
-- so it's never a good idea to post your unpublished works on
your own site. (Wait until you've published them, then post them
as reprints if you have the rights to do so.)

I have not heard (yet) of a story being rejected by an editor
because it was previously posted to a critique group.  Further,
keep in mind that editors don't know where something has been
unless you tell them -- and I simply wouldn't mention the
workshop when submitting material for consideration.


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
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Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen


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JUST FOR FUN: How to get REJECTED in Five Simple Steps
                                                by Jill McDougall

Ever wondered how you could catapult your masterpiece out of the
slush pile? And straight into the shredding machine? Wonder no

Simple Step 1: Make friends with the adjective
To get your story across in a vibrant, colorful, lively,
imaginative, animated way out way, use adjectives and plenty of
them. If you can't find enough in the dictionary, make some up.

There is nothing worse than making the poor reader fill in the
missing details. Readers are worn-out unimaginative people who
prefer to exercise nothing more than their page-turning finger.
So! If your heroine in resting (nay, languishing) beneath a tree
-- hold it right there.

Have you described the tree in sufficient detail? How old is it?
What color are the branches? The leaves? Does the tree create
dappled or variegated shade? Does it seem to have a nutritional

Don't leave any detail unturned. After all, if your writing
career flounders, you could always get a job on a gardening

Simple Step 2: Make friends with the adverb
If you are to achieve success rapidly, speedily, breathlessly,
gustily -- your friend, "ly" is bound to be by your side. Or at
least by the side of all your verbs.

Let's say your heroine is languishing in the dappled shade of a
tree (a sturdy Granny Smith apple tree with gnarled knobbly bark
and a family of earwigs) and she is sighing.  Ask yourself: How
is she sighing? Sadly? Morbidly? Asthmatically?

Don't make your readers guess these important details. They're
paying you, remember?

Simple Step 3: Send out your masterpiece while it's hot
Have you ever tried eating cold, rubbery pizza? Not pleasant, is
it? Imagine how the editor feels when she's confronted with a
manuscript that's days -- even weeks -- old. Ugh! It may have
even attracted additional flavors that make it different from all
the other pizzas. Don't let this happen to your masterpiece.
Package it up while the ink is still wet and run like blazes to
the post office. Better still, catch a plane, boat or train and
deliver your manuscript in person. The editor will adore hearing
your historical saga read aloud.

Simple Step 4: Beware of stranger danger
Don't be a stranger to the editor. If you can't deliver your
blockbuster in person, then at least provide a comprehensive CV.
Every detail counts. You won the high school long jump in the
Over 25s? Well done. Put it in. Your poem on the Year Three
toilet wall was read by the School Principal, the Janitor, and
your Probation Officer? Excellent. The editor will realize you
are familiar with the pitfalls of fame. And the tall poppy

Simple Step 5: Catch the editor's eye
Q: What's the hardest thing about catching the editor's eye?
A: Getting someone to throw it to you.

But seriously, you want your international best seller to stand
out from the crowd, don't you? Of course you do. First print it
on colorful paper. You can get some eye-boggling fluorescent
colors these days. Now practice your origami skills. Let your
imagination run wild. How about a collection of zoo animals? Or a
pond theme with frogs, water lilies and graceful swans? This
fun-loving approach is bound to attract attention.

So there you are. If the thought of publication makes you cringe,
these simple guidelines will ensure eternal obscurity. Best of


Jill McDougall is a freelance writer dabbling in beach walks,
garden gazing, and elaborate vacuuming rituals. In spite of these
avoidance techniques, she has had over 70 fiction and nonfiction
works published, including many of the Sunsprouts reading books.
Her latest release is a zany children's book, "Seriously Alex!"

Copyright (c) 2004 by Jill McDougall



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Article to a Book Publisher; Great Christmas Books for Kids

Ask the Book Doctor, by Bobbie Christmas
Point of View, E-mail, and Ghostwriters

Imagination's Edge, by Paula Fleming
Acceptances, Rejections, Black Holes: Keeping Track of It All

The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
Pitching to a Network

Teaching Writing Online, by Moira Allen


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Call for Submissions:

Moira Allen, Editor
EMAIL: editors"at"writing-world.com
URL: http://www.timetravel-britain.com/adm/guidelines.shtml

If you're wondering what Writing-World.com's editor Moira Allen
is doing in 2005, the answer is: Launching a new e-zine.
TimeTravel-Britain.com is a combination of a travel e-zine and a
travel database.  The emphasis of the site is "historic
destinations."  We want every article on the site to give the
reader an idea of the history of the site or area being covered,
as well as a glimpse of what the visitor to that site can see
today.  Articles can approach topics from the historical side
(e.g., a historical overview of an event, along with a discussion
of locations associated with that event that a visitor can see
today), or from the travel side (focusing on a destination and
what one can see today, along with some background history on the
site).  The site is expected to "go live" in early spring 2005.
We're looking for a variety of travel features, including:

"All About the Town..."  Historic highlights of a specific town
in England.  The article should begin with an overview of the
town as a whole (e.g., what makes this town interesting
historically and as a travel destination?), and discussions of
several key sites within the town, such as historic houses, the
best museums, etc. Query first to make sure the town hasn't
already been covered.  2000-3000 words, $200-$300.

"Destination Feature."  Focuses on a particular "must-see" single
historic destination.  The destination could be a single stop or
(like Hadrian's Wall) include multiple stops. 1500-2000 words,

"Miscellaneous Feature." This could include profiles of
artisans/crafters involved in a historic craft; "hands-on" travel
such as participating in an archaeological dig; round-ups of
"best" destinations (such as best haunted inns), seasonal
articles (where to experience a Victorian Christmas), etc.
1500-2000 words, $100-$200.

"Worth a Stop."  Short features on destinations that may not
merit full-length coverage -- e.g., a place you'd visit if you're
in the area, but might not drive out to see all by itself.
500-1000 words, $50.

"Short Miscellany."  Short features on interesting, quirky,
unusual topics.  This section could include articles on food,
recipes, costumes, crafts, recent historical/archaeological
discoveries, etc. 500-1000 words, $50.

We're also interested in column proposals.  Columns will
initially run bimonthly; pay is $100 per column.

Photos are strongly recommended.  Please see our online
guidelines for more details.

LENGTH: See above.
PAYMENT: See above.
RIGHTS: First electronic rights; exclusive electronic rights for
three months after publication; nonexclusive archival rights
REPRINTS: Yes, PLEASE. Pays $25-$100 for reprints.
SUBMISSIONS: Submit query or complete manuscript by e-mail to
editors"at"writing-world.com.  If photos are available, submit 1-3
low-resolution sample jpgs as attachments; do NOT attach large
photo files.
GUIDELINES: http://www.timetravel-britain.com/adm/guidelines.shtml


Peter Burtis, Editor
PO Box 1029, Inervale, NH 03845-1029
EMAIL: fictionquery"at"shadowsofsaturn.com
URL: http://www.shadowsofsaturn.com

Shadows of Saturn is a free, bimonthly online magazine dedicated
to dark science fiction, fantasy, and slipstream stories with
horror elements. The ideal story, above all, sets a dark mood. It
uses the tools of its genre to weave a tale that ultimately
evokes terror or pity, or that leaves the reader feeling uneasy.
(This does not necessarily preclude stories that use humor, nor
stories that end with hope instead of despair.) Strong plotting
and well-developed characters are very important to us. Prose
should be literate, but not convoluted. The horror we are
interested in is psychological -- stories with hacking, slashing,
blood, guts, and/or gore will be a very hard sell. We are very
interested in story-length poetry. For nonfiction, please send a
query letter outlining the article and listing a few (preferably
online) credits to: articlequery"at"shadowsofsaturn.com. Publication
debuts: April 2005

LENGTH: Fiction: 2,000-4,500 words, will consider any length from
flash to novella
PAYMENT: Fiction: 5 cents/word up to 5,000 words; $250 flat rate
over 5,000 words; Poetry: $25; more than 500 words pays 5
cents/word; Nonfiction: $40
RIGHTS: First, English-language rights, and right to publish
exclusively for 6 months
SUBMISSIONS: Submit by mail to the address above, include: ATTN:
GUIDELINES: http://www.shadowsofsaturn.com/static/guidelines.html


Kim Guarnaccia, Editor
1450 Barnum Avenue, Suite 207, Bridgeport, CT 06610
EMAIL: editor"at"renaissancemagazine.com
URL: http://www.renaissancemagazine.com

Renaissance Magazine accepts unsolicited manuscripts related to
the Renaissance and Middle Ages, including but not limited to:
historical articles, martial arts, travel, interviews with
artisans, articles on the SCA and related re-enactment groups,
dragons, etc. Before pursuing any article listed, please query
first, to make sure that your topic of choice has not already
been reserved for another writer. We also accept unsolicited
reviews of renaissance and medieval-related books, including
fiction and non-fiction.

LENGTH: 3,000 words or less
PAYMENT: 8 cents/word
SUBMISSIONS: By email as an attached .txt file or text in body of
GUIDELINES: http://www.renaissancemagazine.com/subguide.html


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.


        PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship

DEADLINE: January 7, 2005
GENRE: Fiction

OPEN TO: Writer of children's or young adult fiction in financial
need, who has published at least two books, and no more than
five, during the past ten years, which may have been well
reviewed and warmly received by literary critics, but which have
not generated sufficient income to support the author.

LENGTH: No word length requirement

THEME: The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship is
offered annually to an author of children's or young-adult
fiction. The Fellowship responds to the need for a measure of
financial sustenance which can make possible an extended period
of time to complete a book length work in progress, and to assist
a writer at a crucial moment in his or her career when monetary
support is particularly needed. Writers must be nominated by an
editor or a fellow writer.

PRIZE: $5,000


ADDRESS: PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, PEN
American Center, 588 Broadway, Suite 303, New York, NY 10012

EMAIL: awards"at"pen.org
URL: http://pen.org/awards/naylor.htm


          Levis Reading Prize

DEADLINE: January 15, 2005
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: Book of poetry published in 2004
LENGTH: 48 pages or more

THEME: In memory of distinguished poet Larry Levis, the English
Department at Virginia Commonwealth University aims to encourage
poets early in their careers by sponsoring an award for the best
first or second book of poetry.

PRIZE: $1,000 and expenses paid to Richmond, VA to present a
public reading in September 2005.


ADDRESS: Levis Reading Prize, VCU Department of English, PO Box
842005, Richmond, VA 23284-2005

EMAIL: jalodge"at"vcu.edu
URL: http://www.has.vcu.edu/eng/resources/levis_prize.htm


           2004 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize

DEADLINE: January 15, 2005
GENRE: Louisiana history
OPEN TO: Works published between January 1 and December 31, 2004
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: Since 1974, the Historic New Orleans Collection and the
Louisiana Historical Association have offered prizes to encourage
excellence in research and writing about Louisiana history.
Submit 4 copies of work and 4 copies of nomination form printed
from web site: http://www.hnoc.org/2004Entry.htm

PRIZE: $1,500 and engraved plaque


ADDRESS: Chair, Kemper and Leila Williams Prize, Historic New
Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-2179

URL: http://www.hnoc.org


           Summerfield G. Roberts Award

DEADLINE: January 15, 2005
OPEN TO: Creative writing written or published in 2003
LENGTH: No word limit

THEME: The purpose of this award is to encourage literary effort
and research about historical events and personalities during the
days of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1846, and to stimulate
interest in this period. The judges determine which entry best
portrays the spirit, character, strength, and deeds of those who
lived in the Republic of Texas.

PRIZE: $2,500


ADDRESS: SRT Headquarters, 1717 Eighth Street, Bay City,
Texas 77414

EMAIL: srttexas"at"srttexas.org
URL: http://www.srttexas.org/sumfield.html


          Amy Writing Awards

DEADLINE: January 31, 2005
GENRE: Biblical nonfiction

OPEN TO: To be eligible, the article must have been published in
a secular, non-religious publication in calendar year 2004.

LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: The Amy Foundation Writing Awards program is designed to
recognize creative, skillful writing that presents in a
sensitive, thought-provoking manner the biblical position on
issues affecting the world today. Articles must be reinforced
with at least one passage of scripture.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $10,000; 2nd Prize: $5,000; 3rd Prize: $4,000;
4th Prize: $3,000; 5th Prize: $2,000; 10 Finalist Prizes: $1,000


ADDRESS: The Amy Foundation Writing Awards, PO Box 16091, Lansing,
MI 48901-6091

EMAIL: Online inquiries: http://www.amyfound.org/order.html
URL: http://www.amyfound.org/awa.html


           Caine Prize for African Writing

DEADLINE: January 31, 2005
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: African writers
LENGTH: 3,000-10,000 words

THEME: The Prize is awarded to a short story by an African writer
published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. An African
writer is someone who was born in Africa, or who is a national of
an African country, or whose parents are African, and whose work
has reflected African sensibilities. Works not eligible for entry
include stories for children, factual writing, plays, biography,
works shorter than 3000 words and unpublished work. Works
translated into English from other languages are included,
provided they have been published in translation, and should such
a work win, a portion of the prize would be awarded to the
translator. Submissions should be made by publishers, in the form
of 12 original published copies of the work for consideration.

PRIZES: $15,000 for the winning author, and a travel award for
each of the short-listed candidates


ADDRESS: The Caine Prize for African Writing, 48 Edwardes Square,
London W8 6HH, UK

EMAIL: info"at"caineprize.com
URL: http://www.caineprize.com/rules.htm


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