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         From the Editor's Desk
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Help! Someone Stole My Article!
            What to Do When It Happens to You, by Moira Allen
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Was it ethical to offer my article to a
            competing publication? by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Happy New Year!?
It seems a bit frivolous to start this newsletter with the wish
that you all had a wonderful holiday.  We have many readers in
Asia -- especially India -- and I pray that none of them have
been adversely affected by the tsunami or earthquake. If you're
a reader from that area, please drop us a line to let us know
you're OK, or to share your experiences.

Major disasters tend to put minor flubs in perspective.  However,
we're glad to be here (in the virtual sense), since a flub at
the end of 2004 could have changed that: I forgot to renew the
Writing-World.com domain!  On Christmas Eve I tried to check
e-mail for the first time in three days, and couldn't reach the
site.  I assumed the server was down (it happens) -- but all my
other sites were fine.  Finally a niggling voice nudged me to
check the registry (where I had forgotten to update my e-mail
address).  Sure enough, the domain had expired on the 23rd.  I
spent a nail-biting weekend waiting for the renewal to "take",
which it did late on Monday.  So if you sent an e-mail to
"editors AT writing-world.com" between December 23 and 27, it
never got through.

Thus, one of my New Year's resolutions is to "get caught up!"
Christmas (and visitors) has a way of putting everything else on
hold, which is great, until you come back to your desk and
realize how many things have stacked up in your absence.  Plus
there are all the "end of the month" things to tackle, along with
the "end of the year" things that come with running a business
(like cleaning out 2004 files to make room for 2005).  The new
year is all of six days old, and I feel like I'm a month behind.
You'll note that this newsletter is a day late...

Which leads into the next topic -- YOUR New Year's resolutions. I
asked for readers to contribute their writing-related resolutions
for this first issue of 2005.  Apparently most readers were
either too busy writing (or possibly partying), for we only got a
total of nine responses; here they are!

In 2005, I Resolve...
"To always ask for more pay when the opportunity arises.  I hate
doing anything that can be construed as pushy, but when I
realized I had more articles published this year than any other
but took in less money than I did last year, I knew something had
to change!"  -- P. Henderson

"Not to freelance for new magazines!  There are too many folks
who think they can launch a publication and worry about investors
after the fact.  Being burned by several variations of 'Love your
work, plan to pay you, just can't right now' has been a valuable
if painful lesson."  - M. Collins

"To gain and grow confidence in my writing by writing
intentionally every day and also remembering the successes that
began in late 2004.  I will grow this confidence by praying to
God for guidance on what to write and how to write it.  One year
from now, if someone asks me what I do, my goal is to look them
in the eye and say, 'I am a writer.'  More than that, I want to
believe it and be living it."  - J. Booher

"To quit talking about the book I want to write and just write
the flippin' thing."  - B. Annino

"To listen to more Celtic music while drinking chai, because
listening and sipping does something wonderful for me.  It
actually gets me to spend quality time at the computer doing what
I can so easily neglect to do -- write.  I resolve to write more
and check e-mail less.  Therefore, when messages from fellow
writers flood my inbox with their good news, I won't be as
envious, because hopefully I will have produced much worthy of
publication." - A. Wisler

"To get published. I have been afraid of rejection. But my goal,
for the coming year, is to dive into the world of writing and get
my voice heard. I will not be afraid of rejection in 2005. I will
do everything in my power to get out there and get published.
It's a goal that I will pursue until I am in the wonderful world
of writing." - A. Hughes

"Resolved I will: 1. Spend less time reading and writing emails.
More time writing publishable words. 2. Send at least one query a
week. 3. Finally complete and SUBMIT a fiction work that has been
'in progress' for four years." - C. Arrington

"The year 2005 will be the year that I transform into a
published, profitable writer. My resolution is simply stated, but
what it really means is that I will be self-sufficient and not
requiring a disability income. It means that despite my illness,
my dreams will come true. I can utilize my other talents to
inspire and uplift others by showing that illness isn't the end,
but a new beginning for me." - J. Stonehocker

And finally, I leave you with this excellent advice from Terri

"Following is the format I use every new year to commit my dreams
to paper. I like my system because it seems to mesh personal,
business and family goals nicely and effectively. I can't take
credit for the questions; they are from the book 'The Language of
Letting Go,' by Melody Beattie.

"What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What
would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to
attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you
like have happen to you? What blocks or character defects would
you liked removed?

"What would you like to attain -- both little things and big
things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have
happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen
in your family life?

"What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would
you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?

"What would you like to see happen inside and around you?

"By answering these questions with your writing career, family and
personal needs always in mind, you can ensure each of your goals
complements the others and that your dreams are balanced and
attainable. Believe me, it works."

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May 2005 be the year YOUR writing dreams come true!

                                          -- Moira Allen, Editor


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Postal Rates to Remain Stable; UPS and FedEx Rates Rise
Due to increased profits in 2004, the U.S. Post Office is not
expected to raise its rates until 2006.  It is also offering a
new Flat Rate Priority Box, available in two sizes, for $7.70.
This box is ideal for shipping heavy items (such as books), for
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shipments for UPS and FedEx increased an average of 2.9% on
January 3, and a fuel surcharge (which was suspended last year)
will also be implemented.  This charge will be based on the fuel
index and vary from week to week.

ISBN will change in two years
Beginning on January 1, 2007, ISBN agencies all over the world
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published hardback non-fiction book. The interview program will
be hosted by a different person every week. The guest host will
have some knowledge, background, or connection to the subject
matter of the book. The program debuted on January 2. For more
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OFAC relaxes restrictions but lawsuit persists
On December 15, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign
Assets Control (OFAC) reversed a controversial prohibition
that prevented American authors and publishers from collaborating
with or editing the manuscripts of citizens in trade-embargoed
countries.  The prohibition, issued in September 2003, led a
coalition of publishers to file a lawsuit against OFAC.  The
prohibition did not prevent publishers from PUBLISHING materials
from embargoed countries, but did prevent collaboration and
editing, as these actions were regarded as "improving" materials
and thus "providing aid" to the embargoed country.  The revised
regulations allow American companies to perform "all transactions
necessary and ordinarily incident to the publishing and marketing of
manuscripts, books, journals, and newspapers in paper or
electronic format" from countries that are otherwise under
economic sanctions. A previous OFAC regulation had prevented
publishers from EDITING materials from embargoed countries
(though not from actually publishing the materials), because
editing is considered "improving" the material and thus
providing aid to the embargoed country. In issuing the
reversal, the Treasury department said it was acting "to
further promote the free flow of information around the
world and to ensure the voices of dissidents and others living
in Cuba, Iran and Sudan are heard."  The revision permits
"substantive editing and marketing of written materials,
collaborations between authors, and the payment of advances and
royalties." However, attorneys for the publishers have not yet
dropped the lawsuit, maintaining that the OFAC has no authority
to regulate the publication of informational materials at all.
More info: http://www.biomedcentral.com/news/20041216/02

Google Print partners with libraries
Google is working closely with five new content partners on a
massive scanning project that will bring millions of volumes of
printed books into the Google Print database. Libraries at the
University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University,
Oxford University, and the New York Public Library are digitizing
books in their collections and make them accessible via Google
Print. Google Print was expanded in October and allows publishers
to make scanned copies of books available through Google, though
printing will be disabled when viewing this content. All books
will be scanned by Google, in many cases on-site. Product Manager
Adam Smith said, "[The] parties will work conservatively within
the laws of copyright." For more information:

Internet Archive will offer alternative to Google Print
Ten major international libraries will combine their digitized
book collections into a free text-based archive hosted online by
the not-for-profit Internet Archive. The libraries include:
Carnegie Mellon University library; Library of Congress' Million
Book Project and American Memory Projects; Canadian universities
of Toronto, Ottawa and McMaster; China's Zhejiang University, the
Indian Institute of Science; the European Archives; and
Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. In a statement, the Internet
Archive describes the Text Archive as an Open Access archive that
will "ensure permanent and public access to our published
heritage". Over a million books have been committed to the Text
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                                                   by Moira Allen

Imagine that you're surfing the Web, researching your next
article. You come across an interesting Web site, where you find
an article that looks tantalizingly familiar. You read a
paragraph or two -- and realize that the reason that it looks so
familiar is because you wrote it! So why is it on someone else's
Web site, under someone else's name?

Sadly, incidences of online copyright infringement seem to be
growing more and more common.  Following are just a few of the
incidents I've encountered in the last year:

* A pet writer finds her article posted on a pet-related Web site
without permission. The site owner claims that it's "OK" to post
such material as long as credit is given to the author, and
refuses to remove it.

* A writer discovers that an article she sold to an e-zine is now
included in a professor's online course materials, without
attribution. Further investigation determines that the professor
has posted several articles taken from other authors' Web sites
in his materials, without permission, attribution or copyright

* A writer's article is published in an e-mail newsletter. A few
months later, she sees the same article in another e-mail
newsletter, under another byline.

* An editor receives an article submission that seems just too
good to be true. A Web search confirms that it is, in fact,
cobbled together from three published articles by three separate
authors, and submitted under a new name and title.

If you discover that your work has been stolen, your first
question is likely to be, "What can I do?" The answer is often
"it depends."

Defining Copyright Infringement
The Rainwater Press glossary of publishing terms defines
copyright infringement as "When another party besides the
copyright owner reproduces a copyrighted work, in whole or in
part, without the copyright owner's permission." Another type of
infringement is plagiarism, which Seattle Central Community College
defines as "Using another author's ideas or words without proper
documentation; representing someone else's creative work (ideas,
words, images, etc.) as one's own, whether intentional or not."
While the first example above is a case of unauthorized
reproduction, the other three examples are all cases of

Some cases of copyright infringement are unintentional. Many are
the result of ignorance on the part of what I call "clueless
copiers." Often, these infringers are not even writers, and may
have only the vaguest notion of what copyright means. Many
mistakenly believe that anything posted on the Web is free to be
used or passed on (e.g., by e-mail). This category of infringer
includes many well-meaning Web hosts whose goal is to pass on
useful information, and don't realize that they need to ask
permission before doing so. (In fact, many are convinced that
they are actually doing authors a favor by posting their

Conversely, it is difficult to believe that many incidents of
plagiarism are "unintentional," let alone well-meaning. It is
difficult to imagine, for example, that a university professor
could be completely unaware of the definition of plagiarism, and
thus (as he claimed) have no idea that he was doing anything
wrong by copying articles from other Web sites, removing the
authors' bylines, and incorporating those articles into his own
material. Nor can one take seriously the outraged cries of
innocence from the woman who copied an article from one e-mail
newsletter and submitted it to another under her own name, or the
man who cobbled together an article from three published pieces
by three separate authors and submitted it as his own.

It can help to recognize what type of infringer you are
dealing with when you discover that your work has been "stolen."
If you are dealing with a "clueless copier" who honestly doesn't
realize that it's wrong to post someone else's material without
permission, your chances of working out a solution with that
individual are often fairly high. (Even clueless copiers can
prove unreasonable, however, as the pet writer discovered in her
attempts to persuade an infringing Web host to remove her
material.) If, however, you are dealing with someone who
knowingly passes off someone else's work as their own, your
chances of persuading that person to acknowledge the theft or
compensate you for the infringement are extremely slim without
actual legal action.

Before You Act
When one discovers an unauthorized use of one's material, one's
first impulse is often to fire off a furious letter to the
infringer. Before doing so, however, it's a good idea to stop,
take a deep breath, and analyze the situation more carefully.
Take the time to review your options and develop a plan.

First, check your contracts. Make sure that the use of the
material really is unauthorized -- i.e., that no one else had the
right to authorize that use. If you have sold all rights to your
material, or if you have granted a publication "nonexclusive
electronic distribution rights," then it is possible that the
"infringer" could have obtained permission from your publisher.
Check with the publisher first to make sure that this is not the
case. If you have transferred your copyright entirely (e.g.,
through a work-for-hire agreement), then you should contact the
publisher of the work, as the infringement is against the
copyright holder rather than the author.

Next, check your reprint records. I've known more than one author
who has angrily accused a Web host of copyright infringement --
only to discover that they had, in fact, authorized the use a
couple of years earlier and either forgotten about it or lost
track of the correspondence. So unless you have a firm policy of
never authorizing that type of use, check your files!

If the infringement is actual plagiarism, start gathering any
records that will help you prove your claim to the material, such
as contracts, editorial correspondence, manuscript files,
published clips, or dated printouts of the material if it
appeared online. Since most online plagiarism involves the theft
of published material, your best claim is to be able to prove
that the material was originally published under your name.

Another step you may wish to take is to search the infringer's
Web site for other stolen material. If the infringer is removing
bylines or passing off stolen material as his or her own, try
running a search on a distinctive phrase or two from other
articles on the site. Chances are, you'll turn up the original.
Make contact with the authors of the infringed material; they
will be glad to know about the infringement, and often willing to
help in your campaign to end the infringement. There is strength
in numbers!

Finally, before you contact the infringer, make a record of the
infringement itself. Print out copies of the infringed material,
and make sure that your printer is set up to show the date on
which the material was printed and the URL of the Web site. More
than once, infringing material has simply "disappeared" as soon
as the author makes contact.

Taking Action
Only the actual copyright holder can initiate an action against a
copyright infringement. Your editor can't do it for you. It's up
to you to make contact, and to state your demands.

First, decide what, exactly, you wish to accomplish. Do you wish
to have the material removed from the infringer's site? Are you
willing to allow the material to remain where it is as long as
you're given proper attribution? Or do you wish to be paid for
the use of the material?

You must also determine how far you are willing to go to achieve
your goals. If the infringer refuses to accede to your request,
how much time and effort are you willing to invest in the battle
to come? If the only means of accomplishing your goal is to take
the infringer to court, are you honestly prepared to pay the cost
of such an action?

The first person you should contact about an infringement should
be, if at all possible, the infringer. If, for example, your goal
is to have a Web host remove your material from his site, you
should first contact that person directly with your request.
Copyright lawyer Charles Petit offers several sample
infringement-notification letters in his article, "Protecting
Your Work Against Electronic Pirates." In many cases, this is all
that is necessary to resolve the issue.

If you are unable to locate contact information for the
infringer, or if the infringer does not respond or accede to your
request, you'll need to take matters a step farther. In the case
of the plagiarizing professor, for example, the authors contacted
the professor's department chair. If your material has been
published under another name, contact the editor of the
publication. Most editors will be horrified to learn that they
have published plagiarized material, and will be more than happy
to remove it. Some may even offer compensation to the original
author. More importantly, this serves to notify the editor that
they are dealing with a plagiarist -- which will generally ensure
that at the very least, the infringer will never be able to
publish anything else in that venue!

If you cannot locate a "higher authority" to help you, the next
step is to contact the ISP that hosts the infringing Web site.
Under the terms of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, ISPs are
required to remove material if they are notified that the
material infringes upon someone's copyright. The infringement
does not have to be "proven" (e.g., in court); the statement by
the author that the material is an infringement is sufficient.
Petit notes that "The notice of infringement ... makes the ISP
responsible once notified of the infringement in writing, and is
signed 'under penalty of perjury.'"

If you are unable to obtain satisfaction by contacting the
infringer, contacting someone in authority over the infringer, or
contacting the infringer's ISP, then often the only recourse left
is legal action. However, many would say that the time to consult
a lawyer is not when all other options have failed -- but before
you even begin to attempt to deal with a copyright infringement.
Unfortunately, for many authors this option often appears too
intimidating or too expensive -- which is, perhaps, why so many
pirates still sail the electronic seas!

DISCLAIMER: This column should not be considered legal advice or
as a substitute for legal advice. The best place to get
information on how to deal with a copyright infringement is from
a copyright lawyer.

For More Information:
Protecting Your Work Against Electronic Pirates, by Charles Petit

Protect Your Work from Plagiarism, by Moira Allen

Copyright Lawyers

Voluntary Lawyers for the Arts

Do We Need to Copyright Our Works?

Is Your Work on the Web?

Rainwater Press glossary of publishing terms

Seattle Central Community College Glossary


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) 2005 by Moira Allen


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                                                   by Moira Allen

Was It Ethical to Offer My Article to a Competing Publication?

Q: I recently moved into an editorial position with a regional
parenting publication.  I would, however, like to freelance in my
spare time, and recently sent an article to a competing
publication (about 1/3 of our readers read their publication as
well), because it had a very "local" slant that would fit
perfectly with the other publication. Word got out, and my
publishing editor is terribly upset.  She is very upset that my
name is going to appear in a competing publication.  So my
question is: What is the "code of ethics" when dealing with
regional publications?  Should I withdraw my article and tell
them it is a conflict of interest?  Or should I let it ride and
let my editor forget about it over time? I am trying to establish
my portfolio and get other material published to add some
credibility to my name.  I never thought it would cause this much
trouble.  The other publication doesn't seem bothered.  Was it
wrong of me, ethically, to offer my article to another
publication where the same readers would see my name?  What if I
just use my first initial and last name?  What options do I have?

A: This is always a tough issue.  Some publications don't even
want their writers to write for competing publications, but they
have less control over freelancers.  However, you're not just a
freelancer or contributor to the publication, you're an editor.
You have a formal relationship with this publication.

Some editors feel that you are "supporting" the competition by
giving it the benefit of your work and your name. If, for
example, your name has become known in the field through
Publication A, and you then "lend" that name to Publication B by
selling them an article, in a sense you're giving Publication B
an advantage gained from Publication A.

My own feeling as an editor is that the more widely a writer's
name appears, the more popular that writer will become -- and
thus, the better draw that writer will be in MY publication.
Also, this sort of restriction ends up cutting off valuable
markets for a writer -- which means that having a "formal
relationship" with a single publication can end up costing a
writer more than it benefits.

However, that's MY position -- and unfortunately, most of the
publications I've dealt with don't share it. So it's safe to
assume that your editor is NOT going to be happy about the matter
or forget it. It may blow over, but you will certainly be advised
never to do it again. So that leaves you with some choices.

First, you have to decide which is more valuable to your career:
Your relationship with the current publication, or the potential
to be published in other, competing publications. Again, your
"formal relationship" with Publication A could actually end up
costing you money, if you can't sell material elsewhere.
Conversely, is the ability to sell to any market you want going
to be worth giving up the market that you have, and the potential
for advancement within that publication?

If you decide that you don't want to lose the relationship that
you have, then you have a couple of choices. One is to simply not
submit material to competing publications -- but be sure that you
have a precise definition from your publisher as to what those
publications are! The other is to use a pseudonym. This is a bit
sneaky -- but many authors consider it a justifiable alternative
to sacrificing a significant amount of potential income. You can
put both names on your publications list, so that when you market
to other publications in the future, you can tell them that you
have been published as "Author A" and "Author B." The risk, of
course, is that your alternate identity could STILL get back to
Publisher A. You could also ask Publisher A if she has a problem
with you writing under a pseudonym for other publications.

Again, this is a tough situation, and there aren't always good
answers. It depends on what avenue is going to be the most
beneficial for you in the long term. Sometimes, loyalty to one
publication pays off down the road even if the immediate income
potential is less. But sometimes it doesn't; you never know!


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) 2005 by Moira Allen


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Jen Leo, Editor
Travelers' Tales, 330 Townsend St. #208, San Francisco, CA 94107
EMAIL: jen"at"jenleo.com
URL: http://travelerstales.com

Send your funny, bizarre, and embarrassing stories for possible
inclusion in The Thong Also Rises, Travelers' Tales' next women's
humor book. Jen Leo's recent book tour for Whose Panties Are
These? proved that the thirst for women's humor has not been
slaked. So let's go, chica, get crazy. We know you're funny, now
it's time to share Your Stupidest Travel Moment. Estimated
release date is Fall 2005.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2005
LENGTH: No word length requirement
RIGHTS: Non-exclusive rights
SUBMISSIONS: By email to Jen Leo or to:
Attachments must be in MS Word or RTF format.
GUIDELINES: http://www.travelerstales.com/guidelines/


Armand Rosamilia, Publisher
Carnifex Press, PO Box 1686, Ormond Beach, FL 32175
EMAIL: Armand"at"CarnifexPress.com
URL: http://www.carnifex.com

The Clash Of Steel Book Two anthology's theme will be, simply
put, the best assassin stories we can find! We are looking for
Epic Fantasy settings only, no technology, no guns, no time
travel, no elves, dwarves, dragons or orcs once again. Think
Robert E. Howard, Fritz Lieber, George R.R. Martin, R.A.
Salvatore, et al.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2005
LENGTH: 2,000-5,000 words
PAYMENT: 3 cents/word
SUBMISSIONS: Word attachment or in body of email, or by mail.
GUIDELINES: http://www.carnifexpress.com/Future.html


Holly MacArthur, Managing Editor
PO Box 10500, Portland, OR 97210
URL: http://www.tinhouse.com

We publish fiction, essays, and poetry, but please do not mix
genres in one envelope. We are not interested in genre fiction.
We suggest you look at an issue of Tin House before submitting
your work. With few exceptions, we print only work that has not
been published previously. Our reading period for all genres is
September through May. Any submissions received during the summer
will be returned to sender. Please submit one story, or up to 5
poems, at a time.

LENGTH: No word length requirements
PAYMENT: Poetry: $50 minimum; Fiction & nonfiction: $200 minimum;
Lost & Found: $150
RIGHTS: First Serial Rights; non-exclusive, one-time anthology
rights; and the right to run a portion of the story or the full
poem on our web site
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only
GUIDELINES: http://www.tinhouse.com/general_info/submission.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.


          Calling all Saints and Sinners Contest

DEADLINE: January 19, 2005
GENRE: Poetry or prose (fiction/creative non-fiction)
LENGTH: 8-800 words

THEME: We want the stories from your strolls through the garden
of Good and Evil. Wickedness encouraged.

PRIZE: $100, plus Publication in Maisonneuve No. 14 and a year's


ADDRESS: Maisonneuve, Attn: Saints and Sinners, 400 de Maisonneuve
West, Suite 655, Montreal, QC, H3A 1L4 CANADA

EMAIL: submissions"at"maisonneuve.or
URL: http://maisonneuve.org/page.php?pagename=competitions


           2005 Shivering Short Story Contest

DEADLINE: February 1, 2005
GENRE: Short story
OPEN TO: 18 years and older
LENGTH: 3,500 words or less

THEME: Winter is here, the mercury is dropping, and our attention
has turned away from the hot beaches, sunny skies, and pool-side
sex of summer. What do horny folks do when the cold weather has
driven them indoors? Huddle around the fireplace? Try to make
skin-to-skin contact through five layers of wool? Or do they just
flop down in the snow and make a new kind of snow angel? Tell us
your stories of winter-time sex.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $250; 2nd Prize: $150; 3rd Prize: $75

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, must include entry text as posted in

EMAIL: contest"at"desdmona.com
URL: http://www.desdmona.com/contestsubmit.php?RoomID=31


          Erma Bombeck Writing Competition

DEADLINE: February 18, 2005
GENRE: Two categories: Humor; Human Interest
OPEN TO: Personal essay that is previously unpublished, or has
only been published since January 1, 2004
LENGTH: 450 words or less

THEME: Erma Bombeck inspired people worldwide with her columns
and books about life's trials and tribulations.  Her memory lives
on in this competition hosted annually by Washington-Centerville
Public Library and the University of Dayton. Visit our web site
for details.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $100 in each category:
Humor-National/International; Humor-Dayton, Ohio-area; Human
Interest-National/International; Human Interest-Dayton, Ohio-area

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, online entry only:

URL: http://www.wcpl.lib.oh.us/adults/erma.html


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