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Issue 5:20         15,300 subscribers          September 29, 2005
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         WRITER TO WRITER: What is the most helpful advice you
            ever received? by Peggy Tibbetts
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: What To Do When the Writing Motivation Wavers
            by Susan Miles
         FEATURE: How to Study a Magazine You've Never Seen,
            by Mridu Khullar
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How much control does a writer have?
            by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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To Blather or Not to Blather...
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When Peggy sent me this issue, she pointed out that it had "lots
of space," as our feature was fairly short.  So I thought, Hey,
as a cool bonus for our readers, let's throw in an extra article,
ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!

Oh.  Wait.  It's already free...

Actually, it was a great opportunity to squeeze in two short
articles rather than one long one.  And it also gives me a good
excuse NOT to blather too much in this issue's editorial, which
is good because (a) I can't think of anything useful to blather
about (no comments from those who feel this is a recurring
condition), and (b) it is finally cool enough here in Virginia
to enjoy my deck!

So I'm going to grab a cup of coffee and bask in the unusual
sensation of cool air generated by nature rather than my air
conditioner -- and leave you to enjoy our special free bonus
feature!

                                          -- Moira Allen, Editor

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WRITER TO WRITER:
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                           by Peggy Tibbetts (peggyt"at"siltnet.net)

What is the most helpful advice you ever received?
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When I was a young writer -- too many years ago than I care to
admit -- I was lucky enough to attend a 2-week workshop with the
utterly marvelous Madeleine L'Engle. She offered plenty of advice
during those 2 weeks such as: write what you care deeply about,
not what you think will be popular, and get your self out of the
story. But the most helpful advice of all was: avoid writing in
vacuum: maintain contact with other writers. Her advice came long
before the Internet literally put contact with other writers at
our fingertips. Yet I found writers in other ways, by attending
workshops, conferences, author appearances, and local writers
groups that actually met in person! Some of those contacts led to
writing assignments and editorial jobs. In 1992, when I signed up
for Prodigy, one of the first commercial email providers, I
immediately searched for other writers. Because of Madeleine's
advice and my own experience networking in person with other
writers, I recognized that the Internet would become the valuable
networking tool for writers that it is today. Madeleine's advice
has helped and continues to help me expand my exposure to
writers and readers all over the world, and to further my career.
Her message is even stronger today and thanks to the Internet,
networking is easier and more important than ever.

Now it's your turn. What is the most helpful piece of writing
advice you ever received? How has it helped you?

Please send your responses to: peggyt"at"siltnet.net
Subject: Writer to Writer

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Peggy Tibbetts answers your questions about writing for children
in her monthly column, Advice from a Caterpillar:
http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/index.shtml
She is the author of "The Road to Weird" and "Rumors of War".
Visit her web site at: http://www.peggytibbetts.net

Copyright (c) 2005 by Peggy Tibbetts

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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SEBA announces Relief Fund contribution
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On September 27, the Southeast Booksellers Association (SEBA)
announced that it would be matching ABA's initial contribution to
the Bookseller Relief Fund with a $25,000 contribution from the
SEBA Board Reserve Fund. "As hurricane season has become a part
of the southern landscape in recent years, it is important that
there be an avenue for booksellers who suffer from disasters,"
said SEBA President Sally Brewster of Park Road Books in
Charlotte, NC. "Many SEBA bookstores, even as far back as
Hurricane Hugo, have suffered losses and there has not been a way
to directly help those bookstores. It is important for SEBA
member stores to know that SEBA wants to respond to their needs
in as many ways as possible, and this is one way that SEBA feels
we can support our members. This is a wonderful way to support
independent bookstores nationwide, and we hope that the fund is
rarely used, but it is there for bookstores that need the help."
For more information: http://www.bookweb.org/hurricane/

First Book's Book Relief program needs help
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First Book, the national literacy organization, has received
commitments from publishers for nearly 4 million books that will
be donated to families, schools and libraries in the area
affected by Hurricane Katrina. What the nonprofit doesn't have is
money to get the books out of warehouses and into kids' hands.
First Book cofounder Kyle Zimmer said it takes 50 cents to move a
book from the warehouse to the right person. With no advertising
budget to help drum up financial support, Zimmer is hoping that
bloggers can spread the word about First Book's funding needs. To
entice the blogging community to write about First Book and its
Book Relief program, the organization held a "bloggers conference
call" on September 20, with authors James Patterson and Scott
Turow. The authors talked about the importance of making sure
children in the storm zone have access to books, before answering
questions from participants. For more information:
http://snipurl.com/i07h

Authors Guild sues Google
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On September 20, the Authors Guild and authors Herbert Mitganga,
Betty Miles, and Daniel Hoffman filed a class action suit in
federal court in Manhattan against Google over its unauthorized
scanning and copying of books through its Google Library program.
The suit alleges that the $90 billion search engine and
advertising juggernaut is engaging in massive copyright
infringement at the expense of the rights of individual writers.
Through its Library program, Google is reproducing works still
under the protection of copyright as well as public domain works
from the collection of the University of Michigan's library.
"This is a plain and brazen violation of copyright law," said
Authors Guild president Nick Taylor. "It's not up to Google or
anyone other than the authors, the rightful owners of these
copyrights, to decide whether and how their works will be
copied." Google has agreements with four academic libraries --
Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, the University of Michigan -- and with
the New York Public Library to create digital copies of
substantial parts of their collections and to make those
collections available for searching online. Google has not sought
the approval of the authors of these works for this program. The
complaint seeks damages and an injunction to halt further
infringements. For more information: http://www.authorsguild.org

Banned Books Week
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This week, September 24-October 1, is Banned Books Week.
According to the American Library Association (ALA), book
challenges have increased in the US over the past year. In 2004,
547 books were challenged, compared to 458 books in 2003. Three
of the 10 books on the "Ten Most Challenged Books of 2004,"
compiled by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, were cited
for homosexual themes, which is the highest number in a decade.
The titles include: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen
Chbosky, "King & King" by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, and "I
Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou. In the wake of
proposed legislation and resolutions in several states this year
to restrict or prohibit access to materials related to sexual
orientation, the ALA Council passed a resolution in June
affirming the inclusion of materials that reflect the diversity
of our society and encouraging libraries to acquire and make
available materials representative of all people. "The voices and
stories of gays and lesbians cannot be silenced in our culture or
on our bookshelves," said ALA President Michael Gorman. "Banning
books is an extreme disservice to our readers. Not only does it
hinder tolerance and acceptance, it also limits the information
exchange Americans hold dear." For more information:
http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm

Oprah magic is back
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On September 22, Oprah announced that she would broaden her book
club selections from classics to all genres. Since then Vintage
reported sales of 85,000 copies of her new book club pick, "A
Million Little Pieces" by James Frey. Sales of Oprah's summer
pick, the three-volume Faulkner box set were considered
disappointing. However Vintage expects Frey's sales to remain
strong, since Oprah will host a discussion with James Frey later
this fall. And in a departure from past picks, Vintage is also
pursuing print media for Frey, with Entertainment Weekly and
Business Week stories already in the works.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN THE WRITING MOTIVATION WAVERS
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                                                   by Susan Miles

We've all experienced it. Your writing is churning along happily,
you're a fountain of ideas, and you're steadily turning these into
proposals, outlines and submissions. But then you hit a wall. The
idea of sitting at your computer is unappealing, and if you do,
you end up surfing the net rather than writing. Themes and
stories seem elusive and the only thing staring back at you is a
blank page or screen. At times like this you look at your clip
file not with a feeling of "Wow! I did that!", but rather,
"How the hell did I DO that?"

So to prepare for those writing slumps, or to lift yourself from
a current writing low, here are a few suggestions to get you back
on track.

1. Increase your market research time

Use your writing time to research your most sought-after
markets. Don't just skim guideline databases and
directories -- a practice we can easily fall into, particularly
when we are on a writing roll. Hit your libraries/bookstores
and study the content/layout of the publications you wish to
write for.

Hint: Keep a list handy of articles you've already written
and sold during this exercise.

2. Prepare for the slow periods during your highs

When motivation is high and the creative juices are flowing, make
time to "stock pile" a number of outlines, preferably in bullet
point format, of short straightforward articles. By having these
outlines "on reserve" for the times when you are feeling
unmotivated, you have any easy starting point that will keep you
writing and restore your confidence.

3. Give yourself a writing break

Go walking, go for a swim or hit the gym. Anything healthy will
be time well invested in your writing. A fit and healthy writer
will definitely be a more productive and creative one.

4. Pull out back copies of writing magazines

This is a good time to catch up on advice articles, market
updates and writing tutorials that you missed or skimmed on
your first read. Study them as you would a text book at school,
taking notes and highlighting points relevant to your own
writing.

5. Change your writing habits

If you write in the evenings, try writing first thing in the
morning. If you always work on a laptop or PC, switch to paper or
notebook. Change your pen, your paper, work outside -- anything
that adds a "newness" to your writing environment.

6. Forget the epics and work on "List" articles

Forget the "marathons" and focus on some writing "sprints", such
as quick, short, sharp advice pieces with with titles like "The
10 Best ..." Later, when you are back in the groove, these can
always be developed into longer features or essays.

7. Repackage and resell

Take your previous articles that have been successful and edit,
repackage and sell them to those  markets you unearthed in your
market research exercise (see suggestion number 1).

8. Remove distractions

During a writing high, distractions seem to filter themselves
out, but during a lull they come through loud and clear. Be
disciplined and shut off the Internet, the television, the radio,
the CD player, and give yourself room in your head for ideas and
sentences to evolve.

9. Revisit your idea notebooks

This can unearth gems that you haven't yet polished -- ideas and
themes that may have not made your earlier pieces, but can help
spark a new article or story.

10. Don't aim for perfection

It may only be half an idea, two suggestions for your "The 10
Best ..." list. It doesn't matter, just get it down on paper.
It's amazing how the rest follows.

When you have tried these ideas, whether they have produced the
results you were hoping for or not, remind yourself that you are
miles ahead of those who say "Yeah, I'd like to write." You're
already there!

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Susan Miles is a Communication Specialist from Melbourne,
Australia. Susan specializes in travel, sports, lifestyle, and
writing articles for publications in Canada, the US, and
Australia. Her recent articles on Japan and South Korea have
appeared in The Toronto Star, St Petersburg Times (Florida),
GoNomad.com, and Transitions Abroad.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Susan Miles

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HOW TO STUDY A MAGAZINE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN
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                                                 by Mridu Khullar

Excerpted from "Knock Their Socks Off! A Freelance Writer's Guide
to Query Letters That Sell"

Being published frequently in foreign countries has taught me a
lot of tricks on getting into the pages of a magazine without
ever having read it. But don't be fooled. These methods aren't to
be used to save time or because you're too lazy to get your own
copy. Nothing beats researching magazines by reading through
them, and that's the first method you should aim for if you can.
If not, use a combination of these techniques that helped me
break into Writer's Digest, College Bound, Next Step, Woman This
Month and many others.

Read Reprints Online
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When I wanted to break into Writer's Digest, I wasn't able to
find many published articles online on their website, or glean
important information from their writers' guidelines. I did
know that WD focuses primarily on novelists, thanks to an
interview with the editor-in-chief that I happened to catch on
radio, but I was a nonfiction writer and that's where my
expertise lay. So you know what I did? I read WD reprints on
other writers' websites. For example, one regular contributor to
WD often puts her clips on her personal website. I found others
in writing websites with the text "Reprinted with permission from
Writer's Digest" below them. I collected half a dozen or so of
such articles and looked for common denominators among them. I
noted the word lengths of each article, the way they would begin
and the technique in which quotes and personal experiences were
scattered through the article. That gave me enough information to
pitch WD with my own ideas and sell them.

Browse through the Table of Contents and Cover
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The articles featured on the cover of a magazine are a statement
from the editor that these are the best articles in her magazine.
These are the headlines that will convert browsers into buyers
and buyers into subscribers. She wants a person in a grocery
store or newsstand to look at a cover headline and think, "I have
to read this!" Browsing through the cover titles is like taking a
sneak preview of the best stuff in the magazine. And covers
aren't that difficult to locate. You can find the latest cover of
almost any magazine on its website, along with a table of
contents for the issue. This is your next stop, by the way. Look
through the contents closely and see the topics and slants.
You'll soon figure out which article will hit a home run: "10
Ways to look Sexy in a Bikini" or "Top 10 Businesses you can
Start on a Low Budget."

Visit the Website and Subscribe to the Newsletter
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Visit the magazine's website and devour any and all information.
You'll probably find a sampling of the articles, a complete table
of contents for the current issue and, sometimes, the letter from
the editor. Read it. Learn it by heart. Which articles does the
editor refer to? Does she have any favorites from the issue? Does
she mention what she may want to cover in the next? What are the
topics that hold priority in her mind right now? A woman's
magazine editor in Bahrain referred to her pregnancy recently.
Guess who's about to propose a pregnancy feature?

Check out the Competition
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Topics of interest to a magazine's competitors are likely to be
of interest to your magazine of choice, too. After all, they're
competing for the same audience; wouldn't they also be serving
the same needs? But be careful not to pick up a competitor's
article and pitch it as is. You need to find a unique slant to
that idea so that while the basic premise remains the same, the
presentation is unique.

Make Notes
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I generally keep ten magazines in my want-to-be-published-in
list. Whenever I hear a tidbit about any magazine in that list,
I'll write it in the writers' guidelines file. For instance, a
writer friend told me that Family Circle liked list ideas. I
picked up somewhere else that fitness pieces are a must-have in
each of their issues. Bingo. Every query I've sent to them since
has been a list idea related in some way to fitness. I've never
sold anything to them yet, but I've come pretty close. If I
hadn't noted this tidbit down in my file, I would have forgotten
it right away, and would have continued sending them general
how-to-organize-your-closet ideas that may or may not have sold.

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Mridu is the author of Knock Their Socks Off! A Freelance
Writer's Guide to Query Letters That Sell, available at
http://www.MriduKhullar.com, and also publishes a monthly
newsletter for writers that reaches almost 6,000 subscribers in
over 65 countries. Mridu has written for over a dozen national
magazines in various countries such as India, Bahrain, Australia,
England and the United States. Some of these publications include
The Times of India, Femina, New Woman, Business World, Gurlz,
Digit and Woman This Month. She has also written hundreds of
articles for several popular US-based and online publications
such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, Yahoo!, Writer's Digest,
Wedding Dresses, ByLine, College Bound, Next Step and Senior
Connection.

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THE WRITE SITES
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When Disaster Strikes: Emergency Resources for Writers
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If you are in financial need due to Katrina or any other
emergency, there are resources that can help you. Erika Dreifus
has put together information on several funds and foundations
that offer emergency financial assistance to writers and artists,
so be sure to check it out!
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The Spoken Word
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A public radio series featuring talks and performances about
literature, the arts, and culture that are recorded throughout
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Doollee.com
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Free online guide to searching for information on plays,
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How to Write Winning Book Proposals
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The Article Idea Game
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THE WRITING DESK
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                                                   by Moira Allen

How Much Control Does A Writer Have?
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Q: How much control does a freelance writer have over an article
once it has been accepted for publication? I recently had a
magazine editor make significant style changes to a story --
changes that I did not like and never would have made myself. Can
a writer request to see her edited story before publication?

A: The answer is really "it depends". Some publications DO send
out galley proofs for the author to check before publication;
others don't. Galleys are generally considered more "ethical"
than not letting the author see what is going on, but there are
still plenty of publications that don't use them.

Unfortunately, most contracts specify that a publication has the
right to make "any" editorial changes that it considers
"necessary". Sometimes, an editor uses that as a license to make
changes that affect the actual quality of the story. Others are
simply incompetent editors who change things for the worse, just
because they don't know any better. (I once had an editor change
the grammar in my article; unfortunately the editor didn't know
much about grammar, so I ended up with an article I was
embarrassed to use as a clip!) Often, due to space constraints,
an editor will have to cut chunks from a story, often at the last
minute, which can alter it rather drastically.

The general rule is that an editor is not supposed to change the
MEANING of the story -- for example, if your article indicates
that something is GOOD and the editor changes it to make that
thing look BAD, that's a real problem. However, editors have
pretty much a free hand regarding stylistic changes. If you DO
get galleys, you can sometimes challenge those changes, or try to
figure out what the editor is trying to do, and take a shot at
making your own changes to meet the editor's requirements without
being quite so drastic.

In the long term, however, there isn't much we can do, if the
changes are made and the article is published. All you can really
do is determine whether you want to work with that publication
again. If you do, you can also discuss style with the editor in
advance, with a comment like "I noticed that you made a number of
stylistic changes to my previous article, so is there anything
that you'd like me to consider before submitting the next one?"
I.e., try to get yourself in the loop, without letting the editor
know that you think he's an idiot!

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Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for more
than 20 years. A columnist for The Writer, she is also the author
of "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer", "The Writer's
Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals" (now available as an
e-book) and "Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to
Advance Your Writing Career". For more details, visit:
http://www.writing-world.com/moira/moira.shtml

Copyright (c) 2005 by Moira Allen

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WHAT'S NEW AT WRITING-WORLD.COM
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OCTOBER COLUMNS:
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Advice from a Caterpillar, by Peggy Tibbetts
Resubmitting to the Same Publisher; Info on PublishAmerica;
Finding an Agent in China
http://www.writing-world.com/caterpillar/cat57.shtml

Imagination's Edge, by Paula Fleming
Attending Speculative Fiction Conventions
http://www.writing-world.com/sf/edge24.shtml

Ask the Book Doctor, by Bobbie Christmas
About pseudonyms, submissions, audio books and writing in English
as a second language
http://www.writing-world.com/columns/book/book10.shtml

The Screening Room, by Laura Brennan
Choosing College Courses for Screenwriting; Pitching an Animation
Series
http://www.writing-world.com/columns/screen/screen21.shtml


ARTICLES:
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Back Up Your Writing -- and the Rest of Your Life! by Moira Allen
http://www.writing-world.com/katrina/backup.shtml

Hurricane Katrina Relief Information
http://www.writing-world.com/index.shtml


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MARKET ROUNDUP
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BLOOD AND DEVOTION: EPIC TALES OF FANTASY
Fantasist Enterprises, PO Box 9381, Wilmington, DE 19809
EMAIL: b&d"at"fantasistent.com.
URL: http://www.fantasistent.com/submissions/

The anthology will feature fifteen to twenty original short
stories and novellas. We are looking for a very particular kind
of fiction for this book. The setting should have a medieval or
ancient-civilization feel, and should be steeped in religion,
mysticism, and war. Please see our online guidelines for
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DEADLINE: March 5, 2006
LENGTH:  7,000 and 20,000 words
PAYMENT: 5 cents/word as an advance on pro rata (based on final
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RIGHTS: 1st World Publication Rights in the English Language
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only
GUIDELINES: http://www.fantasistent.com/submissions/

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THE PEDESTAL MAGAZINE
John Amen, Editor-in-chief
EMAIL: pedmagazine"at"carolina.rr.com
URL: http://www.pedestalmagazine.com

Poetry: We are open to a wide variety of poetry, ranging from the
highly experimental to the traditionally formal.
Fiction: We are receptive to high-quality literary fiction of all
sorts, including traditional and experimental works. Genre
fiction (such as science fiction, horror, mystery, and romance)
is encouraged as long as it crosses or comments upon its genre
and is both character-driven and psychologically acute. We are
also interested in works that do not readily fall into one
specific category.
Flash Fiction: We encourage submissions of shorter fiction
pieces. Please do not send more than three (3) flash fiction
pieces at a time.
Book Reviews: We accept reviews of poetry collections, short
story collections, novels, and books of non-fiction.
Only accepting submissions according to the schedule posted in
the online guidelines.

LENGTH: Fiction: 6,000 words or less; Flash fiction and Reviews:
1,000 words or less
PAYMENT: Poetry: $30; Fiction: 5 cents/word; Reviews: 2
cents/word
RIGHTS: First rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Send poetry and fiction submissions by email. Query
first by email before submitting reviews or interviews.
GUIDELINES: http://www.pedestalmagazine.com/Submit1.asp

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CHALLENGING DESTINY
David M. Switzer, Editor
47 Bridgeport Rd E, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2J 2J4
EMAIL: csp"at"golden.net
URL: http://www.challengingdestiny.com

Quarterly magazine that publishes new science fiction and fantasy
short stories. We're a Canadian magazine, but we publish authors
from all over the world. We encourage first-time authors to send
us their stories. What kind of stories do we want? Good ones, of
course. We're interested in stories where violence is rejected as
a means for solving problems. We're also interested in stories
with philosophical, political, or religious themes. We're not
interested in stories where the good guys kill the bad guys and
then live happily ever after.

LENGTH: 2,000-10,000 words
PAYMENT: 1 cent/word
RIGHTS: Electronic rights for 6 months
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Submit by email or mail. Non-Canadian writers should
send an International Reply Coupon (IRC)
GUIDELINES:
http://www.challengingdestiny.com/guidelines/guidemag.htm

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WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.
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          4th Annual Stickman Review Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: November 1, 2005
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 8,000 words or less

THEME: We welcome all mainstream and experimental literary
fiction. We are very unlikely to consider genre fiction
(Westerns, Romance, Horror, Science-Fiction, Mystery, etc.),
unless the story transcends the typical requirements of that
genre.

PRIZE: 1st Prize: $250; 2nd Prize: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, subject line: Fiction Contest

EMAIL: fiction"at"stickmanreview.com
URL: http://www.stickmanreview.com/fictioncontest.html

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          15th Annual Acton Essay Competition

DEADLINE: November 15, 2005
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: All seminarians, undergraduate, graduate and
post-graduate students studying religion, theology, philosophy or
related fields are encouraged to enter, regardless of religious
denomination or affiliation.
LENGTH: 1,000-1,500 words

THEME: The human person, by virtue of being created imago Dei, is
an independent being, individually unique, rational, the subject
of moral agency, a co-creator, and inherently social.
Accordingly, human persons possess intrinsic value and dignity,
implying certain rights and duties with respect to the
recognition and protection of the dignity of themselves and other
persons. These truths about the human person's dignity are known
through divine revelation, but are also discernible through
reason. Previously published work may not be entered.

PRIZE: 1st Prize: $2,000; 2nd Prize: $1,000; 3rd Prize: $500

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No, by mail only including application form on
web site.

ADDRESS: Lord Acton Essay Contest, The Acton Institute, 161
Ottawa NW, Suite 301, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

EMAIL: awards"at"acton.org
URL: http://www.acton.org/programs/students/essay/

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          2005 Angel Horses Story Contest

DEADLINE: November 15, 2005
GENRE: Creative Nonfiction
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 2,000 words or less

THEME: The Angel Animals Network (AAN) is accepting story
submissions about horses who have performed exceptional acts of
compassion, protection, healing, courage, or have been part of a
miraculous or mystical experience. Stories must be original,
based on real horses, people, and events. Preference will be
given to emotionally evocative and well-written creative
nonfiction stories. Please, do not submit journalistic articles,
profiles, testimonials, essays, or fiction for this contest.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $250; Five 2nd Prizes: $25 each

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, entry form must accompany submission

ADDRESS: Angel Animals Network, PO Box 26354, Minneapolis, MN
55426

EMAIL: angelanimals"at"aol.com
URL: http://www.angelanimals.net/awardshorses.html

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