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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: Increase Your Market with a Creative Commons
            License, by Josh Smith
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Is a Contract Binding Without a Signed
            Copy? by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: Writer's Gamble, by Sybilla A. Cook
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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I receive requests all the time for permission to reprint my
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Most of these requests come from folks who are running a small
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writers' group.  And nine times out of ten, I say "yes."  (The
tenth time is usually a request from someone who thinks it would
be cool to start their own writing website -- stocked with my
articles.  Thanks, but we already have one of those.)

So when I received the article on Creative Commons (below), it
got me thinking.  I don't expect to earn another dime from the
articles I've posted on this site (many of which have already
earned their dime and then some).  So why NOT make them available
to anyone who wants to use them, within reasonable limits?

Therefore, I've decided to make all of my 100+ articles on this
site available for reprint, at no charge, for anyone who is
seeking content for a writing-related newsletter or publication
(electronic or print).  There are just a few restrictions:

1) Articles must include my byline and at minimum bio, and a link
back to Writing-World.com.

2) Articles may not be altered without permission.  (Long
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3) Articles may not be used for "commercial" purposes: they may
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or anthologies without permission.  Articles can, however, be
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4) No more than one article may be used at a time in the same
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five articles may be used at the same time on a website (except
in the case of a newsletter archive).  That is to say, you're
welcome to use 100 articles in 100 issues of your newsletter, but
not in the SAME issue -- and this is not an invitation to build
your own writing website based on my material.

5) Class instructors in "real-world" classes are welcome to print
out copies of these articles as class handouts.  Instructors in
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6) Translations are welcome! If you'd like to translate this
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For more details and for a list of articles available for reprint,
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Please note that this permission extends ONLY to my own articles.
If you wish to reprint material by any other author on this site,
you will need to obtain that author's permission.  However, if
other authors would like to make their work on the site available
for reprint under the same terms, contact me and I'll set it up.

Getting back to the subject of "Creative Commons," the idea is
simple: In some cases, a writer may have good reason to share his
or her material far and wide, rather than clinging tightly to
every scrap of rights.  In some cases, sharing your material
freely can be a useful means of self-promotion.  Or, perhaps, you
may want to encourage people to be better informed about a
subject.  While the article below discusses e-books, the concept
can be applied to articles, images, and more.

However, in reviewing the Creative Commons website and its
licenses, it appears that this form of licensing does not have an
LEGAL foundation within the U.S. or U.S. copyright law.
Therefore, while this is a good place to start if you wish to
share your material, I would recommend that you clearly establish
your own licensing terms when making your work "publicly
available."

                                          -- 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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From career moves to the writing process, writers have plenty of
advice to share. For many, the lessons learned have come out of
some interesting experiences. Moira Allen built her career on
good advice at a critical time. "The best advice I ever received
was from my husband: 'If you don't try it, you'll never know if
you can do it'. We had just moved across the country from
Maryland to California, and I was looking for some sort of
writing or editing position. In 1985, I wrote a letter to Dog
Fancy, thinking I might get on board in some lowly capacity. They
invited me down to interview me for the position of Associate
Editor, a job that meant handling the entire magazine. I had
never done anything remotely like this, and I wasn't at all sure
that I could handle it. It also meant that we would have to move,
as I had thought the magazine was located in a nearby town and it
was actually located several hours away. I talked over my
concerns with my husband, and that was his advice. I got the job,
we moved, and I learned how to become the editor of a national
magazine by the time-honored method of being flung into the pool
and left to sink or swim. I swam -- and I probably wouldn't be
doing what I'm doing today, either as a writer OR an editor, if
it hadn't been for that encouragement!"

The suggestion to join a writing group came to J. Sottile from
an unlikely source: "The advice came from my wife's doctor. I
folded it up and put in the back of my head. Several years
galloped by and while my wife took graduate courses at college, I
drove with her one evening a week for a writing workshop. At
first I feared going. I am ashamed to admit that I thought other
writers might steal my ideas. Instead, they inspired me to revise
my work and send it out. Within six months I had three articles
accepted for national publication. A number of years sped by, and
while attending a new writing class, in walked my wife's doctor!
I had a chance to thank him for his advice."

As a college instructor, S. Glasco always wrote on the blackboard
on the first day of freshman composition class: "Read. Read.
Read. Write. Write. Write." Writers like C. Tang have found
guidance from reading about writing: "Experienced writers gave
high recommendations to 'Techniques of the Selling Writer' by
Dwight Swain. The book gave me a solid foundation in story
structure that has served me well."

For K. Snyder, the advice to "use strong verbs and nouns" has
literally paid off: "The editor who gave me that advice buys my
work -- and has for 15 years." When her mentor told A. Smith to
"cut, cut, cut" she practiced by writing letters to the editor.
"When you feel passionate about a topic, narrowing it to 150
words is tough. It is a good exercise in being focused,
descriptive, and passionate in a tiny space." When you set out to
polish your work, L. Guccione offers this valuable tip: "Read
your work out loud -- to yourself and others. It helps establish
voice, rhythm, cadence, pace, even the balance of sentence
lengths."

Good advice is an effective motivator, as A.M. Foley discovered:
"A young man in an adult ed class I attended  said, 'I feel like
I'm just wasting time, writing things nobody cares about but me.'
The instructor said, 'It's the writer's job to make others care.'
I've forgotten her name but not her advice, and seen books of
mine in print since attending that class."

Advice from successful authors often carries the most resonance.
S. Stewart attended this year's CanWrite! Canadian Authors
Association National Conference and shares an important lesson
from keynote speaker Alistair MacLeod: "Write what you fear and
fully explore all the emotions that come from discovery,
exploration, and then finally, relinquishment of the fear." Above
all, writers who actively seek advice are rarely disappointed. At
a Nora Roberts booksigning, P. Roller asked, "Any advice for an
aspiring author?" Roberts looked her in the eye and replied,
"Write what you love, and love what you write."

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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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Yahoo Enters Online Book Scanning Arena
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On October 3, Yahoo announced it is partnering with libraries,
software companies, and non-profit organizations to develop its
own book scanning project, Open Content Alliance (OCA), which
will provide open access to materials. In addition to Yahoo,
other key players include The Internet Archive, Adobe, the
University of California, the University of Toronto, that
National Archives of the UK, HP Labs and O'Reilly Media. The OCA
aims to scan public domain works and selected copyrighted
materials into a database that can be indexed by others. The
project will begin by scanning titles housed at the University of
California and University of Toronto. The OCA has drawn some
clear distinctions between its project and Google Print and
Google Library, not the least of which is that it will only
include copyrighted works for which it has the permission of the
copyright holder. The OCA will also offer up the full text of
work, rather than Google's infamous snippets. AAP spokesperson
Judy Platt said the association is "very encouraged" by what it
has heard about OCA so far. "This is exactly the right approach
in that the rights of creators are respected, and the creators
can determine how their works are used." Random House senior VP
of corporate development Richard Sarnoff said Random "appreciated
Yahoo's approach to digitizing copyrighted materials," and that
the publisher looked forward to having conversations about how
the parties can work together in the future. For more
information: http://www.opencontentalliance.org

RLPG protests Google Print
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The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group (RLPG) has pulled the
company's titles from the Google Print program to protest the
scanning of copyrighted materials in the Google Library program.
RLPG president Jed Lyons called Google Library's scanning policy
a "flagrant violation" of copyright laws, and has told Google it
wants the books that have been scanned as part of Google Print
removed from its database and the books returned. Lyons said he
was spurred to action over the problems one of RLPG's authors,
Jack Neusner, had when he tried to opt out of Google Library.
"They're making him jump through hoops" to prove that he has the
rights to the books that Neusner doesn't want to be scanned,
Lyons said. Neusner is the editor of some 900 books and does not
want his works to be part of Google Library unless he is paid a
fee. Lyons said that as Google gobbles up content he is coming to
believe that "Google's objective is to make publishers peripheral
to the publishing process."

Teen Read Week
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October 16-22 is Teen Read Week, a national literacy initiative
aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, and
booksellers. Teen Read Week was developed by the Young Adult
Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American
Library Association (ALA), to focus on the importance of teen
recreational reading. This year's theme, "Get Real! "at" your
library," was chosen by teens and focuses on their love of
nonfiction -- from inspirational autobiographies to true crime.
While nearly three out of four 8-18 year olds report that they
read for pleasure in a typical day, the number is declining.
According to ALA, the National Center for Education Statistics
found the number of 17-year olds who report never or hardly ever
reading for fun rose from 9% in 1984, to 19% in 2004. For more
information: http://www.ala.org/teenread

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Increase Your Market with a Creative Commons License
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                                                    by Josh Smith

As authors, word of mouth is the one thing we strive for when
trying to sell a book, whether fiction or non. The power of word
of mouth far surpasses even the best of marketing schemes. But
how can you, as an author, increase your word of mouth? One way
some authors are considering is through the use of the Creative
Commons in releasing e-books and other materials.

What is the Creative Commons?
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The Creative Commons is a set of licenses and contracts that you
can apply to your work to grant the public certain rights while
retaining other rights for yourself. The most basic and
restrictive license for the Creative Commons allows free
distribution of your work provided it is not at all modified, is
not used commercially, and the license is kept completely intact.
One well publicized use of the Creative Commons was by author
and journalist Cory Doctorow for his first book "Down and Out in
the Magic Kingdom." It worked so well for him he continued using
it for two more books.

Another well publicized release of free ebooks is via the Baen
Free Library, created by Baen Books, a publisher of science
fiction. Baen generally releases previous installments of a
series to coincide with the release of a new book, which
typically increases sales for the new book and for the backlist.
To quote the Baen Free Library website: "Don't bother robbing me,
twit. I will cheerfully put up the stuff for free myself. Because
I am quite confident that any 'losses' I sustain will be more
than made up for by the expansion in the size of my audience."

Won't I lose sales?
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In the past there was much talk among authors about the
possibility of having work pirated, or even changed, if you
released it as an e-book. E-book piracy was rampant in certain
online circles and still is to some extent. However, with the
Creative Commons, you take what could have been a risk and turn
it into potential profit. Many consumers like to sample before
they buy, and you're providing this service directly to them on
your terms. While releasing your book on your website, you can
link to Amazon or mention its availability in bookstores. Anyone
trying to pirate your work would be wasting their time as it is
freely available on your own website.  Even negative reviews that
are so often found on Amazon.com can begin to work in your favor

For example, the following negative review was posted on Amazon
in reference to Cory Doctorow's book "Down and Out in the Magic
Kingdom." It appears in Doctorow's public domain speech "Ebooks -
neither E nor Books:"

"I am really not sure what kind of drugs critics are smoking, or
what kind of payola may be involved. But regardless of what
Entertainment Weekly says, whatever this newspaper or that
magazine says, you shouldn't waste your money. Download it for
free from Corey's (sic) site, read the first page, and look away
in disgust -- this book is for people who think Dan Brown's Da
Vinci Code is great writing."

Now, at first this review might sound harsh; however, there is
one essential point to be made here: It encourages the reader to
download the book from the author's site and read it.  The
availability of the book for download enables readers to make up
their own minds.  The old adage -- any publicity is good
publicity -- can be especially true with Creative
Commons-released ebooks.

What about nonfiction?
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The Creative Commons can increase the size of your audience and
help get your work better exposed, but for nonfiction authors
there is a specific license that can be helpful to you. The
"Developing Nations" license allows people within developing
nations to use your material as you specify, while developed
nations have to follow your normal license.

For informational or reference material, it can be a godsend to
developing nations due to the lack of availability of materials.
The international prices for most nonfiction works are usually
similar to American prices (if not higher), which is often too
much for inhabitants of developing nations to pay. Making your
material available through Creative Commons may not only could it
get you good press for the benevolence factor, but if you provide
developing nations the right to modify your text, you may even
get a full scale translation done at no cost and thus have the
potential to expand your audience even wider.

Potential Problems
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Although ebooks and the Creative Commons are a great medium for
increasing the size of your market, they're not for everyone.
Here are a few factors you may want to take into consideration
before deciding whether or not to make your work available via
the Creative Commons:

* Utility:  Is your work a reference manual that people will want
to refer to continually to or use on the go? Or is it a one-time
read that teaches someone C++ or some other skill? Is it a large
novel or a shorter work? Many people prefer to read their fiction
in relaxed environments, such as by the pool, beach or in the
bath, and in this case an e-book may be a great tool for giving
your potential readers a sample of your larger work.

* Scalability:  Is your work easily turned into an ebook? Is it
image-intensive, requiring more bandwidth on your part? Are the
images required? After all, you're free to omit certain things
from your e-book in order to make the paper book more desireable.

* Target Market:  Will creating an e-book benefit your target
market? If you're writing a book on how to learn to use a
computer, or are writing for older readers who might have trouble
dealing with computers, an e-book may be inappropriate. However,
if you're trying to reach college students, an e-book can be a
great way to do it.

So you know about the Creative Commons, the ways it can help you,
and you decide it's the right solution for you. What do you do
next? Head over to the Creative Commons website, click on text
and choose a license that fits you. There are many to choose from
and you can tailor them to your specifications.

If you're a bit apprehensive about releasing your work to the
public, then you can sit on it and publish it the standard way,
but keep the Creative Commons on the backburner. It is a risk,
but without risk there is no reward.

More Information:
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Creative Commons
http://creativecommons.org

Creative Commons - full license text
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/legalcode

Creative Commons Replacing Copyright?
http://www.website101.com/arch/archive147.html

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Josh Smith is a freelance writer specializing in copyleft and Open
Source. He is a new father of a beautiful baby boy and currently
resides in Prince George, BC. He may be reached at oncehour"at"gmail.com
with any questions or comments you may have about the article.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Josh Smith. This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5
License.

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                                                   by Moira Allen

Is A Contract Binding Without A Signed Copy?
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Q: I am a co-writer of a book that has been tied up at a
publishing house for over five years. We realized they were in
the process of publication about two years into it, and requested
a contract. They were aghast that none had been signed and said
they must stop production until it was taken care of. They Fed
Ex'd the contract package which we signed and overnighted back.
This was three and a half years ago, approximately. We have never
received a copy of the contract with their signature. When I
call, they take a message, but I get no call backs. When I email,
I get no response. I'm talking about twice a year. When my
co-writer calls or emails, they respond in the positive, saying
they still want the book. They do a little something else about
it and we never hear from them again until he contacts them.
Under contract they have all rights for the final product
including changes, etc., and have changed the entire focus of the
book, removing all the strong selling points as I see it. I have
three questions: 1) Is the contract "binding" without us having a
copy of it with their signature? 2) Even though there is no
"reasonable time" defined in the contract, isn't there a legal
time frame? 3) Do we have any legal recourse, and where might I
find a list of lawyers who deal in writing contracts?

A: As far as I know, there is no legally binding contract here
since they have not sent you a signed contract. However, I hope
you have been keeping a record of all your attempted contacts
with this publisher (including your co-author's contacts).

I'm having a little trouble following the sequence of events. I'm
assuming that you and your co-author sent the book to the
publisher, but didn't receive an acceptance or contract. But then
you learned that the book was in production, and so contacted
them about getting a contract. A contract was sent, without their
signature, and you signed it and sent it back. You have not
received a signed contract in return. They are apparently still
in possession of the book and still planning to publish it, or so
they say, but do not respond to your calls and give only moderate
bits of information to your co-author. You do not know if or when
they will publish the book but you DO know that they have
significantly changed it.

I am also assuming that this situation is not acceptable to you
and you'd like to withdraw the book from this publisher and
submit it elsewhere. (If that's not what you're thinking, it
certainly should be!) My advice would be to do whatever you have
to do to get your book out of their hands and run like heck.
Obviously they are not professional, and even if they do publish
the book you have no assurance that they would ever send you a
penny. (After all, if they don't send a contract, how can you
press for royalties?)

I would recommend finding a lawyer as soon as possible and asking
that lawyer to write a formal "cease and desist" letter (or
whatever is appropriate) telling the publisher to return your
book and to cease any further publication efforts.

You can find lawyer references here:
Voluntary Lawyers for the Arts
http://www.vlaa.org/resources.asp

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

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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JUST FOR FUN: Writer's Gamble
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                                               by Sybilla A. Cook

Some spend their change on slot machines,
Send sweepstakes in to magazines,
Join office pools on sporting champs --
My change is spent on postage stamps.

Lotteries offer wealth and fame.
Fortunes are won in poker games.
Races attract frequent betters --
My bets are placed on query letters.

I'm quite prepared to seize the tide
Of dream filled ships from far and wide.
My dreams are words. By phone or mail,
Some day I'll hear -- "You've made a sale!"

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Sybilla Avery Cook is a free-lance writer from Roseburg, Oregon.
She has written many articles for various publications, and is
the author of "Walking Portland", "Battle of the Books and More:
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Copyright (c) 2005 by Sybilla A. Cook

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MARKET ROUNDUP
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MISSOURI REVIEW
Richard Sowienski, Managing Editor
1507 Hillcrest Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211
EMAIL: sowienskir"at"missouri.edu
URL: http://www.missourireview.org

The editors invite submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction
of general interest (no literary criticism). Please clearly mark
as fiction, poetry or essay.

LENGTH: No word length requirements
PAYMENT: $30/printed page
RIGHTS: First serial rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By mail, charges $3.00 fee for online submissions
GUIDELINES: http://www.missourireview.org/info/guidelines.php

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CALL FOR BOOK PROPOSALS: MOUNTAIN VINES PUBLISHING
Casey Dawes, Publisher
PO Box 385, Aptos, CA  95001
EMAIL: casey"at"mountainvinespub.com
URL: http://www.mountainvinespub.com

Mountain Vines Publishing, LLC is a small publishing company
devoted to crafting tourist books for winery destinations that
are not Napa or Sonoma, California. As of 2005, we have published
two books: "Mountain Vines, Mountain Wines" (Santa Cruz, CA) and
"From the Highlands to the Sea" (Monterey County). We are looking
for writers and photographers who want to create a book on other
wine regions in the country which have 40 to 50 wineries in a
relatively small geographical area. Examples include Santa
Barbara, Mendocino, Amador County, parts of Paso Robles in
California, or the Finger Lakes Region in New York. The book
would be in the same style as our existing works. The
writer/photographer would be required to help promote the book.
To be considered for the project, submit a book proposal
including the following: Proposed book title; Wine region and
number of wineries; Average number of people who visit these
wineries a year; Previous writing/photography credits; Knowledge
of wine and wine-making; Two sample winery vignettes with
sidebars in the style of the previous books; Six photographs that
represent these wineries.

LENGTH: No word length requirement
PAYMENT: 10% royalty on net
RIGHTS: Exclusive rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only
GUIDELINES: Will be posted on web site in November

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NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
PO Box 530, Edgefield, SC 29824
EMAIL: See online guidelines for editors' email addresses
URL: http://www.nwtf.org

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is a nonprofit
conservation/education organization dedicated to the conservation
of the North American wild turkey and the preservation of the
hunting heritage. Publications include Turkey Call, Women in the
Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen, Get in the Game, JAKES Magazine,
and Xtreme JAKES Magazine. See web site for specific guidelines
for each publication.

LENGTH: 600-2,000 words
PAYMENT: $200 and up
RIGHTS: FNASR
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Query first by email or mail to editor of
intended publication
GUIDELINES:
http://www.nwtf.org/tv_magazines/Writers_Guidelines.html

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Please send Market News to: peggyt"at"siltnet.net

"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
self-addressed, stamped envelope, "GL": guidelines. If you have
questions about rights, please see "Rights: What They Mean and
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WRITING CONTESTS
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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.
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        20-Something Essays by 20-Something Writers Contest

DEADLINE: November 24, 2005
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO: 20-29 year olds as of September 30, 2006
LENGTH: 500-5,000 words

THEME: Random House is looking for the most original voices of
the twentysomething generation, writing about their lives, their
passions, their world. We will be publishing the best essays in a
book titled "Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers:
The Best New Voices of 2006". We are seeking essays about, but
not limited to, the following subjects: Family, Career, Sex,
Society, and Self. Be specific. Be unique. We want you to tell us
-- and, by extension, the entire world -- something we haven't
heard before, something that defines you as a member of this
burgeoning generation. Make us laugh, make us think, make us mad
-- just don't make us yawn.

PRIZE: Grand Prize: $20,000; Up to 28 Runners-Up will also be
selected for publication

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes

ADDRESS: Twentysomething Essays Contest, Random House Publishing
Group, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

EMAIL: 20by20essays"at"randomhouse.com
URL: http://www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/20by20contest/index.html

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          The Country Mouse Contest

DEADLINE: November 30, 2005
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 50 lines or less

THEME: There are no restrictions on theme or style.

PRIZE: 1st Prize: $500; 2nd Prize: $250; 3rd Prize: $100

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes

EMAIL: submissions"at"poetrycmouse.com
URL: http://www.poetrycmouse.com/contest.html

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          The Caribbean Writer Literary Prizes

DEADLINE: November 30, 2005
GENRE: Poetry, Short story, Essay, and One-act play
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: Short story or essay: 15 pages or less

THEME: The Caribbean Writer is an international literary
anthology with a Caribbean focus. The Caribbean should be central
to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage,
experience or perspective. Submissions are eligible for these
awards: Daily News prize for best poetry; Canute A. Brodhurst
prize for best short fiction; David Hough Literary prize to an
author residing in the Caribbean; Marguerite Cobb McKay prize to
a Virgin Islands author; Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky prize for
first-time publication.

PRIZES: Daily News Prize: $300; Canute A. Brodhurst Prize: $400;
David Hough Literary Prize: $500; Marguerite Cobb McKay Prize:
$200; Charlotte & Isidor Paiewonsky Prize: $200

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes

ADDRESS: The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands,
RR 02, Box 10,000, Kingshill, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands 00850

EMAIL: submit"at"thecaribbeanwriter.com
URL: http://www.thecaribbeanwriter.com/submit.html

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          True Life Story Contest

DEADLINE: November 30, 2005
GENRE: Creative nonfiction
OPEN TO: 16 years of age and older
LENGTH: 5,000 words or less

THEME: The True Life Story Contest invites professional and
amateur writers to submit manuscripts exploring the creative
nonfiction form using themes of friendship, animals, Christmas,
or amazing coincidences. At the conclusion of the contest
selected entries will be compiled and published in a book to be
released in 2006.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $1,000; 2nd Prize: $500; 3rd Prize: $250

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, in the body of email

EMAIL: submissions"at"truelifestorycontest.com
URL: http://www.truelifestorycontest.com/

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