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Issue 5:23         15,400 subscribers           November 10, 2005
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         WRITER TO WRITER: What steps did you take to achieve
            your first sale? by Peggy Tibbetts
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Increase Your Income By Writing Close to Home
            by Patricia L. Fry
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: How do I find a job in the publishing
            industry? 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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It's Friday Again...
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Yes, it IS Friday.  No, we're not actually switching to a new
schedule.  This week, however, Peggy and her husband had a chance
to take a free trip to the Bahamas, and -- can you believe the
selfishness? -- she TOOK it!  She could have stayed home slaving
over the newsletter, but no...  Some people!

And in fact she did get it to me yesterday afternoon anyway, but
by that time I'd gotten involved in one of those "projects that
never dies," and it took me a long time to get back to the work
computer.  As I write this, I still don't know "what's new" on
Writing-World.com this week, since I haven't loaded it yet!

To top it off, our NEXT issue is going to come out on Friday as
well, since that Thursday will be Thanksgiving.  Of course,
getting a copy of Writing-World should be a cause for thanks --
but I suspect most of our readers will be more interested in
turkey than text.


More Shameless Self-Promotion
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My thanks to all of you who surfed on over to my new "photo card"
site and gave comments and suggestions.  Thanks to some of those
suggestions, I've done some revamping of the site.  One person
commented that you couldn't really "see" what the cards
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cards, and I've redone the images to show what the entire card
looks like rather than just the photos.  (For those who asked,
yes, all cards are blank inside.)  I've also added a few new
images, including some cool autumn leaves I just shot the other
day.

I've also set up a special offer ONLY for Writing World
readers.  From now through November 30, readers of this
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Please note that you must use the direct URL to get there, as the
special offer page is not linked from the main index.

                                         -- Moira Allen, Editor

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

What steps did you take to achieve your first sale?
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If you're looking to make your first sale, our readers advise you
to look no further than your local newspaper. J. Root followed
that advice and made a cold call to the editor of her local
newspaper: "I told him I was an aspiring freelancer who had a
couple of pieces he might be interested in. He asked me to email
them along with a resume, and took the time to find about me in a
down to earth way. He called me the next day along with the city
editor to go out on a 'try out' assignment. That assignment made
front page. The editor was kind enough to walk me through my
first assignment, and give me the encouragement I sorely needed
to continue in my writing efforts. During that week I also
received an acceptance from a children's magazine!"

Do you have an idea for a column? Pitch it to the local newspaper
editor like E. Geary did: "I convinced them they needed a social
column in their paper to make them more competitive with the
'other weekly'. I also convinced them that I was the one to do
that since I knew almost everyone in town and attended many of
the social events. From that I went to a feature page reporter."

Look for opportunities to introduce yourself to the editor and
make that pitch. V. Sparks met her local newspaper editor at a
meeting: "He mentioned to a group of us that he would like to
have someone send in news bits on our community for the paper. I
cornered him and volunteered. He took me up on it and it led to
a stint on his paper. I had several news items on the front page.
I wrote for the paper, off and on, for nearly twenty years. I
loved it."

A story about a travel adventure turned into J. Smith's first
local news feature: "I fulfilled a lifelong fantasy and attended
an ocean seminar swimming with wild spinner dolphins on the
island of Hawaii. I had no idea that my communion with the
dolphins would reacquaint me with the joy of writing, a passion I
had lost touch with for so many years. I poured my soul into the
story, so as never to forget that magical, mind-expanding week.
The travel editor of my local daily paper retired, and the
features editor asked for submissions from the community. I sent
in my story. To my delight, I received an enthusiastic call from
the editor saying how much he liked it and would I enlarge on it
in places. When I stopped by his office to deliver photos, he
encouraged me to continue contributing articles."

To snag his first magazine assignment, L. Retzack stepped
entirely out of his element. He was working as a librarian in
Okinawa when a job offer caught his eye: "The editor was trying
to find a writer in Japan who could review jewelry trade shows. I
emailed her that I was in Japan but that I was not only ignorant
of jewelry, I didn't wear jewelry and didn't even particularly
like jewelry. She quickly responded that she simply wanted a
native English speaker who could write journalistic prose and
take some pictures of the shows. I wound up flying to Tokyo for
my first show at the Tokyo Big Site convention center. I spent a
couple years writing for her and graduated to doing features. I
still don't wear jewelry but the editor gave me a whole new
outlook on the writing life. It was a classic example of the
inadequacy of the 'write what you know' syndrome."

When an opportunity presented itself, L. Foster was resourceful
enough to ask for her first national magazine interview: "In
1973, in the heart of the Watergate scandal, I tagged along with
my now former husband who was taking pictures of Senator Howard
Baker for a news spot. I asked the Senator whether anyone had
ever done a story on his hobby of photography and summoned the
courage to ask him whether he'd consent to an interview if I
could find a market for the story. Senator Baker said, 'You've
touched a spot close to my heart.' He told me that he had been
approached by Popular Photography about the possibility and
suggested I call the editor, and he'd be happy to do the
interview whenever I found a market. With all the coolness of a
seasoned pro, I called the editor and said the Senator had
consented to give me a personal interview for a story on his
hobby. The editor said he'd think about it, then called me back
half an hour later and said, 'You've made me an offer I can't
refuse.' I did the story, and Popular Photography printed it
without changing a word."

When it comes to making that first sale, writers agree that it's
not only important to recognize an opportunity when it presents
itself, but you must act on it. And as you'll read further in
Patricia Fry's feature, "Increase Your Income By Writing Close to
Home", the opportunities are closer than you think!

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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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Google Print makes program changes
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On October 31, Google announced that it would focus on digitizing
"older" books when it resumes the Print for Libraries project
this month. In a statement, Google Print Senior Business Product
Manager Adam Smith wrote: "As always, the focus of our library
effort is on scanning books that are unique to libraries
including many public domain books, orphaned works, and
out-of-print titles. We're starting with library stacks that
mostly contain older and out-of-circulation books, but also some
newer books." According to Nathan Tyler, a Google spokesman, the
announcement does not indicate a change in the program, which
seeks to create a virtual card catalogue of millions of books
contained in five major research libraries. AAP President Pat
Schroeder said that Google did not contact her group in advance
of the posting, and that it did not appear to affect the AAP
lawsuit. "Recent marketplace developments only underscore that
Google stands alone in refusing to acknowledge our copyright
protections," she said in a statement. "Our lawsuit is
proceeding." Tyler said that the announcement did not grow out of
talks with the Open Content Alliance (OCA), a non-profit
digitization project that has received funding from Google
competitors Microsoft and Yahoo. However the change brings the
Google program more in line with the OCA, which plans to
initially scan only public domain works.

Google unveils public domain collection
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On November 3, Google announced the availability of the first
large collection of public domain books on Google Print. This
collection, scanned as part of the company's book digitization
project includes works such as US Civil War history books,
government documents, the writings of Henry James, and other
materials. Until now, all books appearing in Google Print have
been supplied by publishers. Google Print's Adam Smith said that
by making the public domain titles available, Google hopes users
"will see the richness of materials available in the library
collections." Users can view the entire works and print out the
material page by page. Smith said that now that Google has added
the first group of titles, it will continue to add more books on
a regular basis. Google has agreements with five libraries to
scan all or parts of their collections, including the University
of Michigan, Stanford, Harvard, the New York Public Library, and
Oxford. To access the works go to: http://print.google.com

Amazon and Random planning pay-per-view
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On November 3, Amazon unveiled Amazon Pages, a program that will
let consumers view parts of a book online for a fee. However
Amazon provided no details on how it will price the service and
no major publishers have yet agreed to be part of the program.
The company also announced Amazon Upgrade, which will allow
customers who buy a print book to also buy access to the work
online. In a similar move, Random has outlined terms of sale for
digital viewing. For general fiction and nonfiction titles it
expects to earn 4 cents per page for all page views that exceed
more than 5% of the total book, a percentage that Random
considers to be a fair "free sample." Viewing will be limited to
on-screen viewing, with no downloading, printing or copying
permitted. Richard Sarnoff, president of the Random House
Corporate Development Group, said it is "inevitable" that all
kinds of books will eventually make their way online. Other parts
of the Random model include treating pay-per-view usage as a
digital permission, at least during the introductory stages of
the business model, which means splitting the revenue evenly with
authors. Authors who don't want their works to be included in
page view programs can opt out.

Microsoft partners with British Library
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On November 4, Microsoft announced that it is teaming up with the
British Library to digitize 25 million pages of content for its
MSN Book Search. The partnership calls for digitizing
approximately 100,000 books next year. The books, which have
expired copyright protection, will be digitized and searchable
through the new MSN Book Search service. A public beta of the
service is expected to be offered sometime next year. In a
statement, British Library Chief Executive Lynne Brindley said:
"This partnership helps us fulfill our vision of promoting ready
access to our collection for everyone who wants to use it. This
is great news for research and scholarship, and will give
unparalleled access to our vast collections to people all over
the world." Microsoft is also working with the British Library to
build its digital object management system, which is designed to
enable long-term storage, access and preservation of digitized
works such as e-journals, ebooks, and CD-ROMs. Microsoft is
providing advice, software tools and technical support to the
development of the library's National Digital Library.

Unotchit is not a hoax
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When author Margaret Atwood first had the idea of a machine that
could allow a writer to sign copies of her books from a distance,
many people thought the whole thing was a hoax. Not true.
According to Atwood's statement on the web site: "The Unotchit
-- which stands for You No Touch It -- device has interactive
image and voice, as well as the ability to sign. The author will
be there, in real time. So the exchange is with the author, not
the signing device. The device merely places the signature and
message on the book page. Her invention, LongPen, produced by
Unotchit, a company she set up last year, has already passed the
prototype stage and will, she reveals, be ready for a full
demonstration at the London Book Fair, March 5-7, 2006. "You
can't be in five countries at once and someone's always feeling
left out," Atwood explains. "This might help. I could sign in
one country, there'd be a video feed to another country, and the
machine would produce my signature and any requested message
there. For more information: http://www.unotchit.com

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INCREASE YOUR INCOME BY WRITING CLOSE TO HOME
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                                               by Patricia L. Fry

Are you so busy searching for a great story in exotic places that
you don't notice what's going on right under your nose? You may
be surprised at the number of good article and book ideas to be
discovered in your own hometown. All you need is a keen eye and
an inquisitive mind.

Almost all of my published books stem from local events or
contacts. Approximately 1/3 of my articles published over the
years were generated locally.

Here are some tips for using your friendly neighborhood resources
and experts to produce articles and books you can sell
internationally.

1. View your business community with a journalistic eye. Notice
what's going on around you, attend events, visit new businesses
and shop locally. Stop by the Humane Society's grand reopening
celebration. Tour nearby historic places. Join a local group for
a nature hike next Sunday morning. The article ideas should
abound.

I'm not a member of the local Chamber of Commerce but, because of
some of my other affiliations, I'm sometimes invited to attend
their monthly meetings. At a recent Chamber Mixer, I met a woman
who had just developed her own line of skin care products for
cancer patients. Of course, I set an appointment for an interview
with her.

A few weeks ago, I delivered a supply of my local history books
to a quilt shop in town. Before leaving, I looked around the
store and found a most unique item for sale there. I interviewed
the shop owner, took photos of the products, wrote a query letter
and landed an assignment with The Quilter Magazine within a few
days.

2. Become a tourist in your hometown. A visit to a local raptor
rehabilitation center a few years ago culminated in an article
for ASPCA Animal Watch. I met a local artist downtown once who
made batik dolls. I sold a story about her to a craft magazine. I
produced a piece for the same magazine featuring how to dry
flowers in silica sand, per a local florist.

3. Find experts in your town. Whether I'm writing for a local
publication or a national magazine, I often solicit the help of
local experts. Sometimes this leads to a full-blown article, like
the one I did for Silicon2.0 featuring the founder of the highly
successful business, Lynda.com. A friend of mine was the regional
chapter leader for a stepfamily organization. Of course, she was
an expert for my piece on getting along in a stepfamily. The same
woman lost her husband unexpectedly. Her little granddaughter was
quite devastated. Later, she participated in a story I wrote for
The Family Magazine on how to help a child through the grieving
process. I also interviewed a few local couples who run
businesses together for a piece for Business Start-Ups Magazine.
And area Toastmaster members have participated often in articles
I've written for The Toastmaster Magazine.

4. Read the newspaper. I'm currently pitching a story about the
volunteer corps being used at the local Channel Island Sanctuary.
I read about this pilot program in the newspaper. A couple of
years ago, I read about two boys who had just written a book
about living with child onset diabetes. I've sold their story to
Becoming Family and Hope Magazines.

5. Get involved. Join in and reap big writing benefits. My
involvement with the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation has resulted in
two published books and numerous articles on youth mentoring and
journal-keeping. I taught an 8-week writing workshop for a group
of homeschooled children a few years ago. The publicity for that
effort resulted in two new clients.

Your volunteer work at the museum might prompt an article for
National Preservationists Magazine. Maybe you play the ukulele or
harmonica in a community orchestra. Write a story expressing your
joy in the experience, the benefits of starting a community
orchestra, how to organize a band, etc.

6. Network with your ears wide open. Always be on the lookout for
potential stories. I frequent a local bookstore that many locals
take for granted. It's a unique open air bookstore that even
houses books on outside shelves. Folks wanting to purchase books
after hours simply select their book and deposit the cover price
in a depository. I've written a couple of articles about Bart's
Books. I've written articles on improving your neighborhood for a
variety of magazines based on our own Neighborhood Watch
experiences. My daughter told me about a local couple once who
design and manufacture fishing lures in their garage.

Maybe you've heard about a couple in your neighborhood who grow
herbs for local gourmet restaurants. Do you know someone who has
recipes for cactus apples or who races pigeons? These interesting
stories could earn you a publishing credit and a paycheck.

7. Look for stories locally with national appeal. We have a
center here for search and rescue dogs. These dogs participated
in the aftermath of the Oklahoma bombing and at the World Trade
Center tragedy. There are several stories tied to this
organization and these remarkable dogs.

What goes on in your community that is of national interest? Is
there a highly successful drug rehab center in your area? Do you
have the winningest pee wee soccer team in the state? Maybe your
city has the highest number of exercisers, vegetarians, horse
owners, chickens or cocker spaniels.

The next time you can't come up with anything to write about,
think locally. The story possibilities in your own community are
endless.

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Patricia Fry is the president of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists
and Writers Network): http://www.spawn.org. She is also a full
time freelance writer and the author of 22 books including "A
Writer's Guide to Magazine Articles". Visit her web site at:
http://www.matilijapress.com

Copyright (c) 2005 by Patricia L. Fry

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Authors Tavern
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Purchase books from self-published and small press authors, plus
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Internet Writing Guide
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This 10-minute guide is written mainly for someone who is new to
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experienced users.
    http://members.aol.com/intwg/guide.htm

Forwriters.com
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Database of links to forums, references, markets, conferences
and more.
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Lighthouse Writing Tips
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A good collection of articles on fiction and nonfiction writing.
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Black Holes
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A list of response times for submissions to science fiction,
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THE WRITING DESK
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                                                   by Moira Allen

How Do I Find A Job In The Publishing Industry?
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Q: I graduated last year and since then took a position as a
technical writer. I would like to move into the publishing
industry. Do you have any advice on how to go about that?

A: That's not an easy question to answer in an e-mail. First,
determine what aspect of the publishing industry interests you.
Book publishing? Magazines? Then, consider what subject area you
might prefer, if any. Take a look in your yellow pages to see if
there are any book or magazine publishers there; otherwise, you
may have to expand your search outside your region.

Some publishers ask for a degree in English or Journalism, even
though these are relatively useless to the actual publishing
trade. (I think the "English" thing is to at least ensure that a
person can write a complete sentence.) If you do not have a
degree in either of those fields, or perhaps in something like
"Communications" or "Technical Communications," you'll have to be
able to provide "experience" instead.

Working as a technical writer is one way to gain that experience.
Once you've made some decisions about the type of publishing
you'd like to get involved in, I'd also look for some freelance
experience that relates more directly to your chosen field. For
example, if you'd like to get into magazine publishing, I'd
recommend doing some freelance magazine writing, so that you can
show a familiarity with the business (and relevant writing
samples). If you want to get into book publishing, you might want
to take on some freelance copyediting or something similar that
will give you the ability to show experience as an editor.

Another option, if you find some publishers in your area that
you'd LIKE to work for, is to set up an information-gathering
interview with an editor or publisher to simply discuss what
types of credentials THEY would expect someone to have. Find out
what types of work are available (are you looking at writing?
editing? production?) and what would be needed for each.

Keep in mind that in "publishing," there are not that many
"writing" jobs. Publishing involves editing and other tasks, and
though it does involve writing as well, you're not as likely to
be hired as a "writer" per se.  Some publications, including
more technical, scientific or business publications, and also
including most of the really major magazines, do have staff
writers, but most smaller consumer publications still rely
heavily on freelance contributions. So if your goal in
publishing is to "write," that often means staying "outside"
the actual publishing industry.

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

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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MARKET ROUNDUP
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EMAIL: submissions"at"portablemuse.com
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Submissions may range from the whimsical to the morose; from
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adamant opinion pieces. Most importantly, we're looking for work
that is sensory, tactile, and coherent; work that breathes and
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EMAIL: tqrstories"at"gmail.com
URL: http://www.tqrstories.com

TQR takes anything, from romance to speculative future tense
obscurities that only God or Donald Barthelme could understand.
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the test of time. All you need to do is touch the monkey.

LENGTH: 4,000-12,000 words
PAYMENT: $50
RIGHTS: First electronic rights and the non-exclusive right to
archive the work
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Email one piece per quarter as a Word doc.
attachment or rtf attachment
GUIDELINES: http://snipurl.com/j9z8

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RENAISSANCE MAGAZINE
Kim Guarnaccia, Editor
One Controls Drive, Shelton, CT 06484
EMAIL: editor"at"renaissancemagazine.com
URL: http://www.renaissancemagazine.com

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

LENGTH: 3,000 words or less
PAYMENT: 8 cents/word
RIGHTS: FNASR
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By mail or email in body of message
GUIDELINES: http://www.renaissancemagazine.com/subguide.html

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WRITING CONTESTS
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contests, check our online contests section.
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          6th Annual Family History Writing Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2005
GENRE: Nonfiction
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: Category 1 & 2: 1,000-2,000 words; Category 3: 1,000
words or less

THEME: Sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society
(SCGS). Category 1: Unpublished family or local history articles,
character sketches or memoirs. Category 2: Previously published
family or local history articles, character sketches or memoirs.
Category 3: Previously published entries.

PRIZES: Category 1 & 2: 1st Prize: $200; 2nd Prize: $100; 3rd
Prize: $750
Category 3: 1st Prize: $100; 2nd Prize: $75; 3rd Prize: $50

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

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

EMAIL: scgs"at"scgsgenealogy.com
URL: http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/contest-faq.htm

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           2005 Lantern Books Essay Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2005
GENRE: Essay
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 1,500 words or less

THEME: We'd like essays to focus on the animal advocacy,
vegetarian, or environmental movements. We encourage those
wishing to enter to familiarize themselves with Lantern's core
subject areas. Judges will be looking for originality of vision,
knowledge of the subject, skill in presenting an argument, and
literary merit.

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

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, as attachment in rich text or MS Word
format

ADDRESS: Lantern Books, Attn: Essay Competition, One Union Square
West, Suite 201, New York, NY 10003

EMAIL: essay"at"lanternbooks.com
URL: http://lanternbooks.com/essay.php

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      Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction

DEADLINE: December 31, 2005
GENRE: Civil War fiction
OPEN TO: Authors or publishers of Civil War novels
LENGTH: No word length requirements

THEME: This award is named after Jeff Shaara's father, Pulitzer
prize-winning author of the Civil War novel, "The Killer Angels",
basis for the movie Gettysburg. The award honors a novel about
the Civil War published in the current calendar year to
"encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction."

PRIZE: $2,500

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: The Michael Shaara Book Prize, Civil War Institute at
Gettysburg College, 300 N. Washington Street, Campus Box 435,
Gettysburg, PA 17325.

URL:
http://www.gettysburg.edu/academics/cwi/Shaara_Prize/index.html

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