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Issue 5:24         15,400 subscribers           November 24, 2005
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         WRITER TO WRITER: Do writers need an agent?
            by Peggy Tibbetts
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: What Every Writer Needs To Know About Titles
            by Julie K. Cohen
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Do I need an agent to submit to
            publishers? by Moira Allen
         JUST FOR FUN: First-Time Author Releases Unfinished
            Novel, by Chris Azure
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Thanksgiving... Then What?
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Thanksgiving is a wonderful day.  It's a time to count one's
blessings, eat like a pig, and enjoy a holiday with family and
friends.  There's only one little problem.  It's when you also
squint at the calendar, and a little voice whispers in your
brain, "If the day after Thanksgiving is November 25, then that
means... uh... uh-oh..."

It means that we're entering:

THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS
(A Writer's Nightmare)

(with apologies to Moore, Dickens and others...)

'Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the house
Each Allen was frantically clicking a mouse
The e-mail was piling in inboxes, where
It all needed answers, all written with care!
The cats were asleep on our nice empty beds,
While visions of deadlines tap-danced in our heads.
Then from the computer arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair, shouting, "Hey, what's the matter?
Don't crash on me now, you great piece of junk!
If I can't keep writing, you know I'll be sunk!
I don't want to upgrade, I don't want to switch,
I just want to finish this one final pitch!
I can't open windows, I'm using a Mac;
Please don't eat my files! Don't tell me I'm hacked!"
Behind us we heard a soft cough and a chuckle;
We turned and we gasped, and our knees 'gan to buckle,
For there on the carpet was the worst kind of predator --
By its glasses and red pen we knew 'twas an editor!
"Fear not!" said this creature, its hands stained with ink,
"Your deadline's extended!" It gave us a wink.
"I won't need those chapters 'til April or May,
So turn off your screens and go outside and play!
Don't hunch over keyboards until you get colic;
It's Christmas (or will be), a time you should frolic!"
We looked at each other, our monitors dim,
Our fingers were trembling, our faces were grim.
From whence had it come, this visiting shade?
Was it mere indigestion, by bad gravy made?
Perhaps 'twas the Editor Who Must Not Be Named...
One thing was certain: It was not what it claimed!
So Patrick, with care, pressed "Control-Alt-Delete,"
And the foul spectre vanished with one final bleat,
A last trailing warning as it fled in the night --
We couldn't help listen, our eyes wide with fright!
"If chapters and essays and books without end
Consume all your hours, then heaven forfend --
You may think your diligence does you great credit,
But there's no reboot key in life's final edit!
So I wish to Patrick and Moira his wife
A fine, merry Christmas -- now go get a life!"

                                         -- Moira Allen, Editor

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

Do writers need an agent?
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In this issue's Writing Desk, Moira addresses the question: Do I
need an agent to submit to publishers? At this point in my own
career, I am also dealing with the agent question. I am currently
revising my latest novel to an agent's specifications, at his
request, in hopes of landing a contract, and ultimately a
publisher. Actually I've answered the agent question for myself:
Yes, I need an agent. Lots of people have asked me why I'm
pursuing an agent.  In my case, the last young adult novel I
wrote has not been published. For several years I submitted to
both major and mid-list publishers. During that time, three
editors expressed interest in publishing the manuscript. But in
each case the manuscript languished at the publishing house for
months -- even years -- and I was never offered a contract. After
discussing my dilemma with other writers, I came to the
conclusion that I need an agent to help push my manuscript
through to a good contract for publication, especially with a
major publisher.

I believe whether or not a writer pursues an agent is an entirely
personal decision. I'm sure writers have a variety of opinions on
the agent question and I invite you to share them with our
readers. What do you think? Do writers need an agent?

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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Books build bridges between US and Iraq
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Four independent bookstores are part of a broad-based coalition
of western Massachusetts educators, libraries, arts and peace
organizations, and others that seeks to foster "community-
building" between the peoples of the US and Iraq by shedding
light on the connections between literacy and access to education
and the formation of healthy societies. The group, Books Building
Bridges, is hosting its inaugural event on November 29 at the
Massachusetts' Northampton Center for the Arts. "Learning in a
Time of War" will examine war's impact on literacy, libraries,
and education. The group was inspired by Jeanette Winter's book,
"The Librarian of Basra", which chronicles the work of Basra
librarian Alia Muhammed Baker who, with her community, saved
30,000 volumes from destruction during the current Iraq War. The
Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, Odyssey Bookshop in South
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which includes, among others, the Five College Libraries Council,
The Literacy Project, the American Friends Service Committee, and
Baghdad University. For more information:
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Google Print changes to Google Book Search
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Google Print will now be known as Google Book Search. The news
was announced November 17. In an entry on Google's Blog, "Judging
Book Search by its cover", Product Marketing Manager Jen Grant
cites the change as a way of further clarifying that the program
will allow users to find documents, not "print" them. According
to Grant, Google's program is helping people find the full text
of books in order to "learn where to buy or borrow them". But
Grant readily admits, "We don't think that this new name will
change what some folks think about this program. But we do
believe it will help a lot of people understand better what we're
doing." For more information: http://tinyurl.com/acsng

Google explores online book rental
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What is Google doing? Google is reportedly investigating methods
where its users could rent online copies of books for one week,
indicating that the company is continuing to flesh out ways to
make its Google Book Search (Google Print) service more
attractive to publishers. According to the Wall Street Journal, a
publisher contacted by Google has said users would not be able to
download or print the books, although those features may be added
later. Google has proposed that the fee be 10% of the book's list
price, although the publisher indicated that pricing was too low.

Amazon patents customer reviews
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This month Amazon.com was awarded three new patents, covering its
purchase circles, search, and consumer reviews. The patent for
purchase circles covers methods of forming circles and marketing
to them -- for example, by showing customers who else has bought
the book they are viewing and what other books those customers
bought. The second patent covers a method of discovering and
delivering as search results related products from multiple
categories (e.g., books written by Steve Martin, as well as
movies in which he appeared). The third patent is raising
eyebrows. It covers methods for encouraging consumers to write
reviews of items they've purchased by determining the optimal
times to send them emails or reminders. Amazon has patented the
system that sends consumers a message inviting them to write a
review in a predetermined amount of time after purchase. It's a
method widely used by online retailers, including Yahoo Shopping.
The patent also covers the method of tracking who returns to rate
products by asking them to click on a unique link in an email.
The patent even covers collecting reviews by letting visitors to
a web site fill out a form. Amazon spokesman Craig Berman said he
couldn't speculate on whether the company would attempt to
license its new intellectual property. As one of the first
e-commerce companies, Amazon has been on both sides of patent
infringement suits based on patents issued for practices that, in
the time between patent application and award, have become
standard operating procedure on the web.

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WHAT EVERY WRITER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT TITLES
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                                                by Julie K. Cohen

"Just use any title. It's only a working title. The editor will
change it anyway."

How many times have we read or made similar comments ourselves?
Unfortunately, too many freelance writers fail to recognize the
role the title plays in the success, or failure, of an article's
acceptance.

Function of the Title: Catching the Editor's Eye
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Perhaps the only part of your email query an editor will read is
what's written in your subject line. That should include the word
"query" followed by the title. And that is why the title needs to
grab the editor's attention, not scream, "old news, boring,
inappropriate" or even "this writer doesn't know what he's
doing".

So the first and perhaps the most important function a title
will have is catching the editor's eye and piquing his curiosity,
at least long enough for him to open your email and read your
query. But let's be realistic. If you use the hottest words du
jour simply to get the editor's attention, you're violating, not
building, his trust in you. The moment the editor reads your
title, he forms an expectation about your article. This leads us
to the second and third function of the title -- establishing the
article's approach and content.

The Approach
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There are many approaches to writing an article. Below are a few
examples of titles and the approaches they foreshadow, or at
least the approaches the editor will expect based on the titles
alone.

Title: "The top ten ways to grow an orchid" -- the editor expects
to see a numbered list of the top ten ways to grown an orchid.

Title: "How the evolution of irises parallels that of man" -- the
editor expects to see the histories of both the iris and man
being compared, over time.

Title: "How to grow irises without light" -- the editor expects
to see a step-by-step process typical of a how-to article.

Title: "Expert advice on growing orchids" -- the editor expects
to see at least one true expert referenced in the article.

Regardless of the approach you plan to use in your article, your
title should convey that approach. If you state "top ten" in your
title, then you must deliver the top ten items or reasons in your
article. Use this opportunity to build the editor's trust and
confidence in your writing and your ability to deliver what you
promise.

The Content
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Describing the article's content is the most straightforward
function of your title. If you list dogs in your title, then the
editor knows the article is about dogs. Just remember to make
your title as specific as possible. Instead of the "The Top Ten
Shampoos for Your Pet", write "The Top Ten Shampoos for Your
Dog", unless the article focuses on shampoos that can be used for
more than one species.

Creating Eye-Catching Titles
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Now that you understand the role the title plays, you face the
question of how to create an attention-grabbing title. Assuming
you already have your article idea, outline or even a written
article in hand, follow these steps for creating your
eye-catching title:

1. Brainstorm titles using only one to three keywords. Don't look
at the magazine, paper or website you are targeting -- not yet.
Just brainstorm.

2. Next, review the titles from the publications you are
targeting. Get a feel for the various approaches conveyed by
those titles.

3. Circle the titles on your list that are similar in approach to
the published titles.

You may still have a long list at this point, but that's fine.
Choosing a title is often as much of a weeding-out process as a
creative one. As long as the remaining titles are in line with
the published ones, you're on the right path.

4. Of the circled titles, eliminate the ones that don't have a
hook (see below).

The Hook
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A hook is the unusual, the out of place, the extraordinary --
anything that catches a person's eye. To create the hook,
consider these methods:

* Use an Unusual Angle. The pet magazine editor who sees dozens
of article proposals about which dog fence is best and why will
likely notice this title, "The medical downside of invisible
fences, to dog and owner." The author has found an unusual angle.
The title "Are invisible fences harmful?" could be used for the
same article, but it doesn't provide the same insight or generate
the same excitement as the first title. If you have an unusual
angle, use it.

* Combine Contrasting Words. Focus on combining words that don't
normally appear together. For example, how often do you read
"Alligator caught in elevator", "Are conjoined triplets
possible?", or "Three-legged horse wins race". The odder the
combination of words, the more likely they will catch an editor's
attention.

Find what is unusual about your article, and you will find your
hook. Or better yet, use contrasting words to create that hook.
Regardless of the method you use, make your title stand out from
the competition.

Assessing the Message
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By using the four steps above, you have fine-tuned your list from
fifteen to maybe five. You have what you believe are eye-catching
titles that are in line with the publication you're targeting.
Only one title is perfect for your article, but which one? To
find out, you need to assess the message each title delivers.

When I was writing my query to pitch this article, I came up with
the following titles by brainstorming off one key word ("title").

 1. What's In A Title?
 2. Choosing the Best Title: Just How Important A Title Can Be
 3. 10 Things you Can Tell From a Title
 4. Telling Titles
 5. Titles That Sell
 6. Killer Titles
 7. Eye-Catching Titles
 8. Choosing Titles that Sell
 9. The Dos and Don't of Titles
10. Why Some Titles Grab An Editor's Attention and Others Don't
11. What's In A Title? Everything
12. What Every Writer Needs To Know About Titles
13. The Difference Between Working and Final Titles
14. Why "Working Titles" Are Dangerous
15. Are We Too Cavalier About Choosing Titles?

Once I reviewed titles of published articles on
Writing-World.com, I found numbers 5, 8, 9, 10 and 12 were most
similar in style or approach to the ones I had reviewed. But each
title delivered a different message.

"Titles That Sell" implied a list of sure-fire titles, but I
needed a title that reflected the process of creating and
choosing the best title. That brought me to "Choosing Titles That
Sell". Closer, but I wanted to help my reader create his titles,
not choose from a pre-existing list. This isn't really a dos and
don't article, either, so I passed on "The Dos and Don'ts of
Titles". The scope of this article was broader, encompassing the
explanation of what a title is, or rather, the function it serves
in pitching a proposal. As for "Why Some Titles Grab An Editor's
Attention and Others Don't", this title reflects a comparison
approach as opposed to the overview approach I had planned to
use.

Targeting the Market
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Deciding which title is best often depends on the targeted
market. In my case, I ultimately chose "What Every Writer Needs
to Know About Titles" because I wanted to give the editor a sense
that this was an all-encompassing guide to titles. This was
especially important because I reviewed the site I was targeting
and didn't find any other articles on titles. If I had, I would
have specialized in strategies or dos and don'ts -- particular
aspects of the broader topic.

Now keep in mind that the process of choosing the best title has
nothing to do with whether that title will ultimately appear with
your article. That may change at the editor's discretion. Your
goal is to create a title that piques your editor's interest
while accurately conveying your article's content and approach.

As it turns out, the editor for this article never changed the
title. But even if she had, that would have been okay. My
original title did the job I had intended -- it grabbed the
editor's attention and helped get this article published.

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Julie K. Cohen is a freelance writer, author and puzzle creator.
In  her life prior to writing, she enjoyed doing website
development and reviews for a major financial corporation.
Currently, she is writing articles for magazines and picture and
activity books for children. Visit her website at:
 http:// www.juliekcohen.com

Copyright (c) 2005 by Julie K. Cohen

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The Writer's Block
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THE WRITING DESK
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                                                   by Moira Allen

Do I Need An Agent To Submit To Publishers?
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Q: Is it mandatory to go through an agent before submitting to a
publisher? Are there free agents? Do most publishers want the
author to put money down up front? I don't know what genre I
write in. I don't know what I like to read. Why are writers and
readers so caught up with genres and labels?

A: Last question first: Readers and writers aren't caught up with
genres and labels; publishers and booksellers are. It makes it
easier to put a book on the right "shelf." That's why even a so-
called "crossover" novel (e.g., "science fiction/romance") will
generally be placed on one shelf (most likely "romance") rather
than in both genres.

Next question: REPUTABLE agents do not charge money up front.
They make their money by selling books. Of course, that makes it
harder to get an agent, because they won't TAKE your book unless
they are absolutely certain they can sell it to a publisher. But
do not, repeat, DO NOT use an agent who asks for money from you
up front, such as a "reading fee" or something of that nature. Of
course you'll be able to "get" an agent who charges the writer
money -- because such an agent doesn't care if your book is any
good or not! He or she is making money anyway, off YOU, whether
the book can be sold. Reputable agents take a commission off
sales (15%), and if your book doesn't sell, you don't owe them
any money.

Another scam to watch out for is one that, sadly, is still going
on: The agent who says that your book is ALMOST ready for
publication, and they might consider taking you on if you get a
professional editing job -- and they then refer you to an
editor/book doctor they just happen to know who can handle this.
I've just heard of a new variation on this scheme: An agency that
requires a person submitting a manuscript to include a "critique"
with the submission.  The writer asked a friend to provide this,
but the agent "rejected" the friend's critique and then
recommended that the writer pay a "professional" $100 to provide
it instead.  Needless to say, the "professional" was an
editor/book doctor whose job was to convince the writer that her
manuscript needed professional editing.

Now to the first question: Is it mandatory? No. Some publishers
do not require submissions to be "agented." Others do. It's
simply a matter of looking at the publisher's guidelines. If a
publisher accepts unsolicited or unagented submissions, you can
go to them directly. If they say "no unagented submissions,"
then you'd have to have an agent to reach that publisher.

However, having an agent does more than just getting your book in
the door. An agent will help negotiate a contract that is more in
your favor, and help sell subsidiary rights to your book --
perhaps even get a movie deal if it's the right kind of book. So
an agent can do a lot more for you than you can do for yourself,
particularly if you're not familiar with the book publishing
industry.

But the first thing to do is get the book written. Agents and
publishers will usually NOT look at a proposal from a first-time
(i.e., unpublished) author who hasn't finished the book. That's
simply because there are so many authors who THINK they are going
to write a book, but never actually get it done. So if the book
isn't finished, get the book written, then worry about agents and
publishers!

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

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: First-Time Author Releases Unfinished Novel
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                                                   by Chris Azure

Chris Azure, author of such press releases as "It Will Be Out
Soon, I Promise," and "Gimme Some More Time, Would You?" has
today released his first fantasy novel, "Jumping the Gun". The
catch? Well, Chris hasn't actually finished the novel, so to
speak.

That's right. In an unprecedented move, Azure decided not only to
skip the whole process of finding a publisher for his book
("Jumping the Gun" is published independently by Azure's own Why
Wait label), but also decided to forego the process of getting to
the end of the novel.

"Yeah, those endings are the hardest," stated Azure. "Them and
middles. Yeah, middles are annoying too. It could be years before
I figure out those elements, and I didn't want to have to wait
that long to see my name in print."

"Jumping the Gun" contains the beginning chapters of the novel,
followed by some random chapters from throughout the story,
accompanied by various notes and scribblings that may or may not
have something to do with the plot.

Azure himself points to the works of the late JRR Tolkien as a
shining example. "It worked for him, didn't it? Well, admittedly,
he didn't have much of a chance to finish up his incomplete
chapters, but the fact remains, Tolkien's books sell, even the
unfinished ones!"

Genre authors have mixed feelings about the announcement. Robert
Jordan, author of the Wheel of Time series, was particularly
annoyed. "This unfinished novel business is hardly a new thing.
I've been doing it for years. But Chris didn't even bother to
fill up the empty pages! My own chapters may not particularly
advance the plot but at least they give people something to read
while they wait for the next book in the series."

Eruza Sirhc, Azure's publicist (who bears an uncanny resemblance
to the author), insists, however, that this is a wholly unique
take on the unfinished novel concept. "In fact, we'll be
releasing future versions of the novel whenever Chris finally
gets around to writing those chapters." These future versions
will not only add new chapters, but also fix any aspects of the
earlier chapters that Azure wasn't too happy with.

Word has it that Azure will even take requests for future
versions of the novel. "The beauty is," states Azure, "this is
the first novel where literally anything could happen and you
can't possibly guess the outcome not even after you've read the
book. Unless you see the words "ABSOLUTE FINAL VERSION EVER" on
the front cover. But even then, things are by no means certain."

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

Chris Azure is an aspiring fantasy author still at work on that
elusive first novel of his. Born and initially raised in
Scotland, he spent most of his formative years in Hong Kong. He
currently lives in New York, where he works unexciting day jobs
in support of his eventual (hopefully) career.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Chris Azure

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MARKET ROUNDUP
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LUNCH HOUR STORIES
Nina Bayer, Editor
22833 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Suite 102 - PMB 1117, Bothell, WA
98021
EMAIL: editor"at"lunchhourbooks.com
URL: http://www.lunchhourstories.com

Lunch Hour Stories is currently seeking short-story submissions
for its premier 2007 season. Stories should be previously
unpublished, literary in nature (no genre pieces, please).

DEADLINE: June 30, 2006
LENGTH: 4,000-8,000 words
PAYMENT: $50
RIGHTS: First rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: By mail only
GUIDELINES: http://www.lunchhourstories.com/submissions.htm

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PARABOLA
Lorraine Kisly, Editor-In-Chief
135 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003
EMAIL: editors"at"parabola.org
URL: http://www.parabola.org

Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the
quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world's myths,
symbols, and religious traditions, with particular emphasis on
the relationship between this store of wisdom and our modern
life. Each issue is organized around a theme. Please see our
online submission guidelines for upcoming themes.

LENGTH: Articles: 1,000-3,000 words; Book Reviews: 500 words;
Re-tellings of traditional stories: 500-1,500 words
PAYMENT: Articles: $150-$400: Re-tellings & book reviews: $75
RIGHTS: First rights
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Query first by mail or email
GUIDELINES: http://www.parabola.org/magazine/submissions.php4

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GRAND MAGAZINE
Christine Crosby, Editorial Director
4791 Baywood Point Drive South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711
EMAIL: editor"at"grandmagazine.com
URL: http://www.grandmagazine.com

Grand Magazine celebrates the vital spirit and active lifestyle
of today's grandparents. We seek snappy, entertaining, insightful
and informative features and department articles addressing
issues of health, finance, technology, travel, entertainment,
books, lifestyles, pastimes, retirement, second careers, trends
and relationships. A typical submission should include examples,
expert opinions and a "More Info" box of additional resources at
article's end. Also, articles should pay close attention to
ethnic and socio-economic balance.

LENGTH: Features: 800-2,500 words; Departments: 650 words
PAYMENT: Features: $250-$500; Departments: $100-$200
RIGHTS: A Writer's Agreement will accompany all assignments and
must be signed and returned.
REPRINTS: No
SUBMISSIONS: Query first by email, or use online submission form
GUIDELINES: http://www.grandmagazine.com/editorialsubmission.asp
Click on "GRAND Magazine Writer's Guidelines"

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"FNASR": First North American Serial Rights, "SASE":
self-addressed, stamped envelope, "GL": guidelines. If you have
questions about rights, please see "Rights: What They Mean and
Why They're Important"
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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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       Delacorte Press Contest for a First Young Adult Novel

DEADLINE: December 31, 2005
GENRE: Young adult fiction
OPEN TO: US and Canadian writers who have not previously
published a young adult novel
LENGTH: 100-224 ms pages

THEME: Submissions should consist of a book-length manuscript
with a contemporary setting that will be suitable for readers
ages 12 to 18. The judges are the editors of Delacorte Press
Books for Young Readers and reserve the right not to award a
prize. Please see web site for complete submission guidelines.

PRIZE: $1,500 in cash, plus standard contract and $7,500 advance
against royalties

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: No

ADDRESS: Delacorte Press Contest, Random House, Inc., 1745
Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10019

URL: http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/games/delacorte.html

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           Euphoria's Annual Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2005
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 50 lines or less

THEME: Poems may be of any genre, with no more than 5 poems being
entered.

PRIZE: $100

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, in body of email

EMAIL: bowmanj8"at"aol.com
URL: http://www.jlabriola.com/id4.html

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         Thoroughbred Times 7th Biennial Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2005
GENRE: Fiction
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 5,000 words or less

THEME: The contest is designed to encourage and recognize
outstanding fiction written about the Thoroughbred industry. The
work of fiction must pertain to a facet of the Thoroughbred
industry.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $800; 2nd Prize: $400; 3rd Prize: $250

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes

ADDRESS: Thoroughbred Times Fiction Contest, PO Box 8237,
Lexington, KY 40533-8237

EMAIL: fiction"at"thoroughbredtimes.com
URL: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/fiction/default.asp

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          Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Contest

DEADLINE: December 31, 2005
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: All
LENGTH: 100 lines or less

THEME: What is poetry of the sacred? Poetry that expresses,
directly or indirectly, a sense of the holy or that, by its mode
of expression, evokes the sacred. The tone may be religious,
prophetic, or contemplative. Sena Jeter Naslund will be this
year's judge.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $500; Three Honorable Mention Prizes: $50 each

ELECTRONIC ENTRY: Yes, as Word document attachment

ADDRESS: The Thomas Merton Foundation, 2117 Payne Street,
Louisville, KY 40206

EMAIL: hgraffy"at"mertonfoundation.org
URL: http://snipurl.com/k1af

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