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                           CONTENTS
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	From the Editor's Desk
	NEWS from the World of Writing
	THE INQUIRING WRITER:  The Comfort Zone
		by Dawn Copeman
	FEATURE: Travel that Pays, by  Kayleen Reusser
	The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
	WRITING DESK: A Baker's Dozen, by Moira Allen
	FEATURE: The Beginner's Guide To... Writing Competitions
		by Dawn Copeman
	JUST FOR FUN: Things Not To Say When You Meet a
		Famous SF Writer, By Bruce Boston
	WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
	WRITING CONTESTS with no entry fees
	The Author's Bookshelf

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Yes, We're Late...
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This time, a day late literally means "but not a dollar short."
Last week, one of my e-mail hosts seemed to have had a hiccup,
and I lost a number of e-mails.  When I got around to putting
this issue together yesterday, I realized that one of our regular
advertisers' ads had not shown up, even though it was scheduled.
Sure enough, it had been sent, and lost.  Which confirms once
again that technology is a wonderful thing -- but only when it
works!

We're in the Top 101 - Again!
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Once again, Writing-World.com has made Writers' Digest list of
top 101 websites for writers!  Thanks to all of you who voted for
us -- and be sure to check out the entire list at
http://www.writersdigest.com/101sites/2006_index.asp

Camera for Sale
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If you're looking for a great digital camera that's easy to use
(and easy to learn), I may have what you seek.  I've finally
decided to upgrade to a higher megapixel camera -- and I'm
looking for a good home for my beloved Nikon Coolpix 4300.

This is a 3-megapixel digital camera with all the trimmings --
built-in flash, viewscreen, USB connector, battery charger, etc.
It comes with a 16MB card and an additional 128-MB card (worth
about $70) and a spare (non-rechargeable) backup battery.  (I
have learned: always, ALWAYS carry a spare battery.  Or two.)  It
comes in its original box, with all manuals, software and cables.

Again, this has been a great camera.  For those who recall my
photos from my 2003 trip to England, yep, that's the camera that
took them.  It's in perfect condition, and originally sold for
$450; I'm asking $200 (with free shipping within the US).  If
you're interested, please contact me!

Speaking of Photos...
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I had a chance to give my new camera a workout on my recent
vacation to Arkansas.  In my ongoing "scanning project that will
never die" (in which I've been converting the family photo
archives, including the ancestral archives, to digital), I
discovered that there were no photos of our family dollhouse.
This may seem like a small matter -- except that it was far from
a small dollhouse.

My grandmother built our huge, Tudor-style dollhouse during WWII;
it's about five feet long and three feet high, full of
handcrafted furniture and even some miniature paintings painted
by my grandfather, who was an artist.  The exterior was
"half-timbered" in traditional Tudor style, but the interior was
meant to represent an English home in the 1920's or 1930's.

This was a lovely thing to have in a nice big house, but as my
sisters and I ended up in a succession of relatively small
apartments, a five-foot-long dollhouse just didn't fit in.  Since
my sister teaches at Arkansas State University, we finally
donated the dollhouse to the University museum.

This April, we got permission for me to enter into the inner
sanctum of the museum, where the dollhouse is currently stored,
and take pictures. (Believe me, inner sanctums of museums aren't
really terribly interesting places; they are poorly lit and
rather dusty, and filled with plastic-shrouded objects that look
more eerie than intriguing.)  Fortunately, the plexiglass cover
that the museum had made to protect the dollhouse from dust had
gotten broken (apparently it was horribly heavy, and the last
time someone tried to take it off, they dropped it, nearly broke
someone's foot, and shattered the cover).  This proved a blessing
to me, since otherwise, my flash would have just bounced off the
plastic.  Instead, I was able to get lots of great close-up shots
of the interior.  As my husband said on looking at them later,
"It looks like a real house."

So my adventures in family archiving appear to be continuing; my
next step is to talk to family members to see what they can
remember about when the dollhouse was built, etc., etc., -- there
has to be an article in here somewhere!  Meanwhile, for some
sample pix, visit
http://www.writing-world.com/dollhouse/dollhouse.shtml

                                         -- Moira Allen, Editor

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Pulitzer Prizes for News Website and Web Journalist
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Changes to the rules by the Pulitzer Award Body meant that this
year, prizes could be awarded to entries that had been published
online.  This change enabled a New Orleans Newspaper, the
Times-Picayune, to win the Pulitzer Prize Breaking News Award for
its coverage of Hurricane Katrina.  Despite rising floodwater, a
team of reporters stayed on in New Orleans and continued to post
reports on NOLA.com, the paper's online affiliate. In the
aftermath of Katrina, hits to NOLA.com rose from 800,000 a day to
30 million a day. The first web journalist to receive the
Pulitzer Prize is Nicholas Kristof, the multimedia reporter of
the New York Times, who received the award for commentary. More
information: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story1812.shtml

European Publishers face Blasphemy Charges in Pakistan
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Police in Karachi have registered cases against many European
editors under a Blasphemy Law that carries the death penalty. The
editor and publisher of the Danish Paper JYLLANDS-POSTEN, as well
as editors in Italy, France, Norway, Ireland and the Netherlands
were all indicted for carrying the controversial cartoons of
Mohammed. Google, Hotmail and Yahoo were also named in the
lawsuit, which was registered on April 25th. For further
information visit: http://tinyurl.com/kokhy or
http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/174081.php

E-Book Revenue Continues to Grow
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The International Digital Publishing Forum reported a 23%
increase in e-book revenue in 2005. The number of e-books being
published increased by 20% compared to 2004 but the number of
e-books sold remained constant at 1,692,964.
http://www.idpf.org/doc_library/statistics/2005.htm

Growth in UK Online Publishing Industry Leads to Lack of Staff
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Online publishing in the UK is set to grow by 37% in 2006,
according to the Association of Online Publishers (AOP), which in
turn has led to a surge in the number of jobs available in web
publishing. In their 2006 census, the AOP found that almost
three-quarters of their members had encountered difficulties in
filling media vacancies. The AOP thinks that the staffing
problems are being caused by the rapid growth in the sector as
well as a shortage of suitably skilled applicants with editorial
positions being the hardest to fill. For more details visit:
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story1799.shtml and
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story1820.shtml

New Imprints at Random House and Thomas Nelson
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In spring 2007, Random House will launching a new line of
mysteries and thrillers.  The imprint, called Mortalis, will
include both new works and reprints.  Among the launch titles are
Boris Akunin's "Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog," Alex
Carr's "An Accidental American," and David Corbett's "Blood of
Paradise."  Each book will also include a "dossier" -- a section
of commentary at the back.  For more information, visit
http://tinyurl.com/fvlzl

Thomas Nelson has launched a new trade imprint titled Naked Ink,
which is aimed at the 18-35 year old market.  The aim of the
imprint is to "inspire a generation of readers who seek
imaginative, honest and relevant information through
entertainment and pop-culture driven products." Rebekah Whitlock
is editing the line, which has five titles slotted in for this
year. The first book to be released in April will be "The Hot
Mom's Handbook" by Jessica Denay. Further information can be
found at: http://tinyurl.com/z9843

Changes at UPS
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As of May 1, UPS's Overnite Transportation will be known as UPS
Freight. A new website for this service can be found at
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THE INQUIRING WRITER
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                     by Dawn Copeman (DawnCopeman"at"Write-away.biz)

Last month I told you I was stuck in the Comfort Zone and begged
for your help.  I wanted to know if any of you had been stuck in
the 'Zone' and I soon found out I was not alone.  There are lots
of us out there: talented writers who keep finding excuses not to
break out of the Zone.

They include writers like M. Murphy, who emailed me to say "I'm
definitely stuck in a Comfort Zone. I write for a daily newspaper
and write 5 - 10 articles a week and rewrite many press releases,
but I have an opportunity to do a freelance article on a
compelling subject and I'm scared silly to write that query
letter! Actually, that's not completely true; I've written the
letter and done the interview, but I haven't submitted the query
yet.  I keep finding excuses."

"Am I stuck in the Comfort Zone?  Oh my, yes!" wrote Sher.
"Unfortunately my comfort zone is writing in my blog, reading and
corresponding with several other professional writers and coming
up with great ideas that never get submitted.  I did manage one
breakout when I sent a clever and compelling query to our
newspaper in an effort to land a humor column.  The editor
immediately shot back an email response. They're interested. She
wants me to send two sample columns toward the end of the year
when they're planning the 2007 budget.  I have eight months to
write two hilariously funny 600 word columns.  That's not a good
scenario for someone who works best under pressure.  That's what
I need to get out of my comfort zone - pressure."

But, I wondered, was being in the Comfort Zone such a bad thing?
No, say T. and A. Martinez, a husband-and-wife team who write
mostly for trade publications.  They found that staying in the
zone helped them to develop as niche specialists: "We have found
spiritual growth through our close observation of deep expertise
in this one field of endeavor."

G. Evans doesn't believe that the Zone is a problem either. "My
advice would be to stop thinking in black and white; it's not an
all-or-nothing situation.  My day job (Comfort Zone) is being a
technical writer. I also write a newspaper column about special
events for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association,
newspaper and magazine articles on various topics and I'm working
on a mystery novel series.  You can write what you're comfortable
with and new things at the same time."

K. McGovern takes a different view entirely.  "I can speak, or
write, only for myself, but I've found that the Comfort Zone is a
death trap.  I was a print journalist for many years --
newspapers and magazines -- and reached the point where I could
write certain stories in my sleep.  And those stories began to
put me to sleep, and when that happens, those stories also put
one's readers to sleep. I think we need to keep challenging
ourselves as writers, not only if we want to stay, or become
fresh and interesting, but if we want to see the world from a new
perspective or discover our true voice.  I knew it was time to
leave the newspaper business when the air in the newsroom turned
gray, when I dreaded making one more phone call, interviewing one
more person or torturing my brain for one more 'clever' lead or
play on words. Writing had become drudgery."

So she quit the newspaper, turned down magazine articles and
wrote a musical.  "Since then I've had three short plays read or
produced and am trying to build up enough stamina to write a
longer play.  If I want to write a poem, I write a poem.  I
suppose I'm becoming a writing dilettante.  That's OK, because
I'm starting to remember why I once loved to write.  Passion and
joy, not routine and comfort are what compelled me to write in
the first place.  I don't ever want to go back to the Comfort
Zone.  It nearly sucked the life out of me."

So, there is a way out of the zone for those of us who feel
trapped by it?  N. Taylor writes, "Lately I've been writing about
books which I love.  I'm a routine person so I love to have
regular work in the same area.  However, no project lasts forever
in the freelance world, so I know it will stop someday.  It is
hard to step out of the Zone, especially to write about subjects
you don't care for or don't know much about.  Although I will
always look for literary projects, I will try to take on those
projects that don't appeal to me, especially if the pay is good.
I think it is good for my development as a writer."

V. Sparks sums up the pros and cons of the Comfort Zone and
offers some advice to those of us who feel uncomfortable in it.
"Yes and no about the Comfort Zone.  You get name recognition by
sticking to a subject you know and we all know that's important.
But you do need to stretch your capacity as a writer to include
other subjects you are interested in.  I started out writing
historical articles for my local paper and branched out into
magazines that publish the same.  I'm now attempting to combine
the history writing with fiction books and I'm fascinated.  It's
such fun. Branch out is my advice; you can do it."

Thank you for all your responses on this topic. While I know some
of you are happy being niche specialists, I've decided that the
Zone is no place for me.  I'm off to check for calls for
submissions, put my thinking cap on and actually start querying!

See you next time,

Dawn

For advice on how to break free from your comfort zone visit:
	 http://www.writing-world.com/basics/outgrow.shtml

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Dawn Copeman is a freelance writer based in England.  She is the
editor of http://www.newbie-writers.com a site for new and
aspiring writers as well as a contributing editor and columnist
at http://www.timetravel-britain.com. Visit her website at
http://www.write-away.biz

Copyright (c) 2006 by Dawn Copeman

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A question for next month's column: Since Dawn didn't provide a
question this time around, your intrepid editor has one for you:

Are we getting jaded by the Internet?  I can remember the
excitement of those days when we discovered, as writers, that
we could begin submitting manuscripts and queries by e-mail,
or that we could correspond with fellow writers around the
world.  I remember the fun of receiving those first writing
newsletters (like Inklings).  But has the thrill begun to fade?
How do YOU feel about the Internet, as a writer, compared to
a few years ago?  Do you still regard it as a wonderful tool,
or do you consider it more of a burden or even a hazard (or
a combination of the above)?  Do you use it more, less, or
about the same? (E.g., do you participate in as many groups,
or send as many e-mails, subscribe to as many newsletters,
or do as much surfing as you did a few years ago?)

Send your thoughts to: editors"at"writing-world.com with
"Internet" in the subject line!

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TRAVEL THAT PAYS
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                                               by Kayleen Reusser

If you like to travel, you can be a travel writer. I've been
writing travel-related articles for years and have found it to be
rewarding and interesting. The best thing is that you don't have
to live in beautiful place like Florida or a historic place like
Boston to write travel articles. Fascinating places and events
are everywhere. The travel writer's mission is to be observant
and record unique qualities about an area or event, so that
people will want to go there.

Start at Home
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Start with where you live. Is there a famous landmark nearby?
Years ago, when I first started writing travel articles, I
thought of the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The famous fruit bearer's grave is located in a park where the
festival is held. An estimated 250,000 visitors attend the
festival, visit several military encampments, and buy hundreds of
each fall. My article sold its first time out to "Good Reading",
a monthly magazine. Later, Capper's bought a reprint.

I followed that with an article on the world-renowned Auburn Cord
Duesenberg (ACD) Festival, which takes place on Labor Day in
Auburn, Indiana, 50 miles from my home. After attending the
festival and viewing dozens of elegant vintage vehicles, I
believed people would like to know more about this unique event.
The next year, I checked with the ACD Festival public relations
people to make sure my dates and facts were current. Then I wrote
an article about the festival for Whatzup!, a Fort Wayne-area
entertainment guide.

Take Pictures
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Of course, travel articles depend on photos for publication.
Photos add pizzazz, visual interest, and information to a travel
article. I usually carry a camera -- now digital -- to every
event, looking for that particular shot that will thrill an
editor and help him decide to buy my article. For the Johnny
Appleseed festival I snapped a couple dozen shots, including one
of a Civil War reenactor dressed like a doctor standing outside
his tent. Both Capper's and Good Reading used the photo with the
article. Since I sold the photo of the Civil War doctor and the
article for first rights to Good Reading, I was free to publish
both again.

Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera at the ACD festival. The
public relations departments of the festival kindly supplied
slides and professional photos for the article. The downside is
that since the ACD photos were complimentary, no payment was made
for them, only for the text. Since publications usually pay
separately for photos, I try to take my own whenever possible.

A further note on photos. Not every shot I take is for
publication. Many are for research purposes. During a recent
visit to Nashville, Ind., I photographed the interior and
exterior of several shops. When I was writing the travel article
about the town and needed to describe products for sale inside
shops, the photos enabled me to remember which stores sold what.
[Editor's note: It's also helpful to snap shots of information
signs, which can help remind you of what that beautiful scenic
photo was all about.]

Consider People and Buildings
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A travel article can be about a person, as long as there's a
travel tie-in. A few years back, I wrote an article about Gene
Stratton-Porter, a popular nature novelist who lived in Indiana
during the early 20th century. Since both of her Hoosier homes,
one in Geneva and one in Rome City, are state historic sites, I
included directions, cost of admittance, and hours of operation.
The editor of Women's Household liked it and published it, paying
me $100.

A travel article can also center on a certain building rather
than an area. Upon planning a visit to eastern Montana, I queried
the editor of Cowboys and Country Magazine with a roundup of
possible article ideas. He voiced interest in a restaurant in
Billings called The Rex. The building dated back to the late
1800s, when Buffalo Bill Cody's chef quit traveling and settled
down to establish his own business.

My focus was on the history of the place rather than the food,
although I mentioned its specialty: Montana-raised Rosemary
Roasted Buffalo. The Cowboys and Country editor liked the
historic angle and the menu details I included. Since the
restaurant had a dark interior, I asked the owner for photos,
which he had hired a professional photographer to take. He
willingly provided several.

Use Your Vacations
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If the only time you can research a travel destination is during
your vacation, go for it. I had heard of Amelia Island, 30 miles
off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, for years. Finally my
husband and I decided to visit the area. I hit the jackpot for
visual interest and historic value. This tiny island has existed
under the reign of nine flags and has a Civil War fort that
visitors can explore. The town of Fernandina Beach has 90 houses
on the national historic register. There's even a Ritz-Carlton
resort. The editors of Florida Retirement Lifestyles and Whatzup!
purchased my article on this lovely area.

Even when my husband and I traveled to Alaska for our wedding
anniversary, I was on the lookout for travel writing ideas. I
struck gold when we climbed aboard the Discovery Riverboat on the
Chena River near Fairbanks. I took lots of photos and notes
during the relaxing and informative 3-hour trip. On our return, I
queried my editor at the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel newspaper for
which I freelance. The paper had decided to begin a weekly travel
section. My article on the Discovery Riverboat was its first
article. Better yet, three of my photos were used to
illustrate the article.

Think Anniversaries
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Be alert to anniversaries for tourism-related events. When I read
that the 50th anniversary of James Dean's death would occur in
2005, I put it on my calendar to write a travel article about
him, and the celebration his hometown of Fairmount, Indiana
planned in his honor.

Market Widely
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Since Dean is a nationally known figure, I researched online
markets and the travel sections of Writer's Market and The
Writer's Handbook for multiple sales. However, I've learned not
to limit my searching to obvious travel publications. For
example, Grit published my article on the Peru, Indiana,
Children's Circus as part of its center spread. Although my focus
was on circus skills and discipline the children learn from adult
volunteers, I also turned the piece into a travel-related article
by including ticket information, dates of performances, and the
circus' Web site.

Travel article ideas are everywhere. The challenge for us as
writers is to look around and decide which one to tackle first.

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Kayleen Reusser has written hundreds of articles for dozens of
publications, including Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul 2,
Today's Christian Woman, Grit, Decision, Scouting, and Fort Wayne
Magazine. She writes regularly for the Travel, Neighbors, and
Ticket! sections of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. She is the
editor of a jail chaplaincy newsletter. Visit her website at
http://www.KayleenR.com

Copyright (c) 2006 by Kayleen Reusser

For more articles on travel writing, visit
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Simply Google
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Ever wondered what Google offers besides basic searching?  You
can find all of Google's search options (books, maps, images,
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	http://www.usabilityviews.com/simply_google.htm

Claremont Review
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An international literary magazine for young adult writers (no
payment); also hosts an annual contest.
       http://www.theclaremontreview.ca/submit.htm

Teen Ink
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Teen Ink is a monthly print magazine, website, and a book series
all written by teens for teens. There are over 16,000 pages of
student writing on this site.
	http://www.teenink.com/

Suite 101.com
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A site offering free online writing courses in all genres.  It
covers everything from creative writing 101, to horror,
thrillers, children's fiction and technical writing.
	http://www.suite101.com/suiteu/

Harris, Harris & Donahue Literary Agents
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An extensive site with lots of useful resources including a
manuscript preparation guide and a story check-list as well as
industry news.
	http://harris-donahue.tripod.com/

Using Song Lyrics; Finding Owners
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If you want to find out whom to contact for permission to use
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THE WRITING DESK
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                                                  by Moira Allen

A Baker's Dozen...
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This month I decided to clean out my inbox full of "short"
questions and answers for the column.  So instead of several long
and meaningful Q&As, I'm offering up several short (and hopefully
pithy) snippets.  Here's a sampling; read the rest at
http://www.writing-world.com/desk/desk05.shtml

Q: I have difficulty understanding how to punctuate interior
dialogue/monologue and soliloquy. I have seen it italicized,
enclosed in quotation marks, and embedded within a paragraph. Can
you help me?

A: The most common approach I've seen is to use italics.
Otherwise, quotes would tend to make the reader think that the
person was speaking out loud, even if he was not actually
speaking TO another person. Including some indication that the
person is in fact "thinking" can be helpful, but it isn't always
necessary. If your character only does this ONCE in a story,
probably some set-up ("he thought" or "he mused") would be
helpful. But if you establish this as a regular, recurrent
action, then introducing each sequence of interior dialogue with
a "he thought" tag won't be necessary. Basically you just need to
set it up early to let the reader know that this character tends
to "muse" a lot and when one sees italics, that's what's
happening.

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Q: I would like to send out a query to several magazines about an
article... I plan to interview a few experts along with several
other people. My question is: should I contact these people
first, let them know what type of article I wish to write, tell
them the magazines I am going to query, and then ask them if they
wouldn't mind being interviewed for the article once I receive an
ok from an editor? Or should I let them know that I am planning
on querying several magazines and do the interviews first before
I send in the query? Or should I query the editor and mention
that I will be contacting certain people about doing interviews
as soon as I get an ok on submitting the article?

A: In my opinion (and not everyone does it the same way!), the
best way to handle this is to approach the experts first. Tell
them that you are developing an article proposal -- you don't
have to say for what magazine, though if you have a high-quality
publication in mind, it doesn't hurt to mention it. Ask them if
they would be willing to be interviewed IF the proposal is
accepted. (Most will say yes.)

Then, you can include in your query a list of those experts who
have agreed to be interviewed, and this will give much more
strength to your proposal: "The article will include interviews
with so-and-so, author of X book; so-and-so, head of the facility
for...; and so-and-so..." etc.

However, it's definitely a waste of everyone's time to conduct
interviews before you have a firm assignment (or at least a "go
ahead on spec"). So I always recommend getting the agreement
first, then writing the query, the conducting the interviews when
an editor gives you the green light.

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Q: I remember that we aren't supposed to use you (second person,)
but I can't remember--is it okay to write in first person? I
really enjoy telling stories from the first person point of view,
because a lot of my stories are true. Even the ones that are
fiction, I find I can tell better if I tell them from a first
person point of view. It is more like they are my own stories,
and I always put real-life people in them too. Still, I have
never yet placed in a contest and am wondering if that could be
the reason.

A: First-person stories are considered perfectly acceptable, if
the use of first person is appropriate for the topic. I wouldn't
assume that's the reason you're not placing in contests -- keep
in mind that many contests can receive hundreds of entries, which
means a lot of disappointment for a lot of people.

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

Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for more
than 20 years, and has written several books on writing,
including "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer" and "The
Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals."  Her most
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THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO... WRITING COMPETITIONS
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                                                  by Dawn Copeman

Are you ignoring a potentially lucrative source of income, a
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You see, writing contests aren't for everybody else but you.
They aren't just for Pulitzer winning writers or for writers with
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Now, entering a writing competition can be daunting.  You imagine
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than you and that your entry will be laughed into the bin. (No?
That's just me, then.)

But the fact is that entering writing contests shouldn't really
be that much more daunting than writing a query letter, or an
article on spec.  In fact, given that there are thousands of
contests out there actively seeking your submissions, I'd say that
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JUST FOR FUN
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                                                  by Bruce Boston

THINGS NOT TO SAY WHEN YOU MEET A FAMOUS SF WRITER
--------------------------------------------------

Where do you get all those crazy ideas?

You must have made a fortune off that stuff.

I don't know why you win so many awards.
I write as well as you do.

Can you sign this crate of books now?

How did you get your start?
Did you know someone in the business?

I have a brother who wants to be a writer.
Could you take a look at his stories
and let me know what you think?

Do you ever do any regular fiction?

So how come they never make
your books into movies?

I've never read anything by you.
But I hear it's pretty good.

I've got this fantastic idea for a novel.
Listen to this!

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

Bruce Boston is the author of thirty books and chapbooks,
including the novel Stained Glass Rain and the "Best of" fiction
collection Masque of Dreams. His work has appeared in hundreds of
books and magazines, including: Amazing Stories, Asimov's SF
Magazine, Realms of Fantasy, Science Fiction Age, Year's Best
Fantasy and Horror, and six Nebula Award anthologies, and won
many awards, including a Pushcart Prize, the Asimov's Readers'
Award, the Best of Soft Science Fiction Award, and the Grand
Master Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.  For
further information visit: http://hometown.aol.com/bruboston.

Copyright (c) 2006 Bruce Boston

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WRITING CONTESTS
=================================================================
This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. For more
contests, check our online contests section.
      http://www.writing-world.com/contests/index.shtml

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

	Wyndz.com Writing Contest

DEADLINE: October 25, 2006
GENRE: 	  Fiction
OPEN TO:  All
PRIZE:    10 winners published as examples on Wyndz.com and
authors will receive a 6 month link from the site.
URL:   http://www.wyndz.com/writercontest.htm
EMAIL:  submissions"at"wyndz.com

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

	 BLAZE is looking for YOUR manuscript

DEADLINE: May 15, 2006
GENRE:  Romance
THEME: Send one page synopsis of your completed novel.
OPEN TO: All, but must have access to eharlequin.com chat room
and be able to post messages there. Further information is on our
contests database.
PRIZES: Publication
EMAIL: 	doeraemi"at"gmail.com

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

	 ARWZ Speculative Fiction Contest

DEADLINE: June 1, 2006
GENRE: Fiction
THEME: International age 13+. Speculative fiction, i.e. science
fiction, fantasy, horror, historical. short fiction or novel
first chapter.
PRIZE:  Publication
URL:	http://www.arwz.com/zinecontests.html?200524

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

	 ARWZ Speculative Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: June 1, 2006
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO:  All 13+
THEME: Poetry inspired by speculative fiction themes: science
fiction, fantasy, horror, historical
PRIZE: Publication
URL:  http://www.arwz.com/zinecontests.html?200524

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

	 Cafe Poetica's Poetry Contest

DEADLINE: June 30, 2006
GENRE: Poetry
OPEN TO: Members only, but membership is free.
THEME: Open
PRIZE:  $25
URL:  http://www.poemtrain.com

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

	  Chicano Latino Literary Prize (drama)

DEADLINE: June 1, 2006
GENRE:  Scripts/Screenplays
OPEN TO: US citizens
THEME: Open
PRIZE:   $1000, $500, $250
URL:  	 http://tinyurl.com/qmyeb
EMAIL: cllp"at"uci.edu

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

	   Joyous Publishing Contests

DEADLINE: June 15, 2006
GENRE:  Fiction and nonfiction
PRIZE:   $50 First Prize, $30 Second Prize and publication.
URL:   http://joyouspub.com
EMAIL: joyouspub"at"comcast.net

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

	    L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest

DEADLINE: June 30, 2006
GENRE:   SF and fantasy stories and novellas; open to unpublished
writers
PRIZE:   $1000, $750, $500; $4000 annual grand prize
URL:    http://www.writersofthefuture.com

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	     Wizards and Magic

DEADLINE: June 16, 2006
GENRE:    Short story and art contest
THEME: 	  Wizards and Magic
PRIZE:    $25
URL:     http://www.runesmag.com/
EMAIL: 	 admin"at"runesmag.com

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