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                        CONTENTS

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The Editor's Desk
Guest Editorial - Moira Allen
NEWS from the World of Writing
FEATURE: As Easy As ABC by Theresa O'Shea 
The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
THE WRITING DESK: Why Can't I finish my book? by Moira Allen
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Thank you - now I want your help
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I would like to start this editorial by welcoming our new
subscribers and thanking all of you who have re-subscribed to
Writing-World following our change of newsletter host. Prior to our
change of host we had over 16,000 subscribers, however, it turned
out that many of these 'subscribers' were in reality inactive email
addresses - hence the sudden drop in numbers.  At least our new
host provides us with accurate information and we now know exactly
how many real subscribers we have. 

We have gained 800 new subscribers since the beginning of January
and I want to thank you all for your support --without you there
wouldn't be a Writing-World. 

So, thank you.

But I also want to remind you all that there is much more to
Writing-World than the newsletter; don't forget that we have an
archive of over 600 articles online, covering all writing genres. 
If you want to know something you can find it at Writing-World.

However, I want to ensure that we continue to provide you with the
best of writing information and in the best format. So over the
next few months I will be asking your opinion regarding possible
changes to the newsletter. 

For the moment I have decided to suspend the Inquiring Writer as
we're not getting many questions from writers, or replies to
writers' questions. 

So, rather than running this column every month I will now only run
it when we have questions from writers to put to the rest of the
writing community. So, if you do have a niggle, a problem you can't
quite get to grips with, something that is bothering you and you
wonder how other writers deal with it -- let me know and I'll put
your question to the Writing-World readers. 

I would also welcome your feedback regarding the newsletter on the
following three items: news, contests and genres.

First of all, I want your opinion on the news section.  Do you use
it? Is it useful to you?  Would you like to retain it as it is or
would you prefer to have just the headlines and a link to the
story? 

Secondly, what do you think about our contests information? Should
we give you longer notice, i.e. tell you about contests with
deadlines occurring later than next month, as I have done this
issue,  or keep it as it normally is with contest information
limited to contests with deadlines falling within the next five
weeks?

Finally, are we covering the genres you want to see covered? We are
Writing-World and I want to ensure we do cover the whole world of
writing opportunities. As such I am not only open to submissions
again, but I have also determined that each issue should have a
nonfiction item and a fiction item, to start to give some balance
to these two aspects of writing. But before you dash of your
suggestions, remember, we do also have a huge archive of articles
on every genre under the sun; as I always say, if you want to find
it, you can find it on Writing-World. 

So to help me to make this newsletter the best resource for
writers, I would like your comments on the above three items only.
Send your comments to editorial"at"writing-world.com with the subject
line Comments.

As there are always new developments in writing, new areas, new
approaches, new tacks on old topics; I am finally open again to
submissions -- both original works and reprints. Before you dash
off your query letter though, do first of all check our archive of
over 600 articles to ensure we haven't already covered that topic. 

We want articles aimed at the fairly experienced freelance writer
as well as the newbie and we want articles written by people with
experience in the topic matter they are covering.  I don't want
articles on "How to create a gripping first chapter" from an author
who hasn't been published. 

Once I have sufficient articles for the next twelve months I shall
once again close to submissions.  

Queries and articles should be sent to:
editorial"at"writing-world.com. Please allow 3 weeks for a reply. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

                       -- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor
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GUEST EDITORIAL        
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Don't Do Us Any Favors....
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It has been said that "imitation is the sincerest form of
flattery."  Surely, therefore, outright COPYING must be even more
flattering, right?

That seems to be the opinion of a number of writers, editors and
website hosts these days.  Or so we have come to feel this past
month, when Writing-World.com seemed to be hitting the jackpot on
what certain editors considered "favors" -- but what we (and the
law) consider to be theft.

The first "favor" came from a newsletter published by a reputable
writing group (we won't bother to name it), run by experienced
writers whose stated purpose is to INFORM other writers about the
business and craft of writing.  Dawn was less than delighted to
discover that this group had taken one of her articles off the
Writing-World.com website and posted it in the newsletter. 
Unfortunately, the first Dawn heard of this was when a reader of
that newsletter wrote to congratulate her on being "published" in
such a prestigious venue.

Dawn didn't bother to point out to the kind reader that her article
had, in fact, been published in an even more prestigious venue
already -- a venue that had actually PAID for the privilege of
using her work. (Yes, I mean us.)  She did, however, point this out
to the editors of the offending newsletter.  Their answer
(paraphrased a bit): "Oh, gosh, well, (a) most writers are really
THRILLED when we use their material as it gives them extra
publicity, and (b) we assumed that the material was copyright-free
and for public release."

One might suppose that the copyright notice prominently posted with
the article would have provided a clue as to the article's
copyright status (that's why we put it there!).  As for assuming
that material found online is in the public domain or free for
public use, that's the sort of mistake that one expects from, at
most, utterly new and inexperienced writers or webmasters.  It is
NOT the sort of excuse one expects to hear from experienced,
published writers who, presumably, are fairly anxious to protect
their OWN written materials.

When Dawn pointed this out, she got the best excuse of all: "Well,
actually, we farm out the newsletter to another organization, so
we're not responsible..."  Yes, you are.  If your name is on it,
you are responsible for what's in it. 

Finally, garumping and harumphing, the newsletter apologized to
Dawn and agreed not to post any more of her articles (or any others
from Writing-World.com) without permission, even though, as they
reminded us, MOST people considered this a FAVOR...

Next to arrive was a link to a webpage run by a person whom I have
to assume DOES fall under the category of "new and inexperienced." 
This writer (with, I truly believe, the best intentions) first
contacted Dawn to ask if Dawn would consider writing a column for
her.  Dawn said yes.  The next thing Dawn knew, one of her older
columns was prominently featured on this writer's website, followed
by the entire text of one of our newsletters. 

This time I decided to get involved, and wrote a (reasonably)
polite note to the writer, pointing out that the materials that she
had posted were covered by copyright, that she had not received
permission to use them, and that we did not grant permission to
post our newsletters online. I also pointed out that the newsletter
contained an article by yet another writer who owned copyright to
that material and who would need to provide permission for such
reprinting.  I received no reply. The materials remained online.
Finally, feeling a bit testy, I wrote a stiffer note, pointing out
that the first warning had been the nice one, and that if she did
not remove the offending materials, she was breaking the law and I
would be forced to contact her ISP to request that her site be shut
down for copyright violations. 

At this point the writer contacted Dawn again (for some reason she
doesn't seem to want to talk to me, possibly because I bite), and
claimed to have written several e-mails to Dawn (which were never
received), but that since Dawn didn't want her work online, the
materials would be removed (which they were).  But, the writer
protested, MOST writers really APPRECIATE having her put up "links"
to their work...  She was just doing us a FAVOR!

So here's the plea: Writers, editors, website hosts -- don't do us,
or any other writer, this type of "favor."  Using someone's work
without their permission is not a favor. It's copyright
infringement.  Put bluntly, it's stealing. 

Both Dawn and the writer whose article appeared in the stolen
newsletter are professional writers who get PAID for their work. 
Hence, using that work for free isn't doing either of them any
"favors."  But the issue isn't about payment.  The issue of theft
doesn't arise just because a publication uses one's work without
payment.  It arises when a publication uses one's work WITHOUT
PERMISSION.  The irony is that, in many cases, writers are more
than happy to say "yes" to requests to reprint our material.  The
key word is "requests."  All either of these folks needed to do was
to ASK.

Instead, they took.  If one really believes that one is "doing a
writer a favor," then there should be no reason NOT to ask that
writer first, right?  By not asking, one conveys the strong
impression that one is not seeking to "help the writer" -- but to
"help oneself." 

The truth is that many writers, like Dawn and myself, really do
appreciate being "sought after" even when no money is involved. 
Our primary goal is to help writers, not to get rich.  In fact, the
majority of my own articles on Writing-World.com are available for
reprinting absolutely free.  But it's not simply "nice" to be asked
first.  It's necessary.  Before you decide to do a writer a
"favor," do them the ultimate favor first and ASK PERMISSION. 
Otherwise, you're infringing upon that writer's copyright.  And the
next writer may decide to bite considerably harder...


For more information on rights and permissions, see:
Getting Permission to Publish: Ten Tips for Webmasters
http://www.nolo.com/encyclopedia/articles/ilaw/pub_permission.html

                      -- Moira Allen, Publisher
                      
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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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End in site for Writers' Strike?
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According to many reports in the media, the Writers Guild of
America (WGA) is in serious talks with the Alliance of Motion
Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to bring the writers'
strike to an end. It is hoped by many in the industry that the deal
struck between the Directors' Guild of America (DGA) and AMPTP for
better working conditions could lead to an agreement between the
two parties to bring the strike to an end.  The strike has now been
running for 13 weeks and 3 days and has cost the industry an
estimated $1 billion. In the UK the strike has even affected the
BAFTAs (British Film and Television Awards) as many Hollywood
actors are refusing to attend in support of the strike. 
For more information visit:
http://tinyurl.com/2sgucj or http://www.wga.org/

Copyrighted Getty Images to be made available
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Thousands of copyrighted images from the Getty archive will soon be
legally available to bloggers, publishers and websites.  PicScout,
a developer of online digital tracking technology has reached an
agreement with Getty Images to make these images available to users
of PicScout's new digital application PicAp. All the images will,
however, carry advertising and the revenue this generates will be
shared between Getty Images and the person using the photos.  For
more information visit: 
http://www.journalism.co.uk/2/articles/531009.php

Rise in complaints to Press Complaints Commission
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The Press Complaints Commission (PCC), an independent body in the
UK which deals with complaints from members of the public about the
editorial content of newspapers and magazines, has seen a surge in
the number of complaints it receives. Last year it received,
investigated, resolved or upheld more complaints than at any time
in its history. 4340 complaints were made to the PCC, a rise of
nearly a third (31%) over 2006. For more information visit:
http://www.pcc.org.uk/news/index.html?article=NDkwMw==

New York Times to send news to cell phones
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The New York Times has set up a service that will deliver the
latest news, features and columns from the newspaper as well as
features from The Times Magazine to cell phones and mobile devices.
 To receive the latest three articles from a given section or the
most recent column from their favorite writer, users simply need to
send a text message with the appropriate keyword.  For more
information and to access the list of keywords visit:
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AFP reporters banned from using Facebook
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Agence France Presse (AFP) has banned its reporters from using
sites such as Facebook or Wikipedia as sources for stories and
articles. The company made the decision due to the problems of
ensuring the truth of claims made on these sites.  For more
information visit: 
http://www.journalism.co.uk/2/articles/530941.php

Publishers go green
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The international publishing houses are trying to improve their
environmental reputation and to cut their carbon footprint,
according to an article in Publishing News. Major American and
British publishers have joined the recently formed Booksellers
Association/Publishers Association Environmental Action Group which
will meet quarterly to discuss ways in which the publishing
industry can go green. They will be looking at the type and source
of paper used to produce books, the environmental impact of returns
and ways to reduce energy consumption.  For more information visit: 
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As Easy As ABC

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                                      by Theresa O'Shea

Early on in my writing career, I came across an article in a
gardening magazine entitled 20 Things you Never Knew about
Mistletoe. Inspired, I researched and sold two similar features:
one on holly and ivy, the other on Easter eggs. Since then, among
the hundreds of articles I have had published worldwide, around one
in five has been in a non-straight text format. These include 20
Things, Top Tens and A-Z's. 

The advantages of choosing such formats are many:

- Editors love them and will often use the title on the front page
to hook readers
- Bite-sized chunks of information are in - look at the success of
books such as Why don't Penguins Feet Freeze?
- They are perfect for recycling previously published articles
- They can be researched and written in short bursts
- They force you to produce tight, crisp text 
- Structure is straightforward 

Twenty Things you Never Knew about ...
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The editor of a general interest magazine will have lost count of
the seasonal articles she has received on the history of the
Christmas Tree / Halloween / Valentine's Day etc. Dig up a few
unusual facts, look for modern snippets as well as historical ones,
and suggest a 20 Things feature, and you're much more likely to
grab her interest. The same approach works for specialist
publications. For a cat magazine, for example, you could suggest 20
things about a particular breed; for a healthy living magazine, 20
things about the latest wonder food. 

The number 20 is not written in stone: 21 and 15 both work well,
too. At first glance, the number 28 might not seem very inspiring,
but I recently sold a timely piece called 28 Things you Never Knew
about Andalucía to an expat publication in Spain, February 28 is
Andalucía Day, so the number worked perfectly. How about 17 Things
for Saint Patrick's Day, 14 things for Valentine's Day, or 24
things for ...? Well, you figure something out.

Catchy titles won't necessarily sell your pitch, but they certainly
help. Writing about quirky aspects of a Spanish Christmas I used
Navidad instead of Christmas to give the alliterating 20 Things you
Never Knew about Navidad.  And wouldn't you at least be curious
about an article entitled 20 Things you Never Knew about Nipples?
Can't find an alliteration, then change the number: 17 Things you
Never Knew about Siamese Cats, 14 Ways to Feng Shui your Office,
and so on.

Top Tens
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Travel Top Tens are hot right now. They are useful, digestible and
as the Americans say, actionable. Open any travel or property
magazine and you're sure to see Top Tens - or Fives or Sevens - of
everything from Golf properties and spas to yoga retreats and fun
parks. Contact details and costs, if relevant, are usually given at
the end of each entry. 

Think of a sector - vegetarians, disabled people, solo women
travellers, people travelling with pets - and aim the roundup at
them. Ten Vegetarian Tapa Treats, Ten Pet-friendly Hotels, Top Ten
Disabled Destinations; once you start brainstorming it's hard to
stop. 

Get more mileage out of your original idea and go from global to
local. I wrote a piece about naturist beaches and resorts called
Ten Places to Get Your Kit off  for a European in-flight magazine,
focusing on the airline's destinations. Narrowing the scope, I then
re-wrote it for one of the Spain magazines, and finally, narrowed
it further still for a publication on the Costa del Sol. 

Find a reason for writing about a particular destination - to
coincide with a festival, for example - and turn out a Top Ten
Things to do / places to visit there. And don't forget the
downsides, either. Try a best of / worst of approach: Barcelona:
What not to miss, What to avoid, The Highs and Lows of the Munich
Beer Festival, and so on. 

A-Z's
------

The mechanics of the A-Z are slightly more complicated. If you
write one entry per letter for a 1500-word article, this means an
average of 57 words per entry. Sometimes, though, you will need
more than one headword for certain letters, making the average
length of each one considerably shorter. This can be tough, but
provides great practice in making every word count.

A-Z's are attractive to the editor because they are quirky and
eye-catching. For the writer, they are especially useful for
revamping and updating old articles. I have re-written features on
subjects such as aphrodisiacs, hangovers, learning to drive, and
natural beauty into A-Z's that were easy to sell and quick to turn
around. The format also works well for beginners guides that
explain the jargon related to a particular hobby or activity: An
A-Z Guide to Digital photography / for Naturist Newbies / of
Bullfighting.

If you're targeting country-specific magazines, the A-Z is an ideal
vehicle for language-related topics. In a feature on shops in
Spain, I wrote the headwords in Spanish, followed by a brief
translation, and then a commentary. The success I have had with
this kind of article actually led to me co-writing an entire book
about Spain in an A-Z format. Peter Mayle has done a similar thing
in his Provence A-Z. 

Tips
-----

- Top tens, A-Zs, and 20 Things are NOT a soft option. Triple check
all facts and write tight 
- While a conclusion is not necessary, an introductory paragraph
may be useful to draw in the reader and set the context
- Strike a balance between more well-known and lesser-known
snippets when writing 20 Things and A-Z articles
- Word can play havoc with numbered points in an article. Write the
entries first, decide the order, and then number them 
- With A-Z's, it's OK to omit one or two tough letters, like Q or
X. You will need a Z, though, so browse the dictionary and think
creatively

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Copyright (c) 2008 by Theresa O'Shea 

Theresa O'Shea is co-author (with Valerie Collins) of an A-Z book,
called In the Garlic: Your Informative, Fun Guide to Spain (Santana
Books). Her website is at http://www.inthegarlic.com 

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THE WRITE SITES
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Interview with Moira Allen
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The Desk Drawer
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An e-mail writing group that posts weekly writing exercises for
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A Book Inside
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New free monthly ezine geared toward new writers, written by an
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Ink Provoking
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New site offering a new writing prompt daily from Monday to Friday.
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11 Rules of Writing
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I think there are more - but this is a good introduction to the 11
most common offences against English grammar and punctuation. A
very useful site.  
http://www.junketstudies.com/rulesofw/ 

OWL handouts
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The Online Writing Lab is mainly aimed at students learning how to
write thesis papers and essays, BUT has some useful handouts for
general writers too.  Check out the articles on how to avoid
wordiness, coping with writing anxiety and outlining for a start. 
It also has tips on poetry.
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/index2.html

Admit 2
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Unusual online literary magazine that only accepts work written by
two or more authors working together. Very useful for writing
circles and writing partners and a good read too. 
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THE WRITING DESK  - Why can't I finish my book?
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                                 By Moira Allen 

Q: I have been working on romance book for more than three years!!!
The same one.  I have my story, which I think is perfect. I have
kept my basic story line, but I am always changing it and rewriting
it over, because I am afraid it may be too much.  My husband says
that I have become obsessed with this book.  Also, should I send a
publisher the entire book when I am or ready or just a summary? 


A: I know the problem well -- I've done the same myself.  However,
if you are truly interested in finding publication, eventually you
will have to decide on the version of the story that seems to work
best for you, and start working on submitting it to publishers.  It
is always tempting to rewrite -- but sometimes too much rewriting
can do more harm than good -- in changing too many things, you may
lose track of some of the ideas that inspired you to write this
particular story in the first place.

Could it be that you're afraid that if you let this story go, you
won't be able to find another?  Or could it be that you are so
deeply involved with this set of characters that you find it
difficult to "let them go" and write about someone else?  It can be
difficult to let characters go (they're like our children) and move
on to another novel or story, but again, if you truly want
publication, you'll have to make this move eventually.

Here's a suggestion:  Put your story aside for awhile, and try
writing some short stories.  Use completely different characters
and a completely different setting.  Play with ideas that you
haven't used in your novel.  This can help give you some different
perspectives and ideas that you wouldn't otherwise discover or
explore by rewriting your novel.  (Rewriting the same novel keeps
you limited to that world, that perspective, those characters --
until it can be hard to see anything beyond that setting.)  The
stories you write don't have to be good, even marketable -- but
they will serve as an exercise to stretch your creative boundaries
beyond the world in which your novel takes place. 

Once you've "played around" with some ideas beyond your story, this
may give you a new and clearer perspective on the novel itself, and
what exactly you want to do with it.  It may also help you put
aside that rewriting and focus on new projects (which you'll need
to do once you send that novel "out the door" to a publisher.)

In seeking a publisher, the answer to your question is "find out
what the publisher wants."  Publishers have very specific
guidelines, and those guidelines can usually be found in the
current issue of The Writer's Market.  You can also locate many
publishers' guidelines online.  Since this is a romance novel, look
up the publishers of romance novels that you like to read, and find
their websites; their guidelines will usually be posted.  There,
you can find out whether to submit the manuscript, or an outline,
or whether you'll need an agent to submit.

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

Copyright (c) 2008 by Moira Allen

Moira Allen, publisher of Writing-World.com, has published more
than 350 articles and columns and seven books, including How to
Write for Magazines, Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer,
The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals, and
Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to Advance Your Writing
Career. Allen has served as columnist and contributing editor for
The Writer and has written for Writer's Digest, Byline, and various
other writing publications. In addition to Writing-World.com, Allen
hosts the travel website TimeTravel-Britain.com and The Pet Loss
Support Page. She can be contacted at editors"at"writing-world.com.

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WRITING CONTESTS

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This section lists contests that charge no entry fees. Unless 
otherwise indicated, competitions are open to all adult writers.
 
TRAVELING STORIES MAGAZINE WRITING CONTEST 
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DEADLINE: February 28, 2008
GENRE: Nonfiction
DETAILS:  300 - 1000 words traveling story or a traveling article.
You could provide travel advice, or address philosophical questions
pertaining to the traveling community.
PRIZE: $150 
URL: http://tinyurl.com/2m4zaj
EMAIL:  travelingstories"at"gmail.com

THE INNERMOONLIT AWARD FOR BEST FIRST CHAPTER OF A NOVEL
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DEADLINE: March 1, 2008
GENRE: Books
DETAILS: 2000 words max, all genres accepted. Over 18's only. All
work to be submitted anonymously via email only. Entrants must
specify that they are entering the Best First Chapter of a Novel
Contest and must indicate the number of words in their submission. 
PRIZE: $100; $50; third prize: a signed copy of one of Brian
Agincourt Massey's novels.
URL:  http://tinyurl.com/2s2uve

THE HUMANIST ESSAY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: March 3, 2008
GENRE:  Young Writers
DETAILS: Contest is open to students residing in the United States
or Canada who are enrolled in grades 9-12 as of the entry deadline.
1,500-2,500 word essay on a humanist topic (see magazine for ideas)
written in English.
PRIZE:  $1000
URL:  http://www.thehumanist.org/essaycontest.html
EMAIL: contest"at"theHumanist.org.

ODES TO OLYMPIANS POETRY CONTEST 
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DEADLINE: March 31, 2008
GENRE: Poetry
DETAILS:  The Tapestry of Bronze is sponsoring a series of poetry
contests to celebrate Greek and Roman mythology and the Olympian
gods. The subject of the first contest is Zeus (also known as
Jupiter), the King of the Gods. Each poem may be no longer than 30
lines and each poem must be in English.  There are two categories
of entry: under 18, 18 and over.  No entries to be received before
February 15.
PRIZE: $50 in each category
URL:  http://www.tapestryofbronze.com/OdeForm.html
 
WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: April 1, 2008
GENRE: Poetry
DETAILS:  Find a vanity poetry contest and submit your parody poem
to a vanity contest as a joke. Then submit your entry to us. Poets
of all nations are welcome. Your poem must be in English (inspired
gibberish also accepted). Please submit only one poem during the
submission period. Your poem may be of any length.
PRIZE:  1st: $1,359 & publication, 2nd: $764 & publication, 3rd:
$338 & publication, Twelve honorable mentions $72.95 each and
publication.
URL:  http://tinyurl.com/yuaqs9
 
PORTIA STEELE AWARDS
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DEADLINE: April 15, 2008
GENRE: Poetry/Nonfiction
DETAILS: For women aged 50 or older. Submit poetry no longer than
one and one-half pages, prose no longer than 500 words   with word
count noted.
PRIZE: $100 in each category
URL:  http://www.portiasteeleaward.org/contest.htm
EMAIL: contest"at"portiasteeleaward.org.
 
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