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THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR'S DESK: by Dawn Copeman
THE WRITING DESK - Agents, by Moira Allen
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURE:  Twenty-Two Reasons to Turn to Your Journal for Catharsis
and Creativity, by Noelle Sterne
THE WRITE SITES -- Online Resources for Writers
WRITING CONTESTS WITH NO ENTRY FEES
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FROM THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR'S DESK
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Feeling Guilty and Inspired
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I watched the Richard Dimbleby Lecture on television recently. This
is an annual lecture given by a prominent politician or business
figure.  It is a lecture.  No fancy graphics, no multi-media
effects; just a man or woman, a lectern, a small audience and the
camera. 

This year the lecture was given by Sir Terry Pratchett, the first
novelist ever to have been given the honour of presenting the
lecture; except it wasn't. Terry Pratchett sat on the stage to the
right of the lectern but his actual speech was delivered by the
actor Tony Robinson. 

The reason for this was that due to Alzheimer's disease, Pratchett
can no longer read.  He cannot discern letters at all.  It seems
that it was frequent mistakes at the keyboard that first led him to
discover that he had Alzheimer's.  

So an author can no longer read or discern letters, but has this
stopped him from doing what he wants? No. He has 'written' two
books since his diagnosis as well as this hour-long lecture and
countless articles and speeches. Having found that he couldn't
physically write anymore, he didn't give up, as many of us would
have done.  No, he just found a way around the problem to allow him
to continue to do what he loves to do: to write.  

He now writes all his books, articles and speeches using voice
recognition software.  He has found a way around what would be to
most of us an insurmountable problem.  He didn't allow his
inability to read or write letters get in the way of his writing. 

He had a wonderful excuse not to write, but he loves his writing so
much that he just couldn't give in.  He worked around it and
carries on writing to this day. 

His lecture inspired me but it also made me feel profoundly guilty.
How many petty little things do I allow to get in the way of my
writing?  "Oh, I only have twenty minutes free, that's not enough
time, I might as well do something else."  

How many times have I said, "I'm too tired right now, I won't be
able to think clearly, I'll leave it to tomorrow"?

The next time I decide that it is too impractical to write or I'm
too tired or ill to write, I am going to think of Terry Pratchett
and remind myself that these are just excuses; a real writer writes
no matter what.
  
-- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor

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THE WRITING DESK: Agents, by Moira Allen
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Q: I sent out multiple submissions, and now have more than one
request.  What do I do?

Recently, I sent out a multiple submission query.  The first
positive response was from a very reputable agency.  They asked for
an exclusive look at my entire manuscript.  I sent it to them
promptly with a request that they get back to me within two months.

However, I have received other requests for sample chapters and an
outline.  Since I gave the first agency an exclusive on the entire
manuscript, does that mean I must withhold my fiction proposals
until that period is over?  Or can I send the proposals out, but
refuse to furnish the rest of the manuscript until I have heard
from the first agency?

A: I believe that since you have promised the first agency an
"exclusive look," you're bound by that promise.  I don't know
whether they would consider submitting proposals to other agencies
(but not the manuscript itself) as a violation of exclusivity, but
they might.

I think your best bet would be to call the agency and ask them how
to handle the issue.  You could mention simply that a couple of
other agencies have expressed "interest" in the project, and that
while you have no intention of submitting your manuscript until
Agency #1 has made a decision, would it be a problem to submit a
proposal and sample chapter? Agency #1 may consider "exclusive" to
apply not simply to the "entire" manuscript but to all sections of
the manuscript (e.g., no sample chapters).

This would also give you a way to find out how close the first
agency is to making a decision -- and may even prompt the agency to
be a bit quicker in their evaluation process.

You can also write back to the other agencies and let them know
that your manuscript is currently under "exclusive" review by
Agency #1, but that as soon as you have a response, you will send
the requested materials.  Since agencies know how things "work" in
the business, this should not be a problem.

Q: One agent referred me to another.  How do I approach the second
agent?

An agent I met last year liked my ideas  and asked me to give her
an exclusive look at my finished work, but has now referred me to
another agent.  Is there any protocol I must observe on sending the
new agent this referred material?  Do I send everything I sent the
first agent, because she believes this new agent will be interested
in representing my books?  I sent the first agent the completed
nonfiction book (as requested) and the first four chapters of the
fiction book.  The nonfiction proposal also had an overview that
detailed the book concept, the style, the format, the competition,
markets and my bio. 

A: You might wish to call Agent #1 and ask her specifically what
she thinks you ought to send. The first agent requested both your
nonfiction and your fiction material -- but generally, one would
approach an agent with one or the other, not both.  Since this is a
new agent, I'd want to know whether agent #1 thinks this new agent
would be interested in the fiction, the nonfiction, or both.  I'd
rather not try to "guess" in a situation like this, and since agent
#1 has sat on your work for this long, I think she could handle a
courteous phone call.

If the answer is "nonfiction," I would be cautious about sending
the entire manuscript.  Most agents don't want that unless they
personally request it.  The overview sounds perfect; you should
probably send that and sample chapters -- for nonfiction, those
don't have to be the first three chapters of the book (as they do
with fiction), but should be representative and probably total no
more than 100 pages.

In your cover letter to Agent #2, be sure to mention that you were
referred by Agent #1.  If you're feeling really daring, you might
even call Agent #2, explain that Agent #1 suggested that you get in
contact, and ask what Agent #2 would be interested in seeing.

Copyright (c) 2010 Moira Allen

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Facebook Virus Campaign
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Be very wary if you receive an email that appears to come from the
Facebook Team and has the subject line "Updated Account Agreement".
These are spam emails which come with a .exe file attachment which
contains a Trojan virus. We became aware of this scam when both
Moira and I received these emails; Moira doesn't have a Facebook
account and I received an email at an address unconnected with my
account.  Delete these emails immediately. For more information on
this visit: http://tinyurl.com/yz26gqf

2009 Most Lethal Year for Journalists in Past Decade
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According to the World Press Freedom Review 2009, which is released
by the International Press Institute, 110 journalists were killed
in 2009.  Asia was the most dangerous continent for journalists,
Iraq the most risky and Africa the least dangerous place to report
from. For more on this story visit: 
http://www.journalism.co.uk/2/articles/537542.php 

Google Goes Back to Courts For Digital Book Rights
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Yes, we thought it was all over but it isn't.  Google is going back
to court to find out whether their ambitions to digitize millions
of books would break antitrust and copyright laws.  They filed a
case on Thursday defending their $125 million class action
settlement last year.  Google has already digitized 12 million
books over the past five years but so far has only been allowed to
show small excerpts. If they win their settlement they would be
allowed to sell book titles with most of the income from the sales
going to the publisher and authors.  For more on this story visit: 
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Google Deletes Music Blogs 
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Google has also deleted six popular music blogs, claiming that the
blogs violated copyright law.  The fact that many of these blogs
were posting snippets of music provided to them directly by
musicians' PR agencies seems to have slipped Google by.  The blog
owners received curt emails informing them that their blog had been
shut down and that all their archives had also been deleted. 
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WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
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Call for Submissions
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We are looking for writers to share their marketing tips, spotlight
on successful small business owners and the ups and downs of
starting a business. We are launching a new website for start-up
businesses in March. Unsolicited submissions are welcome. Contact
Cecilia Wheeler at ceciliaw"at"wheelerdm.com for specific writer's
guidelines before submitting. This is not paid; however, we offer a
byline and short bio of writer or their business following the
article.

New US Magazine Seeks Writers
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New North-American lifestyle publication is looking for writers.
Illustrious Magazine, a gentleman's guide to the finer things in
life, is seeking people who have experience in writing articles and
editorials. Chosen candidates would be selected for fashion,
business, technology, and entertainment categories.
Please submit resume, examples of your work, along with your area
of expertise to: nbryan"at"illustriousmagazine.com

Nonfiction and Fiction Required
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Dragondreamz Publications is currently looking for fiction and
nonfiction for inclusion in their first periodical, Full Armor
Magazine, which is set to debut in June 2010. It will be published
quarterly and includes fantasy, slipstream, and mystery stories
with a strong Christian-Judean message or Christian-Judean
symbolism at the core of the story. Think in terms of Narnia, Lord
of the Rings, and Oscar Wilde... etc. They are also considering:
Spiritual Poetry (any style; up to 20 lines) and nonfiction pieces
(testimonials, book/film/music reviews and short essays). A token
payment is offered: $0.01 per word for stories up to 3,000 words
for both fiction and nonfiction. $1.00 per line for poetry. View
website for details.
http://www.dragondreamzpublications.info/submissions.html

Restaurant Reviewers Wanted in the UK
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Itchy is working with the malaysiakitchen.co.uk to promote
Malaysian food throughout the UK. They are looking for talented
journalists who would be interested in taking part in some
restaurant reviews. They are currently looking for writers from the
following cities: Surrey / Birmingham / Manchester / Chester /
Brighton / Nottingham / Canterbury / Coventry / Norwich / Edinburgh
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FEATURE: Twenty-Two Reasons to Turn to Your Journal for Catharsis
and Creativity
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By Noelle Sterne

Over mugs of herb tea at our favorite café, my friend Anna, a
travel writer, slumped in her chair. "What am I going to do?"
A few months ago, Anna got her first substantial assignment from a
prestigious inflight magazine. She immediately tore into the
assignment, and two weeks later I got an excited card from the
islands she was covering. When she returned, my answering machine
announced regular progress bulletins. Then she called. "Emergency!
Must see you!"

So here we were in the café, Anna twisting her cup and staring at
me. "Everything was going great. And then it hit -- the Block. The
deadline's only two weeks away, and I've got to make it!"

I asked Anna why she thought the block had descended now. She
slapped her hand on the table. "If I knew, would I be sitting here?
I'd be home writing!"

"Anna," I asked, "Do you keep a journal?"

She waved her hand, dismissing the thought, "Used to. No time now."

"Try it," I said. "It might be just what you need to break this
thing."

"What's the point? If I'm gonna write, I should be doing the
article."

"That's exactly the point," I said. "You need to start writing.
Like how you feel about not writing, how you feel about the
article, the laundry still piled up from your trip, your unopened
mail --anything."

Anna said nothing but, to my surprise, pulled out the notebook that
always lived in her handbag. She took another swig of tea, started
scribbling, and kept writing for about fifteen minutes. Two weeks
later, I played back an ecstatic message on my machine. She'd
turned in her article -- on time.

Many writing teachers advise journal writing, and many veteran
writers have kept faithful journals for years. I've kept journals
most of my life, daily and for special occasions. My journals have
been the receptacle for catharses, complaints, reminiscences,
rages, and not a few dazzling writing concepts that have later
flowered and even been published.   

After Anna sent off her article, we talked about how the journal
had helped her, and what writers can do to keep their journals
flowing.  Then we asked several other writers the same questions,
and the following list evolved.  Hopefully it will help you too,
especially if you've wanted to start a journal, have recently
begun, or need a gentle prod to stick to it. 

Set Up Your Journal   
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1. Write by hand.
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I know, I know, you always use the computer. But God built into us
a mysterious link from arm-to-wrist-to-fingers-holding-pen. Writing
mentor Natalie Goldberg describes it in her classic "Writing Down
the Bones:"

"Writing is physical and is affected by the equipment you use. In 
typing, your fingers hit keys and the result is block,  black
letters. Handwriting is more connected to the movement of the
heart... You are physically engaged with the pen, and your hand,
connected to your arm, is pouring out the record of your senses."

2. Choose the type of paper that pleases you most. 
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This is a way of honoring yourself, which, after all, is an
essential part of your journal. You may love a crisp, yellow-lined
pad. Or loose sheets of copy paper, or an old-fashioned school
notebook. Or treat yourself to one of those beautifully covered
books with blank pages.
     
3. Write in pen rather than pencil. 
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With pen, you'll take yourself more seriously. (Don't worry if you
have to cross out something. Better still, don't cross out
anything.) If you like, try different colored pens. I've often used
an assortment of felt-tipped Flairs and still swear that green and
purple help the words flow easier. Few of us realize how color
affects us and how we can choose to use it to inspire and elevate
our writing. 
     
4. Be consistent in format. 
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Decide where you want to put the date -- upper right, upper left,
in the center. If the time of entry is important to you, determine
where to record it. Just be consistent. From this small decision,
you'll gain a sense of order and control.

5. Number your pages. 
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Does it come naturally to number them consecutively throughout,
say,  a month, or instead by individual entry? I always number by
the day only, seeing the entry as a little unit. Such details may
seem annoyingly mundane, but when you establish additional
consistency, you'll feel and stay more organized and professional.
And you gain a bigger benefit: you're treating your journal, and
yourself, with respect. 
     
6. Promise yourself a minimum number of entries a week. 
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Schedule them. Tell yourself that this is your time. Announce it to
your family, instruct the kids to lower the stereo, shut the door,
ignore the phone, the iPhone, and the texts. 
     
7. Choose a place to write that you love, where you feel nurtured
and safe. 
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This is particularly important in the beginning. Anna curls up in
her den, her small dog nestled on her knees. I like the terrace
outside, where I can glance up from my clipboard and absorb the
trees and sky. Later, you may be able to "carry" this space with
you anywhere. Dedicated journal writers have told me they write at
the dentist's office, on the supermarket line, and (not
recommended) during television commercials. 

Surrender to Your Journal 
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8. Before you start, become quiet or meditate for a few minutes. 
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Take a few deep breaths and look outside, preferably at some
greenery or the horizon. Say with conviction:
* I express myself easily and fully. 
* I fear nothing.
* I trust the perfect flow of words and ideas within me.
    
9. Remind yourself that here in your journal you can write
anything. 
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You can scrawl shamelessly whatever's at the tip of your brain or
pen. No one will censure you, laugh at you, pronounce your writing
revolting, or reprimand you for using X-rated words. And you can
always cross out everything or tear up the page. You've nothing to
lose. Risk.
        
10. Ask yourself questions on paper. 
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If, like Anna, you feel "stuck," ask on the page, "Why?" If you can
identify your paralysis with a specific project, write the
question: "What do I need to enliven this scene?" "How do I get
Thatcher out of this mess?" "What do I need to say in Chapter 2
that prepares for this outcome?"
        
11. Recognize that you may sometimes need a boost to begin. 
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One way is to start by reading your previous entry and then
commenting on it. Another is to review your day, or the last hour,
and write about it.
        
12. If you're stuck, write about your feelings. 
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If you can't seem to write because, like Anna, strong emotions of
anger, frustration, despair, or any other feeling are stopping you,
write about them. At the least, you'll have gotten something down
and will likely feel relief. Or just describe how you're feeling at
that instant. You'll soon get caught up in this description and
will probably, with no effort, start writing about what's
underneath the feelings.

13. Unburden. 
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If you can't write because a non-writing problem or situation is
revolving endlessly in your head, your journal is the perfect place
to unburden. As you spill it all out, insights may unexpectedly
appear, and even resolutions. Your mind will unclog from spinning
about the problem, and you'll gain the room to work on your current
writing project.
         
14. Admit blankness. 
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If you're sure you have nothing to say, that's fine. Accept it for
the moment. Whenever I'm feeling barren, I remember advice I've
often shared and that never fails me, the sage and knowing lines of
the American poet Richard Wilbur: 
"Step off assuredly into the blank of your mind. 
Something will come to you."
        
15. Trust your mind and what it wants to write. 
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Let it. 

16. Your journal is on your side. 
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Remember that the journal is your friend, your confidant, your
private therapist, your personal writing teacher, and a marvelous
vehicle for expressing and discovering more of your secret,
cherished self.   

How a Journal Helps Your Writing Projects  
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Do you need more reasons to start or continue your journal? Do you
still think it's an emotional indulgence, an empty exercise, or,
like Anna, an unproductive activity that takes valuable time away
from "real" writing? Well, consider these reasons for keeping a
journal.  
        
17. Journaling gets you to write regularly. 
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Daily is best, even for fifteen minutes. This regular discipline
will ingrain itself in your mind/body/psyche/brain and become a
habit that you can transfer to your major writing, especially if
you've been having problems sticking with it. 
        
18. Journaling gives you practice in "freewriting." 
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This technique, taught as part of English and language arts classes
in many schools, asks you to choose a subject, maybe one of those
life-challenging situations grinding around in your head. Start
with whatever comes to you and allow each idea to flow into the
next. Soon you'll have at least a page and likely be ready for
more. This kind of writing can lead to all kinds of glorious
results -- the surfacing of important events to incorporate into
your latest project; a new exciting story idea, subject, character,
theme, or realization; or the solution to an unyielding plot
problem or character who refuses to communicate with you. 

19. Regular journal entries get you to loosen up in your writing. 
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Some writers don't feel they can touch certain subjects. Writing
colleagues have admitted they shy away from writing about sex,
binge eating, and physical abuse. One writer won't touch compulsive
shopping and never uses mall scenes. In your journal, especially
when you know no one else ever has to see it, you can give yourself
permission to write on previously self-imposed forbidden topics.

20. You begin to experience literary gold. 
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The more relaxed you get, the more your natural creativity bubbles
up. As you keep writing, stunning similes, magnificent metaphors,
and superb turns of phrase will spring up full-blown on the page,
like Athena from the head of Zeus, ready to do battle with legions
of blank lines. 

21. You start to admire your writing. 
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Maybe you glance sideways to see if anyone's watching, but now you
dare to give yourself credit. You whisper, or even say out loud,
"Hey, that's great! That's brilliant!" And that soaring, matchless
feeling suffuses you that, yes, you're finally on the right path
and doing what you were meant to do.

22. You gain precious confidence. 
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With this newfound feeling of confidence, you'll resume or attack
the writing you've been avoiding, stymied with, or haven't
finished. Your self-discoveries will give you the assurance to
renew your commitment to yourself, and you'll be raring to go, not
only with to your next journal entry but all your other writing
projects.   
     
With continued journaling, whatever stage you're at, you'll
undoubtedly find more to appreciate and learn from. Enjoy your
journal. It's a wonderful tool for understanding yourself and
growing emotionally, intellectually, professionally, and
spiritually. And it's an instant, almost effortless record of your
progress and allegiance to your writing.  

      >>--------------------------------------------------<<
 
Writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant, Noelle Sterne holds 
the Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia 
University and publishes in writers' and mainstream magazines. Her
articles have appeared in Archetype, Children's Book Insider, Pure
Inspiration, The Write Place At the Write Time, Writer's Digest
special issues, Writers' Journal, and The Writer, with additional
pieces scheduled. Her column, The Starbucks Chronicles, on the
struggles of writing and joys of latté-sipping appeared for over a
year in the Absolute Write Newsletter. She is currently completing
a  practical-psychological-spiritual handbook to help doctoral
candidates finish their dissertations. 

Copyright (c) 2010 by Noelle Sterne

For more information on other ways to beat writers' block visit: 
http://www.writing-world.com/life/block1.shtml 
 
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THE WRITE SITES
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Sweet Designs Magazine
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Written by and for teen girls & young women, ages 13 - 25.  The
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Genna's World
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A site launched by a ten-year-old that provides young writers with
a place to publish their writing, join in collaborative stories, 
provide book reviews and more.
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The Travel Writers Life
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This site which was created for students of the AWAI travel writing 
course is a must-visit site for any aspiring travel writer. With 
links to other useful sites, magazine guidelines, places to find 
stock photos and articles on the art of travel writing this is an 
incredibly useful site.  
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What the FTC Guidelines on Freebies Means to Freelance Writers
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A nice discussion of this issue, and an interesting blog in the 
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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. 
For a guide to more than 1000 writing contests throughout the 
world, see Moira Allen's book, "Writing to Win: The Colossal 
Guide to Writing Contests" 
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COLLISON POETRY & NONFICTION CONTEST
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DEADLINE: March 11, 2010
GENRE: Poetry and Creative Nonfiction
OPEN TO: Undergraduates worldwide
DETAILS: 1 - 4 poems or 1 - 2 prose pieces, maximum 10 pages per 
author.
PRIZE: $150, $100, $75 & publication in Collison, the University of 
Pittsburgh's creative nonfiction magazine.
URL:  http://collision.honorscollege.pitt.edu/ 

WATERMAN FUND ALPINE ESSAY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: March 15, 2010
GENRE: Creative nonfiction
OPEN TO: US residents who have not previously had published a book 
or national magazine article on the subject.
DETAILS: We encourage the submission of essays that explore the 
relationship between the human spirit and the environment. For 
example, we seek scientific essays about the effects of global 
warming; personal stories about hiking experiences; or writings
that explore the relationship between people and wildness. 2,500 - 
4000 words. 
PRIZE: $1,500
URL: http://tinyurl.com/yazf3bb

WORDS ABOUT WORK CONTEST
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DEADLINE: March 15, 2010
GENRE:  Poetry and nonfiction prose
DETAILS: Adult category: Write a poem or essay about overcoming 
obstacles and barriers to work -- and the ability of work to foster 
the development of independence, dignity, and confidence that we
all  seek in our daily lives.  Youth category: What does your 
parent's  job mean to you and your family? Have you overcome 
obstacles in  order to find a job of your own?
PRIZE: $500 pre-filled debit card for adult category, $100 Barnes & 
Noble for children's category
URL: http://www.wordsaboutwork.org

ERIC HOFFER AWARD FOR SHORT PROSE
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DEADLINE: March 31, 2010
GENRE: Short Stories or nonfiction
DETAILS:  One story or essay, 10,000 words maximum.
PRIZE: $500 and all entries considered for publication in Best New 
Writing annual anthology
URL: http://www.hofferaward.com/ 

ODES TO OLYMPIANS POETRY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: April 30, 2010
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 fifth contest is Hermes (also known as 
Mercury), the God of Messengers and Thieves. E-mail your poem (no 
more than 30 lines), one submission per entrant.
PRIZE: $50, (two categories, under 18 and 18 and over).
URL: http://www.tapestryofbronze.com/OdeForm.html
Email: tapestryofbronze"at"yahoo.com   

BOOK TITLE CONTEST
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DEADLINE: May 1, 2010
GENRE:   Nonfiction
DETAILS: I will award $500 to the entrant with the best title for
my upcoming book It is a relationship book designed to help people 
achieve their dream of Living Happily ever After.  Because there is 
no school for sex to teach you how to have a great sex life, this 
book describes in detail, foreplay techniques and sexual techniques 
for men and for women.  It also teaches people how to peacefully 
resolve their conflicts instead of fighting.  My original title was 
YOU CAN ACHIEVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER AND IMPROVE YOUR LOVE LIFE TOO.  
It has been suggested that this is not the best title so that is
why I have started the contest. All you have to do is drop me a line
at marriagecoach1"at"yahoo.com and mention the word contest in the
subject line and I will send you the contest package consisting of 
the rules and some sample chapter excerpts.
PRIZE:  $500 
Email: marriagecoach1"at"yahoo.com

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