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THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR'S DESK: by Dawn Copeman
THE WRITING DESK: Book Reviews, by Moira Allen 
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
FEATURE:  Participatory Journalism, by Larry Atkins 
THE WRITE SITES -- Online Resources for Writers
WRITING CONTESTS WITH NO ENTRY FEES
The Author's Bookshelf

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FROM THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR'S DESK
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Not Doing Much
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This will be a very short editorial from me as I am suffering from
Post Viral Syndrome at the moment. This nasty illness means that I
ache all over all the time and get exhausted just washing-up! I
can't concentrate on anything for very long without getting worn
out and so, in consequence, I've not been doing much this month. 

I did, however, find the time to update the links. I found that I
could do a section a day without getting too tired.  I found the
job quite enjoyable really and very interesting.  Of course, I'd
always known we had a fair few links but it wasn't until I had to
check each one that I truly realised the huge amount of information
that we have in the links section.  If you want to find out
anything on any aspect of writing you can be sure to find it in our
links section.  I know as I've spent hours there!  (Explore this
section at http://www.writing-world.com/links/index.shtml)

This syndrome is a real pain, however, in more ways than one. My
husband has had to do all the planning for our daughter's
homeschooling and all the cooking and cleaning and that's left me
with just reading. 

I've been reading short stories -- novels are just too exhausting -
and I've just finished Philip K Dick's Collected Stories Volume 3. 
Now, I've also known that Dick was a prolific writer, but I was
shocked to learn that in the early 1950's he wrote one short story
a week.  One a week! On reading the notes at the back I found out
that on many occasions he completed two stories in a day!  Talk
about making a writer feel inferior!  

But then I noticed, also in the notes, that Dick said, "The editor
of 'If' at the beginning was Paul. W. Fairman.  He would take a
badly written story by you and rework it until it was okay - which
I appreciated."

So then I realised that Dick wasn't showing off in writing a story
a week; he was perfecting his craft. And luckily for him and all
the other SF writers of the fifties, the editors were willing to
lend a hand too. 

Sadly, we don't have editors like that these days, but we can still
do our part and write more often.   And in the place of those
ever-so-helpful editors of the fifties, we'll just have to improve
our stories on our own.  We'll have to learn to be our own editors
and submit our stories to critique sites or writers' circles until
we get it right.  And thanks to our links section, you can find all
the help you need to improve not just this, but any aspect of your
writing at your fingertips. 

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've used up my energy for the day. 

Until next time, 

-- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor

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Another Info Request From the Editor:
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Here's another request for information from your editor: Do you
have a website?  If you have a website that is related to your
writing (or about the type of information you write about), I'm
interested in one bit of info: How many visitors do you receive per
month?  I'm hoping to compare this info with the information I'm
gathering on blogs, for a chapter in my upcoming revision of
"Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer."  Just drop me an
e-mail with "web hits" in the subject line -- and thank you to all
the folks who have agreed to help with the blogging questionnaire!

-- Moira Allen, Editor
editors"at"writing-world.com

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THE WRITING DESK: Book Reviews, by Moira Allen
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How do I write a book review?
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Q: "I've been asked to write a book review column for the tiny
newspaper in our equally tiny town.  Is there somewhere I can find
advice about writing book reviews?"  

A: A search on "writing book reviews" or "how to write a book
review" on Google will turn up a number of articles on the topic.
Most are from universities and aimed at students, so keep that in
mind; they're more likely to look at from the "academic review"
standpoint than the commercial newspaper.

Beyond that, since you already have the assignment and therefore
don't need to "sell" your idea, my recommendation would be to read
a bunch of book reviews -- check magazines that regularly feature
reviews, or book reviews in larger metropolitan newspapers.  Get a
feel for what you like and enjoy, and what you don't like.  Then go
from there: Write the type of review that you would like to read --
and that you feel would be helpful to others.

Where can I get my book reviewed?
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Q: "Is there any website you know of that will review a published
book that will help (good or bad) publicize the product on the web?
Is there any place that I can have this book reviewed outside of
the web? I'm not looking for pay-to-review, rather something more
traditional."

A: This is a good question -- and one we really don't have the
answer to.  I know that there are many sites on the web that do
book reviews, but I have really never paid much attention to them
(I don't read book reviews that often).

Similarly, there are lots of publications in print that review
books; in fact, almost every print magazine reviews books that are
relevant to its content.  For example, if you have a book on
hiking, you can get it reviewed in hiking magazines -- etc.

Is your book self-published?  (Or, similarly, an e-book or POD
book?) If so, you'll have a tougher time getting reviews on or off
the web (but especially off).  If it's a novel, you'll find it
almost impossible to get a review in the mainstream media.  

However, if it's self-published nonfiction, you still have a chance
with special-interest publications.

Also, don't overlook your local paper(s) -- most have book review
sections, and many are interested in finding books by local authors.

Can I ask book reviewers to send my book back when they're done?
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Q: "I have just published an e-book with iUniverse.  I will soon be
sending out review copies to writers, publications, etc.  My budget
in limited.  Does it make any sense to ask the book reviewers to
return the book (in a SASE) if they don't plan on reviewing it, or
should I should I figure I will never see that copy again?"

A: No, sadly, it doesn't make sense.  Review copies are considered
"gifts" -- they are considered the property of the reviewer.  It
would be considered an extreme breach of etiquette to ask for such
copies back -- and pretty much guarantee that you either won't get
reviews or won't get good ones!  Sending out review copies is
simply part of the basic expenses of getting published and
promoting your book.

One tip:  Be sure to send out a high-quality, informative press
release with your review copies, along with complete ordering
information.  Many reviewers and publications just run your press
release, which makes life very simple.

How do I get publishers to send me books to review?
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Q: "I want to write book reviews but I'm not sure how to go about
asking publications for their books."

A: Regarding book reviews, much depends on your relationship with
your publisher.  That means, of course, that you first need to have
a publisher.

If you can arrange to write a book review column for a specific
publication, such as a magazine, the magazine itself may provide
the books for review.  For example, if you were reviewing books for
a pet magazine, that magazine would pass to you the review copies
it receives from publishers.

Book publishers usually keep a list of publication titles, and in
some cases, the names of actual reviewers.  Often, however, a book
will be sent to "Book Reviewer, Publication X."  The publication
then passes the review copy on to whoever reviews books for that
publication -- or the most appropriate reviewer, if the publication
has more than one book reviewer.  Thus, if you are a book reviewer
for a reasonably large metropolitan newspaper, you would probably
receive review copies in this way.

However, if you don't have a relationship with a publication yet,
you are unlikely to be able to persuade book publishers to give you
free review copies.  You will generally be expected to obtain your
own copies, at your own cost.  You can write to publishers and ask,
but unless you can say "I am a reviewer for X publication," you're
not likely to end up on their regular "comp" list.

Much also depends on whether you prefer to be a general reviewer,
or to specialize in a particular subject area or genre.  For
example, you might want to focus on book reviews on a nonfiction
subject of interest, such as travel books or craft books, and try
to pitch your column to publications that cover those topics.  In
addition to pitching to travel magazines, for instance, you might
want to pitch a "travel book review" column to the travel sections
of various newspapers.  If you want to review books within a single
genre, such as mysteries, again, you might want to focus on
publications that are likely to be interested in that type of
review column.  Many metropolitan papers (even smaller ones) have a
Sunday "book supplement," with different review columns covering
different aspects of the book trade (such as children's books,
etc.).

A good approach is to write up some sample reviews and shop 
for a publication (or more than one) that you'd like to write for. 
Once you get some assignments, you might then wish to submit your
name to various publishing houses as a "book review columnist" and
ask to be placed on their comp lists.

Find out more about book reviews at 
http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/index.shtml

Copyright (c) 2010 Moira Allen

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Apple Book Aps Surge in Popularity
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Just over a year ago Apple had around 700 book aps on sale; now it
has over 26,000 of them.  Apple users, it seems, just can't get
enough of them.  For every four game aps downloaded in February
2010, one e-book was downloaded.  Publishers are viewing the
increased demand for e-books on the iPhone as a lucrative new
market for e-books.  For more on this story visit: 
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Amazon Fires All Colorado Affiliates
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To show that it protested against a new Colorado State Sales Tax,
Amazon immediately broke all relations with every affiliate based
in Colorado. The new law requires out-of-state retailers such as
Amazon to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by
Colorado residents or simply to inform their Colorado customers
that they owe use tax on any purchase they have made. For more on
this story visit: http://news.bookweb.org/7364.html

Canadian Booksellers Fight Against Amazon Coming to Canada
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The Canadian Booksellers Association has urged the Canadian
government to prevent Amazon.com from entering the Canadian market.
Amazon.com wants to build a shipping warehouse in Canada. 
For more on this story visit: http://news.bookweb.org/7354.html

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WRITING JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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Regency Novels Wanted by Royalty Paying Publisher                  
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The Aurora Regency line is published by Aspen Mountain Press, a
royalty-paying e-publishing company. We do not charge fees for
set-up or charge for editing your story once it has been accepted
for publication. Our contracts request rights to the contracted
work, including digital and print formats, as we will provide some
of our titles in print later this year.

Aurora is looking for well researched Regency romances between
35,000 and 70,000 words, although we will bend on the upper word
limit if the story merits it. We are seeking historically and
culturally accurate stories that follow the standards of the
traditional Regency romance--think Georgette Heyer. Include the
first chapter (or first twenty pages, whichever is shorter)
embedded in the body of the email. We will not open attachments.

Full submission guidelines are available at
http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/submissions/info_6.html. We will
consider only COMPLETED manuscripts. Aspen Mountain Press does not
accept proposals from writers unknown to us. Aurora Regency at
Aspen Mountain Press will open for submissions on February 15,
2010. Please send all questions and submissions to
AuroraRegency"at"gmail.com. We accept ONLY e-submissions.

Initial response times are anticipated to be no longer than 2 weeks.

The Herb Companion Calls for Submissions                           
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The Herb Companion, published by Ogden Publications, Inc., is a 
bimonthly magazine devoted to the interests of vocational herb 
gardeners, cooks, crafters, natural health enthusiasts and herb 
aficionados. A typical issue will include practical horticultural 
information, original recipes illustrating the use of herbs, 
thoroughly researched historical insights, step-by-step directions 
for herbal craft projects, profiles of notable individuals in the 
field, natural health how-to, recent research findings, helpful 
hints and occasional book reviews. Articles should display in-depth 
knowledge of the subject matter based on experience and thorough 
research. View website for more info.
http://www.ogdenpubs.com/writers/hcp.html

Stories for Girls Wanted                                           
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Girl's Life publish fiction and features for young girls (12 and
under). Focus on stories from the girl's point of view dealing with
situations from school, family, friends, etc. View website for more
details.
http://www.girlslife.com/page/writers-guidelines.aspxt

Dark Recesses Calls For Submissions                                
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Dark Recesses is known for some of the strongest horror and dark 
fiction being published today. Apart from fiction, they welcome 
nonfiction articles, essays, and briefs bringing news of the 
strange, odd, or just plain scary to their readers. Please read the 
complete guidelines on the website. 
http://www.darkrecesses.com/?page_id=7

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FEATURE:   Participatory Journalism

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By Larry Atkins

George Plimpton established the genre of Participatory Journalism
in the 1960s when he played professional football for the Detroit
Lions, stepped into the ring to fight professional boxer Archie
Moore, was a trapeze artist for a circus, and played triangle for
the New York Philharmonic. Although Plimpton died in 2003, the
genre of Participatory Journalism (also called Adventure Journalism
or New Journalism ) has lived on.

"I first started as a rock journalist since I was too chicken to
make it as a musician," says Participatory Journalist Corey
Levitan. "I hated it and had to reconsider my career. Ideally, I
liked journalism sort of like my basic 101 courses in college as a
freshman and sophomore where you learn about everything but it
never becomes boring. In real life as a rock journalist I had to
describe to my friends' kids why JC Chavez was cool. I wanted to
shoot myself. I turned to Participatory Journalism to recreate that
cool 101 experience. I'm like George Costanza playing George
Plimpton."

As to why he is attracted to Participatory Journalism, Tom Clynes
states, "For me, it's still mostly about freedom and satisfying
curiosity. No matter how much I read, I can't hope to be truly
'well-informed' if I'm seeing the world mainly through other
people's filters (which are often colored by their organizations'
agendas). I believe that it's intrinsically worthwhile to go and
find out, for myself, what's happening out there." 

And as a freelance writer, you can do it too.

Many magazines and newspapers publish Participatory Journalism
articles. Writing these articles can be a fun and enlightening
experience.

Here are some strategies to keep in mind:

Participate in an interesting activity
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For most types of participatory journalism, do something unique
that most of the publication's readers probably have not done. This
can be a travel-related activity at a certain destination.

Many Participatory Journalism articles involve adventure travel.
Tom Clynes is a contributing editor for National Geographic
Adventure and writes regularly for Popular Science, Men's Journal,
Backpacker, and the Washington Post. A Vermont resident who travels
extensively, Clynes has retraced Edmund Hillary's climbs in New
Zealand and learned to fly in the Australian Outback.

You could write about snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef,
dogsledding in Alaska, bull riding at a Western ranch, or bungee
jumping in New Zealand. Generally, the more exotic and unique the
activity or destination, the better your chances are of selling
your article.

Other types of travel-related Participatory Journalism focus on
regional attractions. For instance, Karen Lee Ensley wrote an
article for Pennsylvania Magazine in which she described her
experience in getting to drive a Nascar racecar on a professional
racetrack in Northeastern Pennsylvania at the Pocono Raceway, where
members of the public can drive real stock cars as participants in
the Stock Car Racing Experience. In her article, she described her
experience, in which she reached 160 mph. She later wrote another
article for the same magazine, in which she described her
experience spelunking in a cave. Regional magazines like these
types of articles, because it features a local attraction and
entices readers to come and try the same experience.

Sports-Related Participatory Journalism 
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In 2007, Nick Norlen of Philadelphia City Paper wrote about his
experience in paying $200 to be able to participate in the
qualifying rounds for the United States Table Tennis Olympic Team.

Doron Taussig, also of Philadelphia City Paper, wrote a
participatory article where he played a game of HORSE against Louis
Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers, participated in a men's
basketball scrimmage with the St. Joseph's University team, and
practiced with the boys and girls' basketball teams of Simon Gratz
High School.

Job-Related Participatory Journalism
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Other types of Participatory Journalism involve the writer getting
to do a certain job to give readers a sense of what it's like. It
can be a unique profession, but it can also be something typical.

Corey Levitan writes his Fear and Loafing Column in the Las Vegas
Review-Journal, in which he tries a different occupation, hobby, or
lifestyle every week and then writes about it. The jobs he has
taken on include optometrist, temple cantor, bailiff, birthday
clown, sushi chef, prison guard, roller derby girl, and Little
League umpire.

"I do activities that the audience is familiar with, but I bring in
new elements of education and comedy that they hadn't thought of,"
says Levitan. "Some of the activities are unique, like being a
madam at a Las Vegas Chicken Ranch, but it's not that important
that it be a unique job. The key is to find unique situations and
angles in any job or lifestyle, even if it's a mundane or trivial
task."

Regarding the importance of being unique, Tom Clynes states, "I
don't think the place or activity needs to be unique or exotic, but
the writer's approach to it does. The best example I can think of
is David Foster Wallace's account of a luxury Caribbean cruise ('A
Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again'), which has to rank as
one of the great contemporary American essays."

As a Journalism Professor at Temple University and Arcadia
University, I always assign a Participatory Journalism article to
my students. Generally, this tends to be the most popular
assignment of the entire semester, since it's a break from the
detached and objective Inverted Pyramid formula of having the who,
what, when, and where at the beginning of the article. In the 
last five years, students have come up with many interesting
activities to write about, including milking a cow, visiting a
shaman in the woods, practicing with a professional dodgeball team,
participating in Brazilian Jiu-Jitzu, going to a shooting range,
running through an obstacle course at a mountain resort, and
participating in Bikram Yoga.

Writing the Participatory Article
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It is important to write down notes and your thoughts right after
participating in the activity while it is fresh in your mind. Doing
this will make your recollections about the activity more vivid and
accurate. This is especially important if you engage in an activity
that takes several days to accomplish, such as climbing a mountain.

Tom Clynes states, "I travel with 'Rite-in-the-Rain' notebooks,
which are an amazing invention, and write down only what I think
will be relevant, so I don't get overwhelmed when I sit down to
write."      
 
Write the article in a narrative, first person essay style. Use "I"
and insert yourself into the article. Unlike most forms of
Journalism, participatory articles are primarily about you.

"It's essential," says Tom Clynes. "The best stories are the ones
that present facts via the techniques of fiction: you construct a
central narrative, set scenes, present interesting characters, and
tell the story in a compelling voice. But nonfiction has to live
with the fact that real people and real events usually don't fit
easily to these conventions. Reality is a sloppy mess, and you're
going to sometimes tear your hair out trying to develop a structure
that can accommodate unsatisfying turns to the story."

"I loved the New Journalism of the late '60s and early '70s," says
Corey Levitan. "I always thought that objectivity was laughable. In
this type of journalism you need to impose yourself on the story.
The story exists in the writer's mind, put it's also painted by the
reader. You need to make yourself a character in the story to get
to the truth. There's no objectivity."

Levitan believes that it is best to go into the activity 'cold'
without knowing much about it. "Everything is a new adventure. It's
best to go into it knowing nothing. The advantage of the lack of
knowledge is to put it to use as the reader would so they can
emphasize with me, whether I'm being a Chippendale dancer or a
welder. People have asked me if I wanted to rehearse or study, but
I said 'no'. I wanted to go into it cold."

Describe your experience in detail. Describe the environment and
the people around you. Include dialogue that you have with other
people while you participate in the activity. Doing so makes the
story come alive.

Use humor and self-deprecation. Express your fear and apprehension
about participating in this new activity that you've never done
before. These are good techniques to get the readers to relate to
you. If you had a lump in your throat right before you were about
to get on a rodeo bull, your readers should have that lump as well
as they read your description.

Say what you learned from participating in the experience. Give
insight as to what it takes to do this activity. Would you want to
do it again? Is it something you would encourage the reader to do?
Mention what the readers should be aware of or look out for if
they're going to participate in this activity, i.e., wear a helmet
if you go snowboarding.

Participatory Journalism isn't easy, but it can be very rewarding.
Tom Clynes says, "I can't personally think of a more rewarding
endeavor: Every story is like starting a new career from scratch,
and there's tremendous freedom. But this is a long-term
undertaking, and the initial frustrations are fairly extravagant.
Those who are tenacious and willing to learn from mistakes -- and
willing to make friends with uncertainty -- will eventually be
successful, if they keep at it." 

As for Levitan's final advice to budding participatory journalists,
he jokes, "Wait until I die from doing something dangerous. I don't
want competition."

Markets
-------
There are many markets that publish Participatory/Adventure
Journalism types of articles. Specific examples include: Men's
Journal, Esquire, Outside, National Geographic, Climbing, and The
New York Times. Other general markets include travel magazines,
regional magazines, and alternative weeklies. As with any type of
writing, make sure that the style, form, and voice of your article
fits the particular publication.

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

Larry Atkins teaches Journalism at Temple University and Arcadia
University.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Larry Atkins

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THE WRITE SITES
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The Mystery Writer's Forum
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A discussion forum for mystery writers
http://mwf.ravensbeak.com.

Experimental Writing
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Everything to do with experimental writing, including articles,
markets, discussions, sample stories and more.
http://experimentalwriting.weebly.com/

JPROF.Com - The Site for Teaching Journalism
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This is a fantastic find; free online resources to help you learn
about journalism.  It has pdfs on reporting, writing, editing and
interviewing. 
http://jprof.com/index.html

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poetry, articles and books to hundreds of writing contests 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" 
(http://www.writing-world.com/bookstore/index.shtml).

THE SMORIES PRIZE
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DEADLINE: March 31, 2010
GENRE: Short Stories
DETAILS: This is a newly launched website, where kids can watch new
short stories being read by other kids. We're trying to get as many
new stories as possible submitted to us,(normally written by
adults, not kids although they are free to submit), to kickstart
this lovely and exciting project. 1000 words max, suitable for ages
3 - 8. 
PRIZE: 1,000 (US$1,500
URL:  http://www.smories.com/ 

BOOKRIX CONTEST: MY BEST FICTION
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DEADLINE:  May 10, 2010
GENRE: Short Stories,
DETAILS: Must be a member of Bookrix to enter, but membership is
free.  Enter 20 BookRix pages minimum no maximum length.
PRIZES: $1000, $500, $300
URL: http://www.bookrix.com/precontest.html?show=BX_1268319265 

CRUCIBLE POETRY AND FICTION COMPETITION
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DEADLINE: May 5, 2010
GENRE:  Poetry and fiction
DETAILS: Poetry: 1-5 poems; Fiction: one story, 8,000 words maximum
PRIZE: $150 in each category (poetry and fiction) and publication
in Crucible Literary Journal. 
URL:  http://www.barton.edu/academics/english/crucible.htm 

FAILBETTER.COM TENTH ANNIVERSARY NOVELLA CONTEST
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DEADLINE: May 15, 2010
GENRE: Short Stories, Books
DETAILS:  Entries should be a minimum of 8,000 words and suitable
for serial publication. Enter by email only. Submit the first 5,000
words of a novella that is a minimum of 8,000 words total. Editors
say: "A novella, in order not to be a novel, should focus on one
story and one set of characters, not spending appreciable time on
others, of either. In order not to be a 'mere' short story, it
should go into more depth, about both."
PRIZE: $500 and publication at Failbetter.com, a well respected
literary journal.
URL: http://www.failbetter.com/Novella.php  

ROBERT TRAVER FLY-FISHING WRITING AWARD
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DEADLINE: May 15, 2010
GENRE:   Short Stories and Creative Nonfiction
DETAILS:  A distinguished original essay or work of short fiction
that embodies an implicit love of fly-fishing, respect for the
sport and the natural world in which it takes place, and high
literary values." 3,500 words max.
PRIZES: $2000, $750, $250 and all winners will also be published in
Fly, Rod & Reel and on the website. 
URL:  http://tinyurl.com/y9634az

JERRY JAZZ MUSICIAN FICTION CONTEST
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DEADLINE: May 31, 2010
GENRE: Short Stories
DETAILS:   The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music,
social history, literature, politics, art, film and theatre,
particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-20th century
America. Your writing should appeal to a reader with these
characteristics. Emerging writers are encouraged to enter.
1,000-5,000 words
PRIZE:  $100 and publication on website and in anthology.
URL: http://tinyurl.com/yeuyaah 

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