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IN THIS ISSUE:
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THE NEWSLETTER EDITOR'S DESK: Kill Negativity, Increase
Productivity, by Dawn Copeman 
THE WRITING DESK, A Last Look at Pseudonyms, by Moira Allen
NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING 
FEATURE: Do You Have a Website? By Audrey Faye Henderson 
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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Kill Negativity, Increase Productivity
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When the last issue of the newsletter came out on October 6, I was
celebrating my forty-first birthday.  And I mean celebrating! And I
don't think it was just because I got to meet David Tennant and
have my photo taken with him either - but I'm sure that helped!

The previous year, when I turned forty, I was not so happy.  All I
could think of then was that I'd been writing for six years and
where had I got?  Where were the books with my name on the spine? 
Where were the magazines with my article titles on the front
covers?  Where was the huge desk I'd buy with money earned from
writing?  

All I could see last year were negatives.  It probably didn't help
that I was suffering from depression at the time.  But now, thanks
to, of all things, a book written by an expert salesman, I'm not. 

This year my thought processes were much happier.  They ran along
the lines of: "Yes, I've been writing for seven years now; I'm so
lucky to be able to make a living doing what I love."  "Okay, so I
haven't written any books yet, but I have written two chapters for
a book. (Plug, here, it's 'Starting Your Career as a Freelance
Writer', 2nd Edition, by Moira Allen.) And yes, I might not be
rich, but I make enough to get by and I can home-educate my
daughter at the same time."

Last year, I was convinced my writing career was stalling or was
over.  This year I'm actively seeking more writing work and getting
more work every day.  The world hasn't changed.  I have.

I eliminated negativity from my life.  I tried reading lots of
'self-help' books, especially those aimed at people recovering from
depression, but to be honest, they only helped a little bit. They
told me how to cope with depression, not really how to get out of
it. 

Then, in the business section of the library, I came across a book
written by an expert salesman, Richard Denny.  The book was called
"Succeed for Yourself" and so far I've read it cover to cover three
times. 

I honestly don't know why I picked the book up, but despite the
fact it is aimed at business people, sales people in particular, I
found it to be the most helpful book I've read in a long time and I
found that most of the ideas work equally well for writers too. 

There is a section on rejection - how a 'no' just means 'no, not
today' not 'no, never.'  There's also a section on how to beat
procrastination, and my favourite section, how to beat negativity.

Negativity is the ultimate destroyer of creativity and many a
freelancer's career.  We think we're too old, too stuck in the mud,
or we think that we'll never stand a chance, that 'they' will never
go for our work.  In short, we tell ourselves that we won't
succeed, and guess what?  We don't.

So how about we stop being negative and start being positive again?
What would happen then? 

I admit I was very sceptical, but it works.  Start to feel more
positive, catch your negative thoughts and turn them around and see
where that takes your writing career.

We can start by being more kind to ourselves.  We are always our
strongest critics; we are the ones who jeopardize our own
successes.  We can stop this by starting to be kind to ourselves
and believing in ourselves. 

Less than one month after reading this book my outlook on life and
my writing career has changed.  They've both taken off in upwards
directions. 

I have more ideas for articles than in a long time; I'm putting
together far more confident proposals for work, even work I've
never attempted before; and so far, it's working.  I've got a lot
more work. 

So my top tip for anyone else who is feeling 'stuck' in the writing
doldrums is to try and find the positives.  They are there; we're
just used to looking at the negatives.  If you can kill your
negativity, you can increase your creativity and your productivity. 

Let me know how you get on.  And if you've read any 'business'
books that have really helped your writing career, we'd love to
know.

-- Dawn Copeman, Newsletter Editor

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The Writing Desk:   A Last Look at Pseudonyms 
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By Moira Allen

Will a pen name protect you if you write about topics that might
make you vulnerable?

Q: Do you think it is a waste to use a pen name?  I mean if people
can trace your work back to you, would it just be better to not
write about topics that might make you vulnerable?

A: I don't think it is a waste of time.  However, I would not rely
on a pen name alone to protect myself, in a situation such as you
described.  Other questions you're likely to need to address are
how much information you'd want included in a bio, whether you'd
give out an e-mail address, etc.  For example, lots of folks put
their state of residence in a bio; in your case, I wouldn't, or,
I'd put in a different state.  (If I lived in California, I might
say Nevada.)
        
The second issue that you'd want to consider is how much you want
to reveal or conceal in what you write.  This is a similar
consideration faced by anyone writing about real events and real
people -- but wanting to make sure that the actual people can't be
identified.  You can change names, locations, personal information,
etc., so that by the time your article is finished, it would be
very difficult for someone to say, "I know who that is about."
        
In the days of print publications, it was not easy to locate the
author of a particular piece.  With the Internet, however, tracking
down a person has become a lot easier -- you'd be amazed what comes
up just by typing a person's name into a search engine.  (You might
want to try typing in your own, just to see what happens.)  I once
typed in the name of someone I knew as a child and hadn't heard
from in 30 years -- and found her through a resume posted online by
the college that she worked for.
        
What you choose to write about and how you choose to write it,
therefore, must be something that you consider as part of your
larger efforts to conceal your whereabouts and identity.  I think
it can be done, but it's going to require a lot of thought and
caution.  I wish you the best of luck with your decision!

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Should I use a pseudonym to disguise my identity when writing a
true account?

Q: For two years I led an interesting and humorous life as a bar
and restaurant owner. I have quite an array of funny and sad
stories about the bar business. I simply could not, however, write
this book without hurting some feelings and perhaps ruining some
relationships. Would a pseudonym be justified in this case? 

A: The short answer is "yes."  The longer answer is "however..."
        
Many people do use pseudonyms to conceal their identity when
writing about real-life experiences.  However, if your goal is to
make sure you don't hurt feelings or ruin relationships, this alone
may not be enough.  The people closest to you will know that you
wrote the book; are these the same people who might be hurt by the
book?  In that case, changing your name alone is not enough!
        
If the people who might be hurt are those who are unlikely to read
the book (unless it came out under your name), you're a little
safer. However, the problem you face is not so much how to disguise
your identity, but how to disguise the identities of the characters
in your book.  If you were to write something that a person might
consider libelous or defamatory (even if that was not your intent),
that person might sue you, not because your name is on the book but
because they recognize themselves.  Unless you have permission to
write about the people you've met, you'll definitely want to invent
fictitious names for those people, and you need to take steps to
ensure that someone couldn't pick up the book and say, "Hey, I know
who that is, that's so-and-so!"  If so-and-so is offended by what
you wrote, and can be readily identified from your book even if
you've changed so-and-so's name, you could be sued. (It isn't all
that common, but it does happen.)
        
Since you will need to take steps to adequately "disguise" your
characters, you might do better to write the book in your own name,
as autobiographical, and work on making sure you've done enough to
ensure that no one who is covered in the book will have reason to
get mad at you.
 
Copyright 2011 Moira Allen

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Tablets Lead To People Reading More News
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A major and unexpected bonus of people using tablets is that they
are using them to read more news than before.  In particular they
are reading more local news and relying more on traditional news
providers.  For more on this story visit: 
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Sales of Traditional Newspapers Continue to Drop
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Figures releases at the World Editors Forum in Vienna showed that
worldwide circulation of newspapers dropped by nine million last
year. Newspapers in Central and Eastern Europe suffered the largest
drop in readers, with a loss of 12%. In America readership fell 11%
and in Western Europe newspapers lost 2.5 of readers.
For more on this story visit: http://tinyurl.com/3soajel

Amazon Moves into Publishing
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Amazon will be publishing 122 books this year.  They have signed up
existing authors and new authors to publish their books, both in
hard copy and e-book format, through Amazon. Traditional publishers
are feeling wary about this and there could be some publishing
pitfalls for authors who decide to follow this route.  For more on
this story visit: http://tinyurl.com/3fe4a9o

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Berlin Instigator Louisa Lowenstein and PenTales are excited to
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Creative souls of all stripes are invited to stay in the room for
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Email Louisa at louisa_loewenstein@hotmail.com introducing
yourself, what days you hope to visit Berlin, and what work you
plan to pursue in the Hemingway Room. Please include samples of
your previous work. The PenTales Hemingway Room is open year-round
and always welcomes applications.

PenTales (http://www.pentales.com) was created in New York City by
two childhood friends who've always loved to swap tales. We're now
a community of thousands around the world who share our
perspectives in person and online in photography, writing, and
video on topics that unite us all.

I Love Cats Magazine is Open to Submissions
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I am always interested in new ideas for I Love Cats and request
that you either send a paragraph or two about your idea or the
finished piece. I do not want poetry (as I seldom publish it) but I
am interested in feature stories about cats and their owners (no
talking cats, please), interesting or odd happenings with cats,
tips for cat owners, health issues, nonfiction pieces, behavior
problems, that sort of thing. Please do not send stories about cats
that go or live outdoors.

I'm looking for a story--preferably with photos or drawings--that
is 1,000 words, tops, ideally 500-800 words. I buy all rights,
since we copyright all stories.

You also must sign a consent form, which spells out all resale
questions. I pay $50. Payment is upon publication.

Nonfiction pieces $50. Color photos or .jpegs are always a plus, as
I am usually in need of art to illustrate a story.

Short fillers are also welcome and payment is $25.

http://www.iluvcats.com/writguidfori.html

[Editor's Note: Please be aware that you lose all your rights to
your work in this market, which has always seemed to be a bit
unclear on what "copyright" means!]

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FEATURE:  Do You Have a Website?

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By Audrey Faye Henderson

You have a Facebook Page, a Twitter feed and profiles on LinkedIn,
Xing, Ning and Groupsite. That's fabulous, but if you believe that
being socially networked from here to there is a substitute for
maintaining a professional website, you may be bypassing
potentially lucrative clients and contracts. Many businesses block
access to social networking platforms on their on-site computers,
which means your company or consulting practice Groupsite or
LinkedIn profile will not reach their employees -- or the
decision-makers who contract consultants and vendors to work with
their companies.

In addition, many individuals don't "do" Facebook. Privacy concerns
have generated a significant backlash in recent years. An 
increasingly vocal segment of the population just plain doesn't get
the fascination with posting personal and semi-private doings on a
public venue. These people will never "like" you on Facebook
because they will never see your Facebook Page.

Make no mistake, a properly maintained social networking strategy
augments and enhances your reach, especially among younger and more
Internet savvy individuals, organizations and companies. The
operative words in the previous sentence are "properly maintained."
Social networking done right is not something you can set aside for
every other Wednesday afternoon. It's yet another marketing and
promotional task to which you must attend, most likely daily, in
all your spare time. Nonetheless, if you are willing to devote the
necessary effort involved, an active, engaging social networking
strategy can provide an excellent complement to a professional
website. 

Do you have a website? Well, do you?  These days, it's impossible
to attend any sort of networking or business social function
without being asked for a business card (which every professional
should have) and, increasingly, especially for an independent
entrepreneur, the website URL for his or her company. Not having
one can put even a solo practitioner at a definite disadvantage. 

While the website for my consulting practice is hardly a work of
art, and is in fact, a work in progress, when I'm asked if I have a
website, I can respond in the affirmative. Does this fact alone
secure clients for me?  Of course not. However, I have no doubt
that more than one would-be client would have developed serious
misgivings about doing business with me if I didn't have a website.

Of course, as a consultant or entrepreneur you have (or should
have) established a professional-sounding e-mail address for
business related correspondence, whether it is related to your own
name or the name of your company. Even if you don't actually "sell"
anything more than your expertise, a web presence is simply one
more aspect of a professional image.  There is very little excuse
not to have a website, especially for an independent consultant

Why? Like it, don't like it, a web presence is taken as a given,
especially for entrepreneurs or independent consultants. However,
setting up a website is a good idea for any professional,
especially when seeking work. Having a website in place can make
job hunting that much easier, for the reasons listed below.

1) It enhances credibility 
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It's true. Especially for consultants and entrepreneurs, without a
website presence, credibility takes a hit. Prospective clients may
wonder how seriously you take your work. Worse, they may think your
business or practice is defunct. Even for job hunters, would-be
employers will often conduct an Internet search on a job candidate.
 While those employers might be searching for mentions in the
press, a posted résumé or portfolio puts you one step ahead.

2) It demonstrates basic computer literacy
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Nearly all professional level positions (as well as many support
level or even menial jobs!) require basic computer skills.
Constructing and maintaining a website shows that you are not
afraid of computers.  It can also serve as a means for mature
workers to dispel one stereotype that lies behind age
discrimination.

3) It provides a showcase for portfolio or work samples 
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Much easier than carrying a portfolio sleeve or even sending copies
of your résumé or writing samples by e-mail, having a website
allows you to display your best work and have it readily available.
Even if you carry business cards for networking events or in case
of impromptu meetings, being able to refer potential professional
contacts to your website is a big advantage. In fact, your business
cards provide a perfect means of promoting your website!

4) Once in place, it can provide effortless promotion: 
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Especially for individuals who are skilled in search engine
optimization, and even for those who are not, having a website,
especially if it is updated regularly, can help you or your
business or consulting practice rank highly in Internet searches of
your name or your company's name.

If you have concerns about the expense involved in constructing a
website, worry not. There are a number of free and nearly free
web-hosting, site-building and content management systems
available, including Wordpress, Drupal, Byethost and others. As for
the time and effort involved, it is possible to put together a
perfectly credible, if static, website within a few hours. With not
as much money as one might suspect, albeit involving the investment
of more time and perhaps obtaining the help of an IT specialist or
web content professional, it is possible to create a very
impressive, dynamic website showcase. 

If you are convinced of the value of a website for your company or
consulting practice, but you're not sure where or how to begin, the
suggestions below can help.  Keep these ideas in mind as you
consider having someone construct a website for your company or
consulting practice, and especially if you decide to tackle the
task yourself

1) Have an idea of the purpose the website is supposed to serve.
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If it's just to establish an Internet presence, fine. Make sure
potential clients learn about what you or your company can do for
them and how to get in touch with you. If you have a specialty,
describe it. The idea is to inspire a phone call, an email message
or a letter of inquiry. 

2) Remember the KISS principle: Keep It Simple Sarah (or Samuel).
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Sure, flaming logos and streaming video are cool. If they pertain
to what you do for a living, definitely have samples of your work
on your website. Otherwise, such features can be a distraction, and
too much can make your website look junky, not to mention very slow
to load. 

3) But provide visual stimulation to keep visitors' attention.
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There is nothing more boring than blocks and blocks of dense, solid
text on a website. Even if you are a brilliant writer, potential
clients won't wade through endless online text. Of course, there
are exceptions. If you're posting an e-book, ignore this
suggestion. Blogs will also require fairly substantial text blocks.
But let the website visitor know this up front. 

4) Include extra features that are relevant to the website.
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For instance, the Knowledge Empowerment website includes stock art,
a video newsfeed of headlines pertaining to international social
issues, a weather banner, external links to published work samples
and downloadable PDF documents. Looking at the list, it seems like
a lot of busy elements. However, all these elements are designed to
highlight and enhance the website theme of focusing on social
issues and emphasizing an international perspective. Even the
weather banner includes links to check domestic and international
destination weather and potential flight delays.

5) Update the website regularly, and let visitors know it.
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Many website building utilities will include an automatic update
tool that can be included in the website, which will inform
visitors when the content was last updated. It's an easy way to
assure visitors and potential clients that your services are
readily available! It's not necessary to update every day, but if
months go by with no changes to the website, repeat visitors may
begin to believe your company is defunct, or worse. 

6) Clearly and prominently display contact information. 
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A personal pet peeve is wading through an entire website in a
futile search for hide-and-seek contact information. Although
Knowledge Empowerment features a separate contact page, this really
isn't necessary, as long as the contact information is clearly
displayed. A mailto: link is a nice feature, and again, is often
included as one of the tools of a website building utility. 

7) Watch the ads and pop-ups, and clearly label live links.        
                                 
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It may not be possible to avoid ad content, but if it is not
glaring or overbearing, website visitors and potential clients will
be much more tolerant. On the Knowledge Empowerment website, the
three page hit counters feature links to an online travel service
coupon, an auto rental company and an online tech supply store, but
the links are so inconspicuous as to be barely noticeable. Also
important to note: the counter provider used for the Knowledge
Empowerment site, AmazingCounter.com, is free, does not sell
personal information and allows the account holder to choose
sponsors that are as relevant to the website as possible. 

8) Obtain a personal or business domain name for your website. 
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Be sure to purchase the top-level .com domain name for your site if
you can, even if you actually use .net, .org  or something else for
your website. Services like GoDaddy.com will check the availability
of a domain name and provide the domain for a very reasonable
price. Once you have completed the construction of your web page,
you can migrate the content over to the domain so that potential
clients or visitors will enter your easy-to-remember domain name,
rather than the lengthy and often unwieldy actual URL assigned by
the hosting site. This process sounds much more complicated than it
actually is, and there will probably be step by step instructions
provided along with your domain name. 

9) Include a copyright notice on each page of the website. 
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You don't want to find yourself the subject of a plagiarism claim. 
If you provide downloadable content, it should also carry a
copyright notice, even if you are offering it for free.  Sad but
true, someone, somewhere may have the bright idea to claim your
original content as his or her own. Worse, you may be sued for it.
A copyright notice is not foolproof, but it does provide some
measure of legal protection. Even if you include non-original
content such as stock art on your website, the compilation of your
website constitutes an original work, and can certainly (and
should) bear a copyright notice. 

None of this is hard and fast, or even definitive, but simply
(hopefully useful) wisdom gained through the first-hand experience
of developing a website. Feel free to adapt any or all of these
suggestions to suit the needs and purposes of your business or
consulting practice. 
 
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Audrey Faye Henderson is a writer, researcher, data analyst and
policy analyst based in the Chicago area. Her company, Knowledge
Empowerment, specializes in social policy analysis concerning fair
housing, affordable housing, higher education for nontraditional
students, community development with an asset based approach and
sustainable development in the built environment.
 
Copyright 2011 Audrey Faye Henderson

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THE WRITE SITES
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Simon Says!
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This is an easy-to-read blog about various aspects of the freelance
writing life from an expert freelancer and writing tutor.  The
articles are mainly aimed at beginners, but I found them very
useful too. 
http://simonwhaleytutor.blogspot.com/

Neil Gaiman's Journal
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No, I haven't become a stalker!  Neil Gaiman's Journal is a blog
open to all which is full of all sorts of insights into his
creative mind.  It also discusses things happening in the Writing
world and you can read his original notes from when he was devising
American Gods. 
http://journal.neilgaiman.com/

How many plots?
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This is an intriguing article looking at how many plots for fiction
there really are. 
http://www.ipl.org/div/farq/plotFARQ.html

AWESOME BLOG FOR THE MONTH:
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WritingSpark.com, by Alicia Sparks 

Since this got a mention in our "Free Stuff for Writers" column in
the last newsletter, I thought I'd stroll over and take a look.
There's loads of good stuff here; I particularly liked the article
in the "advice" section on how to set up a weekly to-do list.
(Maybe I should do that...) This month, Alicia is providing links
to free stuff for writers, and -- I know I used the word "loads"
already, but she has information on loads of helpful freebies.
http://writingspark.com/

And speaking of "Blogs"...
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Writing-World.com has been chosen as one of the "Top 100 Blogs for
Writers to Follow" by DegreeJungle.com.  OK, so we're not a blog...
but let's not confuse the issue with such trivialities!
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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 
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SCRIBOPHILE TELEVISION CONTEST
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DEADLINE: October 31, 2011
GENRE: Short Stories
DETAILS: Television is a fantastic storytelling medium, and there's
much to be learned from how TV weaves stories.  To enter this
contest, submit a piece of flash fiction (under 1000 words)
inspired by themes, character types, plot devices, or any other
storytelling devices from your favorite TV show.  Don't include
specific characters or plots - this isn't fan fiction!
PRIZE: $100 cash, 2nd wins $50 cash, and 3rd wins $25 cash.
URL: http://www.scribophile.com/contests/television-show-contest/
  
SATELLITE MAGAZINE WRITING CONTEST
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DEADLINE:  November 1, 2011
GENRE: Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction: Fiction, creative
nonfiction, journalism, critical essays
DETAILS: Theme for the contest is "Cities". No length restrictions.
PRIZES:  CAN$500
URL: http://www.satellitemagazine.ca/2011/09/writing-contest/

ZOCALO PUBLIC SQUARE POETRY PRIZE
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DEADLINE: November 5, 2011
GENRE: Poetry  
OPEN TO: US Authors
DETAILS: A poem by a US author that evokes a sense of place. 1 - 3
poems, any length. 
PRIZE: $1000 and publication online.
URL:  http://tinyurl.com/5sbotkq

MINOTAUR BOOKS/MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA FIRST CRIME NOVEL 
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DEADLINE: November 30, 2011  
GENRE:  Books
OPEN TO: Authors with No Published Books: For the purpose of this
Competition, previously published material includes the publication
or distribution of the entry, in part or whole, in paper or
electronic format or in any other medium, including self-published
works. 
DETAILS: A crime novel where "murder or another serious crime or
crimes is at the heart of the story." At least 220 double-spaced
pages (60,000 words)  
PRIZES:  $10,000 advance against royalties
URL: http://us.macmillan.com/Content.aspx?publisher=minotaurbooks&id=4933
 
ODES TO THE OLYMPIANS POETRY CONTEST
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DEADLINE: November 30, 2011
GENRE:  Poetry
DETAILS:  The Fall 2011 contest is for poems about Artemis/Diana.
One poem, maximum 30 lines. 
PRIZE:  $50 apiece in adult and youth categories
URL: http://www.tapestryofbronze.com/OdeForm.html 

BETTY TRASK PRIZE
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DEADLINE: November 30, 2011
GENRE:  Books
OPEN TO: British Commonwealth citizens aged 35.
DETAILS:  A published or unpublished first novel "of a romantic or
traditional nature. 
PRIZE:  £25,000 in total.  
URL:  http://www.societyofauthors.org/betty-trask

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