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B U S Y F R E E L A N C E R

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January 1, 2004 Volume 3 Issue 1

ISSN 1538-8107

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In This Issue...

>>> Letter From the Editor, Kim Wilson
>>> Ask the Freelance Pro
       by Kathryn Lay
>>> Write From Home Site Updates
>>> Regional Reviews
       by Hilary Evans
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Success Spotlight
>>> From the Copy Editor's Desk
       by Sherry L. Stoll
>>> Grammar Goofs
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
       by Shirley Jump
>>> Writing Contests
>>> Anthologies Seeking Submissions
>>> Jobs
>>> Paying Markets
>>> Classifieds

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"Life without the written word would, of course, be
meaningless, but what of my life without my children?"
--Kathryn Elizabeth Jones
From her article "The Truth About Dangling Participles"
located at http://www.writefromhome.com/wwc/369.htm

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°°°°° LETTER FROM THE EDITOR °°°°°

Dear Writers,

Happy New Year! Pardon the slang, but I'm oh-so-ready for
2004. Don't get me wrong, overall 2003 was a good year.
Unfortunately, December was quite a challenging month.

On Saturday, December 13, my two-year-old was
scheduled to get his flu shot. Guess what? On Tuesday,
December 9, he came down with the flu. I absolutely freaked
on Wednesday, December 10, when he spiked a temp of 107.2! (I
didn't know thermometers registered that high.)

Approximately a week later he was fine, but on December 23,
he awoke with a fever. The doctor warned me that with
this type of flu, my son could appear better, and then round
two could strike (he also told me about all the secondary
complications that make this flu so serious). The good news:
As of this writing, Dakota has been fever-free since Saturday,
December 27.

During my week of "down-time," my stress level was at an all-
time high. I had my Christmas tree up, but that was about it.
I had shopping to do, goodies to bake, gifts to wrap and mail,
and Christmas Eve dinner was scheduled at my house. To
slightly complicate matters, within a 24 hour period, three
new clients e-mailed me with a "we're ready to start on the
project" message, and two editors sent me an e-mail inquiring
if I was interested in some assignments. YIKES! I rapidly
went through Plan B, C, D, and E, wondering what would be the
best way to handle the situation.

My son came first, and I wouldn't (and couldn't) budge on that
issue. I e-mailed the three clients and two editors. I
explained my situation concerning my sick son, compounded by
the approaching holidays, and asked if the work could be done
after the first of the year. Guess what? Each of the clients
and the two editors understood my predicament and happily
agreed to wait until January.

What a way to kick off the new year! In addition to all my
usual duties, I have quite a bit of new paying work awaiting
my attention.

So, why did I tell you all of this? It's my hope that if you
are faced with a similar situation, you'll refer back to this
issue and find encouragement and inspiration. I managed to get
through this situation and you will too.

When faced with these challenges, stay focused on your
priorities--whatever they may be--and everything will turn out
ok. By the way, if my clients or editors had said, "no" to
waiting until January, my plan "B" consisted of outsourcing
the work to another freelancer--anything to keep the client
happy and continue to view me as a professional working
parent.

Finally, I'm proud to kick-off 2004 with three new columns in
Busy Freelancer. Enjoy this issue and if you have suggestions
on how I can make this a better publication, let me know! I
wish all of you a healthy, happy and successful 2004. May all
your dreams come true!

Warmly,

Kim Wilson
Editor & Publisher
Proudly wearing her "I survived December 2003 with my mental
health and sanity intact," sweatshirt!

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ASK THE FREELANCE PRO
By Kathryn Lay

The Christmas gifts are put away, decorations back in their
boxes and it's time to settle back into a routine. As a
freelance writer, you are ready to plan for the coming year.
What will you write? Who will you market to? Are you new in
the business or established in your freelance career? Is this
the year you want to begin a more aggressive marketing
campaign? Are you still trying to understand the importance of
a query letter or how the rights you are selling will affect
your career down the road?

The freelancer's life is full of questions and new things to
learn or understand. I hope that you will send along ideas for
questions you'd like answered in this column.

When I was asked to do this column, I cringed at the title
suggestion. Was I really a freelance pro? How do you know if
you are?

So, here's a quick introduction to let you know where I am in
my own writing career. I've been writing since forever and
marketing my writing since 1989. I recently sold my 850th
magazine piece. I enjoy writing fiction and nonfiction, for
children and adults, in a variety of genres and markets. I've
sold to 25 anthologies and placed in over 100 writing
contests. I teach writing classes at coffeehouseforwriters.com
and recently sold my first children's novel that will come out
later this year. I suppose writing is as much a part of me as
breathing. I went through the tons of possibilities for this
first column and couldn't help but talk about goal setting as
a freelancer. This is the time of the year when we look at our
goals and give ourselves resolutions to keep. A wise man I
heard speak a few years ago on this topic explained that we
often set goals that are dependent on someone else to keep.
Before long, we're frustrated because we've given control over
our goals to someone else.

I used to set my goals this way:

1. Sell a book this year.
2. Sell 5 articles a month.
3. Sell to Family Circle, Woman's Day, Redbook, Highlights for
Children and Guideposts.
4. Make a $1,000 a month.

I quickly learned that such goals were only discouraging. My
goals are set up in a different way now.

1. Rewrite (specific title) book and get to my agent by
February.
2. Write (specific title) new book and get to my agent by end
of summer.
3. Market 5-10 short stories, articles, and essays a month
(reprints or new).
4. Study back issues of 3 magazines I hope to break into, make
a list of query ideas and send them out.

The goals go on, but they are all goals that are dependent on
my actions, not the likes or dislikes or budget of someone
else.

As you think about your goals, think about where you are
heading with your writing. Where do you want to be published?
Are you hoping for a specific goal as a writer of children's
stories or an essayist or to sell as many articles as possible
this year? Or is your goal more financial?

You are the only one who can truly understand your goals. Have
you ever really taken the time to think about what your
writing goals are? Is it fame, fortune, or fun?

The wonderful thing about goals is that it's never written in
stone. They can change and you won't be arrested for it. And
it is very likely that your goals will change as you move
along in your writing career. You'll want to begin with easily
attainable goals, but then you may want to stretch and
challenge your writing self.

Setting goals doesn't mean that you are stuck with them the
way they are or you can't move forward, back a little, or take
a step sideways. But setting some kind of goals down on paper,
where you can see them, is a step toward reaching your goals.
When I talk about goal setting to writers' groups, I often
tell them to turn to the person next to them and share one
writing or marketing goal.

Your goals may include writing time and projects, research,
marketing, promotion, etc. It might even be to begin
marketing. I've known some fine writers who are almost
consumed by fear or procrastination with the idea of marketing
their work. They desperately want to do it, but need that
first step of pushing their babies into the world.

Consider finding a writing buddy to share goals with and be
accountable to as you move along. It's not a competition
between you or a contest to win. It is helpful to talk with
someone who understands.

Do you have 'learning' goals this year? Writing conferences or
classes you'd like to attend or books on writing you hope to
read? Include them in your goals. Perhaps there is a
conference coming up in several months that you'd love to go
to, but the cost is holding you back. Set goals on saving up
for this conference or workshop. Weigh the worthiness of
attending against your goals.

One of my goals this year is to meet one new editor who I can
send my work to for consideration. In the children's book
market, it's vital to meet editors in person whenever
possible.

Don't view your goals that aren't reached as failures, but as
opportunities. Time has a way of changing trends, editors,
publishing houses, your editing and rewriting abilities, and
so on. Projects may go unpublished and suddenly, the time is
right and you find the perfect opportunity and wham! That goal
you set months or years earlier has become reality.

Make a contract to yourself that you will work at keeping your
goals. They are YOUR goals. You made them because you wanted
them. If you meet them or chuck them out the window, it
affects no one but you. I look forward to receiving ideas or
questions to be used for future columns. You can send your e-
mails to mailto:rlay15@aol.com
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Kathryn Lay has had over 900 articles, essays and stories
published in Woman's Day, The Writer, Writer's Digest,
Guideposts, Family Circle, Cricket, Spider, Chicken Soup,
Chocolate for Women, and hundreds others. Her children's
novel, KING OF FIFTH GRADE will be published in Fall 2004.
Check out her Web site at
http://hometown.aol.com/rlay15/index.html.
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°°°°° WRITE FROM HOME SITE UPDATES °°°°°
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==>> "Off the Page" Column
by Tama Westman
This month read "Goals Remove Gloom and Get You Going"
at http://www.writefromhome.com/offthepage/370.htm

==>>"Life of a Writer Mom" Column
by Carla Charter
This month read "Recharging the Pen" at
http://www.writefromhome.com/LWM/368.htm

==>>Articles Added to Write From Home

* "The Truth About Dangling Participles"
by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones
http://www.writefromhome.com/wwc/369.htm

* "Finding the Write Time"
by Carol Sjostrom Miller
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REGIONAL REVIEWS
by Hilary Evans
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Quick! List your goals for 2003!

No, no, I'm not mistaken. I'm not confused on the year. I know
we've rolled into 2004, but reviewing yesterday builds a
better tomorrow. We need to look at our success, or lack
thereof, and see what caused our circumstances. If you can't
identify your goals from the past year, chances are you
haven't taken them seriously.

Goals are not "dreams," not even "dreams with deadlines." They
are necessary steps in the blueprint of your life. It's nice
if they are also something that you've wished for as long as
you could breathe, but if that is all they are you will never
see them through to reality. Make your goals a priority. Write
them down where you can see them. LIVE THEM regularly, so they
become part of who you are.

One of my goals for 2004 is to submit at least one original
article to regional parenting publications each and every
month. In the past year we've identified markets that pay
pretty well for first-rights. Don't throw those chances away
in the rush for acceptance. Opportunities at reprint payments
will come sooner than later.

Another goal of mine is to eat breakfast every morning, and
brush my teeth before work. Yeah, I know. Gross. You don't
want to think about someone else manning her gum line, or
working some floss. It's an important step though--thinking
about yourself. It reflects itself in your writing, and in how
you do business.

So, what were your goals for 2003? Which were successful?
Which failed? Do you know why? How will your goals for 2004
change things? Most importantly, where will you post them to
keep those plans realities?

Piedmont Parent
P.O. Box 11740
Winston-Salem, NC 27116
mailto:editor@piedmontparent.com
http://www.piedmontparent.com

Michelle Byrd is one of the nicest editors I've talked with
yet. Sweet, if a little overwhelmed by e-mail. She's also a
new mom, so try and cut her a break folks. For now,
submissions to Piedmont Parent aren't guaranteed a personal
response.

Piedmont Parent covers the Triad-area with a circulation of
34,000. It caters to parents of newborns to teens, and goes by
a defined--though fairly regular--editorial calendar.

January: babies, February: overnight camps, March: kids and
money, April: home and summer classes, May: Mother's Day and
sports/recreation, June: pregnancy, maternity and childcare,
July: teens, tweens and parent support, August: back-to-
school and volunteering, September: family-friendly companies
and tutoring, October: parties and birthdays, November:
holiday toys, children's products and preschool, December:
education.

Thematic material should be submitted three months in advance.
All work should be in AP Style, with reference to Webster's
New Dictionary. Features must have at least three reliable
sources, and a strong local tie-in. Accepted word counts range
between 500 and 1200 words.

Queries should include a story outline and writing sample.
Articles submitted on-spec are preferably received as Word
documents, and list the author's name, Social Security number,
phone number, and word count on the first page. (I don't know,
personally I ask they request my SS# if they are interested,
and I'll call it in. I'm not trying to cause problems for any
editor, but identity theft has become way too common for me to
send this via e-mail.)

Piedmont Parent generally buys one-time/reprint rights with
regional exclusivity, and Web rights. Photos and art are also
needed, with appropriate releases. Payments vary, and are
remitted by the end of the month in which an article appears.

Birmingham Family Times
2821 2nd Ave. S., Suite F
Birmingham, AL 35233
mailto:birminghamfamily@unitedad.com (QUERY ONLY)
http://www.parenthood.com

Birmingham Family Times is a UnitedAd publication, meaning
they run the same national articles, and cover, as around 23
other publications. They do add a local article here and there
though, and that's how you get in the door.

Carol Muse Evans is the associate director, and not only is
she a peach, but she's got great taste in names too. As a
matter of fact, her daughter and I share the exact moniker.
What a wonderful way to start off a conversation, eh?

Birmingham Family Times accepts three kinds of locally focused
articles. Features focus primarily on local events and
activities. "'Human interest' features are rare for us, but we
do cover important local issues..." read the guidelines. "We
want parenting information that Birmingham-area parents can
really use--educational issues, parenting, medical, sports,
extra curricular, issues--even some political, as long as
they are balanced," says Evans.

Local columns come in two varieties. The first is Family FYI,
a short newsy column on what's affecting local parents. They
consist of 100 to 300 words focused on Birmingham/Alabama. The
second is Parenting People, a profile piece, including a
photo, on a local person, to 600 words. Evans says jpeg
photos, 300 dpi or greater, are always welcome.

This is one market to query exclusively, by e-mail or snail
mail with a SASE. Queries should include a summary of the
idea, structure, and sources, writing expertise, and one or
two clips. Send seasonal ideas three months in advance, and
allow at least six weeks for a response. When sending by mail,
address to "Carol Muse Evans, associate editor" at the above
address. Do not call. Do not call to query. Do not call to
check on a submission. Do not call to catch up. In fact, just
pretend these folks don't have a phone. That would do just
fine.

Birmingham Family Times pays moderately well--$100 for
features and profiles. Payments are negotiated on an
individual basis, but arrive within 30 days of
publication...provided you return a contract and invoice. This
magazine purchases FIRST North American Print rights, as well
as electronic. In other words, this is one of those rare
markets you send your ideas to the first time around.

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Have a comment, question or suggestion? Know of a great
regional writer who deserves some recognition? Let me know at
mailto:hilie_e@yahoo.com
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Hilary Evans is the mother of three children, and lives with
her family in Fort Dodge, IA. Between homeschooling, writing,
and getting a breath in edgewise, she publishes The Pampered
Pen, an e-zine for stressed-out writers.
http://www.pamperedpen.com
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SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

Share your success with others. Regardless of how big or
small, I want to know about your accomplishments. If you sell
an article, receive a book contract, or met a writing goal
send the information to
mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com with 'success
spotlight' in the subject line. Your news item will appear in
the next issue. (Hint: This is a great area to do a little
shameless self promotion.)
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Rev. Sue Lang writes:

This past October, I held the first annual RevWriter Writers
Conference, a day long event. It offered a REV track for those
writing within their congregations and a WRITER track for
those writing for the larger Christian Market. Two workshops
were offered on each track. It went so well, I'm doing it
again next year on Saturday, October 9, 2004. I've been
encouraged to advertise it nationally!

The RevWriter Resource ISSN 1545-939X, a free newsletter for
busy congregational leaders has now entered its second year of
publication. It's a paying market and I've been receiving an
increase in queries lately!

Sue Lang
http://www.revwriter.com
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FROM THE COPY EDITOR'S DESK

Pondering Proofreading
By Sherry L. Stoll


Proofreading your finished writing product is so important.
It’s not enough to run a spell check. You don't want to be
like the secretary I once knew when I worked at a "public"
power facility who sent out a memo under the signature of top
management to all employees of said "pubic" power district.
However correctly spelled it was, no one caught the error
until it was in the hot little hands of the employees. She
felt like crawling under her desk and staying there.

Recently, I began building my own Web site. I tweaked it in
every imaginable way. I proofread everything carefully, or so
I thought. After its unveiling, I got an e-mail from a writer
friend with the subject, "Danger Will Robinson!" I had
misspelled my own e-mail address on my own Web site!

This brings up an important point. If you can, have another
person proofread your work. You are so close to it that things
can slip by you. If you can't, the following are a few
suggestions to help you catch those few errors hidden in your
masterpiece.

1. Take a break.
After you've finished writing, don't rush directly into
proofreading. Take a 15 to 20 minute break before you begin.
Fresh eyes and mind will catch more mistakes.

2. Print it out.
I find I miss more mistakes if I try to do my proofing on the
computer screen. Printing it out makes it easier to do line by
line proofreading.

3. Use a "cover."
When proofreading on paper use a ruler or blank sheet of paper
to cover up the lines below. This will keep your eyes and mind
focused.

4. Know your own repetitive errors.
I'm notorious for typing "to" instead of "too." I always know
to be cautious of those errors in my finished product. If you
have a similar area where you always goof, be sure to make
that a priority.

5. Triple check names, addresses, numbers, etc.
Have you ever queried an editor to find you got her name wrong
as soon as you hit the send key or dropped it in the mailbox?
I once referred incorrectly to the title of my own children’s
book manuscript in a query letter. Boy, did I feel stupid!
Slowing down and doing a triple check would have saved me some
embarrassment. I wouldn't have looked like such a novice,
either.

6. Proofread backwards.
Start at the end of your document and work towards the
beginning. This will help you to catch spelling errors.
You'll be looking at each word individually.

7. Pick your best time of day.
You know when you do your best work. Pick your best time of
day to do your proofreading.

8. Proofread once out loud.
By reading your work out loud, you'll hear what you wrote.
Was it what you meant to write?

9. Do it again.
Don't forget to proofread the finished product after you've
made corrections. There’s usually at least one little pesky
typo hiding in there somewhere.

If you follow these proofreading suggestions, I'm sure you'll
make a great impression with your next submission. If not,
I'll be looking for you under your desk.

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Sherry L. Stoll is a freelance writer, poet, greeting card
writer, and book reviewer. You can go to
http://sherry_l_stoll.tripod.com where you'll find links to
her published works. She appreciates your comments at
mailto:slstoll@asde.net
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GRAMMAR GOOFS

If you just read Sherry's column, you'll notice she admits to
occasionally mixing up "to" and "too." Professional writers,
editors and others in this business are not immune to grammar
goofs.

For example, in casual e-mail I use too many commas,
parenthesis, and dashes. Perhaps, this isn't technically a
grammar goof, but it makes for cluttered-hard-to-read prose.
I'm conscious of this habit and try hard to avoid punctuation
over-kill in my manuscripts and queries.

Incidentally, a word I am notorious for misspelling is sugar.
With all the cooking, baking and food writing--including
reading and creating recipes--that I do, you'd think I could
correctly spell this simple word. But that darn "er" ending
consistently finds it's way into my work.

What grammar goofs do you consistently make? When doing a
final edit on a project, how do you tighten up the piece? I
want to use this space to call attention to grammar mistakes
and roadblocks. It's my hope the readers of Busy Freelancer
will learn from each other, and be able to submit tight,
error-free manuscripts and queries, ultimately increasing the
freelancer's chance of making a sale.

Send your grammar goofs to
mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com with "Grammar Goofs"
in the subject line. Don't be shy or intimidated. You're not
the only writer running into grammar roadblocks.
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JUMP-START YOUR FICTION WRITING

Where Do You Begin?
By Shirley Jump

One of the most common questions I am asked as a fiction
author is where and how to begin a book. Many writers have an
idea but aren't quite sure where they should start--or how.
An entire book can be a daunting undertaking, and knowing
where to start is often the biggest first step.

Stephen King says he always starts with the "what if"
question. I agree with this tactic. It’s how I start a book,
too. I begin with a situation--a woman wakes up in the wrong
man’s bed three weeks before her wedding (THE BRIDE WORE
CHOCOLATE, Sept. 2004, Kensington), a shy store owner clad in
a banana suit on Main Street meets Mr. Right at the wrong time
in a small Indiana town (THE VIRGIN’S PROPOSAL, January 2003,
Silhouette), the girl next door battles the former playboy in
a "Survivor" type contest in an RV (THE BACHELOR’S DARE,
December 2003, Silhouette), etc.

I try to think of a situation that is unusual. If my first
idea has been done before, then I keep brainstorming. The
banana suit, for instance, isn't your usual choice of attire
for the heroine of a romance.

This is the kind of brainstorming I do when I'm completing a
mindless task--driving, washing dishes, cooking soup. I let
my brain toss it around, try different scenarios on.
Sometimes, this can take a few days, even weeks, as I let the
idea "percolate" in the back of my head. It’s usually
happening while I'm finishing up another book since I write at
least five books a year and several proposals each year. I
find that when I'm in the "home stretch" of one book, I'm able
to take some brain power away and focus on the next project.
Not only does this keep me excited about finishing the current
book (because I want to get to the next one--the old carrot
on a stick trick), but it also keeps my mind turning over new
ideas and often leads me to come up with unique twists on the
work in progress.

The second step is to figure out who the character is in that
situation and WHY he/she is there. It takes a certain kind of
person to get wrapped up in your particular "what if"
scenario. They also need to have a certain skill set to
survive and thrive throughout this event. If you're writing a
mystery or a thriller, for instance, then you may have a
dangerous opening situation. You're going to need a character
who won't run in fright or be too weak to battle the bad guys.

Then you have to understand your character’s motivations.
Motivation is KEY to everything that happens in a book. If you
have good enough reasons why a character is doing something,
then you can pull off just about anything.

Ask yourself: Why is that character there in the first place?
What drove them to be in this unusual situation at this time
in their lives?

Remember, a book is a snapshot in a character’s life--one
moment of time when they make a change, a growth in their
selves. This opening situation has to be the first step in a
catalyst for change. Thus, you need to know why your character
is ready (or reluctant) to change at that period, rather than
at any other point in their lives.

Third, you should determine what is getting in your
character’s way. Maybe it’s another character. Maybe it’s
their hang-ups, problems or issues. Maybe it’s the weather
("Twister") or alien forces ("Independence Day"). It could
also be another character ("Die Hard"). There’s always
something to battle against. Why? Because battles help
characters change, too.

Now you have your beginning situation. A rough idea of who the
character is in that situation. And an idea of why he/she has
put themselves there, along with some sketched-out plans about
what’s standing in his/her way.

What’s the next step? Write the first few scenes or chapters!
Simply write at this point and let the characters talk to you
for a while. Next month we'll talk about shaping a plot to
help carry a book forward.
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A resident of the Midwest, Shirley is married and has two
children, two cats, a dog and more fish than one person can
count. In addition to articles, she is the author of How to
Publish Your Articles (Square One Writer’s Guide Series) and
several romantic comedies for Silhouette Romance (The
Bachelor’s Dare, December 2003) and for Kensington Books (The
Bride Wore Chocolate, 2004). Visit her Web sites at
http://www.shirleyjump.com and
http://www.shirleykawa-jump.com.

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"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to
make sense."---Tom Clancy

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WRITING CONTESTS
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Writer's Digest 73rd Annual Writing Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2004
10 Categories with more than $30,000 in prizes. Complete
details found at:
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Wildfire Literary Competition (Erotica)
Deadline: March 9, 2004
Complete details found at
http://www.aptmedium.com.au/wildfire/competition.html

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ANTHOLOGIES SEEKING SUBMISSIONS

A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Sons
"Celebrating the powerful bond between mothers and sons."
Deadline: January 31, 2004
Length: 1,000 words minimum, 2,000 words max.
Pays on publication $100 for accepted stories, one winner will
receive a Grand Prize of $500
Complete details located at
http://www.cupofcomfort.com/share.htm
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Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul
Stories of Healing, Hope, Love & Resilience
Deadline: February 2004
Length: 300-1,200 words
Pays on publication. Rate determined at that time.
Complete details found at http://www.chickensoup.com
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[Editors note: The following four jobs and links are
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---> 9ine Magazine
Position: Assistant Editor
Location: Charlotte, NC
Details found at:
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---> Planet Report
Position: Writer
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Details found at:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newswire&ID=1111

---> The Tribune-Democrat
Position: Experienced Copy Editor
Location: Johnstown, PA
Details found at:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=newswire&ID=1118

---> The Modesto Bee
Position: Copy Editor
Location: Modesto, CA
Details found at:
http://journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/index.php?cat=magnews&ID=1107
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Mailto:bsunderlage@clapper.com
2400 Devon, Suite 375
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Craft magazine published eight times a year. Seeks how-to
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Texas Parks & Wildlife
http://www.tpwmagazine.com/editorial/contribute/
Mailto:magazine@tpwd.state.ts.us
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Pays on publication $.30-$.50/word for articles between
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Mailto:bill.stieg@rodale.com
Rodale
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Fax: (610) 967-7725

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Buys all rights. Accepts queries via postal mail or fax. No
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Action Pursuit Games
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4201 Vanowen place
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Pays on publication $100 for articles of 500-1,000 words.
Accepts e-queries. Buys electronic and print rights.

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http://apg.cfw2.com/page.asp?content_id=2535
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