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February 2005 Volume 4 Issue 2

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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
>>> Market Reviews
by Hilary Evans
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> News & Noteworthy
>>> Success Spotlight
>>> From the Copy Editor's Desk
by Jessie Raymond
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Contests, Workshops and Seminars
>>> Writing Contest
>>> Calls for Submissions
>>> Jobs
>>> Paying Markets
>>> Classifieds


"Looking back, I realize that I grew up learning how to plan ahead,
note deadlines and so on. I also think that my background in
academia--where to a considerable extent you are responsible for
your own schedule and yet still need to meet certain obligations--
helped sharpen those time management skills."
---Erika Dreifus interviewed by Shaunna Privratsky
Read the interview at



Dear Writers:

One of my favorite pieces on Write From Home is an essay titled
"But Maybe Someday I'll Use This," by Linda Oatman High

The underlying message in Linda's essay is worth sharing: As a
writer, you must consistently be perceptive. Life happens. Whether
you write fiction, nonfiction or both, pay attention to the
important events in your everyday existence and the world around
you. Make notes of your observations, thoughts and feelings and
file them away as potential writing fodder. But don't stop there.

A notebook or file folder filled with ideas is useless unless
you, the writer, bring them to life. Do you realize you probably
have thousands of dollars worth of material awaiting your

Recently, I decided to take stock of the hundreds of ideas in my
"maybe someday I'll use this" file. After a few minutes of looking
through the folder it was apparent the task of sorting scraps of
paper, article clippings and handwritten notes would take a lot
more time than I wanted to invest at that particular moment.

Because "someday" is not on the calendar, I took control of the
situation. Beginning this year, organizing my idea file will be a
quarterly task. When I organize my overstuffed file, I'll make two
piles: ideas that still hold my interest and ideas that I'll toss
(either literally in the garbage or pass along to other writers
interested in the subject matter).

For me, creativity and busyness breeds creativity. The busier I
am--in both my personal and professional life--the more ideas I
generate. In my world, time is a hot commodity. It's easier--and
less time-consuming--to shove my "idea of the moment" into a file,
and that's fine as long as I schedule the time to organize and
(hopefully) use the ideas.

As you pursue your writing career, periodically review the contents
of your "maybe someday I'll use this" file and put those ideas to

Wishing you many ideas and the time to use them.

Kim Wilson



Writing Your Fears
by Kathryn Lay

I remember it very clearly, as a child traveling through the
mountains of New Mexico and Colorado with my family. Most of the
tourist attractions were at the top of a mountain, at the end of a
long and twisting drive around the outer edges of the mountain, and
at the end of narrow roads overlooking sheer drops. I was
terrified. The majority of my memories of those trips were not the
fun times my brother and I had at the Santa Village or Cliff
Dwellings. They were of sitting in the floorboard of the backseat,
scrunched down as I listened to my mom yelling at my dad (who had
an inner ear and dizziness problem), "You're too close to the

Those trips left me with a tremendous fear of high places that
still rules me as I refuse to drive over bridges or walk up winding
stairs to see the top of a lighthouse on vacations with my family.

What are you afraid of? Were you afraid of it as a kid? What led
to that fear? Does it still give you chills, cold sweats, or a
racing heart? Are you embarrassed to let others know about your

Write about it.

Why would readers enjoy reading about something that makes them
afraid? Sometimes, it's fun to be scared. Sometimes we want to
know others have the same fears as we do. And then, we want to know
how they overcame it, survived it, or learned to live with that
fear. Everyone can relate to being afraid.

The current popularity of the Lemony Snicket: Series Of Unfortunate
Events, dumbfound many adults. They are dark. And sad at times.
And full of three orphaned children's tragic and frightening
adventures trying to escape a terrible Count Olaf while searching
for happiness and home.

But deep down the books show these kids overcoming things that
other kids may fear. Loss, loneliness, and danger.

I've found that writing about some of my own fears have gained me
many bylines from editors who know that their juvenile readers
experience the same types of fears.

My fear of heights became "Don't Look Down," about a girl in gym
class trying to overcome her fear of the uneven bars. It was
published by two different religious Sunday School take-home

My fear of dark places led me to write "Cave-A-Phobia," published
in Spider.

I remember being afraid of losing a good friend, which became "Lost
and Found Friendship."

A fear of tornadoes led to "A Voice in The Storm," published in
Boys' Life, as well as numerous other tornado stories that have won
contests and been published in various magazines.

And my youthful fear of losing a family member to death was used in
"Grandpa's Swan Song."

Children feel strongly about their fears. If a story or book can
make them laugh about it, understand it, or feel that they are not
alone in that fear, then the author has given their readers a great

Picture books for the very young often deal with fears of monsters
in the closet or under the bed, getting lost, losing a pet to
death or being forgotten when the new baby arrives.

If you were afraid of something as a child, there are children who
are feeling that same fear.

But what about writing for adults?

Explore your own fears that captivate you now. Other adults share
them. The dark, heights, bugs, storms, flying, swimming, etc.

The familiar saying, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself," may
be a true and profound statement, but fears are real and effect our

What are your fears? Have you written about them? Have you
explored the situations that put you there or the emotions, however
unreasonable they might be, that come with that fear?

Have you overcome a fear? How did you do it? I'd love to read
some good articles and essays on others who share my heart-pounding
fear of bridges. Others who must drive past a tall bridge to find
another way to exit a highway and come back to a different way to
get onto the next road. Does their heart pound and hands grip the
steering wheel. Have they ever found no way out and drove over a
bridge and reached a point where it seemed they could go no
further, but couldn't stop or back up?

Recently, as my daughter has blossomed into a young and active
teen, I've had to face my fears for her safety as I've let her
attend a week long trip to Mexico with her youth group, weekend
trips to youth camps, etc. I've realized a lot about my trust in
God, or sometimes lack thereof, through these fears for her
protection. I've explored those issues of trust and fear in
articles and essays that seem to easily find a home. Perhaps some
of the editors who read them are nodding in recognition of their
own issues about fear, of trust, of letting their children fly

Use your fears for how-to articles, essays, humorous pieces, short
stories, poetry, interviews with experts, etc.

Go ahead, share your fears with your readers. Don't be afraid.
You may touch on an editor's own childhood fears and help a young
reader see that they are not alone.


Kathryn Lay has had over 1,000 articles, stories and essays
published in magazines and anthologies such as Woman's Day, Family
Circle, Guideposts, Kiwanis, Cricket, Spider, Chicken Soup for the
Soul and many more. Check out her Web site at
http://www.kathrynlay.com to learn about her first children's
novel, Crown Me! and her writing book, The Organized Writer Is A
Selling Writer. E-mail her at mailto:rlay15@aol.com



==>> "Off the Page"
by Tama Westman
This month read "Ten Steps to Successful Interviewing" at

==>> "Life of a Writer Mom"
by Carla Charter
This month read "Writers' Habits" at

==>> "Interview with Erika Dreifus"
by Shaunna Privratsky

==>> "Ideas for the Taking"
by Cheryl Wright


==>> Numerous articles on this subject located at


"Renegade Writer"
by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell

Read Table of Contents at
Purchase at:


by Hilary Evans

As always, one of my goals is to work smarter instead of harder.
Maximize profits and minimize efforts. Minimize, not eliminate
effort entirely. A human being has to conquer life in order to
really enjoy it. Part of that battle is learning where to spend our
resources, and because of that, reprints are a writer's good

Parenting Publications of America

The Busy Freelancer archives contain more than enough information
on writing for regional parenting magazines. The reprint potential
with this niche is huge, and with the annual conference coming up
at the end of February, your marketing potential is equally as

For the last few years, the PPA has hosted a table of writer's
fliers and brochures. You can submit 100 one-page pieces
advertising your services, the reprints you have available, your
Web site, etc. The cost is $35, and along with that comes
enrollment in the PPAs writer's list and contact information for
all of their members. More details including registration
information are available at

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Everyone's heard of Chicken Soup for the Soul. In just over ten
years they've published over 50 volumes of heartwarming essays and
poetry on every subject from pets to teens to urbanites. What you
may not know is Chicken Soup is a reprint market. They take non-
exclusive rights, which means your piece may wind up in one edition
or one hundred, but you are encouraged to sell elsewhere before and
after publication.

Available on the Web site is an in-depth description of the kinds
of stories and poetry they are looking for, and a list of upcoming
projects and completion dates. If you're interested in putting
together a new Chicken Soup title, you can also find a proposal
package online.

Projects taking submissions now include: C.S. for the Girl's Soul,
and C.S. for the Rescue Worker's Soul. There's also a new line of
books for teens seeking submissions from writers ages 11-20.

I submitted an essay for the Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul,
and was notified nine months later that it was chosen as a
finalist. They told me if my story was included in the book, I'd be
notified three or four months later. Unfortunately because of the
large number of submissions they receive each day, the publishers
have decided not to notify writers if their work is rejected.

Finally, I've decided not to continue with Market Reviews. Kim
Wilson is the absolute best editor I've worked with, and I'll miss
writing for her. It's simply a matter of maximizing resources. Now
that I'm dealing with bigger markets, I don't always have the
experience I need to make my advice very beneficial. I hope someone
has found good advice from this column though, and that it has
helped get you to where you needed to go.

Keep up the good works,
Hilary Evans

Hilary Evans writes about entertainment, history and education. You
can reach her at mailto:hilie_e@yahoo.com


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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.)

* As a single mother of two, I was struggling to make ends meet. I
have a degree in social work, but was burned out from working in
the field, so I was waitressing at my parent's Greek restaurant.
Not making enough money, and dreaming of becoming a fulltime
freelance writer, I was too scared to send out any queries.
However, I was constantly sending out resumes to a wide variety of
jobs, but wasn't getting anywhere. Even though I had 12 published
articles, which were all in a monthly outdoor newspaper a friend of
mine published, I was afraid to apply for a job at our local
newspaper or even to query them with some article ideas I had.

One day when I was submitting resumes to jobs I really didn't want,
I decided to bite the bullet and send one to our local newspaper
(along with several clips), even though I felt I wasn't qualified
since my degree is not in journalism. Two days later, the editor
e-mailed me to let me know there were no positions available, but
asked if I would be interested in freelancing for them. Of course
I said yes, because that's what I had wanted all along! I just
needed a stranger's confidence in my writing ability to gain the
confidence I needed in myself and in my writing. Here I am, 29
front page articles later, still counting, and beginning to submit
to larger publications!

Kimberly Keller

* Sue Lang's article "Bold Relationships: Linking Heart and Hand,"
appeared in the January/February issue of Lutheran Woman Today. In
January 2005, her next book will be released. Welcome Forward, is a
mission field book for those traveling on mission trips abroad. It
was co-authored with Rochelle Melander and will be available
through Augsburg Fortress Publishers.

Sue also directs the annual RevWriter Writers Conference,
supporting those who write for the local congregation and for the
larger Christian Market. This year's conference will be held on
Saturday, October 8, 2005, at St. Michael's Lutheran Church,
Sellersville, PA. Mailto:conference@revwriter.com with your home
address to be placed on the mailing list.



by Jessie Raymond

"Get Off My Case"

Say you had a fight with your lover Hans, and he came pounding on
your door at midnight, crying "Open up, Darling! It is I!" What
would you do?

If you are like me, you would question what you ever saw in the
kind of pompous boob who says things like, "It is I!"

And, yet, you might admire his attention to proper grammar.

Which brings us to this month's grammar topic: case. Ah, the good
old subjective and objective cases. (We'll save the possessive case
for another time.) These words alone might cause you flashbacks to
your junior high language-arts class. The one you slept through.
Who cares about case?

In spoken language (and the ultimate in casual written
communication, e-mail) using the proper case no longer seems like a
life-or-death proposition. In formal writing, however, case still

In case (no pun intended) you don't remember, "case" refers to the
way that nouns and pronouns relate to the other words in a
sentence. Whether a noun or pronoun takes the subjective or
objective case depends on its role in the sentence. Personal
pronouns can be subjective (I, he, she, it, we, you, they) or
objective (me, him, her, it, us, you, them).

Is it all coming back to you?

For the most part, subjective and objective cases are ingrained in
us, even if we don't consciously label our pronouns as such. We
know intuitively that in a sentence where the subject is a pronoun,
it will take a subjective form: "I loved language arts." Unless the
subject is Cookie Monster, it would make no sense to use the
objective form: "Me loved language arts."

Similarly, the object of a verb (or preposition) will take the
objective form of the pronoun: "But my teacher hated me," not "But
my teacher hated I." Easy.

Yet, there are times when the proper case isn't immediately
obvious, especially when more than one pronoun is used. Often,
you'll hear people say something like, "Just between you and I,"
when they should have said "you and me."

I also notice this when a person is putting on airs, such as, "This
champagne is a favorite of Tom and I." Perhaps people who speak
this way fear that the use of "me" sounds uneducated. Indeed, it is
often used incorrectly, as in "Me and Steve are going to the Krispy
Kreme" or "You can ride home with me or him."

In the first sentence, the subjective "Steve and I" is called for,
since they are the subject. In the second sentence, "me" is in fact
the correct case, but it's in the wrong order. Both sentences
violate the rule that "me" and "I" come after any other pronouns, I
suppose because it sounds more polite to let your guest go first.

But people have the hardest time with subjective and objective
cases when they can't figure out what part of the sentence a
certain pronoun fits into.

Take this example: "The tickets for we three will be waiting at the
box office." Written correctly, the sentence would read: "The
tickets for us three will be waiting at the box office." But why?

You can almost hear the writer's thought process: "We three will"
sounds more grammatical than "us three will," right?

Not in this instance, because "we" and "will" are unrelated. The
subject of this sentence is "tickets," not "we." "For us three" is
a prepositional phrase that occurs in the middle of "The tickets
will be waiting at the box office."

Of course, just as with the rest of the English language, there are
exceptions to cases. Most notably, the verb form "to be," unlike
other verbs, does not take an objective pronoun. So when you dial
the phone and ask for Leona and she says "This is she!" she is not
being pretentious. Leona, much like the heartbroken Hans, is

Still, so few people honor this particular rule that doing so just
sounds affected. Imagine recognizing a purse snatcher in a police
lineup and shouting, "It's he!"

Of all the grammar rules, those regarding the subjective and
objective cases may seem practically irrelevant these days. And in
casual conditions, this is gradually becoming true. But in formal
writing, proper attention to case can be one of the elements that
distinguish you as a professional writer.

As for old Hans, I'd shout, "Go away! It's over between you and I!"
Poor grammar is probably a huge turnoff for that pompous boob.


Jessie Raymond lives in Vermont with her husband and three
children. In addition to running her home-based resume-writing
service, she writes a humor column "Around the Bend," for the
Addison Independent of Middlebury, Vermont. Her work has also
appeared in Vermont Magazine and Pregnancy Magazine as well as in
online publications, including iNet Vacation and American Woman
Road & Travel. You can read more of her writing at


Need to brush up on your grammar? Check out these books:

---> "Grammatically Correct: The Writer's Essential Guide to
Punctuation, Spelling, Style, Usage and Grammar"
by Anne Stilman

---> "The Everything Grammar and Style Book: All the Rules You
Need to Know to Master Great Writing"
by Susan Thurman

---> "Grammar for Grownups"
by Val Dumond

--->"Punctuate It Right!"
by Harry Shaw

--->"Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and
by Jan Venolia


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Setting As A Tool
by Shirley Jump

A lot of writers have a great tool at their disposal in their
books--and too often, they rarely use it to its full potential.
It’s setting

Yes, that thing that describes where and when your book is set.
Often, authors are too busy tossing out adjectives and finding new
ways to describe a blue sky to realize the impact setting can have
if used properly. When done right, setting is a character tool, not
just window dressing.

Think about that--it's not decoration. It's a plot tool, used to
further your characters and show not tell. How, you ask?

By using the IMPACT of the setting on the character and showing how
that character is changed/affected/or not affected at all by the
place where you have set your scene.

It's about more than just putting a claustrophobic character into a
tight space. It's about using everything from the backyard where
the heroine used to play as a child to the police car where the
hero was arrested after a crazy summer night when he was a kid, and
using this to show how the character is impacted. Does it make him
nervous? Strong? Excited?

And after the characters experience these feelings, what do they
do? Do they run? Confront their fears? Become more afraid and thus,
retreat into a deeper shell?

Now, telling you to have your setting affect your character and
then having you walk away from this article and actually employing
that technique are two different things. To learn how to do that,
try writing a scene that has nothing to do with your current work,
putting your character into a new setting--a scary place or a new
place or something where the character has to use skills he or she
has never used before. This will allow you to play with this
technique and then go back and use it with your other work.

When you are working with setting, here are some other tips to keep
in mind:

1. Weave in your narrative throughout your descriptions. It's
boring to just read a travelogue of what the place looks like. Work
in some history there--your characters weren't born in a vacuum.
Let the hero see the tree he climbed as a kid, the neighbor's house
that is a different color every spring, the blank lot that used to
hold a favorite haunt. Each of these memories will show a bit more
about your character.

2. Add in actions, too, throughout descriptions. Don't have your
characters stand in one place and just look around. Let them move
and interact with the setting. Then you pepper the scene with the
setting details, rather than blanketing the reader with adjectives
and hoping they can find the action among the descriptions.

3. Use all your senses--and know how your character uses his/her
senses. When a bloodhound enters a room, the first thing he uses is
his nose to scope out the place. Think about your characters--what
do they notice first? The touch? Smell? Colors?

4. Have a character revisit a setting later in the book. By then,
your character will have changed and grown and thus, will see that
place differently.

5. If your setting descriptions aren't working right, try having a
different character's viewpoint to see them. Sometimes, the
character you are using for the scene isn't the right one. Try
changing viewpoints and see what you get.

6. Use visual cues. I save catalogs and bookmark Web sites so I can
remember what an apartment filled with Crate & Barrel or Pier I
Imports purchases might look like. I like to immerse myself with
that visual before writing the scene. I'll also use scent cues
(lighting a candle, brewing some coffee) if I want to describe a
detail accurately.

7. If you're describing a familiar place, be sure you're not
skimping on details. Sometimes, we know a place so well that we
forget to describe the sounds of traffic passing by or the quiet of
the street in the mid-afternoon. Try to go back and re-read with a
stranger's eyes or have someone who doesn't live in that area read
the passage and give you feedback.

8. If you're describing a place where you have never been, do your
research. Talk to people who live there, read books, study maps.
Don't rely entirely on the Internet. Look at the newspapers,
magazines, etc. for the area to see what’s going on now in that
area. Do a search for Web cams in the area to see if there's a live
visual of the streets.

9. Layer your settings with nuances and details. The best way to
evoke a powerful setting is to put in some punch with small details
(not overloading with tons of description). Naming the plants
instead of just saying "shrubs" or mentioning the cobblestones on
the sidewalk, etc., all help your reader get more of a sense of the

10. Read people who do setting well: Amy Tan, Eudora Welty, Pat
Conroy, John Updike, Sinclair Lewis. Learn from those who have gone
before you and try to incorporate their great lessons into your own

Once you have created that world, your characters will live and
breathe within it. This helps your readers believe even more in the
story you are telling. They'll come along on that journey, and feel
as if they are living it with your characters. That’s using setting
as a great tool!


Shirley Jump had a dual setting challenge with her February
Soulmates release, Kissed By Cat. She not only had to see the
fictional city of Lawford, Indiana, through Garrett McAllister’s
eyes, but also through a pair of feline eyes. Look for this new
romantic comedy "tail" in stores this February! And coming soon,
The Devil Served Tortellini in March!




Ghost Ranch Writers Conference

February 23-27, 2005
Tucson, AZ
Details at http://webdelsol.com/Algonkian/ghostranch-algonkian.htm


Creativity Workshop

March 11-14
New York, NY
Details at http://www.creativityworkshop.com/newyork.html


Author Linda Oatman High (http://www.lindaoatmanhigh.com) will
teach a writing workshop in Tuscany! Join Linda on July 2-9, 2005,
in Cortona, Italy, for an instructional and inspirational workshop.
Package prices include meals, accommodations and tours. Please see
the following link for more info:


Tel: (717) 445-8246



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Whim's Place Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline: March 30, 2005
Winners Announced: May 1, 2005
Fee: $5
Length: 500 words or less

1st Place: $150
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $50
8 Honorable Mentions: $25 each


BOOST announces its 3rd annual writing contest for writers of
children's literature.

Genre: Multicultural Humor for Young Adults

Word Limit: Up to 1,200 words

Entry Fee: $10.00 (US) per manuscript.

Contest Dates: January 1, 2005, through April 15, 2005. Winners
will be announced May 1, 2005.

* All entrants will receive a $5.00 gift coupon from Marion Street
Press to use towards the purchase of any writing related book, to
be mailed after completion of the contest.

First Place:

~ $100.00 (US)
~ A free "Hands On Writing Class" taught by Jill Ronsley
~ Winning manuscript professionally edited by Angela Hoy
~ Margaret Shauers Market Guide with over 350 current listings for
children's magazine markets
~ One Writer's Digest book about children's writing or publishing
~ A one-year subscription to The Blue Review, BOOST's official

Second Place:

~ $50.00 (US)
~ 2005 Writer's Market Guide by Writer's Digest
~ One Writer's Digest book about children's writing or publishing
~ A one-year subscription to The Blue Review, BOOST's official

Third Place:

~ $25.00 (US)
~ One Writer's Digest book about children's writing or publishing
~ The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli
~ A one-year subscription to The Blue Review, BOOST's official

Honorable Mentions:

~ Name and manuscript title posted on BOOST’s contest page

Complete details located at


WinningWriter.com has several contests:

Prizes of $1,000, $500, $250 will be awarded, plus four Publication
Royalty Awards of $150 and three Encouragement Awards of $75 each.
Winning entries will be published. Submit any type of short story,
essay or other work of prose, up to 8,000 words. You may submit
work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as
you own the anthology and online publication rights. $10 entry fee,
payable to Winning Writers.
Postmark deadline: March 31, 2005
Judge: Tom Howard
Submit online or mail to:
Winning Writers
Attn: Tom Howard Short Story Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060
More information:

Prizes of $1,190, $169, $60 and five honorable mentions of $38
each. No fee to enter. A humor contest with a special twist.
Submit one poem online at
Judge: Jendi Reiter.
Deadline: April 1, 2005

Prizes of $1,500, $500, $250 and 10 honorable mentions of $75 each.
Submit 1-3 original, unpublished poems on the theme of war, up to
500 lines in all.
Entry Fee: $12, payable to Winning Writers.
Postmark deadline: May 31, 2005
Judge: Jendi Reiter
Submit online or mail to:
Winning Writers
Attn: War Poetry Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060
More information: http://www.winningwriters.com/annualcontest.htm

Prizes of $1,000, $400, $200, plus four Encouragement Awards of
$100 each. Winning entries will be published. Submit poems in
traditional verse forms, such as sonnets and haiku. You may submit
work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as
you own the anthology and online publication rights. Entry fee is
$5 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers.
Postmark deadline: June 30, 2005
Judge: John H. Reid
Submit online or mail to:
Winning Writers
Attn: Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
351 Pleasant
Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060
More information: http://www.winningwriters.com/margaret.htm

Prizes of $1,000, $400, $200, plus four Encouragement Awards of
$100 each. Winning entries will be published. Submit poems in any
style or genre. You may submit work that has been published or won
prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online
publication rights.
Entry fee: $5 for every 25 lines, payable to Winning Writers.
Postmark deadline: September 30, 2005
Judge: Tom Howard
Submit online or mail to:
Winning Writers
Attn: Tom Howard Poetry Contest
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060
More information: http://www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry.htm




Getting Started Without Getting Burned II

Seeking stories of:

~ publications, people or services you've been conned by
~ scams you've fallen for
~ writing mistakes you've made
~ anything you've done in your writing career that you

We're looking for short descriptions of what has happened to you,
what you've done or what you've learned in 200 words or less.


Length: 20-200 words

All entries received will be entered in a drawing to win writing
inspiration packs.

Each pack includes What Editor's Want, Kick-Start Your Writing
Career, 2005 Writer's Market, Strunk & White’s The Elements of
Style, three inspirational Og Mandino books, the Artist's Way book
and journal, Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul, Chicken Soup for
the Unsinkable Soul and a year's subscription to Writer's Digest

Selected entries will be invited to be a feature story (500-2,000
words). Feature stories pay $50-200.

Deadline: March 30, 2005

Submit via the Web site:

More Information:


Chicken Soup series is seeking submissions for the following

~ Adopted Soul
~ African American Teen's Soul
~ African American Woman's Soul
~ Alzheimer's Soul
~ Children with Special Needs
~ Christian Soul II
~ Christmas Treasury
~ Crafters and Quilter's Soul
~ Dieter's Soul
~ Divorced Soul
~ Entrepreneurial Soul
~ Fisherman's Soul II
~ Girl's Soul II
~ Horse Lover's Soul
~ Kid's Soul II
~ Life Lessons for Busy Moms
~ Life Lessons on Relationships
~ Military Brat's Soul
~ Mom's and their Boys Soul
~ Mormon's Soul
~ Mother's of Preschoolers Soul
~ New Yorker's Soul
~ Recovering Soul Daily Inspirations
~ Scrapbooker's Soul
~ Sister's Soul II
~ Sisters' and Brothers' Soul
~ Soulful Guide to Texas
~ Soulful Guide to the South
~ Teenage Soul Daily Inspirations
~ Teenage Soul, The Real Deal on Friendship
~ University of Michigan Alumni Soul
~ Woman's Soul Daily Inspirations
~ Young Horse Lover's Soul

Their new series Healthy Living is in need of submissions for the
following titles:

~ Healthy Living--Anxiety
~ Healthy Living--Arthritis
~ Healthy Living--Asthma
~ Healthy Living--Depression
~ Healthy Living--Diabetes
~ Healthy Living--Pain Management
~ Healthy Living--Sleeplessness
~ Healthy Living--Smoking
~ Healthy Living--Stress
~ Healthy Soul Cookbook

For details go to http://www.chickensoup.com and click on "upcoming


Call For Inspiring True Stories Celebrating Grandparents

A Cup of Comfort is a bestselling book series, published by Adams
Media, featuring powerful true stories about the experiences and
relationships that inspire and enrich our lives. These engaging
personal essays--written by people from all walks of life--are
carefully selected for inclusion in A Cup of Comfort based on
originality, creativity, and substance.

Now, Colleen Sell, editor of 12 volumes in this bestselling series,
is seeking submissions for:


Much has been written about the special bond between grandparents
and grandchildren. For this extraordinary collection, we're looking
for exceptionally creative, distinctive, and emotionally powerful
"cut-above" stories about truly remarkable relationships and
experiences shared by grandmothers and/or grandfathers and their
grandkids. Stories may be humorous or heartwarming, insightful or
delightful, poignant or amazing or all of the above--on any topic
specific and/or significant to the grandparent-grandchild
connection--and about grandparents and grandchildren of all ages,
ethnicities, circumstances and backgrounds.

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2005

Stories must be original, true, positive in English, and
1,000-2,000 words.

Payment: One $500 grand prize per book; $100 each, all other
published stories. Plus copy of book.

Guidelines: http://www.cupofcomfort.com (click on "Share Your
Story") or e-mail request to mailto:cupofcomfort@adamsmedia.com


The Rocking Chair Reader
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: "Something Old, Something New"
Deadline: February 28, 2005

Theme: "Something Old, Something New" will feature 60-70 true
stories that revolve around weddings and/or marriages that take
place in America's small towns. We are searching for stories about
love and happiness, humorous anecdotes and everything in between.
In addition to family stories that have been passed down from
generation to generation, we hope to harvest the more personal
stories that until now have been held close to the heart. We will
consider any story--written from anyone's point of view--as long as
it takes place in a small town in America, is a true story,
involves falling in love, the promise of wedding bells and/or
speaks to the Reader of love and marriage. Smalltown weddings are
steeped in family and community traditions and we'd be honored if
you shared those traditions with us. (Questions and queries

At this time, we are excited to inform you that we are also
collecting stories for the first Christmas book in The Rocking
Chair Reader series. The deadline for "Smalltown Christmas" is
April 2005. Please specify which submission you are targeting by
typing the words "Something Old, Something New" or "Smalltown
Christmas" in the subject line of your submission.

For more information, please e-mail Ms. Polaski at
mailto:therockingchairreader@yahoo.com or check


The "God Allows U-Turns" series is seeking submissions for their
new book line "God Answers Prayers--Military Edition." This
specific call is for stories about how God answered prayers from
military members and their families.

Deadline: February 25, 2005
Length: 500-1,500 words
Payment: $50 upon publication + one copy of the book
Rights: One-time non-exclusive. Accepts reprints.

Complete guidelines at




~ Position: Copy Editor
Publication/Company: The Real Deal Magazine
Location: New York
Deadline: 02-08-05
More info:

~ Position: Freelance Writer
Publication/Company: Hartford Business Journal
Location: Connecticut
Deadline: 02-15-05
More info:

~ Position: Business Reporter
Publication/Company: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Location: Georgia
Deadline: 02-15-05
More info:

~ Position: Economic Development Reporter
Publication/Company: The News-Sentinel
Location: Indiana
Deadline: 02-15-05
More info:

~ Position: Reporter
Publication/Company: Green River Star
Location: Wyoming
Deadline: 02-15-05
More info:

~ Position: Spanish Language Reporters & Editors
Publication/Company: Rumbo/Meximerica Media
Location: Texas
Deadline: 02-15-05
More info:

~ Position: Copy Editor/Designer
Publication/Company: Columbus Telegram
Location: Nebraska
Deadline: 02-16-05
More info:

~ Position: Night News Editor
Publication/Company: Missouri School of Journalism
Location: Missouri
Deadline: 02-16-05
More info:

~ Position: Web Content Editor
Publication/Company: KRA Corporation
Location: Maryland
Deadline: 02-16-05
More info:

~ Position: Editor
Publication/Company: Star-News
Location: North Carolina
Deadline: 02-16-05
More info:

~ Position: Reporter
Publication/Company: The Sun
Location: New Hampshire
Deadline: 02-16-05
More info:

~ Position: Storytellers
Publication/Company: Freedom New Mexico
Location: New Mexico
Deadline: 02-16-05
More info:

~ Position: Sports/News Reporter
Publication/Company: MPG Newspapers
Location: Massachusetts
Deadline: 02-17-05
More info:

~ Position: Reporter
Publication/Company: The Associated Press
Location: Iowa
Deadline: 02-17-05
More info:

~ Position: Entry Level Book Editor
Publication/Company: James Publishing
Location: California
Deadline: 02-17-05
More info:

~ Position: Editor
Publication/Company: Charlevoix Courier
Location: Michigan
Deadline: 02-18-05
More info:

~ Position: Reporter
Publication/Company: Modern Healthcare
Location: Illinois
Deadline: 02-18-05
More info:

~ Position: Copy Editor
Publication/Company: New Times, Inc.
Location: Florida
Deadline: 02-18-05
More info:

~ Position: Reporter/Writer
Publication/Company: Influence
Location: District of Columbia
Deadline: 02-18-05
More info:

~ Position: Web Site Managing Editor
Publication/Company: GreatSchools, Inc.
Location: California
Deadline: 02-18-05
More info:

~ Position: Proofreader
Publication/Company: Royall & Company
Location: Virginia
Deadline: 02-18-05
More info:

Want to find writing jobs in your area? Go to Regional Help
Wanted at http://regionalhelpwanted.com . After entering the
vicinity where you would like to work, the site will give you
a list of job boards specific to your desired location.



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market send your guidelines, freelance needs and job openings to
mailto:busyfreelancer@writefromhome.com and they'll be published in
the next issue of Busy Freelancer.


Reminder About Paying Markets:

Make sure and read the complete writers' guidelines by either
visiting the Web site or requesting them via e-mail or postal mail.

Because editorial positions frequently change, it's in your best
interest to visit the Web site or contact the publication prior to
querying or submitting and verify the name of the current editor.


Discovery Girls, a bi-monthly national magazine for 8-12 year old
girls, is in need of freelancers who can provide us with craft
ideas and projects for our readers.

For the right person, this could be an ongoing assignment. Ideally,
we'd like to find someone who can provide a new, easy-to-do, fun
project for girls, including how-tos. The ability to provide
publishable photos would be a real plus, but is not strictly

Interested freelancers should contact Sarah Verney at
mailto:sarah@discoverygirls.com . No phone calls, please.

You can check out Discovery Girls online at
http://www.discoverygirls.com. The magazine is also available in
most bookstores and mass market outlets (Wal-Mart, Target, grocery
stores, etc) in some areas.

Thank you.

Sarah Verney
Senior Features Editor
Discovery Girls


New Mexico Magazine

495 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Associate Editor: Steve Larese

Monthly magazine covering the people, culture, arts, history and
landscape of New Mexico.

Seeks articles on various topics relating to New Mexico. Pays on
acceptance 30¢/word, minimum $100 for articles between 250-2,000
words. Buys FNSR and one-time rights. Sample copy available by
sending $3.95 to above address. See complete guidelines at link
listed above.



2445 McCabe Way, Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92614

Executive Editor: Teresa Ciulla

Seeks "stories that we cannot cover in the print magazine due to
the timeliness factor...."

Query first! Discourages unsolicited manuscripts. No phone calls.

Pays on acceptance. Fees vary. Pays kill fee of 20 percent of
original amount. Length for columns is 600 words, 1,000 words max
for features.


Transitions Abroad

P.O. Box 745
Bennington, VT 05201

Magazine for independent travelers of all ages seeking practical
information on international travel.

This publication seeks material for several different departments.
Read complete guidelines at link listed above.

Pays on publication, approximately $2/column inch (50-55 words).
Negotiates fees for regular contributors. Buys one-time rights.


Today's School

2621 Dryden Rd., Suite 300
Dayton, OH 45439

Editor: Shannon O'Connor

Published six times during the school year, Today's School is a
national magazine for K-12 administrators.

Seeks articles about administration, technology and facilities.

Depending on the category, articles range from 700-1,000 words,
1,000-2,000 words and 2,000-3,000 words.

Pays on publication $100-400. Sample copy available by sending $3
to above address.


Eating Well

823A Ferry Road
Charlotte, VT 05445



Print magazine published six times a year. "Eating Well is edited
for intelligent, discriminating readers who know that what they eat
directly affects their well-being. They believe that, with the
right approach, one can enjoy both good food and good health.

Pays $150-200 for department pieces between 200-500 words;
$1-1.50/per word for features of 1,500-3,000 words; and $100-175
for recipes.

Prefers queries and clips be sent via postal mail. Encourages new
writers to break in with departmental pieces.


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