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January 2005 Volume 4 Issue 1

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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 Sherry S. Stoll
>>> Sponsor Message
>>> Jump-Start Your Fiction Writing
by Shirley Jump
>>> Contests, Workshops and Seminars
>>> Writing Contest
>>> Calls for Submissions
>>> Jobs
>>> Paying Markets
>>> Classifieds


"When asked what prevents a speaker from writing his or her first
book, the answer is often a resounding: "I don't know where to
start." That's no different than an author saying to himself, "I
have an idea, but I don t know where to begin."
---Alyice Edrich, from Turning Your Speech Into a Book.
Read the article at



Dear Writers:

I hope you don't mind that I'm sending this out a day early. I'll
be out of the office tomorrow, January 1, celebrating my wedding
anniversary. As I write this letter my three-year-old is sitting on
the floor next to my chair saying, "I'm Buzz Lightyear and I come
in peace." Good thing, because that's the only peace (and quiet)
I'm getting. Like many other parents, we're experiencing the after-
Christmas-noise-fest. :-)

As you know, not only is 2005 right around the corner, but so is
tax season. If you're looking for articles about freelancers and
taxes I have several on the Write From Home site located at

The articles are written by Julian Block. Besides being a tax
professional, Julian is also a writer and a member of ASJA. I'm
cautious about publishing material on this topic as there is a lot
of misinformation circulating about freelancers and taxes. I trust
Julian's knowledge on this subject matter 100 percent.

Before I close, I want to take a moment and discuss the tsunamis
that struck Asia earlier this week. After hearing about this
tragedy, I immediately thought about two India-based writers that
I've had the pleasure of working with: Uma Girish and Hasmita
Chander. I e-mailed both of them. Uma promptly replied stating the
tsunamis spared her and her family. I haven't yet heard from

Tragedies have an uncanny way of bringing out the positive
qualities in people. I'm happy to see so many individuals wanting
to help. If you'd like to help perhaps you'll consider making a
monetary donation. I mailed mine to the American Red Cross
International Response Fund but there are many other reputable
organizations taking disaster relief donations. I've listed several
charities at http://www.writefromhome.com/tsunamisdonations.htm
I know any amount of money you can spare will be greatly

Wishing you a healthy, happy and successful 2005.

Kim Wilson



A Year of Freelance Possibilities
by Kathryn Lay

As the New Year begins, it can feel like a time of renewal, a fresh
slate, an empty page. Sometimes that's frightening for a writer,
and sometimes it's exciting to see a new beginning. Consider making
it a goal or a resolution this year to try something new in your
freelancing every month.

Here are 12 ideas to get you going:

1. Anthologies.
With the popularity of Chicken Soup for the Soul books, there are
lots of opportunities to be included in anthologies. Do you have a
story to tell of something dramatic, sweet, funny, amazing, or
heart-warming that happened to you or someone you know? Check
http://www.chickensoup.com for their listing of upcoming needs.
Other smaller anthologies offer chances for publication as well.
Cup of Comfort, Chocolate for Women, God Allows U-Turns and more.
Poets & Writers Magazine lists anthologies looking for submissions.
At http://www.anthologiesonline.com you can click on "Writers
Wanted" to find information on some upcoming anthology needs.

2. Personal Experiences
What has happened to you this past year that can be shared with
magazine readers to inform, challenge, encourage, or motivate
readers? Nearly every magazine, whether women's, parenting, travel
or general interest uses one or more personal experience pieces.
They may be written as a straight personal experience, or using a
person's experience along with expert information to inform a

3. Tips & Anecdotes
Did your children say the cutest thing? Do you know the best way to
keep a child entertained on a long trip? Has your neighborhood
banded together to right a wrong or help someone in need? Many
magazines such as Family Circle, Woman's World, Christian Parenting
Today, and Reader's Digest have special areas where you can send in
tips and anecdotes that will pay you and give you a new publication
to add to your resume. Spend a day browsing through magazines to
find several of these opportunities, then spend another day writing
up short pieces and submitting them. A quick Valentine's idea that
I e-mailed to Family Circle was published. I was paid $50 for 10
minutes of my time and had an exciting new addition to my resume.

4. List Articles
Spend some time making lists. For example, 20 Ways to Spice Up Your
Spouse's Lunch, 14 Debt Free Solutions or 108 Quick Cleaning Tips.
Whether it's emotional, physical, spiritual, practical, silly or
medical, a "list article" is welcomed by many publications.

5. Profiles
Do you know someone with an interesting hobby, occupation or event
that they've done or challenge they've overcome? Newspapers and
magazines are often open to a good profile of someone that will be
of community or national interest. When an old carousel at a local
amusement park was refurbished, I queried a carousel enthusiast
magazine about interviewing the man behind this major effort to
save an antique carousel. The profile was fun, the article (with my
own photos) was beautiful and I got free tickets for my family
into the park. Watch your newspaper for articles about someone
local who may be a perfect profile for a national publication. A
small blurb in our paper about a local Eagle Scout who rescued his
uncle on a hiking trip made a wonderful profile for a children's

6. Op-Ed
Do you have an opinion? Can you write it in a coherent and
interesting way? Check your newspaper to see if they buy freelance
op-ed pieces. I've done three for our paper and was paid for the
last two.

7. Short fiction
Have you always wanted to write a short story? Though the market
for short fiction isn't huge, there are opportunities in literary
magazines, children's magazines and religious publications.
Stretch your imagination and have some fun if you've done nothing
but nonfiction in the past. You never know, you may find a new
writing passion.

8. The Writing Life
Have you discovered a new way of tracking markets, learned how to
write and sell recipe books or other writing information you can
share? There are many print and online writing magazines where you
can share your expertise concerning fiction writing, magazine
writing, technique, marketing, poetry writing, promotion, etc.

9. Humor
If you've never attempted writing humor before, give it a try.
Nearly every magazine is open to a bit of humor. It doesn't have to
be slapstick or fall-on-the-floor. Subtle humor. Telling humor. A
look at real life humor. (Erma Bombeck, Dave Barry) Even
grim/sarcastic humor--looking at an experience through a crooked
glass. How can you tell about an experience that taught you
something, but in a funny way? Kids love humorous fiction.
Everyone can use a smile now and then.

10. How-To
Are you an expert at something? Do you know an expert? Did you
learn something new last year and can now tell others how to
accomplish it? Maybe its A Klutz's Guide to Building a Bookcase or
How to Write a How To or How I Taught My Father to Drive. If you've
learned it or want to learn it, why not write about it so others
can learn about it too?

11. Greeting Cards
If you've never attempted to write a greeting card, why not take a
step in a new direction. Maybe you prefer buying blank cards and
writing your own sentiments to friends and family. Here's a chance
to see if you can turn that into a freelance opportunity. Spend
some time browsing and reading the many lines and types of cards
available. Get guidelines and check them carefully before sending a
naughty limerick to an inspirational line or a serious heart-
breaker poem to a card company that only does laugh-out-loud

12. Column
A regular column is a great way to make yourself known. Many local
newspaper columnists are freelance writers. They often pick a
specific tone or area of interest, send in sample columns and even
do them for little or no pay to get themselves known. A friend has
been writing a religious essay-type column for her small local
paper for many years with no pay. But these hundreds of columns
have led to speaking engagements, self-published books, television
appearances and lots of sales as reprints for magazines and
anthologies. Give yourself a new challenge in 2005 to become a

How many new freelance opportunities will you try in 2005? Let me
know what happens, I'd love to hear from you.


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 "Challenge Makes for Great Writing" at

==>> "Life of a Writer Mom"
by Carla Charter
This month read "Rediscovering the Joy of Writing" at

==>> "Market Research: Finding Homes For Your Work"
by Erika Dreifus

==>> "Turning Your Speech Into A Book"
by Alyice Edrich


==>> "Pay On Time To Avoid Penalties"
by Julian Block

==>> "Self-Employment Taxes Increase Again"
by Julian Block

==>> "Filing-Time Fantasies"
by Julian Block

==>> "The Right Way to Write Off Your Sojourns"
by Julian Block

==>> "Home Equity Loans: Money Under Your Nose"
by Julian Block

===>> Featured Book:

"Pump Up Your Prose"
by Shaunna Privratsky

Read Table of Contents at
Purchase at:


by Hilary Evans

Way back when, I did reviews for sites like The Romance Studio.
Every once in awhile my heart feels a few pangs over giving it up,
but then I remember all that I learned. I discovered a lot and
met a lot of great, new writers too, all of who work exclusively

Publishing online is not always the same as using a vanity press.
You can't just bumble into Booklocker and sell your first trilogy
with a quick Paypal click. In fact, certain online publishers are
becoming even harder to sell to than those working exclusively in

Let's take Ellora's Cave, for instance. This is the only e-book
publisher recognized by the Romance Writers of America. Each month
they sell roughly 30,000 novels. More importantly, they refuse
around 95 percent of the manuscripts coming their way. If you find
yourself among that five percent it's due not to writing a good
check--but a good book.

Ellora's Cave caters only to Romantica readers, but I've found the
quality of their books generally surpasses those of other
publishers. I was pleasantly surprised to hear they were beginning
two new lines--one for straight erotica and one for mainstream

Ghede Books

Submissions for erotica may start at 8,000 words, but they prefer
novellas (20,000-30,000 words) and full-length novels rounding
out around 50,000.

The standard royalty rate is 37.5 percent of the cover price.

If you're wondering about the genre,"erotica" has developed
characters and plot, with plenty of potentially meaningless sex.
There may or may not be "blue" language--the kind your mother
isn't allowed to hear--but there must be descriptive physical
scenes scattered throughout the story. Porn, on the other hand, has
bits of story scattered throughout the sex.

Except for the shortest submissions, send a synopsis (everything
uncovered), the first two chapters and the last chapter as a .doc
or .rtf e-mail attachment to mailto:submissions@ghedebooks.com
This is also where you can send a completed shorter story or any
questions, just make sure to check the Web site first for your

Cerridwen Press

The guidelines to Cerridwen Press are quite similar to that of
Ellora's Cave and Ghede Books. The difference? They accept all
mainstream genres--contemporary, literary, even some nonfiction--
but they won't consider children's titles. That was a little
disappointing, but given their other lines, understandable.

Novellas range from 15,000 to 45,000 words. Full-length works start
at 45,000.

Again, e-mail your submission package as a .doc or .rtf file to
mailto:submissions@cerridwenpress.com and include the first
THREE chapters, last chapter and detailed synopsis.

Response time for all three lines is roughly eight weeks for a
synopsis and chapters, an extra 11 or 12 weeks for consideration of
a full manuscript.

While it is doubtful e-books will ever overcome their print-bound
brethren in popularity, they are growing in potential for the
working writer. As more publishers focus on quality manuscripts and
attracting potential buyers, e-books will become a budding
opportunity for anyone willing to write, revise ... and repeat.


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


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* The following magazines have ceased publication:

~ Lifetime magazine
~ Hope magazine
~ Freeze magazine

* BBW Romance Writing invites writers of short romantic stories to
join their group. Their only requirements are that you stick with
your commitment to learning how to improve your writing, and that
your heroine wears a double digit dress size.

* You don't have to lose more than necessary to the IRS, as so many
freelancers mistakenly do year after year. Learn from an expert how
to lower your taxes for this year to the legal minimum and even
gain a head start for next year. Attend "Tax Tips For Freelance
Writers, Photographers and Artists," a one-session adult education
course offered by Julian Block at schools throughout New York City
and Westchester County. Mr. Block is a tax attorney, syndicated
columnist, and a member, and former officer, of the American
Society of Journalists and Authors, a national organization of
freelance writers. His articles appear on the Write From Home Web
site. He has been cited by the New York Times as "a leading tax
professional" and by the Wall Street Journal as an "accomplished
writer on taxes." For information on course locations and dates,
contact him at mailto:julianblock@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.)



Sherry's taking the month off. From the Copy Editor's Desk will
resume next month with a column by Jessie Raymond.


Need to brush up on your grammar? The following books will help
you do just that!

---> "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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Six Steps To Make Me Laugh
by Shirley Jump

One of the hottest trends in fiction today is humor. The problem?
Everyone, as the old saying goes, thinks they're a comedian.
However, not many people, quite frankly, are.

It's harder than you think to pull off comedy on paper. It looks
easy; it reads easy; it feels easy when you write it sometimes. But
to be truly funny and uniquely funny is NOT easy. It takes a
certain measure of skill, wit and timing.

The first trick is learning what's funny. You may know what makes
you laugh and often, that's a good starting point. If it makes you
crack up, then chances are, there are other people that find it
funny, too. To find out what you think is funny, start taking
notes. Write down lists of books, movies, articles, etc. that you
find funny. Note what it was exactly that you found humorous. Was
it the erudite humor of "Frasier" or the un-PC humor of a Farrelly
brothers movie? Was it the subtle wit buried in a well-done essay
or the laugh-out-loud comedy of a Janet Evanovich book?

Once you know what you like, you want to take a look at your own
strengths. Just because you like Evanovich doesn't mean you can
write like that. You may be better suited to the subtler type of
humor. Or you may be able to write a blend of "Frasier" and
Evanovich's novels. Think about the kind of jokes you tell,
especially the ones you tell on paper (since writing is often very
different from speaking).

However, knowing what you like to laugh at and what you are capable
of writing is just a starting point. When you are writing, you want
to take things a step further than the ordinary, expected funny
things and NOT TAKE THE EASY ROUTE (hey, if this writing thing were
easy, everyone would be doing it). That means you have to work to
find the more unique humorous situation. The non-stereotypical
character. The joke that hasn't been done a hundred times before.

To do this, I use what I call "Shirley's Rule of Six," which is
something I adapted from a tip I learned in Donald Maass's book
WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL. He talked about finding six motivations
for a goal in one of his exercises in the book; I found that
finding six of almost anything required me to think deeper than
ever before.

So, I use it when I write humorous passages, and most often when I
rewrite. If I've written something trite or cliched, I'll jot down
five more ideas on the side. Chances are, that sixth one is unique,
funnier and better than any of the ones that have come before. I'm
able to go beyond the jokes I have read before or seen somewhere,
even if they are buried in my subconscious.

Take a minute to try that now. Come up with a scene that could be
funny, say...the old cliched fish out of water one (i.e., a person
out of their element). Now list six variations on that theme. You
might start with the obvious: Rich girl on a farm (Paris Hilton in
"The Simple Life") and end number six with the not-so-obvious
(Arnold Schwarzenegger as a pregnant man in "Junior").

When you are thinking, it SHOULD get progressively harder. Numbers
five and six should take the most time to develop. Why? Because you
are delving deep into your mind and striving for the things that
are far in your own imagination. That requires work and work takes
time. These are the harder jokes to write, the ones that the
writers at NBC, etc. are paid the big bucks to come up with (and
hopefully someday, so will you!).

Next time you sit down to write funny, don't take the easy route
out. Remember that even the best comics--Seinfeld, Leno,
Letterman--hone their material for hours, days, even weeks, taking
pages of words and boiling them down to the best few words. They
throw out more than they keep.

And remember, even the best comics have jokes that fall flat. When
that happens, they go back to the drawing board--or in this case,
the eraser and pencil--and try again. Remember, they're only words,
not oxygen. You can live without them and you can create even
better ones every time you grow and stretch those writing muscles.


Looking for a few laughs from Shirley? Try her newest book, HER
FROG PRINCE, on stands now. A socialite meets a marine biologist in
this opposites attract tale--but it's taken a step further. There's
magic, giant squids and even a sperm whale thrown in for good
measure. Find laughs, love and a twist of matchmaking in her
December Silhouette Romance.




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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BOOST http://www.boost4writers.com announces its 3rd annual writing
contest for writers of children's literature.

Genre: Multicultural Humor for Young Adults

Word Limit: Up to 1200 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


Essay Contest

The Dabbling Mum Free Essay Writing Contest
No Entry Fee
First place receives $10 cash, plus prize.
3 Winners picked. Non-cash prizes total over $100
Contest Begins: December 13, 2004
Contest Ends: Jan 30, 2005
Enter by online form only:

In 500 words: Write an essay using this sentence as the beginning

"With the new year upon me, I feel optimistic and hopeful. My
business is beginning to turn a profit, my life is looking up, and
yet I can't help wondering..."


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
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 5 honorable mentions of $38 each.
No fee to enter. A humor contest with a special twist. Submit one
poem online at http://www.winningwriters.com/contestflomp.htm
Judge: Jendi Reiter. Deadline: April 1.

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. $12 entry fee, payable to Winning Writers.
Postmark deadline: May 31
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.
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 is $5 for every 25 lines, payable to
Winning Writers.
Postmark deadline: September 30
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


Writer2Writer No Fee Contest:

The new Writer2Writer contest has begun!

There is no fee to enter, but you must be subscribed to our FREE
e-zine "Writer to Writer." If you're not already subscribed, you
can sign up on the Web site or send a blank e-mail to:


Take a look at the photograph shown here:


Your assignment is to write the opening line and one paragraph
(maximum 135 words) plus a snazzy title. (Title will not be
included in the word count) It can be the beginning of a short
story or novel, or if you'd rather, may be a complete story.

Entries will be judged solely on creativity. There are absolutely
no limitations on genre; write whatever the photograph portrays to

Closing date for entries: 12 midnight, January 30, 2005 (wherever
in the world you live)

Full details and rules can be found on the contest page:

Please check these carefully, as they will change for each contest.
Entries that do not comply will be disqualified without

If you have any questions after checking the guidelines, feel free
to contact Cheryl Wright at mailto:cheryl@writer2writer.com

Under no circumstances will attachments be opened.

Please note: Contests are ongoing; check back often.




Call For Inspiring True Stories Celebrating Nurses and 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 two exciting new Cup of Comfort


Do you know of a nurse who went above and beyond the call of duty
in easing a patient's suffering, a family's sorrow, or a co-
worker's overload? Have you been inspired by a nurse's compassion,
dedication, integrity, skill, and accomplishments? Have you heeded
the call to or realized the dream of becoming a nurse? As a nurse,
have you been inspired by a patient, a loved one, a mentor, or an
extraordinary nursing experience? Has nursing brought you
unexpected rewards, taught you important life lessons, or enriched
your personal, professional, or spiritual life? If so, we'd love to
include your story about that exceptional nurse or extraordinary
nursing experience in this insightful and inspiring anthology in
praise of nurses and exploring the challenges and rewards of this
honorable profession.

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2005


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 antidotes, 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: Senior Parents Editor
Publication/Company: KidsHealth
Location: Delaware
Deadline: 01-10-05
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~ Position: Proofreader
Publication/Company: Black Belt Magazine
Location: California
Deadline: 01-12-05
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~ Position: Managing Editor for Fashion and Retail
Publication/Company: ProEdit, Inc.
Location: Georgia
Deadline: 01-13-05
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~ Position: Technology Writer
Publication/Company: Law Tribune Newspapers
Location: Connecticut
Deadline: 01-14-05
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~ Position: Copy Editor
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Location: Iowa
Deadline: 01-14-05
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~ Position: Editor
Publication/Company: Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana
Location: Indiana
Deadline: 01-17-05
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~ Position: City Hall/Police Reporter
Publication/Company: The Daily Star
Location: New York
Deadline: 01-18-05
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~ Position: Writer
Publication/Company: Media Life Magazine
Location: All Locations
Deadline: 01-18-05
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~ Position: Freelance Story Pitcher
Publication/Company: MediaSource
Location: Ohio
Deadline: 01-18-05
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~ Position: Features Reporter
Publication/Company: Daily Reporter-Herald
Location: Colorado
Deadline: 01-18-05
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~ Position: Travel Editor
Publication/Company: Miles Media Group, Inc.
Location: Florida
Deadline: 01-19-05
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~ Position: Sports Writer
Publication/Company: The East Oregonian
Location: Oregon
Deadline: 01-19-05
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~ Position: AP Correspondent
Publication/Company: The Associated Press
Location: Idaho
Deadline: 01-19-05
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~ Position: Reporter/Writer
Publication/Company: The Herald
Location: Washington State
Deadline: 01-20-05
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~ Position: Freelance Legal Writers
Publication/Company: Wickstrom Publishing
Location: All Locations
Deadline: 01-20-05
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~ Position: Associate Foods Editor
Publication/Company: Cooking Light Magazine
Location: Alabama
Deadline: 01-20-05
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~ Position: Editor/Writer
Publication/Company: Wyoming Mountain Weekly
Location: Wyoming
Deadline: 01-20-05
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~ Position: Reporter
Publication/Company: The Griffin Daily News
Location: Georgia
Deadline: 01-20-05
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~ Position: Sports Copy Editor
Publication/Company: Oshkosh Northwestern
Location: Wisconsin
Deadline: 01-21-05
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~ Position: Interactive News Writer/Editor
Publication/Company: ChannelOne.com
Location: Los Angeles, California
Deadline: 01-21-05
More info:

~ Position: Senior Editor
Publication/Company: breastcancer.org
Location: Pennsylvania
Deadline: 01-21-05
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~ Position: Reporter
Publication/Company: Killeen Daily Herald
Location: Texas
Deadline: 01-21-05
More info:

~ Position: Reporter
Publication/Company: The Northwest Explorer
Location: Arizona
Deadline: 01-21-05
More info:

~ Position: Municipal Herald
Publication/Company: The Miami Herald
Location: Florida
Deadline: 01-21-05
More info:

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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.



Seeks nonfiction articles about improving a writer's income
potential. Pointers in the past have included writing for the
greeting card market, medical market, real estate market, and trade
magazines. Marketing and promotional articles do well--keep them
original. All of the archives for FundsforWriters can
be found at http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/fundsforwriters/files.

Payment is $30 for first electronic rights. Reprints pay $10.
Editor reserves the right to archive up to six months at the Web
site http://www.fundsforwriters.com. Prefer to pay via PayPal but
can pay by check if so desired. More information found at


Campus Activities

P.O. Box 509
Prosperity, SC 29127
Editor: Ian Kirby

Published eight times per year this magazine covers entertainment
on college campuses.

Seeks interview profiles of entertainers appearing on college

Pays on publication 13˘/word for pieces between 1,400-3,000 words.
Query first! Query via postal mail, e-mail or fax. Buys first
rights. Accepts reprints. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Sample
copy available by sending $3.50 to above address.


Woman Engineer

445 Broad Hollow Road, Suite 425
Melville, NY 11747
Editor: James Schneider

Triannual magazine for women engineering students and women

Seeks articles about career guidance, job opportunities, profiles
of successful women engineers and challenges women engineers face.

Pays on publication 10˘/word for pieces between 1,000-2,500
words. Buys FNSR. Accepts e-queries. Sample copy and complete
guidelines free by writing to above address.


Bartender Magazine

P.O. Box 158
Liberty Corner, NJ 07938
Editor: Jackie Foley

Quarterly magazine for bartenders, tavern owners and owners of
restaurants with full-service liquor licenses.

Seeks interviews with famous bartenders, opinion pieces, how-to,
humor, general interest and personal experience.

Pays on publication $50-200 for pieces between 200-1,000 words.
Buys various rights.

Query by postal mail only and include a SASE. Accepts simultaneous
submissions. Sample copy available by sending a 9x12 SAE and 4
first-class stamps to above address.


Early American Life

P.O. Box 221230
Shaker Heights, OH 44122-0996
Editor: Jeanmarie Andrews

Bimonthly magazine for those interested in "capturing the warmth
and beauty of the 1600-1840 period and using it in their homes and
lives today."

Seeks articles on social culture, decorative arts, antiques and
restored homes featuring this time period.

Pays on acceptance $100-600 for pieces ranging from 750-3,000

Buys all rights exclusively for the six-month period that an issue
remains on sale. After six months, rights become non-exclusive
allowing you to sell the piece elsewhere.

Prefers queries. Accepts e-queries. Sample copy available by
sending a 9x12 SAE with 4 first class stamps to above address.


Technology Review.com

One Main Street, 7th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142

Online publication promoting "the understanding of emerging
technologies and their impact."

Seeks feature articles between 2,000-4,000 words and prototypes
between 150-250 words.

Payment starts at $1/word for entry-level writers and up to $3/word
for experienced writers.

See above link for complete guidelines.


Pinnacle Living

Norma Lugar
Editor, Pinnacle Living
P.O. Box 21535
Roanoke, VA 24018

"Quarterly, full-color magazine celebrating the best of upscale
living." Pinnacle Living covers the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
down into Georgia to include North Carolina, South Carolina, West
Virginia and Tennessee.

Seeks articles related to destinations, food and wine, furniture
and home accents, and homes and gardens.

Pays on publication $250-400 for articles between 750-2,000 words.
Buys exclusive FNSR until the issue goes off-sale. Also buys
exclusive rights to the work for promotional reprint and use.
Sample copy available by sending $3 and magazine size SAE to above


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