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ANTHOLOGY: Forget Me Knots...beyond the Garden Gate

is in search of stories that touch the many facets of gardening. (Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2003.) We are looking for true, poignant, heartwarming, humorous and bittersweet recollections that could never be forgotten. Take our readers on a trip down Memory Lane--make them remember your story long after they've put down the book. Remember the first seed you planted? The first pumpkin you carved? Ah, those were the days! Do you remember the bountiful harvests, tending the family garden, racing through it on your way to the neighbor's, watching the watermelon vines snake across the rows, or pulling up a handful of baby carrots and eating them, dirt and all? Share your story with the world. For info regarding KNOTS anthologies, visit:

anthology about extraordinary women

Ordinarily Extraordinary! Writer's Guidelines
Tell Your Story To Inspire Others!

Do you have a story to tell about a woman who has had an impact on you or others, someone who is extraordinary just by living mountain top values each
and every day? Or did you experience an extraordinary moment where God was so obvious in your everyday living? Is there an extraordinary man who has
touched your life with his example of faithful living? We would like your story for possible future publication. Please submit your stories to

Stories may be submitted any length, however, a
guide for word count is 500-1800 words. Please include your name, mailing  address, phone number, e-mail address and a word count in the upper lefthand
corner of your manuscript along with a short bio. Hard copy and e-mail submissions accepted. Stories are being compiled for the book, Ordinarily
Extraordinary! Though stories do not necessarily need to quote scripture, they should mention at least one Godly value being demonstrated in the
subject's life. Do not fear that you are not a good writer, we can do the writing, just tell us your story! Inspire others! NOTE: By submitting, you
are giving us first rights to publish your story. As possible, all submissions will receive a reply. Those who submit a story which is published will receive a copy of the published book.



Call for manuscripts: What is it like to live as a "non-civilian?"

Stories of Courage for the present build up of arms and preparation for war, Stories of Faith and Hope for the future, Stories of service in war and in peace, Stories of humor or inspiration that helped you or a family member to survive a particular struggle or to continue in this unique life-style. . . . What is YOUR story – or the story of a family member? Personal stories 500 – 2,500 words, and prose or poetry are being sought for "Freedom’s Price" – a compilation of heart-thoughts of members of all branches of armed forces (including reserves) and their families. Send your story to – be sure to include your name, address, and a telephone number for contact. Selected contributors will receive a complimentary copy. A portion of any profit will be donated to Compassion – an organization that helps children in many countries.

Attention Great Writers and Great Cooks!!!
Win $100 for your recipes and stories!!!


You can win one of our great cash awards, see your story creations in print, share your favorite recipes, and help to build a center for the handicaped of Louisiana! The National Rehabilitation Resource Center, a non profit organization with a mission of making resources and opportunities available for perons with disabilities is publishing a very unique, very different Camp Atchafalaya Cookbook. The one of a kind cookbook is going to be filled to the brim with the best recipes and stories from the best cooks and writers in the country! ~ And we need your help!
What's going to be so different about this cookbook? Along with their recipes for delicious, mouth-watering dishes, we are asking folks to send us an interesting, humorous, thought provoking, or entertaining story about something related to that recipe. We think that it will make for a cookbook and story collection that will not only help with "Hey Mom! What's for dinner?" but will also give the chef a tale to enjoy and a reason to smile while waiting for the water to boil or the onions to brown.
There will be cash prizes, including a $100 first place prize, awarded to the best recipe and story combos, and each story and recipe deemed appropriate will be published in the cookbook. (Byline and credits included, of course!) All profits from this project will go to benefit the National Rehabilitation Resource Center Camp Atchafalaya Project.
Please send in your recipes and stories as soon as possible. Deadline is February 28, 2003. Your entry gives one time publishing rights to the NRRC. Please email your entries, including name, address, and phone number to
or mail to:
Cooks For Camp Contest
%Lindy Guidry
59324 PineRidge Road
Lacombe, LA 70445
If you would like more infomation on the NRRC or on Camp Atchafalaya, please see our website:
Thank you for your interest in this very worthwhile project! Cash awards are waiting for the best cooks and writers!


$500 Prize and Publication in Summer Issue of Harpur Palate

Opens: January 1 Postmark Deadline: March 1
Summer 2002 Winner: Paul Michel for "Anonymity"

John Gardner--fiction writer, dramatist, and teacher--was a great friend and mentor to students in the creative writing program at Binghamton University.
In honor of his dedication to the development of writers, Harpur Palate is pleased to announce the Third Annual John Gardner Memorial Prize for

Short stories in any genre are welcome as long as they are 1) 8000 words or
less and 2) previously unpublished. The entry fee is $10. You may send as
many stories as you wish, but no more than 1 story per envelope. Please
send checks drawn on a US bank or money orders. IMPORTANT: Please make
sure your checks are made out to HARPUR PALATE, or we won't be able to
process them!

All stories entered will be considered for publication in Harpur Palate.
All entrants will receive a copy of the issue in which the winning entry
appears. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone
number, an e-mail address you check regularly and story title. Entrant's
name should ONLY appear on the cover letter and should not appear anywhere
on the manuscript. Manuscripts cannot be returned, so please only send
disposable copies.

Send entries along with a SASE for contest results to:

John Gardner Fiction Contest
Harpur Palate
English Dept.
Binghamton University
Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

toddler anthology

Tales of Two: Real-life Stories about Parenting Toddlers

Tales of Two: Real-Life Stories about Parenting Toddlers is an anthology of first-person stories about the ordinary and the extraordinary in the lives of
one, two, and three year olds. Forthcoming from Seal Press (October 2003), the anthology includes a myriad
of voices--stories from well-established writers like Tillie Olsen, Joyce Maynard, Ericka Lutz, Martha McPhee, Nicole Cooley, Harriet Lerner, Paul Kivel, and Gordon Korman, to name a few, as well as stories by emerging new talents including Shu-Huei Henrickson, Katie Greenebaum, Peter Fong, and
Kerri Peterson. The editor, Jennifer Margulis, is a professional freelance writer, writing consultant, and photojournalist who has published widely.
This is her second book.  Real-life first person stories (500-1,500 words) that put the toddler center
stage and combine impeccable prose with interesting antics are currently being sought to complete the volume. Remuneration will be given to all
contributors. Submissions from fathers and people of color particularly  welcome.
Send query or whole text (in RTF as an attachment) & brief biography via
e-mail to: or w/ SASE to: Jennifer Margulis
10 Walnut Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.
Deadline for complete story: Jan 10, 2003.
Please query sooner.


Wheatland Press
P. O. Box 1818
Wilsonville, OR 97070

Wheatland Press announces an open reading period for POLYPHONY 3, the third
volume in the critically-acclaimed POLYPHONY anthology series. The publisher
and editors are committed to finding outstanding cutting edge fiction from
new writers as well as from established writers. We will be looking for
stories that stretch (or break) the boundaries of traditional genres. Send us
your magic realism, surrealism, literary stories with a genre sensibility,
and other hard-to-classify stories with strong literary values, compelling
characters, engaging tone and unique voice. If you really want to know what
we are looking for, check out the first volume of POLPHONY, available
directly from Wheatland Press, genre booksellers or online booksellers.

We will accept submissions by lettermail only at our P.O. Box, postmarked
from January 1st, 2003 through February 15th, 2003. Manuscripts received with
a postmark date outside the designated reading period will be discarded
unopened. Any manuscripts received by email will be deleted unread. If you
live overseas or otherwise need to request an exception to this policy, query
us at Please follow standard manuscript
formatting and submission conventions, especially including no simultaneous
or multiple submissions. Word count is open, but our preferred range is
4,000-10,000 words.

It is our intention to respond to all submissions by April 15th. We pay $0.06
per word for First Print and Electronic World Anthology Rights, on
acceptance, along with two author's copies on publication. These guidelines
may be redistributed freely in their entirety.

We look forward to seeing your best work.

Deborah Layne, Publisher and Fiction Editor
Jay Lake, Fiction Co-Editor

Romancing the Spirit's Soul--

True Spiritual Stories of the Afterlife

Everybody loves ghost stories. I remember as a child having a slumber party listening to ghost stories and not being able to go to sleep afterwards. Of course, it didn't help if none

of the others had any problems and were snoring away, while I was left with the ghosts and the goblins clawing my bedsheets.

But, the real ghost stories aren't fables, nor are they fairy tales. The real ghost stories are the true spiritual experiences that happen to you and me that leave an impression with us that goes on forever. They are the unforeseeable bumps in the night with no real conclusions. They are the scratching at the window when nothing is there. They are the footsteps on the staircase when everyone is asleep. These are the stories that are true, unbelievable, but last with us a lifetime. But, THEY ARE OUT THERE AND THEY DO EXIST.

We are looking for your true spiritual stories of the afterlife. We want to prove that spirits exist. Can you do that? If so, follow these guidelines and send your story to us today!


* Story length: 800-2,500 words

* Style & Structure: First-person or third-person narrative or creative nonfiction.

* No poetry, please.

* Include your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address on each story.

* Previously published material is acceptable--with the exception of stories that have been included in an anthology

* Electronic submissions preferred--send in .doc format as an attachment or in email.

* A publishing agreement will be mailed to the author of any story selected as a finalist.

* Manuscripts will not be returned.

* Please include a bio with writing background along with your submission.

* We ask for one-time rights. You are free to submit your story elsewhere.

* Compensation for this proposed anthology includes a copy of the book, generous byline, and promotional author bio.

* Deadline: April 15, 2003

For more information, go to or email us at .

anthology for police writers


Do you have the write stuff? Freelance Writer/Copy Editor Robin  Clearmountain is compiling an anthology of short fiction, poetry, essays,
creative non-fiction and personal narratives about police life. She is seeking compelling writing of all kinds; bold and gritty to quiet and reflective. Clearmountain plans to compile the anthology to generate
proceeds which will benefit The Backstoppers.

Send one to six poems, 5-20 pages of fiction, or 1,000 to 1,500 words of creative non-fiction or essay typed with a self-addressed, stamped envelope
and a cover sheet including your name, rank and department, title of work
submitted and a phone number where you can be reached to:

Robin Clearmountain, Editor
P.O. Box 944
Florissant, Missouri 63032
Deadline for submissions: Must be postmarked no later than January 10, 2003.
Any questions, please leave a message at (314) 741-1947.