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  Issue #10

Free Writers' Newsletter

   Jan 10, 2004  



National Directory of Editors and Writers for Hire
M Evans and Co are set to publish a National Directory of Editors and Writers for Hire. Those interested in being listed for free should email Elizabeth Lyons at for a listing form.  


Enter the 12th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest. Any type of original short story, essay or other work of prose is eligible, up to 8,000 words. The deadline is March 31, 2004. Early submission is encouraged. Prizes totalling $2,375 in Australian dollars will be awarded (975 British Pounds). Writers of all nations may enter. The reading fee per entry is US$10. Submit and pay online with credit card. See the full guidelines at:

Adventure stories needed
All-Star Stories and Wheatland Press are appealing for submissions for a retro-pulp anthology themed on Zeppelins, to be entitled All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories. Stories must include a Zeppelin, or similar lighter-than-air aircraft.

No email submissions, but queries accepted at zeppelin@allstarstories
. To visit the website click here

firstwriter.magazine #4: The Coming Storm is proud to announce the release of issue 4 of firstwriter.magazine, The Coming Storm. With our continuing development of the format of this title we have walked a tortuous tight-rope between the scale of our ambitions and the scale of our readers' processors... the path has been a twisted one fraught with revamps and rethinks, but we are finally pleased to present an issue which we believe is both more sophisticated in appearance and less cluttered and more clean. The advertising has been removed, and the navigation shifted to the top of the page, allowing for the emphasis to fall where it should: on the fiction and poetry on display.

Further complications were presented by the editorial conflicts which emerged during the production – in particular for our Poetry Editor, who recently became Managing Editor of That's Shanghai magazine, and whose new responsibilities have left this particular issue with a somewhat stinted poetry section. If you've submitted poetry for issue 4 which doesn't appear then don't despair – your work is still being considered and may appear in the next issue. We apologise for the delay and do encourage you to submit your work elsewhere simultaneously.

The supply of quality fiction has been plentiful for this issue, and there are no fewer than seven stories featured. This goldrush has also meant that some of the stories submitted for issue 4 may actually now appear in issue 5. Again, please feel free to submit your work elsewhere simultaneously.

We are now accepting submissions for issue 6. To submit your poetry and fiction please go to To see issue 4 and the other issues of firstwriter.magazine please visit

Issue 4 of firstwriter.magazine includes fiction by SC Jackson, RD Larson, Eva Acqui, Christopher Morrow, Melinda Reddick, Kimberley Holmes, and Sarah Lundgren; and poetry by Amanda Auchter and Ella Wagemakers; as well as the answer to the riddle of Ratio's name.


Artist residency program

The Gibraltar Point International Artist Residency Program is open to Canadian and international artists, including visual artists, writers, dancers, filmmakers and environmental artists from around the world. It offers artists the opportunity to live and work at the Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts on Toronto Island (Toronto, Canada) from June 130, 2004, and is designed to provide participants with time to think, create and experiment within a diverse community of artists. The deadline for applications is March 4, 2004. For full details click here  

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