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  Issue #12

Free Writers' Newsletter

   Feb 27, 2004  



Call for submissions
New short fiction ePublisher is looking for quality submissions now.

Crime fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, articles, reviews, interviews, puzzles and art wanted.

Check out the submission guidelines page at


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New Romance e-publisher launches
On February 14, 2004, Vintage Romance Publishing, LLC opened its doors. A new e-publishing company specialising in old-fashioned romance, they plan to host books set in the early- to mid-twentieth century.  

For more details visit 

Call for scripts – Playspotting 2004
Playspotting, Australia's inaugural International Playreading Festival
2004, is calling for new playscripts.

The inaugural series of 20 Australian and International plays to be read with 20 Playwrights, 20 directors at 20 different theatres over 20 weeks.

Playscripts can be sent via email [.doc] to Benjamin Daly

Include a one to two paragraph synopsis and full contact details. If you
wish to submit by hard copy via snail mail send to:

Playspotting -  Inaugural International Playreading Festival 2004, P.O. Box  5022, Middle Park, Victoria, Australia 3206

Entry is free.

Red Booth Review on hiatus
The magazine Red Booth Review is on hold until May 2004, while the editorial team travel around America compiling a book entitled The Poetry of Place. They hope to be back in business with RBR very soon.  

Does your writing need a break?

Writers are always looking for a break – but here's one with a difference. The Mountain High Writer's Conference in Denver, Colorado, aims to help make your publishing dream come true with a writing vacation between May 6 and 8, 2004. The conference's purpose is to help you sharpen your writing skills and learn about publishing and bookselling from the industry's most successful professionals.

Whether you've just started writing or have a book you want published, there will be top industry experts waiting to help. Advice will also be given to those who have already published their books on how to sell them to retail stores.

The conference also caters for screenplay writers, offering an opportunity to learn more about screenplay writing, and also to compete against other writers in a screenplay contest – the prize for which is a free thirty-minute production of your play.

For more information contact:

Victoria Freudiger
Editor and Word Shepherd
Digi-Tall News & Media


Roberts Publishing seeks new writing

Roberts Publishing has announced that they are seeking submissions of books on the following specific themes:

  • The Mound Builders of North America
  • Unique Caves Around The World
  • Pyramids Around The World
  • Haunted Places
  • True Crime (Notorious Serial Killers, for example)

They are also seeking submissions more generally on a wide range of topics, including books for writers; on computers and the web; New Age; the paranormal; history; crafts; cookery; and language. For full details of the specific books sought under each category, and more details on how to submit, visit and click on the "Author Submissions" button at the bottom of the page.

If you think you can provide a manuscript on one of these subjects send a brief introductory email with "Book idea" in the subject line, including your name and a one-paragraph synopsis of your book, to Dr Roberts at Make sure you do not attach any files or include any photos with the email or they will be deleted unopened.


Engineer Jane builds bridge to women's writing

A woman engineer has spanned the Arts–Science divide with her ground-breaking work on a centre for early English women's writing.

Multi-skilled Jane Alderson designed the foundations of the QE11 Bridge for the M25 Motorway near London. Now she's digging into her intellectual resources to support the pioneering archive and study centre for early English women's writing at the Chawton House Library, Hampshire. The Chawton Estate was once owned by Jane Austen's brother, Edward.

Jane will describe Chawton's achievements for an audience hosted by The Bookworms Club at The Sha'arei Shalom North Manchester Reform Synagogue in Whitefield, Bury, to include representatives of libraries, academics and students from local colleges and schools along with members of reading and writers' groups.

Yorkshire-born Jane (42), who has also enjoyed a high-profile position in finance with the European bank, ABN AMRO, says of her latest role: "building and restoration takes me back to my engineering; a large house and estate appeals to the romantic in me; a rare opportunity to become involved in something a bit out of the ordinary and the literary and academic side holds a fascination for me, as I love to read and learn."

Chawton's financial backer is US businesswoman Sandy Lerner, a co-founder of Cisco Systems, the field-leader in the development of communication over the Internet.

The event will be opened by Mr Ivan Lewis, MP for Bury South and a Minister for Education while the well-known novelist, Sherry Ashworth, also based in Bury, will express thanks.

The event is at the Synagogue, Elms Street, Whitefield, on Saturday March 20 (8.00 PM).

For further details contact Natalie Wood on +44 (0) 161 796 8018 or +44 (0) 798 9697934.


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