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Submissions Wanted!!
DEADLINE: MAY 30, 2004

*Author seeking essay submissions for upcoming anthology,
Older, Wiser and Back to Class
Inspiring Stories of Non-Traditional Students

Non-traditional students are faced with challenges of a different kind: work, family, financial and other personal obstacles. But, when they walk across the stage and grasp that diploma, they are perhaps the most proud! I want to capture these stories of inspiration and triumph- as well as struggles- in a collection of essays.

-To empower others who may be putting off going back to school, or who may need a little nudge. Your words could inspire someone, and give him or her strength! This will be a collection of many types of people, all with different backgrounds at different levels in their careers and education- but all of who share a common purpose- a career change, or need for further education.

I am looking for all different kinds of stories from men and women. The key here is honesty and emotion in your words. Open up and tell me about your background, and answers questions such as: what changed in your life that made you decide to go back to school, what obstacles you had to overcome, who inspired you, who tried to talk you out of it-and why you didnít listen, the feeling of your first test, interacting with classmates, when you almost gave up, how you got back in, the feeling of graduating and starting a new job, etc. The more details, the better the essay. Tell your story, in your words.

-Must be at least 2000 words, typed, double-spaced.
-Please do the best you can with grammar and spelling. I understand that you may not be a writer, but be as professional as possible.
-Deadline is May 30, 2004
-Provide your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and any other pertinent contact information.
-Approximately 15 essays will be chosen for publication. Those who were selected will be asked to sign a release form. Runner-up essays will be chosen should releases not be signed, etc.
-Selected essays may be edited for content, errors and length. In addition, follow may be done with selected students to gather more facts to make the essay flow better. (For example- if you touch on something that may hit the nerve of a reader, I may ask you to elaborate.)
-As of yet, not monetary compensation will be given. Upon publication, all selected contributors will receive a copy of the book.

Submit to:
Donna Talarico
629 Bennett Street, #3
Luzerne, PA 18709
Or, via e-mail to

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The following comments are for "Editor"
by donnatalarico

We need a lot more information
Concerning the trade-out you propose in this publication: #1 - what "rights" are you proposing to purchase for your "No monetary compensation" book of other people's work? I, personally, would only submit to "one time" (and not "First") North American rights, so that I can include this vital part of my life in any other publication I choose.

And I think other writers who have a story to tell should only accept those same rights, too.

#2 - Will submitters who are chosen for publication be given a "by line" of their own, and if so, can that include their city and state? I find that where a person lives tells a lot about them, and helps to visualize their story. It also helps readers/ publishers/ producers locate them for other possible ventures. No writer wants to miss an opportunity to make money just because no one can find them.

I think these things need to be posted at this site.

( Posted by: MaxiiJ [Member] On: May 13, 2004 )

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