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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.
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