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Open to Illinois writers over age 18, entry forms and rules can be found at
There is $20 per submission charge from which prizes will be awarded.  Three cash prizes of $500, $300, and $100 will awarded in two categories. 
Illinois poet laureate Kevin Stein will select winners of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, and Kaylie Jones, the accomplished writer and daughter of James Jones, will pick the winners of the James Jones Short Story Award. 
Competiton runs through June 30, and it is sponsored by Illinois Center for the Book and Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White. 

Lots of  links you to explore:

Enjoy Evan Jenkins' Language Corner

Read Misti Sandefur's Coffee Break for Writers

Newspaper layoffs push journalists onto the Internet

Writing can be good for your health!

Check out North Carolina's Bookwatch Blog for links.

Writer's Relief Newsflash offers grammar, punctuation help and markets.

The English Teacher Blog

Writing for Children Is Hard Work
      Many folks mistakenly think it might be easier to write for children than adults.  Not so.  Publishers of stories, articles, and books for children demand that the writing must be enticing, accurate, and appropriate for young readers.  Anyone who respects children knows this market is too important for sloppy work. 

Children's writer Gail Gauthier shares some links for your information

<DIV align=left><FONT color=#ff9900 size=5>Racing Jabari Greer Sprint:

I received this in an email and decided you might also get a laugh from it.


Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn't  you say? 

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter 

This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this.  It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!!  They put in a correction the next day.   

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says 

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers 

       Now that's taking things a bit far!  

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over 

       What a guy!     

Miners Refuse to Work after Death 

 No-good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!  

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant  

See if that works any better than a fair trial!  
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War Dims Hope for Peace 

I can see where it might have that effect!  

If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile 

   Ya think?!  

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

      Who would have thought!  
Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

They may be on to something!  
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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges  

      You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?  

Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge 

     He probably IS the battery charge!  

<New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group 

Weren't they fat enough?!  

Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft 

That's what he gets for eating those beans!  
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

          Do they taste like chicken? 
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   Local  High School Dropouts Cut in Half

          Chainsaw Massacre all over again!  

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

          Boy, are they tall!  

And the winner is....  

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

     Did I read that right?  
We all need a good laugh, at least once a day!