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    Earn Extra Cash with Writing Contests

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    The First UFW Contest with Prizes!

    Hey Folks,

    Just wanted to announce the first UFW challenge.  You get to choose one topic in one category out of the following list.

    The Topics and Categories:

    Category 1- word count limit (must be more than 1000 words less than 5000)

    1) Re-write a great speech from history like the "I have a dream" speech with an UF twist.

    2) Send out a twitter asking your followers to give you a random sentence, and create off of that.

    3) Write a news story of someone or group of people who were killed by a vampire/demon/ghost etc.

    Category 2- word count limit (must be more than 500 words less than 2000)

    1) Write a killers confession letter as a vampire/demon/ghost etc.

    2) Write the obituary of someone who was killed by a vampire/demon/ghost etc

    3)  Write a love letter (letter of interest) to someone who is not of your "kind"

    Category 3- NO minimum word count Max: 200

    1) Write a urban fantasy based greeting card (graphics allowed)

    2)  Write an recruitment ad for a vampire/demon/ghost etc.. based business.


    The Rules

    1.  You must be a member of  (its free) Please fill out your profile page with your website link and bio. sign up here

       1a.  NO anonymous story submissions
    are accepted.

    2.   You must be over the age of 18.

    3.  ALL content of submissions must be LEGAL, following types of content are NOT allowed: pornographic, obscene or excessively
    profane content or content intended to advocate illegal activity, drug paraphernalia,
    hate, racial or ethnic intolerance.

    4.  YOU OWN your content, so you are freely allowed to post your submission on your site and ask for us to remove the content from our site in the future.

       4a.  All poems and short stores and submissions herein are the copy written property
    of the respective authors.

    5. DEADLINE– All submissions must be received NO later than June 15, 2008 at midnight. Any submissions received after that deadline will be disregarded.

    6. Word count limits are listed next to the categories.


    Category 1-

    First prize will receive, a front page spot on, Name and link in the "winners circle", a tee-shirt, and a year of Author Hosting. (more information on Author hosting soon), and a promo spot on sidebar.

    Second prize will receive, Name and link in the "winners circle", six months of free Author Hosting, and a text link back

    Third Prize will receive,Name and link in the "winners circle", three months of free Author Hosting

    Category 2-

    First Prize- will receive a front page spot on, Name and link in the "winners circle", a tee-shirt, and six months of Author Hosting. (more information on Author hosting soon)

    Second Prize– Name and link in the "winners circle", will receive three months of Author Hosting.

    Category 3-

    First Prize will receive a front page spot on, Name and link in the "winners circle", and three months of Free Author Hosting.



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