www.whyville.net Aug 21, 2005 Weekly Issue

So You Want to Write for the Times?

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So, you want to write for the Times?

In response to all the wonderful submissions and the requests to write more from the community, I am delivering to you these new Times submission rules. They apply to all Whyville citizens, even veteran Times writers. If you have a great idea for a story, a poem, an article, an interview, etc., all you have to do is email times@whyville.net. When you email your submissions from now on, please have the following in your subject line:

[type of submission]: [author], [title]

So, a couple examples of submission emails would look like this:

interview: kirbie393, Famous Times Writers

article: TIKE, Y-Helping: What's it all about?

poem: Kiacy, As I Wander

creative writing: Darling44, The Hacker

With this format, it will be even easier for the me to organize all the submissions and put out a great paper every week. If you're not sure what the type is, you can use the generic "article" as your type of submission. PLEASE do not submit other people's work! They will not be accepted into the Times; we will only consider original work written by the user.

Here's a final word, on plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined at dictionary.com asn. 1: a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work, 2: the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own." It is quite illegal, and it offends me that anyone would ever do this in Whyville. If you claim another person's work as your own by sending it to the Times, it will be rejected, and you may be severely punished. This includes times when you take a poem or an essay that somebody else wrote and simply "reword" each sentence a little. I know you can all be more original than that!

Keep thinking, writing, and challenge yourself!

Times Editor


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