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Working part-time takes as much planning as full-time.
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NOTES AND GRACE NOTES MONTHLY CONTEST http://www.notesandgracenotes.com
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Notes and Grace Notes offers a monthly contest in Poetry,
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NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO WRITERS WORKSHOP WRITING CONTEST http://nowwwriters.org/?page_id=62
$10 ENTRY FEE (U.S. or Canadian)
The Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop seeks entries
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