CFP: Popular Fiction (no deadline; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Judith Pyko

Seeking contributors for Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction, an
ongoing print reference series recently acquired by the Gale Group that
offers analytical essays on the popular works of more than four hundred
authors, including John Grisham, Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, Poul
Anderson, John Updike, and Andre Norton.

Popular Fiction entries average 5,000 words in length and feature an
assessment of each work that is broken down according to several distinct
categories: social concerns, themes, characters, techniques, literary
precedents, related titles, and ideas for group discussion. The
series--designed for students, instructors, librarians, and general
readers--is unique in offering scholarly discussion of fiction that is not
commonly afforded serious analytical treatment.

Ideal candidate will possess a master's degree in English, a clear and
concise writing style appropriate in tone and reading level for a
high-school audience, e-mail, and Y2K compliant software (MS Word 97,
WordPerfect 8.0 or upgrades of either). Ability to meet deadlines is

We offer a $150 honorarium (paid upon acceptance) for each assignment. In
addition, essayists will receive a complimentary copy of the book upon
publication, and will be recognized with a byline at the conclusion of each
entry and in a special acknowledgments section in the book's frontmatter.

Those interested in contributing to Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular
Fiction should submit a resume and short, unpublished writing sample
(approximately five pages) for consideration. Include the phrase "RE: JP-1"
on cover letter or e-mail subject line and send to:


Judith Pyko
Gale Group
27500 Drake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3535

Suitable candidates will be contacted by assignment editor, who can provide
more comprehensive specifications, a list of available assignments, and
details regarding deadlines.

Posted July 12, 2000

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