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Face-Off A new ice hockey monthly. Keen to hear from new writers but they must have a knowledge of the sport, either from playing ice hockey or from watching it regularly. Enthusiasm and energy are the most important things - don't want anyone who is just out to make money, because they're not going to make a fortune in ice hockey, either as a writer or a player. Most people write, or play, for the love of the sport. Currently short of people to cover the lesser leagues; would also like to hear from established sports photographers with a knowledge of ice hockey. Send examples of your work in the first instance and idea of what sort of fee you are looking for. Contact: Dave Hawkins, Face-Off, Revenue Chambers, St Peter's Street, Huddersfield HD1 1DL. Tel: 01484 435011. Fax: 01484 422177. Email:

FHM (For Him Magazine) has two slots for mirth: Bar Room Jokes and True Stories. Make the Joke of the Month spot and you could be toasting success with 365 cans of beer. There is also a clutch of Premiership tickets up for grabs. Bar Room Jokes are anything up to an average 100 words in length and around half a dozen are printed each month. Jokes are updated daily on the FHM Website. If you can raise a smile with a true story about a misdemeanour in your life then you could win a 150 Slendertone Flex Unit. All printed efforts gain this award but pen the Story of the Month and you'll also get a 100 Accurist watch. True Stories are approximately 100-150 words in length and around four are used each month. Send to: Bar Room Jokes (or, True Stories) FHM, Mappin House, 4 Winsley Street, London WIN 7AR. Email: or

Fine Gardening ( is a bimonthly, glossy magazine for the ornamental gardening enthusiast, with the emphasis on practical information and innovative ideas to inspire gardeners, from beginner to expert. Following a how-to theme, articles are friendly and conversational in tone, written in the first person and embody the authority of experienced gardeners and designers. Scope is varied - from gardening techniques to landscaping features and product reviews. Fine Gardening rarely covers vegetables, public gardens, or gardens outside North America. However, knowledgeable contributions from beyond the USA are welcome.

The First Word Bulletin Quarterly international magazine, printed in Madrid and distributed to the English speaking community worldwide. Welcomes articles on self-improvement, both mental and physical, also environmental problems and cures. Human interest, alternative medicine, fiction and non-fiction, nature stories, young adult and senior citizen retirement articles. 'No smut, pornography, love stories, detective stories, science fiction or horror.' 400 words maximum. Approach in writing with s.a.e. and IRCs. Disk submissions accepted; no submissions by e-mail. Contributors' guidelines not sent by e-mail. Payment 30 maximum. Publisher/Editor: G. W. Amick, Calle Domingo Femandez 5, Box 500, 28036 Madrid, Spain Tel: 00 34 1 359 6418. Fax: 00 34 1 320 8961. Email: Website:

Fit for Life Women in the 21-40 age bracket are the prime target for a new title from Times UK. Fit for Life intends to differ from existing health and fitness titles by recognising how most people intend to lead healthy lives but, being human, often fail. Stories about people, famous or not, as well as honest, down-to-earth features on exercise, travel and food. The editor is happy to hear ideas from new contributors, especially if they have stories of ordinary people who have achieved far more than they ever expected in terms of running a marathon or climbing a mountain. Celebrity features are also welcome so long as the angle is relevant and outside their normal area of work. 'I don't mind people sending me manuscripts, but it's probably better for them to send three or four outline ideas in the first instance,' says editor Ben Lane. 'If they sound good, I'll discuss a brief with the writer.' Contact: Ben Lane, Managing Editor, Times UK, The Old Truman Brewery, London El 6QL. Email:

Flavour a new glossy devoted to coverage of trendier watering holes, eschewing traditional pubs, looks at marketing and style of new theme bars. A variety of feature articles will be offered, from reviews of individual bars to profiles of the different chains and analysis of trends. Specific products may also be worthy of short pieces. Professional quality colour photography would be an advantage. Editor Tom Innes welcomes ideas, particularly from writers beyond London and its environs. Contact him at Flavour, Quantum House, 19 Scarbrook Road, Croydon CR9 1LX.

For Women Magazine Of erotic and sex interest for women, published nine times a year - sex and relationship features (produced in-house), erotic fiction and erotic photography. Approach in writing in the first instance. Erotic short stories. 2000-3000 words. Payment 150. Fiction Editor: Elizabeth Coldwell, Fantasy Publications, 4 Selsdon Way, London E14 9EL Tel: 0207 308 5090. Send SAE for guidelines or e-mail No unsolicited submissions accepted via e-mail.

Fortean Times: The Journal of Strange Phenomena Unsohcited mss welcome. Approach in writing with ideas. Wants well-researched and referenced material on current or historical mysteries, or first-hand accounts of oddities. Maximum 3000 words, preferably with good relevant photos/ illustrations. Payment negotiable. Owners/Editors Bob Richard/Paul Sieveking, PO Box 2409, London NW5 4NP. Tel: 0207 485 5002. Fax: 0207 485 5002

Freelance Market News News and information on the freelance writers' market, both inland and overseas. Includes market information on competitions, seminars, courses, overseas openings, etc. Short articles (700 words maximum). Unsolicited contributions welcome. Payment 35 per 1000 words. Editor: Angela Cox, Sevendale House, 7 Dale Street, Manchester Ml 1JB Tel: 0161 228 2362. Fax: 0161 228 3533

French Magazine Freelances are welcome to submit ideas for illustrated articles on gastronomy, buying property in France, and good regional features. Typical length is 1,500 words, running up to four pages, with up to 10 illustrations. French Magazine also requires typical French scenic shots and pictures of historic sites. Photographers should submit lists of subjects they have available in the first instance. Contact: Lisa Doerr, Merricks Media Ltd, West Door, 18 Brock Street, Bath BA1 2LW. Tel: 01225 426600

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