Creative Writers Opportunities List-Serve (CRWROPPS-B):
Frequently Asked Questions
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1) How do I post a message on the list?
Only the list-serve moderator may post a message to the list.
This is not a list for conversations among writers.
If you are an editor or contest organizer who would like to post an
announcement on the list, send it to the list moderator at
<crwropps(at)aol.com--replace (at) with@>.
Please send the announcement in the body of an e-mail message;
do not send attachments. No live links in the announcements, please.
Do not use fancy fonts, bold and/or italic lettering, or color in the
of the announcement. Do not send me anything other than calls for
or literary contest announcements--anything other than calls for
submissions/literary contest announcements will not be posted.
The moderator reserves the right not to post announcements that
2) How do I enter contests posted on the list?
Please DON'T send me any entries/submissions for or queries about any
contests/publication opportunities posted on CRWROPPS. Remember,
I'm the person posting the information, not the judge of all these
Please DO NOT hit the reply button and send me your
instead, read each posting carefully to see how entries are accepted
(whether entries are accepted via e-mail or postal mail).
Please read each posting carefully to determine who should receive
your creative submissions or your questions about the posted
opportunities, and send those submissions and/or queries on to the
appropriate editors or contest coordinators. Please don't send your
3) How do you join this list?
Here's how to join CRWROPPS-B:
and click on "Join This Group." Follow the on-screen
prompts to join.
Send a blank e-mail to
(replace (at) with @)
You will be sent an e-mail message with further instructions on how to
4) Where can I go to read previous postings?
(accessible to everyone)
5) How can I send CRWROPPS messages to friends?
DON'T hit the reply button if you wish to forward a message to a friend
is off-list. If you hit the reply button instead of the forward button,
receive the personal correspondence that you intended for someone else.
You can always point a friend who is off-list to
to see messages without joining the list.
6) Can I receive only the postings in the genre I'm interested in?
It is not possible for the moderator to send individual subscribers
messages for just one of the genres covered by CRWROPPS--it is not
for example, to send one subscriber only the poetry messages, or
the fiction messages. The list is all-or-nothing list, and the
committed to sending messages of interest in fiction, nonfiction and
If you do not wish to receive e-mail, you should switch your
"Off/Web Only" and go to
to read each day's new postings online.
CRWROPPS is also available in "daily digest" format--meaning you can
one long posting of all of a single day's messages. Contact the
<crwropps(at)aol.com> and she will switch your subscription to digest
if you prefer to receive only one long message per day.
7) Can you recommend which contests are best to enter?
It is not possible for the moderator to supply advice on which contests
be suitable for any individual writer's publication needs. For
recommendations on the merits of individual contests, please consult
Winningwriters.com (a paid service).
8) What does "List on Hiatus" mean?
If the CRWROPPS-B list is on hiatus, no messages will be posted to the
the duration of the hiatus, nor can subscription issues be resolved.
moderator requests that no messages for subscription changes or for
be sent to <crwropps(at)aol.com>during hiatus periods. During hiatus
the moderator has no or limited access to e-mail, and thus cannot solve
subscription problems until the hiatus is over.
9) Can I stay on the list-serve while on vacation?
Sure. If you e-mail the list moderator before your vacation begins, she
set your subscription to "OFF" while you are away so that the e-mail
do not crowd your in-box. When you return, simply e-mail the
moderator at <crwropps(at)aol.com> with a message that you would like
10) Why are there so many contests on the list?
Contests are frequent among small press, university press and
publishers, and CRWROPPS-B is committed to supporting the endeavors of
non-commerical publishing entities.
Also, many of the contests listed are connected to non-profit literary
journals that also publish non-contest submissions as well--for
about submitting non-contest submissions to those markets, consult
Market, Poet's Market, or the Directory of Literary Magazines and
No fee contests will be designated with the words (no fee) in their
"Call for submissions" indicates a market looking for work without
11) How do you say the name of the list?
I say CRWROPPS like CROPS, but with an extra emphasis on the
like in the Spanish language. Feel free to pronounce it however you
12) Who is behind this list?
The CRWROPPS-B list is a one-woman, non-profit, volunteer operation--
one writer's way of helping other writers. In corresponding with
the list moderator regarding any aspect of this service, your patience
and courtesy is appreciated.
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