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Dear friends,

The ladies of Salt would like to thank everyone who helped make the
Monster
issue a rousing success.

We couldn't be more pleased with our new batch of writers and our new
best
friends, The CROWW Group, who created the eye-popping look for our
sophomore
effort. Also, we'd like to give a big shout out to the kind folks at
The
Quiet Storm who opened their doors to us for our Monster Mash. Last but
not
least, we have nothing but mad love to our peeps at Flux who helped us
set
up our silk screen factory while we outfitted the city in some tight
threads.

And as if it couldn't get any better, about one week after Flux, we
received
word that we have been accepted for a Sprout Seed Award! Our seed award
for
$5,500 will now be used to help offset the costs for printing,
promotion and
future events.

In addition to thanking everyone, we'd like to announce we are now
accepting
submissions for our next issue, Robots.

Just like the previous issues of Pirates and Monsters, the Robot issue
is
dedicated to exploring archetypes that are around us but often
overlooked.
We will try to answer the age old question of whether robots will
eventually
become our helpmates such as Rosie from "The Jetsons" or eventually
kill us
by shutting off our oxygen supply a la HAL from Kubrick's "2001."

We are now looking for articles about robots. Examples of the types of
articles would be about people whose personalities may resemble robots,
the
idea of technology making our lives easier while robbing us of our
humanity,
robots replacing workers, and robots in entertainment. These are just a
smattering of themes we hope to touch upon but we would love to hear
what
other people are thinking about.

So anybody with any ideas, please email them to us. Also, we would be
interested in any orginal artwork to include in the issue.


Our guideline is as follows:

1. Articles should be between 500 to 1,000 words long.
2. We accept only nonfiction articles.
3. Please send us a summary of what your article would be about; the
format
-- such as narrative, Q&A, or personal essay; how long it may be or any
art
that may accompany it.
4. Our deadline for ideas is Dec. 15 while the final copy deadline is
Dec.
31.

We hope to have the Robot journal out by the last week of January.

So any interested technophobes or technophiles, please let us know
what's
running through your synapses.


Love,

Ellen and Berry


P.S. Dec. 15 heralds the rise of the machines when our official website
hits
the World Wide Web.


Salt
Sharp and Pungent
www.saltstories.com
saltstories@hotmail.com