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SEARCH BEGINS FOR NEW LITERARY TALENT AS ABEBOOKS SPONSORS CLAREMONT REVIEW’S ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST

(Victoria, BC - January 27, 2005) The prestigious annual writing contest staged by The Claremont Review – the non-profit Victoria-based magazine that showcases inspiring young writers – is to be sponsored by AbeBooks.com.

Also located in Victoria, BC, AbeBooks.com - world’s largest marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books - is funding the contest and lending marketing support so The Claremont Review can reach a new audience across North America.

Any budding poets or fiction writers from 13 to 19 years old can enter the event, which has been renamed ‘The AbeBooks Annual Writing Contest 2005’.

All winning entries will be published in The Claremont Review’s fall edition. The three winners in both categories will receive prizes of $500, $300 and $200 respectively and a selection of collectible books from the AbeBooks site. All entrants receive a one year subscription to the magazine.

The 2004 contest received more than 400 entries and organizers hope to double that figure thanks to greater exposure in bookstores, schools, libraries and the media. Contestants can supply one story or three poems per entry. The closing date is April 15th and writers can log on to www.theclaremontreview.ca for entry details. AbeBooks.com, which receives more than four million visitors each month, will also carry details about the contest.

The Claremont Review, launched in March 1992, is run by unpaid volunteers who act as co-editors. It has been acclaimed across North America for nurturing young writers and poets, and even counts playwright Neil Simon among its subscribers. The magazine was named after the Victoria school that helped launch the title and where several editors teach.

Susan Stenson, co-editor of The Review, said: “Last year’s winners hailed from Ontario, BC, and New Hampshire. Imagine what’s going to happen when AbeBooks let’s the world know what we’re up to. We’re going to need a lot more volunteers to lick envelopes.” “We are happy to help The Claremont Review develop young literary talent,” said Hannes Blum, CEO of AbeBooks.com. “The contest entrants are the potential literary stars of tomorrow. AbeBooks believes in the power of the written word and that’s why we are committed to this project.”

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About AbeBooks.com
AbeBooks.com is the world’s largest online marketplace for books, with more than 60 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by more than 12,500 independent booksellers from around the world. AbeBooks has millions of registered customers who collectively purchase more than 20,000 books a day from its four global websites (AbeBooks.com, AbeBooks.co.uk, AbeBooks.de, AbeBooks.fr). A true Internet success story, AbeBooks.com has been selling books online since 1996, and is a private company based in Victoria, BC Canada, with offices in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Richard Davies, PR & Publicity Mgr., AbeBooks.com
Ph: 250-412-3238
rdavies@abebooks.com

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