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The Bear Essential

  Attention writers: The free magazine, The Bear Essential, is holding its first annual Edward Abbey short fiction contest, deadline Sept. 2. Editor Tom Webb tells us judges want unpublished "quality work with a Western environmental aspect" and that winners receive $100 to $500. For more information, write The Bear Essential, P.O. Box 10342, Portland, OR 97296-0342 (503/242-1047).