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In the wee hours of my sleepless nights, I edit the Humanist Parenting site for the Institute for Humanist Studies. One of my IHS duties is to solicit and/or write a monthly parenting column for Humanist Network News, which also then appears here on the Meming of Life.

In addition to my own columns, we’ve featured the writing of such freethinkers as Ed Buckner, Noell “Agnostic Mom” Hyman, Marilyn McCourt, Stu Tanquist, Jane Wynne Willson, and Roberta Nelson.

Now it’s your turn to become the quiet kind of famous. We are now accepting submissions for the First Annual Parenting Beyond Belief Column Competition. Your entry should tackle a subtopic within nonreligious parenting (as opposed to the topic on the whole) or a personal story from your own experience.

The top entries will:

— appear in Humanist Network News (subscription over 5,000);
— be posted on the Humanist Parenting website; and
— appear in the Meming of Life (which currently averages 2500-3000 visitors per day).

Submissions should be attached in a Word document 600-800 words in length PLUS a bio of no more than 75 words, and emailed to column [at] parentingbeyondbelief dot com with the word COLUMN in the subject line. All submissions become the sole property of Major League Baseball, and all decisions are final, though a little groveling never hurt anyone.

Deadline for submissions is September 30October 6, 2008.

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Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.