Craig briefs for Nov. 11

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The Center for Literary Publishing on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins is accepting submissions for the 2009 Colorado Prize for Poetry through Jan. 12, 2009.The Center is looking for book-length collections of poems. The winner will be awarded a $1,500 honorarium and have their book published through the Center. Anyone may submit their work and should include a $25 reading fee, which includes a one-year subscription to Colorado Review. For guidelines and questions, please go to http://coloradoprize.colostate.edu or call 970-491-5449.

Postal Service: Send overseas mail ASAP

The U.S. Postal Service recommends anyone sending mail to troops overseas do so as soon as possible, the Postal Service announced Monday in a news release.

The earlier mail is sent, "the more you save according to the overseas military mail holiday deadlines," the Postal Service reported. Thursday is the deadline to mail using the lowest rate Parcel Post service.

Holiday mail for troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan should be sent by Dec. 4 for arrival by Christmas. Holiday mail going to other military overseas locations should be sent by Dec. 11. Except for Iraq and Afghanistan, Express Mail can also be used to mail packages to other overseas military locations until Dec. 18 for delivery by Christmas.

As for domestic deadlines and using regular mail, send holiday cards, letters and packages going to U.S. destinations out-of-state by Saturday, Dec. 20, and in-state by Monday, Dec. 22, for delivery by Christmas. Using Express Mail, you still have time to mail packages to certain U.S. locations until Dec. 23.

The general deadline is Dec. 11 to send holiday letters and packages to most international countries/destinations including Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia/Pacific Rim. The general deadline is Dec. 4 for mailing to countries in Africa and Central and South America. Customers still can mail to most international countries up to around Dec. 19 using Express Mail.

Mail sent to overseas military addresses is charged at domestic mail prices. The domestic mail price for the largest Flat Rate Priority mail box is $12.95, but for packages sent to military APO/FPO addresses overseas the price is reduced to $10.95.

Flat Rate boxes are free at any Post Office, or can be ordered online at usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online any time using Click-N-Ship at www.usps.com/clicknship.

The U.S. Postal Service also offers a free Military Care Kit. Each kit contains Priority Mail boxes and Flat Rate boxes, Priority Mail labels, a roll of Priority Mail tape and customs forms with envelopes. Kits may be ordered free by calling (800) 610-8734.

All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members by name, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense regulations. All military overseas units are assigned an APO or FPO zip code and, in many cases, that zip code travels with the unit.

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