On First Lines, $1K Sonnet, & Poet’s Market

Whether you are doing NaNoWriMo or not, get inspired by the first lines of recent bestsellers, and write your own.

Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award is open for submissions until November 15, 2017. Low fee of $3 — $1,000 prize. Read the guidelines, and submit. 

Robert Lee Brewer is figuring out the 2019 issue of Poet’s Market — see if you can help.

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On Colors & Books, B&W, & Gemini

“Reference books and other nonfiction can benefit from cooler colors such as dark blue or brown. Dark blue conveys a functional message, while brown suggests an air of high quality in this context.” Dive into color psychology that affects what and how we read.

The 4th Annual International B&W CHILD 2017 PHOTO COMPETITION, Second Half, is open for submissions. The competition celebrates black and white photographs of children. Take your pics. Submit.

The 8th Annual Gemini Magazine Poetry Open accepts submissions. Poems must be unpublished, but work displayed on personal blogs is eligible. First prize: $1,000.

On $20K for a 100 Words, Flash, & Milkweed Editions

he César Egido Serrano Foundation has launched the V International Flash Fiction Competition. An overall first prize of $20K will be awarded for the best 100-word story in any of the languages authorized in the contest: Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew. Read the competition rules.

“Flash-write a portion of your book,” advise Jody Rein and Michael Larsen. Find out how, and why.

Milkweed Editions is open to single-author collections of poetry. Submissions will close when the editors receive 800 manuscripts, or on October 31, 2017 (whichever comes first). Manuscripts must be at least 60 pages long. Read the guidelines, and submit.

 

On $58K for Travel & Poetry, Messy Fun, & What to Translate

Attention, American-born poets. Would you like to travel for a year, write poetry, and receive $58K? Check out the details on Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship.

“Messy Fun.” Child Photo Competition’s Free Monthly Photo Contest is OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS, but HURRY: deadline Sept. 30th. Send your pics of “kids playing with mud, food, and everything that makes a mess.”

“…I think there’s value in translating all kinds of things –really popular literature, things that have something to say that might be what I call a brave failure, a book that is trying to do so many things, but it might not quite get there. What it’s doing is important, even if it’s not a literary masterpiece to stand aside all others.” — Dr. Karen Emmerich

 

 

On Marketing, Short Fiction Awards, & Roundelay

Jane Friedman on marketing for authors, “You’ll be stronger if you have a multi-faceted approach.” Find out what she means.

University of Iowa Press is giving two awards for first collections of short fiction. No entry fee. Deadline: September 30. Check the guidelines, and submit.

A new poetic form challenge from Writer’s Digest. Join the roundelay fun.

Here’s my contribution:

“A Simple Song”

The shore is kind, horizon — wide
A tender breeze so gently blows
Come, take your vessel for a ride
Those swift white caps are not your foes
Our happiness — an ocean tide
That comes and goes, that comes and goes…

Come, take your vessel for a ride
Those swift white caps are not your foes
You would not hold time if you tried
Gold specks of sand between your toes
Our happiness — an ocean tide
That comes and goes, that comes and goes…

You would not hold time if you tried
Gold specks of sand between your toes
Come, sail while dazzling seas abide
The day, the hour — nobody knows
Our happiness — an ocean tide
That comes and goes, that comes and goes…

Come, sail while dazzling seas abide
The day, the hour — nobody knows
Fragile sandcastles builds a child
The setting sun so softly glows
Our happiness — an ocean tide
That comes and goes, that comes and goes…

© 2017 Sasha A. Palmer (aka Happy)

On Q&A, Writing Dilemma, & Things as They Are

Elise Holland, editor of 2 Elizabeths, a short fiction and poetry publication, shares five of the most frequent questions she’s asked. See the questions, and answers.

To write or not to write by hand? Are you a laptop person, or a “fountain pen and leather-wrap journal” person? See/join a discussion.

“And when the flood waters come, and all pretenses are washed away, we’re left with how things are supposed to work, how they naturally are. And it’s a beautiful sight.”