Happy Pi Day!
- Are you still on Google Plus?
Google Plus is leaving us for good. Time to “ungoogle+”.
Anne R. Allen takes you through all the steps of doing it properly.
Do it now — April 2 will be here before you know it.
Why not write a fun poem, and submit it to a contest?
Why Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest?
- No Entry Fee.
- Published poems are eligible.
- In addition to English submitted poems may contain “inspired gibberish.”
- First prize is $1,000.
- Sponsored by Winning Writers and Duotrope — legit.
Deadline is April 1, 2019.
Write and submit!
Image: Pi Pie, created at Delft University of Technology, applied physics, seismics and acoustics; Public Domain
- Do you write short fiction?
Entries are now being accepted for the Chicago Tribune’s 2019 Algren Awards contest.
There will be one grand prize winner ($3,500) and five finalists ($750). No entry fee.
Revise your original short fiction, and submit. Deadline: January 31, 2019.
The Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize is accepting submissions.
The prize ($500, and a published interview) will be awarded to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place.
‘“Place” may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape.’
Deadline: February 4, 2019.
Image: James Wilson Morrice. Snow Scene, c. 1905. Oil on canvas board, Overall: 9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm). BF2053. Public Domain.
- Are you looking for a friendly and supportive online community of poets?
Poetic Bloomings is “the best garden for verse”. Established in 2011, the site now reunites Marie Elena Good and Walter J Wojtanik “to help nurture and inspire the poetic spirit”.
Marie Elena and Walt are posting prompts every Sunday. Here’s the latest one.
- Looking for a contest that accepts published poems?
Submit your work (published and unpublished) to Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest by September 30, 2018.
TOM HOWARD PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre
MARGARET REID PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Vase of Flowers (Vase de fleurs ), c. 1889. Oil on canvas, Overall: 16 1/4 x 13 in. (41.3 x 33 cm). BF156. Public Domain.
- Want your post to go viral?
Remember two factors: arousal and dominance. Put them to good use. “Both anger and excitement are high-arousal emotions. Dominance…is the feeling of being in control. When you’re inspired or joyful, you’re experiencing high dominance…
Articles that perform the best on social use a high-arousal, high-dominance combo.”
- Want to do better on social media?
Do not confuse your personality with your persona. When on social media, stay true to your author brand, be in charge, and share information wisely.
- Are you an emerging playwright?
Try your luck at Yale Drama Series: David Charles Horn Prize. Submit an original, unpublished full-length play in English for your chance to win $10K. Note: no translations, musicals, adaptations, or children’s plays. Deadline: 15 August 2018
Image: Charles Demuth. In Vaudeville: Woman and Man on Stage, 1917. Watercolor and graphite on wove paper, Overall: 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm). BF601. Public Domain.
To include, or not to include in the bio: that is the question. Find your answer in this post from Robert Lee Brewer, revisit Anne R. Allen’s post on author bios, and write a bio that will help you, and do justice to you, and your work.
Attention, new/amateur writers of sci-fi/fantasy short stories/novelettes. Ron Hubbard’s Writers & Illustrators of the Future is holding a Free Writer Contest with big prizes. Submit your work now. Deadline December 31, 2017. Don’t miss out.
Missed WD November Poem-A-Day (PAD) Chapbook Challenge? Robert Lee Brewer has collected all of his prompts for this year’s November PAD. Write your chapbook now.
Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Writing Lesson (La Leçon d’écriture), c. 1905. Oil on canvas, Overall: 21 7/16 x 25 13/16 in. (54.5 x 65.5 cm). BF150. Public Domain.
The ninth annual Gemini magazine Flash Fiction Contest is accepting entries. Stories displayed on personal blogs are eligible. Low entry fee, big first prize. Deadline: Aug 31. Go for it!
“…if the poem gave her that “drifting experience,” it is doing what it is supposed to do… this experience…is precious, rare, virtually extinct even…the preservation of this drifting experience is the purpose and promise of poetry.” — Matthew Zapruder
“For a platform that powers a quarter of the websites in the world, WordPress is surprisingly insecure. The default settings leave a site open to being hacked a half-dozen different ways,” says Nate Hoffelder. Take six common sense steps to protect your site.
Want to start earning money writing poetry? Check out these tips from Erika Dreifus.
A cool poetry contest to honor San Antonio’s Tricentennial. Don’t miss.
“The temptation towards resolution, towards wrapping up the package, seems to me a terrible trap. Why not be more honest with the moment? The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning. That’s genius. Somebody told me once that fugue means to flee, so that Bach’s melody lines are like he’s running away.” — The Art of Theater No. 12 with Sam Shepard (1943–2017)
Did you know that some magazines focus on work created by disabled writers?
“These magazines accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, essays, novel and memoir excerpts, reviews, drama, and, in some cases, artwork.”
Try your hand at Instapoetry.
Create an Instapoem, and enter The Missouri Review’s Instagram Contest!
This clogyrnach/acrostic of mine made the Top 10 list on WD Poetic Asides:
Last night the western welkin shone
In bridal glory, moonlight donned
The pure white and red
As Mars Venus wed;
Night is dead —
You are gone.
Virginia Quarterly Review is a (well) paying market, and it’s open for unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry and nonfiction now — during the month of July. Don’t miss.
Need a little bit of inspiration? Check out these writing prompts websites.
Feeling lucky? Enter the new hot July 53-word story contest.