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If you doubt the power of a first paragraph or wonder how an agent or publisher can gauge the quality of a work from the first page, spend an instructive hour browsing these first paragraph entries to Nathan Bransford’s competition. If you are reading this on Thursday, there may still be time to enter.
Pitch your humor book idea to Chronicle on Tumblr! Use pictures, media, or 200 words or less to make it irresistible. The contest runs until 2/28/13. Read and follow the rules. You could win!
There’s still time to enter this great contest, but hurry! Stories for children 6-8 in any genre qualify, as long as they are under 500 words.
If you like contests, here’s one for you.
Note: there is a small entry fee, and you must submit by mail.
Be sure to read and follow all instructions when submitting anything anywhere.
The blog in which this post appears is interesting, too. It hosts ongoing challenges and is the center of a lively community.
If you are looking for a challenge or for inspiration, check out the rules for this free poetry competition. Poems are to be based on sculptures in the city’s collection. Submissions are via email.
Click the link below to find out about Amazon’s annual novel contest. For the first round, you can only submit a pitch.
Go through your files and find a suite of three poems, or write them. Then, submit to this competition.
Yesterday we were lazy and I got caught up in creating a special Christmas gift for my husband on Zazzle, so I am catching up on my poems this morning. The Day 23 poem is deceptively simple, but absolutely lovely. Write a “deep” poem. It can be anything deep. Click on the link to read the responses on the Poetic Asides blog.
past the last
clumps of ice
and God only
else at the fringe
of the solar system,
of my younger
out into the
of deep space,
just as each day
I dive further
Linda Armstrong, 11/24/2012. All rights reserved.
There are two related prompts for today’s Poem a Day Challenge at Brewer’s Poetic Asides blog. You can write about “right” or “left.” I wrote about being left-handed.
If you submit your poem on the blog, write it first in a word processing program, then paste it in. The blog is so busy you get a “you are posting too fast, slow down” message. If you get this, use the backspace on your browser and keep submitting until it goes through–usually on the third or fourth click. You don’t have to post to participate in the challenge. You can read everybody else’s for inspiration and just keep your own file at home. You will still be eligible to submit your finished book (20 poems) in December.
as I do
and upside down
I asked her about
the inevitable bump
on her middle
whether she was
an artist. She
said she drew
great and I
admitted to being
no Leonardo. Then
I took my money
and she said
she had never met
who wrote like
her, and that
of us both.