Celebrate World Read Aloud Day with a Virtual Food Fight

If you have time and want to have some fun, join the food fight!

The Write Routine: World Read Aloud Day: Celebrating with a FOOD FIGHT Contest! Join Us!.

Which of These Manuscripts Would You Request?

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.

The 5th Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge! | Nathan Bransford, Author.


A Chance to Pitch Your Humor Book to Chronicle

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!

The Great Tumblr Book Search.

Announcement – Poetry Contest

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.

Announcement – Poetry Contest.


Enter the Castaways Poetry Competition

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.

City of Rockingham – Castaways.

Submit a Pitch to Amazon’s Fiction Competition–Hurry!

Click the link below to find out about Amazon’s annual novel contest. For the first round, you can only submit a pitch.

The 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23 | Deep Poem | WritersDigest.com

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.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23 | Deep Poem | WritersDigest.com.

Here’s mine:

Deep Space



past the last

clumps of ice

gas, rock,

and God only

knows what

else at the fringe

of the solar system,

Voyager, a

miracle wonder

of my younger

days, swings

out into the

more thinly

populated reaches

of deep space,

just as each day

I dive further


Linda Armstrong, 11/24/2012. All rights reserved.



2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6 | Left or Right Poem | WritersDigest.com

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.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 6 | Left or Right Poem | WritersDigest.com.

Here’s mine:

The teller
filled out
my withdrawal
slip writing
as I do
and upside down
I asked her about
the inevitable bump
on her middle
finger and
whether she was
an artist. She
said she drew
but wasn’t
great and I
admitted to being
no Leonardo. Then
I took my money
and she said
she had never met
another person
who wrote like
her, and that
remains true
of us both.