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TWP Poetry Competition
The Writers Place (TWP) February 2013 – January 2014 poetry competition is in full swing. Submit your best poetry at
http://www.thewritersplace.org/poetry_submission.php. Single or multiple entries welcome. We accept all subject areas.
$250 in cash prizes. Plus publication in
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Poets & Writers Magazine.
EARLY ENTRIES: must be submitted not later the January
31, 2014. Final (late) Deadline is February 15, 2014.
Standard 3-poem submission (5-page limit): $10.
Multiple submissions (not less than 4 but not more than 6 poems [10-page limit]): $15.
Late Fee: (submitted after January 31, 2014): standard fee + $5 per submission.
Submit your verse electronically and eliminate the hassle of paper and postage. See
Finalists announced: March 1, 2014
Winners announced: April 1, 2014
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Artists Embassy International's twenty first dancing poetry contest
Deadline May 1, 2014
Over $1,000 in prize money to be awarded
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$100 each plus the poems will be choreographed, costumed, danced, and videotaped for you. Each Grand PrizeWinner will be invited on stage for photo with the dancers.
Six First Prizes will receive $50 each. Twelve Second Prizes will receive
$25 each. Thirty Third Prizes will receive $10 each.
Line Limit: 40 lines, maximum each
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Send two typed, clear copies of each entry. Show name, address, telephone number,
email and how you heard about us, on one copy only. The anonymous copy goes to the judges. Judges decisions are
Poems must be in English or include English translation.
Entry Fee: One poem for $5 or three poems for $10. Make checks payable to Artists Embassy International
Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US
currency. No poems will be returned. Send all entries and fees postmarked by May 1, 2014
AEI Contest Chair, Judy Cheung
704 Brigham Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
For more information go to dancingpoetry.com
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Areas: Adventure; Crime; Drama; Fantasy;
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Articles from around the web this month
Amazon Publishing Launches Short Fiction Imprint
Amazon Publishing has launched StoryFront, a new imprint devoted to short fiction across all genres that will serve as home to the digital literary journal Day One, which Amazon announced in October.
StoryFront will publish a variety of works exclusive to Kindle, including stories originally published in Day One, available for purchase a la carte. There are no plans for print editions.
Showcase Your Writing Skills at This Freelancer-Friendly Digital Mag
The Magazine, the iOS-native pub, is looking for writers. The mag, which is 100 percent freelance written, focuses on an array of “stuff that people with [a geeky mind] find interesting,” said executive editor Glenn
World's oldest erotic novelist dies aged 105 – and she was still writing racy bodice-rippers up until her death
She may not have been as famous as Barbara Cartland.
But on the longevity front, Mills & Boon writer Ida Pollock has earned her place in history.
The world’s oldest author, she has died aged 105 – just weeks before the publication of her 125th novel.
Writing To Discard: An Essential Habit For Writers
So wrote programming instructor and game developer Kathy Sierra on Twitter the other day, a tweet that really
resonated with me because it’s not just programmers who are either not given the time or don’t take the time to simply practice. In writing too, and especially with the spectre of self-publishing
hanging over us, it can be hard to write something that you know will be thrown away.
The modern writer has to be a hustler too
It's a rum business, writing novels. You spend years building internal worlds and filling them with characters and then just when you think you are beginning
to know them, like some crackpot dictator drunk on his own ego you find yourself doing something to destroy all that you have built. Then you walk away from it.
Writing Is Like Sex
As a writing coach, I often hear people say that they want to begin working on the book they've been thinking about for a long time.
They think that if they "take time off from work," they might be able to get started. Sometimes they do this -- and yet the book never really gets rolling.
You don't need time off. All you need is a change of mind and mood.
The following four methods come from writers whose work I really admire, and all of them, interestingly, also apply to questions of "getting in the mood" for that other activity we often fantasize about – sex.
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