Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

flying bookAttention poets: Poetry Super Highway is once again sponsoring a world-wide poetry exchange. Sign up to send someone a book of your poetry, and someone else in the exchange will send a book of poetry to you.

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Many of us who write in shorter forms, especially short stories, have begun to despair of our market. The list of periodicals that have folded in recent years is staggering; at times we feel like shell-shocked New Yorkers waiting outside newspaper offices for casualty reports from the Titanic.

Some blame electronic media for the demise of so many journals and magazines whose lifeblood was short fiction, and there’s no doubt they have played a role. In a truly Darwinian twist, however, electronic media have given rise to a new venue that’s even more accessible to writers: portable reading devices.

In the July/August issue of Poets & Writers, Adrian Versteegh writes about how the popularity of such devices has opened up new markets for works that can be read in a single sitting. Short stories, novellas, essays, even long poems and poetry cycles — all forms that are devilishly hard to get into print these days — are candidates for this kind of audience, and the article gives helpful details about who’s soliciting what and how to get more information.

So take heart, short form writers: when the universe closes a door, it very often opens a window.






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For those of you who like month-long challenges to keep you motivated (think NaNoWriMo)–here are 2 for you, both led by Robert Lee Brewer.  The first is on platform building and the second is for the poets in the group.

The April Platform Challenge will provide writers with a new manageable task each day in April on the My Name Is Not Bob blog. The goal is for writers to have a stronger online platform heading into May than they had heading into April. Plus, everyone who completes this challenge can enter themselves into a raffle for a signed copy of the 2012 Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition!

Here are the guidelines for the April Platform Challenge: http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com/2012/03/april-platform-challenge.html


The April PAD (or Poem-A-Day) Challenge will be celebrating its fifth year beginning on April 1 at the Poetic Asides blog. Each morning (in Atlanta, Georgia), I’ll post a prompt and poem. Then, hundreds of poets around the world will write their poems—some sharing in the comments on the blog; others following along silently.

Here are the guidelines for the April PAD Challenge: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/2012-april-pad-challenge-guidelines

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