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December, 2012

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These Resources Will Blow The Lid Right Off Your Pen!
By  Sarah White

veryone likes to win contests, and entering writing contests can be a wonderful way to beat a bout of writer's block. The lure of a prize and the pressures of a deadline can not only get creative juices flowing, but can also unveil things you didn't know about yourself as a writer. Check out the Top Ten resources for contests, in no particular order:

First Writer Competitions
The contest list at First Writer offers hundreds of links to contests, broken down into categories including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scriptwriting and a special section of contests that are free to enter. The site offers its own competitions. The site is very up-to-date and contests are listed in chronological order.

Places for Writers
A site geared toward Canadian writers, Places for Writers has a simple, streamlined listing of contests broken down by month of deadline. The vast majority of contests listed are Canadian or European, giving authors from those countries a view of local contests and for American writers to broaden their horizons.

Write Link
This British site offers a comprehensive list of contests open to writers on both sides of the pond. New contests are highlighted in the middle of the page, but don't overlook the list of links to contests down the right-hand side of the page. The site also offers a contest newsletter.

Winning Writers
This site is dedicated to everything you always needed to know about poetry contests. It ahs a great section on "bad contests" and even sponsors a contest for the most outlandish poem to be accepted by a scam anthology. The site also has contests for serious poetry and short stories.

Inspired to Journal
If you're a writer who likes journaling and writing personal essays, check out this site's small listing of contests including anthologies and other publishers of personal essays and creative nonfiction. This is also a great site if you're just interesting in learning more about journaling and essay writing.

A Woman's Write
This site dedicated to promoting women writers offers writing contests twice a year. Entries receive critiques and are in the running for an $80 first prize. Winners are posted on the Web site. This site also has a list of links to sites about writing, contests, and author home pages.

Ralan's Webstravaganza
If you're a writer of science fiction, fantasy or horror, you probably already know about this great site, which lists tons of markets (including books and anthologies). Click on contests to find an alphabetical listing of contests (not just for genre writers, there are general and literary fiction listings, too).

New York Screenwriter
The online home of Screenwriter magazine has a great collection of links to screenwriting contests, with contests with upcoming deadlines highlighted in bold. The magazine has seven criteria for reputable contests and rates each listing on a scale of one to four stars, making it easy to find the best contests.

Children's Writer
This magazine all about writing for and about children runs numerous contests throughout the year. The criteria are very specific, from an early-reader mystery to a middle-grade adventure, so you can hone your skills on different kinds of stories and possibly win cash and publication in the magazine as well.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Warning Page
No list of contest sites would be complete without a warning that there are a lot of contests set up just to scam writers out of money. If you're concerned that a contest might not be legitimate, check out this site, which explains many of the warning signs of bad contests.

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Writerís Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails weíve known;
Each writerís block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
Itís how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Donít plant your poem on the page
As though youíre hanging drapes;
Itís shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their ďthemes.Ē

Double Vision
A writerís life is paradox,
Itís more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know youíll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poemís through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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