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Returning with opportunities to test your poetry and prose across the pond.
Do you need an outlet for your poetry and prose? Or maybe you just like to get paid. The New Writer (TNW) magazine is opening its 2007 writing contest. You have until November 30, 2007 to send in your entries.

This is the eleventh year for these international competitions in short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays, and articles. Cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners as well as publication for the prize-winning authors in The Collection – a special edition of The New Writer magazine, published in July – comprise the booty at stake.

You can give your submissions an enhanced chance of success by following the contest guidelines. Type your work clearly on one side of white A4 paper, double-spaced and paperclipped. Make as many submissions as you like. Include your name, address, title of the piece, word count, and competition category on a separate cover page with each entry. For complete guidelines and entry fees, visit The New Writer magazine Prose and Poetry Prizes.

The New Writer editorial board will perform the initial judging, and a panel of prestigious guest judges will make final selections. Create no identifying marks on your entries other than the cover sheet that accompanies each entry. Any entries submitted with identity on any pages other than the cover sheet will be disqualified. Previous judging panels have included Robyn Young, Robert Seatter, Mimi Thebo, Simon Scarrow, Jane Draycott, Ros Barber, Margaret Graham, and Phil Whitaker.

Enter short stories up to 4,000 words long and serial/novellas up to 20,000 words long on any subject or theme, in any genre except children's. Do not submit previously published work in these categories or it will be disqualified. The fee for each entry of a short story is £4.00, and for each serial/novella is £10.00. The prizes in each of these categories are £300.00 for first prize, £200.00 for second prize, and £100.00 for third prize.

Enter single poems up to 40 lines long or a collection of 6-10 poems. For single poem entries, the poems must not have been previously published. In the collection category, previously published poetry may be included. The fee for each entry of a single poem is £4.00, and for each collection is £10.00. The prizes in poetry are £100.00 for first prize, £75.00 for second prize, and £50.00 for third prize.

Enter essays, articles, or interviews covering any writing-related or literary topic up to 2,000 words long. The fee for each essay, article, or interview is £4.00. The prizes in each category are £150.00 for first prize, £100.00 for second prize, and £50.00 for third prize. 
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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s 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;
It’s 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
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s 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 “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s 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 you’ll 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 poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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