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Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 316

For today’s prompt, write an open poem. The poem could be about physically opening something: a garage door, a bottle of soda, or your mouth. The poem could also go the metaphorical route of opening a can of worms or Pandora’s box. Or if you’re into golf or tennis, writing about the U.S., French,...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dodoitsu Winner

This was a fun challenge to judge. First off, there were so many dodoitsu entries. Second, they’re all short, which means it’s kind of like poetic popcorn. That said, the competition was fierce. I had to go through several rounds of getting the list down to a top 10; there were 40 dodoitsu that...

Writer's Market 2016

2016 Writer’s Market and Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition

The time has come to update your copies of Writer’s Market and Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition. This will be my 16th edition with the series, and I’m confident this version is both the latest and the greatest yet. Writer’s Market 2016 Let’s start off by looking at the updated Writer’s Market 2016, which includes...

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Poetry at the Writer’s Digest Conference!

It’s true that the annual Writer’s Digest Conference is a super-powered conference devoted to writers getting their fiction and nonfiction published. Super stars of publishing and promotion are in attendance, including agents Donald Maass and Janet Reid, authors Hallie Ephron and Jonathan Maberry, promotion gurus MJ Rose and Dan Blank, and so many more....

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8 Blogging Tips for Writers to Find Success

Blogging is an incredibly effective and efficient way for writers to reach their target audience and build writer platforms. In other words, it’s a great method for writers to find engaged readers and more success with their writing. In this post, I’ll share eight simple, but super effective tips (that not all bloggers use)...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 315

Before we jump into this week’s prompt, I just want to take a moment to update people who are interested (quite a few, I know) in the April PAD Challenge results. I still don’t have much to report, so I don’t want to spend a whole blog post on it. However, I do hope...

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Kimberly Jackson: Poet Interview

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is shine the spotlight on other poets and their work, and it’s even more fun when they’re regulars on this blog. Such is the case for Kimberly Jackson. Kimberly Jackson is a former academic who now reads and performs poetry and flash fiction just for...

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Ploughshares: Monday Market Spotlight

This week’s Monday Market Spotlight swings over to Ploughshares, a print and digital magazine of fiction, nonfiction, and–of course–poetry. Ploughshares publishes three issues a year and has a well-recognized record of publishing anthologized writing (places like BAP and Pushcart). Since 1989, the literary journal has been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston. In...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dodoitsu

It’s been a while since we’ve had a WD Poetic Form Challenge, but I think this should be a fun and easy (yes, I’m speaking relative to the paradelle challenge) one. I shared the guidelines for writing dodoitsu poems earlier this week. It’s a Japanese form usually focused on work or love with a...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 314

For today’s prompt, write a pie poem. Yes, a poem that somehow incorporates pie…or pi, since the number 3.14 inspired today’s prompt. Impossible? Not really, for some it’ll be as easy as pie, but even for those who struggle at first, I’m sure they’ll eventually get a piece of the pie as well. Who...

Robert Lee Brewer

Dodoitsu: Poetic Forms

Ready to learn a new poetic form? And yeah, you know that a new WD Poetic Form Challenge is just around the corner. The dodoitsu is a Japanese poetic form developed towards the end of the Edo Period, which came to an end in 1868. As with most Japanese forms, the dodoitsu does not...

American Poetry Review

The American Poetry Review: Monday Market Spotlight

Want to read some great new poetry? Check out the website of this week’s Monday Market Spotlight: The American Poetry Review. They feature poetry on their website, and the poems make for great reading. By the way, here’s a little submission tip: The best way to match your poetry to the appropriate publication is...

Robert Lee Brewer

What is the Best Type of Poetry?

I’m picking up on the Friday poet’s inbox series, only today’s question is not inspired by e-mail question. Rather, it’s inspired by claims and attitudes I’ve seen online and in person about what type of poetry is the best. I’ve seen this attitude expressed in many different ways. The most common is for Poet...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Paradelle Winner

It’s been so long since we closed out this challenge that some of you may not even remember (or been around to know) we had a paradelle challenge. Well, here are the results, and yes, you can expect a new form challenge just around the corner. The winning entry is “9 to 5,” by...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 313

I hope everyone’s having a great summer so far. In some ways, today’s prompt seems like it’d be most appropriate in the April PAD Challenge (specifically on the 15th!), but maybe it is even more appropriate on a day well past tax day. For today’s prompt, write an evasive poem. Of course, yes, evading...

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2015 April PAD Challenge: Update

[NOTE: Circumstances have pushed back the next update to August 1.] Just a quick update on the 2015 April PAD Challenge. It seems like I usually shoot for July 4th to announce the results, and one thing or another delays that. I won’t go into what delayed it this year, but I will say...

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Utilize Guest Posts for Blog Success

Here we are: the final part of this eight-part series on better blogging for writers. After running through this series, writers should be able to blog at a higher level than most. Of course, there’s more to learn once you get comfortable with the basics. For today’s installment, we’ll look at how bloggers utilize...

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Develop a Blog Post Promotion Plan

Somehow we’re already seven posts into this eight-part series on better blogging. It’s funny how time flies when you’re posting a series like this. The same thing happens in April and November for my poem challenges. Anyway, we’re going to discuss why it’s important to develop a blog post promotion plan today. Develop a...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 312

For today’s prompt, write a dead poem. The poem, of course, could be about a dead person, animal, or other formerly living creature. It could be about the undead, I suppose, or facing death. But then, there are things that die too: computers, relationships, feelings. And some folks feel “dead to the world” or...

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Plan Out Blog Posts In Advance

Last week, I discussed the importance of crafting an editorial calendar for your blog. It helps a blogger plan out content in a general way. Today’s post is about planning out posts on a post-by-post basis. Plan Out Blog Posts In Advance Every blog has its own needs and goals. As such, I consider...

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Track Your Blogging Success

Part five of this eight-part series on better blogging deals with the importance of tracking your blog to find more success. The first four parts are linked below this post to make it convenient for you to access the entire series. Track Your Blogging Success While putting together this series on better blogging, I...

The Sun Magazine

The Sun Magazine: Monday Market Spotlight

I’ve really been enjoying this series since it started. If you have a favorite market, feel free to share it in the comments, and I’ll take a look. This week’s spotlight market is one of my favorite publications: The Sun Magazine. The Sun Magazine: Monday Market Spotlight One of the things I really like...

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Design Readable Blog Posts

Already half the way through this 8-part series on better blogging. The first three parts are linked below this post; today we’re covering why it’s important to design readable blog posts and also how to make that happen. Design Readable Blog Posts Step one, use headers like the one directly below the first paragraph...

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Put Blog Readers First

Here’s Day 3 of the 8-part series on better blogging for writers. The first day was aimed at creating a niche for your blog; the second day looked at crafting an editorial calendar for your blog; and today we’re going to discuss putting blog readers first. Put Blog Readers First In some ways, today’s...