Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

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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...

Robert Lee Brewer

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...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

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...

Robert Lee Brewer

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...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

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...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 311

For those interested, I recently started an 8-part series on better blogging for writers at the There Are No Rules blog. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, think of something you might shout out loud (or hear others shout), make it the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles include:...

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Craft an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog

Time for Day 2 of this 8-part series on blogging. Yesterday, I shared why bloggers should create a niche for their blogs. Today, I’m going to cover one of the more important tools a blogger can pair with that niche: the editorial calendar. Craft an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog Even with my background...

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Create a Niche for Your Blog

Over the years, I’ve found a great deal of success through my blogging efforts, whether with my Poetic Asides blog on poetry or my more personal My Name Is Not Bob blog. Those efforts have led to freelance opportunities, recognition, and more. I’ve created an 8-part series of posts on better blogging for writers...

Virginia Quarterly Review

Virginia Quarterly Review: Monday Market Spotlight

This week’s Monday Market Spotlight just opened poetry submissions last week, but poets better act fast, because the reading period closes again soon. This week’s spotlight is Virginia Quarterly Review (also known as VQR). Virginia Quarterly Review: Monday Market Spotlight Virginia Quarterly Review recently re-opened for submissions on June 15 and will stay open...

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Build Your Poetry Writing Skills

Build your poetry writing skills working with a published poet in the six-week Advanced Poetry Writing course offered by Writer’s Digest University. The workshop will consist of six one-week sessions, focused on feedback and critique. Sign up today. At the beginning of each session, you will submit an original poem to the instructor for...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 310

I’m in a mood today, I guess. A slap happy mood, so today’s prompt might be as fun as I think it is, or it might be a great big fail. Here’s hoping everyone else is in a mood today too. For today’s prompt, write a poem using three of the following six words:...

Black Warrior Review, Issue 38.1 (Fall/Winter 2011)

Black Warrior Review: Monday Market Spotlight

Sometimes it’s not so much about where you submit your poetry, but when. That’s because several publications have specific reading periods (that sometimes shift without notice). Today’s spotlight market is currently open to poetry submissions: Black Warrior Review. Black Warrior Review: Monday Market Spotlight Black Warrior Review recently re-opened for submissions on June 1...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 309

For this week’s prompt, write a poem just as something changes or is about to change. I guess this could mean big sweeping political or social changes, but what initially prompted this prompt (for me) was thinking about that moment when a candle is lit (or blown out), a room is entered, or an...

Robert Lee Brewer

I Don’t Consider Myself a Poet

Wow! Busy week equals late-night post. By the way, don’t forget to swing by the Writer’s Digest Shop for all the great 40% off deals between now and Sunday (June 7, 2015). Click to continue. Here’s this week’s Poet Inbox e-mail: “I just wanted to personally thank you for hosting the PAD Challenge and...

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Find More Success With Your Poetry For 40% Less!

I prefer not to spend an entire post on what’s for sale at the Writer’s Digest Shop unless there’s a super deal, but there happens to be a super deal happening today through Sunday (or June 3-7, 2015). How super? 40% off books, tutorials, and OnDemand webinars super! People in the know call it...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 308

Find more success with your poetry for 40% less! But only from today (June 3, 2015) until Sunday (June 7, 2015). Click to continue. For today’s prompt, let’s try something a little different. First, I want you to think about the color of the shirt you’re currently wearing (if you’re not wearing a shirt,...

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Words Dance: Monday Market Spotlight

This week’s Monday Market Spotlight focuses on a market that should be familiar with Poetic Asides regulars, because they publish the Poem Your Heart Out anthology: Words Dance! Words Dance: Monday Market Spotlight Unlike the first couple spotlighted markets, Words Dance Publishing publishes as a publication and book-length works, including the Poem Your Heart...