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2015 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

The 2015 November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Chapbook Challenge results are in, and I’m excited to share the winner–as well as a few finalists. Around 100 chapbook manuscripts were entered, and I loved reading them all. However, the number of quality entries made it difficult to pick finalists–let alone a winner! But here we are. *****...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 345

Remember that “under the weather” I was experiencing last week? Well, that ended up being the flu and pneumonia in my left lung. Oh well. It’s going to take a lot more than pneumonia to stop us from poeming. Soo… For today’s prompt, write a lingering poem. Could be a lingering lover or a...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 344

I apologize for the late prompt today. I’m a little under the weather, sometimes feverish, and medicated. Soo… For today’s prompt, write an under the weather poem. You can use the turn of speech, which means sick or not feeling good. Or you could be literal and actually be under the weather, whether that’s...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 343

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out yesterday’s post on the 2016 April PAD Challenge. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, write a poem about a book. The book could be your favorite, or one that you loathe. The poem could literally be about the book, or maybe written in the voice of...

Robert Lee Brewer

2016 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines

It’s time to start prepping for the 9th annual April PAD Challenge. In one month, we’ll start meeting here every day to poem like it’s (Inter)National Poetry Month. Poets from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, India, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, and several other countries have participated in this challenge over...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 342

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Ways to (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make that the title of the poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles could include: “The Proper Ways to Write Poetry,” “10 Ways to Fall in Love,” and/or “Wrong Ways to Toronto.” Here’s to finding...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 341

This is a poetry blog, but I want to let those of you who write fiction know about an agent one-on-one bootcamp that starts tomorrow morning. It’s an exciting opportunity to get feedback from and exposure to literary agents on the first ten pages of your novel. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, write...

Nancy Posey

2015 April PAD Challenge: Poet Laureate

As mentioned with yesterday’s prompt, the 2015 April PAD Challenge list of winners is finally complete. Check them out here. However, the purpose of this post is to unveil the current Poetic Asides Poet Laureate! 2015 April PAD Challenge: Poet Laureate Actually, I’m going with the Poets Laureate this year: Nancy Posey and Jane...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 340

Well, I’m pretty excited to announce that we’ve got all our winners from the 2015 April PAD Challenge finally. I will post more on this tomorrow, including naming the Poetic Asides Poet Laureate. Read the results here. For today’s prompt, write an “at last” poem. Or a “finally” poem. The poem could be about...

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Boston Review: Monday Market Spotlight

Like most folks, I don’t have the funds to subscribe to every literary publication. However, one of the publications I do support is this week’s spotlight market: Boston Review. Boston Review: Monday Market Spotlight As a potential market, Boston Review has many things to offer a poet. First, there’s the exposure of being in...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 339

It’s a day late, but happy Groundhog Day! The marmots in PA and GA both agree this year that we’re in for an early spring. Let’s hope they’re right. For this week’s prompt, write an anticipation poem. A person could anticipate an early spring or a lover’s fling; a person could anticipate any old...

Michael Dylan Welch

Michael Dylan Welch: Poet Interview

Please welcome Michael Dylan Welch to the Poetic Asides blog. He’s been here a few times before–as a guest judge and to share advice on writing haiku. This month (the shortest month of the year), he’s busy running National Haiku Writing Month. Welch’s haiku, tanka, and longer poems have appeared in hundreds of anthologies...

Robert Pipkin

How the 2015 October Platform Challenge Changed My Platform

The next few Fridays will feature guest posts on the There Are No Rules blog. If you’d like to join the party, pitch a guest blog post idea to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. Simple as that, and we’ll get working on it together. Today’s guest post comes...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tricubes

Let’s do another WD Poetic Form Challenge! This time around, we’re focused on the tricube. Find the rules for tricubes by clicking here. If you’re thinking mathematically, it’s three to the third power: three syllables by three lines by three stanzas. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post)...

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Tricubes: Poetic Forms

Two poetic forms in the same month! It’s been a while since we’ve done that. Though with today’s form, it’s a shame we aren’t doing three. Unlike interlocking rubaiyat, the tricube is a newer form and relatively unknown. Plus, it’s fun and easy to learn. This mathematical poem was introduced by Phillip Larrea. Here...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 338

For this week’s prompt, write a stained poem. Write about a stain on a shirt, staining wood, or stained glass windows (ekphrastic opportunity?). Of course, these are visual versions of stains. I’m sure there are metaphors for stains as well, like the teenage angst found in a “stained soul.” ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Interlocking Rubaiyat Winner

With the next poetic form challenge just around the corner, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the interlocking rubaiyat. Exactly 30 poems made the original cut, so it was difficult getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner, but here we are. Read all the interlocking...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 337

The past few weeks, I’ve been able to share recently published poems with the week’s prompt. That’s been fun, but all I have to share this week is that I’ve received some new rejections. However, that doesn’t get me down, because I know rejection is part of the process. Time to get more submissions...

Susan J. Erickson

The Many Faces of Persona Poems

Today’s post comes from Susan J. Erickson, also known as susanjer in these parts. When she pitched her idea, I just happened to be ready to share a specific type of prompt that fit perfectly. (Guess what we’re writing tomorrow?) I’m always open to guest post ideas. If you’re interested in writing one, please...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 336

Last week, I mentioned three of my poems that were published in issue two of By&By Poetry on January 1 (click to read the poems). This week, I had a poem published on page eight of the debut issue of Englyn, a journal of 4-line poems. There are a few familiar names there. So...

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Gulf Stream Literary Magazine: Monday Market Spotlight

I hope everyone’s having a great start to 2016. Here is this week’s spotlight market: Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. Gulf Stream Literary Magazine: Monday Market Spotlight The tagline for Gulf Stream Lit Mag is “South Florida’s Literary Current,” and they do a great job fulfilling that mission statement. The current issue (read here) features...

Robert Lee Brewer

Improve Your Writing Platform (or Author Platform) in 30 Days

A few times now, I’ve run 30-day platform challenges for writers to help with the difficult task of creating a writing platform (also known as an author platform). I prefer the term writing platform, because I feel the word author locks a writer into only writing books. However, today’s publishing environment offers so many...

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Interlocking Rubaiyat

Once again, it is time for the WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, we’re focused on the interlocking rubaiyat. Find the rules for the interlocking rubaiyat by clicking here. It’s an interesting form that revolves around quatrains with a specific rhyme scheme. (My favorite Robert Frost poem is actually written using this form.)...