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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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Traveling Back to Look Ahead at the Future of War

The two of us didn’t meet until we were in our 30s, but both grew up on a similar diet of science fiction, techno-thrillers and sprawling war stories. We’d prepare for summer vacation trips by getting a stack of books from the library... GIVEAWAY: August and Peter are excited to give away a free copy...

Robert Lee Brewer

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...

Relief for Your Revision Struggles

The September 2015 Writer’s Digest, The Smart Writer’s Guide to Revision, is new on newsstands, and I’ve gotten so many nice notes about my Editor’s Letter that I thought I’d share it here—both as a preview for our latest issue and as a way to commiserate, connect and relate with fellow writers in the...

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....

Have fun getting wordy in June!

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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5 Negative Voices and How to Shush Them

1. “Did you just write that? That’s pretty terrible. Kind of the worst, actually. Wait, do you even have an MFA?” Variations of this sentence will snake through your brain and disturb your thoughts many times during the writing process. I’d like to say there is some algebraic equation to eviscerate this kind of...

Kimberly Jackson

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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New Literary Agent Alert: Laura Mamelok of Susanna Lea Associates

She is seeking: Laura is primarily interested in literary fiction, high-end commercial fiction, women’s fiction, literary crime/thrillers, and young adult fiction with crossover appeal. On the nonfiction side, she is looking for narrative nonfiction, current affairs/journalism, memoir, and humor. She's drawn to international stories and settings, in both fiction and nonfiction. Above all, she...

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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...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

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...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Amanda O’Connor of Trident Media

She is seeking: Amanda is continuously building her client list in general-interest and upmarket nonfiction, spirituality and wellness, and literary fiction. She looks for the “wisdom factor” across genres and disciplines, especially authors who have an expertise they are eager to share with the world. Her favored subjects include (but are not limited to)...

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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3 Common Author Platform Mistakes — Plus How to Fix Them

When you hear the word “platform,” do you feel dread or excitement? Do you see social media and blogs as forced self-promotion or as an opportunity for conversation with readers? It’s an important question these days. More and more, the theory of an author platform—the idea that an author should communicate directly with readers...