Weekly Round-Up: Poetry, Prizes, and Getting Personal

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Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we've created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week's posts all in one place.


Grand Opening

It's important to have a strong opening scene so that readers want to keep reading your novel. Here are 5 Types of Opening Scenes to Make Your Story Stand Out.

Getting Personal

You don't have to keep a journal to be a "real" writer, but if you want to give it another shot, consider trying ones of these 5 New Ways for Writers to Keep a Journal.

Romance novels tend to include a very particular type of scene—and it can be uncomfortable to write those scenes. Read Handling the Risqué Parts of Writing Romance for some advice.

Agents and Opportunities

This week's agent spotlight shines on Shaheen Qureshi of Capital Talent Agency. She is seeking literary fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on historical fiction and narrative nonfiction, as well as memoirs, cookbooks, and graphic novels.

While working on your book, you may be dreaming about getting it published—but you also may be dreaming of winning prizes. Check out The Trick to Winning Big Literary Prizes to learn about one writer's trick to improve his writing and start enjoying literature.

The trick to writing a query letter? Be fearless and learn to love it. Read Fearless Querying: Learning to Love the Query Letter to learn more.

For a successful example of a debut novelist's querying experience, read the newest installment of How I Got My Agent.

Poetic Asides

For this week's Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write a betrayal poem. Then join the WD Poetic Form Challenge and try out a curtal sonnet.

This week's poetry spotlight brings to the stage the Bowery Poetry Club. Learn more here.

Why do you write poetry? Check out Why I Write Poetry: J.lynn Sheridan and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.