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

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.

A Thief in the Market

A Thief in the Market

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone is stealing from small business owners.

Auguries and Alchemy Pamona Sparrow

Auguries and Alchemy: Starting a New Publishing Company

Publisher Pamona Sparrow shares what inspired her to start her new publishing company, Auguries and Alchemy, and how to submit to your own magical stories.

Roselle Lim: On Resting in the Writing Process

Roselle Lim: On Resting in the Writing Process

Author Roselle Lim discusses the joys of getting older in her new novel, Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club.

How To Write and Research a Local History Book

How To Write and Research a Local History Book

Let award-winning writer Jennifer Boresz Engelking help you uncover local mysteries and put the puzzle pieces together when writing and researching a local history book.

From Script

Vulnerability as an Asset (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with Netflix’s acclaimed mini-series “Keep Breathing” creators Martin Gero and Brendan Gall, and BounceTV’s “Johnson” creator and star Deji LaRay.

Michael J. Seidlinger: On Asking Questions in Horror

Michael J. Seidlinger: On Asking Questions in Horror

Author Michael J. Seidlinger discusses the writing process of his new literary horror novel, Anybody Home?

10 Tips for Building a Realistic and Vibrant Fictional World

10 Tips for Building a Realistic and Vibrant Fictional World

World-building of any kind can seem like a daunting task. Here, author Nalini Singh shares 10 tips for building a realistic and vibrant fictional world.

Adalyn Grace: On Writing for Escape

Adalyn Grace: On Writing for Escape

New York Times bestselling author Adalyn Grace discusses combining her favorite genres into her new YA fantasy novel, Belladonna.

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WD Presents: Our September/October Cover Reveal, a Competition Deadline Reminder, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce our September/October 2022 cover, a competition deadline reminder, and more!