Skip to main content
Publish date:

2015 April PAD Challenge: Screening Readers

Are you ready for the 2015 April PAD Challenge? I know I am! (Check out the guidelines here.)

Poem Your Heart Out, Volume 2

Poem Your Heart Out, Volume 2

The prompts are ready. The guest judges are confirmed (check them out here). And we have a cover design for the Poem Your Heart Out, volume 2 anthology. There's just one more thing...

I enjoyed reading through every single comment last year and narrowing each day down to a finalist list for the guest judges. However, it's the one part of the process that slowed everything else. Several poets suggested using screening readers to help narrow down the poems, and many volunteered themselves.

So I've decided to put out an official call for anyone interested in volunteering to screen through a day of poems. While reading through the entire challenge is pretty epic (still not sure how I did it), handling one day is more manageable (though still a lot of reading).

If you're interested, here's what I need from you:

  • Please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Screening Reader.
  • Let me know that you're interested in being a reader for one day of the challenge, but also let me know a little about yourself.
  • Include your writing history, credits (if any), etc., but also...
  • Include your reading history: Which poets do you like to read? Name a collection or three you've really enjoyed in the past year.

I'll evaluate potential readers as I receive them, and then, we'll discuss how best to handle the reading/narrowing process.

Note: You can be a reader and participate in the challenge. I'll still be making final decisions, so I'm not concerned about a conflict of interest developing.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ending Your Story Too Soon

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ending Your Story Too Soon

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is ending your story too soon.

FightWrite™: Fight Scenes with Magic

FightWrite™: Fight Scenes With Magic

In this post, trained fighter and author Carla Hoch explores the process of writing fight scenes with magic—how to make the unbelievable believable, how limitations bring us closer to our characters, and more.

Invoice Template for Freelance Writers

Invoice Template for Freelance Writers

If you're a freelance writer who is able to secure assignments, an essential tool you'll need is an invoice. In this post, Writer's Digest Senior Editor Robert Lee Brewer shares a very basic and easy invoice template for freelance writers to get the job done (and get paid).

3 Things Being a Broadway Wig Master Taught Me About Storytelling

3 Things Being a Broadway Wig Master Taught Me About Storytelling

A career behind the curtain helped Amy Neswald in creating her own stories. Here, the author shares 3 things being a broadway wig master taught her about storytelling.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Out of Control

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Out of Control

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let things get a little out of control.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 14th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.

NaNoWriMo’s Over … Now What?

NaNoWriMo’s Over … Now What?

After an intense writing challenge, you might feel a little lost. Here are some tips from Managing Editor and fellow Wrimo Moriah Richard for capitalizing on your momentum.

Ian Douglas: On Telling the Truth in Science Fiction

Ian Douglas: On Telling the Truth in Science Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Ian Douglas discusses how he incorporated implausible conspiracy theories to uncover the truth in his new science fiction novel, Alien Hostiles.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 589

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a yesterday poem.