Dylan Days Poetry/Fiction Contest

If you are like most writers, you have made a resolution to submit often in 2012. Here is a contest out of Hibbing, Minnesota, that is getting national attention. It is a no fee contest (those are the kind I like the best) and the deadline is March 1. I know a few people who have won or placed in this contest. If your work is chosen, it will be a wonderful addition to your resume and you might win the $100 prize! Thank you Hope Clark for this call-out. B.J. ROLFZEN MEMORIAL DYLAN DAYS CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST http://www.dylandays.org/a/j/dylan-days/contests/creative-writing — Open Division Poetry Poems limited to 1,000 words on any subject. Contest open to all poets. Because of overwhelming interest in our small contest, limit yourself to entering your best...

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Talking Stick Call-Out

Talking Stick is accepting submissions for their next anthology. This is a beautiful Minnesota publication with cash prizes ($300 for first place and $100 for second place). If you are interested in submitting your poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction, follow the link below to read the guidelines and print the form you will need to include with your submission. The word count is 1,000 to 1,200 words, depending on the genre. http://www.jackpinewriters.com/ If you have attended one of my classes, you have probably heard me mention Talking Stick. There is no submission fee and you have a chance to win as much as $300! The submission deadline is earlier this year. You will need to get your stories or poetry in by February 20, 2012.  ...

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How to Write a Memoir

Merry Christmas! I am busy preparing for a house full of people next Saturday but wanted to take a moment to talk about writing. I have to admit that I don’t get much writing done during the holidays, but I spend a lot of time thinking about it. My best ideas often come to me while I am doing some mundane task, such as cleaning the fridge or washing pots and pans. If I am stuck on a writing or editing project, I often clean something. It’s funny how the simple repetitive motions of vacuuming or dusting can bring up some great new ideas to move ahead on a project. Another tip: The next time you need to decide where to go with your story, ask yourself what you were thinking when the event happened. Your stories need to reveal something about yourself....

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How to Write a Memoir

Memoir writers often have a problem deciding which events of their life to write about. One of the basics of writing is that characters reveal themselves under stress. Think about a time you had difficulty sleeping at night because you were worried or a time when you were nervous about a situation. These things reveal a lot about you. How you react to these stresses reveals even more. Set your timer for ten minutes and write about a time you were in a tight spot. How did you handle it? Try to think of as many details as possible. Your final version of the story may not include all of them, but the visualization of the moment will help you to write vividly. Do you bite your nails when nervous? Twirl your hair? Drum your fingers on the table? Spill it all out onto...

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