April & May 2018 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests]

Rachel Poli’s April/May 2018 Writing Contests are out. Thanks so much Rachel. We really appreciate your hard work!

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April & May 2018 Writing Submissions | Writing Contests | Creative Writing | RachelPoli.com

April 2018

Genre: Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Entry Fee: $2
Prize: First – $700

Genre: Very short fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Entry Fee: $16
Prize: First – $2,000

Genre: Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2018
Entry Fee: $21
Prize: First – $3,000

May 2018

Genre: Any
Theme: N/A
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: May 4, 2018 (early-bird deadline)
Entry Fee: $20 for poetry, $30 for manuscript
Prize: Grand prize – $5,000

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Nonfiction
Theme: N/A
Website: The Boiler Journal
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Publication on site

Genre: Poetry or Flash Fiction
Theme: Moon
Website: The A3 Review
Deadline: May 26, 2018
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: First – $220

Genre: Essay, poetry, fiction, or flash fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Five Points
Deadline: May 30, 2018
Entry Fee: $3

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How To Create Graphics For Your Blog Posts [Blogging]

Rachel Poli tells us how to create graphics for our blog posts. Thanks for your great work Rachel.

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If you’ve been blogging for a while, or even if you just recently started, I’m sure you’ve heard people say that having a graphic or two on your blog post will allow more traffic to flow through.

People enjoy looking at pictures and it also entices them to read your post. Twitter is a place where Tweets are more likely to get clicked on if there’s a picture. Also, if you have a picture or two on your blog post, you can put it on Pinterest and that’s a huge traffic booster for some.

How to create awesome blog graphics | Blogging | How to blog | RachelPoli.com

Where Do You Get Your Pictures From?

There are three major ways you can get photos and get them legally for your blog.

Use a generic background

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Blogging Tools That Really Support You And Your Blog [Blogging]

Check out this post from Rachel Poli. She tells you what tools you need to become and stay a successful blogger. Thank you Rachel.

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One thing I never knew about blogging when I first started was how time-consuming and how much hard work needed to be put into it.

When you first start blogging, you pretty much start off with nothing. It’s just you, your computer, and WordPress. You don’t know what to write about, you don’t even seem to have anyone listening. Not right away, at least.

You don’t need anything to start blogging. All you need is a few ideas and your will to get started and continue.

Still, the more you blog, the more you connect with other bloggers, and the more you research, you learn a lot. You realize there’s a lot out there to aid in your blogging.

Is it…

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February & March 2018 Writing Submissions

Thanks so much Rachel Poli, for providing us with the February & March Writing Submissions.

Rachel Poli

2018 February and March writing submissions | writing contests | creative writing | RachelPoli.com

February 2018

Genre: Flash Memoir (17 words)
Theme: The year 2017
Website: Gotham Writers
Deadline: February 19, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Story published on website

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: The Best Advice I Ever Heard
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

Genre: Short Story (New writers only!)
Theme: N/A
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Poetry or Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Dream Quest One
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Entry Fee: $5 (poem) | $10 (fiction)
Prize: First for Poetry – $250 | First for fiction – $500

LitMag Fiction print submissions and online submissions open on February 1, 2018.

March 2018

Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, or poetry
Theme: N/A
Website: Mud Season Review
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $50

Genre: Poetry
Theme: Food
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15, 2018

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Character Basics: Physical Appearance [Character Development]

Another great post by Rachel Poli: describe your character’s physical appearance!

 

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We’re all unique from one another, we all look and appear differently. Yes, people have identical twins or doppelgangers hanging around in other parts of the world, but we’re all made up differently.

Our appearance ranges from different hairstyles, body size and shape, the clothes we wear, and much more. There’s a lot to think about when you’re trying to paint a picture of multiple people in your stories for your readers.

How to describe your characters' physical appearance | Character development | Creating fictional characters | RachelPoli.com

Features To Think About

  • Height and weight
  • Body type
  • Eyes/eyebrows (shape, color)
  • Hair (style, length, color)
  • Skin (looks, feels, color)
  • Face (shape, facial hair)
  • Nose/ears
  • Mouth/teeth
  • Arms/hands
  • Legs/feet
  • Distinguishing features (makeup, scars, freckles, etc.)
  • Clothing style

When creating your character, it’s good for you to know most, if not all, of these features. Of course, your readers don’t need every nitty-gritty detail. I mean, you don’t typically describe your characters’ eyebrows, do you?

No, but if you want to…

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Character Basics: Choosing A Name [Character Development]

I love this post by Rachel Poli about choosing a name for your character.

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What’s one of the first things you do to create your character? You come up with a name.

Well… Sometimes it’s difficult and I’ll admit I’ll throw in a random name and keep it bolded until I change it later.

For the sake of this post, we’re going to pretend the first thing we always do is name our characters.

A name is the most important thing you can give to your characters. It’s their identity and it separates them from everyone else inside the story and outside. Give them a name your readers will remember and appreciate. When you hear the name Harry Potter, you instantly know who I’m talking about, right?

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ALERT: Copyright Infringement by “Internet Archive.”

A very important blog post about copyright infringement by Internet Archive. It should be read by all authors. Thank you, Virginia.

Just Can't Help Writing

Do you have hard-copy books out, in or out of print? See this notice from Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has issued an alert on copyright infringement by the Internet Archive. Other professional writers’ groups taking notice include the UK’s Society of Authors, which has posted an alert on its website, and the USA’s Authors Guild and National Writers Union, which have alerted their members.

Strauss posts the full notice from SFWA. What’s more, SFWA will generate a “takedown notice” for you that you can immediately email if your book is included on the offending site.

You can search the site easily to see if any of your titles are involved. I found that searching for a character’s name within the book text generated the best response.

Illegal copy of King of the Roses on Internet Archive

Possibly you may not be concerned at having a pirated version of your book…

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