The Merry Writer Podcast Is Here! – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli announces her new “Merry Writer Podcast’. Let’s support her!


Ready or not, here we come!

I’m so excited to announce this project. This has been in the works for a few months now with my good friend, Ari Meghlen.

I had been thinking of starting a podcast for a long time. However, I faced the same problems and questions as I’m sure most people do when they want to start a new project. “What could I talk about on a podcast?” “Is this something I could handle alone on top of everything else?” “Who would want to listen to me?”

Needless to say, when Ari sent me an email asking if I’d be willing to turn The Merry Writer into a podcast, I didn’t have to think twice about it. I was beyond excited to start on a new journey and work with a dear friend on improving something we’ve already built together.

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October & November 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli has listed the current October/November writing contests for us. Thank you so much for your ongoing hard work for all of us, Rachel!


Here is the updated list for September & October 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions and contests with no fee (or on the cheaper side at least), which is surprisingly hard. As always, if you know any places that run contests and accept general submissions that are not on my list, please let me know and I’ll check it out to add it.

October 2019

Genre: Fiction
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: October 14, 2019
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: First – $2,500

 

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Laughter is the Best Medicine
Website: Chicken Soup
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

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May & June 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli provides us with the May/June 2019 writing contests. Thank you very much for all your efforts to keep us updated, Rachel.


Here is the updated list for May & June 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions and contests with no fee (or on the cheaper side at least), which is surprisingly hard. As always, if you know any places that run contests and accept general submissions that are not on my list, please let me know and I’ll check it out to add it.

May 2019

Genre: Fiction, Poetry (list of categories are on website)
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: May 6, 2019 (early-bird deadline)
Entry Fee: $20 for Poetry, $30 for manuscript
Prize: Grand – $5,000

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Forgiveness
Website: Chicken Soup
Deadline: May 30, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

June 2019

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: June 3, 2019
Entry Fee: $25 for Poetry, $35 for Manuscript
Prize: Grand – $5,000

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April & May 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli posted her 2019 April/May writing contests for us. Thank you, Rachel, for your ongoing hard work to keep us updated.


Here is the updated list for April & May 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions and contests with no fee (or on the cheaper side at least), which is surprisingly hard. As always, if you know any places that run contests and accept general submissions that are not on my list, please let me know and I’ll check it out to add it.

April 2019

Genre: Fiction
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Family Matters
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First – $2,500

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March & April 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli informs us about the March/April 2019 writing contests. Once more she took all the efforts to keep us updated. Thank you very much, Rachel!


Here is the updated list for March & April 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions and contests with no fee (or on the cheaper side at least), which is surprisingly hard. As always, if you know any places that run contests and accept general submissions that are not on my list, please let me know and I’ll check it out to add it.

March 2019

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Website: The Boiler Journal
Submissions OPEN: March 15, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Publication

Genre: Poetry
Theme: Food
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: March 15, 2019
Entry Fee: $10 per six poems ($15 for 12 poems)
Prize: First – $500

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction
Website: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Entry Fee: $26
Prize: First – $2,500

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March & April 2019 writing contests

 

Why Writing Short Stories Help You – Written By Rachel Poli

Last week I found an interesting blog post on Rachel Poli’s blog, where she explains why writing short stories helps writers. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and insight.


I didn’t start to appreciate writing short stories until fairly recently. I always viewed short stories as something “quick and easy” to write. Of course, they’re not easy to write at all. Just because they can be 5,000 words as opposed to 50,000 words doesn’t mean it’s faster or easier. Another thing I thought was that writing novels was “better” for your writing. I figured the more I write, the more I would improve. Writing one long story isn’t the only way to “write more” though.

Short Stories Help You Tighten Your Words

One great thing about short stories is that it helps you learn how to tighten your words. It’s easy to ramble and to describe something that doesn’t matter. Especially if you’re just trying to get the words down, it’s super easy to get excited about quantity over quality.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2019/02/19/why-writing-short-stories-help-you/

February & March 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Rachel Poli provides us once again with the monthly writing contests for February/March 2019 writing submissions. Thank you very much for all your efforts, Rachel!


February 2019

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Website: The Boiler Journal
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Publication

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Running for Good – and Walking too
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: $200

Genre: Flash Fiction (53 words – no more, no less!)
Theme: The high road
Website: Press 53
Deadline: February 21, 2019
Entry Fee: N/A
Prize: Publication

 

To read the entire article with all contests, go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2019/02/06/february-march-2019-writing-submissions-writing-contests/

January & February 2019 Writing Submissions [Writing Contests] – Written By Rachel Poli

Thank you, Rachel Poli, for all your hard work in the past years – and of course in 2019, to keep us updated on the current writing contests. We appreciate all your efforts!


 

As always, I whip up a blog post at the beginning of the month to share some writing contests or general submissions with deadlines for the current month and the next month. Here are some January & February 2019 writing submissions. I try to find submissions with no fee or at least a fee on the cheaper side, though that’s difficult sometimes. Regardless, if you know of any that I’ve missed, feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

January 2019

Genre: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Website: The Glass Mountain
Deadline: January 11, 2019
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $100

Genre: Short short story
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: January 14, 2019
Entry Fee: $30 (additional entries are $25 each)
Prize: First – $3,000

Genre: Fiction
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: January 15, 2019
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: First – $1,000

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2019/01/03/january-february-2019-writing-submissions-writing-contests/

 

Rachel Poli Had Me As A Guest On Her Blog Today

Thank you very much for featuring me on your blog with my interview, Rachel Poli. It was such a pleasure to be your guest!


Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Aurora Jean Alexander. I grew up in a family involved into politics and was blessed with an excellent education in several countries, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in BA. I was very lucky. I’m living by myself with three cats, working a full time job and I am a new Paranormal Romance/Fantasy author. Currently I work on a series with 13 books. My first book is close to be published.

 

How long have you been writing for?

I doubt I can tell you one particular time or even time frame when I started writing. I felt that’s what I wanted to do. Since I lack a talent in painting and drawing I had to do something with my creativity and decided that’s the way to do it.

What motivates you to write? How did you begin writing?

I’m not sure there ever was “a start”. I learned to write at the age of four and I remember developing little stories since I’m a Kindergarten kid. In school, when others complained about essays, mine were easily 6 – 10 pages long, I enjoyed it so much.

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what’s a typical day like for you?

To continue reading go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2018/12/10/meet-aurora-jean-alexander-author-author-interview/

 

How To Guard Your Writing Time – Written By Ari Meghlen

I found a guest post on Rachel Poli’s blog. Ari Meghlen writes about how to guard our writing time. Thank you very much Ari and Rachel!


Firstly, thanks so much to Rachel for inviting me onto her awesome blog and share my thoughts with all her readers.

Unless you’re a full-time writer, you will have to carve out time for your writing throughout a million and one other tasks from errands, to chores, to a job etc.

So, you need to guard your writing time and here are some simple tips to start you off:

Set a Commitment

Give yourself a commitment. Whether that’s a daily word count, a monthly scene quota or just a single deadline to complete the first draft. Write it down. Put it somewhere you can see it every day when you sit down to write. Add in a reward for yourself for when you reach that commitment.

Decide the Outcome

Knowing what you want to have done when you sit down to write will reduce delays. If you’re a plotter, keep your outline close and know what part you want to be writing that day. If you’re a pantser, decide what you want to be writing – a chapter, a scene etc.

To continue reading go to:

https://rachelpoli.com/2018/11/27/how-to-guard-your-writing-time-guest-post/