Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 417

After a month of daily poeming, welcome back to the Wednesday Poetry Prompts! Recently, Dictionary.com dubbed “complicit” the word of the year for 2017. And sometimes, that’s all it takes to prompt a poetry prompt.

For today’s prompt, write a complicit poem. For those who are unsure, complicit is an adjective that basically defines a person who helps commit a crime or some other form of bad activity.

Also, I know I probably don’t need to say it, but here it goes: Let’s all try our best to poem nicely.

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Here’s my attempt at a Complicit Poem:

“Glossing”

Of all the times I let it slide,
the final glossing was the worst.
With each false move, you know, I tried
to say, “This time, I’ll let it slide,
but only once,” because my side,
I felt, needed to finish first.
And every time I let it slide,
the final glossing was the worst.

The other side was after us;
this much each and everyone knew–
so, of course, there was little trust,
with the other side after us,
and their lies were superfluous,
because they failed to trust us too.
The other side was after us;
this much each and everyone knew!

And so we took each other’s eyes
before removing all our teeth–
for we grew tired of hearing lies.
And so we took each other’s eyes
when unable to feign surprise
or find a rock to hide beneath.
And so we took each other’s eyes
before removing all our teeth

for all the times I let it slide–
the final glossing was the worst.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Over the years, he’s discovered that for every “side” there is one or more other “sides,” and that they often get along nicely when they leave their “sides” at home and act like human beings with each other.

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30 Poetry Prompts for the 2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge!

For some reason, I’ve never really thought of collecting all the poetry prompts for these November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenges. That changes today!

Find all 30 prompts for all 30 days of the November challenge below. I will link each day back to the original post with a super concise prompt. Just click the link if you need more guidance or ideas on how to come at the prompt.

Happy poeming!

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30 Poetry Prompts for the 2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge!

Day 1: New Day Poem
Day 2: Disguise Poem
Day 3: Triangle Poem
Day 4: “Whosoever (blank)” Poem
Day 5: Self-Destruct Poem

Day 6: Praise Poem
Day 7: Days of the Week and/or Days of the Weak Poem
Day 8: Thing Poem
Day 9: “(blank) if (blank)” Poem
Day 10: Going Somewhere Poem

Day 11: Unlucky Poem
Day 12: Transformative Poem
Day 13: City Title Poem
Day 14: Sonnet and/or Anti-sonnet Poem
Day 15: “Stranger (blank)” Poem

Day 16: Poem to World
Day 17: What I Meant to Say Poem
Day 18: Good for Nothing Poem
Day 19: Abundant Poem
Day 20: What I Learned Poem

Day 21: Construction and/or Deconstruction Poem
Day 22: “(blank) Day” Poem
Day 23: Preface Poem
Day 24: How I’ll Be Remembered Poem
Day 25: Remix Poem

Day 26: Shine Poem
Day 27: “(blank) of (blank)” Poem
Day 28: Love and/or Anti-Love Poem
Day 29: Response Poem
Day 30: Back in the Day Poem

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

He just completed his 10th November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge and 20th poem-a-day challenge. Join him for his 21st such challenge on April 1, 2018.

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Ruth Emmie Lang

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” (this installment written by Ruth Emmie Lang, author of BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE) is a recurring column where writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction, as well as how they got their literary agent—by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning.

1. Don’t Write to Sell

A few years before I wrote Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, I went through this phase of writing screenplays I thought I could sell. What resulted were several unfinished, unsalable, very unfunny scripts that now live in a folder on my computer titled What Was I Thinking? These stories are terrible for many reasons, but the fatal flaw they all had in common was that I wrote them for someone else. I didn’t care about the characters or their stories. I was just writing what I thought other people would like, and I failed miserably. Once I put these hackneyed projects to bed, I started writing a story just for the fun of it. I had no agenda, no audience in mind other than myself. That story would eventually become my debut novel.

2. Let Other People Read Your Work

Sometimes we get so close to what we’re writing, that we can’t see its flaws. We think that writing a chapter entirely in hashtags is the cleverest thing ever until our friend tells us it gave her a headache. After a day of nursing our wounded egos, we realize that our friend was probably right, and we start over. My husband has always been my first line of defense in the editing process. He’s rescued me from countless bad ideas and has made the good ones even stronger. We don’t always agree, but I trust his opinion, and my writing is stronger for it. It can be scary, sharing your work with other people. As writers, we like to hunker down in the echo chambers of our own imaginations. We are protective of our stories. We don’t want them (or us) to get hurt. Take it from someone whose feelings have been hurt a lot: constructive feedback builds character, both for the writer and her work.

3. Rejection Isn’t That Bad (Once You Get Used to It)

The first time you are rejected by an agent, an editor, or a literary magazine, it can feel like a harbinger of complete and utter failure, like there is some omniscient literary deity who has determined that your career is dead on arrival. I’m happy to report that this is not necessarily the case. Sure, it stung at first, but over time, the rejection letters began to feel like ordinary junk mail. I’d throw them in a pile with credit card offers and pizza coupons, and move on. After my first full manuscript request from an agent, I realized that rejection wasn’t necessarily indicative of the quality of my work. I began to think of my book as a puzzle piece. There was one exact spot where it belonged, but I wouldn’t find it right away. I’d have to try it out in a few different places first—even try to force it somewhere it didn’t belong– until finally finding the right fit.


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4. Specificity is Your Friend

One of my creative writing professors in college used to drill this idea into my brain. Ever since, be specific has become a mantra of sorts for me. When I’m writing a scene, I try to avoid generalities. Instead, I home in on a small detail, something seemingly inconsequential, and give it more significance. For example, I recently wrote a short story in which a girl finds out her mom is being released from prison. When she discovers the news, she is peeling an orange, and the acid from the juice stings the skin under her thumbnail. It’s a small action, but I think it adds to the tension in the scene. That being said, I think it’s easy for us as writers to overindulge in the details. I usually opt for a less is more approach. One or two tightly-worded sentences can often do the work of five or six circuitous ones.

5. Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

One of my fears before publishing Beasts was that I wouldn’t be taken seriously as a writer. I was worried that because my book is whimsical and silly in places (see: a pig with a horn on its forehead) that I didn’t belong on the same shelves as more serious works of fiction. I thought being a writer meant brooding in coffee shops or hitchhiking across the country with nothing but a notepad and five dollars in your pocket. It wasn’t until I embraced the fact that I had written an unashamedly “feel good” book that I began to relax. After Beasts was released, I started receiving messages from people telling me that they’d had a rough week and my book had made them feel better. I recently went through a very rough patch myself, and books helped me through that time, so to know that something I wrote has had that effect on other poeple means a lot.

6. Be Your Own Casting Director

Sometimes I have trouble finding the voice of a particular character. For whatever reason, they just don’t jump off the page like they should, or they have qualities I don’t like and want to rethink. This is where casting comes in. I close my eyes and imagine my story as a movie. What actor could play the character in question? Better yet, which three actors? Then I “audition” them. I read over what I’ve written so far in the voice of each actor. Not literally –I’m terrible at impressions– but I can hear them in my head, see their expressions. From this point on, the character takes on a whole new life. Dialogue is easier to write, as are idiosyncrasies. The character’s motives become sharper, their emotions more authentic, because I can now put a face to a name. Many times, however, I’ll find that the deeper I get into the story, the less I imagine the actor I chose in the role. As the character himself fleshes out, I don’t need an actor to fill in the gaps. Casting the character was just a tool to help me figure out who the character really is. So, I thank Bob Odenkirk, Jemaine Clement, or Kumail Nanjiani for his service, and promise to call him someday should the film-version ever be greenlit.

7. Practice Empathy

This is a good practice for life in general, but I think it also applies to writing. It’s important for me to be able to empathize with my characters, and that means putting myself in the shoes of people who have different life experiences than I do. I’m not a fan of the adage “write what you know,” at least not in the strictly literal sense. However, I do subscribe to a philosophy I’ll call “write what you feel.” As humans, we’ve all experienced heartbreak, joy, anger, loneliness, disappointment, embarrassment, etc. These feelings are universal, regardless of our background. As long as we stay true to the way an experience feels, it doesn’t matter whether the character we’re writing looks, talks, or even processes emotion the way we do. Even if I’m writing an unlikeable character, I try to find something about them I can relate to, because even though I wouldn’t act the way they would, odds are I’ve felt the way they did at some point in my life. I believe that practicing empathy not only makes us better people, but it makes us better writers, too. It’s a win-win!


Ruth Emmie Lang was born in Glasgow, Scotland and has the red hair to prove it. When she was four years old, she immigrated to Ohio where she has lived for the last 27 years. She has since lost her Scottish accent, but still has the hair. Ruth currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and dreams of someday owning a little house in the woods where she can write more books. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is her first novel.

 

 

 

 

 


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IELTS Speaking test in Iran – November 2017

Our friend M took the IELTS Speaking test in Iran and was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in India

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What subject are you studying?
– Why did you choose it?
– What is the interesting point in your field of study?
– Do you use e-mail a lot?
– When do you usually use it?
– Who do you mostly send e-mail to?
– Is it common to send e-mail in your country?
– Do you like to read magazines?
– What kind of magazines do you prefer?
– Who mostly reads magazines, younger or older people, in your opinion?
– Why is that?
– What is the positive side of reading magazines?
– What is the status of reading magazines in your community?

Cue Card

Talk about a company that employs a lot of people. Please say

– What company is it?
– How did you hear about it?
– Why does it employ so many people?

Discussion

– When is the best time to retire, in your opinion? Why?
– Do you think early retirement is good? Why?
– What is the employment rate in your country?
– What are the benefits of having a job?
– What is more important, a good salary or a good team to work in?
– What other features of a job would you consider?

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ottava Rima

Time for another WD Poetic Form Challenge–this time for the ottava rima!

Find the rules for writing ottava rima here. Popular with English poets, this Italian 10-liner looks a lot like a French form.

So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be published in Writer’s Digest magazine–as part of the Poetic Asides column. (Note: You have to log in to the site to post comments/poems; creating an account is free.)

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Challenge is free. No entry fee.
  • The winner (and sometimes a runner-up or two) will be featured in a future edition of Writer’s Digest magazine as part of the Poetic Asides column.
  • Deadline 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time) on December 31, 2017.
  • Poets can enter as many ottava rima as they wish. The more “work” you make for me the better, but remember: I’m judging on quality, not quantity.
  • All poems should be previously unpublished. If you have a specific question about your specific situation, just send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com. Or just write a new ottava rima. They’re fun to write; I promise.
  • I will only consider poems shared in the comments below. It gets too confusing for me to check other posts, go to other blogs, etc.
  • Speaking of posting, if this is your first time, your comment may not appear immediately. However, it should appear within a day (or 3–if shared on the weekend). So just hang tight, and it should appear eventually. If not, send me an e-mail at the address above.
  • Please include your name as you would like it to appear in print. If you don’t, I’ll be forced to use your user/screen name, which might be something like HaikuPrincess007 or MrLineBreaker. WD has a healthy circulation, so make it easy for me to get your byline correct.
  • Finally–and most importantly–be sure to have fun!

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5 Tips for Writing About an Established Relationship

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by R.E. Stearns 

The vast majority of stories tell us about two or more people getting to know each other, and perhaps falling in love. But then what? What are those characters like after they have been together—romantically, platonically or adversarially—for a while? Whether the relationship is healthy, codependent or even antagonistic, established relationships have a few things in common.

Characters in established relationships know each other’s habits.

They know how they take their morning beverage of choice, where they work, and what they like to do afterward. An investigator on the trail of a repeat offender they’ve caught before will know the criminal’s MO. This understanding extends to the less obvious habits, too: Characters in established relationships can accurately predict how bad news will make the other character react, and they know what form that reaction will take. Now you can skip the boring “Oh gosh, my partner is mad, how did that happen?” scenes and get straight to the good stuff.

Characters in established relationships know what they can trust each other with.

This is not the same as trusting each other implicitly. I’m going to use my current characters as examples, so I am not referencing “Characters A and B.” Adda’s been known to tell Iridian to be somewhere fifteen minutes before she actually has to be there, to make sure that Iridian arrives on time, but she knows that when she asks Iridian to go somewhere, Iridian will go. Similarly, Iridian trusts Adda to solve important problems in their lives, but not to eat, bathe or sleep while she’s working on them. When people have known each other for a while, they learn those strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly.

Characters in established relationships have fewer misunderstandings.

They know what the other character means, even if the other character’s words and actions don’t communicate their intended meaning clearly. Note that I said fewer misunderstandings. Some characters are secretive by nature, even around people they know well. And some characters carry mistaken assumptions about their partners for years, just because it’s never been a big enough deal to fight over. However, if Adda says “I’m going to plug in,” Iridian knows she’s not talking about a mobile device that needs charging, even though that’s a perfectly reasonable assumption which a stranger who overheard Adda might make.

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Characters in established relationships share a lot.

They may live together, or work together, and see each other every day. They make plans with the other character in mind, or they only make plans together. They talk about the other character in casual conversation, possibly using the possessive “my.” Some of them even share food, money, chores, pets, or children. And if they’re romantic partners, they share even more. The lives of characters in established relationships are intertwined. And that’s why…

Characters in established relationships would be devastated if something happened to one of them.

The “something,” and the devastation, can take many forms. Physical trauma and illness is extremely difficult, but usually there’s a well-established way for the healthy character to help. Partners make sure that their significant other gets medical care, and even arch rivals will absolutely notice when their nemesis is not around. Other catastrophes are tougher to handle. Disappearances, break-ups, loss of loved ones or employment… The character that isn’t suffering these things directly may not know exactly how to help. And that can cause anger, frustration, fear, depression… All the drama you need to create an excellent story.



R.E. Stearns wrote her first story on an Apple IIe computer and still kind of misses green text on a black screen. She went on to annoy all of her teachers by reading books while they lectured. Eventually she read and wrote enough to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Florida. She is hoping for an honorary doctorate. When not writing or working, R.E. Stearns reads, plays PC games, and references Internet memes in meatspace. She lives near Orlando, FL with her husband/computer engineer and a cat.


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New Literary Agent Alert: Eva Scalzo at Speilburg Literary Agency

 

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Eva Scalzo of Speilburg Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

About Eva: Eva Scalzo was born in New Jersey, but has lived in Houston, Buenos Aires, San Juan, and Boston before settling down outside of Binghamton, New York. She has a B.A. in the Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. Since graduating in 2002, she has spent her career in scholarly publishing, working for Houghton Mifflin, Blackwell Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, and Cornell University in a variety of roles.

Eva has been reading romance since the fifth grade when she discovered the Sweet Valley High series. On inheriting her grandmother’s collection of vintage Harlequin Romances, she promptly set about filling the gaps, and her goal is to someday finish reading all the treasures. Eva is looking to represent all subgenres of Romance, with the exclusion of inspirational romance, as well as Young Adult fiction.

One last fun fact: if you’ve been reading this bio and pronouncing Eva’s name with a long E sound, you’ve been saying it wrong.

She is Seeking: I want to see more romance novels where the tension is less about the relationship and more about the obstacles outside of the relationship. One of my least favorite tropes in romance is the grand gesture trope—relationships are built on trust and communication. If your characters develop and grow their relationship organically, there shouldn’t be a big misunderstanding that breaks them apart, especially if all they need to do is actually talk (and listen!) to one another.

Multicultural romance is also something I want to see more of. I support the #OwnVoices campaign to increase the diversity in Romance not just of the characters but also of its authors. As a Latina I love seeing my culture represented in the books I read, I want others to feel that way too.

As a category mainly written by women for women, I want to see strong, smart female leads. Dominant men are okay, but misogyny and sexism are not. One subcategory I struggle with is Motorcycle Club romances, because I really don’t enjoy the club above all mentality and the way they tend to treat women. Ironically, I don’t have a problem with Highland romances where one could argue the attitudes of the clans are similar to a motorcycle club, but the historical context makes a big difference here.

In Young Adult I’m open to most subcategories, but there should be strong romantic elements regardless. I’d like to see contemporary, paranormal, science fiction, mystery/suspense and fantasy, but not historical.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite Romance & YA books (listed alphabetically by author):

  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Keeper by Amy Daws
  • Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
  • Dark Notes by Pam Godwin
  • Only in My Dreams by Rowan Kirby
  • Marrying Mr. Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
  • Last Chance by Jill Marie Landis
  • Ruthless King/Defiant Queen/Sinful Empire by Meghan March
  • Her Best Worst Mistake by Sarah Mayberry
  • The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver
  • When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
  • Solo by Lauren E. Rico
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Rebel by Rebecca Yarros

How to Submit: Please send all unsolicited submissions via e-mail to: speilburgliterary@gmail.com.

In the subject line of your query email, please include “Query [AGENT’S FIRST NAME]” followed by the title of your project.

For fiction, please send the query letter and the first three chapters in the body of the email, no attachments please.


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5 Things to Consider Before Publishing Your Book

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Throughout November, thousands of writers fought the noble fight to complete a book for National Novel Writing Month. If one of those writers was you, our most sincere congratulations; you’re basically a superstar. After spending an entire month pouring everything you had into your story, we encourage you not to lose momentum and to consider prepping that book for publication. Here are some tips to make sure you set your book up for success.

1. Define Success and Commit

If you want to print your book just to have a copy of your own, just enjoy the ride. But, if you intend to turn your work into a lucrative side hustle or fulltime career, it’s necessary to understand that self-publishing your book is a legitimate option in today’s publishing industry, one that takes serious commitment. If you approach your publication with smarts and patience, your efforts are sure to pay off.

2. Proof Your Manuscript

Self-edit, revise, and then get it professionally edited. Being meticulous about the content of your book is the best way to make sure readers appreciate your story.

3. Determine Your Audience

Who’s going to read your book? No book is for everyone and the sooner you’re honest about that, the better, because knowing your audience is essential to selling books. When thinking about your target audience consider regional, social, and cultural appeal, and age and gender demographics, for starters.

4. Choose an Appropriate Trim Size and Price

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Readers are used to books in their preferred genre looking a particular way, and retailers are used to stocking books that meet industry standards. Visit your local bookstore and find the section where your book would ideally be shelved. What trim sizes do you see? How much do books like yours cost? Are they paperbacks or hardcovers? Pick a trim size and format that offers a return on your investment and seek out a mid-range price, comparable to what’s already there. Similarly, for e-books, hop online and search for books like yours and see what specs they have.

5. Get Involved

Spend time building your author platform before you publish. Your platform consists of things like your social media, author website, blog, email list, presence in your community as an active patron of your local bookstores and libraries, and participation with other authors, bloggers, and potential influencers. It’s never too soon to start, and when you begin before you publish, you’ll have a built-in audience ready and waiting when your book’s available!

6. Save on the Cost of Self-Publishing

When you’re ready to publish your book, we’re here for you. IngramSpark is designed to level the playing field for self-published authors, offering all the advantages of big-house publishing, like quality and worldwide distribution, at prices self-publishers can afford.

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IELTS test in Melbourne, Australia – November 2017 (Academic Module)

One of our friends took her IELTS test in Melbourne, Australia and remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two maps showing a village in 1995 and now. We had to spot the differences and to summarise them.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays many individuals spend more time out of their hometown. Why is it happening? What is the impact of this on a person and their family?

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Where do you live now?

– Do you live in a house or an apartment?
– Do you like your home?
– Where would you like to live in the future?
– Do you have the same routine now that you had as a child?
– Who is an important historical figure for you?
– Why do you think he/she is important?

Cue Card

Talk about a website that you use a lot and find it useful. Please say

– How did you find it?
– How often do you use it?
– Why do you like it?

Discussion

– Would you recommend it to others?
– Do you think in the future the Internet will replace teachers and schools?
– Do you think in the future e-books will replace paper books?
– Why do you think so?

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Weekly Round-Up: Writing Challenges

Every week our editors publish around 10 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.


wr_iconProve Yourself

Test your literary knowledge with Quotation Quibbles: Which Literary Villain Uttered Each of the Following Quotes?

Do you have what it takes to beat procrastination, that great enemy of writers everywhere? Yes, you do. Read Conquer Procrastination: How to Appreciate Your Writing Time to find out how.

Combining humor and horror might seem impossible, but you can do it! Check out 3 Tips for Writing Horror Comedy.

November’s End

NaNoWriMo 2017 is over—we made it! To celebrate with your fellow NaNo writers, here are 10 Great Lines from 2017 NaNoWriMo Novels.

At the end of every November comes one special day, a great yearly tradition—Giving Tuesday. In honor of Giving Tuesday (or for any day you want to donate!), here are 14 Charities for Writing & Literacy.

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Catch up on all of the prompts from this past week.

  • Day 25: Write a remix poem.
  • Day 26: Write a shine poem.
  • Day 27: Write a poem with the title “(blank) of (blank),” replacing each blank with a word or phrase of your choice.
  • Day 28: Write a love poem, or write an anti-love poem.
  • Day 29: Write a response poem.
  • Day 30: Write a “back in the day” poem.

November is over, which means you’re done with the November PAD Chapbook Challenge! What now? Check out 2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps.

Agents and Opportunities

This week’s new literary agent alert is for Cynthia Ruchti of Books & Such Management. She is seeking Christian fiction, Christian nonfiction, devotionals, Bible studies, and a few projects for children.

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