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569 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Writing Contests Tags: writing contests writing competitions writers digest
writersdigest.com — Do you want to get published? Do you want the world to know you are a winning writer? By entering one of the Writer’s Digest Writing Contests or Writing Competitions you can make these dreams come true! Writer’s Digest hosts fiction writing competitions, poetry writing competitions, short story competitions, screenwriting competitions, self-publishing competitions, creative writing contests and more. You could see your name in Writer’s Digest magazine, you could get the opportunity to meet with editors and agents, and you could win cash! Prizes vary depending on the writing competition you choose to enter. By entering and winning a Writer’s Digest Competition, you can: Get published. Your writing could be published in the pages of Writer’s Digest. Get discovered. You could have the opportunity to meet with editors and agents at the Writer’s Digest Conference. Get recognition. Winners are listed in the magazine, on our website and at the Writer’s Digest Conference. Get feedback. Experts in the writing community will judge and provide feedback on your work. Get cash. You can even win one of our cash prizes. To receive occasional updates on deadlines, when winners are announced and other writing competition or writing contest information, sign-up for the Writer’s Digest Newsletter using the field below: Self-Published eBook Awards Writer’s Digest’s newest competition, the Self-Published eBook Awards, is now closed. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published ebooks. Winners were notified by December 31, 2013. Top winners will appear in our May/June 2014 issue. All winners, including Honorable Mentions, will be posted on our website in April. Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards The Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards is now closed. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for poets. Winners were notified by December 31, 2013 and will appear in the July/August 2014 issue. Short Short Story Writing Competition The Writer’s Digest Short Short Short Story Writing Competition is now closed. The top 10 winners will be announced in the July/August 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine. The top 25 manuscript will be printed in a special competition collection*. Pre-ordered copies of the 2012 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection mailed on June 18, 2013. It is available for purchase in our shop: writersdigestshop.com. Click here to purchase Writer’s Digest 83rd Annual Writing Competition The Writer’s Digest 83rd Annual Competition is now accepting entries. Winners will be announced in the December 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine AND the winner will be announced on the cover*. Click here for details and to enter The Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards The 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards is now open. Winners will be announced in the March 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine. Click here for prizes, guidelines and to enter Writer’s Digest Science Fiction Competition We are no longer accepting entries in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Science Fiction Category. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. Learn more about the Science Fiction competition Writer’s Digest Thriller Competition The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Thriller Category is now closed. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. Learn more about the Thriller competition Writer’s Digest Young Adult Fiction Competition The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Young Adult Fiction Category is now closed. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. Learn more about the Young Adult Fiction competition Writer’s Digest Romance Competition We are no longer accepting entries in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Romance Category. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. Learn more about the Romance competition Writer’s Digest Crime Competition The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Crime Category is now closed. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. Learn more about the Crime writing competition Writer’s Digest Horror Competition The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Horror Competition is no longer accepting entries. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest. Learn more about the Horror writing competition Your Story Competition Every other month, Writer’s Digest will provide a short, open-ended prompt. Submit a short story of 750 words or fewer based on that prompt. The winner will receive publication in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest. Click here for details and to enter the Your Story Competition. 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585 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Novel Writing Tags: litlift free online novel writing software
litlift.com — LitLift is a free online novel writing application built to help you research, store, organize, write, share, and get feedback on your writing. LitLift is designed to help writers of any ability make the most of their writing. And we encourage you to share some of your work in our NEW public library. Also, we now offer NEW upgraded free feature rich text and full screen editing AND a plot line chapter and scene storyboard-like feature.
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977 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Writing Writing Contests Tags: poets & writers creative writing contests poetry contests grants contests
pw.org — Writing Contests, Grants & Awards The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere. Poets & Writers: Find Creative Writing Contests, Poetry Contests & Grants|
1046 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Writing Short Stories Tags: free online courses universities short story voice point of view character place plot pace conflict want obstacle writer's block workshop incident description publishing revelation reader writer free writing rewrite"
bit.ly — Writing and Reading Short Stories Instructor(s) Shariann Lewitt MIT Course Number 21W.755 / 21W.757 As Taught In Spring 2012 Level Undergraduate Course Description This class will focus on the craft of the short story, which we will explore through reading great short stories, writers speaking about writing, writing exercises and conducting workshops on original stories. Course Home Syllabus Readings Lecture Notes Assignments Download Course Materials Required Text Gioia, Dana, and R. S. Gwynn, eds. The Art of the Short Story. New York, NY: Pearson Longman, 2005. ISBN: 9780321363633. Lewitt, Shariann. 21W.755 Writing and Reading Short Stories,Spring 2012. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 01 Feb, 2013). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
1046 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Fiction Writing Tags: free online courses universities mit opencourseware literature fiction reading jane austen mary shelley herman melville kate chopin leo tolstoy virginia woolf nora okja keller oscar wilde prose narrative short stories novels literary response literary ana
ocw.mit.edu — Introduction to Fiction As taught in: Fall 2003 Instructors: Dr. Wyn Kelley MIT Course Number: 21L.003 Level: Undergraduate Course Description This course investigates the uses and boundaries of fiction in a range of novels and narrative styles--traditional and innovative, western and nonwestern--and raises questions about the pleasures and meanings of verbal texts in different cultures, times, and forms. Toward the end of the term, we will be particularly concerned with the relationship between art and war in a diverse selection of works. Course Home Syllabus Calendar Readings Assignments Kelley, Wyn. 21L.003 Introduction to Fiction,Fall 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 01 Feb, 2013). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA
1088 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Fiction Writing Tags: orson scott card essays on writing writing class.
hatrack.com — Orson Scott Card's essays on writing. Writing Lessons • Formatting Outlines and Manuscripts - Mar 7, 2006 • Third-Person Characters - Sep 28, 2004 • Copyrights - Apr 1, 2004 • Chapter Length - Apr 1, 2004 • Parallel Storylines - Oct 14, 2003 • A Conversation on Character - Oct 14, 2003 • Stories with Soul - Oct 13, 2003 • Naming Characters - Mar 5, 2003 • More in Naming Characters - Mar 5, 2003 • Starting a Short Story - 05 Mar 2003 • Writer's Block - 23 Sep 2002 • Classroom Writing Activities - 10 Apr 2002 • Background - How Much is Too Much - 14 Jan 2002 • Thought vs. Action - 19 Apr 2001 • Distractions from Writing - 15 Mar 2001 • Writing Spec Scripts - 15 Mar 2001 • Inventing Aliens - 15 Mar 2001 • Hot and Cold Third-Person - 15 Mar 2001 • Themes - 2 Aug 2000 • Point of View - 2 Aug 2000 • Your Inner Editor - Aug, 2 2000 • Digital Books - Aug, 2 2000 • Novel Length - Aug 2, 2000 • Plotlines and Ideas - Apr 26, 2000 • The "Maguffin" - Apr 26, 2000 • On Plagiarism, Borrowing, Resemblance, and Influence - Dec 20, 1999 • When is Conflict Good? - Oct 05, 1999 • Inventing Stories - Jan 29, 1999 • Do I need an agent? - Jan 29, 1999 • OSC Critique - Nov 17, 1998 • Beginnings - Oct 29, 1998 • Discussion of Dialogue and Style - Aug 14, 1998 • Does a Writing Career Always Mean Novels? - Jul 16, 1998 • On Rhetoric and Style - May 12, 1998
1090 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Writing Tags: the next big writer writing communit online writing workshop to receive feedback enter writing contests
ow.ly — TheNextBigWriter A Place to Make Your Writing Happen TheNextBigWriter is a dynamic, supportive private community where writers post their work to receive feedback from other writers and readers. In addition, writers can share ideas and network with one another, start building a fan-base of readers, and receive recognition and rewards - including cash prizes and publishing contracts. This all occurs within a validated password-protected (VPP) site, ensuring that the rights to each author's work are fully preserved, and creating a comfortable, professional environment. Members on the site run the spectrum from beginners to published writers and come from all parts of the world. Readers on the site have the opportunity to receive a sneak-peek at creative writing in-progress and through their feedback can participate in the process of creating TheNextBigWriter. The Next Big Writer - Post your writing and see if it makes it to the Top 10.
1135 days ago 0 comments From: Writing-Admin Categories: Software Editing Writing Tags: phrases clichés cliché counter phrases counter software
smart-edit.com — SmartEdit is an automated tool that scans your finished novel or your work in progress and highlights areas that might need closer attention. It runs six individual checks, such as highlighting words or phrases marked by you for monitoring, counting the different dialog tags you have used, counting and highlighting adverbs, and searching out over-used phrases, words and clichés. Download Now >> It's not a word processor - its sole purpose is to assist you when you edit your work, much like a grammar or spell checker. The example used in the above screenshot is The Wizard of Oz, available to download for free from The Gutenberg Library. What exactly does SmartEdit do? 1. Highlights every instance of a word or phrase you have previously told it to monitor Examples might be form which is often incorrectly typed in place of from, and is never flagged as misspelled by a spell checker, or loose and lose, two more words than often slip through when writing and editing. All instances of these words or phrases are presented to you in a list for examination, along with a short extract of the sentence for context. This sentence extract is usually sufficient to allow you to decide if there is an error that needs correcting. Double clicking will bring you to the instance in the SmartEdit window. Monitored words can be added or removed at any time by opening the Lists Dialog from the toolbar. Remember that monitored words are definable by you, and should reflect your own writing style and the common mistakes you yourself make. If you are a poor speller and a fast typist, you might decide to use it to highlight those words you most commonly misspell; if you are prone to confusing two characters' names, you might benefit from adding both names to the Monitored Words list. 2. Dialog Tag Counter The Dialog Tag Counter counts each instance of a particular tag you use in your dialog. Its purpose is to flag over use of unusual tags. Most published novels that have been run through SmartEdit show a rate of use for said to be about three times as high as any other tag, and in some cases even more. Only you can decide whether the tags you are using are suitable or a little too colourful, or whether you are using one tag too often, but unusual tags is something you might want to look at, and SmartEdit highlights them for you. As with Monitored Words, they are fully customisable. 3. Cliché Counter, Over-used Phrase and Word Frequency Counter The Cliché Counter, as the name suggest, scans your work for clichés and tells you how many of each it finds. The cliché list is not comprehensive and on occaision throws up false positives, but the numbers of clichés found is usually quite low. If it's not, you might want to look into the reasons why - maybe you are working on a novel about a man who speaks only in clichés! The Phrase and Word Counters pull off lists of phrases and words that appear again and again in your writing. The purpose of this check is to highlight those phrases and words that you might be using too often. A recent popular novel from a New York Times best selling author (which I am not going to name), had over one hundred and fifty instances of the phrase on the other hand. The book itself drove me almost crazy while reading it and it wasn't until running it through SmartEdit that I began to realise why. The Phrase and Word Counters are fully configurable. As well as being able to edit the list of words and phrases that are not included when scanning, you can specify what constitutes a repeat. For example: a phrase that occurs more than four times and contains more than three words. 4. Adverb Counter The Adverb Counter occupies the bottom of the window alongside the Monitored Word list, and is a useful method of identifying adverbs that are used too frequently, or that probably shouldn't be used at all. The list is sorted alphabetically, so you can see immediately if you are using specific adverbs too much or in the wrong places. The list is customisable, and includes most '-ly' adverbs. 5. File Types and Other Stuff SmartEdit opens and saves RTF files. Every word processor on the planet (including MS Word) has an option to save your work as an RTF file. SmartEdit will not open a DOC or DOCX file. To work with DOC or DOCX files, you must either copy and paste into the SmartEdit window, or save your file first as an RTF document. The app works with text only, so if you open an existing RTF file that contains unusual formatting such as footnotes or tables, you can expect that extra formatting to be thrashed on saving. Consider yourself warned! If you're planning to edit within SmartEdit, it's always best to use a copy of your working file rather than the one and only. The results of a scan can be saved to an external file and referenced later when you are editing your work in MS Word or some other writing software. SmartEdit itself is not a word processor, but it does allow you to save the contents of the main editor as an RTF file. SmartEdit is free (for now). Why is it free? It's an offshoot of PageFour, which contains some of its functionality. It may be expanded on in the future to include more automated editing functions, at which point I might decide to charge for it. For now, it's free, can be installed on your PC or on a thumb drive, and contains no licensing or phone home functionality. Download Now - Windows 7, Vista, XP © 2011-2012 Bad Wolf Software
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