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Does Spending Dollars on Contests Make Sense?

by Darlene Cah I learned (or perhaps, just came to accept) later in life that I’m competitive. Yeah, I like to compete, like to do my best, like to win. When I was in high school I entered art contests. As an adult, I showed my horse. So when I turned my efforts to writing […]

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Submit to Contests–Or How Submitting to Literary Contests Is Better than Playing the Lottery by Brad Windhauser

Submit to Contests–Or How Submitting to Literary Contests Is Better than Playing the Lottery by Brad Windhauser Playing the lottery is a complete waste of time. The odds are so clearly stacked against you that you might as well hand your money to a homeless person—at least then it can do some good. However, if […]

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Contest Caveats: Tips to Keep You From Tilting at Windmills

As February marches inexorably toward the lions and lambs of March, we approach that time of year in which our honest and earnest Año Nuevo resolutions hit a wall and one of two things happens: we abandon our best intentions or, less often, we somehow find the strength to buckle down and redouble our efforts […]

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Entering Screenplays In Competitions – A Look Back

by Jennie Jarvis This month on 5writers.com, we are looking at the importance of using screenplays to elevate your career. When I first posted my blog, “Make them Say ‘Yes!’ Unless They Won’t” last January, I addressed a lot about submitting to contests and fellowships. Therefore, as a bit of  throwback, I’m reposting the blog […]

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Special Edition: Building A Better Conference Proposal

By Jennie Jarvis This year marks my first year as the Faculty Chairperson for the Florida Writer’s Association Annual Conference. This means I get the honor and responsibility of selecting the formal programming and faculty for FWA’s largest event of the year. In 2014, the conference will take place Thursday October 23rd – Sunday, October […]

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Knowing When to Start a New Project: The Agent’s Perspective by Jennie Goloboy

As you have probably already guessed, this month at 5writers.com, we focused on the theme “Knowing When To Start A New Project.” We all had our ideas on this topic, but one thing we couldn’t answer is this: What advice does an agent have on this topic? To answer the question, we turned to “the […]

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A-Listers and B-Sides: When to Abandon Your Poems

by Ron Hayes The late French poet Paul Valery (1871-1945) is credited with having said, “A poem is never finished, only abandoned,” which, in my experience, is about as profound a concept as I can find. I think it’s true, art—and writing in particular—is often abandoned rather than completed, and regardless of whether it was […]

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The Performance or The Page? Poetry’s Great Schism

by Ron Hayes In the month or so since my last post, I had the pleasure of hosting a poetry reading to close out the local poetry contest I’d run over the summer. I invited all those who had entered a poem in the contest to come and read poem they’d entered along with one […]

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Voice Lessons

To those of you who have ever spent time in a high school English class, I’ll lay odds that you can recognize, “Once upon a midnight dreary,” or “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.” Yes, Poe and Frost, two of America’s most anthologized and over-exemplified poets, are easily recognizable by anyone with even a […]

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It’s Not the Words You Use But How You Use Them

It’s Not the Words You Use But How You Use Them by Brad Windhauser I discovered Miles Davis when I took “The History of Rock and Roll” my freshman year (and only semester) at Cal State Northridge.  We were studying the roots of rock and my professor played us Bitches Brew.  He talked us through […]

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