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Writing Contests

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Are you an aspiring writer?

Whether its poetry, short stories, blogs, or news writing, check out some of these resources for writers:

"Ultimately, the point of learning about revision is to learn how to help our writing match more accurately what's in our hearts." --Georgia Heard, The Revision Toolbox


  • Writing Toward Home: Tales and Lessons to Find Your Way by Georgia Heard is a beautiful reflection on the writing life and the process of finding home and voice in one's writing. Each chapter ends with a prompt to get you writing.
  • The Writing Life is Annie Dillard's reflection on the life and power of the writer. Known for her nature writing (notably Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), Annie Dillard's insights into writing are poignant and meaningful.
  • Poemcrazy by Susan G. Wooldridge is a wonderful resource for poetry writers, filled with reflections on writing and writing ideas for your own poetry.
  • The Market Guide for Young Writers, a book written by Kathy Henderson, includes market and contest listings as well as a section profiling nine published writers between the ages of 9 and 18. Also included are a glossary ("Words Writers Use"), an encouraging chapter on getting started, and a list of "Answers to Questions Young Writers Ask Most."
  • The Teachers and Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms is edited by Ron Padgett and is not only a wonderful resource regarding the various forms of poetry, but can also be used as a way to broaden your own writing style. Use it as a handbook of ideas.
  • The Norton Anthology of Poetry has been in print for many years and the latest is the fifth edition. Although this is an expensive text to buy brand new, there are many, many used bookstores that sell older, used editions. You can easily find this resource for under $10, and it is a must have for any poetry lover.

"We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to." --W. Somerset Maugham


  • The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing (http://nutsandbolts.washcoll.edu/) is a website and book put together by Professor Michael Harvey. Use the menu across the top of the page to find many great resources designed to help young writers with the thinking, style, structure, evidence, and mechanics of writing.
  • Advice to Novice Writers (http://www.rimbaud.org.uk/aaipg2.html) is a web page put together by Mr. Dee Rimbaud that is filled with advice about how to submit your writing for publication. A great deal of excellent advice for new writers.
  • The AA Independent Press Guide (http://www.rimbaud.org.uk/0001b.usamag.htm) is a listing of over 2,000 reputable American literary magazines and their submission guidelines. If you are interested in publishing your poetry or short stories, this is an amazing resource.

 "We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand." -C. Day Lewis




"It isn't success after all, is it, if it isn't an expression of your deepest energies?" -Marilyn French


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