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ABAB Poetry Contest
Deadline: Today!

Love Poem Poetry Contest
Deadline: Apr 25th

A Cold Room
Deadline: Apr 30th

What Poetry Means To Me
Deadline: Apr 30th

Non-Fiction Writing Contest
Deadline: May 5th


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Blank Verse 101
Class Begins: May 4th

Writing Short Nonfiction
Class Begins: May 5th

Start Your Novel
Class Begins: May 5th

Understanding Poetry
Class Begins: May 5th

Grammar Tips (SPAG)
Class Begins: May 5th

Rhyme and Meter in Poetry
Class Begins: May 6th

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Upcoming Contest Deadlines

ABAB Poetry Contest
Write a ABAB poem for this contest. This is a poem with a specific rhyme scheme. Read the announcement for a sample poem and the details.
Deadline: Today!

Love Poem Poetry Contest
Write a love poem. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be a humorous or a serious love poem. The choice is yours.
Deadline: Apr 25th

A Cold Room
Use this sentences in your story: There was something cold in that room. You could feel it.
Deadline: Apr 30th

What Poetry Means To Me
It's National Poetry Month. So to start off our celebration, write a poem of any type about what poetry means to you.
Deadline: Apr 30th



Contests offer a cash prize

Writing Classes

Blank Verse 101
Perfected by Shakespeare, Blank Verse is a wonderful poetic form. Often times poets will shy away from blank verse, fearing it is too hard to learn. In reality, it is no harder to learn than any other poetic form. Blank verse is a perfect medium within which to write epic, or narrative poetry, as well as landscape and emotive poetry. Often times, readers think blank verse poetry is lyrical and rhymes despite the fact that it does not.
Class Begins: May 4th

Writing Short Nonfiction
Many writers turn to more "creative" genres when they begin writing, such as poetry, short stories, and the novel. However, it is nonfiction, such as articles, feature stories, and interviews, that will sell while that completed novel languishes unread on the writer's desktop. In addition, nonfiction writers don't need agent representation while still using much of the same writing skills and creativity as a fiction writer.
Class Begins: May 5th

Start Your Novel
Why do some novels grab you from the first page while others you put aside? How do you take a seed of an idea and grow a full-blown novel from it? Learn all of the necessary skills to develop your story idea into a novel outline and write the first draft of the beginning chapters.
Class Begins: May 5th

Understanding Poetry
This course is designed for people who want to understand the basics of poetry, whether they want to become better reviewers or better poets. There will be no requirements to write poetry. Assignments are designed to appreciate and respond to poetry. We will read a wide variety of famous poets and discuss how their work illustrates the elements of poetry.
Class Begins: May 5th

Learn with the guidance of an instructor.
Four week classes are only $99.00

Upcoming Member Contest Deadlines

Divergent: Fan Fiction
Fan Fiction for Divergent, by Veronica Roth. No poetry, 800 words min. and 2000 words max.
Deadline: In 6 Days

Bounty Hunter-2
Flash Fiction: Science Fiction. word count 600min-850max. NO pictures or bad language. No author notes.
Deadline: In 6 Days

National Poetry Writing Month
Originality would be appreciated. Make it something that you find meaningful and are proud of. Also note that your entry must be submitted as a chapter in the book.
Deadline: Apr 30th

Your Toughest Challenge
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: May 5th
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