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October 15, 2011

For Writers - Contests and Resources

Few things are more gratifying than seeing your name - or the names of any of your students...

...in a publication whether in print or online.

Submitting a piece of writing for publication takes nerve - and determination - and a tough skin when it comes to rejection or criticism.

As much as I hate rejection - or just plain neglect - from someone I want to write for, and sometimes, even many times, I just want to give up, I also know that the more I stick to it, the better my writing will be. And sometimes, I even have to acknowledge that it was good that I was rejected that particular time. After all, how many of us have see a piece of our writing that makes a cringe a year or two later?

Here are some key principles of writing for publication:

1. Rejection is a near certainty.
2. You have to write badly and clumsily before you write well.
3. You won't be published if you don't submit.
4. You can't improve without writing badly a lot.
5. You can't publish without being rejected - many times

The key principle of writing - or pursuing anything you love is very simple: don't give up.

With writing, or anything else you value, keep these guidelines in mind:

1. Practice daily.
2. Seek feedback.
3. Identify your areas of weakness.
4. Overcome your weaknesses.
5.I will accept rejection as a step forward.
6. I will repeat until I succeed.

In that spirit, here are some writing contests for you -

The 10th Annual FundsforWriters Essay Contest seeks nonfictionsubmissions. First prize $400. Five additional cash prizes.Zero entry fee and $5 entry fee categories. Theme: Diligence.Limit 750 words. Email submissions only.
Guidelines at www.fundsforwriters.com/annualcontest.htm

If you are considering some online writing programs, here's a great place to start - http://education-portal.com/articles/10_Universities_Offering_Free_Writing_Courses_Online.html. The web site lists free, online,non-credit courses available from universities. Courses range
from fiction through poetry to technical writing.

If you or your class always wanted to write a situation comedy, check out a specialty course in a new area such as Sitcom Writing from Anne Arundel Community College. Most courses at AACC run $98
but go up to $125 for Teaching Writing. For more information,e-mail ponolton@aacc.edu.

Earn a certificate in creative writing by taking any 5 online courses through St. Louis University in 2012. Courses include:Literary Studies; Memoir; Short Fiction; Creative Writing:Fiction; Business and Professional Writing; Novel Writing;Poetry. Individual courses run $300.

The University of Richmond's Continuing Studies department lists six writing and communication courses from Boosting Your Web SiteTraffic to Marketing with Social Media for $195 each.

If you have writing or any other art to share, be sure to look into the VINGT PARIS RESIDENCIES http://www.vingtparismagazine.com/vingt-paris-presents.html.

The project will host a number of residencies per year, each of a one-month duration, and each taking place in a different apartment in one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris. A residency period is concluded with an event/presentation by the artist, as well as a small publication. Furthermore the artist willbe featured in VINGT Paris Magazine. The residency is open to artists working in all mediums, be it drawing, installation, photography, video, sculpture, painting, performance, writing or other.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at October 15, 2011 02:48 PM


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