Saturday, March 21, 2009

Minimalist Madness

In a time of fantasy tomes that reach the 700-800 page mark and the collected works/omnibus sensation, it's refreshing to see exercises in brevity. (Not that I don't love me some epic wizard adventures). Since Poetry Month is almost upon us, here are some contests that might inspire you to write...and don't forget to have anyone you know from 5 to 13 years of age submit their masterpieces to our art and writing contest!

Powell's Books, an incredible source for reviews and new and used books (they were selling books online in the pre-Amazon days!), is teaming up with SMITH magazine to garner mini-autobiographies for the next book in their Six Word Memoir series. You can enter a slice-of-your-life in their Six Word Memoir contest, and potentially get published!

Online book sharing and reviewing group Goodreads hosted a Status Update Writing Contest, in which entrants were challenged to tell a story by posting each sentence, one by one, as their status, within a 24 hour period. The contest has ended, but you can still read and vote on the nominees. Or you and yours can write your own story, poem, or essay in your Facebook, Twitter (and so on) status, or on your Underwood typewriter, if that's your speed...and did I mention you can send it to us for our art and writing contest??

I will leave off trying to play your muse (and practically begging for submissions), and wish you a happy first day of Spring! Here's hoping it feels more spring-ish soon...

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