Poetry Contest Winners!

Poetry Contest Winners! Many thanks to everyone who entered the St. Paddy’s Day haiku contest. The entries were lots of fun! Click here to read all the poems entered. UPDATE: The votes are in and Ellen Weeren is the winner! Congrats Ellen. And thanks everyone for participating.      The Winning Haiku: Why do I have to Write a haiku to talk with you? Can’t I just call? ~Ellen Weeren   Honorable mentions [GREEN] The color of my jealousy of the winner of today’s contest ~Jackie Sommers   Ah, the writer’s life. Type, backspace, think, FLASH, Yes! (Hours) “Honey! Come to bed!” ~Michael Seese   It is not funny. If you could not sleep. Thinking 5-7-5 ~Kenny Yao   Busy writing thoughts. Dog sleeping upon my feet, farting quietly. ~Carole Anderson   Poetry is lame I am...
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17 Syllables

17 Syllables You remember pop quizzes in high school, right? So today we’re having a pop contest. St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and some people celebrate with parades and green beer. Here on my blog, we’re going to celebrate by writing haiku. Yep, you heard me. Haiku. You know, 3 lines: 5 syllables 7 syllables 5 syllables. Here’s the contest: → Write a haiku either about the writing life, or about St. Paddy’s Day. Or about whatever you want. → Submit your entry in the comments to THIS post. → ONE entry per person. UNLESS you make me laugh! → Deadline is this SUNDAY, March 18th, 11:59pm ET. → Books & Such clients can enter but are not eligible for the prize. → I’ll announce finalists next week. Maybe we’ll put the final winner to a vote. →...
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Announcing the Winner of our Joke Contest

Announcing the Winner of our Joke Contest Here are a bunch of my favorite entries from my post on Friday. How many agents does it take to screw in a light bulb? From Sra: 42 From Nancy Kimball: None. If the agent is having to change the lightbulbs, I need to be querying someone else. From Julie Nilson: The agent doesn’t *change* it. She gently suggests revisions to the light bulb. From Kathryn Elliott: Did you fire the interns? From Marion: None.The lightbulb got rejected.(At least it didn’t get screwed.) From Michael Seese: Only one. The problem is, the publisher asks her to change it again. And again. And again… From Amanda Jeanette: Just one. But it can take her months with all the different lightbulbs people dump on her desk on a daily basis: the incandescents she likes but lack a crucial component, the fluorescents...
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The Worst Storyline Ever Contest

The Worst Storyline Ever Contest Guest Blogger: Chuck Sambuchino To celebrate the release of the brand-new 2012 Guide to Literary Agents, I am bringing back one of my most popular recurring contests: The “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest. Except this time, it’s hosted on Rachelle’s blog. So if you’re looking for an agent and want a big database, check out the book. And if you’ve got a horrible idea for a story, I want to hear about it. Welcome to the “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest—a competition that encourages terrible loglines. “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest A logline is a one-sentence line that explains what your story is about and shows the “hook” – the unique idea that makes people want to see more. You see loglines all the time on the back of DVD boxes. Here are some examples: “Three...
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Poetry Contest Winners!

Thanks to the 100 people who contributed poems in Friday’s contest! They were all very entertaining and it was difficult to narrow it down. First, let’s start with some honorable mentions. In no particular order… Best Concise Overview of Publishing:Glynis No thank you, thank you no,We enjoyed the giggle,Now off you go. Best Brief Rejection Letter:Amber Skye The plot is pointless.And the writing is banal.Wish you success though! Best Overview of Last Week’s Blog Posts:Chelsea L Difficult Conversation Number Five Your prose shows loads of promise, but it needs an overhaul.Checking out your website, I suspect the text’s too small. Your characters impress me, but the structure’s off the mark.I’m not exactly sold, although I see a teeny spark. Your writing is...
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