Welcome to the Champlain Writer’s newsletter! Each edition features a new selection of places to submit, tools for writers, and prompts (for those suffering from the dreaded writer’s block). Check out the upcoming events to see what’s happening on or around campus.
Where Can I Submit My Work?
Some of the featured magazines accept genres other than what they’re listed under. Check out their full submissions guidelines to see all of the options. Be sure, when submitting, that you carefully read through the submissions guidelines, as well. Many literary magazines are strict about submission format.
Not what you’re looking for? No sweat! Check out Poets & Writers list of literary magazines to find one that’s a good fit for you.
Tools For Writers
- Why Writer’s Block Isn’t Real, And 5 Ways To Get Around It: Author Grace Safford discusses her opinion and experience with writer’s block, attributing it to more of an excuse than an actual problem.
- 10 Top Writing Tips and the Psychology Behind Them: Ever wondered what writing tips actually work? Check out this list. The author explains why each tip matters, why you do the things you shouldn’t, and how you can fix them.
- Why We Write: Four Reasons: Joe Bunting gives us four reasons why we may write, including writing “to make a name for ourselves.” As you read, consider why you write. Do any of these reasons apply to you, or did Bunting miss the mark completely?
Writing: As Told by Published Authors
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
–Edgar Rice Burroughs
I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.
People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.
Current Writing Contests
Because we can’t feature every single contest, here’s a more complete list for you to take a look at. This site lists deadlines and provides links to submission guidelines.
- Four Line Poem: The poem may be on any subject, but must follow a 1/5/5/9 syllable count. Winner will receive a $100 cash prize. Entry fee is $10. Deadline for submissions is February 21, 2017.
- The 2017 Gulf Coast Prizes: The Gulf Coast is currently seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions for their 2017 prizes. The grand prize winner of each genre will receive $1,500. Entry fee is $23. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017.
- Annual Writing Competition: Writer’s Digest’s 86th annual writing competition is now open for submissions! Choose from any of nine available categories. Grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash and an interview with Writer’s Digest. Deadline for submissions is May 5, 2017.
This Week’s Prompts
You’re scouring through books on a public library shelf, looking for one or two to take home and read over the weekend. On the bottom shelf, you see a dusty book that appears to have an intricate binding. You pull it off the shelf, never having heard of the title, and open to a page towards the end of the book. A note falls out. What does it say? (Don’t forget to give the book a name!)
Champlain College students have been writing their ideas and voicing their opinions on Odyssey since June 2016 and the Champlain Odyssey community is always looking for new voices! We welcome anyone who has an opinion to bring to the table, anyone who has a passion, anyone who wants to be heard.
What Can You Write?
Content Creators at Odyssey write about a variety of topics. Everyone has their own passions, and Odyssey is a place where you can display your voice. Check out some previous work from Champlain writers:
- Poetry On Odyssey: The Deer by Cailey Johanna
- Dublin’s Dead Zoo Is Struggling To Stay Alive by Meghan C. Neely
- Why New Yorkers Feel So Uneasy In Small Suburban Towns by Amethyst Flores
There are no events currently happening on campus.
a href=”http://www.phoenixbooks.biz/events”>Eli Clare: Brilliant Imperfection Book Launch: Join author Eli Clare to celebrate the launch of Brilliant Imperfection, his newest book that draws from memoir, history, theory, and critical analysis “to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed.” The launch will be on Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Phoenix Books in Downtown Burlington.
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