Elegy for a Dead World

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Posted 4.17.15

Elegy for a Dead World is a creative-writing video game that explores abandoned worlds inspired by English Romantic poets Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Keats. Read more about the game's creation in "Writing an Elegy for a Dead World" by Dana Isokawa in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. The editors discuss the game in the first episode of Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast.

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PEN Announces Finalists for Literary Awards

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Posted 4.16.15 by Prize Reporter

PEN American Center announced this morning the shortlist for its annual literary awards. PEN will award over $150,000 in prize money to emerging and established writers and translators. The winners will be announced on May 13 and honored in a ceremony at the New School in New York City on June 8.

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Books in Space, Benjamin Percy's Monster Fiction, and More

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Online Only, posted 4.16.15

PEN Literary Awards shortlists announced; Vintage Books prepares for Short Story Month; report finds troubling statistics for writers of color in the U.K.; and other news.

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Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown

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Posted 4.16.15

Iowa City's Prairie Lights bookstore hosts a reading with poets Jessica Jacobs, author of Pelvis With Distance (White Pine Press, 2015), and Nickole Brown, author of Fanny Says (BOA Editions, 2015). Brown's poetry collection is featured in Page One in the May/June issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Finding Beauty

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 4.16.15 by Writing Prompter

This week, think about the things you find beautiful. Make a list of the items, structures, scents, and scenes that you find particularly appealing. Are there any entries on that list that might be considered unusual? For example, some people find the smell of gasoline pleasant or a high-voltage neon shade of pink alluring, while others are attracted to industrial architecture. Pick one of these entries and write about why you find it so beautiful.  

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Deadline Approaches for Health Affairs Poetry Contest

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Posted 4.15.15 by Prize Reporter

Submissions are currently open for the inaugural Health Affairs Narrative Matters Poetry Contest. Three prizes of $500 each and publication in Health Affairs will be given for “well-crafted poems that touch on topics related to health and health policy.” The final judges are poet Hakim Bellamy, physician and poet Serena Fox, and poet and teacher Natalie Lyalin. The winners will be announced at the end of April.

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Pretend to be Your Friend

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 4.15.15 by Writing Prompter

Do you have a buddy that also enjoys writing? This week, write something in the voice of your friend. Ask her for a particular topic to focus on, or just let your imagination run wild. It may be fun to have your friend do the same for you and swap stories once you’re both finished.  

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James Hannaham Recommends...

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Posted 4.15.15

“I’ve told my students in the past that writing is 90 percent procrastination. Very little of it involves actually sitting at a computer or scratching letters into a notebook; the thinking part comprises..."

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Colm Tóibín on Elizabeth Bishop, Little Free Library Giveaway, and More

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Online Only, posted 4.15.15

James Patterson increases U. K. donations; Game of Thrones actress buys H is for Hawk film rights; self-published author sues Lionsgate Films; and other news.

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