Archive for June 6th, 2016

2016 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest Entry Deadline Approaches‏

6 June 2016

2016 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest

Is Now In Its Third Month  

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the countdown to the July 23, 2016, entry deadline for this year’s contest is underway. We only have 51 days until the end of the contest.  All poets are encouraged to submit their own poems, encourage a friend or relative to submit a poem, or post a flyer where others can see it. Do not procrastinate or you could miss the deadline.

Anything you can do to make both established and budding poets of all ages aware of this exciting opportunity is appreciated.  Attached are the contest “Rules and Entry Form” and the “Contest Flyer.” 

For those of you who already have submitted your three poems or have helped us publicize the contest through posting flyers and/or posting contest information on your website, THANK YOU!!!!

If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to email contact Alan Lowe at, or call me at 916-408-1274.



1. Poets wanted! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected in each contest category.

2. The five (5) contest categories include the following: Things My Parents Taught Me, The Best Gift I Ever Received, It Happened One Night, If I Were Rich And Famous, and You Can Count On Me.

3. Poets may submit a maximum of three (3) poems. Select three (3) of the contest categories and submit one poem from each.

4. Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku, or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.

5. Poems should be typewritten and not centered (read left to right). Please use the Arial font 12-point. The title should be listed at the top of the poem and the category should be included at the top right corner of the poem. The name of the poet should not be included on the poem.

6. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. Young poets should follow the same rules as noted above. However, they should include their age, grade, and school on the Entry Form.

7. All poems must be submitted on hard copy to the address listed on the Entry Form below and must be received no later than Saturday, July 23, 2016.

8. Early submissions are appreciated. A separate Entry Form should be attached to the hard copy of each poem submitted. Duplication of the form is permitted. Questions—contact Alan Lowe at

9. The top three winners in each category will be contacted by phone. Winners will be asked to submit their poems electronically, by email attachment. Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the Voices of Lincoln event to be held from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges (Willow Room), 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. Winners also will be presented with a commemorative chapbook of the winning poems.

Click here for “Rules and Entry Form” and the “Contest Flyer.”

KEEP 13 IN PLAY: by C. Hope Clark of

6 June 2016

I cover this subject annually, and each year it seems to draw lots of appreciative emails in return.

All writers should freelance. It’s a grand way to develop a platform as well as get paid. But we often don’t know when to submit, or how many times is enough. We can become so wrapped up in waiting to hear back that we neglect pitching, too. So here’s a plan to aid you in managing the freelance writing part of your career.

Keep 13 in Play is my tool. It consists of three spreadsheets (or just lists, if you like). In essence, you switch the same information around for the three lists, but you’ll see why.

SHEET 1) – Date sent, name of article, name of publication, contact, follow-up date, notes
SHEET 2) – Name of article, name of publication, date, follow-up date, notes
SHEET 3) – Name of publication, name of articles, date, follow-up date, notes

Why the difference?

With Sheet 1, you keep up with your activity on a daily basis – measuring your work output and offering a sheet to be used for your income tax filing.

With Sheet 2, you keep up with where you continue to send any particular article. For instance, if it doesn’t work for Magazine A, you sent it to Magazine B, and when you’re rejected by Magazine B, you sent it to Magazine C. You monitor where an article is at any time.

With Sheet 3, you keep up with markets. This way you don’t accidentally pitch the same piece to the same market. It also shows you over time the types of articles certain publications appreciate.

This system keeps you streamlined and organized, which should raise your acceptance rate. So what’s the 13 mean? Frankly, you can pick whatever number you desire. I use 13 just so I can stare the unlucky number in the eye in defiance, but you can use 10, 25, or whatever you prefer. While those numbers seem high, they are not. You’ll never be accepted for all 13 at once, but still, if you are, that’s just plain marvelous.

Your goal is to perpetually keep 13 in play. Your number drop to 12 because of an acceptance or rejection? Stop and pitch to maintain that 13. Keep 13 queries in play . . . always. You’ll soon learn to forget the list until someone responds, and then you instantly refill it to 13. It becomes all about the pitching, not the looking back and waiting for a reply.

~By C. Hope Clark, an author and editor at:

Live free and Write: A New Hampshire Getaway for Writers

6 June 2016


Murphy Writing of Stockton University Presents
August 14-19, 2016, Dexter’s Inn, Sunapee, NH

Join us in New Hampshire for a supportive writing retreat. Spend a week working on your memoir or poetry chapbook. Enjoy the refreshing New England summer with plentiful writing time, encouraging workshops, homemade meals and time to relax. Scholarships available.

Workshops include: “Reimagining Memoir” with Mimi Schwartz and “Poetry Chapbook Workshop” with Lois Marie Harrod; retreat hosted by Peter Murphy.

“I’ve never done an overnight writing retreat before and was amazed at how much writing happened just being away from home. The atmosphere was perfect: open, honest, sincere and so encouraging. Definitely worth the money, the drive and the time!” — Anne, Belmont, MA

Register by July 1 and save: