The Blue Nib

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Every week The Blue Nib brings you a selection of some of the best new poetry from emerging and established poets.     the thirst of a perfect July Alfred Booth I have written books on regret tattered pages of July thunderstorms making umbrellas of our merriment the rhyme to scatter crowds is clouds, big …

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Featured Poet Iris Orpi

Featured Poet Iris Orpi was born and raised in the Philippines. She’s always had two passions, writing and mathematics. She was first exposed to poetry studying the pieces written by Filipino laureates, Dr. José Rizal, Francisco Balagtas, and Amado V. Hernandez, while studying at a prestigious high school in Manila with a science-and-math-heavy curriculum. Iris …

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Free Writing Contests

Free Contests You have much to gain from entering writing contests: 1) Having a deadline forces you to finish editing, and 2) Many contests require you to write a synopsis and a pitch, both of which are essential for approaching publishing houses and/or agents. And if the contest is free, what have you got to …

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How To Read Poetry

Reading poetry well is part attitude and part technique. Curiosity is a useful attitude, especially when it’s free of preconceived ideas about what poetry is or should be. Effective technique directs your curiosity into asking questions, drawing you into a conversation with the poem. The goal of careful reading is often to take up a …

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Writing An Author Bio 101

1. Keep your bio short Your author bio isn’t the place to tell your whole life story. 250 words is a good starting place. Once you’ve got that version firmed up, you can create a slightly longer version for PR purposes, or cut it down to 50 or 100 words for other uses such as contributor …

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