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April 10th, 2018, 09:42 PM

News and Announcements

Writing Forums fundraising update

Senior staff member Gumby, would like to give you an update on WF's fundraising effort -

Our first month of fundraising has been a great success!
Thank you to all of our members who have donated to help with the cost of running our site. We have set a monthly goal of $250 and as of now, have raised $240. You guys are great!

I want to send out a special thank you to one of our members, who, when he first heard that we were going to be fundraising, sent us a very generous donation. I won’t name names, but you know who you are! Thank you!

$10 short? There goes the staff biscuit fund! The sidebar 'fundraising thermometer' highlights the current gap between running costs and actual funding received. To make a donation or join in the discussion please click this link. (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176099-The-Elephant-in-the-Room?p=2141003&viewfull=1#post2141003)

NaPoWriMo under way

April is National Poetry Writing Month and with it the challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days.
All entries would welcome comments, and likes and lols if you must. Check them out at NaPoWriMo (https://www.writingforums.com/forums/230-NaPoWriMo).

Advice on critique

Flashes of Brilliance (https://www.flashesofbrilliance.org/) featured a very relevant podcast earlier this year.

Podcast 8: Giving and Receiving Critique (https://www.flashesofbrilliance.org/podcast-8-giving-and-receiving-critique/) - Focuses on the main reason why we're all here. It's in-depth stuff, with contributions from authors J-mag and George Potter.

Follow the link to give it a whirl - and learn how to take it, as well as give it!


'Over the land is April, over my heart a rose'

Wrote Robert Louise Stevenson. Sounding rather pleased with his new tattoo.

Challenges and Contests

Literary Manoeuvres (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176903-April-2018-Literary-Maneuvers-The-Floor-Above) is a monthly fiction challenge.
Entrants have until the 19th to post a story using the given prompt - this month, 'The Floor Above'.
The winner is decided by a panel of volunteer judges, with marks and feedback given on the basic elements of fiction.

April Challenge (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176677-April-Challenge-quot-Duplicitous-quot) is a monthly poetry challenge.
Entrants have until the 15th to post a poem using the given prompt - this month, 'Duplicitous'.
The winner is decided by a poll open to all members - if you enter, you must vote.

Non-Fiction March 2018 (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176209-Non-Fiction-March-2018?p=2142322#post2142322) is the monthly non-fiction challenge.
The challenge closes on the 27th - with judges' marks deciding the winner.

April PiP Challenge (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176733-April-2018-Pip-Challenge) is a unique monthly challenge based on poetical improvement.
After posting their poems, entrants receive feedback and revise their work accordingly, or not.
A poll open to all members decides the most improved poem.

Colours of Fiction (https://www.writingforums.com/forums/190-Colors-of-Fiction-Scene-Prompt-Challenges) tests the ability to continue or interpret a given short story.
The challenge closes on April 30th when judges will decide the winner.

For further details on these challenges, please follow the links.


'But March, forgive me -

And all those Hills you left for me to Hue
There was no purple suitable -
You took it all with you -'

Wrote the splendid Emily Dickinson, lamenting the passing of March.

But no such lamentations for our own splendid champions and contenders...

Challenge Winners and Runners-up

March Literary Manoeuvres 'Locked Inside'
First - xXx with 'Neugen Prime'
Second - MousePot with 'Locked Inside?' (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176201-March-2018-Literary-Maneuvers-Locked-Inside?p=2145364&viewfull=1#post2145364)

The March Poetry Challenge (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176593-quot-A-Touch-of-Grace-quot-Winner-s-Thread) 'A Touch of Grace'
First - Sas with 'The red wheelbarrow...' (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176166-March-Challenge-quot-A-Touch-of-Grace-quot?p=2142066&viewfull=1#post2142066)
Joint second - Chesters Daughter with 'Celestial Search and Rescue' (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176166-March-Challenge-quot-A-Touch-of-Grace-quot?p=2142619&viewfull=1#post2142619)and Gumby with 'Driver's Ed 101' (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176166-March-Challenge-quot-A-Touch-of-Grace-quot?p=2142627&viewfull=1#post2142627)

The March PiP Challenge (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176207-February-s-Pip-challenge-winner!)
First - Pelwrath with 'Midnight Service' (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176764-Pel%92s-April-2018-PIP-entry?p=2148893&viewfull=1#post2148893)

Published WF Members

Darren White with 'Intrinsic Brightness' (https://www.amazon.com/Intrinsic-Brightness-Darren-White/dp/0999372904/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521016271&sr=8-1&keywords=intrinsic+brightness) - a collection of 'poems from a survivor.'

(https://www.amazon.com/Intrinsic-Brightness-Darren-White/dp/0999372904/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521016271&sr=8-1&keywords=intrinsic+brightness)Sue C with 'Silk Thread' (https://chicagoliterati.com/2018/03/17/silk-thread-by-susan-coleman/) - a story published in Chicago Literati.

Congratulations to both of you.


The WF Author Interview (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176851-Harper-J-Cole) featured science fiction writer Harper J. Cole - Learn how she turns adversity into a literary advantage. Discover why her new book 'Subcutis' focuses on the adventures an all female space crew, and what really got her into science fiction.

Around the Forums

The Emporium (https://www.writingforums.com/forums/125-The-Emporium-Members-Published-Books) is for the promotion of books published by Veterans, Staff and Friends of WF. (https://www.writingforums.com/payments.php)
Also promoted through WF's social media platforms.
Authors may include any media device (images, videos etc) to present their work.

Poem and Story of the Month (https://www.writingforums.com/threads/176799-Poem-of-the-Month-April-2018-Nominations) is where you can nominate another member's work posted on the public forums.
The thread for April nominations is now open until 5th May. As ever, check the link for details.

Members can vote for March's Poem of the month and Story of the month until the 21st.

Poetry Hill (https://www.writingforums.com/forums/259-The-Poetry-Hill) is for those new to poetry, or simply lacking the confidence to post in the regular forums. Here, you can have your work appraised in a friendly atmosphere and receive suggestions and advice tailored to your individual style and approach.

This fairly new section of WF is proving to be very popular and successful among participating members.
Participation is by invitation only via a private message to jenthepen (https://www.writingforums.com/private.php?do=newpm&u=53871) or PiP (https://www.writingforums.com/private.php?do=newpm&u=51566).

The Red Light Room is strictly adults only - Rated R18+. An invite only forum for WRITERS of erotica, erotic fiction etc. This forum allows for explicitly graphic works (poetry and fiction) which should be treated sensitively and with respect. If this is your genre please contact rcallaci (https://www.writingforums.com/members/5610-rcallaci) or PiP (https://www.writingforums.com/members/51566-PiP) for further details.

Flashes of Brilliance (https://www.flashesofbrilliance.org/) is WF's online magazine. Where you can read the best fiction and poetry written by our members. Plus interviews, features and winning entries from the WF challenges.
And please feel free to leave comments.

The WF Book Store (https://www.flashesofbrilliance.org/book-table/) can be found in Flashes of Brilliance, where all can browse the many and varied publications of Writing Forums members.

If you would like your publication included, please contact James. (https://www.writingforums.com/private.php?do=newpm&u=58186)

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Plenty of stuff to get involved with this month on WF - have a lovely April and I'll see you in May.

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And your support would be most welcome as a Friend of WF (https://www.writingforums.com/payments.php), thank you.

April 10th, 2018, 09:48 PM
Another great edition of the newsletter Ned. Very informative about what's going on across WF this month, but also an enjoyable read. Thank you for bring it to us each month.

Darren White
April 18th, 2018, 02:06 PM
The Newsletter has greatly improved since you took over, I love it.

April 21st, 2018, 02:23 PM
Looks great - but a couple of times you're referring to PiP Challenges - shouldn't that be Pip Challenges - not to be confused with the member/administrator PiP ???