Valentine’s Poetry Writer’s Challenge


Calling all poets!!!

I had such a great time with this last Writer’s Challenge, that David and I have decided to host another one for Valentines Day. 

This time, we are going to make the Challenge about poetry. Now, I know there are hundreds of you poets out there in my groups. Now’s the time to come out of the dark and show us what you’ve got.

The requirements for this contest are as follows:valentines_day_love-12628

1) Poem can be any length. No maximum or minimum word usage.

2) The poem doesn’t have to be romantic. It can be horrifying, depressing, loving.. anything! 🙂 As long as it’s a poem, it’s acceptable.

3) Editing: you are responsible for any editing and/or proofreading for your entry. David and I have a lot to do on with our jobs that we don’t have time to edit each and every entry. 🙂

4) No explicit sexual poetry will be allowed.  Passion, and sex are allowed, but do not be vulgar.

5) Submit all entries to davidandadrianna@yahoo.com 

Deadline: January 19, 2014.

Voting: January 20th – January 25th

Winner’s announced: January 26, 2014 

Prizes: a romantic theme painted by A. Joleigh (reserved for winner by the public vote), a book of poetry (specifics will be announced soon), chocolates and a card sent to a Heart-Sweets-Wallpapersecret love or someone you admire from afar.

***Voting Rules. A primary winner will be chosen by the public. Four other winners will be chosen by the hosts (David and me). All will have their poems displayed in the Challengers Hall, with their information and photo.

Meet The Writers


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M A Barr

M.A Barr

M. A. Barr is a full-time student finishing up an A.A. Pharmacy degree at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.  After taking a Creative Writing class, he discovered a love for the art of prose and storytelling; writing 100 word stories daily on his blog: Twisted Dreams in Pen & Ink.

When asked about what first drew him to storytelling, he answered, ”The love for writing grew with my friends that introduced me to sci-fi/fantasy genre books, and nights spent creating stories and characters with them.  It only grew from there.  I found even more friends that actually got me to start doing this project with them of writing 100 word stories daily.  Honestly, at the start, I really just wrote maybe once or twice a week.  That all changed after the Creative Writing class and when my Professor (Ms. Greer) sat me down and asked ‘Why the heck are you doing Pharmacy when you write so well?’”  This inspired him to start his blog, and put more focus on developing his “storytelling chops” by writing 100 word stories daily for a year.  “I’m still learning.  I started late.  I’m putting this project out there to get criticisms, to let others use it as a story prompt if they want, and to entertain people.”

Asides from being a full-time student/full-time writer, he works in the Pharmacy at Mease Countryside Hospital part-time.  He moved from the Philippines to America four years ago and takes care of his grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.  “It’s one of the reasons I bring up memories a lot in my stories.  I dedicate and read a lot of them to her.”

Visit M.A Barr’s blog at Twisted Dreams in Pen & Ink.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

— When You Wish Upon a Star
Maskara

Nariman

Nariman Parker

Nariman Parker

Nariman Parker is an aspiring blogger and amateur photographer from Cape Town, South Africa.  As a keen observer of people and circumstance, she presents everyday images from her unique perspective and with her written pieces, she spins the complexities of human relationships into engrossing tales that leave her online viewers engaged and moved (to smiles, to tears, to terror….)

Her blog FLASHES was first published in August 2012. It is an offering from this truly modern woman struggling to make sense of everyday life and love with levity and a dash of nostalgia.

Married for 22 years, she is an eternal romantic, but with a racy twist.

After qualifying from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Linguistics and Afrikaans & Nederlands, she spent 12 years in education, teaching on two continents. She is currently working in Marketing.

She has a love for all things SA, especially for her Mother City, Cape Town.

Find out more about Nariman at the listed sites below:  FlashesPICASAPhotoboxFacebookTwitterPinterest 

 

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Dear James
Burgandy

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Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza was born on the 13th of September 1991 in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. He is currently getting his Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Botswana. Mbongeni is an aspiring writer, poet, and advocate, with an objective to change the dimensional views of the world through poetry and writing. Mbongeni began writing poetry in 2009 as a way of impressing a girl. He later fell in love with the written and spoken word, and became geared to learning  and perfecting his skill of writing.
Visit more of his writing at Vinely Pressed. 
Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:
New York
 Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin

Yolanda was born in Madrid Spain, and immigrated to Australia with her parents when she was four-years-old. She speaks and writes Spanish fluently and dabbles in Italian. She is a Licensed Conveyancer in Sydney, Australia.

Yolanda has many interests. One of them is the theatre, performing and attending.  She is a member of a community theatre at which she performs.  She also enjoys photography, and traveling.

Her greatest passion is writing, with life as her inspiration; with all its beauty and its ugliness. She has always enjoyed writing, but started her blog as a way of externalizing her thoughts and emotions. Whilst she enjoys writing prose, poetry is her first love, due to the freedom of expression it allows.
Favorite quote:

“We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

Read more of Yolanda’s work on her blog: Love Pain and Other Catastrophes

Follow Yolanda on tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

— ”Unseeing Eyes” (poem)

 

Nicki Redes

Nicki Redes

Nicki Redes
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Nicki is a full-time working mom in Northern California, USA.  When she isn’t at her day job in the office, building forts with her two young children, or washing the dishes for the fifth time in a day, her head is in the clouds.  Her nose is often in a book, but she dreams of bringing characters to life and putting stories on paper for others to enjoy.  Now, at the age of 30, Nicki is finally realizing that she can do what she loves most, which is express herself through the written word.  Currently she’s working on overcoming her biggest obstacle in reaching her dream of writing:  herself.
Follow Nicki Redes at Facebook, LinkedIn, and Goodreads
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Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:
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Rusty
Rusty Rimes
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Rusty Rimes was born in the Southwest United States, in 1957

He received his highschool GED at the age of sixteen, and has continued with self education the rest of his life. Which has lead to a favorite saying: “If you don’t know something, go learn it.”

Rusty loves all things beautiful, despises all things cruel. Enjoys Classical music most of all, but has an eclectic appreciation for all forms.

His wish for humanity, is simply to love one another with open concern for each persons well being.

Follow Rusty Rimes on

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Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:
Amy Glamos

Amy Glamos

About  Amy Glamos

Amy Glamos is a freelance writer and blogger.  She enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, while juggling motherhood and all the fun challenges that come with it.  Her poems have been published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and her short fiction has appeared in eFiction.  She is currently working on her first novel, as well as a chapbook of poetry.  She lives with her family in the foothills of Colorado, though her heart lies in the Midwest, where she was born.  Her blog, http://www.muffinsandmetaphors.blogspot.com, chronicles the daily life of a writer-mama who dabbles in the art of baking.

Follow Amy Glamos on Twitter and Google+

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Harmony and Discord (short story)

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading, and of words in general. She was always amazed at how linking words together in different ways had unexpected and pleasing results on others. People enjoyed what she created! This sparked a life-long desire to write in different styles; short stories; novels; flash fiction and poetry. She enjoys trying genres and forms of writing which are different from what she’s used to; every story or book represents new joys and challenges. Dyane views writing as an amazing and intimate communication tool, and becomes a means through which she seeks to connect with others on a level deeper than intellect.

Dyane is a social worker by profession. Learning to see the world through other people’s eyes, as well as sharing in their pain, has influenced and enriched her as a person, as well as her writing. She is also a wife, and mother to two children, a cat named JackJack and a dog named Sparky.

Book one of her fantasy trilogy, The Purple Morrow, can be found on Amazon.

She can also be reached on her blog Dropped Pebbles, Twitter @PurpleMorrowFacebookGoodreads and Google+, where information about her books, other writing projects, and samples can be found.

To find out more about The Purple Morrow and upcoming books, please click here.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Subtext: Writing a Story Within a Story

Nor’easter

Mad Mac

Just Desserts (Christmas Story)

— View from the Open Sea

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Marco G. Casteleijn

Marco G. Casteleijn

Marco G. Casteleijn grew up in a small town in the Netherland, and a good way to escape was to read, especially when a library was built. Marco graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry (NL), a MSc in molecular biology (FI) and a PhD in bioprocess Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland. Marco is currently working on pharmaceutical proteins, their development and delivery at the University of Helsinki, Finland where he resides with his heroic wife and three magical children.

The narratives found in research are creative and intuitive, and can be as fascinating as a good book. Marco has been writing short stories and poetry since high school and continues to do so. In addition, Marco has published several academic peer reviewed articles in respectable journals. Marco is currently working on his lyric sequence “My Opaque Dreams”, while poetry and short stories along the way.

Follow Marco G. Casteleijn on: G+, Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery: 

Re-reborn

Kaziwab

Kaziwa Salih

Award winning author, journalist, and social activist, currently a post-graduate student at York University, where she has already obtained a BA in Communication, an MA in Culture and Genocide studies, and a graduate certificate in Migration and Forced Refugee Issues She also has a certificate in International Journalism for International Writers from Sheridan College.

Salih is the publisher and editor of two Kurdish magazines. In 2010, she founded the Anti-Genocide Project to bring together the voices of genocide victims living in Canada. She is the author of 12 books, and has received several international awards, including the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Award for the Novel and Short Story from the Nagham House and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. In recognition of her short stories, she was a two-time recipient of the first award at the Academia Mutamenti–Amita Festival of Art and Literature in Italy, in 2001 and 2002. She is appointed for 2014 Writer-in-Resident at George Brown College by PEN Canada.

Salih has participated in a number of international workshops and conferences, most recently a field study on the Holocaust with York University and “TheWomen of the Middle East” conference on agency and activism with Albany State University in New York. Kaziwa’s academic interests include genocide and culture, culture and communication theory, Kurdish studies, gender and ethics, and cultural psychology. She has been a member of numerous human rights organizations such as United Nation Association of Canada, Amnesty International, Egypt Human Rights Organization, Kurdistan Human Rights, Pen Canada and Writer in Exile.

Website :       www.kaziwa.com

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/kaziwa.salih

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/KaziwaSalih

–Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Wisdom of Being Blind

Doug Metz

Doug Metz

Douglas Metz is a poet and writer from New Jersey with a penchant for things macabre. In addition to writing he enjoys doing spoken word performances and recordings. His poetry, stories and recordings can all be found on http://unknownpoetry.wordpress.com.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Feast of Friends (short story)

A Void to Avoid (short story)

— Shadow Dancer (poem)

Discovering Duluoz on SALE! 

Reminder: Accepting Applications for Showcase


Reminder

We are still forming the panel to be featured in our first Select Showcase: We are looking for five skilled writers to address the same theme in different ways.

The five chosen pieces will be featured in a Showcase that will be open for public display, as well as inviting professionals from the publishing world to come and view.

If you are ready to write “Published” quality work in 2,000 to 4,000 words, using the theme of FIRST LOVE, Continue reading

Aspiring Authors


Hello my dear writers,

As you know, we have another opportunity for writers to come join in another adventure. (If you have not seen David’s post regarding this venture, please click here) First, I’d like to mention that this application opportunity is being offered to all of you. What the Writer’s Gallery is seeking are writers willing to put forth their best work and be viewed by not only the public, but by the professionals of the publishing industry.  We need only top quality work. Continue reading

Congratulations Everyone

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Hello everyone and congratulations,

To be sure you understand that this is from both Adrianna and I, we will both post it.  That’s okay, you can go read her version of the post, I won’t mind, she is a hell-of-a-lot cuter than me.

I have seen a couple of posts around G+ that implied disappointment over the results of some entries; I have seen posts with communal praise tinged with wounded dignity.  I don’t want anyone to feel anything less than a bristling pride.  In this type of contest, there has to be a winner, but then everyone else is still a runner-up and deserving of everyone’s congratulatory praise.  I am sincerely proud and inspired by each and every one of you, and honored to be among your number.

Now, here is some really great news that you can be proud of, too.  Since we needed a place to display your works and a central place for voting, this Challenge spurred Adrianna and me to build the Writer’s Gallery.  Without your submissions and without your asking, prodding, urging, begging, and maybe bribing your friends, family, followers, and the riff raff you dragged in off the street to read your work and vote for you, the Gallery could not have been born.

The Writer’s Gallery is not only our site.

This site is for you and every other writer everywhere.  (Okay, it is not our site, but she and I are going to moderate and edit.  Plus if anyone goes near Adrianna’s “baby,” I cannot ensure your safety or even your survival.)  With that caveat, we want everyone’s continued participation.  If you have a learning tool, some well-written advice or teaching instruction, email it.  If you have a suggestion for content, email it.  If you have a prompt you would like to share, email it.  If you have written something good and the process by which it was written is instructive, inspiring, or innovative, put that in writing and email it.  If you have an idea for a competition, a showing, or a feature, email it.  If everyone contributes, and everyone promotes, and everyone participates, this Writer’s Gallery will become THE one place to go for everything writer’s need.  The PITA and I have a pretty good foundation of knowledge and experience, but that pales in comparison to the collective minds of this vast and varied community of writers.  We need all of you, and we want all of you, your friends, your teachers, mentors, coaches and their friends, too, to come be a part of something truly magnificent.  We intend on expanding this beyond the boundaries of our meager talent and experience, and bring in contributors for business writing, technical, medical, scientific, newspaper and magazine, travel writers, bloggers, children’s literature, and community activism.  One site that will benefit (and in some cases even replace) every group, club, community, and gathering of writers everywhere.

BIG NEWS COMING!

We have a lot of exciting irons in the fire, with a big announcement coming tomorrow (if the PITA stops pinging me on the messenger long enough for me to get the job done).  There will be numerous opportunities to show your work, compete with other writers, promote yourself as an author, and hone your skills as a craftsman.

The word is being spread through the halls of the publishing world of what we are doing.  Real (paper) publishers, journal editors, magazine staff, and literary agents will be among the visitors and readers at the site.  As content grows, and the Gallery of featured writings expands, the opportunity to springboard into bigger more exciting opportunities will exist for all of us.  This is going to be big, thanks for coming along for the ride.

Rachael Rippon–Untitled


Sleet pinging against dark glass behind him, wind whipped leaves stampeding past his feet on the unlit path, an eerie howl screaming through the treetops; he knew he had trespassed against all reason and common sense, yet he walked further, bent against the storm, forward to meet his Nightmare face-to-face.
He took a breath and stepped into the clearing, clutching his blanket more firmly about him. This was his only wish, he couldn’t waste it.
Before him stood his Nightmare, he hadn’t imagined she would look like this. She turned around and smiled. “Hello, I’ve been waiting such a long time.” She laughed. A laugh so light and airy it sounded almost human.
“I wasn’t expecting… you.” He looked about the clearing, but yes. She was the only one there. His Nightmare. Continue reading