Newsletter: 12/11/3: Meeting in four days and new Figment prompts Oct. 29 — Nov. 2

Hi everyone,

First, let’s get the most important information out of the way. We are meeting on Wednesday, November 7, in four days. As usual we are meeting in the Council Chamber of the Tofield Town Office (library building) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

For those of you who feel we just met two weeks ago, you’re right. We migrated from the last Wednesday to the first Wednesday of every month in order to accommodate some of our members with scheduling conflicts which prevented their participation.

This first month came quickly.

Figment Prompts

Now, onto the Figment prompts for this week. This batch of prompts is rather imaginative; I suppose Halloween was on everybody’s mind at Figment. They all have to do with developing character, scene and plot in speculative circumstances, though you could take them anywhere. (Personally, I thought Figment would create a much more spectacular prompt for October 31, but I suppose they wanted to leave the decisions and parameters up to us.)

By the way, I updated our prompt page on our wiki, and, if you’re interested in other prompts, refer to our prompt page on our Diigo.

Here are the Figment prompts. I hope at least one of them piques your interest. The photo prompt certainly piqued mine.

This photo prompt reminded me of an experience I had when I was a child (and yes, once upon a time, I really was a child; for some of you this might be the spookiest thing I’ve ever written).

Market Ballparks

I received an e-mail from Writer’s Digest which might interest some of you, or at least it might be informative to get a ballpark for industry pricing. I recommend doing some research into pricing, copyright security and customer satisfaction before consulting any of these kinds of services.


And, of course, here are more contests for your consideration. Remember to check out our competitions page for further contest opportunities.

WritersMarket.com lists hundreds of contests for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for children, and more. Here are three with December deadlines:

George Bennett Fellowship is offered annually by Phillips Exeter Academy to a person seriously contemplating or pursuing a career as a writer. The fellow and family receive a cash stipend, room and board to finish a book manuscript. Deadline: December 1 postmark.

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest offers quarterly prizes for previously unpublished short science fiction, in addition to an annual grand prize of $5,000. The quarterly prizes are $1,000 for first, $750 for second, and $500 for third. December 31 deadline.

Gival Press Poetry Award is an annual contest for a previously unpublished collection of poetry (though individual poems may have been published). The winner receives $1,000, publication by Gival Press, and 20 copies of the book. Deadline: December 15.

National Novel Writing Month

Take note also that November is National Novel Writing Month. In addition, WritersMarket has a PAD (poem-a-day) Chapbook Challenge this month. Perhaps, if you don’t wish to formally enter NaNoWriMo nor the PAD Challenge, you might like to emulate one of them for yourself.

So, there is a lot to keep us busy and writing this month.

For more information from Writer’s Market, refer to this newsletter.

I hope you all have a great weekend. Keep writing and see you on Wednesday.

Yours quilling,

Att: Oct 29 — 31, 2012 Figments
Att: Nov 1 — 2, 2012 Figments