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Sorry I was out of town on your special day. I hope you had a wonderful day! *HeartP**CakeP**ConfettiP*
Hi, Gabriella! I like your music selections, especially the Vivaldi, Simon & Garfunkel, and Carole King! Have a great day!


"Rainstorm" It lives up to its name. Skip the ad and Turn up your sound a bit.


Thanks ..
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Clever *BigSmile*
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Thanks for posting this, Gabriella! I am thrilled over such a heightened level of creativity, especially in the realm of music. I have been a musician longer than I've been a writer. I've been singing, since I was three. I've been playing the piano, since I was six.

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Introducing a Talented new Writer

Robert Hayes


We came from the earth, just like a plague
Ravenous and hungry, we have no shame,
We take it all, yet none of the blame
Evolutionary pond scum, thus slowly decaying
Our forest has fallen, our mothers extinct
Our father has shamed us, our parchments been inked
The date of our extinction, is not yet in stone
But our time is coming, a time to atone
For all grievances, and all our short comings
Our species will end, but will there be nothing?
From the first light, after our death,
The world will breathe a sigh, and take its first breath
The heavens will open, as if shedding its tears
Quenching her thirst, of the last thousands of years
Reborn from the ashes, the first shoots emerge
The creeks will fill, and the rivers surge
The forest will climb, the fauna returned
The ashes bring life, to all that was burned
The takers are no more, they rest in decay
As the shadows they left, slowly lose sway


Great Writing ..
Nice! Hello Robert! Yea, it has been said humans are not much different from a virus. We move from one area to another consuming all natural resources then move on to another Hmm... you put it in it's poetic manner ^5

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Dear Sonali,

I LOVE YOUR LETTER TO A NEWBIE !! I read it three times
and loved it more each time I read it *Smile*
Bravo, dear Sonali ! As always, you're amazing. What a wonderful greeting !
I'm keeping it for inspiration.

How fortunate we are to have you here with us, Sonali *Heart*

All the best,

Ditto, Gabs.
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I was supposed to ignore all the newsletters in my inbox and catch up on the Power Review Raid, and then I saw your Newsfeed post . . .

Good one, Thankful Sonali - WDC POWER! ! I'm sure this letter touches a chord with oldbies and not-so-newbies as well. I know I enjoyed it! *Thumbsupl* The part about dealing with friction on site and not taking on too much to avoid burnout was particularly inspiring to me. *Smile*

Go WDC!!

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Maybe someone should nominate it for a Quill... *Whistle*
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Boston Review

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

Deadline: October 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $20
Cash Prize: $1,500
E-mail address:
Website: http://bostonreview.net/contests
A prize of $1,500 and publication in Boston Review
is given annually for a short story. Viet Thanh
Nguyen will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000
words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of
Boston Review's 2017 special literary supplement,
Global Dystopias, by October 1.
Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Boston Review, Aura Estrada Short Story Contest,
P.O. Box 425786, Cambridge, MA 02142.
(617) 324-1360.

Zoetrope: All-Story

Short Fiction Contest
October 2, 2017
Entry Fee: $20
Cash Prize: $1,000
E-mail address:
A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope:
All-Story website is given annually for a short story.
The winner and finalists are considered for representation
by several literary agencies, including the Georges Borchardt
Literary Agency, the Gernert Company, International Creative
Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and William Morris
Endeavor. Using the online submission system, submit a
story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by October 2.
Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Zoetrope: All-Story, Short Fiction Contest,
916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133.

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--->>Please Note: Submission Dates: Book of Poetry by authors 33 or under-opening date
for submissions: November, 2017. All other first-book general submissions: 2018. Check dates
with Autumn House

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Christine Stroud, Editor in Chief
Ryan Kaune, Managing Editor
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The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length
manuscripts in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Each winner also receives
$2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant
to promote the book). The submission period opens January 1, 2018 and
closes June 30, 2018 (Eastern Time. To submit online, please visit our
online submission manager.

The Rising Writer Contest is for a first full-length book of poetry by an author
33 years old or younger.
In addition to publication the winner also receives
$1,000 ($500 advance against royalties and a $500 travel/publicity grant to
promote the book). The submission period opens November 1, 2017 and
closes January 31, 2018 (Eastern Time). To submit online please visit our
online submission manager.

If you don’t yet have a full-length poetry manuscript, please consider
submitting a chapbook to our imprint, Coal Hill Review.


---->Autumn House accepts full-length manuscripts in all genres for publication
consideration from-->>August 1, 2018 to November 1, 2018
(or we reach 300 manuscripts). For more information.

"Though we are open to all styles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, we suggest
you familiarize yourself with previous Autumn House publications before
submitting. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent voices
of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors. Many of our
past winners have been first-book authors. We encourage writers from
all backgrounds to submit; it is our goal at Autumn House to develop a
rich and varied literary tradition."

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As always, Gabs
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A *Star**Star**Star**Star**Star* five-star salute to our
wonderful friends and writing buddies who time-and-again stop
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For those of you who are WRITING NOVELS, I visited Dee's portfolio and found these excellent profiles of each of her characters. This is really impressive. Lets
thank Dee for letting us share this *ThumbsUpL*

The Lost Legend   (13+)
A young British royal receives a plea for help from a 12th-century Knight captive in time.
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The Middle of the Night

A warm autumn breeze slips through the chattering blinds,

Spiriting about my room, its lazy song penetrating and sublime.

Sitting atop my writer's table, a lazy moth checks his wings,

Joined by a tiny transparent spider, skating about in rings.

An odd gathering of migratory beings in the stillness of the night,

Convening to offer inspiration to my pen's nocturnal flight.

The distant voice of a night owl swooning with mournful repetition,

Soothes the flight of my fingers penning my nightly mission.

.*Smile* *PenB* *Bug*.

Love this, Gab. Beautiful descriptions.
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Excellent, Gabriella! Wonderful imagery. Peaceful thoughts. Quiet observations. Nicely done. *Smile*
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Thank you so much for rallying around
my small poem *Heart* You guys are
really wonderful !
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Washington Post's Annual Neologism Contest Winners:
(neologism: a newly coined word or expression)

This year's winners: *Laugh**Laugh**Laugh*

Petuna: A flower that’s a bit too fragrant
Iguano: The zookeeper’s least favorite reptile cage

Past winners:
1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle (n.), gross olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulance (n.), emergency vehichle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline
11. Rectitude (n.), a formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists
12. Pokemon (n.), a Rastafarian proctologist
13. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts
14. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you
die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

We'll give a badge for the 1st 3 really good ones you plant here ! *Laugh*
Season - the male offspring of Poseidon
Syntax - the tariff on immorality
Egotist - a person who is me-deep in conversation
Defile - to remove from alphabetical order
Infantry - a sapling
Writing - the opposite of wronging
Poem - Edgar Allen's heretofore unknown middle initial.
Evening - Adam's Chinese mail order bride

*FacePalm* That's enough, you're hurting my head *Rolling*
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*Smile* Badges to go to thank:
Jay for his knee-slapping contributions, especially diatribe, bamboozle, and lambaste *Thumbsup*
Sorji for this perfect/witty contribution: blunderbus *Thumbsup*
Ken for his humdingers, especially egotist, season, and syntax *Thumbsup*
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WOO! *Delight*
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