Free Poetry Books! Last Chance!

Thank you, everyone, for participating in my contest. I will start counting all of the entries tomorrow. You have just today to Like, Share or Retweet any of the posts from 4/1-5/2 for the contest entries. So, get those entries in!

I am looking at 6 prizes, and I am open to giving away more if we get a great final push.

Like, Share (2 entries), Retweet (2 entries), PressThis (2 entries). One more day!

Thank you for the support!

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Two Days Left In The Contest!

Free books of poetry! Hey, you don’t see that often, do you? Here at the blog, I am celebrating poetry, not only by offering the poetry boot camp and providing excerpts of my own poetry from my latest book, Weathered Fragments, Weathered Souls,
I would also like to share the gift of poetry.

So, I am giving away one signed copy of both of my books, plus other poetry books I have enjoyed. Free. What is the catch? This is a contest, so I can’t give books to everyone (would love to, if I could), but I will do a drawing to determine who will get the books. I will have at least 3 prize books, but if there is enough participating, I will add more.

How do I enter, you ask? Easy.

#1 Like any posts from this month (April). This includes the blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

#2 Double entries if you Share, Retweet, or Press This (via WordPress).

Winners chosen around the first of May. Winners will be posted and notified. You have 7 days to claim before I redraw.

Sound good!

Let’s celebrate poetry!

Celebrating National Poetry Month Contest

Free books of poetry! Hey, you don’t see that often, do you? Here at the blog, I am celebrating poetry, not only by offering the poetry boot camp and providing excerpts of my own poetry from my latest book, Weathered Fragments, Weathered Souls,
I would also like to share the gift of poetry.

So, I am giving away one signed copy of both of my books, plus other poetry books I have enjoyed. Free. What is the catch? This is a contest, so I can’t give books to everyone (would love to, if I could), but I will do a drawing to determine who will get the books. I will have at least 3 prize books, but if there is enough participating, I will add more.

How do I enter, you ask? Easy.

#1 Like any posts from this month (April). This includes the blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

#2 Double entries if you Share, Retweet, or Press This (via WordPress).

Winners chosen around the first of May. Winners will be posted and notified. You have 7 days to claim before I redraw.

Sound good!

Let’s celebrate poetry!

Celebrating National Poetry Month

Free books of poetry! Hey, you don’t see that often, do you? Here at the blog, I am celebrating poetry, not only by offering the poetry boot camp and providing excerpts of my own poetry from my latest book, Weathered Fragments, Weathered Souls,
I would also like to share the gift of poetry.

So, I am giving away one signed copy of both of my books, plus other poetry books I have enjoyed. Free. What is the catch? This is a contest, so I can’t give books to everyone (would love to, if I could), but I will do a drawing to determine who will get the books. I will have at least 3 prize books, but if there is enough participating, I will add more.

How do I enter, you ask? Easy.

#1 Like any posts from this month (April). This includes the blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

#2 Double entries if you Share, Retweet, or Press This (via WordPress).

Winners chosen around the first of May. Winners will be posted and notified. You have 7 days to claim before I redraw.

Sound good!

Let’s celebrate poetry!

Contest Extended *Get your entry in*

The Contest:

I am extending the contest ending date for another month, as more people have discovered it and haven’t turned in an entry, and I want to give as many people a shot as possible.  Please, though, put “Blog Post Contest” in the subject line, so I won’t miss it!

New Deadline: August 31, 2017

The prize: a chapbook of your choosing out of the collection I have amassed. More on that later.

The prompt:

Your topic: Ancient mythology (gods and creatures). Think about an ancient god or creature of mythology. Who would you be? Who would you not be? What powers do you have? This topic is however you interpret it. I am open to all varieties.

Rules:

Poems must be less than 100 lines.

You are limited to two entries total. If you send two entries, please send them together.

Please send entry as text only (no attachments, please) to jennsmithak@gmail.com with the subject line (Blog Prompt Contest). Deadline is August 1, 2017. It is important that you follow these rules. Any questions? Please direct them to the email address above.

No bio is necessary at this point. Just your name. I am more interested in your entry.

Hit me with your best verse. Be creative. Surprise me. Make me wonder where you got your inspiration from.

Good luck!

J.L. Smith

June Prompt #30 + Contest

OK, the previous prompts were just a warm-up. Here is your challenge. I have decided to hold my first contest to inspire you –yes, you, my readers–to come up your best work based on a prompt I give you.  What’s in for me, you ask?

Fame?

Glory?

OK, maybe a modest prize. I have amassed a small collection of poetry chapbooks as of late. I love chapbooks and want to encourage others to read them, support your fellow poets. So, the winner will get to select one chapbook out of my collection. To make the deal even sweeter–if you decide you want to do this–I will even post the winning entry on this blog. Sound good? Just think, while not money, you will get a prize for the best entry.

The prompt:

Your topic: Ancient mythology (gods and creatures). Think about an ancient god or creature of mythology. Who would you be? Who would you not be? What powers do you have? This topic is however you interpret it. I am open to all varieties.

Rules:

Poems must be less than 100 lines.

You are limited to two entries total. If you send two entries, please send them together.

Please send entry as text only (no attachments, please) to jennsmithak@gmail.com with the subject line (Blog Prompt Contest). Deadline is August 1, 2017.  It is important that you follow these rules. Any questions? Please direct them to the email address above.

No bio is necessary at this point. Just your name. I am more interested in your entry.

Hit me with your best verse. Be creative. Surprise me. Make me wonder where you got your inspiration from.

Good luck!

J.L. Smith

 

 

 

June Inspiration – Prompts are back!

Looking for inspiration? Maybe something different to write about? Maybe something that will jar your writing into a direction you wouldn’t normally take? Here’s a little daily nudge for you. By request, the daily prompts are back.  I use many of these myself, and if you find they help you with your creativity…that’s even better!

A day late, so here are two for today!

Prompt #1

The box wrapped in kraft paper sat alone on the porch, raw like the paint that stripped off the boards beneath it. [what was it doing there? what was in it? etc]

Prompt #2

The next day she wrapped the hand in cloth because she like the softness of the fabric…

***Coming the 16th, this blog will host its first contest! Stay tuned for details! ***