Grants, Awards & Motivation for Poets

Poets & Writers Magazine has come up with a database of writing contests that have been vetted and somehow proved legitimate. Even if you don’t win anything, isn’t it nice to have the motivation of a deadline?

Another motivator is Robert Brewer, who is the editor of Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market, as well as the online editor of He does prompts for poets every Wednesday from his blog, Poetic Asides. Today’s prompt is “about finding something that doesn’t belong where it is.” You can also join his page on Facebook to follow the prompts and get great poetry news. He has recently started a meme on Twitter with the hashtag #poettues for conversations about poetry (I think they were meant to be exclusively on Tuesdays, but who knows what will happen). You can follow the conversation on Twitter, even if you don’t have an account.

Amanda Clay Powers

I am a reference librarian at Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. My focuses are emerging technologies and agriculture reference. My current responsibilities include Virtual Reference, Library 2.0 Committee Chair, Extension/Experiment Station Liaison, and 2.0 Training. I am also involved with the Starkville Community Theater. I have been the Assistant Director / Stage Manager for "Aspirin & Elephants" and "Not Now Darling." Additionally, I am the chair of the Fourth Fridays committee at the theater. We host monthly readings of original works by local authors at the theater. We rotate between poetry, monologues and short fiction, and then plays.


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