Getting the Scoop on Poetry Contest Scams

By Linda Alice Dewey “Congratulations! Your poem has been selected for our next anthology.” Every year, these words bring tears to the eyes of thousands of poets, first from joy— then from anger. Why the anger? Because in many cases, they’ve been swindled. Submitting work to a legitimate writing contest can be a rewarding experience, … Read more

Interview: Lois Duncan

Interview by RoseEtta Stone Lois Duncan is a multiple award-winning author of more than forty books, most of which are YA (young adult) metaphysical/ paranormal-themed suspense novels. She’s received fifteen international young readers’ awards. There are so many questions to ask you; why don’t we begin with your banned books? You knew that Killing Mr. … Read more

Book Review: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters

Book Review: 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt 45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters. By Victoria Lynn Schmidt Writer’s Digest Books 298 pages 2001 Amazon.com price: $13.99 Victoria Lynn Schmidt is a screenwriter for both film and television who was once told at film school … Read more