Win Signed Copies Of Books From

by Lindsay 10/23/2008 8:04:00 PM


Now is your chance to win autographed copies of books from the 2008 Cheltenham Literature Festival.  There are six books up for grabs: MY WORD IS MY BOND by Sir Roger Moore, ON THE ROAD by Frank Skinner, WILD FOOD AND VANISHING WORLD by Ray Mears and TRIBE AND AMAZON by Bruce Parry.  The winner will also receive a photo of the author signing the book for authenticity.  
All you need to do to enter is register with before October 31, 2008. Registration is free!  
Thanks to NovelStorm for sharing this opportunity with the WritingRoom community!  NovelStorm is another great place to post your writings, I suggest you check it out; the more exposure you have as a writer, the more readers and possibility you will have for success.

Good Luck!

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September Contest Winners

by Lindsay 10/15/2008 6:49:00 PM

After a difficult decision making process we have come to our decision for the winners of the September Poetry Contest and the September Short Story Contest.  


The first place winner of the poetry contest is, Anya Kinsella for her poem WILLOW.    The runner-up is Michele Stephenson for her poem PAIR OF POETS.


Chris Spagnola is the first place winner in the short story contest for his story RUNAWAY.  The runner-up is Dempsey Wilson for his story THERE'S A DEAD WEREWOLF ON MY COUCH! 


All of the entrants will be featured in a September contest anthology.  The book will be available the end of next month.  I am trying to come up with a fabulous title and would love suggestions.  If anyone has a suggestion for a title for the October poetry and short story contest anthology send it my way!  If I chose yours I will give you a shout out in the book.  Remember to enter our October contests!


Presenting WritingRoom Videos

by Lindsay 10/13/2008 12:27:00 PM

We here at WritingRoom are trying to deliver you the best resources available to help improve your writing skills, knowledge of the industry and chances for success. With our videos we will be bringing you tips and advice straight from some of the most successful authors, writers and other professionals in the business.


WritingRoom videos will supply trade secrets, both on the craft of writing and how to make it in the industry. Best-selling authors will be giving sneak previews of their upcoming novels and explaining their writing process, from the first word to publication.  


We appreciate the support of The International Thriller Writers (ITW) and their authors who warmly opened up their arms and offered up their time to help bring you our first series of videos.   


A great big thank you goes out to Virginia Marti College of Art and Design for offering up their skills and talent in editing the videos. We look forward to working with them in the future to bring you more videos of your favorite writers.


If you are an author and our interested in doing a book trailer and an interview with us please contact us at

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WritingRoom's First Discoverd Author - Kayla Meyers

by Lindsay 10/11/2008 2:31:00 PM

WritingRoom is pleased to announce our first WritingRoom Discovered Author, Kayla Meyers and her debut book THE BUTTERFLY PAPERWEIGHT: A COLLECTION OF POEMS ANS SHORT STORIES. Kayla’s book is an exquisite collection of eloquent poems and coming of age short stories for young adults.  Kayla's young voice has maturity and knowledge well beyond her 19 young years.  Afflicted with spina bifida, Kayla has managed to turn adversity into art and inspiration.  You can buy her book now at and (where she is getting rave reviews).  We wish Kayla the best of luck!


We are honored to be able to help bring Kayla's dream of becoming a published author to life.  We will continue to help other writers fulfill thier goals.  Each month we will be scouring the thousands of fabulous writings posted here at to find our next Discovered Author to publish. We are looking for a vast collection of inspirational poems, creative short stories or the next great novel. Keep writing!


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Bits and Pieces from the Newsletter

by Lindsay 10/4/2008 5:06:00 PM

I wanted to share pieces of's newsletter with everyone.  PoetryDances is a fabulous new site that searches blogs and writing communities to find great poets and poetry.  They then showcase the works of these writers on their site and possibly in their press releases.  They have found several of their favorite writers here at and mentioned some of them by name in their recent newsletter.  PoetryDances also accepts submissions and reading requests.  I highly encourage all poets to check them out; the more exposure you get as a writer the better your chances for success.
 - Newsletter: September 2008-09-30


First, big thanks to everyone who submitted their own poetry or links to other great poems hosted on various sites around the Internet. Without you, would not be here.


Good news for writers listed on the site. It seems from site stats that rather than clicking through, many people are spending a lot more time reading the great poetry that has been linked to or submitted directly. Which is great- since it is the main reason we are doing what we are doing!


Who are we ?

We are just three. Three people who love to read great poetry and seem to like similar kinds of work (don't know if that's a good or a bad thing!) We share post-its or emails about work we have found out in the ether of the Internet that would be ideal to post on our site. Two of us are based here in South Korea and another over in sunny Florida.


Favorite Writers

Many of the people submitting poems, and other writers that have seen their poems listed on have become 'Favorite Writers' on the Site. To those whose submissions have not yet been successful we offer apologies again, and look forward hopefully to seeing further submissions in time.


Favorite writers shown so far on the site are currently, in order of appearance:


Mamta Madhaven

Michelle Schaefer

Emily Burns

Ivana Plucinski 
J. M Yeary

Jason Lalli

Rambling Prose 

Ray Neighbor

Cleo Harter Amos

Andrew Kelly

Milagros Cruz

Ernesto Pangilinan Santiago

Nicole Nicholson

William Laughlin

David Hixon

Robyn R. Gray 

Claudia Anne Krizay  

Holly White Valliant

Engtovo Bhodsvatan

Moqui Takoda

Nakya Cohen

Rebecca Lucente

Alicia K. Jones

Joanne Cucinello

Rex Cox

Michelle Hetzel

Angela Rizzitano-Bellenis 

Brandon Farinha

Leo Durrant


Big thanks to all of these people for allowing us to showcase their fine work!


New developments

Since the Site began we have pretty much stuck to our core activities; linking to great poems on other sites, hosting submitted poetry along with our own, and showcasing Favorite Writers. Recently we started a couple or three new ideas too:


Poetry is..

This is just for fun- a page where you can send in a line/quote or two or more if you want as to what poetry 'is' to you. For your troubles we'll list your name and blog/website etc alongside your quote/s.




We have many successful reciprocal links in place with different blogs and poetry sites- thanks so much to all of you. We hope you are also enjoying some increased traffic to your site/s as a result. No favorites, we are grateful to all but, special thanks to Lindsay at, Martha at and John and staff over at



Any help you can offer by linking us on your blogs, websites or social network sites would be gratefully accepted!


We look forward to keeping in contact- so please…

keep your poetry coming! And please keep sending links for  other great work you find out there !


A very big thank you from us,

Tony, Young Joo and John.



October Contest

by Lindsay 10/3/2008 10:49:00 AM
Our September poetry and short story contest is now closed.  But don't fret!  We are now taking entries for both our October Poetry Contest and our October Short Story Contest.  Best of Luck!

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