The January Winners are..

by Lindsay 2/19/2009 8:33:00 PM

The January poetry and short story contest winners have been decided.  Once again we received some really great entries  The stand-outs of this contest are...


First place in the poetry contest goes to, Ray Neighbor, for his poem, RAIN.  The runner-up is Katherine Hill for her poem, I'D CRY IF I COULD.


The first place winner of the short story contest is Albert Figer for his short story, THE COMPOSITION.  Adina is our runner-up for her short story, THE WEDDING RING.


The first place winner of both contests will receive $50 and a copy of the upcoming anthology where their poem/short story will be published.  One runner-up in each contest will receive a copy of the anthology.  All contest entrants will be published in the anthology and will receive a certificate of publication. 


The February contest is still open ~  Keep the entries coming! 


A word from our friends at

by Lindsay 2/17/2009 11:08:00 AM


Poetry Website Now Showcases Selected Work from Over 140 Writers – and Creates a Wave of Interest Within the Online Poetry Community


The number of writers with selected works listed on poetry website has grown to 140 as the Site enjoys its highest levels of interest yet within the online poetry community.

Busan, South Korea, February 10, 2009 -- New poems are discovered and linked to on a continuous basis by during its visits to other poetry sites, and blogs across the Internet. Many writers also submit poems directly to the Site. A proportion of the writers behind the poems are listed as Favorite Writers on the Site.

Interest in the Site and the idea behind it has been steadily growing within the online poetry community. Recently, more people than ever have been coming forward to give voice to their opinions:

" has been an amazing resource for the poetry community online. Its the site to search when looking for fantastic poetry.”
Sara Pufahl, Blog Manager at

"As a relatively new poet, I was flattered when Poetry Dances chose to feature my poems on their site, giving my work more exposure by bringing more readers, which in turn gives me support and encouragement. Since Anthony French started the website, it has continued to grow steadily with an impressive and varied collection of interesting poetry. My thanks and appreciation to Poetry Dances for giving a voice to relatively unknown poets".
Beatrice van de Vis

"There are countless sites where writers and poets exhibit their art. What I find extremely unique about your site, is that you search out talent from all these sites. Any writer, who says they are not honored to be chosen by your site, has written his or her first fictional piece. You also give writers a chance to read the many talented, but unnoticed works your site has selected. You deserve all the admiration, and respect your site is receiving for the difficult and time consuming efforts you have put into your site. Your hard work and dedication to all writers and poets are deeply appreciated."
Ray Neighbor (Rain)

"Having a poem of mine selected to appear on the Poetry Dances website has been a humbling experience, such is the caliber of the work it represents. There's no shortage of poetry websites in cyberspace but there's a lot of weeding out to do before landing on a quality one. Within you'll find a huge variety of poetry – every style; every subject. What you won't find is mediocrity. - It's also your 'one-stop-shop' for poetry resources, acting as a central warehouse that provides links to worthwhile poetry blogs and websites the world over. You can submit your own work or, if you have your own blog or website, you can ask to be added to the Reading List, becoming part of a 'writers helping writers' network you can be proud of. - In the past, I've wasted a lot of time searching the web, trawling through one disappointing site after another, looking for resources that met my stringent standards. I stopped at–and stayed!"
Melinda Kahler

"Many thanks to for its support and encouragement of poets around the world. Your efforts to single out aspiring word-builders should be commended. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation for the words of praise that have been sent to poets such as myself. "
- Emily Burns

“I would like to say what a wonderful opportunity offers to poets, allowing their poetry to be enjoyed around the world. It feels good to be able to share my words and thoughts, to spread my love of poetry...and is the perfect venue. Thank you”.
- David Hixon

"It's like my favorite little coffee shop where I can read some of the great poems hidden away in the nooks and crannies of the Internet over a cup of coffee!"-
Mama Madhaven

" is a great place to find amazing poems. The Poetry dances team is very helpful and friendly. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to publish or just read great poetry".
Kathrine Hill

"I see things are moving along quite well on your wonderful site. So much positive energy surely is continuing to reap rewards. How can it not? Poetry Dances is a class act and a gift to all who search the web looking for words to inspire them . . . especially in these times!" -
Joanne Cucinello

"Writing poetry has been a natural impulse for me since I could write. I write my diary in verse, I keep a notebook with me at all times, ready for any line, any phrase that enters my head. Reading poetry came later, but is now such a huge part of my life, I can't imagine being without it. I use it to convey all of my emotions and many of my experiences and it gives me real pleasure and release. - It is a time-consuming business, getting your poetry out there to as large an audience as possible, so what a great idea is, searching a range of online poetry sites and selecting a range of poetry, which is inspiring and impressive. It has the potential to create an impact on the literary world and for the poets involved, connecting those with a passion for poetry." –
Anya Fay

"I've enjoyed writing for years now, but since I became a member of the, it has enhanced my confidence as well as encouraged me to continue with my life long dream. is a new site to me, but I am so glad I was referred to it. After reviewing the site, I read some of the most beautiful poetry. I am truly inspired by the opportunity that the WritingRoom as well as Poetry Dances has given me as a poet to share my writing. I appreciate both sites for all that they do for the poetry world. I am sure that there has been and will be great writers discovered with the opportunities that the Writingroom and Poetry dances have given! Thanks you guys!" -Debbie Campbell

Due to elements of the Site’s design, it is returned on page One for searches made on or, for many poetry related search criteria. This offers the potential of increased exposure for the writers and work listed on the Site.

These search criteria include: Great poetry website, Great poetry site and Read great poetry, among many others. A full list of the searches that return the on page One of or are shown on the Site itself.

Over the last three months has been building on its recent affiliation with, a diverse and resource filled site for a great many talented writers. ‘Read Request’ buttons have been added to all poems on the site, which make it easier for users of the site to submit work for consideration and possible selection by poetry contest winners are also now being hosted on the Poetry dances site.

-Lindsay Preston, Creator and CEO of recently offered these comments regarding the growing ties between the two sites:

" is pleased to have affiliated with is a fabulous site made up of the highest quality poets and poetry. We feel the affiliation with such a high caliber site is beneficial, not only for WritingRoom, but for our members who have been and will be featured on the Site.”

In other developments has been in talks with premier poetry blog resource Poets Who Blog (, with a view to including a Read Request button on its site also.

The Poets Who Blog site hosts links to many of the blogs on which poems were originally discovered by

Additionally, recently reached agreement with South Africa based, to offer marketing and promotional support for its book publication and distribution program. A program designed to help often disadvantaged children in Africa.

As mentioned earlier in this release many of the writers on the Site enjoy 'Favorite Writer' status. The last quarter saw nineteen new Favorite Writers created. These writers along with their poems and the sites hosting are as follows:

Shana E. Purves with 'River of Passion' on
Leanne Hancher (midsummer21) with 'Learning to Breathe' -on
Anya Fay with Willow on
Michele Stephenson (Michele) with 'Pair Of Poets' on
Melinda Kahler (shakatoah) with 'A Lady In Waiting' on
Debbie Campbell (deb) with 'I know You are There' on
Michael Estabrook with ‘Smooth and Sweet’ on
Ronald Kilgore with ‘Final Hug’ on
Danny F. McMahan with ‘Paradise Drizzles’ on
Elijah Hamlin with ‘Dreams’ on
Lily T. Bilsland (LTB) with ‘Human Swamp Water’ on
Jan Teaford (autumnmoon) with ‘A Study In Blue’ on
Joe Kruppenbacher (Sojourner) with ‘Broken’ on
Cody Robinson (NativeLeader777) with ‘Moment of Silence’ on
Rebecca Derossett (Wannabe) with ‘I Am’ on
Janie Ruth Ryals with ‘Waiting’ on
David Angel with ‘Of Eternity To Rest’ on
Rick Doerscher with ‘Iowa Fields’ on
Jamie Alan Rhines with ‘Freedom’ on

As indicated earlier in this release, poetry can also be submitted directly to along with links to great poems found by users themselves. Additionally, the Site accepts general read requests, which allow its staff to visit and read the work of specific writers on various poetry sites or blogs across the Internet.

The Site has also recently introduced a 'Poem of The Week' feature. wants to thank PoetryDances for its continued support of our members. 


New Videos

by Lindsay 2/9/2009 11:43:00 PM

Want some from professional authors?  Ever wonder what it's like to win a writing contest? Do you dream of what it would be like to have your novel published?


Now you can find out, right from the authors and writers themselves.   WritingRoom Videos brings you advice and tips from some of your favorite authors and your soon to be favorites.  We have recently added some new videos.  


Make sure you watch Jon Land.  Jon is the acclaimed bestselling author of 27 novels.  His latest novel, THE SEVEN SINS, is available now and his upcoming novel, STRONG ENOUGH TO DIE, will be available in May.  Jon has been kind enough to offer his talent and time to the top ten finalists in the WritingRoom 2009 Authors Choice Contest.  


Check out Jason Austin and Raymond Springer, the first and second place winners of WritingRoom's Author Launch Contest.  They tell their audience about the struggles they had penning their first novel and what it was like to become a published author.


In WritingRoom member, JJ's, new video she does more than tell you about her new book, ACCIDENTALLY DELIBERATE, she entertains and teaches her viewer about life.


If you are interested in filming a book trailer or writing related video or have a book trailer or a writing related video you would like us to feature send us an email at 


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We've made some changes...

by Lindsay 2/9/2009 11:32:00 PM

Howdy~ I want to inform you all of some changes that have recently been made here at WritingRoom


You will no longer to be able to send messages to those who are not your friends.  We have had a couple spammers on the site and hope that this will deter them from bugging everyone.  You will now need to send a "friend request" prior to sending messages.  You will still be able to comment on writings that aren't marked "my friends only" without being the member's friend.  


We have a new registration page.  This new page includes a seperate registration for the "Expert Page" and the "Professional Authors Page".  These pages are currently free.  We will continue to add some really cool stuff to them and eventually they will become a paid service.  It will be worth it!  If you are already a member and interested in one of these upgraded profiles while they are in the free beta stage, send us an email at 


The last big change applies to the Professional Authors Page and your "book upload".  We have changed how it works.  We hope that you find this more user friendly.  Let us know if you have any comments or questions.


We are continuously working to make WritingRoom better.  Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions. 

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Deep Within The Heart

by Lindsay 2/5/2009 6:08:00 PM

Each month we hunt through the thousands of fabulous writings posted here at to find our next Discovered Author. 


This month we have found Janie Morrow.  Janie is a grandmother of six who has lived enough life to fill dozens of books.  Janie is a breast cancer survivor who used her gift of writing to keep her motivated through her darkest days.  She has turned her wealth of life into something truly special.  With a colorful palate of experience, with her words Janie has painted her tragic and tiumphant book of poetry entitled DEEP WITHIN THE HEART. DEEP WITHIN THE HEART is a collection of poetry based on true stories and beautifully imagined experiences. You can buy her book now at Congratulations Janie!

We will continue our search for our monthly Discovered Author.  We are looking for a vast collection of inspirational poems, creative short stories or the next great novel. If we chose you we will publish, promote and market your book~ so keep writing and keep posting!



2009 WritingRoom Author Choice Contest

by Lindsay 2/4/2009 2:35:00 PM

Attention aspiring novelists! Now is your chance to have your work published, marketed, and promoted. The first place winner will have their work read and considered by top New York literary agent Loretta Barrett and an editor from Tor/Forge Books.

10 winners will receive a helping hand to improve their manuscripts from acclaimed bestselling author Jon Land, the author of THE SEVEN SINS and one of the Library Journal’s Top Five Thrillers of 2008.

The top three winners of the 2009 WritingRoom Author Choice Contest will have their manuscripts published, marketed and promoted. One Grand-Prize winner will also have their book read and considered by one of the top New York literary agents Loretta Barrett and editor Eric Rabb from Tor/Forge Books.

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The first month of the year is over...

by Lindsay 2/2/2009 10:06:00 AM

The January poetry and short story contest is now closed.  Once again we received some really great entries.  We will be announcing the winner by February 15th.  The first place winner of both contests will receive $50 and a copy of the upcoming anthology where their poem/short story will be published.  One runner-up in each contest will receive a copy of the anthology.  All contest entrants will be published in the anthology and will receive a certificate of publication. 


With the close of the January contest comes the beginning of the February contest.  Keep the entries coming! 

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