Monetize your writing: 4 publishing contests you shouldn’t miss (no fees)

August 21, 2016


About year ago I published this post where I emphasized three creative, more alternative ways you can earn money as a poet. Well, what I left out are writing contests as they are more of a traditional way of monetizing your writing. Nevertheless, they are a great way for emerging poets/writers to get more recognition and practice working under deadlines with focus on a specific topic.

Below is list of 4 competitions/paying publishing opportunities that I think are worth your attention. Now, I haven’t included contests that require fees, as I don’t see them as much motivating. Also, many of the competitions have specific accent on age, gender, location and ext. so I tried to exclude those which are very restrictive.

Here’s my list:

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

This is 16th year that this contest exists. There are no fees required for you to enter – only to make…

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August 21, 2016

How often do we fear facing the wolf

only to discover when it reaches us

that there is no wolf

and never was!

Approaching us was just a sweet puppy dog!

By Martha L Shaw ©2016


Slow eating and diabetes

August 20, 2016

I was wondering about this for the longest time. My rationale was that if you eat slower, the carbs get into your bloodstream at a slower rate which should contribute to the lower blood sugar numbers overall.

Diabetes Self-Management site reports the findings of a study on eating slow. It states that eating faster increases chances of developing diabetes about twofold. Actually, two and a half times. The speed of eating is linked more strongly with diabetes than the content of meals alone. Eating fast can increase postprandial blood sugar level and all the consequences of that.

The site goes on further stating that blood sugar level after eating generally goes up in everybody, but it’s crucial in PWD (people with diabetes). It can go up faster if you have diabetes because of your body compromised ability to deal with increased blood sugar levels due to insulin resistance or not…

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Attention #PoetsForPeace Contributors: We are getting published & will need your help!

August 20, 2016


Hello Everyone,

This is for all present and future contributors for our collaboration #PoetsForPeace. Michael and I  are so excited to let you know that our friend and fellow blogger Laura M. Kaminski has graciously offered to help us get published in Praxis Magazine Online! Laura herself is an amazing writer and a published poet… I encourage you to check out her blog if you haven’t already done so.

In order to get published we will need  permission from our contributors who would like their piece published with this collaboration. One or all of these fields will need to be included: URL, Name, Location Contributor is writing from. “The standard Praxis copyright page at the beginning will show that copyright for contributed lines is retained by the individual contributors”.- Laura

Michael from the Poetry  Channel, will be contacting individual contributors with details soon; however, we wanted to make sure we…

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What Can I Offer You

August 18, 2016

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! Dear readers – be blessed!

Pete Gardner Psalms

What can I offer you Lord of my life?

All that I have is my praise sacrifice.

No matter the mood, or whatever the pain

I’ll still take the time to lift up your name

Praise the Lord.  He is worthy of praise

Praise the Lord all of my days

I will lift up His name

His wonderful name

Praise the Lord

How can I thank you oh Lord of my days?

You have given me all that I have by your grace.

I can only give thanks with the fruit of my lips

And I offer my life in thanks for your gifts

Thank you Lord.  You are worthy of praise

Thank you Lord all of my days

I will lift up His name

His wonderful name

Thank you Lord

You are the one that I long for

You are the one I adore

You are the one who…

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August 18, 2016

mood glow

If I close my eyes,

fearing the angry looking cloud,

I shall miss the brightness of the sun

and the calmness of the glowing moon!

By Martha L Shaw ©2016



Philippians 1:2a

August 17, 2016

“Grace be unto you, and peace…”

Traveling through Philippians

“Grace be unto you, and peace…”

If I could have but two things in my life, these would be the two: Grace and Peace. What a wonderful way to start out a letter Paul immediately bestows upon the people of Philippi the two things that they need the most – and which we all need the most.

How do I greet people? Most of the time, we go about our daily lives and use the familiar greetings of the day. “Hello”. “How are you today”? “Good morning”. So simple, so right to the point. When was the last time you greeted someone with a blessing like this? What would their reaction be if you did? In most people’s mind, they would think you some type of religious fanatic if you went around saying “Grace and Peace to you”.

So how can we convey these two things in our modern world…

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