Thursday, April 13, 2017

Poetic Social Justice Contest: Using Words to Change the World


From Globalizm.org an organization for sustainable living


Weilding Our Words to Create a Best World


In honor of National Poetry Month, Wordy Wonderings and Sylvanocity are hosting a Poetic Social Justice Contest to promote using our words to create writing that will inspire the world to change in positive ways.  Care to join in? 

Write a poem
                       Create a Visual Poem
                                                          Perform a Spoken Word Poem



And share it with me via a comment on this blog by April 30th The winner will be announced May 5th on Wordy Wonderings and Sylvanocity, a creative community on FB.





We'd also like to encourage you to submit your work to:



The Live Arts Contest, if you're in high school or college


or 




The Scriblerus: an online arts journal 




Because they would like every voice to be heard, every vision seen, and every culture represented in an artistic effort to reshape the world for peace, equity, and justice.

Need a little help with your poem? 

Here are a few links that might help:






Let's Change the World One Word at A Time






A few notes on my blog:
The comment feature is monitored, so when you post a comment, it goes to me, then I approve it for posting.  Weblinks are not live, so I will be posting all links to poems in the body of the blog as they come in, so stop by often to see the work that's turned in.  Thank you!!!

PRIZES; 
In honor of social justice and the power of poetry, the prize for this contest is recognition on WORDY WANDERINGS and SYLVANOCITY and the potential of winning the LIVE ARTS CONTEST (if you're in college or high school) and publication in THE SCRIBLERUS.....

AND

10 Powerful Inspiring Poetry Books to the School of Your Choice that needs more books!


The first Entry from Tracy Bryan. Thank you for this inspiring piece, Tracy! You can learn more about Tracy and her work on her website.

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YOU in The World






Can you SEE the world?

Look at the people.
Smiling, Laughing, Sharing.
Look at the animals.
Snuggling, Healing, helping.
Look at the nature.
Growing, Blooming, Feeding.
Look at you. You’re beautiful.
Open your eyes.
Look around at the sights and SEE the beautiful in the world.










Can you HEAR the world?

Listen to the sounds of people.
Humming, Chatting, Singing.
Listen to the sounds of animals.
Purring, Chirping, Barking.
Listen to the sounds of nature.
Buzzing, trickling, swishing.
Listen to you. Your breath. Your heart beat.

Open your ears.
Listen to the sounds and HEAR the beautiful in the world.




Can you TASTE the world?

Savor the taste of food.
Nibble, munch, bite.
Savor the taste of drink.
Sip, quench, slurp.
Savor the taste of flavors.
Sweet, salt, sour.
Savor what you eat.

Open your palate.
Savor the flavors and TASTE the beautiful in the world.


Can you SMELL the world?

Sniff the people inside scents.
People smells, Baking aromas, cleaning fragrances.
Sniff the nature outside scents.
Flower bouquets, Water sprays, Animal odors.
Sniff the scent of weather.
Rain splashes, sunshine gleams, snow sparkles.
Sniff the scent of you.

Open your nose.
Sniff the scents and SMELL the beautiful in the world.




Finally,
Can you FEEL the world?



Close your eyes.
Can you FEEL the world?

Can you feel your breath and your heartbeat?
Breathe and JUST BE with yourself.

Can you FEEL THE LOVE you have for yourself?
You are beautiful!

Can you FEEL THE LOVE you have for your family?
For your friends? For nature and animals? Beautiful.

Can you FEEL THE LOVE you have for the world?
Isn’t it beautiful?

Open your heart and LOVE all the beautiful in the world.













Monday, March 13, 2017




And We Have a Winner!


Picture Book author and blogger, Cynthia Mackey submitted the winning entry, "Friendship Soup" with a delightful twist on "playing with your food"!  Congratulations Cindy? You can check out her wining entry on her blog at "Friendship Soup" on Simply Cindy.


I also want to thank all of the other wonderful authors and poets who shared their work. It was great fun to read thier entires and even more fun to see how they stopped back in at Wordy Wanderings to support their fellow writers. Bravo one and all!

Stop back by, there will be another Creative Calisthenic coming soon!


Feeling Creative?

 Reminiscing About Your Favorite Candy?





Who is ready for some creativity calisthenics? Inspired by Kenvin Henkes genius book about the life of a marshmallow chick as a friend, can you share a narrative poem or short short about a food who becomes a child's friend? (100 words or less folks) 

And because a picture is worth a thousand jelly beans, you can also share your story as an illustration. 

Can you do it?! Yes, you can! I'd even be willing to send the winner a prize in the food they pick (no caviar, please). 

You can post the story to your blog or include the whole story in a comment on this post. The winner will be announced here and on my Facebook community, 
Sylvanocity





Another inspirtation of this contest is the wonderful work of my friend Vivian Kirkfield who runs the #50 Precious Words Writing Contest and the fantastic blog, Picture Books Help Kids Soar. Thank you for the inspiration, Vivian. 

Swim with the Swedish Fish. Hop with chocolate bunnies. Picnic with gummy bears. Let's get creative with candy, folks!  Happy Writing!


This contest is open until 3/31/17.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017





Crafting Characters 

Who Have Special Needs

by Kortney Price 
 Holloway Literary Agency




In my submission interests I list that I am always interested in work containing special needs characters. Why? Because I grew up working in the special needs community (Check out TASK!).  This community has taught and inspired me so much over the years and I want to give back and help them to be heard and understood. Because I want others who don’t feel comfortable around people with special needs to have the opportunity to learn through books and experience the same wonderful community.

When we include characters who are different from ourselves in our stories, we have to keep in mind that they cannot be defined as different. They have to be that puzzle piece that fits perfectly into your story to create the big picture you want readers to see. So, if you’re creating special needs characters in your story, here are a couple of tips I’ve picked up along the way.

     1)   Disability is Not a Definition. Focus on the Individual

      When you’re crafting a special needs character make sure you’re not defining them by their disability. We already know that characters need flaws, strengths, goals and a voice to feel well rounded. The same goes for special needs characters. Who are they as a person? That should be your focus. 


    2)   Research, Research, Research



      You’re going to be researching for some element of your story anyway, why not really get to know what’s happening in your character’s brain or body? The human brain is like a computer. People with certain special needs have brains that run on a different operating system than what you might be used to. Really learning about how your character’s brain runs will help you to create a well-rounded character both in your head and on the page.


3)   Know Why Your character is Present


Every character in your story has to have a purpose. If your protagonist has a little brother or sister with special needs, make sure they have a purpose in your story. If you don’t give your characters a purpose you run the risk of your story becoming cluttered or having characters who only serve to diversify your story rather than express theme or move the plot.

If you are working on writing a story featuring those in the special needs community, check out these links for lists of award winning books featuring characters with a variety of special needs.


·       Schneider Family Book Award Winners
·         Dolly Gray Award Winners

If you’re looking for reliable resources in your research, check out this awesome list of sources on the Autism Speaks website, the Department of Mental Health’s website, or try heading out to volunteer and spend some time with the special needs community in your area.

Call for Submissions:


I’m currently looking for manuscripts in the middle grade to new adult range. If you have a story featuring special needs characters and would like to submit to our agency, check out our submission guidelines here.

WIN a free critique with Associate Agent Kortney Price:


If you share your comments on this blog by March 31st, you'll be entered to win a critique with Ms. Price. If you're the winner, you can submit up to 10 pages of a manuscript that fits her call for submissions and get a written critique of your work.


Share Your Thoughts:


What are your thoughts on the portrayals of characters with special needs in children's and young adult literature? Are such portrayals important? How so? Which books do an excellent job? Which don't? Why? Come join the discussion and enter the chance to win a free critique. 














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