Hyphens, Ellipses and Dashes…Oh my! Part 2 – “eN” dashes

By M. Richard Eley  In my previous article, we explored the wacky life of hyphens. As we found out, a hyphen's main use is to break or join multiple-word compound terms. This time, we'll look at the eN dash. The eN dash, like its brother the eM dash, is named for the letter length of the... Continue Reading →

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No Fee Contest/Cash Prize: Is this for real?

Two phrases together often catch a writer's attention.  No Fee and Cash Prize!  That's exactly what you'll find at HRW's 8th Annual Writers Conference. Attendees have the opportunity to submit in three categories: poetry; fiction; and nonfiction. Each category pays cash prizes. And did I mention there is no fee to submit? Here's what you'll... Continue Reading →

An Economy of Words, a Bounty of Emotion

Naomi Nye’s poem “The Mother Writes to the Murderer: A Letter” begins with a quote from the Dallas Morning News: “Alicia didn’t like sadness.” The poem is about the murder of a child on her way to the store a block away from her house. The poem is powerful and haunting, vivid in its description of... Continue Reading →

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