Announcing: The Roarin’ Twenties Poetry Blogfest + Chapter Critique Giveaway

QOTD: If you could go back and (re)live through an entire decade in history, which decade would you choose and why?

There are officially 8 days left until my 20th birthday! Huzzah! One would think turning 20 wasn’t as exciting as turning 21 or 18, but in China decades are huge turning points in a person’s life. I mean, I consider this past decade (Year 10 – Year 20) to be the Decade of Rebellion. I wonder what this next decade will bring?

To celebrate my second decade of being alive, I am hosting The Roarin’ Twenties Poetry Blogfest. This calls for another: “Huzzah!” The last blogfest I hosted was Inanimation 100-Followers Blogfest back in May 2011. Over 15 bloggers participated and it was one of my favorite blogging experiences ever. I’ve wanted to host another for a long time – and so here we are! I’m not very good at writing poetry, but I still write with words – I am writer. But I’ve decided I’m going out of my comfort zone for this one, because isn’t that what part of being a writer is all about? Challenging yourself? Who’s with me?

Here are the rules: Any time between June 22 (my birthday!) and June 24, post on your blog either an original poem or an existing poem that focuses on one or more of the following: birthdays, the 1920s era, or time. Don’t forget to enter your link and your name/blog name below using the InLinkz tool, and check out everyone else’s blogfest entries! That’s it!

Actually…wait…one more thing!

Not only is it going to be my birthday, but I am also getting close to 200 followers as well. This is a bit of a stretch, I know, but it would make my decade if I reached 200 followers by my 20th birthday. I would love to reach this goal if possible, but I need your help. Therefore, I am also hosting a Chapter Critique Giveaway to complement the blogfest!

That’s right – for the winner who racks up the most giveaway points, I will read and critique any one chapter of a manuscript OR a short story (page limit: 20 pages). The critique will include in-depth review, copy editing, rating, and suggestions – either over email or a Skype call (!). As a copy editor for both Cellar Door and Blue & White magazines, I promise you I will give constructive feedback.

To enter the giveaway, do any of the following and COMMENT below with a list of everything you did for your entry (P=Points):

  • Become a follower of my blog (5P)
  • Participate in The Roarin’ Twenties Blogfest (5P)
  • Tweet about the blogfest and include the hashtag #theredangel and @wendyluwrites in your tweet (1P)
  • Like TRA on Facebook (2P)
For every point, you will be entered in a random generator once. The maximum number of entries you can have is 13. On June 24, I will list all of the names in a random generator (*idea from Oh to be a Muse), and one name will be chosen randomly receives the chapter critique. So the more points you rack up, the better chance you have for the giveaway!

Remember, participating in The Roarin’ Twenties Blogfest automatically gives you 5 points. Woot!


22 responses to “Announcing: The Roarin’ Twenties Poetry Blogfest + Chapter Critique Giveaway”

  1. Happy Early Birthday! I hope your blogfest is all you want it to be.. I will try to be imaginative. :-) I am already a follower or I woould have followed! Roland

  2. Jeremy Bates says:

    Hi Wendy. Happy advanced birthday to you! 20 huh? I can’t make the blogfest due to a prior commitment but wish you all the best with it.

  3. Hi, Wendy,

    I’m useless at Poetry so won’t burden you with my attempts. I know you’ll enjoy your birthday when it comes. Enjoy the blogfest.

  4. M Pax says:

    A most happy birthday to you, charming Wendy. Poetry isn’t my thing either … but I will sign up and post something for you. Is that good enough? Maybe I can scrounge up something I wrote in my 20’s … If nothing else, I can come up with a few lame birthday lines.

  5. Summer Ross says:

    I added this blogfest to my blogfest page. :) Happy early birthday!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Happy early birthday! I’m all about the Roaring Twenties, so I can’t wait for this one.

  7. Hopeful Life says:

    I have done the below, so I should get 10 points :)

    •Become a follower of my blog (5P)
    •Participate in The Roarin’ Twenties Blogfest (5P)

    Thanks Wendy for the fun blogfest and winner system! I hope the chapter of my writing can get read…you provide awesome edits and feedback!

  8. Lydia Kang says:

    You’re not even twenty yet? Can I have some of that excess energy that I’m sure you have and I don’t?


    Just tweeted about your blogfests and crit giveaway!

  9. Wendy Lu says:

    Roland – Thanks for b-day wishes! I’m excited to read your poem for the fest :)

    Jeremy – Aw, well I appreciate you stopping by anyway! I hope you’re having a great day.

    J.L. – Thank you for the birthday wishes! I’m not a great poet either but I have always admired people who are able to put a lot of meaning into a small amount of words. :)

    Mary – Thank you so much! Your participation means a lot to me. I can’t wait to see what you come up! See you on June 22!

    Summer – Thanks for the mention and the wishes!

    Stephanie – Hey, thanks for signing up! I know, the 20s era is one of my favorite decades of American history. Hope all is well at Word by Word.

    Hopeful – Thank you for doing the math for me ;) You are most welcome – best of luck in the giveaway!

    Lydia – Hahaha :) Thank you very much Lydia for the tweet and FB Like! Much appreciated.

  10. Talli Roland says:

    Happy almost-birthday! I’m struggling to remember my 20th. I think my 30th felt more significant, for some reason. Hope the blogfest goes well! :)

  11. J.C. Martin says:

    Shen re kuai le! Hope my pinyin made sense there! Thanks for inviting me to enter your blogfest, but I’m not much of a poet, so I’ll let the m ore poetically inclined participate in that. However, I will help you spread the word, and try and get you to hit 200 followers by the time you’re 20 (gosh, wish I was 20 again!)!

  12. Shah Wharton says:

    Happy (prior) Birthday to you! Great idea and I have absolutely linked up to the blogfest. I’ve also done everything else you required. I’f you need any evidence, my tweet handle is shahw1 and me – Shah Wharton- is who liked you and followed you.


  13. This sounds really cool. I’m not a poetry writer so I’m going to have to think about it. However, I hope you have a great new decade ahead of you.

  14. MJ says:

    Happy early BDay! I will try to participate in your blog fest, I’m starting back to work next week so I will see what I can do!

  15. Donna Hole says:

    Well, happy new decade Wendy :)

    I’m not a poet so I’ll pass on this one – although the prize is tempting. But I’ll post this in my community events and try to get up a blog post by the 20th.

    Good luck with the blogfest and followers drive.


  16. Tanya Reimer says:

    Stopped in to Happy 20th!!! Yay! My bday was in June too!

    In my research, I found the best decades are from 1910-1940! Fun years!!!

    Have fun in your blogfest, I will be outta the province, and won’t be around to take in the fun. Catch ya next time.

  17. Happy 20th birthday, Wendy. Hope you reach 200 followers by then :)

    As I don’t write poetry, I will have to give this blogfest a miss :(

  18. Happy almost 20 again. I’m also useless at poetry but if I come up with something I’ll post it. I love your energy. And I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings the both of us. Or what we bring to it. Or something…

  19. Ginger says:

    I just became your 188th follower. 12 to go!!

    Happy Early birthday Wendy Lu(saying it now cause i might forget). Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

    Can’t say i know much about the roaring 20s but i do know my favourite poem about time is this one from WH Davies

    Take time to admire the beauty of nature around you in the midst of your busy schedule :)

  20. Wendy Lu says:

    This is just a friendly REMINDER that you don’t have to write your own poem for the blogfest! You can post another poem you like if you want! (A personal favorite poet of mine is Emily Dickinson.)

    Talli – Thanks for stopping by! Haha I think either way, every decade is special!

    J.C. – Aw, xie xie! Thanks so much for sharing the blogfest on Twitter! Much appreciated.

    Shah – Awesome!! I’m excited for the giveaway! See you on the ROW80 FB page :D

    Clarissa – Thanks for the well wishes! I’m looking forward to starting a new decade, though I don’t know if I’m quite ready yet haha. I will be in three days ;)

    MJ – Yay! Glad you decided to join in on the fun. Looking forward to checking out everyone’s poems.

    Donna – That sounds great, Donna. I am grateful for any help in advertising the blogfest and giveaway. Thank you, and I hope you are having a wonderful week so far.

    Tanya – Well happy belated birthday, then! Indeed, I love the 20s era…so fun and full of life. safe travels!

    Rachna – Aw, thank you for stopping by anyhow! I hope I can reach 200 too, but even if I don’t it’ll be all right haha. I really appreciate each one of my followers for sticking with me for so long..

    Wendy – Thanks, Wendy :P If you get a chance you should sign up anyway – it really doesn’t matter if you’re a poet or not! Goodness knows I’m not haha. I guess we will both find out what this new decade has in store for us.

    Ginger – Ahh, you are so sweet! Thank you for sharing that poem and little piece of insight – it is so true. I shared part of the poem on Twitter as a #DailyWings piece. :)

  21. farawayeyes says:

    Happy Birthday Wendy! Donna Hole sent me here. Did it have to be poetry? I’m sooo bad a poetry, BUT I want that chapter critique, so I’ll bite.

    Followed, signed up , will tweet but no FB.

  22. Trisha says:

    Happy birthday Wendy! I missed out on the blogfest but I hope you have a great birthday :)

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