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Our purpose and mission:


This group is designed for writers looking for constructive criticism, writing tips, and encouragement. A place for those truly wanting to improve their skills. We can all benefit from positive feedback and become better writers with one another's assistance.

The Writer's Meow showcases everything from fiction and fan fiction, to poetry and songs, to nonfiction articles and essays. Seasoned writers and novices with a dream of writing are encouraged to join.

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Joining the group:

:bulletblack: Hit the button titled "Join this Group." Hitting 'watch' will only allow you to view work, not submit.

:bulletblack: We'd appreciate it if you place our icon in your journal or our link in your signature to show your support.

:bulletblack: Don't forget to comment on other club members' submissions - that is why we are here. And be sure to mention you are visiting their deviation from TMW. That way they can pay you back in kind.

:writer: by arrioch

What we accept:

:bulletblack: Prose... both fiction and non-fiction

:bulletblack: Fan fictions (with disclaimers please)

:bulletblack: Novelists... we will accept all of your chapters, not just the first one and/or prologue. Please refer to the submission guidelines for more.

:bulletblack: Articles and writing tips

:bulletblack: Poetry and songs

:bulletblack: Visual poetry. Photography/artwork with accompanying literature in the artist comments section are also accepted. Please note... we will accept these forms of media ONLY if the literature is YOUR OWN WORK. The image does not have to belong to you, but it MUST be credited in the artist comments section.

:bulletblack: Sorry, NO comics or manga. We are first and foremost a literature group.

:bulletblack: No scraps! If it's not good enough for your gallery, it's not good enough for ours, either.

:bulletblack: The deviation must be a proper deviantArt literature submission. A cover photo with a link in the artist comments section to another site where your story is posted will be considered spam, and will be declined.

:bulletblack: This should go without saying, but all literature must be your own! Posting someone else's work without written permission or at least verbal consent is considered plagiarism. All stolen work will be declined and reported.

Kitty emoticon by Chaosgoettin

Submissions:

:bulletblack: Due to the amount of members here, we can only accept ONE submission per deviant per week. If you submit more than one within a seven day period, we will chose one for you and the rest will be declined. Sorry, but we want to try to avoid becoming an 'exposure only' group.

Novelists... again, you are welcome to post all your chapters here, but we ask you to please respect the submission limit rule. If you wish your other chapters to be read before they can be submitted, including a link to them in your artist comments would be prudent.

:bulletblack: There are no limits or minimums on word count.

:bulletblack: There are no rules here pertaining to ratings. We will take them all. If your deviation contains adult themes, please make sure it is marked as such and/or the mature filter is on. We do not wish to censor, but our audience is very broad. Please be respectful.

:bulletblack: We do not deny work based on quality, but we do ask that you post your best work possible. Run your work through a spell check, and recheck your grammar/punctuation. If there is something in particular you need assistance with, be sure to include that in your artist comments.

:bulletblack: We now have gallery folders! The featured folder is no longer open for submissions, but will be saved for contest winners, DDs/DLDs, and member recognitions.

To submit, go to gallery page, scroll down to find the appropriate folder, and click the '+' sign. You can also enter the gallery folder itself and click 'submit to this folder.' The genre folders can be accessed directly from the group's home page as well, for your convenience.

If you don't know the category of your submission, please note either the group or one of the gallery moderators. If your submission is a chapter out of a larger work, submit to the gallery your story as a whole fits into. Member submissions are run through on Sundays and Wednesdays. Hopefully this will give you all time to read at your leisure.

Please DO NOT send your own submissions to the group favorites folder! They will be declined.


:writer: by arrioch

Advanced critique:

This folder is meant for members looking for more than just comments and encouragement. Operating on a crit for a crit system, it is for those looking to take their writing to the next level. For more on what this project entails, click here thewritersmeow.deviantart.com/… and here fav.me/d370hbx




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Which Submission best demonstrates the Scene Challenge Prompt Best? 

43%
6 deviants said Time's Illusion~ It's true what they say about death. When it happens to you, you know it's over. ~
"Oh, but I didn't order-" I protested loudly, but it was in vain.
The older lady beat me to the punch by saying something in what I would guess was Chinese. She resolutely pushed the plate into my chest, then turned around and left my table, her head held high.
What the actual hell?
"…Thanks?"
It came out as a question, because I wasn't sure what to make of this. Quite honestly, I also wasn't so sure if I was ever going to visit this Chinese restaurant again. First that tall, quiet, red-haired guy who worked here and kept glancing at me when he thought I wasn't looking. Now this old lady acting weird to me and giving me stuff I didn't ask for… This was a strange place, that's for sure.
Or maybe it's just been a long day and it's all in my mind. Wouldn't be the first time.
Since she wasn't going to take it back, I decided to do with the order as I pleased.
With tha
29%
4 deviants said Fortune"Your life is in danger. Say nothing to anyone. You must leave the city immediately and never return. Repeat: say nothing."
I am finding it hard to believe that they’d resort to this type of scare tactic over a little possibly spoiled chicken, but... whatever… I pick up my check and pay the bill, tucking the fortune into my pocket.
“You will leave town now, yes?” the hostess holds the door out to me, her voice loaded with concern.
“I will leave, no,” I reply.
“You must leave. Leave now! Never return. It is not safe,” her eyes look toward the kitchen worriedly. She's acting like a bad actress in a film noir.
“No, I go home.”
"No! Home not safe. You go now."
"Listen: you've got the wrong guy. I am not in any danger, except from that chicken - it was off." I tuck my wallet back into my trousers and head for my car.
It is a long ride home – too long. My stomach is queasy – too much duck sauce, I think.
I make it home a
21%
3 deviants said Fortune CookieA fortune cookie.
They're always so...
So...
Cheesy, yes, that's the word.
Oh well, they're fun
Sometimes.
Tearing it open.
What kind of message is this?
"Your life is in danger. Say nothing to anyone. You must leave the city immediately and never return. Repeat: say nothing."
It can't be true.
No way, fortune cookies
Are always so cheesy.
Later at night.
I kept the message.
I don't know why
It can't be true
But four nightmares later,
I know
I have to leave.
Packing.
Knitting needles, yarn,
Money, sweaters,
Leggings, hairbrush-
Oh, I always forget you,
Toothbrush, come here-
The bus is empty this late
Nearly midnight after all
Shadows play there,
Strange and dancing
Wait
Was that a knife?
No
Just a shadow, just a shadow
That's what comes out of my
Mouth
Sweat dripping
Eyes squinting
Why are we stopping?
No
No
It was true
It was a knife
Oh God
Oh God
I did what you said
I did it, I left!
"Too late."
7%
1 deviant said
0%
No deviants said Scene (for reference): At a Chinese restaurant, your character opens his fortune cookie and reads the following message: "Your life is in danger. Say nothing to anyone. You must leave the city immediately and never return. Repeat: say nothing."...

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