Write Stuff : The Economics of Writing
Weekly I post something on Write Stuff about writing or the craft of writing or anything relating to the writing process. I began a series on why writing contests are bad business for both writers and publishers. Here's part one, two, and three.
The premise is this: economics is the study of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Poets and writers produce literature that is distributed via publishers and booksellers to readers, book buyers, librarians.
I began the series of posts as a way to study what I do and why I am continually disappointed in writing contests and the works that win writing contests. For example, the Walt Whitman Award, presented by the Academy of American Poets (of which I am a member), is considered a prestigious contest. The Academy has published many fine poets. However, much of what wins and is published is considered informal personal narrative. That's fine. It is a dominant form in America. But, as I discussed with a fellow poet at the Flood Fine Art Center poetry reading last week, it isn't new--it's the same tired narrative lyric every other professional poet is turning out. It's like poetry in America is stuck in a rut and it can't get out. Tony Tost's Invisible Bride is one Walt Whitman Award winner that I recall in recent times that really pushed the vehicle of poetry in a new direction. But I'll explore that more in this week's Write Stuff post.
I'm not sure (because I've received minimal comments on the topic) if I've either struck a nerve with the folks at Write Stuff (they run a writing contest) or I'm being completely obtuse. What do you think?