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The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.

Søren Kierkegaard
1813 – 1855

It is strange the way ideas come when they are needed.

Freeman Dyson
b. 1923

... the culmination of a successful train of association, which may have lasted for an appreciable time, and which has probably been preceded by a series of tentative and unsuccessful trains. The series of unsuccessful trains of association may last for periods varying from a few seconds to several hours. […] Sometimes the successful train seems to consist of a single leap of association, or of successive leaps which are so rapid as to be almost instantaneous.

Graham Wallas
1858 – 1932

Our task is not to find the maximum amount of content in a work of art. Our task is to cut back content so that we can see the thing at all.

Susan Sontag
1933 – 2004

To get fame and money, for the sake of which I wrote, it was necessary to hide the good and to display the evil.

Leo Tolstoy
1828 – 1910

Oh comforting solitude, how favorable thou art to original thought!

Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Founding Father of Neuroscience
1852 – 1934

Patience is the master key to every situation.

Franz Kafka
1883 – 1924

Invention does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.

Mary Shelley
1797 – 1851

Solitude, a rest from responsibilities, and peace of mind, will do you more good than the atmosphere of the studio and the conversations.

Louise Bourgeois
1911 – 2010

Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing so little to be reached as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and be just toward them.

Rainer Maria Rilke
1875 – 1926

Of genius the only proof is, the act of doing well what is worthy to be done, and what was never done before.

Of genius, in the fine arts, the only infallible sign is the widening the sphere of human sensibility, for the delight, honor, and benefit of human nature.

Genius is the introduction of a new element into the intellectual universe, or, if that be not allowed, it is the application of powers to objects on which they had not before been exercised, or the employment of them in such a manner as to produce effects hitherto unknown.

William Wordsworth
1770 – 1850

Genius gives birth, talent delivers.

Jack Kerouac
1922 – 1969

Only through pure contemplation … can ideas be comprehended; and the nature of genius consists in pre-eminent capacity for such contemplation. Now, as this requires that a man* should entirely forget himself and the relations in which he stands, genius is simply the completest objectivity, i.e., the objective tendency of the mind, as opposed to the subjective, which is directed to one’s own self — in other words, to the will. Thus genius is the faculty of continuing in the state of pure perception, of losing oneself in perception, and of enlisting in this service the knowledge which originally existed only for the service of the will; that is to say, genius is the power of leaving one’s own interests, wishes, and aims entirely out of sight, thus of entirely renouncing one’s own personality for a time, so as to remain pure knowing subject, clear vision of the world; and this not merely at moments, but for a sufficient length of time, and with sufficient consciousness, to enable one to reproduce by deliberate art what has thus been apprehended.

Arthur Schopenhauer
1788 – 1860

[Genius requires] freshness and wildness of imagination, a raging ambition, an unusual gift for learning and growing, a depth and breadth of thought and spirit.

Ludwig van Beethoven
1770 – 1827

Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul.

Walt Whitman
1819 – 1892

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed poets and writers citizens can change the world.

Margaret Mead Inspired Quote
1901 - 1978

The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.

Mary Oliver
1935 – 2019

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You will become a stronger writer. Any subscriber who doesn’t have that experience during their first year can request a full refund. Not winning a Musepaper Prize doesn’t qualify. To ensure accountability and fairness to all of our subscribers requirements apply. Read the Refund Policy.

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2 New Writing Prompts Each Month
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3 Winners from Each Prompt
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6 Musepaper Prizes per month
(a mix of stories, poems, and essays)

Subscription: One monthly submission to the Writing Prompt of your choice*

Subscription Pro: Three monthly submissions to any combination of the Writing Prompts*

Submission: A story, essay, or poemº of 1,000 words or less

º1 or 2 poems totaling 1,000 words or less and 5 total pages is allowed. 

Each winner receives:

  • Publication online and in annual print collection
  • Recognition on all of our online platforms, including NMW’s website and in its widely circulated email newsletter
  • The ever-changing Enigma Prize, sure to delight and amuse!

*ALL SUBSCRIBERS receive at least one extra submission every month for a growing selection of Members-Only Prompts, complete with Musepaper Prizes and publishing opportunities. 

  • Never-Ending Series: Exclusive chance to launch the Never-Ending Series.
  • Monthly Bonus Submission(s): Extra submission(s) for Members-Only Prompts (complete with awards and publication opportunities)
  • Add-on Submissions: Should you ever wish to submit more, beyond your subscription/complimentary entries, discounted submissions will always be available to you.
  • And so much more:
    Our intent is for your delight.
You will become a stronger writer. Any subscriber who doesn’t have that experience during their first year can request a full refund. Not winning a Musepaper Prize doesn’t qualify. To ensure accountability and fairness to all of our subscribers requirements apply. Read the Refund Policy. Subscriptions can be easily cancelled, at anytime, directly from your Member account page.
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Members are invited to directly influence the creative direction and evolution of Musepaper.

Surveys, feedback forms, polls, and suggestion boxes may cover a broad range of decisions. From cover design to typeface, and any ideas beyond the margin. 

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The first poll is now underway. Votes cast will determine the final cover design for Musepaper, Vol. 1 (August ’19). Cast your vote on or before July 20.

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If you’ve made it this far and you’re still on the fence, hop on down and join us. Here’s why:

  • Nothing will take your writing to the next level more effectively than small, continual improvement. Step-by-step it can hardly be seen, but this compounding effect creates exponential growth.
  • New Millennium Writings has been awarding new and emerging writers for nearly a quarter century. Most recently, we created Sunshot Press, and the inaugural publications have already garnered Finalist awards from PEN and Next Gen Indie Awards. We’re expecting equally swift and amazing results from the Musepaper.

It’s hard to contain our excitement, but we’re at the beginning of something really special and we want you join us.

Whatever you decide, we wish you love, laughter, and respect. We hope to read you soon.

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