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Prose from the Proes.

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Tue Nov 08, 2011 2:17 am
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Flux says...

I'm thinking about entering a contest, where the choices are visual arts, poetry, and prose.

I'm not much of an artist, and I'm not a poet (yes, I know it), but I'm confused about the prose. It has to be less than a thousand words, but define prose to me.

I'm told it's simply just regular, everyday writing. Like fiction, and comments, and critiques, and yada-yada. But ... is there something I'm missing here? Some prose-y rules that I'm not knowing of?

I've never really been taught the proper definition of prose, so I was hoping someone may be able to help and provide an example (or many examples) of prose, just to clear up my confusion.
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.

Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth."

-- Oscar Wilde

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Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:34 pm
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Rosey Unicorn says...

This defines it rather well.
You know you're a writer when you're not alarmed at hearing voices in your head, you can't read a book without analyzing it for plot & characters and you consider something you nearly killed yourself to write the most rewarding.

Guilty as charged.