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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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Rosendorn says...

This defines it rather well.
Formerly Rosey Unicorn

A writer is a world trapped in a person— Victor Hugo

Ink is blood. Paper is bandages. The wounded press books to their heart to know they're not alone.


It is only a novel... or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language
— Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey