Monday, July 28, 2014

Continue to celebrate National Day of the Cowboy with our newest video: Writing the West! Brian Garfield, John Jakes and Dee Brown discuss dispelling the myth of the West and writing history. 






Sunday, June 15, 2014




Friday, June 13, 2014

10 Organizations for Published and Aspiring Writers

Poets & Writers

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Poets & Writers is a well-respected nonprofit literary organization. Its print publication Poets & Writers Magazine and website both contain information about MFA programs, writing conferences, contests, grants, awards, and much more. It also holds events that include panel discussions featuring literary agents, editors, and authors.

Romance Writers of America

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General membership: $95

Associate membership: $95

Affiliate membership: $10 (booksellers and librarians)

Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to helping its members create their desired careers out of writing romance. It has local and online chapters, and an annual large-scale conference. It also provides awards, grants, and contests, as well as resources for writers and access to RWA University. RWA members also receive the Romance Writers Report magazine. 

The Center for Fiction

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Membership: $120-$250

The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the US dedicated to fostering fiction by connecting readers and writers. If you’re in the NYC area, the Center offers access to its Writers’ Studio (for a membership fee) and writing workshops. If you’re outside the New York area, its website also contains useful interviews and articles about writing and publishing, such as its series “Writers on Writing” and “The Book Business.”

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

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Membership: Please refer to this page.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is an organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy, and similar genres. It hosts the renowned Nebula Awards each year. SFWA provides information and support for its members through its community, online support, and formal and informal gatherings. 

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

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Membership: Ranges from Associate to Full membership.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a nonprofit organization for writers and illustrators. Its members consist of those “writing and illustrating for children and young adults in children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.” SCBWI is a link between writers and illustrators and industry professionals. It holds international conferences and many regional events. Its magazine offers information on awards, grants, and the craft and business of writing.

The Authors Guild

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Membership: $90 for published authors

The Authors Guild is an organization dedicated to providing legal assistance and other services to its members such as website hosting and registration, panels, and programs. Membership is for published authors.

The Mystery Writers of America

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Membership: $95/term

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is an organization for published mystery writers (including TV, screenplays, radio, and staged dramas) and professionals associated with the genre. Affiliate memberships are available for writers of crime/mystery/suspense who are not professionally published. It provides scholarships for writers, holds conferences, and hosts The Edgar Awards.

PEN American Center

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Membership: Professional membership must be reviewed by PEN

Associate membership: $25–$50

PEN American Center strives to “ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.” PEN works to defend writers by offering many programs such as the World Voices Festival, literary awards, The Prison Writing program, and more. Membership includes involvement with its diverse community, access to its grants and awards database, and a subscription to PEN America.

The Academy of American Poets

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Membership: $35–$2,500

The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization that promotes the appreciation of contemporary poetry and American poets. It offers programs such as National Poetry Month, hosts special events, runs its popular website, and generously grants awards to poets. 

Scribophile

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Membership: Free–$65/year

Scribophile is an online writing group that consists of writers who provide each other with thoughtful critiques and forums to discuss writing. The group functions on a “karma point” system which requires members to spend points before they can post their work. Members earn points by submitting thoughtful critiques of other writers’ works. It offers two types of memberships: basic and premium. It also offers writing workshops and an informative blog.






Wednesday, June 11, 2014

16 Places to Pitch Short Stories

Boston Review

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About: In the words of Junot Díaz, fiction editor of the Boston Review, they are “looking for fiction in which a heart struggles against itself, in which the messy unmanageable complexity of the world is revealed. Sentences that are so sharp they cut the eye.”

Format: Print, digital, and subscription

Restrictions: Submissions must be under 4,000 words. Previously published material will not be considered.

Reading period: September 15–June 15

Ploughshares

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About: Ploughshares strives to publish work filled with “literary excellence.” Issues also feature special guest editors such as Seamus Heaney, Rosellen Brown, and Sherman Alexie.

Format: Print, digital, and subscription

Entry fee: $3 for online submissions, free for current subscribers and mailed submissions

Restrictions: Send only one manuscript at a time, either by mail or submit online

Reading period: June 1–January 15

Tin House

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About: Tin House endeavors to publish reputable authors and also undiscovered fiction writers and poets. Each issue has a suggested theme, except for the summer and winter issues.

Format: Print

Restrictions: 10,000-word limit. Submit only one story at a time. Only unpublished works will be considered.

Reading period: September 4–May 31

BOMB

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About: BOMB magazine is an independent nonprofit quarterly publication, with an online presence, that is dedicated to artists in conversation with other artists. It accepts unsolicited prose submissions for their literary supplement First Proof and weekly online Word Choice column.

Format: Print and digital

Current deadline: December 31, 2014

Tor.com

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About: Tor.com is a website for science fiction and fantasy dedicated to provoking conversations with and between its readers.

Format: Digital

Restrictions: Stories under 17,500 words. Submit only one story at a time. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works will not be considered.

Genres: Speculative fiction, poetry

One Story

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About: One Story is a literary magazine that features only one story.

Format: Print and digital by subscription

Restrictions: Only stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words will be accepted. Only unpublished stories (unless was published in print outside of North America) will be considered.

Reading period: September 1–May 31

Genre: Literary fiction

Glimmer Train

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About: Glimmer Train strives to publish literary short stories of the highest quality that are “emotionally significant.” The editors (who also happen to be sisters) encourage submissions from emerging writers.

Format: Print and subscription

Restrictions: Only unpublished stories will be considered

Reading period: Contingent upon submission category

Genre: Literary short stories

Narrative

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About: Narrative magazine seeks to publish “the finest writing talent.” It publishes both established authors and emerging writers.

Format: Digital and mobile app

Entry fee: A fee will be charged for unsolicited submissions

Restrictions: Narrative accepts manuscripts for “short short fiction” that are two to five pages in length, and between 500 and 2,000 words. The magazine also accepts short stories between 2,000 and 15,000 words.

Reading period: All year

Restrictions: Previously unpublished manuscripts are welcomed

Fantasy & Science Fiction

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About: Fantasy & Science Fiction looks for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers.

Format: Print

Restrictions: Stories up to 25,000 words in length are accepted. Simultaneous and electronic submissions are not accepted. Only one submission at a time is encouraged.

Genres: Fantasy and science fiction

Asimov’s Science Fiction

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About: Asimov’s Science Fiction is a magazine geared toward science fiction stories.

Format: Print, digital, and subscription

Restrictions: Submissions up to 7,500 words are accepted. Only previously unpublished stories are accepted. Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged.

Genre: Science fiction

Analog

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About: Analog publishes stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is the key component.

Format: Print, digital, and subscription

Restrictions: Analog prefers a word count between 2,000 and 7,000.

Genre: Science fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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About: Daily Science Fiction publishes original science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and more every day.

Format: Digital and subscription

Restrictions: Submissions should be 100–10,000 words. Only previously unpublished stories will be considered. Only one submission at a time is encouraged.

Genres: Science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc

Electric Literature

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About: Electric Literature is a digital fiction magazine. It accepts submission for Recommended Reading, its fiction magazine that is “part salon, part digest, and part journal.”

Format: Digital

Restrictions: Submissions should be 2,000–10,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but if it is accepted elsewhere, it must be withdrawn. Only previously unpublished stories are accepted during the spring submission period.

Genre: Fiction

KGB Bar Lit Magazine

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About: KGB Bar Lit Magazine accepts submissions for its weekly and monthly publications.

Format: Digital

Restrictions: Submissions should be unpublished stories or excerpts between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

Genre: Fiction

Black Warrior Review

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About: Black Warrior Review was established by graduate students in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Alabama. It publishes Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside emerging writers.

Format: Print, digital, and subscription

Restrictions: Submissions must not be longer than 7,000 words. Writers may only submit once every six months. Previously published work is not considered. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but Black Warrior Review must be notified if the submission is accepted somewhere else.

Reading period: December 1–March 1 and August 1–October 1

The North American Review

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About: The North American Review is the oldest literary magazine in the US and is published at the University of Northern Iowa. It is “well-known for its early discovery of young, talented fiction writers and poets.” It also publishes creative nonfiction.

Format: Print and subscription

Restrictions: No more than two short stories may be submitted at a time. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted. Previously published material is not accepted.

Genres: Fiction and creative nonfiction






Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The 12 Best Writing Fellowships & Retreats in the US

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(Source: hedgebrook.org)

For all of the writers on Tumblr looking to improve their craft and find new inspiration for their work, here are some of the best writing fellowships and retreats in the US. Many of these programs encourage collaboration with other writers, as well as with immersion in natural environments such as coastlines, farms, and mountains. While a lot of retreats and fellowships are relatively new, there are also ones that have existed since the 1900s. 

Fellowships:

1. The WCR Writing Fellowship at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods
Location: Soquel, CA

The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods offers its writing fellows a stunning and peaceful writing environment. It also offers its fellows and residents organic gardens, orchards, yoga, and cooking courses. They encourage interaction with nature and see creativity as the key to enriching our lives.

2. NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship at The Center for Fiction and The Jerome Foundation
Location: New York, NY 

This fellowship provides writers with a grant, space in The Center for Fiction’s Writers Studio, mentorships, contact with agents, membership to the Center for Fiction, which includes access to its collection of books, workshops, events, and more. The NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship is geared towards writers who are residents of New York City and who have not been published by a major or independent publisher.

3. The Hodson-Brown Fellowship by The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the John Carter Brown Library
Location: Chestertown, MD 

The Hodson-Brown Fellowship is geared towards writers, academics, and scholars pursuing work pertaining to literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. The fellow will have access to the John Carter Brown Library for research and nearby housing. The writing term will be at the Starr Center at Washington College. Office space at Custom House and use of Fellows’ Residence is also provided. 

4. The Kenyon Review Fellowships
Location: Gambier, OH

The Kenyon Review’s fellowships support authors in the early stages of their careers to help them grow into mature writers, teachers, and editors. These fellowships require a significant writing project, meetings with faculty mentors, teaching duties at Kenyon College, and participation with The Kenyon Review. 

 5. Artists’ Fellowships by The New York Foundation of the Arts 
Location: New York, NY

Artists’ Fellowships are dedicated to supporting artists’ living and working in New York across every cultural and ethnic background. Focus is placed primarily on artists’ voice and vision. Applications from every experience level are encouraged. 

6. The MacDowell Colony Fellowship
Location: Peterborough, NH

The MacDowell Colony provides artists and writers the time and space to create both in isolation and in social settings. Studio space, accommodations, and food are provided. Access to the Savidge Library is also provided, which houses collections of past MacDowell Fellows. 

Retreats:

7. Master Class Retreat Series at Hedgebrook
Location: Whidbey Island, WA

Philanthropist Nancy Nordhoff has transformed a farm to retreat cottages for women writers. This retreat is for inexperienced and experienced writers, and includes one-on-one meetings and classes led by celebrated teachers. Each writer is housed in a cottage and Hedgebrook’s prepare each meal. Whidbey Island boasts walking trails, ponds, Double Bluff Beach, and views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. 

8. Yaddo
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY

Yaddo is a historic and creative community located on a 400-acre estate. It is dedicated to fostering creativity by providing an encouraging space for its residents to work. Applicants may apply as individuals or members of two- or three-person teams. 

9. The Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat
Location: New York, NY

Kundiman is a community that “creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American poets can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora.” Kundiman offers workshops and writers’ retreats led by nationally renowned Asian American poets. This retreat culminates with a reading at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. 

10. Wellspring House: A Retreat for Writers and Artists by Preston Browning
Location: Ashfield, MA

Wellspring House is a renovated carriage house owned by Ann and Preston Browning. It is a quiet retreat geared towards writers and artists in need of a private and natural environment. Located in the town of Ashfield, MA, near the hills of the Berkshire Mountains, this retreat is a great break from any city or suburb.

11. Haven Writing Retreat by Laura Munson
Location: Whitefish, MT

At Haven Writing Retreat, New York Times bestselling author Laura Munson strives to inspire and explore the creative realm with every writer in attendance. She believes this is possible while in Montana’s gorgeous countryside.  

12. Whispering Pines Writers’ Retreat by SCBWI New England
Location: West Greenwich, RI

New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Whispering Pines Writers’ Retreat is perfect for writers interested in children’s literature and working with other writers and mentors. There are also presentations delivered by mentors and notable industry professionals. 

Some notes on methodology:
We took reviews from previous fellows and retreat participants into great consideration. For example, if a newly established retreat did not have any reviews or comments on their own website or on others’, it was not included. Articles about fellowships and retreats such as Holly Robinson’s on The Huffington Post’s website were valuable sources of information. Additionally, there are so many fellowships and retreats offered by or in part by colleges and universities across the US. We didn’t include many of them because they are primarily teaching residencies.  






Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Thoughts on writing from Erica Jong.
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Thoughts on writing from Erica Jong.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013
It’s the last day of National Novel Writing Month! As you meet your deadline, learn about Andrea Buchanan’s.

It’s the last day of National Novel Writing Month! As you meet your deadline, learn about Andrea Buchanan’s.






Friday, November 29, 2013
"Live twice." National Novel Writing Month inspiration from Merrill Joan Gerber 

"Live twice." National Novel Writing Month inspiration from Merrill Joan Gerber 






Thursday, November 28, 2013
Write every day! National Novel Writing Month inspiration from author Eileen Goudge

Write every day! National Novel Writing Month inspiration from author Eileen Goudge






Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Amazing goals too keep in mind while writing from author Joseph Olshan

Amazing goals too keep in mind while writing from author Joseph Olshan