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In conjunction with the new May/June 2014 Writing Contests issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, we are excited to introduce Winners on Winning, a new regular feature in which we will talk to recent winners of writing prizes, grants, and fellowships who will share their experiences on how winningâ€”and losingâ€”has affected their careers.
Your trusted source for information on writing contests, grants for writers, and more.
"Iâ€™m not so much interested in things like plot and character and pacing and all that other literary nonsense, but rather the discrete quanta with which those things are built: Words. I like that the little music in a single word can, by its placement, or its very presence, beautify or corrupt the sentence that bears it; that the resulting sentence can test the truth of its paragraph, the paragraph of its page, the page of its chapter, and so on, until the success of an entire work seems to hinge on the single word by which the writer was originally seduced...."
"Iâ€™ve actually found Twitter to be a strange and exciting writing device. I love the way it makes me think about text without context, content in spite of intent, form without formality. As a writer who likes to experiment with words (because otherwise what would be the point?), the sentences Twitter helps me to generate feel weirdly impactful...."
Author Jen Michalski takes us on a tour of the many literary sites writers should visit while strolling the gritty streets of Baltimore.
Join indie author Edie Rhoads as she showcases the local literary treasures of one of Americaâ€™s most picturesque cities.
Adam Ross, author of the New York Times Notable Book Mr. Peanut, takes us on a tour of his beloved Nashville, "a great secret, cool as all get-out but never self-consciously hip or competitive," with a literary life as vibrant as its musical one.
Author and Tin House Magazine editor Michelle Wildgen serves as our guide to the literary locales of Madison, Wisconsin, a city whose lofty earnestness in everything from food to literature inspired her two novels.
Our annual Writing Contests Issue offers a complete guide to nearly 100 literary competitions that charge no entry fees, a close reading of a poem by 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets winner Ansel Elkins, profiles of novelist and essayist Roxane Gay and poet Willie Perdomo, a first look at David Tomas Martinez's debut poetry collection, an in-depth interview with agent Susan Golomb, and more.
by Michael Szczerban
Susan Golomb, whose clients include Jonathan Franzen, Rachel Kushner, and William T. Vollmann, talks about the ebb and flow of submission season, the art of the preemptive offer, and the gems she finds in her slush pile.
by Amanda Calderon
A Danish organization challenges library patrons worldwide to confront prejudices and change perspectives through conversations with â€śhuman books.â€ť
by Rachael Hanel
A digital publisher reinvents itself as a library of short-form works.
by Cat Richardson
The executive director of the Academy of American Poets discusses the forthcoming rebranding of its website, poets.org, in celebration of the organizationâ€™s eightieth anniversary.
by Joanna Scutts
Two editors launch a new digital magazine that explores the business of getting paid to write.
Writers have been self-publishing since the beginning of written words. Celebrating those creative individuals determined to be heard, we present a timeline of notable moments in self-publishing history.
A comprehensive article about how we compiled the 2014 MFA Index of full- and low-residency programs, featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
Read exclusive excerpts from the novels and story collections of debut fiction writers NoViolet Bulawayo, Bushra Rehman, Bill Cheng, Anton DiSclafani, and Chinelo Okparanta.