A look at contests that, in addition to cash prizes, award residencies, retreats, and introductions to agents, among other unique opportunities.
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A look at the ways writers can benefit from distinctly different kinds of gatherings, including groups offering accountability partners, workshop feedback, and publishing advice.
The novelist and teacher offers advice on starting a writers group where your creative work can thrive.
The author recalls being pregnant in the early days of the pandemic and asks: How we can continue to create in times of uncertainty?
Ten debut poets who published in 2021, including Threa Almontaser and Shangyang Fang, discuss the inspiration for their books, their writers block remedies, and advice for other poets.
Felicia Rose Chavez, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Matthew Salesses join Namrata Poddar to discuss decolonizing the writing workshop and the effects of gatekeeping on BIPOC writers.
The novelist and essayist shares her experience creating a virtual writers group focused on play, and muses on the meaning of productivity and artistic friendship during the pandemic.
Ten poets whose first books were published in 2020, including Anthony Cody and torrin a. greathouse, share their inspirations, processes, writer’s block remedies, and paths to publication.
A writer and editor questions the practice of blind submissions at literary journals as an additional barrier against equity in publishing, and makes the case for diversifying editorial mastheads.
The author describes creating a community-driven workshop where students are not asked to check their politics and identities at the door, and offers a series of questions for instructors to ask themselves before leading a class.
The author considers how race is discussed in MFA versus literature PhD programs and argues that the MFA—and the literary culture and community it props up—is due for a reevaluation.
An in-depth look into whether the number of poets represented by literary agents is on the rise, and how agents help poets achieve their career goals.
Artist Diane Samuels turns works of literature inside out in a dramatic process of creative rewriting that highlights the intimate relationship between writer and reader in a painstaking homage to the ultimate act of creativity: writing.
Ten debut poets published in 2019, including Camonghne Felix and Jake Skeets, share their advice, inspiration, and path to publication.
An in-depth look at book publishing as seen through the eyes of five literary agents.
Ten of the best retreats, workshop programs, conferences, and festivals for emerging writers across the country.
Twenty-two writers, including Alexander Chee and Rebecca Makkai, offer their personal take on the best retreats for productivity, motivation, networking, and more.
Ten poets whose first books were published in 2018, including Justin Phillip Reed and Tiana Clark, share their inspirations, processes, writer’s block remedies, and paths to publication.
A new low-residency MFA program makes diversity its mission.
Why do you want an MFA? Important questions to ask yourself before you apply.
A guide to 158 full-residency and 64 low-residency programs in creative writing, plus questions to consider before you apply.
The teams behind debut authors Jordy Rosenberg, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Aja Gabel, Rachel Z. Arndt, and Ruth Joffre.
An investigation into a common, and complicated, practice.
A comparative analysis of the last three years of the magazine’s Deadlines section.
The author of The Refugees on the retreat in Provincetown, Massachusetts.