From Poets & Writers, Inc.

With a Little Help From Our Friends

For decades Poets & Writers has democratized access to information about writing and publishing and served as a vital point of connection between writers, audiences, and the many organizations that make up the national literary community. Despite the challenges imposed by the pandemic over the past year and a half, we’ve remained steadfast in our mission to serve writers. The numbers below provide a snapshot of our recent work.   

100,000 Readers of each issue of Poets & Writers Magazine

150,000 Unique monthly visitors to

12,000 Author profiles in the Poets & Writers Directory

380 Writing contests carefully vetted by our staff for our Grants & Awards database

1,300 Journal listings in our Literary Magazines database

530 Independent publisher listings in our Small Presses database

260 Graduate writing program listings in our MFA Programs database

1,500 Virtual literary events supported by Poets & Writers between July 1, 2020,
and June 30, 2021 (an average of more than 4 every day)

93,000 Audience members from around the United States who attended these virtual events

188,000 Dollars distributed as mini-grants to writers participating in these virtual events

150,000 Dollars distributed in emergency grants to 150 writers in 36 states through
the Poets & Writers COVID-19 Relief Fund

800 Writers who are active in Poets & Writers Groups, a new peer-to-peer networking platform on

108 Writers representing 42 states plus the District of Columbia who have won the
Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award 

15 Poets who have won the Jackson Poetry Prize; Carl Phillips is the 2021 recipient

22 Staff members who make all of this happen

151,813 Dollars contributed by the Friends of Poets & Writers between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021


If you are reading this, chances are you are either a writer who has turned to Poets & Writers for the resources we offer or a book lover who understands the important role we play in nourishing the literary ecosystem. If you are one of the many who already contribute to support our work—thank you! If not, please consider joining the Friends of Poets & Writers today. With a contribution of $35 or more—or a recurring donation of just $6.25 a month—you’ll receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Poets & Writers Magazine. More important, your support will enable writers to access information, learn about opportunities, make connections that will change their lives, and, ultimately, bring great writing to readers everywhere.

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