July/August 2017

Our July/August Issue features a special section on literary agents, including advice and information from twelve agents who want to read your work, seventy-five agents to follow on Twitter, and the evolving author-agent relationship; plus the summer’s best debut fiction, a profile of novelist Arundhati Roy, Edwidge Danticat on the art of death, Joey Franklin on the importance of submitting your work, writing prompts, over 70 upcoming contest deadlines, and more. 


Worth the Wait: A Profile of Arundhati Roy

by Renée H. Shea

Readers have anticipated a new novel from the author of The God of Small Things for two full decades. Now, with the release of Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the wait is over.


Special Section

Agents as Editors: Understanding the New Author-Agent Relationship

by Michael Bourne
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The consolidation of the book industry over the past decade has meant a blurring of boundaries between the conventional roles of agent and editor.

News and Trends

Whitman, Alabama

by Maya C. Popa

A video series explores ideas of America and identity by featuring people from across the state of Alabama reading stanzas from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”


The Practical Writer

Submit That Manuscript! Why Sending Out Your Work Is So Important

by Joey Franklin
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Regardless of whether our writing is accepted, the submission process has merits all its own, from creating deadlines to distancing us from our work.

The Literary Life

The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story

by Edwidge Danticat
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After the death of her mother, a writer considers the ways we increasingly write our own obituaries in this excerpt from The Art of Death, forthcoming from Graywolf Press.

The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises

by Staff
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Explore your inner soundtrack, make your character sweat, and embrace your many identities—three prompts to keep you writing this summer.