Our annual Writing Contests Issue features over 100 contests with no entry fees, a look at the money behind free contests, a special report on extended deadlines, and tips for smart contest entries; interviews with nonfiction writer Leslie Jamison, poet and activist Carmen Giménez Smith, novelist and critic Laila Lalami, and Library of America editorial director John Kulka; plus audiobook options for writers; a defense of quiet books; writing prompts; and more.
The Infinite World: An Interview With Leslie Jamison
For Leslie Jamison, who started out writing fiction and published a novel eight years ago, nonfiction offers a method of exploring the richness of life in all its complexities, as illustrated in her new book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its...
The Love of Labor, the Labor of Love: An Interview With Carmen Giménez Smith
Poet, publisher, editor, and activist Carmen Giménez Smith, whose fifth book, Cruel Futures, is out from City Lights, has some advice for other hardworking poets: We make art to reach readers, not to win a race.
An investigation into a common, and complicated, practice.
101 Free Contests
Free contests, grants, and fellowships for poets and writers at any level.
Prize Advice: Ten Quick Tips for Smart Contest Entries
Assess the sponsor, know the rules, judge the judge, and seven other reminders before you submit.
Anatomy of Awards: The Numbers Behind Free Grants & Awards
A comparative analysis of the last three years of the magazine’s Deadlines section, including the number of contests and the amount of prize money as well as a closer look at the sponsors of free contests.
News and Trends
A new graphic novel out from Montreal comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly.
A Missouri-based publisher of poetry and fiction allows authors more creative control over their books.
The iconic Seattle literary arts organization plans for the opening of a new space for writers.
Library of America editorial director John Kulka on the importance of publishing classic American literature.
The first lines of a dozen new books, including The Dream of Reason by Jenny George.
A new anthology from Haymarket Books celebrates Black Girl Magic.
A poet discusses five journals that published poems from his second collection, Pardon My Heart.
With publishers both large and small leading the way, literary vinyl makes a comeback.
The Practical Writer
An author and book reviewer discusses both sides of the writer-critic divide.
Listen Up! Audiobook Options for Writers
What a rapidly growing market can mean for writers today.
The Literary Life
The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises
Connect with nature, delve into dystopia, and reflect on a relationship with a guardian—three prompts to get you writing.
Some Room to Breathe: In Praise of Quiet Books
A defense of books that whisper in an increasingly noisy world.