Repository of useful links for writers.
Bread and Butter Links:
Beyond the MFA:
Bread and Butter Links
Bread and butter links are the links that are useful no matter how far along you are in your writing life. Whether you’ve just finished drafting your very first short piece, or just published your first novel, knowledge of these links and their existence will likely prove to be of some use to you.
Submitting and Publication
You have writing you want to share with the world. You want to build that resume with publications. Where do you start?
Submittable– The most popular submission manager, Submittable is used by a vast number of publications of all different kinds and sizes. It also serves as a sort of aggregate for writing opportunities. The linked page displays upcoming deadlines for journal submissions, contests, and a multitude of other publication opportunities.
Duotrope– Ever been puzzled as to how to figure out where to submit to in the first place? Duotrope may well be one of the answers to that question. Duotrope is A powerful, fee-based tool that helps parse the seemingly infinite number of publishers and journals to find those where your work has the highest chance of success.
Clifford Garstang releases a yearly ranking of literary magazines for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. While it is by no means the end-all be-all in regards to any specific publication or its value, the list is a nice jumping off point when one begins looking for a home for their work.
A Few Publications to Know
Following is a list of several different “establishment” publications. These are publications that have been around for a long time. Attached to being published in these is generally no small amount of prestige due to their notability.
A Few Publishers to Know
Similar to the last list, this is a list of few different “establishment” publishers, alternatively they are known as “The Big Five”. Altogether, they represent a large portion of the book publishing industry.
Organizations to Know
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP): “AWP provides support, advocacy, resources, and community to nearly 50,000 writers, 550 college and university creative writing programs, and 150 writers’ conferences and centers. Our mission is to foster literary achievement, advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.”
National Writers Union (NWU): “It is the only labor union that represents freelance writers working in all genres, formats, and mediums. Through its parent union, The United Auto Workers, the National Writers Union is a member of the American Federation of Labor Organizations.”
Beyond the MFA
The following links may be useful for the long term planning of those currently in an MFA program, those looking to continue their education through the pursuit of a doctorate, those looking to put the skills they’ve cultivated through their MFA to use, or anyone in any category in between.
Jobs for Writers
Ten Best Websites for Jobs 2020: Several links for job search websites
A PhD in Creative Writing
A PhD in Creative Writing is a path to consider especially if you are planning on venturing further into academia. Following is a list of a few notable programs.
Writing Opportunities; Fellowships and Residencies
ProFellow: A free database of thousands of Fellowships and articles with tips on how to apply. A free username and password is required to access.
Scriptwriters Network Fellowship Page: These fellowships are dedicated to scriptwriting.
Transartists: “The biggest source of information on artist-in-residence opportunities worldwide, with around 1400 residency opportunities, including first-hand artists’ experiences, research, contacts, and advice.”