Writers Resources

Below are commented links to a selection of resources organized by the following categories: Literary Organizations, Small Presses, Publishing Industry, and Local Seattle.
For recommended texts, browse the Book Lists.

Literary Organizations

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs
An organization that supports writers and creative writing programs. Publishes The AWP Official Guide to Writing Programs and The Writer's Chronicle.
Council of Literary Magazines and Small Presses
An organization in support of independent publishers. Publishes the CLMP Directory of Literary Magazines and Presses. Click on Member Directory for links to small presses and literary magazines.
NewPages: Alternatives in Print & Media
An Internet portal to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary periodicals, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies, and more.
Online English Degree
A hub of resources for students who are pursuing, or thinking about pursuing, an English degree. This website features interviews, articles, personal experience, and advice about all things relating to the pursuit of a degree in English.
The Paris Review
A literary journal that publishes poetry and prose and the must-read Writers at Work interviews, all of which are now archived on their website, under The DNA of Literature.
PEN America Center
A membership association of literary writers that hosts Freedom to Write, among other initiatives, and publishes a literary journal and resource book on grants and awards.
Poets & Writers
A nonprofit literary organization that offers information, support, and guidance for writers. Publishes Poets & Writers magazine, half of which includes articles and interviews, and the other half, upcoming grants, awards, conferences, and residencies.
Web Del Sol
A collaborative effort to support contemporary literary arts. Click around magazines, writing programs, indie-film topics, and more.

Small Presses

Alice James Books
A cooperative poetry press. Publishes established and beginning poets. Two annual competitions.
Coffee House Press
Nonprofit literary publisher. Publishes emerging and midcareer authors: literary novels, full-length short story collections, poetry, and essays.
Copper Canyon Press
Sponsors the Hayden Carruth Award, a publication prize for new and emerging poets.
Fiction Collective Two
Nonprofit publisher of formally innovative, experimental, and artistically challenging fiction. Open to new and previously unpublished authors.
Graywolf Press
Literary press that publishes poetry, memoir, literary essays, novels, and short stories. Also sponsors the S. Mariella Gable Prize for Fiction and the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.
McAdam/Cage Publishing
Independent trade publisher that publishes quality fiction and nonfiction and is committed to bringing new authors to the marketplace.
Mid-List Press
Publishes books of high literary merit and fresh artistic vision by new and emerging writers and by writers excluded from publication for reasons of profitability. Also sponsors the annual First Series Awards for novels, poetry collections, short fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Milkweed Editions
A nonprofit literary press publishing with the intent of making a humane impact on society. Publishes fiction, poetry, children's novels, and nonfiction. Also sponsors the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the Milkweed Prize for Children's Fiction.
Sarabande Books
A nonprofit literay press with a focus on poetry and short fiction. Also sponsors the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.
Word Press
Sponsors the Word Press First Book Series for a full-length book. Open to poets writing in English who have not previously published a full-length book.

Publishing Industry

Agent Query
Free searchable database of over 700 literary agents, plus info about writing and publishing, for authors of nonfiction, fiction, short-story collections, and children's books.
Everyone Who's Anyone in Adult Trade Publishing
Links to literary agents, editors, and publishers in the U.S., Canada, and U.K.
Holt Uncensored
All about books and the book industry, hosted by Pat Holt, a woman in the know. Semi-monthly email column, searchable archives, book reviews, and more.
Hugo House InPrint
A monthly forum designed to connect writers to publishing industry experts and information.
Includes news about agents and book deals and agent contact information.
Publishers Lunch
Targeted to professionals in the book industry. Reports on deals and other happenings in the book world.
Wales Literary Agency
West Coast agency, representing quality fiction and nonfiction, with a direct line to the big houses in New York and a friend to small presses. Represents writers from all over.

Local Seattle

Anne Liu Kellor
Local writer offering mentoring and workshops to Seattle (and beyond) writers. Anne has an MFA in creative writing from Antioch/LA.
Artist Trust
Not-for-profit organization that supports Washington artists by providing information services, grants, fellowships, and awards.
Arts Resource Network
A service provided by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs that provides important information to artists and arts organizations, such as funding opportunities and events calendars.
Elliott Bay Books
Independent bookstore that sells new and used books, sponsors a readings series and book clubs, and has a cafe
Field's End
A writers' community on Bainbridge Island that sponsors classes, programs, and events.
Jack Straw Productions
Nonprofit audio arts center that sponsors monthly readings, an Artist Support Program, the Jack Straw Writers Program, and other audio endeavors.
PEN Washington
Seattle chapter of PEN International that sponsors events and activities on the topic of writing.
Richard Hugo House
Nonprofit organization that offers creative writing classes, readings, library talks (with agents and editors), literary events, mentoring, and much more.
Seattle Arts & Lectures
Nonprofit organization that sponsors the annual Literary Lectures Series, Writers in the Schools, annual Poetry Series, and more.
UW Women's Center
Sponsored by the University of Washington, offers classes, programs, and events.

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