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Weekly Round-Up: Successes and Transformations

Every week our editors publish around 10 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place. Show More Summary

Tiffany Scandal on 'Nasty!', A Collection Of Essays From Fierce Women

17 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

'Nasty!', available now from King Shot Press, is a kick-ass collection of essays about body positivity, sexual empowerment, overcoming adversity, and more... and it's all for a good cause. Interview by Rob Hart From body positivity to...Show More Summary

Beloved Settings: Considerations for Fictionalizing a Favorite Place

Laura Oles discusses her considerations for transforming her favorite weekend getaway, Port Aransas, Tex., into a setting for her mystery novel. The post Beloved Settings: Considerations for Fictionalizing a Favorite Place appeared first on

The 10 Best Places to Find Quality Short Fiction

21 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Want to sink your teeth into the best short stories, but you don’t know where to start? Check out these awesome literary magazines that champion short-form fiction. Column by Emmanuel Nataf While many sources have been heralding theShow More Summary

Solicitation Alert: Book-Art Press Solutions and Window Press Club

21 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Beware!

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I'm getting a lot of questions from authors who've been solicited by an Author Solutions-style author services company called Book-Art Press Solutions.Book-Art Press's website dangles theShow More Summary

Platform Redux: After the Fire and Fury

‘Data Overwhelms, It Overflows’ The writing community, as a whole, can get tired of something. Just like a person, the whole crowd, from their outlawed prologues to their too-late afterwords, can talk itself into one planetary yawn. And this is the case with platform. Years ago, platform was the word, and the word it was, and […]

A formatting refresher

Submissions to FtQ and to the workshops I teach bring manuscripts with all kinds of formatting in terms of spacing, fonts, etc. While I’m fine with writers using whatever font and formatting they want for their personal use, writers should...

7 Ways To Stay Positive As A Writer

Writing is fantastic for creative expression, helping others, or even building a business, but there are always days when we can feel like it's too much, when we get discouraged, when we need a boost to continue along the author journey.  In today's article, Sara Crawford outlines some ways to stay positive as a writer.  […]

Successful Query Letter Examples: Anna Quinn & ‘The Night Child’

This article is part of a series called Successful Queries. It features actual query letter examples to literary agents that were successful for authors. In addition to the successful query letter, you’ll also see the thoughts from the writer’s literary agent as to why the letter worked. Show More Summary

The Hack-Dad Chronicles: All Work and No Play

yesterdayArts / Writing : LitReactor

Hooray! The Hack-Dad Chronicles are back! What the hell are the Hack-Dad Chronicles? Column by Keith Rawson Didn’t notice I was gone, did you? That’s okay, I didn’t miss any of you, either. I kid, of course. Kind of. For those of you who weren’t aware of it, I took a six-month hiatus from good old LitReactor. Show More Summary

The Time-lapse Of Your Soul

I know right now it seems like you'll never forget, because this hurts, but one day you will. So I want you to tie some string around your finger, because I want you to remember something.I want you to remember that none of this beat you.I want you to remember that you were stronger than all of it.And this didn't kill you.You killed this.

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Roundelay Winner

Another WD Poetic Form Challenge is just around the corner. But in the meantime, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the roundelay. Once again, I’ve also selected 5 finalists. Read all of them here.Show More Summary

Summit Fever and Knowing When to Say Whoa

My husband who climbs mountains (I know) once told me about a phenomenon one of his peers had experienced, known in the field as “summit fever.” Poet me perked immediately, drawn to the ping of that phrase. Then he told me what it means, and writer me just about had to scoop my jaw off […]

Hack The MFA

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

This one little guide can save you $20,000. Seems like a good investment. Column by Peter Derk Maybe you applied to a university’s creative writing MFA program and didn’t get in. Maybe you have a life that would never allow for you to take classes. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 423

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Little (blank);” replace the blank with a new word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Little Ghost,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Little Do You Know.” Okay, those are all song titles, but you get the idea. Show More Summary

One Year, One Hundred Rejections: Brett Elizabeth Jenkins

Today’s guest post from Brett Elizabeth Jenkins aims at a different type of goal than many writers might aim for: 100 rejections in one year! She says, “I guess it boils down to one simple rule: send out your work like you believe in it. Show More Summary

The Problem with Sensitivity Readers Isn’t What You Think It Is

As major media outlets raise the question of whether sensitivity readers represent censorship, Anna Hecker offers her experience working with one. The post The Problem with Sensitivity Readers Isn’t What You Think It Is appeared first on

The Story Behind the Story

BREAKING POINT is out in two weeks! I’m really excited about this book for several reasons. 1) The cover. I LOVE this cover. It hits all the right spots for me. It’s suspenseful, big, different, and I think it stands … Read more ›

8 Submission Strategies That Get Results

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Ready to get more of your work published? Level up your submissions game in 2018. Column by Susan DeFreitas January means New Year's resolutions—many of which we will ultimately fail to keep. But If one of your resolutions this yearShow More Summary

All the King’s Editors — Dave King

   Welcome back to All the King’s Editors, our regular feature — more or less twice a month — in which one of Writer Unboxed’s stable of editors line-edits a few pages that one of you has submitted.  This gives you a chance to see editing advice applied in its natural habitat. If you’d like […]

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