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Freelance Writing: How to Track Magazine Query Letters (& Follow Ups)

For a freelance writer who doesn’t have a query tracking system—or has the organizational skills of a bowling ball, like me—here is a simple spreadsheet to help you keep track. The post Freelance Writing: How to Track Magazine Query Letters (& Follow Ups) appeared first on

7 Tips for Writers from Margaret Atwood

Here are seven excellent pieces of advice for fiction writers from bestselling author Margaret Atwood. The post 7 Tips for Writers from Margaret Atwood appeared first on

The Little Magazine in the Present Tense: Sophie Seita & Danny Snelson in Conversation

While their new issue is under construction, U.K.-based Hotel (“a magazine for new approaches to Fiction, Non-Fiction & Poetry”) is publishing great reads intermittently. Catching our eye this week is a conversation with Sophie Seita and Danny Snelson on “Lodging & Dislodging the Little Magazine.” In this, the two scholars and writers discuss the values […]

‘All artists, not just writers, dream’: Nikki Giovanni Interviewed at Creative Independent

Amy Rose Spiegel interviews legendary poet Nikki Giovanni at Creative Independent in a conversation about “trusting your voice,” history, and practice. Giovanni rose to stardom in the ’60s for her poetry, addressing gender inequality, racial injustice, black power, and everyday life. “You look at the world you live in, and then you start to ask […]

The Place Fear Grows

I’m afraid of you.I’m afraid that if I love you, you’ll become a memory.I’m afraid that you’ll become something that haunts me, and that I’ll become something that haunts you.I don’t want to be the one that digs into you late at night.And...Show More Summary

Now in the Free Download of the April 2017 Issue: Henry Rago

Did you forget to download your free copy of the April 2017 issue of Poetry? There are still five days left of National Poetry Month, so download your complimentary copy today! You can find the Poetry magazine app in iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon. To sweeten the deal, we’ve added a special app-only portfolio to […]

The Food Pyramid for Writers

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The Literary Food Pyramid explained. Column by Christoph Paul Writing professionally can be really hard, but dieting and losing weight is so much harder. I’ve done a lot of writing and editing in the last five years, but the trade off has been gaining 40 pounds, and none of it muscle. Show More Summary

Word count: what’s ideal, and tips on trimming

AutoCrit, folks who produce editing software, offer information and suggestions regarding word count. First, here’s a list of what works for publishers: Short Story – 1,500 to 20,000 words Novella – 30,000 to 50,000 words Novel – 55,000 – 125,000...

MaximusRocknRoll: Willie ‘Loco’ Alexander

Micah Ballard had just returned from the Gloucester Writers Center, reading for his book Afterlives (Bootstrap, 2016), when I spotted it on his table: I’ll Be Goode (Fisheye Records, 2016), a CD by Willie Alexander and the Fishtones.  Being from Massachusetts, I knew who Alexander was.  Most famous for his six-month stint in the post-Lou […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

For today’s prompt, write a regret poem. Most people regret some action they’ve taken over the years, whether it’s saying the wrong thing, making the wrong choice, or putting off something for a tomorrow that never comes. Write about your own regrets, or the regrets of others (this is a great opportunity to write a persona poem). Show More Summary

The Complex Power of Mapping the World of Your Novel

20 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

  I’ve spent the past two days deeply engrossed in the mapping of my book world. First was a map of the landscape and town, complete with directional arrows so that I know which way the light falls. This morning, I’ve spent several hours making a very detailed map of a house and all the […]

Take Your Writing And Author Business To The Next Level With This Limited Time Books For Writers Bundle

If you’re ready to take your writing and your author business to the next level, check out this awesome bundle of books and resources. Available for a limited time only! The initial titles in the Write Stuff Bundle 2017 (minimum $5 to purchase) are: The Crime of Our Lives by Lawrence Block Goals & Dreams: […]

Hiring a New Villain

Your old villain quit over creative differences, so you've put yourself in charge of hiring a new villain for your novel. What questions do you ask? What does the new villain's resume say? Write this scene as if it were a job interview. The post Hiring a New Villain appeared first on

Prepare, Participate, Win: How to Use the Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam & Other Conference Events as Career Opportunities

At writer’s conferences, you have opportunities to get immediate feedback and engagement with agents and editors. Anna Sabino shares her journey to representation and eventual publication through her preparation at the Writer’s Digest...Show More Summary

Rosmarie Waldrop Wins 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize for Poetry

This weekend, Rosmarie Waldrop won the 2016 L.A. Times Book Prize for Poetry! “The awards were presented Friday night at USC, hosted by comedian Tig Notaro, just before the opening of the two-day L.A. Times Festival of Books,” reported the paper. Waldrop’s Gap Gardening: Selected Poems (New Directions, 2016) was honored in the poetry category. […]

Bookshots: 'Borne' by Jeff VanderMeer

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Giant flying bears! Review by Max Booth III Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Borne Who wrote it? I instantly fell in love with 'Borne,' and also Borne the character, and I’ve no doubt in my mind you... [Continue Reading]

Reading List: April 2017

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the April 2017 issue share some books that held their interest. Kazim Ali What can be annoying about Paul Virilio is how prophetic his mind was about information culture—he wrote Information Bomb, which perfectly captures the toxicity of instantaneity, for example, […]

The Five Be's to Being a Better Beta Buddy

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Want to give a friend a beta read? Want to actually be GOOD at it? Read on for some tips! Column by Leah Rhyne Beta Readers. Beta Buddies. The words can strike fear into a writer's heart. They've written a novel, yes. Poured their heart and soul into it, yes. Show More Summary

Arc & Handle

The poem is not the route to anything. It is the route. Endless. So a poem has to be written whether by word or by silence. And I want to be released from the obligations of definition. Somehow a poem must have its way with the poet or else it will grow bored with him/her. […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

It’s time for that final two-for-Tuesday prompt of April. Regulars probably already know what the prompt is. Here are the two prompts for today: Write a love poem. The poem could be about lovers, but also the love of family, love between friends, or even loving your job, chocolate, or music. Show More Summary

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