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by Jenny Groom on 2017-02-14T17:55:38-07:00 in Creative, Business, and Technical Writing

Poets & Writers  access:  http://www.pw.org/

Poets & Writers is an online resource for creative writers and a companion to Poets & Writers print magazine. While it features select content from Poets & Writers magazine, the webpage can stand alone as a one-stop shop for all things related to creative writing.

The top navigation area contains six sections: “Magazine,” “Tools for Writers,” “Connect with Others,” “Funding for Events,” “My P&W,” and “About Us.” Several of these sections are essential to writers who want to be published. A subheading of “Tools for Writers” is “Lit Mags,” a searchable list of literary journals and magazines. Searches can be done by reading periods, genre, and even subgenres, such as flash fiction, prose poetry, and narrative nonfiction. “Jobs” and “Contests” (including not only writing contests, but also grants and awards) can also be browsed or searched. Another subheading is “Agents,” a listing of literary agents that can be narrowed by the major genres they represent. Other tools for writers are links to writing competitions, MFA creative writing programs, literary magazines and small presses that welcome both new and established writers, daily book and writing news, employment opportunities, articles about writers, book news, and even inspiration from published writers.

Poets & Writers has much of the same content as other community sites, such as a message forum, an event listing, and a multimedia area with slideshows and videos. In addition, Poets & Writers has unique content, such as the archive of older editions of print Poets & Writers, with full text for some stories and abstracts for all pieces. A user can search the archive from 1980 to present, although a search for the word author did not return any results before 1987.

A distinctive area for current or aspiring writers is “The Time Is Now,” a set of weekly nonfiction, fiction, and poetry writing prompts to help authors begin the writing process and develop discipline. This could also be a useful resource for writing teachers at both the college and secondary levels.

The site has so much to offer, it is difficult to cover it all. Suffice to say, if you are a creative writer, this site is an indispensable resource.

Delores Carlito  / University of Alabama-Birmingham, dcarlito@uab.edu  2017© American Library Association

Browse the current print issue of Poets & Writers magazine on our 1st floor Current Display, and find the previous issues shelved under the call number PS129.C55 on the 3rd floor!


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