Fiction Writing Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

So You Call Yourself a Writer?
What makes a person a writer? Read this article about different advice to students, the process of writing, and different ways to tell writers apart.

Author Steven Winkelstein's NEW New Jersey Devil
Author Steven Winkelstein talks about using legends and folklore to find new inspiration for his favorite urban myth, The Jersey Devil.

Editing Short Stories Checklist
Before you show your story to anyone, catch the obvious spelling and grammar mistakes using this comprehensive editing short stories checklist.

Definition of Style for Creative Writers
Style, to a fiction writer, is basically the way you write, as opposed to what you write about (though the two things are definitely linked).

Story - Definition of Story for Creative Writers
The definition of story, as a literary term, is the full sequence of events as we imagine them to have taken place, in their natural order and duration.

Climax - Definition for Fiction Writers
Here on this page, you will find a definition of the literary term climax as it relates to a work of fiction.

Bildungsroman - Definition and Examples
From the German for formation or education novel, a bildungsroman is a novel that traces the development of a character from childhood to adulthood.

Basic Plot for the Beginning Writer
Most writers study the elements of plot and pay serious attention to how to successfully construct a narrative. Here's what to keep in mind.

Antagonist - Definition for Fiction Writers
An antagonist is one of the central characters in a piece of fiction, key in providing a source of conflict upon which the plot may turn.

All About Author Avi - Profile & Backrground
The author Avi was born Edward Irving Wortis in 1937 in New York City and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about his life and his work.

Novelist Janice Erlbaum on publishing and writing her new book I, LIAR
Janice Erlbaum's new novel I,LIAR

An Interview with Small Press Author Bud Smith
Writer Bud Smith describes writing his newest novel on his lunch breaks, the values of Twitter, and finding art in the mundane.

Spotlight on PENNY - a lit mag paying for flash fiction & illustration
The new flash fiction magazine Penny is looking for

The Time and Courage
Author Steven Paul Winkelstein on conjuring the muse.

Familiar Strangers: How Turn Your Muse Into a Character
Tips on how to write what you know without letting your knowledge distract you

The Indianola Review is looking for all kinds of fiction!
New lit mag The Indianola Review wants to pay you for your genre-defying fiction!

On Procrastination: Why must we trick ourselves to write?
Why the novel we have inside us sometimes stays there.

BOOKISH: The new Brooklyn Library Reading Series
BOOKISH: A new Q and A event from one author to another

How I Returned to Writing at 84 Years Old
Norma Rothstein, author of BEWARE THE POTHOLES, on self-publishing her first book.

Johanna DeBiase on her new novella, and her writing life in Taos
Fabulist Fiction Author Johanna DeBiase Answers Our Questions About Writing and Publishing

Author Kamy Wicoff on her new novel, publishing, and switching genres
Author Kamy Wicoff on her new novel and how to be an

Funny Story Ideas and Writing Exercises
A quick, fun writing exercise to help you come up with a ton of story ideas in no time. Try these funny story ideas exercises to cure writer's block.

Creative Writing Exercises for New Short Story Ideas
Exercises and writing prompts to help you generate new short story ideas.

How to Choose Novel Genres for a Book
Looking for the right genre for your fiction? Read this to guide to choosing novel genres for your book like a western or hard-boiled crime story.

Mid-August Fiction Writing Contests
Info on four mid-August fiction contests including Indiana Review and the Brighthorse Book Prize.

Late-July Fiction Writing Contests
Fiction award deadlines - late-July 2015 edition

Late-June 2015 Fiction Writing Contests
Fiction contest, award and deadline information for late-June 2015.

Mid-May Fiction Contest Submissions and Deadlines
Info on the Sonora Review Prize, William Wisdom Writing Competition, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest + Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest

New Literary Magazines Looking for Fiction
Info on New Lit Mags: The Offing, SixPenny, Holding Antlers, Mistake House and Way Making

Late-May 2015 Fiction Contest Deadlines
Three upcoming fiction contests - Deadline May 30th and 31st, 2015

Writing Apps to Keep You Organized and Inspired
5 apps to ease your writing life

Novel Writing Refresh!
14 ways to beat writer's block!

Novel Writing Refresh!
14 ways to beat writer's block!

Conflict - Glossary Definition of Conflict
Conflict is the heart of any plot. The conflict can be between the protagonist and another character, the antagonist; between the protagonist and nature; or the protagonist and society. It can also be an internal or psychological conflict.

What Is the Definition of "Character" in Fiction?
The definition of

What Is a Flat Character in Fiction?
Few fiction writers attempt to develop every character in a story. So what is a flat character in fiction? Why would a writer create such a character?

Protagonist (in Literature) - Definition
The protagonist is the main character in a story, novel, drama, or other literary work, the character that the reader or audience empathizes with.

Point of View as Defined for Fiction Writers
A definition of the literary term

Writing Fiction from Third Person Limited Point of View
What is the third person limited point of view in fiction? Learn what a third person limited narrator can and can't do for your next work of fiction?

Dynamic Character - Definition in Fiction
A major character in a work of fiction who encounters conflict and is changed by it

What Is Figurative Language in Literature?
Understanding the definition of figurative language is the first step to using it wisely. Learn why, how, and when figurative language should be used.

What Is the First Person Point of View in Fiction?
The first person point of view is used in many classic novels. Learn about why, how, and when this literary technique is most effective in fiction.

Definition of Magic Realism in Fiction Writing
The term magic realism describes contemporary fiction, often from Latin America or the third world, blending magical or fantasy elements with reality.

Plot - Fiction Writing Glossary Definition
Read about the literary term of plot in fiction writing, along with examples of plots, and how to create better plots by using standard rules.

What Are Episodic Novels? How Do I Write One?
Episodic novels have been around for 500 years. Learn about this literary style. What does it take to write an episodic novel?

Symbol: Definition (Fiction Writing)
Definition of the literary term, symbol, as used by writers, and in literature and art.

What Can We Learn from Writers Who Came Before Us?
Much can be learned by studying the lives of classic and famous writers. What habits allowed them to become successful?

Tips For Writing Action Scenes
Action scenes aren't just for espionage or fantasy novels: almost every story will have some sequences in which the characters are doing things.

Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral, London's oldest Gothic church, stands just down the South Bank from the Globe Theatre. As the closest church to Lonon's original theater district, Southwark naturally boasts a rich literary history.

Calendar of December Short Story Contest Deadlines -- Dates for Book and Short Story Contest Submissions
Read about December short story contests, awards, and fellowships with this calendar including information on website urls, contest deadlines, and more. Page 2.

How to add description to your writing
How can you add description to your writing? These tips will help you get details on the page.

What is a Writer's or Author Platform?
A run down the components of a solid writer's platform and how to get started building yours! An author platform can mean public speaking or social media.

Metaphor Examples for Creative Writers
Metaphor examples are easy to find, both in literature and in everyday speech. These examples of both will help you make the most of this writing tool.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Step into a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, either for a guided tour or to view the exhibit, which explains the materials and methods that were used in this recreation funded by the American actor and filmmaker Sam Wanamaker.

Calendar of December Short Story Contest Deadlines -- Dates for Book and Short Story Contest Submissions
Calendar listing book and short story contests, awards, fellowships, and residencies with December deadlines for writers of novels and short stories interested in submitting their short stories or novels to contests and awards. Information on website urls, contest deadlines, and fees. Page 3.

Calendar of December Contest Deadlines -- Dates for Book and Short Story Award Submissions
Keep up with December book and short story contests, awards, fellowships, and residencies with this calendar including information on website urls, contest deadlines, and fees. Page 4.

Short Story Contest Deadlines Month by Month
Keep up with short story contest deadlines with these monthly calendars, and find information on fellowships and residencies.

What Is the Second Person Point of View in Fiction?
Even gifted writers can have a hard time writing from the second person perspective. Learn why the second person point of view is rarely used in fiction.

Stock Character Definition in Creative Writing
Stock characters draw from widely known cultural types for their characteristics and mannerisms, and are often used in parody. Every culture has its own set of stock characters.

Dickens House -- Experience the Life of Charles Dickens
The only surviving London home of Dickens (from 1837 until 1839) was opened as a museum in 1925. The Dickens House makes for a great stop when wandering from Bloomsbury to the British Library.

British Library -- View Original Manuscripts at the British Library
No writer's trip to London would be complete without a stop at the British Library. As the national library of the UK, the British Library receives a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland. Its collection of over 150 million items includes manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, stamps, and patents.

Bunhill Fields -- The Cemetery of Bunhill Fields
Stop by Bunhill Fields in the borough of Islington to pay homage to William Blake, John Bunyan, and Daniel Defoe. The cemetery was the final resting place of these writers and other famous religious noncomformists from 1685-1854.

St. Giles, Cripplegate -- Discover the Literary Past of St. Giles, Cripplegate
Walking into the Barbican from Bunhill Fields, you'll find St. Giles, Cripplegate. Though this church has stood a mere 600 years, some form of church has stood on this spot for nearly a thousand years.

Calendar of December Short Story Contests -- Dates for Book and Short Story Contests
Keep up with December book and short story contests, awards, fellowships, and residencies with this calendar including information on website urls, contest deadlines, and fees.

Publishing Short Stories in Journals and Magazines
Learn about publishing short stories in journals and magazines, from formatting your work to weathering rejection. It doesn't have to be daunting.

Foyle's Bookstore on Charing Cross Road -- Discover Foyle's Bookstore
Foyle's has been selling books at this Charing Cross Road location since 1906. Notable authors who have browsed its shelves include Conan Doyle, G. B. Shaw, and Aleister Crowley.

Bloomsbury -- The Literary Center of Bloomsbury
Russell Square lies at the heart of Bloomsbury, a district made famous as a literary center by Virginia Woolf, who lived at various locations in the area starting in 1905.

The Six Types of Figurative Language
Metaphor and simile are the two most commonly used, but figurative language comes in many forms. Read about some of them here.

Know Your Theme- Home Alone Theme
A different way of examining theme in fiction and how knowing yours can improve your writing. Learn about the central idea through the Home Alone theme.

How to Get Story Ideas for Fiction Writing
Where do great story ideas come from? Try these exercises and see how to get story ideas for your fiction writing including character sketches.

Historic Literary London Walking Tour
A London Walking Tour for Writers and Readers

Westminster Abbey -- A Look at Westminster Abbey for Writers and Readers
Some of Britain's most important authors are buried at Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner, including Chaucer, Browning, and Dickens. For this reason, no literary London tour would be complete without a stop in the Gothic Westminster abbey.

How to Write an Author Cover Letter
Submitting creative writing for publication is not that different from applying for a job. Here how to format and write an author cover letter.

How to Avoid Cliche Metaphors
When used correctly, metaphors are effective writing tools, but metaphors can bomb when used incorrectly. Here's how to avoid cliche metaphors.

"No one has to die" or "how do I plot a story without killing my characters?"
How can my story have a plot without killing my characters?

Flash Fiction: What makes a successful short-short story?
Writing flash fiction: how to tell a short-short story

Definition of Static Character for Writers
Also referred to as

Best Books on Writing Fiction
With many books for writers out there, particularly for the beginner, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are the best books for writing fiction.

Alliteration Examples in Fiction Writing
Examples can help you make use of a literary technique in your own work. These examples of alliteration have been compiled to help you do just that.

How to Develop Writing Styles
Your writing style evolves naturally over time through reading and writing, but here is a list of things to keep in mind as you develop writing styles.

Biographical Facts About Jane Austen
As critic Gary Kelly has observed,

Rules to Writing a Great Short Story
Are you having trouble writing a short story? Try implementing these rules! These pieces of advice will help you improve your skills in no time.

The Definition of Theme in Literature
Theme is at the heart of all good fiction. But what is a theme in literature? Learn how themes can be presented through fiction and how to use them.

A List of Facts about Jane Austen
As critic Gary Kelly observed,

Funding Opportunities for Writers with Fall Deadlines
Here you'll find the basic information on the major funding opportunities available for writers with September deadlines.

Ten Ways of Getting Over Writer's Block
The possible reasons for writer's block are myriad: fear and anxiety, a life change, the end of a project. Here are ten ways of getting over writer's block.

Getting Over Writer's Block - Ten Ways to Start Writing
Harsh criticism, big success and almost anything, it seems, can cause writer's block. Fortunately, here are ten ways of getting over writer's block. Page 2.

Writing Detective or Mystery Stories
What is a detective or mystery story? How are detective stories different from true crime and other genres?

Mystery - Definition of Literary and Fiction Terms
A definition of the term mystery and the characteristics involved in literary fiction novels in the mystery genre.

What Is an Unreliable Narrator in Fiction Writing?
Not all fictional narrators are trustworthy -- and that's a good thing! Learn about how writers use unreliable narrators in fiction writing.

What is the Definition of Voice in Fiction Writing?
Voice has two meanings in fiction: the author's own writing style and the characteristic speech of a first-person narrator. Discover the impact of voice.

Publishing through a vanity press - why and when should I do it?
For those looking to self-publish, a vanity press is one option. A good vanity press will offer some copyediting and proofreading services, print the book, design the cover, and even do some marketing.

Thoughts on "Reading Like a Writer" by Francine Prose
Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer instructs writers in the art of close reading, showing them how it can help them improve their own work.

Simultaneous Submissions for Literary Magazines
A definition of the term

Fiction Writing: Developing Your Setting
An exercise to help writers use all five senses to develop a story's setting in writing, which some swear is the most important element of any fictional work.

Spotlight on Independent Lit Press McPherson & Company
Independent literary and arts publishing house McPherson & Company!

How To Use Freewriting to Generate Short Story Ideas
Freewriting is one of the best tools for generating short story ideas. It is a simple writing exercise that can be done anywhere and requires a minimum of time. The only thing free writing does require, in fact, is a pen and paper. Even the willingness to let go is provided by the exercise.

Modifiers -- Learn to Use Modifiers More Effectively
While modifiers, adjectives and adverbs, can add to a story, too many, or the wrong ones, can bog down your prose and lead to weaker nouns and verbs.

How To Use the Dictionary to Discover New Writing Prompts
The dictionary is a wealth of story ideas and writing prompts. This exercise will guide you through the process of unlocking this tool.

Third Person Examples from Classic Fiction Writing
If you're still a little confused about what third person writing looks like in prose, learn from these classic third person examples from fiction.

How to Write Like Dialogue like Hemingway
Let the story unfold naturally when writing dialogue. You don't have to tell everything up front. Here's how to write dialogue like Hemingway.

Submitting a Short Story To The New Yorker Magazine
Founded in 1925 by Harold Ross, the magazine is one of the most venerated publishers of short fiction. Find out the best way to send New Yorker submissions.

How To Improve Descriptions in Fiction Writing
To access the sensory details that will make your descriptions effective, ask yourself questions.

Metaphor Examples in Everyday Speech
Metaphors and similes are used in everyday speech, and they can be an important part of your fiction.

Metaphor Exercises to Add to Your Writing
Spending just a little time on metaphors and similes can make for better writing. These metaphor exercises are designed for poets and fiction writers.

How to Punctuate Dialogue Correctly in Fiction
Nothing marks a novice fiction writer faster than improperly punctuated dialogue. Learn how to punctuate dialogue correctly with these rules and tips.

Tips for Writing a Novel and Finishing It
There are no hard and fast rules for getting from first draft to bookstore shelf, but these tips for writing a novel will help you find your way.

Short Bios for a Cover Letter (Literary Journal)
Not sure what to write for the short bio in your cover letter to a literary journal? These samples from published writers will get you started.

Short Story Prompts for Writer's Block
The hardest part about writing is finding original ideas. These exercises and short story prompts will give you a jumping-off point to get unstuck.

Jumpstart Your Writing with Creative Prompts
Need a starting point for your creative writing session? Try these 10 creative writing prompts.

How Do I Create Believe Characters?
A great start to creating characters is by using character development questions to create complex, well-rounded characters for your fiction

Tips for Writing Dialogue in Fiction
These simple rules and pitfalls are good to keep in mind when writing dialogue that advances the action of the story and builds the characters.

Recommended Creative Writing Books
What creative writing books should every writer have on his or her shelf? From the Artist's Way to Stephen King's On Writing, here are the best resources.

Ten Rules for Mystery Genre Writing
More than other genres, mystery genre writing tends to follow standard rules, making it both easier and harder for mystery writers. Here are some.

Practical Tips for Beating Your Writer's Block
Most writers have trouble with writer's block at some point in their careers. Fortunately, there are many ways to start writing again.

What Is the Point of View of a Story?
What is the point of view of a story? As a writer, you must choose which point of view will allow you to develop your characters and grab readers.

Funding for Writers -- Funding Opportunities
When you're trying to complete a big project, funding can make all the difference. Here you'll find the major funding opportunities available for writers in December. Page 3.

Funding for Writers -- Funding Opportunities with Fall Deadlines
When you're trying to complete a big project, funding can make all the difference. Here you'll find the basics on the major funding opportunities available for writers. Page 2.

Upcoming Fiction Readings this September in NYC
Get out and see some great writers read their fiction this September!

Brooklyn Small Press Flea
Attend this

Q & A with Minna Proctor, author and editor of The Literary Review
Minna Proctor, author and editor, discusses publishing and writing contemporary literature.

Spotlight on: Fig Tree Books
Writing about the American Jewish Experience? Submit your manuscript to Fig Tree Books!

Q&A with Author and MFA Director Rene Steinke
Author and MFA Director Rene Steinke of Fairleigh Dickinson University discusses what makes this low-residency program so unique.

Author Jaime Clarke's Passion for Selling Books
An interview with writer and writer-supporter Jaime Clarke, a graduate of the University of Arizona who holds an MFA from Bennington College.

Author Francesca Lia Block on Breaking the Genre Mold
Author Francesca Lia Block on myths, Los Angeles and writing on her own terms. She is the author of more than twenty-five books.

Spotlight On: Wise Ink Publishing
Find out how the team at Wise Ink guides their writers through the entire publishing process!

Lisa Carver's "How To Not Write" Book Review
Q&A with Lisa Carver, author of

How I Published My First Book of Short Stories in 12 Easy Steps


Interview with Good Magazine's new fiction editor
Good Magazine on publishing fiction and their redesigned magazine

Author Myfawny Collins on the writing life and her new YA book
Writer Myfanwy Collins on her new YA novel THE BOOK OF LANEY

On Perseverence in Writing and Not Getting Stuck
Advice from writer Kathryn Buckley

Phoebe Gloeckner on her book-turned-movie and working as a writer/artist
Phoebe Gloeckner, author of the cult classic

Pen Parentis: the NYC reading series for writing parents
A Q and A with Pen Parentis, a reading series catering to writing parents

Anderbo.com is back! New fiction submissions & contest guidelines!
Anderbo.com is looking for fiction!

Spotlight on the literary website FictionFeed.net
FictionFeed.net, a site finding and promoting short fiction from the internet

"The Book of Stone" author Jonathan Papernick on writing and publishing
Novelist Jonathan Papernick discusses his new novel, small publishers, and life as a writer

Author Joanna Furhman wants your stories!
Joanna Furhman on her book

Upcoming Fiction Contests - Mid February 2015 Edition
February 2015 fiction deadlines and entry fees. Enter!

New Literary Magazines Looking for New Fiction
Four new literary magazines await great fiction. A number of new literary magazines pop up every year. Here are a few that look especially interesting!

Why should I go to the AWP Conference?
Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2015 Conference in Minneapolis

How to Submit Your Fiction to The Paris Review
Founded in 1953 in Paris by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton, The Paris Review has become a legend among literary people.

How to Submit Your Fiction to Fence Magazine
Fence Magazine submission guidelines! Open submission period begins January 1st 2016!

How to Submit Your Fiction to Glimmer Train Magazine
Glimmer Train pays writers for their fiction! Here's how to submit your work!

How to Submit Your Fiction to McSweeney's
Dave Eggers founded McSweeney's in 1996 with the aim of publishing work being rejected elsewhere (though contributors have included David Foster Wallace, Rick Moody, and Heidi Julavits). The New York Times has described the journal as

Random House -- What You Need to Know About Random House!
Many of the blockbuster novels -- the work you see in the Barnes and Noble windows -- will have come out of Random House, a huge company founded by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer in 1927. However, there are many imprints within the company, and many editors, each with their own style.

How To Avoid Too Much Back Story in Your Fiction
Does your fiction tend to get bogged down in back story? This exercise will help you learn to create forward-moving fiction.

How to Write in the Third Person
In a rut with the first person? This exercise will help you rewrite a story in the third person. Here are tips for how to write in third person.

Creative Writing Images and Prompts
Pictures, and especially photographs, carry with them implicit narratives, making them ideal writing prompts. Learn more about creative writing images.

An Example of Action Writing
In action writing, the pacing of your writing is part of what conveys the action. What does this mean? Find out with this example.

How to Tackle Writer's Block!
Ideas for tackling writer's block.

Stay at Shakespeare and Company in Paris for Free!
A profile of the famous Paris bookstore, Shakespeare and Company and how to stay for free in exchange for work.

How to Write Realistic Dialogue
How can you make your dialogue believable in your fiction? Here's a guide to devlopeing realistic dialogue for your characters.

Testing a Novel or Short Story Idea: A Simple Strategy for Trying Out Short Story and Novel Ideas
How do you know if your short story idea is compelling? Try this quick strategy!

Cover Letter to an Agent -- Example of a Cover Letter to an Agent
A cover letter example from a middle-grade novelist to an agent.

Third Person Omniscient Point of View
A definition of the literary term third person omniscient point of view as defined for fiction writers.

Types of Characters in Fiction
Round characters, flat characters, stock characters . . . learn about all the different kinds and what they mean for you as a writer and a reader.

Epistolary Novel Definition in Creative Writing
Find the definition of the literary term

A Definition of Round Character for Creative Writers
Chances are good that the characters you've most loved in fiction are round characters. Learn how to recognize round characters in fiction.

Definition of Sentimentality for Creative Writers
Sentimentality comes up as an issue for nearly every writer at some point. In attempting to convey strong emotions, it's easy to go too far and make your reader feel manipulated instead of moved. How do writers learn to differentiate between sentiment and sentimentality?

Dialogue in Creative Writing
Read about the definition of dialogue in creative writing, along with an alternative spelling, and examples.

On Work and Play, by Author Sara Lippmann


Interview with Alicia Erian on "Towelhead"
An interview with Alicia Erian, author of the widely-acclaimed novel, Towelhead. Alicia Erian discusses the Gulf War and Towelhead after a day at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas. Page 3.

Interview with Alicia Erian -- Alicia Erian on Towelhead
An interview with Alicia Erian, author of the widely-acclaimed novel, Towelhead. Alicia Erian discusses the first Gulf War and Towelhead after a day at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas. Page 4.

Spotoight on... The Manuscript Workshops at the White Hart Inn
Interested in focussing on your fiction for a weekend? Check out The Manuscript Workshops at the White Hart Inn!

Q&A with Author Sara Jaffe on Young Adult Novel Dryland
Fiction writer Sara Jaffe on her new novel Dryland, recent influences, and publishing with independent press Tin House!

Spotlight on "No, YOU Tell It!" Storytelling Series
No, YOU Tell It! (NYTI), a “switched-up” storytelling series dedicated toperforming true-life tales with a twist!

Author Robert Lopez on Publishing Good People
Robert Lopez talks about his new collection of short stories GOOD PEOPLE, and publishing with Bellevue Press.

Interview with Alicia Erian on "Towelhead"
Alicia Erian, highly acclaimed author of

Advice from Editor Jeanette Perez of HarperCollins
Jeanette Perez gives publishing advice from her time in the editorial department of HarperCollins Publishers.

A Short Bio of Katherine Anne Porter -- The Life of Katherine Anne Porter
Born Callie Russell Porter on May 15, 1890, in Indian Creek, Texas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author overcame more than her share of hardship on the way to literary success. Her mother died when she was two and her father was a shiftless, temperamental man, who was neither a consistent parent or an adequate provider.

A Biography of Writer Katherine Anne Porter
Born Callie Russell Porter on May 15, 1890, in Indian Creek, Texas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author overcame more than her share of hardship on the way to literary success. Her mother died when she was two and her father was a shiftless, temperamental man, who was neither a consistent parent or an adequate provider. Page 2.

Recommended Reading for Katherine Anne Porter -- What to Read by and about Katherine Anne Porter
Start your study of Katherine Anne Porter’s work with her Pulitzer Prize-winning Collected Stories, being sure to read classics like “Flowering Judas,” “Holiday,” “María Concepción,” and “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall.” Then move on to her trio of novellas, said to be the most autobiographical of her work.

Harper Lee Biography
For the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, we're taking a look at the author's life and her most important work.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

3 Fiction Contests to Enter by February 1st!
Fiction contest deadlines for February 1st, 2016, including American Short(er) Fiction Contest!

Mid-March Fiction Contest Deadlines!
Info on Mid-March Fiction Contests Deadlines at The Pinch, Bellingham Review and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship!

Late-January Fiction Contests!
Information on fiction contests for late-January 2016 including Moment Magazine, New Millennium Awards, The Iowa Review and Quarterly West.

Mid-December Fiction Writing Contests!
Info on fiction contests with upcoming deadlines including Writer's Digest, The Chautauqua Prize and Black Caucus of the ALA Literary Awards!

Late-November Fiction Writing Contests
Six writing contests to enter before the end of the month including Glimmertrain, Narrative Magazine and The Fish Short Story Prize!

October 31st Deadlines for Fiction Awards!
Fiction contests to enter now! Deadline 10/31/15! Red Hen Press, Glimmer Train and The Masters Review fiction contests!

Early-December Fiction Contests
Early-December fiction contest deadlines!

Early-October Fiction Contests! Enter Now!
Early October fiction contest info including Zoetrope All-Story, Boston Review, Madison Review, Missouri Review and more!

Late-September Fiction Contests!
Late-September fiction contests including Glimmer Train, The UMass Juniper Prize and the Hackney Literary Awards! Enter Now!

Early November Fiction Writing Contests and Deadlines!
Submit your fiction to these upcoming early-November contests!

Early-September Fiction Contest Deadlines and Entry Info!
Early-September fiction contests including Black Warrior Review, Dogwood, Sustainable Arts and Slippery Elm. Enter now!

Early June Fiction Writing Contest Deadlines
Send your fiction to these writing contests!

Three Amazing Early March Fiction Readings in the NYC-Area!
Early March 2016 Fiction Readings in the NYC featuring authors Alexander Chee, Garth Greenwell, Joanna Hershon, Sara Lippmann and others!

Gifts for Fiction Writers!
Holiday gifts for fiction writers!

Mid-June 2015 Fiction Contest Awards and Deadlines
Fiction Contests and Deadline Dates for June 2015 - Short stories and novels

Fiction Readings in the NYC Area
NYC area fiction readings including Owen King, Sandra Cisneros, Sara Lippmann and Karen Russell!

Mid-Late April Fiction Writing Contest Deadlines!
Mid-Late April Fiction Contests including deadlines and entry fees for SIXFOLD, DIAGRAM, GLIMMERTRAIN, REDIVIDER and others.

Mid-May Fiction Writing Contests!
Fiction contest deadlines and submission information for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Ploughshares Emerging Writer Contest, The Breakwater Review Fiction Contest and more!

Early May Fiction Contest Deadlines
Literary Magazine Contests - Early May 2015 Deadlines

Mid-April Fiction Contest Deadlines
New Fiction Submission Deadlines: Mid-April Edition

Gifts for Authors!
Literary gifts for authors!

Upcoming New York Writers Workshop Fiction Classes
Make sure to get ready for writer's workshops well ahead of time. This will help you prepare and know which one might work best for you.

Selected Mid-March 2015 Fiction Contests
Info on contests coming up soon (Mid-March 2015 edition)

Upcomming No Entry Fee Literary Contests
Submit fiction for free!

Last Minute Fiction Contest Challenge - Enter Now! (by March 1st)
Writing Submission Challenge - Read this now!

7 Tips for Hiring (and Using) a Professional to Critique Your Manuscript
How to hire a professional to edit your manuscript

Late February 2015 Fiction Contests
Four great contests to enter now!

Authors talk: When did you begin to call yourself a writer?
Authors on their humble beginnings.

Found Photo Prompts to Inspire Your Fiction!
Visual writing prompts to inspire great fiction!

Great Quotes from Fiction Writers on the Writing Process
Selected quotes about writing from the writers themselves!

Great Quotes from Fiction Writers on the Writing Process
Selected quotes about writing from the writers themselves!

Experimental Fiction Magazines Looking for New Writing!
Where should you submit your experimental fiction?

Tips for an Effective Creative Writing Critique
How can we give constructive creative writing critiques to our peers?

Beginners Guide For How to Write Fiction
Want to learn how to write better? If you have a willingness to work at it, you can learn to write anything, including fiction. Start by reviewing these basic components.

Good Writing Habits for Aspiring Writers!
What are the habits of a successful writer?

Writing Contest Tips -- Preparing a Winning Entry to Writing Contests
The good news about writing contests is that only a small percentage of entries are both competently written and follow the rules. How do you make it into that small percentage? Read on.

Steps to Finding a Literary Agent
Finding a literary agent can be one of the hardest steps in getting your book published. This how-to breaks the process into manageable tasks.

How to Freewrite -- Going from Freewriting to Story
Once you have your freewriting sample, choose some part of it to develop into a story. Hopefully something will have sparked your interest.

"Hands" Creative Writing Exercise -- A Creative Writing Exercise for Poets and Fiction Writers
This creative writing exercise begins with a description prompt and then leads writers through a series of seemingly unrelated steps, resulting in original and surprising associations.

Stephenie Meyer -- What Can We Learn from Stephenie Meyer?
Whatever you think of her books, Stephenie Meyer has built the kind of devoted fan base other writers only dream of. What can we learn from Stephenie Meyer in writing our own books?

One-Syllable Word Writing Exercise Examples
Read samples of one-syllable word paragraphs, written in response to the writing exercise.

Spotlight on THE JOURNAL - A literary journal looking for fiction!
The Journal, published by the Ohio State University, publishes exciting, challenging writing, without giving the impression that writers are the core audience. If you care about language and can still deliver a well-crafted plot, consider The Journal for your work.

Profiles of Major U.S. Publishing Companies
When you're ready to publish your novel, you'll want to start with the big publishing companies: Random House, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, etc. Learn a little bit about each one before you start this process.

Chapbook Definition in Creative Writing
Though a chapbook may not count as a

Point of View Writing Exercises
No matter what stage you're at with your writing, it's always beneficial to work on craft and technique. These point of view writing exercises will help.

Publications for Young Creative Writers
Are you a teenager or pre-teen who's ready to publish your work? Magazines from Stone Soup to Teen Ink are taking work from young writers now.

Advice on Publishing from Top Fiction Editors
Three editors and former editors, from HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin's Press, offer their insights into how their decisions get made.

Profiles of Independent and Small Presses
If you're ready to try small presses with your novel, these profiles will give you an idea of what each press is like and how best to approach them.

Discover Writers' Rooms in Urban Spaces
Since the Writers Room opened in Manhattan in 1978 to provide urban writers with a place to write, a number of similar spaces have opened up around the U.S. and abroad. Though it doesn't guarantee the proverbial room of one's own, it does offer a cubicle and some community.

Top Writers' Rooms in NYC
Want to write in an office-like environment without renting an office? Try a writers' room!

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Writers on Your List
Having trouble selecting gifts for writers in your life? This guide will help you get started.

How Long Are Short Stories? Or Should It Be a Novel?
How long are short stories? Should yours be a novel? These six signs will help you evaluate whether or not to expand your short story into a novel.

Is My Idea Worthy of a Novel
How do you know if your idea is novel worthy? Here are a few questions to help you develop your novel ideas.

Upcoming Fiction Readings and Free Events in the NYC area
Hear some amazing writers read their own fiction and celebrate their new work!

Early-August Contests
Four fiction contests with early August deadlines!

Late-August Fiction Contests and Deadlines
Late-August fiction contest deadlines from Glimmertrain, Gemini Magazine and more!

Allusion Definition for Creative Writers
An allusion definition for creative writers, students, and teachers from this guide to fiction writing.

Interview with Alicia Erian -- Alicia Erian on "Towelhead"
An interview with Alicia Erian, author of the widely-acclaimed novel,

Interview with Alicia Erian -- Author of Towelhead
An interview with Alicia Erian, author of the widely-acclaimed novel, Towelhead. Alicia Erian discusses her latest projects and her shopping addiction after a day at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas. Page 5.

Thomas McCormack - The Fiction Editor Author Gives Stories and Advice
Thomas McCormack, the former CEO of St. Martin's Press and author of The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist, shares publishing stories and advice for editors. Page 2.

The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist -- A Guide for Novelists
Thomas McCormack, the former CEO and editorial director of St. Martin's Press and author of The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist, shares publishing stories and advice for evaluating editors in this valuable interview for novelists.

New Reading Series: Cool as F***!
New Reading Series at Pete's Candy Store: Cool as F*** featuring Alexandra Kleeman, Lincoln Michel, Sharon Mesmer and a surprise guest!

Spotlight on... MANHATTANVILLE READING SERIES
Information on how to submit your work to read at the new series for emerging writers: Manhattanville Reading Series in Brooklyn!

Late January 2015 Fiction Writing Contests and Deadlines
Contests for Fiction Writers - Late January 2015 Edition

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron Book Review
Since 1992, The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron's guide to achieving a more creative life, has helped countless artists and writers to overcome creative block.

Mastering Your Novel Pitch at a Pitch Conference
Do you know what makes a good novel pitch? Here's how to craft and deliver a killer pitch of your novel that will have them begging to read it.

Literary Journals Looking for Graphic/Illustrated Fiction
Graphic and Illustrated Fiction Welcome!

Mid-September Fiction Contests and Awards
Awards for fiction writing! Enter now!

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Things to buy for your favorite writer (or yourself)
Gifts for authors in your life. Fiction Writing.

How does a writer freewrite? We'll show you how!
Are you foggy on exactly what freewriting should look like? Here's free write examples to give you an idea of how the process looks.

Freewriting Example -- How to Freewrite
Here you'll see an example of one writer's freewriting session. If you're nervous about trying it yourself, this sample will put your mind to rest.

Q & A with YA author Eliot Schrefer, author of RESCUED
YA Author Eliot Schrefer on publishing, genre, and writing about animals.

Writing prompts you've never used before
New prompts for creative writers

Writing prompts you've never used before
New prompts for creative writers

Writing prompts you've never used before
New prompts for creative writers

Writing prompts you've never used before
New prompts for creative writers

Writing prompts you've never used before
New prompts for creative writers

Author Rebecca Schiff on Teaching Writing and Trusting Your Instincts
Rebecca Schiff, author of THE BED MOVED (Knopf, 2016), on teaching creative writing and trusting your instincts.

A Short Biography of My Bookshelves by Lee Houck
What do your possessions say about you? Author Lee Houck traces his passions, his past and his writing life through his bookshelves.

Fiction Writing Podcasts!
Have your stories read by actors, or read them yourself! Here is some info on ways to get your fiction heard.

What is Print on Demand (POD)?
Is Printing on Demand (POD) a good option for publishing your work?

What is the Third Person Point of View?
A definition of the term third person point of view as it applies to the craft of fiction writing. Third person point of view may be limited or omniscient.

Avoiding Sentimentality -- Lessons on Sentimentality from Eudora Welty
The problem of how to convey emotion without lapsing into sentimentality confronts most writers at some point in their careers, and very often in the beginning stages. Eudora Welty has much to teach on the subject, particularly in her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel,

Tips For Avoiding Sentimentality In Fiction Writing
The problem of how to convey emotion without lapsing into sentimentality confronts most writers at some point in their careers, and very often in the beginning stages. Eudora Welty has much to teach on the subject, particularly in her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel,

What Do Editors Mean by a "Short Bio"?
The idea of writing a

Glossary of Literary Terms
Commonly used literary terms, including plot, style, style book, denouement, climax, character, story, and dialogue.

Glossary of Terms for Mystery Writers -- Mystery Writer Terms
A glossary of terms commonly used by writers of detective stories, mysteries, and true crime.

Glossary of Publishing Terms -- Definitions of Terms Used in Publishing
Confused as to what common publishing terms refer to exactly? If you're about to start trying to publish your work, it helps to know some of the common words and phrases.

"Hands" Writing Exercise Poets and Fiction Writers
This creative writing exercise begins with a description prompt and then leads writers through a series of seemingly unrelated steps, resulting in original and surprising associations.

"Hands" Creative Writing Exercise -- A Creative Writing Exercise for Poets and Fiction Writers
This creative writing exercise begins with a description prompt and then leads writers through a series of seemingly unrelated steps, resulting in original and surprising associations.

"Hands" Creative Writing Exercise -- A Creative Writing Exercise for Poets and Fiction Writers
This creative writing exercise begins with a description prompt and then leads writers through a series of seemingly unrelated steps, resulting in original and surprising associations.

"Hands" Creative Writing Exercise -- A Creative Writing Exercise for Poets and Fiction Writers
This creative writing exercise begins with a description prompt and then leads writers through a series of seemingly unrelated steps, resulting in original and surprising associations.

"Hands" Creative Writing Exercise -- A Creative Writing Exercise for Poets and Fiction Writers
For this creative writing exercise, take your time doing each step one by one, then use your responses to craft a story or poem. Though students may initially struggle with this writing exercise, it consistently produces the best work.

"Hands" Creative Writing Exercise -- A Creative Writing Exercise for Poets and Fiction Writers
This creative writing exercise begins with a description prompt and then leads writers through a series of seemingly unrelated steps, resulting in original and surprising associations.

Genre Fiction -- Definition for Creative Writers
What is genre writing? What is the difference between genre and literary genre?

Christopher Sorrentino on writing, publishing and THE FUGITIVES
Q & A with Christopher Sorrentino on his new book THE FUGITIVES and the writing life!

Spotlight on... Book Publishers UNKNOWN PRESS!
UNKNOWN PRESS - a publisher of flash fiction, anthologies and other experimental writing!

How to Give a Good Fiction Reading
Thoughts and tips on giving a good literary reading.

Thinking of getting an MFA in fiction? Read this first!
Tips for choosing an MFA program in fiction writing.

Mid-November Fiction Writing Contests
Information on upcoming fiction contests including the Narrative 30 Below Contest, The Story Prize Contest and the Pushcart Prize Editors' Award.

Spotlight on WRITERLY STATES - a new author interview series
WRITERLY STATES - A new video series featuring interviews with writers throughout the United States.

Writing and Publishing Erotica
Curious about erotic fiction? Find out more about the genre and where to get your erotica published!

Mid-July Fiction Writing Contests
Awards for fiction from People Holding..., The Story Prize, Cincinnati Review and others.

Early-July Fiction Writing Contest, Awards and Deadlines
Mark Twain House & Museum Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Contest, Nowhere Magazine Spring Travel Writing Contest and Bellevue Literary Review contest info!

Volunteer Opportunities for Fiction Writers
3 organizations looking for creative writers to volunteer!

Late-March 2015 Fiction Writing Contests and Deadlines
Awards for Fiction - Late-March 2015

2015 Literary Calendar
Literary Calendar 2015. Fiction Writing. Page 6.

Badly Drawn Authors T-shirt - Any Author
T-Shirt with picture of an author. Page 4.

Joyce Carol Oates Doll
Joyce Carol Oates Doll. Fiction Writing.

Kurt Vonnegut - Literary Portrait Print
Print of Kurt Vonnegut. Fiction Writing. Page 7.

Old Books -- Book Lovers' Scented Soy Candle -- 8oz jar
Old book smelling candles. Fiction Writing. Page 3.

Sylvia Plath Literature Flats - Made to Order
Sylvia Path shoes. Fiction Writing. Page 2.

Virginia Woolf Quote Golden Bracelet
Bracelet with Virginia Woolf quote on it. Page 5.

Scenes from the Austin "Rocky" NaNoWriMo Write-In
Austin wrimos proved they can go the distance with a NaNoWriMo write-in at Mt. Bonnell celebrating the midpoint of National Novel Writing Month. Writer and photographer Deanna Roy organized the write-in and reports from Texas. Page 5.

Scenes from the Austin "Rocky" NaNoWriMo Write-In
Austin wrimos proved they can go the distance with a NaNoWriMo write-in at Mt. Bonnell celebrating the midpoint of National Novel Writing Month. Writer and photographer Deanna Roy organized the write-in and reports from Texas. Page 3.

Scenes from the Austin "Rocky" NaNoWriMo Write-In
Austin wrimos proved they can go the distance with a NaNoWriMo write-in at Mt. Bonnell celebrating the midpoint of National Novel Writing Month. Writer and photographer Deanna Roy organized the write-in and reports from Texas. Page 4.

Writing Prompt Challenge -- Writing Prompt for April
For April, National Poetry Month, we're writing poems, using a writing exercise provided by reader Patrick.

Writing Prompt Challenge -- Writing Prompt for April
For April, National Poetry Month, we're writing poems, using a writing exercise provided by reader Patrick.

Writing Prompt Challenge -- Writing Prompt for March
The March 2010 writing challenge asks you to take the point of view of a historical figure. Read the instructions and submit your own response to the writing prompt challenge.

Writing Prompt Challenge -- Writing Prompt for March
The March 2010 writing challenge asks you to take the point of view of a historical figure. Read the instructions and submit your own response to the writing prompt challenge.

Scenes from the Austin "Rocky" NaNoWriMo Write-In
Austin wrimos proved they can go the distance with a NaNoWriMo write-in at Mt. Bonnell celebrating the midpoint of National Novel Writing Month. Writer and photographer Deanna Roy organized the write-in and reports from Texas.

Descriptions of Independent and Small Presses -- Small Press Profiles
Independent presses and small publishers offer a viable alternative to mainstream and commercial publishing. Often willing to take chances on experimental or literary work, small presses often have the resources and passion to edit and market an up-and-coming author.

Previous Short Story Contest Calendars -- Short Story Contests from Previous Months
Included here are short story contest deadlines, organized by months of the year. Use these calendars to keep up with deadlines and plan your submissions.

Quick Tips for the Craft & Technique of Writing
Practical advice to make writing easier -- Brief, informative tips on all aspects of fiction writing.

Generate Short Story Ideas -- Creative Writing Exercises for Short Story Ideas
Having trouble coming up with ideas for short stories? These exercises will help you get started, using everything from freewriting to secrets to get you thinking in new ways.