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Our work is rooted in the belief that literature is vital to sustaining a vibrant culture. We focus on nurturing literature’s source: creative writers. Our mission is to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public. We advance our mission through our flagship publication, Poets & Writers Magazine; pw.org, a website that provides trustworthy advice, information, and a lively online community for writers; the Readings/Workshops Program, which pays writers fees for giving readings and leading workshops throughout New York and California, as well as in eight cities outside those states; and awards for writers including the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, and the Amy Award. Learn more at pw.org.

Mission: To foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.

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"I recommend asking people you trust for their recommendations. I also recommend not heeding the recommendations of peop...
07/29/2020
Monika Woods of Triangle House Literary

"I recommend asking people you trust for their recommendations. I also recommend not heeding the recommendations of people you don’t trust—filter them out." Monika Woods of Triangle House Literary features in this week's Agents & Editors Recommend:

If you’re a writer, I recommend reading a lot. I might not recommend reading this article, but I do recommend reading literally anything else. I recommend reading books especially, though I also recommend reading journalism, short stories, and really long essays. As a literary agent, I often recom...

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award! Fiction writer Simon Han and poet Brent ...
07/29/2020

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award! Fiction writer Simon Han and poet Brent Newsom from Oklahoma win the annual prize from Poets & Writers: http://at.pw.org/2020WEXWinners

For this week’s fiction prompt, write a short story that makes the setting an active character. Consider the protagonist...
07/29/2020
Where We’re Placed

For this week’s fiction prompt, write a short story that makes the setting an active character. Consider the protagonist’s relationship with their physical surroundings. How can you make a place come to life and interact with the story's subjects? For more on this prompt, and other poetry and creative nonfiction prompts, visit The Time Is Now!

The setting of a story can act as more than just a backdrop, such as in Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” where the train station acts as a physical representation of movement and decision.

Highlights from #DailyNews: Kaitlyn Greenidge receives $100,000 senior fellowship from Substack; Kate Reed Petty calls f...
07/29/2020
Virtual MacDowell, Substack Announces New Fellows, and More

Highlights from #DailyNews: Kaitlyn Greenidge receives $100,000 senior fellowship from Substack; Kate Reed Petty calls for a reimagining of online literary events in an essay at Electric Literature; MacDowell to pilot virtual fellowship program. Catch up on these stories and more news for writers:

Kate Reed Petty calls for a reimagining of digital literary events; Stan Parish finds a silver lining after losing his laptop; Susan Briante on moving beyond witnessing; and other stories.

Clip of the Day: “In Spanish, our stories are slow, then fast, and we cackle constantly, even when we talk about the dea...
07/29/2020
Ingrid Rojas Contreras at the Radar Readings Series

Clip of the Day: “In Spanish, our stories are slow, then fast, and we cackle constantly, even when we talk about the dead.” In this 2016 Radar Reading Series video, Ingrid Rojas Contreras reads from her memoir-in-progress about her grandfather, a curandero from Colombia, and how she and her mother both experienced amnesia.

Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, grants for translators, and more—that we’ve published in the Grants & Awards section of Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully revi...

"A virus is not a metaphor, or inherently instructive. This period of time does not have to be an occasion for insight, ...
07/28/2020
Sideways Ghost Stories: A Q&A With Laura van den Berg

"A virus is not a metaphor, or inherently instructive. This period of time does not have to be an occasion for insight, let alone wisdom. So more than anything I’ve been trying to just remain alert to the bewildering present tense." New online: Brian Gresko interviews Laura van den Berg about I Hold a Wolf By the Ears, which is out today from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

The author of the story collection I Hold a Wolf By the Ears talks about ghost stories, writing in the direction of the unknowable, and creativity during quarantine.

For this week’s poetry prompt, choose a poet whose work you admire and translate one of their poems into another languag...
07/28/2020
An Exchange of Words

For this week’s poetry prompt, choose a poet whose work you admire and translate one of their poems into another language or form, perhaps from a sonnet into a pantoum. What would you like to express through this exchange of language? For more on this prompt, and other fiction and creative nonfiction prompts, visit The Time Is Now!

In “Translating Poetry, Translating Blackness,” published in the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog, poet and novelist John Keene reflects on language as “a medium, a field, a tool, a site of being and expression and communication.” Through his translation work, Keene engages with writing th...

#DailyNews: At The Atlantic, Richard Russo worries white Americans will revert to business as usual; The Booker Prizes a...
07/28/2020
Booker Prize Longlist, 2020 Eisner Awards, and More

#DailyNews: At The Atlantic, Richard Russo worries white Americans will revert to business as usual; The Booker Prizes announces 2020 longlist; Sophie Haigney mourns the decline of the landline in life and in fiction at The New Yorker. Catch up on these stories and more news for writers:

Richard Russo warns against normalcy; Scott O’Connor on the narratives contained within data; Martha Gonzalez on sustainable movement work; and other stories.

"Empire of Wild began as notes on the back of a barf bag while I was taking the red-eye flight from Vancouver to Toronto...
07/28/2020
Ten Questions for Cherie Dimaline

"Empire of Wild began as notes on the back of a barf bag while I was taking the red-eye flight from Vancouver to Toronto." Happy #pubday to Cherie Dimaline, whose novel Empire of Wild is out today from William Morrow! Check out her answers to #TenQuestions at the link below:

“I would remind myself that every book has its own life and to just have faith in the story.” —Cherie Dimaline, author of Empire of Wild

Clip of the Day: “There are some stones that open in the night like flowers / Down in the red graveyard where Bessie hau...
07/28/2020
The Red Graveyard by Jackie Kay

Clip of the Day: “There are some stones that open in the night like flowers / Down in the red graveyard where Bessie haunts her lovers.” In this video, Jackie Kay, national poet laureate of Scotland, reads her poem “The Red Graveyard” about her connection to American blues singer Bessie Smith. Kay’s biography Bessie Smith is forthcoming in February from Faber.

Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, grants for translators, and more—that we’ve published in the Grants & Awards section of Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully revi...

“As a younger writer, I was raised with the idea that art should not be too explicit with its politics, lest we become b...
07/27/2020
Sideways Ghost Stories: A Q&A With Laura van den Berg

“As a younger writer, I was raised with the idea that art should not be too explicit with its politics, lest we become blunt or polemical. We weren’t told to be apolitical exactly, but subtlety was prized. I will always deeply believe that fiction is most powerful when we are writing in the direction of the unknowable and when forgone conclusions are being disrupted, but I no longer believe that project to be at odds with also having a political vision for one’s work.” New online: Brian Gresko interviews Laura van den Berg about I Hold a Wolf By the Ears (which is out tomorrow from Farrar, Straus and Giroux!) and its many different forms of haunting:

The author of the story collection I Hold a Wolf By the Ears talks about ghost stories, writing in the direction of the unknowable, and creativity during quarantine.

Highlights from #DailyNews: Asha Grant talks to the Los Angeles Times about preparing to open the Salt Eaters, a booksto...
07/27/2020
New Bookstore to Center Black Women’s Narratives, At Home With Edmund White, and More

Highlights from #DailyNews: Asha Grant talks to the Los Angeles Times about preparing to open the Salt Eaters, a bookstore devoted to the narratives of Black women, femmes, and gender-nonconforming people; Nkosi Nkululeko reflects on the arts of poetry, chess, and music; and The New York Times checks in with Edmund White, “the paterfamilias of queer literature." Catch up on these stories and more news for writers:

Nkosi Nkululeko on the arts of poetry, chess, and music; Publishers Weekly profiles literary agent Tana McKinnon; Catherine Lacey shares the central question behind her new novel, Pew; and other stories.

At work on a chapbook? Submissions to the A3 Press are open through October 1 via Submittable with a $20 reading fee (wh...
07/26/2020
Small Press Points: A3 Press

At work on a chapbook? Submissions to the A3 Press are open through October 1 via Submittable with a $20 reading fee (which goes toward production and paying the press’s authors):

The press publishes immersive, imaginative chapbooks of poetry, prose, and art, which are printed and folded in the style of a map.

#FromTheArchive: “When I’m stuck in a sentence, I like to reach for a preposition. Why prepositions, and not verbs or no...
07/26/2020
Tony Tulathimutte

#FromTheArchive: “When I’m stuck in a sentence, I like to reach for a preposition. Why prepositions, and not verbs or nouns? Because they’re open-ended enough to accommodate any number of outcomes,” says Tony Tulathimutte in #WritersRecommend.

“Of all sources of inspiration, grammar is probably the most underrated. But any writer who’s been confronted with an empty page or blipping cursor knows that language itself, with its structures and inner connections, can suggest many possibilities. When I’m stuck in a sentence, I like to rea...

“It was important for us to take a step back and look again at our mission statement and remind ourselves our mission is...
07/25/2020
Literary Festivals Go Virtual

“It was important for us to take a step back and look again at our mission statement and remind ourselves our mission isn’t to put on a spring conference. Our mission is to connect, educate, promote, and serve writers.” Ed Southern, executive director of the North Carolina Writers' Network, is one of the many literary organizers who have had to rethink their approach to major spring and summer events.

With the spread of COVID-19, organizers of literary events across the United States have devised creative ways to move programming online and build community among writers.

Poetry Prompt: This week, try writing two-line poems, one per day, and observe how they relate to each other. Perhaps th...
07/25/2020
Two-a-Day

Poetry Prompt: This week, try writing two-line poems, one per day, and observe how they relate to each other. Perhaps the poems combine into a larger sequence or each stands alone. For more writing prompts, visit The Time Is Now! #FromTheArchive #PWWritingPrompts

“To start with two lines then in black and white / and continue to see a way in them.” So begins Michael Joyce’s collection Biennial (BlazeVOX, 2015), which is comprised entirely of two-line poems. As Joyce explains in the introduction of his book, he decided to write one two-line poem per day...

Clip of the Day: In this edition of PEN to Paper, James Hannaham talks about how “word choice creates atmosphere and cha...
07/25/2020
PEN to Paper: James Hannaham

Clip of the Day: In this edition of PEN to Paper, James Hannaham talks about how “word choice creates atmosphere and character all by itself” and leads writers through several language-related exercises, including one that involves taking a New York Times online quiz on dialect.

Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, grants for translators, and more—that we’ve published in the Grants & Awards section of Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully revi...

Friday job alert: check out open positions at Strand Book Store, Rebel Girls, and Radish! pw.org/joblistings#JobsForWrit...
07/24/2020

Friday job alert: check out open positions at Strand Book Store, Rebel Girls, and Radish!

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The end of the month and its last contest deadlines are arriving sooner than you might expect! Our latest roundup featur...
07/24/2020
Upcoming Contest Deadlines

The end of the month and its last contest deadlines are arriving sooner than you might expect! Our latest roundup features opportunities with a deadline of 7/30 or 7/31 at Bard College, Howling Bird Press, Narrative Magazine, Red Hen Press, and Press 53, among others. #PWwritingcontests:

The end of the month and its last contest deadlines are arriving sooner than you might expect. With a deadline of July 30 or July 31, these awards include opportunities to publish single poems and flash fiction, as well as longer projects. All offer a cash prize of $1,000 or more.Bard College Fictio...

The Time Is Now! This week's writing prompts for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction feature an earthquake written ...
07/24/2020
The Time Is Now

The Time Is Now! This week's writing prompts for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction feature an earthquake written into kelp DNA, cow tools, and clichés about love. And this week's Best Book recommendation is a practical and dependable guidebook full of insights, advice, and wisdom about writing fiction. If you need more, browse through the complete archive of over 1,300 writing prompts and 400 of the best books on writing.

Weekly writing prompts in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for poets and fiction writers.

“Since I quit that internet service, I’m thinking more about the transitive properties in books. The words, the palimpse...
07/24/2020
GalleyCrush: Inheritance

“Since I quit that internet service, I’m thinking more about the transitive properties in books. The words, the palimpsest of images accruing in my brain, but more immediately the book in my hand. The cover worn at one end from sweat and gripping it when it comes close." So begins Taylor Johnson's Inheritance, forthcoming from Alice James Books this November! More on our latest #GalleyCrush at the link below:

Taylor Johnson’s Inheritance, forthcoming from Alice James Books on November 10, 2020.

#DailyNews: Ibram X. Kendi pays tribute to John Lewis at The Atlantic and advocates for revolutionary politics over grad...
07/24/2020
Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Nominees, New Literary Prize Honors New York City Writing, and More

#DailyNews: Ibram X. Kendi pays tribute to John Lewis at The Atlantic and advocates for revolutionary politics over gradualism; the NBCC schedules meeting to vote on removal of board member Carlin Romano; The Hurston/Wright Foundation announces Legacy Awards nominees. Catch up on these stories and more news for writers:

National Book Critics Circle to vote on removal of board member Carlin Romano; Viet Thanh Nguyen and Pankaj Mishra discuss Black Lives Matter; Ibram X. Kendi calls for revolutionary politics over gradualism; and other stories.

“We realized there was a whole hidden collection within the collection.” Kristen Jensen, Andrew Stauffer, and other rese...
07/24/2020
Secrets Hidden in the Stacks

“We realized there was a whole hidden collection within the collection.” Kristen Jensen, Andrew Stauffer, and other researchers have been hard at work developing Book Traces, an archive project that seeks to document the markings and traces left behind in library books by everyday readers. Adrienne Raphel reports:

The Book Traces project at the University of Virginia documents annotations, marks, and objects found in library books, creating a record of readers’ engagement with the book as a physical object.

Clip of the Day: “The deal with Florida is the charlatans and lunatics and Snapchat-famous plastic surgeons. It is the P...
07/24/2020
In the Land of Good Living

Clip of the Day: “The deal with Florida is the charlatans and lunatics and Snapchat-famous plastic surgeons. It is the Ponzi schemes, the byzantine corruption, the evangelical fervor and the consenting-adult depravity....” In this Books & Books virtual event, Kent Russell reads from his memoir, In the Land of Good Living (Knopf, 2020), and discusses Florida and his writing experience with author and sibling Karen Russell. In the Land of Good Living is featured in Page One in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, grants for translators, and more—that we’ve published in the Grants & Awards section of Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully revi...

“A new location physically separates me from recent frustrations, promising a fresh start. Each room offers different co...
07/23/2020
R. L. Maizes

“A new location physically separates me from recent frustrations, promising a fresh start. Each room offers different comforts or inspiration: a cozy bed, shelves full of books by favorite authors, a view of evergreens and sky.” —R. L. Maizes, author of Other People’s Pets, out now from Celadon, in this week’s #WritersRecommend.

“When I get stuck while writing, I change my surroundings. If I’ve been working at the pine kitchen table for a few weeks, I’ll switch to writing on my bed. If I’ve been working on the bed, I’ll migrate to the office. Changing the view from the watercolor on the bedroom wall to the quote ....

For this week’s creative nonfiction prompt, write a personal essay that examines a cliché about love, or a conventional ...
07/23/2020
About Love

For this week’s creative nonfiction prompt, write a personal essay that examines a cliché about love, or a conventional cultural “truth” that is often associated with love. How has this played out in your own life, with your own past or present experiences of love? For more on this prompt, and other poetry and fiction prompts, visit The Time Is Now!

“A cliché is thoughtless, whereas love is thoughtful. A cliché reproduces ideas originating in the culture, not in lived experience; it is antithetical to love because whereas love is alive, a cliché is dead. It’s an empty husk,” writes Sarah Gerard in “On Falling in Love With Your Charac...

Highlights from #DailyNews: The Center for Fiction announces the longlist for its 2020 First Novel Prize; Angela Maria S...
07/23/2020
Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Longlist, Systemic Racism in Bookselling, and More

Highlights from #DailyNews: The Center for Fiction announces the longlist for its 2020 First Novel Prize; Angela Maria Spring of Duende District Bookstore writes on systemic racism in bookselling at Literary Hub; Trask Roberts examines the history of unauthorized translations for Electric Literature. Catch up on these stories and more news for writers:

Pandemic fuels book sales at retail giants such as Walmart and Target; Trask Roberts examines the history of unauthorized translations; Lily Meyer reviews new pandemic writing; and other stories.

New issue, new #PageOne previews and readings! Catch first lines and exclusive audio recordings from Donna Hemans, Rache...
07/23/2020
Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin

New issue, new #PageOne previews and readings! Catch first lines and exclusive audio recordings from Donna Hemans, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Jameson Fitzpatrick, among others, at the link below:

The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books including Seeing the Body by Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino.

Clip of the Day: “When people say nothing has changed, we’re trying to say through March, come and walk in my shoes.” In...
07/23/2020
John Lewis on March

Clip of the Day: “When people say nothing has changed, we’re trying to say through March, come and walk in my shoes.” In this 2013 Politics and Prose Bookstore video, the late congressman and author John Lewis speaks about the personal experiences that led to the creation of his award–winning graphic memoir trilogy March, cowritten by Andrew Aydin and illustrated and lettered by Nate Powell. Lewis died at the age of eighty on July 17.

Find details about every creative writing competition—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, grants for translators, and more—that we’ve published in the Grants & Awards section of Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully revi...

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07/22/2020

TONIGHT AT 6PM EDT! Join us at instagram.com/allendeisabel

P&W virtual event alert! Join Isabel Allende and Rigoberto González on July 22 at 6PM EDT for a virtual celebration of Pablo Neruda's birthday on Instagram Live! Allende will read from Neruda’s poetry, and González, a contributing editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, will lead a short discussion.

pw.org/NerudaBirthday

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(Admin: please remove if this type of post is not allowed) If, in these past few months, you’ve written something meaningful related to COVID 19 – be it reflections, poetry, or anything else – please consider submitting it to this forthcoming publication, which aims to record the experiences, reflections, and words of wisdom from people around the world. This is a grassroots initiative, run by an individual – not a professional publisher. It will likely not receive significant advertising, but will rather rely on individuals – both writers and readers – to share it with others if they feel it’s a worthy contribution to our world in these challenging times. Info and submission guidelines here:
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