For more than twenty years, Poets & Writers Magazine has been a trusted companion to writers who take their vocation seriously. Within its pages, our readers find provocative essays on the literary life, practical guidance for getting published and pursuing writing careers, in-depth profiles of poets, fiction writers, and writers of creative nonfiction, and conversation among fellow professionals.
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EDITOR’S Note • BUILDING WORLDS WITH WORDS
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World-Building in Arizona
Page One • Where New And Noteworthy Books Begin
Big Change to Canadian Poetry Prize
Scams Bait Self-Published Authors
Small Press Points
Meg Reid Leads Hub City
TheTimeIsNow • Writing Prompts and Exercises
The Productivity Equation • BUILDING A WRITING PRACTICE WHILE LIVING WITH LIMITATIONS
RADICAL ATTENTION • IN HER LATEST BOOK, THE LIGHT ROOM: ON ART AND CARE, PUBLISHED BY RIVERHEAD BOOKS IN JULY, KATE ZAMBRENO CELEBRATES THE ETHICAL WORK OF CAREGIVING, THE SMALL JOYS OF ORDINARY LIFE, AND AN ENGAGEMENT WITH THE NATURAL WORLD WITHIN HUMAN SPACES.
First Fıction 2023
Tyriek White • whose debut novel, We Are a Haunting, was published by Astra House in April
Ada Zhang • whose debut story collection The Sorrows of Others, was published by A Public Space Books in May
Mihret Sibhat • whose debut novel, The History of a Difficult Child, was published by Viking in June
Shastri Akella • whose debut novel, The Sea Elephants, will be published by Flatiron Books in July
Rebekah Bergman • whose debut novel, The Museum of Human History, will be published by Tin House in August
Finding a LITERARY AGENT • EXPERT ADVICE FOR CONNECTING WITH YOUR BOOK’S BEST ADVOCATE
PITCH LIKE A PRO • An Agent’s Advice on Talking About Your Book
THE ART OF THE COMP TITLE • Positioning Your Book for Success
THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND • Agents and Social Media
WHAT EDITORS WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT AGENTS • Advice From Insiders on the People Selling Your Manuscript
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW, FROM THE EXPERTS YOU TRUST.
An Author’s View of the Editorial Process • FROM MANUSCRIPT TO PUBLISHED BOOK
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