Library & Resource Center
This list contains resources that will help you submit your writing to various publications (print and online) and contests, as well as apply for awards and grants. There are also resources that cover the writing process, as well as sites that provide access to quality poetry. Additionally, Ms. M has included miscellaneous resources that may serve to prime your pump, or offer other help and perspectives on the craft of writing. The LRC has many great books on the writing process, some of which Ms. M has listed at the bottom of this page.

Directories of Magazines & Contests

New Pages Young Authors Guide- "Where young writers can find print and online literary magazines to read, places to publish their own works, and legitimate contests. Some publish only young writers, some publish all ages for young readers. For specific submission guidelines, visit the publication's website . . . Publications expect you to read their publications to know what kinds of work they publish. Take time to become familiar by reading their content online or requesting a sample copy. DO NOT just send your work without having read the publication. It's a mistake too often made by many writers, and it annoys the publisher. Do not annoy publishers.

Scholastic Short Fiction Contests- includes publishing opportunities too.

Writing Contests, Grants & Awards- A directory of creative writing contests, grants and awards from Poets & Writers. You can sign up for the newsletter. Don't let youth stop you- a good piece of writing is a good piece of writing.

Individual Contests (check deadlines)

The Claremont Review Annual Writing & Art Contest- only publishes the work of teens.

Teen Ink Contests- "Teen Ink will only consider original fiction written by teens. Entries of all genres are accepted, whether fantasy, horror, historical, sci-fi, or romance. Short stories should be between 500 and 2,500 words." There are no deadlines.

The Writing Process

A Baker's Dozen of Fat-Cutting Exercises- from the National Writing Project.

For Better for Verse- interactive tool designed to help you understand poetic meter.


Creative Writing 101- daily writing tips.

Inkle- write and publish your own interactive stories.

Literary Devices- nice glossary with examples.

OneWord- See the word at the top of the page, and see where it take you. You have 60 seconds. Great way to prime the pump. "resource site for poetry and poets. Here you can learn about the history, meaning, and types of poetry, as well as terms ofte used when reading and studying poetry. There is also a resource pages: a series of links to various poetry sites for daily poetry, poetry organizations, poet biographies, and more."

Poetry Foundation- you need to read good poetry to write good poetry.

Say It in Six- Hemingway said that his own favorite story was: "For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn."

Six Word Stories- this one pays $50 per accepted story. There's a $15 submission fee.

Science Journalism Course- free course from the World Federation of Science Journalists.

StoryBird- "Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print." 

The Time Is Now- writing prompts from the folks at "Poets & Writers" online community for writers of all kinds and skill levels.

Book on Writing in The LRC Collection

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life (808 LAM), by Anne Lamott

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (808 PIN), by Steven Pinker

Just Write: Here's How (808.02 MYE), by Walter Dean Myers

How To Write A Story (808.3 PHI), by Kathleen Phillips

How To Write a Poem (808.1 RYA), by Margaret Ryan

How To Read A Poem and Fall in Love With Poetry (801.1 HIR), by Edward Hirsch

The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief Guide (808.5 PIN), by Robert Pinsky

The Craft of Verse (809 .1 BOR), by Jorge Luis Borges

The Art of Description: World Into Word (808 DOT), by Mark Doty