Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Helpful Resources for Writers

Lately, I’ve been receiving emails from aspiring authors.  I’ve been asked a lot of questions, but some of the most common are how to get started, how to find information on publishers and contests and places to submit articles, and how to make money doing it.  In an attempt to answer some of these questions, I’ve begun to compile a list of some of the sites that have proven helpful to me. It is my hope that they will potentially prove helpful to those of you reading this as well.

Sites with tools, connections, contests, and info for writers:

These three sites contain a TON of information.  You can find tutorials, tips, connections, and even markets if you spend enough time digging around these sites.  Each of them has definitely proven a treasure to me.

Writer’s Digest:

Poets and Writers:

Freelancing sites:

Freelancing can be a great way to make some extra money.  I have personally used these sites, and found them to be, for the most part, reliable.  They’re each a little different, but you mostly just sign up, create a profile, and then start applying for jobs.

Magazines accepting submissions:

If you’re a poet, short story or flash fiction writer, or just really enjoy doing articles, magazines can be a great way to try to publish your writing.  You most likely WILL get rejected a few times at first, but don’t let it discourage you.  Just keep honing your craft and submitting and hang in there!  One of my professors told me once, “It’s not over until it’s over.”  So if you have a heart for something, don’t give up until it really is over (a.k.a. you’re dead)!

Black Warrior Review:

Accepts prose, poetry, and art. Poetry submissions open now, art is always open, and prose opens in March.

Artichoke Haircut:

Accepts submissions year round.

Big Fiction Magazine:

It is currently running a contest that ends on March 15.

Well, I hope this was helpful to you at least a little bit.  If you have found certain sites that were helpful to you, please feel free to post them as a comment!  I’m sure there are plenty of people who would appreciate your knowledge!


Hannah is a sleep-deprived college student who became a published author at age 19.  Her novel, Labyrinth of Lies, is chalk full of adventure, romance, and unexpected twists, and is available for purchase on Amazon. You can connect with Hannah or read about her latest adventures at, Twitter, GooglePlus, or Facebook.


Big Mike said...

Very informative, thank you Hanna.

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