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Creative Writing Subject Guide

Books | Periodicals | Websites

2006 Writer's Market. Kathryn S. Brogan, ed. Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest, 2005.
PN161 .W83 2006-Reference Desk
Contains detailed listings of literary agents; consumer magazines; trade journals; book publishers; contests and awards; and small presses. Entries include contact information, needs, payment/terms, and advice from editors.

Annual Register of Grant Support: A Directory of Funding Sources. 38th ed. Medford, NY: Information Today, 2005.
LB2342 .A655
See listings under Fine Art and Literature.

Baker, John F. Literary Agents: A Writer's Introduction. New York: Macmillan, 1999.
PN163 .B35 1999
Features interviews with 48 agents. Although agent information should be double checked due to the publishing date, this book can be a useful starting point, particularly if you want to better understand agents.

The Grants Register 2006. 24th ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
LB2338 .G7-Reference Table 3
See page 797 "Writing (Authorship)" for a list of grants and fellowships.

The International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses. Len Fulton, ed. 40th ed. Paradise, CA: Dustbooks, 2004.
Z6944 .L5 D5 41ST ED. 2005/2006-Stacks
Z6944 .L5 D5 40TH ED. 2004/05-Reference Desk
Provides a very comprehensive directory of small-circulation literary and art magazines and presses. In addition to basic directory information, some editors offer comments on such things as submission policies and recent contributors. Indexed by both region and subject.

Larsen, Michael. Literary Agents: What They Do, How They Do It, and How to Find and Work with the Right One for You. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1996.
PN163 .L37 1996
Covers how to find an agent, what to look for in an agent, how to submit your manuscript, and author-agency contracts. Also explains the submission process.

Levin, Martin P. Be Your Own Literary Agent: The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Getting Published. 3rd ed. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2002.
PN161 .L48 2002
Explains how to get published without having an agent. Includes model query letters and proposals.

Literary Market Place 2005: The Directory of the American Book Publishing Industry with Industry Yellow Pages. Vols. 1-2. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2004.
PN161 .L5 2006-Reference Desk
Volume I includes a directory of book publishers; editorial services and agents; associations, events, courses and awards (including grants and writing workshops); and books and magazines for the publishing/library trade. Volume II includes more industry-related information, including a directory of book manufacturers and printers, binders, and book finishers. This directory provides a good place for researchers to double check names and addresses, especially addresses of literary agents.

Masello, Robert. Writer Tells All: Insider Secrets to Getting your Book Published. New York: Henry Holt, 2001.
PN161 .M38 2001
Discusses the writing and publishing process from the writer's point of view.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Nonfiction. New York: Broadway, 2001.
PN161 .R45 2001
Gives advice about the writing process with a focus on writing exercises. Some discussion of how to publish. Includes an extensive writing resources chapter with lists of websites and books. Geared toward African Americans, but useful for anyone.


General Periodicals | Literary Magazines | Publishing Industry Periodicals

General Periodicals
Note: Current issues in Current Periodicals/Newspapers Room (Middleton 126)
Literary Magazine Review
PN4878.3 .L48
Offers detailed analyses of a single issue of various literary magazines. Useful for those deciding where to send their work or which journals to subscribe to. Also includes a section on new magazines.

Poets & Writers
PS323.5 .P61
Features profiles of writers and longer articles on everything from craft to more practical matters, such as finding an agent or submitting to literary journals. Each bimonthly issue contains detailed listings of grants, awards, conferences and residencies. Recent winners are listed separately, allowing readers to see the kind of writing that contests typically reward.

The Writer
PN101 .W7
Also available electronically via Academic Search Premier
For fiction and nonfiction writers. Contains short how-to articles such as "Develop your novel idea" or "Are you ready for an MFA?" Some author profiles. Each issue includes a "Literary Spotlight" which describes a chosen literary journal's content, overall tone and editorial preferences, and contributors. The magazine's back pages, "Literary Markets," list submission guidelines and contact information of literary magazines.

Writer's Digest
PN101 .W82
For writers of nonfiction and fiction (including commercial and genre). Consists of how-to articles and interviews with authors. Each issue's "Market Listings" section offers brief information on magazines, agents, contests, etc.

Literary Magazines
Note: Current issues in Current Periodicals/Newspapers Room (Middleton 126)

The American Poetry Review
PS580 .A44

The Antigonish Review
PN2 .A557

Beloit Poetry Journal
PS301 .B43

The Black Warrior Review
PS1 .B55

Chicago Review
AP2 .C5152

Colorado Review
AP2 .C6874

PS580 .C73

Denver Quarterly
LH1 .D48 U6

AP2 .E68

PN6010.5 F53

PN6099.6 F5

The Florida Review
PS501 .F56

The Georgia Review
AP2 .G375

PN2 .G69

Green Mountains Review
PS1 .G73

The Hudson Review
AP2 .H886

The Iowa Review
PN2 .I583

The Journal: The Literary Magazine of the Ohio State University
PN2 .O44

The Kenyon Review
AP2 .K426

The Laurel Review
LH1 .W47 L37

The Literary Review
AP2 .L6377

Mid-American Review
PS501 .M53

The Minnesota Review
AP2 .M5598

Mississippi Review
PS501 .M57

The Missouri Review
PS1 .M57

New Delta Review
LH1 .L55 D42

New England Review
PN2 .N4725

New Letters
PS501 .N47

Ontario Review
PN2 .O556

The Paris Review
AP .4P245

Parnassus: Poetry in Review
PN6099.6 .P36

NX1 .P57

PS301 .P6

Prairie Schooner
AP2 .P85285

AP2 .S1456

Southern Humanities Review
AP2 .S7865

The Sewanee Review
AP2 .S5

The South Carolina Review
PN2 .S5875

Southern Poetry Review
PS580 .S66

The Southern Review
AP2 .S8555

Southwest Review
AP2 .S883

AP4 .S7345

AP2 .S952

The Texas Review
PS1 .T49

PS508 .C6 T7

The Virginia Quarterly Review
AP2 .V76

Wascana Review
PN2 .W386

The Yale Literary Magazine
PS501 .Y342

Publishing Industry Periodicals
Note: Current issues in Current Periodicals/Newspapers Room (Middleton 126)
The New York Review of Books
AP2 .N655
Note: In Current Periodicals/Newspapers Room until replaced by microform.

The New York Times Book Review
AP2 .N657
Note: In Current Periodicals/Newspapers Room until replaced by microform.

Publisher's Weekly
Z1219 .P98
Also available electronically via Academic Search Premier. Reviews section often lists the author's agent at the end of each review.

The Times Literary Supplement
AP4 .T45
Note: In Current Periodicals/Newspapers Room until replaced by microform.


Associations | Miscellaneous Websites

The Academy of American Poets
Provides a listing of awards sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Includes biographies of more than 500 poets and audioclips of more than 150 poets reading their work. Essays on writing, a poetry glossary, and a calendar of events round out this site.

The Association of Authors' Representatives
The professional organization of literary and dramatic agents. Search a directory of literary agents. The agent profiles are not very detailed, but some agents link directly to their websites. A good place to double check agent contact information.

The Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Information on membership, the annual conference, contests etc.

PEN American Center
This organization "works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship." Of special interest is the Grants and Awards database, where for a small fee writers can search a database of more than 1,000 listings.

Miscellaneous Websites
A good way to find out which agents represent which writers. Most book reviews reprinted here from Publisher's Weekly or Library Journal name the author's agent. (Amazon.com edits out this information).

Google Writers Resources
Links to writer's resources.

A very thorough collection of links to print and online journals, small presses, and "organizations doing their part to keep independent literature alive."

Louisiana Division of the Arts
For calendars, links, and the state grant programs.

Poets & Writers
Much (but not all) of the magazine's printed information is available for free online. The website provides a bonus directory of writers for maintaining contact with peers and linking with organizations looking for readers. Other online highlights include links to literary journals, grants and awards, small presses, etc.

Publisher's Marketplace
A great resource for writers researching agents. Although some of their services are fee-based, users can still access valuable information without paying a fee. The free online, searchable database provides detailed information about agents, including interests and recent sales. Many agents link directly to their own homepage. Since the agents themselves are responsible for updating these pages, the information needs to be double checked. The free email newsletter "Publisher's Lunch" sends out weekly "deal reports" of the latest books sold and who represented them.

Published since 1994, this site is a useful source for poets and fiction writers who want to research literary journals. In addition to regular columns by writers, the website reviews electronic and print literary journals.

Writermag (online version of The Writer)
Some conference and contest postings, but not as thorough as Poets & Writers. Features a directory of writer's groups and lots of annotated links divided into the categories "Resources," "Publishing," and "Organizations."

A free online "directory of writers, editors, publishers and literary agents." Also includes discussion boards and links to writing contests.

Yahoo! Creative Writing
Links to conferences, contests, writing programs, etc.

Compiled by Carrie Green.
Please send comments and questions to the Subject Liaison
Mike Russo.

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