Below are commented links to a selection of resources
organized by the following categories: Literary
Organizations, Small Presses, Publishing
Industry, and Local Seattle.
For recommended texts, browse the Book Lists.
- The Association of Writers & Writing Programs
- An organization that supports writers and creative
writing programs. Publishes The AWP
Official Guide to Writing Programs and
The Writer's Chronicle.
- Council of Literary
Magazines and Small Presses
- An organization in support of independent publishers. Publishes the CLMP
Directory of Literary Magazines and Presses. Click on Member Directory for
links to small presses and literary magazines.
- NewPages: Alternatives in Print & Media
- An Internet portal to independent bookstores, independent publishers,
literary periodicals, alternative periodicals, independent record labels,
alternative newsweeklies, and more.
- Online English Degree
- A hub of resources for students who are pursuing, or thinking about pursuing, an English degree.
This website features interviews, articles, personal experience, and advice about all things relating to the pursuit of a degree in English.
- The Paris Review
- A literary journal that publishes poetry and prose and the must-read
Writers at Work interviews, all of which are now archived on their website,
under The DNA of Literature.
- PEN America Center
- A membership association of literary writers
that hosts Freedom to Write, among other initiatives,
and publishes a literary journal and resource book
on grants and awards.
- Poets & Writers
- A nonprofit literary organization that offers information,
support, and guidance for writers. Publishes Poets
& Writers magazine, half of which includes
articles and interviews, and the other half, upcoming
grants, awards, conferences, and residencies.
- Web Del Sol
- A collaborative effort to support contemporary
literary arts. Click around magazines, writing
programs, indie-film topics, and more.
- Alice James Books
- A cooperative poetry press.
Publishes established and beginning poets.
Two annual competitions.
- Coffee House Press
- Nonprofit literary publisher. Publishes emerging
and midcareer authors: literary novels, full-length
short story collections, poetry, and essays.
- Copper Canyon Press
- Sponsors the Hayden Carruth Award, a
publication prize for new and emerging poets.
- Fiction Collective Two
- Nonprofit publisher of formally innovative,
experimental, and artistically challenging fiction.
Open to new and previously unpublished authors.
- Graywolf Press
- Literary press that publishes poetry, memoir, literary
essays, novels, and short stories. Also sponsors the S.
Mariella Gable Prize for Fiction and the Graywolf Press
- McAdam/Cage Publishing
- Independent trade publisher that publishes quality
fiction and nonfiction and is committed to bringing
new authors to the marketplace.
- Mid-List Press
- Publishes books of high literary merit and fresh
artistic vision by new and emerging writers and by
writers excluded from publication for reasons of
profitability. Also sponsors the annual First Series
Awards for novels, poetry collections, short fiction,
and creative nonfiction.
- Milkweed Editions
- A nonprofit literary press publishing
with the intent of making a humane impact on society.
Publishes fiction, poetry, children's novels, and
nonfiction. Also sponsors the Milkweed National Fiction
Prize and the Milkweed Prize for Children's Fiction.
- Sarabande Books
- A nonprofit literay press with a focus on poetry
and short fiction. Also sponsors the Kathryn A. Morton
Prize in Poetry and the Mary McCarthy Prize in
- Word Press
- Sponsors the Word Press First Book Series for a full-length book.
Open to poets writing in English who have not previously published a
- Agent Query
- Free searchable database of over 700 literary agents, plus info about writing and publishing, for authors of nonfiction, fiction, short-story collections, and children's books.
- Everyone Who's Anyone in Adult Trade Publishing
- Links to literary agents, editors, and publishers in
the U.S., Canada, and U.K.
- Holt Uncensored
- All about books and the book industry, hosted by Pat Holt,
a woman in the know. Semi-monthly email column, searchable
archives, book reviews, and more.
- Hugo House InPrint
- A monthly forum designed to connect writers to publishing industry experts and information.
- Includes news about agents and book deals and
agent contact information.
- Publishers Lunch
- Targeted to professionals in the book industry.
Reports on deals and other happenings in the book world.
- Wales Literary Agency
- West Coast agency, representing quality fiction and nonfiction, with a direct line to the big houses in New York and a friend to small presses. Represents writers from all over.
- Anne Liu Kellor
- Local writer offering mentoring and workshops to Seattle (and beyond) writers.
Anne has an MFA in creative writing from Antioch/LA.
- Artist Trust
- Not-for-profit organization that supports Washington
artists by providing information services, grants,
fellowships, and awards.
- Arts Resource Network
- A service provided by the Office of Arts & Cultural
Affairs that provides important information to artists and
arts organizations, such as funding opportunities and
- Elliott Bay Books
- Independent bookstore that sells new and used books,
sponsors a readings series and book clubs, and has a
- Field's End
- A writers' community on Bainbridge Island that sponsors
classes, programs, and events.
- Jack Straw Productions
- Nonprofit audio arts center that sponsors monthly
readings, an Artist Support Program, the Jack Straw
Writers Program, and other audio endeavors.
- PEN Washington
- Seattle chapter of PEN International that sponsors
events and activities on the topic of writing.
- Richard Hugo House
- Nonprofit organization that offers creative writing
classes, readings, library talks (with agents and editors),
literary events, mentoring, and much more.
- Seattle Arts & Lectures
- Nonprofit organization that sponsors the annual Literary
Lectures Series, Writers in the Schools, annual Poetry
Series, and more.
- UW Women's Center
- Sponsored by the University of Washington, offers
classes, programs, and events.