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Resources for Poets & Writers - Updated 12/31/2015

For Poets & Writers | Business of Writing | More Poetry Resources | Peter's Tips | For Teachers

For Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers Online
Excellent articles, guides and other resources for poets and writers, including information on grants and markets for publishing your work.

Duotrope’s Digest
An interactive database of over 4,600 markets for publishing your fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Duotrope has a great search engine to help you locate places accepting simultaneous and multiple submissions while filtering out those not currently accepting work. It also includes a chart with average response times. Be sure to check out their online submissions tracker and subscribe to the weekly newsletter. Pretty useful stuff. They charge a nominal subscription rate, so take advantage of the free trial to decide if it's worth it to you.

Creative Writers Opportunities List (CRWROPPS)
Email list that sends free daily emails about literary contests, jobs and publication opportunities for poems, stories, essays and book manuscripts.
News, information and guides to independent bookstores, publishers, literary magazines, creative writing programs, writers' conferences and more. Updated at least three times a week, so you can't get more current than this.

PoetryNJ Literary Event Notices
Our free Yahoo! Group which will email you notices of literary readings, workshops, conferences and other arts and culture events in NJ, NY, Philly and environs.

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Business of Writing

Is your writing a business or hobby?
Your answer can have a big impact on your taxes. Check out this IRS fact sheet for details.

Copyright Basics
Did you know your work is automatically copyrighted? Check out this fact sheet from the US Copyright Office.

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More Poetry Resources

Poetry Daily
A recently published poem each day plus poetry news from around the world.

Americans' Favorite Poem Project
Video, audio & texts of poems loved by ordinary Americans.

Poetry 180
Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins' initiative to post 180 poems for high school students to read and hear, one for each day of the school year.

Academy of American Poets
Services for poets & teachers including hundreds of poems as text and audio. Great links.

Poetry Society of America
The nation's oldest poetry organization sponsors programs, initiatives, contests and awards.

The Edison Review
Publishes poetry by New Jersey writers and sponsors readings & other literary events.

The Poetry Foundation
Home of Poetry Magazine with a huge archive of poems, interviews, news and other useful features.

Internet Poetry Archive
Audio recordings of Seamus Heaney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Philip Levine, Czeslaw Milosz, Robert Pinsky, Margaret Walker & Richard Wilbur.

Poets OnLine
A site of inspiration. A new poetry writing prompt every two weeks.

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Peter's Tips

Murphy's Revision Style Sheet
Whether you write prose or poetry, it's your job to get the words right and you can't do this without deep revision. Here are some ideas to get you started.
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Murphy's Roof Preading Tips (a.k.a. Murphy's Proofreading Tips)
Few of us can hire our own editors to clean up our messes so here are some of Peter E. Murphy's favorite things to look out for.
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Have you "Reader Tested" your writing?
Do you know what your readers are thinking? Try my "Reader Test" to see your work in progress as an intelligent, interested stranger might.
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Resources for Publishing Your Writing
Here are a few brilliant internet tools that will give you up to date information on where to submit your poems, stories and creative nonfiction so you can spend more time writing.
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Murphy's Laws for Writers
Poor Murphy. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. You know you're having a Murphy day when things go from bad to worse to terrible. Until now, however, there have not been Murphy's Laws for Writers.
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10 Ways to Avoid Writing
It's summer! The flowers are blooming, the days are longer, but the mosquitoes have been snorting Red Bull, and depending on where you live, dust storms, fires or floods are trying to kill you. How can you concentrate on those neglected poems or the novel you abandoned last August? Better put off your writing for two or three more months. Here are a few suggestions to help you procrastinate.
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What are you afraid of?
Everyone is afraid of at least one thing. I am lucky because I am afraid of a lot of things: dogs, numbers, deer ticks, crowds, dying, clowns. How does this make me lucky? Look at all the wonderful things I have to write about. My litany of terror keeps me from being a listless graphophobe.
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Leap before you look!
I know. You're thinking I've got that backwards, and perhaps I do. That's me in the picture jumping off a cliff in Wales into the Irish Sea. The locals call this extreme sport coasteering, and it is both brilliant and terrifying.
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