Best websites for 2002
Complete A-Z List
Academy of American Poets
Offers poems, discussion groups and articles for the poet in us all.
"Anotherealm’s willingness to publish flash fiction of all levels is an extremely invaluable asset for a writer. And besides the incredible stories published at the e-zine, the site is just plain fun." —Comateta M. Clifton, writersdigest.com nomination
Arts & Letters Daily
The editors of this site daily post teasers and links to the Net's best articles, opinions and book reviews. They also link to hundreds of magazines, newspapers, journals and online news sources.
Offers 17 subtopics on writing, including fiction writing, copyright law and publishing.
Association of Authors' Representatives
If you're looking for an agent who doesn’t charge fees, check out the list of member agents and their areas of specialty.
Association of Personal Historians
Support and information for writers of personal histories and life stories.
Amusing but helpful advice and articles for all writers. It has come to our attention that AuthorMania changed editors during our review period. Please also see www.writefunny.com/writewild.html
Receive unlimited access to a variety of reference, verse, fiction and nonfiction books.
Find an abundance of rare, used and out-of-print books for your writing research.
If you like the show, try the site: Search more than 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present.
Find thousands of free e-books, book and author interviews, print and e-bookstores, newsletters and e-zines. Look for tips on where to publish and scam alerts.
Affiliated with the American Booksellers Association, this site offers industry information on products and services, organizations and events, and research and statistics.
Whether you're a writer or publisher, you'll benefit from the abundance of current information here' including a newsletter, service directory, events calendar and reviewers database.
Established with female science fiction, fantasy and horror writers in mind. Provides a free newsletter and discussion groups.
Coffeehouse for Writers
In addition to fee-based workshops, this site offers free message and forum boards, an inspirational page and grammar page.
Confused about copyrights? Many beginning writers may find the task of copyright searches daunting, but this site helps plan permission requests and locate copyrights.
Creativity for Life
The affiliated newsletter—The Creativity Notebook—provides articles, quotes and tips as well as reviews of useful writing tools.
Enjoy and share creativity resources for arts, crafts, music and writing.
Working in conjunction with one another, these sites include links to Roget's Thesaurus, international dictionaries and translator tools.
"A screenwriting Web site that is like taking an ongoing course on the craft of screenwriting. It’s clean, informative, friendly and often hilarious." Janea Smith, writersdigest.com nomination
Aids writers and editors in producing and publishing e-mail newsletters.
The community to read and talk about romance online; writers connect with each other and editors.
This free encyclopedia offers more than 50,000 articles, plus links to more.
Erotica Readers of America
A meeting place for readers and writers of erotic literature and poetry. The site provides articles relating to sexuality and information on erotic books.
The FACSNET Annotated Associated Press digest provides resources to assist in covering the day's news.
You must register to access most of the site's information, but registration is free. You'll find plenty of articles on writing, editing and publishing fiction.
Sign up for the free membership and participate in fiction critiques.
If you need a tutorial on making your writing a career, look no further. It'll prevent beginners' mistakes and determine if you've got what it takes to go pro.
Links to resources relating to jobs, business writing, contracts and grantwriting.
Includes examples of anagrams, palindromes, spoonerisms, pangrams, oxymora, etymology, tongue twisters and more.
Funds for Writers
Features how-to articles, writing links and several newsletters. You'll also find Funds For Writers Junior, with smaller, lower-paying, perhaps easier to crack markets, contests and grants.
"I simply cannot exist in the writer’s world without Google—my favorite search engine. I keep it open at all times when I'm writing and find it to be my best companion." Jerri Brooker, writersdigest.com nomination
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Get help in structuring sentences, paragraphs and essays.
Here you'll find forums, workshops and a research area, plus counsel and advice from award-winning author Orson Scott Card.
Many producers and agents look for material on the site.
Besides the standard search aspect, iLOR helps you identify relevant search results and save them for later.
Index of American Media Columnists
Offers links to articles and reviews written by more than 700 newspaper and magazine columnists.
A weekly e-zine that provides markets, pertinent news, tips and links.
Find work! Links to Job of the Day, freelance jobs, internships and fellowships/awards.
At this search enginespecifically designed for structured and productive researchyou can construct a personal library of past research topics for easy referral.
One of the Web's largest directories, Knowledge Hound offers how-to instruction and tips in many areas. Search by topic or keyword.
The library of libraries, this site links to every imaginable reference (and library) site and offers plenty of informative content.
Find resources for improving your writing and getting published.
Search for the perfect job and take advantage of resume postings, a members' center, events board, bulletin board and general news articles.
Provides support, encouragement and tips on writing for those with children underfoot.
Filled to the brim with information about screenwriting contests, markets and software.
Find the latest information on consumer magazines. Look for the 30 Most Notable Launches of the previous year and the monthly titles page—a comprehensive list of every new magazine launched each month.
My Hidden Talent
Read other writers' work and get yours reviewed.
My Writer Buddy
"This is a great forum for writers to critique and help one another with works in progress, discuss the business of writing, chill out when needed, and discuss the work of other writers." —Christine Whitmarsh, writersdigest.com nomination
National Writer's Union
The only labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats and media working in U.S. markets.
Check out Painted Rock Research, a free research e-mail list. You can find articles, interviews and other writing resources in the free newsletter.
Maintained by Dan Poynter, the king of self-publishing. Provides extensive information on self-publishing and promotion.
A virtual handbook for poets, with information about and promotion of poets and poetry.
Find information on authorstheir Web sites, readings, recommendations and videos.
Find basic information on more than 150,000 magazines, journals, newsletters and other periodicals using a searchable database. You can order specific print articles or search for online content (available on a pay-per-view basis).
Posts fantasy and science fiction literature to provide aspiring writers ample opportunity for creative expression.
Rainy Day Corner
Offers information for young writers and those who write for them. Links include Writing Family (how to write as a family) and Idea File (boosting creativity and how to start stories).
Ralan SpecFic & Humor Webstravaganza
Designed for writers of any genre, but focused on those writing science fiction, horror and fantasy.
"Anything you need to know about anything is listed here. A 'must bookmark' for writers and anyone interested in finding anything out." Lisa Goich-Andreadis, writersdigest.com nomination
Resources for Romance Writers
Read tips on submission preparation and visit recommended sites.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
SFWA's popular Writer Beware features alerts about publishers and agencies that are suspected of or have been charged with wrongdoing.
Shades of Romance
Caters to those interested in multicultural romance; offers interviews with top writers, articles on the craft of writing and book reviews.
Small Publishers Association of North America
Get marketing advice and connect with other authors, self-publishers and independent presses.
For writers of science fiction and fantasy, this site provides a Rumor Mill page where writers can find current market news and magazine rejection rates and policies.
Spicy Green Iguana
With more than 400 links to special fiction magazines, this is a virtual paradise for writers of science fiction, horror and fantasy.
Whether you just put the final touches on your first work or have been a published author for 20 years, you can share your writing wit and wisdom with others here.
Search for other writers' stories or post your own.
Sun Oasis Jobs
List of jobs for writers, editors and copywriters organized by type of writing and by region. Also features articles on getting jobs.
The 6' Ferret Writers' Group
Whether you're starting a writers group or already belong to one, this site provides tips for maintaining the group and keeping it interesting.
The Burry Man Writers Center
Find job markets, research site links and an area to toot your own horn.
The Creative Cauldron
Provides information on publishers, dead publications, artists, conferences and classes.
The Fiction Writer's Journey
Emily Hanlon's site "[pulls] the writer into the great journey that fiction writing can be." Susan Omilian, writersdigest.com nomination
The Grammar Lady
Includes columns, recommended reading lists, grammar tips and a grammar hotline.
The Internet Archive
Provides access to archived Web pages (no longer on the Net), including the 2000 election.
The Internet for Journalists
Tips and links to public records, newsgroups and forums.
The Thought Café
Writers and poets discuss writing and post work for critique.
The Write Stuff
A creative writing club created for those ages 13 to 23. There's a monthly newsletter and penpal service.
The Writer's BBS
Discuss all aspects of writing and participate in critiques.
The Writer's Life
"It's a writing and resource site where aspiring authors can submit their writings for critique." Melissa Thompson, writersdigest.com nomination
The Writing Parent
"It’s very inspiring to read about other parents' struggles and accomplishments. Angela Giles Klocke offers numerous articles, contests, creativity exercises, discussion groups, updated markets and more!" Megan Broeren, writersdigest.com nomination
Look for the specific Toolbox that will provide keys to your writing category, whether it's children's stories, crime and thriller, or poetry.
Links for both general visitors and members only (membership is free). Get and give critiques, find grammar help, join chats and ask questions.
Features articles, tips and links for those interesting in travel writing.
U.S. Copyright Office
Locate the copyright status of millions of books, music recordings, movies and software.
More than 100 sites are listed here, including dictionaries, foreign language translators, word games and even wacky sites (like the Klingon Language Institute).
Provides answers to frequently asked questions about the business and creative aspects of screenwriting. Includes essays written by screenwriters working in Hollywood.
With its free, up-to-date information and message board, writers can share their thoughts about writing.
"A safe haven for serious textual magicians to practice their craft, experiment and share useful candid feedback." Ron Carpenter, writersdigest.com nomination
"A well-organized place where personal-essay writers, a usually neglected group, can find specific market information and targeted writing advice." Isabel Viana, writersdigest.com nomination
Features tips, articles and job postings.
Writer's Online Workshops
Presented by Writer's Digest, WOW ( www.writersonlineworkshops.com) streamlines the online workshop process with no-fuss submissions, numerous course and schedule options and such features as the Personal Notebook that allows you to dialogue privately with your instructor. WOW also produces a free biweekly e-newsletter with writing tips and workshop information. In addition to individual feedback from instructors, the workshops offer students peer critique sessions, a nicely stocked library of print and online resources and a chance to chat with classmates in the Student Union. The 2002 curriculum has been expanded to include workshops in descriptive writing and writing for children.
You'll find writing advice columns, jobs/markets and book and software reviews.
Writers Guild of America
Find information about writing and how to register your script.
"Provides a list of warnings about deadbeat publishers and publications, and [Editor Angela Adair Hoy] goes to bat for writers who are owed money or who had had a copyright infringed upon. The markets and freelance ads listed are always paying markets." —Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin, writersdigest.com nomination
Offers current writing and publishing news, message boards and job listings.
Provides free writers' groups, monthly newsletters, contest information and a bookstore.
Now entering its second year, the most comprehensive resource for writers on the Internet has added some new features, including the Submission Tracker, which allows subscribers to record their manuscripts, where they've sent them and what responses they’ve received. It's an immensely practical and popular tool for staying organized. Want to find a specific publisher fast? Type the name into the Quick Search box on the newly designed home page, then click "Go." And if you’re looking for an agent, you’ll find 400 agencies from the Guide to Literary Agents, plus 300 more publishers' listings that wouldn't fit into the Writer's Market print edition. Of course, the listings are continually updated, so you’ll always have the most current information at your fingertips. To sign up, go to www.WritersMarket.com and click "Sign Up" in the left-hand column.
Writing For Dollars
Besides the free newsletter, freelance writers will find money-making tips.
Zines Index of Online Fiction
Provides links to a plethora of paying zines. Five short stories are showcased each month.
"A novice fiction writer's paradise. The site allows anyone with a willingness to critique others' work with a place to receive valuable criticism." —Ann Hart, writersdigest.com nomination
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