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Whether you’re looking for advice, ideas, online tools or writers’ communities, you’ll find plenty of links to useful websites on this page.


Writing communities & information

Authonomy

www.authonomy.com

A writing community for writers, readers and publishers. Connect with others in the community, share your writing, rate books, discover new talent and spread the word about the best work showcased on the website.  

ABCtales

abctales.com

ABCtales puts writers and editors together. The one can’t thrive without the other, and what we’ve found is that there’s an editor in every writer and a writer in every editor.

Because there’s as much to be learned from editing as from writing, giving feedback is at the heart of ABCtales. From your first short poem to the final chapter of that novel you’ve been working away at, our community will be there to read your work and give you advice on how to improve. And, when the time comes, we’ll help you spread your work to a wider audience.

National Association of Writers' Group

nawg.co.uk (national association of writers’ groups)

A place to register your writing group. Receive resources and access to competitions, as well as the opportunity for free promotion of your group.

The BBC Writers' Room

bbc.co.uk/writersroom

The part of the BBC website devoted to finding and championing new talent for all BBC platforms – offers advice, inspiration and firsthand experience from established writers,

The Society of Editors & Proofreaders

sfep.org.uk

The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) is a professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders – the people who strive to make text accurate and readable.

Scribophile 

scribophile.com

Scribophile is one of the largest and most well-respected online writing communities around. Writers join Scribophile to give and receive detailed, friendly, and helpful critiques for writing of all kinds, and their forums are busy with members discussing writing, books, and everyday life 24 hours a day.  Scribophile also offers free advice, tips, and articles about the craft of writing, plus news from the publishing industry, in their extensive blog and Writing Academy. They regularly host free writing contests with cash prizes.  Scribophile is the place where serious writers come for serious feedback.

Figment

figment.com

Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors.

The Society of Authors

societyofauthors.org

The Society is a membership organisation which has over 9,000 members writing in all areas of the profession. Whatever your specialisation, you are eligible to join as soon as you have been offered a contract from a publisher, broadcaster or agent.

Wattpad

wattpad.com

An unlimited, ever-growing library of free books and stories. On Wattpad, you can discover great fiction, share stories with friends and follow their favourite authors chapter-by-chapter.

Unbound

unbound.co.uk

Unbound is crowdfunding for books - a new way to connect authors and readers. Authors present a pitch, you pledge, and when the goal is reached the book is written.

Protagonize

protagonize.com

Protagonize is an award-winning creative writing community of authors from around the world. It's a great place to showcase your talent and get feedback on your writing.

The London Writers' Cafe 

londonwriterscafe

LWC is a fiction writers' group where any creative writer can volunteer to read their work for instant feedback and advice in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

The National Literacy Trust

literacytrust.org.uk

The National Literacy Trust is a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. 

We work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged communities, where up to 40 per cent of people have literacy problems.

Young Writers' Society

youngwriterssociety.com

An online writing community for younger writers to share their work, connect with other writers and offer constructive feedback.

Book Crossing

bookcrossing.com

The World's Library - it's a smart social networking site. BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked and so connects its readers. There are currently 1,181,206 BookCrossers and 10,179,244 books travelling throughout 132 countries.

Kudos Writing Competition

kudoswritingcompetitions.com/

Really useful website containing listings of upcoming writing and poetry competitions. 

Write-Track

write-track.co.uk/

Write-Track is a writing productivity tool that allows writers to track their writing, set personal writing goals and join an online community of other writers. 


Writing tools

Project Gutenberg

gutenberg.org

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. 

Free online thesaurus

thesaurus.com

The Encyclopaedia Britannica

britannica.com

The Oxford English Dictionary 

oed.com

The British Library

portico.bl.uk


Poetry

Apples and Snakes

applesandsnakes.org

Apples and Snakes is the leading organisation for performance poetry in England, with a national reputation for producing exciting and innovative participation and performance work in spoken word.

Poetry Foundation

poetryfoundation.org

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

Poetry Archive

poetryarchive.org

The Poetry Archive exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience. It aims to bring the widest possible audience to the fullest possible range of English-language poetry being published around the world, and to complement that poetry with educational material of value both to the specialist and to the general reader.

The Poetry Society

poetrysociety.org.uk

The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to 'promote "a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry". Since then, it has grown into one of Britain's most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. Today it has nearly 4000 members worldwide and publishes the leading poetry magazine, Poetry Review.

Modern American Poetry

english.illinois.edu

The Modern American Poetry Site is a comprehensive learning environment and scholarly forum for the study of modern and contemporary American poetry.

Poets.org

poets.org

Poets.org aims to support American  poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. 

The Poetry Society of America

poetrysociety.org

The Poetry Society of America, the nation's oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.


Writing magazines

Mslexia

mslexia.co.uk

The magazine for women who write. Mslexia is an independent publishing company that provides information and inspiration for published and unpublished women in the UK and beyond. In addition to a quarterly magazine and Writer’s Diary, Mslexia runs workshops and events, and a series of high-profile competitions for poets, novelists and short story writers.

New Writing South

newwritingsouth.com

The magazine for women who write. Mslexia is an independent publishing company that provides information and inspiration for published and unpublished women in the UK and beyond. In addition to a quarterly magazine and Writer’s Diary, Mslexia runs workshops and events, and a series of high-profile competitions for poets, novelists and short story writers.

The Writing Platform

thewritingplatform.com

The magazine for women who write. Mslexia is an independent publishing company that provides information and inspiration for published and unpublished women in the UK and beyond. In addition to a quarterly magazine and Writer’s Diary, Mslexia runs workshops and events, and a series of high-profile competitions for poets, novelists and short story writers.

The Literateur

literateur.com

The Literateur is an online literary magazine featuring interviews with luminaries of the literary world, articles, reviews and exciting new creative works.

The New Writer

thenewwriter.com

The New Writer is unique and is aimed at all writers: the short story writer, the novelist, the poet, feature writer, anyone with a serious intent to develop their writing to meet the expectations of today’s editors. Launched in September 1996, in every issue you’ll find original short stories, a showcase for new poetry, articles, book reviews, market information, news and readers’ views. 

Words with JAM

wordswithjam.co.uk

Words with Jam email out issues packed full of interviews with authors and industry professionals, articles on writing, reading, libraries, the publishing industry and indie-publishing every other month (the beginning of February, April, June, August, October and December), as well as occasional newsletters

The Writer Magazine

writermag.com

Each month, The Writer is full of features you can use to improve your writing, including before-and-after examples of improved writing, more literary markets than ever before, practical solutions for writing problems, selected literary magazine profiles, tips from famous authors and hands-on advice.

Orbis

orbisjournal.com/

Quarterly international literary journal.


Writing advice & inspiration

Writer's Digest

writersdigest.com

WritersDigest.com is the one-stop shop for information, resources and writing community. Writers can connect with other writers on our forum, visit our blogs and sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter. Also find weekly writing prompts, contests and competitions, conference listings, and online exclusive articles.

The Creativity Portal

creativity-portal.com

Creativity Portal® inspires creativity, consciousness and kindness through personal expression and the arts, innovation in the workplace, and sustainability in the world. Creativity Portal® is an invigorating online community alive with the voices of creativity coaches, authors, artists, writers, and business professionals sharing their knowledge and expertise, inspiring creativity, consciousness, and kindness in everyone.

The Story Starter

thestorystarter.com

The Story Starter randomly generates story starters. This idea generator can be used for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun. It's also a great tool to combat writer's block.

Jane Friedman's website

janefriedman.com

Publishing industry veteran Jane Friedman offers insight into how sustain a writing career in the digital age, and explores new media tools and business models for authors of all genres and categories. She frequently writes about the future of publishing and authorship, and how technology is changing how we write and read.

Carly Watter's (literary agent) blog

carlywatters.com

Carly Watters is a literary agent with the P.S. Literary Agency. This is her blog, where she shares insider tips, brilliant advice and guidance for writers looking to submit their manuscripts.

Query Shark

queryshark.blogspot.co.uk

A very useful blog looking at successful query letters, and providing tips and advice on how to revise query letters so as to give them the best chance of achieving their purpose.

Beyond the Margins

beyondthemargins.com

Beyond The Margins is a blog, a sounding board, a daily dose of insight. It offers essays on the craft of writing and the business of publishing. There are tips on creating memorable scenes and great dialogue, as well as interviews with authors, editors and agents. 

Commonwealth Writers

commonwealthwriters.org

Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It inspires, develops and connects writers and storytellers in a range of disciplines. It builds communities of less-heard voices and links them to groups which seek to bring about social change.

Literary Rejections

literaryrejections.com

Literary Rejections helps writers persevere through rejection. 

With the ability to publish their own stories of rejection on the site, exclusive interviews with industry professionals, advice articles, inspirational quotes, and full access to an extensive database of worldwide literary agents, the website is a haven for the rejected.

The Writers' Guild

writersguild.org.uk

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is the trade union representing writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film, online and video games.

Novelicious

novelicious.com

Novelicious is a bright and passionate website dedicated to Women's Fiction readers, writers and aspiring writers. Visit Novelicious for up to date news, reviews, exclusive author interviews, writing tips and competitions.

Books by Women

booksbywomen.org

We are an online literary magazine by and about contemporary women writers from around the world. Their mission is to encourage and promote the visibility of women writers. They are particularly interested in the edges, the intersections between genres, nationalities, languages, arts and cultures and they’re interested in giving opportunities to unknown writers to be published, as well as publishing posts by well-known authors. 

Bloomsbury Institute

bloomsburyinstitute.com

The Bloomsbury Institute is Bloomsbury Publishing’s series of author events open to the public. They include the Bloomsbury Book Club, salons and lectures, and are held at the Bloomsbury offices in Bedford Square, London.

Bookanista

bookanista.com

Bookanista is a monthly web magazine featuring author interviews, essays, new fiction, extracts, book recommendations, picture stories, diary pieces and blogs about the published word.

Smart Quill Insider Tips & Advice

smartquilleditorial.co.uk/tips/

The blog of Smart Quill Editorial, filled with expert tips and advice for writers. 


Self-publishing

CompletelyNovel

completelynovel.com

CompletelyNovel.com is a friendly publishing platform specialising in high-quality print-on-demand. They have heaps of impartial advice covering all areas of self-publishing.

The Creative Penn

thecreativepenn.com

The website of Joanna Penn, writer, speaker and creative entrepreneur – filled with free resources, advice articles and videos on every aspect of self-publishing.

The Independent Publishing Magazine

theindependentpublishingmagazine.com

This online magazine launched in late 2007 with the purpose of providing essential information, resources and reviews of publishing service providers. In the beginning our exclusive focus was self-publishing and POD (Print-on-demand) technology. However, over the past three years, with the increasing and rapid changes in the publishing industry, The Independent Publishing Magazine also focuses on self-publishing and independent publishing within the publishing industry, now, over in the coming years.

The Alliance of Independent Authors

allianceindependentauthors.org

The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) is a non-profit, professional association for self-publishing writers. ALLi offers advice, support, education, contacts and community to author-publishers. Its global team of advisors and partners work together within and outside the publishing industry to foster ethics and excellence in self-publishing and encourage success.


Literary interest

The Rumpus

therumpus.net

A website filled with excellent essays, reviews, interviews, advice, music, film, poetry and comics. 

Share Your Shelf

shareyourshelf.tumblr.com

Quite simply – a Tumblr devoted to sharing pictures of bookshelves. 

The Electric Typewriter

tetw.org

Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.

Brain Pickings 

www.brainpickings.org

Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.

Qwiklit

qwiklit.com

Qwiklit is devoted to bringing you exciting and informative content from the world of good reading. With weekly articles and writing tips, we are a great resource for those eager to learn about classical and modern poetry, theatre and fiction.

Letters of Note

lettersofnote.com

Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos - a beautiful and interesting website you're bound to lose a few hours getting lost in.

Book Riot

bookriot.com

Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. They provide lists, reviews, articles - both serious and silly - resources, podcasts and more. 

The New Inquiry

thenewinquiry.com

The New Inquiry is a space for discussion that aspires to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources—both digital and material—toward the promotion and exploration of ideas.

3:AM Magazine

3ammagazine.com

A great websiute consisting of a blog, interviews, fiction, flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more.

The American Reader

theamericanreader.com

The American Reader is a monthly print and digital literary journal. It is committed to inspiring literary and critical conversation among a new generation of readers, and restoring literature to its proper place in the American cultural discourse.The American Reader is a hardy and handy compendium of new literature and current critical and industry-related discussions. It features new fiction; new poetry; translated portfolios of international fiction, poetry, and drama; well-argued reviews of new literature; considered essays on all matters literary; and occasional interviews with writers, publishers, editors, and various industry professionals. 

Literary Kicks

litkicks.com

Intellectual curiosities and provocations. Literary kicks is about literature - and also about philosophy, art, history, religion, society, culture, music, politics, technology, nature, psychology, life. 

The Nervous Breakdown

thenervousbreakdown.com

A website of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, arts & culture and more.

Literary Festivals

literaryfestivals.co.uk

Dates and details of over 300 Literary Festivals throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and 50 more in Australia. 

Five Dials

fivedials.com

The monthly downloadable literary magazine from publishing house Hamish Hamilton. 

Scottish Book Trust

scottishbooktrust.com

Scotland's leading agency for the promotion of reading, writing & literature. 

Rob Around Books

robaroundbooks.com

A website devoted to focusing on literature's most under-represented genres, both online and in-print - covering translated fiction, short fiction, essays, literary non-fiction and more. 

For Books' Sake

forbookssake.net

For Books' Sake is the irreverent but intelligent UK webzine, community and independent publishing imprint dedicated to promoting and celebrating writing by women. With daily online editorial including news, reviews, features and interviews, regular opportunities for writers, monthly podcast, nationwide events programme and much more besides, For Books' Sake is the ultimate resource and destination for books by and for independent women. 

Granta

granta.com

The magazine of new writing. 

The Paris Review

theparisreview.org

Quarterly literary magazine founded in 1953. 

Something Rhymed

somethingrhymed.com

 We've all heard of the friendships between Wordsworth and Coleridge, Byron and Shelley, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. But have you ever wondered whether Jane Austen had a writer pal, or what about George Eliot?

Something Rhymed is a website about the important friendships between famous female authors. Writer pals Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney profile a different pair of friends each month, and then challenge themselves to complete an activity based on a prominent feature of that relationship.

By shining a light on this neglected aspect of literary lore, Something Rhymed brings female friendship out of the shadows.


Random Things Through My Letterbox

http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/

An excellent, informative & honest book review site. 


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