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The 5 Best Places to Submit Your Short Stories

Here are some examples of literary magazines typically considered “top tier,” based on the number of their stories that have gone on to win Pushcart and O. Henry Prizes or inclusion in Best American Short Stories. Check out an issue or two of any magazine you’re considering to be sure your work will be to their tastes.
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What Is Poetry?

As ethereal as poetry can be, there are elements that make a piece of writing a poem.
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How to Write a Book Review

If you find yourself reading more than usual these days, here's how to put your opinions to good use when writing a book review.
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What Is Historical Fiction?

Here’s how we define Historical Fiction, a look at its origins, and some popular types.
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What is a Mystery?

What Is a Mystery?

Solving the unexplainable is a tale as old as time.
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What is Literary Fiction?

What Is Literary Fiction?

Character-driven stories, social and political themes, irreverence for storytelling norms — these elements set Literary Fiction apart.
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What is a Thriller?

What Is a Thriller?

Not a traditional mystery and not quite horror, a thriller has its own defining characteristics.
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What is a memoir?

What Is a Memoir?

More focused than an autobiography, a memoir is an intimate look at a moment in time.
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How to Find a Writing Group

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You’ve Finished Your Novel. Now What?

Don’t have a book deal yet? You have more options than you think.
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5 Things Writers Need to Know about Self-Promotion

Sure, you’re a great writer. But can you sell yourself (and your work)?
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How to find a literary agent

How to Land a Literary Agent

You’ve got a manuscript (or book idea), now you need someone to represent you.
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