The New York Times's App Smart columnist Kit Eaton reviews three apps that are great resources for writers. The Poetry Foundation app presents poems from their archives, while the Poet’s Pad will help you design a poem with features that include a rhyming dictionary. The iPad app of T. S. Eliot’s poem "The Waste Land" includes audio readings, videos, and annotations.
Today is Halloween, and if you are stumped about what to wear, the editors at Electric Literature have the perfect solution. They've compiled a gallery of famous authors in costume. From Susan Sontag in a bear costume to Norman Mailer as Stanford White in Ragtime, you can’t go wrong with these choices. Definitely skip Virginia Woolf's "royalty" costume, but check out F. Scott Fitzgerald in drag. Happy Halloween!
Fall is the perfect time to submit your short stories, poems, or novel excerpts to literary journals, as many of the magazines are open for submission. Instead of just sending out your work without a game plan, we’ve found a couple of great resources to help you start the process.
Top 50 Literary Magazines:
Why not aim for the top literary magazines? Besides giving a short overview of each journal, the site also states whether the journal accepts online submissions.
What literary magazine is missing from these lists? Chime in and let us know!
“We're weirder then we are allowed to admit. We often can’t say what’s really on our minds, but in books we find descriptions of who we genuinely are and what events are actually like with an honesty quite different from what ordinary conversation allows for.”
Terry Wolverton (2000 EV Mentor)
“Now I’m at the point where I don’t have any ideas. Is that a crisis? No, it’s not a crisis. You’ve been here before and maybe even you can enjoy that moment when you are bereft of ideas.”
The New Yorker caught up with author George Saunders at Syracuse University, where he teaches, to discuss his writing process. He talks about his different drafts and how he delves deeper to create three-dimensional characters. We also love when Saunders talks about enjoying the moments of not knowing where his next story will come from.
McSweeney’s gives us 13 prompts to free you from any writer's block. But these are not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill prompts. Written by Dan Wiencek, these exercises have a bit of a humorous bite to them. How many can you do?