Literary Links

magazines | libraries | agents | legal advice | publishers

poetry | organizations and awards | bookstores | rare books

miscellaneous | writing conferences and degree programs


Well-known, contemporary writers linked at this site

and a few late greats ...

Jane Austen
Italo Calvino
Lewis Carroll
Willa Cather
William Faulkner
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Franz Kafka
Jack Kerouac
Vladamir Nabokov
Edgar Allan Poe
Marcel Proust
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
W. B. Yeats


Arts & Letters Daily — culls entertaining literary articles from a wide variety of newspapers and magazines

(website for C-Span author interviews)

The Boston Review

Creative Nonfiction — excellent quarterly of literary nonfiction




Harper's — media analysis on film, TV, music, online and publishing industries.

Kenyon Review

Literal Latte

Mississippi Review

Missouri Review

The New York Review of Books

The New York Times Book Review

The Paris Review


Poetry Flash — Bay Area California literary review and calendar

The Republic of Letters
— Saul Bellow edits this literary journal
    (120 Cushing Ave., Boston, Mass. 02125)


The Sun

Two Lines
— a journal of translation

The Washington Post Book World

Utne Reader

Web del Sol


> many more magazine links


Olin Library at Washington University, St. Louis — The Olin Library is a good resource center for libraries in the U.S. and around the world. Through Olin, you can search numerous card catalogs and other library resources. You can reach the Olin Library also via telnet//:

University of Virginia online library — etext archives of manuscripts and works in special collections

The Internet Public Library (IPL)

The Library of Congress


Association of Authors' Representatives — an organization whose memebers include many of the major, notable literary agents in the country.  This website includes names, addresses, phone numbers of agents, as well as further detailed information on the agencies in the organization.

More agents

A further list of agents

The LMP —  The professional directory of the American Literary Marketplace.  This guide is used in the industry and is a complete listing and resource for locating agents, editors, publishers, associations, book manufacturers, distributers, artists, awards, grants, contests, clipping bureaus, translators, publicists, book-oriented radio and TV programs, and magazines, newspapers and new syndicates featuring books as well as many other services.  The listing includes names, addresses, phones numbers, and pertinent information about making contacts.

Literary Agents: The Essential Guide for Writers
— published by Poets & Writers

Literary Agents: A Writer's Guide — published by PEN.

Literary Agents — a directory and guidebook

Agent Research and Evaluation — on request, and for a fee, tracks the performance and employment records of an agent.  Publishes a newsletter on new agents.

Writers' Representatives, Inc.

Hollywood Litsales — a commercial resource site for selling your book, on spec, to the movies.



The Authors' League
330 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1285 Avenue of the Americas, NYC 10019

California Lawyers for the Arts



Bookwire —  a compendium of information on current books and publishing, including literary periodicals, reviews, events, when and where your favorite authors are appearing, etc.

Algonquin Books — a distinguished independent publisher, known in particular for its southern writers.

David R. Godine   —  a very good, midsize, literary publisher.

Graywolf Press — a very good, small press.

W.W. Norton a fine, longtime literary house, one of the last independents.

New Directions — James Laughlin's venerable avant-garde press, responsible for initial publication of many now famous works and authors that the big presses wouldn't touch.



1st Books

Online Originals

Xlibris — on-demand publishing for authors who want to publish.



Associated Writing Programs (AWP) — AWP is the professional organization of teachers and students of creative writing in U.S. colleges and universities. The organization publishes an informative newsletter, including notices of grants, awards, writing conferences, and calls for manuscripts. AWP members are eligible to receive a periodical listing of teaching and writing job opportunities.

Poets & Writers   —  P&W publishes a magazine of interest to working writers and writing students. With the AWP newsletter (above), P&W magazine comprises a reasonably thorough entry to many aspects of the writing life.

PEN   —  Poets, Editors, Novelists — the international, professional organization of writers and editors, active in supporting freedom of speech and related rights around the world.

The Authors' Guild — Since 1912, an advocacy group for writers, with concentration on fair compensation, copyright protection and freedom of expression.

MLA — the Modern Language Association, the professional association of college and univeristy literary scholars.

Grants and Awards Available to Writers — a very complete directory published by PEN, with submission information, deadlines, etc.

The Lannan Foundation — honors established and emerging writers of distinctive literary merit by conferring grants and awards.

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation — fellowships in the humanities and arts for established artists and scholars.

National Endowment of the Arts — government grants to writers.

California Arts Council — a source of info on grants, awards, and programs for writers and artists.

The Pulitzer Prize

The National Book Award

The Nobel Prize



Academy of American Poets

Poetry Society of America

Poetry Daily

Favorite Poems Projects

Electronic Poetry Center




Booksense — a hub site for hundreds of individual sites created and maintained by local, independent book stores

A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books

The Strand — NYC's longtime seller of used and remaindered books. "Eight miles of books."

Daedalus — remaindered books and new CDs.



Marsha J. Shapiro — Books Bought & Sold: Old, Rare, or Out of Print Books.
355 W. 85th St., Apt. 7
NYC 10024
212-595-4219; fax 212-875-1948

— an excellent online source of rare, hard-to-find, and out of print books.

Alibris — another online source of hard-to-find, and out of print books.



The Elements of Style — Strunk and White.  The all-time favorite style book for writers.

The Oxford English Dictionary — the Alpha and Omega of English language lexicography.

Directory of Small Press and Magazine Editors and Publishers

International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses

How to Write a Book Proposal
— instructions and examples.

American Booksellers Association

The Great Books Foundation — a resource for finding book discussion groups.

The On-line Books Page — includes more than eleven thousand texts (Balzac, Conrad, Dickens, Eliot, Flaubert, and so on).

Classics   —  texts on-line and references.

Bartleby — great books online.

Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus — uses web animation to illustrate the latticework of language.  Enter a word, and the thesaurus will create a solar system of similar words orbiting around the sun for the original term; click on one of those words, and the system will reorganize.

Project Gutenberg
— the preeminent website of literary masterworks and classics published in their entirety on-line (Shakespeare, Spinoza, Dickens, Wilde, and many more.)

Literary Locales — links to places that figure in the lives and works of great writers; includes many photos.

Mississippi Writers — a site with links and info on myriad Mississippi writers, indlucing Faulkner, Welty, and many others.

A Common Reader

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia

Society of Authors — writers' organization in the U.K.

U.S. Copyright Office — phone 202-707-9100 for forms, or 202-707-3000 for answers to questions.

Council of Literary Magazines and Presses — CLMP is the national membership organization dedicated to supporting and promoting literary publishing in the United States. A good source of information on little magazine and small presses.
— CLMP is the national membership organization dedicated to supporting and promoting literary publishing in the United States. — a site where authors can post and share their rejections, their responses to their rejections, and provide their accounts of overcoming rejection.

Litfict — a listserv created to promote and discuss issues related to the writing of literary fiction, including  publishing, rejection, motivation, research questions, and contests.  Subscribers can choose individual messages or digest form.



320 College and University Writing Programs — listed alphabetically with contact information.

60 Writers' Conferences — with contact information.