Local Literary Calendar

Classes, open mic nights, readings, workshops, seminars and more, all happening in your neighborhood. Check them out here!

General Information

A brief list of online websites, blogs, and newsletters with information about where to submit your work, issues of craft, grammar, and more:
  1. Poets & Writers -the website of Poets & Writers magazine, the preeminent nonprofit organization serving creative writers.
  2. Submissions, Contests, & Funding-a monthly newsletter with calls for submissions, contest and award announcements, funding opportunities, etc.
  3. Writers Write-a variety of resources for writers in a range of fields and genres.
  4. Writer’s Digest-tons of articles on writing and getting published.
  5. The Write Life-useful lists of best online resources for writers.
  6. Grammarly-for the rules and grey areas of grammar.
  7. Literary Roadhouse– a literary podcast community in which they discuss one short story every week and a novel every month.

Getting Your Writing Published

Becoming a published author is no easy feat. We love to support all writers, from the kid who writes a themselves in adventure stories, to the novelist with 25 bestselling books. No matter who you are, everyone needs help when looking to get their work published. These resources are here to help!
  1. Freelance Writing and Blogging
  2. About Self Publishing
  3. How to Write a Query Letter
  4. A List of Small Presses
  5. How to Find an Agent

Marketing & Promotion

If you are a writer who has recently published a book, there are a variety of ways to promote yourself in addition to what your publisher or agent may be doing. Look to spread your events over time and distance, and vary your programs so the audience stays interested in attending multiple events you schedule. Consider serving refreshments. Posters and postcards can help in promotion. Let us publish an announcement for you in “Member News” – the web can market to multitudes of people for free!

1. Attend regional book fairs and sales.

Book Fairs & Sales:
Regional Book Sales Finder
Hoss’s Adirondack Annual Book Fair
The Chronicle’s Annual Book Fair

2. Attend lectures, seminars, and workshops – many listed on our Events & Programs page.

3. Promote yourself online. Readers want to find you and your work online! Creating your own website is totally possible, even if you never have. Start with this tutorial.

Funding Your Writing

Grants, Awards, Contests, and Scholarships

Regional Writing Opportunities

A list of writing opportunities from around the Adirondack Park. For people just starting to dabble in writing to professional authors, these opportunities are for everyone.

Arts Initiative Grant This grant is awarded to individual artist at any stage in his or her career. Must reside in either Washington or Warren County and produce work with a community theme. Amount: $2,500.00 Contact: The Lower Adirondack Regional Art Council at (518) 798-1144.

Blueline Call for Submissions Blueline, A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks, seeks poems and stories relating to the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on the shaping influence of nature. We also seek essays that interpret the literature and/or contemporary culture of the Adirondack region or surrounding areas, including New York State, New England, or eastern Canada. The editors especially welcome ecocritical essays or non-fictional short memoirs based in the region’s literature. Submission period is September through November. Decisions in mid-February. Payment in copies. Submissions must not have been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are considered as long as they announced as such. Send manuscripts to The Editor, Blueline, 125 Morey Hall, Department of English and Communication, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676. Blueline welcomes electronic submissions, either in the body of an e-mail message or in Word or html formatted files. Mail to: blueline@potsdam.edu.

Special Opportunity Stipend (SOS) Grants The Special Opportunity Stipends (S.O.S.) Grant program is designed to help artists of all disciplines to take advantage of unique opportunities that will significantly benefit their work or career development. Grants ranging from $100 to $600 are awarded three times a year; deadlines for applications are in September, February and May. Artists may apply for funding each round even if they have received funding in a prior round, there is no waiting period. Contact Shelle Sucharski at: The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, 23 North Main Street, PO Box 187, Westport, NY 12993 518-962-8778 or email.

National Awards for Emerging Writers

Many of these awards require reading fees, so it is crucial that you thoroughly research these contests and organizations to see if there is a good chance that they would be interested in your style of writing before sending in your submission. Also, although some of the contest deadlines listed here may have expired or are fast approaching, we decided to include them because often a careful submission can take up to a year to prepare.

E literature offers two awards, one for poetry and the other for fiction. The winner in each category will receive $10,000. Submissions must exhibit innovative use of electronic techniques and enhancements. Literary quality, understood as being related to print and electronic traditions of fiction and poetry, respectively; quality and accessibility of interface design. Collections will be accepted if they are intended to be read holistically as a single work. ELO Prizes will be awarded for fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction electronic literature projects.

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships Artists’ Fellowships are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for use in career development. DEADLINE- Application deadlines are in early October. The exact deadline changes each year; please refer to the current application or contact program staff for the current deadline. See their website or write New York Foundation for the Arts, 155 Avenue of the Americas, 14Fl, New York, NY 10013-1507. (212) 366-6900. These fellowships are very competitive.

Writers at Work offers an annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry genres. Winners are honored with cash prizes, publication opportunities, etc, and in many instances, the attention of agents and publishers attending the annual conference in search of new talent. The Fellowship Competition is open to unpublished work only. Send your fellowship competition entry to: Writers at Work Fellowship Competition, c/o (specify manuscript genre), P.O. Box 540370, NSL, UT 84054-0370.

More Helpful Links

Adirondack Writing Resources Map

A map of all the writing groups, writing retreats/residencies, and more around the Adirondack Park. Click on the location shape for more info about each point.
Do you host a writing group in the Adirondacks? Is there a writing retreat in the area that you love? Let ACW know and it will be added it to the map!


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