Hello, this post is a resource for those who attended (or anyone really!) my AWP panel on book awards. Some links and resources that I hope will be of help to you.
First Book Interview Series by Keith Montesano, and before him, Kate Greenstreet – this interview series ended in 2014, but these archives include A LOT of helpful information about how long and how debut books made it into the world. I found it very comforting.
“Thinking Like an Editor: How to Order Your Poetry Manuscript” by April Ossman
Are Literary Contests Worth It? The Blunt Instrument on When and How to Publish Your First Book in Electric Literature
Poets & Writers is an excellent resource for contests, awards, fellowships, residencies, and regular submissions. A link to the contest award/database. Search by genre, fee or no fee, deadline.
Sarah Backer’s How to Make the First Cut in a Writing Contest in The Review Review
Becky Tuch’s Writing Contests: Should You Take the Plunge? in The Review Review
Publishing Roundtable: Debut Poetry Books: Kenji Liu, Angela Peñaredondo, and Janice Lobo Sapigao in Tayo Literary Magazine
Presses with open-reading periods for full-length book manuscripts (if you’re looking to forgo the contest route, curated by Tom Holmes
Tony Tulathimutte’s Publish or Perish column for Catapult on agents, submissions, and careers.
Winning Writers: Contests and Services to Avoid
44 Publishers of Short Story Collections, curated by John Fox of thebookfox
Erika Meitner’s wonderful Post-MFA Resources for info on jobs, fellowships, etc.
First book awards (listed by Poets & Writers)
How to Submit to Literary Magazine:
Lincoln Michel’s excellent Buzzfeed: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Published in a Literary Magazine
Clifford Garstang’s literary magazine rankings
Erika Dreifus’s 13 Questions to Ask Before Submitting to a Literary Magazine in LitHub
CWROPPS blog (Creative Writing Opportunities) run by Allison Jospeh
Literistic listserv (I have only tried the free version)
Entropy Magazine: Where to Submit (every two months)
Mackenzie Kincaid’s pro & con list for submission trackers
Matt Bell’s submission tracker spreadsheet template
Lincoln Michel’s “Is it Time for Literary Magazines to Rethink the Slush” in Electric Literature
Reviews of literary journals: