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QUIZ: Which new summer 2019 book should you read next?

See which of these new 2019 novels, nonfiction books, and short story collections are right up your alley … Read More “QUIZ: Which new summer 2019 book should you read next?”

A writer’s argument for political correctness

Choosing our words carefully creates a welcoming space on the page for all readers – and it makes for better writing, too … Read More “A writer’s argument for political correctness”

How to send a message without annoying your readership

My dad was a doctor for a really, really long time. He’s been retired for a few years now, but he can’t shake … Read More “How to send a message without annoying your readership”

The bestselling novels of 2019 (so far)

Debut novelists swept fiction sales in the first half of 2019 … Read More “The bestselling novels of 2019 (so far)”

5 summery new novels perfect for your next beach trip

From flirty modern romances to retro coming-of-age stories, there’s a book here for every beachgoer … Read More “5 summery new novels perfect for your next beach trip”

The secret to sharpening your fuzzy prose

Finding a rock on the beach reminds one editor of the importance of specificity and how it raises the emotional stakes … Read More “The secret to sharpening your fuzzy prose”

Writing Prompts

Write about you (or your main character’s) earliest memory involving water … Read More “Summer writing prompt: Water, water everywhere”

What was the first album you bought with your own money?

Write about your very first album purchase – and what that music meant to you. Alternatively, write about your main character’s first album.&nbsp … Read More “What was the first album you bought with your own money?”

School's out: An end-of-the-school-year writing prompt. In this photo, a lone chair is silhouetted in a darkened school hallway.

A school teacher is packing up the classroom for summer vacation when a student walks into the room. The student reveals something that will change … Read More “Out for the summer: An end-of-the-school-year writing prompt”

2019 Guide to Summer Writing Contests

Download our free guide to see all the hottest writing competitions taking place this summer.