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See what Esquire, Harper’s, and other longstanding publications paid writers in 1938

In the last years of the Great Depression, The New Yorker and Vogue paid “good” rates, Sunset paid “moderate,” and The Atlantic just paid “according … Read More “See what Esquire, Harper’s, and other longstanding publications paid writers in 1938”

#RutBusterBook: Putting words to paper

Join our copy editor on her journey to write a book in 2019 – and this month, she’s got a first draft on the table.

Five steps to increase your freelancing profits in 2019

Save time and make more money with these tips from professional freelancers.

Safe haven: Writing cozy mysteries in a not-so-cozy world

For one mystery author, writing about fictional crime brings solace in a world filled with violence … Read More “Safe haven: Writing cozy mysteries in a not-so-cozy world”

Ranking rejection

All writers will receive rejection letters, but all “no’s” are not equal … Read More “Ranking rejection”

How to write (and sell) romance

Here’s everything you need to know about writing (and publishing) your own happily ever after … Read More “How to write (and sell) romance”

Writing Prompts

Memory writing prompt

“A good way for getting in touch with childhood memories is to think in terms of specific emotional high points,” says Susan K. Perry, author … Read More “Back log”

Write a poem, essay, or flash nonfiction piece about the first time someone in your family failed you … Read More “The sharpest of memories”

Our “1,000 Words” writing prompts take a picture – beautiful, wacky, abstract, or otherwise – and ask the writer to write whatever comes to mind. Fiction … Read More “1,000 words: New sheriff in town”

2019 Essay Contest

Write a 2,000-word essay about any aspect of the writing life. Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing. 

Deadline: March 1st, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST