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September 2021

The Writer magazine

Publishing from A to Z

By The Writer magazine

Before we can walk the walk, we need to learn how to talk the talk.
Here’s our guide to all the jargon, misconceptions, and pitfalls aspiring authors need to know to navigate the modern publishing industry confidently.


Announcing the winners of our 100-Word Contest

By Alicia Luna

Read all of the top entries from our first-ever 100-Word Contest.

Reach readers with a newsletter

By Melissa Hart

Authors share stories of community-building by subscription.

By any other name

By Alison Acheson

The challenge of naming characters.

Vices & virtues, complexities & contradictions

By Jack Smith

Authors share their best tips on finding the ideal protagonist for your story.



From the Front Lines

Five hundred stories, three times a year; three tips for your short stories

By Yi Shun Lai

Some advice from this side of the editor’s desk.

Market Focus

Cracking the code

By Aigner Loren Wilson

What I learned about story writing my first game.

Literary Spotlight

Sky Island Journal

By Melissa Hart

Conference Insider

Kanab Writers Conference

By Melissa Hart