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The 12 best websites for writers in 2016

Thanks to the internet, we won't be clueless anymore.

From secret diaries to handwritten letters, I have tried every old school medium to showcase my writing. Until I made it to a local and national newspaper before completely migrating to online platforms (for the sake of convenience and accessibility), I found online writing was rather difficult. Back then, I guess I just didn’t know there was such thing as these best websites and resources.

Writers, bookmark these sites!

1. Duotrope

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With $5 membership fee per month, you can find over 6000 markets for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry listed there; with complete features such as “search” (no confusion!) and “calendar” (discipline and scheduling!), also useful reports such as payment and response time from every journals or magazines.

While members can contribute in the reporting and track their submission, it’s important to note that Duotrope itself is neither a publisher nor a submission service.

2. Submishmash

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We all know Submittable is the top #1 submission manager, even regular email system can’t top that, however the “living catalog” of all contemporary literature and outlets is documented in Submishmash. With a single account, you can explore and organize all writing opportunities.

Submishmash is the listing platform that directs you to Submittable, the cloud-based submission manager.

3. The Review Review

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The name sums it all: a site about magazine/journal review.

To quote Becky Tuch, the founding editor of The Review Review: “What I found when I talked to my peers was that everyone wanted to be published in these magazines, but no one knew who published what, who edited which magazines, which ones were printed from universities and which were independent, or at the very least which magazines they liked and which they didn’t.”

4. [ places for writers ]

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Founded in 1997, [ places for writers ] aims to help writers write more and get published. Updated on a volunteer basis (currently by Barbara Fletcher), it announces submission calls and contests from any kinds of publications from around the world; be it small or large, online or print, independent or well-established. You can submit any calls on contests too by filling out this form.

5. New Pages

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New Pages provides news and guides to basically everything you need to know in writing and publishing industry: magazines, publishers, workshop, conferences, contests, creative writing programs, even bookstores.

Moreover, it also provides a space for readers to sign up for a reviewer position.

6. Poets & Writers

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Founded in 1970, Poets & Writers is a source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) from magazines to journals, awards to MFA grants, conferences to residencies. Based in New York City and Los Angeles, Poets & Writers not only provides writing tools but also connects all writers and poets.

You can get yourself listed, or apply for internships, too.

7. CLMP

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CLMP stands for Community of Literary Magazines and Publishers, (and to cite their statement) provides direct technical assistance to independent literary publishers and produces programs designed to bring the many communities our work touches together, including readers, writers, literary translators, booksellers, educators and librarians.

8. Aerogramme Writers’ Studio

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Like many other writing-related websites, Aerogramme Writers’ Studio (founded in 2013) publishes news and resources for emerging and established writers. What makes this website different is that it features lots of writing tips, from Teju Cole to Margaret Atwood to Zadie Smith and Friedrich Nietzche, and the submission calls usually come like a roundup for the next two-month period, like this.

9. Literary Hub

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Who isn’t familiar with Literary Hub, or LitHub for short, by the way? It has everything of contemporary literature: book-related news, special excerpts, editorial feature, etcetera. The pieces are entertaining, profound, and rich in content, making it as a trusted source for literary lover.

10. Who Pays Writers?

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One of the reasons why writers are still alive (besides being an immortal human, probably) is that writers are getting paid! Although that doesn’t always happen in all cases, the question remains the same: Who Pays Writers? Well, this anonymous, crowd-sourced list of which publications pay writers—and how much—will help us all figure things out.

Don’t forget to submit a rate!

11. Writers of Color

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Writers of Color is not quite a resource for writers (albeit the super helpful Twitter for job-seeking writers; 10/10 recommended to follow and RT) but more into “a clever reminder” for editors and employers to hire writers of color. Submit your name, topics to cover, portfolio, and boom! One more writer of color taking over the industry.

12. Reporthers

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A not-fun fun fact: women writers and reporters only make up a small percentage of bylines in the world of publications. ReportHer’s name is inspired by that. Meanwhile, this site is a place to find Q&As with editors, producers, reporters, multimedia storytellers and other interesting people of journalism. New media, new ways to story-tell.