shelfieI’ll add to this over time, but this is a sample of the writing websites & resources I draw on most often:

Thresholds Short Story Forum – for its short story competition/magazine listings. They have a great Facebook page too, and definitely check out their free Masterclass podcasts from many of the top short story writers.

Writers & Artists – lots of free resources, including useful study materials

Tim Clare – great writing blog; in his weekly ‘Death of 1000 Cuts’, Tim line edits a contributor’s extract and talks through suggestions for improvement – submit your piece if you dare!

Christopher Fielden – great blog for competition and magazine listings, along with Christopher’s experience of the organisers/publishers

Aerogramme Writers Studio – great blog for writing opportunities, follow them on Twitter too – Irish-based but very international content, great for opportunities and advice

Paul McVeigh – brilliant short story blog

I also find Twitter invaluable for finding submission opportunities (magazines and competitions) and local literary events, joining interest discussions and making new connections. I’ve found hundreds of useful accounts to follow (other writers, magazines, publishers, agents, university faculties, competition organisers, etc etc – have a look here if you like!), some of which are mentioned above, but here are a few other good ones for beginners like myself:

@Submittable for submission opportunities via this platform

@LitRejections – opportunities and perky pick-me-up messages!

@FaberAcademy – try their 250 word Friday #quickfic competition as a warmup

@CompletelyNovel – does self-publishing but their Twitter feed often has good general writing stuff

@WordFactoryUKwriting subs and opportunities

@ShortStopsUK – fortnightly UK/Ireland short story roundup

@ElectricLit – US site with lots to read and learn – particularly like their Wednesday and Sunday literary links post

@WomenWriters – as the name suggests, this group supports women in all forms of writing, posts lots of interesting links

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