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Useful Links

Writer Communities and Book reviwe sites

Poets & Writers: information, support, and guidance for creative writers. (U.S. based)

WritersCafe: an online writing community where writers can post their work, get reviews, befriend other writers, and much more..

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America - The SFFWA, or SFWA for short-short, is one of the most effective and widely-recognized of all non-profit writers' organizations. Members have access to all manner of resources and publications and can benefit from the protection offered by the SFWA.

NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, challenges writers to pen 50,000 word novels between November 1 and November 31 every year. The site provides articles, forums and all kinds of motivators to help them get the work done.

Novice Writers - Geared mainly towards beginning writers, this site welcomes everyone into their fold. Writers can submit original work and fan fiction, take part in contests and post in community forums

First Writer: Listings of agents, publishers, contests, magazines, editors, etc. with search tools

Book Review sites

Goodreads: A community for readers, but a great place to promote your book and to find the latest gem to read.

Writers Web: Connects writers to their readers

Writing Competitions
Literary Agents

Agent Query - Tthe web's largest (and most current) searchable database of literary agents, as well as information about agents, writing and publishing.

Agent Search - an agent search site with a searchable database of agents as well as information about finding an agent and a tool that helps you verifythe record of an agent.

Australian Literary Agents' Association: provides a public presence and a point of contact for Australian literary agencies and their staff

Aust. Writing Centres


Australian Society of Authors (Find lists of local and regional writing groups here)

Reference sites
  • Merriam-Webster Online - Merriam Webster is the perfect place to look up words and find information. The site offers a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, podcasts, word games and a lot of other things that may be of interest to writers and word-lovers.
  • Bartleby - This site is good if you need a quote or if you want free access to encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and other reference books.
  • High Beam Encyclopedia - This online encyclopedia is a reliable tool that allows you to search for answers in published reference sources like Oxford University Press, Britannica and Columbia Encyclopedia. Other features of the site include access to a library of over 60 million articles and an online dictionary.
  • Google Books - This segment of Google is a handy place to find phrases, photos and book passages on nearly every topic imaginable.
  • Wikipedia - Although Wikipedia isn't the most accurate resource out there, as anyone on the Internet has access to edit entries, it can be a great starting point and a good place to ferret out accurate reference materials.
  • Library of Congress - This U.S. government site offers access to an online library of books, letters, manuscripts, photos and other printed materials.

Preditors and Editors - lists of agents, publishers, editors, contests, conferences, etc. with recommendations and warnings of scams)

  • Creative Writing Prompts - Need inspiration? This site offers over 300 writing prompts and ideas for fiction and journal writers.
  • Baby Names - Need to name one of your characters? BabyNames.com lets you search for names by gender, origin and letter.
  • Brainy Quote - This website is a good place to find a quote for your article or book. It features a database with numerous search features that makes it both fast and easy to find just what you're looking for.
  • The Wayback Machine - Nonfiction writers need to dig deep to find old information. The Wayback Machine from the Internet Archive make it easier by offering access to more than 85 billion web pages that date back to 1996.
  • Writing.com - This site is an online community of writers at all skill levels. Free memberships are available to everyone and include an online writing portfolio, writing tools, email services and the opportunity to engage other writers.
  • Fan Story - Submit your writing and get critiques from other writers in this online writing community--all genres are welcome.
  • Auto Crit - The AutoCrit Editing Wizard is a fantastic tool that automatically analyzes your manuscript and red flags errors, overused phrases, dull sentences and cliches.
  • The OWL - Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) has over 200 high-quality grammar and writing resources.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare - MIT offers a number of free writing courses through its OpenCourseWare program. Course topics include fiction writing, short story writing, expository writing, essay writing, technical writing and poetry.