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Daily Hits 

Brevity Blog rolls insightful posts on where to submit work, the latest nonfiction contests, and more.

The Kenyon Review Online blog features the transparency-promoting "Why We Chose It" series and the KR Credos.

The Ploughshares blog features a range of literary news, reviews, and reflections.

Steven Harvey's perceptive "Paragraph of the Week" on The Humble Essayist close reads a single paragraph from known and emerging writers. 

Join the confabulation of essayists on Essay Daily.

Bending Genre has dibs on the nimblest nonfiction.


Literary Journals and Calls for Submissions

A Complete Listing of Literary Magazines is available on Every Writer's Resource. 

Annual Pushcart Prize Literary Magazine Rankings thanks to Clifford Garstang.

New Pages posts regular Calls for Submissions.

Explore New York Public Library's Best of the Web.

Time to Publish posts daily short reviews of journals to check out as a potential new home for your work as well as reminders of deadlines for contests.

Like Zone 3 Journal & Zone 3 Press on Facebook to be reminded about the deadline for their annual contest, which alternates between poetry and nonfiction. 


Multimedia Communities and Resources

PennSound will fine-tune the ear that listens to this wealth of authors reading their own work. 

The Center for Digital Storytelling promotes the value of story as a means for compassionate community action.

Out of Our Minds is a 45-year poetry radio show that airs on Wednesday nights from 8-9pm (Pacific Coast Time) on KKUP.


Writing Conferences

Polish your poetry manuscripts for publication with editors from such presses as Apostrophe Press, Four Way Books, and Tupelo Press, depending on the year, at the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference.

Spend New Year's in New Orleans with the Burlesque Press Hands-On Festival and Masquerade Ball.  

Kenyon Review Writers Workshop is a generative week-long workshop. For a personal account of the experience, see my essay on Black Lawrence Press's site.

Mountain Heritage Literary Festival hosts an annual writing competition, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Cumberland Gap Writers Studio, and the Jean Ritchie Fellowship.

Sewanee Writers Conference provides an opportunity for writers to gather for a two-week manuscript review with established writers.

Save the date for the annual celebration of the written word at the Southern Festival of Books!


Prompts and Exercises

A selection of fiction exercises from Brian Kiteley, author of 3 A.M. Epiphany and 4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction

Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry prompts will get your ink flowing at The Time is Now.

Got a 130-character story? Follow Creative Nonfiction on Twitter to enter their ongoing Tiny Truths Contest.


Regional Resources

Chapter 16 is a vibrant digital language and literature program of Humanities Tennessee.

Over a decade strong, the Clarksville Writers Conference brings writers together with literary agents for a power-packed two-day summer event in the city that once housed members of The Fugitives.

East Side Story is a community-invested Nashville bookstore that sponsors a reading/performance series that pairs literary artists with musicians. Forty dynamic podcast/radio shows are archived under In Our Own Words

Support your local independent bookstores from Powell's to Parnassus Books.

The Porch Writers' Collective is a buzzing locus of regional writing community in Nashville. 

Tennessee Arts Commission is an invaluable sponsor of grants and events that promote literary community and engagement across the state.