Resources for Writers

Literary Resources at the Center

The Frostburg Center for Literary Arts is more than just literary arts programming! The new location at 22 East Main Street has a number of resources for the student writer, educator, and the aspiring writer in the community. Visitors are welcome anytime the center is open. Our community area provides visitors with a comfortable environment to read or write, as well as coffee and other refreshments.

  • Writing Reference Book Library

    Donated in part by Susan and Phillip Allen, the books in our library of writing reference books--from rhyming dictionaries for poets to mystery novel writing guides is available for loan to area writers and students.

  • Video Library

    Many of the videos in this extensive library of video taped readings are available for loan to the general public; the Lannan Foundation Videos, which feature interviews and readings by many of the biggest names in contemporary letters, is available to interested educators. Also included are animated poetry videos from the Poetry Foundation, including poems by authors such as Billy Collins, Rita Dove

Online Resources

  • The Association of Writers & Writing Programs

    The mission of AWP is to foster literary talent and achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.

  • Beltway Resource Bank

    A web-list of small publishers and presses located in DC, MD, and VA.

  • Bethesda Writer's Center

  • Council of Literary Magazines and Presses

    (CLMP) serves one of the most active segments of American arts and culture: the independent publishers of exceptional fiction, poetry and prose. Literary magazines and presses accomplish the backstage work of American literature: discovering new writers; supporting mid-career writers; publishing the creative voices of communities underrepresented in the mainstream commercial culture; and preserving literature for future readers by keeping books in print.

  • Grammarly

    Grammarly is an online spelling and grammar checker. It is trusted by students, professional writers, business people, bloggers, and people who just want to write better. No matter what your writing situation is, Grammarly adapts to your needs, giving you the confidence of mistake-free writing every time you write.

  • Every Writer's Resource

    News, articles, lists of publishers, journals, interviews, and more.

  • New Pages

    News, information and guides to literary magazines, creative writing programs, writing conferences, independent bookstores, independent publishers, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more.

  • PEN American Center

    The U.S. branch of the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 in direct response to the ethnic and national divisions that contributed to the First World War. PEN American Center was founded in 1922 and is the largest of the 144 PEN centers in 101 countries that together compose International PEN.

  • Preditors & Editors

    A guide to publishers and publishing services for serious writers since 1997.

  • Poets & Writers

    Poets & Writers, Inc., is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Our national office is located in New York City. Our California branch office is based in Los Angeles.

  • Madwomen in the Attic

    Hosted at Pittsburgh's Carlow University, The Madwomen in the Attic workshops have more magic than madness in them, and they are designed to help women writers tap into their ability to communicate through poetry and fiction. Through small, supportive but intense workshops, women writers have the opportunity to test out their poetry and fiction with a group of like-minded and serious women writers.

  • Poetry Society of America

    The Poetry Society of America, the nation's oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910 for the purpose of creating a public forum for the advancement, enjoyment, and understanding of poetry. Through a diverse array of programs, initiatives, contests, and awards, the Poetry Society of America works to build a larger audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the art, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life.

  • Teen Ink

    Teen Ink, a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums

  • Web del sol

    Beginning in late 1994, WDS undertook a mission to effectively utilize the Internet in the marketing and web-publishing of independent literary journals. WDS was the second organization to place a literary journal on the web--the first being Mississippi Review. Since that time, WDS has served content to millions of readers worldwide, and links lead to WDS content from over 40,000 other websites.

Local Small Publishers, Presses, and Journals

Literary Journal Library

Our ever-growing library of contemporary literary journals allows visitors to peruse what's happening in contemporary literature. The following is a list of literary journals the Center is currently subscribed to. Check out our sample copies and their websites for submission guidelines!

  • Bayou Magazine

    A young publication with an old soul, each issue of Bayou Magazine contains stunningly beautiful fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

  • Bellingham Review

    Literature of palpable quality: poems, stories, and essays so beguiling they invite us to touch their essence. The Bellingham Review hungers for a kind of writing that nudges the limits of form, or executes traditional forms exquisitely.

  • Crab Orchard Review

    Crab Orchard Review is a biannual journal of creative works published by the Department of English of Southern Illinois University Carbondale featuring new fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and book reviews of small press and university press titles.

  • New Letters

    New Letters will continue to seek the best new writing, whether from established writers or from those just ready to be discovered; and it will support those writers, readers and, yes, listeners, who want to experience the joy of writing that both surprises and inspires us all.

  • Ninth Letter

    Ninth Letter is a collaborative between the Creative Writing Program and the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois @Urbana-Champaign. Edited and designed by faculty and students as part of the core curricula of both programs, the journal's mission is to present original literary writing of exceptional quality, illuminated by cutting-edge graphic design.

  • One Story

    One Story is a non-profit literary magazine that features one great short story mailed to subscribers every three weeks. Our mission is to save the short story by publishing in a friendly format that allows readers to experience each story as a stand-alone work of art and a simple form of entertainment. One Story is designed to fit into your purse or pocket, and into your life.

  • Pank

    Founded in 2006 by M. Bartley Seigel, [PANK] - PANK Magazine,, and the PANK Little Book Series - is a nonprofit literary arts collective committed to emerging literatures, its writers and its readers. In 2009, across platforms, PANK had more than 80,000 readers in 138 countries.

  • Prairie Schooner

    Prairie Schooner is published in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Press and the Creative Writing Program of the University of Nebraska English Department. Members of the faculty of this program include Jonis Agee, Grace Bauer, Ted Kooser, Greg Kuzma, Amelia Maria de la Luz Montes, Hilda Raz, Gerald Shapiro, and Judith Slater. Published quarterly: March, June, September, December.

  • The Review Review

    At The Review Review "writers can get a deeper sense of the journals by reading reviews of the latest issues. This is not intended as a substitute for the actual journals, but merely a way to guide writers toward the journals that most interest them."

  • The River Teeth

    River Teeth invites submissions of creative nonfiction, including narrative reportage, essays, and memoirs, as well as critical essays that examine the emerging genre and that explore the impact of nonfiction narrative on the lives of its writers, subjects, and readers.

Literary Agents and Angencies

  • Agent Query

    Agent Query as the only one-stop writer’s resource on the web about literary agents and publishing. Agent Query was founded by a group of writers, web designers, and computer programmers who realized there was no single online resource to help writers find literary agents, much less learn the basics about getting published.

  • Author Network

  • 1,000 Literary Agents

  • Writer's House

    Writers House was founded in 1973 with a vision for a new kind of literary agency, one that would combine a passion for managing a writer's career with an integrated understanding of how storytelling works. With this two-pronged philosophy, Writers House has played a critical role in developing the careers of hundreds of novelists and non-fiction authors.