Anyone can log onto abctales.com, submit a story and gain exposure. Each month the best submissions are selected for paid publication in ABCtales’ national magazine.
Adventures in Fiction
Provides confidential mentoring and editorial advice to writers at all stages in their careers. A writer-oriented company made up of a team of distinguished mid-career novelists. Their services range from one-off appraisals to a full one-year development programme, and cover all genres. They also run the ground-breaking Apprenticeships in Fiction programme.
Arts Council funded YouWriteOn.com
Free website for new writers. Each month, the 5 highest rated authors of the best opening chapters, or short stories, receive a free critique from established authors or a literary agent from a leading London literary agency.
Ascent Aspirations Magazine
Welcome to the world of Ascent, Aspirations, the world of the imagination, and inspiration, a safe place to send our artistic souls and to share the objects of our creativity.
An Awfully Big Blog Adventure
A joint blog by around 20 or so established children’s writers.
Baby Names for Boys and Girls and the Meaning of Names
Baby names and their meanings, unique names for boys and girls, popular male and female name statistics and more.
This group was set up during 2011 by a group of aspiring authors in Balsall Common and its environs, whose aim is to become published in their respective genres.
An online writers’ and readers’ community, a vibrant blend of the global and the local, united by a love of the written word.
Blithe House Quarterly
Widely read literary electronic magazine features new short stories by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered authors — both emerging and established; publishes LGBT fiction not as a genre or ghetto, but as a literature that can stand by any other in its quality and innovation.
A ‘one-stop shop’ for reading groups – somewhere readers can get recommendations for a good read, advice and information. There is also a noticeboard for exchanging ideas.
One of the top prizes of its kind – in terms of both prestige and prize money. The first step in the careers of established poets and novelists such as Kate Atkinson, Tobias Hill, Helen Dunmore and Carol Ann Duffy.
Bristol Short Story Prize
New writing prize set to become a major annual fixture. Anthology of shortlisted stories will be published as well as cash prizes presented.
The Burry Man Writers Center
A worldwide community of writers; freelance job links, resources for fiction and nonfiction writers, working professionals and beginners with particular support for writing about Scotland.
Buzzwords Poetry Cheltenham
Buzzwords meets regularly for a poetry reading, open mic and workshopping session.
Publishes the best new poetry and prose by emerging authors under the age of 25.
Free advice on all forms of publishing and help in recovering money from vanity publishers, where appropriate.
The Creative Writer’s Workshop
Writer’s Retreats & Weekend Workshops in Ireland based upon Fiction & Memoir Writing.
Creative Writing Now
Tips, prompts and training to beginning fiction writers and poets.
Publishes speculative and horror fiction from all over the world, both from regular competitions and open submissions, includes interviews with genre stars such as Piers Anthony and David Brin.
Carol Anne Davis
“Carol Anne Davis writes with dangerous authority about the deadly everyday. Her work is dark in ways that Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters can only dream of. This is our world, skewed and skewered, revealed in its true sanguinary colours. You’ve got to read her.” Ian Rankin
Dream Quest One
A good poetry and writing competition open to everyone whether experienced or not. Read winning stories and poems from writers and poets from around the globe.
Promoting Independent Writers & Illustrators. Competitions, Online Workshops, Publication Opportunities.
fictionfire offers creative writing courses and editing, critiquing and mentoring services for writers.
Contains various resources for anyone wanting to live more creatively, and information about Fiona Robyn’s own writing.
Fire in the Head
As featured in The Guardian, comprehensive and exciting creative and reflective writing courses at inspiring locations throughout Britain and abroad with author and poet Roselle Angwin.
This excellent organization has been the starting point for many aspiring international writers – check out the Fish Short Story Prize, the Fish Unpublished Novel Award, the Fish One Page Story Prize.
Publishes high-quality short-form poetry and fiction, and fine art photography – also runs an annual competition.
Freelance Writing Organization Int’l
One of the largest free online writing resource links databases in the world!
Freelance Writing Tips
Regularly updated blog packed with realistic hints and tips from journalist Linda Jones, now the director of a features agency and author of The Greatest Freelance Writing Tips in the World.
The Friendly Editor
Established script editor now offering on-line services to writers. Heather Peace has twenty-five years’ experience of writing, directing, and script editing new writing in theatre and television.
Gamlingay Writers’ Group
Friendly self help group welcoming writers of all standards from beginners to published novelists.
Harrow Writers’ Circle
A Writers Group, based in Harrow, to help with your Writing Skills. Founded in 1948, the Harrow Writers’ Circle is a group of 30 or so amateur and professional writers of fiction and non-fiction.
Help! I need a Publisher! (And Maybe an Agent …?)
For aspiring writers with a burning need to be published, the talent to make a career of it and the willingness to learn, Nicola Morgan provides expert tips …
The Highlands and Islands Short Story Assocation organises an Annual Open Short Story Competition (open to all, no connection to Scotland by either theme or domicile required); 1st prize £400 & publication on the website. The competition supports the HISSAC CONTACT NETWORK, which aims to put budding writers in touch with each other for mutual criticism and support.
The Highland Society of Authors offers a tuition service for new writers under the mentorship of a professional, published writer, with the aim of bringing your work up to competition and/or publication standards. You will find our prices very reasonable, and our advice impartial, with the only aim being to improve both your writing and your confidence in it.
Hong Kong Writers’ Circle
Join in with their many activities including online writers workshop and weekly newsletter.
How To Books
A first-rate guide for writers who want to get published, with plenty of hints and advice that really will improve the way you get your words down on paper.
How To Do Things
Expert-contributed information on a wide variety of writing topics.
Huntingdon Writers’ Group
Founded in June 1985, meets on the first Tuesday of each month in Huntingdon (Cambridgeshire) to take part in writing exercises, workshops and competitions. Meetings are for people of all ages who enjoy writing, whatever the interest or standard.
Ilkley Literature Festival
Annual short story and poetry competition run in conjunction with the Festival. Visit the site to read some of last year’s winning entries and find out about this year’s prizes and judges. Closing date 1st September.
Accommodation, Arts, Attractions, B&B’s … Health Spas, History, Hotels, Inns … Weather, Weddings, Wildlife, Zoos.
Quarterly magazine containing poetry and reviews; annual competition.
Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing
A biannual journal, edited in Belfast and publishing, in equal measure, writing from Ireland and overseas; poetry, short fiction, essays, creative non-fiction, memoir, essay reviews, nature-writing, translated work, literary journalism, and other autobiographical, historical, religious and scientific writing of literary distinction.
The Isles of Myst Review
This poetry eZine welcomes the work of those new to publication as well as the work of all others. It is not limited to any particular form.
Janette Currie Consultancy
Literary consultancy service providing personalised professional manuscript appraisal for new and published authors.
Just a Contest
Writing contests for writing people!
Kathy Page offers honest, practical and sensitive feedback on fiction or creative non-fiction manuscripts and project ideas, along with more general advice about writing and the writing life.
Keyword Editorial Services
Manuscript appraisals, editing and rewriting; fiction, non-fiction and scripts. Next-step advice and fact sheets. Detailed reports by professionals. Good rates and discounts.
Everybody always remembers that amazing moment they actually won a prize, but writers cannot lose when entering competitions encourages inspiration, motivation and organisation. These listings are a convenient way to make use of all the information you need to know.
Linda M James
Welcome to Linda M James’ website, she is a writer of short stories, poems, novels, non-fiction books and screenplays.
The Literary Consultancy
The Literary Consultancy has a first class reputation for helping writers at all stages of development. A team of professional, market-informed editors and writers provide detailed assessments of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books.
Litro is a free monthly literary magazine that publishes new, original short fiction that excites us and offers a creative alternative to disposable papers. 100,000 copies are distributed monthly around London and the UK, including in underground stations, libraries, galleries, bars and cafes, as well as online
First founded in 1732, the country’s most illustrious literary and arts review re-launched in 2002.
London Writers’ Cafe
Lively writers’ group for sharing latest pieces to receive encouragement, advice and constructive feedback. LWC also hosts special events, talks and workshops to give members the opportunity to meet publishing industry professionals. Meetings happen twice a month in Central London.
London Writers’ Workshop
Widely-acclaimed novelist David Wingrove, and professional scriptwriter Susan Oudot offer a range of top quality workshops for the novice writer, those with a special interest in writing and selling short stories, as well as writers looking to take their writing to the next level.
London Writing Workshops
Workshop leader, Vicky Grut, teaches creative writing for the Open University and London’s South Bank University.
Official site of the acclaimed short story writer and bestselling novelist.
Long Story Short
ezine for writers.
Long Story Short School of Writing
Online writing school
The magazine for women who write. Advice and inspiration; news, reviews, interviews; competitions and grants. Submit your work now!
Mistakes Writers Make
A blog by experienced writing tutor, Alex Gazzola, focusing on what writers can learn from their mistakes, with advice and tips on all aspects of non-fiction. Also includes markets, competitions, new launches and sections on research and copyright.
MSt in Creative Writing
Oxford University`s Master of Studies in Creative Writing is a two-year, part-time master’s degree course offering a unique combination of high contact hours, genre specialization, and critical and creative breadth.
National Association of Writers Groups
Mainly for writers groups but with associate membership for individuals, holds annual Writing Festival at Durham plus fourteen category creative writing competition. The association newsletter, Link, goes out every other month.
Neon Literary Magazine
Neon is a UK-based literary magazine, published online and in print every quarter. It publishes poetry and prose by authors from anywhere in the world.
Author, award nominated script writer and founder of the UK’s first full-time Higher Education course in Professional Writing. Neil’s site is an eclectic mix of everything from Sooty to serious academic work. He is available for talks to groups.
New Books Magazine
The magazine for readers and reading groups.
Novel Editing Services
Professional assistance – providing proofreading and editorial feedback of your manuscript.
Online magazine with a special interest in publishing the work of, and thus encouraging, developing talent.
Penguin Readers Group
Thinking of starting a Readers Group? Make sure you look here first.
Small press based in Sussex, committed to the publication of unique voices. Their other, not-for-profit Company called the SOUTH organises literature events, where published authors get a chance to present their latest work.
The Plough Prize
Annual competition from the Plough Arts Centre in North Devon supports and encourage poets by providing free feedback.
The Poetry Kit
Provides a single source of information and discussion on the craft of writing poetry with comprehensive listings of events, competitions, magazines, festivals, workshops, etc.
The Poetry Library website can help you with all aspects of information on modern and contemporary poetry. The library at the South Bank in London contains the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry in Britain.
poetry p f
A growing showcase of today’s poets; put a face to the name, see poets’ work, a little about them, and their contact details. Shop Window. Events Listing. A range of Poem Cards are also available on site.
Poetry Prose Plays
Ideas to inspire creative writing in poetry, prose, dialogue and journals, plus details of the annual Segora Open Poetry and Short Story Competitions at the site.
The Poetry School
The only organisation in Britain focussing solely on the teaching of poetry to adults; from the ongoing commitment of a year-long course to a burst of inspiration at a one-day workshop.
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Leading the way for online poetry news and innovative services, features poets and poetry in the news, extensive educational resources, excerpts from the latest Poetry Review, Poetry Places Archive, a members’ arena to meet other poetry enthusiasts, information on the National Poetry Competition and National Poetry Day…
The Poetry Trust
One of the UK’s flagship poetry organisations, delivering a year-round live and digital programme, creative education opportunities, courses, prizes and publications.
Trained and highly experienced proofreader/copyeditor and ghostwriter. Professional but friendly. Speedy but efficient. Has worked for a number of renowned publishers and as a freelance for several years.
Rachelle Arlin Credo – Filipina Writer
Articles, stories and poetry of a freelance writer and columnist from the Philippines.
Popular subscriber monthly poetry magazine now into its 12th year
High-quality correspondence support for aspiring writers with potential and ambition. Range of activities include weekend workshops and annual short story competition.
Regional Arts Boards
This is the on-line information service for the Arts and Cultural sector. The site has been established by the ten Regional Arts Boards (RABs) which cover the whole of England.
Featuring romantic short stories and accepting unsolicited manuscripts; submission guidelines and Writers’ Competitions at website.
Save As Writers’ Group
Save As Writers meets monthly in Canterbury to offer detailed feedback to all levels and all genres, also runs an annual International Open Writing Competition.
Scottish Association of Writers
Supporting writers’ groups in Scotland since 1969. Annual conference and writing competitions.
A place for poets to gather: offers poetry contests, chapbooks, publication, community of poets, interactive poetic activities, newsletter …
Short Stories Online
Short story lovers is an online platform for all authors and writers from all over the world to easily read and submit their short love stories, romantic stories and real life stories.
Short Story Radio
Original short stories on internet radio. Writers are invited to submit previously unpublished stories and a selection of the best are chosen to be recorded and broadcast on the website.
Simone Mansell Broome
Poet, performer, writer… accessible, engaging, sexy, funny, moving… the one you didn’t know you were missing!
A small and informal writing group, with regular chat meetings, a writers’ forum, facilities for peer critique and other scheduled activities. The community publishes its own magazine, anthologies and regularly runs open competitions.
Snapshots of History
Snapshots of History: Stories from the Past is a quarterly journal dedicated to all aspects of historical short story writing, particularly to tales with dramatic or adventurous themes.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
The SCBWI is an international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s books. There are currently more than 12,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regions, making it the largest children’s writing organization in the world.
The Southern Writers’ Conference
A long standing annual, residential, weekend conference open to all who have a serious interest in writing. It is open to beginners and published authors alike, wherever they live.
Society of Women Writers & Journalists
The UK’s oldest Society for women writers. Founded in 1894, SWWJ has grown to become an international association, and is affiliated to women’s associations across the world.
Start Writing Your Novel With NewNovelist V1
Have you always wanted to write a book, but never known where to start? Whether you want to write the next best seller or just want to make more productive use of your spare time, then NewNovelist is for you! (features extracts from “Wannabe a Writer?” by TNW contributor Jane Wenham-Jones.)
The Stinging Fly
Based in Dublin, Ireland, this magazine publishes fiction, poetry, author interviews, book reviews and essays, with contributors coming from all over the planet. In 2005 the Fly went a bit nuts, and launched its own book imprint for new Irish literary fiction.
For news, views and information about short stories, including a comprehensive list of UK magazines that publish short stories, and competitions, plus up to the minute news on The National Short Story Prize.
Stroppy Author’s Guide to Publishing
Children’s writer Anne Rooney’s blog is for newly published writers. It covers all aspects of dealing with publishers and working professionally as a writer.
Swanwick: The Writers’ Summer School
Getting it right for writers, every year since 1949.
Tindal Street Press
As an independent publisher of contemporary fiction, Tindal Street Press gives a national stage to new writers from the West Midlands and the English regions.
Today’s Woman Writing Community
A supportive online writing community for both men and women over 18. Many features, such as a poetry and story board, authors interviews, calls for submissions, interactive forums, dictionary, classifieds, regular columns, writing lessons, book reviews.
Dee Sunshine’s art and writing.
Writers showcase and resource site which includes comments/ratings, forums, chatroom – also run competitions and publish anthologies.
Vanda Inman’s Write Space
The website dedicated to help you find the time and space to write. Everyone has a spark of creativity within just waiting to ignite and it is our intention to help you to capture your creative sparkle and sprinkle it throughout your life.
WalkingWomen Holidays – women’s walking in the Lake District of all shapes and sizes, including a Creative Writing Weekend with gentle, inspirational walks.
Looking for a prose writer’s group in Surrey? Information about the group, its aims and its members, with extracts from the latest work of new and up and coming writers.
Quarterly magazine of international contemporary writing founded in 1984 and one of the first UK publications to have provided a sustained outlet for new writing. Welcomes original contributions from poets, fiction writers, academics and critics from all cultural backgrounds.
Published Author? Book Publisher Can Do! Book publisher produces deliver-on-demand books! 30% royalties, Amazon.com, 5 free copies of your book. Inventory at no cost to you. Marketing plans, cover designs, editing available.
The Welsh Poetry Competition
Aims to encourage and foster the wealth of creative writing talent that exists in Wales but currently languishes in the doldrums.
Jane Wenham-Jones has had more than one hundred short stories published and is the author of two acclaimed novels, Raising the Roof and Perfect Alibis. Her website is endlessly entertaining and enlightening.
West Cork Writers Group
Initially formed in 1966 by a small group of unarmed rebels whose names are now mercifully lost to history, meet most friday evenings in the back room of the Skibbereen’s notorious Arts Centre but you can be an online member too. Great site.
Created to be the best of its kind, aiming to encourage the development of club members’ abilities to release their unique vision and style.
Voluntarily run website for worldwide writers and readers of short stories. New and unpublished authors encouraged. Publishes quarterly hard copy magazine – free gift for subscribers. Website has lots of resources, competitions (many free to enter), etc. Profits in aid of charity.
Worldwide Freelance Writer
How to sell your writing overseas. Detailed submission guidelines for paying writing markets all over the world.
Wrekin Writers is an active group of distinctive and diversely skilled writers who meet once a month in Telford, Shropshire.
The performance branch of Petersfield Writers Workshop – a chance to read your work aloud.
WriteItNow – Novel Writing Software
From first idea, to final manuscript, WriteItNow will organise and inspire your writing. Try a free demo today!
Writers’ resource website and monthly newsletter, linking and reviewing paying markets, competitions, reference sites, writing articles, software and much more!
UK Writers’ Community – a source of inspiration and feedback to writers, offering support, advice, must-read interviews and articles, as well as inside info on the latest writing jobs, opportunities, competitions and news.
Writers and readers showcase – the one stop resource centre uniting writers around the world.
Writers’ Centre Norwich
A literature development agency interested in both the artistic and social impact of creative writing, working with writers, readers and diverse communities on a wide range of ongoing and one off projects and events, regionally, nationally and internationally.
The UK Directory of Writers’ Circles lists over 1,000 writers’ circles and includes contact names, addresses, and phone numbers; email and URLs; details of meeting time and place; groups’ aims and aspirations, competitions, and anthologies.
The annual Writers’ Conference for all standards of writer from the absolute beginner to the best-selling author is held at the end of July each year at the Caerleon Campus, South Wales.
Writers in Touch
A place for writers to share their work, give feedback and make friends.
The Writer’s Compass
The new name for all NAWE’s professional development services for writers – free information and advice services for all writers formerly offered by literaturetraining.
The Writer’s Drawer
Offering free editing support for drawer writers, retiree writers and/or beginner writers who would like to post their work on the site, also features book reviews and recommendations and a free book promotion service for authors and editors.
Bi-monthly print magazine – short stories, articles, reviews plus annual competition. Also offers in-house copy-editing and proofreading, graphic design, printing and publishing.
Learn to write articles that publishers will die for! Take the Article Writing Course and see the difference. Best of all it won’t cost a bean! Sign up at: http://www.writersreign.co.uk/article.html
Newly-established website offering editorial services for writers, including reports, editing, copy-editing, rewriting, contract-vetting and self-publishing, through a network of freelance editors. Also provides factsheets, book reviews, links and other resources and information for writers.
The Writer’s Toolkit
Sue Johnson is a poet, short story writer and novelist and her website aims to help and encourage writers of all levels.
The Writers’ Workshop
An editorial and advisory service for first time writers. Staffed exclusively by professional novelists and other published authors. Specialist editors for children’s fiction, fantasy / sci-fi, screenwriting, and more.
The Writing Forge
The Writing Forge offers both online and downloadable courses in creative writing with detailed feedback from a personal tutor for the online course. There is also a quarterly short story competition with a £700 first prize.
A literary Consultancy set up by agents offering editorial services, ghost writing. illustrators and advice.
The Writing Room
Literary consultancy which provides professional editorial advice of the highest calibre to unpublished and published writers.
Online community for writers and readers of all ages and interests is bursting with activities, inspiration and creativity. Free memberships are available to everyone.