The Write Room is always searching for ways to support our writing community. In that effort, I have added a new page, Resources for Writers. I have personally visited each of these Websites and found their information and resources useful to the writing community. If you know of other Websites particularly helpful to writers please let us know. We will be happy to post the link. Tell us what you like about the site. Have you used it? Is it your organization’s site? Send your links in the body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put the word “Link” in the subject line.
FUNDING FOR WRITERS:
Authors League Fund — Emergency Funds
The Authors League Fund was established by the Authors League of America, Inc., to help career authors and dramatists in the United States and in financial distress due to an urgent situation. The Fund gives open-ended, interest-free, no-strings-attached loans. These loans are not grants or scholarships meant to subsidize personal writing projects. (It should be kept in mind that many of the Fund’s resources come from other professional writers, agents, and publishers).
Big Fat Prize http://www.bigfatprize.com/
Contests, Competitions, Cash Prizes, Awards, Championships & Trophies for All Skills and Talent
Financial Aid, Scholarships, Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards in Media Communications
A compilation of resources that covers Advertising, Communications, Filmmaking, Journalism, Marketing, Motion Pictures, Print, Radio, Television, Writing.
First Writer.com http://www.firstwriter.com/
Includes sections on writing competitions
Funds for Writers
Funding sources for writers specializing in grants and competitions
PEN American Center
A membership association of prominent literary writers and editors, the PEN American Web site offers many useful resources for grants, awards and other creative writing competitions.
PEN American Center Writer’s Fund
The PEN Writers Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers with serious financial difficulties.
Poets and Writers Magazine
Each bimonthly issue contains an extensive list of grants and awards, deadlines, and state grants of potential interest to writers and poets. Poets & Writers Magazine announces state and national prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Because of space limitations, we list only prizes of $1,000 or more, prizes of $500 or more that charge no entry fee, and prestigious nonmonetary awards.
Poets and Writers Online
Grants and Awards
United States Artists (USA) Fellowships
United States Artists (USA) exists to nurture, support, and strengthen the work of America’s finest living artists. Through this program, we support a diverse array of visual, literary, performing, design, media, and crafts and traditional artists.
Winning Writers finds and creates resources for poets and writers. Get access to detailed profiles of over 150 quality free poetry contests when subscribing to their free newsletter.
Visit our writing contests and competitions page
A compilation of web sites provided by FreelanceWriting.com
Courtesy of Writing-World.Com
Writing Contests and Grants
A compilation of links by Smartwriters.com
KNOWLEDGE TOOLS/ RESOURCES AND REFERENCE
Everyone Who’s Anyone
Names, addresses, emails, phone numbers and websites of all the significant agents, publishers and editors in the UK, USA and Canada
Excite – Writer’s Resources
(A useful site for those interested in the American market, includes tutorials and workshops, articles, short stories, agent listings, publishers and competitions)
site aims to provide you with all the information you need as you progress in your writing career.
How to Do Things.Com
check the section of the site devoted to writing which includes how to write movie reviews, press releases, and spec scripts
Hundreds of great ideas to inspire and improve your writing…and much more; a fantastic resource for all writers.
Knowledge Hound Writing Tips
links to writing tips and how-to articles
The Open Directory Project – Writer’s Resources
need to research a subject
The Writer Gazette
Hints, tips and articles on writing, and plenty of links to writers’ resources on the Internet
Writer’s Market UK
The new, most comprehensive resource for all writers. 976 pages of advice, articles and contacts, ranging from UK and Irish book publishers, magazines, agents and newspapers to production companies, writer’s groups, theatres and festivals
SCREENWRITING AND PLAYWRITING RESOURCES
Drew’s Script-o-rama http://www.script-o-rama.com
Free movie scripts to view/download – shows how to write and format screenplays
Playwriting 101 http://www.playwriting101.com
A complete beginner’s guide to playwriting, including types of plays, story structure & development, format & layout, musicals, character names, dialogue, lyrics & stage directions, transitions, submissions
A comprehensive website for screenwriters including articles, screenwriting tips, insider information, forums and more
Cheeky Maggot Productions
Cheeky Maggot is the U.K. based brainchild of RADA trained actress Amber Agar, in support of her strongly held belief that the production of new writing comes through open collaboration in an ego-less environment.
Enables amateur and professional writers to publish and promote their writing, and to provide an exclusive resource for readers.
An online community for writers and readers of all interests and skill levels. 746,660 members and 1,515,839 literary items created since inception, Free memberships are available to everyone. Each membership includes an online writing portfolio, numerous writing tools, email services.
EMPLOYMENT AND MEDIA NEWS
BBC Writer’s Room
BBC writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers for a changing Britain. When we find them, we do everything we can to get their voice heard and their work produced for BBC film, TV and radio – for drama, comedy, and children’s programmes. If you have talent, an original voice, and stories to tell, then BBC writersroom wants to know about you
Websites, addresses, telephone numbers, email and more for all areas of the online media
National Writers Union
The National Writers Union UAW Local 1981 is the only labor union that represents freelance writers.NWU is the trade union for freelance writers of all genres who work for American publishers or employers. The site offers a useful job hotline as well as information about how to file grievances, internships, apply for funding, and obtain union documents.