Our July/August Issue features a special section on literary agents, including advice and information from twelve agents who want to read your work, seventy-five agents to follow on Twitter, and the evolving author-agent relationship; plus the summer’s best debut fiction, a profile of novelist Arundhati Roy, Edwidge Danticat on the art of death, Joey Franklin on the importance of submitting your work, writing prompts, over 70 upcoming contest deadlines, and more.
This year’s debut fiction roundup features emerging writers Zinzi Clemmons, Hala Alyan, Jess Arndt, Lisa Ko, and Diksha Basu.
Worth the Wait: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Readers have anticipated a new novel from the author of The God of Small Things for two full decades. Now, with the release of Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the wait is over.
Literary agents offer honest, unfiltered advice on how to find, approach, and secure the perfect agent for your work.
Agents as Editors: Understanding the New Author-Agent Relationship
The consolidation of the book industry over the past decade has meant a blurring of boundaries between the conventional roles of agent and editor.
Follow these agents on Twitter to gain insight into their tastes, author lists, and what kind of work they’re currently seeking.
News and Trends
Page One offers the first lines of a dozen new and noteworthy books, including Roxane Gay’s Hunger and Julia Fierro’s The Gypsy Moth Summer.
A young developer discusses the genesis of her app, We Read Too, which offers an extensive database of multicultural books for young readers.
South African artist Barbara Wildenboer transforms old reference books into delicate sculptures that evoke their sources’ subject matter.
[Y]volve Publishing, a new press based in Chicago, has launched a chapbook series featuring poetry both written and edited by local teens.
Small Press Points highlights the innovation and can-do spirit of independent presses. This issue features the San Francisco–based feminist press Aunt Lute Books.
Editor Yuka Igarashi highlights five journals that first published debut stories included in PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2017, forthcoming in August from Catapult.
In a growing trend, video games simulate the experience of being inside classic works of literature, from Thoreau’s Walden to Joyce’s Ulysses.
A video series explores ideas of America and identity by featuring people from across the state of Alabama reading stanzas from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.”
The Practical Writer
Submit That Manuscript! Why Sending Out Your Work Is So Important
Regardless of whether our writing is accepted, the submission process has merits all its own, from creating deadlines to distancing us from our work.
The Literary Life
The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story
After the death of her mother, a writer considers the ways we increasingly write our own obituaries in this excerpt from The Art of Death, forthcoming from Graywolf Press.
The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises
Explore your inner soundtrack, make your character sweat, and embrace your many identities—three prompts to keep you writing this summer.