Links for Writers

  • Looking for writing inspiration? 
  • Looking for a writers' organisation?
  • Want to take classes in memoir writing?
  • Need to know which magazines are accepting articles and how much they pay? 
  • Worried that you might have split an infinitive?
  • Need an online dictionary that explains what an infinitive actually is?

On this page we'll share useful sites for writers and authors, and we'll be adding new sites regularly.

If you find a useful site that you'd like to share with other writers, drop us a line at: editor (at) writerscompetitions (dot) com

Online Dictionaries

The Free Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus - also has Thesaurus and Quotes tabs plus free word games for we word nerds.

Magazines and Periodicals

Poets & Writers - this magazine has a very useful website, especially the Tools for Writers page.

Writers Digest magazine (USA)

Writing Magazine (UK)


90 Secrets of Best-selling Authors

Creativity Exercises

Punctuation Help

The Macquarie Dictionary site has one of the clearest guides to simple punctuation problems. If you're unsure of how to use an apostrophe, this is the place to go.

Database for Paid Writing

Writing For Dollars has a free database of magazine, book, e-book and greeting card publishers with links to their submission guidelines. You can search on variables including how much they pay, the type of market (eg travel, business, pets) and the type of submission (eg fillers, fiction, non-fiction). There's also an extensive library of "how to write" articles. You can subscribe for regular updates.

Writers' Organisations & Associations

Australian Society of Authors' list of Writers Centres

Australian Society of Authors

The Poetry Foundation

Poetry Society of America

Australian Poetry

The Playwright's Forum

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Writers Festivals

Newspaper article - Guide to Writers Festivals Around the World

European Literary Festivals

Australian & New Zealand Literary Festivals Calendar

UK Literary Festivals

International Poetry and Writers Festivals


The Association of American Publishers

Australian Publishers Association

The Publishers Association (UK)

Free iTunes Apps - Dictionary & Thesaurus - free

Macquarie Little Australian Dictionary

Advanced English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Webcast Talks by Authors author webcasts

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