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Creative Writing

Resources for Fiction and Poetry students. This guide supports students in English 20, 20W, 136, 137, and 138.


The resources below contain profiles and submission instructions for publishers, agents, contests, and more.

Big house or small press?

There are pros and cons to publishing with major houses versus small presses, or established versus junior agents. The best way to select a press or agent to submit to is to read the books they publish. Submit your work to a press or agency you love!

What is a query?

A query is a one-page letter you send to a literary agent or small press, pitching your book. Think of the summary on the back cover of a published book: your query should pique the reader's interest and make them want to read the full manuscript.

Query, Cover Letter, and Manuscript Tips

Before you submit your work, you want to make sure it's as polished as possible. These resources contain helpful tips on how to format your manuscript, write a successful query, and more.