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I write a column for this website every Friday summarizing my favorite longreads of the week . I already did a lot of magazine-reading prior to starting the column, but doing it has definitely put that habit on blast for me and thus along the way I’ve found a lot of really kickass sites publishing quality, literary writing on the regular.

I’m skipping the obvious ones, like New York Magazine, Texas Monthly and The London Review of Books, and keeping some of my favorites close to my chest so you’ll keep reading my column. But check these out, you won’t regret it.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve is a “playground for movie-lovers” from Pitchfork Media driven by “a shared passion, curiosity, and openness to a wide range of cinematic experiences” from all time periods, both high and low-brow. Its design conjures modern sophistication with a nod towards classic film aesthetics and the content wherein meets those lofty standards head-on. I especially love The Movie of the Week, where they dive into one film at a time from all angles,

In addition to bringing the world the wonder that is Dear Sugar, The Rumpus publishes reliably impressive personal essays from really great authors like Rick Moody, Steve Almond and Roxane Gay, plus a million new writers you haven’t heard of yet but really need to know. The fact that they can’t pay their writers but still publish such consistently excellent work speaks volumes for the site’s reputation.

Collectors Weekly

You’d never guess it, but this site which aspires to be “a resource for people who love vintage and antiques” is churning out some really fresh writing about really old shit on the regular. Recent topics include Geeking Out On The Bloody Legacy of VHS , a family of late 19th century sisters famous for having 37-foot long hair , lesbian blues singers of 1920s Harlem , cat-people collectibles  and “ Trailing Angela Davis, from FBI Flyers to Radical Chic Art .”


Describing itself as “Local Stories, Beautifully Told,” each week narrative.ly debuts a new theme “issue,” featuring 4-5 feature length essays tackling the theme from a unique angle, accompanied by huge color photographs. A significant percentage of the content is written by New Yorkers about New Yorkers, but absolutely manages to dig into “the people in your neighborhood” form all angles in a way rarely done outside of print anthologies.

Zócalo Public Square

Much of Zócalo’s material is just a tad too short to be a longread, so I end up not sharing most of the cool pieces I read on Zocalo Public Square, a Los Angeles and Phoenix based joint project of the Center for Social Cohension at Arizona State University and the New America Foundation. Dedicated to humanities exchange, the site aims “to be a welcoming intellectual space where individuals and communities can tackle fundamental questions in an accessible, nonpartisan, and broad-minded spirit.”

Guernica ‘s stated mission is to publish works that explore “the crossroads between art and politics.”  Guernica  was founded in 2004 and is a non-profit with a special focus on the personal elements of international affairs. I’ve never read anything on Guernica that wasn’t amazing, and its writers include Zadie Smith, Kiese Laymon, Jesmyn Ward and Hilton Als.

aeon magazine

Founded in London in September 2012, A eon  is devoted to thematical long-form essays, usually about one every week day, on “nature, culture, ideas and experience.” Aeon aims to “ask the biggest questions and finds the freshest, most original answers, provided by world-leading authorities on science, philosophy and society.”

Vela Magazine

Inspired by the byline gender gap, Vela Magazine was founded in 2011 by a group of women writers to publish more work by women writers. The focus is travel writing, but they note that “our stories often emphasize place and involve inner or outer journeys, but our definition of travel is broad, encompassing a range of stories from backpacking across remote Peru to struggling with addiction on a back stoop in San Francisco.”

The Morning News

I’ve been reading this site, which describes itself as “an online magazine of essays, art, humor, and culture published weekdays since 1999,” forever — both for its essays and its perfect curation of the days “most interesting news items, articles, and oddities around the web.”

Grist Magazine

Grist covers “climate, energy, food, cities, politics, business, green living, and the occasional adorable baby animal” with an aim to inspire its readers to  do something  about the many problems currently faced by our weird planet.

The New Inquiry

The language can be dense, but it’s also so brilliant and new and intereseting. It defines itself as “a space for discussion that aspires to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources—both digital and material—toward the promotion and exploration of ideas.”


This is where I plug our own work — you can follow our longreads here and our personal essays here.  They’re really quite wonderful, if I do say so myself.

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There is actually no way to overstate the relief that ‘Things I Read That I Love’ isn’t going anywhere.

(And thank-you for sharing these, the only one I read is guernica, so really curious to check out the rest.)

I completely agree. I like most of what I read to be curated by AS. And I didn’t get my training wheels taken off til I was 10 so I’m gonna need quite a bit more practice.

i mean, i still recap glee out of a neurotic sense of obligation to my readership, so i think TIRTL (which makes my brain larger rather than smaller, like glee probably does) is safe from potential expiration! I LOVE TO CURATE

I sincerely hope that verbally, TIRTL is referred to as ‘turtle’.

Dammit, I NY-resolved to read more off line!

So this is joyful NYR fail #1 (more to follow). Thank you! <3

Every time I get on Autostraddle my productivity at work decreases by 5%. But my enthusiasm for all the things increases by 5% at the same time, so it’s okay. I’m a super informed, enthusiastic slacker.

This is just what I have been looking for.

Oh great… another thing to make me feel guilty for not having done.

I’m kidding (a little bit.) This is a wonderful list and I resolve to do better in 2015!

So I just spent my entire night reading articles on The Morning News website, which is exactly the way I wanted to spend my evening, so thank you.

This is aces, thankyou; always jazzed for more well written pieces that are longer than two paragraphs. Also I’ve been like, happyobsessed with The New Inquiry since I came across it (super recently), so yay for other people reading it!

Because I don’t already have over 2,000 articles saved in my Pocket… (Seriously, though, thank you. This is a great list. And this article is definitely one of those 2,000 saved.)

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The 50 Best Writing Websites of 2023

The Internet is full of writing websites and blogs to help people reach their creative goals. If you’ve always dreamt of writing your own book, but don’t know how to get there — or if you’re in the process of writing, but feel unsure about what to do next — then it’s your lucky day! Here we have all the best writing websites of 2023 in one single place for your convenience. They’re also organized by category, and alphabetically within each of those categories, to make each one easier to find. Enjoy!

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1. Almost an Author

Offering up new content every day, Almost an Author covers a grand scope of writing topics. From genre-specific advice to emotional support on your writing journey, there's tons of useful info here for beginner and veteran writers alike.

2. Association of Writer & Writing Programs

Having just marked their 50th anniversary, AWP is one of the premier authorities on writing. The AWP website provides resources and ample opportunities for authors, teachers, and students at every point in their career. Here you’ll be able to find information about writing programs, career options, and conferences all over the world. Keep in mind, though, that access to some of these features is restricted to members only.

3. Creativity Portal

This is a wonderful hub for creative resources that has been around for a whopping nineteen years! Here you can find writing prompts , creative coaching, printable writing templates, and interviews with authors that will help nourish the right side of your brain.

4. Daily Writing Tips

As the name suggests, this site offers daily writing tips ranging from open-ended prompts and exercises to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. It also covers all writing levels and professions, so it doesn't matter how far along you are in your writing career — DWT is sure to help you out.

Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a master’s degree, you can get your own "DIY MFA" right here! This site (founded by Gabriela Pereira ) aims to cover everything you would learn in a graduate program, while giving you the freedom to choose your own areas of concentration and allocate your time as you please. 

6. Electric Literature

While not exactly a craft-focused website — so no straight-up writing advice or prompts — this nonprofit digital publisher showcases literature-related essays, criticism, and recommended readings. If you're looking to brush up on both literary theory and recent literary trends, Electric Lit is the place for you.

7. Fiction University

This virtual university, run by award-winning author Janice Hardy, contains tons of advice and concrete examples to help authors build a strong writing foundation. It's full of blog posts by professionals who share their own processes and techniques, providing tips not just on what you should do as a writer, but on how  to make it happen.

8. Helping Writers Become Authors

Longtime author K.M. Weiland offers writing advice that ranges from outlining and structuring to characterization and dialogue — plus all the little details in between. She updates her blog faithfully with topical posts that would pique any writer's (or non-writer's) interest.

9. Insecure Writer's Support Group

Writing is intimidating for everyone , whether you're a multi-published author or you're just starting out. That's why getting support, guidance, and motivation throughout the process is vital! On IWSG, you'll discover a wealth of information on writing, publishing, marketing, and anything else you might need to ultimately overcome your insecurities.

10. Literary Hub

LitHub boasts a superb selection of content for all things literary. Here you can get all the latest book-related news, posts on design and the craft, your daily dose of fiction, and sparkling reviews of new works. One of this site's best features is its section on literature in translation — a great resource for those who want to read books and authors from around the world.

11. LitReactor

The LitReactor blog consists of writing classes, workshops, and a myriad of posts on writing and books ( some of which are even written by us! ). There’s also an online magazine that includes interviews, criticism and analysis, and seasonally appropriate reads and recommendations.

12. LitRejections

An unfortunate occupational hazard of with writing is rejection. This is where a site like LitRejections comes into play! It offers personal stories to help discouraged writers persevere through rejection, and maintain hope and motivation as they move forward in their careers.

13. Live Write Thrive

In this website by professional writer and editor C.S. Lakin, you’ll find plenty of nuanced writing anecdotes and tips. Lakin also supplies annotated critiques that can help you prep your book for publication.

14. NaNoWriMo

Besides serving as the official information hub for NaNoWriMo , this site also lends constant support for those struggling to "win" National Novel Writing Month. Make sure to check out the NaNoWriMo forums, which are chock-full of other people's personal writing tips and strategies to get you through November — and every other month of the year — as a writer.

15. Now Novel

This comprehensive website, founded by author Bridget McNulty , is a go-to for just about every writing-related question you might have. Here you'll also find advice, courses, and even an author dashboard where you can keep track of your own writing progress.

16. Positive Writer

If you often feel uncertain about your creative abilities, this is the site for you. Bryan Hutchinson created Positive Writer to encourage and inspire all those who want to write, no matter how much experience or confidence they have.

17. ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid offers a fantastic manuscript editing software that analyzes your writing and creates reports for you to learn from! This tool also includes a thesaurus, grammar checks, style suggestions, and more — you can learn all about it on the ProWritingAid blog, or in our review of the app !

18. She Writes

A well-established writing website with a feminist bent, She Writes is "the largest online community and content site for women writers... all around the world." The site features thoughtful posts and resources to help writers on their journeys, as well as a personal She Writes blog page for every user who signs up.

19. Well-Storied

Here you can find recent articles, workbooks, tutorials, and fascinating discussions on writing. Kristine Kieffer has an extensive archive of posts as well, where you can procure information on just about any topic related to books and writing.

20. The Write Practice

Fulfilling the promise of their name, every single post on this site emphasizes putting theory into practice! There's simply no better way to become a writer than by creating a routine, and that’s exactly what The Write Practice helps facilitate.

21. Writer’s Digest

Writer's Digest is one of the most encyclopedic writing websites out there — after all, the print magazine has been around for almost a century now! Here you’ll find genre and vocation-organized articles, events and competitions, webinars, templates, tutorials, and so much more.

22. Writer Unboxed

Writer Unboxed features articles by authors and industry professionals, focused specifically on the craft and business of fiction writing.

23. The Writing Cooperative

Plain and simple, this is a group of people who want to help each other become better writers. On Writing Cooperative, you will find articles that cover just about every aspect of the writing life. They also have monthly writing challenges to keep you incentivized, and there’s even a space where you can submit your own article to the blog!

24. Writing.com

This is an absolutely all-inclusive community for writers . It’s open to all levels and provides a creative, supportive environment for all members, as well as portfolios to store and display their writing. Like most writing websites, it also includes a plethora of writing tools , contests, and rewards.

25. Catapult: Don’t Write Alone

Don’t Write Alone is a blog written by the Catapult team dedicated to helping writers grow their skills. As a publisher and magazine founded in 2005, Catapult has seen a lot of works and now they’re spilling all the details. From interviews, to craft essays, to writer lifestyle essays, Catapult covers it all.

26. Kirkus Review’s Writers’ Center

Kirkus Review is known for its prestigious $50,000 dollar annual prize and its bi-monthly issues where they critique hundreds of recently published books. But, did you know they also have a section of their website devoted to helping emerging writers grow their skills and navigate the publishing industry? They’re always up to date on the latest trends — if they aren’t creating new trends themselves.

27. Writers Write

An invaluable resource for creative writers, business writers, or bloggers, Writers Write offers over 1400 articles, courses, and workbooks to help you take your writing practice to the next level. Alongside their educational content, they offer book reviews, trivia on famous authors, and prompts. Sign up for their inspirational newsletters for regular hits of motivation that will keep you writing.

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28. Agent Query

This database allows authors to perform in-depth searches for literary agents . You can narrow your search by genre and keywords, view agents’ full profiles, and see if they are currently accepting queries — all for free!

29. The Creative Penn

Besides being a bestselling author on various topics, Joanna Penn is also a leading voice in self-publishing . On her punnily named site, you’ll find abundant information related to writing, self-publishing, marketing, and everything else you mind need to make a living as a writer.

30. Digital Pubbing

Digital Pubbing provides industry news, interviews with indie authors, and resources for learning all about ebooks and the publishing industry. In accordance with the name, this is the perfect site for any author hoping to absorb some serious digital knowledge.

31. The Independent Publishing Magazine

We know it might seem like we're repeating ourselves, but this website really is all about publishing (both independent and traditional, despite what the name indicates). Whatever info you need about self-publishing, trad pub, or hybrid publishing , you’ll definitely be able to find it here.

32. Publishers Weekly

And if you have a specific question about the publishing world, you’ll most likely find the answer here. This weekly magazine is packed full of news, reviews, announcements, and many other resources on the industry. It has been dubbed as "the Bible of the book business" and with its extensive archive, it’s easy to see why.

33. Publishing Perspectives

Publishing Perspectives is another leading source of publishing info, specializing in industry news and topical articles. Aimed at publishers, agents, and authors alike, it features a variety of posts that cover book fairs, distribution, education, and much more.

34. Query Shark

Not sure where your query letter is up to snuff? Query Shark offers the opportunity to have your query critiqued, and to read detailed query critiques of other authors' letters, so you can get the best possible results for your book. Be warned, though, that this sharp-toothed feedback isn't for the weak of heart.

35. Writer Beware

This amazingly thorough site compiles information on schemes and scams that affect authors , especially those run through email and the Internet. It’s sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, but obviously applies to authors everywhere. If you're a fresh-faced author trying to get published, definitely check it out — it could save you from losing thousands of dollars in an elaborate scam.

36. The Darling Axe

When the industry professionals at The Darling Axe aren’t working on manuscripts, they flock to the internet to share their hot takes on the publishing industry. They also host writing contests throughout the year to build a writing community and give unpublished authors the chance to get feedback from professionals.

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37. David Gaughran

An experienced author of historical adventures, short stories, and popular books for writers , David Gaughran is one of the definitive writing experts out there. His eponymous blog contains plenty of info on marketing and self-publishing, plus workshops to help aspiring authors. And similar to Writer Beware, he's the noble opposition of online publishing scams and scammers — so if you're frustrated by these issues, you'll discover a blissfully sympathetic voice on his blog.

38. Kikolani

Focused specifically on marketing, Kikolani offers tips and strategies for bloggers who want to grow their presence and attract more readers. Here you’ll find information on brand development, social media, customer retention, and other useful tips that you can put to good use as a blogger. (If you're just getting started, though, we'd recommend this course .)

39. Kindlepreneur

Dave Chesson is — in his own words — a “digital marketing nut.” His blog has all the information you could ever need about Kindle book publishing , how to write to market, increasing your rankings on Amazon, and lots more practical tips and advice.

40. Storiad

Storiad is a marketing platform that helps authors and publishers sell books. Go here for essential information on writing apps , databases, tools, and budgeting to help you run your own publishing campaign from start to finish.

41. Writers & Artists

Part of the distinguished Bloomsbury, Writers & Artists has quite a few articles on writing and the self-publishing process. They also offer editorial services and events on many different topics, like genre-specific writing courses and how to get connected with agents .

42. Your Writer Platform

Naturally, this site is dedicated to building your very own writer platform. There are tons of tips, resources, tools, how-tos, and even individual consulting services to help you build the platform that works best for you and your marketing needs.

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43. Goins, Writer

Bestselling author Jeff Goins created this blog to share his thoughts on writing and to inspire others to chase their creative dreams. He's especially good at breaking complex topics down into digestible bits — new writers, go here for your primers.

44. Jane Friedman

With copious experience in the publishing industry, Jane Friedman offers online classes and articles on the entire process of book publishing. She's a real goldmine of business knowledge, so keep her in mind for when you're ready to publish your book.

45. Nail Your Novel

As a bestselling former ghostwriter who now publishes under her own name, Roz Morris provides advice about writing, self-publishing, and of course, ghostwriting . If you're interested in becoming a ghostwriter, be sure to check out her courses!

46. Nathan Bransford

Nathan Bransford is a former literary agent who posts all about the inner workings of publishing, as well and information on agents and self-publishing. He also does consultations, edits, and critiques . Plus, he’s a Reedsy professional   and  he's written for the blog !

47. Rachelle Gardner

Skillful agent Rachelle Gardner has negotiated over 200 contracts with over twenty publishers and helped more than 100 authors fulfill their dreams of publishing. On her blog, she offers writing, publishing, and social media coaching, along with general writing and publishing tips.

48. Kris Writes

For regular insights from a New York Times bestselling author, look no further than Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog. On Mondays, she posts free short stories for authors to find inspiration in, and Wednesdays she posts in her “Business Musings” collection where she breaks down news from the publishing industry and offers her inside opinions. 

49. The Marginalian  

Maria Popova describes her site as “a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually, poetically — drawn from my extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tendrils of human thought and feeling.” She sends out a Sunday newsletter with thoughtful deconstruction of the week’s best liberal arts goings-on to help broaden her readers’ appreciation of the creative world.

50. John August

For all the screenwriters out there, John August co-hosts a weekly podcast with fellow screenwriter Craig Mazin discussing both the craft and business of screenwriting while breaking down popular movies. To help screenwriters really get a feel for the process of working with a studio, John has posted multiple versions of scripts from different stages in the production process on films and series he’s written, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , Big Fish , and Chernobyl .

What are some of your favorite writing websites? Let us know in the comments below!

5 responses

Alex J. Cavanaugh says:

09/11/2018 – 15:10

I guess the Insecure Writer's Support Group is going to have to work harder...

↪️ Reedsy replied:

09/11/2018 – 19:51

Hey Alex, oversight on our part. The post has been updated :)

Harvey Stanbrough says:

16/11/2018 – 12:44

Many on your list regurgitate the same old clichéd information we all learned from non-writers that doesn't work. I'm amazed DeanWesleySmith.com and KrisWrites.com are not included. Invaluable information there. The former is a daily blog, the latter weekly. Also, I publish a daily Journal of the writing life at hestanbrough.com (often with topics) and a weekly Pro-Writers blog at harveystanbrough.com.

Bridget at Now Novel says:

17/11/2018 – 16:38

Thanks so much for the mention, team Reedsy. Wonderful to be mentioned on (and alongside) our favourite writing sites and blogs.

Emmiasky Ojex says:

25/02/2019 – 11:08

Such great list of the top-tiered (or will be) in the industry. I vouch for The ArtHut arthut.com.ng too to be amidst this sorta list soon.

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