A guest post by Virginia Lloyd

You’re ready to approach an agent or publisher with your finished manuscript. You’re no doubt exhausted and relieved to have reached this point. But appealing to a publishing professional is a struggle of a wholly different kind. Which agent to email? Which publishing house to submit your first three chapters? Here are some ways you can improve your chances of finding the right agent or publisher for you.

An agent or a publisher?

Many writers ask me whether they need a literary agent. My answer is that it truly depends on your unique circumstances – and the quality of the agent.

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Iceland Writers Retreat is offering talented writers from around the world the chance to attend its April 2019 program for free.

For this scholarship program, writers can apply for either full or partial funding. The full funding scholarship includes a round-trip airfare plus the full retreat package including accommodation, tours, most meals and all workshops for the duration of the event. Partial funding covers the participant costs only and does not include accommodation or flights.

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“Tin House is an invaluable repository of fine American writing and American fiction, presented in a crisp and entertaining visual format.” – Stephen King

The first issue of literary magazine Tin House was published in 1999. Based in Portland, Oregon, Tin House publishes fiction, essays, and poetry, and its contributors have frequently been recognised by major American literary awards and anthologies including the Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize.

For the next six weeks Tin House is accepting submissions for its first three issues of 2019:

  • Summer 2019 and Winter 2019  – Open, non-themed
  • Fall 2019 – The Horror, from the mundane frights of everyday life to the truly macabre, if it makes your hair stand on end, Tin House want to hear about it

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The Missouri Review is inviting entries for 28th annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. A total of US$15,000 will be awarded.

The Missouri Review was founded in 1978 and is based at the University of Missouri. Published quarterly, each issue contains approximately five new stories, three new poetry features, and two essays, all of which is selected from unsolicited submissions. New, emerging, and mid-career writers whose work has been published in the Missouri Review have been anthologised over 100 times in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Poetry, The O. Henry Prize Anthology and The Pushcart Prize.

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Are you an American-born poet who would like to spend a year travelling abroad? If so, then the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship might just be your perfect opportunity.

The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship awards approximately US$59,000 annually to a poet to spend one year outside North America, in whatever place the recipient feels will most advance his or her work.

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