• Mississippi Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Mississippi, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Mississippi, these are some organizations you might want to check out.



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    Mississippi Writers Guild

    Mississippi Writers Guild (“MWG” or “The Guild”) is a nonprofit working to build its membership and community involvement in the arts and education within Mississippi.

    The Mississippi Gulf Coast Writers Association

    Based on the Mississippi Coast, GCWA strives to provide opportunities and encouragement for all writers, from individuals who dream of writing their first story or poem to experienced, published authors.

    Mississippi Writers and Authors Group

    A place for writers to mix and mingle, and discuss issues of mutual interest.

    Mississippi Authors Awards

    The Mississippi Authors Awards seek to recognize and encourage Mississippi authors and promote interest in local authors’ books.

    Mississippi Review

    Established in 1977 by Frederick Barthelme, who worked with managing editor Rie Fortenberry to create what is now one of the oldest and most respected literary journals in the country.

    Black Magnolias

    A quarterly literary journal that uses poetry, fiction and prose to examine and celebrate the social, political and aesthetic accomplishments of African Americans with an emphasis on Afro-Mississippians and Afro-Southerners.

    Big Muddy

    A journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

    Mississippi Poetry Society

    Affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, this organization holds annual contests, a literary festival and more.

    Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference and Workshops

    A gathering of the top creative nonfiction writers and instructors in America.

    Blue Spider Press

    A small press “dedicated to giving a fair shot at publication to everyone.” Accepts short stories, flash fiction, novellas, novels, poems, essays, reviews, and original artwork.


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