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Frequency: Six issues per year
Special issues: The mag's special issues change annually. The themes for 2012 are Inspiration (January/February), Conferences & Residencies (March/April), Writing Contests (May/June), Literary Agents (July/August), MFA Issue (September/October) and Small Presses & Literary Magazines (November/December).
Background: Founded in New York City in 1970 and published by the nonprofit literary organization Poets and Writers Inc., this magazine for writers is packed with inspiration and expert guidance needed for constructing, publishing, and promoting written work.
Provocative literary essays and advice pieces for the creative process are but two components of the magazine's content. Profiles of poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers can be found within its pages, as well as astute articles that encourage communication amongst authors and professionals. Also, according to editor Kevin Larimer, "Poets & Writers magazine provides the most comprehensive listing of literary grants and awards, deadlines and prizewinners available in print -- carefully vetted by the editorial staff to ensure that only legitimate prizes that will further the careers of winners are included."
Committed to serious poets and literary writers, P&W leaves out any articles promising unrealistic fame and fortune in the publishing world. Their preferences lie in practical advice, information, entertainment and opportunities for all talented writers.