How To Find Absolutely Anything (That You Might Need As A Writer)

There are a huge number of resources floating around the internet that might be of value to a writer – but sometimes finding the right book or website can be a trial in itself. For that reason, I present here a brief and comprehensive index that should tell you how to find absolutely anything you might need as a writer.

An Agent

Agent Hunter is an extensive database of UK literary agents.

If you live in the UK, you can benefit from a copy of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, which lists agents in the UK and abroad. For an online resource try Agent Hunter, which requires a small fee, but is thorough enough to be worth your time. If you live in the USA, give the Writer’s Market a try.

A Literary Magazine

Duotrope keeps track of MANY literary magazines.

Duotrope is the definitive resource when it comes to literary magazines. Their database is huge, searchable, and regularly-updated. Not only that, but they track response times and acceptance rates. They charge a monthly fee, but they may just be worth the money. NewPages is also worth a look – they post calls for submissions to literary magazines on a regular basis. Ralan is good for speculative and genre magazines. There’s also Neon’s own list of UK-based literary magazines to consider.

A Publisher

The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook lists publishers, magazines and literary agents, along with lots of advice and information about the world of publishing.

Try the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook if you live in the UK, and the Writer’s Market if you live in the USA. Both these books provide comprehensive listings of publishers in their respective countries. If you’re looking to publish poetry, Neon’s own list of UK-based poetry publishers might be worth a look.


Apples & Snakes lists poetry and other writing-related events in various parts of the UK.

Apples & Snakes organises and catalogues a huge variety of poetry and writing-related events in the UK. Try their website to find something close to you. There’s also, which lists over three-hundred literary festivals in the UK alone. Finally, there’s also Neon‘s calendar of writing events and deadlines.

The Right Word is home to a serviceable and up-to-date dictionary. and both do what you might expect, and are reasonably good at it. There’s also the Urban Dictionary (for slang), the OneLook Reverse Dictionary (for when you know what you want to describe but don’t know the word) and WordReference (for other languages and translation). Finally, if you’re looking for interesting ways to describe a particular emotion, then the Emotion Thesaurus (Provided by The Bookshelf Muse) could be the thing for you.

Writing Competitions

Booktrust maintains a list of upcoming writing competitions.

Booktrust maintains a list of upcoming writing competitions in the UK and Ireland, as well as administering several contests of their own. You can also check out Neon‘s calendar of competition deadlines.

Some Feedback

Critique Circle is an excellent place to get feedback on your writing.

If you’re looking for some constructive feedback on your work, Critique Circle is an excellent place to find it online. You could also seek out an in-person writing group close to you. Try NAWG (the National Association of Writers’ Groups) or Meetup as a way to locate one in your home town – or simply ask at your local library. Finally, Tethered By Letters offers a free professional editing service to its active members.

Support And Advice

The mission of Spread The Word is to identify and nurture writing talent in London.

There are a number of great organisations dedicated solely to supporting writers and helping them develop their craft. Try Spread The Word (London), Writing East Midlands, Writing West Midlands, NAWE (for writers in education), the Society of Authors, or the Writers’ Centre (East of England).

Other Writers

You can meet and get to know other writers on the forums at

Writing can be a lonely task, so you might want to make friends with some other writers. There are a number of online forums which can be a good starting point, including Kindle Boards,,, and Critique Circle. Alternatively, you can sign up to Collabant, and receive a new suggested collaborator at the start of every month. You can also find other writers in the real world by joining a writers group – try NAWG (the National Association of Writers’ Groups) or Meetup to find one local to you – or ask one of the librarians at your local library.

Reviews And Reviewers

The Indie View lists reviewers who will review self-published titles.

Finding reviewers for your book can be a daunting task. The Indie View maintains a list of independent book reviewers which can be very helpful. Running a giveaway on Goodreads, or soliciting reviews on Twitter can also give good results. Don’t forget about Neon‘s own reviews section, where we write about short story and poetry collections.

Good Books To Read

Use Goodreads to track and review the books you read, as well as receive book recommendations.

Goodreads is a fantastic way to keep track of books you’ve read, and get recommendations for other books you might like. Don’t forget to add Neon as a friend when you join!


The Society Of Authors is just generally wonderful, and can help you get funding for your next project.

Within the UK there’s a surprising amount of funding available for writers who need it. Your first port of call should be the appropriate Arts Council for your region (England, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales). Next should be the Society of Authors, who award a number of prizes and benevolent grants, including funding to allow authors with a work in progress extra time to write.

If you live in the USA, the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) is the federal organisation which distributes state funding for the arts.

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