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Poets & Writers Magazine for Kindle

According to their website, Poets & Writers has grown from its humble beginnings in a New York apartment to its current status as the largest nonprofit organization for writers of poetry, nonfiction and creative fiction.  Galen Williams found funding and started the organization in 1970.

If you are a serious writer, this organization a great resource for tips, literary grants, publishing information, networking opportunities and writing seminars.  Poets & Writers Magazine was formed in 1987. The bi-monthly publication is available for 99 cents on the Kindle and Kindle DX.

In 1996, pw.org was launched, providing an online presence for the magazine along with message board forums and exclusive online content.  In 2007, Poets & Writers Magazine introduced the Jackson Poetry Prize.  This awards  $50,000 to an early to mid career poet.  That is a pretty nice chunk of change.

I found a neat quote on the magazine’s website from E. L. Doctorow who described P&W as:

“a saintly little service organization for writers across the country. It tells them where the jobs are, the reading gigs, the grants, the awards competitions, and it brings them news of each other. Not its least valuable service is the one that comes of all the others – the suggestion of community implicit in this lowliest and most dire of professions.”

Overall, the reviews for the Kindle edition are good.  One suggestion Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) should take note of, is to provide a scan or search feature within the Kindle edition of the magazine.  The reviewer mentioned that it was much quicker to find certain sections in the magazine version.  The reviews overall reflected what the magazine website’s descriptions said about the content in terms of its great insight on many areas of the writing industry.

I took a look at the magazine, and I like that the writers write from a such a deeply personal point of view.  The stories have a lot more meaning that way.  You will also find information on current events such as the Chilean Mine ordeal and reviews on top MFA programs.

With so much information on the web to sort through, this magazine is a great resource to help sort the quality writing from the junk.

One Story for Kindle

One Story is available for Kindle and Kindle DX for $1.49 a month.  The schedule for this short story literary magazine is every three weeks, so in the long run, the price is pretty reasonable.

One Story began in 2002, and has won many literary awards such as the Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-Required Reading and The O. Henry Prize Stories.

We believe that short stories are best read alone. They should not be sandwiched in between a review and an exposé on liposuction, or placed after another work of fiction that is so sad or funny or long that the reader is worn out by the time they turn to it. – One Story

This is a great philosophy, especially regarding readers who hate flipping through ads in magazines or for ones who are intimidated by 500 page books.

“At a time when literary writing seems like a dying art, when little magazines are folding left and right, when publishers bemoan the sinking bottom line, here lies a spot of hope…It is called One Story.” – The New York Times

The magazine features up and coming writers fiction writers.  The latest story in the June 20th edition of magazine is called “The Puppet,” by Reif Larsen.  The story is set in Sarajevo.  The author offers a great discussion on his work and his experiences that inspired him to write it.  more

I think it is neat to see the background behind the characters and the setting of the short story through the eyes of the person who wrote it.  This is true especially since the “The Puppet” took place in a war torn area that touched the author personally.

One Story is a great addition to the Kindle collection because of its portable and lighthearted nature.  It does not include graphics, which seems to be a hang up with other magazines on the Kindle, and it is like getting a new book every three weeks. It is meant for the subways, the bathtub, the park, and anywhere else ideal for a quick read.