Sunday, June 21, 2009

10 Web Sites for Science Fiction Writers

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.:
The SFWA is an organization for writers of science fiction and fantasy to band together. The group does a lot of different things, from simply connecting writers to helping with legal causes and more, but you don't have to be a member to use the Web site. And this Web site holds tons of valuable information, advice and links for writers, especially beginning writers. If you are just starting out and want to know more, you need to check out this site.
This Web site has tons of book and movie reviews, as well as author pages, contests and some of the best forums around. If you make it to the forums, tell them Darkbow sent you.

Clarion Writer's Workshop at UC San Diego:
Clarion is the oldest workshops of its kind, a science fiction and fantasy writer's workshop, and its not easy to get into. Find all the criteria about applying for the next workshop at this site. And there are a few other helpful links as well.
Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you don't need to pay attention to and what's appearing on their Web site and the Sci-Fi Channel on television. There could be good movies and shows there, and they can give you lots of story ideas. Also, this is a cool Web site for science fiction news and gaming links.

World Science Fiction Society:
Find out when and where the next World Science Fiction Convention is going to be held. You can also find out plenty of information about past conventions and how to join this group.

Science Fiction Book Club:
This club's site can keep you updated on what's new in the bookstores, as well as offer a look back at older books. Become a member and you can save money when you order books from them.
You're a writer, so you want to know where to sell your stories, right? This is one of the best Web sites you can go to. There are lists and lists and lists of magazines and book publishers and e-zines and more where you can sell your stories. The listings are broken down into book publishers, adult publishers, humor publishers, pro-paying publishers, paying publishers and publishers who don't pay (but still give you an opportunity to share your work with others).

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy:
This site might be a little basic for the advanced writer, but it's a great place for newbies to get a start. Jeffrey A. Carver's site is geared toward young writers, those still in school, but all ages can find opportunities here. Carver even offers a free online writing class.

SFF Net:
You'll find tons of people who are interested in science fiction here with blogs and other Web pages. Many of the people are professionals, writers and editors and publishers, while some are hardcore fans or have other interests in science fiction and fantasy and horror. There are also a good number of links to different newsgroups about speculative fiction.

The Hugo Awards:
This is the big daddy of science fiction writing awards. If you win one of these babies, your writing career is pretty much set. This site has information about the award and how you could win it, and there's plenty of other links, too.


Merc said...

Ooh, great list of links, thank you!

Sharon E. Dreyer said...

Thank you so much for the links! Is it philanthropy to give these links to your readers? Thanks again for being so generous!

Ty Johnston said...

Glad you all liked the links. I'm considering doing a similar post for fantasy and horror writers.

Aywren said...

This is a great article -- I've highlighted it in my "Fiction Five" link-out post! I hope you don't mind. :)

Ty Johnston said...

Aywren, not at all. Link all you want!