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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The WAYB Website - a Surprisingly Useful Resource

Writers & Artists YearbookWAYB, as you will probably know, is the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook. It's the longest-established market guide for writers in the UK.

The WAYB has its own dedicated website. I had occasion to visit recently while checking some info for a writing course I was updating, and was very impressed with what I found. I thought I'd share this with you, in case you're as unaware of their site as I was.

The thing that most impressed me about the WAYB site is that it allows you to search and view full details of the 5,000+ markets, publishers and other resources listed in the printed guide. You do have to register first, but this is free and only takes a moment.

Admittedly, you can't browse the listings with quite the same ease as the printed book, but if you simply want to check the details of a certain publication it's ideal. Just click on Quick Search once you're logged in, and enter the name of the magazine (or part of it) in the search box. Here is a sample listing for the magazine Disability Now:

You can also see a list of all entries in the category Magazines UK and Ireland by clicking on the category in question. Clicking on any item in the list will then take you to the entry for the publication concerned.

The WAYB site also has a range of other interesting features, including introductory articles about writing in the Writers' Zone, and a blog which seems to attract plenty of comments from readers.

There are also details of their current short story competition, which is free to enter and has some great prizes. You'll need to get your skates on if you want to enter, though, as the closing date is 14 February 2010 (this Sunday).

Overall, I've been very impressed with the WAYB site since I "rediscovered" it this week. I think if you check it out you will be too.

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