Idaho Writers Update (IWU) is interested in receiving:

  • Names (or pen names) of independently, traditionally, or hybrid published living Idaho authors. Include your website address (URL) or, if not available, your Facebook or Amazon Author page for the Idaho Authors page.
  • Authors for more Idaho Author Interviews. Are you a published author living in Idaho? Download these instructions and questions so we can learn more about you and your work.
  • Book launches. Idaho authors who’ve published recently or have upcoming releases. Send a link to your book’s website page and/or Amazon (etc.) listing page.
  • Writers Groups. Are you listed on our Regional Writers’ Organizations page? We’d like to start a new feature, profiling you, in appreciation for the support you provide to the writing communities throughout the state. Download these instructions and questions for groups.
  • Calls for submissions. Idaho and regional publishers, please provide information including a link to your website’s page announcing the open call.
  • Other events and activities of interest to Idaho writers and those who work with or are interested in them.


Send your submissions to the email address above. Read the guidance below:

  1. The article should be useful, instructive, and/or supportive to our demographic.
    Who’s our demographic? primarily Idaho authors (published and pre-published); secondarily Idaho publishers, librarians, booksellers, teachers, and of course – readers!
  2. Subject line: “IWU article submission”
  3. Attach a DOC or DOCX file of your 300- to 1000-word article. Use the Shunn Manuscript Format (even though you’re submitting a nonfiction article and not a fictional story).
  4. Include a brief (150- to 250-word) bio in the body of your email. If you publish using a pen name, you can request we use that name for the article (but please let us know your legal name). You may also add a list of your available books and a photo.
  5. We’re not able to pay. This is more in the manner of a guest blog post. You’re just giving us license to one-time usage of your article. And of course articles that, among other things, are defamatory, promote illegal activities, or are designed to provoke person-hate will not be accepted for publication.

Submission doesn’t guarantee that your item will be published. Also note that your website editor is a volunteer and will follow up as quickly as possible. Clearly indicate near the top of your email if you’re hoping for publication by or around a certain date.