Overview of TBL

Based in Denver, Colorado, Tethered by Letters (TBL) is a nonprofit devoted to helping creatives reach their potential. Through our education, community, and publishing divisions, TBL works to foster a love of literature, increase literacy rates, and help new creators succeed in the publishing industry.


Each year, in our education division, we mentor thousands of writers through our Free Editing Program, lecture in high schools and colleges around the world, and provide hundreds of free online resources, teaching tools, and industry articles. Partnering with leading universities in the US (including the University of Denver, Regis, and UNC), we offer internships to over fifteen students each year, helping bridge the gap between learning about literature and actually working in the industry. We even teach in the Denver Prison System, using the graphic novel medium to increase literacy, critical thinking, and personal development through storytelling.


Our community division is also bursting at the seams with great programs. Each month, a bestselling author donates her or his time to mentor budding creatives in our forum. We run portfolio critiques at Comic Con (yes, we’re mega geeks!), organize a slew of readings to engage young people with great stories and art, publish awesome group-writing projects, and host boisterous get-togethers to make the craft of creating a little less lonely.


F(r)iction, our triannual collection of literature and art, is the culmination of all these efforts. Led by a passionate team of artists and editors, F(r)iction embodies our zany mission to #PublishWeird—to offer opportunities to outstanding writers, no matter their style or genre. Since its creation in 2015, F(r)iction has garnered critical acclaim, increased radically (we are one of the fastest growing literary journals in the world), and helped launch the careers of hundreds of talented authors and artists!

Our publication also creates a platform to give voice to marginalized and underserved communities. Through our humanitarian partnerships, we work with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, Girls Write Now, the Veteran Writing Project and several other phenomenal humanitarian programs to highlight individuals using writing and art as a way to cope with incredibly difficult situations.

Global Reach

Although we are based in Denver, we have satellites in Seattle, Washington, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Our staff is spread across four different continents, and we serve students, writers, and readers in more than thirty-five countries.