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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 14, 2015

Publishes themed anthologies of poetry, stories, and essays. See website for themes of current calls for submissions.

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A brace of writers and a Cross competition

independent.ie – Monday September 14, 2015

Lunch with a leading literary agent and a publishing scout and a classy, expensive pen - of such stuff are writer's dreams made. Here's your chance. Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin of the brilliant writing resources website Writing.ie has just launched a short story competition in association with Cross Pens for aspiring writers.

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The vanity presses

abc.net.au – Sunday September 13, 2015

Hundreds of Australian authors pay thousands of dollars to 'vanity publishers', often based on unfulfilled promises that their books will be widely promoted and distributed here and overseas. Hagar Cohen investigates the dubious practices of one Australian publisher as she tries to find the authors' books in any bookstore.

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You Tell Me It’s the Institution: Creative Writing and Literary History by Kenneth W. Warren

lareviewofbooks.org – Sunday September 13, 2015

I SPENT SIX WEEKS during the summer before my senior year of high school attending a creative writing course called "The Composing Process" at the Phillips Academy Andover Summer Session. It was 1974 and Richard Nixon was being forced from office as a result of the Watergate burglaries and the subsequent cover-up, yet for me the most momentous aspect of that summer was not the nation's political crisis but the idea that I, a skinny black kid from a public high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, might be on my way to becoming a writer of serious literature. We read In Our Time andAbsalom, Absalom!, among other classic work, and I tried my hand with Hemingwayesque short fiction and imagist-inspired poetry, to the praise of my instructor and to what seemed like the admiration of my classmates. The reading was a revelation, and the fact that some of the pieces I wrote took on, to my eyes, the aura of "real" literature gave me some assurance that I, too, might also some day become a "real" writer. Perfecting artistic craftsmanship felt as important as knowing what was up politically, and that feeling helped me justify my as yet unspoken belief that once I got to college I could treat the sciences and social sciences as barely tolerable nuisances while I pursued matters of real importance on the pages of novels, poetry chapbooks, and anthologies.

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Writing Out Gender Bias

huffingtonpost.co.uk – Friday September 11, 2015

The Nine Worlds Multi Genre Convention arrived in London at the beginning of August and I had been invited to speak on two panels. Being a huge science fiction and fantasy enthusiast and writer, I was delighted to attend. Nine Worlds is proof that you don't have to be a nerd or fan to enjoy science fiction, fantasy and gaming. Personally I don't like to use the term 'fan' as it implies that anyone who follows a TV show or a band is a nut job. We're generally not.

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Unlearning to Write

slate.com – Friday September 11, 2015

The first thing you learn when you set out to teach writing is that you will never teach anyone to write well. It's a cruel joke universities play on humanities grad students. As you're preparing to step into a classroom, they assign you an impossible task, one they cloak with a label like "Introduction to Rhetoric" or "Expository Composition." Here are 20 undergraduates, they say. Show them how to make their prose sing. Staring your new charges down, you begin to speak. Your voice cracks. They see the fear in your eyes.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 10, 2015

Publishes Adventure; Fantasy; Historical; Horror; Religious; Science; Sci-Fi; Short Stories.

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How Mindfulness Can Transform Your Writing Life

huffingtonpost.com – Thursday September 10, 2015

It could be said that writing starts when the ballpoint hits the surface of paper, or when fingers tap the square-shaped keys of a keyboard, but I like to think that writing begins somewhere else.

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Success isn't just about 'showing up'

dailylife.com.au – Wednesday September 9, 2015

The recipe for success in life is straightforward. You get qualified, hone your craft, join the industry association, get a blog, and — TA-DA! — it all pays off and you succeed.

Reality, however, often has other ideas.

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Stephen Kiernan, author of 'The Hummingbird,' talks about his writing process

startribune.com – Wednesday September 9, 2015

Stephen Kiernan's first novel, "The Curiosity," was a modern-day "Frankenstein," the story of a 19th-century judge who was frozen in the Arctic and thawed out (and lived!) in modern times. His new novel, "The Hummingbird," heads down a very different road. Told in the first person by a hospice nurse named Deborah Birch, it follows two tracks: Deborah's end-of-life care for a prickly academic, and her struggles at home with her husband, who has returned from his third tour of military duty suffering from PTSD.

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