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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday October 21, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Translations; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry, fiction, essay, intergenre, and translations. Currently only accepting submissions for poetry, and then only through its annual poetry competition (closes in November; $28 entry fee), open to poetry manuscripts between 60 and 90 pages. For status on prose and translation submissions check website after start of 2017.

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Stride magazine invites submissions

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 20, 2016

Stride magazine is inviting writers to submit two or three short poems or prose poems, in the body of an email. All copyright remains with authors.

Writers are requested not to send biographical details or lists of previous publications; rhyming doggerel or shaggy dog stories masquerading as poems; or previously published work.

If you are interested in writing short, opinionated but informed reviews of poetry books (which will be sent to you) please contact the editor by email.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 20, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Submit 3-5 poems, or fiction or nonfiction up to 4,500 words, via online submission system only. See website for full details, and to submit.

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Preditors & Editors seeks new caretaker

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 19, 2016

The renowned site "Preditors & Editors" is seeking a new caretaker.

The site has been helping writers discriminate between scams, duds, and genuine opportunities since 1997, but much of the information has, in the site's own words, become "stale and outdated", and the listings have now been removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

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Irish publishing body says not paying writers is uncommon

irishtimes.com – Tuesday October 18, 2016

The organisation that represents the publishing industry in Ireland has said the non-payment of authors is not widespread in the books trade.

Liberties Press publisher Séan O’Keeffe has admitted a lot of authors and a small number of former staff have not been paid. He has apologised and said that the best way for them to get their money is for him to continue in business.

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It’s Time for Publishers to Think Outside the Market

digitalbookworld.com – Tuesday October 18, 2016

Over the last 12-18 months, after a challenging, industry-evolving 5-7 years, there is a growing sense of cautious positivity in many parts of the book world. Print book sales are rebounding (or at least not still sliding, depending on whom you listen to), and ebook sales are now on a more predictable, if slower, and more diverse trajectory.

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This week in fiction: Ottessa Moshfegh on writing predators and their victims

newyorker.com – Monday October 17, 2016

The inspiration for writing “An Honest Woman” came when I met someone who was so physically unattractive I felt sorry for him, and so I kept mum and polite while he lamely attempted to seduce me. I never called attention to the fact that his motivations were transparent and that, by ignoring him, I was protecting his dignity. I was in denial, and he was delusional.

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The 2016 Guide to Creative Writing Guides

publishersweekly.com – Saturday October 15, 2016

Almost as long as there have been writers, there have been books that offer instruction, guidance, and advice on how to write. From Plato’s Phaedrus to the letters and journals of great practitioners such as Emily Dickinson, John Keats, and Rainer Maria Rilke, and 20th-century monuments of the genre such as Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, writing guides have sat steadfast on aspiring writers’ nightstands, ready to inspire and instruct. Think of these books as kind of the homeschool version of M.F.A. programs.

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10 Writing Prompts To Get You Started On Your Next Manuscript

bustle.com – Thursday October 13, 2016

The best part about writing for yourself, and not for a class, is that there's no teacher to tell you what to write... but the worst part aboutwriting for yourself is also that there's no teacher to tell you what to write. Even the most accomplished writers occasionally find themselves staring at a blinking cursor on a blank screen. Inspiration doesn't always strike on command. So here are a few helpful writing prompts, to get you started when you can't quite find the right words.

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As American editors sharpen their pencils, some advice on writing short

poynter.org – Thursday October 13, 2016

If two examples constitute a trend, then a movement is afoot among editors to encourage short writing. It began at The Washington Post, where an editor argued that many stories could be tighter. Before you could say “Strunk and White,” an editor at The Wall Street Journal made the same case.

What came next was predictable, and, from the point of view of us long-winded scribes, delectable. A writer declared, essentially, “Editor, heal thyself,” creating a marked-up version of the memo to cut its clutter.

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