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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 12, 2016

Publishes: Poetry; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Literary magazine publishing mainly poetry, but will consider reflective prose up to 500 words (especially expository blank verse). First-time contributors (unless in Israel) should submit by post with SASE.

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Irish publishing body criticises €100 charge for manuscripts

irishtimes.com – Tuesday October 11, 2016

The body which represents Irish publishers has said it does not support a publisher’s controversial plan to charge writers €100 per submission.

Liberties Press publisher Seán O’Keeffe has remained defiant over his proposal to charge €100 per submitted manuscript, except when submitted by a recognised literary agent.

He tweeted at the weekend: “Thanks for the comments on our submissions policy on Friday and over the weekend. The policy won’t be changing.”

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday October 11, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Biography; Historical; Religious; Self-Help; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Family; Youth

Publishes books for a varied audience, that conform to Torah-observant Jewish values. Send complete ms by email as Word, DavkaWriter, RTF, or PDF files, with cover letter and author contact details. See website for full details.

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What really happens to manuscripts sent to publishers?

abc.net.au – Monday October 10, 2016

There's a lot of mystery surrounding the book publishing process. But what really happens to the slush pile of unsolicited manuscripts that are sent to publishers by wannabe writers?

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday October 10, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Autobiography; Biography; Crime; Erotic; Fantasy; Historical; Horror; Military; Politics; Romance; Short Stories; Thrillers; Travel;
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

A Singapore-registered award-winning independent publisher of English-language books and ebooks on Asia, with its editorial office in the UK. Welcomes submissions with Asian (particularly Southeast Asian) themes from agents direct, or from published and unpublished authors via online submission system via website.

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BBC National Short Story winner – a plea to publishers to take risks

theguardian.com – Friday October 7, 2016

Since winning the BBC National Short Story award this week for “Disappearances”, I have been asked whether I am writing a novel. This is something that happens to short story writers. I have responded obliquely. There are good reasons for this: most importantly, one of the exciting aspects of writing is finding the form appropriate to the subject you are exploring – whatever it may be.

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Greg Jackson: 'Writing a novel is like an interminable family vacation'

theguardian.com – Thursday October 6, 2016

"Hello?” Skype blinks across the Atlantic to reveal Greg Jackson in his Brooklyn apartment on a boiling afternoon. One of his characters may use the video chat app to keep in touch with her “dysphoric” dogs, but the debut author confesses he’s unused to such communication himself. And though he’s warm and forthcoming, with the air of a slightly worried Buddha, he does seem a little cautious.

This is unsurprising for a number of reasons – he’s new to media scrutiny, he describes himself (and the other writers he knows) as a “stay-at-home introvert”, and Skype is a peculiar way to talk. But caution, qualification and a keenness to include nuance seem to be part of his style as a person. And they are also characteristic of his striking debut short-story collection, Prodigals, for which the US National Book Foundation last week named him as one of five writers under 35 expected “to make a lasting impression on the literary landsape”.

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Open Call for Poetry Submissions

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 6, 2016

The Stony Thursday Book is seeking submissions from local, national and international poets for its next issue, to be published in December 2016.

The Stony Thursday Book was founded by Limerick poets John Liddy and Jim Burke in 1975, and has been edited by poets Mark WhelanKevin ByrnePatrick Bourke, Knute SkinnerThomas McCarthy,Ciarán O’Driscoll, Mary CollJo Slade, Paddy Bushe, Peter Sirr and Mary O’Donnell.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 6, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Historical; Humour; Short Stories; Suspense; Translations; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

Literary publisher of poetry and fiction. Unable to accept unsolicited mss, but will make an effort to answer all brief queries.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 5, 2016

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

Submit prose up to 15 pages, or 3-5 poems, between September 15 and May 15 annually, by post with SASE or via online submission system on website.

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