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With no new edition of Writer's Market, writers are flooding to The Writers' Handbook

firstwriter.com – Wednesday April 14, 2021

In 2019, the publisher of Writer's Market, F+W Media, filed for bankruptcy. The last edition of Writer's Market was published the same year. It was called the "2020" edition, but in reality no edition was published in 2020, or since. 

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New Book Publisher Listing: Sublunary Editions

firstwriter.com – Wednesday April 14, 2021

Started as a small-scale, DIY project in early 2019. For the first several months, the press's sole output as a regular envelope of new writing mailed (the old fashioned way) to subscribers. Since then, the press has expanded to publish 8-10 brief books every year, and, as of early 2021, a quarterly magazine

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Janet Fillingham Associates rebrands to cement Weston partnership

thebookseller.com – Tuesday April 13, 2021

Literary, directors’ and composers’ agency Janet Fillingham Associates is rebranding to Fillingham Weston Associates (FWA), cementing a decade-long working relationship between agents Janet Fillingham and Kate Weston.

The move comes ahead of the agency’s 30 year-anniversary next year.

FWA will continue to represent writers, directors and composers in the fields of TV, film and theatre. Clients work across film and television drama, comedy drama and animation in the UK and overseas, as well as theatre including musical theatre and opera.   

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New Magazine Listing: The Undercommons

firstwriter.com – Tuesday April 13, 2021

Dark fantasy magazine. Each issue includes one novella, one short story, and one poem.

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New Agent Listing: Karmen Wells

firstwriter.com – Tuesday April 13, 2021

Looking for published or to-be-published books to represent to producers for film or TV adaptation.

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Wales' popular Wrexham-based literary festival goes digital with new chapter

leaderlive.co.uk – Monday April 12, 2021

Are you sitting comfortably, then we'll begin...

A highly entertaining programme has been put together for one of Wales' premier literary festivals, and due to the pandemic, is all available from the comfort of your own home.

The Wrexham Carnival of Words, now in its seventh year, has become a fixture in the literary calendar in Wales and the borderlands, attracting a broad range of well-known authors.

This year the festival, held from April 17-24, will be even more accessible, with events being broadcast online on the Carnival of Words' own YouTube channel.

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National Centre for Writing launches Open Doors programme

thebookseller.com – Saturday April 10, 2021

The National Centre for Writing (NCW) is launching an Open Doors programme, with authors including Derek Owusu and Abir Mukherjee, exploring ways of connecting with audiences and reflecting on the role of a writer.

The programme will include an immersive play, new essays, interactive writing resources and micro residencies. Owusu, Mukherjee and Kerri ní Dochartaigh are among those who will create new work as part of the programme, reflecting on how the experience of the past year has impacted their writing.

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Cork World Book Festival – 20 to 26 April 2021

thecork.ie – Saturday April 10, 2021

Cork World Book Fest is going online and will virtually welcome Irish and international writers to Cork for an extravaganza of books and writing this April.

David O’Brien, Cork City Librarian, said, “Every April, we look forward to meeting writers from around the world. This year, we’re delighted to bring everyone together in our virtual event space.”

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New Magazine Listing: Deep Overstock Magazine

firstwriter.com – Wednesday April 7, 2021

Accepts fiction, poetry, and essays. Issues are themed. Check website for current theme. Prefers essays and fiction to be under 3,000 words. Accepts up to seven poems per theme.

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Spectra: The Poetry Movement That Was All a Hoax

daily.jstor.org – Tuesday April 6, 2021

The January 1917 issue of the literary magazine Others was devoted to the poets of the Spectric School of Poetry, a new literary movement, which, as its members described, “push[ed] the possibilities of poetic expression into a new region.” Others was a perfect fit for this experimental work, explains modernist-poetry scholar Suzanne W. Churchill. The journal “had earned a reputation for extremism by publishing daring and experimental poets such as Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams.” There was just one problem: Spectra was a hoax.

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