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13th International Short Story Contest opens to submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday May 2, 2016

The firstwriter.com Twelfth International Short Story Contest has now closed. The judging process will now begin, and the winners should be announced in the summer.

But don't worry if you missed the deadline – entries are now being accepted for the Thirteenth International Short Story Contest. The competition is open to stories in any genre and on any subject, up to 3,000 words. 

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Author Eric Havens Writing a Horror Novel in Real Time

dreadcentral.com – Saturday April 30, 2016

When it comes to writing a novel, people usually think of an endless process of mapping out ideas, writing, editing, and re-writing before anything even resembling a finished book comes to fruition. Author Eric Havens decided to throw that out the window and is literally writing a horror novel on his website in real time, with no editing or re-writing allowed.

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My writing day: Jacqueline Wilson

theguardian.com – Friday April 29, 2016

I once wrote in a Lett’s School-Girl’s Diary “It would be so wonderful to be a proper writer when I’m grown up. Imagine what bliss it would be to stay at home all day and just write!” Well, I’m a writer now, proper or improper, but sadly I don’t often get to stay at home all day and write. I meet journalists, I go to endless meetings, I do charity work, I talk at festivals, I take part in conferences, I lecture at universities, I visit ill children, I open libraries, I talk on panels, I give interviews on radio and television, and I judge all kinds of competitions. It’s all very interesting and enjoyable, if a bit nerve-racking at times, but it’s ultra time-consuming. It’s difficult managing to produce two full-length books each year. I cope by writing early every morning – even Christmas morning.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday April 29, 2016

Publishes: Fiction

Areas include: Crime; Mystery; Romance; Suspense

Markets: Adult

Publishes full-length mysteries, romances, thrillers, detective stories, and suspense. No kids books, sci-fi, nonfiction, conspiracy theories, or erotic. Send query by email with complete ms as an attachment, a synopsis in the body of the email, and 100 words about yourself. Include "submission" in the subject line. See website for full guidelines.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday April 28, 2016

Publishes: Fiction

Areas include: Fantasy; Historical; Humour; Mystery; Sci-Fi

Markets: Adult; Youth

Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes books with unique insights or compelling themes for young adult, new adult, and adult audiences. Send query by email only. See website for full guidelines.

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Children’s book writing/illustration conference in June

dglobe.com – Wednesday April 27, 2016

The Dakotas Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) is hosting its 2016 conference, “The Business of Writing and Illustrating,” on June 11 at the Holiday Inn City Center in Sioux Falls. Optional workshops will be offered on June 10.

The conference is for writers, illustrators, and anyone interested in creating children’s and young adult books or magazine articles.

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Africa Day writing competition seeks to showcase African experience

irishtimes.com – Wednesday April 27, 2016

The Irish Times has teamed up with Irish Aid on an African-themed writing competition, marking Africa Day 2016. The competition is designed to showcase emerging talent, as well as established writers. This is the second year the competition has run.

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Ebook Sales Declined in 2015; Digital Audio Continued Growth

digitalbookworld.com – Wednesday April 27, 2016

The AAP released its latest sales numbers today, for January through December 2015. Overall sales were up 0.8 percent to $7.2 billion compared to $7.1 billion in 2014.

Overall publisher revenue for 2015, however, was $15.4 billion, down 2.6 percent from the previous year.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday April 27, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; Scripts

Areas include: Drama; Short Stories

Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes poetry, short stories, and short plays by young writers aged 13-19 from anywhere in the English-speaking world. Send submissions from September 1 to April 30 annually. See website for submission guidelines.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday April 26, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry

Areas include: Adventure; Anthropology; Arts; Crime; Current Affairs; Drama; Fantasy; Film; Gothic; Historical; Horror; Humour; Literature; Mystery; Nature; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Romance; Science; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Sociology; Suspense; Thrillers; Westerns

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Commercial; Contemporary; Cynical; Dark; Experimental; Light; Literary; Mainstream; Niche; Popular; Positive; Progressive; Satirical; Serious; Traditional

A non-profit print and digital literary magazine dedicated to providing a platform for fantastic fiction, nonfiction and poetry from all over the world. We accept writing of all genres and styles, striving to publish work that we feel is heartfelt, genuine and screaming to be read. We adore beautiful and unique styles of writing but clarity is most important. We are committed to giving writers of all experience levels an opportunity. Unpublished writers have just as good a chance of getting published as established ones - it's all about the writing.

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