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40 per cent discount for new film and screenplay contest

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 12, 2017

The Zodiac International film competition is a brand new online film and screenplay contest using film freeway as the submission platform: 

"We want to see your visions, hear your voices and be moved, thrilled, scared and engaged by your storytelling."

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 11, 2017

Handles: Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Biography; Historical; Media; Military; Politics; Sport
Markets: Adult

Literary agency from former executive editor with experience at some of the world's largest publishing houses, specialising in military history, politics, history, biography, memoir, media, public policy, and sports.

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New Book for Beginners Looking To Write Saleable Non-Fiction Now Published

prweb.com – Friday September 8, 2017

International book publisher Bennion Kearny is delighted to announce the publication of Write From The Start: The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Professional Non-Fiction by Caroline Foster.

With publishing, web-based, and ‘gig’ opportunities for authors expanding every year, more and more people are looking to forge careers as professional writers. Write From The Start aims to shine a light on the world of nonfiction writing by offering a practical must-read resource for newcomers to the field.

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Open call: writers respond to Hurricane Harvey

firstwriter.com – Friday September 8, 2017

From its founding, Gulf Coast has kept its home in Houston, Texas. Its mission to elevate diverse voices from across the globe has always been inspired by the multiplicity and vibrance of the community there. As Houston begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey, Gulf Coast looks to the many artists and writers who have already begun the difficult work of rendering the storm and its aftermath. Gulf Coast wants to provide a platform for these voices. Starting now, they are inviting submissions in response to Harvey. There is no reading fee and accepted work will be published on the Gulf Coast blog.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 7, 2017

Handles: Fiction
Areas: Fantasy; Historical; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Thrillers; Women's Interests
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

See website for individual agent interests, and submit using online submission system.

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Book doulas: the new way to push your writing into the world

theguardian.com – Wednesday September 6, 2017

“Are book doulas a thing?” asks a writer I know. “I’d love to get one.”

Book doulas are a thing, because where there is a need, there is a service. Traditionally, they were non-medically trained professionals who cared for the emotional wellbeing of women in labour. These days, doulas are used in many other contexts where you may need someone to ease you through a process and provide emotional support, for instance abortion, divorce, death – and, now, for writing books.

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Call for Submissions from cahoodaloodaling

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 6, 2017

Issue #24 – Solitude’s Spectrum

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” —Hemingway

Solitude—whether alone on the road in a car, train, motel room, or a  forest trail, or even secluded and tucked away in your home, whether  it’s a welcomed moment of peacefulness or a lonely state of  despair—times of solitude shape us, recharge us, and break us down to  our essence. Sometimes we choose to step away from the world. Sometimes  the world breaks us and casts us aside. In those moments alone, if we  make the choice to continue and create, true artists are born. We cross a  border we cannot uncross and heal through our words, finding  ourselves—and sometimes finding new selves in the process. As Hemingway  said, sometimes we’re strong in those broken places, and sometimes we’re  not. Sometimes that jagged broken part affects us forever afterward.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 6, 2017

Publishes: Articles; Nonfiction; 
Areas include: Women's Interests; 
Markets: Youth; 
Preferred styles: Positive

Inspirational magazine for young women aged 12-19, devoted to "discovering magic in the ordinary". Interested in hearing from writers and photographers who fall within the target age range; young women aged 12 to 19 interested in being part of a special focus group where they will help generate ideas for content as well as provide feedback on potential topics, designs, and stories; parents of young women in this age range willing to share what kinds of content they would like their daughters to read; and parents who can write thoughtful, reflective articles geared toward young women in this age group.

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Amazon's Naggar tells publishers to slash e-book prices

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 5, 2017

Amazon’s publishing chief David Naggar has said publishers should slash their e-book prices to 99p to sell more books. However, publishers have retorted that this move would be “economically unwise” and would damage the whole book supply chain.

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Countdown to Wigtown Book Festival

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 5, 2017

The Wigtown Book Festival is upon us later this month (22 Sept to 1 Oct 2017).

This year's programme contains a host of literary goodies - from Andrew O'Hagan, Bella Bathurst, Iain Sinclair and Andrew Greig (all Sat 23 Sept) to the award-winning Kapka Kassabova (Sun 1 Oct), Dame Denise Mina (Sept 30), Chris Brookmyre (25 Sept) and former Guardian foreign editor Charlie English's acclaimed The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu (Sat 30 Sept) .

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