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Poetry competition deadline delayed

firstwriter.com – Friday September 23, 2016

With the deadline for firstwriter.com's Fifteenth International Poetry Competition fast approaching (October 1, 2016), firstwriter.com has announced a last-minute delay to allow for final entries to be submitted. The competition will now remain open until the first of November.

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The Poetry Swindon Festival begins next week

firstwriter.com – Friday September 23, 2016

Spitfires, a goblin circus and complete nonsense - it can only be the Poetry Swindon Festival.

29 September sees the start of the community festival, kicking off with Poems Aloud, hosted by Hilda Sheehan (we've heard the Mayor of Swindon will be in attendance, reading and bringing his big grin and enthusiasm for poetry, so we're feeling very grown up!).

On Saturday 1 October, Poetry Swindon celebrates the 100th anniversary of Dada, the influential ‘nonsense’ art movement, with anti-verse workshops and open mic with the Tin Women.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday September 23, 2016

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

Online journal of Southern literature. Submit online via website.

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10 People (Besides The Author) Who Bring A Book Into the World

bustle.com – Wednesday September 21, 2016

It wasn't until I began working in publishing that I realized what a huge and complex industry it is. I think most people have an idea that book publishing consists mainly of a writer and an editor, duking it out over comma-placement in a battle of the wits. In reality, there's much more to the process, and many people are involved in the publication of a book.

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Bestselling author Jojo Moyes is offering up her cottage as a free writing den

metro.co.uk – Wednesday September 21, 2016

If you’ve ever had dreams of swishing around a cottage in a silk dressing gown as you make a cup of coffee before setting down to write your first novel, then your luck may be in.

Bestselling author Jojo Moyes is offering up her cottage to one writer for a week, to help them escape the rat race and either get started on, or finish up their next literary masterpiece.

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US publishers' sales decline 2.7% in first quarter

thebookseller.com – Wednesday September 21, 2016

American publishers experienced a 2.7% decline in revenues in the first quarter of 2016 to $2.14bn (£1.65bn) compared to the same period in 2015, according to data released yesterday (20th September) by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 21, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's

Publisher of books for children.

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Natasha Fairweather joins RCW

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 20, 2016

Natasha Fairweather, currently at United Agents, is set to join Rogers, Coleridge & White (RCW) in October.  

Fairweather will be joining the board and taking up a senior role at Rogers, Coleridge & White.    

She began her career as a literary agent at Curtis Brown in 1989, returning to the profession in 1999, at which point Fairweather joined AP Watt after a seven-year hiatus spent living and working in Jerusalem and Moscow. There Fairweather built a list of non-fiction writers including politicians, historians and journalists, and also represents a growing number of prize winning novelists. In 2012, when AP Watt was acquired by United Agents, Natasha became co-head of the newly-amalgamated book department.

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The Long and Winding Road to Finding a Literary Agent

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday September 20, 2016

This summer, one of my writing dreams came true — I signed with a literary agent!

I’ve been writing my entire adult life, so this wasn’t my first attempt at attracting representation, but this time, I succeeded. I thought I’d share some reflections on the process that might help other aspiring writers out there. How do you know when you’re really ready to pursue and work with an agent?

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‘The Irish Times’ travel writing competition

irishtimes.com – Saturday September 17, 2016

For the second year, The Irish Times, in conjunction with the Travel Department, is inviting aspiring writers to write a travel feature for consideration for publication in The Irish Times Magazine. The author of the best entry, as selected by our judges, will have their article published in print in The Irish Times Magazine, along with a travel-writing assignment abroad, also for publication in the Magazine.

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