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Writing poetry in the age of Twitter and Facebook: 'there are no answers, only questions' – Wednesday March 8, 2017

Poet Christodoulos Makris did something very brave for his assignment at StAnza. With the best intentions in mind, he asked people to send him links to 'anything they found interesting on the internet'. The first question I ask him is the obvious one: did you get sent anything, well, dodgy? 'No,' he laughs. 'Just links to things I wouldn't normally have come across.'

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New Publisher Listing – Wednesday March 8, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Markets: Children's

Publish children's fiction and nonfiction that has an educational aspect. Send query by email with up to first 50 pages as Word attachment.

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Learning to code can transform your writing, not just your website – Tuesday March 7, 2017

I came to coding like a mute. When I went to a conference presenting a new coding language from Google called Go last month, I realised I couldn't understand what was being said. Later I met with Inês Teles, director of London coding bootcamp Founders & Coders, curious to learn how coding could push my own writing project. But I couldn't explain my ideas as my language wouldn't translate into hers.

“What do you want to do with it?” A simple question I was unable to answer. However, I was told that, if you know how to write code, you can pretty much do anything. So I went along and started learning the basics of web development, starting with HTML and CSS. Little did I realise just how much learning code would teach me about language of the other kind.

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New Magazine Listing – Tuesday March 7, 2017

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Arts; Criticism; Literature; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes previously unpublished poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and critical nonfiction (about literature and occasionally about visual art). Submit up to 10 pages of fiction; up to 6 pages of poetry; or up to two piece of nonfiction, via online submission system. See website for full details.

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George Saunders: what writers really do when they write – Saturday March 4, 2017

Many years ago, during a visit to Washington DC, my wife’s cousin pointed out to us a crypt on a hill and mentioned that, in 1862, while Abraham Lincoln was president, his beloved son, Willie, died, and was temporarily interred in that crypt, and that the grief-stricken Lincoln had, according to the newspapers of the day, entered the crypt “on several occasions” to hold the boy’s body. An image spontaneously leapt into my mind – a melding of the Lincoln Memorial and the Pietà. I carried that image around for the next 20-odd years, too scared to try something that seemed so profound, and then finally, in 2012, noticing that I wasn’t getting any younger, not wanting to be the guy whose own gravestone would read “Afraid to Embark on Scary Artistic Project He Desperately Longed to Attempt”, decided to take a run at it, in exploratory fashion, no commitments. My novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, is the result of that attempt, and now I find myself in the familiar writerly fix of trying to talk about that process as if I were in control of it.

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The 10 Best Interlinked Short Story Collections – Saturday March 4, 2017

The interconnected stories in Knight's exquisitely crafted collection Eveningland explore the lives of characters living in and around Mobile, Ala., in the years preceding the destruction wrought by a fictional hurricane. Funny, wise, and heartfelt, the stories stand on their own, but also add up to a stunning whole. Here are Knight's picks for 10 interlinked short story collections.

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New Publisher Listing – Thursday March 2, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reference; 
Areas include: Adventure; Archaeology; Architecture; Arts; Autobiography; Biography; Business; Cookery; Crafts; Crime; Fantasy; Gardening; Health; Historical; How-to; Humour; Legal; Military; Music; Mystery; Nature; Photography; Politics; Religious; Romance; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Spiritual; Sport; Theatre; Travel; Westerns; Women's Interests; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Family

Began in the 1970s with a focus on nonfiction about the American Southwest, but has since expanded its focus to include mainstream themes and categories in both fiction and nonfiction. Send query by post only with short summary, author bio, one sample chapter, table of contents, marketing plan, and statement on why this is the right publisher for your book.

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New Magazine Listing – Wednesday March 1, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Fantasy; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult

Publishes science fiction and fantasy stories up to 10,000 words. No horror or poetry. Flash fiction is unlikely to find favour unless exceptional. Send submissions by email as RTF attachments. No Word files. See website for full guidelines.

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Thinking About Writing Literary Fiction? – Tuesday February 28, 2017

In 2013, James Patterson, the paperback writer whose volumes are typically consumed somewhere between 25,000 and 32,000 feet above ground, made $90 million from book sales. Ninety million dollars. With publishers finally quashing the old-school idea that big-name authors should release no more than a book a year, Patterson opened the floodgates. After assembling a 16-member gang of ghostwriters (provided by Little, Brown and Company, his publisher) and sketching a series of boilerplate plot lines, Team Patterson started cranking into the lowbrow literary universe two to four “BookShots” a month. He says he looks at writing “the way Henry Ford would look at it.” He also says he’s responsible for about one-third of his publisher’s overall book sales.

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What Moonlight Teaches Us About The Importance Of Creative Writing Training – Tuesday February 28, 2017

Tarell McCraney, the writer of the play which is the basis of the film Moonlight which was last night’s Oscar winner for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay amongst other awards, was in the year above me at Yale, where we were both studying for an MFA in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama.

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