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Seat 14C: Science Fiction short story competition launched

firstwriter.com – Friday July 14, 2017

On June 28, XPRIZE launched Seat 14C, an online science fiction anthology that offers a glimpse into a techno-optimistic future.  Many of the world’s leading sci-fi authors have contributed an original short story told from the perspective of one of the passengers on a flight that mysteriously lands in San Francisco, 20 years in the future, and they need your help.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday July 13, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

A print magazine until 2008, now publishes two online issues a year. Publishes fiction up to 5,000 words; nonfiction; poetry; artwork; and graphic narratives. Submit via online submission system only - no submissions by post or email. Reading periods run from September 1 to November 1, and January 15 to May 1. No work by current or former students of the university.

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Vermont author says writing what you know isn’t always the best practice

mvtimes.com – Wednesday July 12, 2017

Jeffrey Lent takes a hammer to the popular advice for young writers, “Write what you know,” and shatters it. In his new book, “Before We Sleep,” 17-year-old Katey Snow goes on a journey of self-discovery. The story follows Katey, her mother Ruth, and her father Oliver in a tiny Vermont town in the 1960s as they grapple with the aftereffects of World War II.

Lent, who, to maintain transparency, is my uncle, has written numerous historical fiction books including “In the Fall” and “A Slant of Light.” He will be on a panel at “Islanders Write” on August 14, talking about how to write believable characters from a different gender. I sat down with him recently to talk about gender in literature, and why it’s important to go beyond what you know.

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Got a great book idea but not a clue what to do? Here's a brilliant scheme to apply for

chroniclelive.co.uk – Wednesday July 12, 2017

The country’s biggest book publisher, Penguin Random House, is focusing on the North East as part of a nationwide search for untapped writing talent.

Newcastle is one of the three cities – along with Bristol and London – chosen for the second year of its WriteNow initiative.

This will result in 10 writers being chosen for a year of professional mentoring with the aim of getting their book published.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday July 11, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Business; Crime; Fantasy; Historical; Horror; Mystery; Science; Sci-Fi; Thrillers
Markets: Adult; Youth
Treatments: Commercial; Literary

Agency based in Colorado, representing fiction and nonfiction for adults and young adults. No romance, poetry, children's picture books or screenplays. Send query by email with first five pages of your novel (if sending fiction) in the body of the email. For nonfiction, a proposal must be available before querying. No attachments. See website for full guidelines.

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Want to know the secret to writing a great crime novel?

irishtimes.com – Saturday July 8, 2017

Can You Keep a Secret? is the name of Karen Perry’s forthcoming novel. It is applicable to the content and action of the narrative of the novel but not to how it was written, or any other novel for that matter. Because there is no secret. No formula, no magic potion, and no short cut to what goes into the writing of a novel. And it doesn’t matter what genre we are talking about. It doesn’t matter whether the novel is a thriller, a mystery or a literary novel. Yes, that’s right, the literary novel is a genre, too. Each genre comes with its own codes and conventions, but that does not mean there is a formula.

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Flipside launches green writing competition

ipswichstar.co.uk – Friday July 7, 2017

FlipSide, East Anglia’s leading literary and arts festival based at the Snape Maltings, has launched an enviromentally-themed competition aimed at writers of all ages.

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10 Writing Strategies Any Aspiring Author Can Use To Win Camp NaNoWriMo

bustle.com – Thursday July 6, 2017

Tackling NaNoWriMo, but feel as though you need all the help you can get? I've got 10 winning NaNoWriMo strategies that any writer can use to make it to their 50,000-word goal. Even if you've never even heard of NaNoWriMo until right at this moment, I've got you covered.

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When does a writer become a professional?

thebookseller.com – Wednesday July 5, 2017

At what point does a writer earn the right to declare they are A Writer without a self-deprecating smirk? When does a website of online fan fiction, run as a passion project, become part of The Publishing Industry? How many copies of your ebook do you have to sell before your mate, who sorted the cover, is A Bona Fide Book Designer?

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday July 5, 2017

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Literary

Submit up to five poems, or fiction or essays up to 7,000 words, by post or via online submission manager. For other material, send query by email to address on website. $2.50 submission fee. Accepts material September 1 to March 1, annually.

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