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Author Cornelia Funke Launches Own Publishing Company

publishersweekly.com – Wednesday September 16, 2015

In an unusual move, bestselling children's author and illustrator Cornelia Funke, whose fantasy series Inkheart and Mirrorworld have been globally popular, cites creative differences with her U.S. publisher, and a growing wish to be free of restrictions on her artistic output, as the motivating factors in her decision to start her own press, called Breathing Books. Funke's partner in this endeavor is Mirada Studios in Los Angeles.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 16, 2015

National literary magazine. Publishes short stories, including flash fiction and short shorts; literary nonfiction, creative personal essays and lyric essays; and poetry.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 15, 2015

Publishes short stories up to 3,000 words (submit up to two at a time) and poems (submit up to six of any length).

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 14, 2015

Actively seeking commercial fiction and nonfiction.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday September 14, 2015

Publishes themed anthologies of poetry, stories, and essays. See website for themes of current calls for submissions.

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A brace of writers and a Cross competition

independent.ie – Monday September 14, 2015

Lunch with a leading literary agent and a publishing scout and a classy, expensive pen - of such stuff are writer's dreams made. Here's your chance. Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin of the brilliant writing resources website Writing.ie has just launched a short story competition in association with Cross Pens for aspiring writers.

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The vanity presses

abc.net.au – Sunday September 13, 2015

Hundreds of Australian authors pay thousands of dollars to 'vanity publishers', often based on unfulfilled promises that their books will be widely promoted and distributed here and overseas. Hagar Cohen investigates the dubious practices of one Australian publisher as she tries to find the authors' books in any bookstore.

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You Tell Me It’s the Institution: Creative Writing and Literary History by Kenneth W. Warren

lareviewofbooks.org – Sunday September 13, 2015

I SPENT SIX WEEKS during the summer before my senior year of high school attending a creative writing course called "The Composing Process" at the Phillips Academy Andover Summer Session. It was 1974 and Richard Nixon was being forced from office as a result of the Watergate burglaries and the subsequent cover-up, yet for me the most momentous aspect of that summer was not the nation's political crisis but the idea that I, a skinny black kid from a public high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, might be on my way to becoming a writer of serious literature. We read In Our Time andAbsalom, Absalom!, among other classic work, and I tried my hand with Hemingwayesque short fiction and imagist-inspired poetry, to the praise of my instructor and to what seemed like the admiration of my classmates. The reading was a revelation, and the fact that some of the pieces I wrote took on, to my eyes, the aura of "real" literature gave me some assurance that I, too, might also some day become a "real" writer. Perfecting artistic craftsmanship felt as important as knowing what was up politically, and that feeling helped me justify my as yet unspoken belief that once I got to college I could treat the sciences and social sciences as barely tolerable nuisances while I pursued matters of real importance on the pages of novels, poetry chapbooks, and anthologies.

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Writing Out Gender Bias

huffingtonpost.co.uk – Friday September 11, 2015

The Nine Worlds Multi Genre Convention arrived in London at the beginning of August and I had been invited to speak on two panels. Being a huge science fiction and fantasy enthusiast and writer, I was delighted to attend. Nine Worlds is proof that you don't have to be a nerd or fan to enjoy science fiction, fantasy and gaming. Personally I don't like to use the term 'fan' as it implies that anyone who follows a TV show or a band is a nut job. We're generally not.

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Unlearning to Write

slate.com – Friday September 11, 2015

The first thing you learn when you set out to teach writing is that you will never teach anyone to write well. It's a cruel joke universities play on humanities grad students. As you're preparing to step into a classroom, they assign you an impossible task, one they cloak with a label like "Introduction to Rhetoric" or "Expository Composition." Here are 20 undergraduates, they say. Show them how to make their prose sing. Staring your new charges down, you begin to speak. Your voice cracks. They see the fear in your eyes.

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