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UK and Europe writing award with £6,000 prize opens for submissions

falmouthpacket.co.uk – Tuesday January 21, 2020

Falmouth University is welcoming submissions for a writing award with a prize of £6,000.

The 2020 Nick Darke Writers' Award is now open for submissions.

Funded by the university's Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and School of Communication, the award is open to all writers in the UK and Europe aged 16 and over.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Jonny Geller

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 21, 2020

"I am lucky enough to work with a fantastic range of writers - from authors of first class literary fiction to best selling thriller writers, from ground-breaking journalists to the very best writers in the field of women’s commercial fiction - my focus is original fiction from writers who have a distinctive voice."

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A MONSTER CALLS Inspires 'The Monster Challenge' Creative Writing Challenge

broadwayworld.com – Monday January 20, 2020

Calling young aspiring writers! This spring, Sally Cookson's critically acclaimed stage production of A Monster Calls heads to Coventry as part of a brand new UK tour, and to celebrate, the company has launched a creative writing competition open to young people aged 10-25.

Based on the award-winning children's novel by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd, A Monster Calls tells the story of 13-year-old Conor O'Malley, who is visited by a monster while struggling to cope with his mother's illness. Over the course of several nights, the monster tells Conor stories that help him to face up to his fears.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 20, 2020

Publishes: Poetry;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Experimental; Literary

An independent micro publisher focusing on poetry of an experimental / weird / surreal / cerebral nature. See website for current submission opportunities.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 20, 2020

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

Nonprofit literary press championing poetry, fiction, and essays. Accepts submissions through its annual competitions, for which an entry fee must be paid.

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Which best-selling book series are penned by more than one writer?

news.sky.com – Sunday January 19, 2020

Lee Child has quit the Jack Reacher series and asked his brother to write them - so which other authors have done a similar thing?

The author of the best-selling Jack Reacher novels has revealed he is stepping aside and letting his brother write them.

After the move by Lee Child - whose real name is James Grant - Sky News takes a look at authors who have used other writers to take over their bestselling series.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday January 17, 2020

Publishes: Poetry;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Electronic journal, published quarterly. Submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems through online submission system. Accepts submissions between October 1 and June 1 annually.

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New Literary Agent Listing: Sheila Crowley

firstwriter.com – Friday January 17, 2020

"My list is primarily quality fiction, psychological suspense thrillers and books in the personal development and mindfulness area. Narrative memoir, especially Irish ones, are also on my wish list."

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Book Publishers Settle Copyright Battle With Audible Over Captioning Service

mediapost.com – Thursday January 16, 2020

Seven book publishers have settled a lawsuit with Amazon's Audible over a captioning service that could allow people to read along while listening to books, according to court papers filed this week.

Settlement terms have not yet been revealed. U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in the Southern District of New York, who presided over the litigation, officially dismissed the matter Tuesday. 

The move brings an end to a high-profile copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Hachette, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster and Chronicle.

They argued in a complaint filed in federal court last August that Audible's captioning service could directly compete with their own physical books and e-books. Hachette and the others alleged the service would infringe their rights by “taking copyrighted works and repurposing them.”

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Submissions are now open for the 2020 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

qmul.ac.uk – Thursday January 16, 2020

From 15 January to 1 June 2020, the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize will be receiving submissions from around the world. The competition is open to any writers who have not yet published a book-length work in their chosen genre, regardless of age, gender, nationality, or background. The grand prize of £1,000 is available in each category: Fiction, Life Writing, and Poetry.

In addition to the cash prize, winners and shortlisted writers may be eligible for a Chapter and Verse Award, courtesy of The Literary Consultancy, worth £2,000, or Free Reads mentoring, to support them as they grow their writing careers.

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