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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday April 2, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews; 
Areas include: Sci-Fi; 
Markets: Adult

Science fiction magazine publishing fiction up to 1,500 words; reviews up to 800 words; and poetry up to 19 lines. See website for full guidelines.

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Berlin Writing Prize Calls for Entries

authorlink.com – Monday April 1, 2019

The 2019 Berlin Writing Prize is now open for submissions! Until the closing date of June 30, 2019, we invite entries on the theme “The Circus” from both published and unpublished writers resident anywhere in the world.

Up for grabs is a one-month residency in a luxury apartment in one of the world’s most creative destinations for travellers, Berlin’s Circus Hotel. From January 4th to February 3rd 2020, the winning author will have a month to write, a free four-day pass to The British Council Germany’s Literary Seminar, and access to the famously inspiring Berliner Luft!

Alongside a host of runner up prizes, a shortlist of ten writers will be published in an anthology by the independent Berlin press KLAK Verlag. Last time, our 2017 shortlist featured both unpublished writers and debut novelists, including two who went on to be longlisted for The Booker Prize in 2018. We’ve already had requests from literary agents to view our next longlist. All of which meaning that if you are an emerging writer, our competition is one you should seriously consider entering. Read on to find out more about the prizes, our panel of illustrious judges, partners, sponsors, the rules, submission guidelines and how to enter.

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How to self-publish your novel

theverge.com – Monday April 1, 2019

Until recently, if you were a writer who had a novel or other work, there was essentially a single path to follow: you tried to find an agent who liked your writing, and who would be able to sell it to a publisher. The process could take months or years — assuming you were able to get on that merry-go-round at all.

David Gaughran, author of Let’s Get Digital and other books about self-publishing, tried that route when he wrote his first novel about 11 years ago. It was an exasperating experience.

“I spent about 18 months querying every agent that I could find in the English-language world and didn’t really get anywhere,” Gaughran says. He was frustrated enough that he thought about giving up. “But then I started looking at self-publishing.”

Since then, self-publishing has become far more than a last-ditch alternative to traditional publishing — it’s a choice that many authors are making from the starting line. But while it’s not all that hard to put out an ebook these days, finding an audience takes a lot more than simply uploading your manuscript and clicking publish: it means going through the entire publishing process on your own, from editing to artwork to marketing, putting your book’s success entirely in your own hands.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday April 1, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult

Constantly strives to discover, cultivate, and nurture authors working in all genres. Publishes Creative Nonfiction, Short-Story, Novel, and Comic/Visual Narrative manuscripts. (Comic/Visual Narrative manuscripts will not be considered without artwork.) Submit via online submission system.

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Pen Names: Don’t worry, you can deposit the check

By G. Miki Hayden
Instructor at Writer's Digest University online and private writing coach

firstwriter.com – Monday April 1, 2019

One of the topics I see some jawboning about is whether and why to use/not use a pen name (aka a nom de plume). Since the topic seems to fascinate, and many folks before they’ve even written the book seek out a name to write it under, I thought the subject was worth some air time.

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5 Writing Tips: Mark Bowden

publishersweekly.com – Saturday March 30, 2019

Many years ago I asked the novelist John Barth for some writing advice. He told me always to end a writing session in mid-sentence.

“That way you’ll know exactly where to pick up the next day.”

That has proven useful, so I pass it along. It applies equally to all forms of writing. My own work has been nonfiction, so my tips below may be more narrowly helpful, but if you have a true story to tell, here are five tips—and a bonus one at the end. That makes seven. They are paying me fifty bucks for this, so that’s $7.14 apiece.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday March 28, 2019

Publishes: Fiction; 
Areas include: Adventure; Drama; Fantasy; Historical; Humour; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Suspense; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Commercial; Contemporary; Light; Literary; Mainstream; Popular; Positive; Traditional

We are an independent publisher based in Salisbury, South West of England. We specialise in a wide range of quality fiction including Children's, YA and Adult novels. Our commitment to help our authors achieve success extends to both new and previously published authors.

As an independent publisher, we strive to publish only the best quality works. We constantly seek new and original voices, providing exclusive attention to our authors with a bespoke marketing strategy for each piece of work. Our commitment is to give each publication its every chance for success. With our passion for high-quality books, our dedicated team and personalised approach, we believe that we will forge a long lasting relationship with our authors.

Whether you are a first time author, or an existing author looking for a more personalised service, we would love to consider your work for publication. To see our information, guidelines and to submit your work to us, please visit the website.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 27, 2019

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

Publishes zines, ebooks, chapbooks, and other short form creative literature online and in print. Print chapbooks by solicitation only. Ebooks by solicitation or during an announced contest. See website for full details.

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How to Write Poetry About Conflict

theatlantic.com – Monday March 25, 2019

The poet Carolyn Forché has devoted much of her career to writing what she calls the poetry of witness. She coined the term in her introduction to Against Forgetting, a 1993 anthology in which she collected works by 145 “poets who endured conditions of historical and social extremity during the twentieth century.” Forché herself had not endured such conditions, but she had seen them. From 1978 to 1980, she traveled repeatedly to El Salvador, where she bore witness to the violent repression of Salvadoran citizens by that country’s military dictatorship.

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The rise of robot authors: is the writing on the wall for human novelists?

theguardian.com – Monday March 25, 2019

Artificial intelligence can now write fiction and journalism. But does it measure up to George Orwell – and can it report on Brexit?

Will androids write novels about electric sheep? The dream, or nightmare, of totally machine-generated prose seemed to have come one step closer with the recent announcement of an artificial intelligence that could produce, all by itself, plausible news stories or fiction. It was the brainchild of OpenAI – a nonprofit lab backed by Elon Musk and other tech entrepreneurs – which slyly alarmed the literati by announcing that the AI (called GPT2) was too dangerous for them to release into the wild, because it could be employed to create “deepfakes for text”. “Due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology,” they said, “we are not releasing the trained model.” Are machine-learning entities going to be the new weapons of information terrorism, or will they just put humble midlist novelists out of business?

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