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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday February 14, 2018

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Crime; Drama; Erotic; Fantasy; Literature; Mystery; Romance; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers; 
Markets: Adult; 
Preferred styles: Dark; Literary; Mainstream; Popular; Serious

Magazine looking for original, well-written, powerful and emotional stories. Also open for poetry. New and up-and-coming writers are just as welcome as established writers.

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8 Short Story Writing Tips from a Dean of Creative Writing

snhu.edu – Tuesday February 13, 2018

I love stories. It's safe to assume that applies to all fiction  writers. Novels allow us to weave complex narratives that evoke authentic worlds and intriguing characters. The benefit of a novel is that it gives a writer the time and space to build a fictional, yet believable, world. It can also be argued that it gives writers too much time and space.

Short stories can also contain rich settings and compelling characters, but they force efficiency upon a writer. While this might seem frightening at first, I find that the confines of a short story often boil the work down to its most important, and compelling, parts.

So, where do you start? There is no magic formula, and each writer follows his or her own unique process, but I hold to eight general guidelines when sitting down to draft a short story.

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ICM Reveals 2018 New Partner Class

hollywoodreporter.com – Tuesday February 13, 2018

ICM Partners has named six agents to its 2018 new partner class, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

It’s just the third new partner class since the agency’s founding partnership of 29 in 2012. ICM added another 11 partners a year later, and then nine more in 2016. With this third wave, the partnership now stands at 54.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday February 13, 2018

Publishes: Articles; Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Arts; Autobiography; Culture; Current Affairs; Entertainment; Lifestyle; Literature; Photography; Politics; Psychology; Religious; Self-Help; Short Stories; Sociology; Spiritual; Technology; 
Markets: Academic; Adult; Family; Professional; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Experimental; Literary; Progressive; Serious; Traditional

A Utah-based online magazine of literature and art, aiming to confront issues of identity, such as gender, race, class, religion, intersectionality, internet identity, and culture. We want to give artists and authors a space to reveal everything about the human experience - the good, bad, ugly, and everything in between.

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Nosy Crow scoops five nominations for IPG Awards

thebookseller.com – Monday February 12, 2018

Nosy Crow and Bloomsbury have dominated the IPG Independent Publishing Awards shortlists alongside various radical publishers such as Verso and Zed Books.

Nosy Crow has scooped five nominations in four of the 12 categories, while Bloomsbury is nominated three times.

Class Publishing, Kogan Page, Otter-Barry Books and SPCK all have two nominations across the shortlists while 10 publishers—Boydell & Brewer, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Emerald Publishing, Hurst Publishers, Little Tiger Group, Old Barn Books, Otter-Barry Books, Pluto Press, Verso and Zed Books—appear on the shortlists for the first time.

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John McPhee's writing advice, why you should go to a writing workshop and David Bowie's reading list

abc.net.au – Tuesday February 6, 2018

We sit down for a writing class with Pulitzer Prize winner and acclaimed non-fiction author John McPhee.

The New Yorker writer is best-known for his meticulously-researched and wonderfully evocative pieces about everything from conservation, to basketball, to one book all about oranges!

His latest book, Draft No. 4, details his writing process – including the strange maps and one-of-a-kind computer system that are integral to his process.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday February 6, 2018

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Autobiography; Cookery; Current Affairs; Humour; Lifestyle
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Commercial

Send query by email with 20 pages of your ms, in the body of an email. No attachments or hard copy submissions. See website for more details, and specific agent interests and contact details.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday February 5, 2018

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

Publishes poetry and fiction, with a particular (but not exclusive) interest in work which makes reference to the Pacific / Asia / Polynesia / Hawai'i. Send complete ms with SASE. No submissions by email.

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Romance fiction authors reveal their secrets to writing about love and sex

perthnow.com.au – Saturday February 3, 2018

THE age of the alpha hole — the brooding, brutish alpha male that would set hearts aflutter in the bodice-rippers of yore — is over. The nice guys have won.

These days, the men steaming up the pages of romantic fiction are single dads, emotionally vulnerable Regency lords and bikies yearning to swap guns for groceries.

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Publishers call on Man Booker prize to drop American authors

theguardian.com – Friday February 2, 2018

Tensions over the decision to allow US authors to enter the Man Booker prizehave flared up yet again, with 30 publishers signing a letter urging the prize organisers to reverse the change, or risk a “homogenised literary future”.

The letter, which was intended to be private and has been seen by the Guardian, argues that the rule change to allow any writer writing in English and published in the UK to enter has restricted the diversity of the prize and led to the domination of American authors since it came into effect in 2014. Previously, the prize only allowed citizens from Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland to enter.

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