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Macdougall joins United Agents

thebookseller.com – Thursday June 22, 2017

Laura Macdougall is joining United Agents next month after two “wonderful” years with Tibor Jones & Associates. She will join on 31st July as a literary agent in the Book Department.

Macdougall's clients at Tibor Jones included actor Jim Broadbent, Ruth Hogan of The Keeper of Lost Things (John Murray Press imprint Two Roads), which has now sold in 19 territories, Labour MP Jess Phillips, author of Everywoman (Hutchinson), and Kaite Welsh whose historical crime trilogy is published by Tinder Press.

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Short story competition winners announced

firstwriter.com – Friday June 9, 2017

Solution Loans have announced the winners and runners up of their inaugral short story writing competition.

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Ed Victor dies

thebookseller.com – Thursday June 8, 2017

Renowned literary agent Ed Victor has died aged 78, his agency has confirmed.

In a statement, the agency said: "It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the death of Ed Victor CBE, Chairman and founder of the Ed Victor Literary Agency. He died of a heart attack late in the evening on 7th June at the London Clinic after a long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)."

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Audible launches £10,000 writing grant

thebookseller.com – Wednesday June 7, 2017

Audible has launched a £10,000 audio-exclusive writing grant for unpublished writers. 

The Audible New Writing Grant: The Crime Edition invites crime writers to submit an unpublished thriller of 50,000 words or more to a panel including two-time Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year winner Mark Billingham; CWA Dagger In The Library winner Sharon Bolton; The Girl On The Train and The Widow narrator Clare Corbett, the Daily Telegraph’s crime critic Jake Kerridge and Audible’s director Of content Laurence Howell.

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New Scottish crime writing course offers forensic attention to detail

heraldscotland.com – Tuesday June 6, 2017

It will be the crime writing course for those who want to develop a forensic grasp of detective fiction.

A new Scottish university course is offering aspiring crime writers the chance to learn how to write detective fiction, as well as learns about the realities of forensic science.

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Crediton Short Story Competition 2017 Shortlist announced

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 1, 2017

The shortlisted entries for the Crediton Short Story Competition 2017 have been announced:

  • Echoes From The Somme by Frances Colville
  • Entanglement by Alex Reece Abbott
  • The Apple and the Tree by Mary Sheehan
  • Down at the End of Lonely Street by Roger Tayler
  • Being Beryl by Eleanor Westwood

The shortlisted entries can be read at: http://credfest.co.uk

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Lanny Noveck & Liz Robinson Launch Boutique Literary Management Firm

deadline.com – Thursday June 1, 2017

Literary representation veterans Lanny Noveck and Liz Robinson have teamed to form Signature Ltd., a boutique literary management firm. This is a re-teaming of the duo who first worked together as agents at the William Morris Agency.

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Inkitt Free Novel Writing Competition 2017

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 31, 2017

Inkitt is now accepting submissions of novels of 20,000 words and over for its Free Novel Writing Competition: an ongoing writing competition which every month selects a new novel for publication. 

The competition is free to enter, and is open to any genre of novel, and writers from anywhere in the world. 

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Horowitz's UK publisher says it did not warn author off creating black character

thebookseller.com – Monday May 22, 2017

Anthony Horowitz's children's publisher, Walker, has said it would not instruct authors on whether or not to include characters of a different race or background in their books. Walker's assertion follows Horowitz's claim he was "warned off" by publishers from writing a black character in an upcoming book out of concern it would be "inappropriate" for him as a white writer. 

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New £10,000 award for indie publishers launches

thebookseller.com – Thursday May 11, 2017

The Clarissa Luard Award, a new £10,000 award for independent publishing, has been set up by Arts Council England to recognise the contribution that small publishers make to literature and to celebrate the "adventurousness, innovative spirit and creativity" of independent literary publishing.

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