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Preditors & Editors seeks new caretaker

firstwriter.com – Wednesday October 19, 2016

The renowned site "Preditors & Editors" is seeking a new caretaker.

The site has been helping writers discriminate between scams, duds, and genuine opportunities since 1997, but much of the information has, in the site's own words, become "stale and outdated", and the listings have now been removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

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Irish publishing body says not paying writers is uncommon

irishtimes.com – Tuesday October 18, 2016

The organisation that represents the publishing industry in Ireland has said the non-payment of authors is not widespread in the books trade.

Liberties Press publisher Séan O’Keeffe has admitted a lot of authors and a small number of former staff have not been paid. He has apologised and said that the best way for them to get their money is for him to continue in business.

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The 2016 Guide to Creative Writing Guides

publishersweekly.com – Saturday October 15, 2016

Almost as long as there have been writers, there have been books that offer instruction, guidance, and advice on how to write. From Plato’s Phaedrus to the letters and journals of great practitioners such as Emily Dickinson, John Keats, and Rainer Maria Rilke, and 20th-century monuments of the genre such as Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, writing guides have sat steadfast on aspiring writers’ nightstands, ready to inspire and instruct. Think of these books as kind of the homeschool version of M.F.A. programs.

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Irish publishing body criticises €100 charge for manuscripts

irishtimes.com – Tuesday October 11, 2016

The body which represents Irish publishers has said it does not support a publisher’s controversial plan to charge writers €100 per submission.

Liberties Press publisher Seán O’Keeffe has remained defiant over his proposal to charge €100 per submitted manuscript, except when submitted by a recognised literary agent.

He tweeted at the weekend: “Thanks for the comments on our submissions policy on Friday and over the weekend. The policy won’t be changing.”

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Open Call for Poetry Submissions

firstwriter.com – Thursday October 6, 2016

The Stony Thursday Book is seeking submissions from local, national and international poets for its next issue, to be published in December 2016.

The Stony Thursday Book was founded by Limerick poets John Liddy and Jim Burke in 1975, and has been edited by poets Mark WhelanKevin ByrnePatrick Bourke, Knute SkinnerThomas McCarthy,Ciarán O’Driscoll, Mary CollJo Slade, Paddy Bushe, Peter Sirr and Mary O’Donnell.

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ATX Accepting Submissions For Pitch Competition & Writing Program

deadline.com – Thursday September 29, 2016

The Pitch Competition gives burgeoning writers the opportunity to pitch their ideas to ATX’s studio and network partners and have their scripts read by top executives. Writers must submit a 90-second video pitch of their scripted idea, along with a 10-page script sample. Following three rounds of judging, the top 10 finalists will have the opportunity to pitch live at the ATX Television Festival, which runs June 8-11 in Austin, to a panel of industry professionals who will choose one winner. The winner have the chance to pitch his or her idea to ATX’s studio and network partners, have their script read by top executives, sit in on a current-series writers room and meet with a top showrunner. Click here for more information on how to submit.

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Publishers Weekly is looking for a full-time copy editor

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 27, 2016

Publishers Weekly is looking for a full-time copy editor who is highly organized, dedicated to detail, and passionate about grammar, punctuation, and fact checking.

Candidates must have at least two years of copyediting experience and thorough knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style. The ideal candidate will have five or more years of experience copyediting, preferably at a weekly or daily publication (deadlines are crucial); knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe InCopy, and K4; experience working with digital media; and familiarity with the book publishing business.

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Dow: Children's publishers must think 'beyond the book'

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 27, 2016

"Publishers need to think beyond the book" to other media such as YouTube and Snapchat, and ensure everything they do has "the consumer at its heart”, m.d. of Penguin Random House Children’s Francesca Dow has said.

Speaking at the Bookseller’s Children’s Conference taking place at Milton Court in London today (27th September), Dow said that publishers needed to consider the “complete story” of their publishing.

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Don’t Try to Make a Living Writing Short Stories

wired.com – Saturday September 24, 2016

MICHAEL SWANWICK IS one of the most acclaimed fantasy and science fiction short story writers around. The author, who recently released the short story collection Not So Much, Said the Cat, has won the World Fantasy Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award, and is the only person to win five Hugo Awards in six years. But even with all those accolades, writing short fiction has definitely not made him rich.

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Poetry competition deadline delayed

firstwriter.com – Friday September 23, 2016

With the deadline for firstwriter.com's Fifteenth International Poetry Competition fast approaching (October 1, 2016), firstwriter.com has announced a last-minute delay to allow for final entries to be submitted. The competition will now remain open until the first of November.

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