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Budding writers in Scotland are invited by Scottish Book Trust to attend free writing workshops

dailyrecord.co.uk – Wednesday March 30, 2016

SECRETS AND CONFESSIONS will run from 30 March – 22 June, and in that time Scottish Book Trust wants to encourage the people of Scotland to confess their little white lies, dastardly deeds and hidden secrets.

People of all ages from across Scotland are invited to submit personal pieces of writing, which can be anything up to 1000 words long, about their own secret or confession. They can be written in a variety of different forms, such as a story, poem, song lyrics, a short play or sketch, a letter or even diary entry, and should be submitted via the Scottish Book Trust website.

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Opportunity for writers and artists

firstwriter.com – Tuesday March 29, 2016

October 2016 will mark the first anniversary of Verbolatry newsletter, and to celebrate there will be a contest for humorous essays and cartoons on writing/publishing.

There are cash prizes to be won and publication in the newsletter. In addition to increasing the newsletter's readership, the organisers hope is that this contest will fill a void in the industry and encourage and empower those writers and artists who work in this under-represented genre to continue creating good writing and art.

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ICM Partners Mints Nine Partners: Talent Agency Now Has 47

deadline.com – Tuesday March 29, 2016

ICM Partners has promoted nine agents to partner status, eight in Los Angeles and one in New York. The agents in need of new business cards: Jessica Lacy, Head of International and Independent Film; Dennis Ashley and Robert Gibbs, who have co-headed the West Coast urban music division; publishing agent Alexandra Machinist; television literary agents Erik Horine, Dan Norton and Pete Stone; Co-Head of Television Production Sean Freidin; and motion picture literary agent Doug Johnson.

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Call for Submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday March 28, 2016

The Write IdeaA Day in the Life of …(You)” Poem Title Prompt

 

“… Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Morning, Afternoon, and Night.

Two lines for each word above, and a couplet of advice.

Tell us in a sonnet, how you live your life ...”

 

Write a Sonnet, It doesn’t have to rhyme, or not.

Write two lines for each word-time of the prompt.

The last two lines are your words of advice.

Tell us in a Sonnet, 14 lines, how you lead your life.

Entitle the poem “A Day in the Life of …(You)”.

Winners will be published in LONE STARS.

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JK Rowling tweets rejection letters from publishers

stv.tv – Friday March 25, 2016

JK Rowling has shared two rejection letters she received in response to her first post-Harry Potter novel.

Taking to Twitter, the famous author revealed her novel The Cuckoo's Calling was turned down more than once whilst writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

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Short story contest – deadline delayed

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 23, 2016

The deadline for firstwriter.com's Twelfth International Short Story Contest has been delayed by one month to May 1, 2016, to allow for last minute entries. 

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Writing a book together was spa and away our best idea

dailyrecord.co.uk – Sunday March 20, 2016

SARAH McMartin and Leigh Ronald like to joke that they formed a book club with a difference.

Instead of getting together each week to read the latest best-sellers, they got together to write one.

The two friends turned their backs on three publishing deals to print their own book are getting rave reviews for their debut novel, Jackman’s Jewels. It has received high praise from everyone from OK! magazine to Judy Murray.

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What's on the 'manuscript wishlist' of literary agents?

startribune.com – Sunday March 20, 2016

The other day, a friend sent me a link to something called "manuscript wishlist" — a Twitter thread (#MSWL) from literary agents who are looking for that next bestselling blockbuster manuscript by an unknown writer. (Also online at http://mswishlist.com)

It's fascinating to troll the posts and see what they're hoping to find. (And poets, I'm sorry, but you can all stop reading right now. They're not looking for poetry.)

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Moneyball for book publishers: A detailed look at how we read

boston.com – Wednesday March 16, 2016

Andrew Rhomberg wants to be the Billy Beane of the book world.

Beane used analytics to transform baseball, famously recounted in “Moneyball,” a book by Michael Lewis. Now Rhomberg wants to use data about people’s reading habits to radically reshape how publishers acquire, edit and market books.

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Agent Shares Publishing Secrets With Aspiring Authors

courant.com – Tuesday March 15, 2016

They came because they had stories to tell. Some had even turned those stories into manuscripts.

More than 20 local residents attended a session at the Putnam Public Library on March 5 to listen to literary agent Jan Kardys. She was in town to talk about book publishing, what agents look for in a manuscript, and the work writers need to do after they write their books.

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