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J.K. Rowling to help Killer Women. Wait—that’s not what it sounds like!

04 – Friday April 12, 2019

No, our beloved author has not joined the Death Eaters.  Killer Women is an author collective of female crime writers.  They are launching a mentoring scheme for aspiring female crime writers from minority and working-class backgrounds.  Writers who fit the demographic requirements can submit synopses and sample chapters of work in the crime, psychological thriller, or suspense genres until July 1, 2019. 

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Win $500 as Wesleyan MFA program holds 4th Annual Broadside Writing Contest

mybuckhannon.com – Friday April 12, 2019

A writing practice requires us to slow down, reflect, and attend. HeartWood Literary Magazine & West Virginia Wesleyan’s MFA Program seek to honor this practice with an annual broadside contest. The winning entry will be printed on a limited-edition letterpress broadside designed by Charleston, W.Va. letterpress company Base Camp Printing.

The contest runs April 1 through June 1, 2019.

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The first AI-generated textbook shows what robot writers are actually good at

theverge.com – Wednesday April 10, 2019

Academic publisher Springer Nature has unveiled what it claims is the first research book generated using machine learning.

The book, titled Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research, isn’t exactly a snappy read. Instead, as the name suggests, it’s a summary of peer-reviewed papers published on the topic in question. It includes quotations, hyperlinks to the work cited, and automatically generated references contents. It’s also available to download and read for free if you have any trouble getting to sleep at night.

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Full-Time Agent Assistant

jobzone.publishersweekly.com – Friday April 5, 2019

We’re seeking a highly organized, personable individual with strong writing and discriminating reading skills to provide administrative support to the office in general as well as specific support to two partners with nonfiction and fiction lists.

Administrative duties include answering phones, writing staff meeting minutes, greeting clients, routing contracts, event planning, updating databases, managing foreign tax forms, managing the agency website, filing, mailing, copying, and helping with basic client management. Duties also include reading submissions and queries, co-managing the agency unsolicited queries account, helping to prepare manuscripts and pitch letters, targeting and assisting in the pursuit of new clients.

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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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Rick Christian leaves literary agency that transformed Christian publishing

religionnews.com – Friday March 15, 2019

As a San Diego high school student in the early 1970s, Rick Christian was frustrated when he heard radio commercials for best-sellers that ended with the words “available wherever books are sold.”

The books he wanted to read — Bibles, concordances and other Christian works — were hard to find in regular bookstores.

“I thought, ‘Someday I would love for Christian books to be available wherever books are sold,’” he said. In 1989, he set out to make that dream a reality as founder of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Alive Literary Agency.

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Stormzy launches search for 'best writer of a new generation'

theguardian.com – Thursday March 14, 2019

Less than a year after taking his first step into publishing with the launch of #Merky Books, the grime artist Stormzy has unveiled the New writers’ prize for authors under 30, to “promote the stories that aren’t being heard, and to find the best writer of a new generation”.

#Merky Books, a Penguin Random House imprint focused on fostering talent among young UK writers, is part of the musician’s growing #Merky empire, which also includes a record label and music festival. Its first book was Stormzy’s memoir, Rise Up, co-authored with the 25-year-old writer Jude Yawson.

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Writer's Digest, Popular Woodworking publisher F+W Media files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

eu.usatoday.com – Tuesday March 12, 2019

The publisher of Writer's Digest, Popular Woodworking and other niche magazines has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid plummeting subscriptions and advertising revenue.

New York-based F+W Media asked for court protection from its creditors on Sunday after it nearly ran out of money, according to a court filing.

The company's publications include more than 50 specialized titles in arts and crafts, writing, design, knitting and the outdoors. It also publishes books, holds consumer and trade events and sells products online.

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Entering our crime writing competition? We want courage and audacity

bigissue.com – Wednesday March 6, 2019

Crime has become the most popular fiction genre in the UK. Book shops and libraries are bursting at the seams with decent page-turners. But it takes something special for a novel to stand out, to tell a tale which doesn’t just pull readers through to the end, but leaves them pondering stories and characters for days afterwards.

Crime fiction has many powers. There is nothing – no moral or political issue, no character type, no philosophical query – which cannot be served by a good crime story. Dostoevsky used crime to investigate the parameters of morality, Raymond Chandler to showcase his remarkable ear for dialogue, Agatha Christie to tie readers up in twists and turns, Ian Rankin to explore the dark corners of a historic, shadow-ridden city. Really, ‘genre’ is a lazy catch-all term for a subject matter which has been utilised by writers as diverse as Robert Louis-Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark, Patricia Highsmith, Douglas Adams, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid and Paula Hawkins.

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WGA Mobilizing For Battle With Talent Agencies, Seeks Team Captains For “Agency Campaign”

deadline.com – Wednesday March 6, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Mobilizing for war with the major talent agencies, the WGA West today called on its members to participate in its “Agency Campaign” to reshape the agenting business. In a message sent to members Tuesday, the guild is seeking volunteers to serve as team captains to act “as a liaison between a team of writers and the guild by updating writers on campaign developments, communicating questions and concerns and mobilizing fellow writers in support of the strategy.”

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