Issue #101

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Aug 29, 2011  



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Red Telephone Books launch young adult fiction novel competition

Manchester’s Red Telephone Books want a talented author of young adult fiction to join them in 2011.

The company, which has recently published Alex Smith’s debut novel Calling For Angels, aims to nurture and develop new writers in the YA genre. 

We now require another exceptional author to add to our roster.

Your submission should include three separate documents:

  • the first 5,000 words of your completed novel;
  • a 500-word synopsis of your novel; and
  • your 50-word biography

The entry fee is £10 and the deadline for submissions is midnight, December 31, 2011.

Further information for entrants can be found at 

1st Place - Publication of your novel by Red Telephone Books, including full support through the editing process, 
plus pre- and post-launch marketing 

2nd Place – A full critique of your novel from the editor

3rd Place – A light critique of your novel from the editor

About Red Telephone Books
Formed in 2009, Red Telephone Books is an imprint of Bridge House Publishing, based in Manchester (UK). We have published three novels in the Young Adult genre to date.

Red Telephone novels are edited by Gill James, the author of over 30 published titles and a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Salford, with support from publicist Oliver Wright, a first class English
graduate (University of Manchester).  

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Abridged magazine seeks poetry submissions

Abridged, the poetry/art magazine, is looking for submissions for its Desire and Dust issue. A maximum of three poems may be submitted of any length. Art can be up to A4 size and can be in 
any media. It should be at least 300 dpi. Submissions can be emailed to or posted to: 

c/o The Verbal Arts Centre
Stable Lane and Mall Wall
Bishop Street 
BT48 6PU

Closing date for submissions is September 8, 2011.  

Abridged is Gregory McCartney (Project Coordinator) and Maria Campbell (Editor) and is supported by the Arts Council of N. Ireland.

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Zoetrope: All-Story hosts fifteenth annual short fiction contest

Zoetrope: All-Story is hosting its fifteenth annual short fiction contest with National Book Award finalist Jim Shepard judging. Monetary prizes are as follows: first; $1000, second; $500, and third; $250. The three prizewinners, along with seven honorable mentions, will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. 

Unpublished stories of up to 5,000 words must be submitted by October 3, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PDT via the submission tool on the contest website at Multiple
submissions are welcome ($15/entry), as are submissions from outside the United States. Complete guidelines are available at the website. 

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Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency closes – launches eBook publisher

After twelve years, the Wylie-Merrick Literary Agency has closed in order for the agents to concentrate on their new venture, Ampichellis Ebooks. 

This move mirrors a pattern of literary agencies shifting into electronic publishing, with other players such as Ed Victor, Curtis Brown and Blake Friedman also taking an interest in this area (see fwn98).

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Moonrakers Writers Circle/Workshop

Moonrakers Writers Circle/Workshop is offering a chance for writers to learn short story and article writing, and mix with other writers gaining more experience. They will be starting up an Evening Writers Circle/Workshop fortnightly on Wednesdays at the Corfe Mullen Community Centre, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, startingSeptember 7, 2011, 8 to 10 p.m. 

Interested writers should phone +44 (0) 1202 696436 or email  


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Show off your work, get on the leader-boards, receive constructive criticism or simply browse through others' work. 

RateMyWords is also a great place to build connections with other literary artists. If you like the look of another artist's work, you can get in contact with them via email, provided they choose to share their details.

When you upload your work to RateMyWords it is time-stamped and saved on our database. This acts as a proof of your work being your intellectual property.

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