Issue #127

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October 2013  



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New literary journal founded

Two doctors in Mississippi bring their love of literature to life in their new independent literary journal, China Grove

Edited by R. Scott Anderson MD and Lucius M. “Luke” Lampton MD, the first issue features an exclusive interview with National Book Award winner Ellen Gilchrist and a new short story from her latest book, Acts of God. Readers will also find a previously unseen letter from Mark Twain about an unpublished work called The Great Republic’s Peanut Stand, a love letter from Pulitzer Prize winner Eudora Welty to crime fiction writer Kenneth Millar (Ross Macdonald) with an insight into the entire collection of Welty-Millar correspondence unsealed for the first time just this year, and of course original submissions from fresh writers across the country.

Lampton grew up in the thick of southern literature. He lived among the likes of Willie Morris, Shelby Foote, Walker Percy, and Welty herself. He publishes a community newspaper called The Magnolia Gazette. As an author of monthly columns, screenplays and three books, Anderson experienced first hand the uphill battle new writers have in getting attention for their work. So with their combined knowledge and interests, China Grove was born.


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“Our goal is to give talented newcomers a chance to be published next to legends, and to see the history of what it is they’ve chosen to pursue as a vocation,” Anderson said.

In future, the lit-loving doctors plan to publish two issues in 2014 and go quarterly in subsequent years. They accept unpublished short fiction, poetry and essays for consideration. Every issue will feature a cornerstone interview with a famous Mississippi author. Among their next targets is Gulfport’s Natasha Trethewey, the current United States Poet Laureate.

The journal will also award two new literary prizes: The Gilchrist Prize in Short Fiction given biannually starting Fall 2014 with a monetary gift of $2,000, and The China Grove Prize in Poetry starting in 2015.

Submissions should be sent in through the China Grove website. The deadline for the February 2014 issue is October 1, 2013, and for the August 2014 issue is April 1, 2014. Single copy issues in print or online are $18. Subscriptions are $45 for the first three issues.

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Editor's pick: New literary agent, publisher and magazine listings in October

The Editor's pick of new literary agent, publisher and magazine listings added to the databases in October:

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry, short stories, essays, and creative nonfiction. Prefers to receive submissions by email as a single Word or .rtf file attachment. See website for full guidelines. 


New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction; News; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews;
Areas include: Horror; Humour; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Dark

Free-sheet collage of horror and dark humour, featuring short fiction, genre prose, poetry, artwork, cartoons, lists, reviews, news, cuttings, trivia, and adverts. 


New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Women's Interests;
Markets: Adult; Children's

Canadian feminist press publishing fiction, nonfiction and children’s books of special interest to women. Tries to focus on Canadian authors. No poetry, rhyming picture books, or books with anthropomorphised animals. Send query by post with SASE, synopsis, and up to three chapters. No submissions on disk or by email. See website for full guidelines. 


New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Biography; Business; Fantasy; New Age; Politics; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult; Youth

Send query by email only. See website for full guidelines. Response only if interested. 


New Literary Agency Listing

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction; Scripts;
Areas: Film; Radio; Theatre; TV;
Markets: Adult; Children's;
Treatments: Commercial; Literary

Handles script writers and writers of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. Accepts unsolicited email approaches relating to books only; for scripts submit by post. See website for full submission guidelines. 


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New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Fantasy; Religious; Sci-Fi; Self-Help; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult; Children's; Family; Youth

Accepts queries for all genres of fiction, including science fiction and fantasy, and nonfiction, including self-help. Submissions may include Christian fiction, inspirational, collections of stories. Send query by email with marketing plan and (for fiction) 5-10 pages in the body of the email. No attachments. See website for full guidelines. 


New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Scripts;
Areas include: Drama; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Literary magazine, publishing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and dramatic forms. See website for more details and to submit via online submissions manager. Also accepts submissions by post. Only open to submissions between September 1 and December 1. 


New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Poetry;
Markets: Adult

Poetry magazine with international outlook, publishing poems from around the world. Send up to four poems by email or by post with SASE. 


New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Poetry;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes poetry chapbooks of 18-24 pages. Submit by email only. 


New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews;
Areas include: Criticism; Short Stories;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Scholarly journal publishing literary criticism, fiction, poetry, and book reviews concerning the Greater Southwest. Submit online via online submission system. 



Articles from around the web this month

Publishers think teenagers don't want to read about sex, says young adult author Darren Shan

Horror author Darren Shan has claimed that publishers of books for young adults have a no-sex policy, believing it will turn off teenage readers. 

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Book Trade Announcements - Unlock Your Writing Talent With New Ebook Novella Contest

Hot Key Books are launching a search to find up-and-coming writers to join a list of experienced authors including Ali Cronin and Keris Stainton for a special series of seasonal genre e-novellas, kicking off with romance.

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Top 10 tips for writing a Hollywood blockbuster

Tony Gilroy, one of Hollywood's most sought-after screenwriters, is responsible for The Devil's Advocate, Armageddon and the Bourne films, to name just a few.

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When Writing Well Is Part of the Problem

A little more than six years ago, I had the good fortune to be in a fiction workshop with Charles D’Ambrosio at the Tin House Writers Workshop in Portland, Ore. Charlie’s three books are among my favorites, so I was very excited to be in his class. He is one of those rare creatures: a gifted writer who is also a gifted teacher. Charlie was recovering from an allergic reaction that week, and while dispensing brilliant comments, he rubbed Aveeno anti-itch cream on his wrists. The story I submitted was narrated by a 16-year-old girl who is forced to spend the summer playing bridge with her grandmother. It tentatively explored sexual drive (budding in the young narrator, waning in the old woman, who has a homoerotic friendship with her bridge partner) and longing and familial duty, and it was, Charlie said, “so well written.”

But Charlie eviscerated that story. It was too tentative, there were “too many dodges.” He gave me a piece of advice that James Salter gave him...

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Former D&M staffers launch Page Two, a twist on the traditional literary agency

Former D&M Publishers staffers Trena White and Jesse Finkelstein have announced the launch of a new company, Page Two Strategies, that will serve both authors and corporate clients on a variety of projects.

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Books about writing worth a look

Lately I’ve been reading lots of books about writing. I’ve been collecting writing books for years, and I think I own more books about writing than most libraries. There are probably some amateur or professional writers who read my column, so I’ll provide you a short overview of what I’ve been re-reading.

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Writing a novel was very different from writing for television

As one of the UK’s foremost screenwriters, Rob Gittins is no stranger to storytelling everywhere from Albert Square to Emmerdale. But, as he tells Kirstie McCrum, his first novel Gimme Shelter is a gritty thriller that’s a far cry from the cosy surroundings of soapland

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Wylie tells publishers: 'withdraw from Amazon'

Literary agent Andrew Wylie has compared Amazon to conqueror Napoleon and said the online retailer is showing “megalomania”.

In an interview in New Republic, the renowned US agent was outspoken about the online retailer he once partnered with to launch publishing initiative Odyssey Editions. The partnership went on to spark a row between his agency and Random House.

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Write What Scares You!

There is a fine line between writing for yourself and writing for your audience. Writing something consumable is necessary to sell books, but at what point do we choose our audience over being honest with ourselves as we fill page after page with words? I was being interviewed recently by a reporter from Sweden about my book, The Cross in the Closet. She asked me why I had chosen to include details in the manuscript that might put-off my perspective audience inside the religious main stream. Specifically she cited the instances of alcohol use, smoking, and things considered off-putting to religious readers...

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Annabel Pitcher's top writing tips

My first tip would be to start small and not over face yourself with writing a book. This is simply because it is really daunting to try and write seventy thousand words, when instead you can try and write a creative piece that is a thousand words, and have the lovely experience of finishing something that has a beginning, middle and end – a story, but on a small scale. What is great about this is that you get to practice being a writer; you get to plan and plot and write and edit without getting bogged down by a large project.

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10 Words to Cut From Your Writing

As Mark Twain famously wrote, "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." His point? Strong writing is lean writing.

When you want to make your writing more powerful, cut out words you don't need--such as the 10 included in this post:

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On Writing: Short doesn't mean easy

When Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature last week, she said she hoped it would boost the fortunes of the much-maligned short story.

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Writing Tips from Prompt Proofing - Avoid Stacked or Ambiguous Modifiers

I am not sure if this issue is a result of ever-changing technology or simply slightly lazy business jargon but there is an increasing tendency to string long lists of modifiers together before the noun they are all supposedly modifying (stacked modifiers). This can be tedious - and often confusing - to read.

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11 New Agents Earn a Stake in ICM Partners

ICM Partners has promoted 11 agents to partner, bringing its leadership group to 38, the agency announced on Monday. Those 11 all gain equity in the agency, which morphed into a partnership after buying out private equity firm Rizvi Traverse and former CEO Jeff Berg last May.

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Amazon Is Scaling Back Its Book Publishing

Larry Kirshbaum, head of Amazon’s New York and Seattle adult and children's publishing imprints, is leaving the company—and with his departure, Amazon publishing operations will be scaled back, according to Shelf Awareness.

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