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Writers' Newsletter

November 2013  

   

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The perfect gift for a writer this Christmas

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a writer this festive season? Perhaps a fellow writer at a writing group, or a friend or family member who shares your passion? firstwriter.com's bestselling handbook for writers is the ideal present for anyone looking to get their writing published.

The firstwriter.com Writers' Handbook 2014 is available both in print and as a Kindle edition from Amazon outlets around the world, including Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. It is also available to buy as an ebook through Google Play and Smashwords

Alternatively, why not give a subscription to the firstwriter.com website? You can buy e-vouchers that allow people to take out subscriptions for free at https://www.firstwriter.com/writer_gift/ 

 

  

Bridport Prize 2014 open for entries

The Bridport Prize – one of the world's biggest English-language writing competitions – has announced its 2013 winners:

  • Daisy Behagg wins the £5,000 first prize for poetry;
  • Eve Thomson wins the £5,000 first prize for short story; and
  • Nicholas Ruddock wins £1,000 first prize for flash fiction

The competition is now open for the 2014 prizes. The 2014 judges have been announced as Liz Lochhead for poetry, Andrew Miller for short stories, and Tania Hershman for flash fiction. Entries are accepted by post or online, until the closing date of May 31, 2014.

In its 40th anniversary year, the competition boasts the following renowned writers as its patrons:

  • Tracy Chevalier 
  • David Harsent
  • Jim Crace 
  • Tobias Hill
  • Paul Farley 
  • Andrew Motion
  • Patrick Gale 
  • Ali Smith
  • Maggie Gee 
  • Rose Tremain
  • Lavinia Greenlaw

For more details, and to enter, visit the website at http://www.bridportprize.org.uk 

For the details of over 100 other writing competitions, click here

   

International Copyright Registration 
Register your copyright online for instant copyright protection in more than 160 different countries worldwide. Click here for more information.

  

New virtual community for writers

This month sees the creation of WRITERS WRITE, a new forum for writers. In this virtual community, writers at all stages of their writing careers can meet, discuss and showcase their work. 

They say that writing is the loneliest job in the world, but there are plenty of people out there in the same boat. If you have a problem, if you need critical feedback, if you want advice, this is the place to come. Itís
free to join, and you wonít be asked for any personal details you donít want to share. 

Visit http://writerswrite.myfreeforum.org/index.php to join in the fun.

  

 

Bakehouse novel writing course 

A novel writing course with award winning novelist Karen Campbell at the Bakehouse in the New Year. Early booking is advisable. Accommodation can be provided at the Bakehouse ( b& b + evening meal @ £30 per night) on a first come, first served basis. 

The workshops
Think you have a book in you? Held over two weekends, with the option of additional ongoing editorial support in between, the new Bakehouse Novel Writing Course gives you the opportunity and space to really focus on your creative writing. Whether you simply have the germ of an idea, or a work already in progress, award-winning tutor Karen Campbell will run a series of workshops designed to stimulate and streamline the writing process, and inspire you to put pen to paper. Each weekend will consist of two morning workshops, plus one afternoon of writing exercises and 1-to-1 tutorials (with participants choosing either Saturday or Sunday afternoon tutorial in advance).

Weekend 1: Saturday February 22 and Sunday February 23, 2014
Time: 10.00am–1.00pm Sat & Sun
Lighting the Spark: Getting started with your writing. A look at what makes a story memorable, where ideas might come from, source material Ė are there only seven kinds of plot? – How to structure your notes and jottings into places, people and plot outlines, intriguing beginnings.

Plus 2pm–5pm writing exercises and 1-to-1 tutorial on your choice of either Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Weekend 2 : Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27, 2014 
Time: 10.00am–1.00pm Sat & Sun
Plus 2pm–5pm writing exercises and 1-to-1 tutorial on your choice of either Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

A light lunch will be provided followed by one 20 minute individual session with Karen per participant on each weekend.

NB: A minimum of eight and maximum of 12 places available. Cost: £250 

Karen Campbell
Karen Campbell is originally from Glasgow, where she gained a Masters in Creative Writing (Distinction) at Glasgow University. Winner of the Best New Scottish Writer Award in 2009, Karen has published five novels, with her current novel This Is Where I Am (Bloomsbury Circus) being chosen as a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. The recipient of a Scottish Arts Council New Writers Award, Karen also tutors on Arvon writing courses at Moniack Mhor, and has appeared on Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotlandís Culture Cafe and Radio 4ís Womenís Hour, as well as literary festivals such as Wigtown, Edinburgh, Aye Write and FIRN in France. More information is available at www.karencampbell.co.uk 

Contact details
Scotland:
The Bakehouse
44 High Street
Gatehouse of Fleet
DG7 2HP

Tel: 01557 814175
Mob: 07891 803027

www.thebakehouse.info 
www.toutesdirections.info 
www.chryssalt.com 

England:
149 Chamberlayne Road
London 
NW10 3NT

Tel: 0208 969 9221

 

Click here for great value writing classes!

 

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

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

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Poetry;
Markets: Adult

Publishes poetry books submitted through its poetry contests only - entry fee of $20-$25 applies. Submit by post or via online submission system. See website for more details.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1886

 

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Short Stories;
Markets: Adult; Literary

Submit up to five poems, or one piece of prose (or up to three pieces of flash fiction) via submission system on website. No submissions by post.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1888

 

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Articles; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Nature; Science; Short Stories;
Markets: Children's

Magazine for children aged 6-9. Publishes fiction, poetry, and articles on such topics as animals, cool scientific discoveries, and kids of the reader's own age doing amazing things. See website for full details. Submit by post with SASE, or using online web submission system. No submissions in emails.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1891

 

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas include: Adventure; Anthropology; Autobiography; Biography; Business; Cookery; Criticism; Culture; Current Affairs; Entertainment; Erotic; Fantasy; Finance; Gothic; Health; Historical; Horror; How-to; Humour; Legal; Leisure; Lifestyle; Military; Music; Mystery; Nature; New Age; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Religious; Romance; Science; Self-Help; Short Stories; Sociology; Spiritual; Sport; Suspense; Westerns; Women's Interests;
Markets: Academic; Adult; Youth;
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Experimental; Literary; Mainstream

Publisher of fiction and nonfiction audiobooks. Send query by post with SASE, or submit proposal with three sample chapters, plus synopsis for fiction.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1891

 

New Magazine Listing

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

Describes itself as one of the oldest continuously publishing journals on the internet. Publishes poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and photography. Submit by email. See website for more details.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1894

 

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction;
Areas include: Historical; Mystery; Romance; Sci-Fi; Thrillers;
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth;
Preferred styles: Contemporary

Global, digital imprint from a major international publisher. Publishes ebooks for teen, young adult, and new adult readers. Willing to consider all genres, including romance, contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, sci-fi, mystery, and thrillers. Accepts unsolicited mss between 25,000 and 60,000 words. Submit by email (see website for specific email addresses for different geographic locations) along with query and author bio. See website for full details.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1894

 

New Publisher Listing

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Historical; Sociology;
Markets: Adult; Youth;
Preferred styles: Literary

Publishes works of historical and social value, or significance to the Pacific Northwest region (Northern California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska). Accepts queries by email and proposals via onlnie submission system. See website for full details.

https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1897

 

New Magazine Listing

Publishes: Essays; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews;
Areas include: Translations;
Markets: Adult;
Preferred styles: Literary

Accepts regular submissions between January 15 and July 15 each year. Send 3-6 poems of any length or style, with SASE. Between July 15 and January 15 each year, accepts submissions through its annual poetry competition: $1,000 prize and $20 entry fee. No submissions by email.

https://www.firstwriter.com/magazines/details.cgi?RecordNumber=1897

 

New Literary Agency Listing

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction; Scripts;
Areas: Film; Theatre; TV;
Markets: Adult

Handles full-length mss and scripts for film, TV, and theatre. No unsolicited mss. Query by email or by phone in first instance.

https://www.firstwriter.com/Agents/agents_details.cgi?RecordNumber=1110

 

   

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