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Writers' Newsletter

Issue #150
September 2015

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Poetry competition deadline delayed

Poetry competition deadline delayed

firstwriter.com – Tuesday September 29, 2015

With the deadline for firstwriter.com's Fourteenth International Poetry Competition fast approaching (October 1, 2015), firstwriter.com has announced a last-minute delay to allow for final entries to be submitted. The competition will now remain open until the first of November.

If you haven't yet entered your poems for your chance to win £200 (that's over $300) you can enter online now in seconds by going to https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/poetry_competition.shtml.

As well as the £200 first prize all winners and ten special commendations will also receive firstwriter.com vouchers worth $36 / £24, which can be used to take out an annual subscription to firstwriter.com for free, giving full access to our database of over 850 literary agencies, over 2,000 magazines, over 1,700 publishers, and over 100 constantly-changing competitions (alternatively, you can start enjoying all these benefits now by clicking here).

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Writers' Handbook 2016 now available in print

Writers' Handbook 2016 now available in print

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 30, 2015

Following last month's release of the digital editions of firstwriter.com's 2016 edition of its Writers' Handbook, the print editions are now also available from various outlets around the world. These include:

Amazon.com ($17.25)

Amazon.co.uk (£11.49)

Barnes & Noble ($17.25)

And many more...

Order your copy now, and get access to full contact details for over 1,400 literary agencies, book publishers, and magazines, as well as free access to the website, with over 4,000 markets for your writing, including over a hundred constantly changing competitions.


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International Copyright Registration

Register your copyright online for instant copyright protection in more than 160 different countries worldwide.

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Poems for People: an anthology in solidarity with refugees

firstwriter.com – Saturday September 19, 2015

Poets in Solidarity with Refugees is a group of writers, artists and literature promoters who want to share and welcome stories in solidarity with refugees fleeing war-torn countries. Poems and fiction for the anthology will be selected by an experienced editorial panel and backed by a promotional campaign.

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Writers' Handbook 2018 - Out Now!

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Build Your Own Blog New Writer Scholarship

firstwriter.com – Saturday September 19, 2015

Build Your Own Blog is looking for a talented writer to support through the New Writer Scholarship 2015.

The scholarship is open to anyone aged 16 or over, and any form of written material in English, including short stories, poems, and blog posts.

The scholarship awards $4,000 to help advance your writing career.

Submissions will be accepted until November 29, 2015. For more information, or to submit online, go to buildyourownblog.net/scholarship.


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News

Some of this month's news for writers from around the web.

Publishers more content with digital transition than authors

Publishers more content with digital transition than authors

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 29, 2015

Publishers are more content about how the book business is weathering the digital transition than authors, early results of the FutureBook Digital Census have found.

The Digital Census, the annual tracker of the book business' digital evolution, was launched two weeks ago and so far more than 400 respondents have completed the survey.

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Wilkinson says publishers 'need to try harder' to innovate

Wilkinson says publishers 'need to try harder' to innovate

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 29, 2015

Former self-published writer Kerry Wilkinson has laid down the gauntlet to traditional publishers, saying that they do not communicate with authors enough and that Amazon is "the main innovator in the book space".

Wilkinson also said that publishers were unlikely to change the way they worked any time soon, as the "only reason you change is if you're forced to".

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Shift from e-books to print

Shift from e-books to print

straitstimes.com – Sunday September 27, 2015

Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print.

As readers migrated to new digital devices, e-book sales soared, increasing 1,259 per cent between 2008 and 2010, alarming booksellers that watched consumers use their stores to find titles they would later buy online.

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Listings

A selection of the new listings added to firstwriter.com this month.

New Literary Agency Listing

New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday September 25, 2015

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction;
Areas: Biography; Cookery; Current Affairs; Historical;
Markets: Adult;
Treatments: Commercial; Literary

No Young Adult or children's. Query through form on website in first instance.

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New Publisher Listing

New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday September 24, 2015

Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Small independent publishing company, publishing fiction, poetry, nonfiction and graphic novels for adults, young adults, and children. Review books on website to see if yours is a fit, and if so query Acquisitions Editor by phone. See website for more details.

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New Magazine Listing

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 23, 2015

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

Publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Submit up to three poems maximum per submission. $5 reading fee for non-subscribers. Submit online using online submission system. Closed to submissions during July and August.

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Articles

Some of this month's articles for writers from around the web.

The Secret of Writing An Action Movie in Book Form

The Secret of Writing An Action Movie in Book Form

io9.com – Tuesday September 29, 2015

A great novel can be just as exciting and thrilling as a big-budget Hollywood tentpole. A novel can contain massive, insane action, that movie-makers could never even afford to bring to life. But how do you create an action movie on the page? We talked to 10 of our favorite authors, and here's what they told us.

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What Has Surprised You About The Writing Life? Intriguing Answers From Acclaimed Authors

What Has Surprised You About The Writing Life? Intriguing Answers From Acclaimed Authors

huffingtonpost.com – Monday September 28, 2015

I've had the great fortune of interviewing many acclaimed authors. They always have much to say about the craft of writing. One of the questions I've asked often has been "What has surprised you about the writing life?"

Here is what some of those widely read authors said...

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What I learned from writing over 800,000 words in two years

What I learned from writing over 800,000 words in two years

thenextweb.com – Saturday September 26, 2015

Writing didn't come naturally to me, therefore I had to set daily intentions.When I decided I wanted to write more consistently, I sat down at my laptop one day and popped open a Word doc. I stared at the blinking cursor on that blank white page for what felt like forever. That's about the time that I disappeared into the catacombs of YouTube.

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