firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 23, 2016
The deadline for firstwriter.com's Twelfth International Short Story Contest has been delayed by one month to May 1, 2016, to allow for last minute entries.
The competition is seeking short stories up to 3,000 words, and is open to stories on any subject and in any style: literary fiction; genre; romance; horror; science fiction; experimental – all are acceptable and will be treated equally – the only criteria on which they will be judged is the quality of the story and of the writing.
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Some of this month's news for writers from around the web.
startribune.com – Sunday March 20, 2016
The other day, a friend sent me a link to something called "manuscript wishlist" — a Twitter thread (#MSWL) from literary agents who are looking for that next bestselling blockbuster manuscript by an unknown writer. (Also online at http://mswishlist.com)
It's fascinating to troll the posts and see what they're hoping to find. (And poets, I'm sorry, but you can all stop reading right now. They're not looking for poetry.)
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courant.com – Tuesday March 15, 2016
They came because they had stories to tell. Some had even turned those stories into manuscripts.
More than 20 local residents attended a session at the Putnam Public Library on March 5 to listen to literary agent Jan Kardys. She was in town to talk about book publishing, what agents look for in a manuscript, and the work writers need to do after they write their books.
forbes.com – Thursday March 10, 2016
For the past few years, I’ve harbored the hope that I would author a children’s book. Unfortunately, I’ve encountered two small problems that have thus far kept me from fulfilling my goal:
Should those two things change, however, I’ll be off and running. And once that happens, I had hoped to turn my two kids into what I always dreamed they’d become: big ol’ tax deductions.
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A selection of the new listings added to firstwriter.com this month.
firstwriter.com – Tuesday March 22, 2016
Publishes: Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry;
Areas include: Humour; Literature; Nature; Translations; Travel;
Preferred styles: Literary
Publishes fiction, poetry, literary essays, travel narratives, translation, and novels in verse / flash. Only accepting queries for chapbook-length manuscripts as at March 2016. Check website for current status. Send query by post only, with cover letter, three sample pages, and SASE (writers outside the US may omit the stamp). See website for full guidelines.
firstwriter.com – Monday March 21, 2016
Publishes: Fiction; Poetry
Areas include: Short Stories
Preferred styles: Literary
Annual literary journal, open to all forms, subjects, schools, and styles, Send 3-5 poems, or short fiction up to 10,000 words, by post.
firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 16, 2016
Publishes books of poetry by Washington State poets. All submissions must be made through the annual competition, entry fee: $12. Submit online.
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Some of this month's articles for writers from around the web.
huffingtonpost.com – Monday March 14, 2016
Over the past month, I have fielded numerous inquiries about book development and promotion, so I figured it would be helpful to share with you my tips for both. In this first installment, I'll focus on the starting point question of whether to self-publish or pursue a mainstream publisher. There is really no right or wrong answer here. Instead, there are pros and cons of each route, along with numerous variables to consider. Here are some of them:
theguardian.com – Wednesday March 9, 2016
It’s a perennial bugbear among children’s writers that every other writer thinks it’s an easy thing to do when, in fact, children are among the most discerning readers, with an intimate relationship with the on-off switch. Three leading authors will be passing on the tricks of the trade in a Guardian Masterclass on Sunday, 20 March. We asked Philip Ardagh, author of the Eddie Dickens series; How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell; and Laura Dockrill, author of the Darcy Burdock books, to explain the challenges and the rewards of specialising in literature for young people. They also give some useful tips for anyone hoping to follow them into this most demanding of areas.
wnd.com – Wednesday March 9, 2016
Writers who want to be published (or who have already been published) are constantly in a state of turmoil trying to answer the question: Do I need an agent?
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