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Writers' Newsletter

Issue #158
May 2016

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Publishers Database upgraded

Publishers Database upgraded

firstwriter.com – Sunday May 15, 2016

Following last month's upgrade of the Magazines Database, firstwriter.com's Publishers Database has now also been upgraded.

The new-look Publishers Database features the same enhancements to the search, navigation, and listings as was introduced for the Magazines Database, making finding the right publisher for your work easier than ever.

For full details of all the new features, see the news item on the launch of the Magazines Database at https://www.firstwriter.com/news/?New-Magazines-Database-launched&GUID=584

To try out the new database yourself (anyone can try it out – you don't need to be a subscriber), go to https://www.firstwriter.com/publishers

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13th International Short Story Contest opens to submissions

13th International Short Story Contest opens to submissions

firstwriter.com – Monday May 2, 2016

The firstwriter.com Twelfth International Short Story Contest has now closed. The judging process will now begin, and the winners should be announced in the summer.

But don't worry if you missed the deadline – entries are now being accepted for the Thirteenth International Short Story Contest. The competition is open to stories in any genre and on any subject, up to 3,000 words. 

For more details, and to submit your entry online, go to https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/ 


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Into The Void Magazine

Into The Void Magazine

firstwriter.com – Monday April 25, 2016

Into The Void Magazine is a new literary magazine based in Ireland.

"We are accepting all genres and styles for Issue One. We're looking for short stories, flash fiction, essays, and poems that grab and enthral and refuse to let go. We prize heartfelt and genuine writing above perfect grammar and technique. Above all, we're looking for writing that screams to be read. Previously unpublished writers stand as good a chance of being accepted for publication as others - it's all about the writing."

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News

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

Big Publishing is Not as Big Anymore

Big Publishing is Not as Big Anymore

flavorwire.com – Monday May 23, 2016

Books by self-publishers and small presses are eating the Big Four's market share.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, a report by the Association of American Publishers’ shows that overall publishing industry sales fell by 2.6% last year when compared to figures from 2014. Now that we have a clearer picture of the industry’s struggles in 2015, we can tell that sales declined in five of the seven major markets. The only industry segments to show improvement, in fact, were adult books and books from religious presses, which increased sales by 2.2% and 1.2% respectively. Overall industry revenue fell from $15.82 billion in 2014 to $15.41 billion in 2015.

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Shall I Compare Thee to a Circuit Board? A.I. Bad at Writing Sonnets

Shall I Compare Thee to a Circuit Board? A.I. Bad at Writing Sonnets

nbcnews.com – Friday May 20, 2016

That a rose by any other name would smell as sweet ... just does not compute.

Turns out computers are pretty good at stocking shelves and operating cars, but are not so great at writing poetry.

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Job Zone: Editorial Assistant, Peter Lang Publishing

Job Zone: Editorial Assistant, 	Peter Lang Publishing

publishersweekly.com – Friday May 20, 2016

Peter Lang is seeking an energetic, highly organized, and independently motivated individual to support our publishing program as a full-time editorial assistant in our New York office. This assistant will be supporting three acquisitions editors in the disciplines of Education, Media Studies, and Cultural Studies/History/Literature.

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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 – Monday May 9, 2016

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction; 
Areas: Autobiography; Biography; Business; Historical; Science; Short Stories; 
Markets: Adult; 
Treatments: Commercial; Literary; Popular

No screenplays, poetry, self-help, or genre fiction, including mystery, romance or science fiction. Send queries by post only, with SASE (or return email address) and up to 25 pages of sample material.

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New Magazine Listing

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday May 23, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry

Areas include: Autobiography; Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Send up to five poems, creative nonfiction up to 6,000 words, interviews up to five double-spaced pages, or fiction up to 6,000 words, by post or via online submission system. See website for full details and to submit.

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New Publisher Listing

New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 18, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry

Areas include: Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Independent small, literary publisher, publishing books, chapbooks, and magazines of poetry and fiction.

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Articles

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

What makes bad writing bad?

What makes bad writing bad?

theguardian.com – Friday May 20, 2016

Bad writing is mainly boring writing. It can be boring because it is too confused or too logical, or boring because it is hysterical or lethargic, or boring because nothing really happens. If I give you a 400 page manuscript of an unpublished novel – something that I consider to be badly written – you may read it to the end, but you will suffer as you do.

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Mark Billingham: why research comes last, and other crime-writing tricks

Mark Billingham: why research comes last, and other crime-writing tricks

irishtimes.com – Monday May 9, 2016

Research can get you into trouble. It’s important, of course, but there are pitfalls. An obvious one – especially when writing dark crime novels – is that you can occasionally find yourself dealing with someone who doesn’t see the world in quite the way you do and certainly shouldn’t be left alone with sharp objects. Once, after posting on a forensic anthropology website for information on the speed at which a body might decompose under a particular set of circumstances, I received the following email.

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How To Write A Novel (And Actually Get It Published)

How To Write A Novel (And Actually Get It Published)

elleuk.com – Wednesday May 4, 2016

Google ‘how to write a novel’ and there are 237 million results to choose from: factual ‘how to’ manuals; rose-tinted listicles from authors who did it; self-styled experts with formulas for writing a bestseller in 100 days... I read them all. But the best advice was five words from Tom Clancy - how do you write a book? 'Just tell the damn story.'

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