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Writers' Newsletter

Issue #162
September 2016

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Poetry competition deadline delayed

Poetry competition deadline delayed

firstwriter.com – Friday September 23, 2016

With the deadline for firstwriter.com's Fifteenth International Poetry Competition fast approaching (October 1, 2016), 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 around $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 650 literary agencies, over 2,000 magazines, over 1,800 publishers, and over 100 constantly-changing competitions (alternatively, you can start enjoying all these benefits now by clicking here).

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The Poetry Swindon Festival begins next week

firstwriter.com – Friday September 23, 2016

Spitfires, a goblin circus and complete nonsense - it can only be the Poetry Swindon Festival.

29 September sees the start of the community festival, kicking off with Poems Aloud, hosted by Hilda Sheehan (we've heard the Mayor of Swindon will be in attendance, reading and bringing his big grin and enthusiasm for poetry, so we're feeling very grown up!).

On Saturday 1 October, Poetry Swindon celebrates the 100th anniversary of Dada, the influential ‘nonsense’ art movement, with anti-verse workshops and open mic with the Tin Women.

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News

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

Bestselling author Jojo Moyes is offering up her cottage as a free writing den

Bestselling author Jojo Moyes is offering up her cottage as a free writing den

metro.co.uk – Wednesday September 21, 2016

If you’ve ever had dreams of swishing around a cottage in a silk dressing gown as you make a cup of coffee before setting down to write your first novel, then your luck may be in.

Bestselling author Jojo Moyes is offering up her cottage to one writer for a week, to help them escape the rat race and either get started on, or finish up their next literary masterpiece.

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US publishers' sales decline 2.7% in first quarter

thebookseller.com – Wednesday September 21, 2016

American publishers experienced a 2.7% decline in revenues in the first quarter of 2016 to $2.14bn (£1.65bn) compared to the same period in 2015, according to data released yesterday (20th September) by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

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Natasha Fairweather joins RCW

Natasha Fairweather joins RCW

thebookseller.com – Tuesday September 20, 2016

Natasha Fairweather, currently at United Agents, is set to join Rogers, Coleridge & White (RCW) in October.  

Fairweather will be joining the board and taking up a senior role at Rogers, Coleridge & White.    

She began her career as a literary agent at Curtis Brown in 1989, returning to the profession in 1999, at which point Fairweather joined AP Watt after a seven-year hiatus spent living and working in Jerusalem and Moscow. There Fairweather built a list of non-fiction writers including politicians, historians and journalists, and also represents a growing number of prize winning novelists. In 2012, when AP Watt was acquired by United Agents, Natasha became co-head of the newly-amalgamated book department.

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Listings

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

New Magazine Listing

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday September 23, 2016

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

Online journal of Southern literature. Submit online via website.

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New Publisher Listing

New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday September 21, 2016

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's

Publisher of books for children.

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New Magazine Listing

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Friday September 16, 2016

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

Open to submissions of dark poetry between October and May 15, annually. Submit up to 8 poems of any length by post with SASE or by email, either in the body of the email or as an attachment.

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Articles

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

10 People (Besides The Author) Who Bring A Book Into the World

10 People (Besides The Author) Who Bring A Book Into the World

bustle.com – Wednesday September 21, 2016

It wasn't until I began working in publishing that I realized what a huge and complex industry it is. I think most people have an idea that book publishing consists mainly of a writer and an editor, duking it out over comma-placement in a battle of the wits. In reality, there's much more to the process, and many people are involved in the publication of a book.

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The Long and Winding Road to Finding a Literary Agent

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday September 20, 2016

This summer, one of my writing dreams came true — I signed with a literary agent!

I’ve been writing my entire adult life, so this wasn’t my first attempt at attracting representation, but this time, I succeeded. I thought I’d share some reflections on the process that might help other aspiring writers out there. How do you know when you’re really ready to pursue and work with an agent?

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Judging a Book by its Cover

Judging a Book by its Cover

harvardpolitics.com – Monday September 19, 2016

I walk into the Barnes & Noble store at the Grove in Los Angeles, escaping the summer heat for the solace of air conditioning, and am immediately greeted by a round table tastefully set with a tower of books. Perched on the tower is a banner that reads “The Biggest Books of This Summer.” I scour the books on the table, noticing titles like I Do It with the Lights OnThe Island HouseThe ApartmentEligible, and The 14th Colony.  Aside from the daunting intellect of The Gene by physician Siddhartha Mukherjee, the books on the table seem like quick reads without much to offer in terms of heavy prose or deep thematic conundrums.

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