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Issue #166
January 2017

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Winners of the Fifteenth International Poetry Competition announced

Winners of the Fifteenth International Poetry Competition announced

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 24, 2017

firstwriter.com is pleased to announce the winner and special commendations in its Fifteenth International Poetry Competition, which closed on November 1, 2016.

Annest GwilymCongratulations go to  Annest Gwilym, from Gwynedd, United Kingdom, who wins £200 (around $350) for first place, with the poem "Last night I became an Emperor Moth". The winning poem can be read online at https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/poetry_competition/winners/15thpoetry.shtml 

Annest Gwilym lives in North Wales, near the Snowdonia National Park in the UK. She is a native Welsh speaker. Her writing is often neurotic, obsessive, disturbing and uncanny. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. She has been placed, highly commended and shortlisted in several writing competitions in recent years. Her interests include beachcombing for that elusive chunk of ambergris, and making her own jewellery, which she sells.

Seven special commendations go out to the following entrants (in no particular order):

  • Ute Carson, United States, "When Did I Get Old?";
  • Jeremy Gardner, Jamaica, "Honey and Clover";
  • Ginna Wilkerson, United States, "A Dip in the Pool";
  • Mary V. Williams, United Kingdom, "Funeral Parlour";
  • Philip O'Neil, Czech Republic, "Bug Life";
  • Adam Khan, United Kingdom, "To Robinson Jeffers";
  • Bruce Harris, United Kingdom, "Partying".

All the winners will be published in issue #31 of firstwriter.magazine (scheduled for release in summer, 2017), and will receive vouchers worth £24 / $36.

This competition is the last of firstwriter.com's inernational poetry competitions. The competitions have run every year for 15 years, starting in 2001, and have received over 2,000 entries from poets all over the world. Thank you to everyone who has entered and been involved over the years.

For the details of other competitions that are available to enter now, click here


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Fiction and poetry submissions invited for new issue of magazine

Fiction and poetry submissions invited for new issue of magazine

firstwriter.com – Monday January 23, 2017

firstwriter.com has just announced the launch of the latest issue of its long-running literary journal, firstwriter.magazine.

firstwriter.magazine has been published twice a year since 2002, making it probably one of the longest-running online journals on the internet. This 30th issue features the usual mix of quality fiction and poetry from around the world, plus the first chance to see not just the winning story from the Twelfth International Short Story Contest, but also all ten Special Commendations. You can view the magazine by clicking here. If you'd like to enter your work in the Thirteenth International Short Story Contestclick here.

If you submitted work for issue 30 you can check to see if your work has been included by viewing the magazine online (click here). If your work has not been included then, unfortunately, on this occasion your submission has not been successful. We'd love to see more of your work, though, and with the release of issue 30 we have now opened submissions for issue 32 of the magazine. We accept poems up to 30 lines and short stories up to 3,000 words. Submissions are accepted from anywhere in the world (as long as they are in English), and can be submitted online for free at https://www.firstwriter.com/Magazine/submit.shtml


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Aphelion celebrates its 20th birthday

Aphelion celebrates its 20th birthday

firstwriter.com – Saturday January 14, 2017

Aphelion: The Webzine of Science Fiction and Fantasy began it's run as a non-profit, free webzine promoting new and upcoming writers in February, 1997. On February 5th, 2017, Aphelion will celebrate the publication's 20th birthday. The magazine is still provided for free, and without ads or subscriptions. To mark this anniversary, the magazine will feature "Best Of" selections from throughout it's long history in each issue during the year, in addition to its usual fiction offerings.

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News

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

Beaumont seeks 'under-represented' voices after move to Marjacq

thebookseller.com – Saturday January 7, 2017

Diana Beaumont is keen to seek voices currently “under-represented” in the literary community in her new role at the Marjacq Scripts literary agency.

Beaumont joined the Holborn-based firm this week from United Talent Agency (UTA), bringing her client list with her.

She told The Bookseller she was “thrilled” to be joining Marjacq at a time the agency was expanding, with her addition bringing the company’s number of agents to five.

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Resolving to write a book in 2017? Publishers share advice

Resolving to write a book in 2017? Publishers share advice

wildhunt.org – Wednesday January 4, 2017

The new year has been rung in and resolutions have been made and, for many, high on the list of resolutions is to finish writing a book and have it published. This is, would be their first attempt at becoming a professional author. While there are many resources devoted to the budding writer, there isn’t much specific to publishers who work with Pagan, Heathen, and other occult topics.

The Wild Hunt spoke with several publishers about the kinds of books that they are looking for this year and what common mistakes prevent a book from being accepted. They offer some helpful and direct advice for budding authors.

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Tributes paid to agent David Miller

Tributes paid to agent David Miller

thebookseller.com – Saturday December 31, 2016

Shocked book trade friends and colleagues have joined in paying tribute to literary agent David Miller of Rogers, Coleridge and White, who died earlier today (Friday 30th December) aged 50.

In a statement, RCW chair Gill Coleridge and m.d. Peter Straus announced: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear colleague, David Miller, who died in hospital in London on Friday morning, 30th December.  David suffered a major heart attack on Christmas Eve and never regained consciousness. He died peacefully in the company of friends.

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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 – Tuesday January 24, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Adult; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Literary; Mainstream; Traditional

We are a small independent publisher. We create ebooks, paperbacks and magazines. Read more in our blog. 

Work submitted that is considered good is published on the website as our 'short list'. From the website, we pick the best of the best and put those stories in a quarterly magazine. At the end of the year, we pick the best stories from the magazines and put them in a book. Everything gets sent off to various competitions. The magazines go to the O. Henry Awards and the best stories in the book go to the Pushcart Prizes.

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New Publisher Listing

New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Monday January 23, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; 
Markets: Children's; Youth

Publishes books for children and young adults aged 10-18, but first-time authors over the age of 18. Send query by email describing your submission in first instance.

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New Magazine Listing

New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday January 17, 2017

Publishes: Essays; Features; Fiction; Interviews; Nonfiction; Poetry; Reviews
Areas include: Adventure; Fantasy; Gothic; Horror; Humour; Literature; Sci-Fi; Short Stories; Suspense; Thrillers
Markets: Family; Professional
Preferred styles: Commercial; Contemporary; Cynical; Dark; Experimental; In-depth; Light; Literary; Mainstream; Niche; Popular; Positive; Progressive; Satirical; Serious; Traditional

Published since 1997. Free Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Webzine which offers original fiction by new and established writers published on the first Sunday of every month except January. There is a double issue in December. The magazine includes poetry, short stories, serials and novellas, flash fiction, and reviews of interest to science fiction, fantasy, and horror fans. New writers are encouraged to submit their work to the webzine, and feedback to the authors is encouraged through the forum.

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Articles

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

Self-Publishing in 2017: The Year in Preview

publishersweekly.com – Saturday January 21, 2017

As 2017 begins, indie authors and publishers are having to navigate a fast-growing industry filled with new opportunities, but one that also presents challenges related to that expansion. To find continued success in self-publishing, it has become more important to expand the definition of “self-published author” to encompass new roles and new formats.

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Why More Writers Should Talk About Money

Why More Writers Should Talk About Money

theatlantic.com – Monday January 16, 2017

Money makes people anxious—perhaps even more so with writers. The relationship between commerce and writing is commonly sketched out in caricatures: the starving artist, the hapless student, the privileged few who “make it.” More often, it’s not addressed at all.

In the past few years, some writers have begun to more openly approach questions of class. The internet has seen a profusion of such pieces: A writer who is “sponsored” by her husband calls on other writers to be more transparent about where their money comes from. Another outlines the clear advantages that being born rich, connected, and able to attend expensive schools furnishes to becoming a successful writer. In another case, a woman who wrote a well-received debut novel details how she went broke after a single advance.

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On writing women

On writing women

dawn.com – Sunday January 22, 2017

In researching my previous column on the work of Elena Ferrante, I read how certain critics were convinced that the author was actually a man writing under a woman’s pseudonym because she wrote assertively and confidently about the domains of men, especially politics, crime, and violence. In return, Ferrante’s supporters asserted that not only could a woman write well about these domains, but that “only a woman” could know of the secret interior worlds of women and write about them as truthfully and authentically as Ferrante.

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