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Glasgow Caledonian University opens TV script writing opportunity

glasgowtimes.co.uk – Friday March 12, 2021

A GLASGOW university is on the hunt for experienced writers to help create a climate change drama. 

The three year PhD programme at Glasgow Caledonian University will produce a script that will encourage viewers to consider the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr Catriona Miller, senior lecturer in MA TV Fiction Writing, said: "Drama has a huge capacity to start conversations."

The prospective script will be inspired by shows like The West Wing and The Thick of It​. 

Candidates will be expected to produce a dissertation as well as a completed script.

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Drawing Matter Writing Prize 2021

architectsjournal.co.uk – Tuesday March 9, 2021

The competition – now in its second year – invites people aged over 18 to submit a short essay that explores the role of drawings in the ‘process of design, and the buildings or objects they represent’.

The call for submissions aims to generate a number of texts that respond to items within the Drawing Matter collection – an archive of architects’ drawings, designed by Hugh Strange and located in rural Somerset. Last year’s winners included Drawing People by Daniel Innes and Figures of War by Francesco Marullo.

According to the brief: ‘The Drawing Matter Trust is pleased to announce the return of the Drawing Matter Writing Prize. The competition invites participants to carefully look at drawings and to consider what they reveal about the process of design, and the buildings or objects they represent.

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SoA and WGGB launch vanity publishing investigation

thebookseller.com – Saturday March 6, 2021

The Society of Authors (SoA) and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) have launched a joint investigation into so-called vanity publishing following a sharp rise in complaints.

Unions say members are increasingly contacting them about “hybrid”, “contributory” and “partnership” publishers — more commonly called vanity publishing — which charge authors to release their work.

Issues reported range from aggressive marketing tactics and emotionally manipulative sales approaches to opaque contracts and processes, and services that fall short of expectations. Unions say the fees charged are typically four or five figures, often with the authors surrendering a wide range of rights and control over their work.

Both organisations say they are concerned about exploitative practices and are beginning an investigation with a survey on the financial and contractual impact for writers. The survey, which runs until 25th April, aims to form a picture of the experiences, both positive and negative, of authors who have been approached by or worked with these publishers. 

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Interested in writing short stories? Here's your chance to have your work featured on RTÉ

derrynow.com – Tuesday March 2, 2021

The RTÉ Short Story Competition 2021 in honour of Francis MacManus is now open for entries, the broadcaster announced today.

Writers have until Friday, May 7 to submit their short story to the competition, which will be judged by writers Lisa McInerney, Declan Hughes and Lucy Caldwell. 

Since its inception 35 years ago, the RTÉ Short Story Competition has been a critically important launchpad for new and emerging writers in Ireland. 

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Festivals 2021: Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival gets green light with programme from Ian Rankin

thescottishsun.co.uk – Saturday February 27, 2021

BOOK lovers have been given something to cheer about this week after the announcement Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival WILL go ahead this year.

And Scottish fans will have an extra interest this year - with the programme being put together by Tartan Noir legend Ian Rankin.

Bosses behind the world-famous event in Harrogate have taken the decision to go ahead with the 2021 fest after last year's event was axed because of Covid.

And literature buffs can't wait to get to see their favourite writers in the flesh -  with over 80% of early ticket bookers for the 2020 Festival having already transferred their tickets.

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SMU’s Dallas Literary Festival Goes Virtual

prestonhollowpeople.com – Wednesday February 24, 2021

The theme of the Dallas Literary Festival, hosted by SMU,  is a fitting one for the times — turbulence.

The free, virtual program will be from March 26-28. For the full schedule and to register, visit  dallasliteraryfestival.org

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. March 26, with Alice Johnson, author of After Life: My Journey from Incarceration to Freedom in a keynote conversation with Mitchell Jackson, author of Survival Math. March 27-28 will be devoted to panels, readings and author interviews featuring New York Times columnist and author of The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto Charles M. Blow, the first Native American Poet Laureate of the U.S. and  author of the memoir Crazy Brave Joy Harjo, Pulitzer Prize in poetry winner and author of Leadbelly and Olio Tyehimba Jess, the author of Where Reasons End and Must I Go Yiyun Li, and the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Sontag: Her Life and Work Ben Moser.

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Lit Agent Brooks Sherman Leaves Agency, Dropped by Authors

publishersweekly.com – Sunday February 21, 2021

Literary agent Brooks Sherman is no longer affiliated with Janklow & Nesbit Associates, where he has worked since 2017. He has also recently been dropped by a number of his clients, most prominently Angie Thomas, whose bestselling YA novel The Hate U Give has been added to school curricula around the country and was made into a film that grossed $35 million at the box office—and whose sale, at auction for a rumored six figures, cemented Sherman as a major player in the children's publishing world.

“We have parted ways,” Thomas told PW yesterday by telephone from her home in Jackson, Miss., confirming that the break took place within the past week. She declined to disclose why she parted ways with Sherman or who initiated the split, but Sherman told PW in an email that Thomas fired him, adding, “It was an honor to have an opportunity to work with her for the past five years.”

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Creative Writing M.F.A. Student Launches Literary Magazine

news.uark.edu – Wednesday February 17, 2021

Samantha Campbell, a first-year M.F.A. student in fiction writing in the U of A Program in Creative Writing and Translation in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences has co-founded Black Moon Magazine, an online literary arts journal featuring fiction and poetry.

According to its mission statement, Black Moon Magazine "dedicates itself to the discovered intersections of mixed-medium, art, and diversity."

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Why your favorite magazines are morphing into books

edition.cnn.com – Saturday February 13, 2021

Shopping in the pandemic often means buying supplies for working, cooking and exercising at home. But consumers are also looking for ways to pass the time, and for some, that means picking up a magazine while they're out and about.

Those who braved a drug store, supermarket or newsstand this past month may have seen in the magazine section copies of Better Homes & Gardens' "Secrets of Getting Organized," Delish's "Keto Comfort Foods" and Time's collector's edition on the Korean pop band, BTS.

But these are not traditional magazines. They are what some in the media industry call "bookazines" — a blend of books and magazines — and in recent years, they have become more crucial to publishers' success.

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Agents Kingsford and Campbell part ways

thebookseller.com – Friday February 12, 2021

The agency Kingsford Campbell is splitting up, after Julia Kingsford and Charlie Campbell decided to separate their activities after seven years of working together.

Kingsford will continue to represent her clients, as Julia Kingsford Ltd, while maintaining her involvement in The Good Literary Agency, which she co-founded with Nikesh Shukla in 2018, as well as her consultancy work for publishers, writers and production companies. She can be found at juliakingsford.com and julia@juliakingsford.com.

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