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Thirteenth short story contest winners announced

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 31, 2017

After much deliberation, firstwriter.com is pleased to announce the winners and special commendations of its Thirteenth International Short Story Contest, which opened in May 2016 and closed on May 1, 2017.

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Stephanie Wolfe Murray, publisher – obituary

telegraph.co.uk – Wednesday August 30, 2017

Stephanie Wolfe Murray, who has died aged 76, co-founded the influential Scottish publisher Canongate Books and kept it afloat through regular financial crises for some 25 years.

Though Scottish publishing had a distinguished history in the 19th century, by the early 1970s there were only really two publishers which could accurately be called Scottish: Chambers, which primarily produced dictionaries, and Bartholomew, the mapmakers.

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Howard Kaminsky, Publisher With a Best-Seller Sense, Dies at 77

nytimes.com – Wednesday August 30, 2017

Howard Kaminsky, who honed his instincts for publishing commercially successful books at scrappy Warner Books and parlayed that sense into high-level positions at Random House and Hearst, died on Saturday in Manhattan. Mr. Kaminsky, whose authors included Richard M. Nixon and Donald J. Trump, was 77.

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firstwriter.magazine Issue 31: Summer 2017

firstwriter.com – Monday August 28, 2017

firstwriter.com has just announced the launch of the penultimate 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 31st 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 Fifteenth International Poetry Competition, but also all ten Special Commendations. You can view the magazine by clicking here.

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YA Publisher Allegedly Tricked Best Sellers List In Scheme To Sell The Movie Rights

cinemablend.com – Friday August 25, 2017

YA novels are still big business in the publishing world, but a large part of the reason for that is the frequency with which many of them get adapted as films. It seems one new book may have tried to game the system specifically to get the movie made.This week a book almost nobody had heard of, and even fewer had read, called Handbook for Mortals, found itself atop the New York Times Best Sellers list. Now, it seems the publisher may have used questionable means to get on the list in order to secure funding for the movie version of the book.

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Abridged 0 – 51 Wormwood: Submission Call

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 23, 2017

What if the end does not begin somewhere above our heads, but festers in the lives of individuals. What if it will not drop down from the sky but seep out slowly from the streams that flow under our senses. What if it isn’t colossal, overwhelming and thundering, but microscopic, sneaking and silent. What if we are deafened not by a distant bang but a cancer worming deep in our cells. What if it won’t be thrown at us, in our ignorance, from far far away, but is carried around inside us in tiny electric pieces. What if it is not of some mythological or hypothetical future but of the right now. Not the threat of a coming instant but a present dragging catastrophe.

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2018 edition of Writers' Handbook now available to buy

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 22, 2017

The 2018 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers has just been launched, and makes the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 1,400 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2017 edition, and nearly 400 brand new entries.

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Poetry anthology for Grenfell Tower

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 16, 2017

An anthology of poems is being compiled which respond to the Grenfell Tower tragedy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire

The collection will be published by Eyewear in December 2017.

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'Lazy and sloppy': historical novelist Philippa Gregory's bizarre take on genre writing

theguardian.com – Monday August 14, 2017

In a bizarre miscalculation, the historical novelist Philippa Gregory took a sideswipe at the authors of genre novels in an interview with the New York Times yesterday. “Choosing to write a genre novel is like fencing the universe because you are afraid of space,” said Gregory, loftily. “Why does anyone write lazy, sloppy genre novels? The typing alone is so exhausting — surely if you’re going to undertake 150,000 words, you might as well have something interesting to say?”

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Magazines: How print is surviving the digital age

bbc.co.uk – Sunday August 13, 2017

Print sales have been declining for several years as readers find their content online - but now, something unusual is happening.

When was the last time you bought a magazine?

The answer is likely to depend on whether you prefer reading about Theresa May or Taylor Swift.

Magazine sales have generally been falling since the day the inventor of the internet said: "Hey, why don't I invent the internet?"

But the latest ABC figures, released this week, show that sales of certain titles are actually going up.

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