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LONE STARS Great “One-Liner” Contributions

firstwriter.com – Sunday February 7, 2016

LONE STARS Magazine has printing space available between the margins of its pages, and is inviting submissions of your most memorable lines from your best works.

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Craft of Comedy Writing Conference 2016

comedy.co.uk – Saturday February 6, 2016

The Craft of Comedy Writing Conference is to return for a fourth year.

The highly regarded annual event, which takes place in Llandudno (North Wales), has this year been scheduled for the 8th and 9th April 2016.

The conference aims to help emerging writers find and develop their comedy voice through a series of talks, workshops and related events. It is "for anyone who watches comedy on TV or online or listens to radio comedy and thinks 'I could do that'."

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Agency Assistant- Paid Internship

jobs.thebookseller.com – Wednesday February 3, 2016

Bell Lomax Moreton is a literary agency, representing a wide range of distinguished authors and illustrators, writing and illustrating adult fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

We are able to offer candidates interested in pursuing a career in publishing the opportunity to experience life at the heart of a busy and thriving literary agency. You will work closely with our agents, gaining invaluable first-hand experience of literary and artist agenting, publishing and the media. 

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Call for short poems: BIG LIT The Stewartry Book Festival April 14-17 2016

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 31, 2016

Short poems are again being sought for display in high street windows over the BIG LIT weekend at the Stewartry Book Festival, April 14-17, 2016.

Poems may be published or unpublished, and should be sent as soon as possible in Palatino 12 point with your name at the bottom, and an acknowledgement if previously published.

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Flowstate is a writing app that will delete everything if you stop typing

theverge.com – Thursday January 28, 2016

Flowstate is billed as the "most dangerous app." It’s hyperbole, of course, but there’s a grain of truth to it. The software is a writing and note-taking tool, and it’s a super clean, minimal, and beautiful way to jot down your thoughts, especially on mobile. But its key feature is the ability to set timed writing sessions in which any text you’ve put to the page will disappear if you stop writing for more than seven seconds. Yes, really.

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Ascent Aspirations call for submissions

firstwriter.com – Friday January 22, 2016

Ascent Aspirations Magazine is coming back into circulation after a year's vacation. It will now publish poetry only, on a weekly basis, on a page called Friday's Poems. 

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Wise named new AAA president

thebookseller.com – Thursday January 21, 2016

Senior agent at Curtis Brown, Gordon Wise, has been elected president of the Association of Author's Agents (AAA), following the end of current president Sam Edenborough's term.

Wise, who won the Bookseller Book Industry Awards Agent of the Year gong last year, has served on the AAA committee since 2012.

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Winners of the Fourteenth International Poetry Competition announced

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 21, 2016

firstwriter.com is pleased to announce the winner and special commendations in its Fourteenth International Poetry Competition, which closed on November 1, 2015.

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Submit for the next issue of Phenomenal Literature

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 17, 2016

The new issue of Verbal Art has been released and you can find its details on its website: www.verbalart.in. Now the editors are looking for material for the next issue of Phenomenal Literature. The submission guidelines can be found at http://phenomenalliterature.com/submission.php. The last date for submission is 31 January 2016 and the next issue will come out by 31 March 2016.

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Self-Publishing Preview: 2016

publishersweekly.com – Saturday January 16, 2016

In 2015, self-publishing saw a number of high-profile success stories. Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Redemption became the first novel by an indie author to find shelf space at Walmart, and Andy Weir’s The Martian, originally self-published, was released as a major motion picture starring Matt Damon. Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake received major traditional media coverage and was reviewed in the New York Times (albeit after it was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014 and picked up by Graywolf Press), and such writers as Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, Deborah Bladon, and Tijan saw their indie books reach the New York Times digital bestseller list. Crowdfunding also continued to be a popular platform, with dozens of publishing projects successfully funded on Kickstarter, covering everything from teaching programming to kids to a Lil Bub picture book.

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