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Fiction and poetry submissions invited for new issue of magazine

firstwriter.com – Thursday January 14, 2016

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 28th 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 Eleventh 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 Twelfth International Short Story Contestclick here.

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Norwich to become literary capital with a National Centre for Writing

itv.com – Wednesday January 13, 2016

Novelists, including recently published, Benjamin Johncock have welcomed the news that Norwich is to open a National Centre for Writers in the city's Dragon Hall.

Norwich has long provided literary inspiration for writers such as Rose Tremain, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Anna Sewell and Tracy Chevalier. And the University of East Anglia's Creative Writing MA course has an alumni of dozens of award-winning authors.

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National Centre for Writing project in Norwich granted £900,000

theguardian.com – Friday January 8, 2016

Backed by major writers including JM Coetzee, Margaret Atwood and Anthony Horowitz, plans to open the National Centre for Writing, in Norwich – a first in the UK – have moved closer to fruition after the project was awarded a grant of almost £1m. The project is being organised by the Writers’ Centre Norwich, a literature development agency.

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Philip Pullman: professional writers set to become 'an endangered species'

theguardian.com – Thursday January 7, 2016

His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman is heading a new charge from writers demanding to be rewarded fairly for their work, as the Society of Authors warns that unless “serious” changes are made by publishers, the professional author “will become an endangered species”.

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Michael Hamilburg, Hollywood Literary Agent, Dies at 82

hollywoodreporter.com – Thursday January 7, 2016

Michael Hamilburg, a veteran literary agent and producer, died Jan. 1 of complications from Parkinson’s disease at his home in Los Angeles, his wife, Susan, said. He was 82.

His father founded the Mitchell J. Hamilburg Agency with clients that including Gene Autry, Deanna Durbin and Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo).

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XpoNorth invites writers in Scotland to pitch their work over Twitter

list.co.uk – Tuesday January 5, 2016

Tomorrow (or more specifically, Wed 6 Jan 2016), a host of literary agents and publishers will be scouring Twitter in the hopes of finding the next big literary thing.

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2016: Crunch time for publishing, its writers and their readers

thebookseller.com – Tuesday January 5, 2016

Dated today, 5th January, the Authors Guild's open letter to the Association of American Publishers leads the loudest call yet for contract reform in publishing's relations with authors.

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New writing award announced to honour Sir Terence Rattigan

whatsonstage.com – Monday January 4, 2016

The Terence Rattigan Society have announced a new writing award with monetary prizes and a professional production of the winning play on offer.

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Series of Books for Writers on Earning More from Their Books

expertclick.com – Friday January 1, 2016

Many writers don't realize the many ways they can make money from their books.  Now author Gini Graham Scott, who has published over 50 books with mainstream publishers, has written a series of books for writers on how to earn more money from their books. 

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Ed Victor – an honoured literary agent

theguardian.com – Thursday December 31, 2015

The veteran literary agent Ed Victor has been awarded a CBE in the New Year honours list.

With a client list that ranges from Joan Collins to U2 and from Nigella Lawson to the estate of Irish Murdoch, Victor is one of the books business’s most glamorous figures, leading a jet-set lifestyle divided between homes in London and the Hamptons.

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