Éireann Lorsung on Creative Productivity and Fear of Failure

As a writer, what holds you back from completing your novel? What are you afraid of? I urge you to listen to Éireann Lorsung’s terrific talk, given at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival, on the links between creativity and writing, fear of failure and unproductivity. For first time novelists, especially, she speaks to […]

Call for Manuscripts from Killer Reads

Crime or thriller writer? Is your manuscript complete? Take a look at Killer Reads, the new digital crime and thriller imprint from HarperCollins. Here’s what they’re looking for: We are on the lookout for commercial crime and thrillers ranging from police procedurals, to psychological thrillers, to high-concept thrillers and beyond. We are looking for fantastic […]

Call for Fiction Submissions from Jonathan Cape

Fiction Writers! Novels, Novellas, Short Stories & Graphic-novels Submit the first 50 pages of your manuscript to Jonathan Cape in June [1-30th] for the opportunity of being published by an established literary publisher. **Complete manuscripts and work-in-progress eligible for entry.** Here’s the full text of the call on their website: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS From 1–30 […]

The WoMentoring Project

NEWS!!! I’m pleased to announce my involvement with a new initiative called The WoMentoring Project, which is being organised by the author Kerry Hudson. The project is bringing together women writers, agents, and editors, to offer free mentoring to up and coming female writers. Details of the project and how to apply are given below […]

Amy Einhorn Interview at P&W

From Poets &Writers Michael Szczerban is to be congratulated on this insightful, packed interview with Amy Einhorn, the editor of Amy Einhorn Books (an imprint of Putnam at Random House Group) in the current issue of Poets & Writers. His questions tease out the important facts about editing that beginning writers overlook in their eagerness […]

Top Tips on Writing for Children

Writing tips and clear-sighted, informed advice on the children’s book market – via the Writers’ & Artists’ website: Just up on the W&A site today is an impressive link list of useful writing tips from top children’s writers and publishers,- including, Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman; Emma Blackburn, who is editorial director for picture books at Bloomsbury Publishing; and […]

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 – The Long List

Four good things about the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2014 Long List which was announced today: International writers on the reading panel – including the fabulous talents of Elif Shafak and Sarah Hall Blind reading made it completely democratic: everyone was equal at the reading stage A truly international long list; reasonably balanced along […]

Dundee Int. Book Prize – Open for Entries

The 2014 Dundee International Book Prize Open for Entries In their press release the organisers say: Submissions are being sought for the Dundee International Book Prize 2014, with a £10,000 cash prize and a coveted publishing contract with Cargo Publishing up for grabs. Budding authors are invited to enter their debut novels for the Prize, […]