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Granta is Accepting Unsolicited Submissions

After a long hiatus Granta, one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines, is again accepting unsolicited submissions.

Granta’s history can be traced back to 1889 when a student politics and literature magazine called The Granta was founded at Cambridge University. Since its relaunch 35 years ago, Granta has been a quarterly literary journal, with the aim of publishing the best new writing.

Granta publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There are no strict word limits, though most prose submissions are between 3000 and 6000 words and the editors advise they are unlikely to read more than 10,000 words of any submission.

Alongside the print edition, the online New Writing program publishes stories, poems, essays, interviews, animations and more from established Granta alumni as well as new voices.

All submissions will be considered for both the print and online editions (unless otherwise stipulated in the cover letter). Selection is extremely competitive and only a very small fraction of submissions will be chosen for publication. Reading recent editions of Granta will help you assess whether your work is likely to be a good match.

Writers must submit their work via Submittable and there are no reading fees. For further information visit the Granta website. Submissions are scheduled to remain open until 1 April 2015.

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Friday Aerogramme

Friday 17 October 2014

  1. The big news in books this week was of course that Australia’s Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker Prize 2014 for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. In his acceptance speech he said:
    I do not share the pessimism of the age about the novel. They are one of our greatest spiritual, aesthetic and intellectual inventions. As a species it is story that distinguishes us, and one of the supreme expressions of story is the novel. Novels are not content. Nor are they are a mirror to life or an explanation of life or a guide to life.Novels are life, or they are nothing.
    Read the full speech here.
  2. In other awards news, the finalists for the National Book Awards 2014 have been announced. The fiction list features Rabih Alameddine, Anthony Doerr, Phil Klay, Emily St. John Mandel and Marilynne Robinson. According to Matthew Specktor ‘Doerr should win, but Robinson will’.
  3. On Wednesday we posted our Opportunities for Writers post for November and December. It has over 100 competitions, fellowships and publication opportunities for writers at all stages of their careers.
  4. McSweeney’s Publishing has announced that it will begin operating as nonprofit. The move aims to ensure the long-term future of McSweeney’s, with the help of an expanded community of donors, writers, and readers.
  5. NaNoWriMo starts in just over two weeks. Literary agent Nephele Tempest has some helpful advice for anyone planning to undertake the herculean task of writing a novel in a single month.
  6. Australian Book Review’s $5000 Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay is now open for entries; writers from around the world are eligible to submit their work.
  7. Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books in the United Kingdom, has created a list of the 50 best books for cultural diversity. The list aims to promote books that explore diversity, either in terms of its story or the ethnic and cultural origins of the author or illustrator.
  8. Harvard Professor Elisa New is teaching a free, open online course on American Poetry (1700 – 1850). The course starts next Wednesday and runs for seven weeks.
  9. Each week the So You Want to be a Writer podcast shares news and advice from the writing and blogging worlds. The latest episode discusses the reason why some blogs succeed, taking criticism and the best places to do an interview.
  10. Ninth Letter is accepting submissions until 1 November for a special online edition featuring the work of creative writing students. Undergraduate and graduate students may submit up to three poems, or one piece of short prose (fiction and non-fiction) of up to 3500 words.

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Opportunities for Writers November and December 2014

Over 100 competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and more.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions and be aware that entry fees are payable in many cases. 

NaNoWriMo
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, described as ‘the world’s largest writing event and nonprofit literary crusade’. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching ‘The End’ by November 30. The NaNoWriMo website offers lots of tips and support, as well as links to local events around the globe.

John Steinbeck Short Story Award
is one of three prizes offered by Reed Magazine. This award is for a work of fiction up to 5000 words and requires a reading fee of $15. The winner of the John Steinbeck Award receives a cash prize of US$1000. Entries close 1 November.

Gabriele Rico Creative Nonfiction Challenge
also offered by Reed Magazine, is for a work of nonfiction up to 5000 words. The winner receives a cash prize of US$1333. Entries close 1 November.

Edwin Markham Prize
is the third prize from Reed Magazine. It is for is for works of poetry and is awarded for up to five poems. The winner receives US$1000.  Entries close 1 November.

Amazon.ca First Novel Award
is a competition that recognises the outstanding achievement of a first-time Canadian novelist.The Award is for books published in English in between 1 January 2014 and 31 March 2015. Finalists receive $1000 each and the winner receives $7500. Entries for books published in 2014 close on 1 November.

Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards
are open to short fiction up to 2500 words, as well as to poetry and creative non-fiction. The winning entries receive CA$1000 and will be published in The Malahat Review’s Spring 2015 issue. Entries close 1 November.

Bat City Review
is an annual literary magazine run by graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin. It interested in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (personal essays, memoir, commentary) that experiments with language, form, and unconventional subject matter, as well as more traditional work. Submissions close 1 November. Continue Reading…

Man Booker Prize 2014 - Richard Flanagan and Neel Mukherjee

The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize will be announced in London next Tuesday. This was the first year that books by writers from all nations have been permitted to enter the prestigious award, leading to speculation that the field would be dominated by American authors. Instead, it looks unlikely that the prize will be awarded outside the Commonwealth. If the latest odds from bookmaker William Hill are accurate, either Australia’s Richard Flanagan or Calcutta-born Neel Mukherjee will be taking home the £50,000 prize.

When the thirteen book longlist was announced in July, Mukherjee’s The Lives of Others immediately become a hot favourite among commentators and bookmakers alike. David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks was also popular among many pundits but the English authors’ sixth novel failed to make the shortlist. Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North has been top seller is his home country but the book missed out on the Miles Franklin Award, the country’s most prestigious literary prize.

The Man Booker Prize 2014 Bookmakers’ Odds

A total of 154 books were considered by the Man Booker Prize judges this year, 145 of which were submitted by publishers with a further 9 called in by the judges. William Hill’s odds for the six novels still in contention are:

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Horation Nelson Fiction Prize 2014

The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize is awarded each year by Black Balloon Publishing. The winner of the 2014 prize will receive US$5000 and a publishing deal with Black Balloon.

The prize is for a completed, unpublished, original fiction manuscript over 50,000 words. Writers can be from any country and there are no citizenship restrictions. Both novels and short story collections may be entered.

The 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize was won by Iowan author Mike Meginnis. His novel Fat Man Little Boy was published in this month.

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The Times Childrens Fiction Competition

The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition is now open for entries. The winning writer will receive a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House with a royalty advance of £10,000 (US$16,000), plus representation from a top children’s literary agent.

The Times / Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition began in 2007 and has launched the careers of a number of new authors. To enter, you must have written a completed full-length novel suitable for children aged somewhere between 7 and 18 years. By full-length the organisers suggest a minimum of 30,000 words and ask that manuscripts entered do not exceed 80,000 words in length.

The competition is open to writers around the world, regardless of nationality or residency status. To enter, writers are asked to submit the full manuscript in hard copy, accompanied by:

  • a one page synopsis of the story
  • a chapter-by-chapter plot plan
  • a cover letter including a brief biography and an explanation of why you believe the work would appeal to children.

All entries must be accompanied by a £15 fee. If you have entered this competition before, please note that this year the rules have changed so that previously submitted manuscripts can be re-entered.

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 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014
Entries are now being accepted for one of the world’s richest poetry prizes, The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. The winner of the 2014 prize will receive €10,000 (approximately US$12,750), with three runners-up to receive €1,000 each.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize is for a single, original poem that has not been published in any form (including being self-published or published online). The prize is open to all poets, both established and emerging, and there are no restrictions on nationality or citizenship.
Entries will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts, a past winner of the  Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize is managed by Irish quarterly arts & literature magazine The Moth. The Moth publishes poetry, short fiction and pictures, with each issue also featuring two interviews with writers or artists from Ireland or living in Ireland. The Moth happily accepts unsolicited submissions – please check the submission guidelines for further details.
Entries for the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014 close on 31 December. The winning poems will be published in the March 2015 edition of The Moth. Visit The Moth website for full entry conditions.