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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The prize is for a completed, unpublished, original fiction manuscript over 50,000 words.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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Opportunities for Writers January and February 2014The ‘Opportunities for Writers’ posts were some of our most popular articles in 2013. We hope you enjoy the first post in the series for the new year.

Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize
is offered by Lake Forest College in conjunction with NOW Books. It offers an emerging writer under forty years old with no major book publication a two months residency at their campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan. The stipend is US$10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the college. Applications are open between 1 January and 1 March but only the first 200 will be considered so apply early.

Red Planet Prize for an original TV drama script
is open to anyone in the UK and Eire. Entrants must upload the first ten pages of an original 60 minute script for TV along with a short synopsis; this can be a single play or a pilot for a series. The winner receives a £5000 cash prize and development opportunities with Red Planet Pictures and Kudos for an original TV drama script. Entries close 6 January.

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How to Enter The Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition

Are you an aspiring crime writer? English newspaper The Telegraph is offering an unprecedented opportunity to be published by one of the world’s leading literary imprints.

Who Can Enter
The competition is open to writers from anywhere in the world. Entries must be unpublished works of fiction aimed at adult readers and written in the English language.

The prize is only open to those who have not had a novel published before and are not already signed with a literary agent.

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Opportunities for Writers November and December 2013

Our ‘Opportunities for Writers’ posts started back in April and they have proved to be some of the most popular articles on the site. Here is our final Opportunities post for 2013.

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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 30th. The NaNoWriMo website offers lots of tips and support, as well as links to local events around the globe.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading
is edited by a committee of high school students together with author and McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers. According to their blog the committee ‘meets nearly every week of the year to read, debate, and compile this offbeat but vital anthology. Want to say something to us? Contact the BANR committee at nonrequired [@] gmail [dot] com. We’ll read everything you send us.’

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Opportunities for Writers October and November 2013

We are pleased to present our regular round-up of competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers around the world. For updates and news of more opportunities for writers, follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Quirk Books
is running its inaugural ‘Looking for Love’ Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts. Works must be at least 50,000 words, be written in English and feature a love story. The grand prize is US$10,000. Closes 1 October.

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Opportunities for Writers August and September 2013

The Virginia Quarterly Review
is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. While they have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, Virginia Quarterly Review also seeks and supports emerging writers and submissions from writers based anywhere in the world are welcomed. Closes 1 August.

The William Hazlitt Essay Prize
is offered by Notting Hill Editions each year. The Prize is for the best essay in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, published or unpublished, on any subject. Award value £15,000. Five runners-up will each receive £1000. Authors of any nationality are eligible, but submissions must have been written originally in English. Deadline 1 August.

Bernheim Forest Writing Residencies
are offered in collaboration with Sarabande Books and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is located in a 14,000 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, Kentucky. Residents receive a $500 honorarium, and resides, for at least 4 weeks, and up to 12 weeks, in a furnished cabin. The ‘soft’ entry deadline is 1 August.

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