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Friday Aerogramme: 10 Links for Writers & Readers (7 November 2014)

Friday 7 November 2014

  1. The nominees for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards were announced this week. There are 15 nominees in each of the 20 categories ranging from fiction to fantasy to young adult fiction to food & cookbooks. The first round of voting closes tomorrow and the semi-finals run until 15 November.
  2. Rolling Stone has published an exclusive excerpt from Stephen King’s forthcoming novel, Revival. This ‘modern-day Frankenstein story’ is out on 11 November.
  3. Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson has shared some news of her plans to grow a start up with Steven Brill. Writers will be paid advances of around $100,000 to produce stories that will be longer than long magazine articles but shorter than books. There will be “one perfect whale of a story” each month and it will be available by subscription.
  4. Weave Magazine is seeking positive, self-motivated individuals to join its team of reviewers. Experience is preferred and reviewers can be based anywhere in the world.
  5. International Business Times has published an interesting article titled What Is Wattpad? The ‘YouTube For Stories’ Is Transforming Book Publishing. For writers wanting advice on using Wattpad, Rowena Wiseman has some fantastic tips.
  6. Australian writer and comedian Catherine Deveny has shared Ten Things No One Ever Tells You About Writing: “Remember, you’re not trying to kill anyone; you’re just trying to write some words, that turn into sentences that turn into stories. This platitude has helped too: ‘It doesn’t matter how slow you go, you’re lapping everyone on the couch’.”
  7. Tin House is accepting submissions for its non-themed Summer 2015 issue. It is looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and interviews. Submissions close 15 November. For more calls for submissions see our November and December Opportunities for Writers post.
  8. Writers have just over two weeks to get their entries in for the $20,000 Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest. The entry process asks for a passport number which has understandably caused a few queries. Silvia from the Museum has explained that they require the passport number or another form of ID to make sure that everyone follows the rule of only one entry per person. The final entry deadline is Sunday 23 November.
  9. Amy Mason has won the Dundee International Book Prize. According to the BBC, the Bournemouth-born writer and performer Ms Mason left school at 16 and said she was a “disaster” throughout her 20s until she was “saved” by an evening writing class aged 25. Entries for the next Dundee Prize, which carries a £10,000 cash award plus publication, are expected to open in February.
  10. Are you looking for a way to write without distractions? If so, the Hemingwrite may be just the answer. This modern day twist on the typewriter helps people craft prose without the risk of being distracted by social media.hemingwrite details.jpg

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Friday Aerogramme 24 October 2014

Friday 24 October 2014

  1. Momentum Books seeking to hire a book blogger. The blogger will write between 4 and 8 posts per month on topics related to reading, writing, books and storytelling culture (paid position).
  2. Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip, an extraordinary documentary that uncovers the real events behind Garner’s groundbreaking debut novel, is available to stream on ABC iView until next Thursday (geoblocked, Australia only).
  3. The New Yorker has published a new short story by Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. Listen to Hanks read ‘Alan Bean Plus Four’ on Soundcloud.
  4. The Wrong Quarterly is a new London-based literary magazine showcasing prose from British and international writers. It is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, life-writing and essays. The Wrong Quarterly is also seeking experienced readers and copyeditors.
  5. Small Press Network has announced the shortlist for the Most Underrated Book Award 2014. The award aims to shine a light on some of the outstanding titles that are released by small and independent Australian publishers that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues when first released.
  6. The Ministry of Stories, a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London, is advertising a number of positions including Creative Learning Manager and Community Engagement Coordinator.
  7. Vogue has posted an exclusive preview of a new documentary about the life on Joan Didion. The film is being made by her nephew, Griffin Dunne, the longtime actor and filmmaker, together with the documentarian Susanne Rostock.
  8. Entries for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize for Unpublished Manuscripts close next Friday. The winner will receive $5000 and publication through Black Balloon.
  9. Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a bookshop at night? If you have, check out this competition Waterstones and AirBnB are running in London.
  10. After a few months break, Aerogramme Writers’ Studio is back on Tumblr. Say hello at aerogrammestudio.tumblr.com.

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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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