Keep Calm and Just WriteHere is our collection of prizes, publication opportunities and other events happening in April 2013 for emerging and established writers.

The Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize
opens to entries on 1 April. Conducted by Black Balloon Publishing, the winner will receive a book deal including US$5,000 up front. The prize is for unpublished manuscripts of 50,000 words or more.

William Callihan of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
is seeking new clients. He is particularly interested in narrative non-fiction, comedy, pop culture, American history, crime and commercial thrillers, literary fiction.

The Sherwood Anderson Foundation Grants
for emerging writers offers up to US$20,000 to a person who has written at least one but no more than two published books of fiction. NB: An entry fee of $100 in payable. Closes 1 April.

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The Privileges by Jonathan Dee 2011 winner of the St Frances PrizeEntries are now open for the St. Francis College Literary Prize for 2013. This biennial prize awards US$50,000 to an author for their 3rd to 5th published work of fiction.

There are no citizenship restrictions with this prize and eligible authors can be based anywhere in the world. Nominated books can also be published anywhere in the world, although only English-language books may be entered (translations accepted). Uniquely, self-published books are also eligible for consideration.

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Friday Aerogramme: News and Updates from Aerogramme Writers' Studio

Just over a week ago we posted Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling – a list first shared by Emma Coats, a Pixar Story Artist, on Twitter in 2012. To say the response to the post has been huge would be an understatement. We’ve received thousands of comments and shares and the interest in the list continues to grow. On Wednesday The New Yorker’s Richard Brody responded to the story with an article titled The Problem with Processed Storytelling’. Brody says that Pixar films make him feel as if he ‘were watching the cinematic equivalent of irresistibly processed food, with a ramped-up and carefully calibrated dosing of the emotional versions of salt, sugar, and fat.’ What do you think of Brody’s article? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

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The shortlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2013 is due to be announced on the 9th of April. The longlist for the prize was announced quite some time ago – on the 12th of November in fact – presumably in order to give readers some chance of making an indent into the rather extraordinary 154 book longlist before the second announcement is made.

The winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award will receive €100,000 prize, making it the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. In order to be eligible for the 2013 prize, books needed to be published between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011.

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The shortlist for the unique Diagram Prize – the prize awarded each year book with the strangest title – has been announced for 2013.

The titles in the running are:

Was Hitler Ill?
by Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle (Polity Press)
A historian and professor of medicine analyse whether the Führer was fully responsible for his crimes. View Post

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