Here 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 The prize is for unpublished manuscripts of 50,000 words or more.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.
Jennifer Egan is an acclaimed author and short-story writer. Her fourth novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. In the following videos, recorded in 2010 for the New York Center for Fiction’s Craftwork series, Egan discusses different kinds of characterisation and the elements that strengthen a work of fiction.
Egan begins by explaining that in fact as a writer, she doesn’t generally think in terms of ‘craft’. Egan instead works unconsciously, at least on her early drafts. This process is then followed by years of editing in which she tries to ‘tame those (drafts) and shape them into something that’s tolerable.’
Entries 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.
Watch Kurt Vonnegut explain The Shapes of Stories himself in this great video.
Designer: Maya Eilam
Sources: A Man Without a Country and Palm Sunday
The Great Gatsby first edition cover art (1925) designed by Francis Cugat.
Thanks to the University of Adelaide, readers in Australia now have access to an amazing free and legal eBook archive of the most popular works by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The books are available to be read online, downloaded as ePub files (suitable for most eReaders), and in a format accessible on Kindles.
Why only Australian readers you ask? This is because up until recently Australia followed the ‘life of the author plus 50 years’ copyright rule. Fitzgerald died in 1940 which meant that his books entered the public domain in Australia in 1991. Many parts of the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom, generally follow a copyright rule of ‘life of the author plus 70 years’. Most people therefore expected Fitzgerald’s back catalogue to enter the public domain in 2011. However, books originally copyrighted in the US between 1923 and 1964 had to have their copyright renewed in their 28th year. This resulted in a copyright extension up to a total of 95 years. Based on this rule, Fitzgerald’s works published before 1923 (This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful and The Damned) are now in the public domain in the United States, while The Great Gatsby (published in 1925) will not enter the public domain until 2021.