“There is magic in reality if you can unlock it, if you can release it.”

Howard Jacobson, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question, shares his tips for successful writing as part of the BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

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Opportunities for Writers: May 2013

Here is our collection of prizes, publication opportunities and other events happening in May 2013 for both emerging and established writers.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships
award up to five aspiring screenwriters with fellowships of US$35,000. The final entry date is 1 May. The fellowships are open to writers worldwide.

St. Francis College Literary Prize
awards a mid-career author US$50,000 for their 3rd to 5th novel. The prize is open to writers based anywhere in the world and self-published entries are eligible for entry. Closes 1 May.

Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
awards $2,500 and publication by the Kent State University Press to a poet who has not previously had a collection published. Entrants should submit 50 – 70 pages of poetry. Closes 1 May.

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The Most Loved Children's Books Infographic

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Jonathan Franzen's Ten Rules for Writing Fiction

In 2010, inspired to Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing, The Guardian asked some of the world’s most respected writers to share their best tips for writing fiction. Here’s the list American novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen provided. View Post

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This promotional video from the US office of Random House provides a behind the scenes look at the workings of a major publishing house. It features interviews with the company’s editors, designers, marketing staff and publicists, highlighting the huge amount of work, money and effort that goes into producing and promoting a commercially published book.

Random House is the largest general-interest trade book publisher in the world and is poised to become even larger as it moves to merge with Penguin. Its authors include Maya Angelou, John Grisham, Gillian Flynn, E.L. James, George R.R. Martin and Paulo Coelho.

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