The Jim Henson Company are searching for an author to write a new novel set in the world of Henson’s The Dark Crystal. This new Dark Crystal novel will be a prequel story, set at the time of the Gelfling Gathering. The winning author will receive a publishing contract with Penguin Group USA valued at $10,000*.
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Opportunities for Writers July and August 2013

Writing competitions, publication opportunities, fellowships and other events for emerging and established writers. For full submission and entry information, please refer to the relevant websites.

The International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency
offers residencies of one to six weeks to artists, poets, fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers in Val David, Canada, 50 miles north of Montreal. Residents are provided with a private room and work space. To apply for a bursary for a October/ November residency, submit a 10-page work sample, a curriculum vitae, a project description, and two letters of reference by 1 July.

The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest
is open to stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length. Entries should be character- or plot-driven pieces in any genre of fiction. The winner will receive US$500 and be published in the Jan/Feb 2014 edition of the magazine. Entries close 1 July.

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“This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.” – Barbara Kingsolver
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Zadie Smith's Rules for Writers

1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.

2. When an adult, try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.

3. Don’t romanticise your “vocation”. You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle”. All that matters is what you leave on the page.

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Friday Aerogramme: News and Updates from Aerogramme Writers' Studio

This week we’re honoured to post a guest article by Kenn Adams, the original creator of The Story Spine. You’ve probably read about the story spine before; it’s one of Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.
Quirk Books are currently running an unpublished manuscript competition. The winner will a $10,000 and publication of their novel.
The incomparable Judy Blume is doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit on 11 June.
A.M. Holmes has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize). It was also announced that Baileys will be the prize’s main sponsor in 2014.
Looking for a quiet place to write? Why not rent an old gaol cell for just $180 a month (seriously!)
Live in London and looking for a job in book publicity? Penguin Books UK are hiring.
Prada Journal is a new international creative writing contest launched by high-fashion brand Prada.   Entries can be in any language and the winner receives €5,000. For more writing competitions check out our June and July Opportunities for Writers list.
Malorie Blackman has been announced as the UK’s new children’s laureate. In this post for Bloomsbury’s Writers and Artists site she shares her tips for writing genre fiction for kids.
The San Francisco Chronicle has launched a new books blog. The first post is a Q and A with Mark Bowden, author of The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden. 
Max Barry is a wonderful writer from our home town of Melbourne. We posted his thoughts on editing a couple of months ago. His new book, Lexicon, will be released in just over week in the US and UK.
Start saving your pocket money: Oborne and Little now stock a Penguin Books themed Wallpaper.
Penguin Books themed wallpaper
Finally, from our Facebook page

to kill a mockingbird

 Enjoy your weekend!

Letterbox image courtesy of Upon A Fold. Reproduced with permission.