Popular news and entertainment website BuzzFeed is accepting applications for its third annual fellowship program for emerging writers.

The program aims to provide writers with the support, mentorship and experience necessary to “take a transformative step forward in their careers.” The writers selected for fellowships in 2018 will each receive a US$14,000 stipend and spend four months working with the senior editorial staff at the New York City office of BuzzFeed News.

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Aerogramme Writers’ Studio has always aimed to provide helpful and interesting news and resources to writers at all stages of their careers. What started out as a small blog with a readership of a few friends (and some accidental visitors looking for collectible vintage stationery) has grown into something much larger. We’ve trended on Reddit, been retweeted by Neil Gaiman and linked to by the New York Times, to name but a few highlights.

As the site has grown, so have the costs. Up until now most of these have been offset by (ever dwindling) advertising revenue and some affiliate links. Unfortunately, this revenue model is not covering our growing expenses and we’ve had to look for something new.

To help secure the future of this site, and its continued growth, we’ve decided to launch a Patreon page. If you haven’t come across Patreon before, it’s a site designed to give creators a way to connect directly with their audiences and get paid for things they are already doing.

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As you may have already noticed, the Aerogramme Writers’ Studio website and social media pages have not been updated since early May. We apologise for the unexplained absence. This has been due to illness, and some other unexpected challenges.

We do hope to relaunch the site very soon. In the meantime, you can visit some of our most popular posts via the links below

Maintaining and updating this website is expensive. It takes hundreds of hours which largely goes unpaid. If you would like to help keep it running, please consider supporting us in one or more of the following ways:

    • Sign up for a FREE 30-day Audible trial. You’ll receive two free audiobooks and we’ll receive a small commission (even if you cancel your subscription at the end of the trial).
    • Sign up for a FREE two-month Skillshare trial. You’ll receive access to dozens of writing classes with teachers including Susan Orlean, Daniel José Older and Emily Gould, and we’ll receive a small commission (again, even if you cancel your subscription at the end of the trial). This offer ends on 30 June
    • Advertise on Aerogramme Writers’ Studio. Do you have a book, writers’ workshop, literary magazine or another project that you’d like to promote? Email us now to receive a 20% discount code.
    • Follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter, and share our posts with your friends.

Thank you for your support.

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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

For book news, writing competition updates, publication opportunities and more follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

For book news, writing competition updates, publication opportunities and more follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

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