Entries are now open for the St. Francis College Literary Prize for 2017. This biennial prize awards US$50,000 to an author for their 3rd to 5th published work of fiction.
Eligible authors can be based anywhere in the world and there are no age or citizenship restrictions. 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.
In order to be eligible for the 2017 prize, the nominated work needs to have been published between June 2015 and May 2017.
The Mogford Hotels and Restaurants Group is inviting entries for its fifth annual short story prize. The winner will receive £10,000 (approximately US$12,750) and the competition is open to writers worldwide.
The judges for the 2017 contest are legendary English novelist Philip Pullman and celebrated food writer and television presenter Mary Berry.
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.’
Story: the king died and then the queen died.
Plot: the king died and then the queen died because of grief.
Edward Morgan Forster was an English novelist, short story writer and essayist. He is best known for A Room With a View (1908), Howard’s End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924).
Forster wrote Aspects of the Novel in 1927. Aspects of the Novel was a pioneering work, examining ‘aspects all English-language novels have in common: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm.’