Thought for the Month
"Reminding one another of the dream that each of us aspires
to may be enough for us to set each other free." - Antoine
de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince
Time seems to escape me these days faster than ever so I do apologize
for the lateness of this month's newsletter.
I chose this month's quote to remind me of an old friend. Over
the decades I have read the work of Antoine de Saint-Exupery many
times. For me it is the mark of great writing because on first glance
it seems so simple and effortless and yet I come back to re-read
it over time because it still holds new insights for me to take
Although we each have our own style of writing, it is often creatively
rewarding to read the work of authors for whom time is irrelevant
because they will speak to successive generations of readers and
writers as though they were speaking for the first time.
May your month soar with inspired writing.
The Bridport Prize is an annual international creative writing
competition for poetry and short stories. Deadline:June 30, 2007.
Submission guidelines: http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/
Painted Bride Quarterly accepts up to 5 poems, fiction up
to 5000 words, and essays and reviews up to 3000 words, in any genre.
Submission guidelines: http://pbq.drexel.edu/issue76/index.php
Pomegranate Words offers distance learning classes in poetry
and fiction, critiquing services, forums, contests, and other resources
for teen writers. Submission guidelines:
The TenTen Fiction Competition seeks submissions of 1,010
words exactly. Deadline:July 1st, 2007. Submission guidelines: http://www.wordsmitten.com/fiction.html
The 2007 PRISM International Literary Nonfiction Contest
seeks submissions. Submission guidelines: http://prism.arts.ubc.ca/contests/index.htm
Mak Rektor's International Short Story Contest seeks submissions
of horror, thriller and gothic stories between 2,000 to 4,000 words.
The Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry is presented
annually to a
Canadian poet based on a book published in the previous calendar
the present case, 2006). Deadline: June 30, 2007. Submission guidelines:
The Surrey International Writers Conference Writing Contest
seeks submissions in the following categories: SIWC Storytellers
Award: short stories 3,500 5,000 words
SIWC Non-fiction Award: maximum length 1,500 words
SIWC Poetry Award: one poem per submission; 36 lines max.
SIWC Writing For Young People Award: short stories, maximum length
Submission guidelines: http://www.siwc.ca/contest/index.php
Theatre BC's Annual Canadian National Playwriting Competition
seeks submissions. Deadline: July 31, 2007. Submission guidelines:
Toasted Cheese accepts previously unpublished flash fiction,
fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. The maximum word count
for fiction and creative nonfiction is 5000 words; for flash fiction
the maximum is 500 words. Submission guidelines: http://www.toasted-cheese.com/ezine/submit.htm
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Children's writer Rosalind Kerven, author of more than 50 children's
books for publishers as diverse as Dorling Kindersley, British Museum
Press and Frances Lincoln, has set up a publishing house called
Talking Stone to produce her own seven-part historical fiction series,
The Grim Gruesome Stories. The first title, The Cursed Sword,
will be published in February 2008.
I know there are many other experienced authors out there
who will be watching closely to see if the 'author-led publishing
team' model is one they could successfully follow. said Kerven.
Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, won the £30,000
Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction on Wednesday for Half of a
Yellow Sun (Fourth Estate). The Lizard Cage by Canadian
writer Karen Connelly took the Prize for A First Novel.
Warner Brothers Pictures has bought the rights to Terry Brooks'
fantasy book series Shannara for film adaptation.
New Zealand author Lloyd Jones has won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers'
Prize for overall best book for his novel Mister Pip. It
is the story of a teacher who educates a small village's children
by reading them Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.
The Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book was won by
Bechard for Vandal Love, which follows generations of a French-Canadian
family afflicted with a curse that causes their children to be born
either giants or runts.
Recently, a well-known literary agent confirmed his
Rule' which they use in evaluating any book submission. If the book's
cover doesn't grab them in 3 seconds they pass on it. Bookstore
browsers spend an average of 8 seconds looking at the front cover
and 15 seconds studying the back cover before deciding whether to
buy your book. If your book cover doesn't instantly hook their interest
and then convey the right message about you, your chance
to make a sale is gone. Publishers will often put several cover
designs in front of focus groups to get some pre-publication feedback.
It is certainly something we do at Windshift Press.
Windshift Press is busy with Autumn publications and summer fairs
and events. Work on the Autumn-Winter WP catalogue is underway.
Some also dream of vacation time. August can't come soon enough.
While every effort is made to check the markets suggested in this
newsletter, writers must use their own judgment when submitting
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