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Want A Date With An Agent At The International Writers Festival Dublin?

In association with The Inkwell Group and Writing.ie Dreaming of writing a bestseller? Five leading agents are looking for you! The International Literature Festival Dublin is running Date With An Agent 2015 – Ireland’s largest ever talent-spotting event. We are looking for 75 top quality authors to pitch their work…

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Need Help Moving Forward?

Inkwell offer all sorts of services to help you move forward with your book – but we’ve just had great news from Alex Reece Abbot who used our Readers Report Service. This is what she thought of the report and what happened next… “I commissioned an Inkwell Reader’s Report for…

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New Year, New Writing…

It’s the time of year for New Year’s Resolutions and Writing.ie has lots of articles that will assist you in every aspect of the craft, but here are some highlights to inspire you… Catherine Ryan Howard’s advice is to Finish Your Damn Book – she did and look what happened!…

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A Very Merry Writing Christmas to Everyone

Just a note to wish all our visitors a very merry Christmas – we’ve had an exciting 2014 with several major deals for Inkwell Writers, we know 2015 is going to bring even more! For writing inspiration, tips and technique plus tons of competitions and submission opportunities, don’t forget to…

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The Secret Formula to Creating a Bestselling Book

Penny C. Sansevieri in The Huffington Post, discusses what makes a best seller, well worth a read! Writing a book is one thing, promoting it is a whole different animal. But what if you could, right out of the gate, know exactly what to do to create an outstanding, well-received…

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How to Write An Award Winning First Novel: Nathan Filer

Brilliant article by Nathan Filer on positivity, goals and how nothing is ever wasted… The first evening, in a frenzy of positivity, I wrote a page. The next day I deleted it. But I also wrote a new paragraph. That went too. By the end of the week I’d written…

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Good News for Writers…

No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to…

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Advanced Marketing Tactics for Indie Authors

With input from Mark Coker at Smashwords and several other industry heavyweights, this is a great article in Publishers Weekly about how indie authors achieve success, worth a read! “A great way for indies to become part of publishing and educate themselves about the industry is to learn from peers…

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So what is YA? And what are the boundaries?

In an excellent piece in the Guardian, post the first YA Literature Conference (YALC), Imogen Russell looks at the classifications for teen reads and what goes and what doesn’t: In the past, I’ve used the labels “teen” and “YA” interchangeably, but a quick straw poll of aficionados reveals two differing…

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Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition deadline 31 July!

The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition (deadline 31 July!) accepts submissions from all writers internationally, with a first prize of 2000 Euro (converted into winner’s currency), publication in Southword Journal, a week at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat AND if the winner comes to Cork, Ireland to collect their prize,…

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New Children’s Publisher: Fat Fox Books

Fat Fox is a brand new independent publishing company who will be publishing their first beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated children’s picture books and fiction in 2014. They say: Any child from anywhere, regardless of their background, should be given the opportunity to be enthralled by stories. Reading is the…

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Transworld Editor Critique Competition from YouWriteOn.com

Win a critique of your opening chapters by an editor from Transworld, publisher of Dan Brown and Youwriteon.com How to enter: Click on the link below and read the first 6 pages from the first chapter of A Kill in the Morning by Graeme Shimmin – published by Transworld and…

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US Book Sales Down Slightly But Rise in Audiobook Sales

In this very interesting article from Publishers Weekly, analysing the US book market, there is a slight decline in book sales, but a very steep rise in audiobook sales – food for thought! The decline is the fourth year in a row total industry revenue fell, although the four-year drop…

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$20,000 International Flash Fiction Prize

For anyone who enjoys writing flash fiction, the César Egido Serrano Foundation and the Spanish ‘Museum of Words’ have opened their ‘microfiction’ competition, closing date November 23rd 2014.  Write  a 100 word story you could win a prize of $20,000 – and second prize is $2,000! Open to international writers,…

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How Do You Do It? (Write & Get Published)

This is a brilliant online interactive game from the LA Times: Aspiring writers often ask established authors, “How did you do it?” The truth is that there is no single path to literary success. We sent a nonscientific survey to writers participating in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books:…

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A Week in the Life of an Agent

Ever wondered why it can take a while for an agent to get back to you? This is a superb post by agent Andrew Lownie (who represents Inkwell writer Eleanor Fitzsimons) on exactly what he does in an average week – you’ll see it’s pretty non-stop… Andrew Lownie outlines the…

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New Literary Agency Lauches

Former World Book Night c.e.o. Julia Kingsford and agent Charlie Campbell are launching a new literary and marketing agency. Kingsford Campbell Literary & Marketing Agents, London, will begin business in June, providing traditional literary agent services for authors, as well as offering brand, marketing and digital strategy services. Former Transworld…

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Definitions of Success & Some Answers on Independent Publishing

At Inkwell we support authors and help guide them, whatever their chosen route to publication is, whether that is through traditional or independent publishing. Joanna Penn hits the nail on the head here when she talks about your own definition of success. This video is from a panel I was…

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Dublin Writers Festival Date With An Agent: Results!

With submissions coming in from all over the world, the Inkwell team had a hard task to read and select the authors for the Dublin Writers Festival Date with An Agent Event. All the successful applicants have now been notified, and this is the final list – the agent’s names…

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Irish Author Gets Six Figure Deal with HarperFiction

HarperFiction have agreed a two-book deal with debut author Jax Miller in a six figure pre-empt on the eve of The London Book Fair.  Simon Trewin of WME struck the deal with Executive Publisher Kate Elton and Deputy Publishing Director Sarah Hodgson for UK & Commonwealth rights. Claudia Ballard in…

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Creating a Series Character with Jane Casey

Last weekend I was down at Waterford Writers Weekend talking crime with, amongst others, Jane Casey – here she explains the elements she had to consider in creating the Maeve Kerrigan character and why location is so important in her books. It’s part of our Six Minutes on Story series…

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Free Short Story Resources from Mslexia

If you’re thinking of submitting to Mslexia’s 2014 Short Story Competition, they’ve commissioned a series of writing workshops by Louise Doughty specially designed to tickle your creativity and give your short story an edge in the competition. Mslexia be publishing a new workshop on their website every week until the competition closing date,…

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Wordlegs Final Call for Submissions!

Wordlegs.com will have two more open submission calls for new writing, for our Summer and Autumn 2014 issues. Our final issue – Issue 20 – this Winter, will feature our highlights of new Irish literature from young and emerging writers over the past few years. For your opportunity to be…

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Experience of Aspergers? Can you write about it?

Many of you will have seen Adam Harris on the Late Late Show discussing the launch of his website Aspergers Advice, and you may know that I have a son with Aspergers. Adam has asked me to join the board of the charity he has founded, and we need your…

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Want A Date With An Agent At The Dublin Writers Festival?

In association with The Inkwell Group and Writing.ie Dreaming of writing a bestseller? Five leading agents are looking for you! The Dublin Writers Festival Date With An Agent is Ireland’s largest ever talent-spotting event. We are looking for 60 top quality authors to pitch their work to 5 leading literary…

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Six Minutes on Story: Structuring Your Story

Here’s our latest video in the Six Minutes on Story series:

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THRESHOLDS International Short Story Forum Feature Writing Competition

We are now inviting submissions to the 2014 THRESHOLDS International Short Story Forum Feature Writing Competition 1st Prize of £500 2 x Runner-up Prize of £100 Closing date: 02 April 2014, midnight GMT THRESHOLDS is the only online forum dedicated to the reading, writing and study of the short story form. Entries are…

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Pages of Stories ABBA Anthology

ABBA was an incredibly successful band whose music resonates with people to this day. 40 years ago this band came out of nowhere and won the Eurovision contest becoming an overnight sensation around the world. Of course that’s what it seems like to the lay person, but ABBA didn’t come…

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Six Minutes on Story

Inkwell have launched a new You Tube channel, Six Minutes on Story – we’re only starting but aim to have a wide range of videos discussing all aspects of writing – first here’s Getting Started:

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What Are UK Editors Looking For in 2014?

This is a really interesting post via literary agent Andrew Lownie detailing the thoughts of 25 UK Editors and what they are looking for in 2014. You can find Andrew Lownie on Twitter here:  @andrewlownie http://www.andrewlownie.co.uk/2014/01/13/what-uk-fiction-editors-want-2014

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Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2014 Short Story Competition

Closing date on this is 15th February, so don’t hang about! For published and aspiring writers alike – enter the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2014 short story competition and you could win: a cash prize of £500 a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice publication of…

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MMU Novella Award

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire Campus have launched the inaugural MMU Novella Award, a new literary prize for an unpublished novella of between 20,000 and 40,000 words. The winner will receive: £1,000 prize money; publication through Sandstone Press; author consideration by Diana Beaumont of Rupert Heath Literary Agency. The competition is…

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Silver Apples Ezine

A new Irish e-zine that has just been founded called Silver Apples Magazine by Alex Dunne Gráinne O’Brien with the aim to showcase fresh and exciting new talent in literature, poetry, drama and art. Their website is http://silverapplesmag.wordpress.com/ and they also have a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/silverapplesmag and a twitter handle…

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Dundee International Book Prize 2014

The UK’s most lucrative prize for unpublished authors has once again opened for entries, with a place amongst the literary elite on offer for the writer who stands out from the field featuring some of the world’s best undiscovered novelists. Submissions are being sought for the Dundee International Book Prize…

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Tethered By Letters’ Summer Short Story & Poetry Contest

Tethered By Letters’ are currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 2,000 to 7,500 words. TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. All winners will be published in Tethered By Letters’ Summer Quarterly Journal and finalists will be considered for…

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The Bath Novel Award

With a closing date of 28th February, The Bath Novel Award is a new international competition for unpublished or self-published novels. Juliet Mushens, Literary Agent and Judge for The Bath Novel Award 2014 says “Without new writers we have no business. Today’s slushpile author could be next year’s number one…

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Contest Win for Clare O’Beara

Inkwell writer Clare O’Beara was in touch to say  “I won a contest run by Simon and Schuster, in mid-January – the Arkady Renko short story contest.  This character was first seen in Gorky Park. To launch Martin Cruz Smith’s new book about Renko, Tatiana, we were asked to write…

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2014 Historical Novel Society International Short Story Award

The 2014 Historical Novel Society International Award, with a prize of $2,000, will be for an outstanding historical short story. There will be an entry fee of $15 per story ($5 for members of the Historical Novel Society), and entries must be between 1,000 and 5,000 words. Submissions will be…

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2014 Publishing Predictions from The Bookseller

“Plateauing digital sales but a continuing shift of reading onto mobile devices, experimentation in e-book and print bundling, the rise of digital textbooks and yet more growth in self-publishing, are among the trends predicted for 2014 by industry leaders.” Read the full story in The Bookseller here: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/industry-leaders-make-their-predictions-2014.html   And…

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New Writing Commission: Call for Writers

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Library & Arts Service Call for Writers New Writing Commission January – September 2014   Closing date: 12 noon on Fri 6th December at 12 noon   To celebrate the opening of the Central Library and Cultural Centre in Dún Laoghaire in Autumn 2014 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown…

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Free-to-Watch-Live Getting Published Workshop

Writers, are you finished that manuscript but aren’t sure how to approach agents and publishers? WritersWebTV will open the door to the whole process on Saturday, November 9th with Getting Published featuring agents Carole Blake, Julia Churchill, Paul Feldstein and sensational self-published author Hazel Gaynor. Carole Blake will impart wisdom…

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Crime’s Best Writers at Free-to-Watch-Live Online Workshop

Best-selling crime authors Ken Bruen, Jane Casey, Declan Hughes and Niamh O’Connor will be joining WritersWebTV on October 30th, ready to arm aspiring authors with all the best writing tips, tricks and methods at the upcoming workshop, Crime Pays: Writing Crime Fiction. Multi-award-winning Ken Bruen – the author of the…

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Free-to-watch-live Online Writers Workshop: Writing for Children & YA

On Saturday September 28th, Writers Web TV will be officially launching with their very first free-to-watch-live  online writing workshop. Finding the Magic: Writing for Children and Young Adults will teach you how to conjure stories that children and teenagers will love. The workshop will be streamed live on www.writerswebtv.com. An…

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2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award

The Stinging Fly is delighted to announce the return of the Davy Byrnes Short Story Award Booker Prize winner Anne Enright, Impac Winner Jon McGregor and Yi Yun Li winner of the Guardian First Book Award will judge the competition. The winner will receive €15,000 with €1000 for each of…

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Tethered by Letters Short Story Competitions

>>> Tethered by Letters’ Fall Literary Contest We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (2,000 to 7,500 words, open genre) and our flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will…

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Wolfpack Publishers Short Story Competition

Have you got a Short Story in you? If you think your story will fit with one of Wolfpack’s collection themes – Historical Romance, Paranormal, or Thriller – then they want to hear from you! Wolfpack Publishers are looking for Short Story Submissions from new or established writers for a…

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Ether Books Competition

At Ether, we are constantly on the look out for talented new writers. We are currently running three writing competitions. All are Flash Fiction/non-Fiction and free to enter: 1. 18-25 Summer Shorts 2013 This is a downloads based competition. The story with the highest number of downloads wins. Prize: £50…

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Flash 500 Competitions

Lorraine Mace is humour columnist for Writing Magazine and a deputy editor of Words with JAM. She writes fiction for the women’s magazine market and features for monthly glossy magazines. Winner of a Petra Kenney International Poetry Award, she has won and been placed in numerous creative writing and poetry…

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Getting Published at The Dalkey Book Festival

If you have that book finished and you are wondering what the next step is, this workshop is for you! 10am-1pm, Sunday 16 June Thai House, Railway Road, Dalkey €40 What is a publisher looking for? How can you improve your pitch and improve your chances of getting published? Vanessa…

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Get Into Print with Kazoo and RTÉ!

Do you have the next international bestseller hidden away in a drawer? Fancy yourself as EL James or Roddy Doyle? This is your chance to step into the limelight! Kazoo Independent Publishing Services is teaming up with the RTÉ Guide and the John Murray Show to offer you the opportunity…

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The Short Story Competition

CALLING ALL SHORT STORY WRITERS! Now in its third year, The Short Story competition is open for 2013 entries: www.theshortstory.net This competition is looking to publish the best short stories from around the world. New or established writers welcome. Winners will be announced in December 2013 and the stories will…

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Submission Opportunities at Mslexia

Mslexia Magazine is the magazine for women (sorry chaps!) who write and they have a whole host of submission opportunities for writers. Their annual Women’s Poetry Competition is now open for entries. For poems of any length and on any subject, the first prize is £2,000 and it will be…

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The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition

The Aesthetica Creative Writing competition is now open for entry, offering both existing and aspiring writers the chance to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Now in its sixth year, the competition celebrates creative writing and nurtures talent, inviting writers to submit imaginative work that pushes the boundaries…

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New Competition for Smashwords

For anyone interested in publishing in digital, another player has arrived on the market – this time one who claims to solve all those nightmarish formatting problems. That said, it sounds like they have a system for stripping out the stuff (code) in Word files that cause all the problems,…

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Why YOU need to be on Twitter

At every Getting Published workshop I do, I tell writers that they need to be on Twitter (I should be on commission!) This is why!! Twitter is being used as a “commissioning channel”, Random House digital publisher Dan Franklin has revealed. Franklin said the “vast majority” of the short-form non-fiction…

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New Writers Forum & Talent Spotting Site Launched

Blackstaff Press have launched a new writers community forum, SkyPen, with the goal of motivating writing across the island of Ireland (North, South, East and West) and to provide a central hub for groups of like minded people to create, discuss and enjoy books and literature. You do not need…

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Words with JAM First Page Competition 2013

Words with JAM’s most popular first page competition is back. They say “We’re looking for the most captivating first page (up to 400 words) of a story. Entries can be from a novel previously unpublished, a part written novel, or simply a first page written purely for the competition. Entries…

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How Lyrical Is Your Romance? Contest

Lyrical Press is searching for the next great romance. Entries must be complete works, any heat level welcome, open to published and unpublished authors. Prizes: The entry with highest average score will receive a $100 Advance and publishing contract with Lyrical Press, Inc. Highest-average scoring entry from each category will…

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Three Monkeys Online Seeking Submissions

Three Monkeys Online is now also publishing original fiction and poetry. To have your work considered for publication please read the terms and conditions below and submit your work to fiction.poetry@threemonkeysonline.com What we’re looking for Original fiction or poetry. We’re open to all genres and formats – though for reasons…

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ReadWave Short Story Anthology: Call-for-Submissions

ReadWave is looking for original, contemporary short fiction for its Short Story Anthology, 2013. ReadWave is a new digital publishing platform that enables writers to build up a fanbase and market their stories online. ReadWave is home to writers of all varieties, from sci-fi to literary fiction, and the anthology…

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Have you written a memoir? Last Call for Fish Memoir Prize

The Fish Short Memoir Prize provides an opportunity to have your short memoir published. The ten best Memoirs will be published in the Fish Anthology 2013. For more information on how to enter, go to http://www.fishpublishing.com/memoir-competition-contest.php

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Tethered by Letters Short Story Competitions

Tethered by Letters’ Spring Short Story Contest We are currently accepting short stories of any genre ranging from 2,000 to 7,500 words. TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. All winners will be published in Tethered by Letters’ Winter Quarterly Journal and finalists…

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5th Annual Mslexia Short Story Competition for Women Who Write

The fifth annual short story competition for women writers, is now open for entries. The first prize is £2,000 – one of the biggest prizes available in the genre –and includes two optional extras: a week’s retreat at the home of early women’s writing, Chawton House Library, and a day with…

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Adventures in Fiction Competition

Spotlight l First Novel Competition Deadline: 14th February 2013 Can you write a winning synopsis?   Writing a novel? Need a little help along the way? Hoping to attract the attention of agents and publishers? We are offering one lucky winner a major showcase and invaluable input and support.  Winning prize:…

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Penguin Spreads its Wings with Children’s Publishing (via Publishing Ireland)

‘Some might ask why a book publisher is spreading its wings away from traditional books. But we know that when children love something, they want to consume everything to do with that brand’, says Penguin Ireland’s Managing Director, Michael McLoughlin in a recent piece on Penguin’s strategy for publishing children’s…

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Writing.ie launches The National Emerging Writer Programme Online

What is the National Emerging Writer Programme? Developed by writing.ie and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the National Emerging Writer Programme is a world first – a centrally funded initiative to foster and develop new writing talent. A year in development, the National Emerging Writer Programme harnesses the experience and…

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10 ways to optimize and monetize your social media strategy in 2013, and sell books

Excellent post from The Bookseller: First of all, thanks everyone for reading my posts – apparently one of my posts was the most read on Futurebook this year, amazing! No surprise that the post was about improving online book sales – it says a lot about the current climate we’re in and…

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Help Us to Help You

We’d love to hear your thoughts on what we can make better on www.writing.ie and how we can improve what we do to meet your needs. We’d really appreciate it if you could take our short survey: Click here to take survey Everyone who participates will be entered into a…

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Debut Author Wins Bord Gais Book of the Year!

We’re thrilled that a first time author, Donal Ryan, has not only own Best Newcomer, but also overall Book of the Year at the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards. Writing.ie have the full story! http://www.writing.ie/news/debut-author-wins-bord-gais-energy-book-of-the-year-2012/ (with video interviews and you can catch up on the highlights of the awards)

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It’s Never Been a Better Time for Writers

…according to Esquire magazine – read this, it’ll make you feel good! In music, it’s a truism that technology liberated creators and listeners in magnificent ways but more or less ruined the industry in the process. Even big-name acts have struggled to adapt financially. But the world of writing has…

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Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition

The deadline for The Willesden Herald’s respected international story competition coincides with the Mayan end of the world on Dec 21. The competition is open to all aged 18 or over, regardless of nationality or country of residence. Entries must be: – in English – double-spaced – in a normal…

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A Winter of Pleasures Day 1: Getting a Book Deal

Caroline Mc Call and Eileen Gormley have been Inkwell Writers for ages, have attended workshops and kept in touch with their news, so we were delighted when they were signed by Penguin as a double act to create an Irish Fifty Shades under the pen name Evie Hunter. The Pleasures…

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Susan Condon’s Story in Ireland’s Own Anthology

Inkwell Writer Susan Condon was in touch to say, “You can check out my memory piece, Interned, published  in the third Anthology of Original Writing from Ireland’s Own. An anthology of the best stories from the annual writing competitions run by Ireland’s premier family magazine. This collection includes forty short stories and memories…

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How to get on the first rung of the publishing ladder

For anyone who missed it, this item in the Irish Times, where I discuss getting published with Michael McLoughlin of Penguin Ireland, Sean O’Keefe of Liberties Press and Paula Campbell of Poolbeg might prove interesting! http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2012/1113/1224326520454.html  

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2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

Dreaming of a book deal and a big advance? Amazon has announced the sixth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, an international contest seeking fresh new voices in fiction. Here are the new and exciting things planned for 2013: Amazon Publishing is the publishing sponsor. One Grand Prize winner will…

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Mumsnet/Walker Short Story Competition

Write a story for the Walker Books/Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories: Do you secretly have a book inside you? Would you like to see your story published in a book? Enter the Walker Books/Mumsnet writing competition and your story could be included in an illustrated gift book of Bedtime Stories…

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Social Newsmaker Conference – How to Tell Your Story Online

The aim of this half-day conference is to create 100 new social newsmakers in Ireland.  In the last five years, a revolutionary shift has taken place in the way we consume news. The news is now finding us directly through social media. According to a recent study by the Wall…

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Neil Gunn Writing Competition

The theme for both the adult prose and adult poetry sections is ‘The Tenderness of Stone’. This title was suggested by Robert Davidson, one of the Neil Gunn Trustees.  Writers worldwide are invited to interpret this theme in any way they wish – the entries do not have to be…

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The Best Women’s Travel Writing Anthology Seeks Submissions

Lavinia Spalding says: I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be editing the 2013 (“Volume 9″) edition of The Best Women’s Travel Writing. Editing this award-winning Travelers’ Tales anthology for the past two years has been inspiring and humbling, and I cannot wait to start reading this year’s submissions. Please send me your best true travel tales…

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Talking Writing Story Contest

Talking Writing (TW) is a free, nonprofit online literary magazine based in the U.S. Supporting writers at all stages of their careers is our mission. Even so, it’s almost impossible for us to keep up with new work. We also know how daunting it can be for authors to connect with…

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Fabulous Free Events at Bram Stoker Festival

Inkwell are involved in programming the literary strand for the inaugural Bram Stoker Festival, and there are some fabulous events! THE ANATOMY OF FEAR – PATRICIA CORNWELL – FROM STOKER TO SCARPETTA Location: Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin Patricia Cornwell, whose bestselling novels have elevated her to…

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Authors’ Information Session from Irish Copyright Licensing Agency

Authors’ Information Session National Library of Ireland Thursday 18th October 2012 @ 11.30 After seven years Google and the American Association of Publishers have reached an agreement on their court case.  However, the case between Google and the Writers Guild is still on going.  How does this out of court…

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Merriman Short Story Competition in memory of Maeve Binchy

Competition guidelines for entrants to the Merriman short story competition have just been published. The competition, which offers a prize of €1000, generously donated to Cumann Merriman by Maeve Binchy before her death, was launched at this year’s Merriman Summer School. It is open to writers of fiction in Irish…

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Chicken House Children’s Book Competition

Chicken House Publishing Ltd was founded in 2000 by Barry Cunningham, Publisher and Managing Director, with Deputy Managing Director, Rachel Hickman. Over the last decade, Chicken House has demonstrated that a small, creative publishing team based in Somerset can make an impact on an international scale. Chicken House has sold…

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The Moth Short Story Competition

The Moth Short Story Prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is no word limit and no theme. The first prize is €1,000 and the second prize is a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France. The judge this year…

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Fish Short Story Prize Opens for Submissions

Fish Short Story Prize 2012/13 (€3,000) Click here to Enter Online or visit http://www.fishpublishing.com/ Philip O’Ceallaigh is the judge. We are honoured that he will select the best ten stories for publication in the 2013 Fish Anthology. Philip is the acclaimed author of two collections of short stories, Notes From a Turkish…

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The London Magazine Short Story Competition

The London Magazine is excited to announce a competition to find the best short stories – in English – from anywhere in the world. With a prize fund of £1,000, a prestigious award ceremony taking place at the Houses of Parliament and the opportunity to see your work published in…

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NUJ Freelance Writers Forum

On Monday 24th September Writing.ie contributor Catherine Ryan Howard will be at National Union of Journalists’ Freelance Forum in Dublin. To attend the entire day is €10 for members and €20 for non-members (using the discount code on this page), and there’s some great events scheduled. It’s a great opportunity…

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E Publishing: Pricing & Changes in the Market

Last week ePub Direct held a conference on digital change in publishing – this is an excellent report from the Irish Times, summarising changes in the market: E-BOOKS MAY BE one of the fastest growing areas of publishing, with online bookseller Amazon reporting it now sells more digital than print…

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Femme Fatale Submissions Sought

Call for Submissions Femme Fatale Editor: Lana Fox Publisher: Go Deeper Press <http://godeeperpress.com> Deadline: October 31st, 2012 Payment: $25 per story; We buy first digital rights We’re after stories from 1,500 to 4,000 words. The editors of Go Deeper Press (www.godeeperpress.com) are looking for original, erotic stories about femme fatales….

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The Writers Coffee Shop Publishing House

The Writer’s Coffee Shop was founded in September 2009 by a group of friends, brought together by a common goal: Providing a fun environment in which to enjoy literature. The business is based and registered in Australia, with offices in the United States. Originally, the site was established to impart…

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New Literary Agency Launched

Writing crime? This could be the agency for you! Phoenix Literary UK (Phoenix Lit) was set up by Rhian Davies to provide a range of services and, under its ‘Agency’ arm specifically, to specialise in crime and thriller fiction for the international market.  With an international business background and following…

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The Costa Short Story Award!

This award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author of 18 years or over. The story must be written in English. Only one entry per author will be accepted. Entry is online by this website only. Entry opens at 9am on…

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HE Bates Short Story Competition

The 2012 H E Bates Short Story Competition is now open. H E Bates was fond of going out walking in the night in order to mull over his writing ideas. For this year’s H E Bates Competition, we invite you to write a short story with the title “A…

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The Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition

The Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition closes in less than a month. Have you got your entry ready to go? The deadline is 10 September 2012. The first prize is £5,000, and the competition is for full-length fiction novels of at least 30,000 words in all genres for children of an…

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Smashwords launches library initiative

Working in digital anything means constantly advancing, and Mark Coker at Smashwords is a true innovator – and not one to be left behind. Hot on the heels of the Kindle Lending Library, Smashwords have launched Library Direct. Library Direct is available to libraries that host and manage their own…

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eBook Sales Outstripping Print According to Amazon

Hot off the press: For every 100 hardback and paperback books it sells on its UK site, 114 ebooks are downloaded in ‘reading renaissance’ Amazon.co.uk has said that sales of its Kindle ebooks are now outstripping its sales of printed books. Underlining the speed of change in the publishing industry,…

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Get noticed by Penguin!

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