Article – 15 must-read books for fantasy fans
Can't get time off work to go on holiday?
Straight from the Buzzfeed book club, these recommended reads will take you to a different world!
Competition – Sawti poetry prize
Poets writing in English, Arabic, and Kiswahili are invited to respond to ‘Poetry as Preservation’, with the aim of engaging with local and diasporic East African writers.
Article – Sun and Slang: On translating Geovani Martins’s “the sun on my head”
Interested in becoming a literary translator? Find out everything you need to know in this fascinating article by Julia Sanches.
Article – Dave Buonaguidi on making noise beyond adland
Advertising aficionado Dave Buonaguidi has just released his debut business/memoir book, and it's causing a stir in the advertising industry. Ever considered writing a book about your career? Read this article to find out more...
Opportunity – whitefox are hiring!
We're looking for an Assistant Editorial Project Manager – could it be you?
The role involves working closely with both the in-house team of Project Managers and Editorial Directors and with a broader pool of freelancers.
Prize – Primadonna prize
Primadonna's new competition aims to provide a platform to undiscovered and unpublished writers. The winner will be offered the opportunity to be represented by one of the UK’s top literary agents, plus a cash prize of £500.
Write 500 words on the theme of 'primadonna' for your chance to win.
Resource – Best books of 2019 so far
Featuring instant classics from Ali Smith, Juno Dawson, Mark Haddon and others, you'll want to take a look at this list before doing your summer holiday shop!
Competition – Deborah Rogers Foundation writers award
Ian Rankin is set to chair this competition, which offers first-time writers the chance to win £10,000! Simply submit 20-25,000 words of a work in progress.
Article – The book that changed my mind
To mark the beginning of the Hay Festival, artists and authors such as Matt Haig, Emily Maitlis and Sara Pascoe share the book that transformed the way they think.
Competition – The Mo Siewcharran Prize
The Mo Siewcharran Prize is a new annual award for unpublished fiction writers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds; it hopes to discover and nurture talent from under-represented backgrounds.
For the chance to get published by Hachette UK, enter now!
Resource – The ten books to read in June
It has been a fantastic year for fiction, and it’s only getting better. With so many fantastic publications on the horizon, take a look at the Washington Post’s recommendations for June.
Article – Readers still prefer physical books
Results from a new survey regarding reading habits are out and consumer preference still lies with physical books.
Thinking of boosting your brand with a book? Read this article to see why physical books still hold so much power.
Judith Kerr – A life in pictures
We are so sad to hear about the passing of Judith Kerr. Her beautiful books will continue to inspire us, all those who loved her and generations of children and adults to come. Take a look at this collection of beautiful images from the Guardian.
Resource – Books to inspire
To celebrate the opening day of this wonderful literary event, the Hay Festival has released a list of thirty-two books that will inspire the next generation of readers.
Competition – Brick Lane Bookshop short story prize
Don’t miss your opportunity to enter Brick Lane Bookshop’s short story prize. Submissions close at midnight tomorrow!
Event – The Bookseller’s marketing and publicity conference 2019
A fantastic networking opportunity for all publishing people, the Bookseller’s annual marketing and publicity conference hosts an amazing panel of creatives including Elizabeth Day, Alex Clough and Kajal Odedra.
Article – 9 things that will make freelancers nod in agreement
Freelancing can be a lonely job, but every freelancer faces the same issues, many of which you will find covered in this article!
Event – HerStories: The Feminist Library’s English-language book club
The Feminist Library has launched a new initiative – an English-language book club dedicated to exploring feminist literature. Everyone is welcome to attend the first meeting, where Andrea Levy’s wonderful book Small Island will be discussed.
Competition – Working class writers’ prize
Are you a writer who identifies as working class? Looking for an opportunity to get your writing out there? Are you getting ready to take that next step on the path to publication?
Take a look at this fantastic competition.
Competition – Undiscovered Voices
Trying to get your voice heard?
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is running a competition for unpublished and unagented children’s fiction writers.
This competitions offers fantastic exposure (with many previous winners signing publishing contracts), so don’t miss out!
Podcast – Sally Rooney and Kishani Widyaratna: Normal People
To celebrate the release of Normal People in paperback, Kishani Widyaratna chats to Sally Rooney about her writing, Ireland and the book no one can stop talking about!
Writing guide – Ever thought about writing a book? This is how you do it
Our new FREE guide offers you:
– Tips for planning and structuring your book
– Tips for getting over writer's block
– Tips for marketing your book
Article(s) – Women writers revisited
The Women’s Prize for Fiction has launched a new feature dedicated to celebrating ‘forgotten’ or overlooked female writers. Women associated with the prize will select a subject based on who has inspired their own work. First up is Arifa Akbar discussing Kathleen Collins.
Opinion – Why you should start binge-reading right now
Ben Dolnick discusses the impact of dedicating a few solid hours to reading, rather than catching ten minutes before your eyes start to close in the evening.
Kickstarter – The world’s first poetry pharmacy
Deborah Alma is raising money to open the world’s first poetry pharmacy – a disused Edwardian shop transformed into a walk-in pharmacy that dispenses poetry.
Check out her Kickstarter project now!
Prize – The Mo Siewcharran Prize
Hachette UK has launched the Mo Siewcharran Prize to help discover unpublished fiction writers from BAME backgrounds.
Resource – Understanding the Industry: Commissioning Editor
Last week we launched a new section on the whitefox blog: ‘Understanding the Industry’. We’re dedicated to lifting the veil on the publishing industry and outlining what each role involves. This week we spoke to Céline Hughes about her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Quadrille.
Article – The books to read ahead of the screen adaptations
There are some very exciting adaptations coming up, and Tatler has very usefully compiled a list of the ones to watch out for.
Is there a specific book you would like to see on the big screen? Let us know on Twitter.
Competition – BAME Short Story Prize
The Guardian and 4th Estate Books have launched their annual BAME Short Story Prize, a competition open to black, Asian and minority ethnic writers living in the UK or Ireland who are 18 and above.
Article – New Brick Lane bookshop focuses on women and non-binary writers
The award-winning Pages bookshop in east London is opening a sister shop, dedicated to titles by women and non-binary writers, in the former space of French-English bookshop Caravansérail.
Opportunity – Harana poetry
Submissions are open for issue two of this new online magazine for poets. Head to their website now to find out more...
Festival – Bare Lit Festival
Love books? Culture fiend? Poetry fanatic? Aspiring writer? Bare Lit welcomes everyone to enjoy the work of writers of colour.
Head down to The Albany, London from 4–5 May to see panels, performances, workshops, sessions for kids and much more.
Podcast – Why start a publishing business? (best bits)
John Pettigrew’s podcast ‘Talking Through My Hat’ has broadcast its fiftieth episode, and to celebrate John has pulled together some of his favourite moments.
Hear from Alison Jones, Emma Barnes and our very own John Bond in this fantastic episode on setting up publishing companies.
Article – Author Sharna Jackson: bringing diversity into children’s books
According to the CLPE, of the 9,115 children’s books published over the previous 12 months, only 4 per cent featured BAME characters.
Read about Sharna Jackson’s wonderful new book High-rise Mystery, and how its inclusion of BAME protagonists is vital for the younger generation.
Competition – Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition
Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. To enter, submit a feature-length screenplay by 7 March.
Article – What Pulitzer Prize-nominated books should you read first?
The winners of the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor excellence in journalism, arts and letters, were announced on Monday. Here are reviews of the 15 books that made it to the final round.
Article – ‘Writing a first novel is like wandering out into an unclear, inhospitable landscape’
Adrian Duncan writes about getting his novel to print, rejection and writing courses – a fantastic reading experience for would-be authors and those trying to find representation and a publishing deal.
Opportunity – Free mentoring for a trans/genderqueer/non-binary writer
Kirsty Logan, author of The Gloaming and upcoming novel Things We Say in the Dark, is offering a trans/genderqueer/non-binary writer the opportunity to receive mentoring and editing advice, worth £150.
Apply by 14th April for your chance to be selected for this fantastic opportunity!
Prize – Curtis Brown First Novel Prize
As part of its 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – has launched the inaugural Curtis Brown First Novel Prize. Enter the first 10,000 words and a synopsis of your unpublished novel for your chance to win.
The competition closes at midday on 1st August – don't waste any time!
Competition – Crusoe300 Flash Fiction
To mark the 300th year since Robinson Crusoe's publication, The Museum of Walking is offering you the opportunity to write a very short story inspired by Robinson Crusoe and have it published.
Enter before 25th June to see your story in print!
Article – Your guide to 2019’s best non-fiction books
Whether you’re looking for memoirs, science or general inspiration, you’ll find all this and more in 2019’s non-fiction releases.
Stylist brings you some hot tips, from The Good Immigrant USA edited by Nikesh Shukla and Chimene Suleyman to Character Breakdown by Zawe Ashton – why not add these titles to your reading list!
Article – Get a short story to read on your commute from these free vending machines
With the first machines appearing at Canary Wharf tube station this week, London is set to install eco-friendly ’literary vending machines‘ around the city that dispense literary classics from authors such as Virginia Woolf and Lewis Carroll.
The best bit? They’re completely free and short enough to enjoy on your daily commute!
Competition – The Future is Back
This incredible creative writing workshop series returns!
Any self-identified LGBTQI+ writer can apply to receive a series of FREE creative writing workshops led by the very talented Olumide Popoola.
Applications are now open.
Festival – Primadonna
’The demand for public events and festivals centred on the female experience is growing across Britain...’
Get your tickets now for Primadonna Festival, the new female-centric literary festival, running this August in Suffolk.
Article – These black male writers have something to say. Are we ready to listen?
’Black men have little to no control in media in this country and we are probably portrayed the worst of all, so that is why we are having to create active measures to aggressively counter the day to day horrible portrayals of us.’
Read about ’Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space’, an upcoming collection of essays from twenty black British men, discussing masculinity, sexuality, foster care, mental health and more.
Competition – V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize
Do you have a short story between 2,000 and 4,000 words ready to send off?
Enter this amazing prize for the chance to win £1000 and see your story published in Prospect Online in the RSL Review.
Resource – Free writing events
This website is perfect for aspiring writers. Whether you’re looking for writing events, competitions or services, there’s something for everyone!
Article – How to write a fiction synopsis for your query letter
We’re going to unapologetically toot our own horns again and recommend one of the whitefox blog’s latest publications. Associate Agent Catherine Cho (of Curtis Brown) offers some indispensable tips for writers looking to submit their manuscript to literary agencies. If you’re struggling to write that synopsis, look no further!
Event – You thought you knew the whole story...
From new platform Untitled comes an evening dedicated to celebrating underrepresented writers.
With free entry and 'something for everyone', make sure to mark 25 April in your calendars.
Free workshop – New Voices playwriting
Whether it's something you have always wanted to try, or whether you are suddenly being grabbed by this now, Theatre West would love to invite you to a completely FREE fun and informal day of playwriting this March, held at the Bristol Old Vic.
Map – Independent Publishers UK
A fantastic resource for anyone looking to get into the publishing industry, or for those looking to continue their career outside of London.
The map charts every indie publisher of every genre, all over the country.
Article – What will you be reading next year? London Book Fair's star attractions
So much was happening at the London Book Fair this year, illustrated in this article by the sheer number of exciting new titles that were announced!
Look out for Salman Rushdie, Elton John and Emma Thompson...
Competition – Thousand Films scriptwriting
Thousand Films and Sid Gentle Films are looking for the best undiscovered television writers in the UK and Ireland.
Their focus is to find female writers for television. If you have a script for a first episode of a drama or comedy and you don’t have agency representation, then submit your script for free.
Article – 10 books to make your feminism more intersectional
Micha Frazer-Carroll's curated list of feminist texts offers you everything you need to ensure that your feminism is as diverse and inclusive as possible. From Roxane Gay to Reni Eddo-Lodge, these recommendations are not to be missed!
Competition – Modern love college essay competition
The New York Times is inviting US college students nationwide to write an essay that tells the plain truth about what love and relationships are like for them today.
For the chance to win $1000, enter your essay before March 24!
Interview – Diriye Osman interviews gay literary icon Paul Burston
Paul Burston is a gay icon, an activist on and off the page, the creator of the ground-breaking Polari Salon and its accompanying LGBTQ literary prize.
Read this fascinating Q&A to learn about his upcoming book and inspiration behind Polari Salon
Competition – The Big Issue's crime writing competition
Think you could be the next big crime writer?
The Big Issue and HarperCollins are offering every UK crime writer the chance to win a two-book deal – don't miss this amazing opportunity!
Newsletter – whitefox monthly e-newsletter
This month marks the relaunch of our monthly newsletter!
Our exclusive monthly newsletter offers you the chance to keep up with all the latest news from whitefox and the publishing industry. On the first day of each month we'll send you an email filled with writing tips, articles and opportunities.
Article – Diana Athill’s last words to be broadcast from beyond the grave
'I am Diana Athill, and if you are watching this I am no longer alive. This is my final say.'
If you missed the broadcast of 'Final Say' on Wednesday, read this article to learn a little more about the inspirational Diana Athill.
Competition – win a whitefox notebook!
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
Don't miss the chance to win one of these beautiful notebooks, complete with a back pocket and pen holder. All you have to do to be entered into our prize draw is head to our twitter, retweet, follow and sign up to our newsletter (see above).
Tips – What London Book Fair offers to indie authors
Excited for The London Book Fair 2019?
Take a look at this article from The Alliance of Independent Authors, offering some indispensable advice for self-published authors looking to navigate the fair!
Recommended Reads – 10 best books by empowering women to read this International Women’s Day
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!
Need some inspiration or just fancy a good feminist read? Add these titles to your reading list.
Books for Business: How to Boost Your Brand with a Book
In this guide, we’re going to tell you how you can boost your brand and add prestige (and sales) to your business by creating a book. Throughout the guide we will provide examples of successful business books which we have helped create.
This guide offers you:
– Award-winning business book case studies
– A step-by-step guide to producing a business book
– Writing tips and prompts
– Advice from business book authors