Article – Women’s battles become page-turners as #MeToo inspires novelists
Female writers have responded to the #MeToo movement by taking difficult themes such as rape and gaslighting and exploring them in some of this year’s most anticipated novels.
Prize – Kim Scott Walwyn prize 2019
Know a woman working in publishing whose work deserves to be celebrated? Think it's about time someone acknowledged your work?
The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize aims to celebrate the "professional achievements and promise of women in publishing".
The winners of the Prize will receive £1000 and will attend a prize ceremony on Tuesday 28th May.
Competition – Bridport poetry prize
The Bridport Prize is an international competition looking to find the best new writing from across the globe each year.
Submit as many poems as you like and be in with the chance of winning £5000. Judged by the wonderful Hollie McNish
Award - The unsung heroes of publishing awards 2019
Are you, or is someone you know, a talented publishing specialist working to produce amazing books under the radar?
Nominate your unsung hero now for the chance to win a bottle of champagne and unique interview on the popular whitefox blog.
Episode – The economics of being an author
How possible is it to make a living as an author, and which is the most cost effective route to publication - a traditional publisher, self-publishing or a hybrid approach?
Listen to this fascinating episode to find out more.
Article – There’s no shame in reading whatever books you want – literary snobs be damned
After moving to university, author Emily Maguire realises that none of the books she has read 'count', as they weren't written by 'dead white men'.
In this article she argues that we need to dismantle our understanding of 'sophisticated' literature and welcome books 'by all kinds of people in all kinds of forms, and found in all kinds of places.'
Fiction competition – Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
Are you a children's/YA writer with a manuscript between 30,000 and 80,000 words?
Enter this competition for the chance to win a worldwide publishing contract with Chicken House, a royalty advance of £10,000 and representation from a top children’s literary agent.
Writing challenge – The 10-day business book proposal challenge with Alison Jones
Thinking about writing a business book? Alison Jones' 10-day writing challenge offers you the chance to win an all-expenses-paid publishing deal with Practical Inspiration Publishing.
With daily check-ins, videos and more, you will be writing a show-stopping business book proposal before you know it. The next challenge begins in April, so sign up to the waiting list now!
Poetry competition – The 2019 poetry business international book & pamphlet competition
With the chance to win a share of £2,000, publication by Smith|Doorstop and more, enter this poetry competition by 1st March.
All you need is 20 to 24 pages of unpublished poems, aimed at adults.
Interview – Q&A with the Feminist Library
We hate to endorse ourselves, but we think this Q&A is well worth a read.
The Feminist Library is a large archive collection of feminist literature, particularly Women’s Liberation Movement materials dating from the late 1960s to the 1990s.
The Feminist Library have been campaigning to fund their upcoming move to Peckham, and they were kind enough to chat to us about their work.
Online Writing Course – Clare Fisher's Voices in Fiction
We were lucky enough to interview the wonderful Clare Fisher last year, who is running an online course exploring voices in fiction. Participants on Voices In Fiction will explore how voice interacts with and inspires character, setting and plot to create compelling and original literature.
Article – 6 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2019
According to Entrepreneur India, these books will tell you everything you need to know to attain success, knowledge, leadership and happiness.
And if you want to learn more about entrepreneurship, head over to our Work page to see some of the great books we've worked on.
Competition – Bath Novel Award 2019
With a nice relaxed deadline of 2nd of June, the Bath Novel Award is perfect for someone still working on the final edits of their manuscript.
The entry fee is £25, but sponsored entries are available.
Article – 10 Tips for Freelancing Parents
Struggling between your work life and your home life? This great article offers some tips for parents trying to negotiate a freelancing career.
Competition – Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics Scheme
The Ledbury Poetry Festival offers a national mentoring programme, aiming to boost diversity in poetry reviewing; all aspiring critics looking for some top-notch mentoring, click here!
Applications are now open, ending 1st of April 2019.
Article – How Young Women are Changing the Rules of Poetry
This excellent Guardian article discusses the place of poetry in today's culture, and how the industry has seen an increase in sales due to a new generation of female writers.
Competition – The Moth Magazine Short Story Prize
With the chance to win €3,000, The Moth Magazine accepts submissions from anyone over the age of 16 with something original and and unpublished to offer. Submit your entries before 30th June.
This year’s judge is Kit de Waal.
Competition – Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2019
This competition is perfect for writers who have a finished manuscript, ready to send straight off.
The competition closes on 1st February 2019 and offers the winner the chance to receive £1,500 and much more!
Podcast – You're Booked by Daisy Buchanan
This excellent podcast is for anyone who loves books and all things literary. Daisy Buchanan offers the listener the opportunity to explore their favourite celebrity's bookshelves; an interview based entirely on books – what could be better?
Blog – Electric Lit
Electric Literature is an independent publisher, but we love them for their blog and recommended reads section.
Electric Lit is a fantastic source for fascinating essays and books, especially if you're interested in diverse literature.
Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize
This fantastic competition offers writers the rare opportunity to enter their unfinished work.
Do you have a couple of chapters you've been working on for a while or have saved on your computer for years? As long as you're unpublished and your work doesn't appear online (among a few other things), you can enter this competition and be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes and networking opportunities.
Newsletter – Boundless
Unbound, the first publishing company based on crowdfunding campaigns, hosts this editorially independent online literary magazine. With essays, extracts and insight into the industry, their weekly roundups provide some quality inspiration.
Traditional Publishing Versus Self-Publishing: How to Cut Through the Noise and Choose the Best Publishing Option
Confused about what to do now you’ve finished writing your book? Trying to get published but not sure how?
Download our free guide for a concise, unbiased summary of traditional publishing and self-publishing. We promise it’ll make things a lot clearer!
In this guide you will find:
– A simple explanation of how traditional publishing and self-publishing work
– An objective analysis of their strengths and weaknesses
– the confidence to publish your book