Prize – gal-dem writing competition
gal-dem is offering 14-17 year-olds with a passion for writing the chance to win some amazing prizes, including publication on the gal-dem site.
Just answer the question 'what would you say to your future self?' for a chance to win!
Recommendation – The best science fiction books of 2018-2019
Forbes Finds has compiled the best science fiction books of 2018-2019. A perfect way to escape if you've used up your holiday days!
Competition – Cease, Cows flash fiction
This fantastic website has a variety of opportunities for flash fiction writers, including the weird and wacky! Head to their website for more information.
Summer! – 10 books you should read this August
Literary Hub is a great overall resource, but they've really outdone themselves this time with this collection of fantastic books to read in August – add them to the TBR pile!
News – Foyles joins forces with Jacaranda to celebrate black British writers
Twenty in 2020, in collaboration with Words of Colour, is a trailblazing programme that will dedicate a year to publishing 20 works by black British writers. Foyles bookshop will be the official retail partner.
Competition – London short story prize
The London Short Story Prize is Spread the Word’s annual prize for talented London short story writers. The Prize’s aim is to find the best short stories from writers in the capital.
Podcast – Simple Tips Smart Ideas
If you run a micro business, are a freelancer or have a side hustle, this podcast is for you.
Each episode is filled with simple advice, easy takeaways and ideas to help you grow your business. And finishes with a key tip.
Article – Thirteen of the best short stories you can read right now
If a novel is a marriage, then a short story is a love affair. So said Lorrie Moore, one of the undisputed masters of the form. There's an inherent intensity to really good short fiction, an every-word-matters fervor urging readers to a revelatory finish.
Take a look at these stories, available to read online for free!
News! – The Bookseller's rising stars 2019
Take a look at some of the most exciting people working in publishing! We can't wait to see what the next few years will hold for this inspiring folk...
Competition – Hubert Butler essay prize
The Hubert Butler Essay Prize (a first prize of £1,000 and two second prizes of £500) is intended to encourage the art of essay-writing with a European dimension and to expand interest in Butler's work.
Think you've got what it takes? Click the link.
Article – Inside the rooms where 20 famous books were written
From Ernest Hemingway to Agatha Christie, take a look at the rooms of some of the most famous writers in existence (and probably some of your favourites!) Where do you write?
Article – Working with an editor: Part two
Don't underestimate the importance of a good writer/editor relationship, it could be the key to your book's success!
These are the things that will make your working relationship a pleasure, and that editors think are vital to the ultimate success of your project.
Article – Death of the novel is greatly exaggerated, say UK booksellers
Books industry shrugs off a 3% decline in fiction sales, with strong stories driving recent growth in non-fiction – fantastic news for us!
Article – We do Judith Krantz - and women - a huge disservice by referring to her books as ‘sex and shopping’ stories
Author Judith Krantz, who has died aged 91, sold millions of novels but her work was still dismissed as being about “sex and shopping”. Writer Daisy Buchanan looks at why novels about women making money and having great sex deserve to be respected more.
Competition – Berlin writing prize 2019
There's only two days left to enter the 2019 Berlin Writing Prize!!
Send in 3000 words on the theme of 'the circus' by June 30 for your chance to win some fantastic prizes!
Competition - Marian Keyes Young Writer Award
A fantastic opportunity for writers under the age of 30 – the Marian Keyes Young Writer Award offers the chance to win €500 for the development of artistic practice.
Article - The Best Indie Bookshops in London
To celebrate #indiebookshopweek @StylistMagazine has collated a list of the best specialist bookshops in London!
Event - National Freelancers' Day
Don't miss your chance to network, connect and collaborate at @teamIPSE's #NationalFreelancersDay
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!
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