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NEWS   (Page 4 of 7)

Some hand-picked books and writing news...

The world's richest English language open writing competition is now accepting entries.

Details of the Hookline competition. Deadline 31 January!

Today's writing and book news aggregation.

Some pertinent writing and book news items - handpicked by the Hub.

Some of today's books and writing news.

A clutch of news stories about writing and books.

The short list for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction has been announced. 

The shortlisted finalists for the prize will each receive $10,000, with the winner receiving an additional $50,000.

The six finalists are 


Al-Mansi Qindeel, Muhammad - A Cloudy Day on the West Side

Ez Eldin, Mansoura - Beyond Paradise

Jabir, RabeeAmerica

Khal, AbdoShe Throws Sparks

Madhoun, Raba'iThe Lady from Tel Aviv

Naji, Jamal - When the Wolves Grow Old

W B Yeats is widely considered to have been the greatest poet of the 20th century, possibly any century. Judge for yourself on Dec 10, when Oengus Macnamara and Teresa Jennings read some of his finest poems alongside a racy, sometimes riotous account of his extraordinary life. Traditional music, plus a version of Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic, is provided by singer and guitarist Rick Sanders.

Friday Dec 10, 7-8.30pm at the Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1; 020 7324 2570. Tickets £7.50


Taking its lead from David Eggers' 826 Valencia children's writing project, The Ministry of Stories mission is to 'inspire a nation of story-tellers in the UK'. Located in Hoxton, the shop, set up by Nick Hornby, is equipped with all manner of materials useful for creating the tallest of tales. 


The Ministry is currently seeking volunteers to act as writing mentors for 8-18 year-olds. Requirements include reading, writing and some spelling skills, plus advanced tidying-up and tea-making abilities. 

Some of today's important books and writing news.

Some pertinent news stories, aggregated for your convenience.


This week is National Short Story Week.  Organised to promote the short form, the week exists as a frame work for publications and events both locally and nationally. 

To get involved and learn more visit the website

JUDGE: Jackie Kay

1st Prize: £2,000 plus a week's writing retreat at Chawton House Library and a day with a Virago editor
2nd Prize: £500
3rd Prize: £250

Three other finalists win £100 each.

All winning stories will be published in issue 49 of Mslexia, published in April 2011.

CLOSING DATE: 24 January 2011

Iconic Paris bookshop Shakespare and Co are running a new international literary prize for unpublished authors. The prize is €10,000 for the best novella of between 20-30,000 words.  Judged by Erica Wagner and Breyten Breytenbach.

The LRB provides a deeper analysis of the Browne report than the knee-jerk reaction to higher fees, suggesting Browne is proposing a fundamental change to our attitude towards higher education.

Hub contributor Emma Henderson speaks to Helen Briggs for the BBC website about her novel Grace Williams Says it Loud, shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize.

Readers Digest are sponsoring a flash fiction compettion. Three categories - under 13, 13-18 and over 18.  £5000 for the winner.

Hub contributor Jonathan Kemp is giving readings from his debut novel London Triptych throughout November.

The deadline for the world's richest short story award is fast approaching. The closing date for entries to The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2011 is 30 October at 1pm.

The winner will be announced in April 2011 and will receive £30,000. Five runners-up will receive £500 each.

The award is open to authors with a previous record of publication in creative writing and entries may be previously unpublished, or first published or scheduled for publication after 1 January 2010. All entries must be under 6,000 words and be entirely original.

Writers' Hub Live 1 Cancelled; Writers' Hub 2 Still On!

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Writers' Hub Live 1 event planned for Sunday 24 October.

Sorry to all those who booked. Refunds will be made.


We will still run Writers' Hub Live 2, taking place on Monday, 25 October, 6.30pm to 8pm, 25 October, Room 101, Birkbeck, 30 Russell Sq, University of London, London WC1B 5DQ. Price: £5. Book here, or pay on the door. 


Writers’ Hub Live is likely to be a veritable literary feast, with authors and previous Writers’ Hub contributors, Emma Henderson, Sally Hinchcliffe, Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Jill McGivering, taking to the stage to read short stories and novel extracts.


See you all there!

Public Lending Right Body Axed; But Author Payments Continue

As part of the government's cull of quangoes, the body that administrates the Public Lending Right - the royalty authors are paid for borrowings of their titles from public libraries - will be disbanded.

The Public Lending Right body, which has organised payments of the royalty for the past thirty years, is one victim of the wide-ranging austerity measures the UK coalition government is putting into action. However, according to Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, the royalty itself will continue, and will be organised by another body. In a letter to the Society of Authors, Vaizey commented that "we will require the [new] body to commit to ringfence the fund for making payments to authors". However, he also cast doubt on the level of payments, by stating that "Spending Review decisions will determine the size of the author fund and an announcement outlining funding over the next four years will be made later this month."

The Society of Authors has responded with a statement in which it expresses concerns about the annoucement, which it describes as "both alarming and extraordinarily vague". The SOA is urgently seeking a meeting with officials from the Deparment for Culture, Media and Sport.


Lightship Publishing, an independent publisher based in Kingston-upon-Hull, UK, has launched four -  count them, four - writing competitions.

The newly established house, whose honorary patrons include Andrew Motion and Hilary Mantel, is launching the competitions in order to find new voices and fund its lists. 

The competitions are:

  • Lightship International Short Story Prize - judged by Toby Litt. First prize: £1,000. Closing date for entries: 30 June 2011
  • Lightship International Poetry Prize - judged by Jackie Kay. First prize: £1,000. Closing date for entries: 30 June 2011
  • Lightship International Flash Fiction Prize - judged by Kachi Ozumba. First prize: £500. Closing date for entries: 30 June 2011
  • First Chapter - judged by Tibor Fischer, Simon Trewin and Alessandro Gallenzi. The winner will receive expert mentoring from the judges and will have their chapter published in the Lightship Anthology in 2011. Closing date for entries: 30 June 2011

The Poetry Trust has announced the short list for one of the most prestigious - and attractively awarded - poetry prizes in the UK.  Judges Michael Laskey, Neil Rollinson and Jo Shapcott chose six collections from a selection of ninety-five:


Christian Campbell: Running the Dusk (Peepal Tree Press)
Robert Dickinson: Micrographia (Waterloo Press)
Sheila Hillier: A Quechua Confession Manual (Cinnamon Press)
Katharine Towers: The Floating Man (Picador Poetry)
Sam Willetts: New Light for the Old Dark (Cape Poetry)
Tony Williams: The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street (Salt Publishing)


The winner will be announced at the start of the 22nd Aldeburgh Poetry Festival on Friday 5 November 2010, and will be awarded £3,000, a week of 'protected' writing time and an invitation to a fee-paying reading at the festival.

The Mckitterick Prize is awarded by the UK's Society of Authors to a first novel, published or unpublished, by an author over the age of 40. The deadline for the 2011 prize is 31 October 2010 - entrants need to have reached the big 4-0 before that date!

This conference is aimed at young people aged between 14 and 17 who are interested in writing. The event includes workshops on fiction, poetry, creating character and dialogue, and performance. The conference takes place at the Scottish Book Trust's offices in Edinburgh on Saturday 13th November 10.30am- 4pm and costs £5. 

The theme of this year's National Poetry Day is 'Home'. What does 'home' mean? Is it the building you live in or the place you came from - the people who mean most to you, or a taste of home cooking?

Poetry readings and happenings will occur all over the UK. On the eve of National Poetry Day, the Forward Prizes for Poetry mark an annual rite of passage in the poetry year. Poet in the City's event in London brings you new poetry on the Home theme, whilst in Gateshead, a Poetry Booth on the High Street will allow you to record a poem. The Exeter Poetry Festival is kicking off on National Poetry Day; and a Scottish Patchwork of poetry is also being made.

As part of the Inside Out Festival, City University presents this discussion between authors Kirstan Hawkins and Penny Rudge, and agents Judith Murray and Caroline Wood. The discussion will be chaired by Alison Burns. The event takes place on Tuesday, 26 October at 6.30pm at the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB.

Publishers and retailers line up for imminent e-book pricing battle.

NAWE, the National Association of Writers in Education, is expanding its one-to-one services, making them available to writers who are not NAWE members, and providing telephone consultations.

Known as Compass Points, the one-to-one services include:

  • Professional Development Planning
  • Telephone Coaching
  • Reader Feedback
  • Information and Advice Helpline

Compass Points is delivered by coaches Anne Caldwell and Philippa Johnston.

The Literary Consultancy is offering ten free last-minute tickets and ten discount tickets for its event From Manuscript to Bookshop: Navigating the Publishing Industry, part of the Free Word Flow Festival.

The event takes place next Wednesday evening, September 22nd, at 6.30 – 8.30pm; venue: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA, and will include discussions between Fiona Mountain, Paul Blezard, Broo Doherty, Rebecca Swift, Greg Mosse and Professor Brenda Cooper.

To obtain free and discount tickets, call 020 7324 2570 and cite 'TLCFLOWFEST' as a reference.

With most children and young people now back at school, news about reading and writing for and by young people is featuring heavily this week, with Faber signing a 19 year-old, school libraries criticised and the Young Minds prize short list announced.

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