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Win a critique from the Twilight series publisher of your opening chapters

Arts Council funded free publishing site FeedARead.com is hosting a competition with a prize of a critique for the winner’s opening chapters from an editor for Piatkus, part of the Little Brown group who publish books such as the Twilight series. To enter, entrants must read a brief extract and answer a question about The Apothecary’s Daughter by Charlotte Betts, a YouWriteOn.com Book of the Year Award Winner, and also winner of the RNA New Writers Award – now out in paperback and published by Piatkus. All nationalities are welcome to enter.

Click here to visit the FeedARead.com site then click on ‘Little Brown Competition’ at the top of the feedaread.com home page to view the brief extract and the question.

The Apothecary’s Daughter achieved representation by the literary agency of the best-selling The Princess Diaries book series after the agency saw the opening chapters of The Apothecary’s Daughter on YouWriteOn.com’s top ten chart. The author was voted to the Top Ten while developing her novel on YouWriteOn.com and subsequently won the YouWriteOn.com book of the year award.

Arts Council funded FeedARead.com enables free paperback publishing options with feedback from leading publishers for its bestsellers every 3 months. “I found FeedARead to be a most meticulous and professional publisher.” Iain Johnstone, former film critic of The Sunday Times and co-writer with John Cleese of the film Fierce Creatures.

NEW – Latest critiques from Orion and Random House for budding authors on youwriteon.com – publishing groups of authors such as Dan Brown and Stephen King – tips for all writers

Click here to view the latest critiques or visit the professional critiques forum by clicking on the messageboard link on the left hand side of the youwriteon.com homepage.

Random House authors include Dan Brown and John Grisham. Orion are part of the Hatchette publishing group, whose authors include Stephen King and Ian Rankin.

Each month the editor reviews discuss a variety of different novel genres.

Example Advice for all writers:
As I often tell aspiring writers, tone is one of the most important elements of a narrative, but also one of the hardest to master. If the tone isn’t pitched right, or feels slightly off-key, this can seriously affect the reader’s emotional engagement and enjoyment of your novel. The tone of these early pages felt quite intimate and even confessional, as both Jake and then Thomas are confiding to the reader. The reader instantly feels privy to information that other characters in the book aren’t aware of, and this instantly places them alongside the main characters.

The critiques give feedback as to what editors are looking for in different genres, including children’s fiction, crime novels, literary fiction and other genres most months.

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How to write an opera score:

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Now THIS sounds like fun! (Website here.):


ENO launches search for new opera talent

Published Thursday 23 February 2012 at 13:31 by Michael Quinn

English National Opera is to launch a global online talent search for new composers, writers and filmmakers in an initiative seeking to “create the future of opera”.

Mini Operas will be operated entirely online in partnership with a range of organisations including the London Film School, British Film Institute, Classic FM and the Vimeo and Soundcloud websites.

Judges for each of the three disciplines include novelists Will Self, Neil Gaiman and AL Kennedy, composer Nico Muhly, and film director Terry Gilliam, who said: “Opera is really, really hard to do well. I know. I want people to find it out for themselves. I’ll be judging, and I want to find future stars who can work with this ridiculous, stupefying, insane, wonderful art form. Good on ENO for trying to find anyone mad enough to have a go.”

Selected scripts, scores and films will be showcased at the BFI later this year, with one winner from each category receiving mentoring from Muhly, the BAFTA Award-winning composer, writer and director Jeremy Sams, and the designer and director Leo Warner.

Mini Operas will launch on March 26.

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Writing Contest

I got word of this one from a fellow author in Press Pause Moments. Sounds fun…


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Lit & Lectures Pure Fiction: call for submissions

Posted by Jerome Ludwig on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM


In January the Readerwill publish its 12th Pure Fiction issue—a collection of short stories from local fiction writers paired with illustrations by local artists.

We’re honored that Goldie Goldbloom has agreed to be our guest judge.

We’ll take submissions from now until November 29. Send to fiction@chicagoreader.com. We prefer text pasted into e-mail rather than attachments. To a degree we’re flexible on length, but up to 3,000 words is preferred. We pay for those we publish.

Browse our fiction issue archive, which includes fantastic contributions both from out of the blue and from some names you might recognize.

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The Utah Romance Writers Heart of the West Conference was an energizing event for me. The range of writers included newbies to NY Times best selling authors all sharing stories and networking. Several agents took pitches over the two days and I presented my next writing project.

My presentation on social networking was a hit and I look forward to connecting and continuing the conversation with new friends. Check out my Facebook page for pictures from the weekend.

Writers Anne Stuart and April M. Williams

Writers Anne Stuart and April M. Williams hanging out at the Whtimore Library before the conference

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Dzanc Books are totally above board and legit. I’ve know the editor for years.


The 2011 Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest

 Dzanc is currently holding its fourth annual contest for all authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc Books. The winning author will be published by Dzanc in late 2014, and will receive a $1000 advance. Entry to the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest requires a $20 reading fee and the submission of a full manuscript.

The contest deadline is December 31, 2011.   All the details can be found here.

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