NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2017 Shortlists

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were established in 1979 to celebrate the achievement of Australian writers.

The 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced. The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were established in 1979 to celebrate the achievement of Australian writers and aim to help to establish values and standards in Australian literature. The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have recognised hundreds of talented Australian writers: novelists, poets, playwrights, scriptwriters, translators,

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The Underground Railroad: A Novel

The Underground Railroad is a novel by American author, Colson Whitehead.

Title: The Underground Railroad Author: Colson Whitehead Publisher: Random House Release Date: August 2, 2016 Pages: 432 The National Book Award Winner, #1 New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum

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2017 International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

The 2017 International Dublin Literary Award shortlist has been announced. The list which is made up of ten authors includes The Green Road by Irish author Anne Enright, six novels in translation from Angola, Austria, Denmark/Norway, Mexico, Mozambique and Turkey, and novels from Nigeria, Vietnam and the USA. Shortlisted Authors & Books: A General Theory

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Pulitzer Prize Winners

The Pulitzer Prize is awarded to recipients for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.

Courtesy Columbia University The Pulitzer Prizes have been announced on what would have been Joseph Pulitzer’s 170th birthday. The Prize is awarded to recipients for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. The announcement for the 101st Pulitzer Prize winners was made by Pulitzer Prize administrator Mike

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2017 Indies Choice Book Awards Finalists

The American Booksellers Association has announced the finalists for the 2017 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. The winners from each of the eight categories are chosen by booksellers at ABA member stores across the country. All of this year’s finalists represent the quality and diversity of books that indie booksellers

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Stay With Me by Adebayo Ayobami

Stay With Me is a novel by Nigerian author, Ayobami Adebayo.

Title: Stay With Me Author: Adebayo Ayobami Publisher: Canongate Trade Release Date: March 2, 2017 Pages: 288 This Nigerian debut is the heart-breaking tale of what wanting a child can do to a person, a marriage and a family; a powerful and vivid story of what it means to love not wisely but too well.

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a novel by Canadian author, Madeline Thien.

Title: Do Not Say We Have Nothing Author: Madeleine Thien Genre: Fiction Publisher: Portobello Books Limited Release Date: 2016-07 Pages: 480 In a single year, my father left us twice. The first time, to end his marriage, and the second, when he took his own life. I was ten years old. Master storyteller Madeleine Thien

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First Love by Gwendoline Riley

First Love is a novel by British author, Gwendoline Riley.

Title: First Love Author: Gwendoline Riley Publisher: Granta Books Release Date: February 2, 2017 Pages: 176 Neve is a writer in her mid-30s married to an older man, Edwyn. For now they are in a place of relative peace, but their past battles have left scars. As Neve recalls the decisions that led her to

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The Dark Circle by Linda Grant

The Dark Circle is a novel by British author, Linda Grant.

Title: The Dark Circle Author: Linda Grant Publisher: Virago Press Release Date: November 24, 2015 Pages: 320 The Second World War is over, a new decade is beginning but for an East End teenage brother and sister living on the edge of the law, life has been suspended. Sent away to a tuberculosis sanatorium in

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The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power is a novel by British author, Naomi Alderman.

Title: The Power Author: Naomi Alderman Publisher: Viking Release Date: October 27, 2016 Pages: 288 The Power is set in a world in which women gain the power to electrocute at will, and questions whether women would abuse power any differently to men, given the chance. The novel follows four main characters: Roxy, the daughter

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The Sport of Kings: A Novel

The Sport of Kings: A Novel is by American author, CE Morgan.

Title: The Sport of Kings Author: C. E. Morgan Genre: Fiction Publisher: Picador Release Date: May 2, 2017 Pages: 560 Hailed by The New Yorker for its “remarkable achievements,” The Sport of Kings is an American tale centered on a horse and two families: one white, a Southern dynasty whose forefathers were among the founders

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Manchester is an ‘Indie Publishing Hotspot’

Manchester has recently been identified as "an indie publishing hotspot".

Manchester has recently been identified as “an indie publishing hotspot” according to Amazon which has revealed statistics from its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) programme. The city of Manchester is home to more independently published authors per capita than any other town or city in the UK, based on Amazon’s ranking of the highest concentrations of

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 Shortlist

The 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is a book award for female writers.

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist for 2017 has been announced. The judges described the books as “daring and intimate”. The award is the most prestigious book award for fiction written by women accepts novels that have been written by a woman whatever her nationality, country of residence or age. The Baileys Women’s Prize

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Rachel Donohue Wins ‘Irish Writer of the Year’

Rachel Donohue is an award winning Irish writer.

Image courtesy of The Irish Times Rachel Donohue has been awarded the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year award at a ceremony in Dublin. Alongside the Emerging Fiction prize, for her story The Taking of Mrs Kennedy. Sean Tanner won the First Fiction category and Una Mannion the prize for Emerging Poetry. Elaine Cullen,

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How to Work With Beta Readers

Looking for a beta reader?

BetaBooks is an online productivity app for authors which makes sending manuscripts to beta readers easy. BetaBooks keeps your feedback organized and searchable, giving you new insights into your book. Often when authors start looking for beta readers for the first time, their main concern is usually where to find beta readers to critique their

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Why Hire Us For A Manuscript Assessment?

Writerful Books offers an affordable manuscript assessment service for unpublished writers within the UK who are seeking a professional manuscript appraisal.

Writerful Books provides an affordable manuscript assessment service for authors within the UK seeking to hire an editor for a manuscript appraisal. If you have finished writing your book and are ready for your manuscript to be assessed, our experienced editors can offer you practical assistance to help unlock your book’s potential by uncovering any

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Indie Book Awards Announces ‘Book of the Year’

Indie Book Awards 2017

Jane Harper’s novel The Dry has won Book of the Year at the 2017 Indie Book Awards. The award was presented at the Leading Edge Books Conference. The Indie Book Awards are chosen by independent booksellers to reward and promote excellence in Australian writing. Winning Titles in Each Category: Fiction The Last Painting of Sara

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Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Shortlist

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the world’s richest prize for a single short story in the English language.

Irish author Sally Rooney, whose debut novel Conversations with Friends which will be published by Faber in June, has made the shortlist for the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award aims to promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story and has attracted entries from

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Editing Software For Writers

SmartEdit is a smart editing tool for editors and writers.

As an editor and writer, I’m always on the lookout for apps, hacks and plugins that will make my life easier, streamline a particular process or help improve my work. SmartEdit popped up on my radar recently and I decided to give it a whirl to see if it could add value to the beta

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Man Booker 2017 Longlist

The Man Booker International Prize is an international literary award hosted in the United Kingdom.

The Man Booker Prize has announced the longlist for its specific International award for 2017. The 13 longlisted titles were all translated to English and published in the UK, and are picked out of a total of 126 that were previously considered. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible to win the £50,000 final prize

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