The Power of Fiction

Curated stories about books and fiction.

The power of fiction is a slippery, elusive thing — what it provides is not scientific, and often ephemeral. But stories matter. Stories shape the world. And sometimes we don’t necessarily realize how it’s shaping the world — or how it’s shaping us as the writer and those who read what we put out there.

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Queensland Literary Awards Shortlists 2016

Queensland Literary Award have announced their shortlists for 2016.

The Queensland Literary Awards has announced its shortlisted nominations for the 2016 Awards. The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) was established in 2012 by a group of passionate Queensland volunteers and advocates for literature. The Awards recognise and reward outstanding Australian writers. Shortlisted Books & Categories Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance Nadia

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Why Do Readers Abandon Books?

Why do readers abandon books?

Goodreads have compiled a list of the top 5 most abandoned books. The following infographic touches on the psychology behind why readers abandon books as well as the reasons why people can’t put down a book down. Follow Writerful Books on Goodreads

Matt Wilven on His Debut Novel

Matt Wilven is a British writer and author of te debut novel, The Blackbird Singularity.

Matt Wilven was born in Blackpool in 1982. After receiving an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing, he spent the next ten years honing his craft. His part-time jobs in this time included: bingo caller, ice-cream man, fishmonger and paintball operative amongst other weird and wonderful jobs. Fresh from burying a library of juvenilia beneath

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Book Review: The Blackbird Singularity

The Blackbird Singularity is a debut novel by Matt Wilven.

Title: The Blackbird Singularity Author: Matt Wilven Genre: Literary fiction Publisher: Legend Press Release Date: August 1, 2016 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 272 Vince stops taking his lithium when he finds out about his partner’s pregnancy. As withdrawal kicks in, he can barely hold his life together. Somewhere between making friends with a blackbird

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The Art of Rejection Letters

Rejection letters from publishers can sting.

By Terry McDonnell As admirable as it was to be honest and decisive, enemies could be made stupidly and by accident, and terrible mistakes could test friendships. George Plimpton, as editor of the Paris Review, once turned down a story from his childhood friend Peter Matthiessen, calling it “risible”—something he regretted as long as they

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Why Free Beta Readers Can Come at a Cost

Free beta readers can come at a cost.

New and unpublished authors will often hire beta readers to receive a comprehensive critique before submitting their manuscript to a publisher or self-publishing. The beta reader’s job is to read the manuscript as an actual reader would and present feedback on what works and what doesn’t, any styling or structural issues, plot holes or issues

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2016 Voss Literary Prize Longlist

Literary awards and literary prizes.

The 2016 Voss Literary Prize longlist has been announced. The Voss Literary Prize which was launched in 2014 is awarded to the best novel published in Australia in the previous year and is dedicated to the memory of Vivian Robert de Vaux Voss who was an historian and lover of literature. The 2016 Voss Literary

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What Writers Should Do During The ‘Dead Month’

August is known as the dead month in publishing.

August is affectionately known as the ‘dead month’ in the publishing industry. During August all work comes to a virtual halt as editors, agents, proofreaders, typesetters, CEOs, dog walkers and everyone else on the planet takes a much-needed vacation. So, all you aspiring authors, don’t submit your manuscript to publishers, and don’t send your queries

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2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded each year for the best original novel.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist for 2016 has been announced. Thirteen novels have made the list in total. Six are by women and seven by men, with five American writers, six British, one Canadian and one South African. The list includes writers such as Coetzee, who is the first person to win the

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Elizabeth Reapy on Writing Her Debut Novel

Elizabeth Reapy (E.M. Reapy) is an Irish writer and the author of Red Dirt.

Elizabeth (EM) Reapy is an Irish writer and tutor. Her debut novel Red Dirt was published in June 2016. Tell us a little about yourself Elizabeth? I qualified as a secondary school teacher after doing a BA in English Lit and History but left teaching to do a Masters in Creative Writing. After this, I

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Book Review: Red Dirt

Red Dirt is a debut novel by Irish author Elizabeth Reapy.

Title: Red Dirt Author: E.M. Reapy Publisher: Head of Zeus Release Date: June 2, 2016 Format: Digital & Paperback Pages: 255 Three young Irish people have come to Australia, running from the economic ruins of their home country and their own unhappy lives. In this promised land, stunned by the heat and the vast arid

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WA Premier’s Book Awards Shortlist 2016

Literary awards and literary prizes.

The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards finalists have been announced by the WA Minister for Culture and the Arts, John Day. The awards were inaugurated by the Western Australian Government in 1982 to honour and celebrate the literary achievements of Western Australian writers. Until 1990 they were called the WA Week Literary Awards. They are

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Lisa McInerney Wins Baileys Prize for Debut Novel

Lisa McInerney is the winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Lisa McInerney – Photo courtesy of Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Irish author Lisa McInerney has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel The Glorious Heresies at the Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, in London. McInerney was born in Ireland in 1981 and began her career

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Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist 2016

The Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist 2016.

The shortlist for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced at The Australian Booksellers Association Conference at The QT Hotel in Canberra, Australia. The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize and is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit. This year women and

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Great Books Require Great Book Editors

Do you need an affordable editor to edit your manuscript?

Do you need to hire a book editor to edit your manuscript? Our book editors can assist you with your manuscript to ensure it is polished and ready to be published. We specialise in book editing unlike other editing companies that do everything from academic editing to proofreading documents for businesses, corporations and government departments.

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Best First Novel Award Shortlist 2016

Best New Novel Award

The Authors’ Club has announced the six novels which have been shortlisted for the 2016 Best First Novel Award. The prize is for the debut novel of a British, Irish or UK-based author, first published in the UK, and there is no age limit. This is the 62nd year of the prize. Best First Novel

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