Self-published Writers Encouraged to Enter Prestigious Competition

This of any help to folks?

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

 winnerThe Young Writer of the Year Award has been out of action for six years, but it now being revived under the sponsorship of The Sunday Times and agents Peters Fraser Dunlop (PFD) Past winners include Sarah Waters, Simon Armitage and Zadie Smith.

The Award is worth £5000 to the winner,  is free to enter and is open to works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published between July 1st 2014 and June 30th 2015. What’s not to like? (Well, for me it could be that you have to be between  18-35 to enter…but that’s just sour grapes.)

PFD are actively looking for self-published talent and are keen to stress that the award is for quality, not popularity. Self-published authors with disappointing sales should enter if they believe in their work.

For further details, see http://www.petersfraserdunlop.com/prize/. To enter, go to http://www.societyofauthors.org/sunday-times-pfd. Deadline for entries: Tuesday 30th

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Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying Of The Light – Black Edition

Want a special edition of the final Skulduggery Pleasant book? Derek Landy and Waterstones have announced there will be 1,000 Black Editions of The Dying of the Light, exclusive to Waterstones with details of how you could be having lunch with Derek Landy himself!

There is one thing to consider though. These copies CANNOT be pre-ordered, will not be on any tables or at the front of the shop and only a limited number will be sent to all Waterstones outlets, except Amsterdam and Brussels. These copies will be hidden among all the books in the children’s sections on 28th August 2014 (book release date). These will be first come, first served! To give you a small head start, Waterstones have released a picture of how these copies will look:

So set your alarms! Mark the date in every calendar and diary you can get your hands on! Because the hunt begins on 28th August 2014!

Is this the month self-publishing becomes respectable in the UK?

This competition any use to anyone? Has self-publishing become acceptable?

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

Literary prize for self-published novelThe Guardian newspaper has joined with publisher Legend Times to offer a monthly literary prize to the best self-published novels written in the English language – translations are also eligible. Submissions are first read by a panel of Legend’s readers who will draw up a shortlist of up to 10 titles a month. The prize is respectability and exposure – the winning book will be reviewed in the Guardian. Claire Armitstead, the newspaper’s literary editor , explained why they had decided to launch the prize:

“the phenomenon of self-publishing over the last couple of years has become too big for any of us to ignore”.

Submissions will be open for the first fortnight of each calendar month. The book must have been self-published after 31 December 2011 and should be sent to self-published@theguardian.com with “Self-Published Book of the Month Submission” in the subject line. Find out morehere.

Without quality…

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