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Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2019: What's New?

The Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (CWAYB)  is snapping hot on the heels of its older sister [link to WAYB 19]: it’s now fifteen years old and has firmly established itself as the guide for writers and illustrators for children from tots to YA plus all ages in between, across all media, formats and genres. Don’t just take my word for it. Sarah Crossan, Carnegie Medal winning author of the One and other titles, and the writer of the Foreword to this year’s 2019 edition, agrees: ‘To find your way as a children’s author, CWAYB should be your first port of call.’   

Sarah is joined by bestselling writers such as Paul Stewart, Emma Reeves, Shelli R. JohannesRobin Stevens and an illustrious cast of others – to collectively provide a range of engaging, informative and enlightening new articles for this year’s edition. We aim to reflect the very latest ideas emanating from the world of books and to showcase some of the best authors …

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Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2019: What's New?

It’s July and on cue the newspapers and book blogs are awash with recommended summer reads. Should these inspire you to devote some of your holiday to perfecting your own novel-in-progress, then the ideal travel companion to pack alongside your sun cream– yes, you guessed it –  is the very latest edition of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. It too is a staple of the July publishing calendar and has been sharing advice and support on all aspects of the writing process and on how to get your work noticed by agents, publishers and readers since 1906. If the print edition just seems a little too heavy for your suitcase, leave it on your shelves, and download the eBook to your Kindle.

The Yearbook is a distillation of the best, expert information and inspiring recommendations from the book world, and as Joanne Harris says in her Foreword to this 2019 edition, it is a ‘lifeline’ for the budding author. She goes on to write that ‘[it] helped me formulate my goals and …

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Short Story Competition 2018: Winner Revealed!

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2018

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Editor Alysoun Owen takes over the W&A blog to announce the winner and commended entries for this year's competition...

Once again, the W&A team have been inundated with entries for our annual short story competition, sifting through close to 1000 in total.

In terms of trends, although there was no title or theme set this year, the subjects of death and loss featured widely, as was reflected in our initial shortlist and also the winning entry.

What am I looking for in a short story? It is highly subjective of course, but there are certain key aspects that I think the most readable stories share, whatever their genre. A ‘good’ short story for me is one that grabs the reader’s attention from the first line and paragraph, and continues to hold it right to its conclusion. It might do that in various ways – stylistically, through its subject matter and by condensing a narrative into a well-structured whole in a very short amount of space. That …

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Event Opportunity for Low-Income Writers

Event Opportunity for Low-Income Writers

Literary agent Thérèse Coen to select the best pitch for a winning place at the conference...

We’re thrilled to be working with Arts University Bournemouth to bring a day of brilliant writing advice and tips on how to get published. The day will feature a writing workshop of your choice led by an incredible line up of authors; Natasha Pulley on fiction, Nell Andrews on non-fiction, and Kayo Chingonyi on poetry. The afternoon sessions will be packed full of brilliant advice from publishing industry experts such as Publishing Director Mark Richards and literary agents Emma Paterson and Thérèse Coen.

We’d love to offer a free place to a low-income writer, and have teamed up with Thérèse Coen, literary agent at Hardman Swainson to run a competition based on perfecting your pitch!

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is:

Email with the subject line 

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Merry Christmas from Writers and Artists!

It's our favourite time of year at Writers & Artists, (let the Christmas book shopping commence!) and what better way to bring in the festive spirit than to run a book giveaway!

From Monday 11th to Thursday 21st December, we're giving away one of our favourite books from 2016 every single day.

To enter, it's simple: watch out for our Christmas #giveaway tweet every morning and just RT and follow to be in with a chance of winning.

Here's the line-up of books featured:

Monday 11th December: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Tuesday 12th December: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Wednesday 13th December: Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth

Thursday 14th December: All We Saw by Anne Michaels

Friday 15th December: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 

Saturday 16th December:  Odd And The Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (Signed by illustrator Chris Riddell) 

Sunday 17th December: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Monday 18th December: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang 

Tuesday 19th December: Lisboeta …

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