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Writing News, Issue #002 -- Be a Better Writer
January 16, 2010

Writing News January 2010


Happy New Year, everyone. Finally I have had time to put together the first Writing News of the year. has seen many changes since the last newsletter in November.

One of the most important changes is the welcome addition of an assistant editor to help manage the submissions pouring into Page Forty-Seven online anthology.

I'd like to welcome Katherine Barrett to that position. She has a PhD in biology and science ethics, and her creative writing explores the ways in which we interact with nature--primarily by attempting to ignore or control it. One of her stories will appear in Page Forty-Seven later this spring.

The site has also seen the following additions:

  1. More original images to highlight the short stories published in Page Forty-Seven
  2. Several new short stories
  3. A Question & Answer page
  4. New Writing Quotations
  5. A discussion of Passive Verbs:
New Short Stories:

I published five new original short stories:

  • 'Thief Among Thieves'
  • by Rita Ashley
  • 'love (lower case)'
  • by Dallas Woodburn
  • 'Only Five Minutes'
  • by John Geddes
  • 'Why Not A Duck'
  • by Laurie Boris
  • 'To Be Longing For'
  • by Mark Vossen

Click on Page Forty-Seven online anthology to read them.

Notable Tweets on Twitter:

Amazon's $15,000 breakthrough novel award. Publication with Penguin. Entries Jan 25 to Feb 7: click here

Download Seth Godin's new book, What Matters Now, FREE from Here or read it online at Scribd Here

View Mike Stilkey book art: Here

News Articles of Interest to Writers:

  • New BISG Survey Tracks Book Consumers' Behavior Toward and Preferences for E-Books Here
  • Michael Hyatt lists Top Ten U.S. Book Publishers for 2009 Here
  • The Death of the Slush Pile Here
  • Digital pirates illegally downloading millions of popular books Here
  • Trends, triumphs of the 2009 book year Here

Writing Contests:

News: Novel Immersion Workshop participant wins third prize in novel excerpt contest announced this week.

View more creative writing contests HERE

Emergency Money for Writers:

If you or someone you know is struggling to finish a book but are unable to because of financial need, the Writers’ Trust of Canada can help. The Woodcock Fund was established in 1989 to provide emergency financial assistance to professional Canadian writers. Grants are normally in the $5000 to $10000 range and are administered quickly and efficiently by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Often recipients will receive the grant money within two weeks of applying for it. See PDF guidelines at the bottom of this page.

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