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James Herbert Award shortlist horrifies Brits
January 30, 2015 | 10:25 am

Pan Macmillan and the estate of James Herbert have jointly launched the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing, which "aims to discover and publicise a new generation of horror authors working today and celebrate the boldest and most exciting talent in the genre." The Award is being described as the UK's first significant juried award for horror, with a prize of£2,000 ($3,000) and a special statuette - albeit, for the present at least, this is a single-work award for long-form fiction only. According to the official announcement at Pan imprint Tor Books, "the Serendip foundation, who also run the Arthur C....

Weekend Links: Kindle Unlimited and Market Scrying. Payment hardware scrambling
January 18, 2015 | 12:12 pm

kindle unlimitedKindle Unlimited, Market Scrying, and Sales Cycles (The Digital Reader) Over the past couple months many authors have pointed to Kindle Unlimited and complained that Amazon's 5 month old ebook subscription service is harming their sales, but there is growing evidence that this is not the case. *** The Best-Selling Books of All Time, According to Wikipedia (Book Riot) How many copies do you think the Harry Potter series has sold, total? How many copies of The DaVinci Code do you think have been sold? *** Digital Magazines Now Qualify for the Pulitzer Prize (GoodeReader) The Pulitzer Prize for journalism has now been extended to print...

Time to vote for the This Is Horror Awards 2014
January 8, 2015 | 2:25 pm

This is Horror, the UK horror site and chapbook publisher, has just announced the shortlist and opened voting for the This Is Horror Awards 2014. The Awards, which have been running since 2011, don't include any separate shorter fiction categories, but they do include categories for Short Story Collection of the Year and Anthology of the Year, as well as Novel of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Film of the Year, and TV Series of the Year. As a tribute to the popularity of inking, and for Ray Bradbury fans, there's even a category for Tattoo Artist of the Year. Voting is by email, with a first and second...

Will award shows spotlight studio hacking?
December 28, 2014 | 4:25 pm

award showsOh, what the wonders of technology have wrought! Bright shiny iPads and glistening iPhones, not to mention SnapChat and Twitter. But then,  there are the hackers. The upcoming Golden Globe movie awards and other award shows will certainly be used by presenters and hosts to shine a spotlight on the recent massive international hacking of the Sony Picture Entertainment computer system. But whereas past Golden Globes and Oscars telecasts presented millions of TV viewers worldwide with ribald jokes and trendy selfies, the upcoming awards shows in Hollywood will be watched for the way humor is presented. If nothing else, the Golden Globes and...

Saltire Literary Awards honor Scotland’s best books of 2014
November 15, 2014 | 2:25 pm

The Saltire Society, leading independent promoter of Scottish learning and culture, has just announced the results of its 2014 Saltire Literary Awards, "widely regarded as Scotland’s most prestigious book awards," and the Scottish Book of the Year Award in various categories. The Award categories comprise the Scottish Literary Book of the Year, Scottish First Book of the Year, Scottish Poetry Book of the Year (in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library), Scottish History Book of the Year (in partnership with the Scottish Historical Review Trust), and Scottish Research Book of the Year (in partnership with the National Library of Scotland) - as well as the overall...

UK Goldsmiths Prize goes to Ali Smith
November 14, 2014 | 2:25 pm

The UK's Goldsmiths Prize 2014, managed by Goldsmiths College of the University of London, and "established to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or opens up new possibilities for the novel form," has gone to Scottish author Ali Smith for her time-spanning, genre-defying novel How to be both, which Kirsty Gunn describes on the Prize shortlist website as "a stunning example of literary inventiveness, idiosyncratic presentation of character and her charming, disarming way with plot." This year, the Prize has also been coordinated with the Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre, established...

Helen Mort wins Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection prize 2014
November 10, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Division StreetHelen Mort, a 29-year-old British poet, has won this year's Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection prize, conferred at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, for her collection Division Street. Helen Mort is already a multiple prize winner, five times winner of the Foyle Young Poets Award, recipient of an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and winner of the Manchester Young Writer Prize for 2008. Division Street has already attracted some glowing reviews elsewhere. According to the conditions of entry, "any first collection of at least 40 pages with primary publication in the UK and Republic of Ireland between 1 August 2013 and 31 July...

Centenary year Dylan Thomas Prize goes to U.S. author Joshua Ferris
November 9, 2014 | 11:25 am

The 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize, open to authors under 39 who have had a work published in English and dubbed "The World’s Largest Literary Prize for Young Writers," has been awarded in the centenary year of the Welsh poet's birth to an American author. Perhaps fittingly given the significance that New York had to Dylan Thomas, it went to Joshua Ferris, a native born New Yorker, for his novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. Sponsored by Swansea University, the Prize, now in its ninth year, "celebrates the legacy of Swansea poet and writer Dylan Thomas, and the importance of creativity...

Could Japan’s next big science fiction author be Godzilla?
October 29, 2014 | 4:25 pm

A slightly unorthodox take on the thesis of living your art comes in the shape of Japan's Hoshi Award, a top science fiction prize, which is to be opened to aliens and AIs as well as humans. The Award was launched in 2013 in honor of Shinichi Hoshi (1926-97), "recognized as one of Japan's most influential science fiction writers of all time," who "published more than 1,000 of his signature 'short-short' stories, sometimes dubbed "the 'Haiku of Science Fiction'." Potential winners might not in fact be far away. Computer-generated literature and generative art have been around for over a decade, and it's...

Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib wins 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award
October 28, 2014 | 10:25 am

The Hidden Light of objects jacketThe Edinburgh International Book Festival has just announced the winner of the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award - Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib, for her debut short story collection, The Hidden Light of Objects, published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP).  This is the first time in the Award's five-year history that it has been conferred on a volume of short stories. "I am incredibly grateful for this award," said Mai Al-Nakib in the announcement. "To have my book selected by readers is especially gratifying and encouraging. It means so much to know that readers from all over the world are connecting with The...

Morning Links: Nobel Prize a disservice to readers? Judges want to make it harder on patent trolls
October 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

patent trollsDoes the Nobel Prize do a Disservice to Readers? (Book Riot) To sum up so far, the Nobel potentially divides readers along the lines of literary merit and general worldliness. *** Judges Want To Make Life Harder On Patent Trolls: Want Them To Actually Have To Explain What Infringement Happened (Techdirt) A key part of the patent reform proposal that everyone thought was going to happen earlier this year was to change those rules to require the patent holder to have to actually explain where the infringement occurred. *** Amazon's Might Divides Opinion at World's Biggest Book Fair (The Economic Times) "We fear unfair competition on prices...

Morning Links: Print outsold digital for first half of 2014? NaNoWriMo Storybundle
October 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoA Special Storybundle: Writing Tools for NaNoWriMo (Storybundle) has put together a massive batch of useful books that will help you survive—and thrive—during National Novel Writing Month. Twelve books on writing craft, productivity, and business—by eight bestselling writers, a TV producer, and more. And you name your own price. *** Print Books Outsold Digital Books During the First 6 Months of 2014 (GalleyCat) Nielsen Books & Consumer has released the results of a recent survey focusing on book sales from the first six months of 2014. *** Adobe Confirms It's Gathering eBook Reader's Data (Digital Book World) Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by...