Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Great Regulars: "We want to create a digital-first opportunity

for poets to share their work and for audiences to discover the genre [and we] are excited to see how the world connects over poetry."

Atwood, who joined Wattpad's community of nine million writers and readers in June, will be judging the prize, for which competitors must enter 10 poems as a collection, each demonstrating a different poetic form. Prizes will range from $1,000 (£640) to feedback sessions from the Booker-winning author.

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: The Attys: new digital poetry prize to be judged by Margaret Atwood
then Wattpad: The Attys


Four self-published authors will have a total of seven novels on the New York Times ebook bestseller list this weekend, and the founder of self-publishing powerhouse Smashwords is predicting the number is only going to grow.

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Four self-published authors on New York Times ebook bestseller list


Jonah Lehrer's British publisher Canongate has withdrawn his book Imagine from sale, following the former New Yorker writer's admission that he made up quotes from Bob Dylan for the bestselling title.

Lehrer, a staff writer for the New Yorker, admitted at the start of this week that he had falsified quotes from the singer in Imagine, a non-fiction title which explores the "profound mysteries of creative thought".

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: Jonah Lehrer's UK publisher withdraws Imagine over falsified quotes


The Turkish publisher facing obscenity charges for releasing a translation of a William Burroughs novel has vowed not to be intimidated by an Istanbul court's decision to postpone the trial, despite the "sword of Damocles" which now hangs over its head.

from Alison Flood: The Guardian: William Burroughs' Turkish publishers' obscenity trial postponed


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