march 21 – march 28 bookish roundup

The Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist has been announced – it includes publications by three men and three women, including poetry, short stories, novels, and a novella. The winner will be announced on May 14th 2016. They look really interesting – I’m definitely going to check some of them out.

The company Blendle has just launched in the US: it calls itself a sort of i-tunes for journalism, allowing people to buy individual articles from online newspapers, rather than having to pay for a full online subscription. Each article should cost around 19 to 39 cents.

Indie author J.D. Barker has been asked to co-author the official prequel to ‘Dracula’ with Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker. Apparently the novel has already been written, but there is no publication information as of yet. Let’s just hope he does it well – I imagine Dracula fans can be a little bit scary!

The Daily Mail and Penguin Random House have united to create a new writing competition. Submit the first 5000 words of a novel (and a 600 word synopsis) and you could win £20,000, a contract with Random House, and the services of a literary agent! Doesn’t sound too bad to me! The entry deadline is April 16th 2016.

We Need Diverse Books has launched an internship grant scheme, to help publishing interns from diverse backgrounds. For more information go here.

Finally, a brief roundup of this week’s new publications:

  1. The Scrapbook of My Life by Youtuber Alfie Dayes
  2. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
  3. Predator by Wilbur Smith, co-authored by Tom Cain
  4. Hold Still by Lynn Steger Strong
  5. The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

Happy reading!


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