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Kore Press- 2013 Short Fiction Award & Open Submissions & Other News

Kore Press: Publishing Women Since 1993
 

Kore Press stands with Boston. 
 
NEWS FOR WRITERS
Kore Press is accepting manuscripts for the 2013 Short Fiction Award & Open Submissions, through April 30, 2013!

2013 Kore Press Short Fiction Judge: 

Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer, American fairy-tale writer, scholar, and editor, teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale”by Tin House, and is the author of four books of fiction, most recently the final novel in a trilogy, The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold. A new story collection, How a Mother Weaned a Girl from Fairy Tales, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2014. She also edits fabulist anthologies including the World Fantasy Award-winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, with her fourth anthology, xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths, forthcoming from Penguin this year.

2013 Open Submissions Deadline: April 30
 
We want your manuscripts! We want to read them, and when we say read, we mean it. At Kore Press, we’ve established a long tradition of close-reading the manuscripts we receive during our Open Submissions period in order to provide honest, thoughtful, useful feedback to you, their creators. As a press dedicated to literary excellence and contemporary writing by women, we know that providing the opportunity for publication is only the first step. Writers need-and deserve-careful consideration of their work.

This is why you owe it to yourself to spend the next couple of weekend revising the words into which you’ve already poured so much of yourself. Don’t worry, we’ve extended the deadline til the end of April. This gives you plenty of time to write, revise, and write some more! The last day we can accept submissions is April 30th and our editorial panel (newly committed to responding to all submissions by end of June) anxiously awaits your work.

See full guidelines here.

“THANK YOU so much for these
carefulwise and
spot-on comments.”
open submissions writer

Great Deals for Short Fiction Writers

 The reading fee for Kore’s Short Fiction Award is  $15, but for $20, $35, or $45through April 30, your reading fee will be covered AND you will receive 1, 3, or all 5 previous Short Fiction winners, respectively.Place your order here

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2011 Winner:

The Death of Carrie Bradshaw 
selected by Antonya Nelson

2010 Winner:
All Sorts of Hunger by
selected by Leslie Marmon Silko
See all Short Fiction Award winners here
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New Fiction Deadline: April 30, 2013 
 4,000 to 12,000 words, $15 fee

Open to female-identified writers writing in English, the 2013 Kore Press Short Fiction Award is a fantastic opportunity for new & emerging writers to have their manuscripts read by a panel of six diverse editors dedicated to contemporary writing by women.

 

The winner, selected by Kate Bernheimer, receives publication by Kore Press and a $1000 prize. Full guidelines here.

Kore Press’ Open Submissions Editorial Team
We are super grateful to have such talented and generous writers, dedicated to helping other women writers, on the Kore editorial team.
Shout out to the 2012 reader-editors!

Victoria Chang

Kara Waite

Stephanie Balzer

Erin Wilcox

Aisha Sloan

TaraShea Nesbit

Meagan Lehr

Patricia Grace King

Frankie Rollins

Lisa O’Neil

Emily Jeanes

Ann Dernier

Andi Werblin

Deborah Fries

Ashaki Jackson

Maria Eliades

Raha Namy

Joni Wallace

Natalie Diaz

Rebecca Seiferle

THANK YOU!

Recent Works Published from Open Submissions 

and a deal for open subs writers

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Reading Emily

“Heisler seems to ask whether the act of translation is, in fact, the ultimate act of the poet.” –Sam Ace

 

Get Reading Emily for $13 + $2 off shipping ($5 savings) when you send a ms to Open Submissions!  

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Dead Meander

 essays by Adria Bernardi

“Bernardi’s is an astonishing, excruciating awareness capable of brilliantly evoking what consciousness endures when the body–whether one’s own, a child’s, or the body politic–is under assault.”– Eleanor Wilner

Get Dead Meander for $15 + $2 off shipping ($5 savings) when you send a ms to Open Submissions!

Kore Press | kore@korepress.org | P.O. Box 42315 | Tucson | AZ | 85733

 

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Australian Writers’ Centre- Bloomsbury Publishing’s Short Sentence Competition & Editing Essentials & Sydney Writers’s Festival & Many Writing Classes

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Australian Writers' Centre
18 April 2013
Sydney: (02) 9929 0088
 

In this issue

  • TIP: Death knell or death nail
  • Student Success – Shona gets published in House and Garden
  • Bloomsbury Publishing’s Short Sentence Competition
  • Plan ahead – Editing Essentials
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival
  • WEBPICK: Read more, write better
Valerie Khoo

This week I’ve been on planes, trains and automobiles. I’m not usually a big traveller but over the next couple of months, I’ll be seeing the inside of the plane cabin more often than normal. And while I’ll certainly catch up on lots of inflight movies, it also means I’m heading to a few exciting destinations.

When I travel, I love reading about my destination. But while guidebooks are practical, I prefer getting lost in the pages of a travel memoir (often known as “vicarious travel” in book stores). That’s because I’m not only taken on a journey to that destination, but also the personal journey of the author. It’s a wonderful way to combine two genres in a compelling way.

If you want to write about your personal experiences while travelling, you’ll enjoy our course Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie. You’ll discover:

  • Structuring your travel memoir to ensure it’s unique from the very first page.
  • Keeping your travel blog fresh and exciting – even when you’re not travelling.
  • Techniques on writing your travel journal without clichés and describing place with new eyes.
  • Ways to transform your dog-eared diaries into a must-read manuscript.
  • Preparing for a trip and how to shape the writingon your return.
  • Using social media and twitter to raise your profile as you write.
  • The big sell – writing a compelling book proposal to get your work published.
  • and much more!

Brisbane Meetup – Change
of venue

You’ve asked, and we’ve heard you! We’d love to meet up with Australian Writers’ Centre graduates and members of our writing community (whether you’ve taken a course with us or not) in Brisbane. I’ll bethere at the end of this month and would love to meet you.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A DIFFERENT VENUE TO THE ONE PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED
Where: EMPIRE HOTEL

339 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley 4006
We will have a dedicated space for AWC at “M Booth” within the Empire Hotel.
Parking is available nearby
Time
: 6.30-8.30pm (although you’re welcome to stay as long as you like)
Date: Wednesday 24 April 2013
What: Apart from having a chance to meet fellow AWC graduates, I’ll hold a session where I’ll answer all your questions about writing and publishing.
Cost: Free (but you pay for your own drinks)
RSVP: Please click here to RSVP so that we have an idea of numbers (and to give us an idea of what questions you’d like answered).


TIP: The comma splice

Used properly, commas help readers understand your writing better. They can give pause to a sentence, as though it were being spoken. But commas can be overused too, and one notable way this happens is with the comma splice.

A comma splice occurs when a comma is used to separate two independent sentences.

For example:

Rambo went for a long walk today, he’s been stuck inside the house all week.

Really, this should be written as two separate sentences or with a conjunction, like this:

Rambo went for a long walk today because he’s been cooped up inside the house all week.

Comma splices are not uncommon, but they’re not good grammar, so read your sentence carefully andmake sure you’re not splicing!


Student Success – Shona Parker

This week we were thrilled to open the latest issue ofAustralian House & Garden and find graduate Shona Parker’s article on Sardinia in Italy. Shona is a graduate of our Magazine and Newspaper Writing andTravel Writing courses.

Congratulations Shona! It’s a great feature and we’re now planning our own trip to Sardinia.

Also published this month, Trisha Boetto’s article on natural treatments for migraines in Alive Australia. Trisha completed our Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing in 2012 and has been busy writing and submitting ever since.

Congratulations Trisha!

ONLINE COURSE:
Magazine and Newspaper Writing

Would you like to try your hand at magazine and newspaper writing but can’t make it to our courses here in Milsons Point? Why not join us online? Our online course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing can be done anywhere you have access to the internet. Learn the essentials of writing good articles and how to get them published.

Five week online course starting the week beginning Monday 22 April 2013
Time:
 Whenever it suits you
Cost: $395


ONLINE COURSE:
Creative Writing Stage 2

Take your creative writing to the next level. In our Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 2, you’ll not only have a chance to build on what you’ve learned in Creative Writing Stage 1 orWriting Books for Children and Young Adults, you’ll also get to put into practice what you’ve learnt and take part in valuable workshopping sessions. This course is ideal if you want to extend your skills or if you want to hone your completed pieces.

Five week online course starting the week beginning Monday 29 April 2013
Time:
 Whenever it suits you
Cost: $395


Business Writing Essentials

Learn easy-to-follow rules that will help you improve your writing at work. In our one-dayBusiness Writing Essentialsseminar you’ll be given the tools to make your writing shine and help you write with confidence at work. Learn the 11 Golden Rules of Business Writing and how to ensure your writing at work is clear and concise every time.

One-day seminar on
Friday 3 May 2013
Time
: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Writing for the Web

Full-day seminar on
Monday 6 May 2013
9 am – 4 pm
Only 4 places left


Short Sentence Competition

Bloomsbury Publishing’s Short Sentence Competition is off to a flying start, with theFebruary and March winner being announced and a new theme and competition for April and May.

If you haven’t heard of this one (or missed our mention back in January) the Short Sentence Competition is running from February to August this year, seeking out the best short crime stories. Each phase of the competition will have a different theme and judge, and one winner for that phase. An overall winner will be announced in August.

In February and March author Parker Bilal judged the stories on ‘Deception’ and you can read his favourite hereEntries are open now for the April and May theme, ‘Secrets and Lies’, judged by sports reporter and writer, Thomas Mogford. All the details for this latest competition can be found here.

And did we mention the overall winner will receive an Australian Writers’ Centre course? They’ll also win e-publication of their story and a selection of Bloomsbury’s
crime books.


Sydney Writers’ Festival

The 2013 Sydney Writers’ Festival program has been launched and we can’t wait! This is director Jemma Birrell’s first festival and it promises to be a memorable one. The focus this year is on storytelling and the program includes a strong contingent of poets and songwriters, as well as novelists, journalists and the odd politician.

International authors appearing at the festival include travel writer William Dalrymple, critically acclaimed author Kate Atkinson, author of the bestselling Languedoc trilogyKate Mosse, and Barack Obama’s chief digital strategist, Joe Rospars. Also appearing are Australian authors Tara Moss, Mark Dapin, Nick Earls, Wendy Harmer – and many, many more!

There are plenty of free events but check out ticketed events early as they often sell out. You can read the full program here.


TIP: Death knell or death nail?

Here’s an error I see a lot – the use of ‘death nail’ where ‘death knell’ should be. It seems writers are confusing two similar expressions, ‘death knell’ and ‘nail in the coffin’.

death knell is the slow ringing of a church bell to mark the death of someone. It’s often used figuratively to mean the imminent destruction or failure of something. For example:

Small shops worried the arrival of the supermarket sounded the death knell for their business.

You can describe the final action or event that destroys something as ‘the final nail in the coffin’. For example:

The argument was the final nail in the coffin for their friendship.

It’s easy to see how the two could be confused and combined, but they are two distinct expressions and should only be used that way.


Plan ahead – Editing Essentials

To turn even the clumsiest writing into clear and concise communication, you need
to know the rules of editing
. Many of us have to edit documents at work – correspondence, reports, proposals – but if you’re not familiar with the process, you may be spending more time on this than you need to.

In one day, we can show you how to edit for structure and style, how to set up and use style guides, and show you the editorial style rules you need to know. After ourEditing Essentials seminar you’ll be able to tackle all your editing tasks withconfidence and efficiency.

Book now

Oops Word

Thanks to @mildlycurious who tweeted us this image recently:

Note the interesting spelling of ‘recieve’. That should actually be ‘receive’ – even our spellchecker wouldn’t let us spell it with i before e so we’re not sure how the people in charge of this ad missed this.

 

 


WEBPICK: Read more, write better

 

There are few authors who wouldn’t agree with the notion that to write well, you must also read, the idea being the more you read, the better a writer you’ll become. If that’s the case, this list of 9 books on writing and reading should be part of every writer’s library.

The list includes Stephen King’s classic, On Writing, as well as the essentialElements of Style, by Strunk and White. Ray Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writingalso makes the list, as does a collection of Ernest Hemingway’s musings on the craft. And for readers, Mortimer Adler’s 1940 book, How to Read a Book.

Check out the full list here.


“To add a library to a house is to give that
house a soul.”

Words of wisdom from – Cicero

Upcoming courses

Online Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait
When: Week beginning Monday 22 April 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
When: Week beginning Monday 29 April 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
When: Week beginning Monday 29 April 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

New dateOnline Course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Cathie Tasker/Pamela Freeman
When: Week beginning Monday 6 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Online Course: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Week beginning Monday 13 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

New dateOnline Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White/Allison Tait
When: Week beginning Monday 13 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

New dateOnline Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge/Cathie Tasker
When: Week beginning Monday 13 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: Whenever suits you
Cost: $395

Sydney coursesSeminar: How to Create and Sell Your eBook with Anna Maguire
When: Thursday 18 April 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When: Friday 19 April 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Course: Travel Memoir with Claire Scobie
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 23 April 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Screenwriting Stage 1 with Tim Gooding
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 1 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: How to Get Your Book Published with Geoff Bartlett
When: Thursday 2 May 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Business Writing Essentials with Kate Hennessy
When: Friday 3 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Writing for the web with Grant Doyle
When: Monday 6 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Seminar: Grammar and Punctuation Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Wednesday 8 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

Course: Introduction to Novel Writing with Pamela Freeman
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 9 May 2013 for six weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $495

Daytime seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Jen Bishop – FULL
When: Friday 10 May 2013 (two-hour morning seminar)
Time: 10 am – 12 noon
Cost: $85

Course: Plotting and Planning with Kate Forsyth
When: Every Monday starting Monday 13 May 2013 for two weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

Course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 14 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Jen Bishop
When: Thursday 16 May 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Editing Essentials with Deb Doyle
When: Thursday 16 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

New dateCourse: Creative Writing Stage 1 with James Roy
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 23 May 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: PR and Media Releases that Get Results with Catriona Pollard
When: Thursday 23 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $495

Seminar: Build Your Profile Using Twitter with Kerri Sackville
When: Monday 27 May 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Introduction to Travel Writing with Geoff Bartlett
When: Tuesday 28 May 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

New dateSeminar: Professional Business Writing with Sue White
When: Thursday 30 May 2013 (one-day seminar)
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: $450

New dateWeekend course: Creative Writing Stage 1 with Pamela Freeman
When: Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Weekend course: Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 with Sue White
When: Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: From Blog to Book with Kerri Sackville
When: Tuesday 4 June 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Seminar: Blogging for Beginners with Kim Berry
When: Wednesday 5 June 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Course: Writing Books for Children and Young Adults with Judith Ridge
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 5 June 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Screenwriting Stage 2 with Tim Gooding
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 11 June 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Creative Writing Stage 2 with Jeni Mawter
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 12 June 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Seminar: Self-Publishing: How to do it with Geoff Bartlett
When: Monday 17 June 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

Weekend Course: Write a Chick-Lit Novel with Lisa Heidke
When: Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Writing Picture Books with Cathie Tasker
When: Every Tuesday starting Tuesday 25 June 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $395

Weekend course: Life Writing with Patti Miller
When: Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 June 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $450

Weekend course: Writing About Food with Carli Ratcliff
When: Saturday 29 June and Sunday 30 June 2013 (2 consecutive days)
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $395

Program: Write Your Novel with Pamela Freeman – FULL
When: Every Monday starting Monday 1 July 2013 for six months
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $2150

Course: Writing About Interiors, Style and Design with Nigel Bartlett
When: Tuesday 16 July and 23 July 2013 (2 evening classes)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $175

New dateSeminar: Successful Freelancing with Gayle Bryant
When: Wednesday 17 July 2013 (two-hour evening seminar)
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $85

New dateCourse: Travel Writing with Sue White
When: Every Wednesday starting Wednesday 17 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

Course: Thriller Writing with L.A. Larkin
When: Every Thursday starting Thursday 18 July 2013 for five weeks
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost: $395

OVERSEAS WRITING TOURS

Writing in the Senses in Bali with Patti Miller
When: Saturday 10 August to Saturday 17 August 2013

Memoir Writing in Paris with Patti Miller – FULL
When: Thursday 24 October to Saturday 9 November 2013

Writing About Food in Vietnam with Carli Ratcliff
Dates for 2014 TBC

Wishing you much writing success,

Valerie Khoo

About Valerie:
Valerie Khoo is a journalist, author of six books and founder of the Australian Writers’ Centre. Valerie writes regularly for smh.com

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Marion Ekholm Author- “No Dogs Allowed”

“No Dogs Allowed”

by Marion Ekholm

Marion Ekholm won First Place (and a handsome check) for Las Vegas Romance Writers short story contest for “No Dogs Allowed, a 4.500-word romance written in the first person.  The heroine considers moving into her boyfriend’s apartment with her Great Dane only to reconsider their entire relationship when she learns no dogs allowed in his condo.

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors  Vol. 42.  No 2. April/May 2013

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