Issue 63 (Sep/Oct/Nov 2014)


Colour bind: Is the UK publishing industry pigeonholing black women writers? Claire Hynes investigates

Big question: Is your reading prejudiced?

Patience Agbabi talks to Karen McCarthy Woolf

First, stalk your agent: Sarah Hilary says publishing success is all about strategy and persistence
Coverology: Debbie Taylor on why a book cover so rarely reflects the actual contents of a book
Slow hand: Jackee Holder on how handwriting can access creativity

12 pages of competitions, calls for submissions, grants, courses, events, contacts, venues. See what’s available now.


New writing
Wendy Cope introduces the winners and finalists in our Women’s Poetry Competition 2014

Publishing trends
What’s new in children’s nonfiction about isolation by Nicola Morgan
Books to look out for by Danuta Kean
How to write a bestseller, by Debbie Taylor
Literary agent interview: Elise Dillsworth

Author insights
Making a poem: Ruth Fainlight talks to Fiona Sampson
It works for me: advice from novelist Maggie Gee

Guides and masterclasses
Short story masterclass, by Margaret Wilkinson
Digidoings: guest blogging, by Katy Evans-Bush
Synopsis Surgery, by Kathryn Price
Sports writing, by Caroline Sanderson


What went horribly wrong
For Kate Long

Bedside table
Jessica Hynes’ bedtime reading

Book reviews
Poetry, short story, nonfiction choice, reading group, independent press

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