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Monday, 27 June 2011

SEEN This Week 6/27/11

The next two weeks are going to be short ones, so that means one thing: get in as much book, author, and writing news as possible! Lucky for us, it just keeps flowing our way., starting with upcoming contests for women writers as well as a new writing site to discover and explore.

 Los Angeles Times announced last week that Yale is set to launch a $150,000 writing award.

Attention women writers: don't miss A Room of Her Own's upcoming prize deadlines:

Orlando Prizes
Award: $1000 and publication for the best unpublished work by a woman in each of four genres--Short fiction, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry. Winning entries will receive print publication in the Los Angeles Review and AROHO's website.
Online Application Deadline: July 31, 2011 for all genres.
Fee: $15 per entry (payable via Paypal)

To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize
Award: $1000 for best unpublished poetry collection by a woman, and publication by Red Hen Press.
Postmark Deadline: August 31, 2011
Page limit: 48 to 96 pages
Fee: $20 per entry

Please visit for prize instructions and details. Questions can be sent to

Want to read, explore, share and review original genre fiction? Visit and join the Book Country community of readers, writers and experts. Best of all, signing up and submitting your work are free.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut and Navy captain Mark Kelly, are working on a memoir to be published by Schribner sometime in the near future. The entire story can be read at this link.

Author and friend Jason Alexander Greenwood was recently interviewed on NBC, offering his insights on independent publishing.

As part of the July 15 release of her second book, Lor Mandela: Four Hundred Days, L Carroll will be going on a Four Hundred hour blog tour June 28 through July 15. Those stops include interviews with the Authors On Show web site and The Book Shelf blog June 28.

Can't get enough of Chris Morley? Read his latest interview here.

Wimbledon has been treating Kate Rigby quite well. Her Wimbledon-based Break Point soared on the Amazon charts to #16 in Books/Fiction/Sports and #29 in Books/Sports this past week.

John Holt recently placed 80 of his book markers at a local library, which received very positive responses. John was asked if he would like the library to arrange a book signing afternoon, which will be for one Saturday in September, which will include some publicity in the local paper.

Samantha Towle's The Bringer was featured June 21 on Daily Cheap Reads.

Looking for something new? Get a sneak peek of the first four chapters of Les Floyd's novel in progress, The Wise Boy.

Karen Wojcik Berner's first novel, A Whisper to a Scream, was released in paperback June 22.

Simon Swift was interviewed on the Bob Walmsley Show on BBC Radio Leeds June 25.

Kathryn Brown's Discovery at Rosehill is available on Kindle at for £1.14.

Do you have news you'd like to see in a future column? Email or post your news on a related site prior to the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

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