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The 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize longlist has been released, in case your TBR pile of socially conscious books was looking a bit short. The prize grants $35,000 to the author of a book that illuminates “vital contemporary issues, including b...
An author whom Australia has detained for six years has finally left the detention center. New Zealand granted Behrouz Boochani — author of the award-winning memoir No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison — a monthlong visa...
Lucy Ellmann may have come up short in the fight for the Booker Prize, but she won’t end 2019 empty-handed. Ducks, Newburyport received the 2019 Goldsmiths Prize and its purse of £10,000 (about $13,000). The novel is almost exclusively ma...
We’re not gambling folks, but we’d bet most if not all of our readers have hit up some sort of secondhand shop in their lifetimes. Chances are that most of us rarely give much thought to the economic and psychological forces behind the us...
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For Authors

A character’s name isn’t a throwaway decision, but it shouldn’t be something that stalls your writing process. Dave Chesson shares his favorite name generator websites, so that when you’re stuck, you can extricate yourself qui...
Author and ghostwriter Joshua Lisec may have described his process for writing a compelling nonfiction book as outlining. But trust us, he’s not suggesting you approach it the same way that you approached term papers back in school. Lisec start...
You know how to use quote marks, right? Sure, but maybe not as well as you think. Editor and proofreader Louise Harnby covers how and when to use quotation marks, in both American and British writing styles, in a recent blog post. Audio learners can...
You know a strong logline when you see it — and good news, you can learn to write one for your own novels, too. Author Rosie Danan shares the four-question framework she uses to write all of her loglines in the latest Romance Writers of Am...
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