5a.m. Flash 060812 – The New Writer

Every now and then at 5a.m. (probably posted by my clone) I will be bringing you a newsflash, update on what I’m doing, invited guest piece, or whatever takes my fancy, and today is about The New Writer magazine and their subscriber newsletter. They provide so much information in the newsletter that replicating their latest edition (which I had permission from the lovely Merric to do so) would have run to 12 Microsoft Word pages, hardly a ‘flash’, so I’ve done a bit of a synopsis here…

  • The newsletter starts off with news and views around the internet and from useful sites to events around the UK.
  • It’s then packed with competition information (some of which I hadn’t got already so have added, accredited of course, to my blog’s competitions page), submission opportunities and much more.

The New Writer is an incredibly active magazine beyond the page and their own opportunities include…

  • TNW’S editor Suzanne Ruthven is also Commissioning Editor for Compass Books at John Hunt Publishing. Compass Books for new writers focuses on practical and informative ‘how-to’ books. Written by experienced authors who also have extensive experience of tutoring at the most popular creative writing workshops, the books offer an insight into the more specialised niches of the publishing game.  All submissions for Compass Books should come initially in the form of a biography, synopsis and full chapter breakdown to suzanneruthven333@gmail.com. Writers’ guidelines can be found at http://www.compass-books.net/submissions.html&i=11. Compass Books is also on Facebook.
  • The New Writer Magazine Online Writing Course: Plotting & Coursing The Novel. This is an ideal course for those who have just started a novel, and for those who have got ‘bogged down’ with an existing one. Discover how to kick-start the narrative with Suzanne Ruthven, editor of The New Writer who has tutored this course at Horncastle College (Lincs) and the University of Wales’ Writers’ Summer School.  Participants should have completed at least the first 2-3 chapters, and be able to submit a full synopsis of the novel at the time of registration. The course includes: Lesson One Who’s going to read my novel?, Lesson Two: Plot and Theme, Lesson Three: Characterisation, Lesson Four: Pace and narrative style, Lesson Five: Bones and Padding, Lesson Six: Publishers and Agents. The fee is £20 per lesson paid in advance via PayPal. This ensures that the writer pays only for the tuition received and can withdraw from the course at any time. For more information send an email to suzanneruthven333@gmail.com marked Subject: online writing course.
  • The New Writer’s website (http://www.thenewwriter.com) explains, “It’s different and it’s aimed at all writers: the short story writer, the novelist, the poet, feature writer, anyone with a serious intent to develop their writing to meet the expectations of today’s editors. Launched in September 1996, in every issue you’ll find original short stories, a showcase for new poetry, articles, book reviews, market information, news and readers’ views.”
  • Apart from being incredibly supportive of writers on the page, and via email, The New Writer can also be found on Facebook (where you can ‘like’ them… and I’m sure they’d love it if you wrote something on their wall) and Twitter (where you can follow them and again I’m sure interaction would be appreciated).
  • Subscriptions (see http://www.thenewwriter.com/subscribe.htm) are just £27 for 18 months’ worth of magazines or £49 for three years. I’ve been a subscriber for at least double that and it feels like it has ‘grown’ as I have. 🙂
  • They welcome (from subscribers) articles, features, shorts (including a 300-word max micro fiction… regular readers of this blog will know how much I love my flash fiction and I keep meaning to submit!), news items, poetry and even a ‘Writer’s Rant’ – see their guidelines page for more details.
  • Speaking of shorts… The New Writer recommends Catherine Smith’s The Biting Point from Speechbubble Books.
  • TNW Index: You can now check on the contents of the first 100+ issues of The New Writer.  The new improved index is now available as an attachment, simply email admin@thenewwriter.com and type Index in subject.  The TNW index will give you details of every feature, fiction and poem that has appeared in the magazine since the first issue in 1996 in alphabetical order by author.  In addition, TNW back issues are available (not many left of the first dozen or so – but there are some) at £1.50 each (to subscribers only) plus p+p (see the magazine).  So if you see something you fancy it couldn’t be easier to read it. If you live in the UK and request the Index and do decide to order some back issues, please send a cheque payable to The New Writer if it comes to £5 or more, otherwise please send postage stamps to The New Writer, PO Box 60, Cranbrook, TN17 2ZR.  If you live overseas please email (admin@thenewwriter.com) for a quote.
  • They also have a Writer’s Library with a great selection of books.
  • Almost finally, classified ads printed in The New Writer magazine are charged at the following rates for all ads up to 50 words:  £10 as a one-off;  £15 in two consecutive issues;  £20 in three consecutive issues.  Further placings, longer ads and small display ads by negotiation. Again an email will do the trick.
  • Oh and they even kindly mentioned me (which I hadn’t spotted until I started compiling this ‘flash’)… 🙂 “Amazing list of 440+ interviews with writers, poets, agents, publishers etc by Morgen Bailey can be found here: https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/blog-interviews” which just goes to show how supportive they are of writers… ‘new’ or otherwise. 🙂


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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are fortnightly episodes, usually released on Sundays, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.

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