Mon, 01/09/2014 - 17:34
Memoirs dominate the longlist of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction, with the personal experiences of John Carey, Marion Coutts, Helen Macdonald, Henry Marsh, Jonathan Meades and Ben Watt making up six of the 15 chosen titles.
History is close behind with five titles on the longlist competing to win the £20,000 prize...
Mon, 01/09/2014 - 09:25
The winner of the first Wilfred Owen international poetry competition will be announced at the inaugural Winchester Poetry Festival, which will run from 12th – 14th September.
The competition is for poems written “in the spirit of Wilfred Owen”, with compassion and insight on any subject or theme. The winner will be...
Thu, 28/08/2014 - 09:07
The Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlists have been announced with Floris Books imprint Kelpies leading with three of the nine nominations.
Kelpies' Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens by Alex McCall and Pyrate's Boy by E B Collin are both shortlisted in the Younger Readers (8-11 years...
Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:45
Over 7,600 young poets from 78 countries have entered the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in a “record-breaking” year.
The prize, sponsored by the Foyle Foundation and run by The Poetry Society, receives entries from people aged 11-17, with 100 winners due to be selected on 2nd October this year – National...
Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:30
Novelist Jim Crace and biographer Hermione Lee have won the James Tait Black Prizes for 2014.
Crace won the £10,000 fiction prize for his novel Harvest (Picador), which centres around a remote English village and the impact of the acts of enclosure on the landscape and its people. The book was also shortlisted for the...
Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:10
Irish magazine the Caterpillar is launching a new competition for children’s poetry.
The €1,000 (£603) Caterpillar Poetry Prize is open to any adult writer, published or unpublished, of poetry for children aged 7-11. It can be on any subject and there is no line limit.
Tue, 19/08/2014 - 09:45
Six illustrators have beaten hundreds of entrants from over 30 countries to be shortlisted for the fourth annual Book Illustration Competition, a collaboration between House of Illustration and The Folio Society.
The competition asked entrants, who must not already be published by The Folio Society, to submit three illustrations and...
Fri, 15/08/2014 - 08:40
Debut author Lindsay Littleson has won this year’s Kelpies Prize for Scottish children’s writing for The Mixed-Up Summer of Lily McLean.
The prize was set up by Edinburgh-based publisher Floris Books and is given annually to the best children’s book set in Scotland by a first-time author....
Wed, 13/08/2014 - 09:20
The Man Booker-longlisted The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound) is among the six books shortlisted for the second annual Gordon Burn Prize.
The award seeks to recognise writers whose works follows in the “fearless...
Wed, 13/08/2014 - 09:10
Three library workers have been named UK public library staff of the year by CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
Jacqueline Cooper, librarian at West Berkshire Council's Newbury Library, was named public librarian of the year for being "active at the very centre of her community"....