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TLC client Maggie Ling was recently short-listed for the 2010 Asham Award for her short story Cold Snap. The ghost or gothic themed short story award is for stories under 4,000 words that have been written by unpublished women writers. The winning writers will be notified in March 2011 and the first, second and third prizewinner will be announced in September 2011 at the Small Wonder short story festival. In addition, the twelve winning writers will all be published by Virago in the Asham Anthology, alongside specially commissioned stories by Naomi Alderman, Kate Clanchy, Petina Gappah and Polly Sansom.
The short story was originally written in the summer of 2002 when Maggie gave up doing cartoon and illustration work to write full time. The story was assessed by TLC’s Richard Skinner, in the autumn of that year.
Maggie Ling also recently had her short story, Dick’s Life, included in the Unthology No 1, published by Unthank Books on December 1st.
We wish the best of luck for Maggie!
Publishing director Kirsty Dunseath bought UK and Commonwealth rights to two books by Shelley Harris from Jo Unwin at Conville & Walsh for an undisclosed sum. Weidenfeld & Nicolson plan to publish the first book, Jubilee, in 2012 to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Dunseath said: “Shelley is a real find. The voice in the novel is delightful, instantly engaging and full of warmth. Jubilee appeals to a certain nostalgia for the days when Abba vied with punk, when Jammie Dodgers were the biscuit of choice, and mothers across the country were busy icing buns red, white and blue… we will of course be asking booksellers to dig out their own memories and photographs.”
Set on the day of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, the book looks at “race, identity, community and childhood”, focusing around a picture of a street party with a small Asian boy staring intensely at the camera.
Article by Catherine Neilan from The Bookseller
I sent my first draft to The Literary Consultancy for a critique and was really impressed with the insightful report . . . read more
Shelley Harris, Jubilee, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (Orion)