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Kobo’s Emerging Writer Prize; Angie Thomas on Writing, and Wattpad’s New Publishing Division

By Joni Di Placido

Calling all Canadian authors: The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is now accepting submissions! Follow the link to see the rules and put the final touches on your debut!

Kobo Emerging Writer Prize: Discovering talented new authors | Rakuten Kobo

Canadian award includes monetary prize and marketing support for books in three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction – Romance, and Non-Fiction.

Roxanne Gay talks about why you shouldn’t wait for the confidence to start writing.

Roxane Gay: ‘If I was waiting for confidence to write, I’d still be waiting’ | gal-dem

illustration by Nadia Akingbule Roxane Gay is in demand – so her first visit to the UK has not necessarily been a relaxing one. A New York Times bestselling feminist commentator, whose bibliography hones in on bodies, race, and sexual violence, Roxane has become a staple in the 21st-century feminist canon.

Toronto-based storytelling app Wattpad just announced the launch of their publishing division, Wattpad Books. The company will use data to find books with commercial potential and publish those under their new imprint.

Wattpad, the Storytelling App, Will Launch a Publishing Division

Wattpad, the storytelling application with which millions of users upload original stories and fan fiction, is creating a publishing division, Wattpad Books. The company has worked with other publishing or media companies in the past to adapt stories from the platform into books and movies.

Romance readers, Denver’s 5280 magazine has compiled a list of great romance novels from local authors (including our very own Helen Hardt!) Check out their recommendations for your next great read:


Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, chats with the Guardian about the importance of books and the challenge of dealing with rejection in publishing.

Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give: ‘Books play a huge part in resistance’

The author’s young adult novel became a publishing sensation and an acclaimed film. Here, she answers questions from readers and famous fans on activism, social media and coping with rejection

Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party? 6 authors tell Bustle who they’d love to meet, and why!

If You Could Invite Anyone To Dinner, Who Would You Choose? 6 Authors Share Their Answers

Each month, the Bustle Book Club asks an author to recommend a book they think everyone should read. In January, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before author Jenny Han recommended The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle. Follow along with the book club on…

This is a fascinating, in-depth look at the problem with representation and lack of diversity in traditional publishing.

Comping White – Los Angeles Review of Books

ON NOVEMBER 9, Publishers Weekly broke the news that the publishing industry is overwhelmingly white – 86 percent white, to be exact. Every year, Publishers Weekly ( PW) releases its annual Salary Survey. Since 1994, the Survey has been circulated among industry professionals, who are asked to respond to demographic and opinion-based questions about their experience in publishing.

Eighteen literary translators explain the unique challenges of conveying humour in translation:

Linguistic Slapstick, Brutal Joy, and Profane Parrots: 18 Translators on Translating Humor – Words Without Borders

In celebration this month’s issue of International Humor, we asked top translators to share stories about the joys and challenges of translating humor, from puns to satire to creative curses. Alta L. Price on Dana Grigorcea’s Double Meanings & Geographic Jokes

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