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The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. All the Light We Cannot See won in the fiction category. Apparently dissatisfied with the first three nominees, the board asked for a fourth. A complete list of winners is here. In the Pulitzer’s shadow, the L.A. Times also announced their annual awards.

Buy a box of Cheerios, get a free children’s ebook.

An exchange between John Irving and J.P. Donleavy, reproduced from the Spring 1988 Paris Review. Fun.

The first bookstore dedicated to self-published authors opens in Florida. Let’s hope they sell coffee too; they’ll need the revenue.

Three pages that were cut from A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. Get the background here.

Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people includes two writers. Two.

We’ve been sharing slam poetry here and there on social media, always arguing, “This is why poetry is still—and eternally—relevant.” The latest takes our breath away.

18 literary maps of the United States. Now we’re talking! (say one of us, a former cartographer).

The number of writing contests is increasing, as is the average entry fee, yet the total prize money is decreasing. Hmm.

Mark Dawson, another quietly rich, mild-mannered, self-published author.

Don’t despair: if “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner could do it, so can you. (Well, maybe not, but at least you know you’re not alone.)

Finally, yes, at six weeks, debut writer, you are nipple deep in a mudpit of despair.


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Book Riot
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The Guardian
The Huffington Post
Library Journal
Literary Hub
The New Yorker
The New York Times
The Paris Review
The Passive Voice
Poets & Writers
Publishers Weekly
Publishing Perspectives
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