Rowling Receives Honour from the Queen for Services to Literature

2017 has been quite the year for J. K Rowling, in a writing career that in twenty years shows no signs of slowing down. This year has seen the Fantastic Beasts franchise explode, so much so that we’re still waiting for Lethal White, the latest in the Cormoran Strike series from her Robert Galbraith pseudonym. Now Rowling has been honoured at Buckingham Palace for services to literature too in a rare accolade that is surely the cherry on the pie for the much-loved author.

This week, on December 12th at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, J. K Rowling was given a Companion of Honour accolade and medal, a rare title that can only be held by sixty-five people at any given time. The honour recognises “services of national importance” and was awarded to Rowling for her services to literature and philanthropy (fans of the author will be aware she was removed from The Times rich list for giving away most of her money).

The Companion of Honour was established in 1917 at the same time as the Order of the British Empire by King George V and is given out to worthy recipients across the Commonwealth realms. It’s a rare accolade, originally the order was restricted to just fifty members, in 1943 that was enlarged to 65.

There are currently sixty-two companions, including Rowling, plus three honorary companions. Other well known names on the list include Stephen Hawking, Lord Tebbit, Sir David Attenborough, David Hockney, Dame Judi Dench, and Sir Roger Bannister, to name but a few, putting Rowling in pretty good company!

Hopefully now her wonderful and whirlwind year is over, Jo can get back to finishing Lethal White (PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!)

Women’s Prize For Fiction Shortlist Has Been Announced

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On International Women’s Day 2018, the longlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced. Those 16 books were read and discussed by the panel of judges- Sarah Sands, Katy Brand, Anita Anand, Catherine Mayer, and Imogen Stubbs- and whittled down to a final sensational 6.

The process is tough as there is so much wonderful talent to choose from, but after heated debates and heartfelt advocacies for favourite novels the shortlist has been decided upon.

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UK Short Story Competition Open Now!

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Calling all British Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers- this competition needs your talent!

This year heralds the third annual BAME short story competition run by The Guardian Newspaper and 4th Estate team. The prize celebrates the talents of British ethnic minority writers who are in need of representation and promotion.

The winner will receive a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.

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Kindle Storyteller Award Back for Second Year

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Last year Kindle announced its first ever Storyteller Award for authors who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing in the UK. Last year the thriller, The Relic Hunters won the first ever award and now it’s announced that the award is back for a second year.

On 10th April Amazon UK opened this year’s awards, a literary prize recognising outstanding work by self published authors. To qualify for the 2018 award you must have published your book via Kindle Direct Publishing, between 1st May 2018 and 31st August 2018. Read More

Pulitzer Prize for Literature Winners 2018

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The Pulitzer Prize is the biggest US prize for the arts, awarding prizes for literature, drama, music and journalism. It’s the literature prizes we are of course interested in and today we announce the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the rest of the literature prizes.

The main literature prize, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction goes to Less by Andrew Sean Greer this year. A funny and touching tale, Less follows the life of mid-list novelist who needs to grow up. Here’s that, and the other Pulitzer winners for 2018. Read More

Man Booker Submits to Beijing and Causes Controversy by Listing Taiwanese Author as Chinese

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The Man Booker International Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world and has been awarded to the likes of Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, and Hilary Mantel. A major controversy has now stirred after the organisation changed the nationality of a Taiwanese nominee to “Taiwan, China,” following pressure from the Chinese embassy in London.

The Chinese government believes the island of Taiwan is part of China’s territory and wants to see the country brought into the fold, by force if necessary. China has since been undermining and excluding Taiwan on the global forum in order to quell ideas that it is its own country. Many Taiwan’s 23 million citizens reject China’s claim and the country has its own government, military, and foreign policy.  Read More



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