A Salty Roundup
We thought it was about time that we update you with some of the many things that are happening at Salty Towers and with some of our authors. So, here goes, in no particular order:
The Salt Prizes:
We are thrilled and delighted to announce the launch of some new and exciting prizes, open to writers wherever they are in the world and at all stages of their writing career. To complement our prestigious Crashaw and Scott prizes for debut collections, we have launched three new literary awards, known collectively as The Salt Prizes, for best single short story, best flash fiction and best single poem. Winners will receive a cash prize and, alongside selected other finalists, will be published in our flagship title: The Salt Anthology of New Writing.
Entries must be unpublished and written in English, and will be judged anonymously. Submissions are open from 1 July to 31 October and full details on how to enter are on our website via the links above. We look forward to reading your entries and to what we are sure will be an exciting contest and a wonderful anthology.
Other Prize News:
In other prize news, many congratulations to Fred Sedgwick and Brian Moses whose books Here Comes the Poetry Man and Holding the Hands of Angels have been shortlisted for the prestigious Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Awards. Salt’s Philip Gross won the prize last year with his wonderful Off Road to Everywhere. The awards ceremony is on the 24th July – wish them luck!
Congratulations also to John McCullough whose book The Frost Fairs has been long listed for the Polari First Book Prize. The Prize is for a first book which explores LGBT experience and is open to any work of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction published (or self-published) in the UK in English. The shortlist is being announced in September — good luck, John!
Edinburgh International Book Festival:
If you fancy a trip to the Scottish capital this summer, why not coincide it with the annual book festival, and better still, be there on the 11th August when Salt’s Mark Illis will be reading from his novel, The Last Word , and on the 26th August, Cynthia Rogerson will be launching her new collection of short stories, Stepping Out.
Hot off the press are David Philip Mullins’ Scott Prize winning collection of short stories Greetings from Below, and Fleck and the Bank, a pamphlet from Rob Mackenzie. Off at press and expected shortly at the distributors is the debut novel from Derek Neale, The Book of Guardians.
We’re busy working on books that are coming out later in the year, including short story collections from Tony Williams, All the Bananas I’ve Never Eaten, Andnan Mahmutovi?’s How to Fare Well and Stay Fair, and Jonathan Pinnock’s Scott Prize winning collection, Dot Dash. Expect to see some new poetry shortly too: Giles Goodland’s new collection The Dumb Messengers, Abi Curtis’s The Glass Delusion, Anthony Rowland’s I am a Magenta Stick, Jill McDonough’s Where You Live, and Jared Stanley’s The Weeds. We’ll let you know when copies are available of these books – watch this space!
Take a few minutes out to enjoy the first couple of chapters of Simon Okotie’s fabulous forthcoming novel, Whatever Happened to Harold Absalon?, which has been published on The White Review. Then sit back and enjoy a few sights from the launch of The Best British Short Stories 2012, available now on the Kindle as well as in your local bookshop. Launch of Best British Short Stories 2012