Historical Competitions/Submissions/call for speakers

1. The Historical Novel Society has two competitions:

a. Win copies of Harry Sidebottom’s Warrior of Rome Fire in the East

b. Tony Pollard’s The Minutes of the Lazarus Club, both from Michael Joseph/Penguin UK. Deadline 31 Aug.

You need to be a member of the HNS to enter.

2.Fish Publishing, in cooperation with the HNS, announces Short Histories IV. This short story competition offers a top prize of €1,000 plus publication in the Fish Anthology 2008. Five runners up will each receive an award of €100 and will also be published in the Anthology. Deadline 31 Aug. Click for details. (note-Fish has other competitions open right now)

3. The 30th June, 2008 is the centenary of the birth of Winston Graham – one of the most successful and prolific novelists of the twentiethcentury. To mark his centenary the Royal Cornwall Museum Truro is holding a Centenary Exhibition – Poldark’s Cornwall: the life and works of Winston Graham Graham and is launching the Winston Graham Historical Prize for an unpublished work of historical fiction.

4. Solander are looking for historical short stories

“We pay $150 (US dollars) or £100 (UK pounds) for each story.Submissions should be historical fiction according to our definition. They must be self-contained short stories, not first chapters of novels. The preferred length is 4,000-4,500 words, to a maximum length of 5,000 words. We do not acknowledge receipt of manuscripts, nor return manuscripts, nor enter into discussion about manuscripts.

What kind of stories are we looking for? It’s hard to answer, and the next story may be the exception that proves the rule, but in general we are not looking for ‘genre’ stories. We are not looking for old-fashioned historicals (we love authors like Buchan, Sabatini and Conan Doyle, but don’t wish to publish pastiches of their styles). What we are looking for is storytelling ability in its broadest sense. We want to publish stories where the history is intimately researched but deftly conveyed, and, if possible, where it is integral to the plot. Our stories must advance and be resolved – in other words, must have a beginning, middle and end. Above all, the characters in our stories must be passionately engaged with their world, and with THIS particular moment in their lives. Manuscripts should be emailed to Richard Lee preferably attached as a Word document.”

5. The Historical Novel Society is having its USA conference in Illinois on 12-14 June 2009. I personally would KILL to be there.

“Are you a published author, editor, agent, or other genre expert who can speak about your experience? Would you be interested in serving as a moderator or organizing a panel? If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, we’d like to hear from you. Please fill out the following form to indicate your interest. We’ve provided some options below, but all ideas are welcome. We’d like to receive your proposal(s) by September 30, 2008. Decisions will be made by October 31, 2008.

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