T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist, Center for Fiction Emerging Writer Fellows, and More

by Staff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

The T. S. Eliot Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2020 T. S. Eliot Prize. The ten finalists are Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz, Deformations by Sasha Dugdale, Shine, Darling by Ella Frears, RENDANG by Will Harris, Love Minus Love by Wayne Holloway-Smith, How to Wash a Heart by Bhanu Kapil, Life Without Air by Daisy Lafarge, How the hell are you by Glyn Maxwell, Sometimes I Never Suffered by Shane McCrae, and The Martian’s Regress by J. O. Morgan. With a purse of £25,000, the T. S. Eliot Prize is the most valuable award in British poetry. 

The Center for Fiction has selected nine writers for its 2020 NYC Emerging Writer Fellowship program: Raluca Albu, Rakin Azfar, Ian Denning, Grace Shuyi Liew, Ruth Mukwana, Claire Oleson, Camila Santos, Sasha von Oldershausen, and Rachel Wolff. Each writer receives $5,000, mentorship from an experienced editor, and publication in the program’s annual anthology, which is distributed to agents and editors. 

After forty-three years of service to Poets & Writers, executive director Elliot Figman has announced he will retire at the end of the year. Figman will be succeeded by Melissa Ford Gradel, who currently serves as the organization’s managing director, effective January 2021. “We are thrilled to continue our long partnership with Melissa as we write the next chapter for Poets & Writers. Melissa’s contributions to Poets & Writers and her commitment to our mission made this a natural choice—and one that will provide continuity in a time of unprecedented change,” said Amy Berkower, president of the Board of Directors. “The Board thanks Elliot for his long and successful tenure and welcomes Melissa to her new role.”

Earlier this summer, a group of more than three hundred translators assembled to translate a letter on the Black Lives Matter movement for their respective communities. At the Margins, several of the translators share notes on the process. 

Barnes & Noble has reported that its corporate systems were subject to a “cybersecurity attack” on October 10. The company reassured customers that no payment details were compromised but warned that e-mail addresses and telephone numbers may have been exposed. (Publishers Weekly)

“I miss the rare serendipitous encounters and moments when the true magic of a book fair manifests itself among the shrill noise, buzz, pretentiousness and hype.” Members of the international publishing community recall the magic of the Frankfurt Book Fair in the years before the pandemic. (Literary Hub)

“Rebecca had good taste—or maybe she just had the same taste as me, and that’s why I thought it was good.” CJ Hauser navigates personal memory by way of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. (Paris Review Daily)

Ava DuVernay is set to direct, write, and produce a film adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents for Netflix. (Vulture)

Meanwhile, Hulu has acquired the rights to adapt Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown for television. (Variety)