In this online supplement to our annual print feature celebrating debut authors over the age of fifty, Jeffrey J. Higa, Ursula Pike, Megan Culhane Galbraith, Michael Kleber-Diggs, and Vinod Busjeet share excerpts from their first books.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit and Such Color: New and Selected Poems by Tracy K. Smith.
With his new novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land, the first since the Pulitzer Prize–winning All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr has created a masterpiece of imagination that embodies the vast interconnectedness of a wounded world.
Write three poems in the form of letters addressed to parents, grandparents, and an emotion; a fiction story set during holiday festivities; or a list essay about gratitude and expectation.
The agent representing Chris Belcher, Kate Broad, Delia Cai, Duy Doan, and others offers advice about working with a coauthor, changing a memoir to fiction, why agents don’t consider previously published work, and how to become an agent.
The first lines of a dozen noteworthy books, including Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr and Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead.
The nonprofit press in Asheville, North Carolina, publishes eight poetry, fiction, and nonfiction books a year with a mission to bring an inclusive ethos to books illuminating “the life of the spirit.”
Write a poem that contemplates the impact you want to make as a writer, a story about a culture shift in a family, or an essay about a simple word and its presence in your life.
A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a novel, short story collection, novella, or novella collection. U.S. writers who have not previously published a book with Fiction Collective Two are eligible. Marream Krollos will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length with a brief bio and a $25 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Illustrator and U.K. children’s laureate Chris Riddell provides fantastical artwork for a new edition of Neil Gaiman’s first solo novel, Neverwhere, published this month in the U.S. by William Morrow.