THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Agent Janet Reid's advice for writers considering going to BEA in order to meet agents.
You have until May 8th to enter the WNDB short story contest! Details here.
Elephant Rock Books is now soliciting unpublished YA manuscripts for their 2016 Helen Sheehan Book Prize. The winner of their first contest was THE CARNIVAL AT BRAY, which was both a Morris finalist and a Printz honor book.
THIS WEEK IN READING
Tomorrow is Independent Bookstore Day! Go support your local indie!
Wonderful essay by author Kody Keplinger on body acceptance.
Agata Pyzik on Courtney Love and Kim Gordon: In Praise of Vulgar Feminism.
In the UK, an eight-year-old girl leads the campaign to get Scholastic to stop gendering books.
Noah Berlatsky at Playboy breaks down why Black Widow got slut-shamed.
Awww! The dogs of Epic Reads. Woof.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Author Marcy Beller Paul breaks down what exactly happens to a manuscript when it's submitted to a publishing house.
Very cool. Megan Abbott's THE FEVER is being developed into a television show.
Congratulations to all the winners of this year's Edgar Awards!
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
Are you wondering where to donate funds for the relief effort in Nepal? The NYT has compiled a list of organizations providing aid.
Where do the most racist google searches originate and what might be this information represent?
"When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse." Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the death of Freddie Gray and the protests in Baltimore.
"Spacey vs Macey." Five-year-old Macey Hensley faces off against Kevin Spacey in presidential trivia.
Bruce Klinekole talks to The Mary Sue about walking off the set of Adam Sandler's Ridiculous Six and the #walkoffnetflix movement.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
The Toast has a delightful round-up of paintings that feature a woman riding Aristotle like a horsey.
It's Friday! Salad Break!