allonymbooks is delighted to announce that Chris Wells’ stunning cover for Evie Woolmore‘s novel Equilibrium has been shortlisted for the EPIC Ariana Cover Awards 2014 in the Spiritual category. The winners will be announced at EPICON in San Antonio, Texas in March 2014. Chris has designed several covers for allonymbooks, most recently his fabulous illustration for Broadway Murder of 1928, the first of the Lucille Landau mysteries by EJ Knight.
To find out exactly why you should judge this book by its cover, read a sample without even having to download it from Amazon. Learn more about what inspired Evie to write the book, find out about her interest in the Edwardians, and read an interview with Evie. Find out more about Evie’s other novels and see more of Chris Wells’ covers on Evie’s page.
To find out more about the EPIC awards and to see other shortlisted covers, visit the EPIC website and scroll down to see the covers at the bottom of the page. Equilibrium has been shortlisted in the Spiritual category.
Words for the Wounded seemed like a good idea at the time. Why not start a charity that raises money via writing competitions and donations for the rehabilitation of wounded troops? I’d done it before when I set up the Yeovil Literary Prize to raise funds for the arts in Somerset when the council withdrew funding.
So, I approached a couple of writing friends, Penny Deacon and Tracy Baines and an extreme sportsman, Matt Pain, who happens to be my son. They came on board.
Fairly tedious forms then had to be filled in and a specific charity bank account opened and then we started worrying about how to fund the prizes. Matt did the Lanzarotte Ironman and raised enough and Julian and Emma Fellowes agreed to be our first patrons. Dick Graham did a wonderful website out of the goodness of his heart, and we were off!
Soon we had a long list of patrons. Writers Forum agreed to publish the winners. RAF News showed interest and will also publish the winners. Hours and hours have been spent emailing endless writing groups, ex-pat magazines and Uncle Tom Continue reading →
With all due respect to the rest of the world, the UK has a very reasonable tradition of literary prizes, both large and small, from the Booker Prize to the monthly competitions in Writing Magazine. But during a recent surf through the entry guidelines for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), it became apparent how very large the gulf is that separates print from indie publishing when it comes to prizes.
Those guidelines make it very clear that in order to be submitted for consideration in the prize:
All entries must be made by an established publishing house. Self-published books are not eligible for the Prize. ‘Established’ is here defined as a house which publishes a list of titles by a range of authors with ISBNs, sells them in pounds sterling, and distributes its books nationally through recognised booksellers and online retailers. For the avoidance of doubt, ‘established publishing house’ does not include print-on-demand services or publishers which publish titles via a commercial arrangement through which they are paid by the author.
It’s a shame that a prize which has prided itself historically on promoting what it perceived as a minority in the author community has decided to marginalize part of that self-same Continue reading →