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In this edition of The Lit Review, Literature Editor Aileen runs through this month’s literary news, announcements, submission calls and the Kingfisher Writers Retreat, to be held in July.
Independent Bookshop Week Book Award winners announced
The Booksellers Association and Bookselling Ireland have announced the winners of this year’s Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) Book Award. As voted for by local independent bookshops and judged by a panel of authors, booksellers and journalists, the three winners are Amor Towles for A Gentleman in Moscow in Adult Category, Geraldine McCaughrean for Where the World Ends in Children’s, and Nicola Davies and illustrator Emily Sutton for Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth in Picture Books.
Edge Hill Short Story Price shortlist announced
The shortlist for this year’s Edge Hill Short Story Prize has been announced. Five collections have made the shortlist from the longlist of 15 for the only UK-based award that recognises excellence in a single author short story collection. They are Bad Dreams by Tess Hadley, All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison MacLeod, Basket of Deplorables by Tom Rachman, Come Let Us Sing Anyway by Leone Ross, and Madame Zero by Sarah Hall. The winner will be announced at an event in Foyles bookshop in London in November.
Competitions & submission calls
Not4U Zine is accepting poetry submissions until 5th July on the theme of the Cailleach, a divine hag, a creator, and a deity of the weather and ancestry in Irish mythology.
Buddy journal is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and art on the theme of mental health until 31st July.
Kingfisher Writers Retreat
Kingfisher Writers Retreat, to run from July 6th to 8th, is now accepting bookings. Full details here.