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the-sunday-times-efg-short-story-awardThe Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award six-strong shortlist has been revealed. The winner will be announced 4th April and will receive £30,000 (the most highly valued short story prize in the world). Not restricted to British authors alone, the list consists of writers Marjorie Celona, Tahmima Anam, Adam Johnson, Anna Metcalfe, Elizabeth Stroud and Jonathan Tel. Interestingly, in the Award’s history, there has never been a female or British winner.

Nebula Award nominees for 2013 were announced last week. The awards, obviously to be presented this year, include Best Novel, Best Novella and Best Short Story for 2013 literature in the SF genre. The full list is available here

The title for the new Kate Mosse novel has been announced: The Taxidermist’s Daughter. This novel is a Gothic psychological thriller set in a West Sussex village in 1912.

Are you an avid Harry Potter fan and Rowling groupie? Or rather bored to death of the book world’s J.K. mania? If you fall into the latter category then maybe you could join a club with crime author Lynn Shepherd. The British author wrote a piece asking Rowling to leave off publishing more work in order to allow less established authors ‘room to breathe’. Whenever a new project is announced by the reigning queen of commercial fiction – particularly her new ventures into the adult market – the rest of the industry appears to come to a standstill, according to Shepherd.

If you’re a fan of crime novels, then this next piece of news may be perfect for you, provided you live in or can easily get to Brighton. A new festival called Dark & Stormy, dedicated completely to crime fiction, will be premiering this year in May in association with Brighton Festival. The line-up for the multi day event includes Sophie Hannah, Peter James, James Naughtie, Stella Rimington, Tony Parsons and Natalie Haynes, among many others.

The Wellcome Book Prize, awarded to literature concerning a ‘medical theme’, has published its shortlist of candidates. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, is up for her novel on botany, The Signature of All Things. Gilbert will be in the running alongside Oliver Sacks, Emily Mayhew, Adam Rutherford, Sarah Wise and Andrew Solomon. The judges include former poet laureate Andrew Motion and journalist Hadley Freeman.

A Philip Seymour Hoffman Award for aspiring playwrights has been announced. The $45,000 award will become an annual occurrence to fund playwrights needing financial support to get their work produced.

Not exactly something that people have been asking for, but nifty all the same, take a look at these diagrammatic visualisations of your favourite novels’ opening lines

The Telegraph is running a new column – The Alphabet Library– about forgotten literary gems. In partnership with second-hand book seller Abebooks.co.uk, the column will find and feature works that have gone out of print, or been relegated to the sidelines of literary history and the classic canon.

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