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authonomy is a unique online community that connects readers, writers and publishing professionals. It was conceived and built by editors at HarperCollins Publishers.

authonomy invites unpublished and self published authors to post their manuscripts for visitors to read online.  Visitors to authonomy can comment on these submissions – and can personally recommend their favourites to the community.

HarperCollins hopes to find new, talented writers we can sign up for our traditional book publishing programmes – we’ll be reading the most popular manuscripts each month as part of this search.

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Local crime writer and member of Angus Writers Circle, Chris Longmuir has won the Dundee International Book Prize for her gritty crime novel Dead Wood.  Chris who has known since last November that she had won the prestigious award has found it very difficult  to contain her excitement and keep it a secret  from circle members, who are now absolutely thrilled at her achievement. President of the Circle Jules May said: “This is fantastic news and we are delighted with Chris’s success. ”

 Chris’s novel Dead Wood was selected from over a hundred entries to be the winner of Dundee International Book Prize. She will receive a 10,000 cash prize and a publishing contract. It has been Chris’s lifetime ambition to become a published crime author and she a numerous books already written and waiting. Chris said that she is: “ Over the moon. It really has been a long haul and it feels so fantastic to see my book on the shelves of local bookstores.” Chris thoroughly enjoyed the awards ceremony held in the Apex hotel in Dundee on Friday the 26th of June where she was presented her award by journalist and writer Magnus Linklater in front of an audience of industry experts, shortlisted writers and sponsors of the prize.    

 The winning novel Dead Wood, set in the industrial city of Dundee, begs the question; what happens when the cold, calculating world of gangland retribution collides with the psychosis of a serial killer? Chris’s first novel promises to be a thrilling read and members are eagerly awaiting hearing her read excerpts of the book at our next club night.

Chris Longmuir with her trophy for winning the Dundee International Book Prize

Chris Longmuir with her trophy for winning the Dundee International Book Prize

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There’s a new website started.  It is a FREE community website dedicated to revitalising the short story. For authors, it provides a showcase for their work, giving worldwide exposure, and for readers, it offers free access to short stories which can be read as a text document or if selected by our members listened to as an audio file.

It’s called Shortbread, and though they’ve just started, it looks like a very professional outfit.

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