It's a Long Story: Jill Abramson Start-Up To Pay Writers $100K Each

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Jill Abramson

Longform journalists, rejoice! Jill Abramson is teaming up with CourtTV Founder Steve Brill to launch a start-up that will advance writers close to $100,000 each to research and write novella-length pieces. Subscribers will receive one story each month, while the to-be-named outlet will publish one story per year.

It’s not clear whether the monthly stories will be delivered digitally, and the “one story” published will be served to subscribers in print. According to, the ousted New York Times‘ Executive Editor declined to discuss who was funding the project.

When the details eventually emerge, they will be important, as will the start-up’s ability to sustain its payroll. If the enterprise can work, and isn’t limited to the exclusive network of writers Abramson worked with at the Times, it could destabilize the current normal in which writers, particularly digital journalists, are regularly asked to turn out pieces for free or close to it.

Interestingly, Abramson’s next move mirrors the directional push the New York Times took under her direction. Last January, the Times announced a partnership with Byliner to release expanded versions of the outlet’s previously published articles as well as other pieces that run 10-20,000 words.

It's National Novel Writing Month!

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month starts now! - peoplewhowriteBetter known as NaNoWriMo, the annual initiative challenges writers to pen a 50,000-word novel between yesterday and November 30, 2014 for the chance to win undisclosed goodies — and the satisfaction of getting it done. Here’s how it works: You announce your project to a community of authors doing the same thing then update them on your progress, ultimately posting the final product.

It’s free to enter, and you retain the copyright of your work as “none of the novels submitted to our site are read by another human. The text is submitted to our server, run through our word-count validator, and then immediately deleted.” Who’s in?

Meshack Asare Wins 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature

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Meshack Asare

Cited as one of Africa’s most influential children’s book authors, Ghana-born Meshack Asare has won the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. Contenders of the prize must be nominated by an NSK juror with an international jury of children’s and young adult writers choosing the winner. The award comes with a literary festival hosted in his honor, a certificate of recognition, a silver medallion, and $25,000.