The NY Literary Magazine

A Distinguished Selection of the Finest Modern Literature


Selina R. Dukes

The Most Prestigious Book Awards in the Publishing Industry

If you're an emerging author, winning a distinguished book award can dramatically increase the sales of your book and might even land you a publishing deal with a major publisher.

With so many book contests and awards in the publishing industry, it can be hard to tell which ones are legit and important. Below we have included a list of the most prestigious literary awards in the world which every writer should know of and aspire to win.

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The Top Networks and Associations for Writers

Looking for support and writing resources from large associations throughout the country? We have compiled a list of the top associations for writers which provide access to writer forums and communities, support for various aspects of the publishing industry, writing conferences, and valuable networking opportunities. Check them out!

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Upcoming Noteworthy Literary Events in NYC

Looking for something fun to do in New York City within the next few weeks? Check out these exciting upcoming literary events and writing workshops in the NYC area.

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The Differences between Scripts, Teleplays, Screenplays, Novels and Books

Are you a writer, author, novelist, screenwriter, scriptwriter, poet or lyricist? What exactly is the difference? Sometimes the technical jargon of writing can be a bit confusing, so we have defined some terms to help you get more acquainted with the world of writing.

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5 Poetry & Short Story Writing Contests with Cash Prizes

Are you a talented writer with a great poetry book or short story to share? Check out these cool writing contests we have found which give out cash prizes.

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7 Unique Bookstores to Explore in NYC

Have some time to explore NYC but don't know what to do? Go find these 7 bookstores that we think are definitely worth the visit!

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14 Must-See Libraries From Around the World

Calling all bibliophiles: looking for some home-library inspiration? We have found 14 of the most beautiful libraries from around the world! Scroll below to see what we have found, but a quick warning: this post will give you serious travel fever...

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Howard Dully’s “My Lobotomy” Book Review

My Lobotomy, a memoir by Howard Dully, tells the story of how a 12-year-old Howard Dully was unrightfully lobotomized at the insistence of his parents and with the help of the infamous Dr. Freeman.

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“Walk the Blue Fields” by Claire Keegan Book Review

With the exploration of colorful characters living in rural Ireland, Claire Keegan's "Walk the Blue Fields" will become a favorite for generations to come.

Claire Keegan’s book explores the overarching theme of rural Ireland, dealing with characters that are either leaving it, escaping to it, or struggling to live their daily lives in it.

Read our editorial book review.

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10 Must-Read Memoirs and Autobiographies

Looking for a good true story to read? Here are ten of the best memoirs and autobiographies—some you may not know about. Add these to your personal collection and let us know what you think!

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“A Mountain of Crumbs” by Elena Gorokhova Book Review

“What comes out of my mouth is driven by anger: at my righteous mother who refuses to look out the window and see there is no bright dawn on the horizon; at my black-hearted country that inspired her, forged her into steel, and deceived her.”

Elena Gorokhova’s first memoir A Mountain of Crumbs provides readers with a fascinating look at what it was like to grow up in Soviet Russia during the 1960s. Her mother, a doctor, raises Elena and her sister, Marina, in a traditional, monochromatic Russian household. Gorokhova provides insight into the complexity of the government and the fear its citizens face under economic and social oppression. Read More

“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” Book Review

“If you want to make it, all you have to do is try.”

These words apply not only to physical inventions but to life in general. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is an exalting tale of a William Kamkwamba who fought to overcome the many obstacles that faced him in his rural African community in the heart of Malawi. He and Bryan Mealer tell the tale of Kamkwamba’s imaginative childhood turned dark by famine and how he was determined to create a solution that he could make from nothing.

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