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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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Top 10 Must-Read Russian Classics

If you’ve already dipped your toes into the reservoir of Russian literature, you’re still sure to find some lesser-known gems here that will enhance your understanding of this country’s great literary culture. Check out our list of the 10 best Russian Classics ever written.

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The Life and Works of Novelist Jean Rhys

Learn about the life and memorable works of famous novelist Jean Rhys, a woman troubled by complicated, unhappy relationships and a heritage that shaped her works.

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The Life and Works of Toni Morrison

Read about the life and works of acclaimed novelist Toni Morrison, who masterfully captures the experiences of African Americans in her brilliant works. In a career spanning nearly fifty years, Morrison has shown the world, again and again, her peerless ability to supplement a critique of American history with bottomless psychological insight.

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The Life and Works of Author & Poet Sylvia Plath

Learn about the life and works of Sylvia Path, one of America's most celebrated and controversial poets. Discover what inspired her to write her haunting American classic "The Bell Jar", before tragically taking her own life.

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The Life and Works of Poet Langston Hughes

One of Langston Hughes’s admirers, Loften Mitchell, writes: “Langston set a tone, a standard of brotherhood and friendship and cooperation, for all of us to follow. You never got from him, ‘I am the Negro writer,’ but only ‘I am Negro writer.’ He never stopped thinking about the rest of us.”

Born in February of 1902, Hughes was one of the leading forces of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City during the 1920s and continued to influence the tone of African-American poetry throughout the mid-1950s and mid-1960s. However, before his career took off, his main inspirations stemmed from his upbringing.

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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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Who is Frankenstein?

You may know Frankenstein as a green-faced monster but is that who he really is? Learn the truth about Mary Shelley and her famous novel Frankenstein.

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The Life and Works of Claudia Rankine

Read about the life and works of Claudia Rankine, one of the greatest modern day writers. Check out the discussion she has spearheaded on race in America, through her work!

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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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11 of the Most Influential Writers of All Time

Writers have the ability to exert a global impact—words are permanent, and as such, very quickly become sources of education, inspiration, and contemplation.

Here’s a list of 11 writers who have ascertained a place in history as impactful on the field of American literature in both the past and the present as well as every period in between. Let’s get to it!

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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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The Life and Works of W.E.B. DuBois

William Edward Burghardt “W.E.B.” DuBois once said, “A classic is a book that doesn’t have to be written again”. Although he may not be the first figure that comes to mind as a classic author who has contributed to the American literary canon, DuBois was not only a renowned scholar who generated waves in the movement for racial equality—he was also a prolific writer. Read More

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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The Life of a Literacy Specialist – Teaching Underprivileged Children How to Read

Literacy is the foundation of understanding anything in life. Being able to decode letters and their sounds is essential to success in life. Many children, especially those who come from economically disadvantaged situations, do not receive adequate instruction in this area. The lack of proper training in the basic fundamentals of reading creates a literacy gap between children of color and their white counterparts, leaving poor children behind as their peers, who have access to an abundance of resources, excel.

The goal of The Literacy Lab, an AmeriCorps program, is to close the literacy gap that affects students in low-income areas.

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