2017 in Verse, Fantasy Novel Adaptions, Fiction Apps & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Emily Ramser

 Indigenous Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann Wins $215,000 Literary Prize

wc_logoThe Australian writer and poet won a Windham-Campbell prize. Eckermann, currently unemployed, is living in Adelaide. She says the prize money will allow her to reunite with her son and grandson.

Other writers in the 2017 grant round include the Michigan-born political poet Carolyn Forché also winning a poetry grant, New Zealander Ashleigh Young and the Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff for nonfiction, Marina Carr (Ireland) and Ike Holter (US) for drama, and André Alexis (Canada) and Erna Brodber (Jamaica) for fiction.

34 Poets of Color Summarized 2017 in Verse with BEOTIS


Thirty-four writers wrote their summary of the year thus far in verse. Some wrote just two words while other wrote long poems. Each of the pieces, however, represent the writer’s struggle in this year so far.

Serialized Fiction App Brings Novels to Smartphones

Former president of the Oxford Union “Sy” Lee recently cofounded a serialized fiction app called Radish that focuses on making writers money through mobile micro-payments. Users can gain early access to new chapters by paying 20 to 40 cents per chapter or they can wait a few weeks until the chapter becomes available. The app is mostly popular in China, but Lee thinks it will soon become popular in the US.

Gerard Butler and Neal Moritz Team to Adapt Fantasy Novel



Sony just won the bidding war for the rights to Victoria Schwab’s fantasy novel, A Darker Shade of Magic, and are in negotiations to secure the rights to the entire series. Gerard Butler is on board to produce the adaptation via his shingle, G-Base, along with the company’s Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson



Unfortunately, we lost several writers this week:

Author Paula Fox passed away on March 1 at the age of 93.

Veteran Music Journalist and Author Marc Spitz passed away at age 47.

Author and racing writer Jay Cronley passed away at 73.

Columnist Taarak Mehta passed away at 87.


Need more literary news?

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Harry Potter fans freak out as JK Rowling shares a preview of Fantastic Beasts 2

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Alec Baldwin Is Writing A Whole Book As Fake Donald Trump

Spanish writer who fled civil war to a British village honored in Madrid


Emily Ramser is an Editorial Assistant at Change Seven, as well as a poet, author, and avid enthusiast of the Oxford Comma. She has published four poetry books with Weasel Press, all of which are available on Amazon. She lives just outside of Dallas, TX with her fianceé, dog, and cat. She’s currently working on a series of short CNF essays focusing on sexuality.

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