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Byliner Fiction to Launch with New Story by Amy Tan

Digital publisher Byliner.com will launch its new fiction initiative with “Rules for Virgins,” a new story (set in 1912 Shanghai) by Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan.

Byliner Fiction will feature everything from short stories to novellas. Here’s more from the release: “We are beginning to build a structured archive on Byliner.com of great short fiction from writers such as Annie Proulx, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, Paul Theroux, and Stewart O’Nan.”

Byliner will release Tan’s story, priced at $2.99, on December 5th. Readers can find it in the Amazon Kindle Singles store, at BarnesAndNoble.com, as a Quick Read in Apple’s iBook store and in the Google eBookstore. According to the company, this will be Tan’s first fiction publication in six years. Tan’s new novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be published by HarperCollins’ Ecco imprint.

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New Yorker & Virginia Quarterly Review Score 2 Fiction Nominations Apiece at National Magazine Awards

The Virginia Quarterly Review and The New Yorker each received two National Magazine Award nominations for fiction. We’ve listed the nominated stories below. American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME), revealed all the finalists at this link.

In addition, five magazines will compete for the Literary, Political and Professional Magazines award that “Honors academic and scholarly publications as well as smaller-circulation general-interest magazines.” They are: Lapham’s Quarterly, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Sun, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

The Atlantic for “Bone Hinge,” by Katie Williams in May issue
The New Yorker for “Foster,” by Claire Keegan in February 15-22 issue
The New Yorker for “Costello,” by Jim Gavin in December 6 issue
Virginia Quarterly Review for “Minor Watt,” by Paul Theroux in spring issue
Virginia Quarterly Review for “Uzon,” by William Malatinsky in  summer issue

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Weekend Reading: Tiger Woods, Unagented Submissions, and Baby iPad

mattel.pngAs you enjoy the weekend, check out our favorite stories from the last week–a little weekend reading to keep you busy until we meet again on Monday morning.

The science fiction and fantasy imprint Pyr began accepting unagented submissions in certain genres.

Mattel unveiled a kiddie version of the iPad–a children’s tablet device with a story book app.

We asked Tiger Woods‘s biographer: can the golfer re-write his biography?

Our “Kindle-rella” story had a happy ending, as a Kindle “bestseller” author scored a book deal with a major publisher.

We looked at the literary offerings at Toy Fair 2010.

This week, GalleyCat readers rescued, adopted, and helped name the Homeless Snow Kitty.

Author Paul Theroux talked about his 17,000-word Kindle-only short story.

Finally, we opened a new directory: The Best Book Reviewers on Twitter.

Philip Roth on Bad Sex Award Shortlist

roth$philip.gifYesterday the Literary Review announced the shortlist for their annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award; a list that includes a rock star, a Nobel Prize favorite, and of course, Philip Roth.

Roth (photo by Nancy Crampton, via HMH) was nominated for a racy scene in “The Humbling.” Oz, the gamblers’ former favorite for the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature, was nominated for “Rhyming Life and Death.” Rock star Nick Cave earned his nod for “The Death of Bunny Munro,” and his publisher told the Guardian they were pleased with the shortlist appearance.

Here’s a particularly juicy passage from a previous nominee, “The Whole World Over” by Julia Glass. “And then before her inner eye, a tide of words leaped high and free, a chaotic joy like frothing rapids: truncate, adjudicate, fornicate, frivolous, rivulet, violet, oriole, orifice, conifer, aquifer, allegiance, alacrity … all the words this time not a crowding but a heavenly chain … a release of something deep in the core of her altered brain, words she thought she’d lost for good.”

The complete list is after the jump, via the Guardian

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O. Henry Prize Stories Partners with PEN American Center

9780307280350.gifIn a new partnership with the Pen American Center, the Anchor Books imprint announced that the annual “O. Henry Prize Stories” anthology as the “PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.”

The collection has been published since 1919. This year’s contest will be judged by A. S. Byatt, Anthony Doerr, and Tim O’Brien, culling winners from thousands of short stories.

Here’s more from the release: “The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2009 is studded with great writers such as Junot Diaz, Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin, and Paul Theroux, as well as new voices. The winning stories feature locales as diverse as post-war Vietnam, a retirement community in Cape Town, South Africa, an Egyptian desert village, and a permanently darkened New York City.” (Via NYT)