Margaret Stead has been promoted to publisher of Zaffre and new literary imprint Manilla, coming at the end of the year from Bonnier Books UK. Matt Phillips becomes publisher of non-fiction imprints Blink and John Blake.
Romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice is launching an award for excellence in romantic fiction sponsored by Sony Pictures Television, with winners to be named on Valentine’s Day 2020. Up to 12 winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000, as well as a $100 donation in their name to the charity of their choice.
Penguin Random House has offered a second round of six new “Madeline’s Picks” from US ceo Madeline McIntosh.
The Center for Fiction announced a 27-title a longlist for their First Novel Prize. Nominees will be named in September.
In the UK, the shortlist for the CWA Dagger Awards was announced.