Monday, 11 February 2013

New Literary Agency opens in UK part of The Agency Group

Neil Warnock, CEO of The Agency Group (TAG), has announced the opening of a new UK literary division. The division will be headed by Jonathan Conway, with Juliet Mushens joining as a literary agent. Based in TAG's London office, the new division will work alongside TAG's existing literary agency in New York.

Marc Gerald, Vice President, and head of TAG's US literary division said: "I am positively thrilled that Jonathan Conway has decided to lead our efforts in the UK and that Juliet Mushens has agreed to join us. Both have developed incredibly compelling lists over a relatively short span that synergize very nicely with what we have going in the US. In a time of enormous industry change, we see them paving the way."

Jonathan Conway said: "I am delighted to be taking up such an exciting role at The Agency Group, working with Juliet to build on the success of Marc Gerald and his team in New York. From the outset I have been so impressed by my new colleagues; their wide-ranging expertise across complimentary parts of the entertainment industry, and their vision for the growth of the business, with this expansion of TAG's literary department at its heart."

Juliet Mushens says "The Agency Group is a dynamic company with an entrepreneurial yet nurturing ethos. I'm thrilled to be a part of this new stage in its growth."

The Agency Group is one of the world's foremost entertainment booking agencies. The company operates five international offices with 76 agents, a staff of over 200, and a combined roster of nearly 2000 celebrated musicians, speakers and authors. The Agency Group's talent pool includes the full spectrum in artist development, including emerging artists, artists at the pinnacle of their careers, and legends of the entertainment industry.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Curtis Brown launches Jeffrey Archer Short Story Prize

Curtis Brown has teamed up with Kobo to launch a short story competition, to be judged by author Jeffrey Archer.

The finalists for the Jeffrey Archer Short Story Prize, set up by Curtis Brown Creative, the agency’s creative writing division, will be revealed at the London Book Fair on 15th April, with the winner announced on 29th April.

The prize for winning the competition, which is open to writers in the UK, US and Canada, is a free enrolment in a Curtis Brown online novel-writing course.

All story entries must be shorter than 100 words, and can be in any fiction genre. A shortlist of 20 will be selected by Kobo, which will be published as a free digital anthology.

Archer will then pick three finalists, who then must submit 3,000 words of their novel in progress, to be critiqued by Curtis Brown Creative.

Archer has written several collections of short stories, and is represented by Curtis Brown agent and c.e.o. Jonathan Lloyd.