Salt Publishing have just announced a series of international prizes for new writing, with three categories Short Fiction, Flash Fiction and Poetry. In addition to the cash prizes up for grabs, winning entries will be collected in a New Writing anthology. Head over to the Salt website for the info and rules of entry. Salt already supports new authors of short fiction and poetry with their Crawshaw and Scott Prizes and these new awards for individual pieces of work will give even more new voices a chance to be heard, which can only be a good thing.

In other Salt related news, last month saw the launch of The Best British Short Stories 2012. Salt Publishing had posted a video of the event to the tube of You:

As I am currently in Germany I was unable to attend the event myself and it seems I can’t watch the video due to location restriction but I have posted it for the viewing pleasure of my UK blog readers. Perhaps someone could post a description of the video in the comments for me.

The Kindle edition of the collection is also now available and well worth picking up if you haven’t already. I’m not just saying that because it includes one of my stories, the other nineteen stories are all prime examples of the best writing in the short form from British authors. Use the links below to download the sample or, even better, buy the ebook.

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For a full round-up of what Salt are up to at the moment, check out their latest blog post.